Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout | Odell Brewing Company

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89
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Lugene Chocolate Milk StoutLugene Chocolate Milk Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by denver10 on 01-03-2013

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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 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 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 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 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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Photo of bsp77
4.03/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.07/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.43/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reminiscent of Guinness in terms of appearance. As dark brown as you can go without being black. Does not let light through. Smell that roasted malt and milk chocolate. It's dessert time! Like carbonated,alcoholic chocolate milk sans milk. Viscous mouthfeel. Somewhat of an alcoholic aftertaste.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a balloon glass.

Look: Dirty motor oil black with a mocha colored head that recedes to a ring around the edges, and wisps everywhere else. Minimal lacing.

Aroma: Sugary sweet with lactose coming through. Roasted malts and chocolate later on.

Taste: Definitely a lactose-sugar component at first. After that, the more roasted characteristics emerge combining dark chocolate, baking cocoa, and roasted malts. A bitter chocolate finish.

Mouthfeel: About medium bodied, a little dry, and not cloying at all.

Overall: I think the longer I drink this, the more chocolate milk comes out. At first it seems like a bunch of individual parts thrown together, but in the end it made more sense.

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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 Mdog
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Black, good head.

Smell: Moderate chocolate, bit of fruit.

Taste: Yum! Starts with mild chocolate, then big sweet milk chocolate. Very tasty!

Mouthfeel: Slick, insanely drinkable. Goes down extremely fast for 8.5%.

Overall: I'm a big milk stout fan and this one does not disappoint. Sweet, but not too sweet, big flavors while being very drinkable. Glad I picked up a 4 pack and I might have to get another one before it's gone.

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Photo of denver10
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.99/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours black with a 1 finger mocha colored head. Little retention for the most part. But good looking bubbles settle around the edge. Soapy lacing. Looks fairly viscous and opaque.

S- Chocolate, but seem more like dry chocolate than milk chocolate. Just not picking up on the lactose as much as expected. Some wonderful roasted notes though. No alcohol present.

T- Getting the chocolate milk here, and I love it! Depth of chocolate good ness. It comes through much better than the nose indicates, but without forfeiting the roasted character. Some nuts come through as well. Touch of warmth at just the right time. A desert stout indeed.

M- Creamy as can be. Velvety. Almost, but not quite, chewy. Rich, smooth but with a bit of a bite at the end. Bittersweet almost. Alcohol settles in nicely. Absolutely impressive feel to this one.

O- Wonderful. This has been overlooked in my closet for far too long. Love the style, love the effortless-like nature, love the simplicity. Didn't want the drink to finish. I would absolutely love to have a case of this stored away for the holidays. Well done

CCB sniffer
Drink by 7/3/13
Consumed on 6/14/13

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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 beagle75
3.74/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Opaque, dark borwn color showing light transmission around the edges, with a peripheral ring of mocha-tinted bubbles. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Roasted and dark, but more dried fruit than chocolate. Rustic nuttiness emerges as the beer warms. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins barely off-dry, with baker's yeast and mild dark fruit. Sweetness tips up for an instant the same time as acidity pings into the middle. Chocolate is very well-established during the second act, significantly unctuous and reverting to dryness. The finish is of cacao nibs--nutty and roasty, expanding on the palate with as much aroma as flavor. No alcohol is detected.

M: Medium viscosity, creamy on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: Relatively strong for a milk stout, this beer hides its 8.5% abv well as it delivers the promised chocolate. While the smell is simplistic, the taste is focused on chocolate but with enough room for other features. It is texturally very strong, doing everything that a stout should.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.52/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an ebony color with a small, very fine head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of chocolate with a bit of sweetness.

Tastes of the sweet chocolate notes mostly. Chocolate dominates the profile with slightly sweet milk chocolate notes. A bit of cream notes come through as well. Coffee notes are understated and definitely not the focus. Some dark fruit comes through a bit more as it warms.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a creamy amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is solid, but nothing spectacular. Worth a try if you like the chocolate notes to come through.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.41/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Luuuuuuuugene.

