Review: Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout, Odell

Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout
Odell Brewing Co. — Fort Collins, CO

  • Style:  Milk Stout
  • Bitterness:   Not specified
  • ABV:  8.5%
  • Malts:   Not specified
  • Hops:   Not specified
  • Special Ingredients:  Milk Sugar & Milk Chocolate
  • Sampled:   12 oz. bottle

Description:  "If you’ve ever been to our brewery, you’ve likely seen the old, beat-up truck that hauls away our spent grain. That truck belongs to Lugene who’s been feeding his dairy cows the hearty malt for over a decade. Named in his honor, Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout is brewed with milk sugar and milk chocolate. The rich and creamy brew reminds us of a cold glass of chocolate milk and our hometown “Aggie” roots." — Odell Brewing Co.

Random thoughts: I'm a big fan of the milk stout style. I was intrigued by this beer when I first read about it a few months ago. I picked it up during a a trip to Arizona (Odell doesn't distribute in Oregon). This is part of my series on winter limited release beers. Lugene is sold in 4-packs and is available from January - March.

The tasting:  Very dark brown, near black, in color with a dark tan head dissipates very quickly. Aroma of roasted malt, licorice, and chocolate. Immediately after the initial sip, the first thing that hits the palate is a wave of sweetness from the chocolate and milk sugar. In the middle, roasted malt, and sweet chocolate are prominent along with notes of vanilla and coffee. Hop bitterness is very low and while alcohol is present in flavor, it seems mild for an 8.5% beer. Lugene is medium bodied, has a creamy mouth feel, and finishes with sweet chocolate malt and lingering vanilla.

Rating: 3 star. Good. I would drink this again if someone gives it to me.  I loved the first few sips of this beer. The roasty flavors combined with the sweet chocolate and creamy body were amazing. By mid-drink, the sweetness started to wear me down. By then end, I could barely finish the bottle. Make no mistake, Lugene is a good beer—it's just really sweet! If you like milk stouts, you should try it.  However, save it for dessert or share with a friend. This is no session beer. One is all you need!

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