South African Breweries - Castle Milk Stout
Stout from South Africa 🇿🇦
Brewed by South African Breweries
Johannesburg, South Africa.
A bit about the beer
Ingredients - Water, Barley Malt (Gluten), Maize extract, Hops
During the pioneering days of Johannesburg's gold rush South African breweries (SAB) was born. The origin can be traced back to founder Charles Glass and the Castle Brewery which he started in 1888. Charles Glass insisted that his brewery only produces and sells the finest beers, which was in high demand by the sprawling pubs in the city that was booming due to gold fever. The level of quality produced has stayed with the brewery from the beginning. Today SAB is one of the largest breweries in the world and a landmark South African company which stretches across multiple continents.
The brewery's milk stout offering boasts its own website where they describe that the "key to Castle Milk Stout’s rich taste is its strong hints of toffee, coffee and butterscotch, that makes it a beer worth enjoying".
On a side note, the “Milk” in milk stout refers to the lactose sugars which are added during the brewing process.
Back to the beer review. For me, poured from a can, the beer is a very dark, almost black color but not the jet black you get with some other stouts as there is a hint of murky brown in the color. After pouring it leaves a generous light brown head with decent retention. The smell has notes of coffee and roasted malts. The taste starts off with the roasted malts, very smooth and has some hints of coffee and even a bit of sweetness added by the lactose sugars, although it is very subdued. The finish and aftertaste has a bit of a burnt taste to it and some bitterness, nothing too overwhelming though and actually works very well with the whole taste experience.
Overall a very good milk stout, not too sweet and not too roasty. It has a great texture, strong flavours and is creamy and smooth. A beer a really appreciate and enjoy having!