Mackeson Triple XXX Stout | Whitbread PLC

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Mackeson Triple XXX StoutMackeson Triple XXX Stout

Brewed by:
Whitbread PLC
England, United Kingdom

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
XXX version is for the export market.

Added by Todd on 03-03-1998

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Reviews: 530 | Ratings: 664
Photo of jmichaelp
2.06/5  rDev -49%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Unfortunately, I didn't notice that this was a "milk" stout when I bought a six pack... I was initially impressed with how well the beer looked in my glass with it's head & color. With that in mind I proceeded to enjoy errr, stop right there! This wasn't enjoyable at all! This beer is so sickishly sweet that I could only drink one bottle, although I tried on four occassions to drink additional bottles of it, I ended up with just a few tastes before I had to throw each bottle out. So, this is definitely not an acquired taste! I assume that this type of beer is geared toward those who don't like beer and want the taste masked by gross sweetness.

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Photo of ne0m00re
2.42/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

10/25/10- Had a 12 oz bottle of this.
A: Pitch black with a very thin collar. Kind of watery.
S: Grape, cigar, roasted coffee, sweet caramel and rum. It sounds good writing it, but it isn't.
T: Very sweet and nutty, milky, smoky cigar, cocoa. Watered-down.
M: Spritzy, slightly creamy, weird.

I'm not sure how old this is. It was not good at all in my opinion.

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Photo of RustythePelican
2.58/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured a deep black with almost no head (even with an aggressive pour). Small head disappeared quickly with no lacing. Smelled of raisins, brazil nuts and a hint of cocoa. Taste is where this beer let me down; this is another "one-trick pony" beer, with one overwhelming taste - sweet, sweet lactose. If that's your thing, this may be an impressive beer. I felt the sweetness detracted from some of the complexity that was hinted at with the smell.

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Photo of maxpower
2.64/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Awesome jet black color, small creamy tan head, this stuff looks great, sweet chocolate milk aroma, very sweet with some burnt malt bitterness, milky mouthfeel, lactose added. I don't like this stout, too much sweetness and milky feel.

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Photo of packetknife
2.71/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sorry but I found this pretty poor. Almost dead black with a small dark-tan head, didn't hold. A bit pungent. Awfully thin for a stout. Rather too much sour over the sweetness. A sour film sticks to the tongue and roof of the mouth.

I am horribly dissapointed and I hope I've just had bad luck. Thrice.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
2.71/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours pure black with an eccentric dark brown head. One of the darkest heads I've ever seen. The foam disappears too quickly.

S: Mocha chocolate, toasted malts. Chalky smell.

T: Sweet malts and chocolate. Sugar substitute flavor in the finish. Unimpressive. Doesnt taste bad, just too sweet, too boring, and too basic for a stout. Needs more robustness, more variety of flavors.

M: I've had heavier stouts, but this isnt too bad. I'd call it medium-bodied. Could probably use a tad more carbonation.

D: Good, but nothing special.

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Photo of MTNboy
2.73/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I am going to write a quick disclaimer first. The Mackeson’s XXX I tried was made under contract in the Caribbean not made in the UK and when I find it again I want to give it another shot. Because I am hoping the brew from Trinidad does not do it justice. However the company does put their name and logo on it so you would hope there was some type of quality control.

Appearance- Good, opaque darkness. There are some bubbles but they don’t hang around long. The head is tan and thick. There is some lacing but not much.

Smell- Roasted malts, caramel and coffee are all present in the odor of this beer.

Taste- At first it taste like a pretty good stout. There are good tones of toffee, caramel and creamy tones but come a very strong alcohol taste that is more like rum than beer. A very good roasty aftertaste follows all of this though.

Mouthfeel- A full bodied and somewhat creamy ale.

