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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Photo of armock
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a black color with a tan head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of roasted malt with chocolate and coffee scents

T - Follows the nose roasted malt that gives off chocolate and coffee flavors

M - This beer has a thin body with medium carbonation to it

D - While it's not a bad beer it just seemed pretty average to me it not a bad sessionable stout but Id rather have an Americian stout over this one

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to capra12 for this one, all the way from Hong Kong. A 10oz CAN poured into a NY Beer Week pint glass.

A: Poured a gentle 3 finger head deep caramel fine and fluffy head with great retention. Brew itself is opaque black but not too particularly thick. Lacing is frothy and layered.

S: lactose, chocolate, alcohol, roasted coffee, and a sour metallic nose.

T: Coffee, sweet malty backbone, dark and milk chocolate, overripe grapes, and a distinct sour metal finish.

M: Light to medium bodied and profoundly smooth. Finish is oily, wet, and very clean.

D: Highly drinkable, this is one of the sweeter sweet stouts but the malt backbone is very balanced. Think of it like a smoother Sam Smith Oatmeal stout.

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Photo of coldmeat23
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees

This pours black, just like it always has. A head of creamy, brown, foam, alomst two-fingers worth, sits on top. Retention is very good and lacing is almost curtain-like and nicely sticky.

A rich roastiness, filled with notes of coffee and chocolates, dominates. There is also a very nice lacto sweetness. Light hints of toasted caramel and dark berries.

The roastiness is out in front, but in a mild, totally enjoyable, way. Not overpronounced, as it can be in some stouts. Good notes of heavy cream. Lactose sweetness. Light hints of coffee and milk and dark chocolates. Hints of dark berry sweetness.

This is full-bodied with a mild-to-medium level of carbonation. The bubbles a just a touch too sharp, giving it a trace of a cola-like feeling. Overall though, it's very smooth and nice. A mild touch of creaminess is here, also.

This is a very tasty and very drinkable beer. I have had quite a few of them over the years. Sadly, this may be my last one, since they are not making it anymore, from what I hear. I certainly hope that someone starts making it again, someday.

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Photo of BeerCon5
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black color with a fairly thin creamy, tan head that remains throughout the beer.

Coffee, caramel malts, sweet milk and alcohol dominate the nose.

The taste is of coffee and roasted malts up immediately, also strong caramel, sugary milk and alcohol.

Full bodied, thick and chewy mouthfeel.

Not necessarily easy to drink, as it is quite filling. But this is an excellent stout, very flavorful and interesting.

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Photo of mralphabet
3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 Oz bottle poured into Pint Glass

A: Black as night... creamy tan head about 1 fingers worth of head, that turns into a nice ring through the session. Wonderful lacing....

S: Sweet licorice, coffee with a lot !!! of creamy heavy milk, and a hint of chocolate with raspberries.... Strange but I think I like it....

T: Wow, all the sweet things you can think of and listed about in the smell... lots of sweet black licorice aftertaste... Sorry to say I'm not a big licorice fan...

M: Thick, chewy, milky, sweet and filling.... Full bodied !! Little more carbonation than expected but not to bad.

D: NOT a Session beer.... 1 of these will do you....

Picked this one up in St Thomas.... The locals told me the love it....

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Photo of Kooz
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is my favorite milk stout--it's got a terrific aroma and exceptional flavor. Unlike many milk stouts, Mackeson XXX does not start off bitter and fade into sweet, it starts off somewhat bold, but without biting. It finishes smooth and leaves an aftertaste of sweetened condensed milk! Can't have more than one or two, but those one or two are terrific.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown/black with no light escaping. A big bubbled brown slick head appeared and disappeared soon after. Funny enough, there was some light lacing.

Big roasted malt, milk chocolate aromas and some dark fruit.

Wonderful creamy bitter chocolate with a nice balance of sweet milkyness and bitter edge. Coffee, chocolate, cream, fruit, and bitter bite.

Nice mouth coating chewiness. big and rich, but very very drinkable. I found this in a broken six, and bought a single. I know that distribution issues are preventing this from hitting the market, so this was probably a stockroom holdover. I think I'm gonna get the last 3 bottles. It would be a shame if this was the last time I had this. If you are fortunate enough to find this, try it. It is a treat.

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Photo of washburnkid
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to KeefD for this generous extra!

A: Almost two fingers of bubbly light brown head over a jet black brew. Good pockets on the surface of retention and plenty of lacing.
S: Sweet, milk and chocolate malts. Slightly roasted, too. A bit of dark fruity esters in there as well. A very rich aroma that is sure to be telling of the flavors.
T: More burnt than toasted. Some buttery notes, but they're faint. Berry notes are thrown in, and there's a slight touch of hops but they seem to just be a formality in this hugely sweet, malty brew. Big caramel notes at the back of each sip. Milky and chocolate to boot.
M: Very thick and chewy mouthfeel. Residuals of sugar and bitterness throughout, left behind by the big body.
D: This is a great brew. Very heavy, so I'd have it for or with dessert.

