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Milk Stout - Lancaster Brewing Company

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981 Ratings

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Ratings: 981
Reviews: 450
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 44
Gots: 71 | 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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4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Growler to chalice. (Great fill at the brewery by the way.)

A: Dark brown, nearly black with a bit of ruby showing through in between the murkiness. Big, 2 finger second-wind head that is light brown in color. Good lacing leaves a ring around the glass after each sip. Long lasting head.

S: Probably the least impressive aspect of this stout IF I had to pick one. Heavy malt aromas and the typical dark chocolate, lightly burnt coffee grounds, tar and molasses. Minimal resiny hop presence.

T: The taste is very much what you would expect after putting your nose in it. Long lasting flavors of brown sugar, butter, diacetyl and lactose qualities are piled on. Moderately sweet.

M: The body is full, thick and creamy. Really smooth. There is a wonderful mouth-watering finish that keeps you coming back.

D: EXCEPTIONAL DRINKABILITY! Finished the growler and I still want another. Very sessionable.

Notes: After having tasted so many other stouts, the LBC Milk Stout is clearly simple and straightforward. Comparatively, it may seem slightly lacking in complexity but I think they nailed the style.

FeDUBBELFIST, Nov 16, 2009
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3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into an Imperial pint glass. This will be my third try to review this beer. The other two reviews fell victim to the recent database crashes at BA. Thankfully I picked up a six pack recently while passing through MD. Label is simple tones of black, white, and gold, and displays a cow. No freshness date.

Appearance: Pours with 2 fingers of medium tan head. This settles to a thin yet complete coating of foam. Fair amount of lacing. The beer itself is black and completely opaque. Ne sediment in the bottle.

Smell: Sweet lactose creaminess with a light acrid note of roasted barley in the finish.

Taste: Mild lactose sweetness upfront with the barest hint of caramelized sugar. Pleasant roasted barley bitterness comes next, and lingers well after each sip.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is good, with a little slickness to it.

Drinkability: A nice, easy drinking beer that good be my everyday, go to beer. If it were sold in my state that is.

beveritt, Nov 15, 2009
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4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours very deep black with a small tan head that quickly turns into a nice tan lacing.

Very strong coffee/ espresso aroma with hints of dark chocolate and smoke.

Mild coffee taste, a hint of caramel sweetness and roasted malt. A very slight bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy with a little carbonation.

This is a very drinkable stout, I usually like stronger stouts, however, this was a very nice surprise and I would buy again.

dtivp, Nov 12, 2009
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4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich deep dark brown with fluffy yet firm khaki colored head. Good retention and lacing. Smell is of roasted coffee, semi-sweet chocolate and brown sugar. Taste begins very sweet, with a rush of dark roasted coffee. Finishes with a taste of semi-sweet chocolate and hints of smoke. Smooth, creamy, perfect medium body. Great Milk Stout with lots of rich flavors and charachter.

rfgetz, Nov 08, 2009
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3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours thick and black with a pinky of tan bubbly head that recedes into some patchy lace.

The aroma is very light with a creamed coffee note. A little smoke and burnt sugars also poke through.

As soon as the beer hits the tongue the creamy body is noticeable. Subtle roast, coffee, nuts, and caramel coat the palate washed over by a creamy sweetness. Hop bitterness is minimal allowing the creamy, malty goodness to come through. A very smooth unobtrusive stout. Fits the bill of a milk stout well and it's one of the better versions I've had. Its creamy but not overly sweet making it a wonderful beer for first thing in the morning or right before bed.

bump8628, Nov 06, 2009
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4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle bought at Joppa Liquors

Pours a dark, dark brown with about one finger of light mocha head that sticks around for a while before dying down. Lacing is minimal.

Smell features faint coffee and cocoa notes, a mild barley presence dances around in the background, as well. A very faint metallic quality is also detectable.

Taste is rich, yet very balanced. Coffee and chocolate notes balance out nicely, with a nice roasted malt character on the finish.

Mouthfeel is creamy and full; carbonation is just right, so as not to compromise the almost milky quality of the beer.

This is a damn drinkable stout. The flavors are light enough to not become overwhelming over time, but bold enough to keep things interesting. This is a milk stout I would definitely be inclined to return to--moreover, this is a near perfect breakfast beer.

kurp001, Nov 06, 2009
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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

On tap/bottle as often as I can get it.

This beer is excellent for it's style. Truly the best milk stout I've had. Supremely drinkable and remarkably well-balanced.

Pours a smoky, resiny dark brown, with a light brown head and a moderate lacing. Great smell of espresso, dark chocolate, and floral aromas. Milky body, but had a great smokiness that permeates through the body and renders it the consistency of an oatmeal stout with the flavor complexity of a baltic porter.

Not heavily carbonated, with some roasted malts coming through on the back end with some bakers chocolate and raisin. Not particularly noticeable bitterness. Smoothness is key and really wins the day here. Clean, but not dry. Refreshing from front to back.