Drinkability- A decent dinner beer and sipping beer

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Photo of DIM
2.73/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

a: Black body and a short lived fizzy tan head.

s: Milky sweetness and a little roast, both very faint.

t: Slightly off-tasting and bland at the same time, bad combination. Lightly bitter roasty malt and a trace of artificial sweetner.

m: Wet and fizzy.

d: This was everywhere in Dominica. Too bad it wasn't very good.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
2.78/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Awfully weak for a stout, especially one that bills itself as "XXX Triple Stout".

Molasass and raisins, not appealing to my tastes. Too sweet, hops are completely absent.

Not absolutely terrible, but I will avoid this in the future. Not impressed.

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Photo of osi
2.79/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Poured super dark brown with no head. Trace was brown Not impressive at all

S - Bananas, dark chocolate malt and alcohol. Hints of chocolate and almonds.

T - The alcohol bites first and lasts through the entire taste, not overpowering though. Dark malt backbone with a coffee after taste. Towards the end the hops shined through as the beer warmed and balanced well with the malts. This led to a nice bitter compliment to the sweeter side. One of the upsides.

M - Not impressed on this end either. Almost reminds me of a cola in the aspects of consistency and carbonation.

D - Definitely better stouts that this one all around. I would not have this again. The reason i gave it good remarks on the smell and taste is for its complexities. I was looking forward to this one actually and I was let down. ;/

On a side note I would like to actually try one from the original brewery. The one I have was brewed in Cincinnati, OH.

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Photo of clvand0
2.83/5  rDev -30%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a dark color with a small dark tan head that dies off quickly. The aroma is of burned malts with chocolate and coffee as the other major aromas. The flavor is mostly a strong coffee taste with a little chocolate in the background. It is a little sweet, but not too much - good balance of sweetness. The aftertaste is a little malty, but mostly the coffee taste hangs around. This is a pretty good sweet stout, but I would have enjoyed it more if I liked coffee.

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Photo of Ave
2.85/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

There is not much of note to state about this stout. Coming in a brown bottle of usual description, it looks, pours, smells & tastes like a very average stout. Nothing overly offensive, but also noting to really draw your attention either. Dark brown, amber at the sides, thin head, tries to hang on only manages to leave the slightest traces down the glass. The aroma is sweet with slight molasses hint, but ultimately rather distant. Flavor is very sweet but well within style parameters, however this sweetness dose dominate the flavor profile. Half hearted somewhat sugar water finish, no bitter punch. Not much here.


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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
2.88/5  rDev -28.7%
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 Rastacouere
2.91/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Black pour with a big tan head, creamy and foamy. Coffee and sweet chocolate milk aroma. Mild grapey acidity on the tongue, slight slice of grassy bitterness in the finish. Smooth and quaffable to be sure, but I can’t say I like those milky/creamy stouts that much. The lactose make it seem to me less beer-like than most fruit beers. The full body could use a touch more carbonation, it’s almost still as it is. Low complexity level. Not my cup of tea...

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Photo of bossmanjg
3/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have enjoyed many Milk or Cream Stouts, and this was no exception.

Appearance: Dark to black in color, the head was good for most of the session. Although, the head was just clinging to the sides by the end, the lacing was not bad.

Smell: Strong coffee aroma accompanied by chocolate, hints of vanilla, and a trace of caramel.

Taste: For most of the beer, it was a great flavor, but it didn’t have the sweetness I was seeking. The aroma promised more than the body could deliver. Much more bitter than sweet.

Mouth feel: Smooth, not watery at all.

Drinkability: I would consider this a session beer.

And as always remember the immortal words:

“Beer is proof that God loves us, and wants us to be happy.”

~Benjamin Franklin

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Photo of TPSReports
3.04/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours like strong coffee except it has virtually no aroma. Very minimal head forms as you pour this brew.

It is a black, opaque beer. It may even absorb light it is so densely black. As mentioned earlier, there is no nose with this beer.

The taste is sweet and fudgy. It's like drinking a rich flourless chocolate torte. There is not a hint of hops, which would kill the sweetness. It is not a thick mouthfilling brew. It seems a bit watery on the toungue. Well, it is a liquid, but I would think that the feel should match the flavor. Unfortunately, it does not.

