1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Milk Stout - Lancaster Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Milk StoutMilk Stout

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
88
very good

997 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 997
Reviews: 451
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 45
Gots: 79 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-01-2002)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Milk Stout Alström Bros
Ratings: 997 | Reviews: 451 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of mhewes
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A : Pours a nice dark black with a nice tan head that sticks around. Leaves some really nice lacing behind

S : Sweet roasted malt and coffee

T : Nice roasted flavor with some sweetness. Finishes with some bitter coffee flavor

M : Creamy and smooth

D : Very smooth, easy drinking. May I have another?

mhewes, May 08, 2008
Photo of CrazyMacHarris99
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this from the bottle many times but this is fresh from the brewery. Poured a dark opaque black with a huge frothy tan head that hung around for awhile. Smelled of sweet lactic goodness with hints of coffee and chocolate. The taste is the same but reversed. There is a strong coffee flavor with hints of milk chocolate and a slight sour lactic aftertaste which really helps balance it all out. The mouthfeel is a little thin but its better from the tap than in the bottle. For all of those out there who think this is too thin, try it on tap or from a growler once. The drinkability on this is amazing. It goes down quick and smooth.

CrazyMacHarris99, Apr 18, 2008
Photo of tayner
2.93/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into my 18 oz 'pint' glass

pours very dark, nearly black with a very large 2-3" rocky head with very large bubbles that stayed for awhile and left some sticky lacing behind.

Smell was a roasty sweet lactic nose.

taste was roasted malt, semi-sweet chocolate with the end of the swallow being roasted coffe beans that left a bitter finish/edge

mouthfeel is what brought this beer down for me, it was VERY watery feeling, almost like a cold cup of very watery coffee. way, way too thin for a stout, and probably even too thin for a porter.

as for drinkability, it was so thin you could drink it fast, and lots of them, but i would not want to. This would make a decent "beginner" stout for a non-stout-drinking beer lover.

tayner, Apr 17, 2008
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.75/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Black and thick. Similar to Guinness.

Smell: Sweet. Dark. Chocolate. Roasted.

Taste: Smooth with a sweet aftertaste. Full Bodied and refreshing. Stands strong as it approaches room temperature.

Mouth: Lightly carbonated with a rich finish.

Drinkability: Goes down incredibly fast. Stands by itself as a fine beer.

Stinkypuss, Apr 15, 2008
Photo of tgbljb
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap at the brewpub in Harrisburg.

SDerved as a very deep brown colored beer with massive tannish head.

Smell has strong notes of roasted malt and coffee.

Taste also has a profound roasted malt texture with a nice balancing sweetness. A slight dryness emerges at the ending.

Leaves a firm toasted malt taste in the mouth.

A flavorful stout that could be a meal in itself.

tgbljb, Apr 13, 2008
Photo of maddogruss
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a bottle of this into a glass mug.

A: Pours a black body with no real head presence but nice, dark tan lacing along the sides of the glass and a small, hint of lacing along the top of the beer.

S: Smells of roasted barley with some sweet undertones.

T: A nice, roasted taste with a hint of sweetness in the aftertaste. Notes of roasted barley were also very evident in the aftertaste.

M: A nice, silky smooth and slightly light mouthfeel. Nice and not-filling; excellent mouthfeel for a good stout.

D: Very drinkable beer. Nice, roasted taste with hints of sweetness and excellent, smooth and light mouthfeel makes this brew very easy to enjoy and drink.

maddogruss, Apr 09, 2008
Photo of joepais
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to DIM for this one
Bottle poured pitch black body topped of with tan head. Good head retention lasted the whole time I drank the beer

Aromas of sweet chocolate malt fill your head

Tastes about the same as the nose but with a slight coffee bitter finish

The mouthfeel is just how I like my stouts smooth and creamy almost thick

Really drinkable truly a fine brew for its style . I'll agree that it was like a malted milk shake. a must try in my book

joepais, Apr 04, 2008
Photo of coalcracker
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Virtually pitch black with mocha head that stays for a while.
Smell: Smells of roasted malts, but with a sweeter quality. Some mild fruit?
Taste: Roasted malts first and foremost, a little espresso/coffee also. Hops help balance the slightly sweet quality of the malts. Mild and smooth aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Smooth. A little on the light side for the style.
Drinkability: No problem having one for the right occassion.