TLove, Oct 27, 2009
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4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle purchased from a 12 pack at the source.

A-Deep oily black pour that a 100 watt bulb can't penetrate. Thick creamy tan head that stands up even at a pretty cold temperature.

S-coffee, hops and sweet malts

T-creamy sweet roasted malts, coffee, and a bitter finish. Very nicely done

M-Medium creamy mouthfeel and carbonation

D-This is an extremely drinkable stout. In some ways, I wish it was a bit bigger, and I'd love to see them do an imperial, but for a nice session stout, you can't beat this. Bring it on.

Another great beer from a very solid brewery.

caddybuyer, Oct 15, 2009
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4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ordered at lancaster brewing company (in lancaster). Poured black, deep, and quite viscous with a one and a half finger head that left poor lacing. Picked up malts as well as cocao and subtle coffee scents. Pleasant aroma. Didn't expect the slightly sour taste with initial sip. Good body for a stout, left the pallet clean and smooth- hops werent overbearing. Balanced and very drinkable. By far one of the best milk stouts PA has to offer and certainly my favorite from the lancaster brewing co.

bl400315, Oct 11, 2009
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3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer after a couple of pale ales and came away with the impression that its aromas and flavors were tasty but too muted. It poured black with a small, short-lived head. Its nose and palate were good (dark chocolatey roastiness) but both could have amped it up. I could tell that its flavor profile was good but wish that it were louder.

droomyster, Oct 07, 2009
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4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours opague black with a thick creamy coco cola looking heading.There is some highlighted areas.

Smell is heavily roasted a very subtle hop aroma.

Taste is heavily roasted and amazing tasting.A slight sourness that sticks around a bit.

Mouth slippery,smooth with amazing velevty texture. Full bodied and good carbonation.

Easily drinkable and one of my heavier stout favorites now. I was simply shocked by this one. It's usually the one you don't see coming that does the most damage.

TheFightfan1, Sep 21, 2009
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3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a deep dark coffee brown with a thin off white head. Smell is smokey and sweet. Taste is like cocoa and burnt toast with a smooth bitter finish. The beer is a medium/heavy feel. Not as sweet as some stouts but one I could drink a few of. A good choice if you want to try stouts.

hdofu, Sep 03, 2009
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3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle
Served in a pint glass
Thanks to adamharbaugh for including this as an extra in our trade.

The beer poured a deep, dark, near black color with ruby highlights when held to the light. A stiff, frothy, saddle brown, two-finger head slowly faded to a thin, flimsy film. Streaks of lacing trickled down the glass.

The aroma was mild initially. Powdery, yeasty and dry with hints of cocoa. As the beer warmed, sweet caramel, lactose and coffee-like notes really came forth.

The taste was smooth and semi-sweet with a distinct roasty quality. Coffee was noticeable right away. Some powdered cocoa came through as well. Sweet, lactose-like notes were also detectable. The finish was moderately hoppy, dry and quite bitter. Just as with the aroma, the flavor profile experienced great improvement as the liquid warmed. The beer became much more rich and malty with a roasty, espresso-like finish. Sweetened coffee and milk chocolate notes became apparent as well.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied. Slightly frothy and smooth with a lively, big bubbled carbonation.

This tasty after dinner treat really came alive as it warmed. Give this one some time to allow its true colors to show and you shall be rewarded.

Damian, Aug 25, 2009
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4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch black color as expected with a coffee brown color head. The head does not stay around as long I would of expected. Does lace down pretty well

Smells great! Fresh coffee come to mind with a hint of burnt maltiness.

Tastes as good as it smells. 1st up is the coffee. So much going on! A bit of molasses and finishes with a little bitterness from some hops with burnt chocolate and malt.

Mouthfeel is decent. Its on the medium side. Nice and smooth....good rep of the style!

This is an awesome stout! I've been very much in the mood for more stouts and this one hits the spot. Thoroughly enjoyed!!
Definitely let it warm a little bit...it comes alive.

jhammel01, Aug 13, 2009
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4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this hanging out with my sister, BIL, and wife at Russels/Clancy's in Bloomsburg PA.

A - Pours black and has a nice head that leaves a little lace behind. Very inviting

S - Chocolate, Milk, and malt in the nose

T - Coffee and chocolate dominate along with a nice sweetness taht must be from the lactose - very nice.

M - Carbonation is medium and the body is a little thinner than I'd like but overall this is a solid offering.

D - A very drinkable beer that is not overpowering.

You can't go wrong with this one. I'm glad I gave this one a try while visiting my hometown area.

beerman207, Aug 09, 2009
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3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a brown 12 oz. bottle. Pours a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Has a mild, coffee aroma with some hints of chocolate. Tastes mild, somewhat malty with hints of coffee. Feels creamy in the mouth. Drinkability is not bad, but not a beer I could drink all night. Overall this is a pretty decent beer.

tone77, Aug 04, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed with the help of Yvonne.

