Mackeson Triple XXX Stout
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English Sweet / Milk Stout
Ranked #147
Ranked #4,229
4.07 | pDev: 11.79%
Whitbread PLC
England, United Kingdom
Mackeson Triple XXX StoutMackeson Triple XXX Stout
Notes: XXX version is for the export market.
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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.59/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Really crushing the beers from yesterday (not literally) in these reviews in the winter.

Pours black AF. Impressive right away given the session like strength. Looks thick and dark, full inch of tan head. Billed as a milk stout, but it seems to have dark fruit yeast like qualities of a Russian Imperial Stout.

Taste falls in line with the milk stout guidelines. Plenty of roasted, scorched malt that is bouyed by the lactose as minimal as it is to actually come around with a relatively smooth journey. This along with Samuel Smith & Sierra Nevada was my first foray into stouts in the 90s. The name is a misnomer as this is nothing at all that should come to mind when thinking about what a triple stout is/could be. The mouth feel does still have some of that dark fruit/licorice RIS like vibes, especially as it warms. Its kind of a taste that seems more like a blend of different stout sub styles at times. Definitely one of those classic beers that you should get into before you tackle on the trendy stouts.

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Photo of akaizer
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a beer of the month club. Poured a deep, dark brown with a dense brown-tan foam head. Scent is roasty and sweet, with notes of charred toast and coffee. Taste matches the scent, with roasted coffee and sweetness that I imagine is coming from the lactose malts. Feel is full bodied and creamy...almost chewy with a slightly sweet after taste. A very enjoyable drink!

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.85/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Mackeson XXX has a thick, tan head, a dark brown appearance, and moderate glass lacing. The aroma is of cream, cocoa, roasted malt, and brown bread crust. The flavor is similar, with sweetness, as well. Mouthfeel is medium and silky, and Mackeson XXX finishes midway sweet/dry.


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Photo of jjamadorphd
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not only was this really good but it is sessionable as well...

I have had a lot of stouts in my time but rarely do I come across one that is sessionable *and* flavorful. This one breaks the mold. It has a beautifully dark color, good foam and staying power, and a mouthfeel that is lightly carbonated, medium-bodied, and crisp to the tongue. The smell wasn't very discernible - the basic notes of what you would expect from a stout and nothing more. Yet it's taste was full of flavor - malt, hints of chocolate with a slight sweetness that was none too distracting. Overall this is a very good beer, exceptional - really - and something I will be on the lookout moving forward.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
3.2/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Black pour with tan foam; good clarity under cap; decent retention; moderate minus lacing. Lite roast and burnt milk nose. Touch of sugary milk and malt. Overall an ok lite and somewhat creamy/lactose dominant stout.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
2.88/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Taste: semi sweet, creamy, lactose, malty. Nose had a toasted milk aroma.
Black, mostly opaque, with a fine head and some lace. Full almost syrupy body.

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Photo of jlindros
3.62/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Acquired in St Martin.

Pours a mocha colored small fizzy creamy head fades at a need pace, little lacing, super dark black.

Nose brings plenty of creamy lactose, milk chocolate, biscuity wafer, that typical UK style milk stout like biscuit malt thing, almost any UK style dark beer had that aroma, mild herbal grassy hop.

Taste is creamy, more milk chocolate, lactose sugar and dried feel, mild acrid roast and char, little biscuity cookie again. Fair bitterness with more herbal grassy hops that turn spicy and quite bitter on the back end. Again that typical UK biscuit and yeast flavor thing. Finish is very bitter herbal spicy hops, dried creamy lactose, little acrid roast.

Mouth is creamy med bod, decent carb.

Overall meh, iffy flavours and many different things mixed that didn't mix well. Not very enjoyable.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sweet, smooth, and it tastes way stronger than it is. Plenty of milk sugar and roasty chocolate malt - almost syrupy in feel. Tastes rich but low abv packs no punch.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass. Thanks, Alan.

A: Dark brown with a tan one-finger head that lingers. Thick lacing.

S: Chocolate, vanilla, leather. Heavenly.

T: Sinfully smooth. Dark chocolate, vanilla and lactose do a three-way. Sugary sweet. Like drinking a chocolate milkshake. Toasty and decadent.

M: Medium with medium, creamy carbonation.

O: Very sessionable. You just want to keep sipping this one 'til the cows come home.

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Photo of azorie
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Classic Milk stout, rich, sweet, malt forward beer, very smooth and candy like, great with lots of food.

its changed slightly over the years. but then again its been in and out of production ALLOT.

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Photo of DaveBar
4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at the LCBO as a single. Served at 6deg C in a tulip.

A- Opens well and pours a nice head that lasts 1min. Dark, very dark

S- Not much here.

T- Very good. Chocolate and malt.

