Mackeson Triple XXX Stout | Whitbread PLC

Mackeson Triple XXX StoutMackeson Triple XXX Stout
669 Ratings
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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Photo of Sammy
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A damn good stout. Toasty rather than roasty, with sugar yet not too sweet. Licorice aroma, Bit of grain. Smooth, clean, without the heaviness, oil, or bitterness of other stouts. Understated carbonation, chocolate, toffe and coffee works. Satisfying, balanced.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Knapp85
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
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 t0rin0
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Such a beautiful beer. For when you want the flavor of a serious stout but without the agressiveness or harshness. The perfect black nearly opaque colors. Dainty tan head that laced really well. Soft roasted and sweet aromas with slight lactic tones. Tastes highly malty and silky smooth. Syrupy texture holds soft flavors of coffee, cocoa, roastiness, breadiness, and cream. Lactic acids provide slight souring, but not off-putting. Hops balances against the sweetness, but adds no flavor, aroma, or obvious bittering. Finishes lightly sweet and quicker than one might think.

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Photo of emerge077
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brewed and bottled in Cincinnati OH.

Pours black with a frothy cappucino head. Bubbles even look milky...
Sheets of lace form on the sides of the pint glass. Tan foam rises to the 3-finger mark.

Smell in the glass doesn't amount to much when chilled, only a faint roasty malt. When swirling the dregs in the bottle, there was a plummy smell, like a Baltic Porter.

Taste is rich and roasty, multi-dimensional. On one hand, it's smooth and velvety in mouthfeel, but is backed up by a host of flavors. Charred chocolate cookie, earthy yeast, lactic fullness all come around in a big way. Slightly too sweet to give it higher marks for taste.

This is a perfect session stout if you are so inclined. Cheers!

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Photo of brentk56
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
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

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Photo of zeff80
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle

It pours out a deep, dark black tone with a cloudy, thick head. It has a very chocolately taste. There is a slight coffee taste to it as well. The mouthfeel is very soft and smooth. It is quite drinkable, but not too many at a time. That might be to much chocolate.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.34/5  rDev +7.4%
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 largadeer
3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Utterly black with a head so dark you'd think this was an Imperial Stout. The first pour gives about an inch of frothy head and generous amounts of sticky lace. Truly an impressive looking beer; I've seen stouts of twice the ABV that looked more feeble than this.

Smell - The aroma doesn't come out much until the beer has warmed to near room temperature. Notes of coffee, lactose and chocolate are noticeable but mild.

Taste - Coffee with cream is the first thing that comes to mind. Milk chocolate notes are present along with a hint of black licorice. Lactose flavors are up-front and provide both balancing sweetness and body. The finish is clean and mild with a sweet, milky aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Thick and chewy like a glass of whole milk; incredibly full-bodied for being less than 5% ABV. Lightly carbonated.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

When I first tasted this I felt it lacked an enormous amount of character from my initial experience with it years ago. I was quite surprised, and somewhat confused. When I went to enter my review for it, I noticed that it's now brewed in the US, which explains the difference. "Brewed in Cincinatti, OH". That also explains why the Whitbread I'd just tasted was also quite different. That said...
Opaque, black in color with a creamy head and a good collar which leaves some very nice lace. The aroma is richly caramel and lightly cocoa-ish with no roastiness or hops. The body is thin-medium (much lighter than I remember), with a limited carbonation level and a silky mouthfeel. The flavor is more of sweet caramel and toffee than chocolate or roasted malts. The finish is clean and smooth with a lightly sweet, lingering caramel malt. Very one-sided, and much thinner than I remember. Still, very rich. Makes a nice dessert beer.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of jlindros
3.62/5  rDev -10.4%
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 oberon
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured pitch black with nice caramel colored head,very sweet bitter chocolate smell.Very sweet earthy chocolaty taste,maybe a bit to sweet but is very good.Low in strength wich makes it very drinkable,drinking one as I write this.Sweetest beer I think I have ever had.

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Photo of nickfl
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Abundant, medium brown head with good retention and lace. Opaque black body.

S - Roasty and sweet with lots of chocolate. Some weak esters, otherwise clean.

T - Sweet and roasty with lots of coffee. Grainy bitterness in the middle with a malty bitterness in the finish.

M - Medium, slightly oily body with moderate carbonation and a sweet finish.

D - Not overly complex, but pleasant and drinkable. A good example of the style.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Gagnonsux
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of russpowell
3.64/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brewed in Ohio? WTF?? Will not let that sway my vote

Pours likes like 10 year old motor oil (black & thick) with a massive brown head. Drops off over time. No head retention, hint of lacing

Smell: Some caramel notes, &alcohol

Taste; Roasted grain & bitter chocolate. Molasses-like sweetness, some lactose notes. Dry/sweet finish, actually bugging a filling

MF: A little thin and undercarbonated, but otherwise balanced with hints of smoothness

Pretty drinkable, but too sweet to make a session brew. Good intro sweet stout...

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

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a grand black color with a rich, frothy caramel-colored head.

Smell: Roasted grains and sweet sorghum joined with a striking, flowery anise scent.

Taste: AAaaahahhahaa. Sweet. No, seriously, it's rather sweet, with flavors of plum, toffee, root beer. Negligible traces of soy cover the tongue. Finishes dry and noticeably powdery. Contrary to other milk stouts I've tried, this one lacks that sour milk 'kick' I've previously encountered within the style.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and creamy, but with a constant cola-like aftertaste.

Drinkability: A excellent choice for a low-ABV go-to stout.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Raven with light brown highlights. The several finger head is milk chocolate brown and displays frothy bubbles on top and tight bubbles where foam meets glass. It falls slowly, leaving a decent, but not an abundant, amount of lace. The nose reminds me of an Imperial stout, but it isn't quite as strong. I smell roasted black malt with plenty of espresso, dark chocolate and blackstrap molasses; all hints of good things to come.

I like the flavor, yes I do. Again, it reminds me of a less assertive Imperial stout that is much sweeter and much creamier. Hey, I think I just described a Milk/Sweet Stout. It's a very nice flavor profile, one that I haven't run across before. Just as in the nose, the flavor is of espresso, chocolate and molasses laced with sweet cream. The body is medium in heft and is a great match for the taste. I usually like more full-bodied beers, but this one is fine just the way it is. Incredibly drinkable.

Mackeson Triple XXX was a pleasant surprise; I'll definitely be buying it again. Although I haven't had many Milk/Sweet Stouts before, this one seems to embody the style as well as, or better than, any other.

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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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