Lily Flagg Milk Stout
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Style:
Stout - Sweet / Milk
Ranked #864
ABV:
5%
Score:
84
Ranked #38,751
Avg:
3.7 | pDev: 13.24%
Reviews:
53
Ratings:
254
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Alabama, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  12
Gots
  56
SCORE
84
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JacobusFavier23 from Texas

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L- Pours a jet black stout with a healthy two fingered dark tan head.
S- Toasted malts, roasted nut, peanut butter, sweet organic maple syrup, coffee, toffee and chocolate. Very nice and nuggety chocolatey aroma.
T- Slight peanut butter, slight coffee and chocolate, a bit sour. Not a bad flavor at all, but nothing truly rewarding. Just refreshing.
F- Creamy milk stout mouthfeel. Not too bad.
O- This was a good milk stout that I enjoyed very much. Nothing exceptional but it was a fine beer that I could see myself getting again. Good enough for a try.

Sep 09, 2018
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AZBeerDude72 from Arizona

3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Jet black with rich tan head and sticky lacing.
N: Malt, nuts, chocolate, and a little oat.
T: Follows the nose, a light sweet stout with a good flavor profile and very easy to drink.
M: Medium
O: A really easy to drink milk stout, nice flavors and not over the top. Enjoyed this one a lot.

Jan 27, 2018
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Squire from Mississippi

3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Attractive dark color with red gold highlights at the edges.

Light scent of roasted malt with an underlying sweetness.

Nice flavor on entry, dark malt, a bit of cocoa, some ripe figs in the background.

Full creamy texture with balancing carbonation.

Overall this is a pleasant, undemanding Porter/Stout sort of brew with some depth and a balanced richness. Good flavor that appeals to the resident Guinness fan who says it's "smooth" and smells like "good malt" for whatever that's worth. This from a guy who drinks Guinness exclusively unless I shove something else in his hand.

Dec 26, 2017
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Dieseltech1982 from North Carolina

3.32/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Very light. Not to sweet, not to thick. Good dessert beer for warmer weather. Wouldn't call this a winter beer by any means. Goes down smooth as silk.

Jun 26, 2017
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mlockman from Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is just "fine." Not much sweetness is lent by the lactose sugar used, though it is a very smooth brew. Fine if you want a light-bodied, no-nonsense stout for summer or warmer weather, but not really anything to seek out either.

Jun 16, 2016
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Tone from Missouri

3.57/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black color. 1/2 inch head of a tan color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of sweet malt, roasted malt, yeast, earthiness, piney hops, hint of citrus hops, and a hint of chocolate. Fits the style of a Milk / Sweet Stout. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, dark chocolate, yeast, roasted malt, slight hops, and an earthiness. Overall, earthy, not too sweet, an odd milk stout.

May 11, 2016
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johnnyd10vt from Oklahoma

3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark, sweet, relatively mellow for an American stout. Super dark in color, not much head. The nose is pretty subtle with faint hints of coffee. More chocolate malt than hops, but fairly well balanced. Very drinkable. 10/10 would order again.

Mar 13, 2016
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ordybill from Georgia

4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass. The appearance is a nice black color with a tan head. The aroma was roasted malt and cocoa. The taste was more coffee than malt. Overall, a really good beer.

Jan 31, 2016
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Psychromatic from Alabama

3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a lovely dark-brown milk stout with a pleasant, creamy mouthfeel. It's thick, but not so thick as to be oppressive.

The flavor is slightly sweet and a bit earthy to my palate, but completely pleasant.

The can art is a bit creepy with the titular lady cow Lily blasting off in surprised fashion around the Moon with milk erupting from her udders.

which is to say: the can's art is AWESOME and I love every bit of it.
STA has some seriously talented artist(s) doing their product designs,
many of which have this sort of unsettling but wonderful feel to them.

it's a pretty decent (but not totally awesome) milk stout that comes in a very entertaining package.

Jan 20, 2016
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TX-Badger from Texas

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very dark brown color with khaki colored head. Chocolate, roasted malt, a light coffee note, and some sweetness on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied, a little thin. Finishes smooth with some chocolatey flavors and a little sweetness.

Dec 30, 2015
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Many thanks, big ups & major props to Uncle JedI & Purple Hat Joan for a box that works on my affinity for both embroidered cloth patches & CANs! The CANQuest (tm) is back in gear and I, for one, am glad of it!

