Mackeson Triple XXX Stout - Whitbread PLC
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Reviews by kkipple:
4.53/5 rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Ahh, Mackeson's Triple XXX. This is always a pleasure to drink and a standby for me. It's high time I review it.
Pours a deep deep black color with a reddish brown head. The head disappears quickly, leaving lots of tiny bubbles on the surface of the beer. Dare I say, it looks near as pretty as a Guinness.
Smell is sweet roasted malts, toffee, and what reminds me a lot of powdered milk. There's a slight alcohol tang to the nose that reminds me of whiskey.
What can I say; I just love the taste of this beer! Sweet, chewy malts, a milky creaminess, coffee, and a lingering bittersweet (but mostly sweet) malt aftertaste. Hints of cocoa and grapes. I've never tasted anything else quite like it.
Mouthfeel is creamy, filling, and crisp. It's heavy and slick, but not exactly smooth.
I'm giving this one high marks for drinkability. While I wouldn't classify it as a session beer, (as it is rather filling and quite sweet) it's good enough to drink a second immediately after the first. Also, it seems frighteningly easy to down a pint.
I can't end this review without mentioning that I'm constantly amazed at the cheap price on this beer. I can pick up a 6 pack for $5.50 locally, whereas Guinness runs closer to $7 -- for a far inferior beer in my opinion. Mackeson's is so good, so drinkable, and so cheap, that it's in endless rotation in my Beer Stash and should probably be in yours. There is really no excuse for not trying it!
Serving type: bottle
04-04-2006 17:45:31 | More by kkipple
More User Reviews:
4.99/5 rDev +22.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Mackeson's Tripple XXX Stout is a sweet Milk Stout and my favorite beer, even though I have not been able to purchase one for the past (i am guessing) 6 - 7 years. Since that time they have not sold the beer in MA and the distribution is very, very limited. I have heard about cases being shipped for $60 with the shipping cost.
I first tasted this beer in the Sunset Grille in Boston.
A. - Dark good head
S. - Sweet
T - Sweet dark stout
O - Excellent
Serving type: on-tap
02-09-2014 20:12:49 | More by gonzo000
3.98/5 rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Served chilled before drinking.
Appearance - Virtually black, opaque with a big 2 finger head that has solid staying power.
Smell - Coffee, bread, mild sweetness from perhaps some caramel. Not as potent as as expected all things considered.
Taste - Here's where this beer shines. Nice sweet mixture of coffee, chocolate, Although these flavors seem a bit subdues, it blends excellently with the overall roasty malt characteristics. The chocolate flavor in particular is more of a milk chocolate flavor. The bread flavors tend to meld together with a burnt toast flavor as well.
Mouthfeel - Smooth, medium bodied with moderate high carbonation.
Overall - Nice stout that is a touch sweeter than I prefer, but very tasty nonetheless and I understand why this beer was the "original" milk stout.
Serving type: bottle
01-17-2014 04:53:52 | More by DenisKolkin
3.8/5 rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
This may be THE classic milk/sweet stout, although technically XXX is a stronger version brewed in Trinidad, not the same exact beer as the lower ABV version from the UK. But whatever. Mackeson XXX pours an inky black hue, maybe just shy of dark brown, with red highlights at the bottom of the glass. Ample mocha colored head but this breaks down quite quickly. Smells like coffee extract, brown toast, iron oxide, a touch of smoke, a whiff of earthy English bittering hops. Palate is chocolate milk, butterscotch toffee, cold coffee, a little raisin and walnut, ample malt character and one can taste those earthy English hops just a bit as well. Silky smooth creamy body but not thick at all, high drinkability for such a dark beer. Finish is sweet and malty but not cloying ... There's a little husky astringency which provides a foil to the other components on the palate. My high ratings may reflect some bias towards sweet dark beers, and this one is super sweet, minimally bitter and not a dark chocolate and coffee bomb like some well-crafted stouts hailing from other styles. A pleasant diversion from my usual quest for hoppy and bitter (or malty and thick ... Although I suppose this one does evoke a chocolate and coffee milkshake).
Serving type: bottle
12-06-2013 02:46:13 | More by CalgaryFMC
Mackeson Triple XXX Stout from Whitbread PLC
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