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Milk Stout - Lake Louie Brewery Company

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Reviews: 78
Hads: 121
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 9%
Wants: 8
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Lake Louie Brewery Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: cokes on 01-02-2003

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Photo of jwc215
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (278 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.6/5  rDev -33.2%
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.

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Photo of TheSSG
3.41/5  rDev -12.3%
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. (409 characters)

Photo of Lemke10
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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. (262 characters)

Photo of scaliasux
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (401 characters)

Photo of martyl1000
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (615 characters)

Photo of Etan
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (361 characters)

Photo of Phocion
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a shaker pint. Dark ruby, almost black, with a small but very retentive frothy light brown head. Bubbly and sticky lacing.

Roasted malts, caramel and milk chocolate are all noticeable; almost smells like chocolate milk. A little bit of brown sugar or molasses with a touch of vanilla.

Dark malts and lactose sugars dominate the flavor. Slightly bitter coffee-like finish and a bit of a butterscotch flavor.

Medium-heavy body and a decent level of carbonation. Mostly creamy mouthfeel, but a slightly slick finish.

Overall this is an above average beer. Maybe I'm biased because I've been drinking a lot of Odell Lugene lately, but it fails to really blow me away and cross that line between good and great. (739 characters)

Photo of msubulldog25
4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, sent by BarrytheBear recently; poured to an Abita pint glass. Milk/Sweet stout isn't a style I meet all that often, so it's a pleasure to try this one on a Saturday afternoon, following chores. The Walking Dead marathon is on AMC... so good.

A: Rich, deep brown... well, virtually 'black' as little light squeezes in through the sides. Healthy head, nearly a finger of creamy almond-tan. Lacing is terrific, a steady top-to-bottom coating of cobwebbing, sparkling a little. Although the head dies fairly abruptly, a gauzy sheen hangs around, sticking at the edges. Pretty pour.

S: Nutty scent, with the sweetness of coconut and toasted cashews. Cocoa and a little toffee; it's sugary and dessert-y, but then a refined mineral/sooty finish gives balance.

T: Very likeable - semi-sweet chocolate and a little cafe au lait. Caramel and nutty char, even a hint of fruitiness (apples). Sugariness is balanced, and borders (in the finish) on chalk/ash bitterness. Flavors seem to deepen as it warms/'opens up'.

M: Smooth and rather creamy, with a touch of thinness in the finish. Although the feel seems a little week, it's a light and velvety mouthfeel throughout.

O: On the old 'drinkability' meter, this ranks really highly - terrific taste, enticing scent, lovely look. Everything about this beer is solid. I like the style, admittedly, and (as mentioned before) i don't find it often. Maybe I've just missed trying one, but this is really good in my experience - big thanks to Barry for sending! (1,513 characters)

Photo of pweis909
2.72/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer looks like a stout and has a quarter inch, healthy head. When I smell it, I get cocoa. The taste has some coffee roastiness, sort of an acidic coffee roastiness. In fact, this beer is dominated by acidtiy, a lactic acidicity. Although the roasty aromas and flavors are appropriate, this lemony-lactic acidity is way over the top and dominates the beer to the point that I can only believe it is a flaw, beyond what a brewer would want in a milk stout. This is closer to Berlinerweiss than that fable "Guinness twang." The beer's texture is thin for a stout. (567 characters)

Photo of 312HopBomb
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle emptied into a Three Floyds Imperial pint glass.

A 1 1/2 finger biege head rises atop the reddish brown dark liquid. Light barely shines through with a red glow. No lacing

Aroma of dark, rich roasty malt with a hint of dark chocolate.

Taste is chocolate malt without much sweetness. A faint sourness on the finish. I do not detect the Lactose.

Mouthfeel has a bit of a bite and a tad astringent. Moderate carbonation.

Overall I was disappointed but the hype for this beer from other reviewers and news articles and the difficulty finding it combined for very high expectations. Since it is more expensive than New Glarus I would probably pass on it next time. I enjoyed Mosquito Beach and Tommy Porter more than this one. (739 characters)

Photo of Zachtheporter
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Guinness pint glass. This beer is super dark and black. Not a single speck of light shines through this baby. The smell is deliciously candy like and sweet with the vary noticeable aroma of lactose sugar. The taste is incredibly sweet and enjoyable. A beer with true dessert like qualities. Has the sweet taste of sweetened milk chocolate with an extra vanilla milk like addition to it. Nice and thick with a stellar medium carbonation. This is what I look for in a milk stout. Nice and sweet and perfect for pairing with dishes you wouldn't normally serve beer with like rich cake, pudding, pie and ice cream. A home run for lake Louie. (670 characters)

Photo of ErinSpace
3.66/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a bottle purchased at Riley's Wines of the World in Madison, Wisconsin. Beer first has sweet malt taste, finishes with hints of coffee. Heavier on the malt, but I would prefer more cream taste and mouthfeel (personal preference - otherwise well-balanced). Overall good beer, but would trouble drinking more than a few in a sitting. (341 characters)

Photo of wisrarebeer
3.18/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$1.99 for a 12oz bottle from Three Cellars in Franklin. A bit pricey for a milk stout.

A: near opaque, jet black, some reddish hues, tan head
S: some roasted malt but slight sourness undertones
T: this must be past its prime, no chocolatey undertones or lactose quality, dry roasted malt with slight sourness in finish
M: typical of style but slight sourness is distracting (374 characters)

Photo of cagocubs
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into glass.

A: Dark brown, near opaque pour with a one finger tan creamy foamed head.

S: Lacking. Faint coffee, roasted malt, hop/barley.

