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Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout - Odell Brewing Company

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138 Reviews
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Reviews: 138
Hads: 867
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 12.22%
Wants: 157
Gots: 159 | 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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Photo of Oxymoron
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (948 characters)

Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured into a tulip glass to a black beer with a thick one finger light tan head that fades slowly to a small mat with some lacing
S: smells of milk chocolate and roasted malt
T: taste is sweet milk chocolate, roasted malt, and a slight licorice note. swallow brings more chocolate, roasted malt and a little coffee flavor
M: this beer is pretty smooth but on the heavy side with soft and slightly prickly carbonation with a clean and refreshing finish
O: It's a pretty good beer with some nice flavors and solid execution. It's pretty smooth and easy drinking as well. (572 characters)

Photo of Zach136
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with ruby edges. Milk chocolate, light roast and a touch of booze. Definitely a solid chocolate milk stout. Amount of alcohol presence was off putting in an 8.5% for my tastes. (189 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (999 characters)

Photo of Moose90
4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best By: 5/2/13

A - Dark brown, deep chocolate, pretty much opaque. Pours a big fluffy mocha head, leaves great lacing down the sides of the glass.

S - Subdued, maybe tasting too cold, but has notes of chocolate, lactose, no real coffee or char here. Very sweet.

T - Milk chocolate, chocolate pudding...Yes a lot of chocolate. Some fresh milk, and a little brown sugar. Some malted milk as well. This is sweet, but not off putting.

M - Minimal carbonation, this is a good stout, very smooth, sumptuous almost. At 8.5% ABV this is very drinkable, alcohol is hidden quite well.

O - I had been dying to see this on the store shelves. I am not disappointed. It is a great stout. A little sweet for my liking, but I will enjoy the 4 pack. Another great offering from Odell. (774 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Serve in tap at the brewery. Appearance is dark brown with tan head and plenty of lacing. Nose is full of deep roasted malts with hints of vanilla, chocolate, and lactose sugar. The taste starts with chocolate and roast and is followed by hefty vanilla extract notes. Nice balance. Mouthfeel is light with low carbonation. Overall, nice flavors here with a light overall character for such a strong milk stout. (410 characters)

Photo of bsp77
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Brownish-black with thin tan head and spotty lacing.

Smell: Strong roasted aroma, with definite chocolate, some cream, and touches of coffee and dark fruit.

Taste: Strong milk chocolate taste, semi-sweet, with sharper roasted layers underneath. There are light dark fruit flourishes, and a very minor coffee bite at the end. Some chocolate and cream lingers.

Feel: Medium-full body that is quite creamy and smooth, with low carbonation. Finish is just slightly drying.

Overall: This is exactly as advertised - a chocolate milk stout. Quite enjoyable, but I would like a little more bite and/or dryness. (674 characters)

Photo of TheCondor
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Side poured from the bottle into a Boulevard pint glass.

Appearance - Pours a deep, rich black, so dark that light has a difficult time penetrating the beer. Maintain a one finger head that displays decent retention and leaves a little bit of stankonia lacing on the side.

Smell - Dark roasted malts, breads, milky sweetness, chocolate, and sugar. A bit of coffee and vanilla as well.

Taste - Just like the nose! Maintains the milk chocolate/sweet stout style without overwhelming one with sweetness, although I certainly wouldn't add any more sweetening element. There is a mild bitter touch in all of that chocolate and milk.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, creamy, big. Favorite part of the beer.

Overall - Very good beer, if you like the style check it out. Condor recommended and approved. (791 characters)

Photo of JamesMN
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (1,001 characters)

Photo of TheFizzinator
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A dark beer with some highlights with little amounts of head. It almost has a slight burnt chocolate and a porter smell but it was a bit sickeningly sweet. Oh my the taste really pops here, you can taste the chocolate and the milk chocolate richness that it was brewed with. The milk gives more of the richness and a nice creamy mouthfeel and gives it a thinness but not too thin and makes it easily drinkable like a smooth cream.

This is a unique beer and I really enjoyed it, I wish the nose was a little more inductive of the nice taste but that's my only real criticism. (575 characters)

Photo of timontheroad
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark, almost black color, opaque. Nice two-finger brown head, good retention and lacing.
Smell: Sweet milk chocolate, dark roasted malt and some light coffee notes
Taste: Sweet milk chocolate up front, some nice coffee and dark roasty malt flavors on the back end.
Mouthfeel: Thick, smooth and silky, creamy, I could drink this all day!
Overall: Great tasting, nice aroma, hits all the right notes throughout. Pretty well made stout. (446 characters)

Photo of Brisket
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Black, slightly brown at the edges. quite a bit of lacing left behind

S- Roast malt and roasted chocolate with some alcohol sweetness.

