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Lacto Traditional Stout Beer - Simonds Farsons Cisk Plc.

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Ratings: 121
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 2.79
pDev: 24.73%
Wants: 4
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Simonds Farsons Cisk Plc. visit their website

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  3.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rastaman on 04-19-2003)
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Photo of Redrover
2.39/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

I only saw this beer at the stores. Poured from the freshness dated bottle into a Cisk glass, the beer is dark brown with a quickly collapsing tan head.

It has an aroma of toasted malts and something like cooked green beans.

The taste leads with overly sweet roasted malts but that vegetal taste hovers in the background throughout the beer and really distracts from it. It was well within the date code, so I’m not sure what is going on.

If I ever return to Malta, I would try it on tap just to see if that would improve the beer.

Redrover, Oct 06, 2014
Photo of Duesler
2.75/5  rDev -1.4%

Duesler, Oct 05, 2014
Photo of KAF
2.75/5  rDev -1.4%

KAF, Jul 09, 2014
Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +43.4%

wrightst, Jul 07, 2014
Photo of Latarnik
3/5  rDev +7.5%

Latarnik, May 25, 2014
Photo of liamt07
2.75/5  rDev -1.4%

liamt07, Mar 05, 2014
Photo of soju6
2.83/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Pours a black color with no head to speak of. Aroma of malt, dark fruit, and a bit of caramel sweetness. Taste of malt, some dark fruit, bit of caramel with a hint of chocolate. Very light bitterness and a pretty dry finish. Light body, smooth, but short on character. Decent beer but not what I look for in a Stout.

soju6, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of BillRoth
3.5/5  rDev +25.4%

BillRoth, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of Bandi
3/5  rDev +7.5%

Bandi, Nov 25, 2013
Photo of dbrauneis
2.6/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A: Pours a clear but opaque very dark brown (almost black) with minimal amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the surface of the beer and cola brown highlights. The beer has almost no head when poured, just a very thin light tan film that quickly reduces to a very thin partial ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of dark roasted malts and soy sauce.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate amount of roasted dark malts with a bit of bitterness to them and it is followed by notes of soy sauce. There is a light to moderate metallic flavor, similar to copper (like when you get a cut inside your mouth).

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery.

O: I was really disappointed in the smell of this beer, I have an expectation of that sweetness in a milk stout and this beer completely lacks it. The beer lacks the sweetness that I have come to expect for a milk stout and a thin watery mouthfeel. Overall, this is not a very enjoyable brew and I would suggest avoiding it.

dbrauneis, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of metter98
2.75/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color—slight traces of dark red are visible near the edge of the glass when it is held up to a bright light. It poured with a thin tan head that quickly died down and left a collar of medium-sized bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of lactose and chocolate sauce are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has some slight bits of sweetness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and thin on the palate with a low amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink but seems rather weak for a milk stout, particularly with its lactose aromas and flavors.

metter98, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of Rosquin
3.5/5  rDev +25.4%

Rosquin, Oct 17, 2013
Photo of smithj4
2.75/5  rDev -1.4%

smithj4, Oct 11, 2013
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.21/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into an Elysian snifter. Pours a very dark brown, appearing nearly black in the glass. Brief thin brown head dissipated to a thin ring around the glass that left wisps of lacing. Odd aroma of sweet dark malt, soy sauce and light molasses. Flavor is very light sweet toasted malt, light lactose with hints of chocolate. A light cardboard flavor as found in slightly overaged stouts (and who knows if this is because the bottle is old or a character of the beer). Light bodied. Actually not too bad tasting, but thin, like a good milk stout that has been watered down about 3 to 1. Not sure where the hate is coming from for this; it's not a world class milk stout, but does state that it's 3.8%, so the light flavor is expected. I enjoyed this well enough with my lunch. Not that great, but a drinkable very light milk stout. A relatively painless way to tick Malta and not a bad alternative to bland Euro light beers common in small countries.

