Mackeson Stout
Whitbread PLC

Mackeson StoutMackeson Stout
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Whitbread PLC
England, United Kingdom
Sweet / Milk Stout
Ranked #570
Ranked #25,963
3.58 | pDev: 11.45%
Jun 10, 2022
Apr 23, 2004
Notes: None
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25
(275 ml bottle.) Very dark/black, good tan head. Aroma is malts and coffee, flavour is sweet and malty with coffee and chocolate notes, hardly any bitterness. This beer proves that a low ABV beer can be flavourful, but it's just too sweet to be a favourite of mine.
Jun 10, 2022
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Reviewed by edthehead from Maryland

3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
1960’s vintage - cannot believe this held up so well. Dark brown appearance with no head. Malt, molasses, faint coffee, leather, some oxidation due to age. Moderate to light body, very little carbonation.
Jan 17, 2022
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Reviewed by Steve555 from Wales

3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
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
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Reviewed by EmperorBevis from England

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
May 01, 2019
Rated: 3.58 by Macamah from England

Feb 08, 2019
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Reviewed by SamCloughy66 from England

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.
Dec 03, 2016
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

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.
Jan 13, 2016
Rated: 3.25 by TeachChefs from Pennsylvania

Apr 07, 2015
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Reviewed by schoolboy from Ohio

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.
Mar 28, 2015
Rated: 3.59 by Spaceman_Jer from Colorado

Feb 07, 2015
Rated: 4 by KoG from Nevada

Mar 30, 2014
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Reviewed by flyingpig from Scotland

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.
Jan 08, 2014
Rated: 3 by Bill69 from Pennsylvania

Sep 28, 2013
Rated: 3.5 by InfernoBoss from California

May 22, 2013
Rated: 3.75 by spycow from Illinois

May 01, 2013
Rated: 3.75 by Beerstorian from District of Columbia

Feb 23, 2013
Rated: 3.5 by jiffymon from New York

Feb 13, 2013
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Reviewed by Beergeeknut from New York

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.
Nov 11, 2012
Rated: 4 by slowdaddy from Alabama

Aug 21, 2012
Rated: 4.25 by beerhunter13 from Canada (ON)

Jul 30, 2012
Mackeson Stout from Whitbread PLC
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 50 ratings