Double Chocolate Milk Stout | Lancaster Brewing Company

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Double Chocolate Milk StoutDouble Chocolate Milk Stout
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Brewed by:
Lancaster Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Description: Its dark ebony color will entice your taste buds into anticipation of it's velvety smoothness. Hints of dark milk chocolate from added lactose gives this beer a nice gentle sweetness.

Added by bigfnjoe on 10-04-2010

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Photo of Marraybay
3.13/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Look: Dark brown, with an ample beige head.

Smell: Pure sweetened chocolate and or chocolate syrup. (Very neat!)

Taste: The nose never quite materializes in the mouth, with only a whisper
at best of chocolate. Really no sweetness to speak off and the beer actually
transitions fairly quickly to a somewhat smoky and tart finish.

Feel: A bit light for a stout.

Overall: Meh...doesn't deliver on the chocolate promise in the nose,
with respect to a more dessert-like sweet/syrupy beer. Although
the nose was actually a very neat experience in itself, wouldn't
recommend or revisit.

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Photo of mkh012
4.39/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown, almost black, with two fingers of light brown head. The nose is fantastic on this one. Milk chocolate and a touch of coffee. I'm surprised this only has an 88 on here. It maybe lacks the deep roasty notes an imperial stout purist looks for, but it's a great representation of milk chocolate in a beer. Creamy and light, with almost no detectable alcohol. Maybe my favorite stout to date. The lactose does wonders here. Very soft and drinkable with just a kiss of coffee and hops. An accessible, marvelous stout. Maybe not as "big" as something like Founders Breakfast Stout, but I frankly appreciate the more milky sweetness. A great brew!

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Sampling a cellar temp growler poured into a ssnifter. the beer is a gift from my brother Brian. Thanks man!
The beer pours a dark chocolate brown color with frothy minimal tan head even with an aggressive pour.
The aroma is sweet chocolate milk and a bit of roasted malt with brown sugar mixed in as well for a fairly sweet overall nose.
The first sip reveals a silky smooth texture and average body with minimal and spacious carbonation. expected a little bigger body for a double chocolate stout, but otherwise this is good so far.
The flavor is as the nose advertises with sweet chocolate malt and a bit of chocolate milk ad brown sugar. Not much to speak of for hops or ABV, but a bit of roasted malt notes do shine through. This is a malty beer all around and fairly sweet to boot. Give it a shot if you like sweet malty beers.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Stumbled upon this at my Local House of 1,000 beers now in 12 oz bottles it was only 3 bucks for the single!

A - So far so awesome a deep blackness that is stout glory with a full inch of deep mocha tinted head that takes a while to dissipate.
S - The cocoa nibs add a deep dimension to this milk stout giving it more of a Hershey chocolate syrup like of vibe. Beneath is the typical lactic sugars and sweetness one would expect in a milk stout.
T - Not as sweet as one would expect in the name its mostly just a good bit of lactic milk and some semi dry cocoa nibs. Slightly dry roasts and hops in the finish but it is smooth.
M - Not as creamy as I expected and in a way rather thin bodied but its good like an alcoholic cocoa mix!

Overall this beer is great and not that sweet if that's your thing! Worth trying if you like the style!

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Photo of alarmclock314
4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle, no date. Pours nearly black with a medium sized light brown head. Smells of rich cocoa and roasted malt. Taste follows very closely with dark chocolate, lactose, and malt. It has good amount of sweetness. Medium flavor intensity. Average carbonation and slightly below average body. Although it's a bit one-dimensional, it's a great example of a Milk Stout.

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Photo of 57md
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with ruby edges and a big two-finger head. The nose has some chocolate essence to it.

The flavor profile is pretty flat - not much chocolate and no roast whatsoever.

