Brewed at Hydes

Style: Sweet Stout
Luton, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 174   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
dynamiteninja (1844) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - JUL 22, 2012
Can. 2.8%. Jet black with a large bubbly tan head with okay retention. Aroma is roasty, fruity like a normal stout, but with lactose/milk. I also note the presence of the caramel. This has been artificially blackened up with colourant. Also, not sure if this is from the can or from roasted barley, but very irony. Definitely black malt in there. Kola nut. Sorta bittersweet. Dry finish. Palate is a bit watery. Kinda oily. Restorative, like all stouts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
ttoadee (1414) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 8, 2012
Pours jet black, tan head for a bit. The nose is chocolate milkshake, no discernible hops. Across the tongue it is thin and oily, condensed milk sweetness on the way out. To sweet for me, not enough body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
dogbomb (1205) - ENGLAND - JUN 1, 2012
330ml Can. Jet black, cant pick up any hints of colour here. steady tan head. Loads of smells coming from this. Creamy milk chocolate, vanilla, caramel, roast coffee. In the mouth, very mild. Creamy milk chocolate with a hint of vanilla. Surprisingly light, with a tinge of bitter. Theres a metallic taste knocking around in this and everything just feels a bit too thin. After the firts mouthful, it completely kills that initial scent too. Quite disappointing and the aftertaste isnt one Ill be savouring.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
worldbeertaste (1800) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 18, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2012 Can - Dark brown/black and a light red tint with a thick lasting tan head, Smells of roasted malt, sweet smell of chocolate, vanilla, and caramel malt. Medium thin light watery body with soft carbonation. Sweet taste of butter caramel milk chocolate malt with a watery thin milky middle light roast without a strong bitter coffee roast. Very thin, weak, little metallic (maybe from the can) and light acidity. A little too watery for my taste and slightly artificial.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BlackHaddock (6980) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 8, 2012
When I first met my wife, back in the 70s, she was a nurse at a RAF Hospital in Germany. Cans of this beer were kept in a fridge for pregnant ladies and mothers of new born babies, to help them produce milk and keep their iron intake up. She used to sneak some out for me sometimes. This can is newer though and Whitbread have sold their sole to Inbev, having killed a few breweriers off themselves. 330ml can, best before March 2007, drank on 1st April 2007, so it is out of date. Poured into a Gordon thistle glass it looks fantastic, a very dark body with a huge foaming fawn head. The aroma is malt and more malts, burnt sugar and biscuits. Sweet and burnt toffee flavours mix with the malt taste, well it is a sweet stout, what was I expecting? Tastes linger, you would never guess this is only 3.0% in acoholic volume, not watery at all. A trip down memory lane for me, a pleasant one at that, Ill have another in 30 years time.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
erickok (5857) - Leuven, BELGIUM - APR 25, 2012
Brown body with ugly, flimsy tan head. Coffee, vegetables, rubber and sweetened rye bread. Reasibly full taste for the abv, but not necessarily a nice one. Especially the aspartame aftertaste. Ugh. Nasty stuff. (33cl can)

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
will1 (140) - Hampshire, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2011
Thick, dark colour with a decent brown head. Aromas are predominantly sweet, and malty, slightly nutty and just a little bit smokey - very little alcohol presence. Taste is sweet, sweet, sweet, very little bitterness. Certainly a classic, though I prefer something a little punchier.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
NordicV (2256) - Malm, Sweden, SWEDEN - DEC 10, 2011
Ser fin ut. Mrk med beige skum. Doftar chokladmjlk. Sen r smaken s jkla st av mjlksockret. Tunn kropp. De rostade tonerna frmr inte att hja betyget speciellt mycket.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 1, 2011
Can from Sainsburys. Pours a dark brown colour with a thin tan head that dies away. Aroma is a little sweet with caramel, roasty malt and oatmeal. Similar flavours with caramel and Weetabix flavours. Not too bad and, although sweet, it doesnt spoil this beer for me.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PaulW (105) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2011
Always had a soft spot for this. Light in alcohol, but the beige head and creamy feel underpin a great old milk stout. Unusually sweet in an era of stouts and porters with high IBUs. This has an old fashioned feel, and was reputed to be offered to my mom when she was in hospital having given birth to me. A guilty pleasure, but I like it!

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