Dismiss Notice
Sneak peek! BeerAdvocate magazine #104 (September 2015) featuring Leah & Oscar from Highland Brewing in Asheville, North Carolina. Learn more ...

Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout - Odell Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Lugene Chocolate Milk StoutLugene Chocolate Milk Stout

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
89
very good

138 Reviews
THE BROS
89
very good

(Read More)
Reviews: 138
Hads: 867
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 12.22%
Wants: 157
Gots: 159 | 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

No notes at this time.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout Alström Bros
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 138 | Hads: 867
Photo of dowen17
1.92/5  rDev -52.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a dark brown with minimal head. Pours just like a flat coke. There are tons of floating things in here. They're kind of hard. I'm almost afraid to sip it.

Smells kind of like a flat vanilla coke. It has a weird smell in the background as well. Still kind of scared.

Taste is alcohol with a little bit of coke flavor. Not picking up chocolate or vanilla or anything.

Way too carbonated for the style. Really poor.

Hated this beer. I think I may have gotten a bad bottle but oh well. (495 characters)

Photo of SamN
2.44/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2

Glossy sable black, decent head of mocha that dissipates quickly. Great looking beer. Smell is an initial flash of piney, crisp-fruit hops, like grapes. No real chocolate, but some coffee, lightly. Taste is an odd thing- initial taste is of vinous fruitiness, like grapes. Not what I'm expecting from a self-declared chocolate milk stout. Throws off the whole beer. There is some light pseudo cocoa tates, but the overall impression is of apple sweetness, herbaly hops and an odd finish. Taste is poor, i do not care for this beer. (531 characters)

Photo of churchillps
2.49/5  rDev -37.9%
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. (183 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
2.53/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.25

A - Cola body. Low, light-khaki head. Poor lace.

S - Balsamic vinegar, stale coffee. Touch of prune. No real chocolate to speak off.

T - Sour bitterness. Light vinegar. Malted milk balls.

M - Nice thick creamy mouthfeel.

O - Looks like this bottle went bad. Vinegar off-notes really ruined the beer. (304 characters)

Photo of GreyShoes
2.69/5  rDev -32.9%
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. (502 characters)

Photo of frankiepop
2.88/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Well, I am going to part company with many reviewers on this stout. 1st this brew somewhat lives up to its title. However, I didn't like the taste at the finish line. It delivers a metallic sour flavor that reminds me more of a bitter chocolate than a chocolate milk. Also we should compare this to other chocolate stouts. I suggest that the Wells' Young Double Chocolate, Samuel Smith' Organic Chocolate Stout, and Rogue's Chocolate Stout just cream this one.

The look and aroma are OK. But the smoothness is not silky smooth as a chocolate milk stout should be. For example, Youngs Dble Chocolate stout is world class and smooth. Silky smooth. In comparison then this stout must drop below average. My rec is not to buy a 6 when checking this toilet stew out. Get a cheaper single. Otherwise your drain is gonna get drunk on some shitty brew. Come on Odell you're better than this.

Pair this with the cd Isaac Hayes Chocolate Chip. Then move on. (950 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
2.95/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours black with a smallish fizzy brown head that quickly goes to a thin film.

The aroma is sweet lactic chocolate, some coffee and some bitterness from the roast.

The flavor is sweet lactic chocolate with some roast. It's a little acidic with some vegetal notes. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, an OK milk stout with a few off notes. Not as sweet as I thought it would be. A bit pricey at $10 per 4 pack. (452 characters)

Photo of blakelive784
3.04/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 fl oz brown glass bottle served in a snifter, reviewed live:

A - Pours a dark, opaque shade of brown, with a frothy tan head of one finger. Retention is poor, and the head leaves no lacing as it recedes.

S - Subdued roasted malts and sweet chocolates. Entirely too mild in strength. Incredibly restrained. Seemingly well balanced, though. I hope it's more assertive than it smells.

T - Roast character is much more prevalent in the taste, though it's underwhelming underneath the chocolate. Much more of a raw cocoa taste than I was expecting, which I like. Very sweet throughout. The alcohol is far too present on the finish (especially for 8.5%.) A bit simple.

M - Medium bodied, thick and smooth. It's missing the silky/creamy mouthfeel I've come to expect in good stouts.

D - I love the chocolate character, but it's too restrained and largely unremarkable. Pretty average. (888 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.05/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up at Home Brew Stuff yesterday for about $3... Poured into my slim tulip.. Short lasting brown head atop an expected black brew... very minor lacing.

Nose is Tootsie rolls.. smells a bit artificial IMO... milk chocolate and underlying stout qualities..

Flavor is maybe a tad better.. still the artificial chocolate qualities are my big bitch.. tastes like extract with some background cocoa.. honestly not getting anything on the palate that resembles a stout..

