Phatz (225) - Paradise, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 6, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a very nice classic Irish dry stout. I am a fan of this style of beer. Guinness Extra Stout is my regular beer when out in a restaurant.
It is Saint Paddy’s Day today and I had to have an Irish Stout so it was the perfect day to try it and I was so looking forward to it I was afraid I would be let down. I was not disappointed. It is classic to the style so there are few bells and whistles, meaning it is nothing super special but it is very good and it hit exactly the spot I was hoping it would! Here’s the break down:
Appearance: Pours black with a thick tan head and minimal lacing.
Smell: Sweet dark roasted malts and a hint of molasses and coffee.
Taste: Dark malts and dark fruits. Mild flavor, very gentle. It has a bit of unsweetened chocolate and a bit of burnt coffee in the flavor. A bit of a hops dryness especially in the finish. The aftertaste is very nicely dark and sweet. There is nothing extreme it is simply easy and approachable.
Mouthfeel: Medium -full mouthfeel, creamy and nice and dry.
Drinkability: VERY sessionable! This is a fantasitc Saint Paddy’s Day or everyday beer. If it wasn’t twice the price of Guiniess (here anyway) I would replace my regular in the fridge. As it is it is not quite worth the price difference to make it a regular of mine. I do reccomend trying it though if you like the style.
Hope this is helpful.
mcnally (114) - Burbank, California, USA - SEP 3, 2006
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Solidly decent stout. Hard for me to distinguish from Guinness (Extra Stout). Maybe a bit more smoke. Looks great.
nimbleprop (6865) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 29, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a deep black with a whispy white head. Roasted aroma with malty notes. Initial flavor is smokey, but not overwhelming, with the roasted barley coming through on the tongue. Clean, slighty acidic after taste. Nice stout.
themadmumis (347) - Westminster, Maryland, USA - AUG 27, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Guinness but better. More robust character all around. More roast, more malt, more body. Not like Extra Stout, but Guinness to the Nth. Not easy to come by, but definately enjoyable.
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2006
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2006 good but not great - that’s for sure.
And now that I read the the 4.3% - ouch that stinks. Guiness is better - but just watching this beer pour and then settle is a site to behold. Appearence so perfect - It was all downhill from there.
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - AUG 11, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep black with a huge tan head of long duration. The aroma is of roasted and chocolate malt. The flavor has a mild chocolate beginning and quickly grows to finish with a moderate roastedness. The overall texture is creamy.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUL 6, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught. Opaque black with thick tan nitro head. Light roasty and milk chocolatey nose. Flavor is also chocolatey with toffee and brown sugar notes. Nitro makes for a very creamy mouth feel and smooth finish. Yum.
edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 2, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sweet malt aroma with hints of roast. Body is black/brown with a creamy almond colored head. Some lace. Flavor is roasted malt with hops. Slightly sour finish which is also bitter.
Miksu (5038) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - JUN 20, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Black with thick creamy head. Quite carbonated. Rich sweetish malty and roasted aroma with coffee, licorice, burnt sugar and toffee. Dryer and more roasted flavor, charcoal. Bitter and charcoal roast finish. Simple but tasty
stout with strong roastedness.
NachlamSie (3167) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 15, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
draught. Pours black, slightly ruby in brighter lights. The use of nitro makes it very asthetically balanced. The aroma is mildly sour, bready, and musty. Sweet creaminess in the flavor, a little bit of bite comes through in the finish. There’s some apples and a bit of thin chocolate. It’s like a slightly fuller, rounder Guinness. Great session brew.