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Milk Stout | Lancaster Brewing Company

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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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-01-2002

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Photo of BWED
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another Lancaster review:

12 oz. bottle into a tumbler

A- Dark brown/black with a 1/4" tan head. Moderate looking head, not really fizzy, not really foamy. Retains well, for what it started with, and lacing doesn't stick around.

S- Strong dark roasted coffee is the main aroma, with a little sweetness of chocolate in the shadows.

T- Resembles the smell quite closely, with the coffee the main flavor. A small sweet chocolate finish. It balances well, and the flavors aren't too overbearing. Also, the chocolate comes out more when the beer warms up.

M- Less thick than I like my stouts, especially for a milk. A little more carbonation in this than I prefer too. Yet the lightness of it makes it a little more sessionable.

O- Not bad at all. The feel is a little off, and I like to see a nice creamy head on my stout, but this beer deserves better than average marks. It is well crafted and has true stout aroma and flavor, and I won't feel bad about knocking a six pack of these back.

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Photo of bigdeuce
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The pour is a dark, dark, opaque color. Nice immovable tan head. Beautiful looking beer. Scents of light cocoa but that's about it. Doesn't have a whole lot of a nose as most stout's. That includes the taste. Very easy to drink. Some bitter sweet chocolate taste. A bit thin on the mouth but a great session beer. A nice globe of ring follows the beer down the glass. Could use a bit more thickness, but other than that, a quality milk stout.

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Photo of Guinness_Or_Die
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As the name states, I'm an avid Stout drinker but always need to test the varieties available. Turkey Day Eve and I caught this on the bottom shelf looking lonely. Full Bodied as all stouts should be. With a name like Milk Stout, I expected something creamy and filling. However, this is a smooth drinking Stout with a crisp finish. Nothing really wows me about the beer but nothing really lets you down either. A decent stout with hints of coffee and milk to dark chocolate flavor. Quality Brew.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from 2009 into a Duvel tulip. This was an extra in one of my very first trades (thanks Beerman777!), and got lost in my cellar...until now.

A: Not much of a hiss when the crown gets cracked, but a hard pour manages to create a finger of coarse light brown head on top of the clear nearly-black body. Lovely espresso highlights. Not bad.

S: Lovely, pure chocolate. A bit spicy, a bit milky, and candied without being too sweet. Really nice.

T: Not quite as good here, as some oxidation gives it a bit of cardboard dullness behind the smooth chocolatey malt. Nice spicy finish, though. Still a really tasty beer.

M: Slick, smooth, and just shy of medium-bodied. Almost flat, but not quite. Pleasant enough.

O: I wish I hadn't forgotten about this, as I think I might have really enjoyed it fresh. Even with over 3 years on it, though, it's not unpleasant in the least. I'll tweak my scores to make sure this review of an overaged bottle doesn't skew its ratings.


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

On draft at Buffalo Wild Wings in Owings Mills, MD.

The beer appears near black with a half inch of beige head. The aroma offers a strong lactic presence, with additional notes of chocolate, vanilla, roast. Milk chocolate is the dominant flavor. The beer finishes with a hint of bitterness and toasty bread. Creamy at first, with some zesty carbonation mid to late palate. A solid example of a milk stout.

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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 darktower
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My favorite milk stout by far, I've tried quite a few and this is my all time favorite. I think they've hit the nail right on the head with the mouthfeel and the taste. I LOVE the sweet, subtle hint of milkiness that resides on the palate long after you've taken a sip, it literally tastes like you just took a drink of milk. I also enjoy the up-front malty-ness that I tend to get. This is my favorite beer from LBC.

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Photo of Enoch
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Big roast coffee aroma right off the bat, with a creamy chocolate undertone. Hints of musty fruit.

Appearance: the color was a deep, deep opaque brown--nearly black. Garnet highlights could be seen in front of a strong light. Khaki-colored head didn't last as long or rise as high as I expected.

Flavor: The flavor delivered what the nose promised. Roast mocha/coffee flavor with a definite milky sweetness. Bitterness was moderate and balanced out the malt well. Very low levels of fruitiness, with stronger notes of malted milk and brown bread. Lactose tanginess lasts after the other flavors have mostly faded and was somewhat distracting.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, slightly oily. Carbonation was moderate. Lasted in the mouth.

Overall: It was a good example of a milk stout, and I'll certainly drink it again. I really liked the coffee and bready notes from the malt, but I thought the lactose was a little overdone.

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Photo of nofalltoofar
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Delicious almost black looking brew. Nice tan head begins to form, although I bet it would be better from a tap. Even with the minimal lacing and head from the bottle, it's still an attractive pour.

S: Dark smell of oats and caramel. Some chocolate and coffee aroma.

T: Even dark taste with caramel notes and a chocolate undertone. Oats presence strong with barely detectable metallic presence. A little bitter for the average stout, hop presence immediately notable.

M: A little tangy, carbonation is possibly excessive. Again, probably better on tap. A little on the tingly side, not as thick as the typical stout.

