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RATINGS: 2594   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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This English style of beer, also known as Sweet Stout or Cream Stout, first appeared in London in the late 1800’s. The early brewers touted the health benefits of the milk sugar in this beer which today relates mainly to the increased amount of calories(no real health benefits…sorry). The milk sugar adds a well rounded sweetness to this dark beer and makes it an outstanding, year ‘round stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 4, 2004
Pours black with small brown head. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, and malts, with a hint of smokiness. Creamy smooth feel. Flavor follows the aroma - coffee, chocolate, and smokiness, with just a bit of nuttiness. Slightly sweet, giving over to a moderately bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shadey (1967) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 1, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2008 Pour was black with little to no head to speak of. A few big bubble around the perimeter. The aroma is of rich coffee. The taste is also of coffee but also of a delicate sweetness. The palate is smooth and creamy. Good Stuff. Not great, but good stuff. 7/3/7/4/17

RERATE: 12oz. Dark brown pour with a thin layer of dark tan cream. The aroma is coffee/toffee blend. The flavor is much the same. Simple and straight-forward profile. Its just not what I’m looking for in a ’’’’milk stout’’’’. 6/3/6/3/14

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - SEP 26, 2004
09.26.04 12oz bottle. Popular as this beer seems to be, this is the first time I’ve ever seen it in a store, so I snatched it up to live the hype. Pours dark brown, almost balck, sudsy tan head with ( I hesitate to say) large, milky bubbles. Aromas are deeply roasty; reminds of that plastic, fake smoke that magic shops sell...I like that smell. Body is thin, bright, crisp (when cold) but rounds off into a smoother, better textured brew at temperature. Nice roasty balance. Not as smooth or sweet as I’d expect in a milk stout, certainly doesn’t hold a candle to Lancaster’s offering. The roastiness and coffee are powerful but one dimensional. In the background are lactose, spice, coffee-style hazelnut. I don’t notice the high alcohol at all and don’t really get why it has to be so high. Pretty disappointing, unfortunately, no better than average - I really wanted to love this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Frank (3218) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 26, 2004
Certainly a smooth, easy drinking-stout. I had no idea it was seven percent alcohol though I suspect if I had a couple more I would have found out sure enough. There’s some surprising similarities here between this and chocolate milk in both flavor and texture and I don’t normally find that even in milk stouts. Very mild and well rounded though an extra bit of sweetness and the rather high alcohol might make this a bit inappropriate for session drinking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - SEP 19, 2004
Bottle. When initially poured this smelled like sour milk. After a few minutes the chocolate milk aroma began to take over. Deep in color, decent head. Full bodied. Quite tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zach8270 (3769) - Henrietta, New York, USA - SEP 16, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2008 [12 oz. bottle] Dark black color with a big thick tan head. Slightly faint aroma of chocolate and coffee with a heavy dose of cream. Taste is a bitter coffee flavor with a good amount of cream and chocolate mixed in. Very light finish with a very small amount of bitter in the aftertaste. Very thin in the body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kinz (3410) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - SEP 9, 2004
Draft. Dark brown, head faded to a ring. Milk chocolate aroma floats lightly to the nose. Medium to light bodied, flavor is milk chocolate and sweet. Finish is a bit short. But decent, but lacking in depth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - AUG 31, 2004
on tap at Left Hand’s brewery Very little carbonation, it’s slightly sweet and very drinkable. This would be a good example of a stout to introduce non-beer geeks into.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - AUG 31, 2004
Pours a tall tan head on a dark brown body. Mild malt, cream and coffee aroma. Flavor is coffee, roasted malt and bitter hops with an underlying citrus tone. A nice and tasty stout!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - AUG 30, 2004
Sweet, mocha and chocolate milk flavors. I would never have guessed the ABV, it’s very well masked. This beer was like desert.

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