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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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1.5/5  rDev -62.9%

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 q33jeff
2.27/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

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 chooch5
2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

Photo of guzzleacoldone
2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

Photo of BKotch
2.56/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ugh. I know this is par for the style, but I just can't stand that sweetness. It looks good, it smells good, but get rid of the milk sugar!

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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 Dicers
2.66/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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 jp32
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 Duffman79
2.93/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of JasonTaverner
3/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of david18
3/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of Corson
3/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of D_toxic_AVENGER
3/5  rDev -25.7%

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