Milk Stout
Lake Louie Brewery Company

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Style:
English Sweet / Milk Stout
Ranked #653
ABV:
6%
Score:
87
Ranked #20,767
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: 78 | Ratings: 127
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 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 alcstradamus
3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A--Pours a near black that glows with a reddish hue when held to the light. Unfortunately there was almost no head.

S--Lots of caramel on the nose, toffee, cream. Those all are fine scents but they really don't work well here. I hope the taste is better

T--Well, the taste is slightly better but unfortunately is nothing noteworthy. Roasted malts, caramel, stale coffee....all of it watered down

M--Light bodied and slightly too thin

D--This is just an average craft beer, and in a world of amazing craft beers I just can't find the motivation to drink this. It goes down smooth and easy, but only when I force myself to take another drink.

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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 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 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 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 brewcrew76
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Blackish brown with ruby highlights and a thin tan head the disappears wuickly.

S - Lactic with a touch of roasted malt and milk chocolate.

T - Lactic twang with bittersweet chocolate, roasted, maybe even slightly burnt malts and milk chocolate. The lactic and sweet contrasts blend together nicely.

M - Slightly thin and almost watery but wit the lactic taste and dry finish it leaves a mouth coating, almost heavy feel behind. Strange combo.

D - An easy drinking stout. The lactic quality tends to build as it warms.

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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 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 Derek
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black with a touch of tan head, no retention or lace.

S: Light roastyness with hints of coffee & chocolate.

T: Very light sweetness complements the light roasted flavours. Some coffee, roasted nuts & hints of chocolate & fruity esters.

M: Moderate body has a slight roasted acidity. Carbonation is definitely on the low side.

D: Quite drinkable.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pretty much black, with a whopper of a light tan head, too big really, with good residual foamy lacing, the head sticking around for pretty much ever. The aroma and taste are classic milk stout, sweet lactose dominant with a chilled out roasted malt and some nice bitterness, some other sugars like a caramelized brown, the carbonation setting the flavors off like little rockets in the mouth. I can't say milk stouts have ever been high up on my "I need a beer to drink.. hmm...." list, but for the style, its pretty damn good.

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Photo of Deuane
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My very first Lake Louie beer. Thanks to nflmvp for breaking this one out!

A-Deep brown with a medium tan head that retained nicely and laced well.

S-Lovely notes of roasted malts and vanilla. Some sweeter notes as it warmed.

T-Super roasty! Really great...nice undertones of residual sweetness. This is the most robust milk stout I have ever had!

M-Medium bodied with a nice dry finish.

D-Really great. A nice, flavourful, not over the top stout. What a way to break into a new brewery...will certainly try more LL stuff!

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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 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 emerge077
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Blackish-brown with a mahogany highlight, a finger of tan foam riases and settles to a skim. A couple splotches of lace stick to the glass.

Aroma is lactic (as expected) with some brown sugar. Not much more to round it out.

Flavor of dry baker's chocolate, bittersweet, with a mild lactic presence. Earthy but not especially bitter, dry in the aftertaste. Slightly thin in body, verging on a fullness that isn't quite there.

Overall a solidly sessionable seasonal, check it out during the winter.

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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 feloniousmonk
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lake Louie's Milk Stout.

Very Dark. Almost black, though lighter at the foot, with a creamy, roasty head...nice...lovely.

Roast is rich in the nose...sweet, creamy, just a touch of bitter, ...earthy, warm, and wonderful...gorgeous.

Drink it, fool...though the nose is the kind I never want to leave...
bigger carbonation, smooth mouthfeel, nice chocolate flavor, and then it's done, leaving just a trail off the tongue.
Not as impressive in the mouth as I'd hoped, coming from the nose, but a good drinking stout, for sure. Actually, the longer it's in the mouth, the better it's tasting..mmm, yummy! Mmmm, yeah!

Very sessionable milk stout. Cheers, Lake Louie, you make fine beers!

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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 akorsak
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle from a trade with nflmvp.