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Photo of Bung
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. Black pour, small cream colored head. Doesn't last too long. Very malty, creamy, sweet. I don't get as much chocolate as others here however. Nothing to balance this out. Could use a little more roast, coffee and or malts. Full bodied. Definetely a sweet stout. Could take it or leave it, many others in the style I would prefer. Used to like this one much more, until I discovered others.

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Photo of Dodo2step
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P- Market Cross Pub in Carlisle

A- a gorgeous honey brown head that bubbles but then runs off. opaque motor oil like pour.

S- sweet vanilla and buttery toffee dominate the nose. medium roast coffee smell as well.

T- coffee, vanilla and creamer like qualities. i detect some chocolate as well in the taste..milk chocolatesque. Malts as well.

M-thin and creamy. Smotth milk choclate feel to it.

D- this is a good milk stout. I have started to become a huge fan of the milk stouts. The sweetness keeps this one on the list to come back to.

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Photo of stakem
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is pitch black with a tanned head that dissolves fairly fast. Aroma is pleasantly sweet. Initial taste is full of the sweetness brought on by the lactose. Very smooth and highly drinkable. Has a very soft and lightly bodied mouthfeel considering its very dark appearance.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Reviewed 3/6/2008 (bottle):

Pours a pitch black colored body, with a small tan colored head, that is somewhat lasting. Has a coffee, chocolate, and smokey aroma, with grapes maybe. A very nice taste of sweetness, smoke, and some bittersweetness. Very tasty, satisfying.

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Photo of Fish113d
4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark motor oil color with a slight oak-colored surface layer.

Dark malt overtake my sinuses with just a bit of vanilla on the nose. A bit of buttery toffee also hits my nose.

A big bite of toffee on the sip along with some butter and a bit of coffee flavor on the finish. A slightly burnt flavor comes in on the aftertaste. Nice.

Very smooth and refreshing for a stout. Carbonation tingles my tongue on the front, but quickly turns to the smoothness of the stout.

Incredibly drinking brew. Not big on abv, but probably the nicest straight up stout or milk stout I have drank in quite some time. Very solid offering.

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Photo of StrangeBrewer76
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In a mug it's opaque as any stout would be but through an angle it's an amber plum color.The head was minimal, due in part to an overly careful pour. Ring around the outside with Iceland in the middle.

The smell raised my eyebrows. Milkshake/cream, roasted malt, chocolate and subtle coffee notes. Well balanced and very enticing.

Taste is much like the smell. Subtle mix of very nice chocolate, milk, roasted malt. Very nice.

Mouthfeel was pretty smooth with very good drinkability.

With a relatively low ABV and price, I will definitely get another one of these if I see it again. I picked up the last one off the shelf at my local.

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Photo of CMW
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It poured a dark brown, almost black color and was completely opaque. A beautiful two finger coffee head formed and took some time before it completely broke down. The head was quite frothy and left some good lacing throughout.

The nose is filled with dark roasted malts. I also get a good deal of sweetness reminiscent of dark chocolate or cappuccino. I'm not detecting much in the way of hops. Overall, the aroma is pretty standard for a sweet stout, although this is not a bad thing.

One of the major attributes of a good sweet stout is creaminess, and MacKeson has almost a velvet feel in your mouth. Up front, I could almost taste the sugar; this may be a little too sweet for my liking. After the sugar rush, I get some roasted malts and more of a coffee taste. There was a slight bit of hop bitterness and it finished mostly dry. Overall after a rough start, the sweetness up front was balanced out nicely with the heavy malt flavors.

My final thoughts are that this is a good beer. The flavor was not mind-blowing, but it had the main qualities I look for in a sweet stout. This is a nice beer to compliment many dessert items or as a dessert item. A big piece of chocolate cake would be perfect.

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Photo of spointon
4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A= This stout poured frighteningly dark. Like RIS liquid pitch black dark. With a pour straight down the middle at fridge temp, this baby pushed up a dense, 3" dark tan head that dropped fairly quickly to a solid cap that in turn maintained itself all the way down the glass. Lots of sheet lace.

S= A very sweet smelling beer with a moderate graininess and malty hints of treacle, coffee, toffee/caramel, and faint alcohol. All aromas were very subdued.

T= Starts off sweet and malty and just keeps getting more complex. Lots of flavor going on in this subtle smooth beer. I found mildly roasted coffee, a bit of an earthy treacle character, and varying candy notes such as caramel, milky chocolate, and cream. Hops are earthy and just present enough bitterness to keep the sweetness from being cloying. The finish dried just a bit and made me want more.

MF= Heavy body with a chewy mouthfeel and soft carbonation.

D= Not the best tasting milk stout I have ever had but it was outstanding and damn near the most drinkable beer I have had. I could easily drink a six pack of this before I knew what happened. I guess you call that highly sessionable!

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Really dark opaque color, thin reddish tan head.

S: Sweet fruity aroma with some chocolate.

