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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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 woodychandler
3.91/5  rDev +10.1%
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 morebeergood
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I wanted to try as many different beers as I could in St. Martin/St. Maarten, and the main choices were pale lagers and stout. Guinness was the stout that most bars on the island featured. But I found this beer for sale at L'Epicierie de la Plage on Boulevard Grand Case for $1.50 each. This was stout #3 that I sampled. Poured into a tall glass. Appearance was dark brown with a tan head. Smell was like roasted chocolate. Tasted like a great stout, but wow -- this milk stout is sweet. Almost a sugary coating on the palate. You'd never guess 6.5% abv. Goes down so smooth due to it's sweet flavor, but this is more of a dessert stout that anything. The best example of a "beach stout" (if that's a term) that I found on the island.

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Photo of tone77
3.8/5  rDev +7%
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 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 wordemupg
2.61/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

275ml bottle poured into pint glass may18 2010

A almost black with a fast falling tan head that left no lace

S lots of molasses with with some mild milk chocolate

T even sweeter then the smell and that's a little too much for me, perhaps some cola flavor but cola that went flat a month ago

M fairly thin but enough carbonation too keep it average

D this was nothing special not worth looking for

this beers too sweet even for a sweet stout there's nothing to balance it out, I can't see myself drinking this again any time soon

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Photo of sholland119
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a very deep brown to black with a thin mocha head and some decent lacing.

S-Sweet with a marshmallow undertone.

T-A lot of sweet malt in the front, almost cotton candy sweet. A bit of roastiness in there somewhere and then sweet to finish.

M-Light side of medium bodied with nice carbonation.

D-Not bad but a bit too sweet; otherwise forgettable.


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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 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 cjgator3
2.56/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle

A- Poured into a pint glass. Pours a Dark brownish black color with a light tan head.

S- I was expecting a nice bold dark and roasty aroma. I was letdown a bit, there is some dark roasted malts but it is very faint and hard to pick up anything else.

T- The taste starts out on the sweet side with slightly roasted malts and molasses. There is definitely a lot of sweetness with this one. 

M- The mouthfeel is in between light and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, this one is a little too sweet for my tastes. Not bad, but not anything I would pick up again.

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

A: Dark black with a very nice tan head on top.. Though the head dissipates quickly.

S: Dark roast.. slightly sweet.. almost a slight vinegar scent..

T: Yowser.. Sweet, very very sweet.. with a very nice robust malt flavor.. Extremely sweet. But very good.

M: I don't quite know how to describe it.. Smooth, and settling. Very nice.. Good carbonation.

D: Very sweet, and this might be why I like it a lot, but also why I wouldn't do more than one in a sitting. Over all a very nice beer. Props.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.24/5  rDev -36.9%
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 brewdlyhooked13
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - pours opaque, a thin but creamy mocha head on top. Good sticky band of lace up top and a fine veil down the glass.

Aroma - fairly deep sniff of roasted grain and coffee. Simple, and good.

Taste - the roast has an earthy graininess to it, along with the lacto-sweetness, making an interesting combination. A whisper of balancing hops on the swallow, resolving to some good roasty grain and coffee notes on the aftertaste. Steady flavors throughout. The carbonation pushes a bit of a soda water flavor at points, but still good.

Mouthfeel - properly smooth and slightly viscous body, appropriate for the style. As noted above, the carbonation affects the flavor a bit, or it's teaming up with another trait and is a bit distracting.

Drinkability - tasty enough stuff, if not for that odd seltzery note, I'd thumbs-up this guy for a session candidate, sweetness and all.

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Photo of ATPete
3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle

Pours a deep brown color with a medium sized tan head. Sweet malts in the nose not too much else. Smooth, mild flavor. Smokey malts a little coffee, very sweet, no bitterness. Chalky, medium body, decent drinkability. Glad i was able to try it but i dont think i'd ever purchase.

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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 Clydesdale
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Opaque black color with a very large, foamy, sticky, and rocky brown head. Retention is excellent, with great, attractive lacing.

S: Some chocolate, molasses, and dark fruit (black currant/plum). Some leathery and vinous notes. A little lactic character as well.

T: Quite sweet - molasses, refined sugar, even maple syrup flavors. Lactic notes are present, adding more sweetness. Some semisweet chocolate and weak coffee as well. Some mild roasted malts. Again, leathery and dark fruit notes. It gets a little vinous into the finish.

M: Rather light, all things considered. Carbonation is fairly subdued. A wet, sweet, syrupy feel overall.

D: This is pretty complex and definitely interesting. A touch too sweet, even for the style. This one tastes sugary like a soft drink at times. Still, a very unique beer and something worth trying if you haven't ever had it before.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle, best by 2/2009. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with an inch brown head. Head retention is average, lacing is good. It smells like roasted malt, cherries, and port wine. It tastes like roasted malt, chocolate, tart cherries, and some rum. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit slick (but thin) with average carbonation. Drinkability is OK, it's not hard to drink at all. I think it's an OK beer, but I didn't really enjoy it that much. But with that being said, it's worth a try if you can find a single bottle to buy. I wouldn't buy a six pack of it, however.

