pondoshuffles (141) - Fitzroy Harbour, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 22, 2003
2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
This stout has become more of a "texture beer" than a flavour beer. The Draught Guinness (keg) that is brought into North America seems much lighter in taste and even colour that I remember. If you hold a pint up to the light, you will see red highlights near the bottom third of the glass. The Guinness I remember used to absorb light! Now they have introduced Extra Cold which is an obvious ploy to lure the younger drinkers. sad to see a brewer of this reputation, as Pink Floyd said" Bask in the shadow of yesterday's triumphs.
truckie455 (42) - Derby, Connecticut, USA - MAY 22, 2003
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
This classic is best enjoyed at your local public house. The crisp taste may surprise you at first, but it finishes easy. A first time drinker of this stout may find it "helpful" to dive past the head and get right to the coffee flavored sweetness below.
woodruff (16) - ENGLAND - MAY 21, 2003
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Unfortunately most places (in the UK at least) where you get this on draught outside Ireland have it supplied pasteurised, so it's not quite the same as the original beast from across the Irish sea. It looks great and the head lasts all the way down, although the smoothness and great texture of the real thing aren't really there and the aftertaste can leave a slightly bitter, occasionally burnt, feeling in the mouth. A lot better than a whole load of keg bitters mind you.
Eirikur (385) - hafnarfjordur, ICELAND - MAY 15, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I cant really smell much trough the head, it is so thick, but there is a lovely faint smell of coffe, cocoa and something bitter. It is black as tar and very thick. The first taste is very smooth and there is very little carbonation, then it turns hoppy and bitter and that aftertaste stays for a while.
Fine stout, but just a tad simple.
BassMonkey83 (16) - USA - MAY 11, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
The traditional dry stout. Malt and coffee flavor abounds. I especially enjoy the descending bubbles creeping down the glass. Overall, a great beer to have a conversation over. Interesting to watch college kid reactions to it, mostly because it doesn't fit the bill of all the other Anonymous Macro Beer that usually accompanies a night at the bar.
topper71 (19) - USA - MAY 9, 2003
0.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
This beer is terrible. It's good for pouring over pancakes though. Its also good if you are starving and need to feel like you have just finished a 20 course meal. But if you are looking for a refreshing beverage - STAY AWAY from this crap. And yes - Im 100% Irish.
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - MAY 7, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark very thick. In england it is considered to some to be a meal. Smooth going down.A good stout that is very balanced.
Dobbs (16) - Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, USA - MAY 5, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
So hard not to give this one a perfect score, but alas, I need more experience. Perfect appearance in every way, but each new sip melts into more and more creamy-ness until the flavor has washed away.
brfoster (6) - Texas, USA - MAY 5, 2003 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
One of the best Beers I've tasted so far. Has a very rich taste with no horrible aftertaste
Ventrithor (5) - CANADA - MAY 4, 2003 does not count
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
The best draught for a night out....goes well with food, or conversation. Not all pours are equal, but a good pour is truly excellent