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Milk Stout | Lancaster Brewing Company

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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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-01-2002

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Ratings: 1,187 |  Reviews: 474
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 fluid ounce bottle with a single label. A black label has white & gold edging. A picture of a Cows head sits under the logo of the Lancaster Brewing Company. It also proudly states that the beer is ‘not pasteurized’, and ‘brewed naturally without preservatives’. I remember seeing English Milk Stouts from my youth in England, this name is now banned under EU labeling laws. Nice to see that Bureaucracy has not had the same effect this side of the pond. No strength or freshness date.

Appearance: Pours flat and black at first, looks like warm tar until half way up the Pint glass a head slowly forms. It finishes with a huge thick brown head. Bubbles in the head continually collapse and pop as the head settles to a more velvety appearance. Crusty dark-tan lacing stays put on the glass sides. Good inherent carbonation when swirled.

Nose: Roasted Malts dominate. Hints of coffee, cream and some chocolate in the odor. Slight acidic smell in the ending. A lightly weighted nose.

Taste: Bitter roast malts, smooth creamy coffee and raisin laced dark chocolate. Finishes with a bitter lactose ending, which has a slightly sour twist.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy, but average in strength.

Drinkability: Very nice, even for a hot day, this is rather drinkable. A nice Milk Stout, that makes for an easy drinking partner.

Overall: Most Milk Stouts that I tried in the UK were rather simple in character, but what they had flavor wise, they used to great effect. This is true with the offering from Lancaster. A lovely, smooth, creamy Milk Stout, with a nice lactic-bitter ending. Thanks to NeroFiddled for the sample.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have heard many good things about Lancaster brewing and this beer, so I saw it at D's and figured it's about time I give it a try. Pours a very deep almond brown and leaves a fairly thin tan head on top of the body leaves a nice trickled lace down the glass with every sip. The aroma are soothing tones of mild chocolate, and dark roasts creating a warming sensation like taking some freshly cracked coffee roasts in very nice and mild aroma, there is a bit of a huskiness there in the finish of the aroma. The taste is well balanced between bitter sweet creamy textured tones and the harsh dark roasts that leave such a great flavor on the palate. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, but not heavy or cloying in any way very creamy textured mouthfeel making this one very good stout. I could sip on this beer when in the mood for a good creamy stout, I like the cap it says Lancaster Brewing "better beer".

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Photo of beergeek279
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served as a sample at the Penn Festival. The color was a dark reddish-brown. The smell was fairly sweet. The taste was bitter, however, and much more bitter than I expected for a milk stout, and there was little sweetening in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel was heavy, with hints of alcohol in it. I could probably have one or two of these, but that's really about it.

Maybe it was a bad batch on the day, as so many of the other scores seem so high, but I was somewhat disappointed by this beer. Perhaps I'll have to give it another try if I go out towards Eastern PA in the future.

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Photo of frank4sail
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich roasty smell with a hint of choc-full-o-nuts. Dark black opeque look with a nice thick rich tan head. Sweet roasty malt initial taste followed quickly by a big slightly dry expresso covered tongue. The finish also has a nice lingering hop bitterness. Nice smooth mouth but just slightly too much on the medium side. Not the most complex stout out there but a great treat for the mouth. I love that dagger of expresso at the finish. I like this beer, it's a quality stout.
Cheers to the Victory BA Beer Exchange for this great sample.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A rough pour produces a large foamy, lively, tan head. Who need a widget. Black body with some ruby along the edges. A bit of lace follows the beer level down the glass. A delightful coffee and cream and cocoa nose, with some burnt coffee working its way around the edges. The coffee and cream and chocolate are present in the taste as well, though perhaps a little less dominately. Mouthfeel is smooth, but I wished it just a tad thicker. Though, that could cut drinkability, and this brew is going fast.

Aquired in the Philly Gathering Beer Exchange.

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Photo of stirgy
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very deep and rich dark mahogany brown with a nice contrasting large white head. The aroma and taste is strong with roasted barley and roasty dark chocolate tones. The finish is dry and crisp. Not heavy, the body is light.Very smooth and drinkable, a very good beer.

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Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a very deep brown with some ruby highlights, holds a small creamy sand color head that holds fairly well. Good carbonation. On the nose there is the aroma of sweet chocolate and roasted malts. The body is medium.
On the palate the flavors consist of chocolate, a nice roastiness, hint of caramel, slight bitterness rounds it out. The mouth feel is fairly creamy & smooth. This brew is really tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of ElGuapo
4.34/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours to a deep dark brown with a tannish head that leaves lace all over the glass. A huge aroma of Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino jumps out of the glass. Sweet chocolate and nice roasty smell mix in for quite a nose pleasing aroma.

Cappuccino leads the way in the flavor of this brew. It is joined later by some dark roasty malts and chocolate. Smooth and creamy from beginning to end with light carbonation. Body is pretty full, but it does fall a bit thin. This is a great stout. I could see it as a starter stout for someone who hasn't really gotten into the dark stuff yet.

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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 Jarod
4.67/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I have only had this beer twice. It has a nice dark color to it almost completly opaque. Great flavor. Nice meld of milk flavoring, caramel, dark chocolate, toffee. But not too overpowering and sweet. Not too sweet. Very drinkable and delicious. It has a nice head to it that reflects the color of the beer. It left a nice lace behind on the glass. This beer was good down to the last drop even as it warmed alittle at the bottom. I was pleasantly surprised as most beers kind of change as they get to the bottom and warm up.
To sum it all up in 1 word. SMOOTH
I would do it again

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Photo of psugrad98
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown/black with creamy tan head and everlasting lace. Rich and roasted character comes through with sweet smooth finish. Coats the mouth with its delicousness.

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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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Milk Stout from Lancaster Brewing Company
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