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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Ratings: 1,184 |  Reviews: 473
Photo of drabmuh
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer was somewhat of a disappointment to me. Beer is black with low carbonation and nearly no head, no lacing.

Aroma is a little sweet but a little ashy.

Beer is thin to medium in body with minimal malt / lactose sweetness followed by an ashy bitterness. It's not pleasant to drink. It grows a little on me as I drink more but overall I don't like it.

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Photo of devinoconnor
3.61/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Very impressed with Lancaster's Milk Stout.

Pours a nice dark color.

Smells sweet with nice barley tones.

Taste is rich and very smooth for a stout.

Very easy drinking stout. More than 1 is easily doable!

Perfect for a cold winter evening by the fire.

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

On tap from NoVa beer festival. Poured with a small brownish head. Dark, the color of Coke. Coffee smell was the first thing I noticed followed by some chocolate milk and chocolate covered cherry notes. Medium level of carbonation. Some initial sweetness on the palate with a hop bitterness that doesn't seem to quite match up. Finishes dry. Mouthfeel is very light overall. Some fruit notes, sour milk, chocolate.

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Photo of fdw3
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, dark brown with a thick light brown head that retains well but leaves little lacing. Smell is delicious with notes of chocolate, cream, and coffee sitting on a heavy roasted malt aroma. Taste is true to aroma with the addition of a creamy sweetness; big roasted flavor with just enough hops to provide a bit of balancing bitterness. Mouthfeel is creamy with a moderate body and a low, smooth carbonation.

A nice stout that seems a little out of place given the level of coffee roast notes, but delicious nonetheless. Drinkability is high for the style and the roasted qualities linger nicely. Very good and my favorite from Lancaster thus far!

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Photo of Hellabeerguzzler
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

a - from a rather pleasantly generic looking bottle it appears as a deep brown almost black with a dark tan head that dissipates fairly quickly - carbonation very visible

s - smells sweet and malty with a hint of bittersweet cocoa

t - taste is similar to nose, no surprises here. Just a pleasant tasting milk stout - roasty, creamy, with hints of bittersweet cocoa

m - mouthfeel is nice although a bit fizzy and a little thin for my tastes but nevertheless enjoyable and leaves a nice bittersweet coating in the mouth

d - drinkability is very good. The stout's over-carbonation and thin texture lend to serious drinking so be cautious because it goes down easy!

The stout is priced fairly low and is an average to above average beer in this category. I'm not going to hold the thinness of the stout against it because I know I'll get a craving for this rather simple brew in the future.

Bottles do not seem to be dated.

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Photo of stephadelphia
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle to pint glass

A: Dark, chocolately brown with a tan head that dissipates about 30 seconds after pouring, but is thick at first.

S: I got a burnt, slightly smokey smell with a definite chocolate undertone. I was also reminded of the smell from the burnt sugar you find on things like creme brulee, but in a minimal sense (had to take a few whiffs to identify it).

T: There is a definite malty taste, but I don't detect the influence of the milk/lactose. Had somewhat of a smokey finish. I wouldn't classify this beer as bitter at all. I also detect a chocolate taste that reminds me of raw cacao - that's just me.

M: Super tingly on the tongue, which I usually find pleasant, but am not crazy about in a beer like this. It was surprisingly light compared to what I expected... would like more body.

D: This one could go either way. Though it feels light on the tongue, it hits a bit heavier in the stomach (since it's a stout) and you can probably do with just one.

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Photo of dieselmilk
4.72/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I bought a 6-pack at the brewery and also had a few bottles at a local bar. I've had this straight from the bottle and poured in a pint glass.

A - Classic dark stout color with some deep brown and red showing through on the edges of the glass when held to the light. The head was completely gone when poured gently and very tall when poured vigorously. When present, the tan head had large bubbles.

S - Great strong burnt chocolate smell that reaches you quickly when poured into a pint glass.

T - Excellent. It doesn't have a faint or weak taste like guinness, but hits you with a delicious burnt, bitter sweet chocolate flavor that lasts through the aftertaste. The finish is a good bitter that gives you a little bite on it's way out.

M - This beer has CO2 instead of nitro like many stouts have adopted, and the carbonation is pretty high, so don't expect a rich creaminess. This is the only thing I wish was different because I think the nitro-creaminess would make this beer 100% perfect for someone like me who loves the nitro.

D - The upside of not having nitro is that this beer doesn't feel heavy or overly thick, so it's extremely easy for me to put back a bunch of these very quickly.

