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Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout - Odell Brewing Company

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89
very good

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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

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.76/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pour at the pre-FWIBF bottle share held at the Adelaide Inn in Paso Robles, CA.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and lactose aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and lactose flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice balance of cocoa and lactose characteristics. (654 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

not quite what i expected, but it does taste like chocolate milk, so i guess i should have had different expectations? in any event, this is a tasty brew, if a bit odd. pours a dead sexy dark chocolate color with a tall foamy head the color, believe it or not, of nesquick chocolate milk, a few inches tall and really bubbly. i smell sweet chocolate and lactose sugars, as promised. its not sugary though like a normal milk stout, its just balanced out like a bar of semisweet chocolate of the finest quality. i would have liked to see a little more earthy dark malt character, maybe some dark german malt would have rounded this out a bit, for now its just really chocolate heavy. the feel though, itsnt heavy at all. the alcohol is invisible and the body is quite light for a big stout. plenty of carbonation also keeps it light, but id like to try this one from the bottle before i make any permanent judgements. overall a clever new odell brew, who can really do no wrong as far as im concerned. (999 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer was sent to me by GHB. Thanks man!! This poured out as a deep black color with a nice looking brown head on top. The retention is decent but there isn't much lacing at all here. The smell of the beer is roasted and has a subtle sweetness. There is a hint of chocolate on the nose too. The taste of the beer is very good, A very nice balanced roasted creamy sweetness with a chocolaty bittersweet finish. The mouthfeel is creamy and very smooth. Overall it's a very good brew. Can't wait to have more. (510 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

There's something about a story that defines and grounds those things that we experience in taste. This one brings the history of the cyclic relationship between brewer and farmer together in a unique taste that's irresistible to embrace and cherish. Even without tasting the beer, I love its story...

Lugene pours with the darkest bark brown hue before becoming black. Mid-onyx with a mirrory sheen but also modest haze, the dark ale lumbers in its ability to develop foam or froth. Low in lace, the coffee-stained head yields minimal lace- not unexpected, the oils of cocoa inherently inhibit foam formation, retention and lace.

Strong chocolate aromas supersede all of the stout-like aromas underneath. But that doesn't mean that the taste of fresh roasted coffee beans, "Whoppers" candies, whipped cream and malted milkshake can't poke through the chocolaty overcast. Light earthen character of chicory, burnt wood, and walnut decorate the peripheries of the nose.

Building on the aromas, the taste opens with burnt caramel, mocha-rich coffees with a strong roasted coffee backdrop and the smoothness of milky latte. The beer's lush taste accompanies a bittersweet chocolate focus that opens up in the middle just as the milky sweetness of heavy whipping cream intensifies the dessert-like notions of the stout. A tinge of bourbon-like alcohols reinforce the caramel, vanilla, and cherry-flavored alcohols that bring closure to taste.

Creamy, velvety and so sultry smooth, the beer's low-lying carbonation casts a cask ale-like texture that lays firmly on the tongue and caresses the taste buds with silky effects, thickness, and passive chewy textures. Its assured full body concludes with a malty-dry finish and stern understated alcohol warmth- somewhat minty in its continued complexity.

I remember when Young's Double Chocolate Stout was first tasted, I thought it was the most sultry thing I had ever tasted. Though there have been more advancement in chocolate, body, alcohol, and sweetness- none has yet to capture that type of taste in elevated form ... 'til now. This should be a highly celebrated ale for such humble underpinnings. I have a feeling Lugene has a pint or two waiting for him, and not on his dime. (2,232 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Opaque, jet black color with a one-finger, light brown head of foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of milk chocolate with some toffee and caramel.

T - Good milk chocolate flavor with some roasted malt and a touch of piney bitterness.

M - It was crisp,sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a really good. Odell has blown me away with all their new awesome beers. (428 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 Jason
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

LOOK: Black, thin but sticky tan lacing

SMELL: Roasty grain, fine chocolate, rose water, mild coffee, prunes, alcohol, light molasses

TASTE: Creamy, silky smooth, thick bodied, milky, subtle roastiness, chocolate throughout, modest hopping, big juicy kiss of alcohol, date sugar, mild spice, dark berries, faint orange peel, sweet creamy finish

This is a big brew, 12oz bottle took a while to conquer though I did not complain once. Seek this one out for something completely different. (532 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.86/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours mahogany with a finger of mocha colored head. Head retention & lacing are lacking

S: Some cocoa & faint boozeyness, kind of understated

T: Milk & dark chocolate & cocoa powder up front. More rich chocolate as this warms, with a touch of roasty bitterness as well, some dryness. Finishes sweet, dry, roasty with a touch of lactose

MF: Fairly rich, smooth carbonation

Really enjoyed this, the ABV is well hidden. If you like chocolate, this a stellar offering. I'll take this over the uber-hyped Boulevard Chocolate ale & true to style, but wish this would've delivered a bit more on the asthetics (605 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.77/5  rDev -6%
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.

Low B+

Might be interesting with age, but I can't see it developing.

Would pair well with chocolate. Obviously. And hazelnuts. (4,048 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Odell Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout. Stout brewed with milk chocolate. Odell Brewing Company, Fort Collins, Colorada. 8.5% alc by vol.

