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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Photo of yesyouam
3.68/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of LumpyGuitar
3.4/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of morebeergood
2.44/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a bottle for $3 at Blanchard's in Allston. Poured in a stemmed glass. Dark brown, almost black color. (By the way - is it a great idea to advertise that you "add" caramel color?) Some carbonation. Thin white head. Smelled a lot light a Euro lager, which threw me off a bit. Did not have any flavors I've associated with a stout or a milk stout. No coffee, no roasted barley, not even any "added lactose" as the bottle says. Just tasted like a weak dark lager. Very thin for a stout. Very low abv, too. They left that out also. This beer didn't really offer anything to be excited about. A boring beer.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.68/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice solid blackened brown color with a substantially bubbled cocoa colored capping thats slim and fairly lasting. Keeps tiny speckles of lace sticken across the glass.

Aroma is of sweet milk and a slimming cocoaness, quite clean and refreshing, just not all that booming. Not really excpected for a milk stout though.

Taste is fairly good, richly milken and mildly sweet with a titch of chocolate, vanilla pods, and some hazelnut based cream lift off the finish as its stays mostly undertoned in a sweet milky flavor and body.

Feel is a soft medium body, ummm...milky, creamy, with a nice chocolately nudge in the middle along with a stout base of carbonation that builds nicely across the palate and stay there with a soft fluff of creamed chocolate milk.

A decent milk stout and very drinkable. Wasn't sure where Malta was, no I do, thanks Google, but if I ever visit there in travels and this is available, this stuff will definately do.

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Photo of ghebel
2.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours dark brown, black with a fairly dark brown one inch head that dissipates quickly with some lacing on the glass. The label states "caramel color added". That is probably responsible for the dark caramel colored head.

S - Smells of plums and whiskey.

T - Tastes a bit sour with fruity finish. Sweet throughout the drink and finishes with a small amount of bitterness. Aftertaste is mildly astringent and fades to alcohol mixed with prunes. Somewhat metalic.

M - Moderate body with lots of carbonation bite.

D - Not entirely drinkable. Too fruity sweet for me.

Overall - Not what I expect from a milk stout. It is not a bad beer overall, but leans way too much toward the fruity side with not enough roasted malt flavor. I can easily finish this one, but will not hurry out to buy another.

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Photo of glid02
2.86/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked this up at Five Points Bottle in Athens, GA.

Pours a very dark brown color with a one-finger tan head. The head recees into a wispy layer on top leaving almost no lacing.

Smells of nondescript sweet fruits with hints of caramel malts.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet fruit flavors up front backed up by light malt flavors. There's a very light milk-sugar flavor that comes in at the end.

Mouthfeel is alright. It's got a surprisingly smooth thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is not so great - I'll finish this beer, but I won't like it.

Overall this beer only slightly resembles a milk stout. Really not worth a shot - unless you're excited about a beer from Malta.

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Photo of alexgash
3.53/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. bottle. 3.8% abv.

I just don't seem to have many Maltese beers these days... This one pours a dark ruby brown with garnet edges. Small finger of khaki head with decent lacing. Nose of licorice, vanilla, sweet milk chocolate, and root beer. Interesting. Cola sweetness up front. Light roasted notes in the background. Some fruitiness toward the finish with another flash of mild roastedness. Dates in the finish with a hint of oxidation-like sherry flavor. Moderate body with gentle carbonation. Goes down pretty easy. Not as bad as I was expecting.

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Photo of Vancer
2.39/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Milk stout with caramel color added? Don't like that sh!t, but lets see.

Well, the color sure is black, with a short-lived frothy tan head in the Corsendonk tulip. It does try to stick, as much as the 3.8% will allow.

A meltalic lager aroma bubbles up, not to appropriate for the style. And if you did not see the dark presentation, the quaff would lead you to guess European lager, not milk stout.

Bummer, a major miss on all most accounts.

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Photo of Shiredave
3.11/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I had to try this out of curiosity - despite the label stating boldly that the Milk Stout had caramel color added. Also, the ABV reads 3.8% not 3.4% as posted here on BA.

It looks ok- a bit transparent for a stout but deep, dark brown with a persistent tan head and some nice lacing.

