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Double Chocolate Milk Stout | Lancaster Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lancaster Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
lancasterbrewing.com

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Description: Its dark ebony color will entice your taste buds into anticipation of it's velvety smoothness. Hints of dark milk chocolate from added lactose gives this beer a nice gentle sweetness.

Added by bigfnjoe on 10-04-2010

BEER STATS
Reviews:
42
Ratings:
236
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
23.48%
 
 
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37
Gots:
63
For Trade:
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Reviews: 42 | Ratings: 236
Photo of Rifugium
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Capone's, Norristown, PA

Poured a typical opaque, jet black with a nice foamy, tan cap of head that retained well and left some stratified lacing on the glass. Very nice aroma, obviously chocolate forward, much like its peers. Taste of chocolate milk up front, fading out to more of a cocoa bitterness, with some malt roastiness coming through, backed by perhaps a very tiny earthy hoppage. Mouthfeel was a bit heavier than medium... I'm sure my wife would disagree, but I thought this was just a bit on the thin side, compared to other "double chocolate" beers; it was good, but not as lusciously smooth as it could be. Overall still very good, and definitely an easy drinker.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.62/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a taste of this at Stakem's tasting on 10/16/10. from a growler filled at Al's of Hampden, enjoyed from a tulip.

The stout has a dark brown shade with slight caramel brown peaking through and translucent clarity overall, the cap is light beige and is dense and rocky with a candy bar kind of look, bead is fine and lace sticks moderately well. The smell is not overly cocoa-like, but very roasted malt scents with slight bitter herbal hop aroma. The feel is good but again more bitter than a beer of this description should be in my opinion. The roasted texture overpowers the lactose and it seems very dry.

The flavor is good with nice subtle cocoa presence with a mild milk stout flavor from the lactose midway, however the roasted barley and hops are pretty forward and the alcohol while not strong is present in the taste. I would prefer less roast and maybe a skosh more sweetness, but it has good flavor overall, pretty rich in fact. I don't consider this a beer I could have more than a pint of, not to say it isn't worth ordering one, but it is a dry bitter stout and when I think of chocolate milk and stout this is not the flavor that comes to mind. I think they just missed the mark with this one.

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Photo of stakem
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes taken over the weekend. From a sixtel I purchased for a friend's 40th birthday.

Poured in a pint, it appears black in color with the slightest amount of light brown around the bottom edges. The head appears more than a finger strong, very creamy and dark brown. Solid retension. It is a thick cap of foam very reminescent of a nitro pour. As the head slowly fades it leaves patches of lace all about the glass.

The smell of this brew is rich and roasty with dark chocolate notes blended with a mildly subtle sweet smelling milky lactose character. A touch of citrus hops make themselves known in the background.

The flavor is rich dark roasted grain that comes across with quite a bit of nutty flavor. A minor citrus note of hops fights through the background but gets dominated by the roasty grain grain bitterness. Long lingering flavor of roasty bitter grains is left coating the mouth.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. Half way through the glass the alcohol becomes noticeable and pokes through a bit in the flavor as it warms. Not bad at all but after a glass it starts to get a bit chalky in the way the heavy roasted grains stick to the mouth. It has quite a familiar character about it reminescet of their normal milk stout but with a much more intense roast of the grain that carries over in the flavor and aroma.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The Double Choco Stout was good....but I didn't think it was as good as the porter. The beer poured a dark opaque with white head that did not leave any lacing. The scent had chocolate and hint of coffee. The taste had a, not overpowering, hersy like tone. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with subtle carbonation. Overall it was decent.....but doesn't match up with other stouts that are out there.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lancaster Brewing Company
Double Chocolate Milk Stout

Pours a dark brown, almost black color. Off white, khaki colored creamy head forms with a nice lace display. Aroma is all chocolate, hershey syrup, cocoa powder, milk chocolate, and alittle bit of roasted malt. In the flavor, straight up delicious chocolate, with some lactic sweetness, more chocolate syrup flavor, malted milk balls, cocoa powder, and coffee. Lancaster has a very tasty beverage with this one. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, smooth, rich, and creamy. Overall, a very nice dessert beer, but can pair with just about anything, from sweet to salty.

