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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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598 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 598
Reviews: 525
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 30
Gots: 4 | 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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Photo of grynder33


4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A friend of mine raved about this stuff, so I bought a six pack and nearly gagged. Each bottle tasted like someone had poured iodine in it.Went for a second try a week ago. 180 degree difference.On my 0 to 100 scale this work of art is in the 90's, and I only have about 5 rated that high. It poured dark brown with a one inch head, that dissappeared quickly.Chocolately aroma, wonderful soft, mildly sweet chocolate, mocha taste, which faded into an exquisite roasted malt aftertaste.As you finish the bottle a nice and smooth sweetness lingers in your mouth. There will always be at least one bottle of this in my house.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2003 00:25:07 | More by grynder33
Photo of francisweizen


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

A very solid milk stout, this is. It pours a nearly opaque dark brown, almost black colour with a beige-ish head. The aromas are lactic, a bit sour, roasted, and nice. The taste is chocolat-y with hints of coffee and toffee in the mix as well. The mouthfeel leaves a bit to be desired, but the thinness does up the drinkability of this brew a little bit.


Serving type: bottle

08-06-2003 05:43:44 | More by francisweizen
Photo of usualpulp


4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark black with a nice tan head. Very chocolate smelling almost smells like chocolate milk at first. At first the beer tastes very sweet, and malty, then a slightly bitter aftertaste kicks in to balance it some, the aftertaste is slightly strong in my opinion, but its not horrible. I can only assume that the stuff brewed in england is better than what we have here, says its made in ohio. Overall its a pretty good beer, not something I would drink often, but definately something I am glad I tried.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2003 17:41:18 | More by usualpulp
Photo of granger10


4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rather thick (milky thick) and does not go down the easiest. With that being said, this is a phenomonal tasting beer. Tastes like a chocolate malt shake. Tons of chocolaty goodness in it. Slight hops are put into the background to control the sweetness. Caramel and slight strawberries are also detected. Finishes with a chocolate milk sweetness and texture. I wonder how this compares to the original brewed in England?

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2003 05:34:20 | More by granger10
Photo of far333


3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark dark brown, almost black. Light doesn't even penetrate it. Head is brown and foamy and lingers long. Dark rings form around the glass and slowly slide down. Aroma is strong chocolate and roasted malt. Flavor is big and rich, milk chocolate and coffee. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Aftertaste of sweet chocolate with hints of espresso and brown sugar. Surprisingly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2003 20:04:37 | More by far333
Photo of faubs


3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Very unique for a beer, smooth pour with a dark brown head. Unfortunately the foam doesn’t last very long. Tastes like a stout but with a very sweet chocolate tone. Too sweet in fact, and that’s where my marks drop. There’s no way I could drink through a whole pack of them. Over all a good beer, but I need a little bitterness to my hops. Would recommend to anyone who likes a good stout

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2003 19:33:12 | More by faubs
Photo of TripelJ


4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I have had this unique twist on the classic stout many times. I am a milk drinker and a stout lover so I didn't hesitate to try the fabeled 'milk stout'. Pours the deepest darkest brown (you'd see more light through a brick wall) with a monstrous mocha head that cascades for minutes making for a circus of bubbles in my glass. The nose is exceedingly sweet--roasted coffe and warm milk undertones give it a very pleasant smell. The first sip was uniquely sweeter than most stouts and pleasingly creamy. The taste reflects the nose with coffee, dark chocolate, and warm milk all balanced perfectly in texture, but is definitely a "sweet stout". This is one of those stouts that is enjoyable at all temperatures, but I recommend trying it after it has 'freed itself from the repressing chains of refridgeration' as it has and will build more character. One final note this beer rates high in an unseen category and that is value. At $7-8 per six pack it meets the final requirement for a 'session stout'. And yes, in my oh so humble opinion, it is far superior to Guiness.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2003 19:16:52 | More by TripelJ
Photo of nomad


4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep brown color, having a thin foamy mocha-colored head, thin lace coating the glass well, and a thin lattice of stain.

