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 mcox90
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a black color with a brown 1/4" head, no lace.
Aroma is milk chocolate, cocoa, with a hint of molasses. Mouthfeel is moderately heavy with almost zero carbonation. I drank two watching football Sunday afternoon and felt full afterwords. Fairly low alcohol content. Flavor is milk chocolate with a touch of molasses. A sweet brew, but not cloyingly so.

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Photo of Voonder
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jac5084 for this.
Pours very dark brown almost black with very thin head. Smell - sweet ana chocolaty but not very strong overall. Taste - chocolate milk, cofee with some sweetness. Very interesting taste. Mouthfeel - well balanced, medium bodied a bit overcarbonated, but very pleasant overall. I found it very easy to drink. It's very good brew, I'd have couple more. Really enjoyed it.

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

Got this in a "Beers of the World" sampler I received for my birthday.

Pours a thick, viscous black with a mahogany colored head - inch thick, creamy, dimpled.

Lots of nose. There's a slight metallic whiff, a little alcohol, malt, and what could be described as cherry liqueur.

This is a very sweet stout. Flavors of thick and sweet malt, black cherries and cherry liqueur, and a passing coffee flavor. And something else that I can only call "fresh hay", a very earthy and grassy flavor.There's a suggestion of hops and alcohol in there, but not much. Some metallic notes as well hiding. The beer has a thick, chewy mouthfeel.

Very drinkable, very pleasant and refreshing. Much more body than oatmeal stouts I've had.

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Photo of Offa
4.85/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a wonderful beer, rich in flavour and body.

Extremely dark brown-black, it has a smallish, dense, creamy brown head that shrinks slowly and leaves some fairly good lace.

The aroma is rich blackstrap molasses, toast, chocolate, and a hint of coffee.

The taste is full and mostly sweet. It has a lot of rich, creamy, caramelly chocolate, wheat bread, with a hints of licorice and coffee, especially in the finish. There is a light bitterness near the finish. The palate is thick, full, and creamy, but lively.

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

A - Black with a light brown head. Little head retention. No lacing.
S - Sweet and chocolaty notes.
T - This is a good tasting sweet stout. It is very sweet and has a nice roasty characteristic to it.
M - Has a nice creamy medium body
D - Is very drinkable.

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

A: Black as fuck with a big tan head. Very good retention.

S: A lot of sweetness and roasted malts.

T: The beer has a huge sweetness combatted by a quite big roasted flavour. The chocolate flavours don't come out as much as you'd think for a sweet stout, but it works really good.

M: Thick and creamy

D: Yep

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

Bought a six-pack after asking a local liquor store for a good cream stout that I hadn't tried yet.
A: Dark brown to black (pretty much opaque) with little head.
S: Chocolate malts, and something else sweet that I'm not sure. Maybe a bit of coffee.
T: I had read an earlier review that preadjusted going in to try it but I nevertheless thought it was an apt description. Basically tasted like carbonated chocolate milk, as well as some caramel, with a hint of reminders that I was still drinking a beer.
M: Smooth, heavy and think.
D: A bit too sweet to have too many, but, again, doesn't really feel like I'm drinking alcohol, so it'd be easy to enjoy a couple.

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Photo of Silenus89
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12oz bottle to pint glass.

A. BLack with thin burgundy head that didnt last

S. Toasted malts and sweetness to it

T. Chocolate sweetness and finishes with coffee taste

MF. Good, not to thick. Smooth and creamy

D. This is a good beer if you have one or two but for me anything past that would be pushing it. Its just to sweet for me. Im glad i tried it though

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Photo of claytri
4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The beer poured a rich black with a mahogany head. The aroma is of sweet chocolate malt. The taste has chocolate, malt, and a hint of dark berries in the finish. The feel is heavy and dry. This is one of the sweetest most drinkable stouts I've run across. Just a wonderful beer, and I'm going to run right out and buy a six.

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Photo of treyrab
3.43/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

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

Pours inky black in color, with a nice half inch of brown mocha head.
Smell is roasted malts, a little bit of chocolate and some molasses. Taste is much more chocolate than was in the nose. A good amount of bittering hops and carbonation. Medium body on the mouthfeel. Easy drinking and won't do too much damage. At around $12 for a twelve pack this is a good tasting beer.

