Royal Extra Stout | Carib Brewery Limited

147 Ratings
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-18-2002

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

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 Bandi
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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 mquartuccio87
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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 dvanhandel
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of virinow
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of mrfrancis
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of Boone757
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of TheBeeraholic
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Dchou
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of kirbmeist
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of ThinkAgain
2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

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 Jayship
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of schopenhauerale
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of cmr5056
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of tripledbrew
3/5  rDev -15.5%

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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Royal Extra Stout from Carib Brewery Limited
3.55 out of 5 based on 147 ratings.
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