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Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout | Odell Brewing Company

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89
very good
156 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
156
Ratings:
951
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
26.07%
 
 
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Lugene Chocolate Milk StoutLugene Chocolate Milk Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by denver10 on 01-03-2013

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.76/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: The liquid settles in with a translucent coffee color and the rocky beige head leaves a lot of foam sticking to the side of the glass

Smell: Chocolate milk, lactose and a hint of vanilla

Taste: Milk chocolate from start to finish, with just a slight grainy tinge developing in the middle

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Every now and again I enjoy a milk stout; it's not something I like to drink frequently but this one is one of the better ones I have encountered; hides the ABV well

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Photo of kojevergas
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
3.99/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.44/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

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Photo of mothman
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of Jason
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
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

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of AlexFields
3.95/5  rDev -1%
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

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of vfgccp
2.53/5  rDev -36.6%
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.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.74/5  rDev -6.3%
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

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.74/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I'm already filled with dessert, but just for the heck of it, let's cap it off with this dessert like beverage. Onto the beer:

Ink black colored and topped with an espresso tanned head with solid retention on top. I smell some fruity booze here, some cocoa, and vague fruity esters. It certainly has that Imperial Stout strength to it.

Imperial Stout Meats milk chocolate
The beer itself is quite smooth in texture with a light buzz of booze. Sweet milk chocolate and cherries are all wrapped up in a very smooth liquid that's full-bodied.

I think I've had enough dessert for tonight. Until next time...

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Photo of Tone
3.56/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.34/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. Bottle
Best By: 5/5/16

Pours a very nice black color, with some pretty nice carbonation, which leaves a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger light tan head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with chocolate/toffee notes, slight vanilla, slight roastyness. The taste is malty, very nice sweetness, chocolate/toffee. Medium body, ABV hidden very well, nice little dry/bitter finish. Overall, for being available in sixers, and at this ABV, this is a very nice Milk Stout.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.05/5  rDev -23.6%
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

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Photo of Zorro
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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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 jbaker67
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark red-brown color with a small, instantly disappearing beige head, seems quite fizzy too leaving a nice sugary layer on the glass. Aroma has milky chocolate, some fruity dark malts and caramel. Flavor is quite chocolaty too, faint vanilla, caramel malts and lingering fruitiness on the finish. Strong carbonation, creamy, roasty, sugary and chocolaty palate. Could have been a bit heavier on the body and a bit less carbonated, still quite nice though.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.52/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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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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Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout from Odell Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 156 ratings.