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 cbl2
4.6/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5


Holy Head!!! 3 inches of slight reddish brown head tops a black brew with some ruby qualities.


Chocolate, figs, coffee and more. My interest is definitely piqued.

Getting impatient waiting for that massive head to settle, but man was it worth the wait!!! Super sweet with chocolate and fig flavors as promised with an underlying coffee/port/sherry flavor that hints at the 6.6% alcohol. This one is definitely worth returning to again, and again.

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Photo of jayc333
4.55/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep jet black with a 3.5 finger dark tan head, that looks very inviting. Head disipates slowly, and leaves great lacing.

Smells very sweet. It's as if somebody found the perfect mixture of chocolate and caramel, and then added a pinch of coffee.

Taste is quite peculiar even for a sweet stout, it's like nothing I have ever experienced, and I like it. It's really actually hard to explain, I'm at a loss for words.

Mouthfeel was incredible. Not only did it have the perfect "not too think, not too thin" feel on the palate, but it also had the perfect carbonation.

I was very surprised with this beer. I could drink this all night with no problems. I highly recommend it to all my fellow BA's.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.41/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a two-finger brown head that fades slowly and leaves a good lace. Totally black color. Medium carbonation and heavy bodied. Nose is a weak chocolate. Starts with a chocolate/coffee flavor and finishes sweet. Best brew I've had from the Caribbean. $1.80 for a 12 oz bottle; found at Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.4/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer has a medium, beige head and a very dark brown appearance, with moderate to low carbonation. The aroma is chocolaty and dark roasted, in other words, really nice. The taste is delicious, sharp, and of dark coffee, with chocolate notes. Mouth-feel is heavy. This finished wet and full. Oh, I loved drinking this one. I highly recommend a sampling of this product.


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Photo of nrpellegrini
4.38/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours as black as night, with a big tan head that stays until the end and laces nicely. Smells of sweet malts. Taste light hints of milk chocolate, with some mellow caramel malts behind it. The sweetness brought through a touch of light milk flavor. This beer was very thin, water like texture. No bitterness at all in this one, so easy to drink. I wanted more.

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Photo of Garin
4.31/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On a lark, I picked up a 500 ml can of this at the local liquor store. It was the cheapest 500 ml can on the shelf, so I thought "What the heck? This will be good for a laugh."

Frankly, I'm not laughing. I poured it into my glass, and immediately understood that it had to have a 5 for appearance. It's a beautiful deep, rich black with a bit of crimson on the edges. The head is creamy thick, chocolate brown, and has incredible staying power. As it slowly and reluctantly fades, it leaves a beautiful clinging lace. This ain't no nitro can, folks, this is just beautiful stout all on its own.

I find sweet malty molasses on the nose, with some dry fruit elements. There is a touch of roasted grain mixed in with sharp alcohol.

The flavour is sweet and rich, with a healthy dose of molasses and fruitiness. Perfumy elegance underlies it all. Spicy licorice builds over time. An alcoholic sweetness is throughout, of course. As I get through the pint, chocolate malt is coming through, and a bready grainy flavour is beginning to show as well. In the finish, I get a little bite that reminds me of dark rum. That must be all the cane sugar (listed ingredients: water, malt, sugar, hops :)

The mouthfeel is rich and creamy, with a light carbonation. It goes down smooth and easy, and I find it warm and soothing.

The only reason I can't give this a 5 on drinkability is that it's almost a touch too sweet to drink in massive quantities. This is an impressive beer. At first I thought the idea of a Caribbean stout was kinda hilarious, but I'm happy to admit that I was very wrong. I will definitely buy this again, especially considering the price!

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.3/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an extremely dark black with a tan head. It seems like just a touch of ruby shows when held right up to light. Nose is robust with malts and a thick edge, but does not hold a lot of strong characteristics of note. Flavor is superb, IMO. Nice thick and malty tone with a sweet edge that kicks in after a little bit. And it leaves a nice roasted aftertaste as well. Feel has a good carbonation to it and a fairly well bodied liquid character, though it seems just a touch thin. Overall this is extremely drinkable. Smooth, even, and well made. I wasn't quite sure what to expect with this, but I got more than I figured I would. A lot more. Try it if you have the chance.