All in all, I would say that this is a beer best consumed in small quantities. Considerably less than twelve ounces was enough for me. Fortunately, I had a buddy the polish it off.


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Photo of marcellaproust
3.05/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

For stout lovers, this beer may disappoint. As another reviewer puts it, it's dessert in a bottle. But I'm not sure that dessert is what most beer connoisseurs are looking for in their drink. The mouthfeel/texture is like French Silk pie...silky and slick. The taste is overwhelmingly chocolatey: there's not enough bitterness to really make a claim for coffee flavors, unless it's one of those "coffee drinks" or liquified sundaes they serve up at Starbucks. The aroma is promising -- it smells like it could be a rich but balanced stout. Yet without the backbone of hoppiness on the finish, this stout becomes pretty monotone about half way through. I'd say it's a great beer to suggest to non-beer lovers: the kind of folks (unfortunately, many women I am ashamed to admit) who either get the blandest tasting mainstream lite beer or opt for a sweet cocktail just to remain part of the crowd. And there's nothing wrong with that!

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Photo of hoppymcgee
3.06/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Suitcase Jon for this brewyah. Poured into a big ass beer mug.

A: Black with a tan 4-finger foamy head. This beer held up!

S: Stout. Malty, milky, candi sugars, vanilla, and bready.

T: Really sweet. Like aspartame sweet. At the very back there's some characteristics of malts.

M: Pretty standard for a sweet stout.

D: I can see why Suitcase Jon told me to drink this as a beer float.

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Photo of hollicetales
3.1/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Although this was a dark and creamy stout with really great chocolate and coffee overtones, I'm not a huge fan of sweet stouts. This one was a bit way to sweet for my likes. It has a good bite though and great dark appearance and head, perhaps i will like it a bit more in the bottle, but I tend to perfer less sweet stouts and on tap. For lovers of sweet stouts and milk stouts though you will probably be a big fan of this one. I won't diss this beer but it's just not my bag.

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Photo of bruachan
3.11/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

ooooh...dark and flavorful

nice lookin' brew, with a thick finger of brownsugar head that does drop with time, but leaves behind some good evidence and never truly leaves the surface of the beer. from it emanate scents of oxidized, and not overly sweet...well, it doesn't smell like much. there's some roast in there; vanilla (oak?)

noticeable hop flavor and restrained sweetness. there's a significant cola-like aspect that i imagine is a result of spending a little too much time in the bottle. the mouthfeel is quite light. i don't like it when beer tastes like RC Cola. gross

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Photo of scott
3.12/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

unknown vintage

Dark and inky pour with nicley formed dark tan head that disappears rapidly. As I was walking from kitchen to computer, I smelled roast, but now I can't detect anything. Odd. I swirled. I tried. Nothing.
Taste is initially robust, with a pronounced choco-roast that quickly fades. I've had this before and wasn't impressed, and I'm feeling quite the same now. Flavored water for the most part. I want to love this, but...too watery. There is carbonation, present & accounted for though.
Clean, dry and very easy to drink.

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Photo of Jason
3.16/5  rDev -21.8%
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.

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Photo of tar
3.18/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours thick and black with a thick, very foamy tan head. The head dissipates fairly quickly and leaves behind a little lacing on the glass. A rather attractive beer in the glass. The aroma is that of burnt/roasted coffee with a hint of chocolate. Tastes very sweet and chocolatey. Feels smooth and fairly heavy in the mouth. The rather heavy feel and chocolatey sweetness (too sweet for my liking) certainly acted to limit my consumption of this beer--I felt as though I had eaten too much dessert in finishing my glass.

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Photo of crookedhalo
3.18/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours opaquely black with a medium brown, fluffy head. Aromas are mostly of scorched, toasted malts and a marshmallowy, synthetic-like like sweetness. Mostly thick and malty, with some slight lactic tartness nearer the finish. Feels thin, but with adequate flavor. There are better examples of good milk stout out there.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
3.2/5  rDev -20.8%
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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