Royal Extra Stout | Carib Brewery Limited

Royal Extra StoutRoyal Extra Stout
BA SCORE
46.3%
Liked This Beer
3.57 w/ 147 ratings
Royal Extra StoutRoyal Extra Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Carib Brewery Limited
Trinidad & Tobago
caribbeer.com

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-18-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#36,935
Reviews:
100
Ratings:
147
Liked:
68
Avg:
3.57/5
pDev:
15.41%
Alströms:
4.11
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
4
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 147 |  Reviews: 100
Photo of Sammy
2.98/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beauty and the beast. Some good chocolate in initial sips but also high metallic. Then watery for remainder of can. Decent dark appearance. Not too smooth. Some roast, but too sweet, needs more roast. Drop of vanilla. Hard to finish. Frothy creamy pour that quickly dissipitates.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of metter98
3.49/5  rDev -2.2%
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 BEERchitect
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sweet Stout...you're not kidding! Should be Very Sweet Stout. Sweet to the point of becoming a hinderance. But, it's not all bad. Behind a well headed, opaque, nearly black hue; lies a lactose and maltose laden roasted beer. The roasted barly is soaked in a cola-like sweetness. The hop flavors and bitterness remains low, allowing the sugars to shine. The cocoa more resembles a root beer character under the milk sugars. Coffee refereces are very low, even with bold Stout characters. Interesting, just not sure that I prefer it. The beer holds on to a firm, but drinkable body that would finish clean if not for the intense sweetness. When I look for a sweet stout, this is what I should look for, but I've become acustomed to bolder Sweet Stouts that are less sweet. Maybe a mistake on my part.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from a Bodega in Brooklyn:

High B- (3.50) / WORTHY

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Great brown head with little retention on top of this sweet/fruity stout. Almost taste the vanilla/sugarcane with a light bitter aftertaste. Less watery tasting then Guiness but still not a full body if you ask me. Overall, pretty decent for a Carebean beer.

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Photo of Boone757
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of oberon
3.42/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a wide mouth pint a near pitch black but there is some definent ruby highlights when held up to any light a thin fizzy almond colored head wich is gone quickly atop.Mild molasses and vanilla mainly in the nose with a hint of earth but its faint,very fizzy in the mouth almost like pop pretty sharp and a little thin.Not bad flavors its quite sweet that molasses note comes thru along with some dark roast coffee and cola a touch earth in the finish but it doesnt make a dent in the sweetness.Eh kinda boring not something to seek out it lacks character but its a beer the wife would like with its sweetness and thinner mouthfeel,I'll pass on it again.

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Photo of smithj4
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.24/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Black coffee black with meager coppery orange highlights. Following a vigorous pour, the upper half of the glass is filled with a splendid looking crown of coffee-with-cream colored foam. Speckled sheets of lace cover 99% of all available surfaces. Whatever else this brew brings to the table, it's a looker.

The aroma is less impressive. Much less. 'Average' was my first thought, but it might even slip down another notch. Primary aromas include an earthy cocoa powderiness and a small splash of sour milk. Other than lactose, sugar and caramel (for flavor and color) were also added. Here goes.

Royal Extra Stout isn't even close to quality beer. I've said this before and I'll say it again: if my first attempt at home brewing was a milk stout, it would taste better and be more drinkable than this Trinidadian pretender. I guaran-damn-tee it.

Why not just stick with malt, hops, yeast, water and lactose? The added sucrose and caramel make the beer taste way too saccharine sweet and artifical caramel extract-like. In fact, it tastes like a Euro dark lager from an Eastern European brewery that has little or no quality control.

The combination of sweet, sour, earthy and metallic is just short of nasty. I can't recall a worse (so-called) stout in many a moon. Since the 'best by' date isn't until August of this year, age can't be a factor. Enough of this, let's move on to...

... the mouthfeel, which is in dire need of more barley malt. The added sugar tries to keep things bulked up, but fails miserably. Medium for a dark lager, woeful for a stout. Not that it matters, but lager yeast was used rather than ale yeast.

Carib Brewery thinks that Royal Extra Stout 'conveys power, strength and potency/virility'. Sounds like an ad for Viagra, not beer. In any case, this sorry excuse for a milk stout isn't powerful, strong or potent. It's just bad. I'd rather drink Carib Lager.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.91/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of my frequent traders, tone77, dropped off some bottles for me the other day, having noticed that I am on a short CAN hiatus. Cool!

The two fingers' of head generated by my pour were both thick and deep-brown. This is what stout should look like, lemme tell you! The color was that of black ink, allowing ZERO light penetration. Nose was slightly sweet, not outright chocolaty sweet, more towards bittersweet with a mild smokiness. The head feel rather quickly, leaving some nice lacing in its wake. Mouthfeel was medium and it was much more like milk chocolate in the mouth. Sweet, indeed. Finish was still very sweet, putting me in the mood for something to offset it. It would work as a dessert beer or as a balance to something bitter, but one was plenty for me by itself.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.22/5  rDev +18.2%
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 TMoney2591
3.79/5  rDev +6.2%
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 imbibehour
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
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 rab53
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of Billolick
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle, with a painted on label, but no freshness dating to be found. This one pours black with a minimal medium bubble head, leaving decent lacing. Nose is malty and sweetness. Rich full bodied brew. Malty roastyness very evident. Sweetness comes in early and stays to the finish. Couldnt put down to much of this stuff. Too sweet for my tastes.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.3/5  rDev +20.4%
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 jwc215
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
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 GreesyFizeek
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
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 tone77
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of coffee, some notes of chocolate. Taste is good, coffee and chocolate coming through, very flavorful. Feels creamy in the mouth and is very drinkable. Overall this is a good quality beer.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +40.1%

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Royal Extra Stout from Carib Brewery Limited
Beer rating: 46.3% out of 100 with 147 ratings
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