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Milk Stout - Lancaster Brewing Company

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Milk StoutMilk Stout

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927 Ratings

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Ratings: 927
Reviews: 445
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 36
Gots: 45 | 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 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
Photo of arguemaniac


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
Photo of assurbanipaul


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
Photo of Suds


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

This brew is a thick and black liquid, with a fair, moderately dense head. The aroma is of roasted grains….it’s coffee and chocolate with a little smoky, burnt-ness as well. It’s a relatively sweet brew, with a nice graininess that balances it out. It’s pretty thick and creamy, almost mouth-filling. It’s not quite as thick as I expected, but it does fill the part. It’s not a highly hopped stout…a little more bitterness wouldn’t hurt.
Solidly drinkable, and quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2005 23:56:56 | More by Suds
Photo of weeare138


3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appears black with hint of red and a dark tan head.
Smells of bitter chocolate, roasted walnuts, coffee and smooth toasted malts.
Taste is full bodied and roasty with all the smells listed above resonating throughout the palate.
Mouthfeel is slightly complex as the burnt and toasted flavors mix with the sweetness. This was served a bit too cold at the brewery and I should've let it warm up to enjoy the full potential but I was too impatient to wait.

Finger licking good.

Serving type: on-tap

05-29-2005 19:16:26 | More by weeare138
Photo of cubedbee


2.73/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This was my first milk stout, and I can't say I cared for it. The appearance is the best thing this beer has going for it---pitch black with a full finger of beige head. As soon as I smelled this beer, I knew I wasn't going to like it. Smells extremely cloyingly sweet and vaguely milk-like---not like actual milk but more like the condense powder smells. Taste could only be described as sour milk. Way overwhelmingly sweet, with an offputting puckering feeling in the middle, and absolutely no bitterness or roasted malts, this just tastely entirely unbalanced, and not in a good way. Mouthfeel was also a little off, with the bodied being on the medium/thin side and the level of carbonation being too low. This was not what I was expecting from the beer, and I will not be drinking this one again.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2005 16:10:10 | More by cubedbee
Photo of JackTheRipper


3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark dark black with just a hint of a reddish hint. Seriously dark, like can't see a flashlight through it dark. Scant head with zero lacing.
S: Dark malty smell with a nice hit of coffee in there. Smells are quite mellow, perhaps from the time spent in refrigerator purgatory.
T: Again, I think the fridge time may have mellowed things a bit, which for me is a good thing. Nice sweet malty flavors, I guess the lactose helps to enhance the malts and balance the bitterness. There's a very mellow coffee flavor that is just super.
M: Carbonation is a bit low. Alcohol feels about right for the stated ABV%, body is medium.
D&N: I'm really happy with this beer. I thought that it might taste like milk (forgive my noobishness), so it is quite a pleasant surprise. I was a bit disappointed with the appearance, but this is a very drinkable beer that redeems this brewery after the Strawberry Wheat experience (shudder). Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2005 09:54:37 | More by JackTheRipper
Photo of oxmasterscream

New Jersey

2.33/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Deep, dark mahogany in a color, with a massive, craterous light brown head. Smelled of roasted malts, spice and sweet chocolate. Smelled was as expected but man, the taste wasn't. It was damn near undrinkable for me. Started spicy with some burnt malt flavors but for the most part, it was extremely sour tasting to the point of questioning whether or not something was wrong with the bottle I had. Just horrible. Mouth was medium and not at all full and smooth like a stout should be. It was more watery and acidic. Perhaps I had a bad bottle but until I have one that tastes otherwise, this review will stand.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2005 11:26:59 | More by oxmasterscream
Photo of yeagerbm


4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a tan head. The head doesn't stand up so great. The aroma is intense with a malty sweet roasted grain and cold coffee smell. The flavor is a tasty blend of roasty malt, espresso and sweet cream. It all goes down with an appropriate medium heavy mouthfeel, with creamy texture and fine carbonation.

Overall a great example of the style. Very roasty and creamy, this is a satisfying brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2005 06:43:29 | More by yeagerbm
Photo of ggroller


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

Served in an unmarked pint glass at Which Brew in Easton, PA last night at about 8:30.

