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InBev UK
Brewed at Hydes

Style: Sweet Stout
Luton, England

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RATINGS: 149   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.91   EST. CALORIES: 84   ABV: 2.8%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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."


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 (8718) - 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 (1416) - 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 (2408) - 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.

2.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Garrat (1258) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2005
From a can.Almost black in colour,no head,smells like burnt milk and coffee,quite sweet.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
IJT (40) - Carterton, ENGLAND - NOV 17, 2004
Having heard many good things about this beer (it used to be my mothers main beer in England, and we have similar tastes), I was looking forward to trying it. Iím still not sure what I thought of it, on one hand it was quite a bit too sweet, although it didnít cloy too much, yet on the other it was drinkable if one got over that. It looked really nice, a deep rich mahogany (when held to the light), or jet black when not, with a rocky tan head a top. I guess I could get used to it, but I donít have any great desire to right now.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JoeMcPhee (8410) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 1, 2004
Black stout colour, thin tan head. Caramel and coffee aroma. Full-bodied, sweet, coffee and chocolate flavour. Chocolatey finish. Pretty good.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
johndoughty (3979) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 19, 2004
I was surprised by the complexity of this considering its low strength. Dark with a coffee taste dominating and with plenty of depth. Very suppable and an all round pleasant beer.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JonMoore (1861) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 30, 2004
Canned from Sainsburys. Black, with moderate sized brown head. Aroma is coffee, with a sweet malty flavour. Thin bodied. Weak but interesting.


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