Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout
Odell Brewing Company

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Stout - Sweet / Milk
Ranked #158
Ranked #4,139
4.09 | pDev: 10.02%
Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Lugene Chocolate Milk StoutLugene Chocolate Milk Stout
Notes: If you’ve ever been to our brewery, you’ve likely seen the old, beat-up truck that hauls away our spent grain. That truck belongs to Lugene, who’s been feeding his dairy cows the hearty malt for over a decade. Named in his honor, Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout is brewed with milk sugar and milk chocolate. The rich and creamy brew reminds us of a cold glass of chocolate milk and our hometown “Aggie” roots.
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KT3418 from Colorado

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I need to have this again so bad. I'm really biased towards chocolate stouts anyways but idk. Look I'm a really positive person about this stuff, just try it. They brought this back after like 5 years I think. Good stuff

Mar 18, 2021
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defunksta from North Dakota

3.69/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a completely dark/black color with a moderate, dark tan head. SRM of 24. (3.75)

Aroma: Strong aromas of deep and rich chocolate. Mostly milk chocolate, but also a little bit of dark roast underneath. Faint dark malt aromas. Deep, dark, and rich.

Flavor: Flavors follows with deep and rich chocolate and some dark malt and alcohol behind that. Deep and rich chocolate. Some dark chocolate roast and faint pine bitterness too, but overpowered by the rich chocolate, malt, and alcohol. The alcohol is detectable within the malt.

Feel: Heavier-bodied as expected. Moderate to strong carbonation. The carbonation is actually respectable and cleans the palate somewhat. Still leaves a dark sweetness that lingers. (4.00)

Compared to Central Waters' Satin Solitude Stout 2/19/21: Pours a similar color with a slightly darker head. More deep and chocolatey aromas. Less lactose and milk. More abrasive going down.

Overall: A deep and rich Stout. Definitely is within the imperial stout level. Maintains the American Stout chocolate flavor, without the other flavors or roast to make it Russian or European. It has deep and rich chocolate flavors with a mild roast and dark malt flavor. A mild pine and/or bitter coffee roast to balance. Strong and drinks as expected for 8.5% ABV. (Final Rating: 3.69)

Feb 20, 2021
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150lRoast from Missouri

4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is jet black with a dark brown head. Smell was toasted malt with an hint of chocolate. The taste is chocolate that is slightly sweet and milky. The aftertaste is dark chocolate with a medium body. The carbonation was light. Overall this is a nice milk stout.

Jan 02, 2021
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a deep brown color with a one finger head of tan colored foam. The head has a decent level of retention, fading over time to leave a good sum of streaky lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is very strong of a milk chocolate smell mixed with some aromas of toasted malt and a decent showing of vanilla and brown sugar. Along with these smells comes smells of crème and a touch of coffee. Overall a nice rich and inviting aroma.

Taste – The taste begins with sweet roasted malt flavor that is supported by tons of milk chocolate. As the taste advances the milk chocolate grows stronger and stronger, taking on the bulk of the taste. At the same time more flavors of vanilla and crème, as well as brown sugar develop on the tongue, sweetening the flavor quite a bit. With a tiny bit of nut and a tiny bit of earth, one is left with a nice sweet, milk chocolate flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is medium in thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. The low carbonation is fantastic for the flavors of the brew and, while a slightly thicker body may have been more fitting, the medium body was rather good overall, as it keeps it easier drinking while still supporting the desert nature of the brew.

Overall – A quite tasty and sweet milk chocolate brew. Rather tasty!! A nice dessert brew.

Dec 08, 2020
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black; light barely passes at the edges.

Small dark khaki head; minimal lace.

Muted malt nose; not much here.

Medium mouthfeel.

Prominent milk flavor, with hints of peanut butter.

Sounds great, but this mingles together uncomfortably.

Not great. Sad, the brewery & style had me very excited. Still, this is drinkable.

May 06, 2019
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JacobusFavier23 from Texas

4.56/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L- Pours a one finger headed stout with a dark, almost jet black appearance. The head dissipates rather quickly, but sticks around enough to not be offensive on the eye. Quite nice to look at, to be honest.
S- Malty chocolate sweetness sets itself apart up front. This is followed by a dairy like nuggety freshness and savory aroma. I get hints of whiskey and rye, vanilla and toffee. Another strange, but pleasant pick up is some tart cherry. Pretty interesting and rewarding smell.
T- The flavor is exactly what I wanted and hoped for. Very sweet with obvious hints of milk chocolate, bitter dark chocolate, toffee and vanilla up front. As I let the beer sit on the tongue, I get some nuttiness, toasted oats and stone fruit as well. Very nice. The sweetness isn't over bearing and the hints of each flavor combined is rewarding with each sip. A slight bitterness is present at the end. And I don't know if it's just me, but I get a hint of earthiness.
F- Medium bodied. Fresh, lively but soft carbonation.
O- I would give this beer an award if I could. Wonderfully crafted and loved at every sip. I can't say enough complements about Lugene. Sad to hear that the beer is retired, but I'm glad I got to savor it at this moment. Happy I'm starting off my year of beer reviews with such a winner. Cheers!

