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Milk Stout - Lancaster Brewing Company

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1,001 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,001
Reviews: 451
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 45
Gots: 81 | 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 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
Photo of prototypic
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It's nearly black in color. Head was creamy tan and about a half a finger deep. Retention was very short and very little lacing remained.

Smell: Rich chocolate malts and a coffee/espresso aroma dominate the nose. A bit of a toasted aroma lingers.

Taste: Chocolate malts give it a nice, initial sweet taste. Coffee flavors blend well and provide a slight bitter taste. But, that's far from a negative. Ever so slight toasted or smoked flavor is present at the end.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied. Very well carbonated and extremely smooth. Drinkabililty is very good. A few of these would go down easy. Overall, this is a pretty impressive beer.

prototypic, Dec 19, 2007
Photo of Abita45
2.5/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

I was incredibly disappointed by this beer. Out of the bottle and into the pint glass it looked very good with a dark mahogany brown color and thin head that quickly dissipates and gives way to moderate amounts of lacing. The aroma is malty and faintly chocolate. I was really expecting a nice, creamy stout with fringes of chocolate and toasted malt.

What I got was either a bad bottle (I purchased a variety pack case), or this beer is infused with a carcinogenic quality that I have never before experienced in a beer. It seemed as if the malt was burnt prior to the brewing process and that ashy flavor - think burnt popcorn - permeates throughout the beer. The faint taste of chocolate was present, but I was too preoccupied with getting through the beer, hoping that if I gave it a chance I might adjust to the taste, to really care.

I have to believe that this may be an anomaly to Lancaster's stout and I may well be revising this review in the next few days after I decide to try another, but in the mean time, I was very disappointed and hope that this is just a "miss" among some "hits" in this case.

Abita45, Dec 06, 2007
Photo of iceviper22
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased from brewery location.

A: Pitch black pour with 1 or 2 finger tan head that shrinks quickly leaving some lacing.

S: Dark chocolate and alcohol aromas present

T: Upfront sweet chocolate tastes with little bitterness to it followed with slight coffee aftertaste on the way down.

M: Satisfyingly smooth texture and mouthfeel

D: Good overall drinkablity. Not real harsh or bitter. Well balanced. Probably great with desserts.

iceviper22, Nov 28, 2007
Photo of dsa7783
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Saw this in a liquor store with an advertisement on the package reading "made with real lactose"... got word that milk stouts containing lactose were worth trying, so I decided to give this one a go... mostly what I expected, although less bitter than some other samples of the same style I tried... Pours a dark black with no head... Smell is of dark chocolate/cocoa and a latte coffee... Taste is sweet and pleasant which leaves a coffee-like taste in the mouth... Not bad, but I wouldn't want to drink more than one or two in a setting... nice to have after alreading downing a couple of brews... good with chocolate or anything sweet... Overall, this was a nice sample and I'm happy I tried it, although I'm not entirely convinced about going out and grabbing another sixer of these... Definitely worth a try if you are a fan of the style...

dsa7783, Nov 27, 2007
Photo of DIM
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: A deep dark brown, just a degree short of black. Pours with a medium tan head which leaves lots of lacing.

s: Subdued smokey malts with a hint of coffee.

t: Not a lot of complexity here, but this is a damn tasty beer none the less. Tastes as it smells with the coffee being a bit more pronounced,

m: Thick and silky. Dries the tongue nicely.

d: These are great in any quantity all year round.

DIM, Nov 22, 2007
Photo of csmiley
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a really dark brown bordering on black. Ended up with 1/2 inch of head that was gove very quickly. Lacing was just not there.

S - Several aromas come through on this one without any one aroma really standing out. I picked up roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate.

T - Taste is where this beer really shines. Really tastes like a latte version of a coffee stout. All the aromas listed above come through in the flavor and acheive a wonderful balance. The sweet flavor is more more pronounced in the taste but I liked it.

M - I think the flavors of the beer make it medium bodied. Carbonation was on the low side for my taste but there are smooth characteristics that can't be ignored.

D - I really think this beer is worth trying. It goes down easy and is remarkably smooth. I would buy this beer again, given the chance.

csmiley, Nov 16, 2007
Photo of jdmorgan
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This stout poured a rich, dark brown with a thick, brown head that dissipated slightly over time.

