Brewed at Hydes

Style: Sweet Stout
Luton, England


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RATINGS: 172   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."

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Aarleks (409) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - OCT 27, 2006
Can: Certainly looks good - black with ruby tints below a tan head. Muted powdery notes dominate the aroma initially with dry cellar, hot granite, and slight roasty and caramel points. Later some liquorice and chocolate notes emerge. In the mouth watery milk chocolate immediately comes to mind, especially with the pleasingly very low carbonation. Some sweet, slightly tart cola-like notes also appear. In fact, by the end cola was what this most reminded me of. Odd.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DruncanVeasey (8059) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - OCT 1, 2006
Creamy, bittersweet, jet-black stout with a tan head and hints of licorice. Rounded milky body. Starts sweetly, ends with a dash of roasty bitterness. Maybe a lttle sticky to quaff by the pint, but still a refreshing tonic. Better without the Vimto.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
anders37 (24431) - Malm, SWEDEN - AUG 10, 2006
Bottle. Pours a black colour with a longlasting tan head. Roasted malty aroma with some sweet hints. Sweet malty smooth malty flavor, hints of chocolate. Sweet malty aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
peterbier (6) - st. martin, AUSTRIA - AUG 5, 2006 does not count
a real nice dark ale that tastes with some coffe and cream. i asked my self why then i read that there is some milksugar added. funny thing in mouth to get such a light beer with only 3 % Vol. and some nice aromas.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 29, 2006
Tasted 30/07/2006. 330ml can from Rumbles, Wellington. Black, ruby hints, with a stronly lacy diminishing tan head. Sweet and roasty malt on the nose, some woody notes and a slight sour edge. Quite sweet all the way through, with brown sugar notes - like its been bottle conditioned and hasnt fermented. However, its actually well balanced, when you swill it about, by a strong, coffee-like, roast barley astringency that leaves your mouth bone dry. Silky smooth, with low carbonation and a medium mouthfeel. Like a sweetened espresso. Good mild session beer, which Id imagine would be quite nice fresh.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 19, 2006
Havent had a Mackeson for years. Its better than I thought: Very dark brown with a big tan head. Pleasant sweet, malty aroma. Taste is sweet, chocolate, minimal bitterness. Like a milk shake.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
RoyceH (1198) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - JUN 13, 2006
Pours dark brown, nearly black, head is big and tan, laces well. Aroma is roasted, malty, but slightly sour. Flavour is malty, sweet, not much of it. Aftertaste of milk, maybe some chocolate, mouth feel is like youve just drank a glass of milk, mouth coating. Nice stout, quite unique, bit too weak, too sweet for a session, but nice to drink slowly.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2006
Bottle. Pours dark with a large tan head. Aroma of roast, chocolate, and sweetness. The flavor is weak, roast, sweet, smooth, and chocolate. Good body, good brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 14, 2006
Not a bad milk stout this. Obviously you cant expect much depth from a 3% stout, so it takes its place as a easy quaffing dark malted beer. Admittedly, its probably a favourite with the old farts for this exact reason, but Id probably be happy enough drinking this in 50 years time. Not quite as sweet as I expected, but then again I am drinking it while eating chocolate cake and ice cream, which it partners well. Some licorice and milk chocolate provide that necessary link. Pleasant enough and it certainly has its place, but if youre going to make the effort to brew this surely its only a short step to make something a bit bolder.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rw4244 (134) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2006
Bottle, 275ml. Poured black, creamy and thick. Pure white head. Aroma of chocolate, malt. Milk chocolate taste (i think they use milk in the brewing), creamy and smooth to drink with a bitter malt finish. This is a heavy, rich beer, so not one for sessions, but altogether enjoyable in moderation.

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