pootzboy (1690) - 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.
PetetheMeat (621) - Hove, DENMARK - MAR 15, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown stout, smooth long lasting beige coloured head. Low carbonation. Rich flavour with toasted malts and a bit lasting bitterness (liquoruce?). Extraordinary velvety, creamy palate.
antisnobJP (275) - St. Michael, Minnesota, USA - MAR 14, 2004
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nitro-tap. Looks incredible with a huge creamy head on top of a near black base. Smells of roasted malt and yeast. Not a lot of aroma, period. Tastes like bitter coffee and chocolate being drank with my nose plugged. Where is the flavor? Very subdued. Goes down too fast to wait for warmth to bring any extra flavor out. Creamy mouthfeel, not too thick. Level of drinkability:high. Level of interest: not so high. For the price there are a lot better stouts.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAR 13, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On-tap: Solid dark fudge brown, nearly black, thick and emensely dense dark cream head about a finger high, very frothy and whipped with caverness divets and rolling lumps. Lacing coats the glass very well in broken sheets. Smell is lightly roasty and chocolatey with a subdued dryness and sweetness of soft bread. Taste yields about the same as what the smell delivers with a slight roasy tone of malts the whole way through and dotting the mix along the way is a soft soggy breadiness thats a bit sweet, chocolate lightly appears with a subdued dryness in the finish. Overall, nothing to strong or lengthy in flavors. Feel is lightly smooth and kinda fluffy with a slight drying finish. It had been a while since the last time I'd had a Guinness in any form, the last being nitro-tap which wasn't very forthcoming, well now I remember why I don't order it on either tap or nitro. Maybe my tastes have changed so dramatically that I can't even enjoy a Guiness anymore. Oh well...?
fatguys (76) - Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 13, 2004
2.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2005 Draught. Pours a very, very dark red with a wonderful, creamy head. Excellent lacing. Palate is thick, but not exceptionally for the style. There’s a creaminess to the palate, but no sweetness to speak of, which leaves me hanging. There’s a kind of gritty soapiness I can’t put my finger on. Though a good beer, Guinness is overrated simply because it’s the world’s most popular stout. Of course people rave about this when they’re used to horse piss. A good stout, but there are much better examples of the style. Pricey.
SimonLarsen (210) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 11, 2004
3.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
You can't knock the look of a pint of guinness, it's an icon. You can't knock the smell as there isn't one if you drink it as cold as pubs sell it. Neither is there taste. My opinion is that Guinness is a "gateway drug", it has led many an antipodean to good beer via it's smooth mouth feel which makes the suprising (to a VB/New/XXXX/etc drinker) bitterness and body bearable. From there the acceptance of new flavours is accepted and away we go. Couple of bonus points for that factor hehehe. Oh and it is almost always available which makes for a nice safe fallback.
Bodomite (34) - USA - MAR 10, 2004
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Extremely good, Very hoppy taste with a smell of yeast. Thick and goes down well with meals. Excelent choice for any occation.
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 8, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Nice frothy head...i beautiful pour. Everything else is average from there.
spkldhenlvr24 (517) - Newburgh/Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 6, 2004
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
What a sick beer. Maybe why its probably the most popular beer in the world. great to pound or just sip. the best on tap, or can, or bottle, or anything, Cold.
btwhite7 (37) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAR 2, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Unfortunately, I'm rating this out of the new bottle. I will re-rate it later out of the can or tap. Regardless, still one of the best, if not the best mass produced "mainstream" beers.