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Royal Extra Stout - Carib Brewery Limited

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Royal Extra StoutRoyal Extra Stout

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Ratings: 134
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 16.06%
Wants: 10
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Trinidad & Tobago

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-18-2002

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Ratings: 134 | Reviews: 99
Photo of spinrsx
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a black/brown colour with a very large size frothy light brown coloured head. I can't see much carbonation due the darkness of the beer and there is some good lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for 6 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Chocolate, malts, smoke, grains

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a low amount of carbonation and it feels a little thin on the tongue. I can taste chocolate and caramel mixed with malts and a roasted/smoke taste. There also seems to be a but of a sweet cherry flavour. It finishes with a roasted and smokey aftertaste.

Overall – Good not great.. It was quite drinkable but it was just a little thin and lacking the big flavour that I'm used to with this style of beer. Happy I tried it, but I'll grab something else next time.

Photo of JohnnyChicago
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Pours a beautiful near-black with a nice head. The head, unfortunately doesn't stick around too long.

S: Smells sweet! Sticky molasses and dark chocolate fill the nose. There are hints of roasty grains and maple syrup as well.

T: Sticky, malty and sugary. Hops are barely perceptible, but they do cut the sugar a bit. Dark fruits and esters come through in the finish.

D: It is a tad cloying, but not unbearably so. I think I'll have another one...but just one more. Alcohol is mildly present and mouthfeel is about average.

Overall: You know, this claims to be a sweet stout, guess what it delivers? That's right, a SWEET stout! No complaints here. Its a dessert in a glass and not something I could drink every day, but it definitely has its place in the beer world. Buy this one for your sweet tooth and you wont regret it.

Photo of HalfFull
3.36/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Photo of fostachild
4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pitch dark color, lots of brown head - decent retention.

smell is good. typical chocolate, coffee, with a slight alcohol/bitterness.

taste is super sweet upfront. but well balanced with chocolate, coffee, and malt. good carbonation, incredibly smooth and drinkable.

overall, an above average stout that is not too strong but also not too weak - would definitely recommend.

Photo of Agold
2.79/5  rDev -21.4%
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.

Photo of Guden
3.93/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Photo of Kitt
4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

deep, dark chocolate colored with one-finger off-white head

Aroma, a rich licorice

Rich sweet flavored of burnt chocolate and caramel

Mouthfeel smooth and medium-bodied

Drinkibility very easy, creamy and smooth; lingers just long enough

A fine rich stout

Photo of AnPiobaire
2.69/5  rDev -24.2%
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!!!

Photo of SisuPride
4.01/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It had been several weeks since I've had a beer and the Royal Extra Stout welcomed me back - hopefully this fact won't cloud my tastebuds. The beer poured very dark with a tan-brown head. It looked good. The head fizzled down rather quickly. The beer smelled good - almost a faint faint hint of spice which was unexpected. It tasted good - different from what I expected but I guess I never had a stout from Trinidad before. It was not overly sweet or flavorful but wasn't lacking. Not as chocolate or coffee like as many other stouts - so I have to give it props for originality. Went down easy - I wish the head would have lingered but a solid beer.

Photo of foogerd
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Midnight black opaque body, one inch coffee colored head, leaves over some lacing.

S- Smells really sweet, a sweetness I would describe as milk and sugar. Some caramel in the middle, roasty coffee aroma, nice smell overall.

T- Sweet, almost like a bitter milkshake type of sweetness. The bitterness I would describe as coming from light coffee and light chocolate flavors, but it seems more to meld with the lactose notes, to create this sweet bitter dark chocolate shake.

M- Fullness and high carbonation add to the shake sensation.

D- Full of taste would be great as a desert beer the alcohol cant be found here, a real gem of a brew thats underrated.

Photo of woodychandler
3.91/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of my frequent traders, tone77, dropped off some bottles for me the other day, having noticed that I am on a short CAN hiatus. Cool!

The two fingers' of head generated by my pour were both thick and deep-brown. This is what stout should look like, lemme tell you! The color was that of black ink, allowing ZERO light penetration. Nose was slightly sweet, not outright chocolaty sweet, more towards bittersweet with a mild smokiness. The head feel rather quickly, leaving some nice lacing in its wake. Mouthfeel was medium and it was much more like milk chocolate in the mouth. Sweet, indeed. Finish was still very sweet, putting me in the mood for something to offset it. It would work as a dessert beer or as a balance to something bitter, but one was plenty for me by itself.

Photo of morebeergood
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I wanted to try as many different beers as I could in St. Martin/St. Maarten, and the main choices were pale lagers and stout. Guinness was the stout that most bars on the island featured. But I found this beer for sale at L'Epicierie de la Plage on Boulevard Grand Case for $1.50 each. This was stout #3 that I sampled. Poured into a tall glass. Appearance was dark brown with a tan head. Smell was like roasted chocolate. Tasted like a great stout, but wow -- this milk stout is sweet. Almost a sugary coating on the palate. You'd never guess 6.5% abv. Goes down so smooth due to it's sweet flavor, but this is more of a dessert stout that anything. The best example of a "beach stout" (if that's a term) that I found on the island.

