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Milk Stout - Lancaster Brewing Company

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915 Ratings

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Ratings: 915
Reviews: 444
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 35
Gots: 39 | 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 mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

3.23/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Black brew with a monsterous four finger creamy tan head with impressive retention. Lacing is thick and pretty. Nice look.

S - Mostly bland grassy hops with a touch of light grain backing, a bit of toffee and molasses odors as well. Not exactly what I expected.

T - Foretaste is strong bitter coffee with a light grassy hops. Aftertaste is lightly bitter and grassy.

M - Thin and not so smooth, pretty refreshing though.

D - Pretty good. Sessionable and pairable with food. The flavor isn't anything too special, but it is a beer that I would not mind having again.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2006 03:22:05 | More by mrasskicktastic
Photo of orbitalr0x


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

The Lancaster Milk Stout pours from the bottle a deep charcoal color with a very light tan head. Sticky patches of lacing form. Does look nice in the glass. Aromas begin with a deeply roasted malts, big toffee chunks and notes of chocolate and burnt coffee. There's a light burnt sweet milk aroma as well. A really enjoyable brew to smell.

First sip brings a roasty dark maltiness upfront followed by a nice mix of toffee candy, cocoa and plenty of burnt coffee. A touch of sweet milk works its way in nicely. Slighty burnt with a good mix between sweet and bitter. This is a tasty brew.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with steady carbonation. Good body overall. This is a tasty milk stout that strays to the roastier/burnt side of things. Wouldn't mind sitting down to a few of these...also mixes great with the Strawberry Wheat to make a chocolate covered strawberry. Thanks to woodychandler for leaving these Lancaster brews with me!

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2006 03:06:25 | More by orbitalr0x
Photo of Westsidethreat


3.3/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Smells of, go figure, lactose. That and roast coffee, touch of chicory. Nice, mellow...fits the style.

Formed a nice but rapid reducing tan head. Pitch black, can't see thru it at all. I know its opaque by looking at the bottom of the glass. No brussels lace to speak of. Thin rim of bubbles stayed around the rim of the glass.

Bit thin, watery. Not as creamy as I'd hoped.

Flavor comes on strong but dies quickly. Lactose then black patent are the first things I taste, but then falls flat. Touch of bitterness at the end which is probably from the roasted grains and not from the hops.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2006 18:51:35 | More by Westsidethreat
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a black color with a frothy beige head that lasts throughout but leaves various strands of lace

Smell: The predominant aromas are chocolate and roast, but underneath that you can pick out some espresso notes

Taste: Starts with a nice roasted malt flavor that adds a bit of chocolate by mid-palate; after the swallow, the hops add some bitterness and provide balance; a bit charred for a milk stout but not objectionable

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Very filling and rich but I don't think it is particularly well-balanced

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2006 23:33:27 | More by brentk56
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4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Black as night with a head that fades to a thin covering (tan/light brown color) that lasts the whole time.

Smell: A roasted grain/malt upfront with a slight hint of hops followed by coffee and finishing with a dark chocolate smell.

Taste/Mouthfeel: It begins with a little bite from the carbonation/hops, moves onto the roasted coffee malt, and after the swallow the burnt chocolate and lactose really comes through. Mouthfeel is moderate and really coats your tongue.

Drinkability: Wow, this is one damn fine, Sweet/Milk Stout. If Lancaster is available in your area, pick some up, you won't be disappointed.

P.S. Please follow the serving temperatures for this Stout. If I had consumed this brew straight out of the fridge, I probably would not have liked it as much.


Serving type: bottle

04-17-2006 00:38:04 | More by pvsob
Photo of Fish113d


4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The flagship of Lancaster is poured nicely into a pint glass served chilly from the brewery. It pours a black body with some slight ruby hues if you hold it into the light. A nice tan, dense surface layer sits atop of the body clinging to the glass.

Sticking my nose into the glass, I get some sweet cream hitting my sinuses as does some slight caramel and lots of grain. The grain is pretty standard for Lancaster brews and is really the only drawback to this one.

Bursting chocolate and coffee up front on my tongue with some bittering bakers' chocolate toward the finish. The malt is a bit grainy in flavor and some hops help balance the sweetness of the malt toward the finish and as an aftertaste. Yummy!

Mouthfeel is nice. Some tingly, bubbly carbonation hits the tip of my tongue with a light, but creamy body. No alcohol is presented, but it is well-balanced and great.

The flavor and the feel make this one very easy to drink lots of! If you've never tried this one, get your hands on it any way you can!

Serving type: on-tap

04-16-2006 23:54:06 | More by Fish113d
Photo of whartontallboy

New York

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jet-black pour with a thin brown head.