I had a bottle of this poured into an imperial pint glass. It's a very good beer. Even in bottle form, the quality of this brew is readily apparent. I wish I could have gotten my hands on a tap with it, but beggars, chosers, etc. This delicious beer should not be passed up on when encountered. I'm curious to see if the Lancaster Brewing Company's other beers can stand up.

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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 Brushkanna
3.24/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - deep brown with little head that was gone after a few sips
S - nice toasty & caramel nose
T - the taste was lighter than expected for a Milk Stout I did not get the caramel flavor I got from the smell, the back-end of the taste is a minimal
M - it does not have the chewy mouthfeel that I like in a milk stout
O - this is a good beer, not a great one, I was expecting more after-taste and a bigger mouthfeel and the somewhat sweet taste I have had in other milk stouts was not there.

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Photo of beer272
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown, head dissipates quickly and no lacing, opaque with the black patent.

S: Smells roasty. No strong hops. More malty than hoppy

T: Nice body, roast grain most dominant flavor.

M: Carbonation sizzles very light on the tongue

O: A well balanced milk stout. An OK milk stout, overall a good beer. The roast and black patent dominates the beer.

Not a beer I wish to try again.

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Received this beer in my beer of the month club.

Pours a dark and dense black with creamy, milky head. Smells like a milk shake - chocolate, caramel, coffee. Nice smelling brew.

This is a nicely crafted stout. This isn't going to blow your sox off but it is a solid stout and I'd recommend it. This would be a nice gateway beer for someone trying to get into micro brews.

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

A - Poured vigorously into a pint glass, nice murky darkness with a caramel/chocolate colored frothy head that formed quickly. Left lots of lacing on the glass as the beer was consumed.

S - The chocolate is definitely the big player here. Picked up on that immediately, along with some malt, chocolate malt, some definite coffee, maybe some chocolate milk (like ovaltine), and scent akin to Kahlua. Very good scent.

T - Like my other favorite milk stout (left hand) this tastes like chocolate milk. Nice rich chocolate taste with some cocoa bean, rich coffee, mocha, caramel, some dark hops, deep burnt malt taste, and a great cocoa roast finish. Delicious.

M - Nice and thick, like real chocolate milk. The frothiness that was present when I poured it kinda went away over time, which is a little disappointing, but in no way takes away from the positive points this beer has.

O - I've always had great respect for all of Lancaster's beers, and this is no different. A great example of a milk stout!

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Photo of obywan59
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

February beer of the month club.

Nearly black with a bit of ruby at the extreme top and bottom when held to a bright light. 2 1/2 finger brownish head that dissipates quickly leaving very light lacing.

Smell coffee and chocolate milk with a little burnt malt.

This milk stout has a bit of sweetness, but seems less sweet and more tart than others that I've tried. Bitter hops and roast malts come through in the end.

The feel is quite biting and medium-full--milky, with a nice burn in the throat.

I prefer sweeter brews, and to me, this one doesn't have the seetness of other milk stouts, but still, I enjoyed it immenseley. It's full in both flavor and feel.

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Photo of jniagar1
3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A very dark brown pour with a creamy light brown head which dissapated quickly.

S: Smells like chocolate milk with a hint of coffee.

T: Tastes like slightly roasted chocolate. Very sweet stout with a coffee-like after taste.

M: Very thin and well carbonated. Surprisingly light for a stout.

O: A good beer. Not exactly my favorite style, but well suited for those cold winter nights. I'm happy I picked this one up.

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Photo of beer2day
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very dark pour with 1-finger milky cream head. No retention and thin lace.

Burnt caramel, malted milk, and roasted toffee all combine for a sweet-smelling nose. A creamy air is there as well. Very appealing.

Mild flavor. More roast toffee than anything else, but the malted milk is creeping in. Sweet, with light chocolate and citrus bitters in the finish. Getting more burnt caramel late in the glass. Does not quite live up to the nose, but pretty tasty.

Mild feel as well, but appropriate for style. Smooth, creamy, and not too heavy.

I would get this again.

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Photo of shuntstout
3.69/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown, head dissipates quickly and it pours very thin.

S: Smells like chocolate milk with a little bit of alcohol. Small amount of roast.

T: Quite thin with a bitter sweet kick, balanced by a nice roasty flavor. Notes of dark cherry come about. Would love to try this on a nitro tap to get a more creamy body. A tiny bit of mocha or maybe a slight nuttiness followed by a buttermilk like tanginess.

M: Super thin but yet a nice carbonation. Again would like to try it nitro.

O: Very drinkable, a well balanced milk stout. Not cloyingly sweet, overall a good beer.

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

Single bottle in my fridge given to me by a friend. Poured into a stemmed beer glass. Dark brown body. Started off with a nice head, but that disappeared quickly. Not much lacing either. Smell was very heavy on the cocoa powder. Taste was very good, but extremely sweet. It's really chocolate milk in a beer bottle. Not heavy in body at all, so the lactose gave it a creamy yet thin mouthfeel. Certainly a good dessert beer, but not one that I'd have more than one of in a session. Too overly sweet and thus one dimensional for me. Paired tonight after dinner with an assortment of chocolates.

