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Castle Milk Stout - South African Breweries plc

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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 16.92%
Wants: 4
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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South Africa

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-13-2003)
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3.25/5  rDev 0%

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3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

sd123, Apr 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev +23.1%

chogm54, Apr 07, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -23.1%

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3/5  rDev -7.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -23.1%

Duff27, Feb 14, 2014
Photo of Jadjunk
3.3/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Castle Milk Stout is brewed in the style of a Milk/Sweet Stout. No label information. This was a Grand Gold Quality Award Winner in 2011 (I'm not familiar with the award system and whether that is even noteworthy), and my first South African Beer. I'm eager to see how stouts brewed in South Africa fare with the American standard.

Poured from a 750 ml. bottle to a pint glass. Served north of 56º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a sudsy light brown head over a dark brown body with deep brown highlights. Lacing is thin and spotty, retention is above average. It's a solid appearance, although the rugged texture of the head is indicative of a far from ambitious malt build. 3.75

(Smell) I can pick up some lactose sweetness here, a pinch of roasted malt and a slick caramel sweetness, a mellow earthy bitterness and a mild acidity. The aroma is considerably clean and led mostly by the lactose sweetness, the remaining factors are pale by comparison. Overall I enjoy the aroma, but am wary that this beer may come off perceived as much sweeter and denser than it actually is. 3.5

(Taste) The flavor falls very thin, coming off much more like a black lager in it's cleanliness, lightness and malt composition, although there are some notable flavor similarities to dry stout selections. Malt selection is a simple, moderately toasted dry caramel malt. Malt sweetness is very low, and lactose sweetness is mild enough to give this beer some boost to the residual sweetness without going overboard and sacrificing drinkability. Most toast and chocolate notes are not notable by the flavor. The biggest consolation is that this is a highly drinkable beer with a light, accessible flavor, perhaps a touch more flavorful than Guinness Draught yet equally quaffable and nearly as lightly flavored. On the whole, it's relatively uninteresting and far too bland and light to the seasoned stout drinker to deem it necessary to revisit. 3.25

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick and medium-thick with a flat creaminess to it, carbonation is rather tame. Body is light+ for a milk stout, light/medium overall. Alcohol presence is well concealed. Some chalky acidity should be noted as a side product of lactose sweetness. The body is incredibly light for a Milk stout, reminiscent of a drinkable Schwarzbier without the husky bitterness of black patent malt, substituting lactose and caramel syrup for the illusion of body. 3

(Overall) I had some complications with my milk stout expectations and this beer coming to a mutual agreement. Granted, one can notice some lactose sweetness and a halfway-there clean but promising malt build coming on, but it just isn't enough to keep the drink memorable. I'm not overly upset that this beer seems misrepresented as a milk stout to my much-higher stout standards when it clearly comes off as much lighter than that. I appreciate the gift, however (Thanks, Hendricks) and assume that for a South African brewery, perhaps lightly bodied stouts like these are the golden standard, perhaps even... the Budweiser of dark stouts in South Africa? Give it a try if you're ever in Johannesburg! 3.25

South African Breweries plc's
Castle Milk Stout

Jadjunk, Sep 20, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev 0%

ScubaSteve00, Aug 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

dasunder, Jul 24, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev 0%

FLBeerGuy, Jun 05, 2013
Photo of dansmcd
3.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - dark molasses, almost black, thin creamy head and light ring lacing.

S - mild roasted malt aroma, chocolate milk and smoke.

T - follows the nose, just a light, drinkable stout with mild, pleasant but simple flavours.

M - nice and silky smooth, carbonation is right.

O - good starter stout, extremely sessionable.

dansmcd, Dec 30, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev 0%

blinker97, Nov 26, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev 0%

BeerTruck, Oct 30, 2012
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3.23/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Quick Review:

Color: Dark murky brown in color.

Smell: Soft coffee notes (very subtle), with more of the roasted malt smell on the back.

Taste: Sweet but not overpowering in the sweetness. The faint hint of chocolate nibs is nice and the milk (which is also subtle) balances is well.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel leaves a bit wanting. A bit thinner than it could be.

Overall: This could be a fantastic beer with more time devoted to developing it more.

Chrisheartsbeer, Jun 14, 2012
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3/5  rDev -7.7%

Lynn, Feb 27, 2012
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3.33/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle bought from GapWines, Belfast..

Poured a deep dark brown / almost black colour. Burnt brown head poured pretty thick, foamy and meringue like then faded to light covering with thick edging... some light lines of lacing ring the glass...

Aroma - Toasted bread and lightly roasted malts, some dark brown sugar sweetness, roasted nuttiness, some blackcurrant, raisin and black grape fruitiness, very light oatiness, some faint smokiness coming through, leathery hints...

