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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 theruckus33
2.8/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured into pint glass, hazy brown head with large bubbles finished off into a cracker-thin brown head. Body - dark, but when put up to the light you can see it is a dark, dark, tobacco brow.

S: Dark Chocolate right off the bat. Notes of coffee, and toasted malts faint scent of dried apricots/cherries.

T: Chocolate cover cherries, with a dry hop finish. Interesting

M: Perhaps the weakest part of the experience. Thin, light, effervescent with not what I was expecting. I will be honest disappointed. I wanted that thick, milky experience - this beer just did't have it.

O: Eh, I wanted to like this beer. But in the end it taste like a brown ale with cacao nibs added. I wouldn't recommend this, especially four the price.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.91/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Holy balls, this smells just like chocolate milk. Creamy lactose and rich dark chocolate notes eventually give way to...not much. Maybe a touch of roast, I suppose. I like the chocolaty qualities, but where's the beer? Drinking this, it reminds me of a smaller version of Choklat, without the subtle stout notes that made it work so well. Here's what I get: some cream, and dark chocolate. That's it. It's also very thin in feel, though also easy to drink. Still, it gets REALLY sweet - too sweet for me. I though this was great at first sip; near the end of the can, I was pretty damn sick of it.

2.91/5: There's a beer somewhere in here...I think

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Photo of zeledonia
2.95/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Tasted 16 February 2013.

Pours black in the glass, deep brown at the edges. Half-finger of pale tan head, relaxes to a thin ring around the surface, and a touch of lacing.

Smell is a light milk stout topped with woody cacao and coffee. It's thin; fortunately the lactose adds some body and smoothness. A touch of smoke leaks in from the dark roast. But mostly it's bottom and top, and hollow in the middle. Lacking body, oomph, robustness.

Taste is thin, a bit flat, and dominated by a char bitterness and wood. I get very little milk or chocolate, which is disappointing. This beer isn't terrible, but I'd have a hard time calling it good.

Mouthfeel is fine. It's a low-ABV stout, so it's not super surprising that it's thin. But the milky feel isn't there, and it's even thinner than I'd expect. Carbonation is fine.

Nothing impressive about this one. As I said above, it's not terrible. But I'm not loving it.

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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.

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Photo of BeernOnThe4thOfJuly
3.18/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark and a bit thin looking. Resembles Coke. Minimal head. Strong chocolate nose with a little bit of coffee. Fairly mild coffee flavor with definite sweetness. That sweetness is just kind of sugary and hollow, though. Bit of a coffee finish.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.37/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Despite thr description, it is not black as the night. Deep brown. Collar of foam and a single tentacle of foam.

Smell - Really chocolatey. Impressive milk chocolate aroma. Slight peanut butter aroma.

Taste - Less impressive, but still decent. Milk chocolate. Less intense. Not much else going on. Not a lot of lactose, which I like. Still has a bit of peanut butter to it.

Mouthfeel - Very light and thin. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Nice chocolate. Maybe I had this beer too late in the tasting, but I don't get a lot else out of it.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.38/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown near-black black body, dark brown head that fades to a veneer. Smells like artificial chocolate and peanut butter, small amount of sweet lactose behind it. Taste also has cacao and peanut butter, both fake. There is a small amount of roastiness from the malt. Firmly sweet, but that's to be expected. Body is medium-full, carbonation is too assertive.
Liquid Reese's cup. The (artificial) peanut butter was unexpected, not unpleasant, but not a wonderful addition. I hoped for a decent stout with overtones of chocolate, even would have welcomed overdone chocolate, but this really hid the beer and focused, for the worse, on the additives.

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Photo of kemoarps
3.41/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had high hopes for this beer coming in. I love a good milk stout, and chocolate is the perfect pairing for that profile. It's a local brewery that I dig, and I'd heard good things about this one in particular. Maybe my expectations were too high, but I do feel somewhat underwhelmed.

Pours like a Dr. Pepper: deep brown bordering on black, small mocha head that disappears pretty quick, not much left behind. I was hoping for something a little thicker I guess, but this just LOOKS thin and highly carbonated.