From the CAN: No notable information. However, the approved pic does not do it justice. Lily Flagg was a Jersey cow owned by a Huntsville, AL pair and she became the top butter producer in the world in 1892. She is renowned in Huntsville and the CAN depicts her as the one jumping over a shocked moon as a milk trail is seen in her wake and she sports a blue ribbon!

Let's hope that this beer is as awesome (correct usage) as Lily Flagg herself. It all begins with the Crack! but in this case, I heard a lowing "Mooo!" An inverted Glug produced two-plus fingers of foamy, deep-tan/light-brown head with reasonable retention. Color was Black/Opaque (SRM = 44) with ruby/garnet highlights at the edges. Nose had a roasty chocolatiness that put me in mind of dark chocolate. Mouthfeel was fairly full, sort of creamy, but not quite there. The mouthfeel definitely influenced the taste, giving it a chocolate ice cream flavor. It kind of reminded me of Rocky Road, which was my late Pops' favorite, in that it had a slight nuttiness to it. The finish hovered between semi-sweet and semi-dry. It might be a "Sweet Stout", but it was far from being outright sweet. I would not care for more than one, but that is me speaking as a hophead. YMMV.

Oct 28, 2015
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight To Ale "Lily Flagg Milk Stout"
on tap at the Flying Saucer, Nashville, TN - 6 April 2015

Notes: Opaque brown-black beneath a tan head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of roasty coffee, dark milk chocolate/hot chocolate, cocoa powder, dried roasted barley. The flavor follows suit but opens up a bit with a bit of golden caramel and some toastiness. Whatever yeasty fruitiness might be there is limited and supressed by the stronger roasty and chocolatey notes, which is perfectly fine as the creamy-smooth texture takes it in that direction anyway. Somehow it seems a bit one-sided, but at the same time it's a very good one-sidedness... let's call it focused! Nice pint.

Oct 05, 2015
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Slaterlovesbeer from Alabama

3.64/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Perfect color. Black even when held up to a light save a small ruby glow around the edges. Aroma and flavor is malty with sweet undertones. A faint bitterness reminiscent of coffe is present. Good milk stout but not as good as left hands.

Aug 20, 2015
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SPLITGRIN from Kentucky

3.89/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Carmel colored head only reaches a half an inch before it quickly fades to a skim. Body is a soft black that turns deep brown when held to light. Nose has hints of coffee, chocolate fudge and roasted malts. Roasted malts are the star as I take first sip. A bit of rich coffee leads to a wonderfully creamy mouthfeel. This is very easy drinking milk stout. Nice mix of rich sweetness and roasted notes.

Jul 18, 2015
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emerge077 from Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Jim for this one!
About 5 months old, can dated 2/9/15.

Black with brown edges, a finger of tan foam on top.
Minimal spotty lace in the glass.

Mellow roasty aroma, light graphite, no lactose sweetness.

Light roasty taste, vague licorice, mild astringency but not distracting. Light and mellow in feel, not overvarbonated as in previous reports. Overall it's not bad, seems a little more like a porter, lacks the sweetness and creaminess of a milk stout, but it's pleasant enough.

Jul 12, 2015
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Brackh from Georgia

4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours dark with a nice little foam head. Smells like coffee and malty goodness. Nice balance of malt and coffee. Good mouthfeel. Not watery. Simple beer done well. Better than I thought it would be.

Jul 03, 2015
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jettjon from Florida

3.54/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 oz can into a pint glass, "pitch brown" color with one finger brown cap, slow fade with good retention. Nose of coffee, chocolate and dark toasted/burnt malt. In the mouth milk chocolate and coffee flavors; tasty. Mouth is good, creamy, watery, bubbly, silky smooth. Overall, decent, smooth, drinkable. Not an especially remarkable milk stout but overall a good effort.

Jun 11, 2015
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ONovoMexicano from New Mexico

2.76/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12 ounce can into a can-shaped glass.

The pour produces tons of frothy oatmeal-colored head. It settles into a sudsy lace over the pitch-black body. 4.25

Not feeling this nose at all. Smells of Belgian yeast like a dubbel. What? Where's the milk? Where's the chocolate malt? 2

Still tasting Belgian yeast here, as in it's very pronounced and floral. Tastes out of place in a coffee stout but at least I'm getting some dark chocolate and coffee flavors here. 3

It's thin bodied and the yeast figures prominently. Points for being easy-drinking and a dry, coffee-like, roasted feeling, but this beer feels like it's confused as to what it wants to be. 2.75

A bit of a disappointment. Expectations weren't high but this still managed to disappoint.

