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Milk Stout - Lake Louie Brewery Company

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86
very good

120 Ratings
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Ratings: 120
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 8
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lake Louie Brewery Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: cokes on 01-02-2003

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Photo of jwc215
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a tan head. Plenty of lacing sticks.

The smell is of chocolate with a hint of milk and roast.

The taste is of bittersweet chocolate, lactose/milk with a subtle hint of coffee in the finish.

It is creamy smooth.

A nice, easy-drinking smooth milk stout.

Photo of kojevergas
2.6/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

BOTTLE: 12 fl oz brown glass. Unbranded pry-off pressure cap. Generally appealing label art. Huge thanks to Duff27 for sending this in a trade.

Served cold into a goblet and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Expectations are above average.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Half finger wide. Retention is quite poor - maybe 10 seconds. Leaves no lacing as it recedes.

BODY: It's an inappropriate cola black - very schwarzbier-esque. Not the opaque solid black it should be.

It doesn't look very good for a milk stout, but I'm optimistic. Appears adequately carbonated.

AROMA: Dark malts, chocolate malts, lactose sugar, schwarz malts.

No yeast character, alcohol, or off-notes are detectable.

Overall, it lacks the robust malt backbone it should have, and could do with some vanilla or something to set off the chocolate.

It's a pleasant aroma of average strength, but doesn't impress as a milk stout aroma.

TASTE: Has a schwarz malt backbone - not the dark malt and chocolate malt backbone it should. Generic notes of lactose sugar lend little of interest, and it's not quite cream-forward enough. There's no roasted barley, and it's just not robust enough. Balanced enough, I suppose. There's not much here in terms of intricacy/complexity or subtlety, but I do like it for what it is. Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, weak, a bit thin, and medium-bodied. Well-carbonated. More heft and weight on the plate would better accentuate the milk sugar. This texture fails to elevate the beer, but it suits the taste decently I suppose.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, gushed, or rough.

OVERALL: Drinkable but ultimately quite generically built and dull for a milk stout. I can't say I'd buy it again myself, and the weak texture really holds it back. A middle-of-the-road milk stout that can't compete with superior and more widely available offerings in the style like Left Hand Milk Stout. I wouldn't recommend it to friends.

C-

Photo of TheSSG
3.41/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a soapy, tan head that collapses into a soft puff of head. Really excellent head retention. Toasted malt aroma. Black. Starts with a REALLY robust toasted malt flavor. Notes of citrus hop bitterness come through. There is an underlying sweetness throughout here, just off in the back.

This isn't too bad. Pretty much a solid stout with a creamy mouthfeel and a touch of sweetness way in the back.

Photo of Faunland
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zuidman
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ffshore545
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of egrace84
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Duff27
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CraigTravor
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of 9udders
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.29/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of eldoctorador
4.52/5  rDev +18%

Photo of BarrytheBear
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Lactic quality that borders of sour... a bit too much so. A decent milk stout might lie beneath, but as is this is fairly middle of the road.

Photo of Lemke10
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

This pours a very dark brown color with a slight off-white head. The aroma is big with a robust and sweet scent. This is a thinner, sweet stout that delivers lots of flavors. Very robust and sweet that leaves a slight chalky after taste. Very good for the style.

Photo of Bandi
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of gingergirltammy
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of cardinals22
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of jzlyo
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of aubzachsyd
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of scaliasux
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Dark brown with maybe a hint of red. Appears clear. Medium-tall light brown head with good persistence.

Smell - Sweet dark malts. Chocolate and light roast coffee. Moderate dark fruit.

Taste - Quite sweet and not so dark as the appears implies. Coffee and chocolate flavors dominate - not unlike a cafe au lait.

Mouthfeel - Creamy and full.

Overall - Sweet and creamy and quite tasty.

Photo of martyl1000
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

5/30/2012
On tap at Jordan's Big 10 Pub, Madison, this is a disappointment, especially after the brilliant mocha aroma. The problem, I thought, was it's just too cold. Drank it slowly, and even after it warmed it was still thin, with a metallic brightness that keeps it from being creamy. Flavor is definitely not bad. It just pulls up short of the promise of its aroma and lacing.
(Rating 3.60)
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UPDATE:
5/20/2014

Had this again at a porch party, so, no glass, straight from the bottle. It impressed me enough to revisit this. Can't review it with any specificity, but I definitely do want to raise my score.

Photo of northcoastwolf
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Etan
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz.

A: Pours a nice reddish black with a moderate light-tan head.

S: Lactose, mild roast, vanilla, some coffee bean.

T: Lactose sweetness, light char, a bit of acidic hoppiness, cocoa, coffee.

M: Between medium and light-bodied with creamy carbonation.

O: A drinkable milk stout. Could probably be a little less hoppy for the better but fine nonetheless.

Photo of Shluffy
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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Milk Stout from Lake Louie Brewery Company
86 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.