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

Poured from the bottle a dark opaque black with reddish highlights and a rich and creamy mocha head.

Aroma of toasted malts, coffee, floral hops, and butter creme.

Tastes of toasted malts, chocolate, coffee, berries, cream, and floral hops.

Great mouthfeel, smooth and creamy, and with a light carbonation.

This milk stout from Lancaster is so easy to drink and enjoy. Definitely try one if given the opportunity.

Photo of beerthulhu
4.39/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a dark cola color with dark ruby highlights around the edges with a thin, fizzy reddish tan head that quickly dissipated.

S: The nose was simply beautiful, sweet roasted coffee grains, lactose, and dark, rich, creamy chocolate.

T: The flavor was equally as beautiful with sweetened coffee, and lactose. There was a rich sweet chocolate nature as well blended nicely with the flavor. The grains were dark, and rich in nature with a sugary sweetness. To say the flavor was great would be an understatement. A light astingent coffee bitterness presents itself upon the swallow that's just enough to balance out the sweetness in the beginning.

M: surprisingly light, creamy, soft, with sweet lactose bringing it all together. Really nice just to let it sit on the tongue.

D: Honestly one of the best per style ive tasted. Very rich, dark and fulfilling making this a must try by style.

Photo of YankChef
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a 12 oz pint glass.

Appearance: totally opaque, no light getting through this one. Pitch black, offwhite head that quickly fizzles. (might be the glass)

smell: chocolate, sweet cocoa and lactose

taste: upfront, slightly chewy with a nice sweetness that is surprisingly carbonated there is a chalky kind of milk sweetness, then the next sensation is of the very slight punch of the hops which hits the back of your palatte with some crispness. The finish is where this beer really stands out, very nice long finish with serious chocolate notes and even some coffee, so velvetty.

Overall: Really drinkable beer, especially for this time of year its an awesome session beer if you dont mind the calories. Amazing finish, like that of a beer high in abv. If you like stouts, this is an absolute must try.

Photo of Douglas88
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to Thaichile. Pours a dark brown/black color with a medium brown head. The aroma is full of roasted flavors, some hazelnut, coffee and light hops. The flavor is similar; some bitter hops and chocolate flavors along with a large roasted malt and coffee aspect. Quite dry and not exactly sweet, more of a bitter chocolate and coffee bean. Very nice.

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a black, thinnish body with mild carbonation that led to a one-finger tan head with minor lacings. Smells a little buttery with a good amount of roasted and coffee malts. Contains a roasted and coffee malt taste yet maintains a good smoothness and creaminess. Sorta tastes like coffee with milk and cream added. Medium-bodied and finishes slightly dry while being kind of sweet.
Just a great beer that I can have anytime.

Photo of CoolJosh
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A Dark black all the way around, even on the edges. No light comes through, and pours a very thin khaki head that disappears completely within minutes.

S Tons of oats which provide a very creamy and milky scent. Coffee comes though fairly well, as well as slight hints of cocoa

T Very sweet at the onset, with an incredibly creamy body. ends kind of weird with tastes of coffee and a little bit of cocoa, but no bitterness which would usually be found here in a stout. Really a displeasing downturn to what would otherwise be a really decent stout.

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

A: Pours a deep, pitch black with a moderate coffee colored creamy head with solid retention. Nice lacing.

S: Lots of coffee with sweet heavy cream, some roasted malts and hints of a hop backbone.

T: Nice roasted malts, with a molasses flavor at first. An earthy and slightly sweet coffee with cream taste is next. At the finish, a smooth nuttiness, a somewhat bitter hop bite, and a vaguely yogurt-esque sourness.

M: Extremely velvety and smooth, with a medium-firm body. Finish is on the dry side and lingers for a quite a while with a smoky, coffeelike aftertaste.

D: Very appealing taste with a great mouthfeel. A somewhat lighter body than many other stouts, and with a sweeter taste, this is definitely a beer you could drink several of.

Photo of Kolsch
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First time on tap on home system:
Kegged date: N/A

Appearance: Dark brown bordering on black with minimal to no head retention.

Smell: slight hint of caramel and molasses

Taste: Very smooth, slightly creamy. Hints of chocolate, cocoa & coffee. No alcohol noticable.

Easy drinkablity. I think this resembles a porter more than a stout. A very tasty porter though.

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

Served on-tap in 5 oz. sampler glass.

A: Very dark chocolate, opaque. Thin brown lacing.

S: A hint of chocolate, strong espresso notes.

T: A bit of chocolate, roasted espresso. Alcohol taste is somewhat hidden.

M: Pretty smooth, a little heavy.

D: I could be convinced to have a few more. It is a little heavy for too many though.

