Royal Extra StoutMarch 1, 2001 Trinidad
Carib Brewery Ltd.
Imported by DCI Miami Inc.
This sweet stout was first brewed in Trinidad at the Carib Brewery more than fifty years ago.
Original gravity: n/a
This emperor is clothed in an embossed bottle with a regal silk-screened label as stately and handsome as the beer. The stunning deep crimson robe flows beneath a cashmere crown of evenly spaced pearls. The noble nose celebrates maltiness with just a sniff of yeast and exotic spices. Tastes of rich, fruity, luxurious chocolate blended with deeply roasted barley malt beg for a banquet of lobster or maybe jerk chicken. For a dessert fit for a king add 2 scoops of chocolate ice cream, mix well and relax on a satin pillow.
- Charles Finkel
Caribbean Island stouts are a different breed from those of the rest of the world. Sometimes sweet. Other times tart. Often strong. Royal is of the sweet variety. I don’t believe you could find a traditional sweet stout in England as reminiscent of style as this Caribbean brew. Dark, but not opaque, very little hop character. Tonic-like in its mild sweetness. I’d like a bit more hopping to balance the sweetness, but, hey, I don’t live in Trinidad.
- Charlie Papazian
Unfortunately, Roger Protz's sample of the Royal Extra Stout failed to cross the Pond...
- Roger Protz
Founder of Merchant du Vin and the Pike Brewing Co., Charles Finkel is a pioneer in the marketing of craft beers in America.
Author of the New Complete Joy of Homebrewing, founder of the Great American Beer Festival and a Beer Examiner at www.examiner.com, Papazian is a leading voice in beer and brewing.
Roger Protz is the author of Complete Guide to World Beer and 300 Beers to Try Before You Die. He is a respected beer authority and editor of the CAMRA Good Beer Guide.