Champs Fleurs, Trinidad and Tobago
Licensed by Carib Brewery
Milk Stout 4.9% Brown Glass Bottle 330ml.
$2.22 (Canadian) At the LCBO
Mackeson has a long history. It has its origins at a brewery in Hythe, Kent... well I can't say it any better than Wikipeadia...
The beer was originally brewed in Hythe, Kent, by Mackeson's Brewery in 1907. Whitbread acquired the brand in the 1929 and gave it national distribution, eventually turning it into the market leader for milk stout. Brewing discontinued after 1968 at the Hythe plant. The beer was then brewed at the Exchange Brewery in Sheffield. When that was closed in 1993, Whitbread moved production to their Castle Eden and Samlesbury plants. From May 1999, production was contracted out to Young's Brewery of Wandsworth. Whitbread was purchased in 2001 by InBev. Production was then moved toCameron's Brewery of Hartlepool before moving to Hydes Brewery in Manchester until March 2012.
-- Wikipeadia : Mackeson Stout
So you can see the beer has got around a bit. And actually a bit more. The version I'm tasting tonight... is brewed in Trinidad. There it is brewed by the Carib Brewery and is quite popular. They also export it to Hong Kong and the USA. Their slogan there is "Take it to the max."
So let's take it to the max... Onto the tasting...
Pours a deep dark black/brown With a large fluffy milk chocolate coloured head made up of small bubbles. Sweet malted grain and molasses are on the nose with a light hint of coffee, yeast and spent grain. First sip is sweet and creamy, heady malts, turbinado sugar and some light molasses. There is a light nuttiness to the beer as well as a creaminess that coats the lips and tongue. Slight burnt coffee bitterness to the finish with some bruleed sugars. Aeration brings out some of the milk flavours and accentuates the bitter finish.
Impressions: Fail, So-so, Pass, Exceptional
Cost: 5/6 PASS
Colour: 5/6 PASS
Beer Style: 4/6 PASS
Re-Order: 4/6 PASS
Experience: 4/6 PASS
An average milk stout, good enough to try for yourself. Just not a stand out in my books.
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