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Milk Stout - Lancaster Brewing Company

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872 Ratings

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Ratings: 872
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 wac9


4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

wow finally found a six pack , what a wonderful taste smell, , it magic on the tongue what a joy , pour the beer it black , taste the beer not overpowering , just great milk stout with a nice aftertaste a winner a great friday night or any time beer i cant pinpoint diffrent smells or taste but i love every thing i do taste go enjoy the beer

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 01:42:49 | More by wac9
Photo of keanex

New Jersey

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Deep brown, completely opaque, with a thin tan head that doesn't stick around long.

S: Sweet milk/creamer smell, not much else here.

T: Very sweet, almost as if I'm drinking a Guinness with creamer added, but oddly in a good way. This is definitely sweet though, I couldn't handle more than one in a sitting.

M: Almost light, with not much carbonation.

O: I don't know how fresh this was, thanks for the no bottled date, but I would like to try this fresh if I got the chance. There's too much I think missing from this due to it being potentially a bit old.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 18:09:36 | More by keanex
Photo of isualum12


4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- black as coal with a darker edge of more blackness.
Smell. Butterscotch. Yes it smell great.
Taste is buttery with spice and bourbon rolling through.
Feel. Well it is high in carbon and hits me in the chest but it is alright. Lively on the tongue.
Overall. I really like this beer. It is just what i needed today.
Ihavebeen excited to try this beer. We just don't see it in Boise

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 00:33:44 | More by isualum12
Photo of BeerLover99


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

A: black body, trace tan head, very little

S: big nose of molasses, brown sugar,
coffee, bitter cocoa, oats

T: coffee, malt, bitter choc.,
brown sugar, molasses/smoky finish

M: med/heavy, smooth/chewy mouth
mild front/tongue prick

O: New to this brewery, quite nice.
Not my fav style, but would
recommend + get again.


Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 17:49:38 | More by BeerLover99
Photo of micromaniac129


3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A rich mocha brown color is the color of the beer with an abundance of rich brown foamy head. It's fast fading leaving some spotty lacing on the glass and some surface foam. Aroma is lite on the nose with hints of lactose sweetness cream and roasted malts. A good roasted malt flavor, condensed milk, cocoa, and nuiances of licorise. Feels thin on the palette but smooth and soft. A pretty good stout in my opinion but probably a lot better out of the tap. The bottle version seems weak and watered down a bit.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 12:18:11 | More by micromaniac129
Photo of donssword


3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Background: I bought of six pack of bottles on sale, as my local store was out of my usual, Butternuts' Moo Thunder Stout. For comparison, Moo Thunder is canned, with no widget. I drink all my beers out of a glass, and I prefer Stouts over everything else, with IPAs a good second.

Without going down the checklist everyone else normally does I did note the following:

Too carbonated. On the one hand, the carbonation made it light and easy to drink, on the other hand, it was like drinking beer soda. I found the carbonation seriously compromised the mouth feel that I normally go for in a stout.

The carbonation created an instant head, but left no lace, which impacted my appearance score.

The flavor was good, but there was a hint of metal that I normally don't appreciate that turns up from time to time. Last time I ran into the metal taste in a stout was Beemish in a widget can (poured into a glass).

As a whole, it smells right, the overall taste was good (excpet for the metal, which I can overlook), but the carbonation was a kick in the pants that I have not experienced for a while. Its a nice back-up beer for sure, but not my first choice. Its hard to not give it a better score, but that carbonation was a real killer for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2011 19:18:30 | More by donssword
Photo of rypkr


3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Color appears black without much light though is more of a very dark brown under closer examination. Just under one fingers worth of head that quickly dissipates.

S - I'm under the weather and quite stuffed up but what I do get is a sweet smell with a strong presence of roasted malts coming across.

T - Taste is not as strong and pronounced as I had anticipated given the color. There is a strong presence of roasted malt accompanied by the faint presence of something almost sour in taste.

M - Heavy on the carbonation and a bit watery for a stout. Overall a bit less robust in this area than I prefer for this style.

O - Overall a solid beer. It's not one that I would purchase regularly but it is acceptable and unique.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 00:37:51 | More by rypkr
Photo of beercar


4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just an excellent milk stout! Easily one of my favorites. Very frothy 2 finger head that dissipates quickly. Coca cola appearance. Sweet yet very drinkable. More of a milk chocolate flavor than dark. Bought a mix and match 6 pack at a House of 1000 Beers. Just finished a Samuel Smith Imperial Stout that was very good but not nearly this good. Wish I had more on hand. Great session beer!

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 05:53:44 | More by beercar
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

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

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick, murky consistency. There was small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. No lacing to speak of.

S: Smelled mainly of malt, chocolate, and milk.

T: Tasted of chocolate (mildly), a bit of malt, some milk, and a slight hoppiness in the finish. This is a pretty solid and balanced flavor. Much more complex than most milk stouts.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a dry, clean finish. Medium-bodied.

O: On the whole, this is a well done, enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2011 14:12:19 | More by avalon07
Photo of TheMultiYeast


3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black satin into a pint glass..big light tan head that threatens the rim of the glass.

