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Milk Stout - Lancaster Brewing Company

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965 Ratings

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Ratings: 965
Reviews: 447
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 41
Gots: 60 | 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 dmamiano
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer poured a very dark brown, almost black.
Nice tan head, that hung on along with the lacing that clinged to the side of the glass.
Smelled of strong chocolate malt, coffee and bready grain.
Taste was full, chocolatey, roasty....creamy....great.
Mouthfeel was nice and full, oily and good.
I voted this best of show at the Taming of the Brew in Bloomsburg two years ago. One taste, and I remembered why!

dmamiano, Nov 05, 2007
Photo of brantadid
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured black into a pint glass with an 1/8 of an inch brown head. Head diminished fairly quickly. Nice lacing.

Not much in the nose. Some sweet malts and chocolate.

A lot of flavor in this beer. Tons of sweet malts with hints of chocolate. Roasted barley gives a nice dryness followed by coffee flavors. Slight smokey quality on the mid to back palate. Hops gives an interesting mix of bitterness with the smokiness.

Odd mouthfeel because of the relatively high carbonation. I expected less carbonation, but it isn't bad.

brantadid, Oct 28, 2007
Photo of treehugger02010
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I got a Lancaster Brewery variety case at Chester County Beverage in Parkesburg, Pa. I poured this one into a pint glass.
Appearance: It poured a deep black body with a light tan head, no lacing but excelent retention.
Smell: Caramel, coffee, thick (If that could be a smell), very good.
Taste: An awsome taste, more coffee than caramel than in the smell, but again rather similar.
Mouthfeel: Very smooth, very very smooth. Very thick. Lovely.
Drinkability: High, I think I've found a new style.
Don't drink and review.

treehugger02010, Oct 24, 2007
Photo of phisig137
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep black, only a touch of light coming in around the edges. 1 inch head, average retention, and only a tiny amount of lace.

S- Fantastic... hints of roasted grain, with massive coffee aromas, backed by sweet figs and raisins, baker's chocolate, and malted milk balls.... mmmm, whoppers...

F- whoppers indeed! huge malted milk flavor, with a strong coffee finish. Excellent use of roasted malts without being astringent whatsoever. Moderately sweet, but not cloying at all. Probably the best use of lactose I've had in a milk stout. Well balanced. Slight citrusy hop finish... blends well with the coffee.

M- thick, creamy, velvety smooth, just like a milk stout should be.

D- quite good, but you want to savor this one.

Fantastic beer overall, I'm surprised that it isn't rated higher. Honestly one of the best milk/sweet/cream stouts that I've ever had. Very enjoyable, and well worth seeking out if you like the style. On top of that, it's an INCREDIBLE value at only $7.49 a six pack.

phisig137, Oct 19, 2007
Photo of splat215
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Cloudy and dark, belying the milk part of the puzzle.

Not much of a smell to speak of with this one outside the standard stout scents.

Taste and mouthfeel absolutely amazing.

This is one smooth, smooth beer that goes down great.

I could drink a lot of these. Best mouthfeel of any beer I've ever had. I unfortunately am at a bit of a loss to figure out what kind of food this might be paired with.

splat215, Oct 14, 2007
Photo of IgnatiusReilly
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a tap into a pint glass at the Lancaster Brewpub.

Color is pitch-black with nice thin tan head which dissipates rather quickly. Still very inviting. Smell is deep and roasty, hint of sweetness. Coffee, espresso scent present as well. Deep roasted flavor dominates, along with a black coffee bite. Balanced with sweet malt as well and a aftertaste of dry hops. The dairy is definitely felt in the full mouth feel, but it’s still very smooth and clean. Excellent stout, very drinkable.

IgnatiusReilly, Oct 04, 2007
Photo of JamesS
3.28/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad stout, but I do not think I'll get it again when there are so many others out there that are better. It had good coloring, nice and dark with a creamy head. It went down smoothly, although the flavor was a bit bland. I tried it simply to try a milk stout. There was a nice soft flavoring of the milk sugar and if you want to try a milk stout, this would be a good one to try, but don't get it simply for being a stout.

