Milk Stout | Lancaster Brewing Company

Milk StoutMilk Stout
1,186 Ratings
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 RppIII
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass
Appearance: Pours a thick black coffee with hints of red, the head is a dark cream. After pouring, the head grows two finger lengths only to subside at very respectable rate to a light cream covering of the thick black liquid it vivaciously floats atop. The head is alive (I swear!) and in the mood of the season it is sparkling at me, the beer laces the glass well clearly reminding me of each drink until, because of the beer's high gravity, the head rejoins its fellows atop the beer.

Smell: The smell of this beer is astounding! I would definitely buy a scented candle of this stuff. The most noticeable odor coming from this brew is that of malted barley, and chocolate. There is a subtle hint of cream and the entire smell is bound up in a very delicate fresh coffee aroma.

Taste: The first essence to present itself is at the lips a soft cream flavour followed by a mild hoppieness. The beer seems to be centered on a flavour of lactose, which first presents itself as a very mellow cream and is finished off almost abruptly by a bitter almost sour bite.

Mouthful: With a texture of cream, the carbonation is not overpowering and feels almost like I am drinking a black cup of half and half.

Drinkability: This beer's drinkability is moderate, while the abv is rather low the sheer body of the beer prevents one from being able to use this a session beer (which by no means is a bad thing). Overall I think this beer is very well organized, it's flavours are balanced brining out enough of the lactose essence while not making it too prevalent or unbearable. The hops go well with the lactose, and the malt brings me to the very rational idea that this style of beer should be sold at coffee shops.

This being my first actual tasting of a beer in the style of Sweet Stout, I have no physical basis on which to evaluate this beer, only what I have read about the style and history. That being said I will strive to keep this review unbiased and focused on the beer's adherence to the standards of this style and what has been done in these parameters that appeals to me.

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Photo of gromis
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a deep coffee black. It has a malty/syrupy nose to it. Not very much carbonation to speak of, the thin head disappeared shortly after the pour. Very mild with very little bitter aftertaste. This is a beer for the person who likes the taste of a stout without the bitterness. *raises hand*

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Photo of coldmeat23
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

GLASS: Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees

Nicely, this pours black. It has a two-finger head of light brown foam sitting on top. The retention is fairly good and the lacing is of a medium thickness and pretty sticky.

Nice. This smells like walking into a good coffee shop, at about 7:30 AM. The coffee scents coming from this glass are of fresh roasted and fresh ground beans. There are very lovely scents of chocolate here, reminding me of both chocolate milk and hot cocoa. I don't have a clue how it's doing it, but I swear that I smell fresh toasted english muffins in this glass(!).
This smells absolutely delicious!

It doesn't quite live up to the nose, but it tries. The flavor is not as overpowering as I thought it might be. Dark roasted maltiness balances the dark coffee notes which are accented by the dark chocolate notes. This is all leveled out, nicely, by the lacto sweetness. Nice hints of vanilla, caramel and toast.

This has a medium body and a medium level of carbonation. It is very smooth and enjoyable. It has a light touch of creaminess to it, that I wish was a little bit more. This is only a minor, and personal, complaint though.

This is a very drinkable beer and would make a great session stout. It has only been available for a short time, locally. Sadly, I've already heard rumors that it may not stay around. I intend to enjoy it while it lasts!

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Photo of russpowell
4.56/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a chestnut tinged ebony with 2 fingers of mocha colored head. Minimal head retention & lacing

S: Lactose & cocoa

T: Follows the nose, along cream flavor & dryness up front. Lactose sweetness, dryness & a touch of iron are all there as this warms. Finishes sweet, dry & with cocoa cream

MF: Smooth & creamy with minimal carbonation

Drank sooo easy, easily in my top 2 of straight up milk stouts, yummy!

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Photo of Richardberg
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - poured into a pint glass. Near black with a small, dense, tan head.

S - sweet, rich chocolate malts with a bit of coffee. Neither super strong nor complex, just a nice clear presentation of the core flavors.

T - like it smells, with the added lactose "bite" (I perceive and often describe it as "sharp"). Finishes slightly bitter, mild hops providing a nice touch of balance to an otherwise one sided beer.

