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Brewed at Hydes

Style: Sweet Stout
Luton, England

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RATINGS: 144   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.9   EST. CALORIES: 84   ABV: 2.8%
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Available filtered and pasteurised in cans. Previously 3.0%.
Originally brewed by Mackeson of Hythe in Kent in 1910. This is the first beer to use milk sugar to produce a Milk Stout. The Mackeson brewery was eventually acquired by Whitbread, which in turn was taken over by Interbrew (now AB InBev) who initially produced the beer at their Magor brewery in Wales. Subsequently has been contract brewed by Youngs and latterly by Hydes.
"The Original & Genuine."


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 14, 2006
Not a bad milk stout this. Obviously you canít expect much depth from a 3% stout, so it takes itís place as a easy quaffing dark malted beer. Admittedly, itís probably a favourite with the old farts for this exact reason, but Iíd probably be happy enough drinking this in 50 years time. Not quite as sweet as I expected, but then again I am drinking it while eating chocolate cake and ice cream, which it partners well. Some licorice and milk chocolate provide that necessary link. Pleasant enough and it certainly has itís place, but if youíre going to make the effort to brew this surely itís only a short step to make something a bit bolder.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rw4244 (132) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2006
Bottle, 275ml. Poured black, creamy and thick. Pure white head. Aroma of chocolate, malt. Milk chocolate taste (i think they use milk in the brewing), creamy and smooth to drink with a bitter malt finish. This is a heavy, rich beer, so not one for sessions, but altogether enjoyable in moderation.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ungstrup (29018) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAR 15, 2006
A very dark brown beer with a thick brown head. The aroma is sweet roasted with a slight hint of chocolate. The flavor is sweet roasted, but without power both in body and roastiness, and the sweetness has an artificial tinge - cantít think why. Too weak for me - but for a light stout it is nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DJMonarch (9158) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - FEB 6, 2006
Can at the Feathers, Chorlton 03/07/2004 Black smooth on the palate and sweet. Slightly dry finish.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Nekronos (3633) - Xalapa, MEXICO - NOV 11, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2006 A little like a Pepis, perhaps, was too soft and was black, endeed, but it needs to get more character.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 10, 2005
I had no hopes for this fellow. Aroma is minimal, woith malt kickin in. Taste is sweetish but malty and better than expected to be honest.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
iam (369) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 28, 2005
Can bought at Sainsburyís. Pours an opaque black with a thin head. Coffee and caramel aroma. Medium body with a sweet mal and coffee taste. Not bad but too thin for a stout

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maeib (8574) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2005
Bottled. A black stout with a tan head. The aroma has some licuorice and sweet caramel whereas the taste has a little roastiness together with some coal, more sweetness and some red licquorice. A nice sweet stout.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
highlandlad (1412) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - FEB 28, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2005 A classic English stout that is often dismissed by beer drinkers because of its paltry 3% abv and its popularity with women and elderly men. Itís a sweet stout, which means exactly what that implies. Anyone expecting an imperial is destined to be disappointed. This is no session stout - itís too sweet to drink in any quantity - but it would be great with a bitter chocolate cake. It poured a treacle colour with a frothy coffee-coloured head. The aroma has licorice and espresso notes. The mouthfeel is velvet smooth and the body is firm, with minimal carbonation. There are hints of cappuccino and dried fruit in the middle before the sweet, lightly alcoholic finish. Itís all sweet malt and minimal bitterness. Very more-ish but I imagine more than two of these would be like guzzling several boxes of chocolates. (Bottle)

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
ALLOVATE (2332) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 20, 2005
Almost 100 years since itís conception, this one didnít age well. Tasted from the squat can, it poured a deep dark reddish brown, with a thin dense tan head. Aroma (if any?) of ovaltine, dank liquor and copper pipes. In the mouth it was smoothed out with a cloying maltiness. It reminded me of a cold mocha-latte, with a shot of whisky in it. Low carbonation, no roasted or lactose highlights, and a short, mildly sweet swallow. I think this one is best suited to the history books, rather than the pint glass.


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