Castle Milk Stout | South African Breweries plc

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Castle Milk StoutCastle Milk Stout

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South African Breweries plc
South Africa

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-13-2003

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Photo of NodakEric
2.9/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of WoodBrew
3.89/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I tried the Castle milk stout at The Beerhouse in Sandton. I think BA contributors are being a bit harsh on the stout as I rather liked it. It poured anopaque dark with ecru head that did not leave a lace. The scent carries chocolate. The taste is silky milk chocolate. The Mouthfeel is lighter in body with smooth carbonation. Overall it's not a bad milk stout....very sessionable.

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Photo of kweenb-08
4.16/5  rDev +28%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really like this beer and wish they had it in the USA. A dark, smooth full bodied flavour that I could drink endlessly! I enjoyed this with roasted red meat as well as smoked fish.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.58/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The stout to drink when you really don't want a stout. Pours near black with very little head (medium-agressive pour from bottle) that leaves just a trace around the edges. Nose has mild roasted barley notes and a scent that seems to be clearly from the lactose sweetness. Taste is halfway between alager and a stout. Mild roasty notes, but the focus is on drinkability. Overall, not a bad choice if you are throwing down a few and the alternates are BMC, but certainly not a great beer.

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Photo of shivtim
2.61/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of DeanBB
3.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of olradetbalder
2.75/5  rDev -15.4%

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3/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Amirabutwo
4.75/5  rDev +46.2%

Photo of sd123
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of chogm54
4/5  rDev +23.1%

Photo of Zuidman
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%

Photo of Jadjunk
3.32/5  rDev +2.2%
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

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Photo of ScubaSteve00
3.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of dasunder
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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3.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of dansmcd
3.33/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev 0%

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3.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Chrisheartsbeer
3.2/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of Lynn
3/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of mdagnew
3.31/5  rDev +1.8%
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..

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Castle Milk Stout from South African Breweries plc
Beer rating: 3.25 out of 5 with 49 ratings