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Chocolate Milk Stout - 4 Hands Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 48
Hads: 439
Avg: 3.96
pDev: 28.28%
Wants: 54
Gots: 88 | FT: 2
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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Reviews: 48 | Hads: 439
Photo of emerge077
3.96/5  rDev 0%
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!

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Photo of zeff80
4.12/5  rDev +4%
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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Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +1%

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.

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Photo of jlindros
4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
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 russpowell
4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
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 Alieniloquium
3.37/5  rDev -14.9%
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 AlexFields
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
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.


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Photo of rudzud
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
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 VelvetExtract
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.04/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.04/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.49/5  rDev -11.9%
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 jzeilinger
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
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 Jeffo
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle of this from totoropanda. Cheers!

From a bomber into a snifter
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.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
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 justintcoons
3.66/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can poured into a shaker pint.

Deep brown with a short tan head that dissipates quickly. Some light penetration along the rim.

Cocoa nib, milk chocolate, cola, caramel, and roasted barley.

Milk chocolate, cocoa, and cola. Roasted barley and caramel. Some decent lactose sweetness.

Medium-light bodied, crisp, balanced, and well carbonated.

Nice chocolate flavors for such a low abv.

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Photo of hooliganlife
3.67/5  rDev -7.3%
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 JoEBoBpr
4.08/5  rDev +3%
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)

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Photo of zeledonia
2.95/5  rDev -25.5%
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 57md
3.56/5  rDev -10.1%
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 secondtooth
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
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 scottbrew4u
4.12/5  rDev +4%
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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Chocolate Milk Stout from 4 Hands Brewing Co.
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