Overall: Well-constructed milk stout.

coalcracker, Apr 02, 2008
Photo of thirtysixbelow
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

a - black with dark brown showing through on the edges. Only a one finger dark tan head, might still be a little too cold. Head goes away quite quickly.

s - sweetness, espresso, burnt chocolate

t - quite sweet with burnt chocolate. Finishes with a slight bitter twang, very dry.

m - light and fluffy, the only real thing that gives away that this is a milk stout.

d - This wasn't what I was expecting. It's definitely a sweet stout, but nothing really tips me off as being a milk stout other than the mouthfeel. I enjoyed Mackesons XXX much more than this as far as taste goes. Not a bad beer, but Mackeson is going to make it hard for me to justify trying this one again if I'm in the mood for a milk stout.

thirtysixbelow, Mar 31, 2008
Photo of misterdmac
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brown with scarlet deep red hues. Really nice. Have to kind of glug this one to get more than a half finger head out of it, which is going to fade quickly anyway. Pretty brew, though.

S: Quite the nose on this one. Bittersweet chocolate, burnt caramel and creamy coffee maltiness.

T: I get a similar kind of roasty coffee taste throughout on this, almost an ashy sweetness that gives way to a smooth, bitter finish.

M: I have fallen in love with the milk/sweet stout style. This one is very true to that with the addition of the lactose providing a soothing, but hardly overwhelming creamy feel. It's not too thick. A nice balance of staunch stout body with refreshing crispness.

D: Gave the Lancaster just above avg. for drinkability. I can only have a few milk stouts or I feel like I just had a large malted milkshake. It tends to linger in the pit of my stomach a bit, not this beer, the style in general. This beer and the Left Hand are the most drinkable ones I've enjoyed.

misterdmac, Mar 29, 2008
Photo of msubulldog25
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle to a standard pint, "Brewed Naturally without Preservatives" and "with Lactose". Thanks, Metalmonk, for sending this on its cross-country voyage...

A: Dark, dark ebony with only the thinnest garnet at the edges. Head is a light sandy-tan, never rising to over a 1/2-finger. That creaminess dwindles about but sticks in a wide, nearly top-covering ring. Lace sticks in little flecks and broader clusters.

S: Earthy cocoa, peat, even an ashy soot. A veiled sweetness of mocha and traces of vanilla bean.

T: Bittersweet cocoa, caramel & toasted nuts, a bit of smoky wood, and milky coffee-syrup like sweetness in the background. A lasting spiced tingle hangs loosely on the tip of the tongue, while a charred malt graininess holds towards the back.

M: Per the style, it's not huge; this is smooth and evenly carbonated, a little creamy and finishes rather dry, some stickier malts last on the lips. Very smooth...

D: It's a tasty stout, no doubt. Not too complex but interesting/easy enough that I'd gladly drink it again and would endorse it, too. It served as good accompaniment with a bit of chocolate buttermilk cake tonight, while watching the latest episode of 'Lost'...

msubulldog25, Mar 07, 2008
Photo of jdubjacket
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Acquired as an extra in a trade with gottajiboo2.

Pours a nearly black color with a moderate head.

Smells like chocolate milk with some roasted malts.

Taste is definitely drier than I thought it would be. However, it is certainly not a bad thing. It's very well-balanced, since alot of milk stouts are overly sweet for me.

