Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - NOV 3, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Very dark, almost black with a fine head and thick lacing. Coffee and chocolate aroma. Medium bodied with a creamy chocolate milk texture well balanced by the bitterness, and a dry finish. I haven't drank any of this in years and tastewise it seems very familiar although perhaps slightly lighter bodied. Not near as "stout" as some being made these days but still quite enjoyable.
Waponi (3) - USA - NOV 3, 2003 does not count
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
The quintessential stout, Guinness readily gives the impression that somewhere in the secrets of it's closely guarded brewing process is involved allowing huge quantities of burnt toaste to be fermented in water. It's a beautiful beer, extraordinary head and definetly a social classic but this stuff lasts longer in my fridge than last year's milk. The taste is extraordinarily thin. The palate is subtle in the sense that it builds up into what I would describe as a "Why the hell am I drinking this" sensation. Just can't like it no matter how hard I try...and still I struggle on.
Kalli (502) - Falun, SWEDEN - NOV 1, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I'll skip mentioning how it looks, except it looks rather good. Couldn't find an excuse not to give it a full house on that one!
Now, my aroma rating is affected by me tasting it in a smoky pub. The taste however should not be affected. I'm just surprised this stuff doesn't have a fuller body. The taste remindes me slightly of coffe and so does the body.
Still it's a pleasant beer to sip, but it leaves me wanting a fuller stout. There must be something that packs a stouter punch out there...
frankR (144) - Davis, California, USA - OCT 29, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2004 Appearence is absolutely spectacular, down right entertaining. The head is beer whiped cream, yum. Flovour is rather mild, has the texture of coffee. So mild I sometimes add a shot of whiskey to liven things up.
Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2003
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: APR 3, 2004 Full marks for appearance, of course. Inoffensive and empty. This is a session beer for when you are too tired to want to contemplate what you're drinking.
dankitydancer (58) - Arizona, USA - OCT 24, 2003
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
the single greatest beer ever created in the history of the world period..u cant beat a pint from the down the pub love it all hail guinness
micheller (14) - mukilteo, Washington, USA - OCT 24, 2003
1.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
i don't like coffee beers....yuck it is to dark and too thick....this beer is only for hh.
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - OCT 22, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a beautiful onyx color out of the nitro bottle. I know, it says to drink straight from the bottle, but I think it tastes just as good out of a pint. Nice creamy, frothy head. Silky mouth feel, aroma of toasted malts mostly chocolate. Nice slight bitter tongue with smokey chocolate flavor. I very nice stout.
shadey (2033) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 21, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2011 FROM CAN OR BOTTLE: This is an old classic. You can get it anywhere and it won’t cost a fortune. My only complaint is it is slightly more bitter than say Murphy’s Irish Stout. 6/4/6/3/15
FROM TAP: I just had this in philidelphia (December 2004) from a place (Kildare’s) certified by Guinness and it made all the difference in the world. Outstanding mouthfeel with no bitterness in the flavor. Most of the people complaining about this beer are correct in their criticism, but the stuff they served at Kildare’s was fresh and delicious. A whole ’nother world. 6/5/8/4/17
ancherrera (162) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2003
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Like drinking a glass of bread. Good mouth feel and a lighter taste than the appearnce would suggest. Creamy feel and quite enjoyable.