Photo of BeerCon5
3.42/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark purple almost black color. Very little tan colored head with a bit of lacing.

Roasty caramel malt scent, some light hopps.

Mild burnt coffee taste, light caramel malts, light hopps, some honey.

Light to medium bodied, sort of a dry feel with soft carbonation. A bit watery for a stout.

Very easy to drink. This is not as filling as most stouts. Although this beer is interesting it's a bit too light.

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

As I have tried all that Lancaster's farmhouse shaped variety pack has to offer; it is clear that this is the standout.

Pours a nice purple/black with a dark tan head that is thick and creamy. Smell is of abundant sweet roasted malt with a effervescent hop quality.

Taste is sweet, complete,smooth, with a nice carbonation presence after the sip is done.

A great example of the style, sweeter, more robust then a dry stout without the cloying effect a RIS may offers.


Photo of 7ways
3.03/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

9/21/2008 12oz bottle in a pint glass.

A: Fairly black with almost no head retention whatsoever, ditto for lacing.

S: Not much lactose, not much of anything really. Maybe toffee, but I may be grasping at straws.

T: Carbonation is so prickly it's hard to taste anything. Lightly roasted malt, some sweet caramel that vanishes quickly. Some bubblegum and old chocolate on the finish. Artificial sweetener pervades throughout.

M: Slick. Massive carbonation dissipated over the course, which redeemed it somewhat.

D: If it did not say it on the bottle, I might not have guessed that it was a milk stout. Certainly my least favorite offering of the style.

Photo of bcolflesh
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This looks like it will be pretty thick and dark from the packaging and case advertising - it's pretty light though. Has a great smell and interesting taste - I ate mine with pizza and I enjoyed it. I think this would be a good match with a grilled cheese or some other gooey sandwich.

Photo of ATPete
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, no date

The brew pours a solid black color with tiny slivers of bright brown shine through the bottom of the glass when held close to a light. The head is small, brown and quick to fade. The nose has strong notes of coffee and chocolate malts, some booze, roasted grain, a hint of cherry and the slightest funk. Creamy and rich, loads of chocolate flavor, semi sweet, yet slightly winey, tart and fruity. There is definitely a hop note on the finish. Medium bodied, but thinner than i had expected, god drinkability. Definitely worth a shot

Photo of BeerSox
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into nonic.

Pitch black with maybe some ruby razor thin edges when held up to the light. A two finger thick tan head slowly settles to a smooth thin cap.

Roasty malts along with a touch of creaminess. Lots of coffee in the aroma as well.

The flavor is a lot like dark coffee with a hint of cream mixed in. Some bitter roasty grains in there too. Full bodied with a good amount of carbonation, with a very smooth creamy feel.

Pretty good milk stout. Ultra smooth and creamy. Recommended.

Photo of currysage1
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This Milk Stout pours a 1 finger khaki brown head. Dark as night within the center, ruby on the edges.

Smells of a hard coffee candy and cinnammon, some toffee, heavy on the butter mixed in. Slight hop, and dry cocoa round out the smell.

Nice Porter type of start, slightly acidic, and definately cappuccino. More of a baking chocolate finish than anything else. Could have been smoother and certainly sweeter for a milk stout.

Feel was heavy on the carbonation, too bubbly. Thickness was thin for a milk stout. Could certainly have 3 or 4 of these on a colder night but in the middle of a hot snap maybe not.

Photo of Reagan1984
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured as the perfect pint. Two and a half fingers of tan head formed atop of a deep dark brown (really black) liquid that looked thick and sticky. The head was very creamy and slowly settled to a sticky/lacy film across the top of the beer.

Aroma was actually very faint and mostly of some roasty notes. A little nutty perhaps.

Taste was indeed creamy and started rather mild and built to a nice roasted/burnt malt taste. This had coffee, dark roasted peanut and dark chocolate qualities. Really nice. As the roasted malt goodness is fading a slight burst of hop bitterness comes in to help establish a balanced finish. Nice flavor from front to back.

Mouth feel is decidedly smooth, creamy and date I say milky. Mouth feel is medium bodied and the drinkability is quite nice.

I can see sitting around sipping a couple of these on a cold night. Of course on July 30th they aren't so bad either. Glad I picked up a couple of these on my stop in Maryland.

A real nice effort

Photo of Slatetank
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Lancaster Brewing Company on Eisenhower Blvd. in Harrrisburg, served cold in a shaker pint.

A - A midnight black appearance that is almost completely opaque w/ a 1/2 inch of basic tan. The head collapses quickly leaving a film of lace. A really beautiful stout to behold before taking a sip.

