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Brewed at Hydes

Style: Sweet Stout
Luton, England

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RATINGS: 164   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.93   EST. CALORIES: 84   ABV: 2.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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."


1.4
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
JohnRMurdoch (3790) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JUL 15, 2010
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 manís drink.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sm89walt (1816) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 19, 2010
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.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
FreshHawk (596) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 15, 2010
Bottle. 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 donít 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.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Alphadelic (1925) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 12, 2010
275ml bottle. Sweet smoke and meaty iodine on the nose. Tobacco and sugary sweetness in the mouth. Milky texture and hugely drinkable. I actually quite like it.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ralphdot (1007) - Billingham, Durham, ENGLAND - DEC 4, 2009
Very dark with a good brown head, roasted malt aroma, taste is slightly sweet smoky roasted malt, smooth and bitter, not at all a weak taste. I have always liked this stuff.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
chriso (7482) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 19, 2009
Can, August 2009. I know this is a classic beer and all that but, on my first tasting of it for many years, it just didnít do anything for me. Quite dull and watery. Some extracty malt character. Way too sweet and sickly for me. Quite interesting, especially from a historical perspective, but not really my thing.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
fonefan (38879) - VestJylland, DENMARK - OCT 7, 2009
Can 330ml.
Clear dark dark brown color with a average to large, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, light beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, chocolate, sweet malt, vanilla. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet with a average duration. Body is light to medium, texture is watery, carbonation is soft. [20090731]

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
PartyBear (29) - Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - AUG 28, 2009
Appearance: poured with a jet black body and a somewhat brown head. The head retention was poor, however readily returned when the glass was swirled.Smell: the first real aroma from this stout was a strange metallic scent, with sweet liquorish undertones. A heavy smell of dark fruits also came through. Taste: smooth and creamy, with a smoky coffee taste. There is a also a faint liquorish aftertaste. Mouthfeel: the mouthfeel is full bodied and heavy, which is surprising considering the small ABV of this stout. Drinkability: the heaviness of this stout makes it less drinkable than itís counterpart, however, it does seem to provide a warming feeling without a high alcohol content. I do find the Mackesonís stout a definite heartburn inducer, especially after more than a couple.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Christian (11786) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 16, 2009
Black with a lasting, light brown head. Caramel aroma with a touch of buttermilk. Caramel and toffee flavour

2.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
BlondeGrim (22) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 5, 2009
330 ml can, ASDA. Surprisingly tastefull for a 3% beer. First impression is lactose, sweetened milk. Light body but full taste on tongue. Hard to define the last sip: one canís enough. Pleasantly surprised though.


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