Lacto Traditional Stout Beer | Simonds Farsons Cisk Plc.

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Lacto Traditional Stout BeerLacto Traditional Stout Beer

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Simonds Farsons Cisk Plc.

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Ratings: 130 |  Reviews: 96
Photo of Nickls
2.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Oddly, the bottle sample that I tried was actually different in labeling that the example pictured here. It coincides with other pictures I have seen, however. Best before date of October 2008.

A- Almost completely black, with a thin dark tan head that dissipated rather quickly.

S- Malty, medicinal aroma (spices to me)

T- Bitter (not hop bitter), with some sweetness. Minimal traditional stout flavors, with an unexpected lack of lactose taste given the style.

M- Thin and not as viscous as others I've had in the style. Next to none in the carbonation department.

D - Fairly easy to sip on, but it's not overly appetizing to my palate. Not entirely what I would expect from the style.

Overall, glad that I was able to try this beer as it was brought back to me as a gift from my girlfriend who had recently travelled to Malta. Nice novelty, but nothing more really.

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

Black in color. Beige foam scarce, and quickly falling down.
The smell is more like a porter, with burnt coffee, and, strange, orange.
At the taste the milk rises up strong, maybe too string. It doesn't have the delicate smoothness of certain milk stout.
Oveall, decent, but not more.
In the aftertaste some sweetness.

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Photo of BeerSox
2.05/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Deep black with some ruby red toward the bottom edges of the glass. A thin bubbly rim forms from a thin head.

Very faint roasty grains with a little bit of caramel in there.

Almost flavorless. I can actually taste the lactose that was added (if that's even what they did). Either way, this beer has "hints" of milk. Thin bodied with low carbonation. The finish is lingering grainy milk flavors.

The oddest thing about this beer is that on the label it says, "Caramel color added." Why would you add coloring to a black beer? Anyways, that coloring may have provided the only flavor in this beer. The one good thing, with a 3.4% ABV this beer is extremely sessionable. I'd say if I was stuck in Malta (an absolutely gorgeous island) and could only drink this beer, I don't think I would complain too much. But stateside, I wouldn't recommend it at all.

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Photo of BrewerB
3.86/5  rDev +37.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma of coffee/roasted grains was most noticeable. Some sweetness lingered behind but it was a bit low for a milk stout. Low level of esters.

Appearance is black and opaque. Dark tan colored head was thick at pouring but receded down and persisted. This is exactly right for the style! (Despite some of the low scores)

Moderate level of dark chocolate/roasted grain type flavors. Some level of sweetness also apparent. Hop flavor and bitterness are both low. Increase the sweetness, bitterness, and fruity esters and you'll have a better class of beer. Perhaps the trip from Malta does the beer poorly?

Medium-full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Feels somewhat thick and creamy. Non-astringent and smooth. Again - exactly what this style should be. (Despite other low scores)

Overall this beer is missing out on some sweetness and bitterness that would improve drinkability. Not a bad beer, just missing the characteristics to make it great. I'd stop with one glass but were you to twist my arm, I'd drink another.

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Photo of thirtysixbelow
2.36/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

a - black color with a brown airy head

s - biscuity malty smell with some nuts and a little sourness. Is this a stout?

t - sweet yet roasted up front but then it turns into a metallic flavor with some bandaid. Dry finish with nothing worth while to hang on to in the aftertaste.

m - creamy and full

d - not what i was expecting. I was looking for something to compete with mackeson xxx but this is definitely not it.

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Photo of 86sportster883
3.55/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The Lacto Stout is a very drinkable low alcohol milk stout with some roasted character and mild creany sweetness. But, you have to let it warm up quite a bit to really appreciate any hint of complexity. Not a great beer but, then again, it strikes a nice balance between sweet and bitter (falling clearly on the side of sweet) and then finishes a little dryer. I thought it might be a little fuller in body, given the style. Overall the Lacto Stout is a decent easy drinking beer, but there are much more interesting milk stouts out there.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.01/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a rich, opaque sable with a nice thick tan head. Aroma is smoky with a hint of molasses. Flavor is a little thin, but nicely "stouty" - strongly of burnt or well-roasted coffee, with a fair malty undertone. It seems thinner than other stouts I have tried, but is still worth a try.

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Photo of mckajd03
2.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

When I review a beer, I try to give a sporting chance to all beers and beermakers alike. I know that someone's heart and soul went into the liquid that I am partaking. With that said, the fellows at Farson's need a soul revival with reference to their Lacto. This is the second time I've had this beer, and the first time I was more impressed, but I was a younger and lesser experienced lad. If someone told me I was drinking this stout from a can, I would believe them- that's how protrusive the metallic "undertones" were. Mouthfeel was watery, and the carb was weak, even for a stout. The best thing was the looks (jet black and tan head), but we all know beauty is not just skin deep.

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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 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 daliandragon
3.71/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up in Brooklyn today, not everyday you come across a Maltese beer. Looks appropriately dark and has an attractive, bubbling chocolate head. With so much carbonation, there is a mass of bubbles on the side of the glass that makes this brew look like cola. Nose is faintly sweet but mostly insignificant.

The first taste is nicely balanced and smoothly toasty. The lack of body instantly surprised me. There is some dairy detections of taste as the glass empties. The texture is thin but pleasant and smooth, just not real close to the style. Overall, easy drinking and a bit different.

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Photo of templar316
3.47/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Cheers Michael.

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

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.

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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 mentor
2.24/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

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.

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Photo of kimcgolf
2.99/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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 baby’s formula and old folks’ breakfasts

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Photo of bluejacket74
3/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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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 Braudog
2.58/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I’m not sure I’ve 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, I’d tag it as a lager ... like a dark golden variety ... not a stout. While it tastes good, it’s not at all what I expected from a sweet stout. (#2685, 2/4/2007)

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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 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 Georgiabeer
3/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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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 edbeered
2.26/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

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.

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