Appearance : This beer pours pretty dark. It's a very dark chocolate brown body; when held up to the light there's no transparency. The head is large, 3 fingers in measurement, and beige-to-almond in color. The head leaves very generous lingerie-like lacing along the side of the glass, a true beauty.

Aroma : Cocoa powder, cacao bean, slight anise, and a light astringency from hops but only underneath. Bouquet is medium strength and oh so yummy.

Flavor : Ummm...This is just out of this world good. Words fail me. I've just laid lips to what could be the best milk stout EVER. Ever. Gathering my thoughts and checking my emotions here...

Creamy, semi-sweet chocolate goodness mixed with a beautiful marriage of milk and oatmeal, ending with melty candy bar wrapper. The hop is subdued, allows a bit of a burn on the palate, just perfect.

Mouthfeel : An EXPLOSION of creamy, hot-cocoa-with-marshamallows-made-with-whole-milk body, a slight burn from alcohol, ending just slightly parched and tingling.

Overall : Just buy it. I'm not kidding. Best. Milk. Stout. Ever. Ever. Ever. Ever.

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Photo of goochpunch
3.29/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out a very deep, dark brown with a very thin head the color of chocolate milk. Smells of chocolate, chocolate malt, bready malts, and a bit of Euro hops. Chocolate isn't as strong as the nose as I would have expected. This beer is SWEET. Too sweet for me. Nice chocolate flavor, but it needs some bitterness (either from roasted grain or hops) to balance it out. I get a kind of jelly fruitiness from the yeast, that I'm not fond of. Mouthfeel is moderate-full and sticky. This beer isn't bad, but it isn't my cup of tea. Does an exceptional job of hiding alcohol. Needs more balance with the sweetness.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.31/5  rDev +8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very little head and carbonation appearance. Head looks like that from espresso, brew is deep rich brown/black. lacing is moderate

Two basic aromas: Milk and Chocolate

Roasty, deep, robust, milky, s-moo-th, tons of 60% coco, airy, highly drinkable, medium-low carbonation, no bitterness and near perfect sweetness. Highly drinkable, great as dessert.

This brew is fantastic. It would be amazing with a drop shot of Baileys.. I would drink this every day if I could.. Highly recommended and should be tried by everyone!! Appearance and aroma are the only things lacking. A great brew with a great logo/label. Another home run Odell, keep it up

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On draft at the Odell Brewery, June 2013

A - : Pitch black, lots of tan lace, and alot of sticky lace on the glass
A - : Lactose, milky, chocolate of course.
T - : Huge milk chocolate flavor! Extreme on the taste buds. Smooth, sweet, perfect
M - Medium carbonation, crisp
O - If you like chocolate, and you like stouts, it doesn't get any better than this. Tasty as hell!

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Photo of Scotchboy
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A - Pours black with 1 finger of creamy brown head.

S - Not a strong aroma, but I mainly get sweet chocolate.

T - A pretty straightforward taste. Sweet chocolate is really the only flavor I'm getting. Very rich.

M - Moderate body with moderate carbonation. Sticky mouthfeel.

O - This is great but a bit one dimensional. The chocolate is prominent but it's just about the only flavor I get. Wish this was more complex.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
3.64/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle:

Overall, I liked this beer. It has a nice dark body that produced a nice thick brown head, which was not well retained. A better aroma, with coffee notes. The beer fell down a bit on the taste, as I did not enjoy the alcohol flavor that it gave off. The beer had a good feel to it, nice and thick. A good beer and one that I will have again.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
3.71/5  rDev -7%

Poured from a bottle with a best by date of 5/24/14; into a pint glass.
Appearance - pours a dark brown. Sits black in the glass, but a bit of light comes through. A thin beige head that leaves sheets of lace!
Smell - very tame nose; some light roasted coffee beans and very little chocolate notes.
Taste - wow, wasn't expecting that after a ho hum nose...flavorful bittersweet chocolate, some vanilla cream!
Feel - mild body, very flavorful, bittersweet chocolate feel and very easy to drink for an 8.5% ABV stout!
Overall - a tasty stout; worth a try, but not something I'll seek out.

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Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout from Odell Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 154 ratings.