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 bum732
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

S: Bold espresso roastiness, some dark chocolate.

L: Very dark brown, bordering on black. Light tan head that dissipates.

T: Fresh ground espresso beans with hints of dark chocolate. Medium low bitterness leads to some milk sugar in the finish, drying the palate slightly.

M: Medium thin mouthfeel, medium low carbonation.

Tasty, but very thin on the palate. Surprising consider milk sugar should boost the body, maybe it finished too dry? Not sure.

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Photo of JizackFH
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - This beer pours a really dark brown color. It has a finger of mocha colored head resting on top. The head falls pretty fast and leaves behind a little bit of lace on the glass.

S - The nose has a big sweetness right off the bat. There are aromas of roasted malt, chocolate, some coffee, vanilla, and sweetened condensed milk.

T - The taste starts off with some dark roasted malts. There are also some flavors of dark chocolate, burnt sugar, and some smokiness. The finish leaves some smoke and sweetness lingering on the palate.

M - This has a medium-heavy body and good carbonation. There is a prickly feel on the tongue and mouth. It goes down easy and has a smooth quality to it. Some burnt smokiness as well.

O - This has pretty good drinkability. It has a god flavor to it, and I wouldn't mind having a few. Overall, I thought this was a pretty nice stout. I enjoyed it, and I definitely think it's worth a try. One of the better beers in their mix pack.

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Photo of djeucalyptus
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

looks like a milk stout. dark dark espresso brown with a tepid but persistent half-finger tan head that leaves bits of lace.

aroma is sweet, caramal, molasses with vanilla and a hint of spice. roasted malt and a touch earthy. touch of espresso.

taste follows, with an earthy, chalky, cocoa powdery malt base accentuated by some light acidity from the lactose and a touch of spice from hops. a touch of cream and a hint of caramel.

mouth is moderate on the body but a touch too heavy on the carbonation makes it a touch fizzy.

all in all, a solid milk stout. border-line textbook example. it does its job pretty well, aside from the carbonation, but that might just be this bottle and handling issues more than anything. It was good enough that I'd be willing to search for another bottle or two.

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Photo of cwguy5
4.34/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a New Belgium tulip.

A - dark, virtually black with quarter inch tan head that faded to a thin, swirling wisp with a solid ring around glass; not much lacing at all
S - soft and sweet; milk chocolate, graham cracker, vanilla - i want to eat this aroma!
T - much like the smell; flavors of milk chocolate, cream, bread, and a touch of dark roast somewhere in there; no detectable hops at all; lactose all the way through leaving a very pleasant, mild aftertaste - when i breathe out through my nose after drinking i can smell the same, lovely aroma that comes out of the glass
M - super smooth and creamy texture; medium body with light carbonation
D - extremely drinkable milk stout; smooth and creamy throughout; i like this better than Duck Rabbit or Terrapin's milk stout

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Photo of suspect
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Thanks to my buddy Ken for bringing this back from PA.

A: Thick, black opaque pour. Aggressive pour leads to a 1.5 finger mocha colored head. Little to no lacing to speak of.

S: First up is the sweet smell of lactose followed by toasted malts and some hop bitterness at the back end. Not a full flavored nose, but nothing offensive.

T: The sweetness backs away just a bit but is definitely the centerpiece of the taste. There is some hop balance here but it's very mild and only part of the supporting cast. Toasted chocolate malt is readily present here as well.

M: Sticky sweet, perfectly carbonated. Aftertaste lingers and lingers for a long long time leaving me wanting to take another sip.

O: Really a solid milk stout. One I'm glad I got to try and wouldn't hesitate to order at a bar.

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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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Photo of callmeclemens
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the first stout I've drank and actually enjoyed, opened up a whole new world to me. Poured from the bottle, lacked much of head but still laced nicely. Smelled like Alc and caramel. Taste like malts alc and whole milk with a wonderfully silky smooth mouthfeel, definatley well worth giving a shot.

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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 jsanford
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass.

A - Pours a dark, cola-brown with a very thin mocha head that disappears immediately, leaving nothing but flat-looking beer. Sad.
S - Sweet aromas of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and a good amount of cream-and-sugar.
T - Sweet is again the operative words, moderate flavors of coffee-and-cream, roasted malt, dry cocoa powder, and a touch of vanilla extract.
M - Slightly creamy, with a medium body and lowish carbonation.
O - A really nice take on a Milk Stout. This one will always have a nice place in my heart, it was one of the first "craft beers" I ever tried. Still tasty, too!

