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Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout - Odell Brewing Company

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very good

141 Reviews
very good

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Reviews: 141
Hads: 876
Avg: 3.99
pDev: 26.82%
Wants: 162
Gots: 162 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: denver10 on 01-03-2013

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Photo of maedhros09
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Dark brown/black with a half finger or so of tan head that settles down pretty quickly
Smell: Dark fruit, roasted malt
Taste: Roasted malt, dark fruit, chocolate syrup. On the sweet side but with a decent balance. The chocolate doesn't seem artificial - it blends well with the other flavors. Finishes with bittersweetness
Feel: Medium-full body, prickly carbonation for a stout of this strength.

Overall: Among other stouts I've had this seems to fit in best with the foreign extra stouts, but with a bit of the milk/sweet stout character. The best by date was listed as 5/27/2015 - though I've read others who say this doesn't age well, this seems quite good considering it is 5+ months past its BB date. The flavors are really well blended and despite others' opinion that it was too sweet, I find it to be just about right for a sweet stout (maybe it's the extra age?).

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Photo of raiderandbeerfan
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown, deep color, nice looking. The head is a lighter shade of brown in the 1/4" depth ranger. No lace. Pretty color, intermingling.

Aroma was mild chocolate, wasn't all roast, good mix.

Taste was all about those chocolate and cocao impressions. Alcohol covered amazingly for an abv like this one. Noticeable moreso as it warms. Lactose/sugar dialed in right where i want it. Mild bitterness. Already going 'solid 2nd tier chocolate beer'. Koufax21 hooked it up for the first time. Have had since.

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Photo of L0ne
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From backlog. On draft at Gingerman in Houston, February 2015.

Love chocolate stouts and am a big fan of Odell, so may be a bit biased, but I really enjoyed it. Lots of chocolate, light roast, some earthy hops add balance, right amount of sweetness. Really creamy mouthfeel.

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Photo of majorbase2
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown color with a moderate chocolatey brown head with good retention. Minimal lacing.

Aroma of chocolate, vanilla, and some lightly roasted coffee and nuts. Chocolate smell is very rich, almost like a melty molasses aroma coming from it. Sweet.

Taste absolutely nails the chocolate. You can taste it melting in your mouth. Milk is there too, with a silky, sweet taste to it. Some very light notes of coffee, very slightly roasted. A surprising amount of hops on the back end, resulting in a little bit of bite on the finish. Alcohol is masked very well for 8.5%

Medium bodied. Very creamy and smooth. Alcohol can and will catch you off guard here; it won't be readily evident in the taste, but if you drink it quickly you'll feel it.

An excellent example of a milk stout. It is a little bit on the chocolatey side (obviously), so if that's not your thing then stay away. Otherwise, a very good and drinkable beer, especially for 8.5%.

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Photo of jwhancher
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Single 12-oz bottle with date of 4/30/15 on label side. Poured into a snifter for review. Pours a dark brown which appears black with decent head to begin with. Head quickly fades to small thin tan head. Some noticeable lacing on the glass sides. Smells of brown malt, cocoa nibs, earthy & woody hops, some chocolate and vanilla. As it warms the chocolate takes predominant role in the nose. Tastes has initial bitter kiss that fades to a sweetness with chocolate & lactose. Some vanilla & light roast finishes out the flavor with no real hop notes. Perhaps a very faint noble hop taste but just barely. Feels medium for 8.5% ABV with no perceived alcohol notes. Carbonation seems fine. Drinkability is very good. Overall, I think this beer is a solid chocolate stout offering. The lactose gives it a nice milk stout dimension. Could easily drink a few of these in one sitting. Would be great in the winter months or as the perfect breakfast beer or maybe even a good pairing with some cookies.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: rich, deep dark brown, nearly black; head is a finger of creamy brown foam. Very good indeed.

Smell: rich and chocolatey aroma; there's some sweetness here but it's not *too* sweet. I like the balance.

Taste: chocolatey with a little bit of roastiness present. A dash of vegetal hop flavor at the end, but it isn't so bad. Again, the sweetness is nicely balanced and not overwhelming. A very tasty chocolate stout.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body but with a good, well-integrated carbonation and a nicely smooth creaminess.

Overall: this beer appeals to me a lot. I feel like sweet stouts can often be too sweet, but here the balance works out very well. Highly drinkable for a big beer.

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Photo of GreyShoes
2.69/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Look: Poured well, slightly thin, dark body and low tan head.

Smell: Not appealing, little chocolate notes but mostly very acidic hoppyness.

