clong83 (285) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 6, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2007 This is a very good beer. Fantastic flavors with hints of coffee, surprisingly smooth, and just a hint of hops. One of the very best mass market beers out there. That being said, itís still a mass market beer and it shows. Sometimes comes across as a bit watery to me.
AdamSkillin (376) - High Bridge, New Jersey, USA - SEP 5, 2004
3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
If you rated this beer highly, you are one of those guys who just wants to brag that he likes dark beers but doesnít have any frame of reference. Great for car bombs, but absolutely unable to stand up to any decent stout on quality alone. Donít get me wrong, I enjoy my Guinness, but Iím just sorta miffed that itís rated in the 84th percentile. This is a clear indication of dark beer ignorance. Guinness is enjoyable and all, but stouts and porters are just plain underappreciated, and Guinness deserves a lot of the blame for that. I think Guinness overpowers new dark beer drinkers and turns them off to the entire idea, so please note that my rating is slightly biased. Also, while you think it would be delicious to eat a bowl of Cheerios with Guinness instead of milk, take my word for it, itís not.
cheubi (15) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 3, 2004
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
My all-time favorite beer! I am a stout "afficianado" and love all forms of the style (sweet, dry, imperial, oatmeal). I brew this style at home and buy it when I can. Guinness is the standard by which all others should be judged. Coffee notes with a creamy, nitrogen-induced smoothness lead you into a deep taste. Ho pnotes are present, but only serve to balance the powerful malt assult.
richbeir (15) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 30, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Goes from brown to black as creamy head rises, and turns to an off white. Soft almost sweet aroma. Semi-bitter hop taste with full deep flavor. Should be on every beer drinkers rotation.
jgentgesdo (692) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - AUG 25, 2004
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From tap. Pours black with big, lasting, beautiful tan head - this is one of the most beautiful beers to drink. Nose is chocolate and wet from dipping in the head, also malt and roasted barley. Tastes of roasted malt, coffee, bitter chocolate. Heavy, thick, creamy mouthfeel. Bitter aftertaste is still there hours later. This is good beer. Not all that complex, definitely mass market, but very good beer, and itís consistent quality is an asset rather than a liability.
BrooklynWallis (14) - Cols., Ohio, USA - AUG 23, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Iíll only drink this on tap. Creamy, foamy head (when poured correctly). Nice finish. Pretty reliable, no big surprises. Glad a live in a predominantly Irish-immigrant neighborhood!
Aarleks (409) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - AUG 23, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2006 Re-Rate in Dublin: I tried this numerous times in Dublin and I now realise that the stories are true - Guinness is MUCH better there. So much more flavour and character than you can find in Australia. Quite light-bodied roastiness balanced by a gentle crystal sweetness and some quenching sour notes. It actually reminded me of a really roasty bitter. Great length. IThis really is not a great beer. However, it is done very well and is so iconic. Plus Iím sure the experience of dinking it in Dublin is no doubt adding to my perceptions of it.6/5/7/3/13=3.4
Nitro Tap: Black (duh!), creamy tan head that lasted the whole glass. Masked aroma of watery roasted grains. Flavour was pretty similar. Reasonable mouthfeel, although somewhat powdery. An overated world classic.5/5/6/3/11=3
socomnut (8) - USA - AUG 21, 2004 does not count
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had this beer at a Irish pub called Four Green Fields. Best beer there is. Only problem is after 5 of them throat gets a little dry feeling.
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 19, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I had this one out of the bottle which was probably not the best, but it certainly lives up to the name of dry stout... all the hints of deeper flavours are so subtle. Otherwise it is a fully satisfying brew.
ss315 (14) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - AUG 16, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice rich aroma suggesting caramel or coffee. Appearance leaves nothing to be desired. Satisfying rich flavor with solid, abiding bitterness. Palate is soft and creamy without being too much. In many respects, a gold standard.