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Photo of BeerFiend2002
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into draft glass. Nice black color with a fizzy, khaki-colored one-finger head that dissipated quickly. Almost no lacing here. Body kind of resembled a cola with all the bubbles clinging to the side of the glass.

Smells of chocolate milk, coffee, and roasted malt. Pleasant nose on this one.

Taste is like chocolate milk, with hints of coffee. Has a nice roasty, bitter finish. Taste follows the nose on this one.

It has a less creamy mouthfeel than I hoped for, but it was not bad. It goes down smooth. Quite drinkable.

Overall, this was a nice beer. I was compelled to try it, as the brewery is one county away from me and a buddy of mine said it was pretty good. It was good, but it didn't knock my socks off. Solid brew and not sorry one bit that I tried it. Oddly, Ive been on a summertime stout kick and this is yet another one in the string of nice stouts I've had the pleasure of enjoying.

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Photo of jhughes23
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4


Nice half inch head that dissipates quickly to a thin ring around the edges. not much lacing

Aromas are of definite roasted malts, black berries, nutmeg, alcohol (surprisingly), hint of vanilla

Nice balance of the roasted malts, sweetness from the lactose, and bitterness of hops. A very interesting and layered beer. Very surprised by this. For a regular Stout this has Imperial Stout type complexity! The Lactose and milk creaminess is definitely noted in the flavors.

The mouth feel is where this lacks, thin. The flavor makes you want it to be smooth and creamy and full bodied but it's not. Which is a shame. For a beer that is only 5.3% it has a taste to it that would insinuate stronger. Maybe it's the lactose sweetness giving off that sensation.

All in all this is a tasty milk stout. I've only had a few of this style and it is my favorite. Which is why I decided to Review it.

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Photo of jcartamdg
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my cigar city snifter. Dark black with a paper thin head that slowly dissipates. Aroma of very creamy coffee. Taste follows the nose, really tasty, smooth and creamy. This is what I look for in a milk stout, sweet, smooth and creamy with roasted coffee notes. Great beer!

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

Enjoyed this 12 oz bottle in a large snifter glass.

A: Dark black ale, with trace amber highlights, and a thick, frothy, tan brown, 3-finger head after a violent poor that quickly dissipates and leaves a wispy lace.

S: Wow – a chocolaty sweet milk aroma. Hints of cocoa powder and licorice.

T: Just like the smell a sweet chocolaty milk cream taste with hints of cocoa powder, coffee, and licorice.

M: Medium body and decent carbonation

O: Nice Beer! I’m usually not a fan of sweet beers – but the balance of the malt and hops is right on. Interesting note that there is actually no milk just lactose (milk sugar).

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

A - 3-finger tan head that is thick and pillowy above a black bubble-less body. Very nice lacing on the glass.

S - Lightly roasted coffee with a sugar sweetness and dark malt backbone. Not overly pungent but a nice mellow smell.

T&M - Great smooth mouthfeel just a just a litle thick to coat the mouth but goes down easy. Roasted coffee and milk chocolate hit my palate first followed by a light sweetness from the lactose and then a touch of bitter hops. Very well balanced and not overly sweet.

O - I really liked this and was surprised I liked it as much as I did. I think it's my new favorite milk stout. Not overly coffee-flavored like most.

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

Poured chilled in flared glass

A: solid black; good carbonation, but very little head, dissipating quickly
S: sweet, caramel, brown sugar
T: sweet, creamy; roasted barley comes through prominently; moderately hopped; cocoa powder overtones

Overall, quite a solid offering.

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Photo of uno99
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A trade extra - again from a brewery I'm unfamiliar with.

A: Pours almost black with an off white head that leaves as quickly as it comes. Lacing is nowhere to be found. Nice color body though.

S: Quite a lot of chocolate, but not the typical burnt or roasted kind you normally find in a stout. Its sort of subtle and powdery... Milk chocolate perhaps? slight coffee but not much. A good swirl reveals more roast character.

T: Really nice to find a craft brewed stout that dosent over-do the roast. Some dark fruit notes come into play at the finish as well as a nice hop wallop. A little one dimensional but very drinkable.

M: Quite well carbed, but still rather smooth. medium feel. pretty darned refreshing

Overall a really excellent Milk Stout... Might be the best one I've ever had, although I've only had a few others in the past.

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Photo of JednoPivoProsim
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 fl oz bottle into a pint glass. Stout brewed with lactose.

Appearance: Pours a solid black body with a thin brown head that recedes quickly. Head was almost dancing in carbonation as it receded.

