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Milk Stout - Lancaster Brewing Company

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919 Ratings

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Ratings: 919
Reviews: 444
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 35
Gots: 41 | 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.

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Photo of lionking


3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle to a pint glass. Nice head on the beer. Dark, reddish black color.
Sweet candy smell, with chocolate and coffee. Bitter chocolate taste which again is on the sweet side. Mouthfeel is thinner than I was expecting for this beer. Overall, a sweet tasting stout which I would have again.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2009 14:29:43 | More by lionking
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2009 03:57:10 | More by slk22
Photo of Bung


3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Nearly black pour, dark tan head that just barely stuck around. A descent amount of lacing throughout. Rather chocolatey aromas, some roast malt and coffee. Tastes of creamy chocolate with light roast malt and coffee. A little light bodied, but good medium body. Finish is some milky chocolate, but pretty mild. Drinkable and not a bad example at all.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2009 04:43:05 | More by Bung
Photo of dananabanana


4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown, black. Fizzes on the top, but recedes too quickly. Think layer of brown foam remains, coffee-colored.

S: Sweet and clean, dark malts.

T: Chocolate, LOTS of coffee, milk and cream. Sweet, but the aftertaste is slightly bitter espresso. Malty and rich, but not too complex.

M: Smooth, well-balanced.

D: Good dessert-drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2009 14:56:50 | More by dananabanana
Photo of FLBeerGuy


4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black with a creamy mocha head.

Smell is slightly sweet coffee & roasted malt

Taste is creamy coffee with a little chocolate.

Mouthfeel is smooth and silky.

This is my first milk stout & it's a very good one. Goes down nice on this cold Florida night (40 degrees!). This one is also very drinkable, a nice session stout for a cold night.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2009 01:39:08 | More by FLBeerGuy
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3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The bitch known as number1bum supplied this PA brew...thanks hoe.

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours an almost complete black with slight ruby outlines. A one finger tan colored head rests atop the darkness leaving sticky spotty walls of webbing on the sides. Smell is a nice combination of smoke and sweet; roasted malts, coffee grains, milk and dark chocolate. Caramel and toasted grains in the nose as well. Taste starts off pretty watered down but seems to improve a bit afterwards. Midway the roasted malts, lactose, and espresso flavors emerge. Aftertaste is pretty one dimensional with weak chocolate and wet earthy flavors. Medium body with a slick and greasy feel. Carbonation is a bit above mild and could settle down a bit, especially for the style. Pretty run of the mill stout, not bad but nothing I would go seek out.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2009 01:14:49 | More by BeerTruth
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3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On nitro-tap at LBC on 1/31/09.

A - Poured a deep brown bordering black body with garnet highlights and one-finger creamy, milky tan head that retained well and left thick, ornate lacing around the glass.

S - Roasted malt up front with a slight suggestion of coffee and subtle vanilla and lactose notes. Hints of chocolate also emerged as the liquid warmed up.

T - Opens with roasted malt and a hint of coffee, then seques into a mild earthy bitter character. Sweet lactose notes persist throughout. Finishes with a bit of chocolate and sweet milky vanilla notes.

M - Medium body with soft carbonation and a smooth, silky texture, perhaps a tad thin and watery. Finishes on the sweet side with subtle bitter and sour notes to complement the sweetness.

D - Solid milk stout from Lancaster. No wonder why this is one of their staple beers. Good stuff for sure, and certainly one of LCB's better offerings.

Serving type: nitro-tap

02-01-2009 18:59:05 | More by ffejherb
Photo of cooncat


4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served at near room temperature into a standard pint glass.

A medium pour produces an obsidian black brew, with a mocha colored head. The head starts out about one finger, but diminishes to a thin cap within 3 minutes. Some splotches of lacing evident on the side of the glass.

The nose is one of of coffee and chickory, with a hint of cocoa on the edge. No detection of hops in the nose

The taste is similar to the nose, in that coffee flavors dominate. Chocolate/cocoa flavors are more noticeable than in the nose, and are nicely balanced. If you use your imagination, you taste a light herbal and earthy hop note, playing solo .. off in the corner somewhere. There is a sweetness to the taste from the lactose. It's right about where I like it for the style. A modest carbonation level gives the mouthfeel a smooth and creamy texture .. quite nice. Drinkability .. can you say "session brew"? Yes, you could drink these all night long.

A very fine milk stout, as good as the one which Left Hand makes which won medals for the style. Seek this one out if you're a fan of the style.

Na Zdravje!

