Lacto Traditional Stout Beer - Simonds Farsons Cisk Plc.
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3.43/5 rDev +22.9%
As I sat down to write this reveiw, I was saddened to hear of the passing of the legendary Michael Jackson. As I first heard about Lacto through his work it seemed fitting to dedicate this reveiw to him. Michael you brought me and many others a greater love and appreacation of beer which will persist long after your untimely demise. You will be missed.
The bottle of beer reveiwed has been ageing in my basement since march and I noticed a noticable improvement in flavor after a few mounths of lagering. There was a noticable disapearence of the strong coppery flavor many reveiwers complained about which settled back and blended with the other textures over time. Lacto pours well with a nice carmal colored head which fades quickly. The body shows ruby highlights held to the light. While many reveiwers deduct points for the "carmel color added" claim on the label, I am reminded that the traditional defination of stout merely adds another ingredient to the brewing process (ie milk, oatmeal, oysters). Rather then a beer with a extraordinary amount of chared barrley leading to the extra black extra dark assosciation many have with the style. With all this said I wish the brewer would have left the caramel color out and allowed their beer to show for itself. Unfortunatly after a nice softly malty, milky nose the flavor of this beer does not deliver. The overall character is realatively understated and bland, with a slightly dirty mouth feel. I wonder I both this "dirty" feel and the afore mentioned coppery taste are a result of impureties in the water used at the brewery and may have changed over time. Overall however this is a much better beer then it's detractors give it credit for, but I'm personally glad to see that the style has evolved past this, toward the powerfull american stouts we all know and love.
09-05-2007 04:36:27 | More by templar316
2.2/5 rDev -21.1%
A-nice looking brew, Dark brown with a finger and a half of cappacino coloured foam. Lacing is strong.
S-mild grain and alcohol which is surprising considering the %.
T-Mild grain as well, slight burnt caramel taste. This is slightly sweet with a decent bitter follow through. Not complex at all and rather kind of bland.
M-thin an dlighlty carbonated.
D-nothing strong on this other than appearence. not bad enough where I would think that nobdy on earth should enjoy this but it really is weak in my opinion.
09-02-2007 04:51:58 | More by sleazo
1.73/5 rDev -38%
Opaque dark walnut with bright garnet edges. The multiple finger cap is an appealing shade of milk chocolate brown and has a wonderfully bubbly upper surface that eventually leads to gobs of bubbly lace. I had originally planned to mark the appearance down a half point due to the use of caramel color (stated proudly on the label), but I've decided not to.
The nose is... what nose? I have never smelled a stout of any sub-type that was this aroma deficient. No wonder the brewery had to cheat by adding caramel color. If the aroma is any guide, it doesn't appear as though they've used much roasted malt at all. Of course, with an ABV that low, I'm not expecting Speedway Stout.
I never dreamed that I would run across a 'stout' more pathetic than Guinness Draught, but Lacto Traditional has proved me wrong. The only characteristic that is the least bit stout-like is the color, and they had to add artificial color to achieve that. I wish artificial flavor had been added as well. At least then the beer would have some flavor.
The malt backbone... what malt backbone? If I close my eyes, LacTrad SB tastes like an artificially sweetened, mildly ashy, Euro dark lager that isn't really 'dark' at all. Simonds Farsons had to have added caramel extract in addition to caramel color since the flavor profile has absolutely nothing in common with barley malt, roasted or otherwise. A meager milk sugar tang identifies it as a member of the stated style.
The mouthfeel is all kinds of watery. Insipid is another word that comes to mind. If any U.S. breweries are considering creating a light stout (Bud Stout Light?)... <shudder>... this abomination should make them think twice.
When I saw the ABV and the country of origin (Malta), I wondered what Lacto Traditional would deliver. Nothing even remotely good, that's what. It might be the Guinness Draught of the Mediterranean (my claim, not theirs), but that isn't saying much. My suggestion is to stay away unless you're curious. Don't say I didn't warn you.
08-18-2007 12:48:45 | More by BuckeyeNation
2.23/5 rDev -20.1%
Pours a one finger light brown head over a pitch liquid. Smells black patent sourish, chocolate is mild and a bit of wheat, like is found in Sam Adams Cherry Wheat.
Tastes mildly balck patent with an underlying lacto sweet. Green apple and marshiano cherry. Wet sweet from malt without any roast character to speak of. Extracty flavoring of caramel. Overall, it comes across as fake. Md heavy body with modest carbonation that's a bit sharp on the tastebuds.
Milk stout is one of my favorite styles and this beer just doesn't stack up.