Relatively thick mouthfeel. Overall, a pretty solid brew.

jdubjacket, Mar 05, 2008
Photo of fillerup
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, this is my first review. Was in the Philly area on business and gave this beer a try. I must say, I was very impressed with this beer. Poured nicely, producing a tan head with about the same thickness as a Guinness Stout, but lasted longer. I found the beer to have nice chocolatey, caramel, and coffee hints in the aroma and taste. A nice smooth feel, very drinkable.

I'd like to drink more, but not available down here in Texas. Will have to find other means to get more.

fillerup, Mar 04, 2008
Photo of Matthewislee
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I haven't had too many stouts, but this one I truly enjoy. It's incredibly dark, which is obvious I think, but this is BLACK. Nice half inch of foam which vanished quickly leaving a good lacing. Has a pretty sweet smell at first which leaves way for a nice toasty one right after.

Great beer.

Matthewislee, Mar 02, 2008
Photo of Minkybut
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this GOOD beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer was dark mahogany color with a nice fat fluffy brown head. The smell was like a nice stout should be with roasted dark yummy smells. The taste was the same-with a smooth roasted malty taste and hits of chocolate. I will buy again.

Minkybut, Feb 27, 2008
Photo of desertbronze
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a 12 oz. bottle of this beer in a trade with CrazyMacHarris99.

Poured with a one finger tan head which disappeared almost immediately. No lacing in the glass. Opaque in the glass.

Smells roasty like a stout should, with malt undertones.

Taste is roasty on the tongue - no sweetness - seems more like a dry stout than a sweet stout. Pleasant aftertaste.

Good mouthfeel - has body without being overly heavy on the tongue.

Drinkable - I could drink a couple on a cold winter night.

OK beer - but not roasty enough for a dry stout and not sweet enough for a milk stout.

desertbronze, Feb 27, 2008
Photo of Metalmonk
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A quintessential stout in appearance: oily out of the bottle, inky black in the glass, light tan head, sticky lace. No alarms and no surprises.

Big lactic tones in the nose, along with subtle dark fruits and a whole lotta mocha goin' on. Hints of coffee too.

Flavor is unsurprising, even unspectacular, but still tasty and substantial. Roasted malt is a big factor, with steamed milk, dark chocolate, and a coffee bean bitterness that also dominates the finish. Mouthfeel is a winner, bitter, creamy and frothy. More carbonation than expected, which helps deliver that frothy sensation, also carrying the coffee tones through for a long finish.

Nice one from a solid brewer that always does well, but never blows me away either.

Metalmonk, Feb 25, 2008
Photo of Morey
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pitch black beer allows no light to show through it. The head started out at a half of an inch or so and quickly settled to a thin foamy lacing. Smell is surprisingly similar to a dark red wine...sniff and see for yourself. Taste is definitely sweeter than most stouts, but common for the style (milk stout). Head-stick is good, but not great.

Morey's Bottom Line: Somewhat similar in taste to Mackeson's Triple Stout....which is a good thing. A very impressive representation of the style.

Morey, Feb 06, 2008
Photo of jslot38
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one curtousy of Clabaugh and his hometown area.

Appearance: A thin layer of a dark kakhi head lingers on top of a black body. Good little bit of lacing clings to the glass.

Smell: A bit of sweetness hovers over a chalky like aroma. Good notes of chocolate and candied nuts.

Taste: I was surprised by the dark roasted flavour that hits you here. A bit astringent on the tongue, but well done none the less. Good chocolate flavour, nuts, hints of coffee beans. A little sweetness rounds out the beer, and a touch of earthy and floral hops create a nice background.

Mouthfeel: Mid level of carbonation, a good level of slickness rounds it out.

Drinkability: At 5.3%, yeah, I could make a dent in that 6pack. Good brew, no doubt.

jslot38, Jan 18, 2008
Photo of matty
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black colored stout with heavy smell of roasted cocoa beans and coffee.Taste is roasted cocoa beans and espresso.Aftertaste tastes like you just finished off a mocha java.This gets a thumbs up from me although I doubt that I could drink more than three at a sitting!!

matty, Jan 13, 2008
Photo of clabaugh
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours an ink black. A bubbly head colored a sandy brown seemingly comes alive on top the beer, crawling and clinging to the glass. Retention is ample.