M - medium to full bodied, nicely sticky, moderate carbonation. if it had a little more creamy/smooth quality it would be perfect.

D - nice strong (but well executed) flavors in an affordable and low-ABV format

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Photo of Ezekiel81923
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this from the bottle long ago, having it on Nitro at the Craft Ale House this time. 16oz Pint.

Appearance: Dark dark brown, not quite black. Not completely opaque. Big 2 finger pillowy tan/brown head that never disappears. Great lacing all over the glass. Uber impressive, much better than the bottle.

Smell: Coffee, chocolate, lactose sugars. Pretty much as the bottle describes. Some hoppiness.

Taste: Coffee and chocolate are the most dominant flavors in this one. Some roasted malts in the finish. In the bottle, the milky flavors come out much more and make up a lot of the backbone of the beer, finishing in a light milk chocolate flavor with some roasted malts. On nitro, the milky flavor is more subdued.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy, full bodied. Finishes light in the bottle, more full on nitro. Minimal carbonation lends to a refreshing, almost creamy or milky finish

Drinkability: Pretty low ABV for such a big stout. Still pretty full bodied which limits its drinkability.

Great out of the bottle, love it on Nitro-Tap.

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Photo of deaconoflove
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a giant goblet straight from the fridge. An opaque bronw, nearly black. Just a brief film of head. Nada.
Smell like chocolate milk...kind of, ice cream maybe. Something sweeter than the usual chocolate. Maybe just the power of suggestion.
The taste is of roasted coffee first, with a later burnt coffee that lingers on into the finish. A very mild finish with a tiny bit of hops.
Feels good in the mouth, smooth with a little bit of carbonation.
I could drink a few of these pretty easily.

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

Growler to chalice. (Great fill at the brewery by the way.)

A: Dark brown, nearly black with a bit of ruby showing through in between the murkiness. Big, 2 finger second-wind head that is light brown in color. Good lacing leaves a ring around the glass after each sip. Long lasting head.

S: Probably the least impressive aspect of this stout IF I had to pick one. Heavy malt aromas and the typical dark chocolate, lightly burnt coffee grounds, tar and molasses. Minimal resiny hop presence.

T: The taste is very much what you would expect after putting your nose in it. Long lasting flavors of brown sugar, butter, diacetyl and lactose qualities are piled on. Moderately sweet.

M: The body is full, thick and creamy. Really smooth. There is a wonderful mouth-watering finish that keeps you coming back.

D: EXCEPTIONAL DRINKABILITY! Finished the growler and I still want another. Very sessionable.

Notes: After having tasted so many other stouts, the LBC Milk Stout is clearly simple and straightforward. Comparatively, it may seem slightly lacking in complexity but I think they nailed the style.

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

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into an Imperial pint glass. This will be my third try to review this beer. The other two reviews fell victim to the recent database crashes at BA. Thankfully I picked up a six pack recently while passing through MD. Label is simple tones of black, white, and gold, and displays a cow. No freshness date.

Appearance: Pours with 2 fingers of medium tan head. This settles to a thin yet complete coating of foam. Fair amount of lacing. The beer itself is black and completely opaque. Ne sediment in the bottle.

Smell: Sweet lactose creaminess with a light acrid note of roasted barley in the finish.

Taste: Mild lactose sweetness upfront with the barest hint of caramelized sugar. Pleasant roasted barley bitterness comes next, and lingers well after each sip.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is good, with a little slickness to it.

Drinkability: A nice, easy drinking beer that good be my everyday, go to beer. If it were sold in my state that is.

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

Pours very deep black with a small tan head that quickly turns into a nice tan lacing.

Very strong coffee/ espresso aroma with hints of dark chocolate and smoke.

Mild coffee taste, a hint of caramel sweetness and roasted malt. A very slight bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy with a little carbonation.

This is a very drinkable stout, I usually like stronger stouts, however, this was a very nice surprise and I would buy again.