The smell of the beer was rich with aromas of coffee and roasted malts, a bit of hop aroma, and a vaguely sweet nose as well. The taste was full in body, with a slightly sweet taste coupled with bold, roasted flavors. There was a decent presence of hop flavor present during the duration of the taste, and merged very well with the other flavors. The lactose sweetness was balanced and less than milk stouts I've had before. The aftertaste mellowed with a roasted goodness that was warming.

This beer makes a fantastic winter warmer, was a delight to drink, and could be consumed in succession with no problem at all. Props to my native state of PA on this one. Recommended.

jdmorgan, Nov 07, 2007
Photo of dmamiano
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer poured a very dark brown, almost black.
Nice tan head, that hung on along with the lacing that clinged to the side of the glass.
Smelled of strong chocolate malt, coffee and bready grain.
Taste was full, chocolatey, roasty....creamy....great.
Mouthfeel was nice and full, oily and good.
I voted this best of show at the Taming of the Brew in Bloomsburg two years ago. One taste, and I remembered why!

dmamiano, Nov 05, 2007
Photo of brantadid
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured black into a pint glass with an 1/8 of an inch brown head. Head diminished fairly quickly. Nice lacing.

Not much in the nose. Some sweet malts and chocolate.

A lot of flavor in this beer. Tons of sweet malts with hints of chocolate. Roasted barley gives a nice dryness followed by coffee flavors. Slight smokey quality on the mid to back palate. Hops gives an interesting mix of bitterness with the smokiness.

Odd mouthfeel because of the relatively high carbonation. I expected less carbonation, but it isn't bad.

brantadid, Oct 28, 2007
Photo of treehugger02010
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I got a Lancaster Brewery variety case at Chester County Beverage in Parkesburg, Pa. I poured this one into a pint glass.
Appearance: It poured a deep black body with a light tan head, no lacing but excelent retention.
Smell: Caramel, coffee, thick (If that could be a smell), very good.
Taste: An awsome taste, more coffee than caramel than in the smell, but again rather similar.
Mouthfeel: Very smooth, very very smooth. Very thick. Lovely.
Drinkability: High, I think I've found a new style.
Don't drink and review.

treehugger02010, Oct 24, 2007
Photo of phisig137
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep black, only a touch of light coming in around the edges. 1 inch head, average retention, and only a tiny amount of lace.

S- Fantastic... hints of roasted grain, with massive coffee aromas, backed by sweet figs and raisins, baker's chocolate, and malted milk balls.... mmmm, whoppers...

F- whoppers indeed! huge malted milk flavor, with a strong coffee finish. Excellent use of roasted malts without being astringent whatsoever. Moderately sweet, but not cloying at all. Probably the best use of lactose I've had in a milk stout. Well balanced. Slight citrusy hop finish... blends well with the coffee.

M- thick, creamy, velvety smooth, just like a milk stout should be.

D- quite good, but you want to savor this one.

Fantastic beer overall, I'm surprised that it isn't rated higher. Honestly one of the best milk/sweet/cream stouts that I've ever had. Very enjoyable, and well worth seeking out if you like the style. On top of that, it's an INCREDIBLE value at only $7.49 a six pack.

phisig137, Oct 19, 2007
Photo of splat215
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Cloudy and dark, belying the milk part of the puzzle.

Not much of a smell to speak of with this one outside the standard stout scents.

Taste and mouthfeel absolutely amazing.

This is one smooth, smooth beer that goes down great.

I could drink a lot of these. Best mouthfeel of any beer I've ever had. I unfortunately am at a bit of a loss to figure out what kind of food this might be paired with.

splat215, Oct 14, 2007
Photo of IgnatiusReilly
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a tap into a pint glass at the Lancaster Brewpub.

Color is pitch-black with nice thin tan head which dissipates rather quickly. Still very inviting. Smell is deep and roasty, hint of sweetness. Coffee, espresso scent present as well. Deep roasted flavor dominates, along with a black coffee bite. Balanced with sweet malt as well and a aftertaste of dry hops. The dairy is definitely felt in the full mouth feel, but it’s still very smooth and clean. Excellent stout, very drinkable.

IgnatiusReilly, Oct 04, 2007
Photo of JamesS
3.28/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad stout, but I do not think I'll get it again when there are so many others out there that are better. It had good coloring, nice and dark with a creamy head. It went down smoothly, although the flavor was a bit bland. I tried it simply to try a milk stout. There was a nice soft flavoring of the milk sugar and if you want to try a milk stout, this would be a good one to try, but don't get it simply for being a stout.

