Brewed at Hydes

Style: Sweet Stout
Luton, England


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RATINGS: 170   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Matty_29_uk (1) - ENGLAND - JAN 21, 2011 does not count
This drink has been a big part of our family Christmasís for over 30yrs. Back when me & my brother were little in the 80ís 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. Iíve 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cantabrian (990) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 10, 2013
I had been counting the days to try this historical beer, Thanks to Adam Goddard, who send 2 x 4packs to Germany while I visited. The historical value is priceless and so is the experience. As the first milk stout, this original does not disappoint at all.One alert before pouring though: please do not use any care when pouring. Do it deliberatley and rather sloppyish, so you will apreciate a great looking, creamy, chestnut head, over a dark brown, almost black, rather opaque body. The cushioned head will behave like a wonderful creamy, foamy cover of freshly milked milk, no wonder the label still bears a milk churn. The aroma is not overwhelming, but on the other hand it has no hints of dairy effluents either (as some good modern Milk Stouts sometime suggest). Chocolates, roasted malts and plums. Nothing wrong with that. Flavours do wander into the coffee world, but keep to milk chocolates, roasts, dried fruits and a nice, not too pungent hoppy bitterness. Like a Murphyís, but, sweet, without the sourness. And with the full knowledge of the low alcohol content, the pleasant alcoholic tinge comes as a surprise. Now, isnít that just perfection then? Certainly it is not full bodied. Medium to thin, still the palate is creamy, smooth, with a velvet feel. Milky! They still cannot re-instate the term "milk", forbidden since war times, but the palate does not lie. We gotta put this great beer into perspective. The low scores in this site are vastly unfair. Must be hopheads expecting the punch of an contemporary imperial stout. Had this Mackeson Stout been (wrongly) styled as a "low alcohol", this would be a "100"!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AndrewC (356) - Canterbury, Kent, ENGLAND - JUN 10, 2008
Tin from Tesco. Never had this before as it was always overpriced but theyíve dropped the price so here goes. Wow this is great. Fantastic roasted toffee malt aroma with a roasted sweet body and a fairly bitter sweet finish. Lovely

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
REDBOSOX (80) - Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 31, 2008
I didn’t expect much when I picked up a 4-pack of these fairly cheap. I poured one in a glass and took a good sip. It was surprisingly very good! It’s like Guinness with more flavor. It’s nice and dark yet very smooth. It’s sweet and tastes of coffee with a slight bitterness. My wife’s not a big-time beer drinker but definitely liked this one. It’s a stout that I’ll certainly buy again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
highlandlad (1470) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - FEB 28, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2005 A classic English stout that is often dismissed by beer drinkers because of its paltry 3% abv and its popularity with women and elderly men. Itís a sweet stout, which means exactly what that implies. Anyone expecting an imperial is destined to be disappointed. This is no session stout - itís too sweet to drink in any quantity - but it would be great with a bitter chocolate cake. It poured a treacle colour with a frothy coffee-coloured head. The aroma has licorice and espresso notes. The mouthfeel is velvet smooth and the body is firm, with minimal carbonation. There are hints of cappuccino and dried fruit in the middle before the sweet, lightly alcoholic finish. Itís all sweet malt and minimal bitterness. Very more-ish but I imagine more than two of these would be like guzzling several boxes of chocolates. (Bottle)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LordCrabapple (109) - Merseyside, ENGLAND - NOV 24, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2011 This is a wonderful beer, smooth and sweet. A nice bit of smokiness and not too strong at 3%. I might get away with having two glasses of it. Canít imagine the Americans liking this, though.

   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 Iíve 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 doesnít 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - FEB 6, 2006
Can at the Feathers, Chorlton 03/07/2004 Black smooth on the palate and sweet. Slightly dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ralphdot (1034) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
calm_dreamer (160) - 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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