Beer #4: Left Hand Milk Stout

Again, it’s been a while since I’ve added to the beer list. I need to start being a bit more dedicated to my goal of 50 American beers, lest I move back to London and completely come up short, which would be really embarrassing, since I work in a place that sells all kinds of amazing beer.

My latest beer was had at Stardust on Friday afternoon, enjoying some lovely weather outside. It wasn’t hot and I was sitting with a friend having a chat, and so it was the perfect time to have a nice beer.

I went with Left Hand Brewing Company’s Milk Stout, which was recommended to me by a few people when we were out of Young’s Double Chocolate Stout at Stardust (I wept for days). People had said it was good, but I was afraid of the word “milk” on it because I’m lactose intolerant. Yeah, I know, it’s kind of silly, but I was worried it would taste, well, milky.

Actually, it didn’t taste milky so much as slightly creamy, with predominantly roasted malt notes, making it entirely pleasant. I’ve been quite a stout/porter drinker lately, and I felt that the Left Hand Milk Stout stood well with all of the ones I’ve enjoyed lately: Young’s Double Chocolate Stout, Red Brick Porter (which I’d have written about had I not already gotten a Red Brick beer in) and St Peter’s Cream Stout.

Left Hand’s Milk Stout is at 6% ABV, which surprises me; this is definitely one of those beers one can find oneself enjoying quite a few of and then getting a bit too drunk without even realising it. However, although I’m a fan of stouts and porters, if not an avid one, at this time I tend to only drink two stouts/porters at a time, as they are quite filling for me.

Left Hand Brewing Company is based in Longmont, Colorado. This is the first brew I’m featuring from Colorado in the 50 American beers list, but it likely won’t be the last (unless I keep slackin’); Flying Dog Brewery is located in the state, as is Great Divide Brewing and Tommy Knocker, and I’ve had brews from each of these companies previously.

If you are someone who’s never had a stout before, give Left Hand’s Milk Stout a try. With it’s slight sweetness and nice flavours, I feel like it’s a good introduction to the stout world. Especially when it’s served up in a jar, like so.

  • Beer: Milk Stout
  • Brewery: Left Hand Brewing Company
  • From: Longmont, Colorado
  • Purchased at: Stardust Video & Coffee, Orlando, Florida
  • Notes: A full-bodied stout with hints of cream and some roasted malt notes, making taste a bit like you’re drinking a cold coffee, and is possibly a fantastic alternate to drinking iced coffee during the summer months. The beer itself is pitch-black, and begs to have a scoop of vanilla ice cream added to the top of it to make a Milk Stout float.



2 thoughts on “Beer #4: Left Hand Milk Stout

  1. I tried this one for the first time recently, too. I was really excited to try it because it sounded just so interesting … a MILK stout? All I knew about them was that wikipedia said they contain sugar that can’t be fermented. Anyway, it was a little sweeter than most, but not THAT sweet. To tell the truth, I found its flavor to be less complex than that of other porters, but the texture, the texture was very .. unique. But I don’t know if it’s the texture that I’m after when drinking a beer. If you ‘re interested, you can see what I (and some others) said about this one at Barley Buddy:

  2. I’ve been searching online for information about the amount of lactose in milk stout, and specifically Left Hand Milk Stout. I’m lactose intolerant, although able to use small amounts of dairy products with little or no problem. I live in Colorado, and am a V.I.P. member of the Old Chicago World Beer Tour, which means I have completed ten tours of 110 different beers. I now have my own engraved mug, and have earned the privilege of getting a larger serving of beer for the same price, and can now drink 110 of any beer I choose instead of all different ones. Left Hand Milk Stout is one of my favorites, so instead of having one 16 ounce serving rarely, I can drink two 24 ounce servings at a sitting and get credit for my eleventh tour. All of a sudden the larger amount gives me a lot of gas. So I guess it’s a problem. The best information I have been able to learn is that ounce for ounce, milk stout has about one fourth the amount of lactose as a glass of milk.

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