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Royal Extra Stout - Carib Brewery Limited

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BA SCORE
81
good

129 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 129
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 16.29%
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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Photo of MrMcGibblets
1.83/5  rDev -48.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

maybe i just don't like milk stouts...i was excited to try this while down in st. lucia as i was sick to death of piton but was disappointed. sweetness utterly dominates this beer. looks great, dark brown to black and clear with a dark tan/almost brown head. nose was of chocolate, coffee, and sweet raisiny fruit. taste was all cloying sweetness along with the above flavors. i expected there to be some roastiness to balance but it was minimal and not enough. of course, and unfortunately, absolutely zero hop bitterness. carbonation was nice but overall slick, milky, and sticky all at once in mouthfeel. this may be better used as a reduction in cooking desserts.

MrMcGibblets, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of TerryW
1.93/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Sorry, not a good beer. Way too sweet without any other redeeming character. Strange flavours, burned molasses and sugar. Just simply offputting. Nose id molasses and a hint of smokiness.

Points for looking good though. Dark, with a nice big firm head. Settles to a heavy film and gives up good looking lace all the way. Shame about the taste. Actively nasty. Not recommended.

TerryW, Jul 23, 2005
Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.2/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Black coffee black with meager coppery orange highlights. Following a vigorous pour, the upper half of the glass is filled with a splendid looking crown of coffee-with-cream colored foam. Speckled sheets of lace cover 99% of all available surfaces. Whatever else this brew brings to the table, it's a looker.

The aroma is less impressive. Much less. 'Average' was my first thought, but it might even slip down another notch. Primary aromas include an earthy cocoa powderiness and a small splash of sour milk. Other than lactose, sugar and caramel (for flavor and color) were also added. Here goes.

Royal Extra Stout isn't even close to quality beer. I've said this before and I'll say it again: if my first attempt at home brewing was a milk stout, it would taste better and be more drinkable than this Trinidadian pretender. I guaran-damn-tee it.

Why not just stick with malt, hops, yeast, water and lactose? The added sucrose and caramel make the beer taste way too saccharine sweet and artifical caramel extract-like. In fact, it tastes like a Euro dark lager from an Eastern European brewery that has little or no quality control.

The combination of sweet, sour, earthy and metallic is just short of nasty. I can't recall a worse (so-called) stout in many a moon. Since the 'best by' date isn't until August of this year, age can't be a factor. Enough of this, let's move on to...

... the mouthfeel, which is in dire need of more barley malt. The added sugar tries to keep things bulked up, but fails miserably. Medium for a dark lager, woeful for a stout. Not that it matters, but lager yeast was used rather than ale yeast.

Carib Brewery thinks that Royal Extra Stout 'conveys power, strength and potency/virility'. Sounds like an ad for Viagra, not beer. In any case, this sorry excuse for a milk stout isn't powerful, strong or potent. It's just bad. I'd rather drink Carib Lager.

BuckeyeNation, Apr 22, 2009
Photo of lipschitz
2.3/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Presentation: An odd sized 275ml bottle, with a nice painted-on label.
Appearance: Pours thick, syrupy & black. Sturdy cappuccino head, that seems smaller than it should be.
Smell: Very sweet on the nose - I'm not sure I have encountered such a saccharine aroma from a beer
Taste: I'm immediately hit with a sugar cane sweetness, that quickly transforms into black licorice, than morphs into astringent alcohol. Very slight hop bitterness makes a cameo, only to be bludgeoned out of the scene by residual sugars.
Mouthfeel: Chewy, syrupy...than it disapears quickly...odd
Notes:If this is "The Lion Stout" as proclaimed on their label, then the lion is on a stick, and wrapped in caramel. This is, indeed, a challenging beer. I sense it lauging at me as I continue to drink. It really seems closer to Dr. Pepper with a shot of Kahlua than it does to beer. At the halfway point I observe that there is no more head. I can only assume that it too was devoured by the sugars. Never before have I looked forward to seeing the bottom of a beer glass. I am quite excited as the end nears...slipping into a diabetic coma....must finish beer...fading...fading

lipschitz, Mar 08, 2003
Photo of Naes
2.33/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This one is black with a nice two finger dark tan head.

The smell is malty, roasty and contains traces of alcohol.

The flavor is super sweet. It is chocolaty and candy like, it’s too sweet for my palate.

Mouth feel is medium bodied and a bit syrupy.

This one is a sipping beer and a great choice if you like the sweet stuff, but not a brew for me.

Naes, Aug 24, 2005
Photo of Noelito76
2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

Noelito76, Apr 30, 2014
Photo of cjgator3
2.55/5  rDev -28.4%
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 funkengruven
2.58/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This poured from a can an attractive black with a tan head that soon dissipated. Smell has some coffee notes, but little else. This stuff however tastes VERY sweet, Not sickly sweet but still very cloying. That in itself negatively affects the drinkability of this brew.

This would be a lot better if it wasn't so sweet. If they were to remove a bit of the sugar, this would be a pretty good brew.

funkengruven, Jul 09, 2006
Photo of wordemupg
2.6/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

275ml bottle poured into pint glass may18 2010

A almost black with a fast falling tan head that left no lace

S lots of molasses with with some mild milk chocolate

T even sweeter then the smell and that's a little too much for me, perhaps some cola flavor but cola that went flat a month ago

M fairly thin but enough carbonation too keep it average

D this was nothing special not worth looking for

this beers too sweet even for a sweet stout there's nothing to balance it out, I can't see myself drinking this again any time soon

wordemupg, May 19, 2010
Photo of Shiloh
2.63/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is a very coal black stout with a very thin crown and minor island lace.
The body is full and the carbonation is undetermined.
I found the aroma to very thin for a stout, lightly of dark chocolate with a nutty quality to it as well.
The taste has a nice balance to it with a milk chocolate start and ending to a light nutty bitterness.
The overall product does not instill satisfaction.
Overall impression is light in all categories.

