Mackeson Triple XXX Stout
Carib Brewery Limited

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Style:
Stout - Sweet / Milk
Ranked #655
ABV:
4.9%
Score:
87
Ranked #20,118
Avg:
3.87 | pDev: 13.7%
Reviews:
38
Ratings:
116
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Carib Brewery Limited
 
Trinidad & Tobago
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  12
Gots
  16
SCORE
87
Very Good
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

(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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MaltyPythonsHopCircus from Canada

4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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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GheensBrewery from Mexico

3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

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
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kojevergas from Louisiana

2.9/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

C- / BELOW AVERAGE

Oct 23, 2016
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DoctorZombies from Florida

3.2/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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
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jmasher85 from Maryland

3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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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GreesyFizeek from New York

3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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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Marraybay from District of Columbia

4.86/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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
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seedyone from New York

3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.27/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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
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gerite from Alabama

3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.16 FL. OZ/330mL bottle poured into a pint glass at standard refrigerator temperature.

A: Pours very dark, almost completely opaque with a thick leathery tan head that leaves gobs of lacing.

S: Mild coffee, molasses and cola with a hind of licorice or star anise.

T: Sweet lactose flavor with sugar cane molasses. The taste is very similar to a Guinness milkshake (Guinness, chocolate ice-cream and Jamison's) without all that alcohol. Hard to believe it is only 4.9% ABV.

M: Medium bodied with a smooth creamy sensation. A little syrupy with low carbonation. Almost too easy to drink.

O: This beer is a good representation of a Milk Stout with the triple X being more on the milk that on the stout. May be too sweet for some, but I liked it as a good stand-alone beer.

May 23, 2014
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is some malts, sweetness, a bit smokey. Taste is sweet, creamy, malts, some chocolate, tasty and enjoyable. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality brew.

Feb 13, 2014
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CAMRAhardliner from Canada

4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with just the slightest glints of cherry on the edges. A huge rocky tan head lasts a good while, draping the glass in lace chunks on the way down. The aroma is of milk chocolate and trail mix with a light bit of coffee. The taste is of Nutella with a lactic sweetness mingling with a restrained roastyness. Its dryer than I was expecting, though hops are very diminutive, providing just some bitterness. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a light, sparse carbonation. The finish is of cocoa and a light fruityness.

Complex and not overly sweet, a very good milk stout that I’d recommend.

Dec 19, 2013
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thehyperduck from Canada

3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle from a six-pack picked up at the LCBO; best before June 2014. I tend to find these Caribbean export stouts to be very hit-or-miss, but this one's relatively high aggregate score (and, more importantly, the relatively low abv) suggest that this particular brew might sit rather well with me. Served slightly chilled.

Pours a deep brownish-black colour, completely opaque, and topped with two fingers of pillowy, frothy, tan-coloured head. Excellent retention; it recedes gradually and unevenly, leaving behind a lumpy, billowing cap and plenty of lacing. Looks great to me. The aroma is relatively enticing, but doesn't offer anything unusual or interesting for the style - milk chocolate and roasted malts comprise the bulk of the nose, with some minor notes of toffee and molasses. Definitely leans on the sweet side, as one would probably expect given the style.

Tasty stuff, with a straightforward flavour profile that shouldn't be challenging to too many palates. It's decidedly malt-forward, with the initial molasses and roasted barley flavours leading into some milk chocolate and lactose sugar notes. I get a bit of a root beer/cola vibe toward the finish. As for the aftertaste, it offers a pleasant mixture of roasted malts and lactose sweetness, with the latter lingering on the palate for a longer period. Medium-bodied - actually pretty thick for something of such low alcohol content, likely due to all the sugars used during the brewing process. Fortunately, this stout never even entertains the thought of becoming cloying - it's obviously fairly sweet, but the roasted barley balances it quite adeptly. The carbonation is a little high for my liking at first, but half-way through the glass it calms considerably and I am left with one tasty, smooth-drinking stout.

Final Grade: 3.84, a B+. Carib Brewery's Mackeson Triple XXX Stout is easily one of the best export stouts I've ever had the pleasure of trying, and at $13.00 per six-pack it's pretty good value, too. Potentially sessionable, but realistically I don't think I'd want more than 2 of these in a night; it's just too sweet. Any fan of (or anyone curious about) milk stouts/sweet stouts should consider this one worth a look, as this is a tasty, bare-bones example with no glaring faults. If this one's too light for you, consider trying this brewery's Royal Extra Stout - which has many of the same flavours, condensed into a higher-abv package. Cheers!

Oct 13, 2013
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ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Deep black pour with a creamy tan head the holds at a half inch crown. Lacing sticks to the glass in net-like gobs.

S: Mild coffee roast, soft char. Thick, black molasses. Chocolate truffles. Earthy yeast. Hint of black licorice. Cane sugar. Plum.

T: Sticky black molasses. Lots of plum and darkfruit. Carob. Iced coffee with double cream and sugar. Sugary lactose comes on strong middle to end with a pronounced cane sugar taste. Long, sweet and sugary finish.

M: Thick body, though not too heavy. Very round, creamy, and filling in the mouth. Syrupy and chewy as it sits longer on the tongue. Low carbonation.

O: This is the sweetest milk stout I've ever had, to the point that I fear I might contract diabetes after a glass. It also has that heavy extract-y Caribbean stout feel to it. Toning back the sweetness a bit would do a lot for it.

