Milk Stout
Lake Louie Brewery Company

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Style:
English Sweet / Milk Stout
Ranked #654
ABV:
6%
Score:
87
Ranked #20,746
Avg:
3.84 | pDev: 11.2%
Reviews:
78
Ratings:
127
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Lake Louie Brewery Company
 
Wisconsin, United States
Avail:
Winter
Wants
  10
Gots
  8
SCORE
87
Very Good
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Reviews by ErinSpace:
Photo of ErinSpace
3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a bottle purchased at Riley's Wines of the World in Madison, Wisconsin. Beer first has sweet malt taste, finishes with hints of coffee. Heavier on the malt, but I would prefer more cream taste and mouthfeel (personal preference - otherwise well-balanced). Overall good beer, but would trouble drinking more than a few in a sitting.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to nflmvp for this via trade!
A - rich dark brown / almost black in color. some light gets through on the edges. nice creamy tan head.
S - nice notes of rich milk chocolate, caramel, brown sugar waft nicely from the glass.
T - similar to the nose but so much more. Nice roasted malt, sweet milk chocolate, buttery caramel, brown sugar and a touch of bitter to keep it rounded.
M - medium bodied, creamy smoooth
D - drinks wonderfully easy. a true treat that leaves you wanting another one!

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Photo of zeff80
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a dark brown, almost black color with a small, foamy, light brown head. It left minimal traces of lace.

S -It smelled of chocolate, caramel and sweet molasses.

T - It tasted of sweet chocolate, creamy milky flavors and caramel. It had a mild hop bitterness to balance out the sweet.

M - It was soft and smooth with a fairly creamy mouthfeel. A light to medium-bodied stout.

D - This is a very good tasting milk/sweet stout. It tasted much better than it smelled.

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Photo of expatsteve
4.52/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: thick, black color with no visibility at all. Poured a 1/2 inch head that dissipated quickly, leaving light lacing across the top of the glass. Low viscosity.

Aroma: Yeasty, sweet aroma with coffee tones and touch of sweetness. Milk notes immediately present, with deep malt notes. The aroma totally sets up the beer - which then only has to live up to the promise.

Taste: Full stout flavor - good bitterness on the front palate that lasts the length of a mouthful. Sweet milk finish, developed in middle palate, remains in the ftertaste and balacnes some of the astringency of the stout. Good coffee and chocolate notes, a touch of sourness in the finish that balances the pint. Tastes like liquid bittersweet chocolate. Malts and cocoa notes develop over the course of the bottle, as does a rich malty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation creates a smooth finish that complements and aids the development of the flavor. Slightly creamy mouthfeel that balances the body of the stout.

Drinkability: Could drink this all night - a full-bodied stout that could be a session beer or a one-pint pleaser. Full flavor and lighter body round out an exceptionally well-made beer. Unreservedly great drinking.

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Photo of Cresant
2.5/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured this 12 oz. brown botlle into a Samuel Smith tulip glass. No date. The body was dark to medium brown. The mild head subsided to nothing.

Smell was powdery cocoa. Light brown sugar. Toasted malts. Coffee-ish. Not outstanding.

Taste was lightly sweet. Mildly sour. Somewhat nutty. There was really more texture in the taste than there was flavor (if that makes sense). Drying and powdery.

Mouthfeel was medium in carbonation. Although prickly on the tongue this one did thin out.

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Photo of robbyc1
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Creamy dark black with a decent lasting head, off white, good lace.

Roasty malt dominates, bits of chocolate, good not great.

The malt hits nicely right up front, but it finishes very dry from lots of hops, different from most of this style. I like mine a bit sweeter. But the malt bomb is solid.

The mouthfeel is silky and slick, some feel of lactic, good heavyness. Goes down easy enough, other than the dryness. Seems like a low abv not sure, one to look out for but not to keep in my fridge. Good try but I like their other tries better.

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Photo of terrabyte
4.62/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown with a medium brown & frothy head.

Aroma is a strong milk chocolate, with hints of roasted coffee. It's been a while since I've had a beer with this much great smell. Very strong and inviting.