Smell was of a big sweet malt, milk chocolate notes, some nutty notes, strong and great roasty scents, and all colored by a fruity-bitter espresso accent as well. Showed whiskey-like alcohol notes with opening. A lot going on, but all distinguishable on their own, and appealing.

Taste was soft but smooth, of classic stout flavor of roasty malts turned sweeter, like big milk chocolate flavors. Decently full-flavored for such a thin alcohol level, I could taste the lactic turn to the sweetness. Other times, this beer can show more dark chocolate tones and a harder roast profile.

Its fairly thin mouthfeel was pleasant, as was the nicely dry finish. Easy to drink, it gives some of the well-known classic dark stout characteristics without some of the heavy notes. A perfect dessertif.

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2003 08:51:29 | More by nomad
Photo of BierReise


4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black and thick with a tan fluffy head. Aroma is sweet, chocolate and roasted malts. Creamy and smooth on the palate. Great flavor, almost like a chocolate dessert. A slight dryness at the end and very little bitterness. One of my favorite sweet stouts.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2003 14:18:04 | More by BierReise
Photo of euskera

North Carolina

4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This has become my absolute favorite drink. Calling this beer would be a disservice. Pours out as deep and dark as molasses with a moderate head. Smoky chocolate nose with a hint of toffee. Milky opening in the mouth, but the chocolate hints take over with that smoky finish. Big and beautiful, and I can get it for $5.99 a six-pack!!

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2003 11:22:37 | More by euskera
Photo of LarryKemp


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

This stout poured a VERY dark brown/black with a firm tan head. The aroma was the weakest part of the beverage. The maltiness came through the nose but was muted. The chocolate jumped out on the tongue and overpowered whatever hops there was. The beer was very creamy and clung to the roof of the mouth. This is a great stout and one that I would highly recommend.

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2003 18:50:57 | More by LarryKemp
Photo of tar


3.15/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours thick and black with a thick, very foamy tan head. The head dissipates fairly quickly and leaves behind a little lacing on the glass. A rather attractive beer in the glass. The aroma is that of burnt/roasted coffee with a hint of chocolate. Tastes very sweet and chocolatey. Feels smooth and fairly heavy in the mouth. The rather heavy feel and chocolatey sweetness (too sweet for my liking) certainly acted to limit my consumption of this beer--I felt as though I had eaten too much dessert in finishing my glass.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2003 08:56:12 | More by tar
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


4.95/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Ever seen 30-weight? It's about like that. Even before I started really expanding my horizons, I was partial to darker brews. The subjectivity of such a system obviously will allow a beer like this to appeal greatly to some, and to be average or worse to others. That being said, this one's right up my alley.

No head formed on the pour, I didn't aggressively try to make one occur. The aroma almost smells like warm chocolate pudding or hot fudge. Awesome.

Very smooth on the palate, such is the nature of a cream stout. Just enough carbonation to remind you that beer is more than deeply roasted chocolate malt, but in this case just barely. A very interesting aftertaste - charcoal with a greenish, woodsy part I can't quite identify.

What makes this so drinkable to me is that the flavor is so powerfully deep that after 3 or 4 you're gonna still be able to enjoy and taste it quite well. That's only an opinion, I should test that hypothesis to be sure. Um, be right back... :-)

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2003 21:50:20 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of AtLagerHeads


4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The publican claimed that this is one of her favorites and I can certainly understand why that is so. Creamy, dark and delicious this is, and beautiful to boot. The lady poured this in a lovely inverted cone glass to show off the aromas - chocolate, coffee and toffee as well, the smell was nice if a bit light. The dark brown / black appearance is capped by a nice dark tan head that does some lacing, though not much. This one is about creamy rich flavor and it delivers quite well. All the aromas are also in the taste. Try it and you'll like it.

