Milk Stout
Lancaster Brewing Company

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English Sweet / Milk Stout
Ranked #626
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3.89 | pDev: 12.08%
Lancaster Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
Very Good
Milk StoutMilk Stout
Notes: Brewed in Lancaster since 1994, we’re proud to present America’s original craft Milk Stout. Notes of milk chocolate, coffee and roasted malt goodness play counterpoint to a mild sweetness from the addition of milk sugar… You can’t go wrong with award winning Lancaster Milk Stout.
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3.39/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Black in color with minimal light penetration. There’s a half inch of of creamy brown on top. The aroma is of milk chocolate and lactose. I’m tasting dark malt and lactose. The mouth is creamy and lightly chalky.

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Franziskaner from Missouri, May 23, 2020
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4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep dark cocoa brown with a one finger tan brown head. The head quickly subdues into the beer like a tiger stalking its prey from the grass. Nothing remains except a tin beady foam ring hugging the inner glass.
The smell of roasty malts explodes out of the glass followed by some scents of coffee. Smells of vanilla and milk chocolate are also coyly playing like cubs in the background.
The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a medium body. The low carbonation helps contribute to this creamy, almost milk straight from the cow’s teat mouthfeel.
The taste follows the nose with roasted malts and coffee leading the way like a ringmaster with a line of elephants. After their act is over the sweet cream and subdued chocolate make a guest appearance in this delightful circus.
The finish is smooth, and a lingering slick sweetness remains on the tongue. The beer is extremely easy to drink like using the high striker mallet to knock the clown in the dunk tank.
Overall a fine offering. If you’re looking for something super complex and unique, this might not be the one. However, if you’re just trying to sit down and have a few solid milk stouts, this is an excellent choice.

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dups68 from Rhode Island, Apr 25, 2020
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3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

6/13/19...pours dark brown with light ring of brown foam. Light layer. Light chocolate nose. Nose of oats. Creamy mouthfeel. Light bodied w/ coffee taste. And a modest chocolate. Quite smooth. Sweet. Simple.

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KTCamm from New Jersey, Jul 21, 2019
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3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Opaque brownish-black with a thick, tan-brown head.
Smell: Mild chocolate.
Taste: Chocolate, coffee, just the right balance of sweetness and bitterness.
Feel: Medium-bodied and nicely carbonated.
Overall: Really nice -- I want to try this one again.

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good_to_sea from Pennsylvania, May 23, 2019
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4.52/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Deep brown color with a tan head that disappates rather quickly. You need to pour this vigorously to get the head right! Smells of coffee, some dark chocolate and a little roastiness which is what I expect for the style. Mouthfeel is nice with a little touch of classic carbonation yet it stayed smooth like a stout should. Flavors of chocolate, coffee and a nice maltiness came through but this is NOT overly sweet at all. Its a very well-balanced milk stout that is never cloying or "too much". I think they did a great job with this and I consider it as good as any milk stout Ive had. Its a keeper for anyone that likes this style.

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RoadLizard from New York, Apr 13, 2019
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

As requested by the brewery, I’m pouring this 12 oz. can into a pint glass. It pours a dark brown and forms a pinky width of active, peanut butter colored crown that recedes into nothing but a ring around the glass.

The nose brings a blend of roasted malts, coffee notes, slight cream and milk chocolate.

The taste carries in with the milk chocolate and cream notes. Almost like a hot chocolate but with coffee and roasty notes. A good balance of sweetness, not too much but present.

The mouthfeel is silky with mild acidity. It’s body is on the heavy side of medium for the single milk stout style.

Overall, it’s a solid, well made milk stout that doesn’t depend on sweetness. Instead it balances sweetness and roast to make an enjoyable drinking experience.

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3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip/snifter.

L---Impermeable dark brown color. Light brown head with very little retention and good lacing.

S---Sweet. Malts & lactose are prominent. Milk chocolate is apparent. Not getting the advertised coffee.

