Lacto Traditional Stout Beer - Simonds Farsons Cisk Plc.
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2.28/5 rDev -18.3%
Bottle poured into a tulip
A: Pours black with a thin but solid tan head. It’s quite nice looking, actually.
S: Smell is sweet with molasses and sugar. And after dinner mints. Weird, I know.
T/M: Flavor is slightly sweet like honey or molasses but that’s pretty much it. It’s very similar to an American amber, not high on my list of things to emulate.
Because of the amber similarities, I’ll pass on this one next time, and I’m not saying that because I’m biased. Okay, I am. But seriously, I’m not.
06-16-2011 01:44:31 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
2.33/5 rDev -16.5%
$1.99 for 11.2 oz. Poured into a tulip.
A: Looks fine. Nothing wrong in this department.
S: Metal and prunes. Really dislike the metallic element.
T: Tastes like sweet prune water with shoe polish mixed in. Also some wood shavings.
M: Creamy and watery, if that's possible.
O: Not awful but below average.
06-01-2011 03:52:47 | More by jlb502
2.28/5 rDev -18.3%
Yikes, this one was a little off... I really thought this one sounded good from the look of the bottle and everything. Don't judge the book by its cover, surprisingly this just tasted really bad. The look of it is fine even the aroma is pretty nice but the taste is just not the greatest at all. This brew is not worth the money in my opinion.
03-25-2011 23:03:29 | More by Knapp85
3/5 rDev +7.5%
i guess you have to know how to pour a stout to get it to show it's potential. pretty active dark cocoa nib head stays lively, lacing nicely and thick with a large sudsy, tight island remaining for some time.
nose is a slightly sharp sweetness, dried dark fruit, vanilla. for an incredibly low ABV, this smells a bit like a liqueur. interesting.
i see alot of poor reviews but trying to keep it objective.
yeah, there's the average (or less?!) aspect...something not melded here...interesting in that it would be perhaps a really refreshing deep summer dark brew...not bad at all (at first), but mouthfeel is very thin, finish is too dry and fast...the flavor is actually full-bodied for a split second, but it fades and seems imbalanced. the sweetness would actually make this not as enjoyable and just cloying had it lingered. so there's something positive. don't let it warm up!
in a sense, a drinkable brew, but for it's price (!) and low ABV, i don't know.
02-07-2011 00:16:02 | More by mempath
1.83/5 rDev -34.4%
dark yes, but artificially, and with a head that faded all too quickly... smells of spent grain, old leather and cheap tobacco... rather watery, with metallic notes and roasted hay... light fizzy body, with a metallic tone that wouldn't go away... part of a random beer grab from my dad as a christmas gift, but i don't know if i can finish this one
12-30-2010 07:38:04 | More by BDJake
2.08/5 rDev -25.4%
11.2oz bottle given to me gratis by the proprietor of Enoteca in Post Falls, Idaho. I got the impression that he was not sure if he wanted to try it or not, so he wanted me to be the guinea pig! Normally this goes for $2.99. According to the label, this is a "milk stout with caramel color added." I'm a little bit puzzled as to why caramel coloring would have to be added to a stout. Whenever food coloring or artificial flavor is trumpeted from a beer's label, I generally get worried. Also, the label declares that the beer was "prepared [not brewed] according to the original recipe of 1946." Somehow it's not as impressive as the standard Reinheitsgebot boilerplate found on beers from Germany. Oh, well, if nothing else I'll have had a beer from Malta for the first time.
Pours a somewhat bizzare looking reddish brown (the vaunted caramel coloring, I guess), with a very small, tight tan head. Small amounts of spotty lace can be seen on the sides of my glass.
Strange smelling beer. It's like a weird cross between coffee, cheap cocoa powder, milk chocolate and dust.
Whoa! When tasted, this beer somehow gets fruity - and not in a good way. Apple flavors with an acidic undertone. It doesn't improve as it gets warmer, either. No stout characteristics come through in the taste. Ugh.
Light bodied for a stout, and with a dry, biting mouthfeel.
Nasty, nasty, nasty. I hate to diss something given to me freely, but this is a drainpour, pure and simple, and my plumbing will not thank me for it. Avoid.
12-20-2010 04:40:18 | More by woemad
3.85/5 rDev +38%
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a wine glass.
