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Royal Extra Stout - Carib Brewery Limited

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Royal Extra StoutRoyal Extra Stout

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BA SCORE
81
good

128 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 128
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 16.34%
Wants: 10
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Carib Brewery Limited visit their website
Trinidad & Tobago

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-18-2002)
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Reviews by keithmurray:
Photo of keithmurray
3.74/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - dark brown with tan head

Smell - cocoa, vanilla, milk chocolate

Taste - cocoa, vanilla, milk chocolate, molasses

mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, sweetness upfront and good flavor in the finish

Overall - decent stout that is worth a try

Price point - $2/11.2 oz single

keithmurray, Dec 07, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a wide mouth pint a near pitch black but there is some definent ruby highlights when held up to any light a thin fizzy almond colored head wich is gone quickly atop.Mild molasses and vanilla mainly in the nose with a hint of earth but its faint,very fizzy in the mouth almost like pop pretty sharp and a little thin.Not bad flavors its quite sweet that molasses note comes thru along with some dark roast coffee and cola a touch earth in the finish but it doesnt make a dent in the sweetness.Eh kinda boring not something to seek out it lacks character but its a beer the wife would like with its sweetness and thinner mouthfeel,I'll pass on it again.

oberon, Apr 29, 2007
Photo of Todd
4.13/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle with a painted label. No freshness date. Touted as "The Lion Stout" on the label.

Appearance: Crikey mate! Pours a pitch black beer with a four finger chocolate milk coloured head that's creamy, foamy, thick, sticky, clumpy and appears as if it'll never go away. Outrageous.

Smell: Chocolate, coffee and molasses, but with the volume turned down nice and low. Blissful, sublte and inviting. I'm ready.

Taste: Mouthfeel is thinish, silky smooth and slippery on the palate. Sweet. Oh so sweet and sugary -- but I guess that's why they call 'em sweet stouts. Throw in some day old coffee, molasses, chocolate, fig and a slighty bitter hop twang that balances on a slight roasted malt edge ... and I'm there. Notes of sherry towards the end, with faint alcohol notes flexing their presence. Finish is wet, with a sweet caramel placement on the tongue and a wanting for more.

Notes: Hello. Now this is an interesting stout, akin to some of the traditional sweet/milk stouts of the UK. Now we're talking!

Like Mackeson's XXX Stout, but on "E." It's all love in this bottle. "Complex" would be an understatement, and an exploratory palate is required for this sweet journey through beerdom.

Todd, Nov 11, 2002
Photo of Guden
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nearly opaque black with dark garnet highlights. 1 inch chocolatey beige head fades slowly to a thin film leaving thick lacing.

S- Roasted barley characteristics giving dark cocoa and coffee with a little sweet cream and alcohol in the mix.

T- Up front dark toast and chocolate notes which are followed by a smooth creamy sweet middle which unfortunately isn’t balanced out at all on the back end. This one is just a notch below cloying but stronger bitterness from hops or roast may have worked to balance it out some. As it warms the alcohol shows through a bit more giving a licorice dimension but only slightly so.

M- Super creamy with low carbonation this is easy to drink for a stout but the flavors stick around too. They nailed this category, what more is there to say.

D- This beer might be great as a dessert on a winter day but worked surprisingly well as a summer beer while grilling at the beach, very versatile and easy to have. Though it’s a bit sweet and doesn’t have as much flavor as some stouts there’s enough there to keep it interesting and bring me back for another.

Guden, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of Billolick
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle, with a painted on label, but no freshness dating to be found. This one pours black with a minimal medium bubble head, leaving decent lacing. Nose is malty and sweetness. Rich full bodied brew. Malty roastyness very evident. Sweetness comes in early and stays to the finish. Couldnt put down to much of this stuff. Too sweet for my tastes.

Billolick, Aug 21, 2004
Photo of virinow
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

virinow, Jul 23, 2013
Photo of Jeffwildcat
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Jeffwildcat, Jul 24, 2014
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.13/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Royal Extra Stout

A- Dark brown almost black with a small head. Quick dissipation and no lacing.
S- Sweet suagry chocolate with slight touch of cherries.
T- Sweet cherry-like malt with a light touch of chocolate.
M- Sweet and fruity syrupy thick with a good chocolately dry body. Finishes off with a touch of tartness.

Overall- Light with a candy like fruity touch. Worthy of a pint.

