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Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout - Odell Brewing Company

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Ratings: 778
Reviews: 129
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.57%
Wants: 134
Gots: 118 | FT: 2
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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Beer added by: denver10 on 01-03-2013

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of zhanson88
3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
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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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of MikeOlheiser
4.49/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer at a pub on tap.

The color is expected, very dark black, not alot of a head. If there is a head it subsides.

The smell is instantly chocolate. I did not smell any alcohol on this. Very sweet, malty smell.

The taste is sweet milk chocolate right up front and all the way through. There is a just a bit of alcohol warmth which adds to the taste perfectly in my opinion. otherwise, the alcohol does not come through strongly. There is no noticeable bitterness, but just a tad of hops at the end but it finishes creamy and clean.

The carbonation is slight, and is just right for this style. I don't care for the nitro beers like Young's, but the light carbonation is perfect for my liking.

Overall, this is my favorite chocolate stout. I like the sweetness, I like the bit of alcohol warmth, and its just delicious to sip on. If you like the style, I would say this a must try.

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4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by: 6/14/13

Appearance: Opaque black with a thin light brown head.

Aroma: Roasted chocolate and cream malts. Classic Milk Stout aroma.

Taste: Odell definitely isn't joking around when they say this is a chocolate milk stout. The flavor is as advertised with a creamy malt bill up front and a great milk chocolate flavor on the back end. There is a light hop bitterness throughout that lingers a bit in the aftertaste but it's not distracting from the chocolate which really shines. Just a hint of the 8.5% ABV during the finish but otherwise it's completely hidden.

Mouthfeel: Super smooth and just below full in body. I'd recommend a vigorous pour to reduce the somewhat excessive carbonation. Average drinkability.

Final Thoughts: I've been a fan of Odell Brewing Company ever since getting into craft and have been looking forward to trying a stout from them. Lugene Milk Chocolate Stout does not disappoint. If you enjoy dark creamy beers then give it a try. Would I drink it again? Yes.

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3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 4

Pours a midnight black color with no a soft tan head. Some legs cling to the edge and good retention through the whole tasting.

The smell is sweet. Big coco notes really emphasize the chocolate notes. More of a milky chocolate as compared to a malty chocolate. Some minor yeast esters but for the most part very clean.

The taste is sweet upfront and really lingers but changes. Upfront more of a lactos note but as you get into the beer chnages to a more oatmeal esk finish. Coco and chocolate notes really come out. Some astringency but places second to the coco notes. The esters come out more and rose peddles into the finish. Some herbal finishes and a touch earthy hops.

The body is sweet. To me its too sweet. Would have liked it toned down but that is part of the appeal. There is a oatmeal like texture as well. Carbonation is soft which helps the milky feel linger. Overall nice chocolate notes but could use some more stout characters.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of MisterNic
4.41/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Opaque black, dark tan one finger head

Smell - Chocolate, roasty notes, a hint of coffee

Taste - Sweet, milk chocolate, bittersweet cocoa, some alcohol as it warms up, but not overwhelming

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied, thick, chewy

Overall - A very tasty beer. I would definitely buy it again.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of andrenaline
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Props to my in-laws for grabbing the last bottle in the shop when visiting the US recently.

A - Pours nearly opaque, dark ruby hue on the edges, finger of dark mocha head with solid retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Rich milk chocolate, a touch of vanilla and a burnt sugar mocha finish.

T - Chocolate flavours dominate, the milk chocolate notes are surprisingly sweet, though not overwhelming, the ABV is incredibly well hidden and dark cocoa and vanilla flavours linger on the finish.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and a sweet sticky finish.

O - Overall, this brew is fantastic, incredibly easy drinking and I could easily toss back a few of these in a single sitting. Nice to find a rich brew, higher in ABV that can be easily sessioned. I wish my in-laws were able to grab a few more bottles, but I'm definitely glad they were able to get the one. Highly recommended.

Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout from Odell Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 778 ratings.