Six-Pack Saturday: Left Handed Brewing Company Milk Stout

I first heard of milk stout a year ago. I remember thinking it sounded horrible. The name alone raises a lot of questions: Is this milk and beer? Is this milk made from beer? Is this real life?

Needless to say, after a year of curiosity and seeing the stuff on the shelves of various stores, I finally caved and bought some. Left Hand Brewing Company finally broke me. You hear that Left Hand Brewing? You win! And boy am I glad.

The Basics

Left Hand Brewing Company was founded in 1993 by Dick Doore and Eric Wallace in Longmont, Colorado. While the two former college buddies began with nothing more than a home brewing kit, they soon found themselves with a sizable fan base and a growing demand for their brews. They now produce more than 60,000 barrels a year and have 9 regular beers, 8 seasonal beers, and more than a dozen limited brews. For today’s review I will be drinking their popular Left Handed Milk Stout, which contains various malts and chocolate. With a 6% ABV and a full body, it promises to be a stout, err, stout. But is it good?

Disregard the copious amounts of alcohol and branding in this picture.
Disregard the copious amounts of alcohol and branding in this picture.


Like other stouts, the Milk Stout has a dark, bold, and roasted flavor. What sets this one apart are the notes of chocolate that are immediately evident upon drinking it. The chocolate notes, combined with the roasted barley, creates a coffee and cream like taste. It’s definitely not a flavor for fans of lighter beers (why would you be drinking a stout anyway?) or foofoo coffee drinks. For those of you who like bold, rich flavors, this beer is pure euphoria in a bottle.

Look at that nice, dark, foamy goodness.


Stouts are often smooth, and this one is no exception. While the inclusion of lactose in the beer doesn’t necessarily make it smooth, I couldn’t help thinking this beer is as smooth and silky as milk. There’s absolutely no bite or bitterness here.


It’s not often I admit to being wrong, but I will gladly do so in this case. If Left Handed Brewing Company’s Milk Stout is any indication of all milk stouts, then beer drinkers have mercy on my misguided soul. I was wrong about you, milk stout. You’re glorious. You’re smooth. You’re tasty. You’re mysterious. You’re just so damn good. Left Handed Brewing Company, congratulations on swaying me. This left-handed drinker is officially a staunch milk stout supporter. If any of you out there are like me and haven’t given milk stouts a try, don’t wait. Just do it. You won’t regret it. Unless you’re lactose intolerant, then you might.

Cheers, fellow left-handers!
Cheers, fellow left-handers!

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