Arrachtas (11) - British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 4, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
My favourite beer, so I will note my bias in advance. Without doubt, the finest example of the Irish dry stout style that is produced by a major brewery. In comparison to the obvious competition from Guinness, Beamish has always struck me as a ’less rushed’ version of the style; the aroma is stronger, particularly with regards to the roasted malt, the palate is certainly more full bodied, and the taste more complex, as not only the traditional coffee notes are present, but a much larger presence of dark chocolate and roasted barley. Dry stout is a very ’blunt’ style, but I do not think that anyone does a finer job (Murphy’s is a close second!).
Cunningham (5264) - Halden, NORWAY - SEP 8, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brownish colour with a creamy light beige head. Coffee and light roasted malt aroma. Feels like you are drinking a big coffee :-) Also a bit bready and some sweet chocolate flavour.
[Can from a grocery store in Kolding, Denmark]
rok1024 (1192) - Maribor, SLOVENIA - SEP 4, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black appearance with thick head. Roasted aromas with caramel, similar to Guinness, but slightly more coarse and bitter. Appealing difference.
bdunhill (251) - Brussels, BELGIUM - AUG 31, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This Irish Stout is as creamy as it should be but lacks the lingering flavour of others.
rgf001 (184) - München, GERMANY - AUG 21, 2014
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Roasted malt aroma. Nitrogen tan head and black color. Creamy, toast, nuts, roasty, chocolate, bread, cereal flavors. Full palate. Dry finish. Great beer.
Alengrin (2939) - BELGIUM - JUL 26, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2015 Classic Irish stout, tasted from a can with nitro widget. Thick, very dense and milky, brownish light beige foam, very stable (as if it were tapped from a nitro tap). Colour very dark reddish brown, almost black, clear. Aroma coffee-like as expected, toast, tobacco, peppery hops, dried plums, chocolate, port wine, peat, even a milkish accent; taste begins slightly sourish (vague lemon impression), dark malty, not sweet but fully malty, creamy mouthfeel with a fine, medium carbonation, drying out and becoming more oily, strong presence of iron, near the end sharply roasted bitterness (black coffee), still accompanied by the subtle sourishness from the onset. I prefer this way over Guinness or Murphy’s.
Calisky (1464) - ALSACE, FRANCE - JUL 22, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Couleur brune trouble, bon col de mousse cremeuse. Nez leger café malté. Gout doux café chocolat, notes grillé. Corps leger.
Beersiveknown (3661) - NORTHERN IRELAND - JUL 17, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Keg in kinsale
Black, frothy tan head, a touch thin in mouth but medium bidyand carbonation, roast, roast barley. Suspect this was maybe from the Murphy’s tap so plan to rerate...
Erzengel (4968) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - JUL 6, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nitro can. The beer starts great creamy and smooth. The mainpart is smooth, malty and dry. Highly drinkable with nice roasted hints. Hints of liquorice and dry roasted grain. Espresso, Dark chocolate. For 4.1% quite flavourful. The aftertaste is smooth, dry, malty and tends to be slightly thin, which is covered by the dark and roasted body quite well.
Very nice dry stout! 13/12/13/13
BeerViking (2948) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 29, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Dublin airport, black with a big light tan head, faint coffee and ash on the nose, creamy texture, fairly dry and bitter, very faint treacle toffee notes. Roasty and with a touch of hoppy bitterness.