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Mackeson Triple XXX Stout - Whitbread PLC

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640 Ratings
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Ratings: 640
Reviews: 529
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.85%
Wants: 38
Gots: 17 | 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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Photo of Onceeven
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle.
Is it just me or is this stout blacker than the rest? It just seems ridiculously black. A finger thick coffee colored head sat atop eventually leaving a thick ring and spotty lacing.
Intriguing smell of vanilla & sweet chocolate, coupled with the wonderful aroma of roasted malt.
Mouthfeel is everything I'd expect from a stout, sufficently thick, but not syrupy.
The taste starts smooth, creamy, & chocolaty, then the roasted malt flavor pulls through coupled with faint acidic bitterness. Ends as smooth as it began with vanilla/cream aftertaste.

All in all, a very interesting brew and a great stout. I'll be picking up this one again for sure.

Photo of mntlover
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Liked this stout for years even though its brewed in US now it still hits the spot. Good cream stout as good as any I have enjoyed.Brew looks good and dark nice smooth creamy feel and taste. Mouthfeel good be heavier. Brings back old memories way before I new what a BA was but enjoyed good beer just the same.

Photo of kbub6f
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The head is dark brown/tan, noisy and doughy. It leaves swoops of lacing. The beer is dark black with red/brown highlights when held tight to bright light. A sweet, sweet milk chocolate nose hides some bitter cocoa. The front is sweet toffee and milk. Sugar creeps in with chocolate and some butter in the thinnish middle. The finish is somewhat bitter with tangy, tart fruit. A touch metallic when cool. This is a really tasty beer. I found it a little too sugary/watery through the middle, but it's very enjoyable.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
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 Billolick
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Photo of BeerAngel
4.95/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours like used motor oil and is nearly as black only with garnet highlights where the light tries to peak through. Even with the attempt of a moderately gentle pour, it still managed to make a 2-1/2 finger layer of tan dense foam. Beautiful! It has a bold roasty malt aroma with underlying bitter chocolate and coffee. Mouthwatering! The taste is a sweet cocoa and bitter chocolate with a hint of coffee, hops, and tapers to a sweet chocolate milk finish. Unreal! This is a medium to heavy bodied brew that is like silk. Classic! I believe despite it's rich character, I could flow through these like the wind. Wow! Did I mention that this was good! Cheers!

Photo of Southernbrew
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours midnight black, nice chocolate colored head.

Very strong bitter chocolate scent, slight molasses as well. Light alcohol scent also.

Full body, very smooth. Very assertive feel. Blending of caramel, chocolate, some roasted flavor, and a touch of sweet milk. Light bitterness as well. Finishes dry.

Truly a fantastic stout. So smooth and creamy. I enjoyed it with a slice of cheesecake and it went beautifully.

Photo of marcellaproust
2.98/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

For stout lovers, this beer may disappoint. As another reviewer puts it, it's dessert in a bottle. But I'm not sure that dessert is what most beer connoisseurs are looking for in their drink. The mouthfeel/texture is like French Silk pie...silky and slick. The taste is overwhelmingly chocolatey: there's not enough bitterness to really make a claim for coffee flavors, unless it's one of those "coffee drinks" or liquified sundaes they serve up at Starbucks. The aroma is promising -- it smells like it could be a rich but balanced stout. Yet without the backbone of hoppiness on the finish, this stout becomes pretty monotone about half way through. I'd say it's a great beer to suggest to non-beer lovers: the kind of folks (unfortunately, many women I am ashamed to admit) who either get the blandest tasting mainstream lite beer or opt for a sweet cocktail just to remain part of the crowd. And there's nothing wrong with that!

Photo of GuinnessSmurf
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Do you like chocolate? You know you do!!!!

Well, assuming that you do like chocolate, and you aren't afraid of your beer tasting on the sweet and filling side, this beer has a lot to offer.

Pours into the glass a rich brown color. The head is a tinted sort of wet sand color that, although foamy, doesn't stick much to glass. It smells like chocolate, with hints of coffee and some sort of red fruit smell (like cherry, or raspberry). The flavor is really intense. Brace yourself - chocolate thickness all over the place. I mean, this may be the heaviest chocolate malted beer I've ever had (even more so than the Young's Double Chocolate Stout). Its creamy, its thick - its filling, but it won't stop you from drinking more than one at a sitting.