Smell: Pungent coffee bean smell. Very nice.

Taste: Pleasant. Not as strong tasting as I would have expected based upon the appearance and smell. Almost tastes like a coffee soda. The roasted malts are there - but the sweetness of the sugar/lactose comes through even stronger.

Mouthfeel: Again, not as thick as one would expect based upon the appearance and smell. Very carbonated (which is interesting if you are expecting Guinness-like velvety smoothness). Drinks like a soda.

Overall: My first milk stout. I like it. It is definitely interesting and certainly an easy-drinker.

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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 mindlucent2007
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lancaster Milk Stout pours a solid black color with an
initial half-inch light brown head. This settles in to reveal a creamy film sitting atop. The smell is chocolate, roasty malts and a bit smokey. This is a light to medium stout in terms of heaviness. Sweet chocolate taste dominates. Just an all around, great tasting English sweet stout and this is due to the good choice and balance of roasty and sweet malts. A brew that has easily become one of my quick grabs because each year it is a reliable choice.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: ?

Another quality LBC selection. Don't remember where I first had this, but I've had it on tap and bottled. Pours and opaque black with little to no head. Dark malts in the aroma and semi-sweet chocolate. Similar taste, with roasty malts and semi-sweet chocolate up front with some bitter coffee notes coming through. Smooth, heavy-medium mouthfeel, and nicely drinkable.

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

So this was the second I tried at the Eulogy tavern in Philly.

And perhaps the first beer i've had with a cow on the label? I sure hope so....i'd remember that.

Very dark pour and, as mentioned for the duck-rabbit, a hard color distinction under poor light conditions. nonetheless very opaque. The head is very small, if any, and rather rims the glass ever so slightly.

The smell is very subtle. and more or less woody, not sweet in any sense. It feels sorto of acidic at some point. Even creme fraiche like; not bitter. woody acidic sort of says it best.

Taste is also tending towards a dry malt feel. maybe a bit acidic milkiness to it at some point or it may just be the cow staring back at me. I don't know. It certainly doesn't feel like your american stout- this is New England for all it's worth- and has a very slight bitter grassy ending. Body-wise it is very thick but there's no perceivable alcohol.

Overall, not fantastic but not too shabby. certainly feels like not from these parts of the world, but as a stout, overall, it is ok. I reckon i just expected it to be sweeter.

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Photo of tkepx182
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This Milk stout is not the first one I have had. However, it is one of the better ones I have had. The Milk Stout has a sweet taste with mild hints of the strong stout flavor. It did not have a pleasant smell. But I would drink this beer again once winter comes back around.

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Photo of backfat
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

received this as an extra from oline73 on DLD. Thanks steve!

The pour is pitch black. fizzy tan head.

Smell is coffee first, integrated with malted barley and rolo caramel candies. very malty with lots of dry cereal and grains. I like it.

Flavor is light but smooth. mild sweetness and easy drinking. leaves the dry cereal flavor on the tongue. a touch of hop bitterness and roast.

silky smooth. I think the lactose adds an attractive element to this brew.

overall, not too bad. It wasn't an overbearing stout in that I could drink one of these in the middle of the summer.

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Photo of BeerdedEric
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Totally opaque in body color. Not much in the way of head, actually just a slight film. No lacing. Quite boring for a Stout.

Sweet milk chocalate, big time roasted burnt bitter coffee and smoke. Smells really nice.

Caramel, chocalate, nuttiness, dark fruits (raisins?) burnt coffee, molasses and some smoke. Pretty nice tasting brew.

Medium body. Light carbonation. Pretty creamy. Feels a little dry. Leaves the lips a little sticky.

The way it looked in my pint glass made me think it was going to be a boring beer all around. Even when I gave it a whiff from the bottle, it smelled bland. While in the glass, the aromas really opened up. The taste is nice, the body is creamy and I wouldn't mind trying this on tap if I ever get the chance.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip shaped pint glass: nice frothy tan head on top of a deep dark brown/black beer, little bit of lacing on the glass.

Smell is nicely sweet, roasted malt hints with bittersweet chocolate notes.

Taste is somewhat drawn out, nice sweetness, mix of chocolate, roasted malt, lactose/milky flavors.

Mouthfeel is solid, you want this beer to kind of stick to your tongue, and this one does just enough lets the chocalateness of the malt mix with the lactose for a drawn out finish.

Overall, I think this is good example of the sweet stout, good mix of flavors and extended sweetness from the lactose.

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Milk Stout from Lancaster Brewing Company
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