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Photo of jbaker67
4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown, nearly black with a lasting deep tan head... Loads of choc aromas, both milk and bitter dark chocolate, a fair amount of dark fruits also... Lively, lightly bitter, lactic, creamy, almost a touch watery, very good body, medium.... Some bitter chocolate, more so than milk chocolate, very light fruits, not like cherry or other dark fruits... Very good, huge improvement over the Milk Stout.

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Photo of akorsak
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Harrisburg location. In a pint glass on the porch.

A: Dark, inky black like the original incarnation - a formidable-looking stout. An off-white head, not very large, comes with the pour and keeps up, lasing through most of the pint.

S: Milk chocolate, rich and plentiful, runs through the ale, like a few Hershey bars heated and added to the ale. The milk chocolate goes nicely with the lactic sweetness of the stout. The aromas have some staying power, able to waft out of my glass nicely.

T: The chocolate is a rich element, strong addition, to the stout. The milk chocolate and cocoa a nice fit with the milk stoit's lactic base. As the initial dose of chocolate dissapates, the milk stout's lactic sweetness kicks in but doesn't last for very long. Like the other versions, the stout's lactic side tends to drop off rather quickly. Here though, the chocolate provides a saving grace, adding additional body before the stout backs off.

M: The chocolate is a nice addition, adding fullness to the stout along with a sweet streak. Smooth, the lactic milkiness is always welcome. Not bad.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Stumbled upon this at my Local House of 1,000 beers now in 12 oz bottles it was only 3 bucks for the single!

A - So far so awesome a deep blackness that is stout glory with a full inch of deep mocha tinted head that takes a while to dissipate.
S - The cocoa nibs add a deep dimension to this milk stout giving it more of a Hershey chocolate syrup like of vibe. Beneath is the typical lactic sugars and sweetness one would expect in a milk stout.
T - Not as sweet as one would expect in the name its mostly just a good bit of lactic milk and some semi dry cocoa nibs. Slightly dry roasts and hops in the finish but it is smooth.
M - Not as creamy as I expected and in a way rather thin bodied but its good like an alcoholic cocoa mix!

Overall this beer is great and not that sweet if that's your thing! Worth trying if you like the style!

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Photo of Stevedore
4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, no bottling date, poured into a Surly goblet today, 1/20/2014. Thanks for bringing this one Doug.

App- dark brown, nearly black body, not particularly thick or oily. One finger light mocha head, good retention, not much lacing. Looks like any other stout though the head is enticing like a head on espresso.

Smell- very, very decadent in terms of milk and chocolate sweetness. Very unique and enjoyable nose that delivers as advertised.

Taste- Chocolate fudge, sweet lactose and milk chocolate is cut by coffee and dark chocolate bitterness, very drinkable.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, just about the right carbonation for a milk stout. Just dry enough on the finish.

Overall- great dessert beer. Delivers chocolate fudge goodness to your nose and palate. Very interesting and well-executed beer that is worth trying if you or your significant other enjoy chocolate.

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Photo of tigg924
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours opaque, black in color with 1/3 inch head. Taste is sweet milk chocolate, white sugar, cream, and light cocoa. Lots of depth of chocolate flavors. Medium heavy bodied, sweet, and tasty. Right up there with the best of Lancaster's beers. Nice sweet surprise. Will look for this one again.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a deep brown color boarding on black with a two finger head of a brown color. The head has a fantastic level of retention, slowly fading to leave tons of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is massive of a sweet milk chocolate aroma. It is also quite heavy of a roasted malt smell as well as some sweeter lactose and cream aromas. Along with these smells are some caramel and toffee with just a hint of coffee. Overall it is a big, delicious, sweet chocolate smell.

Taste – The taste is not like the nose suggested, instead it is much drier. The taste begins with a big roasted malt flavor with some lightly lactose sweetened cocoa flavors. Along with the lactose/milk sweetness are some other sweet flavors of a bit of a caramel and toffee. The caramel and toffee quickly fade however, with the lactose sweetness losing some intensity as well. Along the same time the roasted flavors grow more intense and some bitter coffee flavors come to the flavor profile. With a light earthy flavor coming to the tongue at the end, one is left with a lightly bitter, and somewhat drier cocoa flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the medium to slightly heavier side in terms of its thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the average side. Overall the feel was rather appropriate for the drier cocoa flavors of the brew accentuating the roasty flavors nicely.

Overall – A rather drier and more cocoa flavored milk stout. After the sweet and delicious nose I was slightly thrown off by the taste, but overall it was still a rather tasty brew.

