EKGoldings (629) - Radford, Virginia, USA - JUL 16, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2003 I've had it in Ireland and 4 other countries. On tap and in the draught bottles or cans, a nice beer with toast, chocolate, and grain flavors. Just the right amount of kettle hops. A lively acidity coming from the dark roasted grains and separate acid ferment. A balanced and not too strong beer that you will see grannies drinking in Ireland. Bravo!
vip3r (6) - CANADA - JUL 16, 2003 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is a classic beer! A great taste and an amazing presentation. This beer is better on tap than in the can but I still drink Guinness anyway I can as much as I can :)
Shagnasty (130) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUL 15, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2005 Nice creamy head, which leaves a fince lacing on the glass and dissipates slowly. Very attractive beer, that is black as night with an off white head. Goes down perfectly smooth, and is much less dry than the extra stout, but does not lose that great taste, of roasted barley, and a rich coffee taste that ends nice and bitter. I instantly fell in love with this beer!
tmhst30 (10) - Prospect Park, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2003
1.6 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
The quality of Guinness is largely dependent on the bar in which you drink it. I've had good Guinness and bad Guinness. However, I don't like the lack of flavor in this beer. Also, I've never enjoyed it as a session beer without waking up with a massive hangover in the morning.
minguimore (17) - SPAIN - JUL 13, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer is completely diferent if you try it on tap and the barman is good, that´s why some people say that it is better in ireland. If everything is ok it is a great stout with a nice bitter taste. The bottle version loses all its wonderfull flavour that´s why some of you rate it so badly.
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUL 12, 2003
4.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I've had it on tap in Dublin and other towns in Ireland and it really does taste better there. One hell of a beer, and suprisingly easy to drink once you get used to it. Points to a beer that can start its own style.
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 12, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2003 Tasted both in can and on tap. Tap is a little more amusing due to the show this brew executes for some minutes before being "all set up". Darker than a black coffee. Appealing white head with little tones of black and white in the middle. It smells... cofee ashes. Surprising thin feeling in mouth, fun to keep in mouth for a long time, flavors change to more and more bitter, mixes well with saliva. Yum Yum. As Smoosh points out, it's more a beer of appearance and occasion than actual flavors. Never ordinary nonetheless.
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - JUL 12, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft: Not a lot of aroma, but to be fair it was served far too cold. Black with a beautiful nitro head of tiny, tiny bubbles. Creamy mouthfeel. Not a huge amount flavor - some mild bitterness and some roastiness.
LINKBREW (101) - Santee, California, USA - JUL 12, 2003
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Desert island beer. Light enough to drink all day, but wnough flavors to stay interesting. Lightly sour tang, chocolate and roasty flavors. Dry bitter finish.
changxao (104) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 11, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2005 Chococoffee aroma/flavor. Nice color, and good head. Better on tap; the taste has definately changed since the American supplier moved to Canada. Still a pretty good mouthfeel and hop bitterness, is somewhat filling. Not the best stout out there by a long shot, but still pretty good. A decent mass produced beer.