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 DrDemento456
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Had this a few times and this review is from the variety case I bought a wile ago.

A - Pitch black in color with slight head
S - Smells of coffee, toffee, and choco malt.
T - Taste of smoky coffee and slight chocolate malt hit the tounge.
M - Creamy and drinkable but not as good as SA cream Stout.
D - Hit or miss I can't tell but I may have this again in the future.

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Photo of u2carew
4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz long neck. Consumed 2/3/10

A) Pours with a finger thick tan colored head. Thin, creamy lacing clings to the side of the glass. Body is opaque.
S) Bready. Notes of coffee, caramel, and chocolate.
T) Creamy, dark chocolate. Mellow caramel and coffee tones. Roasted grain in the middle mixed with a bitter chocolate taste. Lingering smokiness in the finish and a lazy sweetness in the aftertaste.
M) Creamy. Smooth. Full body.
D) A delicious milk stout. Presents well, smell pretty good, tastes fantastic. A brew worthy to be drunk again and again.

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

Bottle courtesy of russpowell. Thanks Russ!

First off, I like this style...

It pours a very dark brown with a nice +1 finger of tan foam. I can see some good lacing.

The smell is of roasted malt, light chocolate, and the nose of typical Milk Stouts, which I enjoy.

The taste comes with nice roasty tones, light notes of milk chocolate, and some dark chocolate/hop bitterness. A tasty one.

A medium bodied brew with the carbonation on the light side of medium. Good overall mouthfeel.

Drinkability? Typical of well made examples of the style...very good!

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Photo of womencantsail
2.99/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Going through my notes I realized that I had not put this review up on BA yet.

A: The pour is a dark, dark brown color with a thin layer of tan foam.

S: The nose is not very pleasing at all. There is some roasted malt, hints of chocolate, and a slight sweetness. However, there is also something a bit "off" about the aroma that I can't quite pin point (maybe a touch sour?).

T: The flavor is a slight improvement over the nose with some decent roasted malt and cream flavors with a touch of sweetness. I can't say that it's especially good though.

M: The body and carbonation are about standard, with the body being a touch thin.

D: The pedestrian flavors and rather unpleasant nose really put me off of this beer. I think I would pass on this one if offered it again.

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Photo of Nezzy
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Well its definitely dark. I wanted to say pitch black originally but then I saw some brown to it. Head is very thin, a tan color and dissipates quickly.

Smell: Caramel and malts are coming through with another scent similar to a nut that I couldn't place. Has the smell and body of a stout which is to be expected.

Taste: For some reason I was expecting something like a milk chocolate and it was much smoother then that. Caramel, the lactose of the milk and even some dark nuts are in the taste. It's really good except the sweetness gets to be a bit strong towards the end.

Mouthfeel: Little to no carbonation and sort of a heavy feel.

Drinkability: I found this to be a really great and unique stout. However due to the milkiness and hence sweetness of the beer, I could only drink at most two and call it a night. Overall though its a fantastic and unique stout.

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Photo of mjw06
3.57/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown with a cocoa puff colored brown head that dissipates extremely quick, and leaves no lacing. Rather disappointed in the head.

A light milky cocoa smell, not much roast, not much toast, no hop. Smell was very pleasant, but just very faint.

A roasted chocolatey taste with a light sweetness underneath. Overall a light bodied taste that didn't pack much at all.

The mouth was creamy to the touch of the tongue, but the body overall was light with little depth.

Very drinkable and pleasant. I had to keep in mind the style of beer while reviewing this one. I think this is the first milk stout ive ever had, and admittedly it threw me for a loop. Expected something alot different, nonetheless, still good.

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Photo of jera1350
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to krisandajt for this trade offering.

Pure black with a fizzy head that shrinks down to just a trace.

Smells like a sweet and rich malt milkshake. A little char and molasses as well.

Sweet toasted malt is dominant. Definitely sweet, some light smokiness, molasses and vanilla bean. Really tasty.

