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Milk Stout - Lancaster Brewing Company

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1,025 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,025
Reviews: 455
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 47
Gots: 90 | 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 jackorain
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from fridge cold bottle into pint glass.

A-Pours the color of used motor oil. Obvious viscosity in the pour with a glug glug. Formed a 1/2 inch thick dark tan very attractive head that dissapated suprisingly quick. Some nice lacing of the remaining thin coat of head.

S-roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate.

T-Initially sweet malt with light coffee and light chocolate undertones with a slightly hop bitter and astringent finish. As the beer warmed up though, the coffee and chocoalte became more pronounced and flvor became more balanced overall. Quite good for a Stout fan like me.

M-Thick full body, kind of higher carbonation that I like at 1st, but when it warmed up this dissapated leaving a nice thick smooth brew.

D- better than average but it is no session beer.

Photo of doubleipa
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the brewery. I love stouts, but this was the first "milk stout" I've had. Another nice stout to add to the collection. Brown, almost black color, with bery little head. Typical coffee, chocolate aroma, but not as intense. Also had something a bit different to the aroma - a little bit of hops. Taste matched the aroma. The added sweetness from teh lactose added anice component. This is definitely a stout I could drink earlier in the day than I usually drink them.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer poured almost black with a small dark brown head that dissipated almost immediately.

The smell was all roastiness with only the slightest whiff of sweetness, but pleasant enough.

The taste was once again roasted grain with a thick cream tasting finish. Way too thick- as if you had chugged a glass of heavy whipping cream. This also affected the mouthfeel, which was too thick and clingy (not sweet). Very odd milk stout- I get almost none of the sweetness from this variety, but plenty of creaminess. I'm not a brewer, so I can't account for why this is. Slightly interesting due to the grain/cream combo, but not really a success.

Photo of jaluria
3.26/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured an almost black color with a medium-dark brown colored head and loads of carbonation. A few touches of lacing were left behind in my glass. Aromas of cream and dark chocolate seem to dominate. The taste is sweet with a very subtle roasted character; mostly cream-like sweetness. Just a splash of bitterness in the finish, but almost entirely sweet. Halfway through my pint, I lost interest in the beer as the sweetness became too much. A bit unbalanced and rather lacking in complexity or texture. Somewhat oily in my mouth without a creamy or smooth finish. Not nearly roasted or smoked enough to be a stout, and not creamy enough to be a milk stout. An average beer all around.

Photo of therica
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hmmm... what to say... I bought a 6-pack that I noticed at a small local liquor store in Williamsport Maryland. I wasn't sure what to expect. I figured "Milk," okay-- milky smoothness. Later, when I opened the first bottle, I noticed "brewed with lactose" at the bottom of the label. Lactose?!?!? What's the deal?!?!? Apparently this is some sort of fad, given the number of beers pulled up searching for "milk stout" on this website.

My impression-- great... no, hmmm.... smooth creamy (what?!? creamy?!?!) mouth-feel and sensation as the first swallow went down. Interesting. No bad bite, no overwhelming over or undertones, just ... nice... smooth.. and... creamy?!?!?

First belch-- like I'd just drank some milk and followed it with my favorite beer. Hmmm... Is this good or not? Is this beer good, or not? Yes no yes no... okay so now I am totally confused!

Conclusion-- I probably won't go buying this stuff, again. I'll probably enjoy the other 5 bottles as moderate novelties. I'm not put off by the creamy taste or belch. It just seems to detract slightly from what impresses me as an otherwise rather outstanding stout. I doubt that I could drink more than 2 of these at a sitting. I might choose something else if I were at a party and had choices. If this was the only beer offered at a party, I'd be fine with that. Confused yet?

Photo of KFaulkner
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I first had this beer as a sample at the Harrisburg Brewer's Festival. I picked up a six-pack shortly after, somewhat thanks to the busty young lady at the Lancaster stand wearing a "got milk stout?" shirt.

Holy head Batman! This beer was poured into a pint glass and foamed up quickly and thickly. The head took it's time too and I had to wait a minute or two to pour the rest of the bottle.

This is a good example of the style though, with toasty tastes of malty chocolate and nutty goodness. It goes down smooth but has an aftertaste that I can only describe as "burnt."

It looks great in the glass though, and the head is a force to reckoned with; staying for a long time and leaving a nice smudgy foam on the sides of the glass as it subsides.

Nice job Lancaster; much better than your Strawberry beer.

Photo of bjohnson
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark black--almost like a moonless night in the country. Slight one finger caramel colored head that has good retention hugging the glass.
S: Aromas of caramel and chocolate with a sweet smooth, milky smell. Coffee notes come out on second sniff. Good smelling milk stout.
T & M: Tastes of caramel, coffe, and chocolate malts arrive at the taste buds first. Nice smooth delivery that slips through the mouth easily. Velvety and soft throughout the mouth. Good slight sweet aftertaste. Good level of carbonation kicks in between the initial coffee taste and the sweet aftertaste. Almost tastes like a mild iced coffee.
D: Highly drinkable stout. Very good tasting and definately worth a try.

Drank while watching Festival Express.

Photo of mmmbeer
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with no freshness date. It pours black with ruby tinges and a small, fizzy tan head that reduces to a collar. It smells lightly acidic, with roasted malts, coffee, and maybe some earthy malts. It has a light, highly carbonated body that evens out quickly, becoming almost creamy, and reveals roasted malts, faint green hops, coffee, and a milky acidity, all of which combine to make it taste almost like a coffee/milk concoction you'd find at a cafe. Overall a pretty good milk stout, but not one I'd seek out again.

