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Milk Stout - Lancaster Brewing Company

Milk StoutMilk Stout

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873 Ratings

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Ratings: 873
Reviews: 442
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.34%

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.

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Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A dry coffeeish stout with a long lactose finish. Good bubbly head. Bitter aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel. Coffee aroma. Understated carbonation. Overall serviceable and satisfying but really not a great taste, the lactose was a barrier of sourness to smoothness, and I didn't want MOOre of it.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2007 22:24:41 | More by Sammy
Photo of UCLABrewN84


4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to SamuelJackson45 for sending me this one!

Pours an opaque black with a 2 inch light brown head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Nice rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smells of toasted bread, chocolate milk, and cinnamon bark. Something about the smell is super appealing to me. Taste is of roasted coffee beans, cocoa powder in milk, and dark malts. I get a slight cinnamon powder on toast taste on the finish with a slight cocoa powder bitterness. A good level of carbonation while still being smooth and creamy. Overall, this is a solid stout from a brewery I had never heard of before now. I am glad I got to try this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2011 03:21:49 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of BuckeyeNation


4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Ruby-edged mahogany that is nearly as photophobic as the blackest double or Imperial stout. The three finger cap is the color of toasted oatmeal, a good color match that gives the beer that classic stout 'black and tan' look that I enjoy so much. The surface is more pebbly than rocky, has an average life span and deposits a meager amount of sudsy lace.

Milk stout has a good milk stout nose. Moderately roasted barley is uppermost, with plenty of bittersweet chocolate, strong black coffee and a hint of sugared vanilla bean. Thankfully, it doesn't have that sourish, lactic smell that some versions have. I'm really looking forward to upending the glass.

This is a rock-solid stout that is bursting at the seams with flavor. Not only that, but the flavor profile is impressively wide-ranging, containing all of the malty elements noted in the nose, as well as citric hops (Cascade overpowers Styrian Goldings). It's more hoppy than most milk/sweet stouts, and is, therefore, more balanced in terms of sweetness and bitterness.

Vanilla is still lurking and adds an additional amount of flavor interest. I'm impressed that so many complementary flavors are present and that they're present in the proportions that I prefer. Although warming brings nothing new to the table, each successive sip provides further evidence of this beer's solidity and drinkability. I'm quickly running out of beer to analyze. With a bigger, stouter body, it just might be a world-beater.

Lancaster Brewing Company impressed me with Gold Star Pilsner, so my hopes were fairly high for this one as well. I don't feel like shouting 'mooove over Mackeson', but I did enjoy every last drop and wish that I had another bottle or six. I'd be drinking a lot of Milk Stout if I lived in or near Lancaster, PA.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2006 17:24:57 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of womencantsail


3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Going through my notes I realized that I had not put this review up on BA yet.

A: The pour is a dark, dark brown color with a thin layer of tan foam.

S: The nose is not very pleasing at all. There is some roasted malt, hints of chocolate, and a slight sweetness. However, there is also something a bit "off" about the aroma that I can't quite pin point (maybe a touch sour?).

T: The flavor is a slight improvement over the nose with some decent roasted malt and cream flavors with a touch of sweetness. I can't say that it's especially good though.

M: The body and carbonation are about standard, with the body being a touch thin.

D: The pedestrian flavors and rather unpleasant nose really put me off of this beer. I think I would pass on this one if offered it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2010 18:24:27 | More by womencantsail
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North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a black color with a frothy beige head that lasts throughout but leaves various strands of lace

Smell: The predominant aromas are chocolate and roast, but underneath that you can pick out some espresso notes

Taste: Starts with a nice roasted malt flavor that adds a bit of chocolate by mid-palate; after the swallow, the hops add some bitterness and provide balance; a bit charred for a milk stout but not objectionable

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Very filling and rich but I don't think it is particularly well-balanced

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2006 23:33:27 | More by brentk56
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3.18/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Tedwarhc for this bottle. Served in a tulip.

