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Royal Extra Stout - Carib Brewery Limited

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Royal Extra StoutRoyal Extra Stout

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126 Ratings

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Ratings: 126
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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4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sweet Stout...you're not kidding! Should be Very Sweet Stout. Sweet to the point of becoming a hinderance. But, it's not all bad. Behind a well headed, opaque, nearly black hue; lies a lactose and maltose laden roasted beer. The roasted barly is soaked in a cola-like sweetness. The hop flavors and bitterness remains low, allowing the sugars to shine. The cocoa more resembles a root beer character under the milk sugars. Coffee refereces are very low, even with bold Stout characters. Interesting, just not sure that I prefer it. The beer holds on to a firm, but drinkable body that would finish clean if not for the intense sweetness. When I look for a sweet stout, this is what I should look for, but I've become acustomed to bolder Sweet Stouts that are less sweet. Maybe a mistake on my part.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2006 03:27:24 | More by BEERchitect
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North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Was surprised to see a stout from Trinidad on the shelves at my local distributor and decided to give it a shot. Cool label and packaging too.
The color is pitch black with mocha colored head and lots of lacing. My nose detects tons of toasted malt plus coffee and chocolate tones. The lactose gives the smell a roundess and sweet backround.
The taste is a surprise with its overwhelming sweetness and alcohol tone. The lactose is again evident. Mouthfeel is smooth and frothy in the mouth, which is nice.
I don't love this stout but it's different and complex enough to give a try every once in a while.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2006 03:30:23 | More by daliandragon
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Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served at room temperature in a 500 ml weizen glass.

I tried a relatively hard pour with this stout because I love to watch the cascading effect it has on the body and head of similar brews. The desired effect was not forthcoming. Initially the bubbles on the beige head were tightly-formed but they soon underwent a reaction and formed large Swiss cheese like apertures. the body was, of course, the desired degree of black. I can't complain about the amount of lace.

On the nose I detected subtle hints of molasses and of coffee. Not a strong aroma that grabs your attention.

The taste was alarmingly sweet. This is, if you are in the mood for a dessert beer, wonderful stuff! However, I suspect most people would find the sweetness cloying.

On the palate, Royal Stout is as smooth as velvet. Well done!

At 6.6% and because of the intense sweetness, I wouldn't want to drink too many. Keep in mind that Royal Extra Stout is a dessert beer. How many helpings of dessert do you usually take?

Highly recommended under the right circumstances.

Serving type: can

10-27-2005 05:05:46 | More by mwrseeley
Photo of Naes

New York

2.33/5  rDev -34.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2005 01:35:44 | More by Naes
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Ontario (Canada)

4.55/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep jet black with a 3.5 finger dark tan head, that looks very inviting. Head disipates slowly, and leaves great lacing.

Smells very sweet. It's as if somebody found the perfect mixture of chocolate and caramel, and then added a pinch of coffee.

Taste is quite peculiar even for a sweet stout, it's like nothing I have ever experienced, and I like it. It's really actually hard to explain, I'm at a loss for words.

Mouthfeel was incredible. Not only did it have the perfect "not too think, not too thin" feel on the palate, but it also had the perfect carbonation.

I was very surprised with this beer. I could drink this all night with no problems. I highly recommend it to all my fellow BA's.

Serving type: can

08-20-2005 02:46:50 | More by jayc333
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Ontario (Canada)

1.93/5  rDev -45.6%
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.

Serving type: can

07-23-2005 20:01:34 | More by TerryW
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2.78/5  rDev -21.7%
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.

Serving type: can

05-31-2005 20:12:53 | More by jimbotrost
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4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

Poured jet-black with a creamy tan head. Good lace retention, though the head dissipates quick.

Nose is decent: hints of mollases, malt, caramel and almonds.

Taste is sweetish, though not cloyingly so. I rather like this, but the mouthfeel is a bit too thin.

It's weird with that back of the mouth alchohol and raisiny . . . oops, I'm out, lemme get another bottle . . .

This is one that people either love or hate. I don't think there's much in-between. I'm in the "highly like" bordering on "love" camp. It would go nice with spicy foods like curry or Texas chili. A char-blacked burger laced with jalapenos would be perfect!

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2005 21:00:30 | More by bewley
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Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: can

10-17-2004 02:43:11 | More by Sammy
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Ontario (Canada)

2.63/5  rDev -25.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2004 19:01:06 | More by Shiloh
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New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2004 01:11:12 | More by Billolick
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New Hampshire

4.43/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a two-finger brown head that fades slowly and leaves a good lace. Totally black color. Medium carbonation and heavy bodied. Nose is a weak chocolate. Starts with a chocolate/coffee flavor and finishes sweet. Best brew I've had from the Caribbean. $1.80 for a 12 oz bottle; found at Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2004 01:03:54 | More by jdhilt
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Ontario (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -22.5%
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.