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Photo of biegaman
3.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Opaque, oily black but not consummately so - a Trinidadian stout just wouldn't be a Trinidadian stout without some buttered rum accenting. This brownish contour doesn't make up for the fact that there is nothing else outlining the beer. No head, not even a mere trim, could be procured from the visibly fatigued stream of carbonation.

The aroma is sweet like candy and will trigger great big deep breaths with more than pleasurable scents of hazelnut, coffee, vanilla, and hot fudge syrup. It is almost reminiscent of a mocha-late or flavoured milk steamer. This shows no signs of roast to interfere with the sugar cane sweetness. Here's hoping the flavour is as delicious as the aroma...

I wouldn't say "as" delicious, and maybe "delicious" is too strong a word, but yes, it tastes very good as well. It's far more bitter - rather I should say less sweet - than I imagined it would be. The same character of nutty, chocolaty infused coffee flavour generally sums the beer up, however, there are also notes of molasses, raisin and a great deal of dark caramel.

To no surprise, Carib does use lactose in the recipe. This is a sugar produced from the whey of milk which gives the beer the distinction of tasting sugary sweet but remaining quite creamy in texture. They also use another priming sugar after filtration as well as caramel and isinglass (obtained from fish bladder) which is used to naturally enhance clarity.

I know the people of the Caribbean like their stout - and they apparently know how to brew it too. Royal Extra - I wish I had extra! - is one sweet, tasty treat. Somehow the flavours of cocoa, caramel, hazelnut and raisin turn out surprisingly refreshing. If you find yourself having a sweet tooth skip the candy and go straight to a bottle of Trinidadian stout.

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Photo of hopdog
3.01/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3


Poured a dark black with a larger brown head. Not too much to smell. Maybe a little coffee and sweet. Very sweet tasting (took me a little by surprise). Thinner and watery body. Looks can be decieving. I expected much more in both aroma and tastes based upon the looks of this beer.

Notes from: 11/12/04

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.15/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Royal Extra Stout

A- Dark brown almost black with a small head. Quick dissipation and no lacing.
S- Sweet suagry chocolate with slight touch of cherries.
T- Sweet cherry-like malt with a light touch of chocolate.
M- Sweet and fruity syrupy thick with a good chocolately dry body. Finishes off with a touch of tartness.

Overall- Light with a candy like fruity touch. Worthy of a pint.

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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 andylipp
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

500 ml can I brought back from St. Lucia.

Appearance -My god, is it black! Filled my nonic pint with a rocky tan head that really hung in there. A decent amount of lacing remained as the head receded.

Smell -Soy sauce, tawny port. Marsala wine, fruity, mild sweetness. A bit of alcohol.

Taste -I was NOT expecting a sweet stout, but sweet it is! Perhaps the sweetest I've ever tried (more so than even ST Crème Brule). Dark candied fruits, figs, and vermouth-like alcohol notes dominate. The 6.6 abv. is apparent in the finish. There's a lot going on here much of which became even more apparent as it warmed.

Mouthfeel -Sweetness coats the palate, although to say that this stout is thick would be a gross overstatement. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability- After my first sip, I wasn't sure I would be able to finish it-soooo sweet! But it grew on me and actually became more interesting as it warmed a bit.

Comments- Very interesting. I was expecting a Guinness Export type of stout, and this was anything but! I didn't try this while I was in St. Lucia, but if I had done so I likely would have brought a few more home with me. Too sweet (even for a sweet stout) to make it something I'd go out of my way to have again, except, perhaps, for dessert. However, considering how grim the overall beer situation is in St. Lucia, seek this out if you find yourself on the island. It's a welcome change from the weak macro-esque lagers that dominate the country.

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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 nasty15108
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Poured black with a head of tan foam that quickly subsided into a film of soapy bubbles.

S - Malty with the aroma of dark ripe fruit and a big sherry/port wine aroma.

T - Sweet and malty. Hints of chocolate, strong coffee and a sweet wine finish.

MF&D - Overall not bad, although when it comes to milk/sweet stout I prefer Mackesons or even Dragon. Worth trying.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.88/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brown 275ml bottle drank while on holiday in Tobago. Best before Nov 2008, consummed Jun 2008.

Very dark, a true black brew with a dark tan head, which sadly faded away to fast for me.

The aroma was fairly weak, some burnt malts but little else.

The taste was sweet, treacle and malts, burnt like the smell.

Rich in the mouthfeel, but not creamy or milky, nor the dryness some Stouts have.

A different Stout without a doubt, not unpleasant, but not a new found favourite either.

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Royal Extra Stout from Carib Brewery Limited
3.55 out of 5 based on 145 ratings.
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