It looks like Guiness in the glass and kinda smells like it too but a little more on the coffee side. The head was about an inch thick and looked like the topping to a picture perfect lemon meringue pie. The color of the beer was BLACK. It smelled like coffee and choclate. The taste was bitter coffee at first but finished with a creamy, milky, sweet smoothness.

A very good beer. I looked forward to that silky sweet finish at every sip. I'll have this one again.

Serving type: on-tap

01-29-2005 13:05:19 | More by ggroller
Photo of Bcant


3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich dark color, almost black with shades of crimson. The head is about just right in size and is a nice light brown. Full bodied and rich, with late hints of coffee and choclate. A bit sweet with a slightly sour aftertaste but that is a product of the lactose and does not detract from the beer. Not a beer that you would want to drink four or five at a sitting but it is not too sweet to have two.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2004 00:31:29 | More by Bcant
Photo of GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured pitch black with a ruby highlight. the head was brown and large and coated the glass on the way to lacing the glass. The whole enchilada on appearance. The lacing and head were second to none.

The aroma was roasty with chocolate and strong espresso coffee. Some caramel aromas were present, along with some smoky aromas.

The flavor was bitter roastiness with smoke and espresso most prevalent. The smoke flavor was strong and enhanced by the coffee and chocolate. The flavor had a strong bittering component that was not balanced by the lactose generally found in a milk stout.

The finish was dry with lasting chocolate, coffee and a large smoke presence that lasted long into the aftertaste. The body was medium to medium full, but just a smidge thin.

12 ounce bottle. With just a smidge less bittering and a bit less smoky flavors this would be a beer that would set the bar very high.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2004 00:10:21 | More by GCBrewingCo
Photo of santoslhalper


4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours a simple black with a small tan head. Head's gone within seconds, and leaves no sign of lacing. Smells very malty with loads of coffee undertones. A ncie sweet smell is present also. Tastes very intersting, with toffe and chocolate notes abounding. Has a unique taste, and an exellent one at that. Now where this beer lacks - the mouthfeel. It's slimy and watery. There's no chew or stick to it. And no aftertaste. Other than that this is a fine beer, if you can get over the watery mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2004 03:29:08 | More by santoslhalper
Photo of guinness33

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

tasty, tasty stuff. much moreso than i expected. it pours a dark brown colour with a nice pillowy tan head, which hangs around for a while and leaves a nice residue on the glass as well. the smell is a nice balance of sweetness and coffee, with malt and maybe some caramel present as well. the flavour is just spot on. the coffee notes are just subtle enought for my liking and the sweetness is effective but not overpowering. there is some burnt malt flavour and a touch of chocolate scattered thoughout as well. the finish is earthy and surprisingly dry. mouthfeel is rich and creamy and seemed to me to fall between a stout and porter in terms of body, which is right where i feel it should be. i could easily drink this one again, and often.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2004 19:15:01 | More by guinness33
Photo of oelergud


3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Black as coal with only a dark reddish light getting through at the edges, tan head starts out great but dissipates quickly. not much lace either, not much carbonation.
Smell, not like any other beer I've ever smelled before, sour milky dominance in the nose and the taste as well. Sweet/sour milk, green apple skin and light citrus. Dry tart finish lingering into the aftertaste.
Less body than usually felt in a stout and very little coating.
Definitely a different beer, regardless of personal preference this is a very interresting and different brew.


Serving type: bottle

11-13-2004 21:55:48 | More by oelergud
Photo of Higravity


3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I would have to say this is a unquie beer to me at least. With the picture of a cow on the label you get the taste of milk as if the put some in the stout (they might have I know homebrewers who do crazier things). The darkness of this beer is a beauty but it offers little head but it might off a tap on with nitrogen. The roasted taste is followed imediately with sweetness with a hint of sour notes. It reminds me of the smell of sour milk, but not in a bad way. It does taste like soured milk only in the after taste is it lingering but not strongly. I found this beer enjoyable and could drink a few here and there.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2004 17:34:04 | More by Higravity
Milk Stout from Lancaster Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 927 ratings.