07-29-2007 06:00:14 | More by mentor
3/5 rDev +7.5%
Pours to a dark brown with very thin light tan head that disspiatesd quickly to no lacing. Aroma is faintly sweet chocolate, and the mouthfeel is thin and watery. Flavor is a little more pronounced malty choclate, and a taste that may have been milk, though it was too faint to tell.
The finish was light, short and watery. Best leave the lactose for babys formula and old folks breakfasts
07-08-2007 12:49:00 | More by kimcgolf
3/5 rDev +7.5%
Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with a small brown head which doesn't stay around for very long. The aroma isn't too strong at all, it smells mostly like roasted malt, grain, and some milk chocolate. It tastes like milk chocolate, grain, and malted milk balls (candy), but there's also a slight sour bittersweeet aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light/medium, a bit on the watery side. Drinkability is OK, it's not hard to drink but it isn't exactly easy to drink either. Overall it's just an average beer all the way around. It's not a stout that I'd seek out, but if someone gave me one I'd drink it. If anything, try it just so you can say you've had a beer from Malta.
07-07-2007 02:17:42 | More by bluejacket74
3.7/5 rDev +32.6%
A frothy, deep orange-brown head rises majestically over the almost completely opaque black-brown body as your pour. Only a sliver of glimmering deep mahogany can be seen at the base of the glass when you hold it to the light.
As you nose the glass you pick up a thread of sharp fruit (some berries, some citrus, some tropical) and some mild leafy hops mixed amidst its sweetish caramel malt.
The body is medium and supple with a fine-bubbled, moderate carbonation that leaves it remarkably smooth across the palate.
The flavor is as the nose suggests, with more citrusy, tropical fruit (even some papaya) and a distinct tea-like quality to the hops. It's caramelish, and mildly sweet; and not particularly chocolatey or roasty at all. The bitterness is restrained, but present, and it finishes drying with some lingering caramel, lactose, yeasty fruitiness, and leafy bitterness.
It's interesting to a certain extent, and it continues to evolve a bit throughout the serving, but it's not particularly rich - full flavored, yes, but rich, no. That does lend it some drinkability, however, although the residual "sticky" lactose and twig-like bitterness do hinder the otherwise smooth and caramel-fruity finish. Very "English" in character. Worth trying.
05-20-2007 17:21:32 | More by NeroFiddled
2.58/5 rDev -7.5%
Im not sure Ive ever had a Maltese beer. This presented as a textbook stout ... milky black with a nice foamy tan head. The aroma, however, was more reminiscent of a pale lager or European pilsner ... starchy and grainy (weird!). Likewise on the tongue ... if you blind-folded me and asked me to taste this, Id tag it as a lager ... like a dark golden variety ... not a stout. While it tastes good, its not at all what I expected from a sweet stout. (#2685, 2/4/2007)
02-05-2007 02:29:37 | More by Braudog
2.68/5 rDev -3.9%
Appearance: black in color with a 1" tan head that falls relatively quickly.
Smell: sweet chocolate tones are very soft.
Taste: thin roasted malts, milk chocolate, caramel candy, and prunes. Little to no bitterness here. Overall this reminds me of a watery chocolate milk.
Mouthfeel: creamy from start to finish. Flavors last briefy on the tongue after swallowing. Medium bodied, but feels thin in the mouth.
Drinkability: if you like soft, creamy, and light beers this may be your cup of tea. I didn't find this enjoyable at all.
01-30-2007 13:08:09 | More by Gavage
3.25/5 rDev +16.5%
Pours pitch black with a thin light brown head that soon becomes patchy.
The smell is somewhat thin - some milk and slight hints of sweet, dark grains.
The taste is of mildly sweetened milk. Sweet graininess in the back. Some earthy bitterness balances out the sweetness, A decent enough taste to give it the benefit of the doubt between the two scores I was between. But, not much to it.
Thins too much, though not overly watery. It has a rather harsh carbonated feel.
Not as creamy or smooth as I would expect for this style. It has a decent taste, though not enough to keep me interested for long. One is okay, but enough.
01-14-2007 23:15:13 | More by jwc215
3/5 rDev +7.5%
Interesting beer, and a little better than many of the reviews here, but not the classic I've heard about. Pours a dark black with some ruby notes. I'm troubled by the statement on the label that "caramel color" is added. Decent beige head that fades too quickly. Smell is fairly faint, but a pleasant sweet sour milky aroma. Taste is a little thin and not quite as sweet as I'd like, although sweet notes are there. Rounded sour flavors with some light malted milk on the finish. Mouthfeel is a little thin, but quite creamy. Fairly interesting, but a little moutcoating from the lacto limits drinkability.