Sep 29, 2013
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neenerzig from Ohio

4.44/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Glad to see this beer is back on the market again after production ceased for a few years! Got an 11.16 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. This beer is a a dark brown color with a nice thick light to medium brown colored head 1/2 inch thick when poured, settling to a nice surface coating about 5 minutes later along with a nice thick ring lining the inside of the glass. One of the darkest heads I have ever seen on any beer. This beer lets in no light whatsoever. Very nice lace. Sweet malty aromas with coffee, caramel and chocolate notes are present. Has a strong sweet chocolate malt flavor along with some caramel and a bit of coffee as well as a little vanilla. Amazing flavor profile. Rounded out with just the slightest bit of hop bitterness on the back end, but the sweetness dominates for sure. Has a very smooth, creamy, frothy, yet somehow still somewhat crisp, full bodied mouthfeel with a sort of milky texture to it along with moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink the way good beer like this should be. Probabley the best beer of this style I have ever had!

Eric

Sep 24, 2013
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metter98 from New York

3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a thin tan head that died down, raving a thin head covering the surface and a large collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of lactose are present in the nose along with notes of cola.
T: The taste has a strong dose of lactose flavors along with notes of cola and a light amount of sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is a good representation of the style, although I wished that the taste was a little more complex and had flavors of chocolate and/or roasted malts.

Aug 10, 2013
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StaveHooks from Oklahoma

3.47/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a pint glass
Bottled June 2013

A - Pours almost opaque with 1.5 fingers of mocha head. Tightly weaves lacing left on the upper sides of the glass.

S - Fresh chocolate grains, earthy coffe grinds, raw sugar, some grassiness, sweet cola.

T - Black malts, roasted cocoa, rummy vanilla, lactose, sweet fruit, extra sweet cola, star anise, takes a turn at the end towards more of a rosted bitterness.

M - Light to medium bodied, slick feel, low carbonation.

Very sweet and malty, has some light roasty bitterness on the finish. Not bad. Wouldn't want more than 2 of these in a sitting.

Jul 23, 2013
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spinrsx from Canada

3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $2

Appearance - Dark brown colour with a large size fizzy/frothy beige head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, grains

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and coffee. There are also some light smokey/burnt notes and a bit of a graininess. It ends with malty slightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall - A great appearance but not much of a scent. The taste is pretty well balanced (perhaps a little too sweet) and therefor not very exciting. A decent beer and fitting of the style I suppose. Just seems like there are better options out there.

Jun 24, 2013
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Bill92677 from California

4.7/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My favorite beer.... I just love the thick, tasty brew - 40-weight beer at its best!

It used to be available in California at various locations - spotty, but available. Then Trader Joe's picked it up and it was ubiquitous. Then it just disappeared as the brewery in the midwest went belly up.

For years it was gone, but now is appearing up and down the east coast. Fortunately, I found a place that ships it all for a reasonable cost of about $69 a case total. See www.halftimebeverage.com.

Enjoy!

Jun 13, 2013
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer is opaque with a near black body. The head measures two inches thick, fades slowly and leaves ample lacing in its wake. The aroma offers chocolate milk, brown bread, biscuits. Smells great. The taste delivers what the aroma promised. A superb example of the style. No bitterness or lactic presence. So smooth and creamy on the palate. Lingering chocolate breads and doughnuts, though not at all too sweet. I'll be picking this up again.

May 04, 2013
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andrenaline from Canada

3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours pitch black, finger of mocha head, some retention and nice sporadic lacing.

S - Rich mocha notes, toasted caramel, hints of cocoa, and an odd rubbery finish.

T - Sweet milk chocolate, dark cocoa, leafy greens, rich caramel, and the sweet cocoa notes linger on the finish alongside a touch of molasses and chewing tobacco.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and a touch of stickiness on the finish.

O - A tasty milk stout and a surprisingly quality brew coming from a brewery that I had previously thought had nothing but average brews.

Apr 20, 2013
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

33cl bottle from Trinidad, dated May 2013, served in a snifter. A moderate pour yielded a huge tan head that died down rather quickly but left the glass laced and a very durable partial top coat. Dark brown on the pour but an opaque black body with brown edges in the glass.

Aroma: nutty roasted malts and corn; fairly rich but not complex aroma of toasted grains with milky caramel.

Taste: Chocolate, medium and dark roast malt with a milky/toffee sweetness overwhelming a touch of underlying bitterness all the way to the aftertaste. A bit too sweet for me but ultimately leaving a pleasant aftertaste.

Medium-full body with well-chosen medium-light carbonation.

O: a bit sweet, even for a milk stout.. Good, rich dessert beer.

Apr 18, 2013
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biegaman from Canada

3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mackeson XXX is a shade or two darker than hot chocolate but has the same kind of look: an opaque but not quite black complexion with an abounding topping of whipped froth. This super deep brown beer does sanction the odd highlight against the light and prooves very pro-lacing.

The aroma has a cocoa and powdered milk scent that reminds me strongly of Ovaltine and, even more strongly, of Maltesers candy. It shares the same corn syrup, malted milk powder, milk chocolate and honeycomb malt notes as the popular Mars confectionery.

The taste, indeed the beer writ large, can also be summed up by saying "liquid Maltesers". With an ingredients list that includes corn syrup, sugar, cocoa mass, lactose and malted barley extract, its similarities in flavour to the confectionery should come as no surprise.

Overlooking the stout notes, which are secondary anyhow, Mackeson XXX drinks something like a soft drink - it has a cola-caramel sweetness and sarsaparilla or root beer-like earthiness. Factor in the sugary powdered milk/cheap milk chocolate flavours and, while there's nothing inherently wrong with any of this, this beer will appeal primarily to a pretty undiscerning group.

Right now, at a movie theater somewhere in the Western world, some kid is probably paying $8 for a bag of tiny, solid, spherical (non-alcoholic) Mackeson XXX candies. After several rounds of sampling I fail to find much to this beer beyond its similarities to the Maltesers confection which, in fairness, is not a bad thing. In fact, I rather like it.

Apr 12, 2013
Mackeson Triple XXX Stout from Carib Brewery Limited
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 116 ratings