VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - MAY 25, 2002
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Much more enjoyable than the horrid nitro’d beers that round out the Guinness stable. Nice roasted character with a substantial bitterness in the middle and finish. Full bodied compared to other Guinness products. Not bad at all.
IneedAbuheer (69) - Ingleside, Illinois, USA - MAY 20, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A nice roasted aroma, but would have liked it to be a little more intense. Great color and body. Flavor is good, but a little on the bitter side in the aftertaste. A solid beer worth drinking.
SmellGood (339) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - MAY 18, 2002
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smooth beer with nice flavor. Not as thick as I like a stout to be but definitely a keeper. Goes great with a big fat steak.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 14, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A deep, bitter stout that comes with a decent head. Since everyone knows this beer, I won’t ramble on. OK.
Ernest (6542) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 11, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 14, 2006 100% blind rating.
Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting.
Body is black (not opaque, flashlight tested).
Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain, molasses, husks), trace hops (herbs), with a light note of black tea.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately to heavily bitter, slightly husky.
Medium body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
The only way to fairly rate Guinness is blindly; there is simply too much negative and positive bias, hype, etc. to rate this if you know what you’re drinking.
NationWide (12) - Pullman, Washington, USA - MAY 8, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Far above and beyond the draught can I had. Dark, thick, and strong-flavored with coffee/mocha. An excellent stout and easily one of my favorite dark beers ever.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 3, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mild coffee scent. Deep chestnut colour, big caramel head. Roasted bitter taste.(Yum) A bit oily, good mouthfeel, silky finish. Very good.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 1, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Quite stouty. A good beer, I think I’ll have some more.
Rib Eye (148) - USA - MAY 1, 2002
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Everyone knows Guinness, so I post this simply for point of reference. Not at all complex, Guinness is a bitter watery tar with nice mouthfeel. It’s too one note and way too filling to be my everyday beer though. Bitter without being hoppy and malty without being sweet. In other words flavorful without having much taste.
djbuddha (90) - Many, Louisiana, USA - APR 30, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I don’t think it is as good as the draught can, but is still a very good beer.