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Average: 4.11 | pDev: 7.79%

Reviews: 33 | Ratings: 83

#125 ranked English Sweet / Milk Stout | 10.50% ABV

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Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
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Reviews: 33 | Ratings: 83
Photo of JohnDee
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black with a thin off-white head. Smells of oak, vanilla, and toffee, which is to say whiskey. Taste is a bit spicier with more of the chocolate coming through but also just a bit on the bitter side. Boozy, which is fine by me, though perhaps not as smooth as it could be. Medium bodied.

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Serving: Bottle
Bottled: 2017 (Consumed Jul-9-2019)


A:
Nice big tan head. Settles to a chunky film. Good retention with confetti lacing. (4.25)

S:
Milk chocolate, whiskey spice (pretty restrained), barrel vanillins, toffee, slight oxidation. (4.25)

T:
Some light cocoa, nutty, mapley sweetness, earthy coke sort of flavor. (4)

M:
Kind of thin and a little hollowed-out feeling, active carbonation, well-hidden alcohol. (3.75)

O:
A tasty take on a beer that I already really liked the normal version of.
This one is very nice-looking. Good look and retention for a two-year-old, almost-11% beer. It is very chocolatey and whiskey-touched. The nose is definitely the pinnacle. The pairing of barrel and cocoa sweetness alongside the pairing of whiskey zip and cocoa earthiness really works well. The rest is a nice follow-up but lacks a little of the fullness of the nose. I think that this one has mellowed and melded with age, which is good. However I also think it has lost a bit of punch that it may have once had in terms of flavor and feel. I'll have to see on a fresh bottle someday. All in all though, I enjoyed this one and would have it again in the future despite it being as costly as it was. (4)

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Photo of GrumpyGas
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz 2018 bottle poured into a short chalice shows an opaque dark cola colored body and almost supports a hazelnut colored cap of tiny bubbles leaving erratic spotted lacing.

Aromas of chocolate, whiskey, oak, and dark stone fruits.

Flavors match dominated by chocolate.

Mouthfeel is clean, medium, maybe a touch thin.

Overall a solid beer.

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Photo of Impetuous
4.58/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Opaque deep brown, almost black, body with small off white head.

Flavors are smooth, chocolate malt followed by subtle whiskey and alcohol warmth. Ridiculously smooth, very light carbonation.

This rules

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Photo of arizcards
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a single from the Craft Beer Hop Stop on 11-7-18 for $8.99. Bottled in 2018. Consumed 2-16-19.

Beer pour black with a solid tan head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is a nice combo of chocolate, vanilla, and a touch of whiskey.

Taste is very flavorful, chocolate, vanilla, lactose, and whiskey come together very well. On the sweeter side but the whiskey balances things well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very smooth.

Overall a delightful beer to have tried. Base beer was good on tap when i had it back in 2013.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A 12oz bottle picked up in Vegas, Jan 19

L - Pitch black, 1/2 a finger of tan head

S - Rich chocolate, booze, and whisky. Doesn't get much better than that!

T - Milk chocolate, boozy undercurrents. Some brown sugar sweetness at the end from the whisky barrel

F - Medium body and carbonation. Silky smooth

O - Tasty brew in the first place, but add 6 month of whisky aging and its stronger, and slightly sweeter, and much boozier. Well done!

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Photo of matcris
4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

LOOKS: Black and viscous looking, with a finger of tan head that sticks and leaves some pretty thick lacing.
AROMA: A bit of woody vanilla and whiskey/rye. Mild chocolate and the lactose is prominent.
TASTE: Some milk and mild dark chocolate, lactose sweetness, rye-whiskey is real laid back, mild, woody vanilla is present, as well.
FEEL: Creamy, average carbonation, medium full body, fairly dry on the finish, but, just slightly sticky as well.
OA: Nice sipper. Very mild in every aspect; very laid back flavors.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz, Bottled 2018. Near black body with a tall & frothy tan head. Boozy aroma fills the nose with spicy rye whiskey, cocoa, grain, oak, vanilla, and earthy hops. Great flavors that meld well here: milk chocolate, vanilla, oak, spicy rye whiskey, lactose, caramel, toffee, and mild earthy hops for a touch of bitterness. Thick and creamy feel - super smooth and rich, alcohol is warming, balanced finish. I really liked this one - it was better than expected! I'm glad I bit the bullet on it.