Shiloh, Sep 07, 2004
Photo of AnPiobaire
2.65/5  rDev -25.6%
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 pootz
2.65/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I went into the store looking for my favorite porter but they were out. I grabbed some of this stout instead. Stout is really too sweet for my tastes but I wanted to try this carib version.
My impression is that this was made to compete with some mixed drinks or rum coolers at local bars. Tastes/smells reminisant of rum and coke to me. Definately unique as a stout. Nice for a change but I won't be going back for more any time soon. Not my drink.

pootz, Oct 25, 2002
Photo of MTNboy
2.73/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- A very dark brown, opaque and almost black body. Poured smooth and formed a thick tan head with a bit of lacing.

Smell- A very sweet roasted aroma is in the air the second the bottle is opened. Followed by an almost liquor scent.

Taste- I wasn’t big on the taste it had some good qualities but for the most part it tasted more like liquor than a beer. Sweet roasted malt and coffee tones were almost at siege by this.

Mouthfeel- Full bodied and thick.

Drinkability- Not a beer that you would want to down but an alright for sipping.

MTNboy, Aug 09, 2007
Photo of ThinkAgain
2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

ThinkAgain, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
2.75/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

opaq black with a great tan head that lasts a long time. Smell is too unbalanced and one dimmensional, pure saccarine sweetness with some figgyness. The taste is more of the same, just treacly sweetness, no roasted barley flavors, no hoppyness, no hints of chocolate. Im not experienced with sweet stouts but is this is a good one, it is definitely not my style.

CAMRAhardliner, Jul 05, 2004
Photo of jimbotrost
2.78/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

500 ml can bought at LCBO in Sarnia, Ontario. Purchased 10/04, tasted 11/04(notes). Pours a rich deep black with a full brown head. nose reveals some malt but overtones are of a vinious nature. Flavor follows the winey path and has very little roastiness. Body is light for style and finish is light and winey but long lasting.

jimbotrost, May 31, 2005
Photo of Newkie
2.8/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass and served at a slightly chilled temperature.

A - Dark. Black appearance with a wonderful, lacy tan/light brown head. Sticks around for a while, too.

S - Lots of molasses here. Sweet and inviting aromas of all sorts for a stout (chocolate, coffee).

T - Burnt and toasted malts with lots of sugar and molasses up front. A bit over the top with the sweetness. Finishes with a bit of burnt hoppiness and a bit of heat from the alcohol.

M - Silky and smooth, but rough on the edges because of the burnt characteristics and sweetness.

D - I couldn't do more than one. Definitely a night-cap type of drink, but I don't think I'll be trying it again. A well made brew, but a little too sweet for my tastes.

Newkie, Jun 20, 2008
Photo of Agold
2.8/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Even with a vigorous pour there is no head on this beer. It's pretty dark with caramel highlights. The aroma is a bit sweet. Not much roast, but lots of caramel sweetness and caramel malt. The flavor follows with a bunch of fruity caramel. There is a bit of chocolate, but not much at all. Medium to low carb with a medium mouthfeel. Average beer. Not that great, but an ok beer.

Agold, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of beertunes
2.86/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Another courtesy of Rampaige. Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a very nice black color, with just a thin cap of tan head that had low retention and lacing.

The aroma was pretty soft, a touch of gentle roast over a base of solidly basic malt. The beer was basically the same on the tongue, but sadly there was a just enough of an odd funk that was mildly off-putting.

The body was decent, but thinner than I like in a stout, more Porterish. Drinkability was OK, but that funk kinda hurt it. Overall, a decent enough brew, and if want a change of pace while you're on your tropic holiday, this would suffice.

beertunes, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of BlackHaddock
2.9/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brown 275ml bottle drank while on holiday in Tobago. Best before Nov 2008, consummed Jun 2008.

Very dark, a true black brew with a dark tan head, which sadly faded away to fast for me.

The aroma was fairly weak, some burnt malts but little else.

The taste was sweet, treacle and malts, burnt like the smell.

Rich in the mouthfeel, but not creamy or milky, nor the dryness some Stouts have.

A different Stout without a doubt, not unpleasant, but not a new found favourite either.

BlackHaddock, Jun 24, 2008
Photo of Sammy
2.93/5  rDev -17.7%
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 3Vandoo
2.93/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

App: Pitch black with a good creamy head, the head is quite foamy and bubbly.

Smell: Guinness wannabe? Sweet in flavour, carbonated smell is quite present, metalic, and very malty chocolate. Caramel flavors are also very present. Nothing to brag about, smells like a stout to me!

Taste: Holy macaroni, this beer is smooth and sweet. Watery at first followed by a shy metalic taste which comes inplay the malt and a shy finish of hops. Some chocolate mil flavours are delicately present, smooth sugary taste.

3Vandoo, Aug 04, 2006
Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -15.7%

cfalovo97, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of hopdog
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle.

Poured a dark black with a larger brown head. Not too much to smell. Maybe a little coffee and sweet. Very sweet tasting (took me a little by surprise). Thinner and watery body. Looks can be decieving. I expected much more in both aroma and tastes based upon the looks of this beer.

Notes from: 11/12/04

hopdog, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of smi
3/5  rDev -15.7%

smi, Apr 06, 2012
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Royal Extra Stout from Carib Brewery Limited
81 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.