May 25, 2015
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Jadjunk from Georgia

3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

No label information. Lily Flagg is brewed in the style of a Milk/Sweet Stout. Available year round in 12 oz. canned 6 packs and on draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. can to a pint glass. Served above 58 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy crisp toasted mocha head over a very dark cola brown, near black body. Retention is below average and lacing is light and spotty. 3

(Smell) The malt aroma generates plenty of moderate roasted barley up front with secondary notes of cocoa and black coffee. While there is a moderate lactose sweetness among the malt profile, it does not immediately stand out that this beer is considered a milk stout. Potency is moderate. 3.5

(Taste) Flavors of medium roasted barley, toasted caramel grain, a pinch of black patent, cocoa nibs and earthy, acidic coffee bean with a soft lactose sweetness, well balanced by the earthy roast flavors and slightly less sweet overall than many milk stouts generally are. Delicate undertones of dark fruit. Slightly dry with a lingering note of cold acidic roast trailing the finish. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) The texture is light oily slick, creamy smooth and mildly dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a medium frothiness and a softly crisp finish. Body is medium+ for the style, medium/heavy overall. Balance is slightly earthy bitter with roast over sweet. Alcohol presence is low and there are no off characters. 4

(Overall) Lily Flagg is a milk stout more in texture than in flavor, as I got more flavors of roasted malt and toasted caramel than lactose sweetness and chocolate. The texture itself is enjoyable; creamy, frothy and very smooth. Despite not falling directly in line with the milk stout guidelines, I enjoyed the sweetness balancing with the roasted malts, favoring this slightly over a more traditional example of a sweet milk stout. The drinkability is decent for this beer overall thanks to the closer balance, although still filling as stouts happen to be, I could only manage one or two of these as they sit fairly heavy. 3.75

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Lily Flagg Milk Stout
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Mar 23, 2015
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dar482 from New York

3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a black color with some dark brown in the light.

The aroma offers hot cocoa chocolate, a touch of coffee, a bit of lactose creaminess.

The flavor follows with coffee up front, some milk chocolate and hot cocoa. A touch of licorice and metallic flavors. A bit lacking on the back end of flavor, but drinks quite well for 5%.

Feb 14, 2015
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BigGold from Mississippi

3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First had Lily Flagg Milk Stout poured from 12-oz. can into faceted mug. This excellent beer possesses remarkable complexity and depth of flavor for a 5.00 ABV stout.

Jan 24, 2015
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BigBry from Canada (AB)

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

16 ounce pint at Flying Saucer Draught Emporium in Nashville, Tennessee.
Dark, deep brown liquid (not quite black) , with an inch tan foam. Good retention, left chunky
lace.
Smell was not as strong as expected, roasted malt, maybe a hint of cocoa.
Taste of charred malt, some chocolate, clean finish.
Mouth feel and body are medium (lighter than expected) good carbonation.
Good enough, but less overall flavor than I had hoped for.

Oct 14, 2014
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.39/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Cypress Street pub (ATL),
Opaque black with a good, fairly durable head.
Aroma: mild; lightly sweet; toffee and roasted grains.
Flavor: dark roasted grains. Light sweetness is about average for style, excepting perhaps the lightly sweet aftertaste.

Oct 01, 2014
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap. Poured an opaque, jet-black color with a small, light brown head of foam. Nice milk chocolate aroma with hints of toffee and toasted caramel. Sweet mild chocolate flavor, toasted caramel and a very mildly bitter finish.

Sep 16, 2014
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Roxie_B from Alabama

3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving type: Can

Appearance: Poured nice and dark with a nice head that quickly dissipates to lacing then down to a barely there ring.
Smell: Bit of sweet coffee, bit of wood. The smell here is sadly light.
Taste: The taste is good with coffee and a bit of cocoa. A bit nutty as well (pecans would be my guess). Slightly marred by a metallic after taste. I want to investigate this further from a tap.
Mouth feel: 3..25 Nothing wrong with it at all. Not a mouth-coating chewer like you'd get from a standard stout but pleasant.
Overall: 3.5 A couple of faults hold this back from being truly excellent but very drinkable and pleasant. Not particularly challenging but an easy good time from my home town, which counts for a bit in my book.

Jul 20, 2014
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