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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 bimish
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a thin, frothy head that dissipates almost immediately. Moderate lacing. Dark almost black color, some mahogony hues when held up to light.

S - Roasted, malty aroma. Very noticeable coffee notes. Slight notes of the lactose added. Hop aroma overpowered by the malty aromas.

T - Chocolaty malt flavor. Coffee and milk notes also apparent. No distinguishable hop flavors.

M - Medium body, very smooth, especially for a stout. Light carbonation.

D - Really nice stout. Smooth, no lingering aftertastes. Very drinkable for the style.

Photo of regspeir
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Approaching-black pour. Perfect mocha-colored head disappears with little lacing.
S- light, sweet roasted coffee, milk and chocolate
T- Chocolate, coffee, malt citrusy-sweet with a slight hop taste canceling much of the sweetness on the finish
M - good carbonation and creamy mouth feel
D- Not as heavy as the appearance might lead you to expect. Would make a great session stout
Overall impression - Loved it and would recommend you try it if you aren't looking for a heavy, filling variety.
Serving type: bottle (into pint glass)

Photo of RollingRocker
3.66/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

great appearance! dark color takes the light out of the room! very pleasant roasted coffee smell to it. chocolaty flavor slighty sweet too with an almost coffee finish. mouthfeel is a bit foamy but drinks up quite well. would really suggest trying if you like stouts.


Photo of mikereaser
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a deep dark black with 1/4 inch of tan foam that slowly went away

S - roasted malts and a sweet cream aroma

T - mostly a roasted malt with hints of coffee, chocolate and cream with a bit of a citrus finish

M/D - fairly smooth nice tasting beer that is easy to drink. The flavor isn't my favorite, but I would recommend it to anyone to try.

Photo of tpd975
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Beautiful pour. Deep deep dark flat black hue with a tall foamy creamy mocha colored head. Good retention exhibited with nice chunky lace left behind.

S: Rather underwelming aroma. Light burnt malt aromas with subtle hints of chocolate.

T: The nose left me not expecting much but boy was I wrong. Wonderful roasted malt up front with a tinge of metal. Bitter chocolate and coffee mingle in the middle. A big blast of milky lactose with notes of malted milk balls in the finish. Take out the metallic tinge and this one would be awesome.

M: Medium in body, smooth, great carbonation.

D: Drinkable and tasty. The metal bothered flavor bothered me a bit. Once you get past that though very solid tasty ass brew.

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

Had at Porter's in Easton, PA

Poured into an oversized wine glass. Pours a dark black with little head. Roasted malt really comes off of this one, very nice. Taste is interesting, you can taste the lactose as well as a nice malty background. Mouthfeel is a bit too light for the style, I'd like it more towards the heavy side then the medium bodied side. There is a slight bite with this beer's aftertaste, not that bad but I probably won't go for more than 1-2 of these.

A decent example of the style, overall pretty good.

Photo of BZero007
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very dark brew that looks great! Pretty good head that sticks around abit, has a great tan reddish brown color to it.

Smell is of a Roasted Malt Coffee with hints of chocolate in the background.

Taste of this beer is of a very Roasted Coffee Malted flavor with Chocolate coming threw stronger for a background taste. Its a very smooth beer with a medium body that goes down great. Not allot of carbonation but I felt it was balanced right for this particular beer. During the Winter this warmed me up great and was something that you could chill with threw the night.

This was my first Milk Stout and I would recommend it to anyone.

Photo of lionking
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of dananabanana
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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.

Photo of BeerTruth
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Photo of ffejherb
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.

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!

Photo of billybob
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Photo of Voonder
4.34/5  rDev +11.9%
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!

Photo of sonicdescent
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

Photo of Jwale73
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.

Photo of bonkers
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of dacrza1
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
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...

Photo of mooseisloose
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Photo of mcowgill
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Photo of wedge
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of corby112
3.86/5  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.

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Milk Stout from Lancaster Brewing Company
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