Royal Extra Stout | Carib Brewery Limited

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Royal Extra StoutRoyal Extra Stout

Brewed by:
Carib Brewery Limited
Trinidad & Tobago

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-18-2002

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Photo of smakawhat
3.23/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Deep dark walnut black, quite dark surprisingly with just a tinge of clarity up towards the head. Head creation is about average with a little cascading effect, but manages relatively dark espresso to mocha brown color. Slightly creamy head, a little bit of retention, but eventually dissolves to a thick collar and thin puck.

Clean sensing malts and mineral like quality on the nose. A light simple body with a touch of faint roast. Forgoes large lactose sweetness for more of an English ale (maybe?) yeast berry like ester. Clean almost dry grain but not too flour like but getting there.

Woah what is going on here. This is a reminder of why I don't care for these. While a decent malt feel seems to be present the taste is pure rock candy and soda. First sips at first give a little touch of sweetness then it goes overboard in the mid palate. Sweet cola, not even a touch of vanilla, cream, milk, anything. A half decent if somewhat wet texture, and there's a faint touch of mineral and roast quality on the aftertaste. Strangely not even sensing any sweet malt character qualities to this, it just flat out tastes like soda.

Trix is for kids, and even for a milker, or sweet stout this is far too sweet for my tastes.

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Photo of Marraybay
4.17/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Have been trying to locate this one for awhile, as it's brewed by Carib, the most recent caretaker of my all-time fav, Mackeson XXX Stout. Interesting to note the number of reviews extolling the virtues of this beer's head, while others have complained the head is lacking. (Could be a QC or freshness issue I suppose.) I'd probably fall into the latter camp, as I didn't experience any real head or lacing either.

Nevertheless, this was actually a fun beer to drink and not at all unlike Mackenson in fact. Very sweet of course: cola like. I would guess that this has a slightly lower IBU as compared to Mackeson, but calling them "siblings" wouldn't be a stretch. I think head-to-head, I prefer Mac's more developed roast and slight closing bitterness over "the Lion's," but if I couldn't find Mac or one of my other "darker favs," I'd be happy to have this. Look forward to having a few more of these.

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Photo of Young_John
2.79/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Interesting import from the Caribbean. Inexpensive and drinkable but not great. Liked it more than the similar but less flavorful Mackeson triple xxx stout but wouldn't buy this one again either.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle purchased at Beers of the World in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a fairly dark brown, almost black, with a one inch fluffy head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like a sweet distaster- caramel, sugar, tropical fruit, chocolate, caramelized sugar, simple syrup, and root beer.

At first, the sweetness is overbearing, and off-putting, but eventually, it gets endearing. The taste reminds me of chocolate-covered mangos rolled in confectioners sugar. It's unbelievably sweet, and really does taste tropical. There's a lot of caramel, sweet vanilla cream, and an almost root beer/cola like taste.

This one is a very slow sipper, due to how intensely sweet it is. There's a lower level of carbonation, with a sugary mouthfeel.

This is one of the more unique stouts I've ever had. Really, really weird, but honestly, pretty good.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - dark brown with tan head

Smell - cocoa, vanilla, milk chocolate

Taste - cocoa, vanilla, milk chocolate, molasses

mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, sweetness upfront and good flavor in the finish

Overall - decent stout that is worth a try

Price point - $2/11.2 oz single

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Photo of metter98
3.49/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very close to being jet black in color—slight traces of red are visible near the edge of the glass is held up to a bright light. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that died down and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of sweet dark malts are present in the nose along with notes of cola and hints of lactose.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell and is rather sweet and tastes like unfizzed cola with notes of lactose.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat thin on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: To me, this beer tastes like a hybrid between a Foreign/Export Stout and a Milk/Sweet Stout.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.79/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Ooh, it's royal and extra? Shit... Anyway, this stuff pours a deep, dark black-brown topped by a half-finger of sandstone foam. The nose comprises light treacle, roasted malts, mild cocoa powder, and a touch of dark fruits in the background. The taste brings in more of the same, with the cocoa taking primary control. Everything is softer here, as though 'twere painted with pastels. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a creamy feel. Overall, a surprisingly tasty, disturbingly drinkable stout.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.22/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I purchased this from halftime enjoyed chilled from the bottle in a snifter.

