Milk Stout - Lancaster Brewing Company

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1,084 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,084
Reviews: 465
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 51
Gots: 125 | FT: 2
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-01-2002

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.
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Reviews by ViveLaChouffe:
Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First had this a couple years back while stranded in Philadelphia International Airport. It was in a little airport bar, on draft, and was the highlight of my extended stay in the The City of Brotherly Love. I found this bottle...actually I don't remember where I got this beer but it was most likely either on a recent trip through the Carolinas or a recent trip to Sarasota. I wanted to revisit it and see if the bottled version holds up the the draft.

Pours an opaque brown with hints of mahogany highlights about the edges, topped by a thin creamy (but persistent) brown head. Smells prominently of roasted barley with a milkiness (or lactose) providing the background for the mocha-like aroma.

In the mouth, the lactose and creaminess are very up front in this beer but with an underlying (yet balancing) coffee-like bitterness. It certainly sweet but the roasty bitterness makes itself known. The bitterness especially is prominent in the aftertaste, long and lingering. There's just a touch of dark fruit in there too. Mouth is smooth and creamy, making it easy to drink. It's nicely balanced, well crafted and tasty.

It doesn't blow me away like it did on draft but it is still really good from the bottle. A fine example of a milk/cream stout if you're looking to try one.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of RoyalT
3.41/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Fear4Beer
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%

What a surprise! When you see the bottle (which looks different than what is shown here on BA.. there's a full cow on the recent bottle) you can't help put chuckle. Before pouring it out you can bet it's going to be a subpar beer. I mean look at that label and the price is low for a six pack.

Then all of a sudden you pour it out in a glass... and WOAH! I wasn't expecting an inky black beer with a nice head on it. Try shinning a light through the beer and you can very faintly see light on the other side. The beer smells of milk and a roasted coffee/chocolate mix. Upon your first sip you will get that roasted coffee taste, sugar, and a bit of chocolate. It tastes like what the smell is inviting you into. The flavor is not over powering, I'd say it is quite lite for a stout. The more you drink the beer the better it gets. The flavor does not leave your palate. You can take a sip and 5 minutes later you can still taste it. The more you drink it, the stronger it tastes if that makes any sense.

It is so drinkable I can guarantee you this: If you brought this to a party anyone that enjoys coffee would enjoy this beer. Men and women can enjoy this beer without being a diehard beer drinker. Some stouts are just so overpowering with their flavor you better have a thick beard, a captain's patch on your eye, or have a unicycle at the ready (it is marketed towards those groups of people. lol)

This is a quality beer that I could literally drink all the time. Definitely a sleeper pick! The thing that gets this beer such a high rating from me is the fact that it gets so many things right for such a low price. Such a bargain in my opinion.

The only negatives that prevent it from having a higher score is that it is a bit "watery" in its taste and it is a bit sweet. If you don't like a sweet tasting beer, you might want to stay away from this one. I don't mind the sweet taste but it could be dialed down just a smidgen.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of steelerguy
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of SBarbeerian
4.62/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of sellmeagod
3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Todd
4.37/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of sponberg
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of shapudding
4.62/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of generallee
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of Doomcifer
4.48/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of merlin48
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Billolick
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of bl400315
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of tigg924
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 excllent beer.

Photo of Soonami
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lancaster Milk Stout is a nearly opaque stout with flavorful roast coffee and dark chocolate flavor, thick and creamy body, and sweet finish. This stout is like the offspring of the pairing of a dark chocolate milkshake and caramel-y robust porter. It's a very nice beer from a local brewery making an uncommon beer style.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have heard many good things about Lancaster brewing and this beer, so I saw it at D's and figured it's about time I give it a try. Pours a very deep almond brown and leaves a fairly thin tan head on top of the body leaves a nice trickled lace down the glass with every sip. The aroma are soothing tones of mild chocolate, and dark roasts creating a warming sensation like taking some freshly cracked coffee roasts in very nice and mild aroma, there is a bit of a huskiness there in the finish of the aroma. The taste is well balanced between bitter sweet creamy textured tones and the harsh dark roasts that leave such a great flavor on the palate. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, but not heavy or cloying in any way very creamy textured mouthfeel making this one very good stout. I could sip on this beer when in the mood for a good creamy stout, I like the cap it says Lancaster Brewing "better beer".