Roasted malt and chocolate dominate the nose, with some light molasses aromas, too.

Well-carbonated body goes well with the light chocolate flavors, fairly creamy, that dominate. Roasted molasses-like flavors come through, too. Dries out a bit on the finish.

Overall: Pretty decent stout, not too over-the-top...maybe one to convert your friends who don't like stouts.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2006 03:51:56 | More by whartontallboy
Photo of lackenhauser


3.28/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep black in color with a very small tannish head. Theres really no aroma that I can pick up. Somewhat metallic but very non descript. Nice mellow roasted flavor. None of the sweetness I would expect from this style of beer. Flavor is a tad subdued for any stout. Somewhat grainy. Decent enough mouthfeel but with the missing sweetenss its lacking. A decent enough beer-not what I would call a true milk stout. Would try again if a six pack was a decent price.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2006 21:36:46 | More by lackenhauser
Photo of dgherm


3.03/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a dark, dark brown. Formed a decent creamy dark tan head. Getting a roasted smell with a scent of sourness coming through. Tastes watery with a dash of hops and a hint of roasted coffee as it goes down the throat. Thin watery mouth feel though the carbonation feels just about right. No hint of sweetness in smell or taste as I was expecting. Not likely to purchase again.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2006 19:49:41 | More by dgherm
Photo of Gueuzedude


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

Pours with a frothy, slightly cream-consistency, light brown colored head that is initially two-fingers thick. The beer itself is an opaque black color. The aroma has a strong burnt grain note to it, as well as notes of deeply toasted grain, coffee, and a lightly sweet chocolate note. This beer has a solid aromatic roast character to it that is pretty darn pronounced.

The beer has a creamy, yet light consistency to it that serves as a great foil to the roast flavors. There is a light sweetness here, that perhaps would be a bit more apparent if the roast character was not so plentiful. It is interesting that this beer is so much more balanced in the taste than it was in the aroma. While the roast character is quite noticeable in the flavor, it is balanced pretty well by the palate fullness and the light sweetness. The beer finishes with a roasted coffee bean note that is lightly astringent and has a touch of a burnt grain-husk note. Up front and accentuated by the sweetness is a dark chocolate note.

This is a nice quaffable brew. I really like that this beer is not too sweet, some milk stouts (Mackeson's comes to mind) are too balanced towards the sweet end, and then don't even have the body to keep up with the sweetness. This beer tastes just lightly sweet, the lactose contributes character here but it is well in balance with the rest of the beer. Quite nice and a great rendition of the style!

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2006 00:41:30 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of mentor


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

Bottle provided by higravity, via SS'05. Thanks for the opportunity. Pours a one-finger dark brown head over a pitch liquid. Hint of brown edging when held to light. Smells chocolate and coffee. Dry with a hint of nut. Tastes somewhat roast, mostly chocolate, and a hint of black patent tang/sour. Dry chocolate aftertaste. Milky lactose characer is minimal for the style. Caramel/toffee is also mild, but is present. The flavors in this beer are disjointed. They just don't flow and blend with each other to create a cohesive supportive flavor. I expect a year in my cellar would allow this beer to develop quite nicely. Md mouthfeel and carboantion is moderate. Sharp and fine carbonation that I find distracting.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2006 06:29:18 | More by mentor
Photo of crwills

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I haven't had a lot of milk stouts, and I was expecting something like Young's Double Chocolate, so I got a bit of a surprise. Still, quite a pleasant beer from a 'local' brewery (working in NJ for a while).

Poured a deep black with a chocolate milk head. Smell is cocoa, smoke, coffee, plums, and raisins. The smokiness actually surprised me, and showed up in the flavour as well.

Also in the flavour, bittersweet chocolate, and some residual fruity flavours when the beer warms up and in the aftertaste.

The only disappointing part was the mouthfeel, which was surprisingly thin for a stout and somewhat unsatisfying. Overall not bad, though.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2006 20:43:41 | More by crwills
Photo of BuckeyeNation


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

Ruby-edged mahogany that is nearly as photophobic as the blackest double or Imperial stout. The three finger cap is the color of toasted oatmeal, a good color match that gives the beer that classic stout 'black and tan' look that I enjoy so much. The surface is more pebbly than rocky, has an average life span and deposits a meager amount of sudsy lace.

Milk stout has a good milk stout nose. Moderately roasted barley is uppermost, with plenty of bittersweet chocolate, strong black coffee and a hint of sugared vanilla bean. Thankfully, it doesn't have that sourish, lactic smell that some versions have. I'm really looking forward to upending the glass.

