Chocolate Milk Stout
4 Hands Brewing Co.

Chocolate Milk StoutChocolate Milk Stout
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English Sweet / Milk Stout
Ranked #190
Ranked #5,204
4.03 | pDev: 9.18%
4 Hands Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States
Chocolate Milk StoutChocolate Milk Stout
Notes: 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!
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Reviews: 94 | Ratings: 715
Photo of TerrySickler
4.99/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This stout is smooth going down. It has a wonderful cocoa aroma. It may have been my pour, but for a stout, I would have liked a little more top, its dark brown allows you to expect its perfect cocoa flavor.

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Photo of RMehrenberg
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Shiny thinned motor oil. Thick foam head that dissipates to a skim on top. Some cocoa smell also caramel and toffee. Hints of hops. Velvety smooth mouthfeel with a taste of cocoa and maybe buttery toast.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz can, unclear date code

Pours almost black in color, but some light gets through the edges of the glass. Tan colored head. As expected, big milk chocolate aroma. Similar taste, sweet but not cloying. Long finish. Medium to thick bodied, silky feel.

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Photo of omahawk
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

They did a good job of making a chocolate milk tasting stout. Big rocky head when first poured. Hint of roast on the nose. Taste is balanced chocolate malt stout with lactose supporting sweetness. Not my favorite beer, but they nailed the style.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

4 Hands Brewing Co. "Chocolate Milk Stout"
12 fl. oz. can. The production code on the bottom of the can is illegible but starts with "16 255"
$2 @ Wegmans, King of Prussia, PA

Look: A rough pour brings up a two-finger thick head of dark tan foam atop an opaque brown-black body. Better than average head retention and good lacing.
Smell: Very much like a cup of hot cocoa and a little bit like a glass of "Ovaltine".
Taste: Cocoa, milk chocolate dark chocolate. Mildly roasty and coffee-like. No yeasty fruitiness, no hops. Balanced by a stiff bitterness. Mainly dry finish with bitterness stepping forward and then lingering, somewhat akin to very dark bittersweet chocolate.
Feel: Medium-light in body and crisp.
Overall: It walks the line between becoming a sweet dessert beer and a standard chocolatey stout because of its bitterness level, and to a certain extent its mouthfeel, and I'm personally not sure that I wouldn't prefer it to be one or the other. The chocolate component is quite nice. Worth trying for fans of chocolate beers.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from undated can into pint glass. It pours a dark walnut color with a half finger of foamy, khaki-colored head that dissipated quickly leaving a thin film of lacing. There's lots of sweet cocoa on the nose, along with lactose, roasted malt, and nuts. The cocoa carries on to the taste, along with milk, chalk, nuts, wood smoke, burnt coffee, and a surprisingly bitter, hoppy finish. There's more to the taste than I anticipated. For a milk stout it has a fairly creamy mouth feel with moderate carbonation, and at 5.5% ABV it's a very easy drinker. Overall, this is one of the best milk stouts I've had. And the can art is outstanding!

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Photo of daliandragon
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a big, brown body and a cola colored head full of rich sweet dairy flavors in the nose. Very close to YooHoo in the nose, actually.

Strong lactose and sweetness colors the chocolate and molasses flavors. Some hoppiness snipes at the flanks, including in the finish. A little smokiness touches the aftertaste as well. Very much better than I expected.

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Photo of Steveskk83
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my go to winter beer, as it's always stocked in my beer fridge during the winter months like schlafly's pale ale during the summer. It's a good drinker if you're lounging about the house or completing the honey do list.

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Photo of q33jeff
4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25


Can to snifter.

Looks smells and tastes as advertised... like chocolate milk.

LOOK: The appearance is dark black with a creamy can head, good head retention.

AROMA is milk chocolate. Not incredibly strong and not much else.

TASTE is sweet chocolate, some roasted barley. Late bitterness cuts the early sweetness.

FEEL: full body, creamy, a little fizz too.

Very enjoyable easy drinking stout. Nothing incredibly complex, but straight up tasty.


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Photo of Livyatan1996
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

i've been on this god forsaken site for a year and figured i would revisit one of the first beers i ever had, this time super fresh and taken care of. deep dark brown, nearing black with a fluffy brown head thats died to a consistent ring. bits of lacing cling behind. smells like a bottle of prairie farms chocolate milk with a few shots of coffee grounds, and tastes much the same. really damn good that is. drinks super smooth, lingering roastiness left behind and some chocolate sweetness. these have really grown on me and will be taking over the fridge very soon

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this actually tastes like chocolate milk, like, really chocolatey milk, the kind you make when you are a kid and mom says you can make your own, so you drain half the bottle of hersheys syrup into the glass and splash just a little milk over it, half stir it, and basically drink chocolate. the ratio is whack, but it sure is delicious. this reminds me of that. there is a ton of milk chocolate in the aroma and flavor here, and i am surprised to read its made with cocoa nibs, as i usually associate those with a more earthy, bitter, roasty dark chocolate complexion, its usually not this desserty, but there must be some lactose or even vanilla in here sweetening it up. the base stout is really good too though, frothy and thick and textured right to accommodate all this chocolate. there is a creaminess about it, a definite melted chocolate character, and a finishing sweetness thats prominent but not too much that i dont want to crack another can as soon as i drain the first one. it seems like a lot of breweries are trying this sort of thing now, but sometimes less is more, and a simple and chocolate heavy approach is all you really need to succeed. this is at the head of its class, my favorite chocolate stout i have had in awhile, and oddly drinkable for what it is. im sad when my glass is empty. these guys are killing it right now, especially with the dark stuff!

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Photo of Treyliff
3.89/5  rDev -3.5%
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 -13.9%
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 +16.4%
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 -5.2%
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 -16.6%
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 -3.5%
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 -14.1%
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 -21.1%
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 +1.2%
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 -2.7%
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 -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 +6.5%
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 +9.9%
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 -12.7%
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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