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Mackeson Triple XXX Stout - Carib Brewery Limited

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BA SCORE
87
very good

92 Ratings
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Ratings: 92
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 13.55%
Wants: 13
Gots: 6 | 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:
Beer added by: GodOfBeer on 06-12-2011

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
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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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of thehyperduck
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
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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3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
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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4.44/5  rDev +13.6%
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!

Eric

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of metter98
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.47/5  rDev -11.3%
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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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
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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4.7/5  rDev +20.2%
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.

Enjoy!

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Mackeson Triple XXX Stout from Carib Brewery Limited
87 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.