Chocolate Milk Stout - 4 Hands Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 47
Hads: 429
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 9.64%
Wants: 53
Gots: 89 | FT: 3
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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 creepinjeeper
4.79/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

22oz. bomber poured into 4 Hands mason jar.

Look: Dark, dark chocolate in color. Pour brings out a light brown head that settles into slight froth.
Smell: Slight roast; mostly chocolate.
Taste: A little milk sugar, mostly roasted cacao and dark malts.
Mouthfeel: Creamy. Carbonation that lingers on the tongue.
Overall: A delicious chocolate milk stout; on it's own or with cake, ice cream or other rich dessert. One of my favorites in this style. 4 Hands really nailed this!!! (478 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 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 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 BrewThru_29
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black, opaque with a nice head/lace.

Smells like loads of chocolate.

Tastes like bittersweet chocolate milk.

Smooth mouthfeel. Little bitterness on the back to balance out the chocolate.

Overall, this is a solid sweet stout, and one of my favorites for the style. Can't wait to try it at the brewery next week. (315 characters)

Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours pitch black and fairly thick. Medium, 2.5 finger head that is tan in color and retains very well. Lacing is also very good. Looks like a stout should in the glass.

S- Big notes of chocolate that are both sweet and slightly bitter hit the nose first. Somewhat dry chocolate scent towards the end of the drink. Chocolate is the only flavor coming through in this one.

T- Basically the taste version of the smell here. Big chocolate starts it out. Somewhat sweet before turning towards a little more bitter chocolate flavor. There is a small appearance of the classic dark malt flavors towards the end of the drink. Lingering chocolate flavor on the tongue after the drink.

M- Not as thick as an imperial, but still creamy because of the chocolate flavors. Rather high in carbonation gives it an odd feel combined with the creaminess. Not a bad overall feel. Lower alcohol level makes this one easier to drink than most imperials, as well as other stouts.

Overall, this is one of the better chocolate stouts out there. Goose Island's Big John is the only other chocolate stout that is comparable to this one. (1,118 characters)

Photo of scratch69
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Almost black in color with two fingers worth of tan head. Good retention with a large amount of clinging lace.

Smell- Milk chocolate and cocoa aromas with the tiniest hint of roasted malt.

Taste- More of a bittersweet chocolate flavor with touch of cocoa. Mild bitterness at the finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, smooth and creamy. An average amount of carbonation.

Overall- An enjoyable stout. Good chocolate flavor that is not overly sweet. I would buy this again in a pinch. (531 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 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 rudzud
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Received as an extra in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a very nice rich brown hue that is too dark to see through with a nice almost two finger light mocha head that fades slowly to leave a good creamy blanket.

S - Nice aromas of roasted malts, cocoa nibs, milk chocolate. Not too sweet but smells nice and luscious.

T - Nice rich chocolate, milk and creamy and rich. Light roast malts and good bittersweet chocolate. This would probably translate and come across a little bit better if the finish was not so sharp.

M - Mouthfeel is a bit briskly carbonated for the style. I want something smooth and rich, instead this is a bit sharp.

O - Overall this is a tasty chocolate stout. Not too subtle at all this is a great balance of malts and chocolate. With the mouthfeel was not as sharp as it was more of a hindrance than anything. (856 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 jlindros
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An interesting beer to have while making supper. Thanks to rudzud for giving me this to try.

Pours a dark colored fizzy 1 finger head that fades slower than I expected from the many bigger fizzy bubbles, but still a med pace, decent frothy lacing, just about pitch black beer.

Nose just erupts with cocoa and chocolate, milk chocolate and a creamy lush chocolate, cocoa nibs and a little baker's choc, even a bit fudgey, I think a hint of lactose through that, and a little doughy cookie note, bit of a chocolate chip cookie.

Taste is more of the same, lots of chocolate and cocoa, quite a creamy milk chocolate, even a little chocolate milk but not a lot as a bit of lactose comes through. Again a mild doughy cookie malt center with hint of caramel and more chocolate chip cookie, mild dry cocoa powder too. Hint of an acrid like roasty malt as well with touch of coffee. Finish is a little sweet but quite dry, lactose dry finish, with a little more lush chocolate and cocoa, mild bitterness, and that's about it.

Mouth is med bod, fairly creamy and lush, nice carb.

