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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 Fish113d
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The flagship of Lancaster is poured nicely into a pint glass served chilly from the brewery. It pours a black body with some slight ruby hues if you hold it into the light. A nice tan, dense surface layer sits atop of the body clinging to the glass.

Sticking my nose into the glass, I get some sweet cream hitting my sinuses as does some slight caramel and lots of grain. The grain is pretty standard for Lancaster brews and is really the only drawback to this one.

Bursting chocolate and coffee up front on my tongue with some bittering bakers' chocolate toward the finish. The malt is a bit grainy in flavor and some hops help balance the sweetness of the malt toward the finish and as an aftertaste. Yummy!

Mouthfeel is nice. Some tingly, bubbly carbonation hits the tip of my tongue with a light, but creamy body. No alcohol is presented, but it is well-balanced and great.

The flavor and the feel make this one very easy to drink lots of! If you've never tried this one, get your hands on it any way you can!

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

Jet-black pour with a thin brown head.

Roasted malt and chocolate dominate the nose, with some light molasses aromas, too.

Well-carbonated body goes well with the light chocolate flavors, fairly creamy, that dominate. Roasted molasses-like flavors come through, too. Dries out a bit on the finish.

Overall: Pretty decent stout, not too over-the-top...maybe one to convert your friends who don't like stouts.

Photo of lackenhauser
3.28/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep black in color with a very small tannish head. Theres really no aroma that I can pick up. Somewhat metallic but very non descript. Nice mellow roasted flavor. None of the sweetness I would expect from this style of beer. Flavor is a tad subdued for any stout. Somewhat grainy. Decent enough mouthfeel but with the missing sweetenss its lacking. A decent enough beer-not what I would call a true milk stout. Would try again if a six pack was a decent price.

Photo of dgherm
3.03/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a dark, dark brown. Formed a decent creamy dark tan head. Getting a roasted smell with a scent of sourness coming through. Tastes watery with a dash of hops and a hint of roasted coffee as it goes down the throat. Thin watery mouth feel though the carbonation feels just about right. No hint of sweetness in smell or taste as I was expecting. Not likely to purchase again.

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

Pours with a frothy, slightly cream-consistency, light brown colored head that is initially two-fingers thick. The beer itself is an opaque black color. The aroma has a strong burnt grain note to it, as well as notes of deeply toasted grain, coffee, and a lightly sweet chocolate note. This beer has a solid aromatic roast character to it that is pretty darn pronounced.

The beer has a creamy, yet light consistency to it that serves as a great foil to the roast flavors. There is a light sweetness here, that perhaps would be a bit more apparent if the roast character was not so plentiful. It is interesting that this beer is so much more balanced in the taste than it was in the aroma. While the roast character is quite noticeable in the flavor, it is balanced pretty well by the palate fullness and the light sweetness. The beer finishes with a roasted coffee bean note that is lightly astringent and has a touch of a burnt grain-husk note. Up front and accentuated by the sweetness is a dark chocolate note.

This is a nice quaffable brew. I really like that this beer is not too sweet, some milk stouts (Mackeson's comes to mind) are too balanced towards the sweet end, and then don't even have the body to keep up with the sweetness. This beer tastes just lightly sweet, the lactose contributes character here but it is well in balance with the rest of the beer. Quite nice and a great rendition of the style!

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

Bottle provided by higravity, via SS'05. Thanks for the opportunity. Pours a one-finger dark brown head over a pitch liquid. Hint of brown edging when held to light. Smells chocolate and coffee. Dry with a hint of nut. Tastes somewhat roast, mostly chocolate, and a hint of black patent tang/sour. Dry chocolate aftertaste. Milky lactose characer is minimal for the style. Caramel/toffee is also mild, but is present. The flavors in this beer are disjointed. They just don't flow and blend with each other to create a cohesive supportive flavor. I expect a year in my cellar would allow this beer to develop quite nicely. Md mouthfeel and carboantion is moderate. Sharp and fine carbonation that I find distracting.

Photo of crwills
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I haven't had a lot of milk stouts, and I was expecting something like Young's Double Chocolate, so I got a bit of a surprise. Still, quite a pleasant beer from a 'local' brewery (working in NJ for a while).

Poured a deep black with a chocolate milk head. Smell is cocoa, smoke, coffee, plums, and raisins. The smokiness actually surprised me, and showed up in the flavour as well.

Also in the flavour, bittersweet chocolate, and some residual fruity flavours when the beer warms up and in the aftertaste.

The only disappointing part was the mouthfeel, which was surprisingly thin for a stout and somewhat unsatisfying. Overall not bad, though.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Ruby-edged mahogany that is nearly as photophobic as the blackest double or Imperial stout. The three finger cap is the color of toasted oatmeal, a good color match that gives the beer that classic stout 'black and tan' look that I enjoy so much. The surface is more pebbly than rocky, has an average life span and deposits a meager amount of sudsy lace.

Milk stout has a good milk stout nose. Moderately roasted barley is uppermost, with plenty of bittersweet chocolate, strong black coffee and a hint of sugared vanilla bean. Thankfully, it doesn't have that sourish, lactic smell that some versions have. I'm really looking forward to upending the glass.

This is a rock-solid stout that is bursting at the seams with flavor. Not only that, but the flavor profile is impressively wide-ranging, containing all of the malty elements noted in the nose, as well as citric hops (Cascade overpowers Styrian Goldings). It's more hoppy than most milk/sweet stouts, and is, therefore, more balanced in terms of sweetness and bitterness.

Vanilla is still lurking and adds an additional amount of flavor interest. I'm impressed that so many complementary flavors are present and that they're present in the proportions that I prefer. Although warming brings nothing new to the table, each successive sip provides further evidence of this beer's solidity and drinkability. I'm quickly running out of beer to analyze. With a bigger, stouter body, it just might be a world-beater.

Lancaster Brewing Company impressed me with Gold Star Pilsner, so my hopes were fairly high for this one as well. I don't feel like shouting 'mooove over Mackeson', but I did enjoy every last drop and wish that I had another bottle or six. I'd be drinking a lot of Milk Stout if I lived in or near Lancaster, PA.

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!

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of Beervis
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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of oxmasterscream
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.

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