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Mackeson Triple XXX Stout - Whitbread PLC

Mackeson Triple XXX StoutMackeson Triple XXX Stout

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579 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 579
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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Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A damn good stout. Toasty rather than roasty, with sugar yet not too sweet. Licorice aroma, Bit of grain. Smooth, clean, without the heaviness, oil, or bitterness of other stouts. Understated carbonation, chocolate, toffe and coffee works. Satisfying, balanced.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2004 05:41:05 | More by Sammy
Photo of BuckeyeNation


4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Raven with light brown highlights. The several finger head is milk chocolate brown and displays frothy bubbles on top and tight bubbles where foam meets glass. It falls slowly, leaving a decent, but not an abundant, amount of lace. The nose reminds me of an Imperial stout, but it isn't quite as strong. I smell roasted black malt with plenty of espresso, dark chocolate and blackstrap molasses; all hints of good things to come.

I like the flavor, yes I do. Again, it reminds me of a less assertive Imperial stout that is much sweeter and much creamier. Hey, I think I just described a Milk/Sweet Stout. It's a very nice flavor profile, one that I haven't run across before. Just as in the nose, the flavor is of espresso, chocolate and molasses laced with sweet cream. The body is medium in heft and is a great match for the taste. I usually like more full-bodied beers, but this one is fine just the way it is. Incredibly drinkable.

Mackeson Triple XXX was a pleasant surprise; I'll definitely be buying it again. Although I haven't had many Milk/Sweet Stouts before, this one seems to embody the style as well as, or better than, any other.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2004 00:28:38 | More by BuckeyeNation
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South Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Have my father in law to thank for this one. I had honestly never thought to even try it. Grabbed this one out of the fridge and it pored a deep thick and opaque black with about a two inch layer of thick tan head on the top. This took a good long while to settle and by the time it did the entire glass was thickly coated in a tan frothy mess of lace down the sides. The aroma was very pleasant. Lots of notes of chocolate and coffee, but not very sweet, more of a burnt coffee, dark chocolate type of aroma with a hint of some grain like back to it. The taste followed along the same lines. The first initial flavor was a deep roasted malt, which was followed up almost immediately by a burnt coffee type flavor. The finish was very dry and rounded out well with a deep dark chocolate feel. Very thick on this one and also very nicely carbonated. By no means was this at all flat in any way. Good creamy feel and enough body to make this a good sipper. ABV was pretty low, and aside from how filling it was you could have more then one in a session. Overall this was pretty decent for a somewhat macro stout. I was actually quite surprised as I had never really given it much thought before. Would definitely dry one again some day, seemed more then decent and a good call.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2007 01:03:34 | More by mikesgroove
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North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours an inky black body with a fluffy tan head; retention is not great, however, and there is not much lacing

Smell: A modest whiff of milk chocolate

Taste: Starts out very chocolatey, with a lot of sweet milk flavors blended in; a little coffee bitterness appears on the finish along with some vanilla

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with modest carbonation

Drinkability: When you feel a craving for chocolate but want to drink a beer, try this one and satisfy both cravings at once

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2006 00:07:20 | More by brentk56
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3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Such a beautiful beer. For when you want the flavor of a serious stout but without the agressiveness or harshness. The perfect black nearly opaque colors. Dainty tan head that laced really well. Soft roasted and sweet aromas with slight lactic tones. Tastes highly malty and silky smooth. Syrupy texture holds soft flavors of coffee, cocoa, roastiness, breadiness, and cream. Lactic acids provide slight souring, but not off-putting. Hops balances against the sweetness, but adds no flavor, aroma, or obvious bittering. Finishes lightly sweet and quicker than one might think.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2005 16:10:00 | More by BEERchitect
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3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a grand black color with a rich, frothy caramel-colored head.

Smell: Roasted grains and sweet sorghum joined with a striking, flowery anise scent.

Taste: AAaaahahhahaa. Sweet. No, seriously, it's rather sweet, with flavors of plum, toffee, root beer. Negligible traces of soy cover the tongue. Finishes dry and noticeably powdery. Contrary to other milk stouts I've tried, this one lacks that sour milk 'kick' I've previously encountered within the style.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and creamy, but with a constant cola-like aftertaste.

