GnarlyGnome (773) - Fairfield, Ohio, USA - AUG 26, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle: at home: pours dark, dark brown with a thick foamy tan head. It smells like roasty, ashy chocolate. Its flavor is sharp chocolaty malt. The lively carbonation is a fun departure from the traditional Guinness. It’s good, but I prefer it’s grandfather... Guinness draught.
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - AUG 21, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2011 12 oz bottle. Pours dark brown with nice tan head. Aroma has light notes of dark roast, cocoa, with that classic Guinness aroma. Flavor is much the same and dry with a mild hop finish. Light body with high carbonation. Overall, taste like a Heineken with dark roasted flavor and color added.
mar (5011) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 19, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown almost black with a cream head. Nose is roasted malts, ash, caramel, more roast. easy on the palate, roast, malts, faintly water.
joshmcg000 (370) - Iowa, USA - AUG 15, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Comes off as carbonated Guinness to me at first. If Guinness was a lager this is what it would taste like. Its got carbonation now, its a little less roasty, but its still got the milky creamy easy to drink goodness of guinness. I like it and I could drink it heavily all night without a problem I think. But it is pretty overpriced for what it is..Kinda like Guinness.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 15, 2011
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle: Pours a dark ruby with a thin off-white head, light grains in the aroma with a hint of chocolate, starts and ends very lightly bitter, thin bodied, subtle carbonation. It’s a bit sad that Guinness thinks it needs to make a lighter version of their stout which is lighter than most beers.
degbert (1344) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 31, 2011
2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
TPSA. Pours medium brown with a cream ring. Nose is nutty and roasty; it smells promising. Then -- then the wheels come off. It tastes like stale corn tortilla chips dusted with bad freeze-dried coffee. No, no, no, no, and no. Finish is tight and unpleasant.
fidelis83 (2167) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - JUL 25, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a dark clear brown with a tall frothy beige head that has great retention. Aroma is toast, cereal grain, grassy, spicy and floral hops, a little honey and some light nutty notes. No real roasty character despite the appearance. Flavor is lightly sweet cereal grain, thick crust white bread, light grassy and floral hops. Palate is light bodied and fairly neutral up until the off dry finish. Think of it as a Schwarzbier Light, or Black Helles (actually that one sounds kinda cool, on paper), as it doesn’t really have any of the roasted malt traits present in any Schwarzbier and has a really low abv for the style.
wmubronco1992 (666) - Coldwater, Michigan, USA - JUN 2, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours black. Light tan head with good retention. Some lacing. Very mild roasted malt aroma. Just the slightest amount of bitterness. Overall very smooth and clean. Almost no mouthfeel. Extremely drinkable. Decent drinking beer, but nothing that wows you.
yayforbeer (753) - Orange Park, Florida, USA - MAY 21, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sample from a 12 oz bottle at the Jacksonville Craft Beer Festival, 5-20-2011. Not distributed in Florida yet, but should be by September according to the company rep. Its an ok schwarzbier, but nothing exciting. Very sessionable, almost a light beer at only 4.5% Sort of a dark malt pilsener with very little of what makes Guinness notable. Disappointing.
maneliquor (3463) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 8, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Definitely black but doesn’t resemble many ’dark beer’ flavours. Easy drinking lager that is actually pretty good