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Photo of wedge
3.59/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

@ Lancaster

Black with no head except for a couple of large bubbles on the surface. Delightful milk chocolate, cakey dessert aroma. Chocolate and roasted malt, a touch watery through the middle, with a sweet lactose finish. Medium bodied and thankfully not too rich. Pretty nice overall. Happy I stumbled upon this...

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Photo of justintcoons
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance
Pitch black with 1 finger of tan head that dissipates slowly.

Nose
Bang! Chocolate! Chocolate milk, milk chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate, chocolate, chocolate, chocolate...

Taste
Semi-sweet chocolate mixed with lactose sweetness and roasted barley. Notes of chocolate milk with Hershey's syrup. Hints of vanilla and marshmallow. A subtle hop bitterness lingers on.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, semi-creamy, and smooth.

Overall
I thought their regular Milk Stout was great, so the addition of cocoa nibs makes it even better!

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Creamy body, thick tan head with lots of lace, chocolate aroma and more chocolate in the flavor. Some hints of vanilla and earthy nuttiness Bitter dry finish. Tastes like a chocolate cake.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.33/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to stakem for sharing a 1L. growler at a tasting on 10/16/10.

A - Poured a really deep brown, almost black liquid with a bubbly tan crown that settled into a patchy retention and produced some web-like lacing around the glass.

S - Roasty malt with some chocolate character. Haven't had the regular Milk Stout in quite some time, but this doesn't strike me as "double" or "chocolate". Pretty average nose overall.

T - Not overly chocolatey, but rather quite roasty with hints of coffee and a tinge of earthy hop bitterness in the backend. There are also faint traces of smokey notes in the background.

M - Light bodied for a stout with minimal carbonation and a smooth albeit watery texture. Finishes kind of dry and roasty on the palate.

D - Pretty good offering... for Lancaster anyway. I'm glad they are trying some different things, like this and the Shoefly Porter.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Sampling a cellar temp growler poured into a ssnifter. the beer is a gift from my brother Brian. Thanks man!
The beer pours a dark chocolate brown color with frothy minimal tan head even with an aggressive pour.
The aroma is sweet chocolate milk and a bit of roasted malt with brown sugar mixed in as well for a fairly sweet overall nose.
The first sip reveals a silky smooth texture and average body with minimal and spacious carbonation. expected a little bigger body for a double chocolate stout, but otherwise this is good so far.
The flavor is as the nose advertises with sweet chocolate malt and a bit of chocolate milk ad brown sugar. Not much to speak of for hops or ABV, but a bit of roasted malt notes do shine through. This is a malty beer all around and fairly sweet to boot. Give it a shot if you like sweet malty beers.

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Photo of 57md
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with ruby edges and a big two-finger head. The nose has some chocolate essence to it.

The flavor profile is pretty flat - not much chocolate and no roast whatsoever.

The body is light for the style. In fact, this barely qualifies as a double-anything with such a low ABV and thin body.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

All kinds of nitro foam... the poor barkeep is having trouble presenting this one to me. Looks thick and creamy with an almost black color and chunky chocolate milkshake foam of almost three fingers' height.

Smells like malty milk chocolate, like Quik, with deep smoldering embers of sweet decadent roast. Cream and chocolate malts, but restrained in the bitterness department. Slight hints of Italian Roast coffee and bark. Hard to find hops, other than a delicate herbal quality. Lovely.

Rich and smooth, with sailing seas of chocolate and bitter cocoa. The nitro gas adds to that chalky bitterness that is soft, but noticeable. Roasty earthy grains with good balance. More of the hop peeks out from behind all of the indulgent creamy goodness. Slight herbal and floral notes that could fall into Noble hop territory. Nothing blatant about a quiet nuttiness that chews like macadamia nut flesh. Oatmeal and faintly burnt coffee finishes it out.

Great mouthfeel that makes you want to get in there and stay for the long haul. Creamy nitro feel adds girth where there is really just well-distributed gas. Tiny bubbles that make their presence known with each comforting gulp.

An excellent milk stout that comes up a little short on complexity. Really comes together as a great late-night dark ale. I will always want more of this.

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Photo of qcbrewer
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this upon my first (and certainly not last) visit to the brewery. Served in an imperial pint.

