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Mackeson Triple XXX Stout - Carib Brewery Limited

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Mackeson Triple XXX StoutMackeson Triple XXX Stout

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31 Reviews
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Reviews: 31
Hads: 102
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 24.74%
Wants: 13
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Carib Brewery Limited visit their website
Trinidad & Tobago

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: GodOfBeer on 06-12-2011

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle purchased at Beers of the World in Henrietta, NY.

This one pours a dark black, with a half inch foamy head, and a good amount of spidery lacing.

This one smells like milk chocolate, lactose, and a bit of caramel.

This is one of the classic milk stouts, and it shows. It isn't super bold, but it's still tasty, with sweet milk chocolate and lactose. Not a whole lot of roasted malt and grain here, which would have been the key to making this a legendary brew.

This is light bodied, not thin, but light on the palate, with a very creamy mouthfeel. Very drinkable.

A good but not great milk stout.

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Photo of Marraybay
4.86/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

For me, this is the holy grail of sweet stouts, my absolute favorite style of beer. I've searched high-&-low--and will continue the quest--but have yet to find anything that surpases its taste for me. If you like lacing, gigantic head, and smooth super sweet stout, look no further. As to whether InBev/Carib is doing the same justice with it that Whitbread did is debatable; Some have suggested the taste has changed with the various incarnations. I'm just happy to have it around no matter who's brewing it. Availability still seemingly a challenge however.

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Photo of seedyone
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

From bottle. A big departure from the hop heady stuff that dominates the taps & racks nowadays. Almost chewable in texture. Strides that area that's neither sweet nor bitter. Opaque. Black as a starless night. Meager head sustains as a thin film. Dark beige in color. Taste has all the elements of raisins & prunes with no sweetness at all. Add to that a rich espresso without a hint of bitterness & you have this most complex brew.

Worth chasing down for a lesson in the way things were. A true window into the past.

02/27/14 From bottle. An old friend from years ago. Thinner & slightly more bitter than the other age old stouts that shall remain nameless, this brand (1742 vs 1759) obviously comes from a time when things were more robust as the flavor is way more pronounced. Good to see you, old friend.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.27/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The bottle backlog continues to fall in the wake of my decision to eradicate bottles from at least my kitchen and perhaps from my inventory. I am awash in the daggum things and they are standing between me and The CANQuest (TM) and I will not abide it any longer. This one is courtesy of my local, in-person trader, tone77.

From the bottle: "The Original and Genuine".

Wow, a whole 330-ml.! I'll be done before I really get started. I really enjoy getting the darker beers started because once the heavy-handed pour begins, the pseudo-cascade is obvious. The resulting three fingers of dense, rocky, deep-tan/light-brown head with excellent retention resembled a chocolate milkshake. Color was a dense, dark-brown (SRM = 44), allowing zero light penetration. Nose was sweet, but raw, like molasses or brown sugar, with a slight underlying smokiness. The heavy lacing left behind by the head as it fell was going to require a jackhammer to remove later. Mouthfeel was full and creamy, very dense, like a dollop of it had been laid on my tongue. The taste was odd, slightly chocolaty, but with a smoky, oily bitterness, like carob. Carob from Carib! Finish was semi-sweet, but still more bitter than what I was expecting in a Sweet Stout.

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Photo of gerite
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.16 FL. OZ/330mL bottle poured into a pint glass at standard refrigerator temperature.

A: Pours very dark, almost completely opaque with a thick leathery tan head that leaves gobs of lacing.

S: Mild coffee, molasses and cola with a hind of licorice or star anise.

T: Sweet lactose flavor with sugar cane molasses. The taste is very similar to a Guinness milkshake (Guinness, chocolate ice-cream and Jamison's) without all that alcohol. Hard to believe it is only 4.9% ABV.

M: Medium bodied with a smooth creamy sensation. A little syrupy with low carbonation. Almost too easy to drink.

O: This beer is a good representation of a Milk Stout with the triple X being more on the milk that on the stout. May be too sweet for some, but I liked it as a good stand-alone beer.

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Photo of tone77
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is some malts, sweetness, a bit smokey. Taste is sweet, creamy, malts, some chocolate, tasty and enjoyable. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality brew.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with just the slightest glints of cherry on the edges. A huge rocky tan head lasts a good while, draping the glass in lace chunks on the way down. The aroma is of milk chocolate and trail mix with a light bit of coffee. The taste is of Nutella with a lactic sweetness mingling with a restrained roastyness. Its dryer than I was expecting, though hops are very diminutive, providing just some bitterness. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a light, sparse carbonation. The finish is of cocoa and a light fruityness.

