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Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout - Odell Brewing Company

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141 Reviews
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Reviews: 141
Hads: 875
Avg: 3.99
pDev: 26.82%
Wants: 162
Gots: 162 | 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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Beer added by: denver10 on 01-03-2013

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

Soft malt with light roast, some sweetness and a touch of lactose. Nothing wrong, but nothing exceptional for style either.
Loud fizzy head that settles out pretty quickly, really. Very dark body.
A very rich drink. Full flavors. Milk and chocolate come through loud and clear here. Alcohol is noticeable with a little heat and spiciness/perfume to the taste- seems out of balance. Also get some warmth in the gut. Some sweetness shows
Moderate to lighter than that body. Reasonably soft feel and carbonation. Drinks lighter/easier than what it is. Could be kinda' dangerous.
This is a perfectly fine drink. No where near the best milk stout I've experienced.

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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 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 Algebrew
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Poured such a dark, dark brown that zero light shone through. It had a tiny brown head which evaporated quickly, which I was rather confused by. (Perhaps my glass wasn't cleaned thoroughly enough, I'll make sure to re-rate this brew soon.)

Smell: Sweet chocolate comes through, a hint of roasted malts, a noticeable alcohol aroma peers through as well.

Taste: The beginning hits a bit sweet with hints of chocolate; the middle brings out more of the milk chocolaty notes; the end dies down into a roasted finish.

Mouthfeel: A bit too carbonated. Also, more on the light-bodied side of medium, not chewy enough, but still fit for a sweet stout - creamy enough.

Overall: I will definitely purchase/rate this again. I've had it before and remember it being SO much better, I'm not familiar with infected beers, but this could be my first. Perhaps my senses were shot after that Mycenary. I know this is a far better brew than my rating has shown, I'm saddened. We'll see.

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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 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 NilocRellim
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The stout poured out from the bottle a dark, cloudy brown colour. Smelled of rich chocolate with roasty malts. Tasted almost the same way that it smelled; chocolate, malt, and a bit alcoholic. Left a lingering syrupy mouth-feel to it.

Would I buy this beer again? Probably.

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Photo of sethcroisant
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A- fairly dark brown head, though there's not much of it. moderate lacing.

S- roasted malts, coffee and booze are the most dominant scents. chocolate is there but a little less detectable. nice blend of smells.

M- carbonation is a little too prickly. has a decent body to it. kind of fluffy. overall, it's a very peculiar mouthfeel.

T- sweet and alcoholic up right away. after a second, some bitterness from the hops and roasted malts come in. chocolate is apparent all the way through, but not too assertive. bready flavors settle in towards the end. it does sort of taste like chocolate milk...

O- a solid and well balanced beer. maybe not as aggressive with the chocolate flavors as some, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.83/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Lugene pours a black color, with very little head at all. There is a boozy chocolate like aroma. The taste is a nice chocolate flavor, wwith a strong "milk" or lactose sugar flavor, a lot of the alcohol comes through as well. Good full flavors, nice body, crisp carbonation. Overall its a boozier chocolaty stout.

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Photo of Bockrules
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

poured from the bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a used motor oil black with just the faintest of ruby highlights. Capped by a fizzy, two-finger, tan head. Head is completely gone about halfway down the glass. Leaves behind a few small drips of lacing.

S - A little bit of chocolate milk upon opening the bottle. Not as complex or strong as anticipated. In the glass things get better with more chocolate milk, freshly backed brownies and a hint of caramel.

T - Chocolate milk upfront as promised. The body is is rich and complex with the chocolate malt backbone being supplemented by cane sugar, brownies and bit of earthy hop bitterness to provide some measure of opposition against the dominant sweetness. Dark fruit and a bit of alcohol come through as the beer passes over the back of the tongue, before leading to candied plum saturated in rum and covered in chocolate finish.

M - On the light side of full bodied with carbonation that seems more lively than creamy. Overall, I thought the carbonation in this beer was too soda like, causing the beer not to have the characteristic creamy head and mouthfeel I expect in a stout.

I enjoy Left hands milk stout, so I thought I would really be happy with this "Imperial" Milk Stout. I like the flavor profile: it is sweet, rich, and complex as hopped for and of course you can sense the alcohol at 8.5% abv. However, all other aspects of the beer fall short: the aroma isn't particularly inspiring and the carbonation is way too fizzy. Not only does this give the beer a head more reminiscent of a soda than a craft-Stout, but the mouthfeel is no longer creamy. Perhaps doing this on Nitro would correct that. For me this is a solid brew, but not quite good good enough to warrant purchasing another premium-priced 4-pack in the near future.

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Photo of Richardbeerlover
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Initial pour is dark brown with minimal head. First sniff I can't detect anything then it hits you in the backend of creamy chocolate. A nice fairly sweet beer. Really tastes like milk has been used in the brewing process. Not a strong chocolate taste at all but the milk is highly detectable. Fairly strong alcohol finish. I really liked this beer.

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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 stephens101
3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A tan head floats away quickly. Color is pure black.

Has a dark chocolate, grain, slight vinegar, and cream aroma.

Tastes of over-ripened cherries, milk chocolate, plum, taffy and pine. Bolder (but thinner) than expected with a warming alcohol heat and complexity that create distinction.

Smooth and dreamy like a sickeningly sweet pop song that ends with an unexpected kick.

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Photo of Cannibalgasm
3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle.

A: Pours a rich deep black with two fingers of creamy beige head that lingers for quite awhile before leaving behind some beautiful lacing.

S: Chocolate, roasted malts, and some slight undertones of earthy hops.

T: Chocolate, milk, sweet malts, roasted malts, sugar, oatmeal, dark fruits, and a subtle earthiness..

