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 rsdaugherty
2.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle into pint glass
A – Almost 1 finger of tan head which reduced to a thin layer quickly but stuck to the glass, beer is a very dark brown 3.5
S – Dark roasted caramel malts, sweet cream, herbal overtones 3.5
T – An odd bitter herbalness permeates this brew, semi-sweet malts, more herbal than expected, light body and slightly dry/mineral, a very drinkable beer but not one I’m enjoying the taste of too much, dark but not a stout in my book 2.5
M – Thin watery and light, very un-stout like 2
O – If a very light thinner session stout is your target, this may work for you. Not what I was hoping for and I will not be revisiting this brew. 2.5

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Photo of VikeMan
3/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of delzer13
3/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of tvv375ia
2.52/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

poured from 11.2ox bottle into pint glass

A-well it looks of very dark with no light coming through with less than a finger of head that faded away quickly

S-smell is not bad I get some carmel malts and a little dark fruit

T-not much like the smell unfortunately I do get a slight dark fuit at the very begining but that fades very quikly to a sweaty leather type taste

M-very thin and watery

O-it says on the bottle carmel color added so that should have made me steer clear but I saw the made in Malta and I couldn't resist. I don't know if other beers add color or this is the only one with the courage to list it on the label but I will just count this as country number 10 for my reviews.

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Photo of kjkinsey
3/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of Illtryit
2.63/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured coffee colored black with caramel colored film head that clears up rather quick and leaves a big - bubbled ring around the rim.

smells sweet. A mix between red wine and anise.

Taste is not very good at all. This is nothing more than a light beer with coloring added and some kind of artificial flavoring. Somewhat chocolatey.

Mouthfeel is very thin and watery. No body to this beer.

This is definitely not a stout that I care to drink again.

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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 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 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 rhoadsrage
2.9/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(Served in a nonic)

A- The dark dense black body lets a soft glow of brown in at the base. There is a thin bubbly tan head that is gone before the first sip. The beer is a bit too dense to see any sign of carbonation.

S- The soft soapy aroma has some cola qualities to it but no roasted malt noticed.

T- The slightly tart flavor has some cherry qualities to it with a watery cola note to follow and a roasted malt note hint at the finish.

M- The light mouthfeel is slightly watery in texture with no alcohol heat noticed.

O- After pouring the glass, I read "with caramel color" on the label. It made me nervous that someone would actually advertise that. I would call this a diet stout, it is thin and watery with very little flavor. It was a let down.

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
2.31/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of jlb502
2.29/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

$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.

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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 mempath
3.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of BDJake
1.88/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

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

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Photo of woemad
2.15/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

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Photo of Lauthaha
3.87/5  rDev +38.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of EricCioe
2.3/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

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Photo of megahurts4
2.85/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

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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 crossovert
3.09/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of StevenBilodeau
3.27/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
2.53/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

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Photo of jneiswender
1.9/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

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.

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