Smell is pretty standard. Some chalky cocoa, toasted figs and mustiness. There's a bready nuttiness that offers some depth

Taste leans toward roasted coffee and more dark fruit with a metallic edge. Some burnt aftertaste and just a smidgen of bitterness.


Decent Milk Stout from LBC

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2011 02:20:41 | More by TheMultiYeast
Photo of armock

New York

3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Mt Pocono Beverage in Mt Pocono, PA.

A - Poured a black color with a brown head that leaves some lacing behind

S - Is of roasted malt with some chocolate and dark fruit scents

T - Like the nose roasty and chocolaty up front then some dark fruit comes out but doesn't really help the flavor

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

O - This is a decent beer and it would be better if the dark fruit flavors weren't there but its not a drain pour not really worth getting as theres pleanty of better stouts out there

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 21:21:08 | More by armock
Photo of binkman


3.15/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The only Lancaster brew offered at the Wine Source in Hamdem, Baltimore, at least as of 10/29/2011. Also the only milk stout. I'm looking to brew my own, so I'm trying to look into the style with some depth.

Pours black into the pint glass, with some brown foam rising up to meet the top lip of the glass. Dissipates fairly quickly. Might be my imagination, but seems to pour rather viscous from the lactose. As it should be, there is NO LIGHT coming through this brew at all. Seem to be low-carbonation, per style. Not detecting much on the aroma, except perhaps some coffee or maybe earthy hoppyness. At first sip the flavor is sharp and bitter, bordering on acrid, then becoming sweet, almost syrupy. A real punch in the tastebuds! Either my palette is adjusting, or the brew is mellowing out a bit as it warms up. An initial roasted malt bitterness is followed by lactose sweetness and hop bitterness. The flavors are rounding out more and more through as I move down through the glass. Mouthfeel is noticeably thick, but smooth and not off-putting. Carbonation is just right.

Overall, this is a very roasted stout with what must be quite a large proportion of roasted malt/barley. It's drinkable, sippable, but not quite my thing. The roasted character overpowers my tongue.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 18:25:34 | More by binkman
Photo of CraftBeerTastic


4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ba Review #80
Served On: 10/26/2011
Glassware: Shaker Pint
Labeled ABV: -
Date/ Code: 18211 1617OK+

This one was in the typical LBC mixed pack in the box that looks like a barn. No real date on the bottle. The cooler fall weather is getting me in the mood for darker beers.

Look: Color is very dark brown with virtually no light passing through. Head was a medium tan color that reduced to a uniform coating.

Smell: Aromas of roasted malts and semisweet dark chocolate. Sweet notes came through along with the typical dark fruits like plumb and raison.

Taste: First on the palate was a sweetness (guessing from the lactose sugars), then the roasted malts hit as a slight bitterness was noticed. Not quite a hop bitterness but more of a dark chocolate or coffee bitterness. Mouth feel was actually rather light for the complex palate I get from this beer. It would make a great desert beer, but could also be sessionable given the lighter body and low ABV.

This was a great sweet stout. I suppose I can look past the fact that this bottle was actually contract brewed by the Lion Brewery in Wilkes-Barre, PA according to the label.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 22:09:45 | More by CraftBeerTastic
Photo of shoky01


4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served chilled into a pint glass.

A: Pours thick and oily, love it. Very dark brown, almost opaque. Tiny bit of carbonation. Had very little brown head. Like a dark coke with less bubbles.

S: Cocoa, coffee, malts all up front. smells bready.

T: Wow, malts and cocoa, no spices its got the milky-ness but also bitterness on the backend.

MF: really smooth, not sticky like a lot of stouts. No fizziness.

OA: Its not what i really expected but its good. Id like to drink this on a day just like today, cool, clear outside, and sitting inside watching TV.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2011 23:26:52 | More by shoky01
Photo of kell50

North Carolina

3.39/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A present from a buddy given back in June. I waited until we had a chilly nite to drink. Poured into a Sierra Nevada pint glass on 10/04/11. My first Lancaster brew.

A: Pours a black coffee color with barely a head to speak of. Indicative of a milk stout.

S: This smells like a smoky milk stout with a touch of some sweetness. Dark chocolate, hint of vanilla, and coffee.

T: Definite dark chocolate, vanilla, and coffee are the prominent flavors I taste. I enjoy the light smokiness too. Think hot chocolate/ coffee blend. (Hate to beat a dead horse)

M: Pretty light for a milk stout and to me a little on the thin side. I would like a bit more body on it.

Overall: An interesting milk stout style beer. Some nice flavors but in the end the mouthfeel falls short. I would call this an average milk stout. I prefer the Left Hand version a bit more.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2011 03:28:58 | More by kell50
Photo of emmasdad


3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

thanks dan. Poured from the bottle a dark reddish brown/nearly black color with a good brown head. Aromas of dark chocolate, roasted malt and coffee. On the palate, this one is medium bodied and rich, with flavors of roasted malt, dark chocolate and cocoa. ™

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2011 04:15:10 | More by emmasdad
Photo of bum732


3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

S: Bold espresso roastiness, some dark chocolate.

