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Chocolate Milk Stout - 4 Hands Brewing Co.

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90
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391 Ratings
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Ratings: 391
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.23%
Wants: 47
Gots: 81 | FT: 4
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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Ratings: 391 | Reviews: 46
Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of 57md
3.56/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Photo of scottbrew4u
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of Scientist_McGee
4.9/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Delicious beer, with balance and consistency

Photo of robgutie
4.53/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was looking forward to trying this beer. Tried it from the can, sweet creamy taste with loads of chocolate.

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of Austin32
4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very enjoyable milk stout. Cannot remember a chocolate beer that tasted so much like chocolate.

Photo of IPAGeorge
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of justintcoons
3.66/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Photo of barnzy78
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Photo of Raj
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
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

Photo of jrnichols
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of otoolman221
4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours deep black in color with little head. Smells of chocolate and tastes of it as well. Not my favorite chocolate stout but very drinkable.

Photo of Nashjerrod
4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best chocolate stout I've had... Very drinkable.

Photo of TheCondor
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of secondtooth
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
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!

Photo of beerginner45
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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Photo of russpowell
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
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

Photo of PhillyJ
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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..

Photo of diablo14
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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

Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev -0.2%

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.

Photo of Vierenner
3.06/5  rDev -23.7%
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.

Photo of homebrew311
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of Jeffo
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle of this from totoropanda. Cheers!

From a bomber into a snifter
02/24/2014
Chocolate milk stout with cacao nibs

APPEARANCE: Clear brown pour produces a three finger, fluffy, light tan head with good retention. Transparent brown body with lower levels of carbonation. Foamy head slowly recedes to a full foam cap and sticks to the sides of the glass. Splotchy wisp and foamy ring remain leaving dots of lacing down the glass. Could be a touch darker, but solid head and lacing.

SMELL: Lots of chocolate on the nose, with fudge brownies, milk sugars, milk chocolate, some sweet cream and light toffee. Some light roasted notes at the back as well. Piles of chocolate, but not out of balance with the roasted base and doesn't come across as artificial. Nice stuff.

TASTE: Milk chocolate, some lactose sugar and sweet cream up front, with more flavor after the swallow. Light roasted notes, with toffee, milk sugar, milk chocolate and some dark, bitter chocolate linger on the palate. Good balance here; not overdone and meshes well with the roasted qualities of the stout. Flavorful, and could actually be rather refreshing served cold on a hot day.

PALATE: Lighter body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy enough on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly mouth-coating. A bit thinner and lighter, but creamy and smooth enough.

OVERALL: Good beer and well balanced for sure. A little light on the palate maybe, but drinks easily. The nose was perhaps somewhat more impressive than the taste was, but this is still a solid sweet stout and well worth checking out if you get the chance. Thanks again for the box totoropanda.

Photo of csheridan
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very smooth as a milk stout, with a mild chocolate flavor; I tasted a very slight coffee undercurrent, which many like in a stout, but me, not so much. Not real strong, but enough to knock my rating down a half step. As reference, my favorite of the "chocolate" stouts is definitely Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate.

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Chocolate Milk Stout from 4 Hands Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 391 ratings.