A: The milk stout pours a deep brown-black color, making it difficult to ascertain the sedimentary quality of the drink. The head was pretty thick and dematerialized into a small coating atop the beer.

S: The nose is dominated by a roasted grain aroma, burnt toast that reveals a hint of chocolate as it settles down. Lactose bitterness emerges only if you sniff several times. After that, it is readily apparent and you can't miss it.

T: The body of the ale has a bitter, almost tart lactose undertone, creating a unique sweetness that lingers throughout the entire glass. Assimilatated into the lactic element is a nice burnt malt flavor. That graininess adds a deep flavor that is dark and chocolatey and goes nicely with the lactose. The flavor, as it warms, is almost stale, making the mouth pucker a bit with each sip.

M: The roasted flavors and lactic tartness are very enjoyable, creating a dry mouthfeel that is makes you reach for another sip.

D: The stout really showcases its sour, tart element and not too many stouts are willing to show that flavor off. A good beer, the flavor is a little too light to be great.

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Photo of grub
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

got this one in a recent trade with nflmvp. thanks steve!

12oz bottle.

pours deep brown, not quite black and not quite opaque. a big dense tan head rises up and drops somewhat slowly, leaving behind spotty lace.

aroma is nice. bit of roast. light sourness. bit of caramel and toffee. bit of milk chocolate. bit nutty too.

taste is good. bittersweet chocolate. espresso. bit of lactic sourness. nice bready malt. hint of alcohol.

mouthfeel is good. fairly big and chewy with a nice medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. well balanced and very enjoyable. my personal preference would lean more towards their imperial stout that i had earlier today, but style-wise this one is right on.

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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 badbeer
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown, almost black color with a tan head that retains pretty well and has decent lacing. Smell is sweet; milk chocolate, roastiness, and a subtle touch of vanilla. Taste is similar to smell, roasty, with some chocolate, some sweet caramel in there as well. Mouthfeel was medium bodied and well carbonated. Very drinkable, I'd enjoy having this one in my fridge quite a bit.

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

Roasted pecan brown with generous garnet edges. The beer isn't quite opaque, but then I suppose that's a forgivable sin in a milk stout. The tremendous looking head is golden peanut shell beige with a dense creaminess that promotes longevity. Yet another good looking Lake Louie beer.

The nose is out-of-this-world amazing, something that was immediately apparent as soon as beer splashed into glass. It smells like some incredible milk chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, butterscotch candy that I could eat way too much of. I don't think it's overstating the case to say that Milk Stout has the best milk stout nose that I've ever run across.

The magicians up at Lake Louie have done it again. Who in the world could desire anything else from a beer of this style? It may not be the darkest, richest stout on the block, but then it isn't trying to be. If anyone wants to know what a milk stout should smell like and taste like, give them a bottle of this delightful elixir.

The flavor profile is a perfect mix of roasted malt, sweet chocolate, dark caramel, golden brown sugar and flecks of vanilla bean. The amount of bitter char is perfect and contrasts beautifully with the milk sugar. I've searched for flaws and have come up empty. This is impeccably constructed beer...

... that would be even more outstanding with a bigger, more expansive body/mouthfeel. I don't want to penalize it for not being an RIS, but I can't help but dream of what it would be like with a little more viscosity, a little more chewiness.

I continue to be impressed by Lake Louie and have long considered them to be Wisconsin's best brewery (only Brother Tim's Triple has let me down and it was far from bad beer). Milk Stout is a humdinger that I would love to be able to drink whenever the mood strikes me. Maybe if I live long enough, these guys will distribute down Iowa way.

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Photo of Erdinger2003
3.18/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice 1/4 inch head that falls pretty quick leaving a little bit of lacing behind. It eventually falls into a thin layer of head above the beer. The color is dark enough to stop light from passing through. The smell is sweet and kind of milky. The taste is sweet with some roastiness, but overall I get a hint of sweet flavors and some roastiness in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is good, smooth and very drinkable. Overall this is a good beer to have on a warm day (even though it's dark), because of the drinkability. Something that may pair well with food.

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