Brewed at Hydes

Style: Sweet Stout
Luton, England


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RATINGS: 166   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
OwainTurner (425) - Leicester, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 27, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2013 Can from Tesco. Slight burnt sugar aroma, with hint of milk creamy chocolate aroma... Overall the aroma is very subtle. Very mild taste, again burnt sugar, and the slightest hint of milk chocolate, sour aftertaste is off putting. mouth feel is silky smooth and slight oil.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blackisle (1364) - IJburg, NETHERLANDS - SEP 20, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2014 milky cream and roasty, nuts, herbs, earthy, hint of chocolate, opaque dark brown, creamy brownish head, lot of foam, sweet roasty taste, dried fruits, mild bitterness, light body, creamy, soft carbonation, creamy sweetbitter finish

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
The_Osprey (4165) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 13, 2013
Short review due to session. Haven’t had this beer for 7 years. Took a couple of cans to a BYOB in Camden. Thin black with a brown head. Smell is yeasty, taste is quite light and chocolatey. It’s nice enough. Very drinkable, but then at 2.8% it would be a crime if they’d somehow made it hard to drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tseo (153) - Athens, GREECE - JUN 26, 2013
Can from The Local Pub, Halandri, Athens Aroma: Typical dark malt aroma of toasted grain. Mouthfeel: Creamy head and body. Fruity hints. Small body, but not as thin as I expected. Taste: Not particularily sweet. Starts tart and chocolatey. Balanced with just a gentle hint of sweetness at the end. Toasty like a schwartzbier. This beer is very subtle. I like the dark grain flavours, though. Finish: Dry, astringent with metallic tones and a very mild sweetness on the throat and palate. Overall: Quite pleasant, uncomplicated beer. I could have a dozen in one session.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
danlo (1838) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - APR 29, 2013
330ml can. Dark brown-black colour, foamy beige head which diminishes leaving some lacing and aroma of roast malt, coffee & chocolate. Taste is sweet roast malt, some fruitiness, an earthy smokey bitterness and nutty notes. Watery thin mouth feel, light to medium bodied, low carbonation, clean finish. OK.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
stevoj (3103) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 28, 2013
Normal stout appearance, black with a short, creamy beige head. Aroma is almost nonexistent, but taste is normal stout bitterness. elements of coffee and chocolate, an overall decent stout.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
tampierre (1090) - Pilsen, CZECH REPUBLIC - APR 20, 2013
Canned ; Devon ; UK ; Malt,roasted and chocolate aroma ; Dark brown color with bigger head ; Sweeter taste with light bitter finish ; Watery ; Too weak but not bad.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nisse666 (5416) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 28, 2013
Can from local COOP consumed 2013-03-27 Uddingston AR: heavy roasted malt, melas AP: deep brown colored body, stouthy rocky sand brown head F: salt licorice, roasted malt, smooth body, wee grainy, wee white sugar, soya

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 9, 2013
Happiness is a big black pint. In this case it is only amplified by the fact it was a gift from Cantabrian (gratefully shakes the hand extended in friendship). This is a historical beer for my Yorkshire roots and one I’ve always heard about but never got around to trying. It appears jet black and has tawny notes in the dimple of the glass. A latte coloured head sat and sank into a thickish skim across the top of the beer. The aromas are firstly, and oddly to me, of blackberries, boysenberry icecream, jersey caramel, toffee brittle and creamy coffee. It is the most unusual and unexpectedly charming aroma. It suggests gentleness, and afternoon sessions in the pub watching sheets of rain soak passers by and of a moment to myself that my wife doesn’t know about. In the mouth it is unctuous and creamy with a touch of charry roastiness and filling mouthfeel. I find this beer to be enormously fulfilling, an ideal sessionable beer. One worth savouring and maybe replicating? Hmm, thinks I.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
calm_dreamer (159) - GREECE - FEB 16, 2013
Can. Little foam head. Smells of milky cream and roasted malt. Sweet taste that gets better as the temperature increases. Excellent session beer.

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