The body is light for the style. In fact, this barely qualifies as a double-anything with such a low ABV and thin body.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The Double Choco Stout was good....but I didn't think it was as good as the porter. The beer poured a dark opaque with white head that did not leave any lacing. The scent had chocolate and hint of coffee. The taste had a, not overpowering, hersy like tone. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with subtle carbonation. Overall it was decent.....but doesn't match up with other stouts that are out there.

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Photo of JasonR32
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark color with a darker chocolaty looking head. Tastes moderately of chocolate and resembles the taste of shockolate shock top. Very natural taste and smooth.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Creamy body, thick tan head with lots of lace, chocolate aroma and more chocolate in the flavor. Some hints of vanilla and earthy nuttiness Bitter dry finish. Tastes like a chocolate cake.

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Photo of jeffstinson
4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Big chocolate and roasted malts, an runny oily thin stout due to the lactose and heavy malt backbone. Definitely a very good beer.. Just needs barrel aging and a thinker body profile.

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Photo of KornWallace
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Date: 11/6/2014
Location: Wegman's Allentown
Draught/Bottle: 750ml Brown Bottle
Glassware: Snifter

Appearance: Very dark brown to black in color that lets in no light with a fairly pronounced ring at the top of the beer that is closer to a dark caramel with some ruby that takes in lots of light.
Aroma: Milk chocolate is the clear winner in what's the first aroma out of the glass and along the lactose it smells very sweet. There is a touch of bittering chocolates as well. After that I get some sweet, but not as sweet, caramel malts and some wheat/hay like aromas.
Taste: Milk chocolate, bittering chocolate and lactose really are stars with the milk chocolate and lactose taking the front and the bittering chocolate taking the back. Again a solid malt base of caramel and wheats really help to move the beer into another phase. Which is sort of roasts and charcoal but pleasant. The flavors absolutely remind me of Lancaster County.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium carbonation. The beer is dry not in a bittering way but definitely from whatever is creating that charcoal like flavor in my mouth. It is really pleasant.

Notes: No Bottling date but consumed on International Stout day, because apparently that's a thing.

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Photo of MikeWard
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%

On tap last night at Funcks in Palmyra, PA. Part of a flight, 4.5ozs I think.

Black with good oatmeal head, which persisted with good lacing. Chocilate, coffee, and toasted malt on the nose. Flavor was mostly chocolate, (no surprise there), with a slightly burnt toasted malt in the finish, which balanced out the sweetness.

Usually not to keen on Lancaster, but this is a good one.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance
Pitch black with 1 finger of tan head that dissipates slowly.

Nose
Bang! Chocolate! Chocolate milk, milk chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate, chocolate, chocolate, chocolate...

Taste
Semi-sweet chocolate mixed with lactose sweetness and roasted barley. Notes of chocolate milk with Hershey's syrup. Hints of vanilla and marshmallow. A subtle hop bitterness lingers on.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, semi-creamy, and smooth.

Overall
I thought their regular Milk Stout was great, so the addition of cocoa nibs makes it even better!

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Photo of Joe_Duvel
2.7/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Cheap taste of chocolate. Didn't even finish my first pour of this bottle. Not worth drinking, in my opinion. I've had way better stouts. To name two I'll say Deschutes Obsidian or Founders Breakfast Stout. I was very disappointed unfortunately. Sorry, to give a bad review, but I really didn't like it. It doesn't seem right that it's rated 'world class' along side stouts that are world class. Sorry, but this stout is just okay. I've had great stouts and I've had good stouts, and this is not a great stout, and I think it's pushing it to say it's even good. I wouldn't ever choose to have this again. Maybe some might find it good. I seriously think it's 'drinkable ' at best. If you like milk stouts try it for yourself. Maybe it's just me (and my friend who wouldn't finish the bottle b/c she also didn't like it).

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Photo of MusicaleMike
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

Bomber bottle into a balloon glass. This chocolate stout has a deep, chestnut brown colored body, appearing black in the glass, with a frothy, creamy beige head that has decent retention. Not much to improve on here, but the head could have better staying power.