T- Lactose sweetness, roasted chocolate and roasted malt. Different and very good.

M- Syrupy, heavy bodied with slight roasted malt astringency.Mild alcohol bite there as well.

O- Excellent beer, not much out there like it. Very good, I wouldn't call it easy to drink as it's a sipping beer. (433 characters)

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - The stout poured black with a tan head.

Smell - The nose was straight malts with little sense of chocolate.

Taste - At the front, baker's chocolate is evident. Notes of sweet berries and lactose sugar are present in the background. I found myself wanting more chocolate in this chocolate milk stout. The lactose is strong in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - The lactose gives a smooth impression with some carbonation.

Overall - I liked the beer but wanted way more chocolate. (492 characters)

Photo of Seanniek91
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12oz bottle into a Smuttynose pint.

Appearance- Very black with super quick mocha head. Looks a bit thin.

Smell- Roasty malts, baking chocolate, coffee, milk chocolate at the end. No detection of abv.

Taste- Holy jesus! Sweet chocolate with light coffee flavors. Nutty (peanut). Big malts. Zero hops. Warm booze, but not oppressive. I would like it to be a little more bitter.

Mouthfeel- Very light carbonation. Not very sticky. Smooth. Warming booze.

Overall- This was a nice extra. Great on this cold snowy NH night. (537 characters)

Photo of kemoarps
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is exactly what I love beer to look like. Satiny black, that winks back at you when you look at it. Just a touch of espresso foam brown that dances away as soon as you look at it, but leaves its marks on the wall. I've been excited to try this beer for some time, and I can already tell I'm going to like it. A lot.

Kind of a let down, though putting my nose to it. Not unappealing, just not really... anything. Smells kind of roasty-ish, hints of chocolate, and I swear something kind of rubbery. Huh.

OK, well that's more like it. The first thing I notice is just how incredibly creamy and smoothe it is. It's decently carbonated, too, so to have the effervescence playing off your tongue and still have an overwhelmingly creamy experience... it's a good 'un. The flavours are as you would expect: sweet creamy chocolate dominates everything else, with the sweet being bolstered by a definite lactose... sweetness. I figured this would be dessert, and it fits that bill quite well. There's some general roastiness and a hint of the thought of considerations of coffee perhaps, though that could just be a Pavlovian response to expecting to find it in dark beers. milky, syrupy goodness through and through. (1,216 characters)

Photo of denver10
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, deep brown with a nice mocha head, not much if any lacing though. A sweet, mildly rich aroma of some melted milk chocolate, lactic sugars, and just a touch of some roasted malt. Flavor is very sweet and chocolatey;starts off with the sweetness from the sugar, the chocolate builds and midtsream it is coming at you full bore like the taste of a melted milk chocolate bar sitting in your mouth, and a kiss of vanilla in as it finishes. There seems to be a hint of some roastiness there as well. The alcohol is dangerously hidden in this one. This is pretty much chocolate milk for those older than 21. A fuller, creamy mouthfeel. Overall, Odell with another winner that shines as it warms up a bit. Having tried a few of the pilot batches that lead to Lugene, this was definitely not my favorite overall variation (thpugh it is certainly up there). Chocolate Oar, with it being roastier and not as sweet, was my favorite and I'd have loved for them to have kept that type of sweet/roasty balance for this one. That said, I am certainly happy with what they did finally come up wih and its about time Odell has a nice bottled stout on the shelves. If you like sweeter milk chocolate, if you like beer, you should like this. (1,235 characters)

Photo of rawfish
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours smooth and black with tints of cola brown and a mocha colored finger high head. Retention is average and leaves nearly no lacing.

Notable sweetness with lots of milk sugar and milk chocolate aroma somewhat artificial and roasty. Undertones of tree nuts, hints of vanilla and smoke.

Decadent, sweet chocolate and roasted malt with notes of licorice and prunes. Finishes a more roast, lactic sweetness and a mild bitterness that lightens up the sugar.

Syrupy and muted carbonation, slightly creamy but it makes the beer really feel heavy. Alcohol goes back into it's shell as the beer warms up.

Sweet stout, really pairs well with desserts or as one. The chocolate notes are spot on and deliver what is promised on the label. Slow sipper and falls right in line with the other good offerings in the Odell series. (820 characters)

Photo of Dope
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice dark brown with a big fluffy medium brown head. Head fades slowly, leaving a really nice spiderweb lacework behind. Great head retention as well.