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Photo of AlarmClock314
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, no date, 2018 release. Pours dark brown with a smaller sized but dense light khaki head. Smells of rye whiskey, vanilla, lactose, cocoa, lactose, roasted malt, earthy hops, and some dark fruit. The taste follows with lactose, rye whiskey, vanilla, cocoa, roasted malt, caramel, dark fruit, and some earthy hops. Medium sweetness and low bitterness. The alcohol slightly comes though. Low carbonation and thin body, but smooth. Overall, it's a unique beer with a ton of lactose and complimentary rye/vanilla flavors. Worth a try.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draught at Frontier Brewing and Taproom.

Pours really dark brown with hues of red, an inch of tannish foam, great lacing.

Smells milky, notes of whiskey, vanilla, light roast.

Taste is a friendly battle between the whiskey and milky flavours, both smoothly and well done. Vanilla, light roasted malt, chocolate...tasty, my friends.

Smooth as silk mouthfeel.

Much gooder than I anticipated.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

$ 9.58 (Including shipping)/12 oz bottle ($ 0.798) from Tavour, Seattle, WA. Reviewed 12/12/18.
“Bottled 2018” on label, stored at 42 degrees and served at 50 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. Final temperature 54 degrees.
Appearance – 4.5.
Body – Dark brown/black, opaque, some effervescence. When held to the light, still opaque.
Head – Large (Maximum 4.5 cm, aggressive center pour), tan, medium density, average retention, diminishing to a five to eight mm ring fed by effervescence, a complete, rocky, thin layer, and pieces of lacing left behind as the head retracts.
Lacing – Excellent! Thick, complete rings of tiny to small bubbles, connected by many short columns.
First pour – Medium brown, clear.
Aroma – 4 – Chocolate, roasted malt.
Flavor – 4.5 - Begins slightly sweet with chocolate, caramel, and some lightly roasted malt. There is a hint of whiskey flavor in the background but not barrel flavor. A couple of minutes after swallowing, the whiskey is more noticeable, as is a mild gastric warming. No alcohol (10.5% ABV), no diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 3.5 – Medium, almost creamy, soft carbonation.
Impression and interpretation – 4.25 – Looks, smells, and tastes fine, with an above average palate. Still, it seems too pricey for a milk stout.

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Photo of mpipe
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a bad offering. Pours jet black. Very well balanced and executed. Soft chocolate, cherries, and a very slight hint of booze. The balance of flavor is actually quite amazing.

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Photo of AdmiralOzone
4.44/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark brown with a generous dark tan head that falls away fairly rapidly. Great lacing. Aroma is dark roasted malt, chocolate and whiskey. Flavor is dark chocolate forward, faint hints of the whiskey barrel, sweet vanilla and oak. Feel is medium bodied with low carbonation, but completely adequate for the style. Overall a fantastic beer.

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Photo of BarleyWhyNot
4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours oily with little head. Boozy scent gives way to subdued boozy notes that cut through the chocolate of the original Lugene. Great body both milky smooth and thick. Pretty damn tasty.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black opaque with tan head
Smell Is all whiskey with cocoa accent
Taste and feel are both great cocoa whisky and sweet caramel with mild yeast in taste and sweet caramel long finish with warmth of bourbon
Overall a real treat of whiskey aroma and flavor in a strong sweet stout

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Photo of LGHT
4.66/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Was out in CO for a few days and got a chance to try out the new whiskey barrel aged Lugene. Dark, rich and strong as a good stout should be. Had a great smell and taste, but a slight whisky draw took a little bit away from a great beer. Definitely worth trying!

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Photo of papposilenus
4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a 12oz bottle, dated simply 2017. Served in a tulip.

Pours a clean mahogany-black with a scant half-finger of short-lived loose, bubbly head. Leaves a small bubbly, fizzy cap and collar with no particular lacing to speak of.

Smell: if you've ever had one of those foil-wrapped liquor or cordial filled chocolates, that's pretty much exactly what this smells like, the whiskey one.

The first taste is of the whiskey barrel, all wet punky oak and vanilla, followed by a dusty cloud of cocoa powder and chocolate liqueur and a sweet, boozy caramel flavor underlying it all. The oaky, vanilla character persists on the tongue long after the last sip.

Feel is smooth with a sweet, marshmallowy, mouthcoating medium body and good carbonation.

An interesting beer. I loved the whisky barrel flavor and I loved the chocolate liqueur flavor, but they didn't really seem to belong together and, in fact, it was almost like having two beers mixed together into a beer cocktail, if that makes sense. So, I sort of arbitrarily knocked a quarter point off on a technical demerit while happily slurping away at it nonetheless.