I smell primarily the cacao, rich and creamy and enticing. There's a roasty element and a bit of that lactose sweetness. Some vanilla in the undercarriage.

Here is where my trepidation becomes more justified. It's still pretty thin, and overly carbonated for what I want in the style. You get the initial burst of sweet lactose and creamy chocolate but it is immediately superceded by the carbonation and a bitter roast/burnt char character. The vanilla peeks in at the end again. Finishes with a bitter character that seems to flow from the char aspect.

As I said... I had high hopes for this one. They were not met. It's not a BAD beer, it's just not a particularly good one.

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Photo of Mateo2699
3.46/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown, almost black. Thin looking pour with fluffy khaki head.
Nose is some nestle crunch milk chocolate, a hint of coffee and some roasted malt.
Taste is more robust malt foward, and that milk chocolate in the nose turns into baker chocolate.
Mouthfeel is medium carbonated and quite thin bodied.

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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.

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Photo of Meyers1023
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark black color with a fingers worth of dark tan head. The smell is sweet and chocolatey. The taste chocolate and malt, very good balance of the two. The mouthfeel is very creamy like you'd expect a milk stout to be. I enjoy this beer very much.

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Photo of DrAnnaNemis
3.51/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a thick tan head. Has a little vegetable smell. Tastes lightly of coffee and even lighter of chocolate. Feels thicker than it seems. Not bad just not great.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.52/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

looks pretty decent. black body with off white head. this eventually fades to a ring with thin covering.

aroma gives a hint of chocolate but not much else.

taste again only gives a hint of chocolate.

mouth is very thin.

overall, a bit disappointing. was hoping for more body and more chocolate.

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Photo of AdamF625
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- pours dark brown/black with an obnoxiously large khaki head.
S- milk chocolate, cocoa
T- cocoa, sweet, milk chocolate, chocolate gets more bitter towards the finish
M- thin body and high carbonation
O- a good representation of the style with copious amounts of chocolate. It could stand to have a smoother mouthfeel but tasty none the less.

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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.

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Photo of tone77
3.61/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A thanks to the founding father of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of roasted malts, some smokiness. Taste is roasted malts, chocolate milk, very easy drinking. Feels medium/light bodied in the mouth and overall a smooth and tasty beer.

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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.

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Photo of hooliganlife
3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours cola brown, little bit of cocoa cream head.

lots of bitter chocolate on the nose. roasted malt and slight coffee.

although a milk stout, i picked up very little sweetness. heavy on bitter chocolate and roasted malt. not overly complex and slightly one dimensional but that is not really a bad thing. would have liked a bit more sweetness.

light body, moderate carbonation.

decent overall, good stout, easy to drink.

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Photo of frasergrove
3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Deep dark brown/black, light tan head which has decent retention. Smell is a mixture of chocolate sweetness, touches of toasty malt, relatively light overall. Taste and mouthful are akin to an alcoholic skim chocolate milk with a tiny amount of toastiness. Fun beer to try, nothing spectacular though.

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Photo of csheridan
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
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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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

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Photo of zimm421
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep brown to black with a nice light brown head. The nose is all chocolate; both roasted and sweet. The taste yields, you guessed it - chocolate. There's a good sweetness to it, but there are also notes of roasted malts and touches of caramel. The finish has a touch of lactose noticeable along with the sweet chocolate. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy and it goes down nicely. Overall, it's a good sweet stout but it's slightly too one dimensional for me. Still, it's enjoyable and a good desert beer.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Coffee brown, with a finger of tan head.

Chocolate milk comes right at the nose upon first the pour.

This beer really delivers on exactly what it promises. It's not an extremely roasty stout--chocolate malt and dark chocolate work really well together, helping put this into the realm of adult chocolate milk.

Sweet but lightly dry bitterness keep this out of cloying territory. Only a very slight hint of alcohol comes through on the back end of the throat, otherwise you'd really need to keep this brew out of the hands of the little ones.

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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.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can. Pours black with thin tan head, soapy lace. Smells like a milk chocolate shake. Tastes the same, Cocoa and malted milk balls with slight char and back end bitterness. Thin mouthfeel but glides down. Decent milk stout.

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