Brewed at Hydes

Style: Sweet Stout
Luton, England


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RATINGS: 171   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zacgillbanks (4540) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2015
Can from Co-op, Wrekenton, Gateshead. A black beer with a thin white head. It has a rich milk chocolate flavour, vanilla and oak notes with a creamy chocolate milkshake finish. Very nice for such a low ABV beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
hohops (821) - Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2015
Appearance is opaque, brown tinges at the base. A one finger beige foamy head. Aroma- caramel, sweetness, milky, chocolate, cocoa. Taste- dry roast, chocolatey, milky, some sweetness with hints of caramel, but it actually becomes bitter at the end. A bit fuller in the mouth than expected, given the low abv. Perfectly drinkable and pleasant.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
slowrunner77 (10244) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 18, 2014
Meh. Takes what I liked about the XXX and dumbs it down, and unfortunately still has the thin palate. I’ll pass on this one.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
prawlie (1500) - ENGLAND - AUG 25, 2014
Can into a Hoegaarden glass. This is a perfectly drinkable milk stout, but not likely to get rave reviews. It wears is chocolate and lactose colours on its sleeve, and while its a good balance it does taste a little lacking.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MichaelAwesome (6471) - Wanne-Eickel, GERMANY - AUG 13, 2014
Got some cans from the local co-op in Cowes. Easily drinkable with aromas of chocolate, coffee and spruce. Light abv with high drinkability and full body. Was surprised by the quality of that piwo. Thumbs up.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
McTapps (6502) - Reutlingen, GERMANY - AUG 13, 2014
Four-pack bought at local co-op in Cowes. Pours out in a deep black colour with low smooth head and medium body. Aroma of torf and milk. Taste of torf, woods, milky coffee and malt. Roasted dry finish. Not my kind of beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
allmyvinyl (9562) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 17, 2014
Can from Beers of Europe. Pours dark brown, long-lasting tan head. Aromas of light cooked cherries, dark sugar. Taste is light sweet. Decent body for the strength. Drops off at the end, but decent enough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
AshtonMcCobb (5382) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 17, 2014
33cl can thanks to allmyvinyl. Appearance - opaque black with a lovely crema head. Nose - fruit cake and molasses. Some black jack sweets. Taste - dried raisins, brown sugar and coca cola. Palate - light to medium bodied but then too sweet throughout. Overall - yeah, better than I expected but the sweetness gives the impression of a sickly soft drink. Have to say it’s good for the low alcohol though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Douberd (4915) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - MAY 4, 2014
Can 330 ml at home, into a snifter. ABV only 2.8%! Pours a very dark beer, alnost totally black. One finger of dark brown head, with average retention, leaving light lacing on the glass and some foam on the beer’s surface. Aroma of coffee, hints of chocolate and light roasted malts. Subtle but smells good nevertheless. Taste also of coffee, some roasted malts on the finish and on the aftertaste with just a touch of bitterness there, but mostly sweet. Thin body, okay carbonation. Overall quite good taking its low ABV into account, could be an everyday dark beer, certainly better than drinking a macro lager.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrBlueSky93 (524) - Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - APR 28, 2014
Can from BeersofEurope, Review for thebeerguy. This was the second time I had this beer, the first in a pub in Tutbury, Derbyshire. Expect a real creamy beer, with peaty, smoky wood notes, and light malts. Very smooth, with a strong smoky finish.

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