Body is a bit bigger than medium, carbonation is on the lighter side of medium and makes for a smooth mouthfeel..

Not really digging this one at all.. okay, but not good... more of a novelty for somebody that doesn't really like beer, "Hey, try this one. It is a 'Chocolate Milk Stout and will get you drunk!'" I am probably being a little harsh, but even for $3 I will never buy it again.

3/3/3/3.5/3 (879 characters)

Photo of goochpunch
3.29/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out a very deep, dark brown with a very thin head the color of chocolate milk. Smells of chocolate, chocolate malt, bready malts, and a bit of Euro hops. Chocolate isn't as strong as the nose as I would have expected. This beer is SWEET. Too sweet for me. Nice chocolate flavor, but it needs some bitterness (either from roasted grain or hops) to balance it out. I get a kind of jelly fruitiness from the yeast, that I'm not fond of. Mouthfeel is moderate-full and sticky. This beer isn't bad, but it isn't my cup of tea. Does an exceptional job of hiding alcohol. Needs more balance with the sweetness. (609 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
3.32/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, i think the four pack was $11. Dark black color, tan head, standard stout appearance. Aroma is mostly dark chocolate with a tinge of stout Flavor is more chocolate, cocoa powder, alcohol. Slightly sweet. I've read lots of comparisons to chocolate milk and while this is indeed chocolate heavy I really don't agree, its just chocolate beer. Honestly, a glass of Horizon chocolate milk tastes better than this does. (426 characters)

Photo of yamar68
3.42/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours as dark as you could hope for. A half finger of latte brown head sinks down to a stubborn cap of carbonation that provides a good amount of lace.

Cocoa powder, almond, some brown ale type aromas, mild coffee... this is quite a bit tamer than I was anticipating.

The palate immediately reminds me of Southern Tier's chocolate stouts... rather artificial, creamy and sweet, some kind of metallic cocoa powder on the finish. Maybe a bit of coffee is buried in here somewhere as well. I'm glad I only grabbed a single of this one. (535 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
3.43/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reminiscent of Guinness in terms of appearance. As dark brown as you can go without being black. Does not let light through. Smell that roasted malt and milk chocolate. It's dessert time! Like carbonated,alcoholic chocolate milk sans milk. Viscous mouthfeel. Somewhat of an alcoholic aftertaste. (295 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.44/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Dark velvety brown, near black in the Duvel tulip. Attractive low head but plenty of fizz on the tongue. Smells faintly like chocolate.

This does taste exactly like chocolate milk, if that's what you're looking for. Sweet and rich. There is a tart flavor that comes along, which is quite welcome, almost a capuchin yoghurt flavor. The dark roasted malt is what you'd find in a stout, though buried somewhat under the milky sugar. Towards the end of the glass it starts tasting more biter, like burnt malt. A little thickly bodied but it still pours and drinks like a beer.

Tangy and surprisingly drinkable, though you really have to like chocolate a lot. From the 12 oz bottle bought at Jubilation Fine Wines in Albuquerque. (726 characters)

Photo of ocelot2500
3.52/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an ebony color with a small, very fine head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of chocolate with a bit of sweetness.

Tastes of the sweet chocolate notes mostly. Chocolate dominates the profile with slightly sweet milk chocolate notes. A bit of cream notes come through as well. Coffee notes are understated and definitely not the focus. Some dark fruit comes through a bit more as it warms.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a creamy amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is solid, but nothing spectacular. Worth a try if you like the chocolate notes to come through. (579 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
3.52/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours black with s small tan head of foam.

Notes of milk chocolate and roasted malts on the smell. Not overly sweet as I kind of expected.

Nice milk chocolate flavour up front, gets a bit sweet mid palate, finishes with some semi sweet chocolate and a "blast" of alcohol.

This is pretty good but not something I'd drink much of. Too high on the abv scale for me. (368 characters)

Photo of zhanson88
3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours out a dark brown that appears pretty much opaque black in the glass. About 1/2" of dark tan head forms, that has okay retention and does retain some lacing. Pretty good looking milk stout.

Smell: Smells pretty roasty, with chocolate and lactose coming through as well. Very aromatic compared to many milk stouts out there.