Serving type: on-tap

04-24-2003 17:08:42 | More by AtLagerHeads
Photo of jlervine


3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I could have sworn that the last time I had Mackeson Triple XXX that it was better than this. It poured a nice black color with a brownish-orange head. The aroma was of coffee, maybe some dark chocolate, but there was some 'off' smell to it as well. I'll have to try another bottle, or at least another pack, just in case this one was skunked. The head fell apart within 2 minutes, collapsing in on itself and changing in color from brownish-orange to a light tan as it went. The taste was very mellow, certainly nothing spectacular, though. Mouthfeel was nothing to shake a stick at - no excitement, no breadth or depth. Easy to drink, and would make a lighter alternative to what my friends occasionally call "Guinness night".

Like I said, I'm going to have to try Mackeson again, just in case I got a bad batch, but I'm just not that impressed this time around.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2003 14:43:52 | More by jlervine
Photo of BigHead


4.93/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I love this beer, it's been one of my favorites ever since I joined the dark side (meaning I don't drink anymore of that piss colored macro stuff). It pours black as night with a orangish brown head that changes to a brownish yellow upon settling. Oh and the smell of this beer, yummy. I mean, it combines a sweet malty aroma with those lovely chocolate undertones, I wish they had this scent available at the carwash. The beer drinks smooth, with a coffee chocolate taste. The roasted malt flavor hangs around after each drink. It is a little sweet but the flavor of this beer is dynamic in that it changes from the beginning of the sip till after the swallow. Even hints of some bitterness. The is a standard in my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2003 21:00:29 | More by BigHead
Photo of JISurfer

South Carolina

4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow, this is some wicked stuff! When I found out that it was brewed with milk, just blew my mind. I am a big milk drinker, so I guess that's why I liked it. The head was a nice dark red color and lasted a little while. The smell was like an imperial, but lighter. The taste was a dark chocolate, mixed with the smoothness of milk. When I say smooth, I mean smoooth. It coated the mouth too, very nice. I will definately be back for more at $1.75 a pop!

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2003 21:06:48 | More by JISurfer
Photo of ElGuapo

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A perfect pour of a midnight black brew with a deep brown head on top that leaves sheets of lace all over the glass as the burnt 6000 mile oil is consumed. The nose is mostly sweet with a lot of milk chocolate. There is also a pretty strong roasty character.

The flavor is very chocolatey just as the aroma would lead you to imagine. There is a great arrangement of roasty malts that leaves you with an espresso flavoring that is just incredible. It is full of body and flavor. The dry aftertaste brings out a combination of chocolate and roasted malts that is truly a work of art. The beer is not very complex, but it does have a great cast of characters that will keep you interested till the last drop. An excellent stout.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2003 23:07:50 | More by ElGuapo
Photo of goindownsouth


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

This stout is hard to ignore. I am sure there are better, but this one really snuck up on me. It offers a legit stout appearance, a malty aroma, and a fantastic flavor. The malt flavor seems to permiate throughout, but this is not your ordinary stout. It is not heavy or overly rich. This is one of the better stouts that I have had in quite some time. Prost!

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2003 19:02:13 | More by goindownsouth
Photo of Running4beer


4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This milky stout poured out deep black with a thin brown lacey layer that stays like that till the end. Not much of an aroma but you could get some sense of malt, chocolate and coffee. Taste was something else, there was some coffee, some chocolate sweetness to it and whole milk added to the ending taste. The mouthfeel was smoth and creamy. There was no bitter or over bearing sweet after taste it was crisp and clean on the way down. Felt like I was drinking some chocolate milk to tell you the truth. The smoothness and little to no aftertaste made this easily drinkable. I think I'll have another.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2003 19:19:35 | More by Running4beer
Photo of Ave


2.88/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

There is not much of note to state about this stout. Coming in a brown bottle of usual description, it looks, pours, smells & tastes like a very average stout. Nothing overly offensive, but also noting to really draw your attention either. Dark brown, amber at the sides, thin head, tries to hang on only manages to leave the slightest traces down the glass. The aroma is sweet with slight molasses hint, but ultimately rather distant. Flavor is very sweet but well within style parameters, however this sweetness dose dominate the flavor profile. Half hearted somewhat sugar water finish, no bitter punch. Not much here.


