Gurthnar (1973) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - APR 1, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2014 Bottle. Aroma is roasty, fruity, somehow sharp. Clear dark brown colour. Taste is neutral, watery, roasted with astringency included. Unimpressed.
mvciek (167) - - MAR 26, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown/black with a small head. Armoa of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, but all a bit too weak. Smooth and creamy. Low carbonation. Herbal bitterness in the finish.
gildnerk (132) - Düsseldorf, GERMANY - MAR 17, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Available in Germany at 4.1% ABV. According to the label, this is "the Guinness that started it all" over 200 years ago. Pours nearly pitch black (in fact a dark ruby) with a pillowy beige head. Aromas in the direction of roasted sweet malts and grass. Rather thin body, soft carbonation. Taste is immediately bittersweet, then takes a quick turn to a more pronounced astringent, slightly soapy finish. This reminds me more of a Schwarzbier than a Guinness stout, and thereby falls a bit short of my expectations. Still a decent drink.
arsol (590) - NORWAY - MAR 12, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Svart farge med beige skum. Lukter malt, kaffe. Mild bitter kaffesmak og har også en mild bitter avslutning.
terefere (226) - Durham, USA - MAR 11, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle 33cl, label says "Guinness Original 5%". Pours black, average tan head, nice lacing. Aroma of oat, coffee, chocolate, licorice. Taste: smoked malts, charcoal, roasted coffee, some dark chocolate.
melush (895) - SPAIN - MAR 8, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Botella de 33 cl. Color negro. Espuma consistente y cremosa. Sabor a malta tostada, cafe
tmzl (89) - SLOVENIA - MAR 8, 2014
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Look: Light pour with big, puffy, thick (small bubbles), gorgeous, mocha head. Has nice, slow retention. Creamy, thick layer stays on top, leaves lots of random sticky lacing. Clear dark brown with red amber hue.
Smell: Fresh, lightly roasted, chocolate, grainy (cereal). Also some oatmeal, a bit dusty and mineral. Good malt base with herbal hops to complete it.
Taste: Stars with light roast (with some milk chocolate) sweetness that goes into light roast to coffee bitterness with hints of herbal hops. Despite being light, the bitterness is a bit exaggerated compared to overall taste, which is watered down compared to the smell. Some of the richness from malt is lost here. Also some light acidity with mineral character, which makes it fresher and easier to drink.
Mouthfeel: Light, relatively crisp carbonation for a stout, still light creamy feeling. Dry finish.
Overall: Smell promises more, but the taste is a bit watered down and doesn’t deliver. It’s ok, easy to drink with some roasted malt character and there are times, when you need exactly this.
mikeyo1 (239) - Linköping, SWEDEN - MAR 7, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, pours reddish black with a big light brown head. Dry roasted aroma with coffee, herbs, some chocolate and some light nice acidity, almost brett like. Taste is similar but with more pronounced coffee. Finishes dry with a lasting medium bitterness. Light body.
Theydon_Bois (9280) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAR 7, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at Fastelavn Smagning 2014 @ J&C’s beer palace, Jutland 28/02/14.
Light black meets extremely dark mahogony brown with a good sized light tan covering.
Nose is light roast, mineral notes, grainy, hint of tofee, dark malts.
Taste comprises mineral bite, roasty tones, oatmeal flavours, earthy light metallics.
Medum bodied, moderate carbonation.
Ok for style but nothing I’d rush back to.
guorlan (6) - - MAR 5, 2014 does not count
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can definitely drink a lot of this, like the famous compact and persistent head, the mellow bitterness and satisfying aftertaste. A beer to drink at mealtimes and not only at the pub, would stick to the cans or draught though as the bottled stuff is definitely less pleasing at least to me.