S - A very roasty coffee-like aroma w/ a smooth cream note. The roasted barley aroma is strong and a nice creamy/nutty odor accents the strong dark malt presence.

M - Light body w/ intense roasted notes. Almost chalky, but not bitter w/ a mild sweet compliment. The feel is refreshing w/ an high carbonation level and slightly roasted touch w/ nutty malts in the finish.

T - Very full flavor of french roast coffee w/ sweet cream and an almost peanut skin-like dry edge. The flavor has a nice balance of dry malt and creamy sweetness that is not overdone. The coffee flavor starts nutty and gets more charcoal-like at the end of the swallow w/ pleasing light essence from the moderately high carbonation. The taste is not cloying as you might expect from a milk stout with more complimentary sweetness than anything and you might be surprised that it was a milk stout if it wasn't labeled that way. I enjoy the mild nature as the glass goes empty.

D - A tasty well brewed and full flavored ale w/ a modicum of restraint just as tit nears intense range it is mellowed by the light body ans subtle sweet element. This ale is refreshing satisfies the dark malt craving. I could drink this for breakfast w/ the very high drinkability factor.

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

This one reminds me of a drink I used to get at the Coffee Beanery when they were still around.
The aroma is smooth chocolate and coffee mixed with whole milk. Pours black with a fluffy tan head. Holds up well. Taste is smooth--starts chocolate and coffee, hints of the malt come through. Ends sweet, creamy- with a chocolate covered espresso bean sweet/bite.

Photo of SBarbeerian
4.62/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a wine glass (no pint glass available but this worked fine to let it breathe & release so me aroma)
App perfect for style: pitch black with tan head. Head bit thin.
Smell perfect for style: no hops, roasted grain with bit of coffee & creaminess.
Taste excellent for style: roasty, bit of coffee - very low hop bitterness.
Moothfeel: medium-full body, low carbonation & bit of residual sweetness. Right on for style.
Overall: very pleasant roasty & highly drinkable milk stout. Not the smoothest I've had for the style, but close. Great brew, very true to style.

Photo of UA8
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Jet black opaque in color with a two finger chocolate milk head. Lancing is moderate.

S- Scents of roasted malts as well as light yeast tones with jsut a hint of hops

T- Tastes of sweet malted milk, roasted malts and a touch of coffee bean.

M- A bit thin for a stout with slightly larger carbonation than I find preferable not velvety in the mouth.

D- A decent stout with sweet notes and decently balanced palate. However lacks the real stout complexity and smoothness.

Photo of ppoitras
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle purchased as part of a mixed case from Buck Beverage, Quarryville, PA, while on vacation.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head fades gradually, with ample slow-falling lace. Aroma is creamy sweet coffee. Flavor follows the nose, with coffee and sweetness throughout. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth, with great drinkability. Very nice stuff.

6/20/04 - 4/4/4/4.5/4
12oz bottle obtained via trade with Pisskynights. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 1/4" of light brown head over the dark, dark brown/black opaque brew. Aroma is of bitter coffee with a bit of chocolate malts int here as well. Taste is initially the same coffee flavor that is in the nose, but is balanced by the lactose sweetness to an optimal level. Mouthfeel and drinkability are good, and this brew is a good representation of the style.

Photo of philbe311
3.52/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Dark stout w/ hints of caramel highlighting throughout... Thin head... Slight lacing...

S - Malt... Warm milk... Hazlenut...

T - Buttery intro gives way to mild hops, followed by bold roasted malts on the finish

M - Medium bodied... Slightly bitter... Early carbonation... Oily... Thin...

D - Not bad... Not great... Average stout... Uninspired but respectable and drinkable...

Photo of JDV
3.26/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from risser09. Thanks!
Pours pretty black with a short lived light tan head. Smell is milky, creamy and roasty. Taste is roasty, slighty charred with some milkiness. Lightly burnt malt and milk flavor. Medium bodied and carbonated. Decent beer.

Photo of Traquairlover
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Dark mahogany, poured smoothly, impenetrable in glass except for slight deep redwood tint at the edges, small foamy tan head, decent retention, light lacing on glass.

S = Smells of cream, coffee with a shot of Baileys, light caramel, pretty complex.

T = Very sweet tastes but a good balancing hops bitterness. Tastes are of whipped cream, coffee with an amaretto or Baileys mixer thrown in, rich caramel, taste tracks the smell very well and both are good.

M = Medium-heavy body, luscious creamy feel, very good mouthcoating.

D = This is a nice beer. I am having it as a breakfast beer on a fine Sunday morning. Very tasty and relaxing way to start the day.

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Milk Stout from Lancaster Brewing Company
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