Mackeson Triple XXX Stout
Whitbread PLC

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Stout - Sweet / Milk
Ranked #193
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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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mynie from Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very dark, completely opaque. A very small head that fades away quickly.

Very rich smell of roasted malt and cream. Strangely, no bitterness is anywhere to be found in the nose.

Coffee mixes with roasted malt all throughout, slightly bitter up front getting gradually sweeter as it goes on and ending on a very tasty note of sweet cream.

This is the best desert beer I've ever drank. It would be great with just about any sweet food you can think of.

Jun 28, 2005
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Todd from California

4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Highly prestigious looking label and bottle with the stamp of royalty. 275ml brown bottle. No freshness date. Ingredients: water, malt, lactose, caramel and hops.

Appearance: As black as a stout should be, and then some. Thick black, ruby/brown edges with a thick and creamy coffee coloured head that sticks and keeps. A light brownish froth and cascade of a head rides a top.

Smell: Candied espresso with a perfumy alcohol. Strong coffee, sweet milk and creamy caramel aromas.

Taste: Delicious and complex sweet malt flavours of roasted coffee, caramel and chocolate meld with an overall sweet milk flavour. Mouthfeel is chewy, body is full and robust. There's a delicate hop bitterness that smoothes right into the malt character, balancing but allowing the malt, lactose and caramel mix to dominate the experience. The combo creates a pleasing fruitiness too. A slight roasted astringency joins the palate and provides the right amount of roasted dryness to offset the sweet profile. Finishes a touch dry with roasted, metallic and earth flavours.

Notes: This is why we live. Very smooth and creamy, and one of the best stouts brewed to this day. I'd go as far as speculating that it might be better than the highly/over rated Guinness, as an everyday stout. But, that's just us so keep the flames minimal =) All I know is that this is a sheer delight for any imbiber willing to indulge with such a complex and oft overlooked Stout.

Great as aperitif or paired with a dessert. A magnificent and prime example of a Sweet Stout.

Mar 03, 1998
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Jason from Massachusetts

3.16/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A gift from the beer gods, though I am giving it a lower score due to the fact that it is brewed in the US and it is not half as good as the real stuff.

Oct 23, 2001
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Gagnonsux from Texas

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

I thought this stuff was a little low in price for an import, then I read on the side of the bottle that it was brewed in the good ole' USA. Oh well, it's still a quality brew. Triple X is almost black in color, head is medium-sized, creamy, and brown. The smell is of rich dark chocolate and roasted coffee. Taste is more of the same, lightly bitter and rich of chocolate. Roasted coffee taste is mainly noted in the finish. The mouthfeel is very creamy and is a nice addition to the beer as a whole. This is great stuff and as a plus is a couple bucks cheaper than most of it's competion.

Mar 06, 2005
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franksnbeans from Ohio

3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a jet black with a dark brown head that dies quick to nothing. No lacing. Smells of a little bit of fruit and sweet cocoa. Taste is mild bakers chocolate, cocoa and some mild dark fruit with a slight coffee bitter finish. Thin in the mouth with a premium drinkability.

Dec 02, 2007
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germaniac from California

3.2/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up a 12 pack at Beverages and More in Fresno for $10.00. The milk stout style is not one that I've explored too much, and I was curious to try this value priced brew.

Pours black, letting light in around the edges to give it a brownish undertone. Head was frothy and chocolate brown. After the initial pour it vanished pretty quick, leaving no signs of it's passing.

Smells of chocolate mocha and sweet roasted malt.

Tastes lightly roasted, with the milk sugar sweetness dominating over all. Not too complex, but very drinkable because of the low alcohol content and smooth flavor.

Sep 11, 2005
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Greggy from Minnesota

4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a large fluffy dark tan/brown head over a pitch black color. As the head recedes, it leaves some nice thick lacing.

S- Sweet chocolate, deep caramel, butterscotch, cocoa, cream, and vanilla.

