Mackeson Triple XXX Stout | Carib Brewery Limited

Mackeson Triple XXX StoutMackeson Triple XXX Stout
BA SCORE
3.88/5
113 Ratings
Mackeson Triple XXX StoutMackeson Triple XXX Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Carib Brewery Limited
Trinidad & Tobago
caribbeer.com

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by GodOfBeer on 06-12-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#10,649
Reviews:
36
Ratings:
113
pDev:
13.66%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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11
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Ratings: 113 |  Reviews: 36
Photo of kylehay2004
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: two finger head with decent retention on a deep brown body.

S: mosty dark chocolate with mild smoked malt notes.

T: very milky and creamy with lots of dark chocolate. Minimal toasted malts.

M: light to moderate carbonation. Medium bodied and smooth.

Overall: almost like a baileys consistency with mostly sweet tastes with little malt presence. Drinkable but simple and isn't trying to be a beer really.

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Photo of spycow
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of metter98
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
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 biboergosum
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
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 kojevergas
2.9/5  rDev -25.3%
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

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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

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chinchill
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
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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Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of smithj4
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of woodychandler
3.27/5  rDev -15.7%
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 Huhzubendah
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
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 SadMachine
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of Dicers
3.36/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tone77
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +28.9%

Photo of beernads
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of tobelerone
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer really did the trick for me during a recent stint in the caribbean when there was little else to chose from, beerwise, that wasn't skunked fizzy macro lagers. I used to love this beer in the early 1990's and although this is brewed in the islands I believe it comes pretty close to the UK-brewed milk stout of yore.

Pours inky black with a creamy head of good size and retention. Decent sticky lacing remains on the glass. Aroma is mild but still has milk chocolate and cafe con leche notes and a restrained roastiness; very much in line with the style. The flavor follows closely; ample smooth lactose sweetness, like a chocolate milkshake with touches of coffee; lightly roasted malt character and just a little bit of bitterness on the finish.

Body is medium to slightly light; moderate carbonation, nicely smooth and creamy feel. Good take on the style, packs a decent amount of flavor, easy to drink, a real life-saver in a world of simply terrible beers.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of spinrsx
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of biegaman
3.84/5  rDev -1%
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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Photo of rodbeermunch
3/5  rDev -22.7%
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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Mackeson Triple XXX Stout from Carib Brewery Limited
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 113 ratings
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