The color is black with opaque clarity with thin tan cap with fine bead, lace clings in rings. The smell is very vinous like black cherry with light sweet malt odor with some roasted notes. The feel is great with some light sweetness and dry roastiness with moderate carbonation and mild aclohol effect on the palate with a creamy accent.

The taste is nothing like the aroma except it does have a mild fruity yeast flavor with some dark cocoa and caramel in the middle with slight coffee-like acidity with slight sweet flavor with nutty dark toffee and mild biscuit tinges, a very gentle hint of vanilla rounds out the taste with a dark cherry tinge coming in late in the taste which is intriguing and adds to the complexity. Overall a great stout it is drinkable and complex with lots of stone fruit and dark malt to make for an enjoyable middle strength stout.

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Photo of beertunes
2.88/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Another courtesy of Rampaige. Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a very nice black color, with just a thin cap of tan head that had low retention and lacing.

The aroma was pretty soft, a touch of gentle roast over a base of solidly basic malt. The beer was basically the same on the tongue, but sadly there was a just enough of an odd funk that was mildly off-putting.

The body was decent, but thinner than I like in a stout, more Porterish. Drinkability was OK, but that funk kinda hurt it. Overall, a decent enough brew, and if want a change of pace while you're on your tropic holiday, this would suffice.

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Photo of jwc215
3.23/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours opaque black with a thin, lasting brown head. Strands of lacing stick.

The smell is of sweet licorice and dark grain with just a slight hint of roast. Slight alcohol comes through.

The taste of sweetness is overwhelming. I know it's the style, but it is a heap of sugar in a grainy sweetness. The underlying "macro" graininess and alcohol try to "balance" the sweetness. It does have some dryness from the alcohol in the finish.

The feel is thinner than it appears. It has a slight fizz as it is swallowed.

It is sweet, as per the style. A very malty, with something unpleasant mixed in, boozy, brew.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle bought as part of a six-pack from the LCBO; best before January 2013. I've only had one other Caribbean export stout (Dragon), and although I found it serviceable, I was not a big fan and it left me with a feeling that maybe the style just wasn't for me. Hopefully Trinidad's take on it is more up my alley - and besides, I always like to tick off a new country.

Pours a lovely pitch-black colour, topped with slightly more than two fingers of frothy, puffy tan-coloured head. It dissipates quickly, but it does leave behind some intricate lacing webs and a creamy, even cap atop the surface that lasts considerably longer. Certainly looks good, and the aroma is nearly equally enticing - lots of sweet caramel and molasses, big dark, roasted malts, with notes of dark chocolate and dates.

Very good taste with most of the elements from the aroma also being present here - sticky sweet molasses, roasted malts, as well as a mix of dark fruit, dark chocolate, and maybe a hint of coffee. Very faint smokiness that adds a bit of character to an otherwise mostly-straightforward (though enjoyable) flavour profile. Definitely leans on the sweet side, with cocoa and caramel sweetness lingering in the aftertaste. Medium-bodied, with some slight chew, but not quite enough to appease me completely. Moderate carbonation levels give it a solid bite, though not enough to seriously distract from the flavour. No heat from the alcohol.

Final Grade: 3.83, an above average B+ grade. This is a solid stout; rich and tasty without being cloying or boozy. Not complex by a longshot, but quite enjoyable. I'd take this over Dragon Stout any day - Royal Extra is a bit lighter (both in body and ABV), which makes it that much more drinkable. I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a (relatively speaking) sessionable Caribbean export stout, but I doubt it will be a regular purchase - I generally need to be in 'the mood' for sweet, dark beer before I will go out of my way to buy it.

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Photo of cyrenaica
3.67/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

275ml bottle
6.6% ABV

I tried this beer on September 23, 2008 at "Smokeless Joe's" in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured black with a thin tan coloured head. The aroma was chocolate and plums. The mouthfeel was full-bodied with medium carbonation. The flavour waas roasted malt, raisins, plums, and chocolate. A little sweet for me.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint.

Appearance: Pitch black and little thick coming off like motor oil, tan head vaguely thin which rose to maybe 1/8" if that off the body.

