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Milk Stout - Lancaster Brewing Company

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1,051 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,051
Reviews: 459
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 48
Gots: 115 | 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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Ratings: 1,051 | Reviews: 459
Photo of mvanaskie13
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip shaped pint glass: nice frothy tan head on top of a deep dark brown/black beer, little bit of lacing on the glass.

Smell is nicely sweet, roasted malt hints with bittersweet chocolate notes.

Taste is somewhat drawn out, nice sweetness, mix of chocolate, roasted malt, lactose/milky flavors.

Mouthfeel is solid, you want this beer to kind of stick to your tongue, and this one does just enough lets the chocalateness of the malt mix with the lactose for a drawn out finish.

Overall, I think this is good example of the sweet stout, good mix of flavors and extended sweetness from the lactose.

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 wahhmaster
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown, near black color. Has a thick, fizzy, brown head that dissipates quickly and leaves little discernible lacing.

Smell: Smells sweet with strong notes of bittersweet baking chocolate.

Taste: Strongly bitter up front, it finishes sweeter with strong chocolate notes and a hint of coffee.

Mouthfeel: Well-carbonated but a little lacking in body.

Overall: A very good stout. Well rounded with a nice bittersweet chocolate taste to it. Definitely worth a try.

Photo of ujsplace
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a becker.

Pours a deep black colored brew with the faintest hint of amber around the edges.

Smells of sweet roasted malts, milk chocolate and roasted coffee.

Tastes of sweet milk chocolate, roasted caramel malts and roasted coffee.

Medium mouthfeel, smooth and silky. Leaves a nice coating on the tongue.

A classic standby for me. This is a great take on a milk stout.

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark black color with a small tan head. The smell is strong, sweet and creamy. The taste is very strong, its creamy, its sweet witha nice oat taste. A bit of a sharp bite at the end. Very nice carbonation. Overall a great milk stout.

Photo of NaLoGra
5/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow. Lancaster brewing Co. has again surprised me with another brilliant beer. Milk Stout pours pitch black with a very thick dark head. Very nice lacing. Tastes rich, smooth, and very noticeable amounts of lactose. Reminds me ALOT of guiness, but with a different aftertaste.

Will definitely buy again.

Photo of ihoffman
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep brown, almost black. Small head with decent lacing.

S: Coffee and chocolate tones are most prominent. Also smells slightly nutty.

T: Smell and taste are nearly identical. Coffee and chocolate are strong and linger. Hazelnut is present with milky hints. A malty beer with less hops.

M: Thin bodied and runnier than expected. Very lightly carbonated. Left me wanting more in this category.

O: Simple, but enjoyable to drink. A good beer.

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 happy4hoppybeer
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pitch black with creamy tan head, fades out within a minute or two. Leaves good,noticeable lacing.

Coffee and sweetness,like vanilla, hit the nose. Like coffee with lots of creamer. But you literally have to sniff hard to detect,as it's not noticeable immediately, or with a quick,light sniff.

Sweetness hits the tongue, after tasting nothing, you search for it. Sweetness,light malt. Body is a little thin,carbonation,though not heavy(actually a little light),seems to overpower the minimal tastes here.

Not bad, but rather boring. It looks really good, but you have to sniff and taste-search hard to get the stuff here.

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

Damn that's a dark beer. Black with a half inch khaki head. Leaves beautiful lacing. Smells amazing too, like dark roasted coffee or espresso in the morning. One of the best smelling beers I've put my nose to.

Coffee. First thing that comes to mind with the smell and the taste. The lactose is there too, especially felt in the creaminess of the mouthfeel. The taste of this beer actually mimics a good strong cup of coffee with the sweetness of a malty character in the background. The more I drink of it, the more the sweetness starts coming out, and you can tell some of it comes from the milk. Very delicious.

Creamy and smooth in the feel. Nothing extreme here, just perfect for the style. Carbonation is present enough to make an impact on the beer but not so much so that it takes away from it. Overall just and excellent stout.