T: Thin body but big rich cold coffee flavor that is smooth and silky on the tongue. Nice rich creamy caramel and coffee finish. Dark roasted malts and is very well polished for a triple stout.

M: Great cold coffee lacing and slides down effortlessly. Light bodied and oily slick. Wow.

D: The brits know their coffee and stouts.

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Photo of bmwats
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint.

A: Black opaque. Light carbonation pours into a half finger grayish head which dissipates quickly. Leaves pretty heavy beer ring lacing as it does, but by the time you reach the bottom of the glass it has conceded its resistance.

S: Dark malt, light hops, hint of dark chocolate.

T: Sweet, dark, milky, chocolate malt, hint of molasses.

M: Sweet malt hits first, hops lingers for the aftertaste. Heavy, robust feel.

D: Great drinkability. Good feel, and flavor.

Good complex flavor, pretty good atmosphere. Just a strong overall quaff.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 6/23/08. Bottle. Pours black with a small ring of dark tan head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is amazing: rich truffles, chocolate, nougat, caramel, Milky Way, and cookies. Flavor is not quite as good as the aroma, but it is still quite tasty. Roasted malt, caramel, smores, nougat, chocolate, wood. Very rich and sweet (perhaps a little artificially sweet) and even a slight alcohol presence even though it is only 4.9% (I'd have thought it was at least 9%). A very interesting, tasty beer, especially if you really like chocolate and chocolatey sweets. I definitely want to have this again One of the best sweet stouts I've had.
9/5/8/4/16 (4.1/5)

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Photo of Bibliophilist
4.7/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lovely opaque brown. The smell is delicate coffee and cocoa. It tastes like very nuanced milk chocolate layered with subtle hints of coffee and fleeting alcohol; while it's possible in theory to improve the flavor, I am simply unable to make a recommendation as to how. The mouthfeel is delightful. Pleasantly crisp and smooth. One of the most drinkable stouts I've had and hope to have again and again.

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Photo of KeefD
4.46/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to schellsbeer for this rare treat! (Rare as in hard to find in my area)

This beer pours a jet black, spent motor oil color and consistency with a large dark tan/cocoa color head that leaves behind some chunky lacing. A milk stout can't get any better looking than this! Aroma of milk chocolate goodness, roasted malt with an underlying coffee and sour note. The flavor and mouthfeel is lush and creamy, silky smooth, only slightly sweet and an incredible creamy flavor and feel. Milk chocolate notes are first and foremost, only hints of roasted coffee and caramel. This beer is so damn smooth and creamy, it's unbelievable. Low ABV makes this beer incredibly drinkable for stout. I wouldn't mind putting back several of these in one sitting, it's so tasty and so easy to drink. Very nice sweet stout and probably the best I've tried.

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Photo of likethetaste
3.23/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this beer in a variety pack from World Market. This poured a dark brown color. Had a chocolate taste with some bitter after taste.

I liked this stout but did not love it. I have had better but I would not mind drinking this again. But will not go out of my way to gte it.

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Photo of Greggy
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
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!!

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Photo of schellsbeer
4.31/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

In my book, this may be the best example of a perfect Milk Stout. Incredible. World Class.

Please be reminded that the rating is for a Milk Stout and should only be used to compare this stout with others. Period. By far, my highest rated Milk Stout to date. Not a perfect 5 but close.

A - 5 Black with a dark brown head. Thick but not too thick. So dark, that no light appears to come through.

S - 4 Strong dark chocolate, molasses, brown sugar, burnt carmel. Wow. Fantastic.

T - 4 Too many stouts, not enough time. Creamy. Chocolate. Bitter and sweet all mixed together. Fantastic.

M - 4.5 Creamy and well balanced. Please drink this closer to room temperature like most stouts should be consumed at. Comes alive the warmer it gets. Little carbination. Filling but I will be drinking more tonight. This beer is a rare treat. Had to look long and hard to find it but I did. Small store in the Twin Cities over Thanksgiving. I will be going back.

D - At under 5% alcohol, this beer could become, dare I say it, a session beer. Fantastic.

Patience finally pays off. If you can locate this marvelous brew, I highly suggest that you do. An exceptional beer at a vary resonable price. $9 for a six pack. Excellent.

Words can't do justice to this beer so I think I will stop.

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Photo of fank2788
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served in a pint glass
Inky black with a thick dark tan head in the glass pretty imposing and similar to an RIS in appearance. The smell is of soft roasted grain, coffee and cream and maybe a bit of alcohol but it's faint. The taste isn't typical stout but subdued, the roasty graininess is lighter in texture than a dry stout but the flavor his also very creamy. I'm getting the full range of chocolates to coffee even a bit of dark fruit. The body is great with the lactose really full and creamy finish is just a touch dry and a bit metallic but very nice and welll done. Great sessionable stout simple as that.

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Mackeson Triple XXX Stout from Whitbread PLC
4.04 out of 5 based on 664 ratings.
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