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Mackeson Triple XXX Stout - Whitbread PLC

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Mackeson Triple XXX StoutMackeson Triple XXX Stout

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645 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 645
Reviews: 530
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 41
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Whitbread PLC
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 03-03-1998

XXX version is for the export market.
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Ratings: 645 | Reviews: 530
Photo of Sammy
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of brentk56
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
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

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.93/5  rDev -3%
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.

Photo of Knapp85
3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.61/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Photo of largadeer
3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Utterly black with a head so dark you'd think this was an Imperial Stout. The first pour gives about an inch of frothy head and generous amounts of sticky lace. Truly an impressive looking beer; I've seen stouts of twice the ABV that looked more feeble than this.

Smell - The aroma doesn't come out much until the beer has warmed to near room temperature. Notes of coffee, lactose and chocolate are noticeable but mild.

Taste - Coffee with cream is the first thing that comes to mind. Milk chocolate notes are present along with a hint of black licorice. Lactose flavors are up-front and provide both balancing sweetness and body. The finish is clean and mild with a sweet, milky aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Thick and chewy like a glass of whole milk; incredibly full-bodied for being less than 5% ABV. Lightly carbonated.

Photo of oberon
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Photo of emerge077
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
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!

Photo of zeff80
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Photo of nickfl
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Abundant, medium brown head with good retention and lace. Opaque black body.

S - Roasty and sweet with lots of chocolate. Some weak esters, otherwise clean.

T - Sweet and roasty with lots of coffee. Grainy bitterness in the middle with a malty bitterness in the finish.

M - Medium, slightly oily body with moderate carbonation and a sweet finish.

D - Not overly complex, but pleasant and drinkable. A good example of the style.

Photo of Jason
3.16/5  rDev -22%
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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Photo of Slatetank
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of russpowell
3.64/5  rDev -10.1%
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...

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Mackeson Triple XXX Stout from Whitbread PLC
90 out of 100 based on 645 ratings.