Cocoa wafts from the glass. It smells pure and delicious. Very reminiscent of Dutch Cocoa. Milky, milk chocolate, sweet and dark. The aroma has a medium intensity, smelling very promising, but not heavy.

Well balanced character, both in referring to the level of bitterness vs. sweetness, and the chocolate flavors vs. malt flavors. Carbonation is medium level, carrying this beer across the palate with ease. It feels quite drinkable as a result. It's medium bodied. Flavors of cocoa milk and bittersweet chocolate are lifted away by a definite hop bitterness in the finish, with little to no hop flavor. I actually think the body could use some beefing up. It is a little on the light side, and as a milk stout, I look for a little extra body.

A really tasty treat from Lancaster. A good, no, great variation on their excellent milk stout. This beer has serious character, and it possesses a real chocolate flavor, which is flawlessly balanced with hops (Cascade and Goldings to be exact). I would absolutely drink this beer again.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

All kinds of nitro foam... the poor barkeep is having trouble presenting this one to me. Looks thick and creamy with an almost black color and chunky chocolate milkshake foam of almost three fingers' height.

Smells like malty milk chocolate, like Quik, with deep smoldering embers of sweet decadent roast. Cream and chocolate malts, but restrained in the bitterness department. Slight hints of Italian Roast coffee and bark. Hard to find hops, other than a delicate herbal quality. Lovely.

Rich and smooth, with sailing seas of chocolate and bitter cocoa. The nitro gas adds to that chalky bitterness that is soft, but noticeable. Roasty earthy grains with good balance. More of the hop peeks out from behind all of the indulgent creamy goodness. Slight herbal and floral notes that could fall into Noble hop territory. Nothing blatant about a quiet nuttiness that chews like macadamia nut flesh. Oatmeal and faintly burnt coffee finishes it out.

Great mouthfeel that makes you want to get in there and stay for the long haul. Creamy nitro feel adds girth where there is really just well-distributed gas. Tiny bubbles that make their presence known with each comforting gulp.

An excellent milk stout that comes up a little short on complexity. Really comes together as a great late-night dark ale. I will always want more of this.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, no bottling date, poured into a Surly goblet today, 1/20/2014. Thanks for bringing this one Doug.

App- dark brown, nearly black body, not particularly thick or oily. One finger light mocha head, good retention, not much lacing. Looks like any other stout though the head is enticing like a head on espresso.

Smell- very, very decadent in terms of milk and chocolate sweetness. Very unique and enjoyable nose that delivers as advertised.

Taste- Chocolate fudge, sweet lactose and milk chocolate is cut by coffee and dark chocolate bitterness, very drinkable.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, just about the right carbonation for a milk stout. Just dry enough on the finish.

Overall- great dessert beer. Delivers chocolate fudge goodness to your nose and palate. Very interesting and well-executed beer that is worth trying if you or your significant other enjoy chocolate.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a deep brown color boarding on black with a two finger head of a brown color. The head has a fantastic level of retention, slowly fading to leave tons of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is massive of a sweet milk chocolate aroma. It is also quite heavy of a roasted malt smell as well as some sweeter lactose and cream aromas. Along with these smells are some caramel and toffee with just a hint of coffee. Overall it is a big, delicious, sweet chocolate smell.

Taste – The taste is not like the nose suggested, instead it is much drier. The taste begins with a big roasted malt flavor with some lightly lactose sweetened cocoa flavors. Along with the lactose/milk sweetness are some other sweet flavors of a bit of a caramel and toffee. The caramel and toffee quickly fade however, with the lactose sweetness losing some intensity as well. Along the same time the roasted flavors grow more intense and some bitter coffee flavors come to the flavor profile. With a light earthy flavor coming to the tongue at the end, one is left with a lightly bitter, and somewhat drier cocoa flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the medium to slightly heavier side in terms of its thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the average side. Overall the feel was rather appropriate for the drier cocoa flavors of the brew accentuating the roasty flavors nicely.

