1. Don't miss our 7th annual American Craft Beer Fest featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers this May 30 & 31 in Boston, MA! Buy your tickets now!
  2. BeerAdvocate on your phone?! True story. Try the beta now.

Chocolate Milk Stout - 4 Hands Brewing Co.

Chocolate Milk StoutChocolate Milk Stout

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
88
very good

152 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 152
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 9.9%


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:
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!

(Beer added by: JoEBoBpr on 12-29-2012)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Reviewers | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Chocolate Milk Stout Alström Bros
Ratings: 152 | Reviews: 18 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of emerge077
emerge077

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a lighter brown shade, huge billowing tan head of foam, fairly long lasting retention also. Halo of delicate lacing in the glass, looks pretty nice.

Milk chocolate aromas, some husky black malt underneath that.

Very light bodied, authentic chocolate flavors mingle with roasted malt and coffee flavors. Initial natural sweetness and lingering dry roast, clean feel. Deceptively simple, though more than the sum of its parts.

Thanks to Mark & Kathy for this one!

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2013 03:15:03 | More by emerge077
Photo of zeff80
zeff80

Missouri

4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 21:42:27 | More by zeff80
Photo of jlindros
jlindros

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 20:54:01 | More by jlindros
Photo of Alieniloquium
Alieniloquium

Florida

3.34/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2013 01:37:19 | More by Alieniloquium
Photo of rudzud
rudzud

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2014 00:20:23 | More by rudzud
Photo of EgadBananas
EgadBananas

Louisiana

4.06/5  rDev +3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2013 21:53:13 | More by EgadBananas
Photo of JoEBoBpr
JoEBoBpr

Missouri

4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
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)

Serving type: growler

12-29-2012 07:44:00 | More by JoEBoBpr
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 04:51:04 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
Photo of zeledonia
zeledonia

Minnesota

2.91/5  rDev -26.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 01:54:51 | More by zeledonia
Photo of hooliganlife
hooliganlife

Missouri

3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 16:51:13 | More by hooliganlife
Photo of boilermakerbrew
boilermakerbrew

Missouri

4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 01:10:56 | More by boilermakerbrew
Photo of scratch69
scratch69

Missouri

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 23:17:27 | More by scratch69
Photo of AlexFields
AlexFields

Tennessee

3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark woody brown, near black, with a huge tall head. Poured into a Perennial glass, the head is just as tall as the body.

Smells like chocolate brownie batter, milk, somewhat bitter coffee. Smells wonderful.

Tastes more bitter, more of the coffee flavor. Some chocolate and milk again, but much less rich than the nose suggested. Still very good.

As others have noted, even though there's plenty of carbonation and this is very frothy, the mouthfeel is slightly thin. It's still good, just not what your expect for such an otherwise dark and rich beer

This is a really nice chocolate milk stout. I'm glad so many breweries are experimenting with this style now as I really love it.

7.8/10

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2013 03:09:25 | More by AlexFields
Photo of kemoarps
kemoarps

Missouri

3.39/5  rDev -14%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 18:17:10 | More by kemoarps
Photo of AdamF625
AdamF625

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2013 01:40:40 | More by AdamF625
Photo of BradC
BradC

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 00:57:11 | More by BradC
Photo of theruckus33
theruckus33

Missouri

2.79/5  rDev -29.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 02:17:13 | More by theruckus33
Photo of TheDrunkenDwarf
TheDrunkenDwarf

Missouri

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 23:57:47 | More by TheDrunkenDwarf
Chocolate Milk Stout from 4 Hands Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 152 ratings.