-Low head when poured, but with a nice thin retention throughout. Very nice lacing as I enjoyed the beer.

-The aroma is warm and inviting. Clearly dark chocolate notes, slight coffee aroma, cherries and raspberries. Slightly nutty like sugar pecans.

-The taste is delicious with a fantastic chocolate flavor. The raspberries in the aroma comes out on the tongue, and a slight nutty flavor is present. Dark chocolate is clearly the theme though. Think of the potent way that some Southern Tier beers taste (Mocha, Choklat, Creme Bru Lee), but get rid of the over the top potency. I like those beers just fine, but I personally enjoy this more. It seems far more accessible and drinkable. Creme bru le can seemingly only be enjoyed in small doses, where as the Double Chocolate Milk Stout is easy going, flavorful, and very enjoyable.

-It starts off thin, but ends up "thick". The carbonation level seems to be right, so say the thin/thick as a negative, just pointing it out.

-Overall, I think this is a fantastic beer. Their Milk Stout is my favorite Milk Stout available, and this only improves upon it in it's on way. I only wish they would bottle it, and start to distribute to NC!

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

No date bottle at 40 - 42 degrees into goblet
Aroma - nice chocolatey
Head small (1.5 cm), light brown, fully diminishing
Virtually no lacing
Body dark brown, clear
Flavor begins as a slightly bitter chocolate becoming lightly sweet. No hoppiness or malt flavors.
Medium watery body, soft carbonation.

Overall, this is an OK beer, easy drinking, and not very challenging for your taste buds, sort of like drinking chocolate milk but not as full bodied.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a giant mug club mug.

A- pours absolutely jet black with a 2 finger brown colored head. Lacing is nice. Looks like a good stout should.

S- super strong aroma of chocolate with slight hints of coffee in there. Very nice

T- very, very bitter chocolate with very, very slight hints of coffee...much more flavorful than the regular Milk Stout

M- very thick. Very creamy. Pretty much what a great stout should be

D- might be a little too bitter for the casuals who get drawn to the DOUBLE CHOCOLATE in the name. Its not a huge stout, but its still damn good. All this really is is the standard milk stout brewed with extra cocoa nibs.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a custom pint glass: color is black, solid, dense looking, head is tan with fine bubbles; head presents at least 1/2 inch thick, lingers well and remains a solid top with some bubbly lacing on the glass.

Smell is moderately strong cocoa, chocolate, milky/creamy like sweetness.

Flavor is similiar to the aroma with strong cocoa/chocolate flavor, light malt, hints of lactose and cream, subtle hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is moderate with decent carbonation and strong lingering cocoa/lactose sweetness.

Overall, a good beer with great presentation but a bit strong for me personally on the sweetness.

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Photo of chefhatt
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes, drank it on Saturday Febuary 20th at pardise by the slice.

This beer was served in a pint glass, it has a nice black body with 2" tan head. The smell is of chocolate and roasted malt and smell like chocolate milk. The taste is like the smell,and taste like chocolate milk with a littel bit of roasted malt and milk flavor. Very smooth mouth feel. Overall this is a great beer, i wish they would bottle this.

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Photo of thain709
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Served with a deep, dark brown body that showed some ruby highlights...the head was one finger tall and the lightest brown in color...it was creamy and showed some nice retention which left decent lacing

S - The chocolate, dark, is there but it's not pronounced as the name would suggest...there's a bit more roastiness and almost an earthiness to the nose

T - Here is where the chocolate flavor becomes more pronounced...the roasted malts lend their hand to the roasted presence and also the dark chocolate flavors...the chocolate is dark and roasted with just a slight bitterness...I believe some faint hops are actually adding to the bite...not much lactose flavoring, just all chocolate

M - Medium bodied...definitely needed a little more body...roasty and chocolatey

O - The flavors worked really nice in this one...it surely gives off the chocolate flavors, as it says...I'm glad there wasn't a trace of lactose as in their normal Milk Stout...easy to drink

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Photo of MikeWard
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%

On tap last night at Funcks in Palmyra, PA. Part of a flight, 4.5ozs I think.

Black with good oatmeal head, which persisted with good lacing. Chocilate, coffee, and toasted malt on the nose. Flavor was mostly chocolate, (no surprise there), with a slightly burnt toasted malt in the finish, which balanced out the sweetness.

Usually not to keen on Lancaster, but this is a good one.

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