Milk Stout | Lancaster Brewing Company

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Milk StoutMilk Stout

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Lancaster Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: English Sweet / Milk Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
We are proud to offer this traditional English Sweet Stout that's bursting with roasted barley flavor. A dark ale, Milk Stout has just a touch of sweetness provided by an addition of non-fermentable lactose sugar.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-01-2002

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Ratings: 1,211 |  Reviews: 479
Reviews by mobyfann:
Photo of mobyfann
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Paid $24.50 for a mixed case in Lancaster County PA

The appearence is a dark brown base when held to a light gave nothing, the head was mid-sized light-brown color that retains pretty nicely and the lacing is not really there. The aroma was quite pleasent smelling like a sweet syrupy coffee.

The taste shines with the smell, fantastic flavors in this drink lets see what we got here: chocolate, malty, coffee (medium roasted), and some mad sweetness... The mouthfeel is also nice smooth on the palette. The drinkability is also noteworthy as I drank this as a dessert beer as it fits that purpose, and it went down very quickly for a 5.3% stout.

Final Thought: I am absolutely pleased with this one, this will be bought in case-form the next time I'm in Lancaster Co, whenever that may be???
> Great alternative to Guinness!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Fear4Beer
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%

What a surprise! When you see the bottle (which looks different than what is shown here on BA.. there's a full cow on the recent bottle) you can't help put chuckle. Before pouring it out you can bet it's going to be a subpar beer. I mean look at that label and the price is low for a six pack.

Then all of a sudden you pour it out in a glass... and WOAH! I wasn't expecting an inky black beer with a nice head on it. Try shinning a light through the beer and you can very faintly see light on the other side. The beer smells of milk and a roasted coffee/chocolate mix. Upon your first sip you will get that roasted coffee taste, sugar, and a bit of chocolate. It tastes like what the smell is inviting you into. The flavor is not over powering, I'd say it is quite lite for a stout. The more you drink the beer the better it gets. The flavor does not leave your palate. You can take a sip and 5 minutes later you can still taste it. The more you drink it, the stronger it tastes if that makes any sense.

It is so drinkable I can guarantee you this: If you brought this to a party anyone that enjoys coffee would enjoy this beer. Men and women can enjoy this beer without being a diehard beer drinker. Some stouts are just so overpowering with their flavor you better have a thick beard, a captain's patch on your eye, or have a unicycle at the ready (it is marketed towards those groups of people. lol)

This is a quality beer that I could literally drink all the time. Definitely a sleeper pick! The thing that gets this beer such a high rating from me is the fact that it gets so many things right for such a low price. Such a bargain in my opinion.

The only negatives that prevent it from having a higher score is that it is a bit "watery" in its taste and it is a bit sweet. If you don't like a sweet tasting beer, you might want to stay away from this one. I don't mind the sweet taste but it could be dialed down just a smidgen.

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Photo of AWiseman528
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
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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Photo of fscottkey
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
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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Photo of Cnote_crafty_1
4.94/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Lancaster Milk Stout ABV-5.3% IBU-25

Nose: from bottle it was milk, sweet, roasty, grains
From glass it was mostly grains, malt, roasty

Apperance: Oily black with a 1 inch. light brown head. The head disapates to a small ring and coating the top.
Moulth: Pretty much a typical stout moulth feel. Just the right amount of carbonation and thicker feel.
Taste: Sweet and creamy as a result of the lactose sugar. The fist tast that really hits you is the malts and then the aftertaste is of coffee and chocolate that sticks to your tongue nicely. The alcohol is nicely blended in with the other tastes. I am surprised that I like this one because I usually don't like milk stouts, or coffee stouts. I am so glad that I took a chance on this one. I almost don't think of this as a milk stout, but just a good sweeter dark beer. The cool thing is that this is a local beer brewed right here in my state of Pennsylvania. I am proud to raise my head up high because we have another great beer, go P.A.!!!!

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Photo of brandonmarks94
4.55/5  rDev +17.3%
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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Photo of oberon
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black with a light almond colored head that dissapates pretty quick,aroma is of french roast coffee deeply roasted.Taste is incredably coffeeish with a slight malted milk taste I like the intermingling flavors of coffee and lactose very tasty beer I will get again if given the chance.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.41/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This Milk Stout is damn near black as night with a deep, very dark tanned head.

Smell – The dark, roasty malts are light but mix well with the sourish cream.

Taste – The milky flavor takes over at the taste. It’s almost like warm milk that’s starting to go sour, but in a good way. The dark roasted malts have a coffee character to them and blend well with the milk.

Mouthfeel – This one is light to medium-bodied and nicely balanced.

Drinkability – There’s nothing offensive yet nothing outstanding about this offering from Lancaster. It’s an easy-drinker and makes a nice introduction to the style.

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Photo of TB2012
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue V:

The Milk Stout is the furthest you can get from extreme beer, as the style oozes of old school tradition of a tame dark beer. Give thanks to American brewers on keeping this style alive. Brewed with lactose.

Bubbly thick, dense froth holds its three fingers of height for a good while. Black chestnut color is nearly opaque. Malted milk shake, mocha latte and a hint of cookie dough in the aroma. Silky mouthfeel with a very smooth carbonation. Mild milk chocolate comes to mind, malted milk balls and light roasted coffee within. Brown bread, kiss of molasses and faint, watery raisins in the back end. Hop bitterness is just high enough to be noticeable and helps to keep an even keel here. Lactose twang and malt sweetness in the middle with more mild roasted flavors in the sweet finish.

The sweetness is there but never to the point of being cloying. Very drinkable with a layered complexity.

