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Mackeson Triple XXX Stout - Whitbread PLC

Mackeson Triple XXX StoutMackeson Triple XXX Stout

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

581 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 581
Reviews: 524
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.58%


Brewed by:
Whitbread PLC
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
XXX version is for the export market.

(Beer added by: Todd on 03-03-1998)
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kkipple

South Carolina

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
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S. - Sweet

T - Sweet dark stout

O - Excellent

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Mackeson Triple XXX Stout from Whitbread PLC
91 out of 100 based on 581 ratings.