Overall – A rather drier and more cocoa flavored milk stout. After the sweet and delicious nose I was slightly thrown off by the taste, but overall it was still a rather tasty brew.

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Photo of tsfinn23
4.44/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the tap house in Lancaster.

Great look and smell. Decent head with a really nice chocolate smell. The taste was excellent and the beer went down very smooth. Mouthfeel was somewhat weak but nothing that would stop me for having this again. A very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

No date bottle at 40 - 42 degrees into goblet
Aroma - nice chocolatey
Head small (1.5 cm), light brown, fully diminishing
Virtually no lacing
Body dark brown, clear
Flavor begins as a slightly bitter chocolate becoming lightly sweet. No hoppiness or malt flavors.
Medium watery body, soft carbonation.

Overall, this is an OK beer, easy drinking, and not very challenging for your taste buds, sort of like drinking chocolate milk but not as full bodied.

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Photo of jbaker67
4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown, nearly black with a lasting deep tan head... Loads of choc aromas, both milk and bitter dark chocolate, a fair amount of dark fruits also... Lively, lightly bitter, lactic, creamy, almost a touch watery, very good body, medium.... Some bitter chocolate, more so than milk chocolate, very light fruits, not like cherry or other dark fruits... Very good, huge improvement over the Milk Stout.

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Photo of hmich176
4.71/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I really enjoy the smell, taste and feel of LBC's Double Chocolate Milk Stout. As expected, the chocolate and coffee flavors really stand out in the aroma as you take it in. It provides a nice, warm, inviting scent. It has a dark complexion and a short, tan head. It drinks well because it has a good balance; their Double Chocolate is not too heavy, not too sweet, not too bitter, and not too strong.

This is really an outstanding brew and I wish it weren't just a seasonal.

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Photo of DocBrewroo
4.65/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Harrisburg Brewpub and loved it. It poured dark as pitch with a fluffy tan head. The first thing that struck me was the strong chocolate on the nose, I also get a subtle grassy note which gave it a pleasant freshness. The chocolate is strong on the palate along with an underlying sweetness, perhaps from the lactose? It finishes clean with a lingering chocolatey aftertaste. Another great brew from the crew at Lancaster Brewing

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Photo of qcbrewer
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this upon my first (and certainly not last) visit to the brewery. Served in an imperial pint.

-Low head when poured, but with a nice thin retention throughout. Very nice lacing as I enjoyed the beer.

-The aroma is warm and inviting. Clearly dark chocolate notes, slight coffee aroma, cherries and raspberries. Slightly nutty like sugar pecans.

-The taste is delicious with a fantastic chocolate flavor. The raspberries in the aroma comes out on the tongue, and a slight nutty flavor is present. Dark chocolate is clearly the theme though. Think of the potent way that some Southern Tier beers taste (Mocha, Choklat, Creme Bru Lee), but get rid of the over the top potency. I like those beers just fine, but I personally enjoy this more. It seems far more accessible and drinkable. Creme bru le can seemingly only be enjoyed in small doses, where as the Double Chocolate Milk Stout is easy going, flavorful, and very enjoyable.

-It starts off thin, but ends up "thick". The carbonation level seems to be right, so say the thin/thick as a negative, just pointing it out.

-Overall, I think this is a fantastic beer. Their Milk Stout is my favorite Milk Stout available, and this only improves upon it in it's on way. I only wish they would bottle it, and start to distribute to NC!

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Photo of wedge
3.59/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

@ Lancaster

Black with no head except for a couple of large bubbles on the surface. Delightful milk chocolate, cakey dessert aroma. Chocolate and roasted malt, a touch watery through the middle, with a sweet lactose finish. Medium bodied and thankfully not too rich. Pretty nice overall. Happy I stumbled upon this...

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Double Chocolate Milk Stout from Lancaster Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.