T---Points for not being overly sweet, like a lot of lactose added beers can be. Milk chocolate is the dominant flavor. Lactose is noticeable. Maltiness is dominant over hoppiness. No real hoppiness to speak of.

F---Not as thick as hoped/expected, but still about right for ABV. Creamy, but not as creamy as expected for style. Not very carbonated.

O---A tasty milk stout. This one might get lost among the competition with extra adjucts/treatments, but it's a damn fine example of the style. I'll keep an eye out for it in the future.

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rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania, Dec 26, 2018
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3.66/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with no date.
Pours essentially black and opaque with a modest size, yet very durable, tan head.
Aroma: coffee, dark dried fruits, faint chocolate and roasted grains.
Flavor: chocolate, coffee, black bread and faint hints of dark dried fruits. Moderate sweetness for style.
Smooth, medium body.

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chinchill from South Carolina, Nov 17, 2018
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4.66/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Just an excellent and very drinkable stout imo. Great roasted malt profile, trace fuggles hop finish and light/medium enough to enjoy more than one. Lancaster Milk Stout is my go to stout!

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PeteLBC from Pennsylvania, Jun 15, 2018
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4.55/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I always compare any stout to guiness which is probably the standard if you ask most stout drinkers, I thought this was a lot easier to drink than most stout, I was able to down a whole 6 pack whereas guiness I wasnt right away, and this is really good its my second favorite stout behind sam adams cream stout

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brandonmarks94 from Pennsylvania, Jun 03, 2018
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4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I felt the need to drop a review after seeing so many negative ones.

I'm a huge stout fan personally, so I'm pretty harsh on bad ones. This was not a bad stout by any means.

L: Very dark black, i always look for opacity while I'm pouring from the bottle, and there was absolutely none with this. A thick black all the way.

S: Very roasty malty up front, with a slight chocolate prescense and the lactose also very distinct. It was unexpected tbh.

T: The taste was surprising to me, in a good way. A lot of milk stouts are overly sweet imo, but this didn't follow the trend. It tasted like a very standard, tame porter to me. Very distinct roasted malt flavor up front, with an obvious lactose kick towards the back. It doesn't over do either one much at all. There is a bit of that chocolate/coffee flavor at times, which seems very natural to me.

F: Very creamy, but much less than any other milk stout I've had. I definitely wouldn't call it watery overall, but it may be a bit for the style.

O: i was pleasantly surprised after seeing these reviews. This was solid imo. It may differ from most in this style, which might lead to bad reviews from the super technical drinkers out there, but as a stout lover in general i would absolutely recommend to anyone who enjoys one

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AWiseman528 from Maryland, May 31, 2018
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4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a PGC Sparkles mug.

Appearance: Black coffee in color, with a generous three fingers of dense, tan foam.

Smell: Boozy, sweet, chocolaty, rich, like Hershey's syrup spiked with bourbon.

Taste: Creamy and sweet, like a roasted marshmallow. There's a sharp, woody, and oddly cooling flavor, like hookah smoke, that has a strong presence throughout. The milkiness makes this much more mild and easy-drinking than a standard, or much less, an imperial, stout. Aftertaste is a bit cloying, but that's nothing that another sip won't take care of! Very quaffable.

Mouthfeel: The milkiness is most detectable here; it has that smooth, creamy quality you can only get from milk. Very fizzy too.

Overall: Tasty stuff, nice and easygoing. Not too high of an ABV for a stout either, at 5.30%, so I say fill a big tankard, and have a relaxing night!