Pours a very dark brown with a thick, creamy dark tan head that sticks around for quite awhile before falling to a thin cap. The nose brings some light toffee and cream plus a bit of roast and chocolate. Faint coffee as well. The flavor is roasty with a bit of chocolate and cream throughout, especially in the feel. Light carbonation. Toffee is out of place and doesn't really fit, affecting the nose, flavor, and palate. Not terrible, but not something I'd seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2011 23:33:52 | More by Thorpe429
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New York

3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is close to being black in color - traces of reddish amber are visible near the bottom of the glass when it is held up to a light source. It poured with a short beige head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to medium aromas of lactose are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of lactose along with notes of milk chocolate and hints of roasted malts. There is a slight amount of bitterness; no sweetness is perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little thin on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink but seems to be a little lighter in body compared to other beers in the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 03:41:38 | More by metter98
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North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2003 21:15:37 | More by oberon
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3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in the trusty Devil's Backbone willibecher.

Always up for a good milk stout. This one pours an opaque black-brown topped by a finger of ecru foam. The nose comprises molasses, roasted malts, and a hint of cocoa powder in the background. The taste is very similar, though the molasses is toned down slightly, and the cocoa has transmogrified into a bitter dark-ish chocolate flavor. The body is a solid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly dry finish. Overall, a decent stout, but not much in the way of lacto sweetness or creaminess...just a normal dry stout. Still pretty good, but not really what I was looking for.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2010 02:00:29 | More by TMoney2591
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4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, very deep brown (almost black) with reddish-mahogany highlights. The creamy, light tan head holds well and leaves nice lace. Sweet chocolate and soft roastiness greet the nose. The body is medium with a soft, very-fine bubbled carbonation that provides the expected creamy mouthfeel and helps to emphasise the malty flavors. The flavor is distinctly chocolatey and caramelish with a firm roastiness; but it's not overly rich or full, which helps to give it a good drinkability. It finishes drying with a short lingering note of sweet chocolate and restrained bitterness. Well done! An excellent example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2003 13:19:08 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of feloniousmonk


3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A finely delineated portrait of a cow glares at us from the label, perhaps watchful of how we utililize the fruits of her, um, labor. Worry not, Madam bovine, I drink thy goodness with all respect and suchforth, etcetera...
Dark brown, nearly black, with reddish tinges around the sides, and decorated by a full, blooming, thick, though assuredly diminishing tan head, leaving loads of clinging lace. Aroma: soft, smooth and creamy, light suggestions of toffee, caramel and nuts.
Taste: some fierce, though brief, bitterness up front, soon to fade. Malt is big and in command, but the lactose involved is not in the least bit shy, for it thoroughly controls the flavor all the way out. Slightly tart and acidic, but that creamy feel is on top, with a certain hoppy, fruity zing also attached.
Body is medium, finish is not as full as I prefer, but probably just right for the style (I imagine them shooting this toward folks who don't mind a dark beer, but despise "bitterness" and "aftertaste").
Pretty yummy, actually, a very nice rendition of the style.
Thanks to Sir Pissky of the Nights of the Good Beer Table for this one!

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2004 08:48:11 | More by feloniousmonk
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Rhode Island

3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Acquired from guzzle211, courtesy of BA March Madness 2009 so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a thin beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thin on the glass.

S: The aroma contains lactose, milk chocolate, roasted malts, some dark fruit and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out creamy and sweet with strong flavors of milk chocolate, lactose and black coffee. The malt character is hearty but not quite as heavy as most stouts. There's a very mild hops presence which is where it should be for the style and provides some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a nice mild and dark beer to drink for a long time.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 03:56:08 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of emerge077


4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to mikecharley for this extra at DLD!

Into a pint glass, it had a nice puffy cap of foam, with a smooth, dimpled surface. The foam had a chocolate milk tint, and it left some spotty irregular lace. Roasty aroma and a touch lactic. Rich roasty taste, dry and lightly bitter in the finish. Unsweetened chocolate, coffee, the usual stout suspects, with no cloying sweetness. Feel is nice and smooth, almost creamy, very easy to session i'd imagine. A solid Milk Stout, it's nice all around with no flaws...

