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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: 1,188 |  Reviews: 474
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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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 wahhmaster
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown, near black color. Has a thick, fizzy, brown head that dissipates quickly and leaves little discernible lacing.

Smell: Smells sweet with strong notes of bittersweet baking chocolate.

Taste: Strongly bitter up front, it finishes sweeter with strong chocolate notes and a hint of coffee.

Mouthfeel: Well-carbonated but a little lacking in body.

Overall: A very good stout. Well rounded with a nice bittersweet chocolate taste to it. Definitely worth a try.

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

Poured into a becker.

Pours a deep black colored brew with the faintest hint of amber around the edges.

Smells of sweet roasted malts, milk chocolate and roasted coffee.

Tastes of sweet milk chocolate, roasted caramel malts and roasted coffee.

Medium mouthfeel, smooth and silky. Leaves a nice coating on the tongue.

A classic standby for me. This is a great take on a milk stout.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark black color with a small tan head. The smell is strong, sweet and creamy. The taste is very strong, its creamy, its sweet witha nice oat taste. A bit of a sharp bite at the end. Very nice carbonation. Overall a great milk stout.

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Photo of NaLoGra
5/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow. Lancaster brewing Co. has again surprised me with another brilliant beer. Milk Stout pours pitch black with a very thick dark head. Very nice lacing. Tastes rich, smooth, and very noticeable amounts of lactose. Reminds me ALOT of guiness, but with a different aftertaste.

Will definitely buy again.

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Photo of ihoffman
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep brown, almost black. Small head with decent lacing.

S: Coffee and chocolate tones are most prominent. Also smells slightly nutty.

T: Smell and taste are nearly identical. Coffee and chocolate are strong and linger. Hazelnut is present with milky hints. A malty beer with less hops.

M: Thin bodied and runnier than expected. Very lightly carbonated. Left me wanting more in this category.

O: Simple, but enjoyable to drink. A good beer.

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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 happy4hoppybeer
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pitch black with creamy tan head, fades out within a minute or two. Leaves good,noticeable lacing.

Coffee and sweetness,like vanilla, hit the nose. Like coffee with lots of creamer. But you literally have to sniff hard to detect,as it's not noticeable immediately, or with a quick,light sniff.

Sweetness hits the tongue, after tasting nothing, you search for it. Sweetness,light malt. Body is a little thin,carbonation,though not heavy(actually a little light),seems to overpower the minimal tastes here.

Not bad, but rather boring. It looks really good, but you have to sniff and taste-search hard to get the stuff here.

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Photo of Rschis16
4.62/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Damn that's a dark beer. Black with a half inch khaki head. Leaves beautiful lacing. Smells amazing too, like dark roasted coffee or espresso in the morning. One of the best smelling beers I've put my nose to.

Coffee. First thing that comes to mind with the smell and the taste. The lactose is there too, especially felt in the creaminess of the mouthfeel. The taste of this beer actually mimics a good strong cup of coffee with the sweetness of a malty character in the background. The more I drink of it, the more the sweetness starts coming out, and you can tell some of it comes from the milk. Very delicious.

Creamy and smooth in the feel. Nothing extreme here, just perfect for the style. Carbonation is present enough to make an impact on the beer but not so much so that it takes away from it. Overall just and excellent stout.

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Photo of jifigz
4.56/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

A- The pour produced a nice brownish head that dissipated after a few seconds. The beer appears black in the glass.

S- The smell reminds me of how chocolate ice cream tastes. It smells sweet due to the lactose.

T- Absolutely fantastic. As soon as it hits my mouth I taste pretty much nothing, but then as it sits in there I get a delicious creamy and sweet taste. After the swallow my mouth is left with a very burnt and scorched character, almost smoky.

M- Very good amount of carbonation. Very nice.

O- This is a great milk stout. It is the only Lancaster product I have had, and due to the reviews of the other beers I am not dying to try them, but I have bought this one many times and will continue to do so. Very good amount of complex character and flavors.

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Milk Stout from Lancaster Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 1,188 ratings
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