Overall not bad, lots of great chocolate and cookie dough, nice cocoa and lactose milk chocolate, even a hint of roasted malt too, pretty tasty and enjoyable. Thanks Matt! (1,246 characters)

Photo of BradC
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark brown, almost black with a thick head and clingy lacing.

Smells of roasted grains and slight chocolate

Tastes of roasted malts, dark bitter sweet chocolate and a slight bitter finish

A fairly high carbonation makes this seem a bit thin and gives it a bite at the finish

Overall, a really good chocolate stout, enough chocolate to know it is there, nice roasted malt character, as others have noted, the carbonation takes it down a notch. (459 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 zeff80
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Opaque, jet-black color with a one-finger,light brown head of foam. It left sticky rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of sweet milk chocolate and cocoa nibs.

T - Good chocolate flavor like cocoa nibs, some roastiness and just a touch of bitterness.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a clean finish.

O -This is a really delicious beer. I can't say enough about how much every 4 Hands beer impressed me. Keep 'em coming. (454 characters)

Photo of TheDrunkenDwarf
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black with a tan frothy head that has good initial retention but eventually settles to a nice ring with good lacing. Smell is definitely chocolate, and I could not really pick up any roasted grain or hop aromas. Taste is mainly chocolate with a slight hint of roasted coffee on the back end. This beer is definitely all malt, with no real hop character that I could discern. Carbonation is medium to low, and overall mouthfeel is medium.

Overall, I feel that this is a very good, very smooth stout, that would make an absolutely fantastic dessert beer. I would like to have a bit more roasted grain / coffee taste to compliment the chocolate and lactose, but still a very good beer overall. It would be hard for me to characterize this as a "stout" since it doesn't really have any of the flavors I normally associate with a stout, but 4 Hands Brewing is definitely on my "brewers to watch" list. (911 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 JoEBoBpr
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

4 Hands Brewing Co. Chocolate Milk Stout

Poured into a tulip glass form a fresh growler.

Pours a very dark, near night, brown with some mahogany hues. There is a nice 1 inch head that is slightly chunky and with a light tan color. Very sticky head and the viscosity seems low. (4.0)

There is an aroma of deep dark chocolate notes; bitter dark cocoa notes are present mixed in with some slightly grassy hop notes. There is also a nice dark roast to the brew with some slight coffee notes. There is some slight caramel sweetness mixed in with the nice cocoa sweetness and deep bitterness. (3.5)

Flavor starts off similar to the nose but it’s a bit thicker and richer. Nice notes of dark cocoa nibs with some nice rich fudge notes and some slight milk chocolate sweetness. There is some nice roast to the brew as well. Some mild coffee mixed in with the slight dark cocoa bitterness. There is some lactose notes with the brew that really balance the roast in the middle of the brew but the cocoa notes really shines through at the end. Very nicely done. Body is medium and rich with a nice carbonation and a slightly grassy and bitter finish. (4.5)(4.0)

Overall. Very good brew IMO. There is a nice Milk Stout backbone to this brew. Dark malt sweetness and richness with some coffee comes in. Then the nice coca nib notes are present. Very well crafted and balanced yet extremely flavorful. (4.0) (1,400 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 EgadBananas
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: black, faint brown edges, light brown head, 2 fingers, light lace, frothy.

Aroma: light roast, lactos, sugar, cocoa, vanilla.

Taste: sweet cocoa, bittersweet chocolate, toasted malts, faint char, coffee, vanilla hints.

***Has a nice body for the low ABV, creamy, but clean. Nice chocolate flavors, not too sweet, with a nice balance. Quite enjoyable. (365 characters)

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

bomber sealed with pressure cap.

split 2 ways and poured into a pair of wine stems.

Appearance: black body with a red hue when held up to light. 2 fingers of white/creme colored head that drops down to very thin cap.

Smell: gourmet milk chocolates with a hint of cocoa and lactose/milk sugars. Hint of roasty malt. This beer really has a fantastic nose.

Taste: Mild bitter cocoa seems to dominate this beers flavor profile. Slightly chocolatey and slightly roasty.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. The beer feels a little thin, but the beer is very drinkable.

Overall: Wish that this beer tasted like it smells. Its a good milk stout, but a better flavor profile and a thicker mouthfeel will make this beer very desirable and make it a beer at the top of its style. (797 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 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 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 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)

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