Photo of jifigz
4.56/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

A- The pour produced a nice brownish head that dissipated after a few seconds. The beer appears black in the glass.

S- The smell reminds me of how chocolate ice cream tastes. It smells sweet due to the lactose.

T- Absolutely fantastic. As soon as it hits my mouth I taste pretty much nothing, but then as it sits in there I get a delicious creamy and sweet taste. After the swallow my mouth is left with a very burnt and scorched character, almost smoky.

M- Very good amount of carbonation. Very nice.

O- This is a great milk stout. It is the only Lancaster product I have had, and due to the reviews of the other beers I am not dying to try them, but I have bought this one many times and will continue to do so. Very good amount of complex character and flavors.

Photo of Knapp85
3.21/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

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

Poured sturdy into a pint glass.

A - Dark almost black body only allowing light on the very edges of the bottom of the glass. 2 finger foamy tan head.

S - Smells like yeasty dark bread and some roasted malts. Some acidic tang in the nose.

T - Roasty grains, some powdery chocolate, tangy on the back/sides of the tongue, a touch of malt and of course some dry coffee flavors. Dry hopped but mildly present.

M - Pretty smooth on the tongue up front. Tingly carbonation on the back end leaving the tongue a little fuzzy. Some dryness to this beer.

O - A nice choice for a stout. Plenty dark and flavorful. Medium body and a nice touch with the tangy/tingly kick.

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours jet black, nice looking fluffy tan head on it. Medium bodied, nice sweetness to it... also a good roastiness comes through. Not overpowering on the taste, I feel it could use a little higher ABV to get some more taste in there but it's definitely a nice solid beer. An above average stout for sure, a nice creamy beer with great mouthfeel.

Photo of BelgiumBill
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured the 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams glass. It was black with a dark brown and copper rim. It produced a 1 finger brown head that didn't last long but left a little lacing.

The smell was upfront and full of chocolate mousse and a hint of coffee - very nice and fragrant.

The first drink gave way to chocolate milkshake, creamy, and some minerals on the back half. Not overly complex, very pronounced chocolate with some hops poking through to provide some structure. I loved the creamy feel and a bit of roastiness in the mouth.

At 5.3%ABV it is very sessionable. I almost feel that it should be a bit bigger and come in at a higher ABV. I'll be buying many more of these, but I am partial to the style.

Photo of drabmuh
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

Photo of devinoconnor
3.61/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Very impressed with Lancaster's Milk Stout.

Pours a nice dark color.

Smells sweet with nice barley tones.

Taste is rich and very smooth for a stout.

Very easy drinking stout. More than 1 is easily doable!

Perfect for a cold winter evening by the fire.

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

On tap from NoVa beer festival. Poured with a small brownish head. Dark, the color of Coke. Coffee smell was the first thing I noticed followed by some chocolate milk and chocolate covered cherry notes. Medium level of carbonation. Some initial sweetness on the palate with a hop bitterness that doesn't seem to quite match up. Finishes dry. Mouthfeel is very light overall. Some fruit notes, sour milk, chocolate.

Photo of fdw3
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, dark brown with a thick light brown head that retains well but leaves little lacing. Smell is delicious with notes of chocolate, cream, and coffee sitting on a heavy roasted malt aroma. Taste is true to aroma with the addition of a creamy sweetness; big roasted flavor with just enough hops to provide a bit of balancing bitterness. Mouthfeel is creamy with a moderate body and a low, smooth carbonation.

A nice stout that seems a little out of place given the level of coffee roast notes, but delicious nonetheless. Drinkability is high for the style and the roasted qualities linger nicely. Very good and my favorite from Lancaster thus far!

Photo of Hellabeerguzzler
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

a - from a rather pleasantly generic looking bottle it appears as a deep brown almost black with a dark tan head that dissipates fairly quickly - carbonation very visible

s - smells sweet and malty with a hint of bittersweet cocoa

t - taste is similar to nose, no surprises here. Just a pleasant tasting milk stout - roasty, creamy, with hints of bittersweet cocoa

m - mouthfeel is nice although a bit fizzy and a little thin for my tastes but nevertheless enjoyable and leaves a nice bittersweet coating in the mouth

d - drinkability is very good. The stout's over-carbonation and thin texture lend to serious drinking so be cautious because it goes down easy!