Appearance: dark brown with little head retention.

Smell: some sour notes in the nose with a subtle malt.

Taste: this brew opens with a subtle smooth milkiness and that carries to the middle and end. Some sour notes come through on the finish but nothing to deter you from taking another sip

Mouthfeel: very light considering it is a stout.but has a very forfilling taste.

Drinkability: very high. I would definitely have another without hesitating.

capra12, Aug 02, 2009
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4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a "Chimay" glass goblet.

A: Pours a very dark, rich espresso color. Very light brown head is tight, but dissipates very quickly, leaving a thin lacing on top.

S: Not strong, but offers hints of dark chocolate and a roasty espresso.

T: More carbonated than expected. Wonderful drak roasted malts up front, with chocolate and a little coffee following, with a wonderfully smooth finish. The after taste balances perfectly with just a hint of bitterness.

M: The lactose used in the brewing process makes this stout exceptionaly smooth, despite the carbonation. Very clean finish.

D: As far as flavorful stouts go, this is one of the most drinkable I've come across - not too heavy or overbearing. This is a great stout to keep stocked in the fridge and a good introduction to stouts for those used to "liter" fare.

Tromba, Jul 23, 2009
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4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle (one of sampler six pack) my wife brought back from the brewery - god bless her!

A: dark coffee brown with no light coming through, creamy one finger head that fades very slowly

S: great blend of smokey dark roasted malt and subtle hops presence

T: solid stout bite with coffee notes and smooth finish

M: just right IMHO -- smooth and not too carbonated

D: alas, I only have this one but am sure I'd enjoy another, and another

I'd love to try this one on tap!

MisterE, Jul 18, 2009
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3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle Poured into Imperial Pint
Pours a thick black with very little off white foam. Nose is lots of roasted sweetness and mini pretzels (?). Surprisingly carbonated but very nice and also surprisingly light. Nice mellow stout flavor with a creamy sweetness from that lactose. Finishes with that sweet roastiness and those pretzels in there somewhere. Very cool beer.

cdpike, Jul 12, 2009
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4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Poured a black coffee, with a one and a half finger creamy tan head, slight lacing on the glass.

S. Coffee, chocolate, dark roasted malt

T. Bitter chocolate, coffee, malt, dates, some hops towards the end, slightly sour.

M. Medium bodied, heavy carbonation but the buubles were very small giving this a creamy, slightly dry, feel.

D. Not overly heavy for the style. I could have a few of these. I liked the overall balance with sweet and bitter flavors. A good stout.

smibroncos, Jul 03, 2009
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4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Black with a thick light brown foamy head. No light coming though, but maybe very very very dark brown.

S - Sweet cream with moderate chocolate, some nuttiness and dark fruits. Very nice.

T/M - Frothy mild creamyness. Slight steely bitterness. Slight cocoa. Definately not as pleasant as the smell, but not bad.

S - Overall, pleasant to drink and very sessionable.

MunchkinDrinker, Jun 22, 2009
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4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a nearly opaque deep brown with a moderate head. Looks pretty good.

Smell-wise, very nice. Smells deep and rich, earthy...coffee and sweetness. I could just sit smelling this for a while.

Taste-wise, it's really smooth. There's sour unsweetened-chocolate, some mild sweetness, creaminess...very nice balance. This is really good. Like their 4-grain Amish, I can't help feeling it could be better somehow, but I'm at a loss to say exactly how.

Feels smooth in the mouth...creamy even. Definitely a milk stout, and good on it, but could be beefier.

This is a very drinkable. If I was into milk stout, I'd have a tough time not saying "sure" if the waitress asked "another stout?"

Very nice beer. Must be a good example of the style. Hard to say if adding more oomph would make it better, as it wouldn't be as drinkable. Many times, this would be just the right beer.

nokes, Jun 17, 2009
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3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours solid black with a frothy reddish-brown head.

The nose is very weak. Some roasty malt characteristics, a bit of smoke, and coffee.

A roasted malt flavor greets the palate, joined by heaps of chocolate and hints of coffee. The mouthfeel is creamy and medium-bodied with a sweet finish.

This is an enjoyable brew, and I wouldn't mind having a couple.

IMincedTheKing, May 04, 2009
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4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass.
A: Very dark brown colored beer. Full 1.5 inches of brownish head, settling to the sides.
S: Sweet chocolate, somewhat bready, little bit of molasses. A little creamy, not too sugary, right amount of malt.
T: Smooth malt and cream at first, then a little chocolate and muted sugar. Finish actually has a nice milk flavor. Nice blend of malty, sweet and milky flavors.
M: Soft for a stout, not too heavy on the sugar or malt.
D: Quite good. Not as heavy a flavor or feel as I expected.

LeftyBWS, Apr 30, 2009
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