Hiero (129) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 22, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is a solid beer and the first "real" beer many college kids venture into when they want to try something different. Many of them consequently run back into the arms of a near-frozen Bud, but others branch out to try new things. In college this was the pitch black grower of chest hair that only strongmen could stomach. Now it seems fairly tame, with a simple dark coffee flavor that finishes fairly smooth. This is a must-drink gateway beer before trying more complex dark beers.
joeneugs (3404) - Livermore, California, USA - NOV 7, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle. It pours a dark brown color with a disappearing light tan head. Looks darker than the Draught. The aroma has some toast, cocoa and some dark fruitiness that I donít remember getting from the Draught. The flavor is fuller and also more flavorful with bread, roasted malt, a little smoke and tobacco with a decent amount of earthy hop bitterness and cigarette ash in the finish. Hints of acidity and figgy dark fruit. Pretty good stuff actually.
chucklemation (531) - Pontiac, Michigan, USA - OCT 21, 2014
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a dark brown with a thin tan head. Aroma is sweet caramel malts. Flavor is a touch of sweet caramel and a little bit of roast. A bit on the light side. Body is a tad light as well. Just okay.
brewzntunez (12) - - OCT 15, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Reviewed On: (5/22/14):
*Glassware: Nonic Pint
*Serving: 22 oz
*Aroma: roasted malt, burnt bread, hint of dark chocolate, earthy smell
*Appearance: Dark brown with a rocky tan two finger head. The head receded very slowly to one finger. There was lots of lacing left on the glass, like all Guinness leave behind after they are consumed.
*Taste: Roasted malts, hints of dark chocolate, and coffee bitterness.
*Palate: Medium bodied, creamy and thin mouthfeel, plenty of carbonation, Finishes with a nice dry bitterness.
*Overall: This is a fairly decent beer, that could be sessioned if one desired to. This is my go-to beer when options are very limited. It is more robust and flavorful than the Draught version, but is still thin to be a stout. Not much to complain about. Solid offering as a dry stout.
ttroha (328) - Americus, Georgia, USA - OCT 5, 2014
3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours dark black with off-white head. Aroma of malts and corn. Tastes of dark chocolate, a little bit of roasted coffee and malts. Very light bodied for a stout. Easily drinkable. Not my favorite, but makes we wish I were in Ireland.
fitwitchik (360) - USA - OCT 5, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured from the bottle into a Guinness pint glass dark brown with a tan head foamy like a pillow top.
Aroma is weak but gather some roasted malts.
Flavor is dark chocolate coffee thin drinkable in mass amounts when nothing else is available. Bitter finish. Actually decent for me when the mood hits about once a year.
slowrunner77 (6016) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 2, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
"smooth, but still thinner than iíd like. itís already been said "and they all have a dry, tea-like taste" exactly! not bad, but way overrated. i just donít get it. iíll drink one but hundreds of stouts are better. maybe the foreign extra will convince me..."
BrownALEx (279) - Portland, Michigan, USA - SEP 23, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not bad for an commercial Inbev beer....... nice color. Palate is a little watery. Needs to be more bold!
HippyHop (201) - CANADA - SEP 21, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I feel like most of the reviews below were drinking a different beer than I was....
Typical stout pour, although unlike below, the head had completely dissipated within a couple of minutes. Nose is very faint: toasted grain, treacle and (weirdly) sweet fruit. Taste is toasted grain, treacle, with a surprisingly dry finish (hints of bitter coffee). Mouthfeel is weird too. Low carbonation and pretty watery. Overall this tastes like something brewed by Labatt - and Iím not entirely convinced this isnít their porter, poured into the wrong bottle.
This also somehow manages to be less interesting than the original Guinness in nitro cans, which is saying something.
superspak (2764) - Michigan, USA - SEP 20, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 4/24/2014. Pours nearly pitch black color with a 2 finger dense and rocky khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Dense soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, light dark fruit, light char, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt notes; with good strength. Taste of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, light dark fruit, light char, and roasted earthiness. Fair amount of roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roast, toast, dark bread, light char, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and complexity of dark/roasted malt flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and lightly creamy/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice dry stout. All around good complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.
artmcd8 (1703) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 12, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Drank with some birthday stout cupcakes. Pours a dark brown with a tan head. Aroma of light toast. Light coffee. Tastes slightly tangy. Medium light body, medium high carb.