S: Chocolate, cream and a little smoky umami too interestingly enough.

T: Bitter chocolate initially, then a wave of creamy sweet milk chocolate follows it. There is a little savory smoky umami presence from beginning to end, kind of like a BBQ. Not much but it adds a certain heartiness to the beer. Some bittersweet chocolate in the finish and lingering between sips once the sweetness falls away.

M: Nice medium body, smooth and creamy.

O: Excellent milk chocolate stout. Not too sweet like a lot of these are, but sweet nonetheless. Nice full smooth body lends to excellent drinkability. A little savory umami adds a layer of complexity to an otherwise pure chocolate milk stout. Nice brew. (861 characters)

Photo of Vonerichs
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Black color with a flat appearance.

Robust aromas of chocolate and coffee. Raisins, roasted malt, cola.

Coffee and sweet chocolate dominate the flavors. Lightly hopped with a mild bitterness.

Super smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

A very good milk stout, true to form for the style. (286 characters)

Photo of OrestesMethuon
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fairly light milk stout, very drinkable—even, I'd think, on a warm evening—but, best of all, the layers of chocolate shine through much clearer and cleaner than many other chocolate-premised stouts I've had. Nice sweetness, toeing the line nicely between clean and cloying—and aided in this by the very detectable presence of the chocolate notes and their attendant bitterness. Not much nose, outside of dry malty sugars and the faintest hint of lactose carried though out of the tulip's curve. Very dark, and slightly mahogany-brown when held to light, this somewhat still, light mouth-feel stout seems to fairly well achieve its ends—though I think, given the sweetness, it'd pair much better with a hunk of meat than a dessert. (738 characters)

Photo of ISmith87
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - 3.5 - Not so good, looks highly carbonated, with a big head at first that quickly dissipates to nothing. No lacing.
S - 4.0 - Chocolate, coffee, dark malts, roasted malts. Little bit boozy.
T - 4.25 - Chocolate, coffee, dark malts, some boozy/bourbon type flavors, but the ABV is 8.5%.
M - 4.0 - Too thin bodied and dry for a chocolate milk stout at 8.5% ! Where's the thick, chocolate shake feel that you normally get out of a good double stout? Alcohol is present. Aftertaste is actually almost like chocolate milk, it's wierd but good.
O - 4.0 - It's good, but not amazing. (584 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (751 characters)

Photo of Scotchboy
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle to New Belgium Globe.

A: Dark brown pour with lightly transparent edges; minimal lacing.

S: Big lactose sugar, roast and roasted malt, sweeter malt notes, lots of milk chocolate, hint of caramel...vanilla as well?

T: Roast and milk chocolate. Lots of chocolate here, meshing very well with the milk sugar presence. There is some caramel and vanilla here as well.

MF: Creamy body, more-or-less medium bodied, light to medium carbonation lends itself to making this beer smooth and velvety.

O: Tasty, if a bit sweet; hey, this is a sweet stout. Milk chocolate and lactose comes through brilliantly. Pretty nice. (626 characters)

Photo of Justin_Neff
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Dark, opaque brown. Light tan colored silky head. Leaves full-glass lacing and settles into a thin layer of froth along the top of the brew.

S: Roasty java. Dark chocolate. Vanilla. Malty. Cherry sweetness.

T: Vanilla is more present than nose suggests. Roast, but not java like the nose. Dark chocolate bitterness. Hazelnut and caramel. Tastes like chocolate milk with dark chocolate Hershey kisses melted in it.

M: Creamy. A bit boozy. Wet. Medium body. Medium carbonation.

O: Boozy chocolate milk. This one is balanced well and complex. I'll pick more of this up and other Odell finds whenever I'm in MN next for work. (628 characters)

Photo of majorbase2
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown color with a moderate chocolatey brown head with good retention. Minimal lacing.

Aroma of chocolate, vanilla, and some lightly roasted coffee and nuts. Chocolate smell is very rich, almost like a melty molasses aroma coming from it. Sweet.

Taste absolutely nails the chocolate. You can taste it melting in your mouth. Milk is there too, with a silky, sweet taste to it. Some very light notes of coffee, very slightly roasted. A surprising amount of hops on the back end, resulting in a little bit of bite on the finish. Alcohol is masked very well for 8.5%

Medium bodied. Very creamy and smooth. Alcohol can and will catch you off guard here; it won't be readily evident in the taste, but if you drink it quickly you'll feel it.

An excellent example of a milk stout. It is a little bit on the chocolatey side (obviously), so if that's not your thing then stay away. Otherwise, a very good and drinkable beer, especially for 8.5%. (952 characters)

Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout from Odell Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.