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Milk Stout - Lancaster Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,037
Reviews: 456
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 48
Gots: 102 | 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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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.

Photo of mobud
3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle into pint glass

A- Black with no light passing thru and a light oatmeal head that remains strong.

S- Sweet roast malts.

T- Burnt malt with sweet milk on the backend.

M- Medium. very smooth and siky. A little coating remains, but not off-putting.

D- Not bad for the style, but not one that I could have more than one of. I have had it on tap at the pub and remember a different beer; both having a life of its own.

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

Poured from a bottle into a regular pint glass.

A: A very deep dark brown almost black color with no light filtering through. A nice deep light brown head fills the top of the glass with nice lacing.

S: Hints of bitter chocolate and coffee with some malt sweetness of carmel.

T: Dark roasted flavors of coffee or espresso coupled with dark (burnt maybe) chocolate and a caramel sweetness with the dark bitterness flavor taking over at the end. A very nice combination and very smooth.

M: Medium, but it's very creamy and velvety smooth in the mouth. No hints of alcohol at all.

D: Medium. This is a good beer, but 2 or maybe 3 is the max I could drink.

Overall a nice lower ABV stout that is enjoyable. Is it a standout? No, but it's a solid offering from Lancaster. Well done.

Photo of CrellMoset
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a traditional pint glass.

Appearance: A fierce, two-finger tan head that has great retention and leaves spotty lacing all around the glass. The beer itself is pretty much black - maybe a few shades lighter.

Aroma: Sweet coffee, chocolate, some mild, bitter hops. The coffee is deep and earthy, but with almost no bitterness or astringent notes detected.

Taste: Lots of good stuff here. Some deep, roasted malts, but they're not bitter or rough. Instead, they're incredibly smooth, and meld well with a gentle sweetness (this is a sweet stout, after all) that's not too strong, not too weak, but perfectly in balance. Lots of coffee (well-sweetened, of course) and chocolate (milk chocolate?) seeping out through all the cracks, and even a few citrus kicks in the finish from the Cascades, which give a nice little tart send-off to this brew.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with well-hidden, velvety medium carbonation. Works very well with everything else goin' on. Leaves a slight slick, oily something-something behind.

Drinkability: Lots of great complexities, and a low abv%, but the sweetness and the afterfeel (afterfeel? Is that a word?) limit the drinkability of this brew.

A great sweet stout, and one of the better ones out there, IMO, at least of the ones that are readily available. I'd put it just below the Young's Double Chocolate and the Bell's Kalamazoo in my book. Also, probably the best of the Lancaster brews - check it out, if it's your style.

Photo of Dodo2step
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P- Market Cross Pub in Carlisle

A- Pours a rich and thick dark chocolate color. Very opaque and has the appearance of motor oil. Very little head but with what there is it is a tanned lacing around my glass.

S- taints of toasted caramel and malt. Not really a coffee smell as i would think from the pour. Smells of burnt wood or oak as well.

T- Burnt coffee and toasted oak flavoring. Very rich and strong. A tail end coffee flavor caps it off and thats what i was looking forward too.

M-creamy and rich. a sucker punch of coffee in my mouth as well.

D- a lil thick but it goes down. This isnt something to pound back throughout the night. A sixer might take a couple hours. Very good brew though.

Photo of mhewes
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
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?

Photo of CrazyMacHarris99
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.74/5  rDev +22.2%
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.

Photo of tgbljb
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Photo of maddogruss
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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

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.

Photo of thirtysixbelow
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of misterdmac
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Milk Stout from Lancaster Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,037 ratings.