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Milk Stout - Lancaster Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

955 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 955
Reviews: 446
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 39
Gots: 55 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Lancaster Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
We are proud to offer this traditional English Sweet Stout that's bursting with roasted barley flavor. A dark ale, Milk Stout has just a touch of sweetness provided by an addition of non-fermentable lactose sugar.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-01-2002)
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BeerFiend2002

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +1.3%

Poured into draft glass. Nice black color with a fizzy, khaki-colored one-finger head that dissipated quickly. Almost no lacing here. Body kind of resembled a cola with all the bubbles clinging to the side of the glass.

Smells of chocolate milk, coffee, and roasted malt. Pleasant nose on this one.

Taste is like chocolate milk, with hints of coffee. Has a nice roasty, bitter finish. Taste follows the nose on this one.

It has a less creamy mouthfeel than I hoped for, but it was not bad. It goes down smooth. Quite drinkable.

Overall, this was a nice beer. I was compelled to try it, as the brewery is one county away from me and a buddy of mine said it was pretty good. It was good, but it didn't knock my socks off. Solid brew and not sorry one bit that I tried it. Oddly, Ive been on a summertime stout kick and this is yet another one in the string of nice stouts I've had the pleasure of enjoying.

06-23-2011 20:46:59 | More by BeerFiend2002
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oberon

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +5.7%

Pours a pitch black with a light almond colored head that dissapates pretty quick,aroma is of french roast coffee deeply roasted.Taste is incredably coffeeish with a slight malted milk taste I like the intermingling flavors of coffee and lactose very tasty beer I will get again if given the chance.

11-03-2003 21:15:37 | More by oberon
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RoyalT

Ohio

3.43/5  rDev -11.6%

Appearance – This Milk Stout is damn near black as night with a deep, very dark tanned head.

Smell – The dark, roasty malts are light but mix well with the sourish cream.

Taste – The milky flavor takes over at the taste. It’s almost like warm milk that’s starting to go sour, but in a good way. The dark roasted malts have a coffee character to them and blend well with the milk.

Mouthfeel – This one is light to medium-bodied and nicely balanced.

Drinkability – There’s nothing offensive yet nothing outstanding about this offering from Lancaster. It’s an easy-drinker and makes a nice introduction to the style.

08-27-2004 19:10:51 | More by RoyalT
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TB2012


4/5  rDev +3.1%

06-30-2014 23:02:10 | More by TB2012
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.1%

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue V:

The Milk Stout is the furthest you can get from extreme beer, as the style oozes of old school tradition of a tame dark beer. Give thanks to American brewers on keeping this style alive. Brewed with lactose.

Bubbly thick, dense froth holds its three fingers of height for a good while. Black chestnut color is nearly opaque. Malted milk shake, mocha latte and a hint of cookie dough in the aroma. Silky mouthfeel with a very smooth carbonation. Mild milk chocolate comes to mind, malted milk balls and light roasted coffee within. Brown bread, kiss of molasses and faint, watery raisins in the back end. Hop bitterness is just high enough to be noticeable and helps to keep an even keel here. Lactose twang and malt sweetness in the middle with more mild roasted flavors in the sweet finish.

The sweetness is there but never to the point of being cloying. Very drinkable with a layered complexity.

09-10-2010 13:17:19 | More by BeerAdvocate
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steelerguy

New York

4/5  rDev +3.1%

A - Nice dark color, big dark head that fades to a covering.

S - Lots of nice roasted malt aroma, lots of coffee and chocolate.

T - Again lots of roasted malt aroma, dominated by coffee but with a good bit of chocolate also. Not much hop flavor but a nice bitterness at the end.

M - Smooth and creamy with just a bit of bite at the end from the carbonation.

D - Not to heavy, not too roasted that you are tired of it quickly, nice smooth finish, nothing to not like.

09-05-2010 00:20:04 | More by steelerguy
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.1%

The Lancaster Milk Stout pours from the bottle a deep charcoal color with a very light tan head. Sticky patches of lacing form. Does look nice in the glass. Aromas begin with a deeply roasted malts, big toffee chunks and notes of chocolate and burnt coffee. There's a light burnt sweet milk aroma as well. A really enjoyable brew to smell.

