elektrikjester (90) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 30, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a viscous black-dark brown. When held to the light, traces of ruby red can be seen on the outline, but the beer is quite opaque. A tall, beige pillowy head dissipates eventually, leaving a fair amount of lacing. Aroma is rather musty, driven by wet grains. Taste is much better, however, and far more complex. Flavors of coffee, toasted malts, and slight stone fruits give the beer a sour-sweet quality, which gives way to a slightly bitter finish. As the beer warms, the malts assert themselves more and the other flavors give way. Alcohol is faint, but noticeable. Mouthfeel is thicker than water, but not by much. In sum, this is the beer by which all Irish dry stouts should be judged. Thatís not to say itís the best--a (select) few may be better--but this is the standard IMO, the exemplar of the style. Plain (nitro) Guinness is too weak, too watery for me, and Extra Foreign Stout too strong, too hoppy. But this is just right.
ljthiessen (973) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 6, 2016
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Nearly black pour with a tan head. Aroma is dark fruit, mostly grape and raisin, touch of chocolate. Taste is grape and raisin as well with a touch of roastiness, very simple, but also dry, balanced and easy-drinking.
beverage_god (14) - - JAN 6, 2016
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma: much more caramel-oriented aroma as opposed to the coffee aroma you get out of a Guinness Draught, reminds me of a slightly toasted flan dessert.
Appearance: almost black and opaque with a long lasting tan creamy head.
Taste: slightly bitter but overall well-balanced with the malt richness shining through.
Palate: medium-full body, with a rich, creamy, pleasant mouthfeel.
Slightly richer than Guinness Draught.
jsmanigold (127) - Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2015
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours black with a thin tan head. Roasted aroma. Bitter dark chocolate roast flavor. Very thin feel in the mouth.
neurbob (102) - Florida, USA - DEC 29, 2015
2.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle that said "drink from the bottle ". Poured anyways. Dark brown, tan head. Light coffee, toffee aroma. Burnt/roasted malts, tame slight bitterness, faint mouthfeel. Formerly a more interesting beer in old-school times , not now with all the craft availability.
Steve_0 (3661) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 18, 2015
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle at home to the dome. Pour is hazy brown with a small tan head and great lacing. Husky, cocoa, toasted malty, bready, straw, and licorice in the aroma. Taste is roasty, nutty, husky, corny, some cookie malt, toffee, earthy, and bready. Light mouthfeel with high carbonation. Bleh.
euniceradio (348) - Worthington, Minnesota, USA - DEC 15, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sets the standard for all Irish stouts. Pours black, great cream head on nitro. Aroma of roasted malts, choc and toffee. Taste is always the same and great Mouthfeel is too light for me, but who am I to knock Guinness.
thepatrickman (239) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 13, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Still the benchmark for what a dry stout should be. Pros: Beautiful black color and, on nitro, a voluminous off-white head and creamy mouthfeel; nice, if light, roasted notes. Cons: Pretty light flavor; love-it-or-hate-it sour characteristics. Overall, a solid stout that Iím always happy to order when Iím out and about, but easily overshadowed by a lot of the worldís more flavorful, aggressive stouts.
Prehensile (3) - - DEC 6, 2015 does not count
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Every now and then I get an itch for a heavy coffee like after work adult beverage, when a traditional lager wonít cut it I go back to the Extra Stout and I am always pleased.
alainanoah (2) - - OCT 10, 2015 does not count
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
A bit richer than the original guiness and also a bit smoother. I love a dark beer and this one fits the bill.
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Fevernova (221) - Willoughby, Ohio, USA - SEP 20, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz Bottle -- Pours black with a thin soapy light brown head. Aromas of raisin, chocolate, fig, brown sugar, black current, and toast. Not overly sweet, with a long bitter finish. Pretty lively carbonation.