Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - MAR 2, 2004
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Black color, with a nice tan nitro head. Aroma is very vague some roasted malts but generally its just farty (or is it just my dog farting?). Flavor is roasted malt againg, small hints of coffee and farty again. Bitter aftertaste. Very watery mouthfeel. Fucking boring beer.
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2004
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2005 I was rather surprised when I realised I had never rated this. There is not much to choose between Guinness, Beamish & Murphys in my view. A reasonable standby when confronted with a pub that doesnít have anything more interesting (which this was) but I rarely drink it these days in any other circumstances. Invariably served too cold to pick up much in the way of aroma or flavours, especially when there is such a push towards the "Extra Cold" version in UK pubs these days (presumably so that they donít have to bother with the tiresome settling period). Smooth and easy drinking, with a dry finish, but unexceptional. Somehow, it always seems to taste better in Ireland. Draught, The Feathers, London SW1.
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - FEB 25, 2004
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
In the bottle:Black color with a creamy tan nitro head. Not much aroma, just a faint roasted malt. Very light roasted malt flavor, more like drinking water. Totally flat creamy nitro feel. Yuck! No wonder they say to serve it extra cold!
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black as night, thick as molasses in January. A head all other heads can be judged by. Flavor is strong dark chocolate and coffee with a lingering dry bitter finish. Not as well crafted as some but towers above most.
monkeycmdr (18) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 23, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
What can be said about Guinness? You either love it or hate it. There's no other beer like it. Of course, the jet black color is its unique trademark, and a full glass with a frothy mop on top is a true sight to behold. Guinness actually is a fairly light bodied beer, contrary to all those who think it's really "heavy." A good stout to start with if you want to see what they're all about. Great on tap. If you get it in the store, get the can.
dannyboydwp (48) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - FEB 20, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This was the stout that made me like stouts. As it was for most people. Try one. You'll like it!
balke13 (156) - MIssoula, Montana, USA - FEB 20, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours that cool dark brown color that ripples towards the bottom giving way to an opaque black color with a very thick light brown head. smells of coffee, malt, and a touch of sweetness. very silky smooth with a medium to heavy body with mostly tastes of coffee. much better on tap than from the bottle though.
Gmku (300) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - FEB 19, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Maybe my imperial stout experiences have ruined me for something this mainstream and commercial, but I just don't enjoy this. I think I once did. In fact, it was traditional for me in the holiday season to drink a lot of this. Or have they changed something. Just not as good as I remember. I'm glad there are far better to choose from in the stout category nowadays.
Enniskillen (2045) - Salinas, California, USA - FEB 17, 2004
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Strong coffee in the the aroma, head is creamy 1/2 inch thick, very lasting, taste is coffee, but the palate is like cold water. Tastes like watered down coffee.
rabuc (143) - carlisle, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 16, 2004
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
you have to drink this beer from the tap for cans or bottles don't do this brew justice.. this beer pours opaque black with tan, heavy head. aroma is of chocolate, burnt wood and hops. taste is dry, spicey chocolate, woody and finishes clean with mild bite. this used to be the only stout, not anymore. this is just an ok stout now that we have all the great micro-breweries!