First sip brings a roasty dark maltiness upfront followed by a nice mix of toffee candy, cocoa and plenty of burnt coffee. A touch of sweet milk works its way in nicely. Slighty burnt with a good mix between sweet and bitter. This is a tasty brew.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with steady carbonation. Good body overall. This is a tasty milk stout that strays to the roastier/burnt side of things. Wouldn't mind sitting down to a few of these...also mixes great with the Strawberry Wheat to make a chocolate covered strawberry. Thanks to woodychandler for leaving these Lancaster brews with me!

05-19-2006 03:06:25 | More by orbitalr0x
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SBarbeerian

California

4.6/5  rDev +18.6%

Poured into a wine glass (no pint glass available but this worked fine to let it breathe & release so me aroma)
App perfect for style: pitch black with tan head. Head bit thin.
Smell perfect for style: no hops, roasted grain with bit of coffee & creaminess.
Taste excellent for style: roasty, bit of coffee - very low hop bitterness.
Moothfeel: medium-full body, low carbonation & bit of residual sweetness. Right on for style.
Overall: very pleasant roasty & highly drinkable milk stout. Not the smoothest I've had for the style, but close. Great brew, very true to style.

07-21-2008 02:05:34 | More by SBarbeerian
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sellmeagod

Virginia

3.38/5  rDev -12.9%

The cow on the bottle just reinforces what this beer is all about - the milk.

It's an unpowerful stout, but a tasty one and full of sincere flavor. Smells sweet and milky (of course) and you could drink this forever. Nice, but ultimately not that adventurous.

09-06-2010 02:14:05 | More by sellmeagod
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heddar33

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

09-09-2012 04:48:50 | More by heddar33
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Todd

Colorado

4.38/5  rDev +12.9%

Pitch black, opaque brew topped with a semi-meringue coffee colored cream head. Light stick. Settles to a thin, but covering lace. Decent head retention.

Distinct, big and bold aroma of sweet coffee (syrup) milk. The coffee aroma is amazing!

Smooth, silky and extremely fluffy on the palate. Firm malt body, that kicks things off with a nice roasted/molasses twang, followed by coffee, an earthiness, burnt chocolate edges and a peanut nuttiness that sneaks in towards the finish. The added lactose is felt in the body, and the beer is sweet, keeping with the style, but not at all overwhelming. Gentle flash of citrus bitterness, with a very brief dry sourness beneath the malty backbone. Finish is dry, a bit pasty, with notes of grain and a lingering earth and "coffee breath" character.

This is one helluva a Milk Stout. I highly recommend allowing the beer to warm up for a bit and allow the malt complexities to pull through. Lovely stuff.

06-15-2004 21:42:41 | More by Todd
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sponberg

New York

3.88/5  rDev 0%

Almost opaque, with a head the color of the inside of a malted milk ball. Starts out tasting very, very similar to Beamish for the first second or so - then, all hell breaks loose. Flavors of dark caramel, brown sugar, toffee, and dark chocolate sem to come out of nowhere & battle with the roastiness (in a good way). Then the fight goes down the block as you swallow, leaving a very, very round sweet and roasty aftertaste. Almost tastes as much like a porter as it does a sweet stout. Interesting brew.

06-01-2002 10:19:21 | More by sponberg
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shapudding

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +18.6%

Dark impenetrable chocolate brown darkness. Khaki head was beautifully thick but settled down to only a thin covering. Still very nice. Dark scents, lovely....yummy and sweet and toasty goodness.
Right amount of carbination... jusssst right. Med/thick, stout like feel that slides around quite nice and thick. Tastes house red wine, sweetness -from the lactose, but yet not too sweet. Bit of a red berry taste in there...
Which is a good p.s.'er, this is nice to blend up with their strawberry wheat as a half -n- half.
I really do not feel it is too heavy to make it not an easy drinker. Those who like the darks and the stouts will most likely find it an easy drinker.
This is just a good beer, I know some who just don't appreciate it, but I do enjoy it. First time I had it was tailgating at one of the last Vet concerts, someone saw my beer goodness and asked for a taste, then wanted to offer up a replacement. I said none needed, but he pulled out one of these which I had not tasted yet, kinda cool.