Jan 15, 2019
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance was a pure dark brown closer to black color. One finger off white foamy head tries to cling but slides for the most part. The smell was a super nice arrangement of bitter coffee to smooth milk chocolate. The taste was mainly sweet milk chocolate enticing the taste buds to indulge in more of this luscious brew. Light chocolate to coffee aftertaste leading to a nice somewhat dry finish. On the palate, it sat about a medium on the body, not that sessionable but I wasn’t expecting it to be considering the style. Carbonated exactly how a milk sweet Stout should be. It has one the smoothest and creaminest mouthfuls one could ever ask for from a milk sweet stout. Overall, very nicely done milk/sweet stout.

Jun 24, 2017
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BeerSamurai34 from Texas

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one literally tastes like chocolate milk with a slight bitter burn on the finish. It's really nice and strangely refreshing for a dark beer, although there is no balance.

Jun 09, 2016
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jngrizzaffi from Texas

4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a finger width foamy head. Retention and lacing are both good. Has a more faint aroma than most stouts. More roasted malts with hints of coffee and some chocolate. Has a very silky smooth taste with roasted malts up front. From there, if is almost like milk chocolate is moving along your tongue. There is mild coffee bitterness at the end. More heavy bodied with moderate carbonation. It is a very enjoyable beer.

May 25, 2016
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bbtkd from South Dakota

3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Odell Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout, 8.5% ABV, 18 IBU. Pours moderate (not thick, not thin), opaque, almost no head, smells chocolate. Taste is chocolate, smooth, not bitter, a bit sweet. Mouthfeel is short of chewy. I found a new one for my favorites list.

May 01, 2016
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DoubleJ from Wisconsin

3.74/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I'm already filled with dessert, but just for the heck of it, let's cap it off with this dessert like beverage. Onto the beer:

Ink black colored and topped with an espresso tanned head with solid retention on top. I smell some fruity booze here, some cocoa, and vague fruity esters. It certainly has that Imperial Stout strength to it.

Imperial Stout Meats milk chocolate
The beer itself is quite smooth in texture with a light buzz of booze. Sweet milk chocolate and cherries are all wrapped up in a very smooth liquid that's full-bodied.

I think I've had enough dessert for tonight. Until next time...

Apr 10, 2016
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StJamesGate from New York

3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Charcoal black with just a finger of clingy tan in spite of vigorous pour. 3.75
Tin, meat crust, and ash - no chocolate. 3.75
Licorice root, cocoa nibs, some roasty sweetness, purple plums, slight Maltesers and a mildly, finish. Thickens up with molasses notes as it goes. 3.75
Creamy, round, past medium, chewy. 4

There’s purists who say that milk chocolate isn’t much chocolate at all, and that’s the problem here. Roasty dark notes can’t compete (no coffee notes!) with the abundance of malts (it is 8.5%, after all) that make this creamy, sure, but also a bit too sticky and hard to work through. That might not matter if there was euphoric truffle and cocoa powder notes (Choklat, Young’s Double) but… milk chocolate. 3.75

Apr 05, 2016
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puck1225 from Texas

3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Black with a nice brown head and good lacing. A pleasant fragrant smell of chocolate and maybe a bit of banana. The feel is very smooth and creamy. The taste is nice and sweet and chocolatey. A nice beer!

Mar 25, 2016
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Wasatch from Colorado

4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Revisit: 12 Jan 21
12 oz. Bottle
Best By: 5/17/21

Almost 4 years since.

Poured into a tulip a very nice dark brown/black color, with some pretty nice carbonation, which leaves a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger light tan head, which also leaves a pretty nice medium size oil slick, with some pretty nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is pretty nice, malty, hoppy, with a pretty nice touch of chocolate/toffee notes, slight vanilla, slight roastyness. The taste is pretty nice, malty, hoppy, with a pretty nice touch of chocolate/toffee, very nice vanilla sweetness, some roastyness. Medium body, ABV is hidden very well, nice little dry/bitter finish. Overall, very tasty.

12 oz. Bottle
Best By: 5/5/16

Pours a very nice black color, with some pretty nice carbonation, which leaves a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger light tan head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with chocolate/toffee notes, slight vanilla, slight roastyness. The taste is malty, very nice sweetness, chocolate/toffee. Medium body, ABV hidden very well, nice little dry/bitter finish. Overall, for being available in sixers, and at this ABV, this is a very nice Milk Stout.

