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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
weaselkenievil (1608) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 23, 2014
2.8%! 2.8%! I canít remember the last time I had something this weak but I bet I didnít enjoy it as much as this. Sat in some working mens club in Stockport, drinking my way through the bar and realised there was a rate. Black with a pale tan medium head after an aggressive pour. Roasted malts, some sweet milky chocolate, coffee and chocolate grow as it goes on a bit. I was very drunk but I enjoyed this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hanoi (849) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2014
Can. Nose is roast, slight smoke, toast. Taste is smoke, sugars slight lactose leading to coffee and a little caramel. Mouthfeel is thin. Itís a northern classic and in the dark days of beers in the 90s it was a reliable favorite, but is ultimately quite ordinary. .

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mark_Eck (1921) - - FEB 26, 2014
Pours a dark brown. Smells of roasted malts and light chocolate sweetness. Tastes of creamy roasted malts and mildly sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
flying_pig (1431) - SCOTLAND - JAN 8, 2014
330ml Can from BeersOfEurope website (£1.49):
Sweet and milky with some lactose and a few lighter than expected malts coming through with a touch of chocolate an a little sugar towards the end but the balance is good throughout.
Black with a beige 0.5cm brown head on top that holds quite well.
Sweet with lots of milky lactose and sweet roasted malts with a mix of chocolate and very light coffee plus a touch of caramel towards the finish.
Mostly smooth but slightly chewy right at the end. The beer has a medium to full body which is quite impressive given the abv. of this one and as I mentioned it is pretty sweet as well.

An interesting beer and packed a fair amount of flavour considering the below average alcohol content. The taste is pretty nice although perhaps just a little bit too sweet in places but the fact that itís not overly strong makes it a very easy one to drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Philym (1003) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - OCT 13, 2013
Appearance: Dark brown/black with cm tan head. Aroma: Bread, roast malt flavours, pepper, grass and note of caramel. Taste: Low/medium sweetness, bitterness and sourness. Palate: Thick smooth texture, light body, average carbonation, dry lingering finish of burnt, smoky, tobacco like and bread flavours. Comments: Tasty and refreshing. Very easy to drink.

   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 (2083) - 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 (6556) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 13, 2013
Short review due to session. Havenít 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. Itís nice enough. Very drinkable, but then at 2.8% it would be a crime if theyíd 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 (2593) - 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.

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