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Milk Stout - Lancaster Brewing Company

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980 Ratings

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Ratings: 980
Reviews: 449
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 44
Gots: 71 | 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 SixpointJMH
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

tasty, tasty stuff. much moreso than i expected. it pours a dark brown colour with a nice pillowy tan head, which hangs around for a while and leaves a nice residue on the glass as well. the smell is a nice balance of sweetness and coffee, with malt and maybe some caramel present as well. the flavour is just spot on. the coffee notes are just subtle enought for my liking and the sweetness is effective but not overpowering. there is some burnt malt flavour and a touch of chocolate scattered thoughout as well. the finish is earthy and surprisingly dry. mouthfeel is rich and creamy and seemed to me to fall between a stout and porter in terms of body, which is right where i feel it should be. i could easily drink this one again, and often.

SixpointJMH, Nov 17, 2004
Photo of oelergud
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Black as coal with only a dark reddish light getting through at the edges, tan head starts out great but dissipates quickly. not much lace either, not much carbonation.
Smell, not like any other beer I've ever smelled before, sour milky dominance in the nose and the taste as well. Sweet/sour milk, green apple skin and light citrus. Dry tart finish lingering into the aftertaste.
Less body than usually felt in a stout and very little coating.
Definitely a different beer, regardless of personal preference this is a very interresting and different brew.


oelergud, Nov 13, 2004
Photo of Higravity
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I would have to say this is a unquie beer to me at least. With the picture of a cow on the label you get the taste of milk as if the put some in the stout (they might have I know homebrewers who do crazier things). The darkness of this beer is a beauty but it offers little head but it might off a tap on with nitrogen. The roasted taste is followed imediately with sweetness with a hint of sour notes. It reminds me of the smell of sour milk, but not in a bad way. It does taste like soured milk only in the after taste is it lingering but not strongly. I found this beer enjoyable and could drink a few here and there.

Higravity, Oct 06, 2004
Photo of Billolick
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, with no freshness dating, pours black, tan head, moderate lacing and medium bodied brew. Licorish nose. Some sweetness evident up front, at the same time abit of sourness also comes through. chocolate flavors and some moderate roastyness carry the weight here. Dry, chalky finish. Decent and pleasant take on the style.

Billolick, Sep 20, 2004
Photo of shapudding
4.6/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark impenetrable chocolate brown darkness. Khaki head was beautifully thick but settled down to only a thin covering. Still very nice. Dark scents, lovely....yummy and sweet and toasty goodness.
Right amount of carbination... jusssst right. Med/thick, stout like feel that slides around quite nice and thick. Tastes house red wine, sweetness -from the lactose, but yet not too sweet. Bit of a red berry taste in there...
Which is a good p.s.'er, this is nice to blend up with their strawberry wheat as a half -n- half.
I really do not feel it is too heavy to make it not an easy drinker. Those who like the darks and the stouts will most likely find it an easy drinker.
This is just a good beer, I know some who just don't appreciate it, but I do enjoy it. First time I had it was tailgating at one of the last Vet concerts, someone saw my beer goodness and asked for a taste, then wanted to offer up a replacement. I said none needed, but he pulled out one of these which I had not tasted yet, kinda cool.

shapudding, Sep 11, 2004
Photo of jed
2.28/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Presentation: Brown, 12 oz bottle with a cow on the label. "Not pasturized" and "brewed naturally" on the label. No freshness date, but a bottling code 073 A3 1745 on the back. Poured into an Imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a completely opaque black color, with no light getting through. Disappointing, badly formed tan head with weak retention and some strange bubbles.

Smell: Very sweet malt aromas mixed with some actual cream smells. Hint of chocolate and strong alcohol.

Taste: Lots of toasted malt, similar to a dry Irish stout, but also unpleasant milk flavors. One reviewer compared it to "warm milk that's starting to go sour, but in a good way" — I agree with the first part. Hints of caramel and chocolate, but the dominant flavor is the sour milk.

