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Milk Stout - Lake Louie Brewery Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

106 Ratings
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Ratings: 106
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 8
Gots: 1 | 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:
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(Beer added by: cokes on 01-02-2003)
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Reviews by flyboy599:
Photo of flyboy599
3.55/5  rDev -8%
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.

flyboy599, Dec 28, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A few months ago, before I had been exposed to the Corner Pub’s Milk Stout, this fine offering from Lake Louie would have received close to 5s across the board but since I’ve found Milk Stout perfection with the Corner Pub, I’ve got to knock this one down a couple points.

Pours a beautiful deep brown-black with a thick, lasting dark tan head. Nice lacing.

The aroma is nothing but Huge roasted malt.

The taste is a balance between super roasty chocolate and coffee barley.

Mouthfeel is very well balanced as the sweet chocolate front gives way to a dry roasted finish just perfectly. This makes the beer just fabulously drinkable. The end of each sip leaves the mouth craving a fresh sip. I could have drank my whole first six pack in one sitting if I hadn’t have restrained myself.

Super drinkable and tastes just great. This is an absolute top choice for exposing a light beer drinker to a stout. Still, I would have liked a little more complexity in the nose and taste, and a little bit more crème in the body would have been nice too.

DaPeculierDane, Nov 06, 2005
Photo of badbeer
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown, almost black color with a tan head that retains pretty well and has decent lacing. Smell is sweet; milk chocolate, roastiness, and a subtle touch of vanilla. Taste is similar to smell, roasty, with some chocolate, some sweet caramel in there as well. Mouthfeel was medium bodied and well carbonated. Very drinkable, I'd enjoy having this one in my fridge quite a bit.

badbeer, Mar 29, 2007
Photo of tyleeis
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

tyleeis, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of CrossFitAlex
3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

CrossFitAlex, Jul 12, 2010
Photo of cokes
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

1/2 gallon growler.
A very dark, opaque mahogany brown. bordering on black. Adequate lacy, sandy tan foam.
Nose full of roastedness, and chocolates: milk and bakers. A big earthy component rests within the nostrils as well.
Taste begins with some medium-roast coffee that is immediately coupled with the dark and milk chocolate hues. The midsection sees earthen woodiness paired with the lacto sweetness. Rides out with lingering roastedness lathered in buttercreme.
Somewhat powdery mouthfeel, and could be thicker all around, but still nice and slippery within the mouth. Ridiculously easy to consume. A Session stout if there ever was one.
This has reappeared after a year and a half absence. It used to be a favorite. I am not sure if it has fallen somewhat, or I have moved on. While no longer LL's best, its certainly welcomed back.

cokes, Jan 02, 2003
Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison a while back.

Pours dark with a hint of ruby daylight peeking through a finger of brownish foam. Nose dominated by toasted grain, roasted coffee malt and plastic-y lactose. Taste starts off with a nice sweet/bitter interplay of caramel/toasted malt and burnt coffee grounds but is rounded off by a funky plastic-tasting lactose that is somewhat off-putting. Mouthfeel is creamy and luxurious with fine carbonation. A tough call here, a tasty little stout but that aftertaste doesn't sit well with me. Maybe my bottle is old?

Golden2wenty1, Apr 24, 2006
Photo of dirtylou
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz, Rileys

appearance: beautiful rich dark brown pour with a nice chocolate brown head and lovely lacing

smell: cocoa powder, milk chocolate, roasted malt, coffee bean...sweet, roasty and complex

taste: nice and sweet milk chocoloate, deep and roasty coffee grounds, roasted malt, slight caramel. wonderfully balanced, quite impressive

mouthfeel: as with other lake louie brews (see warp speed, reserve) the mouthfeel is amazing...silky smooth, well balanced, outstanding

drinkability: very drinkable

dirtylou, Nov 18, 2005
Photo of BeerCheese
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured nice and black, but the head was disappointing and dissipated quickly. Only real detectable aroma for me was coffee. Nice taste with the coffee coming through balanced by the hops and malt. Lightly carbonated, which is appropriate for a stout. Very drinkable beer. Not a very distinctive beer, but no real shortcomings either.

BeerCheese, Apr 04, 2007
Photo of UncleFlip
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

OK, this ithe way it works: LL milk stout from a LL glass. Tom, I gladly give you my donation for the retirement fund!

Looks nice and black....but held up to the light, it reveals its true deep ruby/cola colour. Head is tan and active.

The smell is like sticking your head in a bag of roasted malt. There's a little coffee and dark chocolate here, but it's BIG roasted malt.

Flavour is also big on the roasty bits, sweet around the edges. Just a slight hint of a coconutty tone here- not nearly so over the top as Moloko Plus from FFF. A little smoky at the end of the finish. Very nice.

Nice and viscous, but not TOO thick. The carbonation swells up past the midway point, but does not get obnoxious.

Very drinkable to me. It's a beer that gets your attention, but does it with a soft leather whip instead of a cat o' nine tails.

Be well
-UF

UncleFlip, Feb 09, 2006
Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Maybe half a pinky from an aggressive pour into a Two Brothers pint glass. Dark brown body with amber tints.

S - What one expects from its style, good balance of roasted dryness, smoke, and sweet chocolate. Some metallic notes here, and almost no esters. All in all a fine aroma.

