Bassy15 (60) - Cullowhee, North Carolina, USA - MAR 24, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I can say this is one of my favorite beers, especially when it is the fall or winter seasons. It warms the body so well, dark color, light head, coffee after taste and just a great bitter taste. Love the widget too, just to hear it when you open a can at home is great.
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - MAR 24, 2004
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
probly had 100 of these over the past 15 years. this one was on tap. cutesy clover poured on the dense tan head. black, smooth, roasted malt flavor. dry and not sweet. good with a sandwich. also good with a scoop of coffee ice cream (a mudball)
jde123 (773) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 22, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2004 Great great great beer. Lacks complexity, but still one of the most unique beers I have been exposed to and holds a special place in my stomach. One of my favorites. The can stout version is much better than the bottle.
Mungo (2471) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - MAR 22, 2004
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Widget Can. Roasty aroma with some creamy earthiness. Weak body with roasty bitterness. Suprisingly little complexity and lack of depth.
jaysoneslick (24) - Montana, USA - MAR 21, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
What can I say about Guinness? It's a great beer if you like 'em strong. Or if you're Irish!
Goblincat (399) - Petersburg, Michigan, USA - MAR 20, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 29, 2004 Can with widget... Neat to watch pour into a glass. Nice smooth roasted notes. Creamy, smooth bitter after taste. Overall, a nice stout that will be a repeat performance.
kbjames (244) - Utah, USA - MAR 18, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
For sure a dry stout. A very doable beer if your out and about, but a middle tier stout at best
maltdog (621) - Colorado, USA - MAR 18, 2004
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle with widget. I violated bottle instructions- poured it into a glass and sat back to watch the show. The cascade took over a minute to complete, resulting in the classic putty head floating on a body as oily and dark as being lost in the woods at midnight. The layers are as sharply defined as an Oreo cookie. One of the most visually appealing beers ever. Nose of roasty espresso and whipped cream, with a smokey edge to it. Similar in flavor, but the coffee and unsweetened chocolate elements are almost hidden. Follows up with a tangy character and a bitter hop bite. Not complex, but satisfying. Feels like velvet on the tongue. Glorious lacing coats the glass like a veil. Aftertaste is a mellow, roasty bitterness. Nearly an hour after I finished, a half inch of creamy foam remained in the glass. This is the classic Irish Dry Stout, so don't diss it for not being an in-your-face imperial or double chocolate.
invalid (302) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 17, 2004
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beautiful beer! Not much nose on it, though. Pretty tame taste to it, but I still have to give it credit for being the first dark beer I ever liked. It's about time I got around to rating it ;)
pootzboy (1689) - Hopville, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 16, 2004
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2012 On Tap: This is the original Irish pub style dry stout? Rich nitrogen generated head stacks out of the glass, sweetish aroma some roasted grain taste with a slight bitter dry finish. Very smooth and very drinkable very filling but very plain with no complexity ans a tad on the thin side for my tastes in a stout. I would rate the canned draft just slightly lower because I’m sure that lil’ nitrogen thingie kills some of the character which this beer is pretty thin on to start with.A lot of Patty’s day and hipster-pub hype has made this drink far more over rated than it deserves. Slightly dry characterless stout with a trick head. I like St. Ambrois or Storm King they have a lot more character....but I dare ya to find one at an irish pub on Patty’s day.