Solid darkness, below a slim ring of cocoa-tinted head.

Aroma: malty, somewhat sweet, light chocolate notes. Nice.

Taste: Sweet cocoa and cream hit first, mighty dark malt floods the mouth. Medium bitterness, creamy mouthfeel. Oh, here come's the flavor. Tasty mix, real nice on the tongue.

Hey, let's read the label and find out why it's called Lugene: "If you've ever been to our brewery, you've likely seen the old, beat-up truck that hauls away our spent grain. That truck belongs to Lugene, who's been feeding his air cows the hearty malt for over a decade. Named in his honor, Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout is brewed with milk sugar and milk chocolate. The rich and creamy brew reminds us of a cold glass of chocolate milk and our hometown "Aggie" roots."

Flavor gets bigger and develops more while in the mouth. Very nice chocolate taste, smooth and delicious. Yum, actually.

One flaw, though, is the high alcohol. For me, if I want to strong stout, I want an imperial stout. If I'm drinking a chocolate stout, I don't necessarily want to be beaten with booze.

Aside from that, I do like this. (1,238 characters)

Photo of mothman
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer is massive chocolate and cocoa flavors with a fair amount of roast. A decent creamy/milk flavor to it. Kind of dry. Awesome flavor profile.

Full bodied with a good amount of carbonation., Ends dry and roasted.

Very drinkable and enjoyable. I'd have more of this. (274 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.74/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Being a milk stout, sweetness is expected and doesn't disappoint. A dark, smooth pour with some big foam a bit soapy

Milk chocolate and sugary aroma, some caramel and dark plum

This is a smooth stout. Wondered if I would get dark or milk chocolate, and it's the latter. Makes it sweeter. Some dark fruit/berry. Hints of toffee and coffee. Not picking up much to any booze on this one. Pretty nice

Feels sweet and smooth. Carbonation is just right to get the feel of the chocolate. Nice beer (493 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black with some transparency at the edges. Small khaki head. A few islands of foam. Thin collar.

Smell - Chocolatey aroma. Light roast. Super chocolatey.

Taste - Chocolate is strongest. Roasted malt. Sweet lactose finish. Dominated by chocolate.

Mouthfeel - A little sweet. Medium carbonation. Lactosey.

Overall - I don't love the style, but this has a great chocolate flavor. (434 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lightproof black colored beer with a small brown colored head.

Smells of chocolate and toasted grain. Little bit of coffee and a faint smoke aroma. Some Kahlua smell.

Starts out sweet with a chocolate and toast flavor. sweet coffee taste almost like a syrup. Tasty but the taste can be summed up as chocolate syrup.

Mouthfeel is thick.

Overall a really tasty beer, but it is one the far side of sweet for the style. (419 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 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 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 AlexFields
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark chocolatey color but unfortunately almost no head.

Smells strongly of lactose, mild sweet milk chocolate, maybe some vanilla.

Taste is much better, huge milk chocolate flavor, sweet malty vanilla and lactose, excellent.

Mouthfeel is pretty thick, silky smooth, a little low on carb but still good.

Very good beer, would buy many four packs if Odell distributed here.

8.2/10 (391 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (751 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 HuskyinPDX
4.26/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 3.10.13
Best by 5/2/13B

A - Pours a very dark brown with a light brown active head that fades quickly.

S - Milk chocolate, roasted malts.

T - Chocolate milk with a touch of roasted malt and alcohol.

D - Heavier body with lighter carbonation.

O - Milk chocolate and easy drinking. Solid. (309 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown color, nice and professional looking. Mild light brown head on it, only about 1/4" in depth. Doesn't leave lace. Its a pretty color and juxtaposition of light and dark brown though.

Aroma was mild chocolate, thought it would be more impressive, but its still a nice breath of aroma from a stout that isn't all about massive roast in the nose.

Taste, a good, cocao and smooth chocolate sensation. Alcohol is amazingly covered up in the mouthfeel, at least at first, it does come out a little more downstream. Not really all that sweet. They got the lactose addition just right. I can't tell if that's vanilla or just a different kind of interplay between the parts giving it a slight bitterness at times (lactose and powdered chocolate milk?). Its a good beer, but its not going to rise to the elite level of chocolate beers.

Thanks to koufax21 for bringing this to the March Madness 2013 bottle share. Of course, a big no thanks to David Hurley, bar guy at El Dorado, for going back on the El Dorado's word of supporting our bottle share. These guys don't support craft beer, they don't support loyal customers. Grade A jerk. (1,141 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +6%
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. (438 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into snifter - thanks Penguin

Deep black pour with a bubbled crop of tanned head perched on top. Bubbly retention, spotty lacing and a wisp of film.

Mild chocolaty scents with cocoa, milk sugar and caramel. Roasted dark malts and soft warmth.

Intensely flavorful milk chocolate, cocoa powder and caramel swirl together into a beery transformation of hot cocoa. Sweet and balanced, roasted dark malts, bread crust and milk sugar. Finishes a bit chalky and chocolaty.

Fuller medium body, decent carbonation, chewy and smooth on the tongue. A delicious, chocolate-forward stout, although I wish the nose was as impressive as the profile was. (656 characters)

Photo of champ103
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
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. (951 characters)

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Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout from Odell Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.