dhurtubise (568) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 12, 2002
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2003 Ahhh my first love. After wasting away my early twenties and avoiding this precious black pearl because i first sampled it in a bottle in Canada (not the same beer), my wife (not a beer drinker) ordered it at an Irish Pub in Banff. I remember looking foolishly at her, cross-eyed and asking her if she knew what she was ordering. Boy did she ever! This pub served it cold, cellar and room temps and their cellar was golden. Ever since then, i've evolved. Thank You Guinness. It is a black stout with a thick creamy nitro driven tan head. Aroma-wise, as with most nitro beers, it is fairly flacid but hints of roasted malts can be detected. It is a LIGHT bodied beer balanced with a good roast and hop bitterness. The finish is all roasted malt bitterness.
BarePaw (148) - Pullman, Washington, USA - SEP 11, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This beer, like any beer is much better on tap than out of the bottle or can. It fills you up. Itís like a meal in a glass.
BruceLeroy (111) - North Dakota, USA - SEP 9, 2002
0.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Awful. No carbonation. Tasted like 4 month old iced tea. I canít believe I bought a six pack, should have tried a bottle first. My god this stuff is horrible. Iíd drink Milwaukeeís finest monkey spunk over this bum urine. Absolutely disgusting. Gonna go grab a Sam Adamís Summer Ale out of the fridge to get this taste out of my mouth.
OldJack99 (114) - USA - SEP 9, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
good beer, rich & smooth at the same time, thick head, good coffee/toast notes in it.
Somewhat expensive, Iíll buy more sometime though.
metaldust (30) - Missouri, USA - SEP 6, 2002
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pretty good beer. Kinda tastes like coffee to me.
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 6, 2002
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Okay, Iím going to give tis a mediocre rating. Itís certainly a good beer and probably the best looking, but itís not that great. I think too many people look at the name first. The head is by far the best part of the beer with the rest being slightly watery without a lot of flavor. And a 4.1% ABV???? Itís a good brew, but not spectacular, and they lost some admiration with me when they began brewing it in Canada.
hopscotch (8783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 5, 2002
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very good stout. Not the best out there, but itís been around for a long while and thereís a reason. Great, malty, toasted aroma and flavor. Very well balanced. Not sweet. Excellent lacing. Durable, creamy, off-white head. My only complaint is that there is no life in the carbonation. Very flat on the palate. Excellent introductory stout.
TheGreatKen (76) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 31, 2002
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Guinness, out of the tap at an Irish bar with a "clover" on the head, is the best.
Northernbrewer (147) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - AUG 29, 2002
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
The dark color belies how light this beer really is. A mild bitterness and somwhat thin body are masked by the gimicky nitro draft system. Give me my Real Ale!!! Still, this is the bar by which others are measured and it is well brewed by whatever contract brewer Guinness is using these days, so I will give it a few marks for that.
DEbeer (192) - West Virginia, USA - AUG 28, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
I like this better than Guinness I have had from a bottle or on tap. This is so smooth. The most amazing thing was the head, creamy, half-inch, lasted all the way down. I am impressed.