Mackeson Stout
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English Sweet / Milk Stout
Ranked #750
Ranked #39,685
3.58 | pDev: 11.73%
Whitbread PLC
England, United Kingdom
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Reviews: 30 | Ratings: 47
Photo of EmperorBevis
3.74/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Canned and poured into a barrel handled half pint pot glass
Pours a jet black body with decent enough tan head
Coffee & toffee aroma
That in the flavour with some charcoal
Great body for the abv

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Photo of SamCloughy66
3.49/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Unassuming appearance and aroma.

Very sweet milky taste - hints of chocolate and coffee. Sufficiently hoppy for a stout.

Overall a decent pint, very drinkable.

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Photo of stevoj
2.93/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Normal stout appearance, black with a short, creamy beige head. Aroma is almost nonexistent, but taste is normal stout bitterness. elements of coffee and chocolate, an overall decent stout.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I know I've had English Mackeson's, but most recently I had one brewed in the Caribbean (St. Kitts, I think). It was not very cold and so the taste shone through.

It was stout-like in appearance (really dark) and the head seemed substantial enough. The taste (at a warm temp) was very sweet and syrupy. There was sufficient hops to know that this was Mackeson.

The whole experience was fun and I think the Caribbean version is very close to the real thing.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.54/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

330ml Can from BeersOfEurope website (£1.49):
Black with a beige 0.5cm brown head on top that holds quite well.

Sweet and milky with some lactose and a few lighter than expected malts coming through with a touch of chocolate an a little sugar towards the end but the balance is good throughout.

Sweet with lots of milky lactose and sweet roasted malts with a mix of chocolate and very light coffee plus a touch of caramel towards the finish.

Mostly smooth but slightly chewy right at the end. The beer has a medium to full body which is quite impressive given the abv. of this one and as I mentioned it is pretty sweet as well.

An interesting beer and packed a fair amount of flavour considering the below average alcohol content. The taste is pretty nice although perhaps just a little bit too sweet in places but the fact that it's not overly strong makes it a very easy one to drink.

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Photo of horshack7
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass is a black beer with a beige head.

Aroma: Milk sugars, roasted malts, coffee and some espresso, semi sweet chocolate, hops are roasted dark but not to the point of being burnt. Plums, mild raisins, light grape notes.

Taste: Bready bite a little sweet like molasses. Dark coffee, dark roasted hops and malts with notes of semi sweet chocolate. Dark fruits, plums, figs, raisins. the mouthfeel is relatively smooth with a light hop bite.

Notes: Certainly drinkable overall it's decent. Cheers.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 330ml can with a BB of May 2012, so it's just out of date. Picked up cheap at a supermarket (individual can being sold off). The ingredients include lactose, so it's a milk stout, and the ABV is surprisingly low at 3%.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. Pitch black, though revealed as a deep ruby hue when held to the light. Yields a decent head of creamy light brown foam that loiters for a few minutes before collapsing to a surface layer. Aroma of sweet, dark malt with notes of molasses, dried fruit, faint burnt grain and a mildly acidic lactic twang.

Tastes of sweet roasted malt with a dry finish. Notes of molasses, dried fruit, mild roasted grain, subtle stewed hops and a lactic sweetness. Dry upon swallowing, with a flavour that doesn't linger. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with tingly carbonation. Good body. A faint aftertaste of sweet dark malt.

Quite nice - certainly a decent flavour for it's strength. Punches above its weight. Sweet and somewhat fruity, but goes down nicely. The body is especially good - runs over the tongue like velvet. I might pick up some more if it's on offer. Worth sampling.

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Photo of Zimbo
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A silky matt brown head. Fairly substancial colour as well. The nose is a penetratingly lively soft sweetie. Delicate lacing is left on the glass over time and sips. The taste is creamy delicate, gentle and delicious. A cleanliness and velvet also dominates.

Like Roger Moore. So suave but ultimately a bit superficial.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.71/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Garnet black with a cratered creamy cafe au lait head. Roast, brown sugar and a disturbing lactic tang on the nose. Chocolate milk and thin maple syrup, a slightly sour middle and some branch and tobacco leaf hops to end. Sugary finish and soft linger. Light, creamy, thin.

For the gravity and style, does pretty much what it's supposed. Kinda like a stout milkshake. Has it's time and place.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured in english pint glass form 12oz bottle (no date). Pours dark brown with a fully diminished light brown head. Butterish aroma. Light roasted malt and light liqourice note too. Roasted malt flavour with a mild chocolate smoothness. Roasted malt finish, light acidity. Medium palate and drinkable for a classic beer!