Flavor is just as big. Simple yet strong. Milk chocolate flavor as one would hope from a Milk Stout, but bordering on roasted chocolate. Roasted coffee flavors and toasted brazil nuts.

Mouthful is excellent. Not overcarbonated, not even creamy, almost watery. With the strong flavors though, the watery feel isn't a problem at all.

Easy drinking. Such a light bodied beer with strong, delicious flavors. I wish more Milk Stouts would nail the flavor just right, and then bring it out so strongly.

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Photo of Faunland
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tpd975
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice brown hue with a creamy head. No retention or lace noted.

S: Light roasted malt, chocolate, and hints of lactose.

T: Same as aroma. Light roast malt, hints of hershey chocolate with a touch of cream.

M: A bit thin in body, smooth.

D: Simple yet solid milk stout.

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Photo of malcontent
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black with slightly transparent edges. 1/2 finger of head fizzles out into a thin outer ring. Lacing is minimal.

Definite lactose on the nose although emphasis is placed much more firmly upon the strong roasted and baker's chocolate qualities of the beer.

Once again, lactose shows itself with a vaguely milky start and a kiss of sugar at the finish (along with bitter chocolate). However, this ends up tasting far more like an oatmeal stout in the end.

Very thin for the style although the even carbonation serves a s a redeemer of sorts. This is my first Lake Louie beer and I look forward to my next although this simply proves to be adequate.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Almost black, large tan head that takes a bit to calm down.

S - Nice bitter coffee.

T- Sweet milk chocolate married with coffee. Very easy going and approachable.

M - Too much carb. Invade the whole experience. Washed out the weight, the coating, the balance.

D - Very easy to drink.

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Photo of atsprings
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Belated thanks go out to ThomasHardy for the trade extra way back in February, just never got around to it while I was still in the mood for Stouts. This is also the first beer I've reviewed from one of my free Sam Adams pint glasses! Pours an opaque deep brown not quite black with a good frothy head that somewhat quickly diminishes to a thin layer. Aroma is roasted malts, some dark chocolate and brown sugar as well. The taste is mostly sweet with just a hint of bitter chocolate and roastiness. The beer is light bodied with a fair amount of carbonation. This is certainly an enjoyable milk stout, even for someone who prefers a more traditional stout.

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Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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

Poured nice and black, but the head was disappointing and dissipated quickly. Only real detectable aroma for me was coffee. Nice taste with the coffee coming through balanced by the hops and malt. Lightly carbonated, which is appropriate for a stout. Very drinkable beer. Not a very distinctive beer, but no real shortcomings either.

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Photo of nsmartell
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From the 12oz bottle to a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a nice opaque black with a small tan head that didn't stick around for long.

Smell: Lightly roasted malts with a hint of sweet chocolate.

Taste: Very light sweet chocolate & fruity.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and smooth.

Drinkability: Pretty drinkable beer. Wouldn't pass up if I were offered some more.

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Photo of Pauly2X
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Near opaque black, wispy tan head.

S- Mostly non-agressive roasted malt.

T- Roasted barley dominates but isn't overwhelming on the palate. This offset nicely by some residual sweetness and a light herbal hop finish.

M- Smooth medium bodied.

D- For a stout this goes down easy.

A damn good example of a milk stout. Worth trying.

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Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Maybe half a pinky from an aggressive pour into a Two Brothers pint glass. Dark brown body with amber tints.

S - What one expects from its style, good balance of roasted dryness, smoke, and sweet chocolate. Some metallic notes here, and almost no esters. All in all a fine aroma.

T - Starts out dry and roasted. Some sweet smoke livens up the flavor profile for a bit, along with some anise and very mild semi-sweet chocolate. Dry baker's chocolate dominates at the finish, and lingers with the smoke in the long finish. Not quite what I expected..

M - Not quite as full of a mouthfeel as I am used to in milk stouts...

D - A nice change in pace from most sweet stouts. Dryer, and allows for other flavors to come to the forefront other than sweet chocolate, but still seemed to fit the style... barely. Solid session brew.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Lactic quality that borders of sour... a bit too much so. A decent milk stout might lie beneath, but as is this is fairly middle of the road.

