Milk Stout | Lancaster Brewing Company

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Milk StoutMilk Stout

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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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-01-2002

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Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A dry coffeeish stout with a long lactose finish. Good bubbly head. Bitter aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel. Coffee aroma. Understated carbonation. Overall serviceable and satisfying but really not a great taste, the lactose was a barrier of sourness to smoothness, and I didn't want MOOre of it.

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of jaydoc
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to SamuelJackson45 for sending me this one!

Pours an opaque black with a 2 inch light brown head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Nice rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smells of toasted bread, chocolate milk, and cinnamon bark. Something about the smell is super appealing to me. Taste is of roasted coffee beans, cocoa powder in milk, and dark malts. I get a slight cinnamon powder on toast taste on the finish with a slight cocoa powder bitterness. A good level of carbonation while still being smooth and creamy. Overall, this is a solid stout from a brewery I had never heard of before now. I am glad I got to try this one.

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Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Knapp85
3.21/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I remember having this beer on an Easter Sunday and letting my grandfather try it. It hated it, he likes his cream ales and stuff but at least he gave it a try. The beer was a very dark black color. Had a big time toasted flavor. I expected it to be a little more on the sweet side. Wasn't really getting much of that. It wasn't a bad stout, I'd try it again.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours jet black, nice looking fluffy tan head on it. Medium bodied, nice sweetness to it... also a good roastiness comes through. Not overpowering on the taste, I feel it could use a little higher ABV to get some more taste in there but it's definitely a nice solid beer. An above average stout for sure, a nice creamy beer with great mouthfeel.

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2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is close to being black in color - traces of reddish amber are visible near the bottom of the glass when it is held up to a light source. It poured with a short beige head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to medium aromas of lactose are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of lactose along with notes of milk chocolate and hints of roasted malts. There is a slight amount of bitterness; no sweetness is perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little thin on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink but seems to be a little lighter in body compared to other beers in the style.

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Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kojevergas
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Guinness goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high; I love this style. I don't think I've had anything from the brewery afore. Acquired via mail as part of a beer of the month club me sister signed me up for for me birthday.

A: Pours a half finger head of lovely tan colour, fair cream, decent thickness, and bad retention - especially for the merely average ABV. It retains for about thirty seconds. Colour is a predictable solid black.

Sm: Milky with lactose - I can't say I'm surprised. Also pleasant caramel, wonderful roasted barley (an excellent sign in the aroma of a stout), pretty strong capuccino, and hints of something more rich - perhaps chocolate. Some coffee. A moderate strength, aroma, but truly a remarkable one in its complexity and depth. I'm quite fond of the aroma, and I'm hoping the flavour delivers on its promise.

T/Mf: The roasted barley is subtly present for the first act only, with the silky smooth milk notes taking over afterwards. The effect is lovely, more in terms of mouthfeel than flavour perhaps, and helps it avoid feeling too much like a porter. The capuccino, coffee, light chocolate, and subtle caramel flavours that soon reveal themselves are quite complementary to the foundation, giving the beer a rich complexity whilst maintaining an impressive balance. It drinks smooth and wet, but with enough coarseness on the open from the roast and enough thickness to keep it feeling bold. It's never too much or too little, though the mouthfeel could use some more cream (I'm nitpicking). I'm pretty impressed with this beer. Bravo.

Dr: It drinks very easily. I could down this one all night, and I'd be glad to. The alcohol never comes through (not that it's high or anything). A lovely little milk stout that gets me excited to try more beers from the same brewery. This is one I'd love to try on nitro-draught. I'd definitely pick up a six pack of this. I wish it was more available in California.


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Photo of emerge077
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to mikecharley for this extra at DLD!

Into a pint glass, it had a nice puffy cap of foam, with a smooth, dimpled surface. The foam had a chocolate milk tint, and it left some spotty irregular lace. Roasty aroma and a touch lactic. Rich roasty taste, dry and lightly bitter in the finish. Unsweetened chocolate, coffee, the usual stout suspects, with no cloying sweetness. Feel is nice and smooth, almost creamy, very easy to session i'd imagine. A solid Milk Stout, it's nice all around with no flaws...

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Photo of oline73
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of brentk56
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a black color with a frothy beige head that lasts throughout but leaves various strands of lace

Smell: The predominant aromas are chocolate and roast, but underneath that you can pick out some espresso notes

Taste: Starts with a nice roasted malt flavor that adds a bit of chocolate by mid-palate; after the swallow, the hops add some bitterness and provide balance; a bit charred for a milk stout but not objectionable

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Very filling and rich but I don't think it is particularly well-balanced

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Photo of LXIXME
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of Boone757
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of mothman
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Rare Vos Glass.

Pours 1 and 1/2 finger of creamy tan head. Fades down to a thin ring. No lace left. Color pours caramel brown but settles black.

Aroma: Sweet chocolate and roasted malts. Some milk and caramel flavors as well. Light coffee.

Taste: Sweet milk chocolate. Roasted malts. Coffee flavors. Caramel and vanilla.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry and very roasted.

Overall, a decently drinking milk stout. Some nice flavors here. One bottle shouldn't be too much.

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Photo of DrBier
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, very deep brown (almost black) with reddish-mahogany highlights. The creamy, light tan head holds well and leaves nice lace. Sweet chocolate and soft roastiness greet the nose. The body is medium with a soft, very-fine bubbled carbonation that provides the expected creamy mouthfeel and helps to emphasise the malty flavors. The flavor is distinctly chocolatey and caramelish with a firm roastiness; but it's not overly rich or full, which helps to give it a good drinkability. It finishes drying with a short lingering note of sweet chocolate and restrained bitterness. Well done! An excellent example of the style.

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Photo of jlindros
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Should be a good night cap, thanks to Noslenwerd in another one of our huge trades.

A: Rising head gets to about 2 fingers over a pitch black creamy looking liquid. The head is darker in color and very thick and frothy looking.

N: I could smell this from a few feet away on the pour, lots of malts, some nice milk chocolate, lactose, little roast and coffee finish it off.

T: Starts with roast actually, roasted malts and hints of coffee. That is followed closely with lots of milk chocolate. Creamy chocolate and lots of lactose creamy feel. If it were a little sweeter I would almost think of the the little cartons of chocolate milk I used to have as a kid. Some darker malts also sneak in there.

M: A little lighter on the body, but very creamy and smooth, and good carbonation.

F: Still a little lightly sweet on the finish, with even more lactose coming out. It really makes you feel like you just drank a glass of fresh chocolate milk on the finish. Pretty refreshing. A slight stout like bitterness also tickles on the finish. Overall a pretty nice beer, drinkable, tasty, doesn't go over the top in any category, perhaps a little too much lactose if anything.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Acquired from guzzle211, courtesy of BA March Madness 2009 so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a thin beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thin on the glass.

S: The aroma contains lactose, milk chocolate, roasted malts, some dark fruit and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out creamy and sweet with strong flavors of milk chocolate, lactose and black coffee. The malt character is hearty but not quite as heavy as most stouts. There's a very mild hops presence which is where it should be for the style and provides some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a nice mild and dark beer to drink for a long time.

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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 olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.21/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Tedwarhc for this bottle. Served in a tulip.

Pours a very dark brown with a thick, creamy dark tan head that sticks around for quite awhile before falling to a thin cap. The nose brings some light toffee and cream plus a bit of roast and chocolate. Faint coffee as well. The flavor is roasty with a bit of chocolate and cream throughout, especially in the feel. Light carbonation. Toffee is out of place and doesn't really fit, affecting the nose, flavor, and palate. Not terrible, but not something I'd seek out again.

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