Drinkability: A excellent choice for a low-ABV go-to stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2006 03:36:23 | More by ChainGangGuy
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North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured pitch black with nice caramel colored head,very sweet bitter chocolate smell.Very sweet earthy chocolaty taste,maybe a bit to sweet but is very good.Low in strength wich makes it very drinkable,drinking one as I write this.Sweetest beer I think I have ever had.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2003 19:11:51 | More by oberon
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3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

When I first tasted this I felt it lacked an enormous amount of character from my initial experience with it years ago. I was quite surprised, and somewhat confused. When I went to enter my review for it, I noticed that it's now brewed in the US, which explains the difference. "Brewed in Cincinatti, OH". That also explains why the Whitbread I'd just tasted was also quite different. That said...
Opaque, black in color with a creamy head and a good collar which leaves some very nice lace. The aroma is richly caramel and lightly cocoa-ish with no roastiness or hops. The body is thin-medium (much lighter than I remember), with a limited carbonation level and a silky mouthfeel. The flavor is more of sweet caramel and toffee than chocolate or roasted malts. The finish is clean and smooth with a lightly sweet, lingering caramel malt. Very one-sided, and much thinner than I remember. Still, very rich. Makes a nice dessert beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2002 19:27:42 | More by NeroFiddled
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4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep and dark, fully ebon in appearance, gifted with a thick, rich, creamy cocoa head...nice. We're in for a stout, here...

Aroma: massive malt, huge chocolate, hints of maple, as well, deep cocoa dominates, a sweet, heady mix going on in this.

Taste: thick, big, full...commands the mouth. takes complete control, sweet and milky, creamy, yep, this is a comforting brew. Mellow and relaxing, ...man, I like it!
Mouthfeel is divine, wonderful, mellifulous, what else can be said...a sweet, tasty treat that can't be beat, but well-balanced, Hell, nearly perfect.

For reasons unknown to my meager mind, this was my first taste of this ale, after all my years of imbibement, and now it has catapulted straight to the top of my favorites. Don't be as dumb as I was, grab a 6-pack and have a wonderful time. Wow, this is fine.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2005 10:16:45 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of emerge077


3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brewed and bottled in Cincinnati OH.

Pours black with a frothy cappucino head. Bubbles even look milky...
Sheets of lace form on the sides of the pint glass. Tan foam rises to the 3-finger mark.

Smell in the glass doesn't amount to much when chilled, only a faint roasty malt. When swirling the dregs in the bottle, there was a plummy smell, like a Baltic Porter.

Taste is rich and roasty, multi-dimensional. On one hand, it's smooth and velvety in mouthfeel, but is backed up by a host of flavors. Charred chocolate cookie, earthy yeast, lactic fullness all come around in a big way. Slightly too sweet to give it higher marks for taste.

This is a perfect session stout if you are so inclined. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2007 02:47:34 | More by emerge077
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3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brewed in Ohio? WTF?? Will not let that sway my vote

Pours likes like 10 year old motor oil (black & thick) with a massive brown head. Drops off over time. No head retention, hint of lacing

Smell: Some caramel notes, &alcohol

Taste; Roasted grain & bitter chocolate. Molasses-like sweetness, some lactose notes. Dry/sweet finish, actually bugging a filling

MF: A little thin and undercarbonated, but otherwise balanced with hints of smoothness

Pretty drinkable, but too sweet to make a session brew. Good intro sweet stout...

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2006 04:34:02 | More by russpowell
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New York

4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark black color with a thick brown head that lasts. The aroma is good. It is sweet and creamy with a large amount of chocolate and black malts. The taste is great. It is extremely sweet and smooth with a chocolate flavor. This is really good. It has a really sweet taste, probably achieved by the use of lactose (an unfermentable milk sugar). The mouthfeel is perfect. It is a full bodied beer with the right amount of carbonation. This is one of the best stouts I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2004 01:37:43 | More by WesWes
Photo of zeff80


4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle

It pours out a deep, dark black tone with a cloudy, thick head. It has a very chocolately taste. There is a slight coffee taste to it as well. The mouthfeel is very soft and smooth. It is quite drinkable, but not too many at a time. That might be to much chocolate.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2006 00:10:56 | More by zeff80
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3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a rating for the beer brewed under contract in the USA.

Pours a deep black color and is topped by a strong creamy brown head. Aromas of burnt malt and coffee dominate the aroma. A roasted burnt flavor up front which finishes with a sweetness mixed by an acidity from the roast malt character. It is like a strong bitter coffee up front but then finishes like a coffee with a bunch of cream and sugar added. The last sensation, after the beer has left my mouth, is an astringency from the burnt character. The sweetness from the lactose balances the strong roast/ burnt character, which otherwise would overwhelm this beer. I actually like this beer a lot more than I was expecting too.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2004 03:09:13 | More by Gueuzedude
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3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I remember buying this beer because I liked the look of the label. The red black and white was very attractive to me. I picked up a bottle back in April of 2008 and enjoyed it quite a bit. The beer poured out as a really nice black color with a thin tan head on it. The smell of the beer has some creamy wooden barrel aromas coming off of it along with some sweet roasted coffee and chocolate. The taste was creamy and had a very nice flavor all the things I mentioned from the smell. The mouthfeel was slick and creamy. Overall I'll miss this beer, had no clue it was retired till now. Maybe I'll stumble upon some again one day down the road and get to try it again.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 18:53:41 | More by Knapp85
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United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was very surprised to find this in Tobago.