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Photo of jera1350
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chocolate brown color with a short tan head that reduces quickly to a thin layer.

Smells like a chocolate milkshake with a bit of fresh brewed java.

Quite roasty with semi-sweet chocolate and bitter coffee flavors.

Good feel, mostly smooth with a bit of creaminess in a little more than medium body.

A very enjoyable milk stout that drinks easily.

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Photo of Soneast
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The coloration is not quite black, more of a dark brown with a touch of amber on the edges when held against a light source. Produces a half-inch, tan colored head, with above average retention, eventually receding to a creamy ring.

The aroma has a lot of malt character, mostly chocolate, sweet malt and a touch of roastiness, creating a sort of malted milk ball aroma.

The flavor is similar, with a good amount of chocolate and cream character with some sweet malts, some roastiness and a very light, herbal hop in the finish.

The mouthfeel does have a nice, creamy quality to it but I feel it could use a little more oomf. Other milk stouts I've had have a substantial mouthfeel, without being too heavy. This beer is not light by any means, but somewhat lacking. That said, I thought the flavors were great, well balanced, not too sweet.

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Photo of wallrock
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Yojimbo1941
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A- Impenetrable black with a 1/4 " off white head. Looks delicious.

S- Bitter chocolate, diacetyl, slightly soapy, light vanilla, coffee, malted milkshake, cocoa

T- Soapy chocolate, hint of raisin, bitter coffee, cream. I had expected a sweeter milk flavor at least in the aftertaste. Ever so slight hop bitterness, no alcohol burn but not much warmth either.

M- Medium, light carbonation. There's a feeling on my tongue as if I had just had a cup of coffee.

D- Not a bad session stout. Not as milky as I would've liked but still a decent beer.

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Photo of Wisconsin
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a jet black body that gives off a slight, and a mean, ever so slight head that is tan. After a minute or two the head fades away to a ring around the glass. It's hard to give the appearance anything better than average with hardly anything showing up.

S - A much better nose than what the appearance would have you guess. Lots of chocolate, caramel, cream and roasted malts hit you smack in the nose. A slight bitterness, maybe some aged oak aspect (?) here but it goes quite well with the other characteristics.

T - Dark roasted malts, chocolate, cream and some bitter aspects all give this beer an interesting and potentially great taste.

M - Medium bodied with a poor amount of carbonation. This beer would be much better if the carbonation was cranked up significantly. There is nothing to clean the palate from the chocolate and cream to the bitter roasted malts. Instead, everything seems to be thrown together. With more carbonation this beer has some serious potential.

D - Decent characteristics make it worth trying, but not on a consistent basis nor in great numbers.

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Photo of TheSSG
3.41/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a soapy, tan head that collapses into a soft puff of head. Really excellent head retention. Toasted malt aroma. Black. Starts with a REALLY robust toasted malt flavor. Notes of citrus hop bitterness come through. There is an underlying sweetness throughout here, just off in the back.

This isn't too bad. Pretty much a solid stout with a creamy mouthfeel and a touch of sweetness way in the back.

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Photo of eyncognito
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my RR Blind Pig Mason Jar. This milk stout pours black with dark brown highlights. A half inch head reduces to a collar with wonderful staying power and leaves some globby lacing behind. Aroma is spectacular. Sweet chocolate, dark caramel that smells almost burnt (black patent malt) that pairs perfectly with the sweet lactose and notes of vanilla.

Flavor delivers. Big roasty malt is prominent, along with milk chocolate, the caramel is toned down some from the nose, along with the milk sugars and vanilla becomes a little more pronounced. A wonderful marriage of roasty and charred malt and lactose sweetness. Mouthfeel is a full medium bodied, never thick or cloyingly sweet, with low carbonation-velvety smooth. Pretty close to stellar.

Very drinkable. I've sessioned this one a few times when it's on tap at Madison taverns. Pitchers of this go down with ease and warms our bellies. Recommended for cold, snowy Wisconsin nights. Like tonight.

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Milk Stout from Lake Louie Brewery Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 127 ratings