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Chocolate Milk Stout - 4 Hands Brewing Co.

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88
very good

48 Reviews
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Reviews: 48
Hads: 432
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 9.64%
Wants: 52
Gots: 89 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
4 Hands Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: JoEBoBpr on 12-29-2012

Our chocolate milk stout pours black as the night sky with aromas of dark chocolate, chocolate malt, & more chocolate. With a firm, tan head & a rich velvety mouthfeel our Chocolate Milk Stout is a perfect addition to the change of seasons. Brewed with two pounds of cacoa nibs per barrel this beer is a chocolate lovers dream!
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Photo of Extol
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - typical to the style. Dark and not see through

Smell - chocolate and milkyness. Probably more on the side of dark chocolate

Taste - like the smell, it smells of dark chocolate. I get a sense of milk/cream in it as well. Very good.

Overall - I'd get this again. It is a very well balanced beer. (309 characters)

Photo of jzeilinger
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours very dark brown to almost black and thin milk white lacing.

S - Milk chocolate, dark chocolate, cocoa, and cream.

T - Follows the nose: lots of dark chocolate, sweet milk chocolate, cocoa, with the cream coming through towards the end before finishes with a mild chocolate bitterness.

M - Medium body and coats the mouth with cocoa and cream.

O - Solid and enjoyable. (383 characters)

Photo of RyBrew54
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark tobacco with light fizzy head. Little to no lacing, very thin. Smell is a very nice rich blend of molasses, dark chocolate, rich powdered cocoa, with sweet cocoa nibs. Taste is very sweet with a chocolate syrup quality. Not too bitter as is more milk chocolate than dark. The body is what losses me on this brew. It is very thin, fizzy, almost lager like that comes off as somewhat flat rather than rich and creamy. Overall a decent stout but falls short with the lighter body. (490 characters)

Photo of jzlyo
3.49/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is chocolate milk and a background of dark malts and earth. The flavor is milk chocolate/chocolate milk, dark malts, mild fruit and a mix of acidity and slight heat in the finish. (185 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 FL OZ can
Served in a snifter

It appears to be black in color, but when held to the lights a faint, ruby glow comes through. It is capped with an inch of tan head leaves a little lacing.

It smells like milk chocolate and dark chocolate.

It tastes just like it smells. It is loaded with chocolaty goodness.

Full mouthfeel

This is a beer in which the profile description fits it perfectly. Usually I spend time trying to locate all of the exotic flavors a beer is described as having. This beer is full of chocolate flavor and aroma. It is a very tasty beer. (565 characters)

Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer has the most flavor for any 5.5% abv beer there is. It chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate! Delicious session beer, comes in 6 pack of cans and very available in the fall. (187 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle. Stamped 12/24/2014. Served in a snifter 4/23/2015.

A- Dark brown body. One finger tan head, good amount of retention, no lacing.

S- Cocoa nibs, dark chocolate, lactose. Very straight forward. A bit on the bitter dark chocolate end of the spectrum, presumably from the nibs.

F- Definitely tastes like chocolate milk even if it doesn't smell like it. Cocoa nibs, lactose, milk chocolate, a bit of roasted malt, mild earthy finish. Becomes quite chocolate milk-forward as it warms up. Tasty, not complicated but tastes good.

M- Medium bodied, good carbonation. Easy to drink especially as it warms up.

O- Very solid milk stout, delivers just what the name advertises without trying to be too much more. (719 characters)

Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Mostly opaque beer, tan head. Not much lacing.

S - Cocoa and dark chocolate nose. Reminds me of sugary kids' chocolate cereal.

T - Full of chocolate and mocha, milk sugar and bitter roast mingle in the middle, subtle bitter close.

M - Carbonic acidity with a slight lingering on the tongue.