Appearance: Head looks a little bubbly...mellows down to a razor-thin foam on the surface of the dark brown brew. Mostly opaque, but did not pour as thickly as most stouts do.
Smell: It smells milky, haha. Almost like chocolate milk, with just a hint of coffee and some undertone esters. Very good.
Taste/Mouthfeel: Over-sweet, milk-like texture. Slight Pacific coffee flavor, lots of cream, lots of sugar. Despite the cloying aspect of the brew, it has a lot of redeemable qualities. Better than average, especially considering the ABV.
Drinkability: I could probably do one of these with breakfast every morning. It'd be great with pancakes or waffles.
12-04-2010 05:15:37 | More by Lauthaha
2.25/5 rDev -19.4%
Bought this one because it was on sale for very cheap at Binny's and I'm always up for a sweet stout. It pours solid black with a one finger khaki head dying down almost immediately to a ring and island with decent lacing. On the nose it's a strange combination of breakfast notes, milk, maybe some oatmeal, maybe some blackberry. This is the first sweet stout I've had that actually smells like milk. On the tongue there is an upfront milk taste, with some note that's reminiscent of cheap tawny port coming after. It's quite sweet, bordering on unpleasantly so. In the mouth it's rather thin but sticky. Given the sweetness and overall not-that-goodness of this beer I can't see drinking it often, or really ever again. Worth a try, especially at the price, but that's about it.
10-17-2010 22:09:06 | More by EricCioe
2.83/5 rDev +1.4%
Farson's Lacto Milk Stout
Appearance: Dark chocolate-brown with a small head that goes to a film. Some good lacing.
Smell: Caramel, cocoa, coffee, and a hint of milk.
Taste: Coffee, chocolate, and milk.
Mouthfeel: Feels like a thin milk.
Overall: This feels very different to me. I believe it is my mind wrapping itself around the milk aspect. I have never had milk in a beer. It is an ok stout. It is definitely worth a try.
10-09-2010 05:12:46 | More by megahurts4
2.8/5 rDev +0.4%
Served in a tumbler.
Another surprise international find at the Binny's in Algonquin. It pours a straight onyx topped by at best a half-finger of khaki foam. The nose is kinda weak, with some faint light roasted malts and rain-drenched greens finding their way into the 'strils. The taste is also primarily composed of light roasted malts, with some watered-down coffee and light leather rounding things out. Nowhere is there any real semblance of "lacto" sweetness or even any confident or self-assured flavors. The body is a heavy medium, with a light carbonation and a watery finish. Overall, an honestly sad milk stout, not really good enough for milk steak (that made sense in my full-on-rapist head). It's drinkable enough, but the flat flavors really detract from the proceedings.
09-16-2010 23:13:19 | More by TMoney2591
3.1/5 rDev +11.1%
11.2 oz brown bottle.
It pours a deep blackish brown with a thick and creamy tan head that recedes with a bit of nice lacing.
The smell is interesting, a bit of permanent marker, chocolate, and sugar.
The flavor is light and sweet, there is a lot of metallic flavor, mostly milky milk chocolate, it is a bit buttery.
It is okay, easy to pound and get over with.
08-12-2010 03:26:01 | More by crossovert
3.25/5 rDev +16.5%
This was an interesting brew. Got it into the store, because I was interested in it due to the fact that it's from Malta, a small island off of Italy which was once inhabited and controlled by the British. However, once the British left, Farson's came out with its very one Farson's Lacto Milk Stout.
It's nice to learn history.
Imported by B United, Farsons Milk Stout deserves to be purchased at least once.
It pours a dark chocolatey brown. With a tan mocha like head. It looks like a dark chocolate milk with foam. The smell is of milk chocolate, and maybe a subtle note of fruit.
The taste is not as sweet as I thought it was going to be, a nice dense mouthful, but not heavy. I really enjoyed this brew.
It reminds me of a low alcohol beverage that tastes pretty good, and hits the spot when you want it.
This is a pretty good beer.
Kudos to Malta.
07-06-2010 02:59:39 | More by StevenBilodeau
2.5/5 rDev -10.4%
My grandfather was from Malta. This beer is from Malta. So I bought it.