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

Pours a rich deep dark brown with fluffy yet firm khaki colored head. Good retention and lacing. Smell is of roasted coffee, semi-sweet chocolate and brown sugar. Taste begins very sweet, with a rush of dark roasted coffee. Finishes with a taste of semi-sweet chocolate and hints of smoke. Smooth, creamy, perfect medium body. Great Milk Stout with lots of rich flavors and charachter.

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Photo of bump8628
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours thick and black with a pinky of tan bubbly head that recedes into some patchy lace.

The aroma is very light with a creamed coffee note. A little smoke and burnt sugars also poke through.

As soon as the beer hits the tongue the creamy body is noticeable. Subtle roast, coffee, nuts, and caramel coat the palate washed over by a creamy sweetness. Hop bitterness is minimal allowing the creamy, malty goodness to come through. A very smooth unobtrusive stout. Fits the bill of a milk stout well and it's one of the better versions I've had. Its creamy but not overly sweet making it a wonderful beer for first thing in the morning or right before bed.

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Photo of kurp001
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle bought at Joppa Liquors

Pours a dark, dark brown with about one finger of light mocha head that sticks around for a while before dying down. Lacing is minimal.

Smell features faint coffee and cocoa notes, a mild barley presence dances around in the background, as well. A very faint metallic quality is also detectable.

Taste is rich, yet very balanced. Coffee and chocolate notes balance out nicely, with a nice roasted malt character on the finish.

Mouthfeel is creamy and full; carbonation is just right, so as not to compromise the almost milky quality of the beer.

This is a damn drinkable stout. The flavors are light enough to not become overwhelming over time, but bold enough to keep things interesting. This is a milk stout I would definitely be inclined to return to--moreover, this is a near perfect breakfast beer.

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Photo of TLove
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap/bottle as often as I can get it.

This beer is excellent for it's style. Truly the best milk stout I've had. Supremely drinkable and remarkably well-balanced.

Pours a smoky, resiny dark brown, with a light brown head and a moderate lacing. Great smell of espresso, dark chocolate, and floral aromas. Milky body, but had a great smokiness that permeates through the body and renders it the consistency of an oatmeal stout with the flavor complexity of a baltic porter.

Not heavily carbonated, with some roasted malts coming through on the back end with some bakers chocolate and raisin. Not particularly noticeable bitterness. Smoothness is key and really wins the day here. Clean, but not dry. Refreshing from front to back.

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Photo of caddybuyer
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle purchased from a 12 pack at the source.

A-Deep oily black pour that a 100 watt bulb can't penetrate. Thick creamy tan head that stands up even at a pretty cold temperature.

S-coffee, hops and sweet malts

T-creamy sweet roasted malts, coffee, and a bitter finish. Very nicely done

M-Medium creamy mouthfeel and carbonation

D-This is an extremely drinkable stout. In some ways, I wish it was a bit bigger, and I'd love to see them do an imperial, but for a nice session stout, you can't beat this. Bring it on.

Another great beer from a very solid brewery.

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Photo of bl400315
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ordered at lancaster brewing company (in lancaster). Poured black, deep, and quite viscous with a one and a half finger head that left poor lacing. Picked up malts as well as cocao and subtle coffee scents. Pleasant aroma. Didn't expect the slightly sour taste with initial sip. Good body for a stout, left the pallet clean and smooth- hops werent overbearing. Balanced and very drinkable. By far one of the best milk stouts PA has to offer and certainly my favorite from the lancaster brewing co.

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Photo of droomyster
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer after a couple of pale ales and came away with the impression that its aromas and flavors were tasty but too muted. It poured black with a small, short-lived head. Its nose and palate were good (dark chocolatey roastiness) but both could have amped it up. I could tell that its flavor profile was good but wish that it were louder.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours opague black with a thick creamy coco cola looking heading.There is some highlighted areas.

Smell is heavily roasted a very subtle hop aroma.

Taste is heavily roasted and amazing tasting.A slight sourness that sticks around a bit.

Mouth slippery,smooth with amazing velevty texture. Full bodied and good carbonation.

Easily drinkable and one of my heavier stout favorites now. I was simply shocked by this one. It's usually the one you don't see coming that does the most damage.