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2009 01:12:37 | More by cooncat
Photo of billybob


4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

my first bottle from beer of the month club that my kids gave me for christmas.

pours pitch black no light through the glass at all. good one finger dark tan head faded to a ring with some lacing. coffee aromas with a rich malty coffee taste sweet from added lactose and very smooth creamy mouthfeel medium body and good carbonation.

a tasty treat.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2009 20:49:50 | More by billybob
Photo of Voonder

Alberta (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark ruby brown color with very thin tan head. Smell - coffee mostly, malts, caramel and you almost can smell that milk. Really good aroma. Taste is absolutely amasing - coffee and cream - what else can I say? Smooth, silky balansed, going down well - great brew! Thanks a lot Sean for this!

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2009 04:21:52 | More by Voonder
Photo of sonicdescent


3.18/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look is your typical stout, rather dark with no light escaping. Thin and bubbly head that disappears rapidly into a crown with a few islands. Looks a bit thin.

Nose is very high in a milk/creamy scent and a hint of roasty chocolate.

Taste is a bit watery for my erm...tastes. Milk and choc are definitely there but not quite enough.

Mouth is too thin. I wanted a thick and creamy bastard. With that said, carbonation is good.

Drinkability..because of the subtle flavors this is actually very easy to drink..or dare I say chug even. I may have found a new drink to get drunk beer because it is non offensive, but I would pass this up when looking for taste.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2009 04:02:24 | More by sonicdescent
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Rhode Island

3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to my friends at FSRI for their generous gift. Served at 53 degrees in a standard pint glass. Poured an opaque brown, two shades shy of black with a dense, khaki-colored cap that sizzled and popped as it quickly receded before eventually settling into a skim of foam and a tight band around the perimeter of the glass. Some lacing, but no legs. Scent out of the bottle was lactose and cocoa. Taste follows nose, but also picked up a coffee milk flavor. Mouthfeel was light-bodied and watery with a mild and consistent background effervescence that tingled on the tongue between quaffs. Easy drinking and flavorful; a nice session stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2009 23:19:38 | More by Jwale73
Photo of bonkers

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a standard pint glass. The beer poured pitch black with a thin head. There were nice rings of lacing left. The aroma was very nice. There were strong notes of the chocolate malts used, with a hint of coffee. The flavor was sweet, heavy on the chocolate malt. The flavor was enhanced by the full mouth feel. The beer was a sipper, but it was not overly heavy. A very good milk stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2009 21:52:17 | More by bonkers
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New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cold black body with a coffee gray two-finger head that settles nicely in a Guiness glass--attractive and pours as expected... dairy scents, yes--soft waves of vanilla and sugar also arrest the nostrils...pleasantly smooth in aroma and palate... lactic attack on the throat; the tongue buzzes with life and smooths out in its aftertaste... much smokier than expected for a milk stout... the dairy aspects are understated, the hops a bit hoppier at the roof of the mouth... mellow by its finish with a smooth milkiness--complex... not surprised by its quality, but this Lancaster brew actually behaves with more attitude than I expected: more toasted and sweet qualities with a pleasant finish nonetheless--a well done beer that rounds out a solid sampler from PA...

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2009 19:03:11 | More by dacrza1
Photo of mooseisloose


4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle smell is a delicious malted milk and chocolate. Sweet but no hop smell. Smells is delightful. Pours to a syrupy black with a tan head that quickly recedes. Taste is roasted malts and sweet malt with a hopping detected at the end. Not bitter at the end but the hopping cancels out the sweetness of the malt to leave a balanced finish of cocoa and a hint of semi sweet chocolate. This is the bullseye on the brew style. Mouthfeel is smooth and carbonation is just right. Hats off to Lancaster for an excellent brew. I could drink this all day long.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2008 17:46:43 | More by mooseisloose
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4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a nice dark black color with a tan head that dissipates quickly.

S - Wow, really great sweet coffee aroma. Looking forward to tipping this glass.

T - The flavor does not disappoint at all. A (not too) sweet nutty coffee taste. There is also a nice slight bitterness mixed in to balance it all.

M - Lightly carbonated, creamy mouthfeel

D - This one goes down very well, considering that it is a pretty filling brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2008 00:55:18 | More by mcowgill
Photo of wedge

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opaque brown with mahogany highlights. Small creamy beige head. Sweet roasted malt aroma...creamy chocolate and coffee, some dark fruit...nice. Roasted grain flavor with a fruity lactic sweetness. A little thin compared to the smell. Medium bodied with a slight tartness. A solid sessionable stout.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2008 23:16:53 | More by wedge
Photo of corby112


3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown almost black coor with ruby edges and a thin coffee-coloed head. Roasted malt aroma with creamy oatmeal, coffee and toast presence. Well balanced and smooth with some oatmeal flavor up-front followed by a creamy finish with roasted malty flavor and a bitter coffee, toffee and dark chocolate finish.