T- Starts out a hit of bitter chocolate and sweetened milk with other notes of caramel, some light butterscotch and a creamy sweetness throughout. A nice roasted grain and chocolate melds nicely with this symphony of notes.

M- Very low carbonation. Velvety.

D- This is a very nice drinkable stout. I plan on doing a side by side of Bells Double cream and this one soon. A bit hard to find in my area. Thanks so much to schellsbeer for hooking me up!!

Nov 30, 2008
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours an inky black body with a fluffy tan head; retention is not great, however, and there is not much lacing

Smell: A modest whiff of milk chocolate

Taste: Starts out very chocolatey, with a lot of sweet milk flavors blended in; a little coffee bitterness appears on the finish along with some vanilla

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with modest carbonation

Drinkability: When you feel a craving for chocolate but want to drink a beer, try this one and satisfy both cravings at once

Feb 03, 2006
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baos from Indiana

5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Drinking whilst typee.

A: Dark dark brown with a nice three finger head. Dissipates down to a nice sheen. Looks just about perfect.

S: Espresso with sweet cream smell, dark chocolate.

T: Awesome coffee bitterness balanced with malts and hops. Comes off almost perfectly bittersweet yumminess. This is the best stout I've had thus far dudes.

M: Perfect full bodiness.

D: This complex beer has so much going on, yet it remains very mild and refreshing. A definite A+!

Feb 03, 2008
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kmpitz2 from Tennessee

4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled last evening while out. The beer poured a deep deep brwon to black with only slight hues of dark ruby that came through. There was a nice 2 finger tan head that fell to coat the beer. The nose was very nice, with a dominant sweet and creamy chocolate. The flavor was right at what I expect a milk stout to be. Sweet and creamy and chocolatey. Not a lot of marshmallowy character, but enough to let me know there is a little there. Well done. The feel was thick and creamy, very drinkable. I will be drinking this one again. I like the balance between extreme and not enough in the flavor and nose.

Apr 02, 2005
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olimax from Arkansas

4.82/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I honestly knew nothing of this beer or what to expect from it when I included it in a mixed six-pack. As soon as a poured it and observed the dark color and coffee/chocolate aroma I knew I was going to enjoy it. This beer has a ton of flavor - coffee, chocolatey, and malty - yet it is balanced well and not overpowering. I would suggest drinking this after a meal and saving it for your last beer of the night - I drank a Celebrator (also a great beer) after this and could barely even taste it! Excellent beer.

Jan 18, 2008
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meathookjones from Virginia

4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This appears an opaque black with a head that sky rocketed up to a little above the glass and was a nice dark tan color. Good retention on the head as it collapsed into a rocky landscape and sheets of lacing were left as this was drank. The scents of dark chocolate, cream and roasted malt make up the majority of the nose and it is quite appetizing. Roasted malt and chocolate hit the palette first with this as a creamy taste comes in after with a nice sweetness. There are notes of espresso in this and it ends with a nice bittersweet finish. While having a nice silky feel in the mouth the body seemed a bit thinner than it should have been. Great drinkability as the sweetness is not overdone and the balancing bitter flavor adds a nice complexity to this wonderful stout. By far the best milk stout I have ever had.

Aug 17, 2004
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Bloop from New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a jet black with a mocha/tan colored head.

S - Smells of a chocolate molasses cream. Smells like dessert!

T - Very sweet chocolate/cream taste. very smooth to drink

M - Velvet creamy goodness. Feels like silk going down!

D - Extremely smooth and creamy. Love this beer. For some reason this Stout is light in weight and I can easily drink a few

Sep 06, 2007
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DrJay from Texas

3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very dark, deep brown colour with chestnut highlights. The head was a light chocolate colour, fairly dense, and settled quickly to a thin skim and ring, producing spotty lacing as it fell. Warm dark chocolate and fruit aroma (sour cherry, a little acidic). Light bitterness with plenty of sweet malts, toffee, chocolate, cherry, and a light roastiness. Full bodied with lowish carbonation. A bit creamy. Quite nice. Just a little too sweet for my tastes and not enough roast, but those are minor quibbles. Thanks for sharing biegaman!

