urbanviking (26) - Devon, ENGLAND - JUN 21, 2011
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
I have a sweet tooth so I may be biased but this is lovely stuff. Metallic nose. No head. Slightly bitter taste with a very sweet chocolate and extremely mild coffee noted aftertaste. Yum yum.
stravale (1808) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - MAY 24, 2011
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Can from Tesco.
Appearance - thick tan head, reasonable lacing on glass, black / ruby on edge of glass, overall appearance not bad out of a can.
Aroma - weak roast, malt, dark sugars.
Taste - dark sugar, sweet bland malt, bit of cola - very little aftertaste - a bit bittersweet. Thin and watery in mouth. Not much at all but not offensive. More flavour than to be expected at 3% but flavour isn’t all that great. More like a stout version of shandy - just sugar pop
Oakes (11408) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 10, 2011
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Can. Dark brown with a tan head. Roasty aroma with some sugary malts. Sort of thin, metallic, with cheap coffee notes. Simple and industrial - not as good as the US/Caribbean XXX variant.
Dervock (403) - Emu plains, AUSTRALIA - MAR 3, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can - Quite surprised by this one. Pours black with the aroma giving the first hint of the sweetness to come. Smooth sweet flavour with the gentlest roast malt aftertaste.
tommann (2436) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
330ml can. Pours jet black with a medium tight head. Aroma is roasted malt and sugars. Taste is very sweet, roasted malt. Quite full for the 3%. Reminds me of a Brewdog Paradox.
Matty_29_uk (1) - ENGLAND - JAN 21, 2011 does not count
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
This drink has been a big part of our family Christmas’s for over 30yrs.
Back when me & my brother were little in the 80’s our Grandmother used to let us have a cheeky little drop of this with lemonade (stout shandy) at Christmas time. Im 29 now & still drinking it at Christmas,me,my brother,one of my sisters,father,grandparents all drink it,we stocked up 28 cans this year.
Even get some bought for my birthday in October every year since i was 18.
I’ve tried making stout shandys with other top brands of stout but none of them taste as good as Mackesons,love everything about it & hope to be drinking it for many years to come! =D
Leighton (9638) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can. Opaque, dark brown pour witha dense, creamy and stick-to-the-sides-of-the-glass beige head. Dark malts, faint roast in the aroma, with some light caramel and lactic sugars. Very sweet flavor, prunes and light char, plenty more lactic sweetness, not much bitterness. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Sweet finish, perhaps too much sugar, really, with not enough roasty bitterness. Altogether not that bad.
JohnRMurdoch (2879) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JUL 15, 2010
1.4 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
275ml bottle from Beers of Europe. Creamy sweaty sock aroma. Brown, almost black colour with no head. Tastes better than it smells - sweet liquorice & malt flavour but still not great. An old man’s drink.
sm89walt (1693) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 19, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
33cl can. Pours a very dark - almost black - brown with a medium though short-lasting beige head, leaving a fair lacing. Some light fruit aromas with a milk chcolate, lactic sweetness. Similar flavourwise finishing with some sweet raisin notes and a light, roasty bitterness. Smooth on the palate, light carbonation, medium body.
FreshHawk (596) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 15, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A - Deep black color with a small tan, bubbly head. Not much retention and really no lacing left.
S - Pretty faint but it is predominantly roasted malt with a fair amount of chocolate and some other dark sugary smells.
T - Roasted malts and bittersweet chocolate make up most of the flavor, and the backbone of the beer. Along with these is a bit of caramel and dark/burnt sugar. Some nutty and earthy flavors come through in the middle, and there is a very faint minty taste at the finish.
M - Medium body with low carbonation. Smooth and creamy with a slight stickiness.
D - Goes down easy and with the ABV, you could drink it all day. The flavors are bad, and would definitely solve a thirst for a slightly sweet stout. Flavors are a little weak and don’t build enough to really intrigue me into more though.
Notes: Not a bad beer, and definitely does not seem like a 3% ABV. Not overly sweet, but much more sweet than a normal stout.