Lancaster Brewing Co.
Available: PA, MD
Lancaster Milk Stout is one of the few surviving examples of traditional English sweet stout style, with a significant roasted barley dryness mellowed by an addition of non-fermentable lactose sugar.
Alcohol by weight: 4.2
I’ve not much experience with milk stouts–in this day and age, who does?–so I’m unsure of what to expect. It pours black as night with a sweet, lightly sugary nose holding notes of licorice candy. The flavor begins sweet and stays that way, with the licorice hanging around alongside some roastiness, toasted brown sugar, round fruitiness and a suggestion of charcoal. I’d be happy with this alongside a semi-soft cheese like havarti, but I keep looking for more body.
Real roasted stout aroma, but lacking of any head formation; nevertheless, the aroma is delectable. Beautiful balance of roast malt smokiness, caramel malt sweetness and hop flavor. A bit more hop flavor than the milk stout tradition is known for, in my opinion. Still, I prefer this full bodied essay on a not-so-sweet milk stout. Nice stuff! When in the mood for stout, I’d pay money for it.
This brings back memories of Mackeson Milk Stout before my tastebuds were ready for Guinnrdd. True to style, this interpretation uses lactose non-fermentable sugar for a touch of sweetness and a silky note on the aroma and palate. The nose offers a complex blend of roasted malt and a strong hint of licorice. Sweetness in the mouth is balanced by hops and roast, while the finish is dry with a good bitterness from both hops and malt.