ReV2 (129) - Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - SEP 15, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A sweetish stout with a soy sauce type quality. Just as I remember it from my first taste at least 25 years ago. Very drinkable, not cloying and a good balance of subtle hops and hidden alcohol. Nice.
dnicolaescu (537) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - AUG 23, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Head: coffee, medium, frothy, avg. retention. Colour: virtually black.
Aroma: roasted, sharp - solvent/glue.
Taste: cheap chocolate, some alcohol, bitter.
Nowhere near as good as the Guinness FES.
Niall73 (1054) - Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 22, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle bb 15/03/13. Pours a dark reddy brown with a fast fading off white head. Aroma is toasty, dark toffee, a little licorice. Medium to full body, fine carbonation. It’s very sweet, sticky, treacly, toasty rye bread with a mild bitterness. OK.
Cantabrian (762) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 2, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I was looking forward to try this classic, but utterly intimidated by the bad ratings here. It comes down to a reasonably good beer, not at all cloying as often described, but sweet as I like my stouts. It’s an espresso-brown beer, with little to say about its brief russet head, and breathing a strong aroma of alcohol, more specifically rum. And I do swear it never occurred to me that the beer was from Jamaica when I thought of rum (I usually confirm the aroma with a third party). Flavours of malts, loads of caramel (toffee?), coffee, rum, lots of preserved cherries and, if you make an effort, some sweet chocolate. I was not too impressed with the thin body, which left the rum through too much. Apparently it is not easy to find this stout in Jamaica, but I think it would be heaven to drink it under the Caribbean sun, as compared to its sister, the Red Stripe, which I have never tried, as it carries a dreadful resemblance with the San Miguel.
alexsdad06 (4533) - Ohio, USA - JUL 30, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared with the group. Pours cola brown in color with a small beige head. The aroma had powdery chocolate, some mild roast, apples with a candy sweetness. The flavor was mildly roasted malt, powdery chocolate, fruity, sweet, a hint of coffee. Probably not a bad option when you are on the beach, but...
k0mpsa (948) - Järvenpää, FINLAND - JUL 27, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from bottle shop, chalfont, england. Black color, some brown head. Sweet roasty and malty aroma, licorice. Light-medium body, roasty, licorice, some hops.
mR_fr0g (2004) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 20, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at home from asda. First Jamaican rate. Ruby red, caramel colour with a fleeting light tan head. Aroma is warming rum booze with nutty malt. Flavour is smooth choc, alcohol, soft roast. Nice.average carbonation. Alround this is better than I was expecting.
Freaky_tiki (398) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 17, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Surprise suggestion from bartender at Sauce pours cola dark with strong cap. Not as bad as you’d think; not good enough to ever order again. Taste is malt & syrup. Sweet as a melted rock candy. Janice says " who knew Jamaicans made stout. Do the Irish grow weed?" Yes, I’m sure they do. And I’m also sure this gets worse as the glass gets lower.
bulldogops (1028) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 15, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 500mL from LCBO, 7.5%. Dark, black pour is always weird out of a bottle, always seem to get a wicked amount of foam. Aroma is very much cane sugar, and donut shop fryer (corn syrup?). Taste is a hint of coffee,chocolate and the roasted grain. Thick, frothy, but still quite rich in flavour. Not as bad as others have suggested.
Canmoore (203) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 14, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a typical jet black, with a tan head. The aroma is of pleasant rich chocolate malts. The taste is quite syrupy, and notes of chocolate, coffee, and chocolate syrup. Quite sweet, and taste lingers in the mouth. This is an ok stout, way to syrupy for my taste though.