Reid (2301) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 12, 2003
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
It had been many years ( 12) since i had last tasted Guiness Draught( on tap in Scotland) so with trepidation i tried this nitro-can thingy.
The appearance as always is wonderful..poured a lovelly coffee( with milk) colored froth which slowly clears upwards to reveal the blackness below..the head though not as large as i remember is a good half inch right to the bottom of the glass.
Not much of a smell..very light scent of burnt oats ( I like this !)
lovelly taste not as good as i remember on draught but not at all bad.
good smooth feel in the mouth.
i can drink this like milk..very very nice will buy more of this.
Timbowl2 (10) - USA - NOV 10, 2003
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Excellent beer all together. very good mouth-feel, and has an excellent draw. It is not meant to be guzzeled however. It must be drank for a long time to be fully appreciated
heemer77 (5290) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - NOV 10, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2009 Thin and bland with barely any hint of character. There is a little bit of cola and coffee, but the nitro absolutely destroys it. Previous rating follows.
Especially smooth and easy to drink on tap and in the can. However, I would appreciate more hops. The appearance is absolutely dark as night, just as we all expect. Surprisingly, not my first real beer.
Has a thin body and lacks character of malt that I would like to see in the style. The triumph of name and appearance over taste.
Damage (77) - London, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 9, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2004 The classic stout. Mocha aroma, textured by a creamy, frothy head with mellow bitterness.
ghawener (1565) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - NOV 8, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Strong, heavy and robust with bitter tones. Probably the best comercial Stout readily available.
PhoebeDog (5) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 3, 2003 does not count
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
The classic - if you don't have your own opinion you should spend some time with a few. Brewing 101
Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - NOV 3, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Very dark, almost black with a fine head and thick lacing. Coffee and chocolate aroma. Medium bodied with a creamy chocolate milk texture well balanced by the bitterness, and a dry finish. I haven't drank any of this in years and tastewise it seems very familiar although perhaps slightly lighter bodied. Not near as "stout" as some being made these days but still quite enjoyable.
Waponi (3) - USA - NOV 3, 2003 does not count
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
The quintessential stout, Guinness readily gives the impression that somewhere in the secrets of it's closely guarded brewing process is involved allowing huge quantities of burnt toaste to be fermented in water. It's a beautiful beer, extraordinary head and definetly a social classic but this stuff lasts longer in my fridge than last year's milk. The taste is extraordinarily thin. The palate is subtle in the sense that it builds up into what I would describe as a "Why the hell am I drinking this" sensation. Just can't like it no matter how hard I try...and still I struggle on.
Kalli (502) - Falun, SWEDEN - NOV 1, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I'll skip mentioning how it looks, except it looks rather good. Couldn't find an excuse not to give it a full house on that one!
Now, my aroma rating is affected by me tasting it in a smoky pub. The taste however should not be affected. I'm just surprised this stuff doesn't have a fuller body. The taste remindes me slightly of coffe and so does the body.
Still it's a pleasant beer to sip, but it leaves me wanting a fuller stout. There must be something that packs a stouter punch out there...
frankR (144) - Davis, California, USA - OCT 29, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2004 Appearence is absolutely spectacular, down right entertaining. The head is beer whiped cream, yum. Flovour is rather mild, has the texture of coffee. So mild I sometimes add a shot of whiskey to liven things up.