Mouthfeel: Thin mouthfeel, with too much carbonation. Lacks the smooth, creamy taste of a good stout.

Drinkability: The sour milk flavor is overpowering, making it hard to finish even one of these.

A bad sample? I don't think so, because other reviewers have mentioned the same flavor and it's not outright rancid. Still, an unpleasant beer. I'm a big fan of Sam Adams' Cream Stout, so I'm always eager to try other milk stouts. I'll buy another bottle of this to give it a second chance, but based on this bottle I'd advise staying away.

jed, Sep 09, 2004
Photo of garthwaite
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle provided by Jarod - many thanks. Pours dark as night with a foamed deep tan creamy ring. Rich aroma of roasted barley, & caramel. Waves of semi-sweet chocolate, espresso, & burnt roast meet smooth cream. This stout is both dry and sweet with generous helpings of caramel & medium to full, exceptionally creamy, & smooth mouthfeel. Finishes with more bittersweet chocolate with hints of toffee & molasses. Enjoyable.

garthwaite, Sep 03, 2004
Photo of RoyalT
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This Milk Stout is damn near black as night with a deep, very dark tanned head.

Smell – The dark, roasty malts are light but mix well with the sourish cream.

Taste – The milky flavor takes over at the taste. It’s almost like warm milk that’s starting to go sour, but in a good way. The dark roasted malts have a coffee character to them and blend well with the milk.

Mouthfeel – This one is light to medium-bodied and nicely balanced.

Drinkability – There’s nothing offensive yet nothing outstanding about this offering from Lancaster. It’s an easy-drinker and makes a nice introduction to the style.

RoyalT, Aug 27, 2004
Photo of meathookjones
2.6/5  rDev -33%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This appeared with a standard black body and a small light brown head that didn’t leave much lace about the glass. Aroma was off a roasted malt and cream, with an off sour scent to it as well. The taste had that same old sourness to it as well which I didn’t remember from the first time I sampled this. Other flavors were roasted malt, coffee and a bit of sweet caramel. Mouthfeel was standard with about a medium body and good carbonation. What ever was going on which the sour characteristics hurts the drinkability a lot. I had 2 separate bottles and both tasted the same. I will pick up another bottle in the future and see if that has changed.

meathookjones, Aug 24, 2004
Photo of blitheringidiot
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Straight forward label with no freshness info. LANCASTER is a two hour drive away, so the freshness is practically a gimmie. Out of anticipation, dumped this one into me Stone Arrogant Bastard pint. [thanks to SkinnyElvis for that!]

Completely black stout like pour with a thin slick of a khaki head coating. No light escaping through this pour. No siree. That pretty much covers the appearance.

Dark roasted malts and toasted scents start off the olfactory invite. Deep coffee roasts finish off the nose. Not the most aromatic stout, but a good stout bouquet.

First swigs: Dark malts in the usual stout fashion hit up front. Buttery feel and dark espresso roast flavors dominate. Light lingering basic roasty aftertaste.

Plenty of body. Stout is normally not an allnighter to me, but overall a decent swiggable stout.

Last swigs: This is a good stout to cross over and convert. Not the boldest aroma and flavor, but formidable in all areas.

Beer is good. Happy local roasty beering.

blitheringidiot, Aug 15, 2004
Photo of Dithyramb
3.3/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Just sampled for lunch as the "Firkin of the Week" at Sean Bolan's.
Thick black body with no head. There was a thin layer of white head that stuck around the edges.
Sour milk and alcohol smells.
The lactic acid is overwhelming at first, followed by alcohol and a sweet roasted espresso coffee.

The hard lactic acid with the cask conditioning made it hard going down. I rated the drinkability higher, since I've had it out of the bottle when it is better.

