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Brewed by South African Breweries (SABMiller)
Style: Sweet Stout
Sandton, South Africa

bottled
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on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 180   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.99   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Choice barley grain is slow roasted to produce a rich dark brew. A unique blend of hops adds a touch of bitterness and a special yeast fixes the unmistakable flavor and creamy head.
Also comes in a license brewed version by Tanzania Breweries, Pabod Breweries in Nigeria and in Vietnam by SAB’s subsidiary in Da Nang.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
boomerfast (1) - Northfield, Ohio, USA - APR 6, 2007 does not count
I had this in Ghana and I miss it badly. It had a very thick, creamy texture. Wonderful aroma and a very unique refreshing taste.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Brodies_Best (253) - Auckland Central, NEW ZEALAND - APR 15, 2012
340 ml bottle. Pours very dark brown with light brown head that dissappears quickly. Leaves ring around glass edge. Aroma of sweet malt and milk. Tree tomatoes? Acidic. Taste of smooth sweet malty sweetness. Slight bitterness comes through. Very drinkable.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AtronSeige (678) - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA - JUL 5, 2013
Aroma: Dry cocoa initially, but later I get toffee as well Appearance: Very dark red/brown, appearing black. Light brown, thin frothy head with a bit of lacing. Taste: Sweet roasted grain, cocoa, bitterness/astringent, caramel, medium-light bitterness, some pear, Palate: medium-full body, fine/soft carbonation, Overall: An enjoyable stout. The stigma linked with the beer is bad, but that has never stopped me before! I have enjoyed this in large quantities. 340 ml bottle, poured.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SudsMcDuff (5930) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JUL 22, 2005
A delicous dark beer with a nice thick head at the start. A true stout with a almost woody-smoke smell and a delicous full flavor. It’s a truly delicous South African Stout classic.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
ptashark (2) - Pretoria, SOUTH AFRICA - NOV 11, 2011 does not count
Nice and sweet aftertaste. A lot nicer than Guiness in my opinion. Now available on tap as well!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Splitenz (331) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 29, 2014
When I went to South Africa I had so much bad beer, I was getting quite fed up. There IS good beer in South Africa, but most of it is from the brewery in old Südwest (Namibia) Windhoek. But there is one beer... My very first Milk Stout, Castle’s black and amazing stout works on so many levels. Even though there’s the dreaded corn in this beer as well, SA has kept this old beer ticking along and it has a nice niche in South Africa. Several times Afrikaaners would come over in their rugby shirts and tell me how happy they were to see me, a foreigner drink "their" beer and buy me another. Now, milk stout is a fairly unknown product to Scandinavians, but as I understand it, they make it with lactose sugars. It rounds out the flavor and adds a really nice texture to the beer. It is so good and seems so healthy, selling it under this name is not legal in Sweden (alcohol and milk may not be sold as a product name).

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cantabrian (867) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 22, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2014 How fortunate that we have a large South African community in New Zealand that justifies the regular importation of this beer. So proud are those nationals of their runner-up rugby, when they should worship this champion beer. Here’s a true milk stout that is not afraid of using the word "milk"! The beer pours very dark brown with a reddish tinge and a dark gold head - unfortunately rather thin, which a minor sin of this beer, as I’d prefer a thicker, creamier, sexier head. On the other hand, this is the beer with one of the most wonderful aromas, as a lovely bouquet of blackcurrants, more specifically crème de cassis, arises to liven the senses. The flavours are all so well wrapped together, malt, caramel, chocolate and blackcurrant, solid and round, with just a touch of hops, never too bitter or citrusy, but just to balance the sweetness from being overwhelming. Milky, but not full bodied, neither dry, it’s easy to drink, and one could understand the efforts to popularise this delightful stout, bringing it to a broader domestic audience,from the twist-top crowns to the "Pour, Pause...Engage!"

3.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chokehold (20) - cape town, SOUTH AFRICA - DEC 1, 2004
Stout beer, black in color, good head, VERY good aroma. Glides down your throat like guinness, but is very differnt taste wise. Despite all the good things about this beer, i would never buy one again. Horrible aftertaste, and lingering stench if you get it on your hands.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drpimento (2283) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 7, 2011
Had the good fortune of trying this beer a couple of times around Jozi today. Pours with a large, foamy, uniform tan head and a little lace. Color is a clear, dark mahagoney. Aroma is malt, roast, bit of cocoa, and chestnuts. Flavor is like aroma and is well balanced between bitter, sweet, tang; fleshed out with those flavors as well. Body is good and so is carbonation. Finish is like flavor and of medium length. Very drinkable.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
markschiedon (255) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 28, 2014
Drinking from a 340ml bottle. In the aroma a sweet flowery smell and some liquorice. When it warms up also coffee and boiled milk comes up. The beer is clear, but it’s hard to tell since it’s almost solid black. It has a brown head that disappears fast. The taste is also like drinking fluid liquorice. But after the first shock of that a good milky stout comes up. A little watery maybe. Medium-low carbonated.


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