Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout - Odell Brewing Company
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3.76/5 rDev -7.4%
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.
06-04-2014 04:50:03 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.23/5 rDev +4.2%
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.
03-21-2013 06:44:38 | More by BEERchitect
4.28/5 rDev +5.4%
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.
02-03-2013 17:09:05 | More by Knapp85
3.99/5 rDev -1.7%
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.
01-22-2013 03:15:52 | More by zeff80
3.95/5 rDev -2.7%
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.
02-05-2013 02:19:21 | More by Jason
3.94/5 rDev -3%
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
03-09-2013 05:09:16 | More by russpowell
4.19/5 rDev +3.2%
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.
03-30-2014 01:22:57 | More by feloniousmonk
4/5 rDev -1.5%
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.
01-13-2013 20:49:15 | More by StonedTrippin
3.44/5 rDev -15.3%
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.
03-04-2013 04:52:48 | More by mactrail
3.78/5 rDev -6.9%
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.
04-07-2014 07:09:39 | More by kojevergas
3.9/5 rDev -3.9%
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.
05-25-2014 23:23:39 | More by Zorro
United Kingdom (Wales)
3.98/5 rDev -2%
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.
01-28-2013 02:10:47 | More by mothman
Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout from Odell Brewing Company
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