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Double Chocolate Milk Stout - Lancaster Brewing Company

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Double Chocolate Milk StoutDouble Chocolate Milk Stout

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31 Reviews
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Reviews: 31
Hads: 192
Avg: 3.98
pDev: 22.86%
Wants: 36
Gots: 40 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Lancaster Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: bigfnjoe on 10-04-2010

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.
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Reviews: 31 | Hads: 192
Photo of hmich176
4.71/5  rDev +18.3%
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 +16.8%
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 tsfinn23
4.44/5  rDev +11.6%
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 Stinkypuss
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lancaster Brewing Company
Double Chocolate Milk Stout

Pours a dark brown, almost black color. Off white, khaki colored creamy head forms with a nice lace display. Aroma is all chocolate, hershey syrup, cocoa powder, milk chocolate, and alittle bit of roasted malt. In the flavor, straight up delicious chocolate, with some lactic sweetness, more chocolate syrup flavor, malted milk balls, cocoa powder, and coffee. Lancaster has a very tasty beverage with this one. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, smooth, rich, and creamy. Overall, a very nice dessert beer, but can pair with just about anything, from sweet to salty.

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Photo of qcbrewer
4.3/5  rDev +8%
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 justintcoons
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

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

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

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.

Medium bodied, semi-creamy, and smooth.

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

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Photo of chefhatt
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes, drank it on Saturday Febuary 20th at pardise by the slice.

This beer was served in a pint glass, it has a nice black body with 2" tan head. The smell is of chocolate and roasted malt and smell like chocolate milk. The taste is like the smell,and taste like chocolate milk with a littel bit of roasted malt and milk flavor. Very smooth mouth feel. Overall this is a great beer, i wish they would bottle this.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
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 jbaker67
4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
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 jeffstinson
4.14/5  rDev +4%
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 thecheapies
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
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 Rifugium
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Capone's, Norristown, PA

Poured a typical opaque, jet black with a nice foamy, tan cap of head that retained well and left some stratified lacing on the glass. Very nice aroma, obviously chocolate forward, much like its peers. Taste of chocolate milk up front, fading out to more of a cocoa bitterness, with some malt roastiness coming through, backed by perhaps a very tiny earthy hoppage. Mouthfeel was a bit heavier than medium... I'm sure my wife would disagree, but I thought this was just a bit on the thin side, compared to other "double chocolate" beers; it was good, but not as lusciously smooth as it could be. Overall still very good, and definitely an easy drinker.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a giant mug club mug.

A- pours absolutely jet black with a 2 finger brown colored head. Lacing is nice. Looks like a good stout should.

S- super strong aroma of chocolate with slight hints of coffee in there. Very nice

T- very, very bitter chocolate with very, very slight hints of coffee...much more flavorful than the regular Milk Stout

M- very thick. Very creamy. Pretty much what a great stout should be

D- might be a little too bitter for the casuals who get drawn to the DOUBLE CHOCOLATE in the name. Its not a huge stout, but its still damn good. All this really is is the standard milk stout brewed with extra cocoa nibs.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
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 MusicaleMike
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
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 MikeWard
4.01/5  rDev +0.8%

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 Darkmagus82
4/5  rDev +0.5%
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 B33R501
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

lancaster milk stout was my gateway to craft beer so it figures i would like this.

good looker, black with nice mocha head, looks like a stout. nice whiff of milk chocolate to start, big roasty taste with the chocolate coming along for the ride. not too sweet, nicely bitter, creamy, drinkable and finishes dry. beautiful balance. outstanding.

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Photo of JasonR32
3.98/5  rDev 0%
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 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 JunkYardJake
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewery.
Jet black in color with a small soapy tan head. Lacing is minimal. Smells of roasted malts and milk chocolate. Taste isn't as chocolate forward as the name implies. Sweet lactose and subtle chocolate mix pretty well with roasted malts. Mild bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is pretty fluid and not very carbonated. Pretty drinkable sweet stout and I'm glad to see they kept it under 7%. Enjoyable for sure but I still prefer their standard Milk Stout.

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Photo of akorsak
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Harrisburg location. In a pint glass on the porch.

A: Dark, inky black like the original incarnation - a formidable-looking stout. An off-white head, not very large, comes with the pour and keeps up, lasing through most of the pint.

S: Milk chocolate, rich and plentiful, runs through the ale, like a few Hershey bars heated and added to the ale. The milk chocolate goes nicely with the lactic sweetness of the stout. The aromas have some staying power, able to waft out of my glass nicely.

T: The chocolate is a rich element, strong addition, to the stout. The milk chocolate and cocoa a nice fit with the milk stoit's lactic base. As the initial dose of chocolate dissapates, the milk stout's lactic sweetness kicks in but doesn't last for very long. Like the other versions, the stout's lactic side tends to drop off rather quickly. Here though, the chocolate provides a saving grace, adding additional body before the stout backs off.

M: The chocolate is a nice addition, adding fullness to the stout along with a sweet streak. Smooth, the lactic milkiness is always welcome. Not bad.

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Photo of stakem
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes taken over the weekend. From a sixtel I purchased for a friend's 40th birthday.

Poured in a pint, it appears black in color with the slightest amount of light brown around the bottom edges. The head appears more than a finger strong, very creamy and dark brown. Solid retension. It is a thick cap of foam very reminescent of a nitro pour. As the head slowly fades it leaves patches of lace all about the glass.

The smell of this brew is rich and roasty with dark chocolate notes blended with a mildly subtle sweet smelling milky lactose character. A touch of citrus hops make themselves known in the background.

The flavor is rich dark roasted grain that comes across with quite a bit of nutty flavor. A minor citrus note of hops fights through the background but gets dominated by the roasty grain grain bitterness. Long lingering flavor of roasty bitter grains is left coating the mouth.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. Half way through the glass the alcohol becomes noticeable and pokes through a bit in the flavor as it warms. Not bad at all but after a glass it starts to get a bit chalky in the way the heavy roasted grains stick to the mouth. It has quite a familiar character about it reminescet of their normal milk stout but with a much more intense roast of the grain that carries over in the flavor and aroma.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
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 thain709
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Served with a deep, dark brown body that showed some ruby highlights...the head was one finger tall and the lightest brown in color...it was creamy and showed some nice retention which left decent lacing

S - The chocolate, dark, is there but it's not pronounced as the name would suggest...there's a bit more roastiness and almost an earthiness to the nose

T - Here is where the chocolate flavor becomes more pronounced...the roasted malts lend their hand to the roasted presence and also the dark chocolate flavors...the chocolate is dark and roasted with just a slight bitterness...I believe some faint hops are actually adding to the bite...not much lactose flavoring, just all chocolate

M - Medium bodied...definitely needed a little more body...roasty and chocolatey

O - The flavors worked really nice in this one...it surely gives off the chocolate flavors, as it says...I'm glad there wasn't a trace of lactose as in their normal Milk Stout...easy to drink

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Double Chocolate Milk Stout from Lancaster Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.