Mar 24, 2016
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FBarber from Illinois

3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured dark and opaque. Got pretty much no head. Smell was a mixture of chocolate and sweetness. Taste was what you'd expect nice and chocolately, sweet but not overly so, didn't get any bitter chocolate flavor. Beer was mildly carbonated and nice and smooth. supremely drinkable, it hides the ABV very very well. Overall a really good chocolate milk stout - definitely one of the better ones out there.

Mar 15, 2016
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Extol from Georgia

3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - dark in color, nice retention along the glass. Smell - chocolate and bitter chocolate. Taste - follows the nose but nice and sweet, without being overly much so. Overall - very solid beer. Would def get again. Girlfriend cringed and said it was awful. Funny, she likes DIPA but not stouts... women.

Mar 15, 2016
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: The liquid settles in with a translucent coffee color and the rocky beige head leaves a lot of foam sticking to the side of the glass

Smell: Chocolate milk, lactose and a hint of vanilla

Taste: Milk chocolate from start to finish, with just a slight grainy tinge developing in the middle

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Every now and again I enjoy a milk stout; it's not something I like to drink frequently but this one is one of the better ones I have encountered; hides the ABV well

Mar 11, 2016
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MFMB from Idaho

3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep brown/black with minimal head that goes away quickly. Mouthfeel is on the heavier side and the beer coats the glass as you drink. Smells of coffe chocolate and roasted malts. Tastes mainly of coffee to me with a roasty chocolate aftertaste. Very smooth with minimal sharp edges.

Mar 05, 2016
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smanson56 from New Hampshire

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dark black color with a nice dark tan head into my snifter glass. The gives way to the sweetness of this beer with some nice chocolate overtones along with richness from the sugar. The taste is not overly sweet to me a nice blend of chocolate and other flavors in this beer. The mouth feel is smooth. A really nice take on a chocolate milk stout and would like to enjoy this again

Mar 04, 2016
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Groenebeor from California

4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I had this the first night it was tapped in my town, and bought a few last night to have it again in the bottle.

L: Dark chocolate brown with a tan head that stick around and looks pretty.

S: Lots of chocolate in the nose, impressive!

T: The taste is like chocolate milk, stout, and a mocha had a baby.

Feb 21, 2016
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maxwellfishing from Colorado

4.84/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

everything I've ever looked for in a stout. Top three of my favorite stouts for sure. The only reason I can see why someone would not like this beer is because of its sweetness. Let's be honest, if you don't want a little sweetness don't buy a stout.

anyways, this beer is creamy, smooth and soft. It leaves an after taste and texture you would get after eating a milk chocolate bar.
Simply amazing.

Jan 03, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown color, light tan head under half an inch. Aroma was lactose and chocolate milk. Roast brought up the rear aroma wise.

Easy drinking chocolate flavor, without the chalkiness of Nestle quick. Not overly sweet thankfully. Solid beer, solid price.

Dec 05, 2015
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maedhros09 from Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Dark brown/black with a half finger or so of tan head that settles down pretty quickly
Smell: Dark fruit, roasted malt
Taste: Roasted malt, dark fruit, chocolate syrup. On the sweet side but with a decent balance. The chocolate doesn't seem artificial - it blends well with the other flavors. Finishes with bittersweetness
Feel: Medium-full body, prickly carbonation for a stout of this strength.

Overall: Among other stouts I've had this seems to fit in best with the foreign extra stouts, but with a bit of the milk/sweet stout character. The best by date was listed as 5/27/2015 - though I've read others who say this doesn't age well, this seems quite good considering it is 5+ months past its BB date. The flavors are really well blended and despite others' opinion that it was too sweet, I find it to be just about right for a sweet stout (maybe it's the extra age?).

Nov 07, 2015
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raiderandbeerfan from Nevada

3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown, deep color, nice looking. The head is a lighter shade of brown in the 1/4" depth ranger. No lace. Pretty color, intermingling.

Aroma was mild chocolate, wasn't all roast, good mix.

Taste was all about those chocolate and cocao impressions. Alcohol covered amazingly for an abv like this one. Noticeable moreso as it warms. Lactose/sugar dialed in right where i want it. Mild bitterness. Already going 'solid 2nd tier chocolate beer'. Koufax21 hooked it up for the first time. Have had since.

Sep 25, 2015
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L0ne from Texas

4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From backlog. On draft at Gingerman in Houston, February 2015.

Love chocolate stouts and am a big fan of Odell, so may be a bit biased, but I really enjoyed it. Lots of chocolate, light roast, some earthy hops add balance, right amount of sweetness. Really creamy mouthfeel.

Sep 11, 2015
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Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 980 ratings