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Milk Stout - Lancaster Brewing Company

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1,037 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,037
Reviews: 456
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 48
Gots: 102 | 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:
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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1/5  rDev -74.2%

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2/5  rDev -48.5%

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2/5  rDev -48.5%

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2/5  rDev -48.5%

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2/5  rDev -48.5%

Photo of harrymel
2.15/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Pours a black stout with, as anticipated, no light coming through. single finger latte head dissipates over a minute or so leaving a scattered spotting of the same.

S: A big spread of butter on the beer. Some anise, molasses, resin. Okay nose, nothing special.

T: Oaty, creamy, dark fruit (plum/fig), some bing cherries in there as well. For a stout, this isn't really doing it. It's drinkable, but not particularly impressive.

M: Medium body with high carbonation. Only slightly slicking, but then dries.

O: Below average IMO.

Photo of jed
2.35/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Presentation: Brown, 12 oz bottle with a cow on the label. "Not pasturized" and "brewed naturally" on the label. No freshness date, but a bottling code 073 A3 1745 on the back. Poured into an Imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a completely opaque black color, with no light getting through. Disappointing, badly formed tan head with weak retention and some strange bubbles.

Smell: Very sweet malt aromas mixed with some actual cream smells. Hint of chocolate and strong alcohol.

Taste: Lots of toasted malt, similar to a dry Irish stout, but also unpleasant milk flavors. One reviewer compared it to "warm milk that's starting to go sour, but in a good way" — I agree with the first part. Hints of caramel and chocolate, but the dominant flavor is the sour milk.

Mouthfeel: Thin mouthfeel, with too much carbonation. Lacks the smooth, creamy taste of a good stout.

Drinkability: The sour milk flavor is overpowering, making it hard to finish even one of these.

A bad sample? I don't think so, because other reviewers have mentioned the same flavor and it's not outright rancid. Still, an unpleasant beer. I'm a big fan of Sam Adams' Cream Stout, so I'm always eager to try other milk stouts. I'll buy another bottle of this to give it a second chance, but based on this bottle I'd advise staying away.

Photo of oxmasterscream
2.39/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Deep, dark mahogany in a color, with a massive, craterous light brown head. Smelled of roasted malts, spice and sweet chocolate. Smelled was as expected but man, the taste wasn't. It was damn near undrinkable for me. Started spicy with some burnt malt flavors but for the most part, it was extremely sour tasting to the point of questioning whether or not something was wrong with the bottle I had. Just horrible. Mouth was medium and not at all full and smooth like a stout should be. It was more watery and acidic. Perhaps I had a bad bottle but until I have one that tastes otherwise, this review will stand.

Photo of youradhere
2.45/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. Pours black with off tan head that quickly drops. Smells like smokey chocolate with a tinge of metal. Taste is chocolate, smoke bitter, and that is about it. Not much sweetness for a milk stout. Mouthfeel is a bit thin and carbonation is too much, giving it a harshness that is not creamy like I'd expect. This would make a better chocolate stout than a milk stout. Not too impressed.

Photo of Beerontwowheels
2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

Photo of bubseymour
2.54/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Appearance - Black with brown head. Head was very small, barely 1 finger with an aggressive pour. Head dissappears quickly.

Smell - Extremly chocolately. Not much else.

Taste - Smooth, milky, hints of chocolate. Crisp at the end.

Mouthfeel - nothing like the appearance or most stouts I've tried before. Watery and fizzy on the toungue like Sprite/7-UP. Not impressed at all.

Overall - This is an easy drinker as its light and watery. No really any bad flavors and its certainly not a drain pour, but this beer does not deliver at all if one is in the mood for a thick, heavy stout. Appearance and smell is the only thing "stout-like" about this beer.

Photo of waltonc
2.56/5  rDev -34%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours typical milk stout dark brown with creamy white head. Smell is virtually non-existent. But I can detect the lactose in here. A dab of milk chocolate too. Flavor is creamy milk chocolate with a slight unpleasant burnt bitterness. Body is typical for the style - creamy on the palate. Overall, a very ho hum unimpressive milk stout.

Photo of Abita45
2.6/5  rDev -33%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

I was incredibly disappointed by this beer. Out of the bottle and into the pint glass it looked very good with a dark mahogany brown color and thin head that quickly dissipates and gives way to moderate amounts of lacing. The aroma is malty and faintly chocolate. I was really expecting a nice, creamy stout with fringes of chocolate and toasted malt.

What I got was either a bad bottle (I purchased a variety pack case), or this beer is infused with a carcinogenic quality that I have never before experienced in a beer. It seemed as if the malt was burnt prior to the brewing process and that ashy flavor - think burnt popcorn - permeates throughout the beer. The faint taste of chocolate was present, but I was too preoccupied with getting through the beer, hoping that if I gave it a chance I might adjust to the taste, to really care.

I have to believe that this may be an anomaly to Lancaster's stout and I may well be revising this review in the next few days after I decide to try another, but in the mean time, I was very disappointed and hope that this is just a "miss" among some "hits" in this case.

Photo of B967ierhunter177
2.62/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours black with no head or lacing. The aroma is dark roasted malt and licorice with hints of chocolate and coffee. The flavor is predominantly anise with baker's chocolate and hoppy notes. A bit of milk chocolate comes through as it warms. It's mouthfeel is full and syrup-like. Lancaster Milk Stout is a decent beer, not as smooth as most milk stouts but still good. Recommended.

Photo of meathookjones
2.63/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This appeared with a standard black body and a small light brown head that didn’t leave much lace about the glass. Aroma was off a roasted malt and cream, with an off sour scent to it as well. The taste had that same old sourness to it as well which I didn’t remember from the first time I sampled this. Other flavors were roasted malt, coffee and a bit of sweet caramel. Mouthfeel was standard with about a medium body and good carbonation. What ever was going on which the sour characteristics hurts the drinkability a lot. I had 2 separate bottles and both tasted the same. I will pick up another bottle in the future and see if that has changed.

Photo of KevinGordon
2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

Photo of cubedbee
2.76/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This was my first milk stout, and I can't say I cared for it. The appearance is the best thing this beer has going for it---pitch black with a full finger of beige head. As soon as I smelled this beer, I knew I wasn't going to like it. Smells extremely cloyingly sweet and vaguely milk-like---not like actual milk but more like the condense powder smells. Taste could only be described as sour milk. Way overwhelmingly sweet, with an offputting puckering feeling in the middle, and absolutely no bitterness or roasted malts, this just tastely entirely unbalanced, and not in a good way. Mouthfeel was also a little off, with the bodied being on the medium/thin side and the level of carbonation being too low. This was not what I was expecting from the beer, and I will not be drinking this one again.

Photo of BcOneSeven
2.76/5  rDev -28.9%

Photo of HURTemHIZZY
2.78/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very dark brown (near black) with a 1-2 finger tan head. Leaves a bit of lacing. Smell is slightly sweet, with a bit of coffee and some bittersweet chocolate.

Taste is definitely below average. Toasted grains, slight coffee, bittersweet chocolate. Not nearly enough sweetness for the stout, and not creamy at all. Very overly carbonated. Carbonation makes it seem cheap and unbalanced. Disappointing. Look and aroma were solid, but after that it really fell off.

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Milk Stout from Lancaster Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,037 ratings.