L: Very dark brown, bordering on black. Light tan head that dissipates.

T: Fresh ground espresso beans with hints of dark chocolate. Medium low bitterness leads to some milk sugar in the finish, drying the palate slightly.

M: Medium thin mouthfeel, medium low carbonation.

Tasty, but very thin on the palate. Surprising consider milk sugar should boost the body, maybe it finished too dry? Not sure.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2011 03:16:39 | More by bum732
Photo of JizackFH

New York

3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - This beer pours a really dark brown color. It has a finger of mocha colored head resting on top. The head falls pretty fast and leaves behind a little bit of lace on the glass.

S - The nose has a big sweetness right off the bat. There are aromas of roasted malt, chocolate, some coffee, vanilla, and sweetened condensed milk.

T - The taste starts off with some dark roasted malts. There are also some flavors of dark chocolate, burnt sugar, and some smokiness. The finish leaves some smoke and sweetness lingering on the palate.

M - This has a medium-heavy body and good carbonation. There is a prickly feel on the tongue and mouth. It goes down easy and has a smooth quality to it. Some burnt smokiness as well.

O - This has pretty good drinkability. It has a god flavor to it, and I wouldn't mind having a few. Overall, I thought this was a pretty nice stout. I enjoyed it, and I definitely think it's worth a try. One of the better beers in their mix pack.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2011 11:26:08 | More by JizackFH
Photo of djeucalyptus


3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

looks like a milk stout. dark dark espresso brown with a tepid but persistent half-finger tan head that leaves bits of lace.

aroma is sweet, caramal, molasses with vanilla and a hint of spice. roasted malt and a touch earthy. touch of espresso.

taste follows, with an earthy, chalky, cocoa powdery malt base accentuated by some light acidity from the lactose and a touch of spice from hops. a touch of cream and a hint of caramel.

mouth is moderate on the body but a touch too heavy on the carbonation makes it a touch fizzy.

all in all, a solid milk stout. border-line textbook example. it does its job pretty well, aside from the carbonation, but that might just be this bottle and handling issues more than anything. It was good enough that I'd be willing to search for another bottle or two.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2011 20:28:59 | More by djeucalyptus
Photo of cwguy5

North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a New Belgium tulip.

A - dark, virtually black with quarter inch tan head that faded to a thin, swirling wisp with a solid ring around glass; not much lacing at all
S - soft and sweet; milk chocolate, graham cracker, vanilla - i want to eat this aroma!
T - much like the smell; flavors of milk chocolate, cream, bread, and a touch of dark roast somewhere in there; no detectable hops at all; lactose all the way through leaving a very pleasant, mild aftertaste - when i breathe out through my nose after drinking i can smell the same, lovely aroma that comes out of the glass
M - super smooth and creamy texture; medium body with light carbonation
D - extremely drinkable milk stout; smooth and creamy throughout; i like this better than Duck Rabbit or Terrapin's milk stout

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2011 01:10:19 | More by cwguy5
Photo of suspect

New York

3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Thanks to my buddy Ken for bringing this back from PA.

A: Thick, black opaque pour. Aggressive pour leads to a 1.5 finger mocha colored head. Little to no lacing to speak of.

S: First up is the sweet smell of lactose followed by toasted malts and some hop bitterness at the back end. Not a full flavored nose, but nothing offensive.

T: The sweetness backs away just a bit but is definitely the centerpiece of the taste. There is some hop balance here but it's very mild and only part of the supporting cast. Toasted chocolate malt is readily present here as well.

M: Sticky sweet, perfectly carbonated. Aftertaste lingers and lingers for a long long time leaving me wanting to take another sip.

O: Really a solid milk stout. One I'm glad I got to try and wouldn't hesitate to order at a bar.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 02:11:55 | More by suspect
Photo of Thorpe429


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
Photo of callmeclemens

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the first stout I've drank and actually enjoyed, opened up a whole new world to me. Poured from the bottle, lacked much of head but still laced nicely. Smelled like Alc and caramel. Taste like malts alc and whole milk with a wonderfully silky smooth mouthfeel, definatley well worth giving a shot.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 02:36:44 | More by callmeclemens
Photo of waltonc


2.58/5  rDev -33.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 03:21:07 | More by waltonc
Photo of jsanford


3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass.

A - Pours a dark, cola-brown with a very thin mocha head that disappears immediately, leaving nothing but flat-looking beer. Sad.
S - Sweet aromas of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and a good amount of cream-and-sugar.
T - Sweet is again the operative words, moderate flavors of coffee-and-cream, roasted malt, dry cocoa powder, and a touch of vanilla extract.
M - Slightly creamy, with a medium body and lowish carbonation.
O - A really nice take on a Milk Stout. This one will always have a nice place in my heart, it was one of the first "craft beers" I ever tried. Still tasty, too!

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2011 21:57:10 | More by jsanford
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