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Photo of Shiredave
4.28/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Perfect pour, sticky brown head clings to the last drop. Nearly opaque, black with flashes of burgandy in the light. Aromas of sweet fruit- raisins and such with some smokey alcohol notes much like an Imperial. Smooth and lush mouth feel, medium bodied, hugely complex, loaded with sugary fruit and licorice flavors mixed with alcohol, chewy brown bread and Maple syrup.
Remarakble tasty sweeet stout. Nice roasty / bitter aftertaste stays with you a while. Great sipping beer!

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Photo of ColdBeer30
4.23/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Atop an almost opaque black brew sat a mocha colored somewhat thin head after being transferred to a glass. A full ring of lacing was present throughout drinking. Carbonation appeared very mild.

Bringing the beer to your nose sweet malts jump out at you first followed by toasty malts and bittersweet chocolate and coffee aromas.

Tasting the beer the ingredients are relatively well balanced but fall flat a bit at the end. The taste mimics its smell well. Roasted malts and coffee come through first. Dark chocolate peaks out shortly in the middle but the finish is odd to me. The finish is thin for a stout and alcohol is not blatant but noticeable. I can only describe it as molasses and coffee grounds in a way that is reminiscent of Myers Dark Rum. (Actually I liked it)

Mouthfeel: Robust medium body at first but a little watery at the end. Beer was mildly carbonated.

Drinkability: The thin finish on the end, though not typical of stouts and a bit disappointing, actually raises the drinkability significantly. Eventually it will sit heavy on your stomach but as far as throwing several back in one sitting you're good to go.

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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 droomyster
4.21/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a fascinating beer. Its appearance is average: black body with a thin tan head that doesn't hold up well. Its body is disappointingly thin. Its nose and palate, however, are luscious. Surprisingly sweet and cocoa-ish, the way I expected a "sweet stout" to taste like before I actually tried a few of them. Nice layering of sweetness with roastiness. Ultimately its flavor is not balanced but favors sweetness in a way that I find fascinating and delicious.

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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 irishkyle21
4.12/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I really enjoy a good stout. This did not disappoint me, the only major improvement needed is the appearance, not enough lacing and poor head retention (IMO). I love a good looking stout with a creamy frothy head this unfortunately is not one of them, oh well everything else is great. Royal has a pitch black color.

Smells of loads of dark fruits ( almost wine like), coffee, very sweet, molasses and chocolate.

The mouthfeel was just a bit to thin (IMO) but everything else was great. Tastes sweet and sugary with some chocolate, molasses and fruits. I really did not like this beer the first time I had it, but it most certainly has grown on me.

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Photo of Todd
4.11/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle with a painted label. No freshness date. Touted as "The Lion Stout" on the label.

Appearance: Crikey mate! Pours a pitch black beer with a four finger chocolate milk coloured head that's creamy, foamy, thick, sticky, clumpy and appears as if it'll never go away. Outrageous.

Smell: Chocolate, coffee and molasses, but with the volume turned down nice and low. Blissful, sublte and inviting. I'm ready.

Taste: Mouthfeel is thinish, silky smooth and slippery on the palate. Sweet. Oh so sweet and sugary -- but I guess that's why they call 'em sweet stouts. Throw in some day old coffee, molasses, chocolate, fig and a slighty bitter hop twang that balances on a slight roasted malt edge ... and I'm there. Notes of sherry towards the end, with faint alcohol notes flexing their presence. Finish is wet, with a sweet caramel placement on the tongue and a wanting for more.

Notes: Hello. Now this is an interesting stout, akin to some of the traditional sweet/milk stouts of the UK. Now we're talking!

Like Mackeson's XXX Stout, but on "E." It's all love in this bottle. "Complex" would be an understatement, and an exploratory palate is required for this sweet journey through beerdom.

