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Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout - Odell Brewing Company

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140 Reviews
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Reviews: 140
Hads: 872
Avg: 3.99
pDev: 26.82%
Wants: 159
Gots: 160 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: denver10 on 01-03-2013

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Photo of champ103
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I have had this on tap a few places around Houston. D&T and Hay Merchant most recently.

A: Pours a nearly opaque black color. A bit of brown/ruby red around the edges. A two finger khaki head forms with good retention. Plenty of lace is left behind.
S: Roasted malt, light cereal grains. Then the milk chocolate takes over. Silky, lightly lactic chocolate is the show as this warms.
T: Like the nose, roasted malt and cereal grains up front. Baked bread, and that wonderful silky milk chocolate takes over and is a real treat. Near perfect for the style.
M/D: A full body that is not overly viscous. Moderate carbonation, and I can't describe how silky smooth this is. While the alcohol is a bit strong for the style, it is still incredibly easy to drink. I will need to get bottles asap.

Love it. I can forgive the higher ABV (for my liking) cause this is so flavorful and enjoyable to drink. A really good imperial sweet stout. Highly recommended.

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Photo of ZAP
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Dark brown/black....minimal head

S-Milk chocolate....whopper candy...coffee heavily laden with cream..

T-Nice lactose impressions....whoppers candy again...milk chocolate....just a slight sour note on the finish...very slight..

M-Drinks more like a 5% stout than an 8.5% stout....body is medium with a slightly syruppy impression...the higher ABV is indistinguishable.

O-Nice beer. I bought a single of this and thought it read "chocolate mint stout"...time for reading glasses I guess. Nicely done beer. Could drink a couple or three of these in a sitting...

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

thanks to ablackshear for this extra beer in a trade!

poured into pint glass

Appearance: black bodied beer with 2 fingers of medium brown thick foamy head.

Smell: roasty, sweet lactose sugar, and milk chocolates. Hint of nuttiness and fruity notes.

Taste: roasty and sweet right away. Its as if the roasty malts want to assert themselves and the milk chocolate and lactose sugar says down bitch to the dark malts! The beer is almost like a chocolate milk shake, but then it has the taste of the hersheys chocolate syrup. Nice defined lactose note in the beer as well. The finish is moderately sweet. The chocolate tastes exactly like milk chocolate nothing artifical tasting from this beer.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Looked at the label expecting a 5% beer based on how how drinkable the beer is and the beers mouthfeel; nope is 8.5%! Whoa that seriously well hidden too... by the way. I just wouldnt have guessed that it was almost a 9% beer.

Overall: Do not drink this beer unless you really enjoy chocolate because this has got to be one of the "chocolatiest" beers that I have drank. Another really enjoyable beer from this brewery that stilll seems to remain a secret. I have no idea why either... the are always brewing fantastic everyday beers that are approachable for the craft beer newbie, but still satisfy a dercerning palate of a vertern craft beer drinker! Nice beer O'dells! This one is just as good as Moo hoo by Terrapin maybe even a little better!

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.32/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, i think the four pack was $11. Dark black color, tan head, standard stout appearance. Aroma is mostly dark chocolate with a tinge of stout Flavor is more chocolate, cocoa powder, alcohol. Slightly sweet. I've read lots of comparisons to chocolate milk and while this is indeed chocolate heavy I really don't agree, its just chocolate beer. Honestly, a glass of Horizon chocolate milk tastes better than this does.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours an opaque black color. The head is a quarter inch of tan foam that recedes quickly into sparse lacing. The aroma is of melted milk chocolate, with hints of roasted malt beneath. The taste is full of chocolate with some nice roasted malt and graham cracker notes rounding things out. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a silky chewy texture, and appropriately mild carbonation. Overall, this might not be a mind blowing chocolate stout, but it is a damn good one.

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Photo of jera1350
4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark chocolate colored body with a creamy little head of deep khaki colored foam that leaves plenty of lacing.

Has a nose of dairy cream with chocolate. Whole milk chocolate milk if you will.

Holy hell, this is good. Very milk chocolatey throughout with some cream/milk notes and a bit of alcohol at the end. The flavor never overwhelms the palate though.

This is a great part of this beer. Heavier end of medium bodied, slick and milky smooth. Not heavy or thick despite the abv.

This is wonderful. Like drinking chocolate milk beer. Odell does it again. Dessert in a bottle, much like those chocolate cream liquors (Godiva, etc.) you can buy now. Wow, am I digging this.

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Photo of andrenaline
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of Dope
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of Zach136
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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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 homebrew311
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.31/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass. Best by date of 5/2/2013.