Serving type: bottle

03-25-2003 11:05:32 | More by Ave
Photo of optikon44


4.63/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dang. This beer is dark! Beautiful. Thick dark brown, ultra-foamy head that lasts awhile. Smells wonderfully of chocolate and other dark malts. The taste is absolutely amazing! I don't have an expert palate, but I can clearly discern between the tangy fruit at start, the big chocolate cream in the middle, and bitter coffee / smoke in the finish. It smooth and very drinkable. Probably no more than one to two a session, though, because it's pretty complex. A beer experience like this is rare. A total treat.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2003 15:49:58 | More by optikon44
Photo of tavernjef


4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Whoa, Nelly, do I love this stuff. One hell of a well crafted stout. This was my turn around beer; for years I drank lagers, pilsners, and pales, but when I tried this stuff I new I was missing out on a ton. It also happened to be the first brew I ever tried from England as well. That was about 13 years ago. It still is one my all time favorites. Just happened to have some left over from a X-mas party so I recently drank away. For me, its the chocolate and coffee tones that put this so high on my scale of yummyness. Great roasty, smokey feel and taste the whole way through. Super smooth and very appetizing. Nice creamy, smoked cocoa flavors with a great balance of roasted barley and hops. Just enough to keep it from biting to much or going to sour. Deep, deep, deep, brown, almost black color with a nice tan head that fades equally across the top pretty quickly which opens nicely into the aromas of the smokey chocolate, coffee smell. This triple stout rocks. Mackeson xxx will always be what I hold my expectations of other stouts to.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2003 11:14:20 | More by tavernjef
Photo of porter17

New Jersey

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

Certainly, one of the better stouts out there. Jet black in appearance, it pours very nicely and develops a rich, thick head that stands the test of time. Tasty, chocolatey and bold but not overbearing, the taste pleases the palate immensely. A good session beer, as far as stouts go, this beer hits the mark. From the bottle, just a shade less so, but still a great choice when thinking stout.

Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2003 19:35:38 | More by porter17
Photo of kindestcut

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As a relative newbie to fine beers (I've had my favorites throughout the years but I have strayed very few times until recently) I am now on a quest to experiment, to taste the many styles and flavors in the world of beer. Having said that, I am in the process of developing a taste for stouts. I am certainly not a stout hater but being a lager man for most of my drinking, uh, career, it has taken a while for me to develop a taste for it.

Well, now I can say that I am BEGINNING to like stouts, and so I will review some that I've tried before my tongue wised up. This is a new one for me, however.

Man, this beer poured dark...a deep, dark brown like the Trinity River here in Dallas. The head was an extremely thick brown, the color of pale chocolate milk. As the last of the beer poured from the bottle, I could see its thickness, I'm sure absolutely nothing like an Imperial Stout but hey, compared to a lager this is like North Sea oil!

The beer smelled of sweet chocolate with a vague, distant espresso aroma. From the smell alone, I could tell this was going to be a sweet, thick beer.

I was really surprised that the this stout's flavor was actually quite mild. this does not mean that the flavors were subdued, no, they flowed from the glass. However, I was surprised that there was no pucker upon my first sip.

There was an initial taste of coffee. The beer felt thick, which translated to a chewy mouthfeel. As I continued the taste, I could sense a nutty, slightly dry finish with little aftertaste. Not bitter but with a sweatness that very light cream might add to a mocha.

This, one of my first attempts at reviewing a stout, is a beer I shall revisit.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2003 06:07:16 | More by kindestcut
Mackeson Triple XXX Stout from Whitbread PLC
91 out of 100 based on 598 ratings.