Smell: sweet vanilla bean, and you definitely get a whiff of the alcohol.

Taste: little complex, sweet with molasses and vanilla to add. Does have a little bitterness to it but vary bland. I can't complain because taste alone is ahead of what I was expecting.

Mouth: medium carbonation, slightly bubbly but very very smooth.

Overall: Not knowing a thing about this beer I picked it up on a just chance and was not disappointed, I enjoyed very well right after dinner and this ended up being my dessert. Salud!

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

We pour a nearly black brew. It holds a one finger head of soft, creamy, medium brown bubbles. Retention is solid, leaving thick lacing around the glass. Big bubbles float across the top for most of the tasting. Carbonation appears average, and no sediment is noted. The aroma is rich with dark and roasty chocolate/black malts, toffees, and steely coffee bean. Tin comes in, taking the metals to the next level. Sweetness is of heavy creamer, with an added glucose/cola sugariness. There is a baked, bready heaviness, with a light buttery quality. Salts and a dash of vinegar come through with warmth. As we sip, charcoal malts and chemically phenols hit first. These blend to give a synthetic, bittering start. The flavoring continues with metallics and soy sauce to the middle, where the malts soften up, but darken. At the peak coffee comes through, with enhanced sweetness of white sugar. This makes for an equally soft transition to the finish. We end with notes of continued sweetness, mild smoke, even roast, and cleanly blackened malts. The aftertaste breathes of light tin, coffee, milk chocolate, more smoke, and warming booze. The body is medium, and the carbonation is medium but soft. The entire sip is rather soft, with nice cream, slurp, and froth. The mouth is left astringently dried and slightly chalky. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks easily as more of a sipper.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the even, solidly balanced and robust flavoring. Before we even tasted we were presented with a gorgeous looking liquid. We were a little let down with the nose, as we wished it were as robust as the flavoring, but the taste did redeem things nicely. There were nice smoky inclusions, and tasty, roasty malts to carry a strong base. Everything remained pleasant throughout, and this was a great surprise.

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Photo of ckollias
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a porter glass.

A: Pours a dark black with a thick brown 2-finger head that quickly dissipates into a wispy lace and leaves a nice trail down the glass.

S: Very sweet malt aroma with hints of chocolate and cofffe.

T: Dark rich ale with a generous sweetness and huge chocolate malt background. Very smooth and sweet.

M: Heavy body and medium carbonation.

O: Very good foreign stout. It got a little too sweet for me at the end – but overall I was very impressed with this brew.

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Photo of Bung
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. Very dark brown near black pour. Just a ring of light tan bubbles.

Aroma, A sweet sugary chocolate. Malt, caramel, fig. Reminiscent of an English Brown Ale.

Taste, screams English Brown or Stout. Malty brown sugar and caramel. Some milk chocolate. Carboantion keeps this from being cloying. Pecan pie like.

Lighter side of mid bodied. A fair amount of carbonation makes this drink fairly easily.

Overall I probably wouldn't bother with again, due to the cola like qualities. Just not enough roast for me. Though I bet an Englishman or someone ready for it may approve more.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a black/brown colour with a very large size frothy light brown coloured head. I can't see much carbonation due the darkness of the beer and there is some good lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for 6 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Chocolate, malts, smoke, grains

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a low amount of carbonation and it feels a little thin on the tongue. I can taste chocolate and caramel mixed with malts and a roasted/smoke taste. There also seems to be a but of a sweet cherry flavour. It finishes with a roasted and smokey aftertaste.

Overall – Good not great.. It was quite drinkable but it was just a little thin and lacking the big flavour that I'm used to with this style of beer. Happy I tried it, but I'll grab something else next time.

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Photo of JohnnyChicago
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Pours a beautiful near-black with a nice head. The head, unfortunately doesn't stick around too long.

S: Smells sweet! Sticky molasses and dark chocolate fill the nose. There are hints of roasty grains and maple syrup as well.

T: Sticky, malty and sugary. Hops are barely perceptible, but they do cut the sugar a bit. Dark fruits and esters come through in the finish.

D: It is a tad cloying, but not unbearably so. I think I'll have another one...but just one more. Alcohol is mildly present and mouthfeel is about average.