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Photo of FreshHawk
3.51/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep black color with a small tan, bubbly head. Not much retention and really no lacing left.

S - Pretty faint but it is predominantly roasted malt with a fair amount of chocolate and some other dark sugary smells.

T - Roasted malts and bittersweet chocolate make up most of the flavor, and the backbone of the beer. Along with these is a bit of caramel and dark/burnt sugar. Some nutty and earthy flavors come through in the middle, and there is a very faint minty taste at the finish.

M - Medium body with low carbonation. Smooth and creamy with a slight stickiness.

D - Goes down easy and with the ABV, you could drink it all day. The flavors are bad, and would definitely solve a thirst for a slightly sweet stout. Flavors are a little weak and don't build enough to really intrigue me into more though.

Notes: Not a bad beer, and definitely does not seem like a 3% ABV. Not overly sweet, but much more sweet than a normal stout.

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Photo of PartyBear
3.47/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured with a jet black body and a somewhat brown head. The head retention was poor, however readily returned when the glass was swirled.

S - The first real aroma from this stout was a strange metallic scent, with sweet liquorish undertones. A heavy smell of dark fruits also came through.

T - Smooth and creamy, with a smoky coffee taste. There is a also a faint liquorish aftertaste.

M - The mouthfeel is full bodied and heavy, which is surprising considering the small ABV of this stout.

D - The heaviness of this stout makes it less drinkable than it's counterpart, however, it does seem to provide a warming feeling without a high alcohol content. I do find the Mackeson's stout a definite heartburn inducer, especially after more than a couple.

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Photo of fullsweep
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 mL can poured into a glass.

The head was so thick on this (no widget, I might add) that the 330 mL can wouldn't fully pour into my fully capable glass. Forget 2- or even 3-finger heads. This was easily a four-finger head of dark brown foam. It sat on top of a pure black brew.

I didn't pick up much in the way of aromas, only the faint smell of roasted barley malts, and it wasn't all that pleasant ironically.

Tasted very nice. A great balance of sweet and bitter. The first sip tasted very sweet, almost syrupy, but as you get a full drink, it moves to the bitter finish. Very nice.

Mouthfeel is nice and thick, again almost a syrupy quality, but not in a bad way.

The above combined with the low ABV of 3.0 make this a highly drinkable sweet stout.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

not bad. this beer needs a bit of roasted charcteristic and more unfermentables for a better mouthfeel.

retention fades decentl quickly as well. good mil flavor but I want more body and a bit of roasted charcteristic.

minty hop aroma lends itself nicely.

hugely disorganized review from my phone

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Photo of schuim
3.46/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted a bottle, that was far beyond best before date. The beer had gone completly flat (no foam at all). That was very sad, because the aroma of the beer was very promissing; pure chocolate, cacao, raisens and tar.

Due to the missing gas the beer tasted odd, but still the sweetness (milksugar) and chocolat tones were there. A very dry after taste off charcoal and some dryed fruits.

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Photo of crwills
3.51/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one really surprised me. I purchased a little can of this little (3%!) beer at a grocery store in Edinburgh (Scotmid). Didn't get a chance to drink it while I was there, so back it came. I assumed it would taste about the same as the 'Sweetheart Stout' (2%) I tried there, which is one of my lowest reviews, but - happily - it didn't!

Anyway, there's nothing too spectacular about this one, but I enjoyed it at least a little bit. Poured the standard stout black into a pint glass, with almost no head. Faint, dry, woody aroma, almost Guinness-like, but with some sweet milk-chocolate notes. Flavour is a mix of dry Irish stout, some mild chocolate, and smoky tobacco -- but all very light, making this black beer surprisingly refreshing. Clean aftertaste and light mouthfeel avoid the heaviness that some stouts impart as well.

Although I wouldn't intentionally seek it out, it is certainly better than average in several respects.

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Photo of hunteraw
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Taste in Festival Walk, Kowloon Tong.

Jet black in appearance, fair-sized tan head. Some lacing. Aroma is predominantly of roast. Some coffee and a sour edge as well. Roast at the beginning of the palate, some coffee, slight sourness. Very distinct kahlua aftertaste. Medium body, carbonation fine. On the sweeter side, but finishes dry. Fairly drinkable, glad it's available here in HK.