Dec 26, 2006
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iceball585 from New York

4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pitch black color, non-transparent, half finger thick dark brown head that lowered quickly to a thin ring

S- Milk chocolate, dark malts, creamy, caramel, espresso

T- Chocolate, fairly sweet, milky, caramel, creamy, coffee, chewy

M- Medium/heavy body, low/medium carbonation, smooth, sweet aftertaste

D- Very good milk stout

This is up there w/ my favorite milk stouts. Not the best one I've ever tasted but it's still really good.

Dec 05, 2007
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Rio from Kansas

4.9/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Black. Black as night. Hold it up to the light, and it's still black. Perhaps a bit of crimson around the edges, but other than that, black. Good two fingers of thick, creamy, brown head, reminds me of the color of nougat. Head is pretty much gone now, but there's a bit of lacing on the sides of the glass, and a nice cloud of foam covering the surface of the beer. Sweet smells of coffee, chocolate and cream. Perhaps a bit of a roasted aroma tucked away in there, as well.

Wonderful roasted coffee flavor, hints of chocolate and caramel mixed in. A bit of a hop bite to wrap it up, and a nice, lingering roasted aftertaste. Thick and creamy in the mouth, very rich texture.

An excellent, wonderful beer. The only downfall might be that I suspect it's a little too thick and intense to be as drinkable as a lighter beer. One of these is probably enough for a night, but would make an excellent accompanyment to a chocolate desert.

Nov 16, 2004
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gwood from California

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz into pint glass, no freshness date...

Pours BLACK, black as night black with a side of black. A wonderfully colored dark tan head shows and leaves as quickly as it came although it was sticky and left a decent ring that did lace quite a bit. I really enjoy watching the head on this beer, it has these pockets or dark and light tan that move around...wish it would stick around a bit longer but none the less a good presentation all around.

Smells of burnt candy, bittersweet chocolate, very darkly roasted coffee are all present and mingle in with the smell of sweet milk. Sweet malts come on first followed by bittersweet chocolate and coffee but it's the finish of this beer that I feel really makes it stand out. Lingering milky sweetness settles in with a slight dry touch that balances out the sugars and rolls on that a train in the distance.

This beer really imparts its' character well at every chance it gets and the mouthfeel is not as light as others in the style, which I tend to prefer. The sugars provide a slickness that is quite enjoyable as well. I've been known to have more than one of these with desert and not complain. One of my go to's for sure.

Oct 13, 2007
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connecticutpoet from Connecticut

4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was an excellent stout, although the three times I've had it the sweetness level has varied a little bit.

This was an EXTREMELY dark brown beer, almost black, with a huge tan head that stayed around a while.

The aroma was of sweet roasted malt, and was quite strong.

The taste was sweet, smooth, and had a lot of roasted coffee flavor, without bitterness. There was not a lot of carbonation.

Mouthfeel was excellent... smooth and creamy and just the right viscosity.

I would have given it higher on drinkability, but I think it would be hard to down more than two or three of these in one sitting, the flavor is just so intense.

Aug 11, 2004
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

3.38/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a tulip. Poured an opaque black with a half inch, dense, mocha-colored head that dissipated into a broken film in under 30 seconds, leaving behind a tight band around the bowl of the glass. Some spatterings of lacing present during the session. Aromas of dark fruit, toffee and molasses intermingled, as well as something else in the back (perhaps lactose). Flavor profile is difficult to describe. There are elements of the nose present, but the balance seems off and character seems muddled; maybe lactose, maybe coffee, perhaps a hint of vanilla. Mouthfeel is between light- and medium-bodied with ample carbonation and a buttery feel at the finish, but seems a little off-style. Drinkability is okay on this one; however, it just didn't come together for me in the end.

Sep 02, 2008
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aquatonex from New York

4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of the most enjoyable stouts I have had to date...