The stout is priced fairly low and is an average to above average beer in this category. I'm not going to hold the thinness of the stout against it because I know I'll get a craving for this rather simple brew in the future.

Bottles do not seem to be dated.

Photo of stephadelphia
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle to pint glass

A: Dark, chocolately brown with a tan head that dissipates about 30 seconds after pouring, but is thick at first.

S: I got a burnt, slightly smokey smell with a definite chocolate undertone. I was also reminded of the smell from the burnt sugar you find on things like creme brulee, but in a minimal sense (had to take a few whiffs to identify it).

T: There is a definite malty taste, but I don't detect the influence of the milk/lactose. Had somewhat of a smokey finish. I wouldn't classify this beer as bitter at all. I also detect a chocolate taste that reminds me of raw cacao - that's just me.

M: Super tingly on the tongue, which I usually find pleasant, but am not crazy about in a beer like this. It was surprisingly light compared to what I expected... would like more body.

D: This one could go either way. Though it feels light on the tongue, it hits a bit heavier in the stomach (since it's a stout) and you can probably do with just one.

Photo of dieselmilk
4.72/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I bought a 6-pack at the brewery and also had a few bottles at a local bar. I've had this straight from the bottle and poured in a pint glass.

A - Classic dark stout color with some deep brown and red showing through on the edges of the glass when held to the light. The head was completely gone when poured gently and very tall when poured vigorously. When present, the tan head had large bubbles.

S - Great strong burnt chocolate smell that reaches you quickly when poured into a pint glass.

T - Excellent. It doesn't have a faint or weak taste like guinness, but hits you with a delicious burnt, bitter sweet chocolate flavor that lasts through the aftertaste. The finish is a good bitter that gives you a little bite on it's way out.

M - This beer has CO2 instead of nitro like many stouts have adopted, and the carbonation is pretty high, so don't expect a rich creaminess. This is the only thing I wish was different because I think the nitro-creaminess would make this beer 100% perfect for someone like me who loves the nitro.

D - The upside of not having nitro is that this beer doesn't feel heavy or overly thick, so it's extremely easy for me to put back a bunch of these very quickly.

Overall I love this beer. This is a stout that nails you with flavor, nothing weak about it. Delicious with an ABV of 5.3%, which can give you a quick buzz since these are so easy to throw back.

Photo of ImpairedPirate
2.86/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this beer up at a store in Frederick, MD.

This beer pours a very dark brown with a sizable, khaki colored head, which slowly dissipates. The smell was average; nothing to write home about. A few cooked notes, but nothing extreme. To me, the taste was underwhelming. It seems incomplete, or that the wrong flavors are the most predominant. A bitterness stands out, and lingers (almost uncomfortably) like a bad joke or hitting your funny bone. Slightly dry for the category, but smooth.

I do not recommend, and will not buy again.

Photo of danronian
4.78/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I was going for a porter, and I found just the right one. I had tried Lancaster's Strawberry beer and like it, so I figured why not try this.

It's a very dark beer. In a glass it appears black, but really it's a dark dark brown. A small head of yellow appears when pore

It has a nice and burnt smell. For some reason I get the feeling it smells of molasses. The color of the beer is almost the same as molasses too.

The taste is deep, more burnt flavors, with a somewhat surprisingly not bitter, but slightly sweet finish. I guess this could be from the milk.

It's a heavy beer but it makes me want to drink more. I'm glad I bought a case of this while I was in Pennsylvania!

Photo of jesses
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As a huge Stout/Proter fan, I found this a little lower in stats compared to most reviews on the site. Overall, its aroma is probably my favorite aspect of the beer. The Carbonation was a bit mutch for my style, and the aftertaste left me hanging . Usually when drinking a stout , I like a thick taste of bitter goodness whit the aftertaste . Something seems like its missing .

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Milk Stout from Lancaster Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,051 ratings.