Brewed at Hydes

Style: Sweet Stout
Luton, England


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RATINGS: 174   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.94/5   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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Matty_29_uk (1) - ENGLAND - JAN 21, 2011 does not count
This drink has been a big part of our family Christmas’s for over 30yrs. Back when me & my brother were little in the 80’s 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. I’ve 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

Leighton (22307) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2010
Can. Opaque, dark brown pour witha dense, creamy and stick-to-the-sides-of-the-glass beige head. Dark malts, faint roast in the aroma, with some light caramel and lactic sugars. Very sweet flavor, prunes and light char, plenty more lactic sweetness, not much bitterness. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Sweet finish, perhaps too much sugar, really, with not enough roasty bitterness. Altogether not that bad.

JohnRMurdoch (5053) - 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 man’s drink.

sm89walt (2080) - 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.

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 don’t 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.

Alphadelic (2249) - 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.

ralphdot (1102) - 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.

chriso (21656) - 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 didn’t 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.

fonefan (51109) - 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]

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 it’s counterpart, however, it does seem to provide a warming feeling without a high alcohol content. I do find the Mackeson’s stout a definite heartburn inducer, especially after more than a couple.

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