joet (2138) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - APR 9, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thereís still an annual contest here for the best Guinness pour. Hey, these guys are going to make it look better than very good. Iíve had more slow Guinnesses than anything else and itíll affect my rating -- Iíve gotten a lot out of it. A former philosophy professor of mine described an analagous assertion claiming one can see the universe in a washing machine at a laundromat if you spent enough time observing it.
argo0 (11351) - Washington DC, USA - APR 7, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Good beer, even better in a half & half. The legendary head is a delight to behold atop the smooth blackness below. Mild aroma belies the bitterness, though it isnít as rounded as it should be.
Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - APR 7, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
The myth is bigger than the beer. Good, but not one of my favorites, and Iím a stout kind of guy. However, you canít doubt itís quality, and itís a definite good buy.
blueyedbeerguy99 (12) - Wallace, Idaho, USA - APR 7, 2002
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Strong flavor; good head; but not enough complexity for me. Also I am always surprised at the rather low alcohol content. I donít think many people are aware of this. The strong taste fools you into thinking that itís high in alcohol too.
fatherpierre (62) - Leeds, ENGLAND - APR 7, 2002
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A full meal in a glass! That burnt flavour has never been reproduced by anyone else. Itís understandable how many canít drink it though.
duece (103) - Waterford, Wisconsin, USA - APR 4, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Strong thick stout that sits very hard if you have too many. Enjoyable in moderation.
kwik-lime (1261) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 4, 2002
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2005 You canít fault a pint of Guinness on appearance, it is a thing of pure beauty. Very dark brown but when served as a pint is black to the naked eye, with a thick head.
Sadly the taste doesnít really live up the appearance - although it goes down easily and the carbonation is at just the right level to keep it smooth without being overbearing, and the flavours are nicely balanced and comprise smokeyness, coffee and nuts, you get the impression that this beer is somewhat over-rated. Thereís definately a hint of wateryness about it and it isnít particularly complex or exciting.
jennythenipper (74) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - APR 3, 2002
4.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
I find it hard to objective when talking about Guinness. I have an almost irrational attachement to it. The creaminess of the pint, the first delicious anticipated gulps...wonderful. The best pints Iíve had were in Ireland (oddly enough not at the brewery) in Dublin pubs and many, many fine pubs in the country. I have tried Murphyís in draught at their brewery and somehow it just isnít as good. My favorite beer perhaps because it has so many great memories attached to it.
William (202) - Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - APR 3, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Stouts are not my favourite type of beer. This one has a great creamy head, is best from draft, and drinks very smoothly.
kebu5299 (5) - Laurel, Mississippi, USA - APR 2, 2002 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
The originating benchmark. All the others can only dream of getting close to it.