Complex and not overly sweet, a very good milk stout that I’d recommend.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle from a six-pack picked up at the LCBO; best before June 2014. I tend to find these Caribbean export stouts to be very hit-or-miss, but this one's relatively high aggregate score (and, more importantly, the relatively low abv) suggest that this particular brew might sit rather well with me. Served slightly chilled.

Pours a deep brownish-black colour, completely opaque, and topped with two fingers of pillowy, frothy, tan-coloured head. Excellent retention; it recedes gradually and unevenly, leaving behind a lumpy, billowing cap and plenty of lacing. Looks great to me. The aroma is relatively enticing, but doesn't offer anything unusual or interesting for the style - milk chocolate and roasted malts comprise the bulk of the nose, with some minor notes of toffee and molasses. Definitely leans on the sweet side, as one would probably expect given the style.

Tasty stuff, with a straightforward flavour profile that shouldn't be challenging to too many palates. It's decidedly malt-forward, with the initial molasses and roasted barley flavours leading into some milk chocolate and lactose sugar notes. I get a bit of a root beer/cola vibe toward the finish. As for the aftertaste, it offers a pleasant mixture of roasted malts and lactose sweetness, with the latter lingering on the palate for a longer period. Medium-bodied - actually pretty thick for something of such low alcohol content, likely due to all the sugars used during the brewing process. Fortunately, this stout never even entertains the thought of becoming cloying - it's obviously fairly sweet, but the roasted barley balances it quite adeptly. The carbonation is a little high for my liking at first, but half-way through the glass it calms considerably and I am left with one tasty, smooth-drinking stout.

Final Grade: 3.84, a B+. Carib Brewery's Mackeson Triple XXX Stout is easily one of the best export stouts I've ever had the pleasure of trying, and at $13.00 per six-pack it's pretty good value, too. Potentially sessionable, but realistically I don't think I'd want more than 2 of these in a night; it's just too sweet. Any fan of (or anyone curious about) milk stouts/sweet stouts should consider this one worth a look, as this is a tasty, bare-bones example with no glaring faults. If this one's too light for you, consider trying this brewery's Royal Extra Stout - which has many of the same flavours, condensed into a higher-abv package. Cheers!

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Deep black pour with a creamy tan head the holds at a half inch crown. Lacing sticks to the glass in net-like gobs.

S: Mild coffee roast, soft char. Thick, black molasses. Chocolate truffles. Earthy yeast. Hint of black licorice. Cane sugar. Plum.

T: Sticky black molasses. Lots of plum and darkfruit. Carob. Iced coffee with double cream and sugar. Sugary lactose comes on strong middle to end with a pronounced cane sugar taste. Long, sweet and sugary finish.

M: Thick body, though not too heavy. Very round, creamy, and filling in the mouth. Syrupy and chewy as it sits longer on the tongue. Low carbonation.

O: This is the sweetest milk stout I've ever had, to the point that I fear I might contract diabetes after a glass. It also has that heavy extract-y Caribbean stout feel to it. Toning back the sweetness a bit would do a lot for it.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.44/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Glad to see this beer is back on the market again after production ceased for a few years! Got an 11.16 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. This beer is a a dark brown color with a nice thick light to medium brown colored head 1/2 inch thick when poured, settling to a nice surface coating about 5 minutes later along with a nice thick ring lining the inside of the glass. One of the darkest heads I have ever seen on any beer. This beer lets in no light whatsoever. Very nice lace. Sweet malty aromas with coffee, caramel and chocolate notes are present. Has a strong sweet chocolate malt flavor along with some caramel and a bit of coffee as well as a little vanilla. Amazing flavor profile. Rounded out with just the slightest bit of hop bitterness on the back end, but the sweetness dominates for sure. Has a very smooth, creamy, frothy, yet somehow still somewhat crisp, full bodied mouthfeel with a sort of milky texture to it along with moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink the way good beer like this should be. Probabley the best beer of this style I have ever had!


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Photo of metter98
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a thin tan head that died down, raving a thin head covering the surface and a large collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of lactose are present in the nose along with notes of cola.
T: The taste has a strong dose of lactose flavors along with notes of cola and a light amount of sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is a good representation of the style, although I wished that the taste was a little more complex and had flavors of chocolate and/or roasted malts.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.47/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a pint glass
Bottled June 2013

A - Pours almost opaque with 1.5 fingers of mocha head. Tightly weaves lacing left on the upper sides of the glass.

S - Fresh chocolate grains, earthy coffe grinds, raw sugar, some grassiness, sweet cola.

T - Black malts, roasted cocoa, rummy vanilla, lactose, sweet fruit, extra sweet cola, star anise, takes a turn at the end towards more of a rosted bitterness.

M - Light to medium bodied, slick feel, low carbonation.