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Photo of aniano
4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first review.

I've always found Mackeson to be the most enjoyable of all the sweeter stours. The flavor has a nice balance of sweetness and body with distinct hints of chocolate. The aftertaste may be a bit much for some.

Pours nicely.

An exceptional after dinner beer.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

When I first met my wife, back in the 70's, she was a nurse at a RAF Hospital in Germany. Cans of this beer were kept in a fridge for pregnant ladies and mothers of new born babies, to help them produce milk and keep their iron intake up.

She used to sneak some out for me sometimes.

This can is newer though and Whitbread have sold their sole to Inbev, having killed a few breweriers off themselves.

330ml can, best before March 2007, drank on 1st April 2007, so it is out of date.

Poured into a Gordon thistle glass it looks fantastic, a very dark body with a huge foaming fawn head.

The aroma is malt and more malts, burnt sugar and biscuits.

Sweet and burnt toffee flavours mix with the malt taste, well it is a sweet stout, what was I expecting?

Tastes linger, you would never guess this is only 3.0% in acoholic volume, not watery at all.

A trip down memory lane for me, a pleasant one at that, I'll have another in 30 years time.

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3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Blu Bar in Arlington, TX.

Pretty much opaque, brown/black in color. Small, cocoa colored head.

Hard to get aroma b/c of smoke in bar. What came through was mainly chocolate.

Flavor included raisins, some roast notes and chocolate. A very sweet beer, no hops to speak of. Only bitterness came from roast.

Medium to heavy in body. Carbonation seemed low. Not drying.

OK, and to style. Not to my taste, as I prefer more hops. For someone looking for a stout without pucker, give this one a try.

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Photo of soulgrowl
3.66/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Luxurious cappuccino velveteen head stands tall atop an impressive, nearly opaque black coffee body with autumnal red highlights. Good retention and light lacing.

Smell: Barley tea, sweet milk chocolate swirled with caramel, malted milk, mild coffee, and dark chocolate. Smells like a beer that might be brewed by Hershey's.

Taste: Sugary sweet and grainy. Light metallic notes. Loads of fresh milk, caramel, brown sugar, and Dr. Pepper. East Kent-ish hops add a nice herbal edge but do little to balance the sweetness. Good, but it needs a bit more balance and depth.

Mouthfeel: Soft, thick, chewy, and slick. Surprisingly, not all that syrupy considering the sweetness.

Drinkability: Too sweet, but still pretty drinkable. An obvious match for dessert.

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Photo of BlackAngus
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice dark color, tan head, slight retention.

Aroma is malty, chocolatey. Coffee, notes, no real hops aroma.

Flavor is very sweet, dry, roasty.

Mouthfeel is silky, dry finish, nice low carb for the style.

Definitely drinkable, but a tad sweet for my taste. But that's a personal preference...this is certainly a good example of the style.

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Photo of goodbyesoberday
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with dark red-brown hilights and a low to moderate head. Faint roastiness on the aroma with perhaps a little milk chocolate, but otherwise aroma is very low.

The faint roastiness dominates the flavour upfront lending a faint dryness and astringency that balances the sweet milky body very well. Carbonation is low and finish is nicely dry.

A very nice sweet stout and doubly impressive for the 3% ABV content.

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Photo of HoustonTX
2.87/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Poured a very dark brown, with a frothy brown head. Average retention.

S - Smell was of light malts, creame, and coffee.

T - Taste is quite sweet. Notes of chocolate, toffee, and milk sweetness. Almost espresso like. A tad too sweet for my tastes, but it wasn't horrible. Drinkability gets knocked down, due to it being hard to have more than one of these. Mouthfeel is creamy.

An alright Sweet Stout, just not my type of beer.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml can bought from Sainsburys...

Poured completely black - no hint of colour when held up to the light... Creamy tan head poured quite thick and faded to almost nothing.... very patchy lacing...

Aroma - Dark chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, light roasted malts, slight dustiness, nutty hints, peppery notes, biscuity...

Taste – Quite sweet toasted malts, bitter chocolate, slight liquorice notes, some smokey traces, sweets creamy / milky aftertaste...

Feel - Quite smooth and creamy with a slight tingly sharpness underneath...milky coating covers the lips.... Medium / full bodied. Pretty drinkable - maybe slightly too sweet to have a lot in one sitting...

Overall - An excellent stout.... recommended !!

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