Mackeson Triple XXX Stout
Carib Brewery Limited

Mackeson Triple XXX StoutMackeson Triple XXX Stout
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Style:
English Sweet / Milk Stout
Ranked #602
ABV:
4.9%
Score:
87
Ranked #18,052
Avg:
3.87 | pDev: 13.7%
Reviews:
36
Ratings:
115
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Carib Brewery Limited
 
Trinidad & Tobago
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
87
Very Good
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Reviews by rodbeermunch:
Photo of rodbeermunch
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.

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Photo of jmasher85
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?

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Photo of barczar
3.64/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aggressive pour yields an opaque brown beer with a solid 2 finger head that dissipates slowly, like a boiling batch of toffee. Amber highlights are difficult to discern.

Aroma is nutty roasted malt, slightly acrid, with deep chocolate and a hint of sweetness.

Chocolate and bitter roast malt comprise the flavor backbone, with a surprising toffee sweetness to balance the bitterness. Far sweeter than anticipated. It reminds me of drinking the milk leftover from a bowl of cereal.

Body is moderately heavy, with fairly light carbonation. Finish is somewhat cloying.

Very different than any milk stout I've had. If you like your beer on the sweet side, give this a shot. Would have again...eventually...

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Photo of Marraybay
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.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
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.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle, label says best before December 2012. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The brew smells like roasted malt, chocolate, and a bit of smoke. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's the addition of some lactose. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's smooth and slick with a good amount of carbonation. I think it's a good overall brew. Picked up a single at Liquor Barn.

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Photo of biegaman
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.

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5/5  rDev +29.2%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of neenerzig
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

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Photo of thehyperduck
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!

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Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Budlum
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of wafers
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of metter98
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.

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Photo of Griffith
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of beertunes
3.24/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to Rampaige for this one. Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a solid black color with under 1/4 inch of tan head that had no retention and very light lace, although there were tons of tiny bubbles clinging to the side of the glass.

The aroma was mostly sweet and malty, with a bit of underlying grain. Pretty typical, in other words. The taste was pretty much the same, sweet, malty and bit of earthy grain. There was a touch of an odd funk at the back that some folks may enjoy more than I did.

The body was right where you'd expect it for the style, medium full and not heavy. Drinkability was good, the beer was consumed easily and enjoyably. Overall, a nice little beer. I suspect that while drinking light, yellow brews on the beach all day, this would make for a very pleasant change of pace. Worth trying if you see it.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330ml single bottle. Wow - made with mild sugar, more sugar, and caramel? Is that what the 'triple' in the name is alluding to?

This beer pours a solid black, with faint basal cola highlights, and three fingers of bulbous puffy, rocky light brown head, which leaves some decent striated rings of droopy lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of bittersweet chocolate, sugary powdered milk, lightly roasted bready grain, sweet earthy root - like off-brand cola, and a vegetal, rather woody hoppiness. The taste is a whole lot sweeter - cola-esque caramel, dollar store milk chocolate, a mild lactic sourness, toasted bready malt, a further sarsaparilla soft drink edginess, and earthy, weedy hops.

The carbonation is quite tame, just a wee tickle here and there, the body an adequate medium weight, a tad clammy from the sugar, but generally smooth, even a little creamy. It finishes still well on the sweet side, the milk sugar, cocoa, and caramel all overshadowing any inherent maltiness at this point. As for the hops - they be on island time, methinks.

A fairly equitable milk stout, even if it is heavily skewed towards the former, as the roasted and earthen notes make up enough time to keep things basically grounded. So, worthy if you've tired of 'dry' stouts, and feel the need to give your sweet tooth a bit of exercise.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
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.

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Photo of GodOfBeer
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is straight from St. Lucia, brewed in Trinidad. The bottled version is brewed in St.Kitts and personally I think this is better.

Pours a dark brown(black) with a one finger thick tan head, lots of lacing!

Smells of sweet chocolate milk, coffee and rich caramel malty-ness!

Tastes malty and rich upfront, like chocolate brownies and finishes milky sweet with a slight hop bitterness to balance it out.

Overall a wonderful milk stout, the best I've ever had. I'm sure this is different than the now retired English version. If you're ever in the Caribbean, seek this one out!

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Photo of chinchill
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Mackeson Triple XXX Stout from Carib Brewery Limited
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 115 ratings