Very sweet and malty, has some light roasty bitterness on the finish. Not bad. Wouldn't want more than 2 of these in a sitting.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $2

Appearance - Dark brown colour with a large size fizzy/frothy beige head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, grains

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and coffee. There are also some light smokey/burnt notes and a bit of a graininess. It ends with malty slightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall - A great appearance but not much of a scent. The taste is pretty well balanced (perhaps a little too sweet) and therefor not very exciting. A decent beer and fitting of the style I suppose. Just seems like there are better options out there.

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Photo of Bill92677
4.7/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My favorite beer.... I just love the thick, tasty brew - 40-weight beer at its best!

It used to be available in California at various locations - spotty, but available. Then Trader Joe's picked it up and it was ubiquitous. Then it just disappeared as the brewery in the midwest went belly up.

For years it was gone, but now is appearing up and down the east coast. Fortunately, I found a place that ships it all for a reasonable cost of about $69 a case total. See www.halftimebeverage.com.


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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer is opaque with a near black body. The head measures two inches thick, fades slowly and leaves ample lacing in its wake. The aroma offers chocolate milk, brown bread, biscuits. Smells great. The taste delivers what the aroma promised. A superb example of the style. No bitterness or lactic presence. So smooth and creamy on the palate. Lingering chocolate breads and doughnuts, though not at all too sweet. I'll be picking this up again.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours pitch black, finger of mocha head, some retention and nice sporadic lacing.

S - Rich mocha notes, toasted caramel, hints of cocoa, and an odd rubbery finish.

T - Sweet milk chocolate, dark cocoa, leafy greens, rich caramel, and the sweet cocoa notes linger on the finish alongside a touch of molasses and chewing tobacco.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and a touch of stickiness on the finish.

O - A tasty milk stout and a surprisingly quality brew coming from a brewery that I had previously thought had nothing but average brews.

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Photo of chinchill
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

33cl bottle from Trinidad, dated May 2013, served in a snifter. A moderate pour yielded a huge tan head that died down rather quickly but left the glass laced and a very durable partial top coat. Dark brown on the pour but an opaque black body with brown edges in the glass.

Aroma: nutty roasted malts and corn; fairly rich but not complex aroma of toasted grains with milky caramel.

Taste: Chocolate, medium and dark roast malt with a milky/toffee sweetness overwhelming a touch of underlying bitterness all the way to the aftertaste. A bit too sweet for me but ultimately leaving a pleasant aftertaste.

Medium-full body with well-chosen medium-light carbonation.

O: a bit sweet, even for a milk stout.. Good, rich dessert beer.

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Photo of biegaman
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mackeson XXX is a shade or two darker than hot chocolate but has the same kind of look: an opaque but not quite black complexion with an abounding topping of whipped froth. This super deep brown beer does sanction the odd highlight against the light and prooves very pro-lacing.

The aroma has a cocoa and powdered milk scent that reminds me strongly of Ovaltine and, even more strongly, of Maltesers candy. It shares the same corn syrup, malted milk powder, milk chocolate and honeycomb malt notes as the popular Mars confectionery.

The taste, indeed the beer writ large, can also be summed up by saying "liquid Maltesers". With an ingredients list that includes corn syrup, sugar, cocoa mass, lactose and malted barley extract, its similarities in flavour to the confectionery should come as no surprise.

Overlooking the stout notes, which are secondary anyhow, Mackeson XXX drinks something like a soft drink - it has a cola-caramel sweetness and sarsaparilla or root beer-like earthiness. Factor in the sugary powdered milk/cheap milk chocolate flavours and, while there's nothing inherently wrong with any of this, this beer will appeal primarily to a pretty undiscerning group.

Right now, at a movie theater somewhere in the Western world, some kid is probably paying $8 for a bag of tiny, solid, spherical (non-alcoholic) Mackeson XXX candies. After several rounds of sampling I fail to find much to this beer beyond its similarities to the Maltesers confection which, in fairness, is not a bad thing. In fact, I rather like it.

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Photo of WissBrauSean
3.29/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The beer pours pitch black with a one finger brown head that lasts throughout the drink and leaves a Mothra looking lacing pattern on the glass with antennae and all! Cool!

The beer has a roasted malt aroma evenly mixed with a milky sweet smell and maybe some caramel and vanilla going on.

The flavor is sickening sweet lactose and corn sugar with a caramel malt and a hint of roasted malts and perhaps some bread to it. At the end there is only a tiny hint of bitter dryness from some hops and for me, that is the most enjoyable part of this beer.

The mouthfeel is over the top sweet and extremely full with low to moderate carbonation. It leaves a film on my tongue.

Overall, this may be a good beer for the style, but I doubt it. It's my only sweet/milk stout so I can't really judge it to the others and going by the description on here it fills all the criteria, but I think more than necessary so I am going to give it an average score of 3 overall. Will I seek this out again? No. Only if I want to compare it with another one, but I don't like this beer.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330ml single bottle. Wow - made with mild sugar, more sugar, and caramel? Is that what the 'triple' in the name is alluding to?