Taste: Lots of chocolate, roast and lactose flavor coming through in waves. Very sweet. Mid palate and on the finish though, it turns pretty cloying and you can really tell it is 8.5% ABV.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Medium bodied and pretty creamy. Again though, it turns a bit hot on the end and drinkability is not high at all. Very much a one-and-done type of beer. Overall, a very flavorful milk stout that is pretty enjoyable and unique. Would probably buy again at some point if given the chance. (839 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.56/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black color. 1/4 inch head of a tan color. Slight retention and poor lacing. Smells of sweet malt, oatmeal, hint of sour, slight roasted malt, pale malt, and a hint of hops. Fits the style of a Milk / Sweet Stout. Mouth feel is sharp and creamy with a low carbonation level. Reminiscent of a Baltic Porter. Tastes of roasted malt, tartness, sweet malt, hint of hop, and slight oatmeal. Overall, very weak appearance, but decent aroma, good body, and good blend. (469 characters)

Photo of secondtooth
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
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. (407 characters)

Photo of PhillyStyle
3.64/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle:

Overall, I liked this beer. It has a nice dark body that produced a nice thick brown head, which was not well retained. A better aroma, with coffee notes. The beer fell down a bit on the taste, as I did not enjoy the alcohol flavor that it gave off. The beer had a good feel to it, nice and thick. A good beer and one that I will have again. (362 characters)

Photo of Hop-Droppen-Roll
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks like a porter, smells like a porter (anyone who can school me in how to better rate porters based on appearance, feel free to BM me). Extra points on appearance because I love the label - makes me hungry for chocolate and milk, which made the beer irresistible.
The taste is great, it's an awesome porter, but I'm suspicious that the brewers were able to hide behind the milk/chocolate notes, the way a guitarist might hide behind his effects pedals... I think it's awesome, but I also think I expected more... and based upon the kick-ass label, I don't think that's unreasonable! I'm just an ignorant consumer, after all...
As far as mouthfeel is concerned, I feel like it's got the mouthfeel of a typical porter - I'm usually not a fan, but it works with this beers sweetness, so I'm happy with it.

Overall, it's a good beer, but if it were available in my market I don't think I would buy it very often. Very happy to have gotten to try it, and hopefully we get it here soon (because I DO like it, and I WOULD buy it, just not all the time).

Thanks again to CreepinJeeper for this awesome extra!

BIG TIME EDIT: I just realized this beer is classified as a stout... I know that porters are stouts, and stouts are porters, but this changes things. This is a little weak for a stout. Too carbonated, too light. Still Good. Carry on. (1,341 characters)

Photo of flayedandskinned
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2013 Vintage
Poured into a Duvel Tulip

Appearance: (4)
Pours a deep black with a 2 and half fingers tall dark khaki head that gradually reduces down a 1/4 finger, leaving some lacing behind.

Aroma:(4)
A nice, grassy hoppiness greets your nostrils immediately, quickly followed by rich, sweet tones of chocolate and dark roasted grains. The nose is strikes up a nice balance of sweet milk chocolate, floral hoppiness and some roasted coffee notes.

Taste: (3.75)
Like the nose, you're struck by quick a kiss of floral hops, followed up by some notes of sweet milk chocolate and a distinctive roasted coffee bean bite. The beer finishes off dry with a staying sorta of wetness on your palate. Lingering notes of milk chocolate, dark chocolate, coffee and an herbal bitterness. For 8.5%, the alcohol is very well masked.

Mouthfeel: (3)
Medium bodied, only slightly creamy with moderate carbonation. Pretty flabby on the back end.

Overall: (3.5)
This is Odell's winter Milk Stout made with chocolate. Overall, the beer smells good and taste decent, but it's the flabby, wet finish that really leaves a lot to be desired. Not a bad beer by any means, I just prefer my stouts to finish a tad more dry. For being 8.5%, the beer is very easy drinking, but at the end of the day, it's just not really my style. (1,310 characters)

Photo of WGO
3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Great looking label with a little background story.
Off white head, which quickly dissipated to nothing.
Smelt alot like a mocha coffee.
Taste of coffee beans and liquorice. Not as sweet as I was expecting, and still quite bitter.
Went very well with a chocolate cheesecake. (275 characters)

Photo of DenverHopHead
3.71/5  rDev -7.5%

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. (586 characters)

Photo of beagle75
3.74/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Opaque, dark borwn color showing light transmission around the edges, with a peripheral ring of mocha-tinted bubbles. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Roasted and dark, but more dried fruit than chocolate. Rustic nuttiness emerges as the beer warms. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins barely off-dry, with baker's yeast and mild dark fruit. Sweetness tips up for an instant the same time as acidity pings into the middle. Chocolate is very well-established during the second act, significantly unctuous and reverting to dryness. The finish is of cacao nibs--nutty and roasty, expanding on the palate with as much aroma as flavor. No alcohol is detected.

M: Medium viscosity, creamy on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: Relatively strong for a milk stout, this beer hides its 8.5% abv well as it delivers the promised chocolate. While the smell is simplistic, the taste is focused on chocolate but with enough room for other features. It is texturally very strong, doing everything that a stout should. (1,066 characters)

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout from Odell Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.