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Mackeson Triple XXX Stout - Whitbread PLC

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627 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 627
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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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.

GCBrewingCo, Jan 31, 2004
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.

CortexBomb, Jan 23, 2004
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.

Reneejane, Jan 19, 2004
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.

Gueuzedude, Jan 15, 2004
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.

WesWes, Jan 11, 2004
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.

WOLFGANG, Jan 07, 2004
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.

CRJMellor, Dec 30, 2003
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.

DagFishHead, Dec 18, 2003
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.

Naerhu, Dec 17, 2003
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.

aaronh, Dec 15, 2003
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.

Rob6852, Dec 01, 2003
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.

theozag, Nov 26, 2003
Photo of edchicma
4.97/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What a surprise at the packy today...I came across this offering on the shelf and saw triple stout and said...what the heck...what a find!
Black color...great head...oustanding malt and coffee smells, BUT no bitterness..smooth, taste was extremely well-rounded and had smoke and coffee flavors. Mouthfeel was great, well-rounded slightly chewy..just right. Extremely drinkable. As close to a 5.0 as they come.

edchicma, Nov 25, 2003
Photo of WMBierguy
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my favorite Stout. However, I'm not really a stout fan, so take my review with a grain of salt.

This is a stout, so of course it pours out dark, with a choclatey head. The taste is something incredible for those of you who have had stouts before: its actually not bitter! It really does have chocolate overtones. I enjoyed it, though I can see why some would say that its too sweet. It wouldn't be my first choice on a warm day, or if I wanted to drink more than one ore two, but if you have one then kick back and enjoy.

WMBierguy, Nov 23, 2003
Photo of jahred
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A few of my friends swear by this beer, and I think I'm starting to see why (especially at $7.99/6-pack)

Pours a lovely dark black color with a thin, quickly-dissipating head. Smells of yummy, bittersweet chocolate.

If you've ever been to RI, you might know that the state drink is coffee milk. Yes, coffee milk - it's essentially milk with sweet coffee syrup (just like chocolate syrup) added. That's exactly what the XXX Stout tastes like. Beer-flavored, slightly-carbonated coffee milk. Delicious - I'm going to head to bed soon, and have a feeling that I'll sleep incredibly well.

jahred, Nov 22, 2003
Photo of beergeek279
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in the 12 oz. bottle. The color was dark brown, with a thick, creamy tan head. The smell was a very sweet chocolate. The taste was quite sweet...a delicious chocolate malt only improved by the addition of the lactic sugar, a nice sweetness that wasn't cloying. Mouthfeel was quite smooth. Drinkability-wise, definitely could drink several of these.

Mmmm...a fantastic stout, and probably up amongst my favorite non-Imperials. After a few mentions on the site, I saw it at the Sharp Edge Beer Emporium, and decided to give it a try, and glad I was. Definitely one of the ones I'll be having again.

beergeek279, Nov 09, 2003
Photo of waughbrew
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Looks exquisite. Black with Brown highlights and a big pillowy creamed-coffee head. Aroma has just enough roasted malts and lactose to intrigue. Big chocolate.
Huge roasted barley, chocolatey smoothness, dark caramel, hints of molasses. I pick up a ringwood yeast character, but it might be my imagination. Taste started off very good, but I felt that it got worse as it warmed. This is one of very few beers (especially stouts) that I would ever suggest drinking cold. As it warms the lactose comes out a little too much and I found it to be annoying.
The feel is awesome. Maybe it is the milk sugar, but something gives it an icy, silky feel that is wonderful.
Overall good, a beer that I would have one of on occasion. I would definitely drink it cold, though.

waughbrew, Nov 04, 2003
Photo of Ellbert
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a very good stout. It reminded me much of the Sam Adams cream stout. I could definitely have this as a session beer. Very rich and creamy and full of creamy flavor. A very good cream stout. The color was nice a black with a decent off white head. The smell was very coffee like with a little bit of molasses and the flavor was the same. A very good beer.

Ellbert, Nov 02, 2003
Photo of pezoids
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured a deep and dark brown from the bottle. The head was a creamy tan with some ruby tints to it, and left a nice lace on the glass. Some sweet roasted notes in the aroma. Some chocolate, caramel and also got some sweet cherry in there, too. Bittersweet in flavor, which grew as the beer warmed. A good room temperature beer (or slightly chilled). The body was lighter than I expected, but kept it’s rich and semi sweet flavor throughout the drink. Finished dry. A special stout, but maybe a little too sweet for my tastes.

pezoids, Oct 28, 2003
Photo of hotstuff
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

When poured, this beer had a small sized dark tan head that contained fine-medium sized bubbles that was mostly diminishing. The body was opaque and uncarbonated with a dark brown hue. The nose was malty, mild coffee and sweet chocolate. This beer had a smooth and very mild coffee flavor from start to finish. The mouthfeel was very, very smooth and creamy but it seemed to have a somewhat of a thin and watery texture and light bodied. There was a good amount of lacing with this beer.

hotstuff, Oct 26, 2003
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4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

WVbeergeek, Oct 23, 2003
Photo of elmocoso
3.4/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Black as night, not even letting much light through. Big head on pour, but soon just a ring around the glass.

The smell is Very sweet, almost cloying for my taste. Syrupy, rasiny, malty. No hops apparant.

Taste is sweet caramel and chocolate, almost like a yoohoo or some quick mix. A little bit too sweet for me.

Mouthfeel is adaquate, but i miss the creamyness from some of my other favorite stouts.

Overall drinkability suffers for sweetness. I think i would feel like a real hop monster after this bev. I might re-review in the deep of winter to maybe gain a better perspective.

elmocoso, Oct 22, 2003
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4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amazing, ruby-tinged darkness that is a sight to behold and experience. Minimal, yet long-lasting caramel-colored head exists as wispy rings and patchwork lacing on the glass. Aromas are freshly-brewed coffee, confection sugar, with some bittersweet chocolate mixed in. I also detect just a whiff of smoky aroma, too. Taste is very good. Crispy chocolate-covered toffee, roasted coffee, caramel, creamy sweetness, and just a bit of hoppy bitterness are all found within each sip (the wife said it tasted like chocolate milk). Good, full-bodied mouthfeel. Drinkability scores high as this is a very creamy-smooth beer that just massages your palate. Very tasty and easy-to-drink. Very glad that this is a ready find in Richmond.

OldFrothingSlosh, Oct 09, 2003
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4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opaque black color with a brown head that settles into a thin ring of lace. Appearance is quite impressive. Aromas of roasted malt, mild sugary sweetness, milk, coffee, and licorice. Taste is a great balance of sweetness, bitterness, and even a touch of fruitiness. Similar notes of roasted malt, caramel, coffee, licorice and dark fruit linger. Mouthfeel is a bit overly carbonated and could stand to be a bit more smooth and oily. For a medium-to-full bodied sweet stout, this tastes great and drinks quite well.

Jon, Oct 07, 2003
Photo of smitty1080
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lovely tan head with a black black body. It smells toasty and somehow sweet cherish. The toasted smell continues through the taste with coffee and a hint of cherries. It leaves you with a coated tongue and a slight bitter, burnt, and sweet finish. Definately a fun stout.

smitty1080, Oct 02, 2003
Mackeson Triple XXX Stout from Whitbread PLC
90 out of 100 based on 627 ratings.