The label said 'THE ORIGINAL AND GENUINE IMPORTED EST 1742' but in small print it claimed it was brewed and bottled at Carib etc, etc (for Interbrew UK Ltd).

275ml Brown bottle poured into a half-pint tumbler on the hotel balcony.

Really dark, jet black in fact, with a good deep tan head.

Chocolate aroma, sweet dark caramel, malty too.

Rich, thick and creamy in the mouthfeel, treacle flavours came through as well.

A lovely drink, just as good as the real Mackeson that I remember from my youth.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2008 19:05:57 | More by BlackHaddock
Photo of RblWthACoz


4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had no expectations for this one, but was extremely surprised when I tried it. The combination of coffee and chocolate flavors are so well balanced and the taste overall is so smooth (as is the feel) that I can’t really think of how it could improve.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 04:04:04 | More by RblWthACoz
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4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark ruby almost black body with a nice two finger sized tan dark brown head the foam startst to dwindle leaving behind fine lacing around the glass that forms the same way with each sip. Aroma: A sharp sweetness arises with the dark roasts backing it the lactose sugar has a sharp acidic quality about it in the nose. Taste: A great mix of bitter sweet the lactose milkiness is amazing in this brew that creamy sugary tone is upfront and I am loving it like a malt or milkshake very good then the bitter deep roasted barley tones come around with the likes of chocolate and coffee tones very nice brew. Mouthfeel: A tad thinner than expected definitely lighter bodied compared to most stouts but this one has that trademark whipped cream like sweetness. Drinkability: Very dessert esque like a whipped cream I am a fan I personally believe this is the best cream stout I have tasted in my day. Very drinkable not too sweet or acidic perfectly balanced a must try in the realm of any stout.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2003 17:59:47 | More by WVbeergeek
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4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An all-around great beer.

Pours a nice chocolate brown head over near black.

Very nice smell, typical sweet stotu with hints of chocolate.

Roasted to perfection. Its just sweet enough and has a slightly dry finish. Very well balanced.

Slight carbonation is just right, feels nice and smooth like a sweet stout should.

These can be very filling, but its still a great drinking beer if you're not going nuts.

There's nothing spectacular in it, but its still a great beer. Lovely taste and feel, goes well with desserts. Recommended for anyone that likes their beer a little thicker and sweeter.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2005 01:58:40 | More by tempest
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New York

3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, with no dating. Pours black with a dark tan puffy head. Nose is sweet malt and coffee notes. Medium body, creamy smooth mouthfeel. Flavor notes include sweet malt, coffee, toffee. light chocolate, also some sugary, burnt flavors present. This is a tasty and interesting stout, worth seeking out an enjoying.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2004 11:30:37 | More by Billolick
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New Hampshire

4.83/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent stout and seems to taste the same as the original brewed in London. Thick creamy head, almost black, smooth sweet/roasted flavor, good mix of hops.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2002 19:13:45 | More by jdhilt
Photo of Jason


3.15/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A gift from the beer gods, though I am giving it a lower score due to the fact that it is brewed in the US and it is not half as good as the real stuff.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2001 19:35:23 | More by Jason
Photo of Zorro


4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Pours a coal black fluid that was impervious to all my attempts to pass light through it.

Smell is very fruity and full of chocolate and coffee scents, mild sour note to the smell too. Combines the best of a stout and a top of the line British pale ale.

Mildly sweet and full flavored while avoiding the harsh burned taste that some stouts have. Taste starts mild and very fruity in flavor and then goes to chocolate and coffee. An excellent brew to introduce those scared of stouts to the style.

Mouthfeel is quite good.

Super drinkable brew with a delightful flavor, a great beer for those afraid of dark beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2004 01:37:17 | More by Zorro
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4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is pitch black with a tanned head that dissolves fairly fast. Aroma is pleasantly sweet. Initial taste is full of the sweetness brought on by the lactose. Very smooth and highly drinkable. Has a very soft and lightly bodied mouthfeel considering its very dark appearance.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2009 21:32:47 | More by stakem
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4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Despite being English in name, this beer that's sold in the states is brewed in Cincinnati. The one positive about that is this can be found at a good price. On to the beer:

Pours thick and black, a gorgeous brown head forms on top. It's too bad the retention is nothing special. Good stuff in the smell - fudge, chocolate syrup, and roasted coffee. One word can describe the taste, delicious. Light sugary flavor with cocoa blended into bitter roasted malts. It's almost like overloading your coffee with creamers. The sweet flavor however slows down how fast you can consume this stuff. A good beer to have after finishing my chocolate lava cake dessert.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2007 19:00:07 | More by DoubleJ
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Mackeson Triple XXX Stout from Whitbread PLC
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