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Photo of steelerguy
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice dark color, big dark head that fades to a covering.

S - Lots of nice roasted malt aroma, lots of coffee and chocolate.

T - Again lots of roasted malt aroma, dominated by coffee but with a good bit of chocolate also. Not much hop flavor but a nice bitterness at the end.

M - Smooth and creamy with just a bit of bite at the end from the carbonation.

D - Not to heavy, not too roasted that you are tired of it quickly, nice smooth finish, nothing to not like.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Lancaster Milk Stout pours from the bottle a deep charcoal color with a very light tan head. Sticky patches of lacing form. Does look nice in the glass. Aromas begin with a deeply roasted malts, big toffee chunks and notes of chocolate and burnt coffee. There's a light burnt sweet milk aroma as well. A really enjoyable brew to smell.

First sip brings a roasty dark maltiness upfront followed by a nice mix of toffee candy, cocoa and plenty of burnt coffee. A touch of sweet milk works its way in nicely. Slighty burnt with a good mix between sweet and bitter. This is a tasty brew.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with steady carbonation. Good body overall. This is a tasty milk stout that strays to the roastier/burnt side of things. Wouldn't mind sitting down to a few of these...also mixes great with the Strawberry Wheat to make a chocolate covered strawberry. Thanks to woodychandler for leaving these Lancaster brews with me!

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Photo of SBarbeerian
4.62/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a wine glass (no pint glass available but this worked fine to let it breathe & release so me aroma)
App perfect for style: pitch black with tan head. Head bit thin.
Smell perfect for style: no hops, roasted grain with bit of coffee & creaminess.
Taste excellent for style: roasty, bit of coffee - very low hop bitterness.
Moothfeel: medium-full body, low carbonation & bit of residual sweetness. Right on for style.
Overall: very pleasant roasty & highly drinkable milk stout. Not the smoothest I've had for the style, but close. Great brew, very true to style.

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Photo of sellmeagod
3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The cow on the bottle just reinforces what this beer is all about - the milk.

It's an unpowerful stout, but a tasty one and full of sincere flavor. Smells sweet and milky (of course) and you could drink this forever. Nice, but ultimately not that adventurous.

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Photo of heddar33
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of Todd
4.37/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black, opaque brew topped with a semi-meringue coffee colored cream head. Light stick. Settles to a thin, but covering lace. Decent head retention.

Distinct, big and bold aroma of sweet coffee (syrup) milk. The coffee aroma is amazing!

Smooth, silky and extremely fluffy on the palate. Firm malt body, that kicks things off with a nice roasted/molasses twang, followed by coffee, an earthiness, burnt chocolate edges and a peanut nuttiness that sneaks in towards the finish. The added lactose is felt in the body, and the beer is sweet, keeping with the style, but not at all overwhelming. Gentle flash of citrus bitterness, with a very brief dry sourness beneath the malty backbone. Finish is dry, a bit pasty, with notes of grain and a lingering earth and "coffee breath" character.

This is one helluva a Milk Stout. I highly recommend allowing the beer to warm up for a bit and allow the malt complexities to pull through. Lovely stuff.

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Photo of sponberg
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost opaque, with a head the color of the inside of a malted milk ball. Starts out tasting very, very similar to Beamish for the first second or so - then, all hell breaks loose. Flavors of dark caramel, brown sugar, toffee, and dark chocolate sem to come out of nowhere & battle with the roastiness (in a good way). Then the fight goes down the block as you swallow, leaving a very, very round sweet and roasty aftertaste. Almost tastes as much like a porter as it does a sweet stout. Interesting brew.

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Photo of shapudding
4.62/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark impenetrable chocolate brown darkness. Khaki head was beautifully thick but settled down to only a thin covering. Still very nice. Dark scents, lovely....yummy and sweet and toasty goodness.
Right amount of carbination... jusssst right. Med/thick, stout like feel that slides around quite nice and thick. Tastes house red wine, sweetness -from the lactose, but yet not too sweet. Bit of a red berry taste in there...
Which is a good p.s.'er, this is nice to blend up with their strawberry wheat as a half -n- half.
I really do not feel it is too heavy to make it not an easy drinker. Those who like the darks and the stouts will most likely find it an easy drinker.
This is just a good beer, I know some who just don't appreciate it, but I do enjoy it. First time I had it was tailgating at one of the last Vet concerts, someone saw my beer goodness and asked for a taste, then wanted to offer up a replacement. I said none needed, but he pulled out one of these which I had not tasted yet, kinda cool.

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Photo of TTripp725
2.83/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of generallee
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: The body has a dark black look with a a one inch thick off white head. The head holds on well and makes some nice lacing.

Smell: The aroma has nice toasted/roasted maltiness and mild sweetness.

Taste / Palate: The flavor is nicely balanced with mellow toasded and roasted maltiness. It has a nice molasses like sweetness and equally balanced bitterness. It’s palate is a light medium and very drinkable.

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Photo of nstroup
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of TimoP
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Doomcifer
4.48/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Lil bro bought a mixed 12-pack for me since he's at school in Pennsylvania. Pours a very dark brown/black color with a great head that goes down with not much retention. Smells roasty, lots of lactose, milk chocolate, those candy Whoppers, and breakfast blend/mild roast coffee. Taste follows the nose...some roastiness, milk chocolate, light coffee, lots of lactose lingering with a dry finish and a roastiness that lingers on the pallete. Perfect carbonation and body, slightly dry finish...perfect mouthfeel. HIGHLY HIGHLY drinkable. Great example of the style.

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Photo of Guden
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of BeerMe13
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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Milk Stout from Lancaster Brewing Company
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