Serving type: can

07-05-2004 03:05:26 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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New York

4.6/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5


Holy Head!!! 3 inches of slight reddish brown head tops a black brew with some ruby qualities.


Chocolate, figs, coffee and more. My interest is definitely piqued.

Getting impatient waiting for that massive head to settle, but man was it worth the wait!!! Super sweet with chocolate and fig flavors as promised with an underlying coffee/port/sherry flavor that hints at the 6.6% alcohol. This one is definitely worth returning to again, and again.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2004 15:55:28 | More by cbl2
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3.15/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Royal Extra Stout was opaque dark brown with an alright dark coffee colored head. The lace wasn't too bad. The aroma was pleasant with hints of chocolate and coffee. It was on the sweet side with overtones of coffee followed by chocolate and a touch of caramel. Overall it was a bit mellow, missing the toasted taste I was expecting. The finish was slightly dry and bittersweet. A good change of pace style for a tropical brewery.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2004 21:22:17 | More by genaro
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3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Royal Extra Stout is matte black in color an "crowned" (so to speak) with a thin, biege head. It smells of burnt pine or hardwood. The beer starts smooth and expressive with a good range of subtle flavors. As it rest on the tongue, one realizes its full-bodied with charcoal, pepper, and a slight chocolate flavor. This brew then finishes with a flavor that is almost like spearmint, although it rolls first off the tongue with a fairly sweet note, then slides away with a stronging reminder of previous flavors. Royal's aftertaste is tough, but it fades rapidly. Worthy of Carib's billing for the beer as "the Lion Stout."

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2004 23:14:19 | More by theozag
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Quebec (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2003 13:57:07 | More by Phyl21ca
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Alberta (Canada)

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!

Serving type: can

11-15-2003 05:09:57 | More by Garin
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark color with a dark yellow (small) head and moderate lacing on the glass. It has a sweet aroma. The taste is very sweet and slightly carmelly. First drink was out of the bottle and it reminded me of coffee, but upon pouring and drinking out of a glass, I found it very complex and much more satisfying. One of the sweetest stouts I've had. The only real downfall is that the alcohol is very poorly masked.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2003 22:18:29 | More by clvand0
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Alberta (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Interesting brown mini bottle (275ml) with the silk-screened logo on it, makes it stand out right from the beginning. Big brown foamy head that lasts a while. This is a pitch black stout, like the tar pits. When held up to direct sunlight, no light could permeate it at all, there was just a tiny, tiny mahogany pinprick caught floating in the middle of it, trapped and suspended there forever. Nose is sweet, syrupy and boozy, reminds me of a maple porter I once made. Definite aroma of carmelized sugar in there. Taste is sweet sweet sweet. Malt highlights, definite lactose, blackstrap molasses, faint star anise, carmelized cane sugar, some type of boozy syrup. One could get lost in the kitchen sink of confectionaries found within this complex (yet undeniably sweet) stout. Very boozy, acidic mouthfeel and aftertaste, due to the high sugar content no less. Like candy. Worth a try, but I have to stop at one. If you have a lady friend you'd like to introduce to the wonderful world of stouts, this would be a great first step next to Young's Luxury Double Chocolate.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2003 20:20:22 | More by IronDjinn
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Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

When I first saw this at the LCBO, I thought "Aww, what a cute little bottle." I've never seen a 275mL bottle before, threw me off a little. Anyways, I bought it, poured it and am now reviewing it. Because their isn't much too pour, I used one of my minimugs I got from a PFD hockey game. Poured a deep, dark black with only slight shaded of red piercing through when held too the light. Big 3 finger head that lasted til the end, dissipating to a still impressive 1. Whoa, that got some molasses in it. When your nose can curve around the molasses, you can detect chocolate, coffee and a little rum. Perhaps the rum is apart of the molasses? Again, molasses/rum taste is overpowering. Good, but not well balanced. Coffee is battling alongside your tongue with chocolate malt making a fair attempt, but those molasses will not give up. Slippery, thin and slick mouthfeel. Little to no aftertaste whatsoever. Despite it's sweetness, this is very drinkable. I'll buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2003 10:51:34 | More by slitherySOB
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New York

4.3/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Perfect pour, sticky brown head clings to the last drop. Nearly opaque, black with flashes of burgandy in the light. Aromas of sweet fruit- raisins and such with some smokey alcohol notes much like an Imperial. Smooth and lush mouth feel, medium bodied, hugely complex, loaded with sugary fruit and licorice flavors mixed with alcohol, chewy brown bread and Maple syrup.
Remarakble tasty sweeet stout. Nice roasty / bitter aftertaste stays with you a while. Great sipping beer!

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2003 09:18:16 | More by Shiredave
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Alberta (Canada)

2.3/5  rDev -35.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2003 21:20:33 | More by lipschitz
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Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2003 08:39:38 | More by beerluvr
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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.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2002 18:58:21 | More by Todd
Royal Extra Stout from Carib Brewery Limited
81 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.