Mackeson Triple XXX Stout
Carib Brewery Limited

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Carib Brewery Limited
Trinidad & Tobago
Stout - Sweet / Milk
Ranked #503
Ranked #16,892
3.88 | pDev: 13.66%
Apr 05, 2021
Jun 12, 2011
Very Good
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Photo of Sigmund
3.69/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by Sigmund from Norway

275 ml bottle, bought in Barbados by a friend. Brewed in Trinidad & Tobago. ABV is 4.9%. Black colour, large tan head. Sweetish aroma of lactose and moderately roasted malts, hints of sweetened mild coffee, liquorice and chocolate. Smooth mouthfeel. Medium sweet flavour, notes of lactose, roasted malts and coffee, roasty and hoppy bitterness in the finish.

Apr 05, 2021
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4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Bouleboubier from New Jersey

(12 oz bottle, code 90122 2842028B, brewed by Florida Beer Co. Cape Canaveral, FL, USA; purchased single bottle off shelf at Bella Vista... poured into a fat tulip)

L: deep, dark brown liquid; tall (as if from infection?) coffee ice cream-colored foam, sudsy sponge... craggy lacing all over; messy, bubbly collar and cap coverage... much to capture attention

S: cocoa-coated black licorice, coffee-ground roasty overtone, hints of nutty or almost charred grain; background essence of molasses, hint of earthy leather... little apparent booze; overall nice intensity and depth, just a bit indistinct

T: huh... apparent enhanced intensity of sweetness upon first sip, with a strong roasted barley-infused chocolate syrup flavor, but not quite sugary-sweet in the aftertaste... a couple sips in, and the roasted grain is humming up front, with a clipped molasses and caramel sweetness building and filling in the background of the aftertaste... basic sweet stout character; again, has depth, but no unique fermentation and/or adjunct (sugar) character

F: semi-silky viscosity, but not quite rounded in its body or residual outflow... thankfully not that thick or chewy; nice mid-range feel; little bit of acidic toast and sudsy sizzle on the back end, keeping the palate awake

O: single bottles were on clearance sale for $1.29, and I can't recall having ever seen this in the store, so an easy buy... thought this would be a crap shoot, and luckily it turned out to be decent, grew on me... wouldn't mistake this for a UK import, but it's flavorful enough that if a local bottle shop had it available on the regular (at that price), I'd buy it weekly (1649)

Mar 09, 2020
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4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by MaltyPythonsHopCircus from Canada (BC)

Deep black pour with dark tan head. Coffee and sweet chocolate notes on the nose. Flavour follows suit and sweetness is subtle. Finishes with a leathery note

Feb 04, 2020
3.15 by Chilmer from Iowa on Jul 27, 2019
4.13 by wafers from New York on Jul 24, 2018
3.92 by Budlum from Maryland on Oct 09, 2017
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3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

Oh man I remember how I used to get those beer a day calendars in the 90s, and I would take them and make mixed tapes (cassettes) with those as the album covers. So a mix album tape would be called "Mackeson XXX" for instance. I still have that one. Seriously. So basically this is an older beer that has been around since/before cassette tapes.

Pours black and not overly thick. Leans on the thinner side of stouts, which I guess could be obvious if you look at the abv just below 5%. Aroma is roast, don't find lactose on this one.

Taste, wow, seems so much more like a mild export stout. Maybe not so much more, but at least equal parts. I guess I get a little bit of sweetness on the backend of the mouth feel, alternating between cola and stout. No off flavors or anything, just a mild middle of the road average stout pretty much. Would suggest to those who want lighter affair in their dark beer game.

Aug 22, 2017
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3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75
by GheensBrewery from Mexico

Generous amber head with an opaque black body
Aromas of toffee, maple syrup, and oak
Strong start that quickly dissipates in the mouth leaving a slight but enduring acrid aftertaste
Medium to high sweetness
Nice beer for a night with friends in a cabin with a fireplace.

Aug 22, 2017
3.69 by Jcarriglio from Florida on Jun 05, 2017
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2.9/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by Jugs_McGhee from Texas

Sweet smooth notes of dark bread and lactose sugar. A bit of plum comes through as well, but other drinkers might parse the dark fruit tone differently.

High C (3.00) / AVERAGE

04/28/17: had to pick this up again when I saw it at $9 per six pack in New York with a year of age on it.

"Triple stout." "Milk stout." 4.90% ABV.

Imported by DCI Miami Inc. 330ml brown glass bottle with a branded red pry-off crown cap.

Brown bread. Coke (both the fuel and the soda). Prune/date/dark fruit. Dark malt sweetness. Chocolate malt.

Mouthfeel is smooth, wet, medium-bodied, and aptly carbonated. Could be softer and silkier.

Drinkable but lacking in terms of depth of flavour and intricacy. It doesn't beat widely available favourites like Left Hand Milk Stout, but it's approachable fare for what it is and makes me eager to try more stouts from Carib. I think it's more shallow for having been aged, but it's still enjoyable and well worth trying once.


Oct 23, 2016
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3.2/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by DoctorZombies from Florida

Black pour with tan foam; good clarity under decent cap; moderate lacing. Light roast malt and burnt milk nose. Touch of sugary milk and malt flavors. Slightly creamy lite mouthfeel; moderate minus carbonation. A lite, somewhat creamy milk stout - ok.

