DukeofYork (44) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 21, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(widget can) Fake creamy head, takes a while to settle. Opaque and all that jazz. A sweet, roasty aroma, lots of malt. Roast on the tongue, "dead" (on account of the nitrogen?) flavour. I used to drink Guinness and wonder what all the fuss was about ... it tastes like weak ash, no real complexity. Now I know I was right to doubt ... 'specially the nitro can.
Blake (396) - Orange, California, USA - MAR 21, 2003
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Had on tap on March 14, 2003
I used to enjoy Guinness quite often, but that was before my "enlightenment." That was before I experienced the fine stouts, lambics, barley wines, and other beers available besides those marketed to the public. The beer poured a dark black color as expected with a slightly tan head. Tha aroma is weak with a hint of coffee, but when compared to other stouts, there's not much here. The taste, while not weak, packs no real punch. There's the usual coffe flavor, a bit of alcohol, and nothing really to stimulate the taste buds. I'll still have the occasional draught (as I did today), but when all is said and done, I'd much rather prefer a Stone or Alesmith.
rmalloy (199) - los angeles, California, USA - MAR 20, 2003
1.5 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
This is crap. I'm assuming this is "Guinness draught" with a silly little ball in the bottle. It's watery with a hint of taste. The strong Guinness stouts are way better. This seems like American tasteless mass-advertized garbage.
Earlier Rating: 11/22/2002 Total Score: 3
Watery. No flavor aside from trademark finish. Same whether draft or bottled. The head is very nice though.
xmandax (130) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAR 20, 2003
2.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
having not had a guinness in ages, i managed to allow myself to be conned into one since it was st. patrick's day, and it is a decision i'll regret for a long time. it's a beautiful pour from the bottle into the glass, deep dark color with a perfect creamy tan head. however, it's so incredibly thin that i keep forgetting it's supposed to be a stout. slight roast in the flavor and the aroma, but not much else. i can promise that this will be the last guinness for me.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - MAR 19, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice strong coffee aroma, Hints of smoke and chocolate too. The color change from brown to black is also really nice. Seems rather milky for a stout, but still a decent.
stoutosaurus (157) - Clinton, Mississippi, USA - MAR 18, 2003
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
The new draught bottle is pretty cool. Guinness is best from the draught tall boy. Go out and try a micro stout and you'll see how much better some of them are than guinness, although guinness is great to drink right before class.
Earlier Rating: 7/6/2002 Total Score: 3.5
Whatever I say has probably already been said before, so I won’t bother. It’s Guinness draft.
WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2003
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A bit thin for a stout and lacking in complexity. Perhaps my fault for drinking a can with a widget. Beautiful black body with great creamy head, a little bit of roasted malt, but not much to get excited about.
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - MAR 18, 2003
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Unfortunately, I was cajoled into the obligatory St. Patrick's Day pint with a buddy. No great loss, as there wasn't anything else worth drinking at the "Irish" pub anyways. Black, famous nitro head and body characteristics, mild roasted qualities and nothing else. A pour (this beer down the drain) example of a stout.
DrnkMcDermott (2934) - 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