Smell: Chocolaty malts and a subtle hint of mocha emerge straight away. The lactose also comes through in an aroma of dry milk. Produces an enticing aroma of sweet, toasty malts and cream.

Taste: Chocolate-flavored malts coupled with a distinct nuttiness form the backbone of the beer. A slight acidity pulls through; perhaps the lactose, but notes of date and raisin also reveal themselves. The hops supply a hint of bitterness toward the finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy, with a finish that coats the mouth on the way down. Leaves a sticky sweet residue on the lips and tongue. Fine properties.

Drinkability: Highly tasty and quite satisfying. Well crafted brew with excellent qualities all around.

clabaugh, Jan 13, 2008
Photo of livedrinkbeer
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Poured into a pint, it reminds me of motor oil with a dark tan half inch of head.
S- smells of hops and coffee.
T- mmm....tastes like strong coffee ice cream.
M- heavy and thick.
D- a nice sipping beer.
Great taste, very affordable, but nothing I would drink on a regular basis or more than one or two at a time. I must be the luckiest man in the world to be surrounded by so many good beers at any moment in the day. Amen! Cheers!

livedrinkbeer, Jan 05, 2008
Photo of Porkchuck
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance is super duper dark. The head levels off pretty quickly. If this beer were a steak it would have been on the grill for a very long time on low. It tastes great and is very smooth to the finish. Very drinkable and is a worthwhile try even if you are afraid of the dark roasts...you will be suprised!

Porkchuck, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of HoppyInfidel
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a mug, Lancaster's milk stout has a nice ebony color, with a half-inch dark tan head that settles to about an eighth of an inch. While it has a nice roasted flavor, it is quite smooth and drinkable, and not as harsh to my taste as some other stouts; perhaps this is due to the lactose added to the brew? Next to Guinness, this is my favorite stout.

HoppyInfidel, Dec 25, 2007
Photo of TxdoHawk
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured almost-opaque black, with a malt brown head that settled fairly quickly. I'm not terribly experienced with stouts (or beer in general), so I'll rate this average.

Smell: The nose is faintly bitter, not in an entirely unappealing way...but given that I was recommended this stout as being less bitter and a little sweeter than the average stout, the fact that this bitterness and almost nothing else comes through is a little disappointing. Very faint floral notes if I take a big, big whiff.

Taste: Very interesting. Alcohol bite dominates the initial taste, but quickly gives way to a mildly bitter taste reminiscent of semi-sweet chocolate and coffee, followed by a fascinating aftertaste that isn't at all unpleasant, far more nutty than bitter. As a man who cringes at stuff like Dogfish Head IPA 90, this is a kind of bitter I think I could really grow to love. On the flipside, this may not be your thing if you are looking for a more traditional taste out of your stout.

Mouthfeel: As others have mentioned, not a very thick beer. I would have liked it a little fuller and creamier, based on what it is. Carbonation is a bit on the high side, again noted in other reviews.

Drinkability: Many have proclaimed this to be much less filling than the average stout, but this still seems to me like beer that eats like a meal. I have a small appetite compared to most people though, so your mileage may vary.

Other thoughts: As others have noted, the aftertaste seems to leave a dryness in the mouth. Not a beer I'd want on a hot summer day. Great winter beer though, something to leave you full and warm on a cold night. Possibly one of the friendliest beers I have tasted that doesn't resort to drastic fruity measures. Someone who isn't normally a huge beer fan but will drink them might really enjoy this, depending on their tastes. Not a sweet tooth kind of beer though. I'd be curious to sample a sweeter, creamier milk stout if it exists.

TxdoHawk, Dec 25, 2007
Milk Stout from Lancaster Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 997 ratings.