Brewed by Carib Brewery
Style: Foreign Stout
Champs-Fleurs, Trinidad & Tobago


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RATINGS: 289   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.85   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
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A similar brewing process to lagers with the use of lager yeast is used in the production of Royal Extra Stout. Fermentation time is much shorter than lagers, and takes place at a higher temperature. Finings traditionally composed of isinglass (fish bladder protein) are designed for yeast removal used during conditioning (storage) prior to filtration. It is also gives the aphrodisiac connotation.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lmahony199 (52) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - JUN 10, 2001
syrupy sweet, too thick in the mouth

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
50belair (1853) - Florida, USA - APR 13, 2014
Bottle. Mine said brewed in St. Kitts. Dark brown pour with a mocha head. Roasted malts, coffee, and brown sugar highlights. Surprisingly good. Above average body and mouthfeel. Bravo...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JDBaker11058 (1131) - Maryland, USA - APR 1, 2014
Appearance: very dark brown with purplish highlights and a short, creamy tan head. Aroma: molasses, light chocolate, cherry, balsamic vinegar. Taste: as the aroma indicates. Finish: smooth, clean, and sweet, with a lingering fruity note. Notes: Exemplary of the style. Unexpectedly good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SHIG (3453) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - FEB 15, 2014
Bottle: Drank from the bottle but the color was deep black. Aroma is strong malt. Nice molasses and sweet caramel malt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (5564) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 6, 2014
12 ounce bottle thanks to Sean. Pours a pitch black color with a medium light brown head. A light nose of lactose and metal. A nice flavor consisting of metallic roast, sweet smoke and molasses, some sweeter caramel. Pretty much spot on for the style, very drinkable and very enjoyable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Homer321 (999) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - JAN 5, 2014
Bottle. Pitch black in color with minimal head. Brownish in color. Aroma of milk chocolate and a touch of coffee. Taste is similar with a slight watery mouthfeel. Not that great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maeib (8391) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2014 Bottled 28/12/13. A black beer with a dissipating off-white head. A disappointingly thin aroma. Quite sweet in the mouth with a bit of saltiness. Doesn’t drink its strength. Becomes fairly tasty but a below par foreign stout. Score 3.2
Subsequent rating scored 3.6. Average becomes 3.4

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Luvystypotables (388) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 15, 2013
Dark brown almost black with almost no head. Sweet aroma like molasses. Sweet taste of malt and molasses with a watery malt finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
DCLawyer (1312) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - OCT 27, 2013
Bottle->Nonic. Deep brown with frothy tan head. A: coffee, sweet chocolate, malt. T: sweet candied chocolate, artificial sweeteners. Lingering cloying sweet aftertaste. Bordering on terrible.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
mike5326 (664) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - OCT 8, 2013
Poured from a bottle. Dark brown color, medium tan head. Pine and metallic smell. Light sweat malty body with with a slight tart flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cantabrian (762) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 3, 2013
The caribbrewery.com website describes the ingredients for this stout as “Sugar, Lactose, BAP and Caramel”. Further on, it says “Lactose is sugar produced from the whey of milk.” Now this is enough to make it a Sweet Stout, isn’t it? (Or if not, at least a Baltic Porter, for the list of ingredients). Moreover, considering that this is the same brewery that makes the Mackeson XXX Stout, I somehow expected this to be the same product as its adopted English sister, but with a different label. Now, after having seen, smelled and tasted it, one can clearly notice the striking differences and the reasons why they have perhaps styled it a “Foreign Stout” in this website. The beer is nice and black, but the brown head is very bubbly and brief, not even 10% as creamy as the Mackeson XXX Stout (I’ve always criticised my twins’ teachers for comparing them, and now… what am I doing?). Aroma of caramels and vinegar, behind a certain skunkiness, nothing to be too excited about. Flavours of malt, caramel, soy sauce and sweet red vinegar, the Chinese type. This shoyu+sweet vinegar sets the tone for its foreignness, I suppose. Palate is rather thin for a stout that takes lactose in its make-up.

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