Dithyramb, Aug 13, 2004
Photo of ism
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Perfectly opaque black body with a volumnious tan head, disappearing quickly into a thin layer. Smells mostly of alcohol and a slight sweet coffee. Very thin body with slight citrus-like acidity mixed with definite sweetness of toasted malt, slowly develops into a faint chocolate aftertaste. Easy going down, smooth and thin, extremely drinkable. Would work well after a meal and as a summer stout. Flavors get better as it warms.

ism, Aug 09, 2004
Photo of scottum
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a nice bold brownish black with a small taan head. Tastes of malts sweet and toasty. Flavor is quite interesting. Sweetens up as the brew warms. Mouthfeel is solid in the bottled form, but I have a feeling this beer could be better in other forms. A very drinkable stout in the summer. I'm glad to see Milk Stout is still being produced in this country. Thanks to WoodyChandler for the sample.

scottum, Jul 29, 2004
Photo of woodychandler
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice, dark beer that arrived with a decent tan head, which retained well. There is a definite coffee scent present, of a nature that put me in mind of coffee ice cream. The nitrogen pour results in a very creamy mouthfeel. The finish reinforced my initial thoughts of coffee ice cream. This is definitely a sweet stout! I could see this as an accompaniment to to a dish of vanilla ice cream and it is highly recommended with Strawberry Wheat as "a Chocolate-Covered Strawberry".

woodychandler, Jul 26, 2004
Photo of mobyfann
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Paid $24.50 for a mixed case in Lancaster County PA

The appearence is a dark brown base when held to a light gave nothing, the head was mid-sized light-brown color that retains pretty nicely and the lacing is not really there. The aroma was quite pleasent smelling like a sweet syrupy coffee.

The taste shines with the smell, fantastic flavors in this drink lets see what we got here: chocolate, malty, coffee (medium roasted), and some mad sweetness... The mouthfeel is also nice smooth on the palette. The drinkability is also noteworthy as I drank this as a dessert beer as it fits that purpose, and it went down very quickly for a 5.3% stout.

Final Thought: I am absolutely pleased with this one, this will be bought in case-form the next time I'm in Lancaster Co, whenever that may be???
> Great alternative to Guinness!

mobyfann, Jul 12, 2004
Photo of ramrod666
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this brew pours dark and black with a short cocoa head that stays with it through much of the glass. smell is of roasted coffee malt.
taste is heavy on the coffee tip with a nic e malty flavor solidly in the back. mouthfeel is great with a lighter than you would think feel. drinkability is endless. one of the finer stouts that i have had the pleasure of sampling.

ramrod666, Jun 28, 2004
Photo of Todd
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black, opaque brew topped with a semi-meringue coffee colored cream head. Light stick. Settles to a thin, but covering lace. Decent head retention.

Distinct, big and bold aroma of sweet coffee (syrup) milk. The coffee aroma is amazing!

Smooth, silky and extremely fluffy on the palate. Firm malt body, that kicks things off with a nice roasted/molasses twang, followed by coffee, an earthiness, burnt chocolate edges and a peanut nuttiness that sneaks in towards the finish. The added lactose is felt in the body, and the beer is sweet, keeping with the style, but not at all overwhelming. Gentle flash of citrus bitterness, with a very brief dry sourness beneath the malty backbone. Finish is dry, a bit pasty, with notes of grain and a lingering earth and "coffee breath" character.

This is one helluva a Milk Stout. I highly recommend allowing the beer to warm up for a bit and allow the malt complexities to pull through. Lovely stuff.

Todd, Jun 15, 2004
Photo of cbl2
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5


Nearly black, but lets just a hint of light through to reveal a touch of red. Large tan head that settles slowly.


Roasted coffee with hints of chocolate.


Smooth, but very thin on the tongue. Overly sweet, lacking the complexity of other milks I've had. Good, but underwhelming.

cbl2, Jun 04, 2004
Photo of WesWes
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark black color with a thin off-white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a sweet dark malt smell with a creamy, yet dry aroma. The lactose added lends an extra amount of sweetness. The taste is good. It has a dark feel to it with a sweet finish. It boasts of black patent malts and a creamy lactose content. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a fine stout. It has a niche here which adds to the attractiveness. This is a good drinker.

