DrnkMcDermott (2899) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAR 18, 2003
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2008 My first Guinness was a horrid bottled beer many years ago. Today’s version with the “widget” delivering something resembling a hand-pulled mouthfeel is a great improvement. The Draught cans still have a somewhat “fizzier” head than a draft pull, but at least the head is creamy and plays well with the roasty beer body. For sure, Guinness has become an American mega-brew, and craft brews surpass it in taste, but it’s still a fine session beer and an alternative to a horse-p*** pilsner.
Revision note: Oh yeah, good smoked peat taste in my latest can. Acidic, too. I’ve based my ratings on the pint “pub draught” cans that have been in my beer fridge for over two years now (one left), and it seems to have aged pretty well.
gerdy555 (163) - Ohio, USA - MAR 18, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
once upon a time i thought that this beer was the greatest beer ever. what happened? did it change or did i change? probably the latter. but anyway this is a great beer to look at when poured of the tap. wonderful head that stays with you till the bottom of the glass. flavor is like burnt coffee and bitter. body is creamy yet thin. a good beer to start out with but there's much better out there
brewboy (152) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 18, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
It's St. Patricks Day, you're in a bar, and they serve Guinness. What else does one drink? A smooth, black, sultry, dark stout ale that seems an eternity when you have to wait of 119seconds for the pour. I never tire of watching those droplets of foam fight their way up from the bottom to band with their brothers and form that distinctive creamy head. There is only one Guinness.
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 18, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A St. Patty's favorite, Guinness is a respectable stout, if overrated. No beer tops its black, frothy-headed appearance. However, this beer consistently lacks carbonation and complexity. A good choice when faced with Budweiser swill, but pales in comparison to American craft-brewed stouts.
Shag (2678) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAR 13, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2003 Guinness is still a good beer for me but its not as great as I once thought. I still enjoy one when it's poured correctly and served at the correct temp. Appearance is excellent and maybe none better. Flavor is somewhat bitter with a fairly weak mouthfeel. This beer will always be a classic to me but its no longer a favorite. I still have no problem having one and will continue to do so. A good intro into the world of good beer.
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2003
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2003 (Can) Lots of toffe on the nose. The palate is very light in body and filled with flavors assosiated with pasteurization. The finish is light dry and full of coffee. I wonder what this beer would be like if it was unpasteurized, unfiltered, and bottle conditioned. I hate nitro beer
TheRimmer (483) - Florida, USA - MAR 13, 2003
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2004 I'm afraid my opinion of this is kind of low. Amazing creamy head and lace and color(totally opaque). But the flavor is kind of generic and bland. Very suitable for the masses' consumption.
8/04 - my how times change. This has turned into my favorite session beer. great roastiness and slightly coffee flavors. crips, smoothe, thick, creamy. its just a swell beer.
jazz88 (2603) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 12, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The familiar solid black color with a creamy brown head. Just a hint of roast and coffee. Smooth and creamy but not much flavor, which is maybe why this is a stout so many people can stomach. A bitter finish.
dI5tIL (15) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 11, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Is the standard by which stouts are measured, but it is not the be all end all.
OlDirtyBrewer (11) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - MAR 7, 2003
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Mess with the best, die like the rest. In my humble opinion, this is the standard for dry stout. Creamy and roasty, it is consistent all around. I had the priviledge of going to the brewery in Dublin and there is nothing like having a pint straight from the source. Slainte!