Aroma is sort of stout like - some roasted grain notes but mostly a burnt sugary smell that wasnt really bad just weird.

Flavor is sweet, sweet sweet with some chalky tartness on the side -like Hershey's syrup in sour milk. Slightly beer like but not very satisfying. Pretty one dimensional and boring but not horrible. The body is ultra thin with some mild bittering at the finish.

Very drinkable for what it is - and isnt - I would take this over a Mich Ultra or Bud any day but certainly not something I would be likely to drink again.

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Photo of nick76
2.72/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The aroma is unusual with sweet cream, molasses, toffee, roasted malt, and fruit. The appearance is black with a super thin head. The flavor is strange and like the aroma. The palate is thin. Overall not too good. Michael Jackson is wrong about this one. I see something interesting about this but it's not really worth buying again.

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Photo of apwilla
1.66/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I could say some nice things about the color, and the head, but what difference does it make what it looks like when you're pouring it down the drain?
This was by far, the worst "beer" i've ever tasted.
If this bottle wasn't infected, and was supposed to taste like that, I'm downright confused.

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Photo of Baileyuk
2.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A - Poured with a very nice head with almost a puple tint. Lacing was decent at first but faded very quickly.

S - Well unfortunately this beer is infected. It definately coivers a lot of the aroma. Can detect a sweet milky smell.

T - Again infection dominates beer, almost with a cardboard taste. I am trying not to totally kill the score as it has some interesting smells in the aftertaste. The upfront taste is totally blocked though.

M - Heavy bodied. Carbonation seemed good.

D - Hard to tell, obviously not if it was also infected.

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Photo of germanbeer1
3.76/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a solid black with a tan head. It's difficult to discern at first any noticeable smell, but there are some hints of milk. This stout has a nice body with minimal after-taste, probably because of the sort of milky, but mostly sweet sensation. I was expecting more of a milky taste, but it is more creamy than anything else. Still a pretty solid beer.

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Photo of weeare138
2.86/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears a deep chestnut brown, nearing black with a silky tan head that slowly fades into a mild cap. Tons of scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of freshly split vanilla beans, cocoa powder, toffee, and sugary cream. A light skunkiness and spoiled fruit aroma are found in the background of this beer.
Taste is of the aromas...a bit strange with a mild skunkweed flavor that I have trouble ignoring.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, gummy, slick, silky, and sweet.

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Photo of msubulldog25
2.56/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

11.2 oz. brown bottle, listed at 3.8% abv. Advertised on the label as 'milk stout with caramel color added'; really? Poured to a pint glass, grabbed this bottle as an impulse purchase from the 'bargain bin' at Beaumont Market: $2.69.

A: Dark and 'stout'-like, nearly impenetrable. Nice creamy head, a yellow-tan sudsiness that builds to over one-finger and fades quickly to a bubbly film and tight curtain of lace.

S: A cola-like caramel sweetness. Faint spice. Licorice? A syrupy fruitiness, like grape kool-aid, perhaps?

T: Sugary-sweet. Caramel and a black pepper dryness that sits squarely on the tongue. Tangy, vinous quality that picks up more on the 'grape' I got in the aroma - just a little sour.

M: Medium-light body with seemingly little carbonation, but for a prickly fizziness that (once again) reminds me of cheap soda.

D: Don't know what the intent of this beer is, but it's NOT for me. Reminds me a little of a mediocre schwarzbier, maybe even a weak-ass Baltic porter (strange from a milk stout, huh?). You might be tempted, but pass.

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Photo of nrbw23
2.7/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours almost black in color with a tan colored head and lots of lacing.

S- Smells of burnt fruit, roasted malts and nuts.

T- Chocolate, light fruits and something sweet I can't put my finger on.

M- Light in body and smooth

D- Overall too light and just not my thing.

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Photo of Nickls
2.83/5  rDev +1.4%
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 +0.4%
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 -26.5%
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 +38.4%
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 -15.4%
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 +27.2%
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 +7.9%
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 +3.2%
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 +19.4%
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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Lacto Traditional Stout Beer from Simonds Farsons Cisk Plc.
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