Voivod (304) - Como, ITALY - JAN 28, 2003
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2003 First of all this beer has to be drunk only in Ireland. I don't know why in other countries the bitterness covers all the flavour. My rate is referred to the Guinness drank on tap at the Guinness Brewery in Dublin, where this beer is served at the right temperature, has a perfect appereance (ruby red colour, huge, creamy and persistent head) and a perfectly balanced flavour. For the Guinness on tap in Ireland the rate should be 4.2 . For the Guinness drank from the widget cans 3.8 . For the Guinness on tap outside Ireland less than 3.
Ernest (6730) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 27, 2003
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Draught. Lasting (nitro) head.
Body is dark brown.
Aroma is lightly malty (strong coffee, roasted grain, dark chocolate).
lightly sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Light body, watery texture, soft carbonation.
This beer survives entirely on name recognition and past reputation alone...with any other name, this would have a 2.8 average at best IMHO. Thin, watery, nearly odorless, bland, and light penetrates it even in a dim bar. My oldest brother tells stories of when this was opaque, complex, and rich, long ago. This is pure marketing nowadays, nothing more...watered down enough for any swiller to tolerate. And yes, I've had it in Dublin (in 2001). It's no better there either.
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2003 The description says it all. Good or bad this is usually the one different/import that you will find in most American bars if you want something other than your typical macro selection, thank goodness.
glassprison (4) - USA - JAN 25, 2003 does not count
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Next to the tap, the can is the next best thing. Pour the "true pint" in a glass and watch the famous settling of a Guinness. The head is very creamy and the taste is complex, leaving a drinker wondering why they would ever drink anything less
YnotABeer (96) - Missouri, USA - JAN 24, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hearty, rich coffee notes and pretty smooth. A good beer, but not really my style though. Too bitter and seemed odd being creamy yet thin.
joemacaluso (119) - Prairieville, Louisiana, USA - JAN 24, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
The first Guiness I drank, it is good strong roasted barley flavor. It is more easy to drink the draught.
rel3 (9) - USA - JAN 24, 2003 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dunworley (4) - Crofton, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 24, 2003 does not count
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
My only negative to prevent this from being my perfect pint is the slight bitterness left on the palate. Other than that, this is the nectar of the gods.
OriginalCheeser (32) - USA - JAN 22, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
If the local bar has a bad tap system the can is teh way to go.
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 21, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2005 One of the very first imports I had as a young’n. Thick. Chocolatey and coffee-ish. Very good for the volume produced.
Re-rate 3.22.2005: Had on tap in London. Much, much creamier head than what you get in the USA. It was like yogurt. If only I could get it this way at home.