Milk Stout | Lancaster Brewing Company

very good
469 Reviews
Milk StoutMilk Stout

Brewed by:
Lancaster Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Milk / Sweet 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.

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Photo of Marraybay
1.96/5  rDev -49.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Disappointing in terms of pure milk stout flavors. Came off as more of a dry stout to me. No sweetness that I could pick up on. Not a bad beer otherwise, but again, just not a real fan of the style that this beer tasted like, as opposed to what it was advertised to be.

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Photo of harrymel
2.15/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Pours a black stout with, as anticipated, no light coming through. single finger latte head dissipates over a minute or so leaving a scattered spotting of the same.

S: A big spread of butter on the beer. Some anise, molasses, resin. Okay nose, nothing special.

T: Oaty, creamy, dark fruit (plum/fig), some bing cherries in there as well. For a stout, this isn't really doing it. It's drinkable, but not particularly impressive.

M: Medium body with high carbonation. Only slightly slicking, but then dries.

O: Below average IMO.

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Photo of jed
2.35/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Presentation: Brown, 12 oz bottle with a cow on the label. "Not pasturized" and "brewed naturally" on the label. No freshness date, but a bottling code 073 A3 1745 on the back. Poured into an Imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a completely opaque black color, with no light getting through. Disappointing, badly formed tan head with weak retention and some strange bubbles.

Smell: Very sweet malt aromas mixed with some actual cream smells. Hint of chocolate and strong alcohol.

Taste: Lots of toasted malt, similar to a dry Irish stout, but also unpleasant milk flavors. One reviewer compared it to "warm milk that's starting to go sour, but in a good way" — I agree with the first part. Hints of caramel and chocolate, but the dominant flavor is the sour milk.

Mouthfeel: Thin mouthfeel, with too much carbonation. Lacks the smooth, creamy taste of a good stout.

Drinkability: The sour milk flavor is overpowering, making it hard to finish even one of these.

A bad sample? I don't think so, because other reviewers have mentioned the same flavor and it's not outright rancid. Still, an unpleasant beer. I'm a big fan of Sam Adams' Cream Stout, so I'm always eager to try other milk stouts. I'll buy another bottle of this to give it a second chance, but based on this bottle I'd advise staying away.

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Photo of oxmasterscream
2.39/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Deep, dark mahogany in a color, with a massive, craterous light brown head. Smelled of roasted malts, spice and sweet chocolate. Smelled was as expected but man, the taste wasn't. It was damn near undrinkable for me. Started spicy with some burnt malt flavors but for the most part, it was extremely sour tasting to the point of questioning whether or not something was wrong with the bottle I had. Just horrible. Mouth was medium and not at all full and smooth like a stout should be. It was more watery and acidic. Perhaps I had a bad bottle but until I have one that tastes otherwise, this review will stand.

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Photo of youradhere
2.45/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. Pours black with off tan head that quickly drops. Smells like smokey chocolate with a tinge of metal. Taste is chocolate, smoke bitter, and that is about it. Not much sweetness for a milk stout. Mouthfeel is a bit thin and carbonation is too much, giving it a harshness that is not creamy like I'd expect. This would make a better chocolate stout than a milk stout. Not too impressed.

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Photo of bubseymour
2.54/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Appearance - Black with brown head. Head was very small, barely 1 finger with an aggressive pour. Head dissappears quickly.

Smell - Extremly chocolately. Not much else.

Taste - Smooth, milky, hints of chocolate. Crisp at the end.

Mouthfeel - nothing like the appearance or most stouts I've tried before. Watery and fizzy on the toungue like Sprite/7-UP. Not impressed at all.

Overall - This is an easy drinker as its light and watery. No really any bad flavors and its certainly not a drain pour, but this beer does not deliver at all if one is in the mood for a thick, heavy stout. Appearance and smell is the only thing "stout-like" about this beer.

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Photo of waltonc
2.56/5  rDev -34%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours typical milk stout dark brown with creamy white head. Smell is virtually non-existent. But I can detect the lactose in here. A dab of milk chocolate too. Flavor is creamy milk chocolate with a slight unpleasant burnt bitterness. Body is typical for the style - creamy on the palate. Overall, a very ho hum unimpressive milk stout.

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Photo of Abita45
2.6/5  rDev -33%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

I was incredibly disappointed by this beer. Out of the bottle and into the pint glass it looked very good with a dark mahogany brown color and thin head that quickly dissipates and gives way to moderate amounts of lacing. The aroma is malty and faintly chocolate. I was really expecting a nice, creamy stout with fringes of chocolate and toasted malt.

