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Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout - Odell Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

613 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 613
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.32%
Wants: 104
Gots: 56 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: denver10 on 01-03-2013)
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kojevergas

Texas

3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2014 07:09:39 | More by kojevergas
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4.41/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Amazing looking beer on nitro! Dark brown / black beer with a cascading bubbling 4 finger head.

S - Chocolate, cocoa, hazelnut, milk, vanilla. Some booze as it warms.

T - Extends right from the smell. Milk chocolate, slight booze, vanilla. Delicious.

M - The best part of the beer. So velvety, creamy and smooth. This might be one of the best mouthfeels on any beer. Mindblowing.

O - I never bothered to get a 4 pack of this beer, but I'm very glad to have tried it on tap. I think the nitro tap helped this beers mouthfeel and appearance. I bet the bottled version wouldn't drink nearly as well. Great stuff, one of my new favorite milk stouts. Up there with Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate!

Serving type: nitro-tap

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Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout from Odell Brewing Company
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