I almost gave the drinkability a 5...almost. I realize that is reserved for only the highest quality, and i'm not sure when i'll actually give out a 5 - BUT, I did buy 3 cases of this beer within this year already. So, please factor that into the drinkability...tried and true, i love this beer.

Photo of Ahhdball
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love stouts and I absolutely love this one!
Deep black, the kind of black you see at 1300ft below sea level or for those of you who haven't had that experiance, just close your eyes!
Smelled roasted coffee and caramel. A slight alcohol aroma but not too heavy.
The taste was fantastic. A large assortment of chocolate and caramel with coffee in the mix. Not tremendously sweet but rich in flavor. Near the end I swear I tasted small hints of hops. Don't be scared though, it's not for dessert.
I found this at the Winking Lizard (Columbus) during my "World Tour" and I have to say this is my favorite out of them SO FAR.

Photo of hollicetales
3.08/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Although this was a dark and creamy stout with really great chocolate and coffee overtones, I'm not a huge fan of sweet stouts. This one was a bit way to sweet for my likes. It has a good bite though and great dark appearance and head, perhaps i will like it a bit more in the bottle, but I tend to perfer less sweet stouts and on tap. For lovers of sweet stouts and milk stouts though you will probably be a big fan of this one. I won't diss this beer but it's just not my bag.

Photo of AudioGilz
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My goodness, how did I not ever hear of this stuff for the 3 years I've been drinking better beer? Oh yummy this milky, creamy, sweet, indulgent fluid. It's just about opaque with a solid and foamy dark brown head. A nice and mellow aroma of chocolate malts and sweetness helps it to entice. Damn I love this style of stout! This is no schlep in the milk stout department. A wonderful blend of chocolate malts, hops, and a creamy smooth mouthfeel make this one drinkable damn stout. Since I love the US brewed version so much, I can't wait to try the native brewed stout if I ever make it to England. If you're a sweet or milk stout lover, go try this stuff if you haven't yet!

Photo of arizcards
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up in a Winter Brew sampler from Cost Plus. What a gem this is! This black as a coal mine brew poured a nice little tan head that unfortunately did not hold. The chocolate roasted malts hit you fairly strong. The taste is a slice of heaven on earth, a wonderful blend of the chocolate malts, lactose sugar, and hops. This has a moderately heavy mouthfeel but not as heavy as this appears. The overall drinkability of this brew is near perfect. This is one to seek out and try if you have not already!

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured like motor oil. No appreciable light could penetrate the midnight black colored brew. The head was brown and fell back to lace the glass.

The aroma was chocolate and coffee with just a slight caramel in there.

The flavor was chocolate and coffee with a slight sweetness. Some caramel was present in the back of the flavor.

The finish is coffee/chocolate bitterness and dry. The body is thick and full.

12 ounce bottle. Brewed in Ohio. To my tastebuds this one is not as sweet as the ones I had consumed from the UK many years ago, and that is not a bad thing at all.

Photo of CortexBomb
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the blackest stouts I've ever come across, pours out into the glass and will not allow light to penetrate (not even a faint glow) with a medium head while the strong malt scent hit my nose *during the pour* before I'd even gotten it remotely near my nose, another good sign!

Good creamy mouth as well, and smooth with a ton of sweetness for a stout and quite a lot of chocolate as well. Lovely and unique flavour, a winner.

Mouthfeel is moderately thick but not quite world class while the drinkability on this one is also up there with the best of them.

I wasn't expecting much from this stout but it's quickly become one of my favourites.

Photo of Reneejane
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Mackeson pours an opaque brown-black with a medium brown head that isn't hard or sturdy like a Guiness head. The first thing you notice is the smoothness of flavor and finishing sweetness. The only problem is this beer has a tendency to be a bit too sweet to drink more than one. My husband used to love it but got sick of it. It finishes with a malt taste in which the black patent malt is evident in the subtle roast finish flavor.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.93/5  rDev -3%
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.

Photo of WesWes
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle black as night with the deepest shade of purple permitted around the edges of the glass. Along with the caramel colored head this beer appears quite appealing. Slowly dissapating head leaves small traces of lacing as it forms an even coat of foam just above the beer.