LiquidAmber, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of mrfrancis
4/5  rDev +43.4%

mrfrancis, Jul 16, 2013
Photo of Slatetank
3/5  rDev +7.5%

Slatetank, May 26, 2013
Photo of Dapperticus
4.25/5  rDev +52.3%

Dapperticus, May 24, 2013
Photo of draftpunk
3/5  rDev +7.5%

draftpunk, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of jmdrpi
2.44/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

330mL bottle, no date.

appears a very dark brown color, no head. almost black. smells a bit like sweet flat cola. molasses too. neither off-putting nor appetizing. just kinda weird. taste is a bit raisiny. tastes artificially sweetened, but then has a drier finish with some soy sauce flavor. body is not thick, but still very sticky,. very low carbonation level.

overall - cool to try a beer from Malta, but wouldn't drink this again.

jmdrpi, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of PapiMagnum
1.16/5  rDev -58.4%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Look, this was likely the worst beer I've ever had. I'd rather drink a Keystone Ice and that says a lot.

Smell...smells sour. Tastes sour. No flavor. Just disappointment. Felt watery. No head. I was hoping for something like 2X Milk Stout by Southern Tier, which is amazing. The best part of the beer was that it still looked like a beer and didn't make me vomit.

I don't plan on writing many reviews for beers here, but couldn't resist the urge to warn you to avoid this one at all costs. What a disappointment.

PapiMagnum, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of matjack85
3.5/5  rDev +25.4%

matjack85, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of DragonzBreath
2.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Strange beer for sure. Poured thin and dark. Bubbles lined the rim. Smell was sour, almost vinegar. We searched for flavor and found. None. A very odd beer light and flavorless. This beer reminds me of a cross between a balsamic vinegar and a Good Stout..with a coffee bean drug through the sludge. CHEERZ

DragonzBreath, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.1/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours an opaque black with a dark khaki head that settles to wisps on film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, soy sauce, and an aroma of red wine/port that went bad. Taste is slightly sour with the red wine/port flavor being the most prominent. This beer has a very low amount of carbonation with an almost flat and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a poor beer with some bad aromas and flavors that equate to a drain pour.

UCLABrewN84, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of LJWalker
3.25/5  rDev +16.5%

LJWalker, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of jlindros
2.03/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Don't remember where I got this, but I think I may smell bad beer review time... When it says right on it "caramel color added" you know you're in for something special.

Pours dark black color but still somehow watery and thin looking on the edges, with a dark colored think fizzy quick fading head. It has that burnt cola color, wait, that's probably exactly what it is.

Nose, holy frig, it's as if the bad breweries of Mexico all got together and made cola milk, then forgot about it for months in the sun and heat. It oozes with fake sweeteners, extracts and adjuncts, with just the right amount of skunky lager. A light cola syrup, with sweet lactose and a bit of powdered over roasted cocoa. Wait... is that coffee? Yes actually, but not in the normal sense, it's more like coffee wafting from the floor of the men's room at Starbucks.

Taste hits right off with chocolate water and powedered milk, the kind my Depression era grandmother used to make that I would pour down the sink when she wasn't looking, which is where I'm guessing this is headed. It somehow stays chalky despite the lactose, with a hint of curdled cream and baby spit. Again more of the cheap macro lager like skunk and fake sugars. It does have some cola taste, but more like cola coming back up. A touch of roast gives a burnt coffee chew to it as well. Finish is, I wish non-existant, but instead a light bitter metallic twinge and more old cola and bark from a fermented tree or something. Oh, there's also a moldy bread taste, which actually seems to help a bit, reminds me a bit of a Kvass in that sense.

Mouth is thin and watery, yet somehow a weird powdered chalky creamy feel, and little carbonation, which is unfortunate as my tongue could use as many breaks as it could get.

Overall, well, have you ever backed your car over your foot accidentally... well it's kinda like that, except replace car with steam roller, and foot with tongue, and everything else with horse bile and you get a similar experience.

Thank GOD that review is over, cause now I can dump the beer, and what's left of my taste buds that I can still taste.

jlindros, Sep 13, 2012
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Lacto Traditional Stout Beer from Simonds Farsons Cisk Plc.
67 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.