Left Hand Milk Stout (Left Hand Brewing Co.)

Left Hand Milk Stout is only the second milk stout I’ve ever tried (the first being Southern Tier Crème Brûlée) and this was once again picked up while on vacation in the midwest.  This milk/sweet stout has a miniscule 25 IBUs and a slightly above average 6% ABV.

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.

LHMS pours a dark brown with ruby highlights.  The head is thin a cocoa-colored.

When smelling this beer straight from the bottle I picked up oats, hay and dark chocolate, but once it was poured out the flavors changed noticeably.  The beer in my glass had a huge baker’s chocolate presence and reminded me of a chocolate milk made with Hershey’s chocolate syrup.  Yummy!

It’s very apparent why milk stouts are also known as sweet stouts as soon as you take a sip.  Sweet chocolate ice cream flavors appear right off the bat, with slight roasted oat flavors balancing things out.

Mouthfeel is very thin, but sweet.  Stickiness clings to your gills and leaves a chocolatey residue in your mouth.

Milk/sweet stout is an interesting style, and one I definitely want to explore more (even though I am lactose intolerant).  Left Hand Milk Stout is a good beer and I would drink it again, but I can tell that this style of beer can be better.  And I can’t wait to find one that is!

Overall: 6.5 out of 10

As a MILK STOUT: 6.5 out of 10

FOR FANS OF: Southern Tier CRÈME BRÛLÉE, Three Floyds MOLOKO PLUS, Bell’s SPECIAL DOUBLE CREAM STOUT

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