WesWes, May 24, 2004
Photo of jazzyjake
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lancaster Milk Stout (LMS) has a nice rich mahagony color as the beer hits the glass. Pour it hard, though, or very little head develops - I'd prefer more from a stout. Nice malted-milk bouquet.

I don't recommend you drink this from the bottle, you need to get your nose in the glass for the tastes to develop. Serve it cool; serving it too cold deadens the impact, a problem I've had when this is offered in pubs.

Very reminiscent of a chocolate stout, chocolate accents are prominent on the uptake, with silky milk feel and tones and in the aftertaste. Malty, but not syrupy. I don't get much hops hit, but nor do I expect it from this type of stout.

I've only had it on tap once -- on a trip to Lancaster PA -- but the aeration from the tap brought out the nuances better than the bottle does.

This is *the* stout that counters my opinion that Americans cannot brew stout (or dark beers in general). Most American stouts taste burned to me and are very unpleasant. LMS has a hint of over-roastedness, but it does not dominate.

Though it does not replace any of the Irish stouts that I prefer, LMS is tasty with an excellent creamy mouthfeel and is less bloating than most chocolate stouts. I recommend it highly.

jazzyjake, Apr 16, 2004
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.13/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lancaster Milk Stout

Appearance- dark. black with a thin tan head that held up nicely.
Smell- a creamy coffee and ash aroma.
Taste- watery coffee meets hot chocolate. A bit of ashiness but smooth and enjoyable.
Mouthfell- no bitterness but there is a slight dryness in the aftertaste. goes down well.

Overall- a decent stout that makes a nice sipping beer. Don't expect to be blown away but not bad.

NJpadreFan, Apr 14, 2004
Photo of rdrummer
3.05/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is my first try at a milk stout, but it isn't what I expect from a stout at all. The color is a blackish stout color with a small tan head that dissapates quickly. There is almost no lacing to speak of. I don't get much smell from it other than the usual roasted malt aroma. The taste is malty with a somewhat sickly, sweetness on the back end. This is very thin, almost watery in the mouth. I tried a second to be fair to the beer, but this would never be a favorite of mine.

rdrummer, Apr 06, 2004
Photo of bigjohn
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I sampled this one over the weekend. Pours a nice dark color with a creamy white head. The smell is sweet, a milky scent can be detected. The taste is sweet and creamy, this is definitely a milk stout. This is a really nice change of pace in the stout category, very little bitterness, and a nice smooth mouthfeel makes this one really enjoyable. This is a very drinkable stout, the alcohol is not too high, and the flavor is pleasant and easy to drink. Overall, a nice stout that provides an excellent change of pace from all of the big overpoweringly flavorful stouts that I am used to.

bigjohn, Apr 06, 2004
Photo of Lupe
4.53/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep brown, almost black, with garnet hues that show when held up to the light. Creamy, cappuccino colored head has staying power and leaves behind nice lace. Aroma of "light and sweet" coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt greet the nose. Flavors of roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate smooth the way for a roasted-bitter and dry ending. Medium in body and velvety smooth. This goes down very easily and is overly rich. Delicious and highly enjoyable.

Lupe, Mar 17, 2004
Photo of CRJMellor
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with red highlights as a small ecru head with minor lace froms on the glass.
Aroma is chocolate, coffee, oats and some brown sugar.
Flavors of coffee, roasted malt, oats and some residual resiny, earthy bitterness.
Mouthfeel is rich malt upfront with a slightly spicy roasty and a dry dry bitter finish. Tranisitions are a little clumsy but decent overall.
Drinkability was very high. Nice stout, thanks to my buddy beerluvr for this great sample.

CRJMellor, Mar 16, 2004
Milk Stout from Lancaster Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 980 ratings.