Lacto Traditional Stout Beer | Simonds Farsons Cisk Plc.

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Lacto Traditional Stout BeerLacto Traditional Stout Beer

Brewed by:
Simonds Farsons Cisk Plc.

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by rastaman on 04-19-2003

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Ratings: 130 |  Reviews: 96
Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.11/5  rDev -24.6%
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.

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Photo of kjkinsey
3/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Knapp85
2.4/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

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Photo of metter98
2.76/5  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.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

11.2oz bottle. Caramel colour added to a milk stout? Uh oh…

I can trace my paternal heritage back a few hundred years, and it stops with this little island, merged with that other little island, Eire.

This beer pours a solid black, with slight cola edges, and one skinny finger of foamy milk chocolate brown head, which settles quickly, leaving some random specked streaks of lace around the glass in the process. It smells of sweet caramel malt, milk, fermented red grape juice, and leafy hops. The taste is stale cider-soaked bready malt, yeast, warm milk, and a little bit of chocolate coffee. The carbonation is very sedate, but with a weird little tongue tingling after a spell, the body medium weight, but in a squishy fruit manner, smoothness defined in an equal manner. It finishes with an airiness, aged black fruit dancing about, tartness coming and going.

Well, a strange old bat, this one. Stout characteristics get pushed aside in favour of weird amber ale off-flavours. Could be an age issue – as there's no date info on the bottle, but then again, maybe it's just that I’ve never had a Mediterranean milk stout before.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
2.61/5  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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.73/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of jlindros
2.03/5  rDev -27.5%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.02/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Undated 11.2 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Despite a rather vigorous pour, only enough head was generated to barely cover the top, and this disappeared rapidly. A very dark brown liquid, a bit hazy, with a tan head.

Aroma: a spicy smell (hops?) of hops and malt. Smells sweet.

Tastes sweet too, at first, giving the initial but momentary impression of being way too sweet. but then some bittering hops kick in towards the finish to provide a good sweet/bitter balance. Nice flavor effect, even if the flavor is not good until the finish.

M: under carbonated and a tad watery.

O - an interesting brew worth seeking out as a novelty. A bit different from other milk stouts I've tried. Good dessert beer.

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Photo of smithj4
2.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of smcolw
2.24/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Auspicious begining--"milk stout with caramel color added". I cannot think of a reason to add caramel color if this made properly, but I'll give it a go.

The beer looks fine. Dark brown color where no light seeps through. Constant beige head that leaves a decent amount of lace.

The smell features candy sweetness that more closely resembles caramels than dark chocolate. Not so good.

This is a definite 'miss'. Very thin body. The taste is too sweet with no balancing bitterness...the dark, coffee-like malts are missing.

I don't believe that I can finish this one. There are too many good beers out there.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.41/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
1.75/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

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.

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Photo of Slatetank
3/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of TMoney2591
2.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.21/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.33/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours opaque black with a tan head. Nose is slightly sugary sweet. Flavor is okay. Kind of metallic with a constant sweet tone that really doesn’t deliver much beyond that. Feel is low on carbonation and a bit watery on the liquid. This is drinkable, sure. But for the style, it is kind of lacking.

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Photo of jwc215
3.23/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of tone77
3.4/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of liamt07
2.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Gavage
2.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of avalon07
2.91/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a black color and a thick texture. There was a half inch of foamy, tan-colored, long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: A very faint aroma of malt and coffee, but not much else.

T: Tasted of light malt and some mild coffee up front, with milk in the finish. Mainly, this was a thin, watery beer without much discernible flavor.

M: A solid amount of carbonation with a smooth, somewhat thin finish. Medium-bodied.

O: While this beer does have one or two good attributes, it is pretty mediocre.

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Photo of rudzud
1.49/5  rDev -46.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Purchased at Julio's. A beer from Malta? Sure, why not.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a deep dark brown almost black with a creamy one finger mocha head that fades to a sudsy cloud with thick side lacing.

S - Ugh, what the heck? With such a promising look how can this smell come from it? Dark fruits and booze? Booze, are you kidding me? This stuff is 3.4%, how can it smell boozy?! Theres some bread and lots of sweetness. This has a kvass like quality.

T - Really didnt want to try this beer after the nose. Ugh. Artificially sweet with some off bread notes. What the hell am I drinking. Lacto is really weird tasting too. Ugh. This is a mess.

M - Feel is very thin and syrupy. That being said not lik eI can actually get full sips of this vile liquid. Ugh. Make it stop.

O - Why? Why have I drank this? I mean this is absolutely horrific. The taste lingers in the mouth worse than a funky bleu cheese. I drank as little as possible of this beer to write a review. Really hoping this doesnt eat a hole in my sink as I drain pour this junk.

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Lacto Traditional Stout Beer from Simonds Farsons Cisk Plc.
Beer rating: 2.8 out of 5 with 130 ratings