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 (2605) - 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!
cornhusker01 (76) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 3, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
There is nothing like seeing a pint of Guinness coming out of the tap, the brown haze a mixture of foam and beer separating just in time for your first sip. The creamy texture is well matched by the bitterness. This is one of the beers that will be gracing my bar for years to come.
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - MAR 2, 2003
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2006 Standard draught (aus version) tasted on tap 1-Mar-03. Pure black body with a creamy tight white head. Not much aroma apart from a hint of coffee and chocolate. Lovely creamy mouthfeel, very thick body. Flavours of sweet malt, burnt coffee and a hint of chocolate. Not much hop presence. Great for session drinking, well priced too. (Previously 3.5) Re Rate (23/6/06, UK Version, "Extra Cold@): Same appearance, very lacking in aroma. Sweetish milk-like notes in the flavour, with a touch of roast. Pretty boring.
Diablokev (162) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - FEB 28, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
The aroma is a burnt coffee like waft. The appearance (it's not like I really need to tell you but... It's pitch black with a creamy white head. The flavor is of coffee, and has a bit of a alcohol bite. The beer is thick and creamy. Overall a nice stout
VAYankee (335) - Virginia, USA - FEB 27, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
A dark black color, with a thick long lasting head. There was not a strong, distinguishable flavor.
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - FEB 27, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep black color with a medium sized tan head. The head lingers all the way to the bottom of the pint. The beer leaves great lacings on the sides of the glass. Light aroma of coffee and roasted malts. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with flavors of bitter coffee and roasted malts. Finish is smooth and slightly bitter. The nitro effect is somewhat of a gimmick, but I still like this beer. I do think the bottled extra stout is better though.
goz (359) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 27, 2003
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pour is beautiful - black with a thick creamy tan head that just hovers on top, leaving thick lacing all the way to the bottom of the pint. Aroma is very light, mostly roasted and bitter coffee and chocolate. Flavor has the same hints of roasted coffee and bitter chocolate. Mouthfeel and smooth and creamy, probably greatly aided by the nitro.