Photo of glid02
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at Tria on Spruce and 12th in Philadelphia.

Pours one shade from black with a half-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of moderately roasted malts with good amounts of lactose sweetness. Also present are slight hints of semi-sweet chocolate.

Tastes similar to how it smells, although the roasted character is stronger than in the aroma. Robust roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by equal amounts of bitter unsweetened chocolate and lactose sweetness. The chocolate flavors fade out quickly and the sweetness increases through to the middle of the sip. Right before the end of the sip slight amounts of molasses work their way into things before carrying through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I had no problems finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this was a nice example of the style however it was missing some fullness. If the ABV were in the 3-4% range this would be fine but as it is I'd like some more body. Still, it's not a bad choice if left with no other options.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.72/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a jet black with an opaque body with a thick creamy tan head that last and last leaving rings on the glass with each sip. There is no sign carbonation even on the edges of this glass.

S- The smell of big black malt with dark roasted grain aromas with a slight sweaty note but it is a very good smell. There is also a slight sour cream hint with some soft cookie dough and graham cracker note as the beer warms.

T- The taste of dark roasted malt with a coffee malt flavor is followed by a nice bitterness from dark roasted grain. As this beer warms the smell of chocolate nibs and dark chocolate notes.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a nice velvety texture that is very smooth and fits the beer very nicely.

D- This dark complex beer has a creamy texture and is very drinkable. This is one of the best stouts I have ever tasted and it is just delicious. I will be buying this by the case the next time I get to PA. I even sniffed the glass many times after this beer was gone.

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.3/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, completely opaque, pitch-black color with an eighth of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved away into an extremely thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Very roasty up front, giving off notes of freshly baked dark bread, roasted coffee beans and burnt sugar. I get some notes of vanilla and caramel as well.

Taste: Very roast up front, imparting some smoke and roasted coffee flavors, including some coffee-like bitterness. I get some notes of toasted malt, imparting flavors of freshly baked dark bread, as well as some slight caramel-like sweetness but not enough to counterbalance the coffee-like bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Slightly chewy and pretty smooth as there is very little carbonation. With an ABV of 5.3%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a decent milk stout, possessing good flavors of roasted malt and coffee, accented with some caramel-like sweetness. However, there’s a little too much coffee-like bitterness for my taste. Fans of that kind of bitterness should like it though.

Photo of caddybuyer
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle purchased from a 12 pack at the source.

A-Deep oily black pour that a 100 watt bulb can't penetrate. Thick creamy tan head that stands up even at a pretty cold temperature.

S-coffee, hops and sweet malts

T-creamy sweet roasted malts, coffee, and a bitter finish. Very nicely done

M-Medium creamy mouthfeel and carbonation

D-This is an extremely drinkable stout. In some ways, I wish it was a bit bigger, and I'd love to see them do an imperial, but for a nice session stout, you can't beat this. Bring it on.

Another great beer from a very solid brewery.

Photo of slk22
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a barely translucent black with a minimal head that quickly dissipates.

S - Noticeable sweet and roasted malt essence with a hint of chocolate.

T - Taste is dominated by roasted malt flavor with noticeable but understated coffee and chocolate flavors. Finish is slightly tangy and citrus.

M - Mouthfeel is smooth, but thin with noticeable carbonation, more than I expected from this style.

D - A very drinkable beer that is not overpowering.

Overall a very enjoyable beer, although not as sweet and enticing as others in this style.

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Milk Stout from Lancaster Brewing Company
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