Chocolate Milk Stout | 4 Hands Brewing Co.

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Chocolate Milk StoutChocolate Milk Stout

Brewed by:
4 Hands Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our chocolate milk stout pours black as the night sky with aromas of dark chocolate, chocolate malt, & more chocolate. With a firm, tan head & a rich velvety mouthfeel our Chocolate Milk Stout is a perfect addition to the change of seasons. Brewed with two pounds of cacoa nibs per barrel this beer is a chocolate lovers dream!

Added by JoEBoBpr on 12-29-2012

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Photo of Treyliff
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a pint, best by 5/13/17

A- pours a deep brown color with a fizzy khaki colored head that reduces to leave nothing behind

S- smells of cocoa nibs, milk chocolate, tootsie rolls and roasted malt

T- dark roasted malt with a hint of char up front, followed by plenty of chocolate sweetness; cocoa, milk chocolate and tootsie roll flavors follow the nose. Finishes with a milky sweetness and a linger of more chocolate

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into a slick finish

O- loaded with flavor, given the abv, very good milk stout

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Photo of morimech
3.47/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Has a strong chocolate aroma and flavor that resembles a chocolate milk shake, but that is about all this beer has going for it. One dimensional and the body is not as creamy as I would of preferred for a milk stout.

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Photo of Skillron
4.69/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Omg. This tastes like chocolate in a glass. Dark and sweet. Its like drinking a cool chocolate milk. WOW. Best chocolate stout I have ever had. Wonderful.

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Photo of JimPottNY
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Draft, a little colder than ideal.
Looks just like a nice milk stout should, nice slightly creamy mouthfeel. Not too thick on the tongue, think I'll have more than one.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.36/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"Best by 1/19/16"; drank 10/8/15 @ the Yarchives.

Poured from a can into a glass.

Brown/black appearance.

A rough pour yielded a HUGE tan head (careful pouring!); a frothy curtain of lace.

Burnt leaves, caramel & sweet chocolate notes in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Caramel & sweet chocolate syrup flavors up front; cream soda & burnt leaf notes on the finish. A cloying, clashing overall flavor.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can. Pours black with thin tan head, soapy lace. Smells like a milk chocolate shake. Tastes the same, Cocoa and malted milk balls with slight char and back end bitterness. Thin mouthfeel but glides down. Decent milk stout.

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Photo of Mateo2699
3.46/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown, almost black. Thin looking pour with fluffy khaki head.
Nose is some nestle crunch milk chocolate, a hint of coffee and some roasted malt.
Taste is more robust malt foward, and that milk chocolate in the nose turns into baker chocolate.
Mouthfeel is medium carbonated and quite thin bodied.

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Photo of BeernOnThe4thOfJuly
3.18/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark and a bit thin looking. Resembles Coke. Minimal head. Strong chocolate nose with a little bit of coffee. Fairly mild coffee flavor with definite sweetness. That sweetness is just kind of sugary and hollow, though. Bit of a coffee finish.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This one was really tasty. As expected the mouthfeel was pretty thin, but the flavor was on point. It really did have a nice chocolate milk taste to it with a nice semi bitter finish.

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Photo of basaywhat
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz Can. Pours a dark almost black with a tan head. Huge chocolate aroma, some cream and coffee. Taste is lots of dark chocolate, dark chocolate bitterness too.

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Photo of zimm421
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep brown to black with a nice light brown head. The nose is all chocolate; both roasted and sweet. The taste yields, you guessed it - chocolate. There's a good sweetness to it, but there are also notes of roasted malts and touches of caramel. The finish has a touch of lactose noticeable along with the sweet chocolate. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy and it goes down nicely. Overall, it's a good sweet stout but it's slightly too one dimensional for me. Still, it's enjoyable and a good desert beer.

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Photo of PA-hunter
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured 12oz can into snifter glass. 5.5 % abv

Appearance- Pours a dark red/brown mahogany color. Thick light tan head slow to dissipate. Opaque.

Smell- Sweet malt, milk chocolate, caramel.

Taste- Sweet malt, slightly roasted. Has a sugary lactose hint to it, with bold chocolate notes. It seems like milk chocolate notes come first and it actually becomes a darker chocolate flavor as the taste progresses. After the smooth chocolate flavor there is slight hints of expresso in the finish, only slightly bitter, still retaining some sweetness.

Mouthfeel- Medium in body with active carbonation.

Overall- This was an outstanding milk stout. Showcased chocolate flavor in a beer quite well while using sweet and roasted malts. Highly flavorful and drinkable.

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Photo of Murphious
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yep, this is really good stout! Seems thick while pouring into a wide tulip. Very nice head and dark brown-black color. Aroma is very very nice---dark chocolate and malt, not much hop in there but I love the roasted smells. Tastes as good or better than the aroma! Smooth and silky mouthfeel. Definitely a favorite!

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Photo of MikeWard
3.52/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

looks pretty decent. black body with off white head. this eventually fades to a ring with thin covering.

aroma gives a hint of chocolate but not much else.

taste again only gives a hint of chocolate.

mouth is very thin.

overall, a bit disappointing. was hoping for more body and more chocolate.

