Milk Stout

Colorado
United States
Left Hand Milk Stout
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
86
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20
Description 

Milk sugar in your stout is like cream in your coffee. 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.

Profile

ABV: 
5.5%
IBUs: 
24
Served at: 
45˚ F
Hops: 
Magnum, US Goldings
Malts: 
Pale 2-row, Crystal, Munich, Roasted Barley, Flaked Oats, Flaked Barley, Chocolate
Judges Review 
BC Review's picture
Judges Rating:
86
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

Although not an overly popular style, more and more brewers are producing sweet stouts, and Left Hand Brewing has a winner on their hands. The judges praised this beer for its luscious, creamy, long lasting, beige head, as well as its deep, saturated brown color and brilliant clarity. In keeping with the classic examples of the style, this beer evinced an appetizing, velvety smooth espresso aroma with hints of plum, raisin and figs. Rick enjoyed the plum, sweet cherry and chocolate aromas, while Pete commented favorably on the Graham cracker notes and overall dried cherry, fruitcake character of this beer’s aroma. Some of the judges found it to be wanting for more roasty coffee flavors and a more intense sweetness, both of which are expected of this style. The entire panel complimented this beer on its eminent drinkability and rich, complex flavor profile. Tim was especially impressed by the integration of all the beer’s elements, including its overall softness and sweetness on the palate and the bitter yet subdued hop finish that lends an overall subtlety and balance to this beer. Pete, however, found that the finishing bitterness was slightly higher than expected and the flavor lacked the degree of malt complexity for this to be a truly classic example of the style. All in all this is a clean, very drinkable sweet stout that would be a welcome addition to anyone’s beer cellar.

Popular Reviews

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My Score: 
93
Aroma: 
22 / 24
Appearance: 
6 / 6
Flavor: 
38/ 40
Mouthfeel: 
9/ 10
Overall Impression: 
18/ 20
I consider this a gateway to dark beer, and a premium one at that. If you don't mind malty sweetness, the balance of roast, lacto-sugar and chocolate make for stellar marks across the gamut of aesthetics... Smell, taste, touch (on the tongue), and even sound. You can't beat the fizz of C02. Many consider this the gold standard of America's sweet stouts, and I'm inclined (read: biased) to agree.