Milk Stout
Lake Louie Brewery Company

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English Sweet / Milk Stout
Ranked #654
Ranked #20,741
3.84 | pDev: 11.2%
Lake Louie Brewery Company
Wisconsin, United States
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Reviews: 78 | Ratings: 127
Photo of BeerBelcher
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a good example of this style, and I definitely recommend it.

It poured an inky black, with minimal head. Aroma was a milk chocolate smell with some sourness (which was unexpected). Taste was a bit sour up front (kind of a pleasant surprise) with plenty of dry-roastiness ("burned pizza crust" flavor) at the finish. Mouthfeel was very smooth, and I thought this beer to be rather drinkable. Very nice, and definitely recommended.

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Photo of bjohnson
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to nflmvp for this.

A: Almost jet black in color with only a bit of light hinting through at the bottom. Caramel colored head dissipates slowly leaving frothy patches of lace.
S: Nestle cocoa, slight caramel, and roasted malt notes. Smooth milkyness. Twang of hops but quite subtle. A swirl of the glass reveals slight dark fruit notes also.
T/M: Roasted malt, coffee, and cocoa. Milky smooth despite the slight bitterness, but methinks that's the hops showing themselves ever so slightly. Nice sweet, although not overpowering, aftertaste of chocolate syrup. Medium bodied.
D: Nice and smooth--this offering from Lake Louie makes me smile. A nicely crafted milk stout with bunches of flavor. Glad I got to try this guy.

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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 mcallister
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark charcoal black in color. Fluffy mocha colored head retains itself well and leaves some nice lace behind.

Aroma is very nice. A roasty, dark chocolate aroma shines through with hints of oat, vanilla and currant.

Again very roasty in taste. Obviously large amount of lactose in both flavor and mouthfeel. A very bitter chocolate finish lasts a good while also hints of dried cherries, and black currant. Not an overly complex brew yet very well balanced. Just missing that special something to take it over the top.

Mouth is full, rich and palate coating.

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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 RedwoodGeorge
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

What a fantastic pour on this milk stout - it's just a wee bit shy of perfect. The beer is a dark, dark brown that's essentially black with a generous three finger head of mocha tan foam. The head stays around through the entire glass and was still a finger thick even at the very bottom - I've never seen such staying power. The bubbles were a wee bit on the coarse side and there wasn't much lacing on the glass which was the only thing keeping appearance from a rare '5' rating.

The nose is very mocha-like with chocolate and coffee in very clear notes. A light caramel undertone but it's mostly dark roasted aromas.

The flavor is again mostly coffee with a touch of chocolate and a touch of caramel and molasses malts. It's hard to tell if the bittering is from the roasting, from added coffee (I don't see any additives listed) or from hops (no herbal flavors to be found) but it is rather bitter.

Mouthfeel is a surprising disappointment. Milk Stouts are known for their creamy texture and this has no smooth feel. It's light bodied, well carbonated, not overly sweet or oily and ends with a dry finish but it's not in any way smooth as the style would suggest.

Overall a good beer - very drinkable and a bit different from many milk stouts with a very aggressive coffee note that makes me think there's some added espresso in the brew - otherwise it's a very strongly roasted grain. Either way it's quite tasty and very pretty to look at.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...

Aww, it's a foamer. Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 5" brown head over 3/4" of barely translucent reddish dark brown brew. Head fades down oh-so-slowly. Plenty of frothy light brown lacing. Aroma is creamy dark malts, coffee dominant. Taste is sugary dark malts, again with coffee apparent, but the bitterness just ends up stronger than I would have hoped/expected. Mouthfeel and drinkabilty are okay, but overall this one just didn't do it for me.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison a while back.

Pours dark with a hint of ruby daylight peeking through a finger of brownish foam. Nose dominated by toasted grain, roasted coffee malt and plastic-y lactose. Taste starts off with a nice sweet/bitter interplay of caramel/toasted malt and burnt coffee grounds but is rounded off by a funky plastic-tasting lactose that is somewhat off-putting. Mouthfeel is creamy and luxurious with fine carbonation. A tough call here, a tasty little stout but that aftertaste doesn't sit well with me. Maybe my bottle is old?

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Photo of battlekow
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beautiful beer, dark brown with an almost nitro-like head. Smell is blah, musty and sweet. Taste, though, is excellent for the style, striking the a great balance between roasted malt and sweet lactose. Slightly bitter, burnt husk finish. Mouthfeel is a little limp. If milk stouts are your thing, you'll find this one easy to drink and enjoyable.

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Photo of weeare138
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks to hopdog for this...
Appears a black with a tan head that lasts. A good looking beer with lots of lacing.
Smell is of roasty and smoked malts, and lacto sugar.
Taste is buttery, roasty, chocolatey and sweet.
Mouthfeel is smooth, lactic, sweet, and dry.

