S'mores Milk Stout
Left Hand Brewing Company

S'mores Milk StoutS'mores Milk Stout
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Left Hand Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Stout - Sweet / Milk
Ranked #551
Ranked #20,889
3.77 | pDev: 10.61%
Apr 22, 2022
Oct 15, 2021
Very Good
S'mores Milk StoutS'mores Milk Stout
Notes: Our chocolatey marshmallow treat has caught fire! To create this s’more, we start with our classic Milk Stout recipe with just a slight tweak to the malt bill to accentuate graham cracker flavors. For the melted chocolate magic, we pour in Cholaca® pure liquid cacao. Then, to capture the gooey core of a perfectly fire-roasted marshmallow, we layer in toasted marshmallow. With your first pour, drink in the sounds of a crackling fire, the glow of fireflies and the warmth of a shared blanket. Then, crack another can and enjoy s’more!
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Ratings by RyanK252:
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3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by RyanK252 from California

Bottle poured into a Mountain Rambler Brewery pint glass

A: Pours dark hazelnut brown with a frothy tawny brown head that settles to a light layer and laces nicely.

S: Roasty, chocolate, coffee, earthy, a touch of char, dark sugar, a hint of marshmallow, herbal notes, a bit nutty, and a touch of graham cracker.

T: Roasty, earthy, a touch of char, dark chocolate coffee, dark sugar, a little marshmallow slowly works it's way forward, slightly nutty, and a touch of graham cracker.

M: A touch on the lighter side of medium body, moderate carbonation, slightly creamy.

O: As just a stout in front of me, it's not bad, but it doesn't necessarily scream s'mores. I think if they lightened up the malt and added a touch of vanilla it probably would have come across a bit better.

Dec 30, 2021
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3.64/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by Ghrymm from Canada (BC)

Poured from a 355ml can. 25 IBU's
Well somewhat disappointed with this one, pretty much a add average Milk Stout nothing special at all.
No real nose and a weak taste. No S'mores flavors at all.

Apr 22, 2022
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3.47/5  rDev -8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by teromous from Virginia

From the shoulder of the bottle, in yellow ink: "Best by:05/19/2022"

Appearance: It is dark brown and appears mostly black except where some light creeps through. The head is large and pillowy with a light tan hue. It has a creamy textured head that has very good retention and leaves nice creamy sheets and wisps on the glass.

Aroma: There is a very faint aroma of burnt wood and an extremely faint aroma of baker's chocolate.

Taste: Up front there is a pleasant chocolate flavor. It tastes a bit like a tootsie roll. There is a light carbon flavor towards the middle along with the same chocolate. It stays this way to the back of the palate and into the aftertaste. It tastes like a pretty average chocolate stout but the chocolate flavor is nice.

Mouthfeel: It rests firmly as a medium-bodied beer with mild burnt bitterness and good carbonation.

Overall: The label states that this contains "Ingredients: Rocky Mountain water, malted barley, rolled oats, lactose, wheat, cacao, hops, toasted marshmallow flavor, yeast." The marshmallow flavor doesn't come through at all but the cacao does and it is nice, although it tastes more like tootsie roll than cacao. Although it is missing a bit of advertised flavor it is a pretty good chocolate stout. I probably wouldn't pick it up over some of the other alternatives on the market but I wouldn't turn it down either. It's worth trying if you want a chocolate stout.

Mar 17, 2022
4.12 by StretchZep from Ohio on Feb 27, 2022
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Chocolatefreak from Tennessee

Hints of chocolate, graham crackers, marshmallows, & coffee flavors. Overall, not bad, but also not the best I’ve tried.

Feb 27, 2022
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3.46/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by TedHead from Illinois

Pours a standard nearly black ruby/garnet color with a tan head that leaves lots of pretty lacing around the glass. The smell is weaker than expected with small hints of chocolate and graham crackers. The taste is also very mild with that cinnamon graham cracker up front gate fades into a rich chocolate/toffee stout flavor with zero acrid bitterness in the after taste. It goes down very smoothly and isn't overly sweet or heavy, so I could drink a few of these back to back no problem. Overall not the best milk stout, but it's very easy to drink and have a few in a row. The nearly absent bitterness would probably make it ideal for those that haven't tried stouts yet or for people that aren't huge fans of darker beers.

Feb 09, 2022
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3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Treyliff from West Virginia

12oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- pours black in color with a one-finger foamy khaki head that reduces to a ring

S- smells of roasted and charred malt, chocolate, coffee, milk sugars, burnt bread crust and a hint of vanilla

T- sweet chocolate up front is followed by notes of charred malt and bread crusts. Mid-palate gives some sweet milk sugars, as well as a hint of marshmallow. The finish gives more chocolate with tome char sticking around on the linger

M- medium-light body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into a slightly creamy finish

Jan 30, 2022
5 by Dalkri from Massachusetts on Dec 29, 2021
3.75 by brittanylicious from Indiana on Dec 29, 2021
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by heysuz from Indiana

Brew: Left Hand Brewing Company – S'mores Milk Stout

Intro: 12 oz. can poured into a tulip glass. Shared with a friend.