What I got was either a bad bottle (I purchased a variety pack case), or this beer is infused with a carcinogenic quality that I have never before experienced in a beer. It seemed as if the malt was burnt prior to the brewing process and that ashy flavor - think burnt popcorn - permeates throughout the beer. The faint taste of chocolate was present, but I was too preoccupied with getting through the beer, hoping that if I gave it a chance I might adjust to the taste, to really care.

I have to believe that this may be an anomaly to Lancaster's stout and I may well be revising this review in the next few days after I decide to try another, but in the mean time, I was very disappointed and hope that this is just a "miss" among some "hits" in this case.

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
2.62/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours black with no head or lacing. The aroma is dark roasted malt and licorice with hints of chocolate and coffee. The flavor is predominantly anise with baker's chocolate and hoppy notes. A bit of milk chocolate comes through as it warms. It's mouthfeel is full and syrup-like. Lancaster Milk Stout is a decent beer, not as smooth as most milk stouts but still good. Recommended.

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Photo of meathookjones
2.63/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This appeared with a standard black body and a small light brown head that didn’t leave much lace about the glass. Aroma was off a roasted malt and cream, with an off sour scent to it as well. The taste had that same old sourness to it as well which I didn’t remember from the first time I sampled this. Other flavors were roasted malt, coffee and a bit of sweet caramel. Mouthfeel was standard with about a medium body and good carbonation. What ever was going on which the sour characteristics hurts the drinkability a lot. I had 2 separate bottles and both tasted the same. I will pick up another bottle in the future and see if that has changed.

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Photo of TimG_0913
2.65/5  rDev -31.7%
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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Photo of cubedbee
2.76/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This was my first milk stout, and I can't say I cared for it. The appearance is the best thing this beer has going for it---pitch black with a full finger of beige head. As soon as I smelled this beer, I knew I wasn't going to like it. Smells extremely cloyingly sweet and vaguely milk-like---not like actual milk but more like the condense powder smells. Taste could only be described as sour milk. Way overwhelmingly sweet, with an offputting puckering feeling in the middle, and absolutely no bitterness or roasted malts, this just tastely entirely unbalanced, and not in a good way. Mouthfeel was also a little off, with the bodied being on the medium/thin side and the level of carbonation being too low. This was not what I was expecting from the beer, and I will not be drinking this one again.

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Photo of HURTemHIZZY
2.78/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very dark brown (near black) with a 1-2 finger tan head. Leaves a bit of lacing. Smell is slightly sweet, with a bit of coffee and some bittersweet chocolate.

Taste is definitely below average. Toasted grains, slight coffee, bittersweet chocolate. Not nearly enough sweetness for the stout, and not creamy at all. Very overly carbonated. Carbonation makes it seem cheap and unbalanced. Disappointing. Look and aroma were solid, but after that it really fell off.

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Photo of charlesw
2.83/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Opaque, dark brown/black. You've really got to pour it to get some head and that is gone quickly.

Smells... Toffee and bitter chocolate. Hmm. Chocolate like steeped chocolate malts (kind of a chocolate flavor but no sweetness).

Tastes a litte weird, I guess. I'm expecting full and rich and sweet and malty. I get light and maybe even fruity/citrusy hops. Citrus aftertaste. So... Really, not what I was expecting at all.

Seems a little fizzy. And, of course, that with the citrus really does not help this one.

I'm done with these. I'll try blending the rest of this beer with a rich and malty amber - to try and bring out more of the characteristics I'm looking for.

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Photo of ImpairedPirate
2.86/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this beer up at a store in Frederick, MD.

This beer pours a very dark brown with a sizable, khaki colored head, which slowly dissipates. The smell was average; nothing to write home about. A few cooked notes, but nothing extreme. To me, the taste was underwhelming. It seems incomplete, or that the wrong flavors are the most predominant. A bitterness stands out, and lingers (almost uncomfortably) like a bad joke or hitting your funny bone. Slightly dry for the category, but smooth.

I do not recommend, and will not buy again.

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Photo of tayner
2.93/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into my 18 oz 'pint' glass

pours very dark, nearly black with a very large 2-3" rocky head with very large bubbles that stayed for awhile and left some sticky lacing behind.

Smell was a roasty sweet lactic nose.

taste was roasted malt, semi-sweet chocolate with the end of the swallow being roasted coffe beans that left a bitter finish/edge

mouthfeel is what brought this beer down for me, it was VERY watery feeling, almost like a cold cup of very watery coffee. way, way too thin for a stout, and probably even too thin for a porter.

as for drinkability, it was so thin you could drink it fast, and lots of them, but i would not want to. This would make a decent "beginner" stout for a non-stout-drinking beer lover.

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Photo of dodge408
2.98/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

smell was good. lots of roast flavoring and some charredness. The afterteaste was very unsettleing. I was suprised how much bitterness came out of this stout and which caused a unpleasant taste. The feel was of a waterd down stout with a sweet creamer blended in with it. I am in disbelief of what I tasted from what I smelled and how nicely it poured. Many people seem to like this, so grab a 6 pack and try it for yourself.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.99/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Going through my notes I realized that I had not put this review up on BA yet.