JamesS, Sep 16, 2007
Photo of americanwolfdrea
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When I bought this it was part of a variety pack..I figured that to me it was a little unusual so I definately wanted to give it a taste. It had a mahoghany like color and not to much fizz. You can actually taste the lactose in it, but not in an overpowering way. It is very smooth and goes down well. It has a crisp and clean aftertaste, all in all its a great beer!!!!

americanwolfdrea, Aug 23, 2007
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours black, with a small tan head. Aromas of sweet chocolate and an alcohol presence. In the taste, a sweet coffee and chocolate body. It has a nice big body to it, and a roasty malt aftertaste. A good body and a good flavor for being lighter in alcohol.

OWSLEY069, Aug 12, 2007
Photo of edskirk3
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

In 12 oz bottles, no freshness info.

Pours opaque black into a Cognac glass with a thick creamy tan head. Retention is OK but not legendary. The pour is like motor oil. I'm hoping it will taste much better than that.

Big dark chocolate and coffee aroma, I love it.

Sure enough, that's how it tastes too. Roasted and very slightly bitter. Chewy mouthfeel, no doubt from the lactose boasted on the label.

I would (and really want to) have another one, and also seek it out in the future. Perhaps a tad too strong and too heavy to session with, though.

Definitely a great dessert beer. Pair it with cookies or peanut butter on toast.

edskirk3, Aug 09, 2007
Photo of tmp155
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Barely visible head atop a black coffee body when poured. Smells somewhat like a mocha made with french roast or other extra bold coffee and dark chocolate. The roasted coffee flavor is dominant, but you encounter a backbone of malt and hints of burnt toast and roasted nuts as well. I wouldn't consider it for a session, but it is a good beer to relax with after a long day.

tmp155, Aug 02, 2007
Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours deep dark brown-almost black with thick dark tan head. Head fades to 1/2 finger and has great retention. Little lacing is left behind in the glass. Red hues can be seen when holding the glass up to the light.

S- Toasted malt, dark bitter chocolate, and sweet coffee. Smell has medium potency.

T- Dark bitter chocolate and hints of roasted coffee up front. Finish tastes like smooth creamy chocolate milk. Finish is very clean and nothing lingers on the palate.

M- High carbonation and medium weight body. Carbonation seems to vanish for finish and this beer goes down suprisingly smooth. Body is excellent but much lighter than other stouts I have had.

D- Wow. I love this stuff. It has all the greatness of a stout and the light mouthfeel makes this a very sessionable and very drinkable stout. I will have this one again. Can't wait to try others from the Lancaster lineup.

PittBeerGirl, Jul 09, 2007
Photo of tempest
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

tempest, Jul 08, 2007
Photo of StonyB
3.28/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Lancaster Milk Stout is a beer I've tried previously, though rarely. This sample was purchased at Riverside Wine Merchants in North Bergen, NJ. 12 oz brown bottle, dark gray label with bold white lettering. And a cow's head. This is a Milk Stout, after all...

Appearance - Pours smoothly into my pint glass. Decent, somewhat creamy head of dark foam, though it dissipates a bit more quickly than expected. Color is deep brown, though not quite black, as a hint of transparency can be seen when held to light.

Smell - Strong aroma of dark chocolate, milk chocolate and coffee. Maybe a little chocolate milk? Pleasant.

Taste - Mild roastiness. A wisp of milk chocolate, though coffee grounds are more prevalent. Not nearly as malty as one might expect for the style. Not an assertive beer; it's just kinda "there". No wow factor.

Mouthfeel - Surprisingly thin, lacking in body. Yes it's a milk stout, not a cream stout, but some richness should be presumed. Sadly lacking here.

Drinkability - Moderate ABV and light, easy to down texture make this a good session beer. But since the taste doesn't grab hold and draw you in, I'm not sure if you'll want to make this one of your go-to beers.

Compared to my gold standard for sweet stouts, Mackeson XXX, this offering by Lancaster leaves much to be desired. Disappointing.

StonyB, Jun 19, 2007
Photo of charlesw
2.78/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Opaque, dark brown/black. You've really got to pour it to get some head and that is gone quickly.