Pours deep chocolate brown, almost black. The tap was very mildly carbonated so the head was nearly nonexistent. Nose is sweet with very mild coffee hints, reminds me of Irish cream or something. Taste is light and creamy, not your standard stout. Sweet, not bitter. Dare I say, milky :). Bit coffeeish as well but no bitterness like coffee. Very good, smooth, clean. Heavy but not as heavy as I expected. Very nice.

Nov 16, 2005
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Biscuit033 from Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Black with a three finger light brown head that recedes quickly and leaves moderate lacing.

S: Espresso and chocolate notes up front with some bitterness and cream in the next whiff.

T: Smokey sweetness. Roasted malts, cream, milk, chocolate, and a hint of espresso, but not overly bitter.

M: A little thinner than full bodied but smooth and a lingering sweetness.

D: The sweetness is not cloying but is close. The smoke helps but I wish there was more or more bitterness. I good substitute for dessert though.

Mar 14, 2008
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apintofknowledge from Connecticut

4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured thick and dark, somewhere between black coffee and motor oil, with a thin reddish head. Pinhead sized bubbles of carbonation were apparent on the sides of the glass. The aroma was of pure toasted malt. The taste… dark rich roasted coffee, a slight flavor of bittersweet chocolate, then a strong sweet brown sugar comes forward. There’s a mild creaminess to the aftertaste, along with the lingering mildly bitter coffee. Amazingly good flavor. Nice mouthfeel… full, slightly syrupy with a nice amount of carbonation (larger bubbles than a Guinness, but less carbonated than a lager). Altogether, a thoroughly delicious and enjoyable stout, full of flavor. Very drinkable!

Received this bottle as a part of a “Beers of the World” 8-pack, mixed in with a bunch of mediocre lagers, and this was the by far the best of the bunch, a great surprise! I’ll be picking up a six-pack soon…

Jan 09, 2005
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atrus138 from Kentucky

3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark, dark black color with no real head, but a bit of dark brown froth on top. No lacing. Smell and taste are both very sweet. Most notable are chocolate, maple, toffee, caramel. It's pretty much like candy. Taste is a bit more robust than the smell. Very creamy flavor. Mouthfeel is much too thin, though I found the carbonation to be adequate. Surprising low ABV makes for a great session beer. However, I wasn't overly impressed with this one. Solid, to be sure, but not outstanding.

Jan 28, 2008
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RedwoodGeorge from California

4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've had this beer a number of times now and I look forward to the next time with great excitement. This is the first time I've drunk the beer with a critical eye (knowing I would be reviewing it) and I've walked away more impressed than ever.

The stout pours a dark chocolate brown with a thick head the color of hot cocoa. The head sticks around for the entire drink, leaving quite a bit of deep tan lacing on the sides of the glass.

The nose is incredibly inviting - notes of caramel, chocolate, coffee and malt. The overall impression is a sweet, warm smell that just begs for a taste.

This may be the first time I rate a brew's taste "exceptional" but that's exactly how I'd describe it. At first you notice the light sweetness of the caramel and malt, followed by coffee and chocolate. There's the slightest hint of hops at the end, just enough to keep this from being overly sweet. What impresses me the most is how well balanced the flavors are - this is sweet but far from sugary, dark but far from bitter. The fine carbonation leaves a slight fizz on the tongue which does a great job of lightening the taste (this is far from being a "heavy" brew)

As far as drinkability goes, let me just say this: if I were limited to only one brand, it would probably be this one. This is such a balanced and inviting brew that I just can't say enough good things about it.

Aug 24, 2004
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treyrab from California

3.43/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this one at Zeno's Dark Side Day. Had it poured into a pint glass...

A: Dark brown yet not black by any means. A decent white khaki foam head that lasts a while before going to a ring of foam.

S: Extremely sweet smell of caramel. Tons of sugar, caramel. and a touch of roast.

T: Very, very sweet like vanilla caramel truffles. A bit too sweet with caramel and chocolate. No noticeable hops at all.

Overall, an extremely sweet stout that wasn't for me...but may be your style.

Oct 05, 2008
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