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Mackeson Triple XXX Stout - Whitbread PLC

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626 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 626
Reviews: 528
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.85%
Wants: 36
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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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4/5  rDev -1.2%

dental, Apr 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

petermethot, Mar 30, 2014
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5/5  rDev +23.5%

Frobozz, Mar 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Griffith, Feb 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

hilgart1, Feb 17, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -38.3%

guzzleacoldone, Feb 15, 2014
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4.91/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | 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

gonzo000, Feb 09, 2014
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3/5  rDev -25.9%

JasonTaverner, Jan 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

williamjbauer, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of DenisKolkin
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

DenisKolkin, Jan 17, 2014
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3/5  rDev -25.9%

Cluker, Jan 10, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

cd_beer_disapear, Jan 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

drbenderdo, Jan 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

BradT, Dec 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Pog-Mo-Thoin, Dec 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

jaydoc, Dec 14, 2013
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3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
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).

CalgaryFMC, Dec 06, 2013
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5/5  rDev +23.5%

MaddDogg84, Dec 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

BillRoth, Dec 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

dbaker61, Nov 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

chicagoish, Nov 14, 2013
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4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Small light brown head fades to a decent lacing above a dark blackish colored stout.

A pleasant classic dark chocolate to coffee aroma.

A slight burnt dark chocolate malts taste.

A slight bitter dry aftertaste with some of the dark chocolate malts tastes lingering on with this full bodied beer.

A healthy nice full drink, gotta love'm.

LXIXME, Nov 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

2dogbrew, Oct 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Bunuelian, Sep 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

LJWalker, Sep 03, 2013
Mackeson Triple XXX Stout from Whitbread PLC
90 out of 100 based on 626 ratings.