T - Starts out dry and roasted. Some sweet smoke livens up the flavor profile for a bit, along with some anise and very mild semi-sweet chocolate. Dry baker's chocolate dominates at the finish, and lingers with the smoke in the long finish. Not quite what I expected..

M - Not quite as full of a mouthfeel as I am used to in milk stouts...

D - A nice change in pace from most sweet stouts. Dryer, and allows for other flavors to come to the forefront other than sweet chocolate, but still seemed to fit the style... barely. Solid session brew.

SammyDavisJrJrJr, Jan 27, 2009
Photo of zonker17
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

zonker17, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle from a trade with nflmvp.

A: The milk stout pours a deep brown-black color, making it difficult to ascertain the sedimentary quality of the drink. The head was pretty thick and dematerialized into a small coating atop the beer.

S: The nose is dominated by a roasted grain aroma, burnt toast that reveals a hint of chocolate as it settles down. Lactose bitterness emerges only if you sniff several times. After that, it is readily apparent and you can't miss it.

T: The body of the ale has a bitter, almost tart lactose undertone, creating a unique sweetness that lingers throughout the entire glass. Assimilatated into the lactic element is a nice burnt malt flavor. That graininess adds a deep flavor that is dark and chocolatey and goes nicely with the lactose. The flavor, as it warms, is almost stale, making the mouth pucker a bit with each sip.

M: The roasted flavors and lactic tartness are very enjoyable, creating a dry mouthfeel that is makes you reach for another sip.

D: The stout really showcases its sour, tart element and not too many stouts are willing to show that flavor off. A good beer, the flavor is a little too light to be great.

akorsak, Jun 17, 2007
Photo of emerge077
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Blackish-brown with a mahogany highlight, a finger of tan foam riases and settles to a skim. A couple splotches of lace stick to the glass.

Aroma is lactic (as expected) with some brown sugar. Not much more to round it out.

Flavor of dry baker's chocolate, bittersweet, with a mild lactic presence. Earthy but not especially bitter, dry in the aftertaste. Slightly thin in body, verging on a fullness that isn't quite there.

Overall a solidly sessionable seasonal, check it out during the winter.

emerge077, Jan 15, 2008
Photo of Jredner
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is light cream, chocolate and molasses. Body is black with a frothy two finger thick tan head. Flavor is thinnish...light coffee, molasses, brown sugar notes some chocolate and a bit watery. Palate isn’t super thin, but the watery flavors make it appear thinnish. Finish is very smooth and creamy and leaves a mild bready sweetness int he aftertaste.

Jredner, Feb 17, 2006
Photo of CRJMellor
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, mahogany and brown, with black currents racing through. Dark tan head forms on the pour and keeps some retention but deposits minimal lace.
Aroma of lactose, brown sugar and chocolate with just a hint of earthy, roasted nuts.
Flavor has some coffee notes along with the chocolate and then the lactose sweetness really kicks in and is just subtly cut by a roasted nutty finish.
Mouthfeel is on the thin side but goes down easy.
Drinkability is very solid but the over all sweetness would grow mundane over an extended time period. Within the style but needs just a bit more body to me.

CRJMellor, Feb 12, 2006
Photo of gingergirltammy
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%

gingergirltammy, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of scaliasux
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

scaliasux, Apr 22, 2014
Photo of blackie
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: The pour into the glass creates a .25" light beige head that soon diappears, for the most part. The beer is a very dark brown color...approaching black near the core.

smell: An appropriately sweet lactose aroma weaved with moderate roasts. Also some hints of milk chocolate. I like how the aromas are not overdone, almost subtle, yet complex enough to hold my attention. The hop aroma is light.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is on the light end of the medium spectrum. The body is slightly less than medium, a tad thin.

taste: Moderate roast and chocolate flavors, and a gentle but obvious hop bitterness that lingers into the finish with a slight roasty flavor. The sweetness is just about right...everything about this beer is subtle.

drinkability: A good beer, and easy drinking.

I enjoyed this bottle courtesy of dirtylou while visiting Madison.

blackie, Jan 01, 2006
Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

metter98, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of rbreaker
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

rbreaker, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of Erdinger2003
3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice 1/4 inch head that falls pretty quick leaving a little bit of lacing behind. It eventually falls into a thin layer of head above the beer. The color is dark enough to stop light from passing through. The smell is sweet and kind of milky. The taste is sweet with some roastiness, but overall I get a hint of sweet flavors and some roastiness in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is good, smooth and very drinkable. Overall this is a good beer to have on a warm day (even though it's dark), because of the drinkability. Something that may pair well with food.

Erdinger2003, Mar 22, 2007
Photo of MyMindSpray
3/5  rDev -22.3%

MyMindSpray, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of Etan
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Etan, Mar 12, 2014
Photo of weeare138
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks to hopdog for this...
Appears a black with a tan head that lasts. A good looking beer with lots of lacing.
Smell is of roasty and smoked malts, and lacto sugar.
Taste is buttery, roasty, chocolatey and sweet.
Mouthfeel is smooth, lactic, sweet, and dry.

weeare138, Feb 24, 2006
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Milk Stout from Lake Louie Brewery Company
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