Some fizzy carbonation, dry finish, a little more than medium bodied.

Very drinkable and a great representation of the style. I would be happy to have this one again.

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

Served from a 12oz. bottle purchased at the Perfect Pour in Columbia, Maryland poured into my 16oz. North Coast Old Rasputin nonic pint glass at the appropriate temperature (01/13/10).

A: Pours a very dark brown with some very slight ruby hues when held up to a bright light. One finger of a creamy mocha head that dissolved into a collar leaving some faint lace.

S: Pleasant aroma of coffee, sweet milk chocolate, roasted malt, and malted milk balls.

T: Flavor profile directly mimics that smell with layers of coffee, sweet milk chocolate, roasted malt, and malted milk balls. Not nearly as sweet as I expected and rather rich.

M: Medium-bodied with a some creaminess and somewhat lively carbonation.

D: Quite drinkable and only 5.3% abv.

Overall this is a very well-crafted Milk Stout from Lancaster and one that has a enough sweetness, but is never overly-so. Recommended.

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

Pours black, 1/2 finger tan, somewhat loose head. Dissipates quickly.

Smells very fresh and pleasant. Chocolate and roasted barley scents. Not much hop aromas at all. I think that is lactose I smell, not too sure what lactose smells like though.

Super smooth and creamy. Truly milk like, as described. Dark chocolate and sweetness. Roasted flavors as well. The hops are obviously but it balances out the sweetness and dries out the finish.

Not as heavy bodied as I thought it would be. Not exactly a bad thing. Smooth and creamy, maybe a wee bit too much carbonation. Coats the palate nicely.

A fast disappearer! Could have quite a few of these. These milk stouts are deceptively easy to drink

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

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a dark brown almost black color. Has a tan head that sits thickly atop initially, then fades to a lace head. Some decent lacing.

Has a cholcolate malt flavor, has hints of coffee. Roasted scents.

Taste is robust; chocolate roasted malts. Has somewhat carbonated mouthfeel initially, then the smoothness takes over. Can taste some nutty roasted malts as well. A hint of coffee as well. Finishes dry and a tad bit bitter. Very chocolate - but just right.

Very good and drinkable stout. This is a nice sessionable brew.

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Photo of argock
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear glass mug. No decipherable freshness date but some random characters are lasered on the neck. Purchased as 6-pack at Harris Teeter (Charlottesville, VA) for $8.49.

A: Black with rusty-brown edges capped with a 2-finger tan head with average retention and random spotty lacing.

S: Wonderful roasted malt nose accented strongly with vanilla and slightly sour lactic sugars. Not much for hops in the nose but there doesn't need to be -- light herbal aromas are all I get.

T: Superior to most 5% brews with dense toasted dark malt, perfumy rum-soaked vanilla bean, dry cocoa, mocha, light sour lactose, and cherry cordial flavor. Hoppiness is far stouter than most milk stouts with herbal, woody notes providing a nice counterpoint.

M: Solid medium body, creamy with dry finish. Aftertaste is strong on cocoa and mocha.

D: A good value and a great tasting milk stout with highly complex aroma and flavor profiles. I was glad to see this to try -- now I know it's a go-to dryish, sweet stout.

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Photo of CHADMC3
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The body pours oil slick black as the foamy tan head cascades upward quickly giving way to a thin layer of lacing that floats atop the beer and clings to the sides of the glass.

Pleasant sweet, milk chocolate aroma, faint hints of yeast, and possibly touches of vanilla; as the brew warms faint coffee notes appear as well.

The flavor features much more roasted malt than the nose led on, its rich and plentiful, the sweet creamy milk follows closely behind, there are hints of hops towards the back of the palate, and again the flavor finishes roasty and borderline smoky.

Medium in body and carbonation, this brew is smooth and creamy.

What a great beer! The low abv make this beer easy to drink a few in a sitting. No overwhelming flavors, nothing to disturb the palate, really just great all around. Perhaps one of my favorite session beers.

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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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