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Chocolate Milk Stout | 4 Hands Brewing Co.

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Chocolate Milk StoutChocolate Milk Stout
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Brewed by:
4 Hands Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States | website

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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!

Added by JoEBoBpr on 12-29-2012

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Reviews: 78 | Ratings: 597
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!!!

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Photo of stlfatguy
4.74/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this one on tap. Enjoyed it a lot. Might not be the best stout I've ever had, but I was tempted to give it 5's cuz it lived up to the description perfectly. Black body with creamy brown head. smell is chocolate milk...not cocoa or roasted malt or dark chocolate, but really I immediately thought of chocolate milk. Was worried the taste was going to be artificial, but it too was excellent... chocolate milk. Extremely balanced taste where I never forgot I was drinKing a good stout. It's fair to say there were light coffee notes, hints of roasted malt, and more. In the end though, it was chocolate milk. The sweetness was there but not overpowering. The taste wasn't fake, Just very nicely balanced. Figured it would fail in the feel and be either tOo thin or too syrupy. Nope, it is super creamy and, well... like chocolate milk. Overall great experience, and I'll admit I ordered a second.

Gonna pick up some cans and see if they deliver the same. Like others, I stayed away for a while because i figured this was a gimmick beer. Now I can't wait to try Four Hands Peanut Butter Stout.

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Photo of jaredsmith83
4.56/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

4 Hands is one of, if not my absolute favorite brewery in my home state of Missouri. I've yet to have a beer from them that I didn't enjoy and this is no different. I've always been hesitantly curious about chocolate beers, so its only been recently that I've decided to get over that and try them. This was the first one that made me get on board. Its a dark beer (black/dark brown) with a very sweet milky/chocolate scent. To me I pick up a slight hint of coffee as well. Taste is similar as well, with the back end tasting something along the lines of Hershey's chocolate syrup. It is not overly heavy, which is something I enjoy, so this one will be in my lineup during its season with us.

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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 Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: Yes

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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..

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Photo of Cih26d
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had in both bottle and draft. really sweet at first but balanced out in end and was pleasantly surprised as not too chocoloately despite the name. good color and feel.

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Photo of Murphious
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yep, this is really good stout! Seems thick while pouring into a wide tulip. Very nice head and dark brown-black color. Aroma is very very nice---dark chocolate and malt, not much hop in there but I love the roasted smells. Tastes as good or better than the aroma! Smooth and silky mouthfeel. Definitely a favorite!

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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!

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Photo of woodychandler
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It's odd with 4 Hands BC - we get distribution here in PA, but it is scattered to the point that I CAN find some in PHL, some in LNC & still others were returnees with me from CHI. I dig the graphics on the CANs & I am anxious to CANduct a horizontal tasting/review of their CANned beers. When it is over, if you know of a CAN of theirs that I missed, let me know. How bizarre that tone77 got one from me when I just bought a CAN at The Fridge yesterday!

From the CAN: "Grade A"; "Food Pairings: Chocolate - Grilled Beef"; "Stout with Cacao Nibs". The label is reminiscent of Elsie, the Borden Cow, but dressed in a Milkman's cap & bowtie. If that is the case, the pairings seem a little sad. Milk chocolate? Sure! But Grilled Beef? Ya gotta kill the cow to get the meat. Aw. I am not a vegetarian, but that just seems inCANgruous if they are going to prominently feature a cow on the label.

The Crack! revealed yet another brimful CAN & released a spray across my fingertips. I could not bring myself to turn the cow upside down for an inverted Glug, but she really began to low when I did an agitating swirl! Sorry, but it raised a finger of foamy, deep-tan/light-brown head with decent retention. Color was Very Dark Brown to Black/Opaque (SRM = > 34, < 44) with just enough light penetration to keep it from being solid Black, plus there were cola highlights at the edges. Nose was rich with smoke, dark chocolate and a nuttiness, almost like peanuts. In fact, my initial thought was a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup! Mmmm. Now, I wish that I had some Tastykake Peanut Butter Tandy Takes to go with this. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but close. I really swear, it tasted like a liquid peanut butter cup! I have had other porters & stouts that were intentionally going for this taste, but I do not think that such was the case here. This is an amusing beer that was quite easy to drink with half of it disappearing before I noticed. My only reservation/hesitation was its sweetness. I am a self-avowed hophead and I generally eschew sweets, so this was outside of my wheelhouse and as such, one was plenty. I am not going to dun it, but it was worth pointing out.

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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.

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Photo of Suds
4.31/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 12 ounce can, this is an excellent example of a sweet stout. It is utterly black, thick, and capped with a dark tan head. The head is tall and firm. The smell is incredible....roasted and toasted aromas....coffee and chocolate dominate. Imagine espresso beans, suspended in hot cocoa...wow. The taste is similar....some bitterness, but lots of sweet, chocolate milk flavor. Thick and hefty. This is a substantial and enjoyable brew.

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Photo of PA-hunter
4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured 12oz can into snifter glass. 5.5 % abv

Appearance- Pours a dark red/brown mahogany color. Thick light tan head slow to dissipate. Opaque.

Smell- Sweet malt, milk chocolate, caramel.

Taste- Sweet malt, slightly roasted. Has a sugary lactose hint to it, with bold chocolate notes. It seems like milk chocolate notes come first and it actually becomes a darker chocolate flavor as the taste progresses. After the smooth chocolate flavor there is slight hints of expresso in the finish, only slightly bitter, still retaining some sweetness.

Mouthfeel- Medium in body with active carbonation.

Overall- This was an outstanding milk stout. Showcased chocolate flavor in a beer quite well while using sweet and roasted malts. Highly flavorful and drinkable.

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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.

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Photo of AlexR
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: It's dark, non-see-through, and has little head retention or lacing when poured down the side of the glass.
S: You can definitely smell the chocolate and typical milk-ish smell that comes with milk stouts. It definitely smells good.
T: Tastes like chocolate, cream, and it is vaguely bitter. Excellent!
F: Medium-bodied, and well balanced. Sweet, but somewhat bitter on the finish, never leaves your mouth feeling dry.

Overall, fantastic stout. I am sensing a lot of this stuff in my future.

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Photo of me4657
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber.

Pours a dark coffee color, with a grey-brown cap of fine foam that lingers. Creamy but surprisingly light bodied, drinks almost like a chocolate egg cream. Lots of chocolate, vanilla, and lactose with just enough (but not much) roasted malt backbone. A fun desert.

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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.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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