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Milk Stout - Lancaster Brewing Company

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1,010 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,010
Reviews: 452
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 46
Gots: 83 | 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)
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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!!

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.

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!

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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...

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

Milk Stout from Lancaster Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,010 ratings.