Ernest (6832) - 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 youíre 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 Iíll 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. Itís 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 donít think it is as good as the draught can, but is still a very good beer.
krisfleet (130) - Sharon, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer is a meal. It is very filling and fairly tasty. It is a little bitter, but it is an enjoyable bitterness. The quinessential Irish stout.
gpolice99 (32) - Arizona, USA - APR 21, 2002
0.7 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Burnt,Sour,Bitter,Poop Flavor!!! Disgusting!!! Blech!!! Canít believe I wasted money on this!
(dont really know what poo tastes like, but If I did, this is it!!)
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - APR 17, 2002
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
*sigh* Pours very small head with a bit of fine lace. Very thin bodied with little flavor to speak of.
Aggie80 (790) - Michigan, USA - APR 11, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2009 Heavy carbonation. Good head that doesnít last, no lacing. Totally opaque, dark and black. Some bitter aftertaste with a heavy texture. Good with strong foods, but not something I will drink on a regular basis. Note: I bought this in the US.
Earlier Rating: 3/2/2002 Total Score: 4.6
This is the one I compare all other to! Best on draft, the bottles are the next best thing!