mjg74 (2950) - La Mesa, California, USA - SEP 9, 2010
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle from Valley Farm. Lightly roasty nose. Some grains in there as well. Pretty weak aroma. Light roasted flavors. Fairly watery. Bland finish. Not much going on here.
drpimento (2883) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 25, 2010
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
When I first saw it at the store, I thought Huh! Could be; why not? Although Guinness is in trouble and desperation can lead to weird things. Then I saw the ratings here and was kind of deflated. Then, I poured a huge, tan, foamy, frothy, sudsy head that lasts a while and lots of lace. The color is an opaque black brown. Aroma was very nice with toasty, malt, and toffee. Flavor it falls down: like the nose but much lighter. Body is very light and the force carbonation doesnít help. Finish is like flavor and short. Schwartzbier with all the calories and a touch of the flavor.
LinusStick (3156) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 3, 2011
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
Blah. The only good thing about this beer is the aroma. The aroma was a thick dense roasted coffee. Pour was a nice enough dark brown with some rising bubbles and a one finger tan head. Taste was very thin and watery. Thereís literally no flavor upon first sip. The strong carbonation numbs the cheeks and gums. After the swallow the mouth is left with some coffee and dark roasted malt flavors. Very bland and boring
JoeTheYounger (1181) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - SEP 16, 2011
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pretty boring with mild roast bitterness. Somewhat skunky and watery as well. Gave it a shot but regular Guinness is far better.
WolfsBlood84 (172) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - OCT 2, 2011
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Fresh 11.2 oz. unbottled into a Duvel logo tulip at 2:53:24, Oct. 2, 2011 - approximately 40* Fahrenheit - 4.45* Celsius. Did not "enjoy ice cold straight from the bottle" as per instructions from Artie Guinness himself; because thatís stupid. Pours a dark brown/black with creamy tannish head that dissipates quickly. Looks pretty great. Give it a whiff - very subtle notes of light bready, toasty/roastiness and some slight malt sweetness - super impressed with rather lame smell. Taste buds say: Light roasty, chocolate malt flavor, slightly bitter malt on the very end. Mouthfeels: Quite full-bodied for ABV, very light carbonation, smooth - but not slick or oily, crisp, and fairly dry on the very end. Itís amazing how Artie can make such a full-bodied and gorgeous-looking beer with such little actual nose and flavor. It reminds me of another couple of similar beers... Hmmm... Oooh, rite... Guinness Draft and Guinness Extra Stout. In a word - BoringTimesBeer.
ESBob (379) - Indiana, USA - FEB 24, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Pours a deep brown, nearly black with slightly off white head. Aroma is a slightly fruity roast caramel. The flavor is very light roast caramel. Not bad for a brew that is trying to appeal to the "masses", but not very good, regular guiness stout much better!!
jredmond (7176) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 11, 2012
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a dark body with light head. Aroma is roast and Cheap malt lager. Mouthfeel is thin.
jmulv (336) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 11, 2012
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Itís nothing special. Pours a dark brown, taste is malty yet bland. Nothing to truly distinguish this beer from the rest. Iíd take a Guinness stout over this any day.
JoePeesie (923) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2012
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours a deep brown with off white head. Nose and taste are more blah than I had hope & expected. I was expecting there to be a deeper malt and possibly roasty back taste. Not a beer I would buy again.
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bubbleflubber (2139) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - MAR 24, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark brown mahogany pour into the glass, with an initially wispy head that reduces to spotty lace. The nose is of cereal and a just a hint of dough. Flavors are reductive, roasted coffee essence and just a hint of black cherry. It finishes with a roasted bitter. The mouthfeel is almost seltzery, a tad thin. The active carbonation separates the integration enough to make the brew somewhat out-of-balance. Itís a shame, actually. I wanted it to be a bit better than it turned out.