This is a rock-solid stout that is bursting at the seams with flavor. Not only that, but the flavor profile is impressively wide-ranging, containing all of the malty elements noted in the nose, as well as citric hops (Cascade overpowers Styrian Goldings). It's more hoppy than most milk/sweet stouts, and is, therefore, more balanced in terms of sweetness and bitterness.

Vanilla is still lurking and adds an additional amount of flavor interest. I'm impressed that so many complementary flavors are present and that they're present in the proportions that I prefer. Although warming brings nothing new to the table, each successive sip provides further evidence of this beer's solidity and drinkability. I'm quickly running out of beer to analyze. With a bigger, stouter body, it just might be a world-beater.

Lancaster Brewing Company impressed me with Gold Star Pilsner, so my hopes were fairly high for this one as well. I don't feel like shouting 'mooove over Mackeson', but I did enjoy every last drop and wish that I had another bottle or six. I'd be drinking a lot of Milk Stout if I lived in or near Lancaster, PA.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2006 17:24:57 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of IceAce


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

Twelve ounce brown bottle with no visible freshness dating

Pours opaque with just an occasional flash of ruby around the edges and capped with two fingers of dense medium tan foam with decent staying power. Nose is deeply roasted malt and chocolate milk (More Ovaltine please!) with an underlying sweet lactose hint. Lacing is less than anticipated from a beer-ready glass.

Entry is unfettered by CO² and belies a hard water mouthfeel. Midtaste is roasty goodness with a spritz of carbonation toward the rear of the tongue.

This beer really shines as the finish begins...led by a quick tart hop bite. Roasted black malt is pushed from view by alternating coffee and chocolate impressions...a tug of war which pleasantly fades leaving a wonderful lactose sweetness on the lips.

A wonderful example of an under-produced and under-appreciated style...please bring two scoops of vanilla bean ice cream with my next bottle!

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2005 08:57:14 | More by IceAce
Photo of mntlover


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

Pours a black color some brown around the edges. A nice dense brown head that falls slowly with some lace left behind.

Aroma is sweet chocolate light roasted malt some light hops and souriness.

Taste is sweet nice chocolate/coco mingle thru the roasted malt. Some light bitterness from roasted malt mingles with some hop flavors and blend in with the light souriness perfectly. Sweet and tastey milk stout.

Mouthfeel is a big medium approaching full nice mellow carbonation and a light dry finish.

Drinkability is good an enjoyable sweet stout one worth trying if you haven't. Want to thank merlin48 for this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2005 19:36:47 | More by mntlover
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3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an oily black with cooper highlights. Huge maltiness in the nose, but there are some comparatively moderate notes of roastines and sour aromas. The palate includes three predominate flavors; sweet maltiness, lactic acidity and sourness, and roastiness (especially in the pleasantly long finish). Bitterness comes from the lactic and burnt flavors. There are also notes of caramel, cocoa, toffee, etc. Mouthfeel is creamy with moderate carbonation.

I had this one at the Dominion beer festival last year but, unfortunately, I was a little too intoxicated to really enjoy it. This will not only be the second time I’ve had this beer, but only the second time I’ve had a beer of this style. It’s quite refreshing: lactic sourness and malty sweetness are a combination I haven’t encountered in beer before. I shall have to seek out more milk stouts, even though they are hard to find. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2005 07:40:44 | More by arguemaniac
Photo of blackie


3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

appearance: The pour into my snifter creates a huge 2" khaki head. A nice layer of carbonation remains on the surface. The beer itself is pretty much solid black in color.

smell: Smells of slight bitter chocolate and watery coffee...also some charred hardwood. Plenty of roasted aroma. Very slight lactose notes. Not as much sweetness as I would expect or hope. Hop aroma is moderate but is hard to find beneath the roast.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is very high, way too high, for a milk stout. The body is thin. Given the carbonation and the thinness, I don't much care for the mouthfeel.

taste: Roasted malts are dominant, giving a coffee like characteristic. Finish is a low bitterness with lingering roasts.

drinkability: Just an ok beer, the mouthfeel also hurts the drinkability.

Received this bottle from ppoitras in BIF 24

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2005 01:47:38 | More by blackie
Photo of Phatz


4.6/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is such a great beer from Lancaster Brewing Company. As a stout fan I have to admit this is my favorite of their selections.

Appearance: It pours a very dark mahogany brown that looks black. Enticing with a light chocolaty brown head. Very good appearance.

Smells like sugar and Cream. I could really smell the cream mmm, and hints of chocolate in the nose.

Taste: Very mellow and gentle on the palate. Irish cream, dark semi-sweet chocolate and especially a unique gentle nuttiness about it. I like the nuts. Then it has a subtle hint of coffee in the after taste, but with no bitterness at all. PERFECT.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is a bit thinner than I expected but still a strong medium body, with nice carbonation and a very nice creamy smooth texture.

