Brewed at Hydes

Style: Sweet Stout
Luton, England


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RATINGS: 167   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.93/5   EST. CALORIES: 84   ABV: 2.8%
Available filtered and pasteurised in cans. Previously 3.0%.
Originally brewed by Mackeson of Hythe in Kent in 1910. This was 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."

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Maria (10192) - Thisted, DENMARK - MAY 8, 2007
Nice, dark head and a black beer. The initial flavour is sweet coffee and then some burnt notes of malt and a hint of licorice. The bitterness is low and the overall impression is a bit too sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NJBeerman013 (1054) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - APR 1, 2007
Bottle. Fairly typical of a sweet stout. Opaque black with a beighe head. Flavor is of coffee and cream with a good bit of sugar.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Hoser (372) - Cowtown, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 4, 2007
Hints of coffee and evaporated milk sums it up not much to this beer and I didn’t know it was retired. Page 293 of Michael Jackson’s Great Beer Guide and only 328 out of his 500 Classic Brews to go.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
KnutAlbert (6440) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 15, 2007
Canned. A dark beer with a head like milk chocolate. Sweet, with bot coffe and milk, a beer version of a latte. Interesting, but not a beer for me!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ethereal (2421) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 9, 2007
330ml can from Sainsburys. Ah, the favoured drink of little old ladies (apart from sherry obviously). Pours completely black with a big tan head. Unsuprisingly, the mouthfeel is very much like milk, coating the mouth and giving it a lingering taste. Taste is creamy & chocolatey with a nice roast element. Goes very well with a good slice of fruit cake.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Aarleks (409) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - OCT 27, 2006
Can: Certainly looks good - black with ruby tints below a tan head. Muted powdery notes dominate the aroma initially with dry cellar, hot granite, and slight roasty and caramel points. Later some liquorice and chocolate notes emerge. In the mouth watery milk chocolate immediately comes to mind, especially with the pleasingly very low carbonation. Some sweet, slightly tart cola-like notes also appear. In fact, by the end cola was what this most reminded me of. Odd.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DruncanVeasey (7999) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - OCT 1, 2006
Creamy, bittersweet, jet-black stout with a tan head and hints of licorice. Rounded milky body. Starts sweetly, ends with a dash of roasty bitterness. Maybe a lttle sticky to quaff by the pint, but still a refreshing tonic. Better without the Vimto.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
anders37 (20883) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 10, 2006
Bottle. Pours a black colour with a longlasting tan head. Roasted malty aroma with some sweet hints. Sweet malty smooth malty flavor, hints of chocolate. Sweet malty aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
peterbier (6) - st. martin, AUSTRIA - AUG 5, 2006 does not count
a real nice dark ale that tastes with some coffe and cream. i asked my self why then i read that there is some milksugar added. funny thing in mouth to get such a light beer with only 3 % Vol. and some nice aromas.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 29, 2006
Tasted 30/07/2006. 330ml can from Rumble’s, Wellington. Black, ruby hints, with a stronly lacy diminishing tan head. Sweet and roasty malt on the nose, some woody notes and a slight sour edge. Quite sweet all the way through, with brown sugar notes - like it’s been bottle conditioned and hasn’t fermented. However, it’s actually well balanced, when you swill it about, by a strong, coffee-like, roast barley astringency that leaves your mouth bone dry. Silky smooth, with low carbonation and a medium mouthfeel. Like a sweetened espresso. Good mild session beer, which I’d imagine would be quite nice fresh.

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