A: The pour is a dark, dark brown color with a thin layer of tan foam.

S: The nose is not very pleasing at all. There is some roasted malt, hints of chocolate, and a slight sweetness. However, there is also something a bit "off" about the aroma that I can't quite pin point (maybe a touch sour?).

T: The flavor is a slight improvement over the nose with some decent roasted malt and cream flavors with a touch of sweetness. I can't say that it's especially good though.

M: The body and carbonation are about standard, with the body being a touch thin.

D: The pedestrian flavors and rather unpleasant nose really put me off of this beer. I think I would pass on this one if offered it again.

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Photo of SwillBilly
3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle

Appearance: Pours an opaque black with a thin tan head that fades very quickly with minimal lacing on the glass.

Smell: Hints of sweet chocolate, caramel and roasted coffee.

Taste: Starts with semi sweet chocolate and coffee notes dominating, the middle is fairly non-descript leading to a finish that lacks any punch. You do get some roasted malt in the finish with some hops trying to poke through but easily lose to the roasty malts. The roasted malts leave a dryness in the mouth after the swallow.

Mouthfeel: Rather thin and watery, not what I was expecting at all. Carbonation is fine.

Drinkability/Notes: Lancaster Milk Stout is a decent milk stout, but there are better examples out there. The mouthfeel is too thin and water y for the style. There seems to be something missing in the flavor profile, yes you get the little bit of a chocolating sweetness and a bit of coffee thrown in but it seems that is could use something more. The roasted malts in the finish makes this in my opinion. A decent beer but not one that I will be clamoring to get in the future. Definitely easy to drink but if I have a choice I'll choose another option. Average at best.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer poured almost black with a small dark brown head that dissipated almost immediately.

The smell was all roastiness with only the slightest whiff of sweetness, but pleasant enough.

The taste was once again roasted grain with a thick cream tasting finish. Way too thick- as if you had chugged a glass of heavy whipping cream. This also affected the mouthfeel, which was too thick and clingy (not sweet). Very odd milk stout- I get almost none of the sweetness from this variety, but plenty of creaminess. I'm not a brewer, so I can't account for why this is. Slightly interesting due to the grain/cream combo, but not really a success.

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Photo of 7ways
3.03/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

9/21/2008 12oz bottle in a pint glass.

A: Fairly black with almost no head retention whatsoever, ditto for lacing.

S: Not much lactose, not much of anything really. Maybe toffee, but I may be grasping at straws.

T: Carbonation is so prickly it's hard to taste anything. Lightly roasted malt, some sweet caramel that vanishes quickly. Some bubblegum and old chocolate on the finish. Artificial sweetener pervades throughout.

M: Slick. Massive carbonation dissipated over the course, which redeemed it somewhat.

D: If it did not say it on the bottle, I might not have guessed that it was a milk stout. Certainly my least favorite offering of the style.

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Photo of dgherm
3.04/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a dark, dark brown. Formed a decent creamy dark tan head. Getting a roasted smell with a scent of sourness coming through. Tastes watery with a dash of hops and a hint of roasted coffee as it goes down the throat. Thin watery mouth feel though the carbonation feels just about right. No hint of sweetness in smell or taste as I was expecting. Not likely to purchase again.

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Photo of ghengisflan
3.05/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a wonderful, stout black with very little head. I can see it's highly carbonated, a nice change.

Smell - Coffee and a little bit of barley sourness or bitterness... which I am just realizing is probably lactose.

Taste - Coffee and roast flavors definitely are dominant in this beer.

Mouthfeel - Medium body and a lot of carbonation for a stout.

Overall - It does not actually taste like a milk stout to me. I would like it to have a little more coffee, complexity, and "milkiness". Not a bad beer though.

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Photo of BCMan
3.06/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew pours very dark, almost black. An aggressive pour generated a frothy tan head that faded back to swirling weather pattern masking the beer. It had a very light bouquet and smelled a bit bland. Taste of roasted malt and coffee were consisitant through out. The after taste was bitter & dry and lingered for quite awhile. I expected a milk stout to be creamy but this one was a little thin. Not the best I've had of this type of stout.

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Photo of rdrummer
3.07/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is my first try at a milk stout, but it isn't what I expect from a stout at all. The color is a blackish stout color with a small tan head that dissapates quickly. There is almost no lacing to speak of. I don't get much smell from it other than the usual roasted malt aroma. The taste is malty with a somewhat sickly, sweetness on the back end. This is very thin, almost watery in the mouth. I tried a second to be fair to the beer, but this would never be a favorite of mine.

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