Drinkability: The drinkability is through the roof. WOW. This goes down so smoothly. It is relaxing (in taste and texture) if you can describe a beer as a relaxed this one is the epitome. It feels nice in the mouth, is easy to swallow and is great for a relaxing evening.

I had this beer on-tap and it is even more smooth and fantastic, but it is served WAY too cold. It needs to sit for quite a while to enjoy it the way I do. So it is almost more convenient to drink it in a bottle at home.

Hope this is helpful.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2005 06:51:02 | More by Phatz
Photo of waughbrew


4.6/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Black with a beige head that recedes to a ring. Smells like medium-roast coffee beans, charcoal, and yeast. Flavor is plenty roasty, plenty smooth, very balanced. I tend to pick up strawberries in stouts, and this one is no exception. Coffee is big, but the lactose and caramel sweetness keeps it from being too much. Finishes as a beautiful, slow, earthy decrescendo. Medium body feels so easy going down. This is just a very well-rounded beer. Very enjoyable, and I would be happy to have a couple of these in a row.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2005 05:10:16 | More by waughbrew
Photo of Dogbrick


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

Acquired via trade. Deep black with a compact dark beige head. Lacing is thin with sheeting action. Aroma of espresso and nuts. Rich smooth body with a semi-sweet flavor of milk chocolate and coffee primarily. Some malt and hops in the background too. The finish is sweet and a little chalky at first, but more cocoa-like later. Pretty enjoyable when all is said and done.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2005 18:25:01 | More by Dogbrick
Photo of strat064


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

Served from a bottle poored into a pint glass. Appearance was opaque with caramel colored head. Smells of chocolate and coffee and tastes like chocolate and coffee. Sweet taste to it. Mouthfeel was good. Perfect amount of carbonation. Goes down smooth and easy. Great Beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2005 23:47:00 | More by strat064
Photo of ChrisBowers


3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served out of a firkin. Very little carbonation/head, consistent with style and serving method. Sweet lactose and malt present in the aroma. Taste was pretty sweet for my liking, though it is a lacto stout so I should have probably expected that. Lots of chocolate, caramel, some coffee. No hop profile to speak of. A very sweet stout to be sure. I know there's no way I could drink more than one of these in a sitting. Perhaps served a little colder with some CO2 it would sit better.

Serving type: cask

08-21-2005 21:51:02 | More by ChrisBowers
Photo of merlin48


4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice drawing of a cow head on the label. This pours dark and opaque into the glass, with a one inch light brown head that retains very well and deposits attractive drapes of sheet lacing on the glass.
Aroma has a dark and roasty malt accent that bespeaks of burnt coffee, cocoa, and some hazelnut.
Mouthfeel is creamy and medium full bodied. Ideal level of medium carbonation.
Taste has an assertive creamed coffee component, with roasty scorched malt bitterness and a creamy lactic note of sweetness. More character develops as it warms, and even more creamy/bitter/roasty notes emerge. Very tasty!
Very nice sipping stout, especially for the style. A bit overly filling to enjoy more than one at a time, but this is a very user friendly, milk stout, with the aforementioned, friendly cow on the label. Regards to woodychandler for sending this one my way.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2005 16:29:45 | More by merlin48
Photo of Beervis

Ontario (Canada)

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

Pours a deep black with a thin beige head. Leaves thin lacing on the glass after each sip.

Smell is of dark roast coffee, caramel, and chocolate. Smell is sweet, like a cup of coffee with sugar and cream.

Full and complex mouthfeel with sweet malt, chocolate, and espresso. Very creamy and silky smooth as it coats the mouth. A perfect amount of hop balance leaves the palate clean and wanting more.

This is very drinkable brew. I drank it over an extended period to fully taste the flavors as they emerged during the temperature warming.


Serving type: bottle

06-29-2005 15:51:20 | More by Beervis
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4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch black with a thin brown head. Aroma is milk chocolate, some coffee and malt without being too sweet.

Taste is mostly dark-roast espresso with some chocolate malt. Slightly sweet but far less so than typical in this style, well attenuated. Milky flavors evident, some cream along with the coffee. Moderate bitterness adds to the balance, makes this a very rich, desirable stout with an equally rich, lingering aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is smooth but not too heavy with a body to die for (so to speak). I would pass up a traditional stout for this any day. It's almost up to the Imperial style without that added "umph," as if someone left an impy stout unfinished. Me likey.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2005 01:20:47 | More by assurbanipaul
Milk Stout from Lancaster Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 915 ratings.