Overall I love this beer. This is a stout that nails you with flavor, nothing weak about it. Delicious with an ABV of 5.3%, which can give you a quick buzz since these are so easy to throw back.

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Photo of ImpairedPirate
2.86/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this beer up at a store in Frederick, MD.

This beer pours a very dark brown with a sizable, khaki colored head, which slowly dissipates. The smell was average; nothing to write home about. A few cooked notes, but nothing extreme. To me, the taste was underwhelming. It seems incomplete, or that the wrong flavors are the most predominant. A bitterness stands out, and lingers (almost uncomfortably) like a bad joke or hitting your funny bone. Slightly dry for the category, but smooth.

I do not recommend, and will not buy again.

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Photo of danronian
4.78/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I was going for a porter, and I found just the right one. I had tried Lancaster's Strawberry beer and like it, so I figured why not try this.

It's a very dark beer. In a glass it appears black, but really it's a dark dark brown. A small head of yellow appears when pore

It has a nice and burnt smell. For some reason I get the feeling it smells of molasses. The color of the beer is almost the same as molasses too.

The taste is deep, more burnt flavors, with a somewhat surprisingly not bitter, but slightly sweet finish. I guess this could be from the milk.

It's a heavy beer but it makes me want to drink more. I'm glad I bought a case of this while I was in Pennsylvania!

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Photo of jesses
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As a huge Stout/Proter fan, I found this a little lower in stats compared to most reviews on the site. Overall, its aroma is probably my favorite aspect of the beer. The Carbonation was a bit mutch for my style, and the aftertaste left me hanging . Usually when drinking a stout , I like a thick taste of bitter goodness whit the aftertaste . Something seems like its missing .

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes taken visiting the brewpub this past summer. Hung out in Hershey Park, ate some chocolate, dealt with having to buy cases only when looking for beer and hit up this brewpub (not the one pictured, the other location).

Watery looking oil. Nice roasted malty smell. Great flavor. Not too watery mouthfeel, and not too heavy either. I like a b it more silky for this style, but this one is a great milk stout.

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Photo of youradhere
2.45/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. Pours black with off tan head that quickly drops. Smells like smokey chocolate with a tinge of metal. Taste is chocolate, smoke bitter, and that is about it. Not much sweetness for a milk stout. Mouthfeel is a bit thin and carbonation is too much, giving it a harshness that is not creamy like I'd expect. This would make a better chocolate stout than a milk stout. Not too impressed.

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Photo of scelesti
3.28/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pour from bottle into a glass mug.

A - Nearly opaque black, doesn't let much light shine through.

S - Carmel and toffee, with some fruity notes. Mmmm!

T - No noticeable hop bitterness, carmel and toffee notes with a roasty finish. Noticeable sweetness from the lactose. I'm not sure about this one...I'm detecting quite a bit of sourness, probably from the lactose?

M - Medium mouthfeel, low carbonation, very creamy.

D - With the low alcohol content, I could probably drink a few. Still, I have a hard time getting past the sourness. I'll have to try this one again sometime...

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

Lancaster Milk Stout is a nearly opaque stout with flavorful roast coffee and dark chocolate flavor, thick and creamy body, and sweet finish. This stout is like the offspring of the pairing of a dark chocolate milkshake and caramel-y robust porter. It's a very nice beer from a local brewery making an uncommon beer style.

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours almost black with no light shining through the glas. A off white foam leaves a thin lacing and the smell hints sweet aromas.
The taste is soft, yet filled with different aromas like caramel, coffee, chocolate , toffee. I think the milk gives the beer the softness and creamy viscosity. I really like the taste and this softness. A sweet to bittersweet aftertaste invites for more beer.
Great job on this composition.

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

When the beer was poured into my pint glass it had a black body to it, with a coffee colored 1 1/2: white head that quickly lays to a thin lace around the edge of the glass. The smell is sweet of a little bit of chocolate. I don't taste any milk or lactose in it but i taste a hint of chocolate and coffee on the back of the tongue. It leaves a little bitter after taste.. Great mouth feel and is very drinkable. This is one of my first stouts and i really enjoyed it.

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Photo of brystmar
3.31/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Came in expecting good things but left slightly disappointed. As a stout it's quite respectable and delicious, but I honestly can't find the milk / lactose anywhere in this brew and that's disappointing. Hearty, smooth, and drinkable, but not milky in the least. Oh well.

