dubs (117) - St Peters, NSW, AUSTRALIA - JAN 4, 2003
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Whatís all the fuss about? Prefer all Aussie stouts. This is cool with the nitrogen and the head, but tastes bland. Only softcocks who like to think they are as hardcore as me would like this. Out.
Brewster (29) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 1, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - DEC 31, 2002
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2003 On tap at Woodlawn Tap in Chicago, 12/8/03. Unbelievable head. Thick and creamy, it adds a nice touch to the dark and roasty beer. Much better than other widely-available Irish Stouts, like Beamish. One of the best beers that's mass-produced and available all over in the US.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - DEC 30, 2002
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is a fantastic session stout--though almost always served too cold. Not terribly complex (cold serving temps and nitrogen no help here), very dry, but the creaminess and roastiness is a very nice combination.
Dogbrick (10001) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rerate 12/30/02: One year later, I have to go back and round this one down a bit. I will always appreciate Guinness because it was one of the first ídifferent beersí I tried, but at this point I have had many better Stouts, and I like Imperial Stouts more than Dry Stouts now. You can always count on not looking like a sissy drinking it next to your Bud-swilling buddy.
12/30/01 (4.8): There truly is no better. The first time I had it I absolutely hated it, luckily I tried it again and realized it must have been warm and old. Since then it is probably my favorite rich, stout beer, and possibly my overall favorite.
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - DEC 29, 2002
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
on draught in Ireland. THE stout. Thick and creamy like malted milk.
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 28, 2002
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2005 Almost more head than beer. The appearance is good owing to the nitrogen.. It has a bit of an acidic aroma. However, the flavor is lacking in complexity; it is difficult to go far beyond roasted and slightly creamy. Watery and dumbed down.
zygomatic99 (17) - Little Rock, Arkansas, USA - DEC 28, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice nose. Full palate. Bitter, but not overbearing.
I still like this one in a íBlack and Taní.
This beer is MUCH BETTER from the tap.
MrGregAD199 (65) - Medford, Oregon, USA - DEC 27, 2002
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
AndyOtremba99 (12) - Long Prairie, Minnesota, USA - DEC 26, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
What a great thing this is. Nowhere near as good as fron the tap but for me living in the middle of nowhere itís the best I can ask for. I love the chocolate and coffee taste this beer has. Iím sure my rating is pretty high but until I find better itís in my top 5.