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2008 08:53:32 | More by corby112
Photo of Monkeyknife


4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a dark opaque black with reddish highlights and a rich and creamy mocha head.

Aroma of toasted malts, coffee, floral hops, and butter creme.

Tastes of toasted malts, chocolate, coffee, berries, cream, and floral hops.

Great mouthfeel, smooth and creamy, and with a light carbonation.

This milk stout from Lancaster is so easy to drink and enjoy. Definitely try one if given the opportunity.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2008 02:03:36 | More by Monkeyknife
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New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a dark cola color with dark ruby highlights around the edges with a thin, fizzy reddish tan head that quickly dissipated.

S: The nose was simply beautiful, sweet roasted coffee grains, lactose, and dark, rich, creamy chocolate.

T: The flavor was equally as beautiful with sweetened coffee, and lactose. There was a rich sweet chocolate nature as well blended nicely with the flavor. The grains were dark, and rich in nature with a sugary sweetness. To say the flavor was great would be an understatement. A light astingent coffee bitterness presents itself upon the swallow that's just enough to balance out the sweetness in the beginning.

M: surprisingly light, creamy, soft, with sweet lactose bringing it all together. Really nice just to let it sit on the tongue.

D: Honestly one of the best per style ive tasted. Very rich, dark and fulfilling making this a must try by style.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2008 17:18:18 | More by beerthulhu
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a 12 oz pint glass.

Appearance: totally opaque, no light getting through this one. Pitch black, offwhite head that quickly fizzles. (might be the glass)

smell: chocolate, sweet cocoa and lactose

taste: upfront, slightly chewy with a nice sweetness that is surprisingly carbonated there is a chalky kind of milk sweetness, then the next sensation is of the very slight punch of the hops which hits the back of your palatte with some crispness. The finish is where this beer really stands out, very nice long finish with serious chocolate notes and even some coffee, so velvetty.

Overall: Really drinkable beer, especially for this time of year its an awesome session beer if you dont mind the calories. Amazing finish, like that of a beer high in abv. If you like stouts, this is an absolute must try.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2008 04:53:55 | More by YankChef
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3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to Thaichile. Pours a dark brown/black color with a medium brown head. The aroma is full of roasted flavors, some hazelnut, coffee and light hops. The flavor is similar; some bitter hops and chocolate flavors along with a large roasted malt and coffee aspect. Quite dry and not exactly sweet, more of a bitter chocolate and coffee bean. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2008 03:56:51 | More by Douglas88
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4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a black, thinnish body with mild carbonation that led to a one-finger tan head with minor lacings. Smells a little buttery with a good amount of roasted and coffee malts. Contains a roasted and coffee malt taste yet maintains a good smoothness and creaminess. Sorta tastes like coffee with milk and cream added. Medium-bodied and finishes slightly dry while being kind of sweet.
Just a great beer that I can have anytime.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2008 03:15:58 | More by clayrock81
Photo of CoolJosh


3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A Dark black all the way around, even on the edges. No light comes through, and pours a very thin khaki head that disappears completely within minutes.

S Tons of oats which provide a very creamy and milky scent. Coffee comes though fairly well, as well as slight hints of cocoa

T Very sweet at the onset, with an incredibly creamy body. ends kind of weird with tastes of coffee and a little bit of cocoa, but no bitterness which would usually be found here in a stout. Really a displeasing downturn to what would otherwise be a really decent stout.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2008 05:58:25 | More by CoolJosh
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District of Columbia

4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep, pitch black with a moderate coffee colored creamy head with solid retention. Nice lacing.

S: Lots of coffee with sweet heavy cream, some roasted malts and hints of a hop backbone.

T: Nice roasted malts, with a molasses flavor at first. An earthy and slightly sweet coffee with cream taste is next. At the finish, a smooth nuttiness, a somewhat bitter hop bite, and a vaguely yogurt-esque sourness.

M: Extremely velvety and smooth, with a medium-firm body. Finish is on the dry side and lingers for a quite a while with a smoky, coffeelike aftertaste.

D: Very appealing taste with a great mouthfeel. A somewhat lighter body than many other stouts, and with a sweeter taste, this is definitely a beer you could drink several of.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2008 21:13:50 | More by Clydesdale
Milk Stout from Lancaster Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 919 ratings.