This beer pours a solid black, with faint basal cola highlights, and three fingers of bulbous puffy, rocky light brown head, which leaves some decent striated rings of droopy lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of bittersweet chocolate, sugary powdered milk, lightly roasted bready grain, sweet earthy root - like off-brand cola, and a vegetal, rather woody hoppiness. The taste is a whole lot sweeter - cola-esque caramel, dollar store milk chocolate, a mild lactic sourness, toasted bready malt, a further sarsaparilla soft drink edginess, and earthy, weedy hops.

The carbonation is quite tame, just a wee tickle here and there, the body an adequate medium weight, a tad clammy from the sugar, but generally smooth, even a little creamy. It finishes still well on the sweet side, the milk sugar, cocoa, and caramel all overshadowing any inherent maltiness at this point. As for the hops - they be on island time, methinks.

A fairly equitable milk stout, even if it is heavily skewed towards the former, as the roasted and earthen notes make up enough time to keep things basically grounded. So, worthy if you've tired of 'dry' stouts, and feel the need to give your sweet tooth a bit of exercise.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I actually thought this one was British, the name fooled me.
This beer is actually pretty good but for me it was way, way too sweet. Once the beer starts to warm it really kicks up the sweets.
In the taste you can taste the robust malts and molasses. A smooth flowing velvetty feeling beer thats has an ever so sutle ashen feel.
This brew is really black too with a nice dense mocha head.
A good well round beer the only draw back being that it's really sweet.

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Photo of beertunes
3.24/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to Rampaige for this one. Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a solid black color with under 1/4 inch of tan head that had no retention and very light lace, although there were tons of tiny bubbles clinging to the side of the glass.

The aroma was mostly sweet and malty, with a bit of underlying grain. Pretty typical, in other words. The taste was pretty much the same, sweet, malty and bit of earthy grain. There was a touch of an odd funk at the back that some folks may enjoy more than I did.

The body was right where you'd expect it for the style, medium full and not heavy. Drinkability was good, the beer was consumed easily and enjoyably. Overall, a nice little beer. I suspect that while drinking light, yellow brews on the beach all day, this would make for a very pleasant change of pace. Worth trying if you see it.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A little personal history about this beer. It was one of the beers that first got me into craft. However, it stopped being imported for a while for reasons others would know a lot more about. This is the "new" imported version from Carib brewery.

12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a frothy, chocolate colored head with good retention. Beer is pitch black. Lacing is thick, spotty, and stringy with decent stick. Oily legs. Definitely a looker.

Nose is chocolate, lactose, sugar, roasted malt and coca cola. Like I remember. Deliciously heavy on the milk sugars.

Opens sweet lactose, plum, cocoa powder and chocolate. A lot maltier than I remember. Some roasted malt graininess in the back finished off by more lactose sweetness and a light sprinkling of coffee. Sweet aftertaste. Decent but not as good as I remember.

Light bodied with moderate to low carbonation. Slick and silky in the mouth and smooth going down. Mellow finish with a lingering aftertaste. Nice.

This beer is a lot less balanced than I remember. Huge chocolate and lactose backbone with very little roasted malt and cocoa bitterness to even things out. Decent because the feel is still very solid but overall I'm a bit disappointed revisiting this one.

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Photo of tranehead
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours inky black with nice tan head. Nose is slightly chocolatey/coffee-ish but somewhat muted. first quaff sort of fills the mouth. MUCH more body and flavor than the nose belies. Creamy mouthfeel that leaves a mild lingering slickness on the back of the tongue. A mild hint of sweetness that's not overdone. I've had the Left Hand and this is a little less sweet. Nicely balanced and overarchingly quaffable. And my local co-op got a great deal and it's $6.49 a six. Man... I'm gonna help them run out of it!

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Photo of tobelerone
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer really did the trick for me during a recent stint in the caribbean when there was little else to chose from, beerwise, that wasn't skunked fizzy macro lagers. I used to love this beer in the early 1990's and although this is brewed in the islands I believe it comes pretty close to the UK-brewed milk stout of yore.

Pours inky black with a creamy head of good size and retention. Decent sticky lacing remains on the glass. Aroma is mild but still has milk chocolate and cafe con leche notes and a restrained roastiness; very much in line with the style. The flavor follows closely; ample smooth lactose sweetness, like a chocolate milkshake with touches of coffee; lightly roasted malt character and just a little bit of bitterness on the finish.

Body is medium to slightly light; moderate carbonation, nicely smooth and creamy feel. Good take on the style, packs a decent amount of flavor, easy to drink, a real life-saver in a world of simply terrible beers.

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Mackeson Triple XXX Stout from Carib Brewery Limited
86 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.