NJpadreFan, Jan 09, 2009
Photo of Sammy
2.93/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beauty and the beast. Some good chocolate in initial sips but also high metallic. Then watery for remainder of can. Decent dark appearance. Not too smooth. Some roast, but too sweet, needs more roast. Drop of vanilla. Hard to finish. Frothy creamy pour that quickly dissipitates.

Sammy, Oct 17, 2004
Photo of cjgator3
2.55/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle

A- Poured into a pint glass. Pours a Dark brownish black color with a light tan head.

S- I was expecting a nice bold dark and roasty aroma. I was letdown a bit, there is some dark roasted malts but it is very faint and hard to pick up anything else.

T- The taste starts out on the sweet side with slightly roasted malts and molasses. There is definitely a lot of sweetness with this one. 

M- The mouthfeel is in between light and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, this one is a little too sweet for my tastes. Not bad, but not anything I would pick up again.

cjgator3, Aug 16, 2009
Photo of AnPiobaire
2.65/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This stout was poured from a 12 oz bottle at appproximately 54 degrees.

The ROyal Extra Stout a dark brown with a caramel head that dissipated within a minute.

The nose is very sweet, with notes of chocolate and raisin.

The taste is very very sweet, almost artificially so. I'd like it to a drink sweetened with saccharin.

The mouthfeel is very thin and carbonated.

Overall, I was not too into this brew. I had high hopes and perhaps those out there that like thinner, sweeter, more carbonated stouts may enjoy this. For those of you out there, I say, Enjoy!!!

AnPiobaire, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of beerluvr
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a great deep tan head that left great lacing in the glass, over deep black black opaque liquid. Roasted barley, caramel/butterscotch in the nose. Taste is much sweetness upfront followed by small amounts of roasted barley with a trace of liquorice in there as well. Finishes a tad too sweet and unbalanced for my liking. Slighty interesting, but that's about it.

beerluvr, Mar 02, 2003
Photo of HalfFull
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a wine glass form a 275 ml. pop top bottle brewed at the Carib's brewery on St. Kitts. Pours a moderate brown with hints of black and with some light mahogany highlights. A thin mocha colored cap is somewhat short lived but does hold a light cap throughout.

Nose is pleasant though a bit subdued with a touch of chocolate hiding behind a prevalence of lightly charred and smoky malts.

Flavor is smooth and matches the nose, somewhat light and with the smoky flavors returning on the finish. Offers a perky carbonation to support a somewhat thin feel and offering a decent amount of chocolate and carob spice on the finish. Overall more of a light take on an Export Stout than a Sweet Stout. Not bad but not memorable, and a distant cousin to the Rooster Select that lurked in the glass next door.

HalfFull, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of Bung
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. Very dark brown near black pour. Just a ring of light tan bubbles.

Aroma, A sweet sugary chocolate. Malt, caramel, fig. Reminiscent of an English Brown Ale.

Taste, screams English Brown or Stout. Malty brown sugar and caramel. Some milk chocolate. Carboantion keeps this from being cloying. Pecan pie like.

Lighter side of mid bodied. A fair amount of carbonation makes this drink fairly easily.

Overall I probably wouldn't bother with again, due to the cola like qualities. Just not enough roast for me. Though I bet an Englishman or someone ready for it may approve more.

Bung, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of tone77
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of coffee, some notes of chocolate. Taste is good, coffee and chocolate coming through, very flavorful. Feels creamy in the mouth and is very drinkable. Overall this is a good quality beer.

tone77, Sep 19, 2010
Photo of beerthulhu
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark, almost black color with a thin beautiful cherry tan head.

S: A very dark and rich roasted character fills the nose.

T: Light dried fruit, figs for flavor. Very sweet with some apples, brown sugar notes, molasses and sweet chocolate coming through.A sweet brown sugary and nuttiness on the fade along with light rum barrel notes finish out the beer.

M: The mouthful is light but big on flavor.

D: A tad sweet per style but overall a solid good example and big on flavor.

beerthulhu, Jan 25, 2008
Photo of bluejacket74
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle, best by 2/2009. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with an inch brown head. Head retention is average, lacing is good. It smells like roasted malt, cherries, and port wine. It tastes like roasted malt, chocolate, tart cherries, and some rum. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit slick (but thin) with average carbonation. Drinkability is OK, it's not hard to drink at all. I think it's an OK beer, but I didn't really enjoy it that much. But with that being said, it's worth a try if you can find a single bottle to buy. I wouldn't buy a six pack of it, however.

bluejacket74, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.23/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Great brown head with little retention on top of this sweet/fruity stout. Almost taste the vanilla/sugarcane with a light bitter aftertaste. Less watery tasting then Guiness but still not a full body if you ask me. Overall, pretty decent for a Carebean beer.