M: Full bodied, moderately carbonated, smooth creamy stout.

O: A very solid chocolate milk stout. Odell knows how to please.

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Photo of spoony
3.87/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 355 ml bottle (best before May 29, 2013) into a snifter.

A-The brew pours thick and black. I cannot see any carbonation in there. The head is thin, pretty quick to fade to ring, and dark brown in color.

S-Aside from the chocolate and roasted flavors you would expect (though the chocolate is not overpowering), this brew has something else going on. I cannot quite place my finger on the aroma...it is almost like a nutty liquor (Tuaca, maybe?). Nevertheless, the scent is pretty concentrated and you know you're in for a pretty big beer after one whiff.

T-The taste follows the smell pretty closely. There is a nice, intense combination of rich chocolate and lactic sweetness up front, with a mildly bitter roasted character on the mid-palate and finish. The chocolate flavors (milky and semi-sweet) grow on you as the beer warms to room temp.

M-Carbonation is lighter, but not totally absent. The brew has a medium to heavy body. This one is a sipper.

O-I like this beer, but it is suffering from something of an identity crisis. When I think of milk stouts, I think of lower ABV, creamier style beers. This brew, however, drinks more like a chocolate-infused RIS than a sweet/milk stout. The flavors here are intense and the alcohol is vocal, and while these are not bad things, I found myself looking for a bit more subtlety and nuance.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with best before date 07/24/14 printed on the label. My first encounter with this beer and my first beer from Odell Brewing Co., acquired via my first ever trade with Texan956. Thanks again, dude.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a milky chocolate brown colored body; opaque in the glass with some cola brown showing near the edges. Just over a finger of creamy sudsy mocha head that fizzles it's way out of existence entirely, leaving just a thin ring behind. Some sticky lacing appears on the glass when swirled, but none sticks. Looks very nice.

S - The smell is of lactose, milk chocolate, caramel malt, vanilla, some mild char / roastiness. What's here is pleasant enough, but it could definitely stand to be turned up more.

T - The taste is of smooth milk chocolate, lactose sugars / cream, caramel, vanilla, & cocoa. Mild chocolate bitterness / roast on the finish.

M - Feel is smooth and creamy. Sticky and sugary. Medium bodied with adequate carbonation. Very easy drinking for the high 8.50% abv. Mild roastiness lingering on the palate.

Overall, a wonderful example of a what a chocolate milk stout can be, and I'm happy to have gotten to try it. I would definitely have it again if it was available to me, but I feel that there are better, more chocolate-forward beers that are more readily available to me.

Odell Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout ---4/5.

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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 GPHarris
3.89/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a - poured a 1/2 finger thick tan head into a snifter that left a thin ring of lace throughout. the body was dark black.
s - lactose, roasted chocolate, malty syrup sweetness.
t - chocolate milk with some burnt chocolate flavors.
m - medium body.
o - solid milk stout and one i would go to again. i was expecting more but still a good beer.

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Photo of raiderandbeerfan
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown, deep color, nice looking. The head is a lighter shade of brown in the 1/4" depth ranger. No lace. Pretty color, intermingling.

Aroma was mild chocolate, wasn't all roast, good mix.

Taste was all about those chocolate and cocao impressions. Alcohol covered amazingly for an abv like this one. Noticeable moreso as it warms. Lactose/sugar dialed in right where i want it. Mild bitterness. Already going 'solid 2nd tier chocolate beer'. Koufax21 hooked it up for the first time. Have had since.

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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.


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Photo of arizcards
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Original Review 3-23-13
Picked up a four pack from Total Wine back in early February for $10. Best by 5-8-13.

I generally don't ramble but in this case i need to qualify this review. I do really love non sour brews from Odell. All that i have had has been good to excellent. Now with Lugene i was looking forward to a nice chocolate stout. I understand that our palates are all different but when cracking this beer what i did not expect was the amount of sourness in this brew. In a quick check of latest reviews i see one other BA detected the same sourness.

Beer poured black with a nice tan head. 4.0

Nose is sour milk, and hints of chocolate. 2.0

Taste is sour milk, some roasted malts, sweet chocolate. 3.0

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty smooth. 3.5

Overall drinkability for me is below average as i did not sign up for a sour milk beer. 2.75

Re-review 6-29-13
Picked up a growler at Bevmo for $11.99 after having a sample this past Thursday. Shared with a friend last night.

Initial sample was delicious. According to the Odell sales rep he indicated they did experience lacto bacteria in the bottled version of the brew but that it is a non issue out of the keg. Was glad to here i could give this another shot.

Pour created a nice tan head.

Nose was sweet with a hint of roastiness.

Taste was bittersweet chocolate and roasted malts.

Mouthfeel was on the thinner side for the abv and not particularly smooth.

Overall this was a tasty brew. Paired well with the chocolate cupcakes we had for dessert. a nice way to finish the night!

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Photo of maedhros09
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Dark brown/black with a half finger or so of tan head that settles down pretty quickly
Smell: Dark fruit, roasted malt
Taste: Roasted malt, dark fruit, chocolate syrup. On the sweet side but with a decent balance. The chocolate doesn't seem artificial - it blends well with the other flavors. Finishes with bittersweetness
Feel: Medium-full body, prickly carbonation for a stout of this strength.

Overall: Among other stouts I've had this seems to fit in best with the foreign extra stouts, but with a bit of the milk/sweet stout character. The best by date was listed as 5/27/2015 - though I've read others who say this doesn't age well, this seems quite good considering it is 5+ months past its BB date. The flavors are really well blended and despite others' opinion that it was too sweet, I find it to be just about right for a sweet stout (maybe it's the extra age?).

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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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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Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout from Odell Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 141 ratings.