T: You get saved by the taste. If you couldn't smell it, you could taste it. A nice crisp taste full of roasted malt, some hop bite, barley, and a caramel-like sweetness from the stout.

M: Lighter body stout, but with a great taste complex and very refreshing. Good mouth coating and aftertaste. (456 characters)

Photo of flyboy599
3.57/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Steves in Madison. Poured into a Lake Louie pint glass.

Appearance - midnight black with little to no head.

Smell - muted burnt blackened coffee. A hint of dark chocolate.

Taste - bitter coffee, light chocolate and dark malt.

Feel - medium light body.

I love Lake Louie but this beer is only ok for me. I would appreciate a smoother finish and fuller mouth feel. Dark coffee flavor somewhat generic. I'd order the scotch ale next time. (458 characters)

Photo of tyleeis
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got a 6 pack at the local liquor store, big thanks to the guys at Spot Liquor for carrying Lake Louie!

Smells like an flavored iced coffee, I think someone else used java-that works.

Tastes like semi-sweet chocolate with very light coffee flavors.

The feel is very smooth, a hint of creaminess. I'd agree with most saying its a medium body.

Overall I liked it alot. One of my first milk stouts but I was pleasantly surprised and would definitely look for this again. (471 characters)

Photo of CrossFitAlex
3.35/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Little / No head, with a dark coffee color. Not particularly creamy looking

The lactose smell was quite muted; subtle roasted malts. Good smell, but no wow factor.

Lightly roasted malts, burnt coffee, lots of carbonation; no strong finish.

M=4.0

I'd have another, but it's not a special memory. (298 characters)

Photo of levifunk
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorite WI beers.

appearance - pour is dark with a bit of head.

smell - coffee smell is strong. maybe a hint of chocolate as well.

taste - the taste of this beer is so nice. it never lacks flavor and ends with a creamy feel. coffee and chocolate fill the front end.

mouthfeel - good medium body as one would expect a milk stout to have.

overall, a very balanced beer. lucky to have this readily accessible. (431 characters)

Photo of jera1350
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chocolate brown color with a short tan head that reduces quickly to a thin layer.

Smells like a chocolate milkshake with a bit of fresh brewed java.

Quite roasty with semi-sweet chocolate and bitter coffee flavors.

Good feel, mostly smooth with a bit of creaminess in a little more than medium body.

A very enjoyable milk stout that drinks easily. (352 characters)

Photo of Soneast
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The coloration is not quite black, more of a dark brown with a touch of amber on the edges when held against a light source. Produces a half-inch, tan colored head, with above average retention, eventually receding to a creamy ring.

The aroma has a lot of malt character, mostly chocolate, sweet malt and a touch of roastiness, creating a sort of malted milk ball aroma.

The flavor is similar, with a good amount of chocolate and cream character with some sweet malts, some roastiness and a very light, herbal hop in the finish.

The mouthfeel does have a nice, creamy quality to it but I feel it could use a little more oomf. Other milk stouts I've had have a substantial mouthfeel, without being too heavy. This beer is not light by any means, but somewhat lacking. That said, I thought the flavors were great, well balanced, not too sweet. (844 characters)

Photo of Yojimbo1941
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A- Impenetrable black with a 1/4 " off white head. Looks delicious.

S- Bitter chocolate, diacetyl, slightly soapy, light vanilla, coffee, malted milkshake, cocoa

T- Soapy chocolate, hint of raisin, bitter coffee, cream. I had expected a sweeter milk flavor at least in the aftertaste. Ever so slight hop bitterness, no alcohol burn but not much warmth either.

M- Medium, light carbonation. There's a feeling on my tongue as if I had just had a cup of coffee.

D- Not a bad session stout. Not as milky as I would've liked but still a decent beer. (596 characters)

Photo of sweethome
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is typical stout - dark chocolate. Head is a little light - a light tan.

The lactose jumps out on nose, a little roast and just a hint of floral hop.

Entry is smooth, full and rounded. Again, lactose evident - a nice roast malt flavor. Finishes with consistent roast line - on and on.

The milky lacto flavor is enjoyable.

A well made milk stout - if unspectacular - very enjoyable. (390 characters)

Photo of bonk0076
4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black color with a moderate brown head that quickly dissipates and leaves little lacing behing. Aroma is dominated by vanilla, with milk chocolate notes beneath it - quite sweet overall. Taste begins with the slight sweetness of chocolate, but is dominated by the bitterness of coffee and roasted malt, with suubtle, sweet vanilla flavor and the finish. Is a bit watery, though. (392 characters)

Photo of eyncognito
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my RR Blind Pig Mason Jar. This milk stout pours black with dark brown highlights. A half inch head reduces to a collar with wonderful staying power and leaves some globby lacing behind. Aroma is spectacular. Sweet chocolate, dark caramel that smells almost burnt (black patent malt) that pairs perfectly with the sweet lactose and notes of vanilla.

Flavor delivers. Big roasty malt is prominent, along with milk chocolate, the caramel is toned down some from the nose, along with the milk sugars and vanilla becomes a little more pronounced. A wonderful marriage of roasty and charred malt and lactose sweetness. Mouthfeel is a full medium bodied, never thick or cloyingly sweet, with low carbonation-velvety smooth. Pretty close to stellar.

Very drinkable. I've sessioned this one a few times when it's on tap at Madison taverns. Pitchers of this go down with ease and warms our bellies. Recommended for cold, snowy Wisconsin nights. Like tonight. (965 characters)

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Milk Stout from Lake Louie Brewery Company
87 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.