O - Full chocolate smells is more subdued by bitterness when drunk, this is a nice beer that would be better in a 12 oz. serving size. Delicious treat, but a bit of fatigue over time. (486 characters)

Photo of 57md
3.56/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown with ruby edges. The nose has an astringent note to it. The flavor profile is only mildly chocolaty and the finish has a touch of the astringency found in the nose. (177 characters)

Photo of scottbrew4u
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Delicious! Like chocolate milk blended into a milk stout. Not overly sweet though the cocoa and roasted barley add a bittering dryness to compliment this beers drinkability. (173 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

EBF sample pour. Pours dark brown. Smell is goddamn chocolate milk. Nails it's intended purpose. Milk chocolate with some coffee and cream. Flavor is the same. A glass of chocolate milk with a strong of chocolate syrup. Some softer coffee flavors. Coffee with a lot of cream. Lactose. Body is light but the feel is creamy. Executed very well here. 4 Hands has quickly become a brewery that caught my attention. Good job again. (426 characters)

Photo of IPAGeorge
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a tulip

A. Pours a very dark brown, opaque with a light tan frothy 2 finger head. Nice lacing.

S. Big chocolate as expected. Roasted malts.

T. Agreeing with the nose chocolate and roasted malts take the show.

M. Kind of light bodied for a stout. Also a decent amount of carbonation. Finishes pretty clean.

O. Not a bad beer. Flavor is kind of one dimensional but they got what they were aiming for so I can't flaw that. But its just a little light for a stout for me. (509 characters)

Photo of justintcoons
3.66/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance
Deep brown with a short tan head that dissipates quickly. Some light penetration along the rim.

Nose
Cocoa nib, milk chocolate, cola, caramel, and roasted barley.

Taste
Milk chocolate, cocoa, and cola. Roasted barley and caramel. Some decent lactose sweetness.

Mouthfeel
Medium-light bodied, crisp, balanced, and well carbonated.

Overall
Nice chocolate flavors for such a low abv. (433 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz can, date stamped 11415 on bottom - canned on date perhaps. I was happy to see this one changed to the 12oz format recently. The bomber format was overpriced and I couldn't bring myself to buy it even though I was very interested
A - dark brown body, foamy tan head holds a bit of retention
S - cocoa nib, chocolate, roasted barley
T - sweetened cocoa with a bit of roast in there, milk chocolate
M - medium body, creamy, well balanced
O - great beer for the chocolate lover. I may buy this from time to time. (514 characters)

Photo of Raj
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: very dark brown with finger of tan head. Sticky lacing
S: chocolate, also sassafras, root beer cola, bitter coffee
T: get some chocolate upfront, sweet, root beer, roasted malt. it's good but more like a chocolate soda than chocolate milk
MF: a little thin for a chocolate stout, some prickly carbonation, overall very drinkable
O: good but not great chocolate milk stout, cola taste dominates more than the chocolate, little bit thin and too carbonated (460 characters)

Photo of jrnichols
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz can: Pours very dark brown with a good head. The aroma is sweet with notes of chocolate, as one would expect, though not particularly strong. Upon sipping, a delicious smokiness surprised me because I did not detect it in the aroma. A rich chocolaty flavor with a sweet finish. Feels very light and smooth for such a dark beer. Not creamy as might be inferred from the name. Overall, nice and refreshing, like a glass of chocolate milk. Easily sessionable, and very enjoyable. (490 characters)

Photo of TheCondor
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Side poured with standard aggression from the bottle into a Sam Adams glass for Small Pauls 40th birthday.

Appearance - Just as you would expect from a stout, it pours a deep rich brown, almost black color, with little light passing through. In possession of a one finger head of caramel colored goodness, which displays minimal retention and leaves little lacing. I like the packaging, unique.

Smell - I think this is what 4 Hands was shooting for when they created the Cast Iron Oatmeal Brown. This has a thump of chocolate, sweetness, creaminess, cocoa, it smells like alcoholic chocolate milk....which I am totally ok with.

Taste - And it tastes like alcoholic chocolate milk, which I am again fine with. Smooth, rich, and creamy, the chocolate and cocoa is the big mover in this beer. There are hints of roastiness as well, very well balanced and not overdone on the chocolate or sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Probably my favorite part of the brew. Big, rich, decadent, finishes smooth as silk. If a beer can taste thick, this one does.