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Photo of lehows
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark black color with a nice tan head. Head was fluffy with good retention. Big and sweet aromas of molasses and coffee. Taste was sugared coffee, molasses, licorice, some milk, and a mild hop character. It is quite sweet and very drinkable. This is an interesting stout, and it's very quaffable. I wish I could find this on tap somewhere!

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.08/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Strong, smoky aroma has an undertone of fine coffee and more than a hint of molasses. It pours a dark, nearly opaque sable with a fairly thick and fine-bubbled tan head. Tingly, smoky flavor is rather sweet but not cloying and has a molasses overtone and coffee, chocolate and nutty hints. Texture is delightfully tingly and fairly smooth.

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Photo of bewley
4.07/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

Poured jet-black with a creamy tan head. Good lace retention, though the head dissipates quick.

Nose is decent: hints of mollases, malt, caramel and almonds.

Taste is sweetish, though not cloyingly so. I rather like this, but the mouthfeel is a bit too thin.

It's weird with that back of the mouth alchohol and raisiny . . . oops, I'm out, lemme get another bottle . . .

This is one that people either love or hate. I don't think there's much in-between. I'm in the "highly like" bordering on "love" camp. It would go nice with spicy foods like curry or Texas chili. A char-blacked burger laced with jalapenos would be perfect!

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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 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 yesyouam
4.04/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Royal Extra Stout is a black ale with brown, red and amber overtones. It has a khaki head that mostly dissipates and leaves great lacing. It has a basement aroma, a bit tinny with deep grain and possibly licorice in there. It is thick and smooth with a clean, dry finish. The flavor is sweet, dark, rich. It reminds me of those little booze-filled chocolate candies. There may be a hint of black cherry or plum in here. It is a bit sweet. I think it would make an excellent dessert beer.
(rated Aug 8, 2007)

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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 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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Photo of BeerSox
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into nonic.

Deep and thick black hue with a one finger light brown head that settles to a thin cap, leaving behind a solid wall of lacing.

Deep roasty hues with some light chocolate notes.

The thick roasty flavors are there again, along with some brown sugar and the repeat of the sweet chocolate. Full bodied with medium carbonation. The finish is the lingering roasty malts.

Not a bad Sweet Stout. I think the shipping and time spent on the shelf made it a bit stale, but even with that, it's still a good stout. I would love to try it fresh from the brewery. Recommended (especially fresh).

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Photo of foogerd
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Midnight black opaque body, one inch coffee colored head, leaves over some lacing.

S- Smells really sweet, a sweetness I would describe as milk and sugar. Some caramel in the middle, roasty coffee aroma, nice smell overall.

T- Sweet, almost like a bitter milkshake type of sweetness. The bitterness I would describe as coming from light coffee and light chocolate flavors, but it seems more to meld with the lactose notes, to create this sweet bitter dark chocolate shake.

M- Fullness and high carbonation add to the shake sensation.

D- Full of taste would be great as a desert beer the alcohol cant be found here, a real gem of a brew thats underrated.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've always like the tradition of drinking stout in the Carribean. I was pleasantly surprised when I first went there to find all the real folk slapping dominoes drinking various export stouts- Guiness, Ceres, Dragon, etc. All of the stouts consumed there are a bit stronger and sweeter than the standard dry stouts, stronger than most sweet stouts, but not so strong, hoppy, and roasty as an RIS. This beer falls into that tropical stout/export stout category. This beer is a good find and really quite a nice change of pace.

Pours black with a decent head that fades to a ring and leaves some spotty lacing. The smell is very fruity, even somewhat vinous with plums, cherries, a touch of coffee, and cream. Nice! The flavors are similar. Fairly sweet and somewhat simple, but with a nice fruitiness, some chocolate, and more cream. Mouthfeel is smooth and vinous. Straightforward, sweet, and tasty, and a REAL taste of the Carribean rather than a macro lager for tourists.

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