Sep 29, 2016
4.49 by DannyBaldoni from Canada (QC) on Sep 24, 2016
3.71 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida on Mar 10, 2016
3.36 by Dicers from Colorado on Feb 16, 2016
3.81 by spycow from Illinois on Jan 05, 2016
Photo of jmasher85
3.54/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by jmasher85 from Maryland

I can still hear my landlord in Guyana now: "Hey buhye (boy), me gon go up on de road and trink five Mackeson. Let's go!" Good way to get yourself a nice day drunk with your favorite landlord. This is a pretty solid stout. Smooth, rich, a bit sweet, a little bit bitter but hardly at all, and easy to drink. A bit of chocolate flavor, some nice roasted malts, and a clean texture that's not too thick, because who would want to drink Guinness in the Caribbean coastal heat?

Nov 28, 2015
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4.93/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by Benny_Efkola from Canada (ON)

One of my top three for sure. The sweetness is not overpowering, but nice and mellow, not too sharp like its U.K.brewed brethren.

Nov 03, 2015
3.74 by frothy_80 from Missouri on Nov 02, 2015
3.27 by fisherbray from Florida on Aug 16, 2015
3.81 by Yancey82 from Pennsylvania on Jul 10, 2015
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3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by GreesyFizeek from New York

Bottle purchased at Beers of the World in Henrietta, NY.

This one pours a dark black, with a half inch foamy head, and a good amount of spidery lacing.

This one smells like milk chocolate, lactose, and a bit of caramel.

This is one of the classic milk stouts, and it shows. It isn't super bold, but it's still tasty, with sweet milk chocolate and lactose. Not a whole lot of roasted malt and grain here, which would have been the key to making this a legendary brew.

This is light bodied, not thin, but light on the palate, with a very creamy mouthfeel. Very drinkable.

A good but not great milk stout.

May 11, 2015
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4.86/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
by Marraybay from District of Columbia

For me, this is the holy grail of sweet stouts, my absolute favorite style of beer. I've searched high-&-low--and will continue the quest--but have yet to find anything that surpases its taste for me. If you like lacing, gigantic head, and smooth super sweet stout, look no further. As to whether InBev/Carib is doing the same justice with it that Whitbread did is debatable; Some have suggested the taste has changed with the various incarnations. I'm just happy to have it around no matter who's brewing it. Availability still seemingly a challenge however.

Apr 24, 2015
3.17 by rpbisaillon from New York on Apr 02, 2015
4.01 by Boughner33 from Canada (ON) on Mar 01, 2015
4.03 by Haman94 from Japan on Feb 20, 2015
4.25 by ckollias from Maryland on Jan 24, 2015
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2.73/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
by Young_John from New York

Interesting import from the Caribbean. Inexpensive and drinkable but not great. Won't buy it again.

Dec 28, 2014
3.89 by abcdefghijkyle from New Jersey on Dec 28, 2014
3.5 by grahuba from Connecticut on Dec 05, 2014
3 by booga73 from Michigan on Nov 26, 2014
3.25 by hreb from Washington on Nov 22, 2014
4 by paulish from New York on Nov 01, 2014
4 by kvgomps from New Jersey on Oct 14, 2014
4.52 by gtr34 from Pennsylvania on Sep 21, 2014
4.5 by Saisons-of-the-Abyss from New York on Sep 17, 2014
3.75 by Georgiabeer from Georgia on Sep 05, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by seedyone from New York

From bottle. A big departure from the hop heady stuff that dominates the taps & racks nowadays. Almost chewable in texture. Strides that area that's neither sweet nor bitter. Opaque. Black as a starless night. Meager head sustains as a thin film. Dark beige in color. Taste has all the elements of raisins & prunes with no sweetness at all. Add to that a rich espresso without a hint of bitterness & you have this most complex brew.

Worth chasing down for a lesson in the way things were. A true window into the past.

02/27/14 From bottle. An old friend from years ago. Thinner & slightly more bitter than the other age old stouts that shall remain nameless, this brand (1742 vs 1759) obviously comes from a time when things were more robust as the flavor is way more pronounced. Good to see you, old friend.

Aug 14, 2014
4 by ESimmons from Virginia on Aug 08, 2014
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3.27/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

The bottle backlog continues to fall in the wake of my decision to eradicate bottles from at least my kitchen and perhaps from my inventory. I am awash in the daggum things and they are standing between me and The CANQuest (TM) and I will not abide it any longer. This one is courtesy of my local, in-person trader, tone77.

From the bottle: "The Original and Genuine".

Wow, a whole 330-ml.! I'll be done before I really get started. I really enjoy getting the darker beers started because once the heavy-handed pour begins, the pseudo-cascade is obvious. The resulting three fingers of dense, rocky, deep-tan/light-brown head with excellent retention resembled a chocolate milkshake. Color was a dense, dark-brown (SRM = 44), allowing zero light penetration. Nose was sweet, but raw, like molasses or brown sugar, with a slight underlying smokiness. The heavy lacing left behind by the head as it fell was going to require a jackhammer to remove later. Mouthfeel was full and creamy, very dense, like a dollop of it had been laid on my tongue. The taste was odd, slightly chocolaty, but with a smoky, oily bitterness, like carob. Carob from Carib! Finish was semi-sweet, but still more bitter than what I was expecting in a Sweet Stout.

Jul 20, 2014
3 by beernads from Florida on Jul 04, 2014
Mackeson Triple XXX Stout from Carib Brewery Limited
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