Taste: Very bitter chocolate, not extremely sweet, metallic finish. Bitter chocolate overpowers everything until the metallic finish.

Feel: Very smooth, slightly silky, fades decently quickly.

Overall: I did not enjoy this beer as much as I'd hoped. Fairly hard to drink for milk stout and not too flavorful. Very harsh alcohol taste the more you drink.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at the Bryant Lake Bowl. L: Pours brilliant chestnut with a thin tan film for a cap.
S: Cocoa, espresso and malt.
T: Slightly sweet. The chocolate flavors are bigger than the aromas with balance from light roast flavors and hop bitterness.
F: Soft, smooth carbonation, medium to medium full body, but is a little thin for the beer. Light alcohol warming.
O: This is a very good beer that might benefit from some more heft.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a pitch black color with a two-finger khaki colored creamy head that eventually reduces to a thin film floating on top

S- slightly charred roasted malt aroma mixes with notes of chocolate milk, malted milk balls, roasted nuts and underlying earthy hops

T- deep milk chocolate flavor up front mixes with charred malt and burnt caramel, sweet lactose gives a flavors of vanilla whipped cream, and seems to enhance the chocolate and caramel. Hints of dark cherry and coffee close it out with lingers of milk chocolate and char

M- medium-viscous body with moderate-low carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel and a chewy velvety finish, high drinkability

O- hard to believe that this is 8.5%, as it has superior drinkability. Chocolaty, milky and full flavored, this is a fine milk stout

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Photo of Zach136
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with ruby edges. Milk chocolate, light roast and a touch of booze. Definitely a solid chocolate milk stout. Amount of alcohol presence was off putting in an 8.5% for my tastes.

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Photo of Cannibalgasm
3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle.

A: Pours a rich deep black with two fingers of creamy beige head that lingers for quite awhile before leaving behind some beautiful lacing.

S: Chocolate, roasted malts, and some slight undertones of earthy hops.

T: Chocolate, milk, sweet malts, roasted malts, sugar, oatmeal, dark fruits, and a subtle earthiness..

M: Full bodied, moderately carbonated, smooth creamy stout.

O: A very solid chocolate milk stout. Odell knows how to please.

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Photo of Nick041881
5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the best chocolate milk stout that I have tried. Perfect carbonation and texture. It has a strong chocolate flavor with a nice alcohol finish. I have tried MANY chocolate stouts trying to find better but have not found one yet.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Almost pitch-black with a medium head of deep tan bubbles. Almost no lace.

Aroma: Mostly malts, with some cocoa. Not at all overpowering or heavy.

Taste: Sweet, roasty, with some smooth chocolate. Lugene is high in the burnt, charred malty side of things, with some alcohol warmth in the finish. Not quite as “chocolate milk” flavored as I’d hoped. Not bad, but not one I’d return to.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.41/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75


Appearance : This beer pours pretty dark. It's a very dark chocolate brown body; when held up to the light there's no transparency. The head is large, 3 fingers in measurement, and beige-to-almond in color. The head leaves very generous lingerie-like lacing along the side of the glass, a true beauty.

Aroma : Cocoa powder, cacao bean, slight anise, and a light astringency from hops but only underneath. Bouquet is medium strength and oh so yummy.

Flavor : Ummm...This is just out of this world good. Words fail me. I've just laid lips to what could be the best milk stout EVER. Ever. Gathering my thoughts and checking my emotions here...

Creamy, semi-sweet chocolate goodness mixed with a beautiful marriage of milk and oatmeal, ending with melty candy bar wrapper. The hop is subdued, allows a bit of a burn on the palate, just perfect.

Mouthfeel : An EXPLOSION of creamy, hot-cocoa-with-marshamallows-made-with-whole-milk body, a slight burn from alcohol, ending just slightly parched and tingling.

Overall : Just buy it. I'm not kidding. Best. Milk. Stout. Ever. Ever. Ever. Ever.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - The stout poured black with a tan head.

Smell - The nose was straight malts with little sense of chocolate.

Taste - At the front, baker's chocolate is evident. Notes of sweet berries and lactose sugar are present in the background. I found myself wanting more chocolate in this chocolate milk stout. The lactose is strong in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - The lactose gives a smooth impression with some carbonation.

Overall - I liked the beer but wanted way more chocolate.

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Photo of Grant_Satterthwaite
4.57/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is a solid chocolate milk stout. It's not as exciting as I thought it would be but it was still extremely satisfying. Odell is a solid brewery and this is a solid brew. It's really smooth and not overly carbonated. Great mouthfeel, and thought its strong for a stout (8.5%) it's not overpowering. In fact, there wasn't a the alcohol bite you normally get from an 8.5% beer. I'd recommend it if you're looking for a stout that won't disappoint you.