Smells like a chocolate malt drink from an ice cream parlor. A sweet sugary scent with hints of roasted mocha flavored coffee beans. Aromatic!

The taste has a bittersweet malty characteristic. Flavor of milk chocolate mingles with caramel followed by roasted malt with a somewhat acidy carbonation like feel on the palate. Finishes nicely with the combo of sweetness and hop that's not over the top.

Not a heavy mouthfeel, very nice overall. I plan on putting a few back thanks to the low ABV.

A fine beer at an excellent price thanks to the brothers Mackeson.

Photo of CRJMellor
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich deep black color with a nice tan head. Head dissipated quickly but left lots of remnants on the side of the glass. Aroma is chocolate and coffee. Taste is semi-sweet front with rich malt middle and a hint of roasted bitterness on the end. Very nice balance. Very good beer.

Photo of DagFishHead
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Jet black body with ruby highlights. Voluminous, coursely-frothed, dark-tan espresso head holds it's ground leaving plentiful lace.
Smell: Lactose, sweet and roasted malts. Cocoa, coffee, and some earthy notes.
Taste & Mouthfeel: Smooth, slightly-thin, milky-malt sweetness to start. Middle is tingly carbonation and lactic acidity, finish dries a subdued hop bitterness.
Drinkability: Good example of a sweet milk stout. Would love to try the European version.

Photo of Naerhu
5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Chocolate colored head and completely opaque black body.

Huge chocolate and cocobutter aroma.

Very long noble, though not intense bitterness. Hugely dominating chocolate flavor. coffee and slightly tabacco undercurrent, especially on the finish. This is roasted perfection. Just as good as I remember my first one, eight years ago.

Fine bubbles and scrumptious delicate body.

Not very sweet, when compared to the daffy sweetness fo the belgians, considering this is a sweet stout.

Photo of aaronh
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Black liquid topped by a thin tan head. Somewhat standard stout looks. Dark roasted aromas coupled with sweet malt. The flavor is smooth and dark with hints of sweet cream. Highly roasted malt flavors dominate. Lingering bitter coffee notes in the finish. Mouthfeel a bit light in the terms of body, but very smooth. This is a decent beer, but the strong roasted aftertaste makes it more of a sipper.

Photo of Rob6852
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was curious about this stout so I bought a 6-pack from my usual
place and now sit here to review it.
This beer poors like a stout should, dark as night with a creamy tan head that settles down soon after the pour.
Smells of chocolate, coffee , and nuts.
This beer is so smooth that its down right scary! It seems that the
lactose sugar used in this beer impart a creamy chocolate coffee
taste that is sweet but not overly so. If you hold it in your mouth
for a while the coffee and chocolate flavors start to really come
out and assert themselves.

This beer DOES go go with a big slab of chocolate cake! A fine stout of the sweet type, I wouldn't drink too many of these in a
sitting but after dinner, a damn fine beer.

Photo of theozag
4.78/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Mackeson is one of the most interesting beers I have ever tried. At times while enjoying it I hardly realized I was consuming beer. From time to time it is so smooth that it goes down more like milk than alcohol.

This stout pours tar black with a tan head. If you pour properly you'll even get a nice tumble to the carbonation before it settles into the thick, creamy, crust of bubbles atop your pint. The head itself is a combination of sugar and wheat flavors. Mackeson starts somewhat light and milky, but incredibly smooth and easy to drink. It is (and very well should be) full-bodied with a pleasant aroma that I was not able to relate to another smell.

If you let the beer sit on your tongue a while, it will eventually begin to taste a bit bitter, but if it just passes on to your throat you'll taste just one thing: CHOCOLATE. Triple Stout tastes more like a Hershey's bar than any other beer I've ever had. The chocolate flavor is very distinctive - and unlike other stouts that taste a little of coffee, wood, or nuts - it's really the only taste impression I got from this beer.

Finish is dry, smooth, and heavy. A bit of creme and/or chocolate flavor remains on your tongue long after the beer has gone. This stout also tends to sit in your stomach, too. You'll remember it for a good while after you toss the enpty bottle, I promise. Personally, I found this to be a very good stout, but I believe I prefer Guinness Extra Stout or Murphy's instead. Tough call, though.

Mackeson Triple XXX Stout from Whitbread PLC
90 out of 100 based on 640 ratings.