09-11-2004 01:53:25 | More by shapudding
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generallee

New York

4.06/5  rDev +4.6%

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: The body has a dark black look with a a one inch thick off white head. The head holds on well and makes some nice lacing.

Smell: The aroma has nice toasted/roasted maltiness and mild sweetness.

Taste / Palate: The flavor is nicely balanced with mellow toasded and roasted maltiness. It has a nice molasses like sweetness and equally balanced bitterness. It’s palate is a light medium and very drinkable.

05-29-2014 12:24:28 | More by generallee
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nstroup

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.1%

06-29-2012 04:31:48 | More by nstroup
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TimoP

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.1%

11-25-2011 08:28:51 | More by TimoP
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Doomcifer

Rhode Island

4.54/5  rDev +17%

Lil bro bought a mixed 12-pack for me since he's at school in Pennsylvania. Pours a very dark brown/black color with a great head that goes down with not much retention. Smells roasty, lots of lactose, milk chocolate, those candy Whoppers, and breakfast blend/mild roast coffee. Taste follows the nose...some roastiness, milk chocolate, light coffee, lots of lactose lingering with a dry finish and a roastiness that lingers on the pallete. Perfect carbonation and body, slightly dry finish...perfect mouthfeel. HIGHLY HIGHLY drinkable. Great example of the style.

09-24-2010 02:40:23 | More by Doomcifer
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Guden

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +16%

08-06-2014 14:39:25 | More by Guden
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BeerMe13

Florida

4/5  rDev +3.1%

05-26-2013 22:35:29 | More by BeerMe13
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psujorge

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.1%

02-02-2012 04:21:51 | More by psujorge
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merlin48

Kentucky

4.22/5  rDev +8.8%

Nice drawing of a cow head on the label. This pours dark and opaque into the glass, with a one inch light brown head that retains very well and deposits attractive drapes of sheet lacing on the glass.
Aroma has a dark and roasty malt accent that bespeaks of burnt coffee, cocoa, and some hazelnut.
Mouthfeel is creamy and medium full bodied. Ideal level of medium carbonation.
Taste has an assertive creamed coffee component, with roasty scorched malt bitterness and a creamy lactic note of sweetness. More character develops as it warms, and even more creamy/bitter/roasty notes emerge. Very tasty!
Very nice sipping stout, especially for the style. A bit overly filling to enjoy more than one at a time, but this is a very user friendly, milk stout, with the aforementioned, friendly cow on the label. Regards to woodychandler for sending this one my way.

08-10-2005 16:29:45 | More by merlin48
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Billolick

New York

3.68/5  rDev -5.2%

12 ounce bottle, with no freshness dating, pours black, tan head, moderate lacing and medium bodied brew. Licorish nose. Some sweetness evident up front, at the same time abit of sourness also comes through. chocolate flavors and some moderate roastyness carry the weight here. Dry, chalky finish. Decent and pleasant take on the style.

09-20-2004 03:20:10 | More by Billolick
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bl400315

Connecticut

4.15/5  rDev +7%

Ordered at lancaster brewing company (in lancaster). Poured black, deep, and quite viscous with a one and a half finger head that left poor lacing. Picked up malts as well as cocao and subtle coffee scents. Pleasant aroma. Didn't expect the slightly sour taste with initial sip. Good body for a stout, left the pallet clean and smooth- hops werent overbearing. Balanced and very drinkable. By far one of the best milk stouts PA has to offer and certainly my favorite from the lancaster brewing co.

10-11-2009 21:52:37 | More by bl400315
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tigg924

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +8.8%

Appearance: big 1/2 inch head, black

Smell: vanilla, sugar, and some malt

Taste: sugar cane, chocolate, coffee, and cream

Mouthfeel: very sweet, smooth, creamy, medium bodied

Drinkability: I like this a lot and found yet another sessionable beer. This one is not as sweet or as tasty as Left Hand--my favorite in the style. However this one is close and I could easily alternate in between the two..an excllent beer.

03-27-2009 16:23:48 | More by tigg924
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KolbMarley

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

02-15-2014 02:12:24 | More by KolbMarley
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Milk Stout from Lancaster Brewing Company
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