M- Creamy and kind

O- Very good. I like this one. Very enjoyable and light but flavorful

Food Pairing

This wonderful beer went well with... Pad Thai


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Photo of 57md
3.76/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown with a finger of beige head that retains quite nicely and leaves a good amount of lace behind on the glass. The nose is mildly roasty. The roast in the flavor profile is very mild and is almost completely overwhelmed by the sugary sweetness that lasts into the finish.

I know that milk stouts are supposed to be sweet but the best of this style balance the sweetness with some nice roasted malt flavor. This offering falls too far into the sweet category for my liking.

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Photo of gonzo000
4.85/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Mackeson's Tripple XXX Stout is a sweet Milk Stout and my favorite beer, even though I have not been able to purchase one for the past (i am guessing) 6 - 7 years. Since that time they have not sold the beer in MA and the distribution is very, very limited. I have heard about cases being shipped for $60 with the shipping cost.

I first tasted this beer in the Sunset Grille in Boston.

A. - Dark good head

S. - Sweet

T - Sweet dark stout

O - Excellent

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served chilled before drinking.

Appearance - Virtually black, opaque with a big 2 finger head that has solid staying power.

Smell - Coffee, bread, mild sweetness from perhaps some caramel. Not as potent as as expected all things considered.

Taste - Here's where this beer shines. Nice sweet mixture of coffee, chocolate, Although these flavors seem a bit subdues, it blends excellently with the overall roasty malt characteristics. The chocolate flavor in particular is more of a milk chocolate flavor. The bread flavors tend to meld together with a burnt toast flavor as well.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, medium bodied with moderate high carbonation.

Overall - Nice stout that is a touch sweeter than I prefer, but very tasty nonetheless and I understand why this beer was the "original" milk stout.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This may be THE classic milk/sweet stout, although technically XXX is a stronger version brewed in Trinidad, not the same exact beer as the lower ABV version from the UK. But whatever. Mackeson XXX pours an inky black hue, maybe just shy of dark brown, with red highlights at the bottom of the glass. Ample mocha colored head but this breaks down quite quickly. Smells like coffee extract, brown toast, iron oxide, a touch of smoke, a whiff of earthy English bittering hops. Palate is chocolate milk, butterscotch toffee, cold coffee, a little raisin and walnut, ample malt character and one can taste those earthy English hops just a bit as well. Silky smooth creamy body but not thick at all, high drinkability for such a dark beer. Finish is sweet and malty but not cloying ... There's a little husky astringency which provides a foil to the other components on the palate. My high ratings may reflect some bias towards sweet dark beers, and this one is super sweet, minimally bitter and not a dark chocolate and coffee bomb like some well-crafted stouts hailing from other styles. A pleasant diversion from my usual quest for hoppy and bitter (or malty and thick ... Although I suppose this one does evoke a chocolate and coffee milkshake).

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Photo of LXIXME
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Small light brown head fades to a decent lacing above a dark blackish colored stout.

A pleasant classic dark chocolate to coffee aroma.

A slight burnt dark chocolate malts taste.

A slight bitter dry aftertaste with some of the dark chocolate malts tastes lingering on with this full bodied beer.

A healthy nice full drink, gotta love'm.

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Photo of Lonestargazer52
4.67/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I personally like stout, and of all the stouts I've ever tasted, because they did not skimp on the malt I like this the most. Huge malt taste dominates significant hops, but not by much. This is a drink that cries out for a very hearty pairing -- smoked meats or fish, robust multi-grained bread with dominating aged cheese such as Roaring Forties Bleu. Like an Islay Single Malt, it is not a beer that anyone will not have an opinion about. I haven't been able to find it in about 2 years, and I am dismayed if it is no longer brewed. If anyone knows something similar, let me know.

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Photo of Huffs
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Wrote this review back in 1984, was brewed by Whitbread at the time. Poured to a black in color with a rich head. Aroma was sweet and malty with bitter / sweet malty taste. At the time I gave it a six mug rating out of a possible six, so it must have been good.

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Photo of lcooper72
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Mainly wanted to review this beer because it still exists! Got a sixer last week in KY at the Liquor Barn. Beautiful onyx black appearance with a tan head, sweet smell, great mild chocolate and creamy taste, and the lactose gives a great creamy mouthfeel. Hadn't seen it for years. It is my wifes favorite beer.

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Photo of usafboy
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

All I wanted to say though this was my favorite beer in college and BA is wrong about who brews this beer. Mackeson is indeed brewed by whitbread, however the XXX version was brewed in Cincinnati by Hudephol-Shoenling under contract by Royal Imports. I know this because I went to Hudepohl's website and emailed them asking them where it had gone. He replied with a fore mentioned information and confirmed they stopped brewing it "some years back."