Smells... Toffee and bitter chocolate. Hmm. Chocolate like steeped chocolate malts (kind of a chocolate flavor but no sweetness).

Tastes a litte weird, I guess. I'm expecting full and rich and sweet and malty. I get light and maybe even fruity/citrusy hops. Citrus aftertaste. So... Really, not what I was expecting at all.

Seems a little fizzy. And, of course, that with the citrus really does not help this one.

I'm done with these. I'll try blending the rest of this beer with a rich and malty amber - to try and bring out more of the characteristics I'm looking for.

charlesw, Jun 10, 2007
Photo of BuckSpin
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 16oz draft pint in a classic conical pint glass

BAside: this is always on tap at the Independence Brew Pub in the Philly Airport.

I am a big fan of this beer in the bottle, and always look forward to a draft pint when traveling. Nose is classic and wonderful - black coffee & milk chocolate form a lush mocha aroma, traces of black licorice, burnt caramelized malts, faint echo of some smoke. A fat finger's worth of mixed, mocha stained foam laced in ribbons before fading to a edge ring and thin sheets of cover over a "black in a good mood" hue of the deepest burnt umber.

Its smooth & velvety, creamy, mocha strong with fresh expresso bitterness over a semi-sweet milk chocolate backdrop. The coffee is silty, thick, bitter and plays a foil in mouthfeel as well as taste balance to the velvet creaminess of the milk chocolate. Burnt caramelized malts hide in the background. It grows even more bitter with coffee bite on the palate, getting thicker & siltier, sharper, hops emerge on the backbeat but keep it low. Its sharper & more bittersweet, less smooth than the bottle version, but thats OK. The finish is again bittersweet with black coffee & now dark chocolate, even a little of that licorice and char from the nose, leaving a coated mouthfeel and a more bitter than sweet aftertaste thats a bit filmy and just a little chewy.

A very pleasing beer. Not as good as the bottle version in that its not as sweet or smooth, but still a very good stout. Haven't done so yet, but would love to pair this with a chocolate cake. It did go surprising well with my roast beef sandwich with horseradish. When I am in Eastern PA I actively seek this out and you should as well. Definitely a high recommendation.

BuckSpin, May 23, 2007
Photo of cichief
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle.

A- Very dark, nearly black, with a light brown head.

S- Sweet, malty with a sour hint.

T- Sweet, malty chocolate, with a dry-sour finish.

M- Smooth, medium body, dryish finish.

D- Overall a very good beer, maybe too sourish for some.

cichief, May 12, 2007
Photo of pavandal
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer poured into my mug a thick black. There was a small head on top that dissolved down to a bubbly foam. The foam left a soft layer on the sides of the glass as I drank.

When I smelled it, I noticed at first a caramel smell, followed by a kind of rusty scent, which isn't a bad thing per say, it's just the closest thing I can approximate.

What a great tasting brew we have here. it starts off with a kind of citrusy burn, followed by a sweet wave with a soft coffee flavor riding on back. Delicious!

This brew wasn't heavy like most stouts, it was a nice drinker. You can have af ew of these and ot feel full, which is nice.

pavandal, Apr 18, 2007
Photo of cixelsydima
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A dark caramel,deep amber color with a 1 finger head that dissapates rather quickly,yet resumes quite well with a swirl of the pint.
S: Dark fruits...plums,chocolate.
T: Slightly roasted coffee and malt flavors,a good balance of sweet and dry,finishes with a hint of alcohol.
M: Velvety,creamy smooth with an effervesent finish.
D: Very nicely balanced.Good stuff.I could easily spend an afternoon or evening,or for that matter,an entire day drinking this stout.

cixelsydima, Apr 18, 2007
Photo of Vancer
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very nice brew sent by woodychandler for the super bowl ‘O” beer bet.

If the label hadn’t told me “Milk Stout”, I would have guesses RIS. I noticed many similarities with a RIS; deep black pour, frothy tan head, aroma of anise and raisons. Then the quaff, a real solid dark chocolate, although sweet. Small notes of burnt toast and the infamous anise finish.

Full and chewy, a very rich milk stout, one that I could drink all night long. A fine winter or cooler weather spring brew.

