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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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-18-2002

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Photo of Newkie
2.88/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass and served at a slightly chilled temperature.

A - Dark. Black appearance with a wonderful, lacy tan/light brown head. Sticks around for a while, too.

S - Lots of molasses here. Sweet and inviting aromas of all sorts for a stout (chocolate, coffee).

T - Burnt and toasted malts with lots of sugar and molasses up front. A bit over the top with the sweetness. Finishes with a bit of burnt hoppiness and a bit of heat from the alcohol.

M - Silky and smooth, but rough on the edges because of the burnt characteristics and sweetness.

D - I couldn't do more than one. Definitely a night-cap type of drink, but I don't think I'll be trying it again. A well made brew, but a little too sweet for my tastes.

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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 canucklehead
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I really like the intensity of this tropical stout. Thick, dark as hell and full of coffee and malt notes. Pretty darn drinkable and good with BBQ. This would be my drink of choice as the sun goes down in the ocean. The only fault is that it is a little rough on the edges and slightly hot for the ABV.

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Photo of Antilochus
3.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

6.6% abv, 275mL bottle. Cellar temp into a wine glass.

Intense blackish purple with barely sustained tan head. Leaves lots of lace though.

Great aroma. Coffee, roasted malt, brown sugar, rumlike molasses. Grainy sour. Boozy.

Palate is sweet, with a bit of funk thrown in. Smooth feel. Finish is a bit weird though, sort of old milk chocolate, cola, and chalk. A dessert beer for sure.


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

A: Thick black with a dark, tan head. Very little retention, slight initial lacing.

S: Black strap molasses, brown sugar, dark fruit.

T: Plenty of dark fruit & dark burnt caramel, molasses, sherry, good bitterness with some residual sweetness in the finish. Hints of tar & soya sauce.

M: Some residual sweetness & roasted acidity, but alcohol leaves a relatively dry finish.

D: It's decent, but certainly not as drinkable as some sweet stouts.

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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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Photo of beerthulhu
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark, almost black color with a thin beautiful cherry tan head.

S: A very dark and rich roasted character fills the nose.

T: Light dried fruit, figs for flavor. Very sweet with some apples, brown sugar notes, molasses and sweet chocolate coming through.A sweet brown sugary and nuttiness on the fade along with light rum barrel notes finish out the beer.

M: The mouthful is light but big on flavor.

D: A tad sweet per style but overall a solid good example and big on flavor.

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Photo of americanaqualung
3.66/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with a fairly creamy thick head that is a carmel off-white. The beer itself is very dark with no translucence.

S - Faint smell of hops with a little bit of coffee. Not a very strong smell.

T - Burst of the 'burnt' malt on beginning of sip. Then fades to a light chocolate. The taste seems to leave as fast as the beer from the mouth. I do admit the taste of the beer got a lot better the further into the beer I got as it warmed up. It became sweeter as I went. This is why I reconsidered and gave it a 4.0 instead of a 3.5.

M - Carbonation on tounge. Not dry at all and leaves the mouth with a wet feeling. After I had finished the beer, it didn't leave me with a "thirsty" feeling I sometimes get from stouts.

D - Not bad, just nothing too exceptional until that sweetness came out. It is fairly drinkable, but could use a bit more flavor.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pitch black with a dark brown head. Foam is thick, stiff and sticky.

S - Aroma is heavy roasted character, and a sharp molasses.

T - Yep, sweet alright, together. I'm getting a rich fruitiness - red fruits - and caramelized sugar. Notes of cocoa and rum.

M - Carbonation isn't huge, but oddly prickly as if it has to fight through the fairly thick body.

D - Overall drinkability is not bad, but the sweetness may get to me sooner rather than later.

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

Walked by this brew and decided to give it a try. This brew poured to a dark black color with a thick darker tan head that had very good retention and left a good deal of lacing down the side of the glass. The aroma seems to e a sweet coffee and chocolate mix, my thinking is that it is a little to sweet in its profile. The taste is what I was expecting based on the aroma, very sweet flavors coming in. Chocolate, molasses, caramel all come to mind. The coffee aroma does not seem to transfer to the taste, at least for me. To me this brew is to sweet, but that is just my opinion. In the past I really liked the milk/sweet stouts but this year I think my tastes have changed. Not a bad brew, just did not make the grade for me.

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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 MrMcGibblets
1.91/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

maybe i just don't like milk stouts...i was excited to try this while down in st. lucia as i was sick to death of piton but was disappointed. sweetness utterly dominates this beer. looks great, dark brown to black and clear with a dark tan/almost brown head. nose was of chocolate, coffee, and sweet raisiny fruit. taste was all cloying sweetness along with the above flavors. i expected there to be some roastiness to balance but it was minimal and not enough. of course, and unfortunately, absolutely zero hop bitterness. carbonation was nice but overall slick, milky, and sticky all at once in mouthfeel. this may be better used as a reduction in cooking desserts.

