Review: Milk Stout, Left Hand Brewing

Milk Stout
Left Hand Brewing Co. — Longmont, CO 

  • Style: Sweet Stout
  • Bitterness:  25 IBU
  • ABV:  6.0%  
  • Malts:  Pale 2-row, Crystal, Munich, Roast Barley, Flaked Oats, Flaked Barley and Chocolate 
  • Hops:  Magnum and US Goldings 
  • Sampled:  12 oz. bottle 

Description:  "Dark and delicious, America's great milk stout will change your perception about what a stout can be. Preconceived notions are the blinders on the road to enlightenment. Udderly delightful.— Left Hand Brewing Co.

Random thoughts:  This is the first Milk Stout I've profiled. According to Wikipedia, a Milk Stout contains lactose, a milk sugar used to add sweetness and body. Lactose is not fermentable, so it doesn't convert to alcohol like other simple sugars. I found Milk Stout at Total Wine & More in Arizona and am tasting it as part of my Stout Month series.

The tasting:  Near black in color with a dark tan head that dissipates quickly. When held up to the light, I could see faint reddish hues. Aroma of roasted malt, espresso, and light chocolate. The flavor mirrors the aroma with the addition of black licorice. It has a nice light sweetness (I expect from the added milk sugar) and hop bitterness is not noticeable. Milk Stout is medium bodied, moderately carbonated, and has a smooth and creamy mouth feel. It finishes with a light roasted malt bitterness, coffee, and a touch of alcohol.

Rating:  4 star.  Really Good!  I want this again!  Another great stout! I like a bit of sweetness in stouts, so this beer was right up my alley.  Before drinking this, I didn't understand how lactose could be used in a beer. I like what it does and will experiment with it in a homebrew one of these days. On a slightly different note, I think this beer would pair beautifully with cookies, chocolate cake, or other deserts—just like a glass of ice cold milk! Apparently, it can be used as an ingredient in cupcakes. Check out this recipe for Milk Stout cupcakes!

Have you tasted Milk Stout or any other beers from Left Hand Brewing?

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  1. Sanjay, I would recommend seeing if you can find some of the bottles of the new Nitro Milk Stout that Left Hand just started distributing. We just got them in Arizona, and I know they are going to show up elsewhere. Nitrogen charged in the bottle, with no widget. Adds an awesome creaminess to the dimension of this beer. I know I like it even more then the standard milk stout.

    1. Wow, that sounds great! I'll look for it next time I'm in Arizona. Thanks for the tip Sean!

  2. I drinking one of these right now!


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