adamlau (76) - California, USA - JAN 17, 2002
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark, dark brown. Almost syrupy in body. Frothy head not creamy, but carbonated. Dissipates quickly. Nose is of dark, roasted coffee with an alcoholic finish. Undertones of alcohol throughout the mid. Overtones of alcohol through the finish. Where did the roasted coffee go? Light, lingering bittering.
Earlier Rating: 12/11/2001 Total Score: 3.2
Watery, but thick, if that makes any sense. Draught is much better. About the same color, smoother, and more chocolatey. Go for the draught.
labattblueleaf (225) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 15, 2002
1.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
I am starting to grow more understanding of the taste of a good, dark beer. This however, is still one I despise. I think that chunk I pulled out of my teeth was barley.
blaker24099 (5) - Ballwin, Missouri, USA - JAN 14, 2002 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very good beer. Black as 20 year old engine oil and just as good. Very rich beer taste. Takes a true man to down this beer.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 4, 2002
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Re-Rate 01/04/02: Pours deep brown to black, generous brown head, and sheets of lace. Nose is toasted malt, the start is malt and the middle medium, the finish dry, and a slight hopiness noted. Of course this compares to the ’Real Guinness’ about the same as I do to Burt Reynolds!
Earlier Rating: 8/29/2000 Total Score: 3.7
The beer after its release from the 12-ounce brown bottle a piceous color, the head majestic and creamy chocolate brown and after its desiccation the lace forms a thick and sealing sheet upon the glass. Nose is bittersweet chocolate, coffee, sweet malt and a treat for the senses; start is rich in malted grain, sweet and the top middling to full in its feel to the sense. Finish is benignly acidic, the hops spicy and pleasing to the palate, dry and lingering aftertaste “Ah Guinness”!
texasanarchist99 (15) - Huntsville, Texas, USA - JAN 3, 2002
2.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 5/20
Tastes like liquid compost.
Dogbrick (7666) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 3, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I agree with the general consensus that you are better of with a draft. This has a more carbonated and less smooth finish. It is still a robust, rich stout though and I will definitely get it again.
Pablo McStouthead (69) - L.A, California, USA - DEC 29, 2001
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Now this has a kick. Theres miles of difference between draught (or canned) and this, so don’t expect it to taste like it did on tap. Bottled Guinness has the worst aftertaste though.
Aurelius (4062) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 26, 2001
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Without a doubt, the beer that put hair on the chest of many a sissy-fied pilsener-drinking lad. I prefer in the carbo bottle to the nitro bottles/cans. Berry/coffee/roast flavor and aroma. You guys know what it looks like. Keeps one ’regular’ if you have more than 3 at a sitting.
schniffy (42) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 12, 2001
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Love it or hate it.
Darkover (1512) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2001
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2008 Very dark brown color with a big tan head. Weak roasted aroma. Bitter roasted flavor. Chocolate finish.