JamesS, Sep 16, 2007
Photo of americanwolfdrea
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When I bought this it was part of a variety pack..I figured that to me it was a little unusual so I definately wanted to give it a taste. It had a mahoghany like color and not to much fizz. You can actually taste the lactose in it, but not in an overpowering way. It is very smooth and goes down well. It has a crisp and clean aftertaste, all in all its a great beer!!!!

americanwolfdrea, Aug 23, 2007
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours black, with a small tan head. Aromas of sweet chocolate and an alcohol presence. In the taste, a sweet coffee and chocolate body. It has a nice big body to it, and a roasty malt aftertaste. A good body and a good flavor for being lighter in alcohol.

OWSLEY069, Aug 12, 2007
Photo of edskirk3
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

In 12 oz bottles, no freshness info.

Pours opaque black into a Cognac glass with a thick creamy tan head. Retention is OK but not legendary. The pour is like motor oil. I'm hoping it will taste much better than that.

Big dark chocolate and coffee aroma, I love it.

Sure enough, that's how it tastes too. Roasted and very slightly bitter. Chewy mouthfeel, no doubt from the lactose boasted on the label.

I would (and really want to) have another one, and also seek it out in the future. Perhaps a tad too strong and too heavy to session with, though.

Definitely a great dessert beer. Pair it with cookies or peanut butter on toast.

edskirk3, Aug 09, 2007
Photo of tmp155
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Barely visible head atop a black coffee body when poured. Smells somewhat like a mocha made with french roast or other extra bold coffee and dark chocolate. The roasted coffee flavor is dominant, but you encounter a backbone of malt and hints of burnt toast and roasted nuts as well. I wouldn't consider it for a session, but it is a good beer to relax with after a long day.

tmp155, Aug 02, 2007
Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours deep dark brown-almost black with thick dark tan head. Head fades to 1/2 finger and has great retention. Little lacing is left behind in the glass. Red hues can be seen when holding the glass up to the light.

S- Toasted malt, dark bitter chocolate, and sweet coffee. Smell has medium potency.

T- Dark bitter chocolate and hints of roasted coffee up front. Finish tastes like smooth creamy chocolate milk. Finish is very clean and nothing lingers on the palate.

M- High carbonation and medium weight body. Carbonation seems to vanish for finish and this beer goes down suprisingly smooth. Body is excellent but much lighter than other stouts I have had.

D- Wow. I love this stuff. It has all the greatness of a stout and the light mouthfeel makes this a very sessionable and very drinkable stout. I will have this one again. Can't wait to try others from the Lancaster lineup.

PittBeerGirl, Jul 09, 2007
Photo of tempest
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Maybe my favorite of the Lancaster beers, right next to the Amish Four Grain. It wasn't nearly as creamy as other sweet stouts, like a Mackeson Triple Stout. Comes off more like a full American or English Stout (Middle Ages' Black Heart). The grains don't taste like coffee so much as just black patent malt. There also seems to be a missing complexity to this beer, or rather, the flavor might just be too plain. Still it's a stout to enjoy with a meal or after.

tempest, Jul 08, 2007
Photo of StonyB
3.28/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Lancaster Milk Stout is a beer I've tried previously, though rarely. This sample was purchased at Riverside Wine Merchants in North Bergen, NJ. 12 oz brown bottle, dark gray label with bold white lettering. And a cow's head. This is a Milk Stout, after all...

Appearance - Pours smoothly into my pint glass. Decent, somewhat creamy head of dark foam, though it dissipates a bit more quickly than expected. Color is deep brown, though not quite black, as a hint of transparency can be seen when held to light.

Smell - Strong aroma of dark chocolate, milk chocolate and coffee. Maybe a little chocolate milk? Pleasant.

Taste - Mild roastiness. A wisp of milk chocolate, though coffee grounds are more prevalent. Not nearly as malty as one might expect for the style. Not an assertive beer; it's just kinda "there". No wow factor.

Mouthfeel - Surprisingly thin, lacking in body. Yes it's a milk stout, not a cream stout, but some richness should be presumed. Sadly lacking here.

Drinkability - Moderate ABV and light, easy to down texture make this a good session beer. But since the taste doesn't grab hold and draw you in, I'm not sure if you'll want to make this one of your go-to beers.

Compared to my gold standard for sweet stouts, Mackeson XXX, this offering by Lancaster leaves much to be desired. Disappointing.

StonyB, Jun 19, 2007
Milk Stout from Lancaster Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,001 ratings.