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Photo of zac16125
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
No born on date or other distinguishing numbers

A: Pours out a very dark brown with ½ fingers width of really nice dark mocha colored head, which unfortunately dissipates almost immediately to only a slightly outer ring. And as can be expected with a head like that, leaves absolutely zero lacing.

S: Coffee, significant and very nice dark fruits including raising and plum, some roasted malt, and a rather subdued chocolate aroma. The aromas are great but not particularly potent; you really have to work for them.

T: There is a pretty significant anise flavor and an almost medicinal character, with roasted malts on the back end. Other characters noted are a noticeable degree of bitterness, some bakers chocolate and coffee. There is a touch of a milk flavor but not to the degree I was anticipating. The flavors are stronger than a lot of small stouts, which is nice, but I’m not a huge fan of the palate profile.

M/D: Medium bodied, not terribly thin which is often a pet peeve of mine when it comes to small stouts, coats the palate fairly well but has a carbonation bite to it that I’m not particularly fond of. Finishes very moist. High drinkability, certainly a sessionable stout.

O: Overall, not a bad sessionable stout. I’m not going to run out and buy more, but I will certainly have no trouble finishing what is left in my fridge.

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Photo of B33R501
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

my gateway to craft beer, bout time i got around to reviewing it. enjoyed at south philly tap room prior to their 200 pm tapping of pty. another great bar, not alot of pub, got there at 1, seat at the bar, no lines, no event, no fuss, again, the way it should be, pliny for all who showed up this lazy tuesday afternoon.

beautiful nitro pour (my first nitro beer) really cool looking pint. black, big head, lots of bubbles. just a little chocolate, roast smell. big chocolate taste, not as bitter as in bottle, huge creamy thick mouthfeel (must be the nitro, i remember this being thinner and slicker on regular tap). very tasty and not huge abv, nice change.

highly recommended sessionable milk stout. outstanding.

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Photo of SickGnar
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Black is black, no real light gets through – just the faintest garnet highlights at the very edges when held to light. Large dark tan head that recedes fairly fast. It keeps a good ring and leaves a few spots of lace.

S: Lactose sweetness, chocolate, roast malt with a hint of coffee, scorched toffee, underlying nutty and toasty malts. A touch of a mineral note and quite a strong bit of dark fruits – especially as it warms. Roast also grows with time. Smells bigger than the stated abv.

T: Opens with chocolate, scorched toffee, sweetness (both lactose and malt), and base malt nutty & toasty notes. The chocolate continues & grows in the middle, and is joined by lots of dark fruits – raisins, cherries, plums, dates – quite the mix. Roast comes in as well and really grows through the end to linger long in the finish – roast grain with coffee hints. Faint woody and herbal hops. Bit of tartness to the increasingly forward dark fruits.

M: just a bit over medium body with nicely matched carbonation. Decent chew with some sticky sugars. Short of creamy, but reasonably smooth. Hint of softly biting tartness & it is eventually drying from roast.

D: Great flavor and good aroma for a smaller stout – nice character. Not as lactose as many milk stouts, but far more complex than most. A bit richer too, particularly in its darkly fruity and sweet/tart aspect. I really like how all the different parts work together. Quite nice. Chocolate + dark fruits + underlying complexity & richness = desert-like.

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Photo of aaronvalentin
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stouts not really being my thing, this beer was surprisingly impressive. Poured rich black from the bottle into a pint glass, with a fleeting caramel head. Smells and tastes of coffee, malt, and cocoa with a roasty lingering aftertaste. Nicely blended, lightly carbonated feel with smooth finish. Well rounded stout that I definitely wouldn't hesitate to have again.

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Photo of mingo1968
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from a bottle 2012.

appearance- pitch black with a very thin head that disapears quickly.

smell- first smell coffee comes out i get the faint smell of alcohol also roasted malts and chocolate.

taste- a slight cabonation with roasted malt up front a little bitter in the middle with a coffee finish that hangs around.

mouthfeel- a slight cabonation with a dry taste not at all sticky or slick

overall- I really enjoyed this Milk Stout to be fair i never had a Milk Stout,and this one will make me try more it was roasted and smooth for an afternoon with a chill in the air i will use this a my bench mark for future Milk Stouts

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.42/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

Appearance – Pours a deep dark brown, nearly black. The head is nearly on existent with no lacing at all.

Smell – Dark chocolate and coffee are the first to be detected. The chocolate gains a bit of milky sweetness aroma as the time develops, with a bit of caramel mixed in.

Taste – Roasty malts of chocolate and a little bit of coffee first met the tongue. It sweetens a bit in the middle of the taste profile, going more towards a milk chocolate like flavor. This however is soon lost to a, actually, quite bitter flavor which develops at the end; still chocolate, but a very bitter chocolate.

Mouthfeel – Very moderate in body and in carbonation. Easy drinking and fairly normal. Nothing too special.

Overall – I was expecting a bit more from this brew, as I was hoping form something with more potentency in flavor/aroma. I really didn’t get much of the lactose and sweetness flavoring in theire, which was a bit disappointing.

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Milk Stout from Lancaster Brewing Company
3.88 out of 5 based on 1,161 ratings.
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