Appearance: Pitch black, Minimal head maybe .5 inches. Minimal lacing as I drank

Smell: Chocolate, vanilla, and not much else.

Taste: Follows the smell. Hard presses to taste either marshmallow or gram cracker.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

Drink: very mediocre. Very forgettable experience

Conclusion: Definitely one and done. Lacked the depth and flavor of a well crafted drink.

Dec 29, 2021
3.42 by Unclevince from West Virginia on Dec 24, 2021
3.62 by animal69 from Louisiana on Dec 22, 2021
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3.96/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by zeff80 from Missouri

12oz can. Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a small, light brown head of foam. It left sticky rings of lace on the glass. It smelled of graham cracker, chocolate, toasted marshmallow and caramel. Nice sweet taste with marshmallow, chocolate and subtle vanilla.

Dec 20, 2021
4.25 by Hellpop65 from Kansas on Dec 18, 2021
3.7 by emptyglassagain from Massachusetts on Dec 17, 2021
4 by KT3418 from Colorado on Dec 04, 2021
4.08 by DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania on Dec 04, 2021
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3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

12 oz can, dated best by 5/15/22

Pours very dark brown but not quite black. Thick cream colored head. Nice aroma of milk chocolate, toasty marshmallow and graham cracker. Flavor is similar but more subdued. Fuller bodied.

Dec 04, 2021
3.76 by Fubudu187 from Illinois on Dec 04, 2021
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3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

"Best by 5/14/22"; drank 11/25/21 @ the Yarchives.

Opaque muddy brown appearance.

A rough pour yielded a nice khaki head; frothy, tree-rung lace.

Vanilla, milk chocolate, mild fresh earth & faint smoke notes in the nose.

Creamy medium mouthfeel.

Vanilla, fresh earth & mild milk chocolate flavors; mild hop bite on the finish.

A good sweet stout; a bit more balance would have improved this but it's worth a quaff.

Nov 26, 2021
4.55 by bartchimpson from Arizona on Nov 25, 2021
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4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by dcscientist from Colorado

The S'mores flavor in this stout is a bit understated, but I guess another way to look at that is to say that the graham crackers dominate. You don't get a ton of marshmallow sweetness here, but you do get the toasty flavor. I'm not a camping enthusiast, but if I was, I'd take this one with me for sure. This is a fairly popular version of a stout, as many breweries do this or something like it, but this one's pretty good.

Nov 18, 2021
3.14 by jera1350 from Minnesota on Nov 17, 2021
4.17 by Stofko1992 from Pennsylvania on Nov 14, 2021
4 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania on Nov 14, 2021
3.56 by Blazer22 from Colorado on Nov 09, 2021
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2.72/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75
by ScaryEd from New Hampshire

12 oz can.

Pours a copper color with a small khaki head. Barely any head retention whatsoever. Leaves a few spots of lacing around the glass. Doesn’t look much like a stout, honestly.

The aroma is pretty faint. There's notes of cocoa, light vanilla, and some roasted malts.

The flavor is...eh. Light milk chocolate, vanilla, coffee, and roasted malts with very, very faint marshmallow. Meh.

The feel is light and watery with moderately high carbonation. It's like this beer chooses not to be good.

Overall, a very poor milk stout that doesn't even enter the parking lot of the stadium it's trying to play in. You're better than this, Left Hand.

Nov 07, 2021
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3.51/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by Peach63 from New York

Pours copper with a 1/2" tan head, which fades to a wisp. Light lacing.

Aroma of cocoa, roast malt, coffee.

Taste is cocoa, vanilla, roast malt. Astringent.

Thin body, light carbonation. Semi dry finish.

A bit thin bodied for a stout.

Nov 03, 2021
4 by Jdells09 from New Jersey on Nov 02, 2021
3.94 by NickMunford from Wyoming on Nov 01, 2021
3.54 by Scotchboy from Idaho on Nov 01, 2021
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3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by izraelc from New York

Pours dark. Tan foam. Bland aroma. Quite disappointing. Roasted malt body. Kind of sour. No pronounced chocolate or marshmallow. Not much sweetness. Sight bitter finish. Left Hand milk stouts are usually excellent. Shame on you Left Hand.

Oct 31, 2021
3.65 by LXIXME from New Mexico on Oct 29, 2021
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3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by BB1313 from Ohio

Best by 5/15/22. 12oz can poured into a tulip.

Pours almost black; small off-white head that fades leaving decent retention and nice lacing.

The aromas are malt forward. Hints of chocolate and smoke. It ultimately doesn't smell too much like a s'more although you can kind of pick up some notes as it warms if you dig deep.

The flavors basically follow the nose. More chocolate and smoke. Maybe a little coffee in the mix. Decent bitterness. Low sweetness. Malts do their thing. Alcohol goes unnoticed.

Mouthfeel is on the fuller side of light-bodied with moderate to active carbonation. It's sharp, fluffy and smooth.

I like this as a milk stout, but not really as a "S'mores Milk Stout". All of Left Hand's Milk Stout variants are bold and distinct, but not this one. I was hoping for the graham cracker notes to come through. But like I said, it's still a nice milk stout in the traditional sense. It's enjoyable for what it is.

Oct 19, 2021
S'mores Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 35 ratings