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2009 23:06:34 | More by emerge077
Photo of russpowell


4.63/5  rDev +19%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a chestnut tinged ebony with 2 fingers of mocha colored head. Minimal head retention & lacing

S: Lactose & cocoa

T: Follows the nose, along cream flavor & dryness up front. Lactose sweetness, dryness & a touch of iron are all there as this warms. Finishes sweet, dry & with cocoa cream

MF: Smooth & creamy with minimal carbonation

Drank sooo easy, easily in my top 2 of straight up milk stouts, yummy!

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2009 00:32:59 | More by russpowell
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark black color with a thin off-white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a sweet dark malt smell with a creamy, yet dry aroma. The lactose added lends an extra amount of sweetness. The taste is good. It has a dark feel to it with a sweet finish. It boasts of black patent malts and a creamy lactose content. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a fine stout. It has a niche here which adds to the attractiveness. This is a good drinker.

Serving type: on-tap

05-24-2004 12:47:36 | More by WesWes
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3.23/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer was somewhat of a disappointment to me. Beer is black with low carbonation and nearly no head, no lacing.

Aroma is a little sweet but a little ashy.

Beer is thin to medium in body with minimal malt / lactose sweetness followed by an ashy bitterness. It's not pleasant to drink. It grows a little on me as I drink more but overall I don't like it.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2011 03:50:43 | More by drabmuh
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4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Should be a good night cap, thanks to Noslenwerd in another one of our huge trades.

A: Rising head gets to about 2 fingers over a pitch black creamy looking liquid. The head is darker in color and very thick and frothy looking.

N: I could smell this from a few feet away on the pour, lots of malts, some nice milk chocolate, lactose, little roast and coffee finish it off.

T: Starts with roast actually, roasted malts and hints of coffee. That is followed closely with lots of milk chocolate. Creamy chocolate and lots of lactose creamy feel. If it were a little sweeter I would almost think of the the little cartons of chocolate milk I used to have as a kid. Some darker malts also sneak in there.

M: A little lighter on the body, but very creamy and smooth, and good carbonation.

F: Still a little lightly sweet on the finish, with even more lactose coming out. It really makes you feel like you just drank a glass of fresh chocolate milk on the finish. Pretty refreshing. A slight stout like bitterness also tickles on the finish. Overall a pretty nice beer, drinkable, tasty, doesn't go over the top in any category, perhaps a little too much lactose if anything.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2010 03:58:56 | More by jlindros
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4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a frothy, slightly cream-consistency, light brown colored head that is initially two-fingers thick. The beer itself is an opaque black color. The aroma has a strong burnt grain note to it, as well as notes of deeply toasted grain, coffee, and a lightly sweet chocolate note. This beer has a solid aromatic roast character to it that is pretty darn pronounced.

The beer has a creamy, yet light consistency to it that serves as a great foil to the roast flavors. There is a light sweetness here, that perhaps would be a bit more apparent if the roast character was not so plentiful. It is interesting that this beer is so much more balanced in the taste than it was in the aroma. While the roast character is quite noticeable in the flavor, it is balanced pretty well by the palate fullness and the light sweetness. The beer finishes with a roasted coffee bean note that is lightly astringent and has a touch of a burnt grain-husk note. Up front and accentuated by the sweetness is a dark chocolate note.

This is a nice quaffable brew. I really like that this beer is not too sweet, some milk stouts (Mackeson's comes to mind) are too balanced towards the sweet end, and then don't even have the body to keep up with the sweetness. This beer tastes just lightly sweet, the lactose contributes character here but it is well in balance with the rest of the beer. Quite nice and a great rendition of the style!

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2006 00:41:30 | More by Gueuzedude
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3.2/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I remember having this beer on an Easter Sunday and letting my grandfather try it. It hated it, he likes his cream ales and stuff but at least he gave it a try. The beer was a very dark black color. Had a big time toasted flavor. I expected it to be a little more on the sweet side. Wasn't really getting much of that. It wasn't a bad stout, I'd try it again.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2011 00:20:20 | More by Knapp85
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4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a thin head that soon becomes patchy.

The smell is of dark malty sweetness - coffee, some chocolate, and milk.

The taste is like roasted coffee with milk and sugar, though not overly sweet Dark fruits - plums, hint of raisins - balance it out nicely.