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Photo of brentk56
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours with a nice bubble show that settles down with three fingers of beige head topping the espresso colored liquid; excellent retention and a good splattering of lace

Smell: Milk chocolate, vanilla, Rye whiskey and oak

Taste: Milk chocolate and vanilla forward, with the Rye whiskey tones developing, through the middle; oak barrel flavors, after the swallow, though the finish is a trifle sweet, with a vanilla/marshmallow character

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Surprisingly light for the 10.5% ABV but the flavors are well-integrated; my only quibble is that the finish is a tad to sweet; otherwise, I am a big fan

Thanks, NathanBeets, for the opportunity

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Photo of zeff80
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle. Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a small, khaki-colored head of foam. It smelled of whiskey, oak, vanilla and chocolate. Strong roasted malt taste with chocolate and some whiskey notes.

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Photo of 2beerdogs
4.66/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dear Lord! Thanks to the generosity of hophound for this divine drink.
This blew me away.
Deep brown, tan head that's almost as fluffy as a down pillow.
Smell is glorious. Gentle, creamy cocoa. A delicate roast that sways between the smoothest french roast coffee and bakers chocolate. But then the nose returns to creamy cocoa. Really quite enticing.
Flavor is more of the same, just deeper, rounder, brings the whole mouth into the experience. The roast is so subtle, really allowing the creamy, graceful chocolaty notes to sashay through a most pleasant range of cocoa flavors.
Mouthfeel is full, creamy, fluffy. Epic.
Overall, thee best milk stout I've ever experienced. Please tell me the "retired" status is a mistake.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.87/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: dark black bodied beer with thick cap of khaki colored head.

Smell: Milk chocolates, vanilla, rye whiskey.

Flavor: Loads of vanilla and a very rich / sweet chocolate combo. Root beer and cola notes. Hint of black licorice. Oak and rye whiskey in the finish that makes the beer finish bitter and spicy. Not very balanced; it starts off so sweet that the finish is slightly shocking to your taste buds. Its starts off sweet and dessert like and then ends with spicy bitter combo that isn't overly appealing.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied stout with moderate carbonation levels. Light booze presence.

Overall: I feel like this beer did not spend much time in barrels and this could be the cause of an unbalanced barrel aged stout. This is not bad, it just need alot of time to come together. This doesn't suck and its a decent barrel aged stout just needs some refining by Odell. It probably needed more time than 6 months in the rye whiskey barrels.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark chocolate to black pour, with a fingernail of beige head.

Aroma of whiskey oak and some light milk chocolate. A little underwhelming.

Flavor is of clear alcohol, cocoa, ethanol, and milk chocolate. It's got all the runnings of Lugene, but the booziness and oak of the barrel kind of throws it off track a bit.

Feel is medium bodied, hot, and dry.

Overall, a bit of a disappointment given the price point and the fact that they chose to bring a retired beer back in this manner. They may have used the wrong barrel for this one.

It's a lot like a cup of hot chocolate with a few glugs of vodka.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with less than 1" head and decent lacing.
S: Nose is pretty faint for a barrel aged beer, notes of vanilla, whiskey, char, and chocolate.
T: Taste follows the nose, decent whiskey notes with chocolate, vanilla, some burnt sugar, and minor bite.
M: Medium feel on this one, I would not guess 10.5% ABV.
O: It was an ok beer but honestly a little underwhelming for the style. Seems a little short on flavors for the class.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into glass. Bottled date is '2017', marked on the label.
Dark brown colored body, with mahogany accents when presented to light. Medium tan colored head, settles to thin cap. Excellent web of lacing on glass.
Smells of dark roast, milk chocolate, oak barrel and whiskey, slight vanilla and coffee.
Taste route is sweet chocolate, dark roast, then marshmallow/vanilla, and then the spice of the whiskey barrel. Aftertaste is the sweet chocolate and a little barrel.
Certainly not more than thin on mouth feel, but totally pleasant to drink. No fizz from carbonation. Minimal alcohol burn.
On a mild side for a whiskey barrel aged stout, but tastes very good for a milk stout.
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11/14/2018
2018 edition of Lugene aged in whiskey barrels.
Lots of rye whiskey barrel (spicy) as part of both the aroma and the taste. The sweetness seems less this edition.
Mouth feel is medium to thick here.
Has a solid chocolate milk stout presentation but the rye whisky barrel is a heavy influence on both smell and flavor.
As a comparison to the 2017 edition, this 2018 edition has a much fuller mouth feel, and a presentation that is more rye whiskey barreled influenced. Still pleasant to drink and an excellent milk stout.

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Photo of bbtkd
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Odell Whiskey Barrel Aged Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout, 10.5% ABV, 18 IBU. Pours black with no head. Nose is chocolate, lactose, and a hint of whiskey. Taste follows, with some sweetness, almost no bitterness, and a whiskey burn and lactose on the end. Excellent mouthfeel, overall excellent but was expecting more.

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Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 83 ratings