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Mackeson Triple XXX Stout - Carib Brewery Limited

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BA SCORE
88
very good

85 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 13.2%
Wants: 12
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Carib Brewery Limited visit their website
Trinidad & Tobago

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: GodOfBeer on 06-12-2011)
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Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

djrn2, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

metter98, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -23.9%

ygtbsm94, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of kylehay2004
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: two finger head with decent retention on a deep brown body.

S: mosty dark chocolate with mild smoked malt notes.

T: very milky and creamy with lots of dark chocolate. Minimal toasted malts.

M: light to moderate carbonation. Medium bodied and smooth.

Overall: almost like a baileys consistency with mostly sweet tastes with little malt presence. Drinkable but simple and isn't trying to be a beer really.

kylehay2004, May 03, 2012
Photo of biboergosum
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

biboergosum, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +1.5%

nickfl, May 18, 2013
Photo of beernads
3/5  rDev -23.9%

beernads, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +26.9%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of woodychandler
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

woodychandler, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Georgiabeer, Sep 05, 2014
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.26/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Huhzubendah, May 04, 2013
Photo of biegaman
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

biegaman, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of chinchill
3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

chinchill, Apr 18, 2013
Photo of beertunes
3.24/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

beertunes, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of tobelerone
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

tobelerone, Oct 31, 2012
Photo of tone77
3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

tone77, Feb 13, 2014
Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

bluejacket74, May 12, 2012
Photo of Griffith
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Griffith, Feb 19, 2014
Photo of spinrsx
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

spinrsx, Jun 24, 2013
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5/5  rDev +26.9%

cdwil, Dec 29, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

smithj4, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of andrenaline
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

andrenaline, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of SadMachine
4/5  rDev +1.5%

SadMachine, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of barczar
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aggressive pour yields an opaque brown beer with a solid 2 finger head that dissipates slowly, like a boiling batch of toffee. Amber highlights are difficult to discern.

Aroma is nutty roasted malt, slightly acrid, with deep chocolate and a hint of sweetness.

Chocolate and bitter roast malt comprise the flavor backbone, with a surprising toffee sweetness to balance the bitterness. Far sweeter than anticipated. It reminds me of drinking the milk leftover from a bowl of cereal.

Body is moderately heavy, with fairly light carbonation. Finish is somewhat cloying.

Very different than any milk stout I've had. If you like your beer on the sweet side, give this a shot. Would have again...eventually...

barczar, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of RedneckBeerz
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

RedneckBeerz, Feb 06, 2013
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Mackeson Triple XXX Stout from Carib Brewery Limited
88 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.