It's smooth and creamy with a medium body that becomes more full as it warms (though stays in fuller side of medium).

This is easy to drink, with a nicely balanced complexity to it. A nice, aromatic, tasty milk stout that is not overly sweet, but sweet enough for the style. Good brew here!

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2007 00:51:11 | More by jwc215
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4/5  rDev +2.8%
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".

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2003 09:49:09 | More by WVbeergeek
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New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: black in color with a 2 inch tan head. Plenty of lacing through the drink.

Smell:aroma is of roasted malt with hints of chocolate.

Taste: the flavor followed the aroma as roasted malt was balanced with light burnt chocolate tones. The was a bit of bitterness that actually rounded this out well.

Mouthfeel: smooth and creamy but somewhat thin. The roasted malt lasts lightly on the tongue during the aftertaste.

Drinkability: nicely drinkable as the flavors are nice even though the mouthfeel is thin.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2004 12:42:49 | More by Gavage
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3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Maybe my favorite of the Lancaster beers, right next to the Amish Four Grain. It wasn't nearly as creamy as other sweet stouts, like a Mackeson Triple Stout. Comes off more like a full American or English Stout (Middle Ages' Black Heart). The grains don't taste like coffee so much as just black patent malt. There also seems to be a missing complexity to this beer, or rather, the flavor might just be too plain. Still it's a stout to enjoy with a meal or after.

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2007 17:43:02 | More by tempest
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3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Guinness goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high; I love this style. I don't think I've had anything from the brewery afore. Acquired via mail as part of a beer of the month club me sister signed me up for for me birthday.

A: Pours a half finger head of lovely tan colour, fair cream, decent thickness, and bad retention - especially for the merely average ABV. It retains for about thirty seconds. Colour is a predictable solid black.

Sm: Milky with lactose - I can't say I'm surprised. Also pleasant caramel, wonderful roasted barley (an excellent sign in the aroma of a stout), pretty strong capuccino, and hints of something more rich - perhaps chocolate. Some coffee. A moderate strength, aroma, but truly a remarkable one in its complexity and depth. I'm quite fond of the aroma, and I'm hoping the flavour delivers on its promise.

T/Mf: The roasted barley is subtly present for the first act only, with the silky smooth milk notes taking over afterwards. The effect is lovely, more in terms of mouthfeel than flavour perhaps, and helps it avoid feeling too much like a porter. The capuccino, coffee, light chocolate, and subtle caramel flavours that soon reveal themselves are quite complementary to the foundation, giving the beer a rich complexity whilst maintaining an impressive balance. It drinks smooth and wet, but with enough coarseness on the open from the roast and enough thickness to keep it feeling bold. It's never too much or too little, though the mouthfeel could use some more cream (I'm nitpicking). I'm pretty impressed with this beer. Bravo.

Dr: It drinks very easily. I could down this one all night, and I'd be glad to. The alcohol never comes through (not that it's high or anything). A lovely little milk stout that gets me excited to try more beers from the same brewery. This is one I'd love to try on nitro-draught. I'd definitely pick up a six pack of this. I wish it was more available in California.


Serving type: bottle

01-11-2012 02:04:14 | More by kojevergas
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4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A growler freshly filled a few hours ago.

A: The stout is a midnight black color, allowing only faint ruby red highlights to shine through. The head is a small white band.

S: The stout has a deep roasted, almost burnt, aroma that exudes hints of milk and chocolatey sweetness.

T: The stout has a bold flavor, not skimping on either the milk nor the stout parts. The roasted malts are thick and toasted, coming across with an acidic dryness that lingers in the mouth. The lactose quickly follows the dryness. It adds a distinct, almost sour, sweetness that works well against the dryness.

M: The dryness and the sweetness play well off of each other, creating a very nice feel.

D: It's been 6 months since my last review of milk stout and I believe that my earlier ones cut it short. The biggest difference is that this is fresh from the brewery (vs. contract brewed and bottled or on-tap at a third-party establishment). The stout is a formidable, excellent beer when served properly.

Serving type: growler

12-27-2006 01:40:22 | More by akorsak
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Milk Stout from Lancaster Brewing Company
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