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
4.48/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a black color with a two finger brown sugar color head. Aroma is roast, coffee, chocolate, and bittersweet chocolate. Taste is chocolate, light roast, and maybe a hint of coffee at the end. Mouthfeel is medium to medium-thick, a bit thinner than some stouts but that by no means takes away from this beer. Overall one of the better milk stouts I've had, and the chocolate makes it all the more so.

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Photo of timontheroad
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark, almost black color, opaque. Nice two-finger brown head, good retention and lacing.
Smell: Sweet milk chocolate, dark roasted malt and some light coffee notes
Taste: Sweet milk chocolate up front, some nice coffee and dark roasty malt flavors on the back end.
Mouthfeel: Thick, smooth and silky, creamy, I could drink this all day!
Overall: Great tasting, nice aroma, hits all the right notes throughout. Pretty well made stout.

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Photo of TheCondor
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Side poured from the bottle into a Boulevard pint glass.

Appearance - Pours a deep, rich black, so dark that light has a difficult time penetrating the beer. Maintain a one finger head that displays decent retention and leaves a little bit of stankonia lacing on the side.

Smell - Dark roasted malts, breads, milky sweetness, chocolate, and sugar. A bit of coffee and vanilla as well.

Taste - Just like the nose! Maintains the milk chocolate/sweet stout style without overwhelming one with sweetness, although I certainly wouldn't add any more sweetening element. There is a mild bitter touch in all of that chocolate and milk.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, creamy, big. Favorite part of the beer.

Overall - Very good beer, if you like the style check it out. Condor recommended and approved.

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Photo of SteveB24
4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Love when beer tastes exactly as advertised, tasted like drinking a Hershey bar, without being overly sweet on the tongue and wasn't to heavy, finished creamy yet also pretty carbonated, drank like a chocolate soda with a nice creamy mouthfeel. Really different and pretty delicious. big fan.

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Photo of MottsDemerl
4.64/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I'm drinking this for the second time in a week! 8.5% abv pours black with a medium brown head. Definite chocolate notes in the nose as well as roasted coffee. Tastes of milk chocolate without being sickly sweet and has coffee notes. Mouthfeel is a little thin but feels like you actually had a glass of chocolate milk. Drinks really easy for a nice abv %. This was just tapped at the Ginger Man here locally and can't wait to try it on draught! Cheers!

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Photo of TempeBeerMan
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

A - Pours a inky black with a one-finger light brown head. Moderate lacing.

S - Dark roasted malts, chocolate milk, and a hint of dark fruit. Overall aroma is "mild".

T - Big milk chocolate notes forward. Nicely sweet. Some mild bitterness from the roast in the mid-palate. A hint of lactose sugars. Chocolate taste not at all artificial. Reminiscent of a rich chocolate cake. Very tasty. Warming alcohol in the finish.

M - Oh so smooth and creamy. Like drinking a milk shake. Full bodied, with soft carbonation. Drying, sticky finish. Amazing.

O - Nicely put together in all areas; excels in taste and feel. Probably the best chocolate stout I have had. So many of these taste like someone dumped cocoa into a beer. The depth and richness of flavor here stands out.

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Photo of churchillps
2.49/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 1.75

I rarely ever pour a beer out, and I love odell, but this is overwhelmingly sweet, so much so it tastes artificial. Like 2% milk mixed with nutrasweet. Really wanted to like this one.

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Photo of tjc76
4.71/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

If you let this beer age in the refrigerator for a year, a miracle will happen! It lost all of its alcohol taste, became a little more sweeter, and the chocolate was much more intense. The consistency seemed to be thicker as well, and so much smoother. Thought I was drinking a "Five Dollar Shake". This was one of the best Stouts I've ever had, only second to Stranahan's aged Yeti.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
3.71/5  rDev -7%

Poured from a bottle with a best by date of 5/24/14; into a pint glass.
Appearance - pours a dark brown. Sits black in the glass, but a bit of light comes through. A thin beige head that leaves sheets of lace!
Smell - very tame nose; some light roasted coffee beans and very little chocolate notes.
Taste - wow, wasn't expecting that after a ho hum nose...flavorful bittersweet chocolate, some vanilla cream!
Feel - mild body, very flavorful, bittersweet chocolate feel and very easy to drink for an 8.5% ABV stout!
Overall - a tasty stout; worth a try, but not something I'll seek out.

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Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout from Odell Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 141 ratings.