Photo of HimerMan
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle - served in a Murphy's pint glass.

Solid black pour with a creamy/frothy head about 2 fingers high. Very nice roasted smell with a widespread coffee and cream smell and taste.

Overall - very easy to drink with huge roasted overtones throughout this very sweet stout. So simple to drink, and goes down fast without a burn or hurting flavor.

Alcohol not present at all, cream evident - yet, not a strange sweetness that often comes in sweet stouts.

Really awesome beer - I am glad these are readily available in this area. I would look for it on tap to compare the taste.

Definitely a great milk stout; incredibly smooth and refreshing.


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

It came to me a deep brown, not quite opaque, but very stingy with light. Light brown head, perhaps a finger, dwindled soon to patchy islets of froth. Curlicues of lacing decorated the inside of the glass.

The aroma offered cut of dark roasted malt along with a milk-sweet lactose air. A mild hops presence dueled with molasses and dark coffee in the background.

Upon sipping, the edge of burnt malt was blunted by the lactose sweetness, as well as by the notes of toffee and chocolate. A smoked roasted malt sensation came through in the middle, along with a more grassy hops indication. The finish was nicely bitter, with the merest flash of residual milk and malt before bitter lingered. It's a beet deeper and darker than I expected, but it was overall a nice mix of elements.

A ways short of medium bodied, but more than light, it was thinner than the flavor would presage, and it was around just long enough to deliver the flavor, and no longer.

As mentioned, I expected something brighter in the taste of the beer, but the darker malt pieces fit well enough with the lcatose sweetness and tang. It's got a little bit of an ABV, but it never exposed itself to me as I drank it, so I imagine it could be sneaky. While not a style toward which I generally gravitate, I'm not sorry I had this, as it went down smoothly and it showed some care and consideration on the part of the brewer to bring the ingredients together as well as they were.

Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.24/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Black brew with a monsterous four finger creamy tan head with impressive retention. Lacing is thick and pretty. Nice look.

S - Mostly bland grassy hops with a touch of light grain backing, a bit of toffee and molasses odors as well. Not exactly what I expected.

T - Foretaste is strong bitter coffee with a light grassy hops. Aftertaste is lightly bitter and grassy.

M - Thin and not so smooth, pretty refreshing though.

D - Pretty good. Sessionable and pairable with food. The flavor isn't anything too special, but it is a beer that I would not mind having again.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Lancaster Milk Stout pours from the bottle a deep charcoal color with a very light tan head. Sticky patches of lacing form. Does look nice in the glass. Aromas begin with a deeply roasted malts, big toffee chunks and notes of chocolate and burnt coffee. There's a light burnt sweet milk aroma as well. A really enjoyable brew to smell.

First sip brings a roasty dark maltiness upfront followed by a nice mix of toffee candy, cocoa and plenty of burnt coffee. A touch of sweet milk works its way in nicely. Slighty burnt with a good mix between sweet and bitter. This is a tasty brew.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with steady carbonation. Good body overall. This is a tasty milk stout that strays to the roastier/burnt side of things. Wouldn't mind sitting down to a few of these...also mixes great with the Strawberry Wheat to make a chocolate covered strawberry. Thanks to woodychandler for leaving these Lancaster brews with me!

Photo of Westsidethreat
3.34/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Smells of, go figure, lactose. That and roast coffee, touch of chicory. Nice, mellow...fits the style.

Formed a nice but rapid reducing tan head. Pitch black, can't see thru it at all. I know its opaque by looking at the bottom of the glass. No brussels lace to speak of. Thin rim of bubbles stayed around the rim of the glass.

Bit thin, watery. Not as creamy as I'd hoped.

Flavor comes on strong but dies quickly. Lactose then black patent are the first things I taste, but then falls flat. Touch of bitterness at the end which is probably from the roasted grains and not from the hops.

Photo of brentk56
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a black color with a frothy beige head that lasts throughout but leaves various strands of lace

Smell: The predominant aromas are chocolate and roast, but underneath that you can pick out some espresso notes

Taste: Starts with a nice roasted malt flavor that adds a bit of chocolate by mid-palate; after the swallow, the hops add some bitterness and provide balance; a bit charred for a milk stout but not objectionable

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Very filling and rich but I don't think it is particularly well-balanced

Photo of pvsob
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Black as night with a head that fades to a thin covering (tan/light brown color) that lasts the whole time.

Smell: A roasted grain/malt upfront with a slight hint of hops followed by coffee and finishing with a dark chocolate smell.

Taste/Mouthfeel: It begins with a little bite from the carbonation/hops, moves onto the roasted coffee malt, and after the swallow the burnt chocolate and lactose really comes through. Mouthfeel is moderate and really coats your tongue.

Drinkability: Wow, this is one damn fine, Sweet/Milk Stout. If Lancaster is available in your area, pick some up, you won't be disappointed.

P.S. Please follow the serving temperatures for this Stout. If I had consumed this brew straight out of the fridge, I probably would not have liked it as much.


Photo of Fish113d
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
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
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
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
3.23/5  rDev -16.8%
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
3.04/5  rDev -21.6%
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
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Milk Stout from Lancaster Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,025 ratings.