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Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Exp May 09. Poured an oily black, opaque with a tan head that gradually drifted away. Slow but steady carbonation, not a bad ring and some lacing. There was a whiff of caramel in there that quickly gave way to taffy and then sweet flavoured coffee. First impression mouthfeel was of a smooth textured chocolate liquer, then roast malt, more sweet coffee, then a bit of nutty stuff in the aftertaste. There's a sweetness and bitterness that mesh nicely to begin with. Overall, a little too sweet (for my liking) to drink a lot of but I certainly enjoyed it. It's tasty enough to surpize dinner guests with as part of an evening together or just to have on hand for yourself to experience.

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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 matty
3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow is this a sweet beer!! Prune juice colored beer with nose of molasses.The taste of molasses dominates this beer.This has to be the sweetest beer I've ever had.With that being said it is enjoyable and I would buy this again.I could not however drink more of three of these at one sitting!!

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Photo of jmalex
3.94/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

I know. The only reason I bought this is because I was curious about a beer from Trinidad and Tobago. But who knows. Maybe I'll be pleasantly surprised.

APPEARANCE: Pours a deep black into a shaker pint glass with no light getting through. A hearty one-and-a-half-finger tan head forms on top and doesn't really budge and only eventually drops to a splotchy yet full surface covering of foam. Honestly, there isn't anything about how this beer looks that isn't perfect.

SMELL: The smell is not too intense and is predominantly of roasted grains and bitter black malts. A somewhat fruity sweetness comes through a bit as the beer warms.

TASTE: The sweetness is immediately the dominant taste. It borders on cloying, but the style somewhat warrants it. It's slightly fruity and the roasted flavors are still present, but they really take a back seat to the sweetness. Further warming gives it a more rounded chocolate flavor and vanilla quality that adds to the complexity.

MOUTHFEEL: Very full-bodied and chewy and certainly appropriate. Carbonation level is average and spot on. Can't get any better.

DRINKABILITY: The sweetness kills it a bit, and big stouts aren't the most drinkable beers anyway. Even still, this is nice and is a fine Caribbean sweet stout.

Call me surprised. Sweet stout isn't my favorite style, but this is a good beer. Especially for something from Trinidad and Tobago, this beer is certainly worth a try.

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Photo of MTNboy
2.74/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- A very dark brown, opaque and almost black body. Poured smooth and formed a thick tan head with a bit of lacing.

Smell- A very sweet roasted aroma is in the air the second the bottle is opened. Followed by an almost liquor scent.

Taste- I wasn’t big on the taste it had some good qualities but for the most part it tasted more like liquor than a beer. Sweet roasted malt and coffee tones were almost at siege by this.

Mouthfeel- Full bodied and thick.

Drinkability- Not a beer that you would want to down but an alright for sipping.

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Photo of riversider76
3.11/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours black with some redish hues. Very thin head. Not much in the way of retention,but a decent lace. Aroma is of sweet chocolate,and roasted carmel. Good,but weak. Body is thin with some carbionation. Taste is that of iced capachino. Very sweet.Worth a try, but not the best example of this style in my opinion.

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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 oberon
3.42/5  rDev -3.7%
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 Boto
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle: This one pours a very dark, opaque brown. there is a small tan head on it, but it doesn’t last. The aroma is subdued, but has hints of coffee and a little chocolate. Some sweetness coming thru also. The taste is slightly sweet, with some notes of coffee. A little light on the taste. Just OK, definitely not bad, however.

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Photo of crwills
3.27/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A friend picked a couple cans of this up for me at a local LCBO. Glad to have another stout to try!

Poured pitch black, no head, looks a little thin. Might not have let it warm up enough, as I'd expect a decent head from this style.

Aroma is muted but stout-like. Bread and crackers, plus some roasted marshmallow, caramel, and chocolate sweetness, but restrained.

Taste, however, is not restrained at all, and overly sweet for my palate. I've only had a couple of sweet stouts before, but I don't remember them being quite this overpowering. Almost as though someone added syrup to it. Mouthfeel is also a little thin for a stout, although not too bad. Aftertaste has a maple syrup or sugar candy note to it that I didn't really like.

Of the two Caribbean stouts I've had, I definitely prefer Dragon Stout to this one.

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Photo of 3Vandoo
2.93/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

App: Pitch black with a good creamy head, the head is quite foamy and bubbly.

Smell: Guinness wannabe? Sweet in flavour, carbonated smell is quite present, metalic, and very malty chocolate. Caramel flavors are also very present. Nothing to brag about, smells like a stout to me!

Taste: Holy macaroni, this beer is smooth and sweet. Watery at first followed by a shy metalic taste which comes inplay the malt and a shy finish of hops. Some chocolate mil flavours are delicately present, smooth sugary taste.

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Photo of funkengruven
2.61/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This poured from a can an attractive black with a tan head that soon dissipated. Smell has some coffee notes, but little else. This stuff however tastes VERY sweet, Not sickly sweet but still very cloying. That in itself negatively affects the drinkability of this brew.

This would be a lot better if it wasn't so sweet. If they were to remove a bit of the sugar, this would be a pretty good brew.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
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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Royal Extra Stout from Carib Brewery Limited
3.55 out of 5 based on 145 ratings.
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