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

a deep dark coffee brown with a thin off white head. Smell is smokey and sweet. Taste is like cocoa and burnt toast with a smooth bitter finish. The beer is a medium/heavy feel. Not as sweet as some stouts but one I could drink a few of. A good choice if you want to try stouts.

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

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle
Served in a pint glass
Thanks to adamharbaugh for including this as an extra in our trade.

The beer poured a deep, dark, near black color with ruby highlights when held to the light. A stiff, frothy, saddle brown, two-finger head slowly faded to a thin, flimsy film. Streaks of lacing trickled down the glass.

The aroma was mild initially. Powdery, yeasty and dry with hints of cocoa. As the beer warmed, sweet caramel, lactose and coffee-like notes really came forth.

The taste was smooth and semi-sweet with a distinct roasty quality. Coffee was noticeable right away. Some powdered cocoa came through as well. Sweet, lactose-like notes were also detectable. The finish was moderately hoppy, dry and quite bitter. Just as with the aroma, the flavor profile experienced great improvement as the liquid warmed. The beer became much more rich and malty with a roasty, espresso-like finish. Sweetened coffee and milk chocolate notes became apparent as well.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied. Slightly frothy and smooth with a lively, big bubbled carbonation.

This tasty after dinner treat really came alive as it warmed. Give this one some time to allow its true colors to show and you shall be rewarded.

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Photo of jhammel01
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch black color as expected with a coffee brown color head. The head does not stay around as long I would of expected. Does lace down pretty well

Smells great! Fresh coffee come to mind with a hint of burnt maltiness.

Tastes as good as it smells. 1st up is the coffee. So much going on! A bit of molasses and finishes with a little bitterness from some hops with burnt chocolate and malt.

Mouthfeel is decent. Its on the medium side. Nice and smooth....good rep of the style!

This is an awesome stout! I've been very much in the mood for more stouts and this one hits the spot. Thoroughly enjoyed!!
Definitely let it warm a little comes alive.

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Photo of beerman207
4.37/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this hanging out with my sister, BIL, and wife at Russels/Clancy's in Bloomsburg PA.

A - Pours black and has a nice head that leaves a little lace behind. Very inviting

S - Chocolate, Milk, and malt in the nose

T - Coffee and chocolate dominate along with a nice sweetness taht must be from the lactose - very nice.

M - Carbonation is medium and the body is a little thinner than I'd like but overall this is a solid offering.

D - A very drinkable beer that is not overpowering.

You can't go wrong with this one. I'm glad I gave this one a try while visiting my hometown area.

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Photo of tone77
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a brown 12 oz. bottle. Pours a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Has a mild, coffee aroma with some hints of chocolate. Tastes mild, somewhat malty with hints of coffee. Feels creamy in the mouth. Drinkability is not bad, but not a beer I could drink all night. Overall this is a pretty decent beer.

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Photo of capra12
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed with the help of Yvonne.

Appearance: dark brown with little head retention.

Smell: some sour notes in the nose with a subtle malt.

Taste: this brew opens with a subtle smooth milkiness and that carries to the middle and end. Some sour notes come through on the finish but nothing to deter you from taking another sip

Mouthfeel: very light considering it is a stout.but has a very forfilling taste.

Drinkability: very high. I would definitely have another without hesitating.

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Photo of Tromba
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a "Chimay" glass goblet.

A: Pours a very dark, rich espresso color. Very light brown head is tight, but dissipates very quickly, leaving a thin lacing on top.

S: Not strong, but offers hints of dark chocolate and a roasty espresso.

T: More carbonated than expected. Wonderful drak roasted malts up front, with chocolate and a little coffee following, with a wonderfully smooth finish. The after taste balances perfectly with just a hint of bitterness.

M: The lactose used in the brewing process makes this stout exceptionaly smooth, despite the carbonation. Very clean finish.

D: As far as flavorful stouts go, this is one of the most drinkable I've come across - not too heavy or overbearing. This is a great stout to keep stocked in the fridge and a good introduction to stouts for those used to "liter" fare.

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Milk Stout from Lancaster Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 1,186 ratings
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