12-31-2006 03:24:19 | More by Georgiabeer
2.78/5 rDev -0.4%
The beer fares well, though not having much of a 'stout' character. Begins with a standard opaqe, dark brown pour with sub-par head retention and lacing. Smells sweet; partly of malt, partly of milk sugars--both pretty non-descript. Tastes sweet with caramel, lactose, and malts, but not a lot of roasted or toasted flavors. Beer tilts to the sweet side without the acidity of the hops or roasted grains to balance. Not bad, but far from my favorite Milk Stouts.
12-21-2006 21:06:25 | More by BEERchitect
2.2/5 rDev -21.1%
This pours out of the bottle a rich dark ruby color. Unfortunately, it's all downhill from there. There is a pleasant milkiness to the smell, but little else. The taste was completely unexpected. The predominant flavor was grassiness, like fresh mown hay. A milky almost saccarine sweetness was the other predominant flavor. There was no taste of roasted malt. This beer is almost cloyingly sweet. A close reading of the label includes the words"with caramel color added", making one wonder what the color of this beer would be without the added coloring(yellow, perhaps?). This does not taste like a stout at all. The body is thin and I could not finish the bottle.This is a vast disappointment.
12-11-2006 00:51:50 | More by edbeered
2.42/5 rDev -13.3%
Appearance: Pours a black-brown body with a thin, beige head. Looks very cola-like, which is appropriate as the label states they added caramel coloring.
Smell: Bizarre aroma of light roasted malts and raisins. and after that, as AndoBrew says, its all used coins.
Taste: The flavor is sweetish with hints of generic cola, raisins, and powdered milk. Filter it through a CoinStar machine and that's the taste in a nutshell.
Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and endlessly metallic. Watery.
Drinkability: A very dispiriting beer experience and a far cry from virtually any other milk stout I've ever had.
11-20-2006 01:43:51 | More by ChainGangGuy
2.17/5 rDev -22.2%
330ml brown bottle without dating.
Pours deep brown with red edges. An inch of tan head quickly dissolves, leaving a small film and fingers of lace. Smells rather peculiar for a sweet stout. There's some sweet malt aroma at first, but it gets overshadowed by stewed vegetables and cheap euro-lager skunkiness. Flavor is entirely missing in action. Liquid creamed corn with a touch of skunk and lactic smoothness. Limp and thin body with almost no carbonation. Avoid this one.
 I read the other reviews after posting mine. AndoBrew is exactly right. This tastes something like dirty coins smell.
11-11-2006 04:30:50 | More by dgallina
2.63/5 rDev -5.7%
*did not like will not buy*
app: deep garnet brown color but darker tan head. looks like an inflated crema from espresso.
smell: sour dirty nickles old milk some strange hops.
taste: does not taste as bad as I thought after the smell.. finishes with the dirty nickels.. what a mouth full of old change .. wrapped around a mild slightly sweet dark beer. The metalic flavor is over pouring.. is this bad water??
not bad, but NOT FOR ME. so many coins in my mouth.
mf: fine, TAD bright thats all.
drinkable?: only if you HAVE to review it, it is just to much metal. YUCK.
11-10-2006 23:04:08 | More by AndoBrew
1.95/5 rDev -30.1%
Poured this 11.2 oz. undated brown bottle into a Samuel Smith tulip pint. Body was mohogany black with a tan head, Head was composed of huge short lived bubbles.
Smell was simply ashy, nothing more.
Taste was similar to a cola poured several hours ago. Sweetness was not cloying. Hops were barely there and dropped off quickly. No chocolate flavors. No coffee hints. This one lacked...flavor. A one note song.
Mouthfeel was slightly carbonated and somewhat smooth. I will not drink this one again.
10-27-2006 02:52:27 | More by Cresant
1.38/5 rDev -50.5%
Maybe I had a bad bottle. There was one dusty bottle of this at a grocery in St. Julian's, Malta. I wanted to sample each of the Farson's brews so this went in the cart along with some Cisk and Hopleaf. The beer poured out like chocolate syrup with a fairly wimpy head. It smelled simply awful, like it had gone bad long ago. Still I decided to taste it. True to form it was way too thick and while flavorful, it wasn't a flavor I want to be too verbose. I couldn't get the whole bottle down and felt slightly ill for an hour after.
10-18-2004 19:05:58 | More by swamiswamu
United Kingdom (England)
3.23/5 rDev +15.8%
Black in colour, with an orange/brown coloured lasting head. Aroma is lightly raisiny, lightly roasty, failry light in general. Palate is sweetish, lightly roasty, lightly raisiny, slightly roasty bitterness, nice soft mouthfeel, shies away from being sweet and cloying like Mackeson Stout for example. I'm glad i got to try this classic milk stout, even if it wasn't anything special, pretty decent though.
04-19-2003 17:20:31 | More by rastaman
Lacto Traditional Stout Beer from Simonds Farsons Cisk Plc.
67 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.