Sorry for the unofficial review but I'm so passionate about this beer I can't let this amazing community be given incorrect information. I would give almost anything to have this beer one more time.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle given to me by capra12 a while ago...been hanging onto it, but word on the street is the time is right to pop this one, so off we go.

a - opened the bottle and filled my ccb snifter. poured a deep ominous oil black. a thin bubbly brown head was there, but left quick leaving hardly a trace. swirling the glass rebuilds, but the presence is just as short lived.

s - kind of boozy (which is odd all things considering). port-like. some milk chocolate or should i say chocolate milk? some roastiness.

t - hey, that's not bad. i'm not a huge milk stout fan, but this one is more my speed with a bit more chocolate than milkiness.

m - the mouth jumped out at me first. rather thin and milky. silky and watery at the same time. almost like a porter without the fizziness.

o - overall, pretty decent brew. something i would certainly pick up if i saw it again, but i don't know if i would go out of my way seeking out more bottles.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I remember buying this beer because I liked the look of the label. The red black and white was very attractive to me. I picked up a bottle back in April of 2008 and enjoyed it quite a bit. The beer poured out as a really nice black color with a thin tan head on it. The smell of the beer has some creamy wooden barrel aromas coming off of it along with some sweet roasted coffee and chocolate. The taste was creamy and had a very nice flavor all the things I mentioned from the smell. The mouthfeel was slick and creamy. Overall I'll miss this beer, had no clue it was retired till now. Maybe I'll stumble upon some again one day down the road and get to try it again.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We pour a brew of impenetrable dark brown. It bubbles up a dome of foam that is mocha in color, and stands two fingers high. The head recedes at a medium pace, leaving finely patterned and symmetrical lacing as it goes. Carbonation looks to be medium, but an army of tiny bubbles sticks all around the glass. Slight sediment is noted. The aroma sings with raw coffee bean, a flash of copper, sweet chocolate malt balls, a salty edge, not dissimilar to soy sauce, and with malts that are somewhat roasty. As we sip, the flavor begins with heavy, yet smooth malts, and bitter burnt coffee. High up towards the front of the palate, just at the transition to the middle, there is a white sugar sweetness. The middle continues with malts, which have somewhere inherited a smokiness, as well as a leathery twang. Again, at the transition, the sweetness returns and carries through to the final drop. The finish is otherwise marked by dark toasted malts and a chocolaty bite that only enhances the sweetness. The aftertaste breathes with malts, sugar, a bit of metal, and a fine chalkiness. This is not as unpleasant as it may sound. The body is medium, and the carbonation is light to medium. Although the beer is not that heavy, it avoids being watery, and coats the mouth evenly. There is a pleasant slurpability to it, and it is frothy to the lips. The abv is on the lower end of the spectrum, with the beer remaining easily drinkable.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the smooth mouthfeel. As the beer poured it looked inviting, creamy, and bubbly. To this it did not disappoint, with the mouth left coated and satiated. Actually, what is almost even more impressive about this beer is that it is made in the Caribbean. You certainly would not expect a stout to come from this region, and certainly not a decent one, so that was a nice surprise in itself.

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Photo of jgasparine
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 11-5-2010

A- Poured from the bottle with a medium tan, frothy thick head, which quickly receded to a haze layer, leaving some touches of lacing behind. Body was a completely opaque, dark brown- almost jet black body.

S- The aroma is akin to sweetened coffee with cream- almost like coffee ice cream. A little bit of stewed and roasted malts and treacle. Nothing that jumps out as a hop aroma. Simple but inviting.

T- I wouldn't call this dynamic, but I would call it delicious. The flavor profile stays the same from beginning to end- sweet stewed malt, roasted malts and treacle. Nothing that jumps out as hops. Again, akin to coffee ice cream. The finish is just a brief echo.

M- Medium body with a slight creaminess imparted by some soft carbonation. Very low astringency and no EtOH heat.

D- One of the most quaffable milk stouts I have had, although this version from Carib just seems to lack a little bit of the polish I remember from the Whitbread Mackeson's XXX.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
3.82/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip pint (split a bottle with my wife): Thin dusting of cappuccino head with loose, bubbly collar over black body. No highlights that I can tell, nor real lacing.

Moderate dark chocolate smell that kind of blends smoothly into a tart fruit smell, like chocolate-covered raspberries or even cranberries. Unusual, but I like it - gets even better as it warms, with a milk chocolate sweetness.

Lighter cocoa powder in the taste, on the thin side, but again with a slight tartness. Buttermilk? Strong roast in the finish & aftertaste. Taste follows smell, but a lot thinner.

Medium-light-bodied, a little thinner than I'd like or the smell suggests.

I remember being in love with beer 5 years ago, so smooth & rich, like drinking a s'more. This doesn't hold up to those memories, but still pretty tasty & drinkable. I wish this was still more readily available. Many thanks to hayesez for hooking me up with a few more bottles!

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