"Milk stout with caramel color added." Why add artificial coloring to a beer? Hows about adding more dark malt? 2 finger, rusty tan head that produces lots of incandescent bubbles. Looks pretty good actually. Slick skim retention.
Smells like dried lactose straight out the bag and milk chocolate. I do like milk chocolate.
Fruity up front like an English pale ale before the smooth milk chocolate kicks in. Slick caramel. Maybe Lacto and I got off on the wrong food with the whole "caramel color added" thing, but this beer taste artificial--like some one took a Kool-aid milk stout package and added water.
Shame on Malta.
06-18-2010 00:18:18 | More by donkeyrunner
1.9/5 rDev -31.9%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Served cold.
A-ink black body; mocha colored head.
S-dry grain smell, cardboard
T-old hops, stale, some sweet grain flavor
M-medium and very watery
D-not a very good representation of the style. The whole beer has a number of off-putting qualities. Especially in the mouthfeel department. I would not drink this beer again.
05-17-2010 12:38:11 | More by jneiswender
3.13/5 rDev +12.2%
Nice and inky black through which no light passes when held to a lamp. Rather assertive pour yields only about a finger thick light brown head. Not a bad looking stout.
Smell is certainly sweet with dark malts and a bit of lactic acidity deep down, but you can definitely smell it. Smells about like I'd expect it to.
Taste, too, it about what I would expect, except the sweetness seems a bit assertive, even considering the style. Really sweet, dark roasted malts dominate the flavour with the lactic acidity making an appearance in the flavour, as well. This isn't a terrible Milk Stout, but the sweetness and exceptionally thin mouthfeel simply aren't for me. I like a stout to be big, thick, chewy, and heavy and this one is none of those things. Still, this was certainly an interesting beer and highly drinkable at 3,4% if the sweetness doesn't bother you.
05-09-2010 23:23:09 | More by SilentSabre
2.1/5 rDev -24.7%
Pours a dark brown, near black. A fairly brisk pour yielded only about 1 finger thick of brown head. Head is bubbly and almost kind of creamy looking. Head came across as a bit lacking in general. mild lacing.
Aroma and taste are down right mediocre. Malt and...maybe caramel? Perhaps a slight bit of brown sugar in the nose. But no hints of coffee, chocolate, hops...nothing. Just a bland sweetness. Yuck. But hey, at least it's not cloying.
Mouthfeel is fairly light for the style...maybe a notch below medium overall. Watery. Carbonation is appropriate.
Not a good stout. Might be a decent entry stout for a person that's a bit intidimated by the style, because there's nothing even remotely challenging at play here. This was a drain pour for me - not because it was so bad that I couldn't drink it, but simply because it was just a waste of stomach space.
01-26-2010 23:52:56 | More by Mavajo
3.73/5 rDev +33.7%
Pours dark and opaque with a rather attractive brown head.
Nose has a European feel to it, I think it's the yeast. Chocolatey and milky, maybe a hint of licorice and raisin with a fruity yeast note lying underneath.
The palate is where it fell apart for me. Starts out chalky and metallic, which I have to say faded into a better mouthfeel later on. Suprisingly fruity with stout notes only in the background. Finishes chocolatey and dry.
Once it opened up it got substancially better and very drinkable. In the meantime though, i'm in no hurry to pick up more.
01-07-2010 00:28:26 | More by brownbeer
4.6/5 rDev +64.9%
This is a wonderful, highly drinkable stout, packing a lot of flavour and character into a very low ABV.
Essentially, but not quite, black, it has some dark red-brown light at the bottom. It has a medium-large brown head steadily shrinking to a foamy ring and wispy top. It leaves some nice rings of lace.
The aroma is full-bodied but light, with mineral, brown sugar, caramelised prunes, dried figs, brown bread. It is very pleasant.
The taste is similar, light in body and feel, light on the toungue, yet with plenty of flaovur, engaging compliexuity, and sweet but not too sweet. Up front, it has fermented, lightly caramelised prunes, lightly sweet brown bread with brown sugar, drying to light, drier toasty-woody-leafy finish with mineral and hints of spices and plum wine. This morphs into a long, light aftertaste of sweet brown bread, toasty leaves. The dryish, light finish, balances out the sweetness nicely in the absence of bitterness. It's light and lively, not oily but not watery, either, and has a nice consistent feel that beautifully balances lightness with full feel and character.
