Mackeson Triple XXX Stout - Carib Brewery Limited

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very good

31 Reviews
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Reviews: 31
Hads: 99
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 5.13%
Wants: 12
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews: 31 | Hads: 99
Reviews by chinchill:
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3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (736 characters)

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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

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5/5  rDev +28.2%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of biboergosum
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (1,349 characters)

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
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. (1,237 characters)

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Marraybay
4.86/5  rDev +24.6%
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. (564 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
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. (257 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle, label says best before December 2012. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The brew smells like roasted malt, chocolate, and a bit of smoke. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's the addition of some lactose. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's smooth and slick with a good amount of carbonation. I think it's a good overall brew. Picked up a single at Liquor Barn. (463 characters)

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (607 characters)

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of metter98
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (606 characters)

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of gerite
3.86/5  rDev -1%
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. (776 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
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. (764 characters)

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Mackeson Triple XXX Stout from Carib Brewery Limited
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