robiannelli (591) - West Deptford, New Jersey, USA - NOV 3, 2011
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Aromas of barley malts some roasty notes and a bit of chocolate. Flavor is bitter with the usual Guinness taste only watery and malty. Body is dissapointing and finish is quick. Feels like a Guinness knock off
Parrothead (292) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 31, 2011
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle. Pours a very dark mahogany black with a thin tan head. Bread and hay in then ose, but in all honesty there isnít much of an aroma. OK mouthfeel, flavor of raost malt, some hops. I think itís a mindset thing - I expect to taste a stout. Go figure. Overall, a little bit disappointing.
marcus (7301) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 30, 2011
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours pitch black with a decent tan head and a treacle aroma. There is a modest roasted malt flavor with a rather nasty chalky finish. Guinness needs to fix this one.
Tabednar (139) - - OCT 29, 2011
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
10.30.2011 - Houston, TX
A light Guinness with less flavor. I would chose something different if I wanted lighter, but if your looking for Guinness just go for the real deal...
ekoerper (592) - Iowa, USA - OCT 29, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma: subtle roast and coffee, very faint. Pours black, fizzy off-white head dissipates quickly and leaves some thin lacing. Flavor has some nice chocolate and roast, coffee and earthy notes. Body is a bit thin, medium carbonation.
thetmaxx (772) - West Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 28, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured into a Lager Glass. Pours really dark brown almost black. Nice frothy head with a little lacing on the glass. aroma is pleasant, roasted malts and almost a citrusy smell too. Flavour is clean and finishes with the roasty notes. Palate is thin and watery, but thatís the point of a lager. Carbonation is lively on the tongue. Overall one of the better Black Lagers Iíve tried.
roder60 (1288) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2011
2.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours clear dark brown with nice layer of frothy brown head. Aroma is corny and bland, slight roasty, but very minimal - stale. Flavor very dry and burnt. Pretty watery. Overall, decent drink for the fall, but overall lacks the depth I was hoping for.
mbgrayson (606) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - OCT 28, 2011
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours very dark, with tan head. Very little aroma. Taste of Carmel and a little malt. Smooth enough, but really not that great. Canít give this one a thumbs up.
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ChainGangGuy (4489) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - OCT 27, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
11.2 ounce bottle - Taco Mac in Canton, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours a near black body with very dark mahogany-hued hints at the edge and topped with a small-sized, off-white head.
Smell: Ultra faint hint of roast. And...well... Thereís just not much at all to it.
Taste: Pale malted barley, maybe even a trifling inclusion of pils malt. Very, very low roastiness, more like they added caramel coloring to achieve the color. Faintly herbal hint of hops with a minute bitterness. More of the same (which isnít much) until the crispish finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation. Reasonably crisp.
Overall: As bland, boring, and deficient as their flagship beer but without the treasured history of the standard Guinness Stout.
freezy (55) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 27, 2011
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
bottle poured into tulip. Thick short lived tan head, fair lacing, dark coffee/red. smell, black pepper, ashes without smokey-ness, almost invisible caramel malt smell very late, a touch of oregano? Taste ashes and soap. Small bubble carbonation, hops arrive after a brief resting period then stick to middle tongue. Overall, this is a weird, incomplete beer. It is a rougher yet thinner version of Koestritezerís Schwartzbier.
Suggestion, I blended this beer with a homebrew barley wine (11.71abv) and an OíDouls Amber (near beer/non-alcohol)...and it was delicious.