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Photo of Suds
4.31/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 12 ounce can, this is an excellent example of a sweet stout. It is utterly black, thick, and capped with a dark tan head. The head is tall and firm. The smell is incredible....roasted and toasted and chocolate dominate. Imagine espresso beans, suspended in hot The taste is similar....some bitterness, but lots of sweet, chocolate milk flavor. Thick and hefty. This is a substantial and enjoyable brew.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It's odd with 4 Hands BC - we get distribution here in PA, but it is scattered to the point that I CAN find some in PHL, some in LNC & still others were returnees with me from CHI. I dig the graphics on the CANs & I am anxious to CANduct a horizontal tasting/review of their CANned beers. When it is over, if you know of a CAN of theirs that I missed, let me know. How bizarre that tone77 got one from me when I just bought a CAN at The Fridge yesterday!

From the CAN: "Grade A"; "Food Pairings: Chocolate - Grilled Beef"; "Stout with Cacao Nibs". The label is reminiscent of Elsie, the Borden Cow, but dressed in a Milkman's cap & bowtie. If that is the case, the pairings seem a little sad. Milk chocolate? Sure! But Grilled Beef? Ya gotta kill the cow to get the meat. Aw. I am not a vegetarian, but that just seems inCANgruous if they are going to prominently feature a cow on the label.

The Crack! revealed yet another brimful CAN & released a spray across my fingertips. I could not bring myself to turn the cow upside down for an inverted Glug, but she really began to low when I did an agitating swirl! Sorry, but it raised a finger of foamy, deep-tan/light-brown head with decent retention. Color was Very Dark Brown to Black/Opaque (SRM = > 34, < 44) with just enough light penetration to keep it from being solid Black, plus there were cola highlights at the edges. Nose was rich with smoke, dark chocolate and a nuttiness, almost like peanuts. In fact, my initial thought was a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup! Mmmm. Now, I wish that I had some Tastykake Peanut Butter Tandy Takes to go with this. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but close. I really swear, it tasted like a liquid peanut butter cup! I have had other porters & stouts that were intentionally going for this taste, but I do not think that such was the case here. This is an amusing beer that was quite easy to drink with half of it disappearing before I noticed. My only reservation/hesitation was its sweetness. I am a self-avowed hophead and I generally eschew sweets, so this was outside of my wheelhouse and as such, one was plenty. I am not going to dun it, but it was worth pointing out.

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Photo of Redrover
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I split a bomber of this with my wife and one of the sister-in-laws.

Poured into a glass, the beer is black with a cream/tan colored head and lace.

It has an aroma of coco, roasted malts and a bit of molasses.

The chocolate is very evident but the base beer is not overwhelmed. There is chocolate, some roasted malts, a hint of smoke, and caramel. It all works together nicely.

The mouth is silky with spot on carbonation.

I would buy this again!

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Photo of DrAnnaNemis
3.51/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a thick tan head. Has a little vegetable smell. Tastes lightly of coffee and even lighter of chocolate. Feels thicker than it seems. Not bad just not great.

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass while at dinner at Kuma's Too. Great smell and you can clearly taste the cacao influence in this stout. Wonderful taste for a lower ABV beer (and for me that is anything under 8%) :-) Nice effort overall with this one.

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Photo of stlfatguy
4.74/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this one on tap. Enjoyed it a lot. Might not be the best stout I've ever had, but I was tempted to give it 5's cuz it lived up to the description perfectly. Black body with creamy brown head. smell is chocolate milk...not cocoa or roasted malt or dark chocolate, but really I immediately thought of chocolate milk. Was worried the taste was going to be artificial, but it too was excellent... chocolate milk. Extremely balanced taste where I never forgot I was drinKing a good stout. It's fair to say there were light coffee notes, hints of roasted malt, and more. In the end though, it was chocolate milk. The sweetness was there but not overpowering. The taste wasn't fake, Just very nicely balanced. Figured it would fail in the feel and be either tOo thin or too syrupy. Nope, it is super creamy and, well... like chocolate milk. Overall great experience, and I'll admit I ordered a second.

Gonna pick up some cans and see if they deliver the same. Like others, I stayed away for a while because i figured this was a gimmick beer. Now I can't wait to try Four Hands Peanut Butter Stout.

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Photo of Cih26d
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had in both bottle and draft. really sweet at first but balanced out in end and was pleasantly surprised as not too chocoloately despite the name. good color and feel.

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Photo of krh
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great stout for the last drink of the evening. Chocolate is balanced. Held off on this one for years b/c of the cow on the label, but it is well done and not gimmicky. Recently impressed by my introduction to 4 Hands.

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Photo of AdamAlway
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Motor oil black with slightest brown hints. Dark tan head that was gone quickly except for a small spatter in of bubbles. Subtle sweet milk chocolate and milk, but predominantly malt. A lot of bittersweet chocolate and milk flavors up front, but not too sweet. Slightly bitter and very creamy. It is pretty light and bubbly for a stout. As mentioned, very creamy and goes down easy. Great trade for a great beer. Great balance of sweet and bitter flavors throughout.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Coffee brown, with a finger of tan head.

Chocolate milk comes right at the nose upon first the pour.

This beer really delivers on exactly what it promises. It's not an extremely roasty stout--chocolate malt and dark chocolate work really well together, helping put this into the realm of adult chocolate milk.

Sweet but lightly dry bitterness keep this out of cloying territory. Only a very slight hint of alcohol comes through on the back end of the throat, otherwise you'd really need to keep this brew out of the hands of the little ones.

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Photo of Alan_Bats
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L-Looks just like you'd expect a good stout to look. Tan head
S-a lot of chocolate, some roasted malt comes through, smells sweet
T-strong taste of chocolate. Stays on the palate for a long time. Still get some bitterness from roasted malt.
F- Not heavy but I'd call it full bodied, Goes down very smooth
O- For a dessert this stout is fantastic. Very sweet but in the right situation it's a great beer.

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