Mackeson Stout
Whitbread PLC

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Whitbread PLC
England, United Kingdom
Stout - Sweet / Milk
Ranked #596
Ranked #25,924
3.58 | pDev: 11.45%
Jan 17, 2022
Apr 23, 2004
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Photo of edthehead
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by edthehead from New York

1960’s vintage - cannot believe this held up so well!

Jan 17, 2022
Photo of Steve555
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Steve555 from Wales

Jet black with fizzy tan head. Couldn't smell a great deal. Taste is of coffee, fag ash and lactose. Medium mouthfeel. Thick for abv. This would be good with cigarettes but I no longer smoke. My go-to for a unit controlled beer week.

Jun 13, 2020
Photo of EmperorBevis
3.74/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by EmperorBevis from England

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

May 01, 2019
3.58 by Macamah from England on Feb 08, 2019
Photo of SamCloughy66
3.49/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by SamCloughy66 from England

Unassuming appearance and aroma.

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

Overall a decent pint, very drinkable.

Dec 03, 2016
Photo of stevoj
2.93/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
by stevoj from Idaho

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.

Jan 13, 2016
3.25 by TeachChefs from Pennsylvania on Apr 07, 2015
Photo of schoolboy
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by schoolboy from Ohio

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.

Mar 28, 2015
3.59 by Spaceman_Jer from Colorado on Feb 07, 2015
4 by KoG from Nevada on Mar 30, 2014
Photo of flyingpig
3.54/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by flyingpig from Scotland

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.

Jan 08, 2014
3 by Bill69 from Pennsylvania on Sep 28, 2013
3.5 by InfernoBoss from California on May 22, 2013
3.75 by spycow from Illinois on May 01, 2013
3.75 by Beerstorian from District of Columbia on Feb 23, 2013
3.5 by jiffymon from New York on Feb 13, 2013
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3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Beergeeknut from Connecticut

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.

Nov 11, 2012
4 by slowdaddy from Alabama on Aug 21, 2012
4.25 by beerhunter13 from Canada (ON) on Jul 30, 2012
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3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by jazzyjeff13 from England

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.

Jun 07, 2012
3.5 by pin from Australia on Jun 05, 2012
2.5 by smi from New York on May 15, 2012
4 by Navalartichoke from Virginia on Feb 15, 2012
3.5 by cdwil from Texas on Dec 29, 2011
5 by Rochefort10nh from New Hampshire on Nov 28, 2011
Photo of Zimbo
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
by Zimbo from Scotland

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.

Oct 09, 2011
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3.71/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by StJamesGate from New York

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.

Jul 17, 2011
Photo of CuriousMonk
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by CuriousMonk from District of Columbia

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!

Feb 09, 2011
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3.51/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by FreshHawk from Illinois

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.

Mar 02, 2010
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3.47/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by PartyBear from England

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.

Jul 18, 2009
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3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by fullsweep from England

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.

Feb 19, 2009
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3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by jasonjlewis from Texas

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

Nov 01, 2008
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3.46/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5
by schuim from Netherlands

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.

Aug 13, 2008
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3.51/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by crwills from Canada (ON)

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.

Sep 04, 2007
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3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by hunteraw from China

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.

Jun 26, 2007
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4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by aniano from Florida

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.

May 18, 2007
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3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
by BlackHaddock from England

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.

Apr 01, 2007
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3.66/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5
by soulgrowl from England

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.

Sep 28, 2006
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3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by BlackAngus from Indiana

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.

Sep 07, 2006
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