Aquilo (540) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAR 16, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black with a creamy head. Aroma is roated malt and coffee. Flavor is more bitter than most stouts I’m used to, and has an annoying medicinal aftertaste. Smooth finish. Overall, this is not a bad ale, and will do in a pinch.
sawbuck (315) - Round Lake, Illinois, USA - AUG 18, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
What else can I say about Guinness that hasn’t been said. Aroma is faint, toasty beans and some coffee. Nice ebony with creamy head. Chocolate malt and toffee with a nice bitterness on the end. Prefer sweeter stouts... But good.
Darkmagus82 (993) - - AUG 7, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Transfer from BA review on 9-28-12-
Poured from bottle into pint glass
Appearance – Pours a deep-deep brown nearly black color. Upon pouring there is a huge tan head that has quite good persistence. The head fades slowly over time to give a great level of lacing on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is heaviest of roasted coffee and some dark chocolate with notes of a lighter caramel and vanilla sweetness. Rather nice.
Taste – The taste starts out of a good balance between a roasted malt and coffee flavor as well as a lighter caramel sweetness. Some light vanilla comes to the tongue, but overall the sweetness lessens as the taste goes on. Toward the end the roastier flavors begin coming more and more pronounced with the sweet fading more and more. In the end a slightly bitter roasted flavor is left on the tongue. While not bad, the aftertaste is a little too biting and the transitions a little too abrupt/harsh.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side with the carbonation level quite average as well. For the roastier flavors a thicker and creamier body would have been better. Also while not unpleasant a lighter carbonation would have helped for the darker roastier flavors as well.
Overall - The beer overall looks and smells great, and initially tastes fantastic. The very bitey aftertaste and the somewhat un-flattering mouthfeel however bring it down. Overall it is not bad, but not fantastic either. If looking for a Guinness I would go for their nitro driven draught as it flavor transitions and feels much better. But this is worth the try.
hockeybeerguy (1972) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JUL 29, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reviewed from notes.
This was poured into a pint glass and a snifter. The lacing just clings longer in the snifter.
The rest of the appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a one finger white to off white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute.
The smell was roasty coffee with a light chocolate underneath.
The taste was roasty and sweet through the chocolate and coffee blend.
On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation was there but stayed slightly in the background.
Overall, good foreign export stout worthy of having again.
MunBro (337) - St. Albert, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 27, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma of roasted malts and grains. A little more toasty than regular Guinness. Nice chocolate and malt flavors. Robust but can’t hold a candle to Russian stouts.
Bork (135) - Rosewood, Georgia, USA - JUL 21, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good, sturdy, reliable beer with full flavors of dark, roasted malts. Long bitter finish and aftertaste.
According to label: "Brewed and bottled by Guinness Brewing Company, New Brunswick, Canada".
Tornes (12) - - JUL 11, 2014
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Not a big fan of stout. But really good looking bottle and beautiful colour.
HarryPlopper (18) - - JUL 11, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Thick head with plenty of lacing. Dark and rich brown color. Smooth mouth feel that hangs at the back of your mouth. Rich molasses taste. This beer is a little too rich for my tastes.
cmiller54hr (45) - Manitou, Kentucky, USA - JUL 3, 2014
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured jet black with khaki to white head. Dark roasted coffee and chocolate aroma and taste. One of my favorite widely produced beers.
craftbeergeek (7) - - JUN 18, 2014 does not count
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2014 Archive Review:(5/22/14):Size: 22oz -Glassware: Nonic Pint -Aroma: roasted malt, toasted breadiness, hint of chocolate, earthy smell. -Appearance: Pours a black color with hints of ruby red around the edges/corners of the glass, to go along with a rocky tan two finger head. There was lots of lacing left on the glass, like all Guinness beers do. -Taste: Roasted malts, faint hints of dark chocolate, and light coffee bitterness. -Palate: Light-medium bodied, with a light creamy texture, plenty of carbonation, with a nice mild bitter finish. Mouthfeel can be a bit watery at times. -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. Could be more robust and flavorful, as it can be considered a bit watery. Not much to complain about. Solid offering as a dry stout.
moderrnlifeiswar (51) - Maryland, USA - JUN 15, 2014
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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