Photo of tone77
3.8/5  rDev +7%
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.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.4/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer has a medium, beige head and a very dark brown appearance, with moderate to low carbonation. The aroma is chocolaty and dark roasted, in other words, really nice. The taste is delicious, sharp, and of dark coffee, with chocolate notes. Mouth-feel is heavy. This finished wet and full. Oh, I loved drinking this one. I highly recommend a sampling of this product.


Photo of wordemupg
2.61/5  rDev -26.5%
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

Photo of sholland119
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a very deep brown to black with a thin mocha head and some decent lacing.

S-Sweet with a marshmallow undertone.

T-A lot of sweet malt in the front, almost cotton candy sweet. A bit of roastiness in there somewhere and then sweet to finish.

M-Light side of medium bodied with nice carbonation.

D-Not bad but a bit too sweet; otherwise forgettable.


Photo of droomyster
4.21/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a fascinating beer. Its appearance is average: black body with a thin tan head that doesn't hold up well. Its body is disappointingly thin. Its nose and palate, however, are luscious. Surprisingly sweet and cocoa-ish, the way I expected a "sweet stout" to taste like before I actually tried a few of them. Nice layering of sweetness with roastiness. Ultimately its flavor is not balanced but favors sweetness in a way that I find fascinating and delicious.

Photo of ColdBeer30
4.23/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Atop an almost opaque black brew sat a mocha colored somewhat thin head after being transferred to a glass. A full ring of lacing was present throughout drinking. Carbonation appeared very mild.

Bringing the beer to your nose sweet malts jump out at you first followed by toasty malts and bittersweet chocolate and coffee aromas.

Tasting the beer the ingredients are relatively well balanced but fall flat a bit at the end. The taste mimics its smell well. Roasted malts and coffee come through first. Dark chocolate peaks out shortly in the middle but the finish is odd to me. The finish is thin for a stout and alcohol is not blatant but noticeable. I can only describe it as molasses and coffee grounds in a way that is reminiscent of Myers Dark Rum. (Actually I liked it)

Mouthfeel: Robust medium body at first but a little watery at the end. Beer was mildly carbonated.

Drinkability: The thin finish on the end, though not typical of stouts and a bit disappointing, actually raises the drinkability significantly. Eventually it will sit heavy on your stomach but as far as throwing several back in one sitting you're good to go.

Photo of cjgator3
2.56/5  rDev -27.9%
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.

Photo of Beejay
3.93/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.24/5  rDev -36.9%
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.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - pours opaque, a thin but creamy mocha head on top. Good sticky band of lace up top and a fine veil down the glass.

Aroma - fairly deep sniff of roasted grain and coffee. Simple, and good.

Taste - the roast has an earthy graininess to it, along with the lacto-sweetness, making an interesting combination. A whisper of balancing hops on the swallow, resolving to some good roasty grain and coffee notes on the aftertaste. Steady flavors throughout. The carbonation pushes a bit of a soda water flavor at points, but still good.

Mouthfeel - properly smooth and slightly viscous body, appropriate for the style. As noted above, the carbonation affects the flavor a bit, or it's teaming up with another trait and is a bit distracting.

Drinkability - tasty enough stuff, if not for that odd seltzery note, I'd thumbs-up this guy for a session candidate, sweetness and all.

Photo of ATPete
3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle

Pours a deep brown color with a medium sized tan head. Sweet malts in the nose not too much else. Smooth, mild flavor. Smokey malts a little coffee, very sweet, no bitterness. Chalky, medium body, decent drinkability. Glad i was able to try it but i dont think i'd ever purchase.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.08/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Strong, smoky aroma has an undertone of fine coffee and more than a hint of molasses. It pours a dark, nearly opaque sable with a fairly thick and fine-bubbled tan head. Tingly, smoky flavor is rather sweet but not cloying and has a molasses overtone and coffee, chocolate and nutty hints. Texture is delightfully tingly and fairly smooth.

Photo of Clydesdale
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Opaque black color with a very large, foamy, sticky, and rocky brown head. Retention is excellent, with great, attractive lacing.

S: Some chocolate, molasses, and dark fruit (black currant/plum). Some leathery and vinous notes. A little lactic character as well.

T: Quite sweet - molasses, refined sugar, even maple syrup flavors. Lactic notes are present, adding more sweetness. Some semisweet chocolate and weak coffee as well. Some mild roasted malts. Again, leathery and dark fruit notes. It gets a little vinous into the finish.

M: Rather light, all things considered. Carbonation is fairly subdued. A wet, sweet, syrupy feel overall.

D: This is pretty complex and definitely interesting. A touch too sweet, even for the style. This one tastes sugary like a soft drink at times. Still, a very unique beer and something worth trying if you haven't ever had it before.

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Royal Extra Stout from Carib Brewery Limited
81 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.