Royal Extra Stout | Carib Brewery Limited

Royal Extra StoutRoyal Extra Stout
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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-18-2002

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Photo of cyrenaica
3.67/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

275ml bottle
6.6% ABV

I tried this beer on September 23, 2008 at "Smokeless Joe's" in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured black with a thin tan coloured head. The aroma was chocolate and plums. The mouthfeel was full-bodied with medium carbonation. The flavour waas roasted malt, raisins, plums, and chocolate. A little sweet for me.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint.

Appearance: Pitch black and little thick coming off like motor oil, tan head vaguely thin which rose to maybe 1/8" if that off the body.

Smell: sweet vanilla bean, and you definitely get a whiff of the alcohol.

Taste: little complex, sweet with molasses and vanilla to add. Does have a little bitterness to it but vary bland. I can't complain because taste alone is ahead of what I was expecting.

Mouth: medium carbonation, slightly bubbly but very very smooth.

Overall: Not knowing a thing about this beer I picked it up on a just chance and was not disappointed, I enjoyed very well right after dinner and this ended up being my dessert. Salud!

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Photo of smi
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of TheBrewo
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

We pour a nearly black brew. It holds a one finger head of soft, creamy, medium brown bubbles. Retention is solid, leaving thick lacing around the glass. Big bubbles float across the top for most of the tasting. Carbonation appears average, and no sediment is noted. The aroma is rich with dark and roasty chocolate/black malts, toffees, and steely coffee bean. Tin comes in, taking the metals to the next level. Sweetness is of heavy creamer, with an added glucose/cola sugariness. There is a baked, bready heaviness, with a light buttery quality. Salts and a dash of vinegar come through with warmth. As we sip, charcoal malts and chemically phenols hit first. These blend to give a synthetic, bittering start. The flavoring continues with metallics and soy sauce to the middle, where the malts soften up, but darken. At the peak coffee comes through, with enhanced sweetness of white sugar. This makes for an equally soft transition to the finish. We end with notes of continued sweetness, mild smoke, even roast, and cleanly blackened malts. The aftertaste breathes of light tin, coffee, milk chocolate, more smoke, and warming booze. The body is medium, and the carbonation is medium but soft. The entire sip is rather soft, with nice cream, slurp, and froth. The mouth is left astringently dried and slightly chalky. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks easily as more of a sipper.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the even, solidly balanced and robust flavoring. Before we even tasted we were presented with a gorgeous looking liquid. We were a little let down with the nose, as we wished it were as robust as the flavoring, but the taste did redeem things nicely. There were nice smoky inclusions, and tasty, roasty malts to carry a strong base. Everything remained pleasant throughout, and this was a great surprise.

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Photo of ckollias
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
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 OldTime
3.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of LJWalker
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of cdwil
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of pavpav12
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of Bung
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. Very dark brown near black pour. Just a ring of light tan bubbles.

Aroma, A sweet sugary chocolate. Malt, caramel, fig. Reminiscent of an English Brown Ale.

Taste, screams English Brown or Stout. Malty brown sugar and caramel. Some milk chocolate. Carboantion keeps this from being cloying. Pecan pie like.

Lighter side of mid bodied. A fair amount of carbonation makes this drink fairly easily.

Overall I probably wouldn't bother with again, due to the cola like qualities. Just not enough roast for me. Though I bet an Englishman or someone ready for it may approve more.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +40.1%

Photo of spinrsx
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a black/brown colour with a very large size frothy light brown coloured head. I can't see much carbonation due the darkness of the beer and there is some good lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for 6 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Chocolate, malts, smoke, grains

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a low amount of carbonation and it feels a little thin on the tongue. I can taste chocolate and caramel mixed with malts and a roasted/smoke taste. There also seems to be a but of a sweet cherry flavour. It finishes with a roasted and smokey aftertaste.

Overall – Good not great.. It was quite drinkable but it was just a little thin and lacking the big flavour that I'm used to with this style of beer. Happy I tried it, but I'll grab something else next time.

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Photo of JohnnyChicago
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Pours a beautiful near-black with a nice head. The head, unfortunately doesn't stick around too long.

S: Smells sweet! Sticky molasses and dark chocolate fill the nose. There are hints of roasty grains and maple syrup as well.

T: Sticky, malty and sugary. Hops are barely perceptible, but they do cut the sugar a bit. Dark fruits and esters come through in the finish.

D: It is a tad cloying, but not unbearably so. I think I'll have another one...but just one more. Alcohol is mildly present and mouthfeel is about average.

Overall: You know, this claims to be a sweet stout, guess what it delivers? That's right, a SWEET stout! No complaints here. Its a dessert in a glass and not something I could drink every day, but it definitely has its place in the beer world. Buy this one for your sweet tooth and you wont regret it.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.36/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a wine glass form a 275 ml. pop top bottle brewed at the Carib's brewery on St. Kitts. Pours a moderate brown with hints of black and with some light mahogany highlights. A thin mocha colored cap is somewhat short lived but does hold a light cap throughout.

Nose is pleasant though a bit subdued with a touch of chocolate hiding behind a prevalence of lightly charred and smoky malts.

Flavor is smooth and matches the nose, somewhat light and with the smoky flavors returning on the finish. Offers a perky carbonation to support a somewhat thin feel and offering a decent amount of chocolate and carob spice on the finish. Overall more of a light take on an Export Stout than a Sweet Stout. Not bad but not memorable, and a distant cousin to the Rooster Select that lurked in the glass next door.

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Photo of fostachild
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
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 Agold
2.79/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Even with a vigorous pour there is no head on this beer. It's pretty dark with caramel highlights. The aroma is a bit sweet. Not much roast, but lots of caramel sweetness and caramel malt. The flavor follows with a bunch of fruity caramel. There is a bit of chocolate, but not much at all. Medium to low carb with a medium mouthfeel. Average beer. Not that great, but an ok beer.

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Photo of Guden
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nearly opaque black with dark garnet highlights. 1 inch chocolatey beige head fades slowly to a thin film leaving thick lacing.

S- Roasted barley characteristics giving dark cocoa and coffee with a little sweet cream and alcohol in the mix.

T- Up front dark toast and chocolate notes which are followed by a smooth creamy sweet middle which unfortunately isn’t balanced out at all on the back end. This one is just a notch below cloying but stronger bitterness from hops or roast may have worked to balance it out some. As it warms the alcohol shows through a bit more giving a licorice dimension but only slightly so.

M- Super creamy with low carbonation this is easy to drink for a stout but the flavors stick around too. They nailed this category, what more is there to say.

D- This beer might be great as a dessert on a winter day but worked surprisingly well as a summer beer while grilling at the beach, very versatile and easy to have. Though it’s a bit sweet and doesn’t have as much flavor as some stouts there’s enough there to keep it interesting and bring me back for another.

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Photo of Kitt
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
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 AnPiobaire
2.69/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This stout was poured from a 12 oz bottle at appproximately 54 degrees.

The ROyal Extra Stout a dark brown with a caramel head that dissipated within a minute.

The nose is very sweet, with notes of chocolate and raisin.

The taste is very very sweet, almost artificially so. I'd like it to a drink sweetened with saccharin.

The mouthfeel is very thin and carbonated.

Overall, I was not too into this brew. I had high hopes and perhaps those out there that like thinner, sweeter, more carbonated stouts may enjoy this. For those of you out there, I say, Enjoy!!!

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Photo of SisuPride
4.01/5  rDev +12.3%
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 foogerd
4/5  rDev +12%
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 +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 morebeergood
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
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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Royal Extra Stout from Carib Brewery Limited
Beer rating: 3.57 out of 5 with 147 ratings
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