Overall: You know, this claims to be a sweet stout, guess what it delivers? That's right, a SWEET stout! No complaints here. Its a dessert in a glass and not something I could drink every day, but it definitely has its place in the beer world. Buy this one for your sweet tooth and you wont regret it.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.36/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a wine glass form a 275 ml. pop top bottle brewed at the Carib's brewery on St. Kitts. Pours a moderate brown with hints of black and with some light mahogany highlights. A thin mocha colored cap is somewhat short lived but does hold a light cap throughout.

Nose is pleasant though a bit subdued with a touch of chocolate hiding behind a prevalence of lightly charred and smoky malts.

Flavor is smooth and matches the nose, somewhat light and with the smoky flavors returning on the finish. Offers a perky carbonation to support a somewhat thin feel and offering a decent amount of chocolate and carob spice on the finish. Overall more of a light take on an Export Stout than a Sweet Stout. Not bad but not memorable, and a distant cousin to the Rooster Select that lurked in the glass next door.

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Photo of fostachild
4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pitch dark color, lots of brown head - decent retention.

smell is good. typical chocolate, coffee, with a slight alcohol/bitterness.

taste is super sweet upfront. but well balanced with chocolate, coffee, and malt. good carbonation, incredibly smooth and drinkable.

overall, an above average stout that is not too strong but also not too weak - would definitely recommend.

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Photo of Agold
2.79/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Even with a vigorous pour there is no head on this beer. It's pretty dark with caramel highlights. The aroma is a bit sweet. Not much roast, but lots of caramel sweetness and caramel malt. The flavor follows with a bunch of fruity caramel. There is a bit of chocolate, but not much at all. Medium to low carb with a medium mouthfeel. Average beer. Not that great, but an ok beer.

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Photo of Guden
3.93/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nearly opaque black with dark garnet highlights. 1 inch chocolatey beige head fades slowly to a thin film leaving thick lacing.

S- Roasted barley characteristics giving dark cocoa and coffee with a little sweet cream and alcohol in the mix.

T- Up front dark toast and chocolate notes which are followed by a smooth creamy sweet middle which unfortunately isn’t balanced out at all on the back end. This one is just a notch below cloying but stronger bitterness from hops or roast may have worked to balance it out some. As it warms the alcohol shows through a bit more giving a licorice dimension but only slightly so.

M- Super creamy with low carbonation this is easy to drink for a stout but the flavors stick around too. They nailed this category, what more is there to say.

D- This beer might be great as a dessert on a winter day but worked surprisingly well as a summer beer while grilling at the beach, very versatile and easy to have. Though it’s a bit sweet and doesn’t have as much flavor as some stouts there’s enough there to keep it interesting and bring me back for another.

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Photo of Kitt
4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

deep, dark chocolate colored with one-finger off-white head

Aroma, a rich licorice

Rich sweet flavored of burnt chocolate and caramel

Mouthfeel smooth and medium-bodied

Drinkibility very easy, creamy and smooth; lingers just long enough

A fine rich stout

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Photo of AnPiobaire
2.69/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This stout was poured from a 12 oz bottle at appproximately 54 degrees.

The ROyal Extra Stout a dark brown with a caramel head that dissipated within a minute.

The nose is very sweet, with notes of chocolate and raisin.

The taste is very very sweet, almost artificially so. I'd like it to a drink sweetened with saccharin.

The mouthfeel is very thin and carbonated.

Overall, I was not too into this brew. I had high hopes and perhaps those out there that like thinner, sweeter, more carbonated stouts may enjoy this. For those of you out there, I say, Enjoy!!!

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Photo of SisuPride
4.01/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It had been several weeks since I've had a beer and the Royal Extra Stout welcomed me back - hopefully this fact won't cloud my tastebuds. The beer poured very dark with a tan-brown head. It looked good. The head fizzled down rather quickly. The beer smelled good - almost a faint faint hint of spice which was unexpected. It tasted good - different from what I expected but I guess I never had a stout from Trinidad before. It was not overly sweet or flavorful but wasn't lacking. Not as chocolate or coffee like as many other stouts - so I have to give it props for originality. Went down easy - I wish the head would have lingered but a solid beer.

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