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Photo of murrayswine
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer came from an impromptu Madison trip. It pours a dark dark brown but is still thin enough to be seen as a mahogany in an off light.
The smell is coffee roast, subtle sweet malts, and a heavy bread.
The taste is all milk and roast. It leaves you creamy and malty but with that slightly bittering milk aftertaste, which serves only to make you want to drink more. It finishes clean but with a hint of bitter. A damn fine beer! Too bad I have to go to frickin Madison to get it.

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Photo of Jredner
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is light cream, chocolate and molasses. Body is black with a frothy two finger thick tan head. Flavor is thinnish...light coffee, molasses, brown sugar notes some chocolate and a bit watery. Palate isn’t super thin, but the watery flavors make it appear thinnish. Finish is very smooth and creamy and leaves a mild bready sweetness int he aftertaste.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, mahogany and brown, with black currents racing through. Dark tan head forms on the pour and keeps some retention but deposits minimal lace.
Aroma of lactose, brown sugar and chocolate with just a hint of earthy, roasted nuts.
Flavor has some coffee notes along with the chocolate and then the lactose sweetness really kicks in and is just subtly cut by a roasted nutty finish.
Mouthfeel is on the thin side but goes down easy.
Drinkability is very solid but the over all sweetness would grow mundane over an extended time period. Within the style but needs just a bit more body to me.

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Photo of UncleFlip
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

OK, this ithe way it works: LL milk stout from a LL glass. Tom, I gladly give you my donation for the retirement fund!

Looks nice and black....but held up to the light, it reveals its true deep ruby/cola colour. Head is tan and active.

The smell is like sticking your head in a bag of roasted malt. There's a little coffee and dark chocolate here, but it's BIG roasted malt.

Flavour is also big on the roasty bits, sweet around the edges. Just a slight hint of a coconutty tone here- not nearly so over the top as Moloko Plus from FFF. A little smoky at the end of the finish. Very nice.

Nice and viscous, but not TOO thick. The carbonation swells up past the midway point, but does not get obnoxious.

Very drinkable to me. It's a beer that gets your attention, but does it with a soft leather whip instead of a cat o' nine tails.

Be well

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Photo of heyitsbyron
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 12oz single at Riley's in Madison for $1.59 (minus a 10% six pack discount).

Poured into a glass that resembles a tulip-pint glass. Very very little head, and the head that was there was very ivory. The color was a deep brown, almost black. No seeing through this one.

Smell was decent. At first it had a metallic, macro-brew smell, but it was absent in further whiffs. Perhaps not as roasty toasty as I would like, but I do enjoy it. Rather neutral overall.

The taste followed the smell. It had a faint metallic taste, but it doesn't bother me. What I was really impressed with was the white russian flavor that was evident in some sips. I can see why they call this a "milk stout". It also is a bit chocolatey. No flavors dominate, maybe because it's a bit washed out.

The mouthfeel was very standard for a non-irish, non-imperial stout. It filled my mouth and gave me a satisfying "I just drank a stout" feeling. Perhaps the bubbles were a bit coarse.

I love a nice mild stout. I can't detect too much alcohol, so I guess I could drink many of these and not get too tipsy. It's also not terribly flavorful, which in some ways enhances drinkability.

Overall, I prefer more flavor, but I was very impressed by the milky flavors in this milk stout. It's a good seasonal and it will probably remain one of my favorite domestic non-imperial stouts until I find another one. I would enjoy some more roastiness and more alcohol.

I can also infer that this beer has decreased in quality since Lake Louie started selling bottles. A shame.

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

appearance: The pour into the glass creates a .25" light beige head that soon diappears, for the most part. The beer is a very dark brown color...approaching black near the core.

smell: An appropriately sweet lactose aroma weaved with moderate roasts. Also some hints of milk chocolate. I like how the aromas are not overdone, almost subtle, yet complex enough to hold my attention. The hop aroma is light.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is on the light end of the medium spectrum. The body is slightly less than medium, a tad thin.

taste: Moderate roast and chocolate flavors, and a gentle but obvious hop bitterness that lingers into the finish with a slight roasty flavor. The sweetness is just about right...everything about this beer is subtle.

drinkability: A good beer, and easy drinking.

I enjoyed this bottle courtesy of dirtylou while visiting Madison.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz, Rileys

appearance: beautiful rich dark brown pour with a nice chocolate brown head and lovely lacing

smell: cocoa powder, milk chocolate, roasted malt, coffee bean...sweet, roasty and complex

taste: nice and sweet milk chocoloate, deep and roasty coffee grounds, roasted malt, slight caramel. wonderfully balanced, quite impressive

mouthfeel: as with other lake louie brews (see warp speed, reserve) the mouthfeel is amazing...silky smooth, well balanced, outstanding

drinkability: very drinkable

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A few months ago, before I had been exposed to the Corner Pub’s Milk Stout, this fine offering from Lake Louie would have received close to 5s across the board but since I’ve found Milk Stout perfection with the Corner Pub, I’ve got to knock this one down a couple points.

