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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Alphadelic (2169) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ralphdot (1036) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
chriso (7513) - 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
fonefan (44144) - 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]

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Christian (12918) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 16, 2009
Black with a lasting, light brown head. Caramel aroma with a touch of buttermilk. Caramel and toffee flavour

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
BlondeGrim (23) - 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
oh6gdx (25449) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUL 31, 2009
Canned. Dark ambery brown colour with small brown head. Aroma is mash an very sweet sugaru and syrrupy. mild roast. Flavour is quite much the same with some slight bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
rosenbergh (10610) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 3, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2009 330 ml can. From the UK. Black colour with creamy sand head. Sweet lactose aroma with roasted malt and hints of liquorice. Very nice dry roasted malty flavour with milky (lactose) sweetness and liquorice. Some bitterness and hints coffee. Excellent stout for 3%.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gary (1889) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 22, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2009 This is a real old-man beer. Epitomises that old geezer, wolly sweather,pipe and sliper vibe. This 27 year old picked up a 4 pack just for a laugh. Flavours,ok flavours .Sweet and cloying.Cold coffee ,molasses and rasins.Like Sam Smiths Oatmeal ílightí.

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