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Photo of BigMike
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours Black with a coffee icecream colored head. Thick and creamy and about 2 fingers worth.

S: this smells delightful. Butterscotch, chocolate , vanilla, coffee.

T: vanilla butterscotch are the promenet flavors I get. I touch of chocolate and coffee round it out. A light smokiness is present too.

M: light and thin. I would like a bit more body.

Overall: A decent beer. Some nice flavors but in the end the mouthfeel falls short. There's also an off flavor that o can't quite pinpoint. I would call This a below average beer.

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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 glid02
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at Tria on Spruce and 12th in Philadelphia.

Pours one shade from black with a half-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of moderately roasted malts with good amounts of lactose sweetness. Also present are slight hints of semi-sweet chocolate.

Tastes similar to how it smells, although the roasted character is stronger than in the aroma. Robust roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by equal amounts of bitter unsweetened chocolate and lactose sweetness. The chocolate flavors fade out quickly and the sweetness increases through to the middle of the sip. Right before the end of the sip slight amounts of molasses work their way into things before carrying through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I had no problems finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this was a nice example of the style however it was missing some fullness. If the ABV were in the 3-4% range this would be fine but as it is I'd like some more body. Still, it's not a bad choice if left with no other options.

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Photo of HURTemHIZZY
2.78/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very dark brown (near black) with a 1-2 finger tan head. Leaves a bit of lacing. Smell is slightly sweet, with a bit of coffee and some bittersweet chocolate.

Taste is definitely below average. Toasted grains, slight coffee, bittersweet chocolate. Not nearly enough sweetness for the stout, and not creamy at all. Very overly carbonated. Carbonation makes it seem cheap and unbalanced. Disappointing. Look and aroma were solid, but after that it really fell off.

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Photo of Florida9
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown in color with some light shining through by the edges. Forms about a 1/2" of tan head that reduces down to nothing. No lacing.

S: Chocolate, coffee, roasted malts.

T: Starts with bitter chocolate and coffee moving to a lighter, creamier flavor, but finishes with roasted malts. Milk chocolate comes to mind.

M: On the heavier side of medium with appropriate carbonation. Creamy.

D: A nice milk stout. Easy drinking.

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Photo of SamuelJackson45
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A nice dark chocolate coffee like look.

S- Chocolate and smell of milk like chocolate milk.

T- Creamy taste like chocolate milk. And alittle bitter from the malts giving off like a coffee bitter background.

M- Smooth and light not filling thin lace.

D- This a good everyday drinking stout cause of the low abv. One of my best Lancaster beers now.

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

The carbonation is so high on this one that it sounds like a cola and even looks like one a little bit. The bubbles in the mocha head pop loudly and the there are mini bubbles clinging to the inside of the glass, making the near black liquid look more like soda than beer. After half a minute the carbonation settles down and the head pops itself out, leaving just a thing layer of "scum". The bubbles on the inside of the glass disappear as well leaving it looking more like a stout, albeit it one with a thin head. Lacing is minimal.

Roasted malts dominate and there is coffee in there as well, but I'm not getting any sense of bitterness from the smell. It certainly smells sweet though, as a milk stout should. Not complex, but appropriate for the style.

The roasted malts also hit you first when you sip it along with the sweetness. It finishes with some burnt bitterness which borders on being acrid. The flavor is not strong, complex or bold, but you do get the taste of the milk.

The mouthfeel is a bit off for a milk stout. There's a tingle from either too much carbonation or the bitterness...not sure. More than likely it's a lactic tang. It hits the tip of the tongue and interferes with the sense of sweetness that defines milk stouts. The body is sort of thin, but that's true to the style as well.

Overall it's not a bad example of the style, but The Duck-Rabbit brews a better representation.

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Photo of Jayli
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired from TheManiacalOne so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!
Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a deep opaque dark brown, though light ruby hues show around the edges when held to the light. One finger of light coffee colored cream head cap this brew and leaves nice sticky lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is light milk chocolate, cream/milk notes, and a dark roastiness.

T: Taste starts with a bitter chocolate flavoring - like baker's chocolate, mingled with hints of roasted coffee notes. Taste lightens a little with a milky, cream flavoring that fills out the middle. The finish has a light milk chocolate flavoring with possibly a hint of vanilla.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, creamy body with a slightly dry finish.

D: Goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, nice representation of the style. I could have a few of these in an evening.

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Milk Stout from Lancaster Brewing Company
Beer rating: 70.8% out of 100 with 1,184 ratings
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