Taste - Light roasted milk chocolate notes, toasted malt loaf, caramel and molasses sweetness, again some dark berry fruits, light nutmeg traces, grainy notes coming through, quite a lot of sweet nutty hints, some pepperiness...

Feel - Smooth initially then a little sharpness comes through... medium bodied... dangerously quaffable at 6%...

Overall - A decent enough milk stout - might be a little sweet for some though... worth a try..

mdagnew, Dec 28, 2011
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4/5  rDev +23.1%

waiting4lunch, Nov 23, 2011
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2.1/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Purchased in Durban South Africa. 340ml bottle poured into a Guinness glass.

a - Pours a dark ruby/black color with a medium but quickly dissipating head.

s - Smells of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, and sugar.

t - lactose, roasted malts, and chocolate again. More lactose flavor than in the nose. Syrupy sweet.

m - strong body and light carbonation.

o - Credit to SAB for attempting something darker than their standard lagers, however this beer doesn't come off much better than their standard fare. It has an unnatural syrupy sweet flavor that is tolerable once but could be very unpleasant for a session. Unfortunately stouts are very rare in South Africa but if Guinness is available than this an easy pass.

NatalBrewingCo, Sep 18, 2011
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3.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On can and just about every other form in SA

A - Pours a deep dark brown, amber, to near black. Very amber in the edges. Strong mocha head formation. Breaks down quickly.

S - Lightly yeasty nose with a light amount of milky background. No hops or alcohol is detected.

T - Starts off lightly roasted, smooth and chocolately. Mid-stream gets more roasted, burnt, some yeast breadiness starts to sneak through. In the finish things get cleaner, some alcohol wamrth. Smooth all the way through.

M - Full bodied with a fuller carbonation, slightly stingy. Sugary sweetness is slightly sticky, but otherwise finishes very clean.

O/D - Easy drinking milk stout. Lots of lactose keeps this beer nice and airy. For SA, this beer is extremely potent - but for me I find is very drinkable.

katan, Jul 01, 2011
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3.88/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had the good fortune of trying this beer a couple of times around Jozi today. Pours with a large, foamy, uniform tan head and a little lace. Color is a clear, dark mahagoney. Aroma is malt, roast, bit of cocoa, and chestnuts. Flavor is like aroma and is well balanced between bitter, sweet, tang; fleshed out with those flavors as well. Body is good and so is carbonation. Finish is like flavor and of medium length. Very drinkable.

drpimento, Jan 07, 2011
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3.73/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour is black with a generous two finger light brown head, decent retention and lace. Worty sweetness on the nose, some lactose adding to it, balanced with some dry roastiness. Toasty and smooth malt character up front, lightly fruity, sweetness quite subdued, smoothing out the roast nicely until the finish, when it creeps up with a burnt taste. Carbonation is nice, moderate and seems natural, but body is quite light. Overall a decent drinking milk stout, not too sweet, not too roasty, pretty good.

vacax, Jul 04, 2010
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3.23/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

340ml bottle 6%

Appearance: A very dark beer, but not quite black, tan brown head that dissipated rather fast, leaving almost no lacing.

Smell: Dark malts, lactose with a hint of toffee, on the whole very appealing.

Taste: Rather disappointing after the smell, the dark malts are nicely present, but the sour lactose are dominant. It rounds off with a rather bitter finish.

Mouth feel: Relatively smooth and mildly creamy.

Drinkability: Well i finished the bottle, a first for an SAB beer, 2 bottles would probably be the limit- but as I said not bad.

To round off not bad - in fact quite good for a mass produced beer, I would love to taste some more beers of this style.

Thehuntmaster, Nov 13, 2009
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3.15/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a dark cola colour with nice carbonation that leaves a one finger head that disspates quite fast,it has aromas of dark plums and dark roasted malts,it has an average mouthfeel with a sweet dark roasty malt flavour filling the palette,ive heard this is SA's premier dark brew just glad ive got more choice.

ADZA, Aug 14, 2009
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2.2/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

I totally dig the bottle...props to my South African brah Onslow's mom for this one...

this brew pours up black with the most beautiful brown head ever! the nose is metallic malts. Now I love Metallica, but not in my beer please. I taste metallic malts, very bitter, not too much "Milk" or sweetness in this stout. medium bodied, high carbo. Not too great. Maybe if I lived in South Africa and this was all I had, it would be better. But I think I'm gonna just mosey on down to the store and pick me up a sixer of Left Hand Milk Stout and call it a day.

stumac, Jun 20, 2009
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Castle Milk Stout from South African Breweries plc
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