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Photo of thequeen711
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep chocolate pour with a tan foamy head! Smooth mouthfeel, a welcome sweetness that makes it extremely drinkable and enjoyable, without feeling full. The low ABV attributes to the smoothness, sweetness and highly drinkable aspects of this fine brew.

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Photo of glid02
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours completely black. Light may or may not be bending around the glass. Head is one-finger of light brown foam that dissipates into a wispy layer on top and a medium-sized ring around the glass. The lacing sticks around for a moment but soon disappears.

Smells of roastiness. There's also a backdrop of an aroma I can only describe as creaminess.

Tastes good. A creamy, sweet malt taste up front, followed by a robust roastiness, and ending with a bitter kick.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good thickness, and the carbonation is just right. Very creamy.

Drinkability is good. The only thing going against it is that the roasty aftertaste lingers just a bit too long.

Overall this is a solid beer that's a good value. Certainly worth a shot.

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Photo of schanker21
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle with no freshness date into a pint glass.

A- Absolutely stunning. This is one of the best looking beers I've ever laid eyes on. Two finger head that is brown. Not tan, but brown. Probably the darkest head I have ever seen. Head dissipates slowly and leaves great lacing. The liquid itself is black and even when held up to the light I don't see much coming through. Now this is what a stout should look like.

S- Roasted coffee, toffee, hazelnut, milk, caramel. A huge nose, and one that smells ever so inviting.

T- Slightly disappointing after such a great visual and nose, but as I said, only slightly. Basically all the flavors that are in the nose are present in the taste as well. The roasted part of the roasted coffee is most prevalent. It would have received a higher rating if it had tasted as good as it smelled. Nonetheless, it's a very good beer.

M/D- Carbonation is right on. Very smooth and drinkable. This one is not too sweet like a lot of other milk stouts can be. Normally I like to reserve this category for desert, but this one is easily sessionable. A very good beer.

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

Triple XXX on the bottle - interesting marketing angle.

The beer is a really deep brown, almost a black color. Not see-through. The head is a nice dark-brown, looks like a chocolate malt.

The smell is malt first, chocolate second, coffee third.

Deep malt flavor with a major coffee kick. Nutty, with walnut and almond, and a subtle burnt aftertaste. Very sweet also.

The feel is milky and thick, very filling. Heavy and sticky.

The beer is a pick-me up, very easy going down. However, not an everyday brew here.

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Photo of SimplySinister
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours a dark muddy mocha color with a minimalist oil slick head. Some lacing and fair carbonation.

S - Chocolate notes. Maybe a little smokey.

T - Delicious. It is sweet, but somewhat bitter. Chocolate, coffee, and lactose shine through the muddy brew wonderfully. One of the few beers that, according to the packaging, tastes exactly as it is described. I can't get enough of this one. Nothing about it tastes medicinal or synthetic to me like other chocolate-esque brews; it is seemingly made with high quality ingredients and seems perfectly natural.

M - A little thick, but incredibly smooth.

D - Pretty good. Although the ABV suggests its candidacy as a session beer, its sweetness takes it off the list for me.

I highly recommend this one to any fan of milk stout. The only thing I would have liked better is to taste this brew on-tap.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.38/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very dark ruby red beer but not thick like other stouts. It has some legs as it sticks to the sides of the glass but not much. There is a camel colored head that is thick and bubbly with some nice webbing.

Smell is of caramelized black malts and sweet darkened sugars. Mild but nice.

Taste is very slick and smooth. It coats your mouth with a milky lactose feel. Taste is sweet and caramelized toffee flavors. A diacetyl feel and flavor rounds up the aftertaste mixed with some dark fruits like raisins.

Super easy to drink although I dislike the buttery notes. This one fits the bill for a sweet stout. The milkiness eclipses most of the roasted flavors and its sweetness dominates the aftertaste.

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Photo of aubuc1
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle in to an imperial pint glass.

Beautiful black with a nice steady light brown head.

Smells of roasted, sweet chocolate.