Vancer, Apr 05, 2007
Photo of zymurgy4all
3.2/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a good standard stout. It has a nice long lasting head, and a roasted malty aroma and flavor. Hints of chocolate are present in the immediate aftertaste. Medium Light body, and slight chalky aftertaste. Not immediately sweet, but a slight sweetness is present. Good stout overall.

zymurgy4all, Mar 29, 2007
Photo of mjc410
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

The pour into my Sam Smith glass raises a big-bubbled two finger head, the color of lightly creamed coffee. The head falls gradually, and leaves slight slick lacing. The body is essentially opaque, with brown highlights at the edges. The nose is very roasted, and smells quite a bit like cocoa powder, without any sugar. The taste isn't quite as bitter as might be expected, as some sugar shows up. It has a nice, mocha character, that still has quite a bitter kick. The mouth has a nice body, but with too much carbonation. Still, a stout that I like getting from time to time.

mjc410, Mar 20, 2007
Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev -9%
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.

Sammy, Mar 18, 2007
Photo of jwc215
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
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!

jwc215, Mar 08, 2007
Photo of AltBock
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle with a depressing cloudy sky gray colored label. In the center of the label is an oval with a head shot picture of a Holstein cow. Only one word can describe the cow and that is FREAKY! Just look at the dead stare that Holstein is giving to the consumer. The look on it's face suggests that the cow knows when he or she is going when they get on a truck. They know they're not coming back and that look just screams it. It's either that or cow is drunk. Behind the cow and the name of the beer is a vintage picture of the brewery or a slaughterhouse. The reason for the thought of a slaughterhouse, was the fact that at the bottom of the picture they have pictures of cows. Why would a vintage picture of a brewery have pictures of cows? It just has to be a slaughterhouse. I just noticed another freaky thing on this label. On the left side below the barcode and to the right of the address is a head shot of a man that's giving a "he's going to kill you look." Is it a picture of the brewer, president of Lancaster Brewing, or the man who runs the slaughterhouse? I don't know, but whoever it is, it doesn't need to be there. This is another brewery that doesn't mark a date or batch # anywhere on the bottle or label. I should also mention that the cap had the seal of the PA Microbrewers Guild. I didn't know there was Guild like that around. The stuff you learn everyday.

Appearance: When poured into a Bell's Brewery standard pint glass, the beer was a Milky white with white foam at the top. No No, it was actually a dark Black Angus black color. I don't think it could get any blacker than this. No light could shine through it, except for at the top. It had a tiny head of tan colored foam that didn't bother to stick around for very long. It did however leave a film of tan colored lace and tan colored rings around the glass. Very little tan colored lace, if that.

Smell: When I first smelled the beer, I didn't care for it. That's because it smelled like a wet dirty cow eating roasted barley that was way past it's prime. When it warmed up, it got better, but it was still very light. When warmed up, the aroma was that of roasted malts (regular malts, not rotting ones), a dab of caramel, a pinch of chocolate, and maybe a sprinkle of hops in the background. The initial aroma of a wet dirty cow just ruined it for me.

Taste: This is where it made it up after the aroma fiasco. The first thing I noticed, was that a big robust roasted malt flavor came sweeping off a Lancaster field and into my mouth. After that came the roasted coffee beans, bitter hops, and the Amish made caramel and chocolate. Yummy! Sometimes that taste did get sour from the roasted malts, but so much that it ruined the taste completely. I sure hope when people pick this up, they're not expecting a huge taste of milk. They're going to be pleasantly surprised when it tastes like roasted malts instead of milk.

Mouthfeel: After a dominating roasted malts taste, there wasn't much of an aftertaste to it. I thought it became watery (not too watery though) and thin after the tastes have subsided. It was in the mouthfeel where you can feel the ton of carbonation this beer has.

Drinkability: As long as you don't have to smell the initial aroma, then this beer is actually quite enjoyable. I could see this becoming somebody's session Milk/Sweet Stout. Would I try it again? I would probably give it another shot, but after that, I doubt I would buy it again. If you like your beer with plenty of roasted flavors in it, then you'll be MOOved by this one.

AltBock, Mar 02, 2007
Milk Stout from Lancaster Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 965 ratings.