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3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The appearance was a nice looking hazy fairly dark brown to black color with a thin layer of white foaminess to the head. The smell had a nice roasty to sweet blend of chocolate to coffee. The taste was mainly sweet with an ample amount of roasty sweet coffee to chocolate intermingling between. There’s a slight sweet milky chocolate aftertaste leading to a sweet sticky finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a fairly decent sipping quality about it. There’s a nice carbonation to the beer. Overall, I say this was a pretty good sweet stout that I would have again.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Black in color. Aroma was not overpowering but roasted barley malt and milk chocolate came though. Taste followed aroma almost identically with a bit of a feint hop finish. I enjoyed it a lot and would try it again

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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey, Jun 02, 2017
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3.46/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours deep black in color with a one-finger foamy off-white head that has short retention and leaves nothing behind

S- roasted malt, char, milk sugars, chocolate & earthy coffee

T- starts rather dull, with flavors not popping until the mid-palate, giving notes of sweet lactose and chocolate. The finish is semi-dry with a hint of coffee and lingers of milky chocolate

M- medium-light body with low carbonation leads to an almost flat mouthfeel that turns just a bit foamy into the finish

O- pretty good milk stout but the mouthfeel is almost flat

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Treyliff from West Virginia, May 10, 2017
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3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L - yep, that's black. Coursely bubbled head that quickly and loudly dissipates. It is black tho.

S - lactose sweetness and a roasty coffee brown flavor. Burnt popcorn.

T - iced latte sweetness. Coffee with milk and sugar. Can't shake this buttered burnt popcorn taste.

F - standard fare. Medium body with medium carbonation.

O - they should call this "Lancaster Burnt Popcorn". I may be a bit roasty toasty right now, but that's all I can taste.

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agreenman19 from Connecticut, May 08, 2017
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a motor oil black.

Overall: The aroma contains hints of chocolate, milk and toffee. The taste has coffee, bittersweet chocolate, smoked flavor, with a carbonated and bitter aftertaste. Overall extremely satisfying and an outstanding beer. This is a great stout!

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Jon_Hendricks from Pennsylvania, Sep 26, 2016
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3.18/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Doesn't have the smooth mouth feel of most milk stouts. Perhaps it would be better on nitro? Roasted malts are a bit overwhelming in this one. Strange twang that I can't really put my finger on...

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Rabidflamingo from Pennsylvania, May 20, 2016
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3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a dark brown, almost black, color with a 3/4" fluffy dark tan head that soon recedes to a small ring, and island and layer of foam covering most of the liquid. Sipping creates patches, legs and arches of lacing. By the middle of the beer most of the foam is gone except for a small ring around the glass that still leaves small patches of lacing.

The aromas include chocolate, some dark roasted malt and hints of coffee.

Initially the flavors show a nice, almost burnt, roasted malt, some chocolate and some sweetness. However, as the beer warms the flavors become much more well integrated and any sense of possible char disappears.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly creamy with the moderate carbonation. The finish begins about midway through as the roasted malt recedes allowing the sweetness and chocolate to emerge. That all begins to fade leaving some sweetness to finish out until dryness takes over.

This is a nicely drinkable milk stout that I'll be happy to have again, especially when I'm in the mood for that touch dark roast concealed behind the sweetness. This is a beer that illustrates the importance of temperature in that intially there seemed to be some char in the finish which, as the beer warmed, disappeared from the flavors and finish. I also think that this beer would work well with a nice blue veined cheese like a Stilton or some Gorgonzola to smooth out the finish and eliminate that light char that hangs around just a bit too long when just having the beer.

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drtth from Pennsylvania, Mar 20, 2016
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3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: [4.25] Blackish looking brew with red edges when held up to the light. Forms a fat 1 1/2 finger mud colored head. Overall it looks really nice in the glass. It has a date code for (10/15/15). But - no listing of the ABV.

S: [3.50] Smells like cocoa powder. Like a chalky dry cocoa aroma. This is backed by some smokiness and charred hardwood. Maybe some vanilla and marshmallow.

T: [3.75] Follows the nose with a better chocolate flavor. The chocolate is more milk chocolate and smooth. The charred wood is there. I think I also get a little bit of dark cherry underneath.

M: [3.50] A little sticky and slick. The best you can hope for at 5.3% ABV (I had to look it up). The charred wood gives a nice dried out finish.

O: [3.50] This is not something that separates from the pack. But for a every day milk stout this is really nice. I could sit and drink 3-4 of these after skiing, hiking or just watching football. It has a pretty nice aroma and flavor profile and the mouthfeel is decent for the low ABV.