Phyl21ca, Nov 17, 2003
Photo of dvanhandel
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

dvanhandel, Aug 14, 2013
Photo of Beejay
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark black with a very nice tan head on top.. Though the head dissipates quickly.

S: Dark roast.. slightly sweet.. almost a slight vinegar scent..

T: Yowser.. Sweet, very very sweet.. with a very nice robust malt flavor.. Extremely sweet. But very good.

M: I don't quite know how to describe it.. Smooth, and settling. Very nice.. Good carbonation.

D: Very sweet, and this might be why I like it a lot, but also why I wouldn't do more than one in a sitting. Over all a very nice beer. Props.

Beejay, Jun 06, 2009
Photo of BeerSox
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into nonic.

Deep and thick black hue with a one finger light brown head that settles to a thin cap, leaving behind a solid wall of lacing.

Deep roasty hues with some light chocolate notes.

The thick roasty flavors are there again, along with some brown sugar and the repeat of the sweet chocolate. Full bodied with medium carbonation. The finish is the lingering roasty malts.

Not a bad Sweet Stout. I think the shipping and time spent on the shelf made it a bit stale, but even with that, it's still a good stout. I would love to try it fresh from the brewery. Recommended (especially fresh).

BeerSox, Jun 16, 2008
Photo of LJWalker
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

LJWalker, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of ThinkAgain
2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

ThinkAgain, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of jmalex
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

I know. The only reason I bought this is because I was curious about a beer from Trinidad and Tobago. But who knows. Maybe I'll be pleasantly surprised.

APPEARANCE: Pours a deep black into a shaker pint glass with no light getting through. A hearty one-and-a-half-finger tan head forms on top and doesn't really budge and only eventually drops to a splotchy yet full surface covering of foam. Honestly, there isn't anything about how this beer looks that isn't perfect.

SMELL: The smell is not too intense and is predominantly of roasted grains and bitter black malts. A somewhat fruity sweetness comes through a bit as the beer warms.

TASTE: The sweetness is immediately the dominant taste. It borders on cloying, but the style somewhat warrants it. It's slightly fruity and the roasted flavors are still present, but they really take a back seat to the sweetness. Further warming gives it a more rounded chocolate flavor and vanilla quality that adds to the complexity.

MOUTHFEEL: Very full-bodied and chewy and certainly appropriate. Carbonation level is average and spot on. Can't get any better.

DRINKABILITY: The sweetness kills it a bit, and big stouts aren't the most drinkable beers anyway. Even still, this is nice and is a fine Caribbean sweet stout.

Call me surprised. Sweet stout isn't my favorite style, but this is a good beer. Especially for something from Trinidad and Tobago, this beer is certainly worth a try.

jmalex, Aug 11, 2007
Photo of Garin
4.33/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On a lark, I picked up a 500 ml can of this at the local liquor store. It was the cheapest 500 ml can on the shelf, so I thought "What the heck? This will be good for a laugh."

Frankly, I'm not laughing. I poured it into my glass, and immediately understood that it had to have a 5 for appearance. It's a beautiful deep, rich black with a bit of crimson on the edges. The head is creamy thick, chocolate brown, and has incredible staying power. As it slowly and reluctantly fades, it leaves a beautiful clinging lace. This ain't no nitro can, folks, this is just beautiful stout all on its own.

I find sweet malty molasses on the nose, with some dry fruit elements. There is a touch of roasted grain mixed in with sharp alcohol.

The flavour is sweet and rich, with a healthy dose of molasses and fruitiness. Perfumy elegance underlies it all. Spicy licorice builds over time. An alcoholic sweetness is throughout, of course. As I get through the pint, chocolate malt is coming through, and a bready grainy flavour is beginning to show as well. In the finish, I get a little bite that reminds me of dark rum. That must be all the cane sugar (listed ingredients: water, malt, sugar, hops :)

The mouthfeel is rich and creamy, with a light carbonation. It goes down smooth and easy, and I find it warm and soothing.

The only reason I can't give this a 5 on drinkability is that it's almost a touch too sweet to drink in massive quantities. This is an impressive beer. At first I thought the idea of a Caribbean stout was kinda hilarious, but I'm happy to admit that I was very wrong. I will definitely buy this again, especially considering the price!

Garin, Nov 15, 2003
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Royal Extra Stout from Carib Brewery Limited
81 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.