Appearance: Pours a dark blackish brown with a fair amount of rising bubbles. About two fingers of deep tan head that fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A very roasty and fairly sweet dark stout aroma. Dark roasted malts with big hints of dark and milk chocolate, toast, cream, coffee, burnt caramel, toffee, nuts, and yeast. Also some hints of vanilla and smoked malt. Subtle hints of molasses and dark raisin and fig. Hops are laid back with some earthy hints. A very nice rich and creamy chocolate driven aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma hints, a nice roasty and sweet chocolate and milk driven taste. Dark roasted malts with a good taste of milk chocolate, cocoa, cream, toasted bread, coffee, caramel, toffee, yeast, nuts, and some smoked malt. Some sweet vanilla and molasses sugars as well. Subtle notes of dark fruit including raisin, fig, and prune. A light bitter taste of earthy hops come in towards the finish. A very good sweet chocolate stout taste that is well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very creamy and somewhat roasty and syrupy. Alcohol is masked very well.

Overall: A really good sweet/milk stout. Good creamy chocolate flavor with a moderate sweetness. Really nailed the style.

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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 MDDMD
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-dark brown black color with a nice tan head and good lacing

S-coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla

T-rich chocolate, coffee, dark roasted malt, vanilla, slight bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy

O-delicious stout with lucious chocolate flavor and gr eat smoothness, really enjoyable after dinner

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Photo of Beaver13
2.95/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours black with a smallish fizzy brown head that quickly goes to a thin film.

The aroma is sweet lactic chocolate, some coffee and some bitterness from the roast.

The flavor is sweet lactic chocolate with some roast. It's a little acidic with some vegetal notes. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, an OK milk stout with a few off notes. Not as sweet as I thought it would be. A bit pricey at $10 per 4 pack.

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Photo of rawfish
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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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 Moose90
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a pitch black color with a two-finger khaki colored creamy head that eventually reduces to a thin film floating on top

S- slightly charred roasted malt aroma mixes with notes of chocolate milk, malted milk balls, roasted nuts and underlying earthy hops

T- deep milk chocolate flavor up front mixes with charred malt and burnt caramel, sweet lactose gives a flavors of vanilla whipped cream, and seems to enhance the chocolate and caramel. Hints of dark cherry and coffee close it out with lingers of milk chocolate and char

M- medium-viscous body with moderate-low carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel and a chewy velvety finish, high drinkability

O- hard to believe that this is 8.5%, as it has superior drinkability. Chocolaty, milky and full flavored, this is a fine milk stout

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Photo of GilGarp
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle seved chilled into a goblet.

Lugene is a very dark brown color with nice clarity. The head is minimal and no lacing is left behind.

Aroma is sweet and rich with chocolate.

Flavor is wonderfully sweet and creamy like a roasty chocolate milk. It has sweetness of a milk chocolate bar with just a hint of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and perfectly carbonated. It is super smooth and creamy with barely a hint of alcohol.

Overall a really great milk stout.

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Photo of hardy008
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a two finger mocha head. Nice retention on the head and it leaves a good amount of lacing. The aroma has cocoa and dark roasted malt. Not a very strong aroma, but still nice.

The taste is bolder than the aroma suggests. There is milk chocolate, cocoa, dark roasted malt, and some vanilla. Sweet, with only a little bitterness from the dark roasted malt. Very nice.

Medium to full bodied, with below average carbonation. Creamy. smooth, and easy to drink. I would gladly buy this again.

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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 zeledonia
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A new beer from Odell, and a chocolate milk stout at that! Tasted 1 February 2013, reviewed from notes.

Pours deep dark brown, mostly opaque. One finger of medium-tan head. Okay retention, pretty good lacing. Not bad.

Smell is rich, chocolatey, and sweet. A touch of smoke reveals the stout in the back, but for the most part, this is rich chocolate milk. It has a touch of the artificial (a la Southern Tier), but just a hint.

This is tasty. Sweet, luscious, and chocolatey. It's definitely dominated by the chocolate and the lactose, but they're pure and harmonious. The stout comes through as support, and a soft touch of dark roast coffee.

Mouthfeel is as it should be, which for a milk stout, is usually quite enjoyable. Slick, smooth, and fluffy. Carbonation could use a boost.

A really nice beer. Definitely nails the chocolate milk, but has enough beer to it that I don't feel like an elementary school kid watching afternoon cartoons. Quite good, and one I'll pick up again.

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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 secondtooth
3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Almost pitch-black with a medium head of deep tan bubbles. Almost no lace.

Aroma: Mostly malts, with some cocoa. Not at all overpowering or heavy.

Taste: Sweet, roasty, with some smooth chocolate. Lugene is high in the burnt, charred malty side of things, with some alcohol warmth in the finish. Not quite as “chocolate milk” flavored as I’d hoped. Not bad, but not one I’d return to.

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Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout from Odell Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.