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fscottkey from New York, Mar 11, 2016
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3.54/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought as a single bottle in a mix-a-six, and poured into a Kane Brewing tulip glass.

Look - Pours black with a thin head. Little to no lacing present.

Smell - Light notes of roasted malts, chocolate, and just a hint of coffee.

Taste - Almost exactly as it smells minus the coffee, but the roasted malts and slight chocolate definitely come through. A slight twang exists in the aftertaste that I can't really describe.

Mouthfeel - The feel was a bit on the lighter side for me. It wasn't creamy and thick like a milk stout (or any stout in general) should be.

Overall - Not a terrible stout, but definitely a one and done for me. The flavors were all there, but the mouthfeel is what ruined it for me as it just didn't feel like a stout. Regardless, I still had the whole thing as it wasn't repulsive. Cheers!

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Sad_Larry from New Jersey, Feb 03, 2016
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2.65/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Definitely get coffee and some chocolate, but it almost taste stale. Looked for a bottle date and didnt see one. A weird aftertaste also, im not aure about this. Wish i knew the date. 3/5.

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TimG_0913 from Delaware, Jan 09, 2016
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3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look - black with dark tan, thin head. Smell - light aroma. Taste - hint of dark roasted coffee. Smooth start with a slight bitterness towards the end. Aftertaste lifts the bitterness. Feel - smooth, but not as creamy as I expected. Med. carbonation. Overall - my first milk stout was not as creamy as I expected. Not bad, but probably not my style.

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Owlish1 from Virginia, Jan 06, 2016
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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is use motor oil black, very cool. The head is a very dark tan head. The aroma is full of malt and matches the appearance perfectly. The flavor is creamy roasted malt, a fantastic flavor. Overall, an outstanding beer.

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ordybill from Georgia, Nov 16, 2015
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4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: The beer pours a thick dark, comprable to the classic stout color, with a beautiful finger of dark amber head. I poured it into a Stella Chalice. The head dissipates to a lining after a couple minutes . I was expecting for a more violent head, so I poured the beer into a cold cup.

Smell: The smell is predominantly bread, I notice a hint of caramel, yeast, chocolate, and maybe a slight touch of burnt coffee. a little vanilla and chocolate hints as well. Yeast smell is present. The smell is nothing special, and after encountering certain sour's I consider this to be a good thing. (note: I'm about 1/4 the way through this cup and the ethyl acetate and ethanol smells are already becoming more prevalent.)

Taste: First sip I really notice the lactose, I consume a lot of dairy products when I'm not drinking beer so the taste is all too familiar. This taste is sweet and "creamy," (in the classical milk sugar manner) but doesn't make a significant impression over the crisp roasted malts. The stout taste is more prevalent and often I feel stouts need very POWERFUL flavors to be paired with, lactose is not one of them. There is a hint of dark chocolate and coffee, which are great flavors to be paired with. Halfway through the glass and the pallet hasn't changed too much. There is a little more ethyl acetate present. There is also a fruity backbone that I can't quite put my finger on, I believe it is prune or dark cherry.

Mouthfeel: Now this is where the lactose is really put into action. This beer is exceptionally creamy and thick in the mouth. I think the lactose really makes this beer more refreshing in terms of mouthfeel. It's quite hard to articulate. There isn't an exceptional amount of carbination.

I have a hard time justifying spending 11$ on a 6 pack of this when I could get a 12 pack of the black and tan for the same price. It tastes good but doesn't make the significant impression required for this beer to make it into my "buy again" list. I enjoyed Stone's Coffee Milk Stout more, along side Southern Tier's Creme Brulee and Sam Smiths Chocolate Stout. If I want a darker craft beer for a similar price I would probably end up going for Breckenridge brewery's Vanilla Porter, Or Yard's Love Stout which recently started coming in bottle form.
I hope this review was helpful. I plan on using 8oz of this milk stout for BBQ sauce, if people are interested in a recipe message me!

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zartla from Maryland, Sep 28, 2015
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