Overall - This is a pretty alright brew. After a couple straight reviews where I kind of thrashed some 4 Hands products, I have found one I like. Condor recommended and approved, especially for the cold dark winter nights ahead. (1,269 characters)

Photo of secondtooth
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed this pint with some perfectly suited chili caramel corn at the cool and inviting 4 Hands brewpub in downtown St. Louis before a Skinny Puppy/Front Line Assembly show.

Appearance: Dark complexion. Ruby highlights. Light lace on glass.

Aroma: Ooh the decadent chocolate. Some roastiness, but they certainly captured the spirit of chocolate here. Yum.

Taste: Exquisitely smooth. The lactose infusion makes this one sooo easy to drink and mellow. Chocolate flavors all the way here, with some roastiness rounding out the flavor profile. Absolutely delicious, so much so that we grabbed growlers to bring some more home (as bottles were all sold out during our visit). Very impressed! (690 characters)

Photo of JLaw55
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Probably one of the best stouts I have ever had. I mean, this is a Chocolate Milk beer, but not as sweet as you would imagine. The chocolate is prominent with notes of roasted malt and a slight earthiness.

Would purchase again. (228 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours mahogany with a thumb of mocha colored head. Great lacing & head retention, great looking beer

S: Chocolate & a little roastyness

T: Follows the nose, a touch of mocha notes as well up front. More of the same as this warms, roastyness,with just a touch of woody hops. Finishes dry, roasty & with some serious mocha flavor

MF: Fairly creamy, medium bodied

True to its name, nice cocoa presence in this, drinks easy (431 characters)

Photo of PhillyJ
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

The good is taste taste and taste. One of the best tasting chocolate stouts that I've had. It's drinkable and the flavor doesn't become overbearing or to sweet.. Now for the other side it's very thin and carbonated almost like a chocolate cola mouthfeel is the equivalent of water. With that all said I'm glad I tried it and will drink it again. 4 hands is legit I enjoy their resurrected ipa cash money imperial Ipa they are starting to become an exciting brewery and if they ever decide to turn this into a double chocolate milk stout I think it will be a game changer.. (573 characters)

Photo of diablo14
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Lacks body and aroma, and may be a little over carbonated. However these shortcomings are made up for with a moreish flavour that has all the elements a milk stout should have in the taste department.

Plenty of sweet chocolate to be found here, and very easy to drink. Definitely worth a try (294 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Served in a shaker pint glass.

Well, we've gotta do something now that we've left the new Bigby's, so why not crack open a chocolate milk stout that VDubb tells me is quite tasty? It pours a straight black-brown topped by a finger of khaki foam. The nose confirms the name, comprising cocoa powder, mild roasted malts, and a touch of sweet coffee for the ever-loving sake of it. The taste brings in more of the same, the milk chocolate character shining in all its cocoa-y glory. The body is a lithe-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a rather tasty stout, one I'll likely purchase several times in the near future. Get some. (675 characters)

Photo of Vierenner
3.06/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cool label! That's about the highlight of this beer for me. Frankly, I don't even taste chocolate ... I taste and smell burnt espresso beans. Also kind of watery. I expect a stout to feel/taste thick and rich ... this one seems thin and weak. There is so much potential for a beer like this but it seems this brewery (and many others like it) are just trying to ride the profit wave with uninspiring products. Too bad. I suppose there's a chance it somehow became skunked? Bottled on 3/25/14. (492 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours brown with some clarity, tan head with decent retention. The nose features heavy milk chocolate and roast. Smells like a decadent candy bar, kind of reminds me of southern tier's choklat. Taste is not as flavorful and full of chocolate as the nose promises. Plenty of roast present, mild bitterness, dry finish. Mouthfeel is thin with moderate carbonation. Overall, the nose is great, the flavor isn't bad, just falls short of what I was hoping for based on the aroma. (474 characters)

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