Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout - Odell Brewing Company
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Reviews by 4DAloveofSTOUT:
4.19/5 rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
thanks to ablackshear for this extra beer in a trade!
poured into pint glass
Appearance: black bodied beer with 2 fingers of medium brown thick foamy head.
Smell: roasty, sweet lactose sugar, and milk chocolates. Hint of nuttiness and fruity notes.
Taste: roasty and sweet right away. Its as if the roasty malts want to assert themselves and the milk chocolate and lactose sugar says down bitch to the dark malts! The beer is almost like a chocolate milk shake, but then it has the taste of the hersheys chocolate syrup. Nice defined lactose note in the beer as well. The finish is moderately sweet. The chocolate tastes exactly like milk chocolate nothing artifical tasting from this beer.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Looked at the label expecting a 5% beer based on how how drinkable the beer is and the beers mouthfeel; nope is 8.5%! Whoa that seriously well hidden too... by the way. I just wouldnt have guessed that it was almost a 9% beer.
Overall: Do not drink this beer unless you really enjoy chocolate because this has got to be one of the "chocolatiest" beers that I have drank. Another really enjoyable beer from this brewery that stilll seems to remain a secret. I have no idea why either... the are always brewing fantastic everyday beers that are approachable for the craft beer newbie, but still satisfy a dercerning palate of a vertern craft beer drinker! Nice beer O'dells! This one is just as good as Moo hoo by Terrapin maybe even a little better!
Serving type: bottle
01-25-2013 23:31:55 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
More User Reviews:
4.34/5 rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
I have had this on tap a few places around Houston. D&T and Hay Merchant most recently.
A: Pours a nearly opaque black color. A bit of brown/ruby red around the edges. A two finger khaki head forms with good retention. Plenty of lace is left behind.
S: Roasted malt, light cereal grains. Then the milk chocolate takes over. Silky, lightly lactic chocolate is the show as this warms.
T: Like the nose, roasted malt and cereal grains up front. Baked bread, and that wonderful silky milk chocolate takes over and is a real treat. Near perfect for the style.
M/D: A full body that is not overly viscous. Moderate carbonation, and I can't describe how silky smooth this is. While the alcohol is a bit strong for the style, it is still incredibly easy to drink. I will need to get bottles asap.
Love it. I can forgive the higher ABV (for my liking) cause this is so flavorful and enjoyable to drink. A really good imperial sweet stout. Highly recommended.
Serving type: on-tap
04-16-2014 01:37:33 | More by champ103
4.03/5 rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
A- Black, slightly brown at the edges. quite a bit of lacing left behind
S- Roast malt and roasted chocolate with some alcohol sweetness.
T- Lactose sweetness, roasted chocolate and roasted malt. Different and very good.
M- Syrupy, heavy bodied with slight roasted malt astringency.Mild alcohol bite there as well.
O- Excellent beer, not much out there like it. Very good, I wouldn't call it easy to drink as it's a sipping beer.
Serving type: bottle
04-14-2014 06:10:02 | More by Brisket
4.38/5 rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Tasted On: 04-13-2014
Freshness: Best by 06-04-14
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Nonic pint
Purchased: Received from a friend
Black beer, opaque, with a couple of fingers of tan head. A good amount of lacing in the glass with decent head retention.
Aromas are very nice; sweet malts and caramels, with milk chocolate and dark brown sugar.
Taste is rich and sweet and has flavor notes of chocolate, molasses and dark ripened fruits such as figs and raisins.
Smooth and creamy mouthfeel is coupled with an average to high amount of carbonation. The beer finishes sweet and with flavors of dark chocolate.
A superb example of a milk stout with chocolate! One of the best I've tasted.
Thanks go to Craig for the beer!
Serving type: bottle
04-14-2014 03:01:01 | More by sommersb
3.66/5 rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Initial pour is dark brown with minimal head. First sniff I can't detect anything then it hits you in the backend of creamy chocolate. Not a sweet beer at all. Really tastes like milk has been used in the brewing process. Not a strong chocolate taste at all but the milk is highly detectable. I really liked this beer.
Serving type: bottle
04-13-2014 04:06:39 | More by Richardbeerlover
3.78/5 rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Finally getting around to reviewing this tasty sounding treat from my what is probably the best brewery in my home state. Reviewed as a milk stout given the name of the beer, though the label does call it a "Stout brewed with milk chocolate," which isn't sounding like a milk stout per se - but the description on the back clarifies that it's indeed brewed with milk sugar. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with appealing label and branded pry-off pressure cap acquired at a local Texas bottle shop and served into Stella Artois stemware in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery and style. 8.5% ABV confirmed per the label.
Best before: 07/02/14. Served cold - at fridge temp - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.
Pours a one finger wide head of khaki colour. Decent creaminess and thickness. I was expecting a bit more. Head retention is average - about 2 minutes. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.
Body colour is a predictable opaque solid dark black - not quite a jet black. No floating yeast particles or hop sediment is visible. Appears decently carbonated.
Overall, this is looking pretty standard for a milk stout. There's nothing unique or special about it.
Sm: Lactose sugar, dark malts, chocolate malts, cream, milk chocolate, caramel and cocoa. No note really dominates per se, but I suppose lactose sugar is the most prominent.
No hop character, yeast character, or alcohol is detectable.
Overall, it's a pleasant aroma of average strength. Admittedly pretty standard for a milk stout, but I'm craving the first sip. Very conventional and very good at the same time.
Mf/T/Dr: Has medium body and ample heft, with a good thick presence on the palate. Unrefreshing, but then a milk stout isn't meant to be. The ABV is nowhere to be found; this drinks like it's about 6%. Smooth and wet. Slides down easy enough. It's very drinkable for its high ABV. I really dig the softness as well. It just glides along the palate.
Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, or biting. Lightly sticky.
The taste fulfills the promises of the aroma: milk chocolate, lactose sugar, faint cream. Dark malts and chocolate malts provide the strong yet understated foundation. There's no real overt hop profile; sweetness is the star here, but the beer is never cloying. No yeast character comes through.
As it comes to temperature, I pick up on faint wisps of vanilla, caramel, and even - cherry? Hm.
Above average depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity of flavour. This beer has good amplitude and balance, and feels very cohesive - but not quite gestalt. The flavour profile features some interesting complexity and subtlety, but I can't say it's a particularly intricate or nuanced beer in the style; it's brewed pretty strictly to conventions, and the milk chocolate isn't quite as prominent as would be ideal. Still, the chocolate is nice and never tastes artificial or "natural flavour"-esque, if you will.
Quite drinkable for the high ABV; I could (and would) easily down 3-4 of these in one sitting. It's a good milk stout, and I'd even go so far as to say Left Hand had better watch out. Could Colorado be the best state for milk stouts?
I'd definitely recommend friends pick this up (most of them live in Colorado anyway). It's a damn fine brew in its style. Odell has once again delivered. I'm very happy this is on shelves; I could see this shooting to the top of the ratings lists if Odell offered it in bomber form as a limited release for some obnoxious price.
That said, I'd argue this isn't the dessert beer or "chocolate shake in a bottle" other reviewers might claim it is. It's actually less sweet than most milk stouts I've had, and it's anything but a sipper.
Might be interesting with age, but I can't see it developing.
Would pair well with chocolate. Obviously. And hazelnuts.
Serving type: bottle
04-07-2014 07:09:39 | More by kojevergas
Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout from Odell Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 485 ratings.