Tastes of burned sweetness and milky smootheness.

Nice carbonated mouthfeel.

Low alcohol makes this extremely drinkable.

This is one of the best beers for the money out there.

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Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've seen it for years but never got around to trying it until last night...
Appears a midnight black with a rich, thick, head of dark tan foam that doesn't fade away. Scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of cocoa, roasted chestnut, sweet cream, toffee, and ripe fruit.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a dessert like goodness that is caramel, cream, chestnuts, coffee beans, and cocoa all around the mouth.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth and creamy, and overall sweet but delightful and easy drinking.

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

A - Poured a near pitch black, thick and creamy, didn't develop a large head but had good lacing throughout the drink time

S - Smelled strongly of dark chocolate/coffee/butter with a back hint of alcohol

T - MMmm, like a chocolate espresso with a hint of alcohol, there is also something seeming fruity to it

M - very little carbonation, about medium body, doesn't feel as thick as the appearance of the pour, didn't taste a lot up front but strong flavors through the middle and a smooth end

D - To rich to have more than two but would definitely buy again

Serving - Bottle to pint glass

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Photo of kinger
3.54/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I saw this in the grocery store today it was on sale so I picked up a sixer. I recognized the brewery as the same one that produces Sam Adams so I figured it had to be above par. I poured the bottle straight down the middle of a pint glass and was rewarded with a deep dark color and a nice thick head. The head stuck around for most of the beer which I was thankful for. This beer tastes good, not great. As far as stouts go this one is pretty standard no big thrills here. I enjoyed a couple back to back as they finish easily. I was surprised to find out that this is under 5%, I assumed a XXX Stout would perhaps mean strong or at least 6.5%. Not a big deal since the beer held its own.

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Photo of dadonabike
4.26/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Sort of like Hot Black Desiato's stunt ship, "How much more black could it be? None more black."
Really dark with a thick and creamy dark brown head. Nice head retention and great lacing all the way through.

S: It smells roasted and of soft caramels, toffee, coffee, and chocolate milk with a bit of alcohol in the background.

T: Heavily roasted malts and caramels stand out the most then the milky sweetness backed up by some alcohol. There is also some fruitiness with the tastes of prunes and raisins coming through. Really a classic.

M: The mouthfeel is good; thin, but backed up buy tasty richness.

D: Very drinkable. We picked it up 'cause my wife had a craving. Back when she was pregnant with our first born in Britain, doctors still had the mind to consider the value of quality products in moderation. She would have a small glass before bed and later as a nursing mother as well. She'd split one of those cool mini cans (4 oz?) with her dad.
That was a while back, it was the U.K., and it was a cold winter. During a sweaty New England summer this beer seems a bit too rich, tasty, but rich.

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

Poured from 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Two or three finger head with a rich, brown color. Lots of lacing. Dark brown and opaque.

S - Lots of butter, with some coffee, chocolate, and hints of wood and smoke.

T - Probably the sweetest stout I've ever had. A sweet milk chocolate flavor hits early palate, followed by some coffee and slightly buttery flavors. Late palate the brew dries out somewhat, with a noticable hop presence that mingles with a spicy/smokey note. Finish is only slightly bitter with burnt bread, some metal, and a little caramel.

M - Smooth and medium bodied, with moderate to low carbonation. Part of me wants this brew to be thicker.

D - An excellent beer, and a furthermore a very drinkable stout. Glad to see a low ABV as welll; this may enter into my regular rotation.

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Photo of Getinthevan
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into my glass. Off the bat, it runs like motor oil with a small, but frothy head. This is a nice looking stout for such minimal head.

Smell is high in chocolate malts and possesses a faint smokey/mesquite smell. Very rich indeed.

Taste is really good. The chocolate and roasted malts are present with a high amount of smokiness and mesquite/barbeque flavoring as well. This is certainly a well-crafted stout, especially with the sweetness factor thrown in.

Mouthfeel is is pretty decent. For a stout, it's a bit watery, but flavor does retain well.

Drinkability however is good. You can top off a six pack of these fairly quickly, as they're smooth and sweet for a stout. Good stuff!

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