This makes for a nice, engaging, light, and very easy-drinking beer that gives you a lot for the alcohol. Keep in mind that this is a lighter, traditional "restorative"-type beer, not the heavy-duty, high-ABV sweet stouts some now make to satisfy drinkers of imperial stouts, etc.
09-30-2009 18:01:51 | More by Offa
1.4/5 rDev -49.8%
A - This beer poured a cola brown color that produced a tan head which had little retention and laced the side of the glass little
S - The aromas produced by this beer, wait, what aromas? This "Stout" as its called is very lacking
T - Ok, I had to double check and make sure I was drinking a Milk Stout and not a bottle of Root Beer, but to my dismay this was labeled as a Milk Stout
M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a light body with a heavy amount of carbonation, which reinforced the whole cola taste
D - I can't say good things about this beer, I bought this because I saw Caramel next Milk Stout and thought "Sweet, a Caramel flavored Milk Stout, what a badass combination," but I didn't read fully, and suffered the consequences
09-26-2009 03:09:45 | More by cvfish
2.93/5 rDev +5%
Pours a three finger white head that fades quickly to a ring leaving a little lace. Black color no highlights. Malty almost root beer nose. Light carbonation and light bodied. Flavor is sweet that wants to be a milk stout, some caramel and almost a watery finish. $2.49 for a 330ml bottle from Manchester Wine and Liquors Manchester, CT.
09-23-2009 22:26:30 | More by jdhilt
3.4/5 rDev +21.9%
Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smells of malt with some hints of caramel. Taste is mild, malty and just a bit bitter. Feels creamy in the mouth. Not really a beer I could spend the whole evening drinking. Overall this is a pretty decent beer.
08-30-2009 23:12:20 | More by tone77
2.33/5 rDev -16.5%
poured black with a dark tan head up top. not much head and little retention.
smell a little light, sweet maybe, not like much else.
taste is kind of bland. no flavors, just sweetness, and the idea that you're drinking a stout.
mouthfeel is crisp for a stout. there's a sugar feel on the palate.
07-13-2009 01:55:29 | More by skrib09
4.05/5 rDev +45.2%
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 11.2oz bottle into a pint glass. There is no freshness date on the bottle.
Appearance: The body has a nice dark chocolaty brown color with a light brown, chocolate milk shake like head on top. The head has very good retention makes tons of thick light brown lacing on the glass.
Smell: Its aroma has a mix of leafy hops, minerals and smoky roasted grain.
Taste/Mouth Feel: The flavor has hints of coffee with cream, some smoke, sweet roasted gain, leafy hops and a light dusting of dark coco powder. It has a nice medium body with a silky smooth texture and soft carbonation. It is slick but not overly thick or cloying at all.
Notes: There is a lot of flavor packed into this little beer that has only 3.8%abv. This could be a nice dark session beer.
07-01-2009 21:12:50 | More by generallee
3.65/5 rDev +30.8%
Farsons Lacto is a solid black beer with a dense, splotchy brown head that has excellent retention and lacing. It has a sweet roasted aroma that somehow smells warm, like a freshly baked cake. It's medium bodied and a bit sharp with a quick finish. It's sweet, cola-like and a little buttery. It's like drinking a cake. It's a little bit like a Baltic Porter, I suppose. I enjoyed this.
05-31-2009 17:56:02 | More by yesyouam
3.45/5 rDev +23.7%
Picked this up on a whim, I'd been looking for a milk stout for awhile.
Poured a solid dark brown with a finger of tan head. Retention is good, lacing is mild.
Smell is of chocolate malt with a light sweet background.
Taste is better than I thought it would be, especially with the "added" flavor. Flavor starts with the usual bitter roasted malt of a stout and finishes with a chocolate-milky sweetness. I like it.
Mouthfeel is medium to heavy bodied, carbonation is weak, very smooth for a stout.
Drinkability is average. This is an interesting beer, and easy to drink. People can say what they want about the artificial flavor, its still a good beer.
05-06-2009 01:49:48 | More by LumpyGuitar
Lacto Traditional Stout Beer from Simonds Farsons Cisk Plc.
67 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.