Pours a beautiful deep brown-black with a thick, lasting dark tan head. Nice lacing.

The aroma is nothing but Huge roasted malt.

The taste is a balance between super roasty chocolate and coffee barley.

Mouthfeel is very well balanced as the sweet chocolate front gives way to a dry roasted finish just perfectly. This makes the beer just fabulously drinkable. The end of each sip leaves the mouth craving a fresh sip. I could have drank my whole first six pack in one sitting if I hadn’t have restrained myself.

Super drinkable and tastes just great. This is an absolute top choice for exposing a light beer drinker to a stout. Still, I would have liked a little more complexity in the nose and taste, and a little bit more crème in the body would have been nice too.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another terrific growler shared by kmpitz2. This beer pours an onyx looking black with dark browns woven throughout. Plops heavily into the glass and forms a 1/2" head that remained. Laced very well. Smells chocolatey sweet, creamy, rich. Moderate roasted barley malts, black patent malts, and low coffeet tones. Lots of vanilla fills the nose. A yeasty souring (fermentation product) adds complexity and roundness. Tastes smoothly and creamy chocolates and roastedness. No grainy flavors at all. Mouthfeel is terrific rich and full. Low carbonation and lactose makes this beer coat the mouth and leaving it watery and begging for another sip. Low to no hop detection, yet well balanced. Slight alcolhol flavor thins the beer for easy drinking. Finishes smooth, bittersweet, and lingering.

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Photo of clvand0
4.37/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark color with a small head that leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma is sweet and reminds me of toffee. Interesting. The flavor has some bitter chocolate along with some roasted malts and some sweet lactose. Very creamy and easy to drink. Excellent brew.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.58/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a nice black color with a small head that sticks around very nicely. The nose is awesome. Nice chocolate and roasted malts with a creamy lacto character underneath. No real coffee tones, but I wouldn't want those there. The flavor is very nice. Fairly on with the nose wtih chocolate, slight roasty character but a slight creamy lacto flavor. This is really a good brew. The feel is thick with maybe a touch too much carbonation. Overall, this is a really nice brew. I like the balance in the flavor. I like the roasty quality on the finish. Highly drinkable. Great beer.

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Photo of SheepNutz
4.55/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler poured into a snifter. It pours a deep black color with one finger of light tan head. There is minimal lacing. The smell is very sweet. Lots of sweet sweet toffee and some rich cappucino. The taste is nice and sweet. A very malty taste with a bit of coffee and some caramel. Super sweet, and just awesome. The mouthfeel is rich and thick, very nice. The drinkability is awesome too. A great milk stout. Thanks Kev for this one!!!

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Photo of beveragecaptain
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

64 ounce growler. Pours out dark brown with a tan head. Malty caramel aroma with some roastiness. Bitter chocolate and coffee flavor balanced by a sweet creaminess. Not much hop flavor. The creamy mouthfeel helps make this beer a real pleasure to drink. I've never had a more drinkable stout. Yet another winner from Lake Louie.

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Photo of bnuttz
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly translucent black color with a large tan head. Smells of predominantly of cocoa. Some roasted malt aromas are also present. Taste is chocolate and some coffee bitterness which is completely balanced out by the sweetness of the lactose. Mouthfeel is very smooth, almost coating for being somewhat on thin side, very nice. This is the freaking definition of a session stout. The sweetness balances out the dryness perfectly. I'll drink this stuff by the growler.

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Photo of Skidz
4.62/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

1/2 Gal. growler

Pours out a deep rich brown and sits deep black with little bits of brown light pushing through. A good sized tan head sits on top and fades to a light skim.

Smells of roast coffee with and chocolate, big and sweet aroma. Fully roasted profile but surprisingly smooth and well controlled.

Tastes mildly sweet up front with good doses of roasted flavor. Minor hints of coffee and big lacings of chocolate and caramel. Light bitterness offsets the sweet, malty flavors. Hints of brown sugar and whipped topping are the icing on the cake. Finished lighly bitter with loads of lingering sweet creamy flavors....oh yeah....

Smooth, creamy and sinful in the mouth. Very mild and soft carbonation, well suited for this beer. Floats in the mouth, nothing about this makes me want to swallow...too damn good.

A half gallon is hardly enough. I wish this weren't just a seasonal, as this couldn't be any more delicious. Tom, if you're reading this, I've got two words for you: "Year round."

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