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.
Popoff91 (43) - Oregon, USA - APR 21, 2016
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: APR 28, 2016 11.2-ounce bottles in a pint glass. Compared both this and Guinness Draught side-by-side. Compared to Draught, Guinness Extra Stout had a thicker head, and a deeper, richer roasted aroma and taste. While both are good, I do prefer the Extra Stout. A little heavy to drink with a large meal, but on its own it is one of my favorites.
Dorkenstein (315) - - APR 18, 2016
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Roasted malt aromas, some espresso too. Taste is roasted malt, cola, slight star anise, espresso finish and after taste.
polo_marco (186) - milton, Vermont, USA - APR 11, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice roasted malts smell. Black in color. Taste of roasted barley and espresso coffee notes at the end that tend to linger. Full body and love the carbonation. Finally a guinness for me. Nice work.
Xevious (73) - Amarillo, Texas, USA - MAR 18, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark with a thick tan head. Smells of coffee, chocolate and nuts, bitter. Finishes medium with a bitter kick.
Perfect for a cold day!
asb06c (5) - - MAR 17, 2016 does not count
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I have always enjoyed this beer. I think it is one of the best widely abailable stouts. I always drink this right out of the bottle. Has a real dark chocolate taste with a bitter finish. I generally do not like stouts, but this one is always tasty and relatively light.
Shot (362) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - MAR 17, 2016
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours black with a massive beige head. Good cling. Aromas of chocolate, gypsum and dark drugs. Flavors are gypsum, unsweetened dark chocolate, bread, and slight fruitiness. Dry as dust. Clean moutfeel. All-time classic stout.
Felsenbrau (36) - Middletown, Ohio, USA - MAR 2, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
1pt 6oz bottle. Pours clear black with minimal tan head and moderate grayish-tan lacing. Aroma of roast malt, chocolate, dark coffee. Taste of sweet coffee, malt, chocolate, quickly turning sour of grapefruit, long-lasting sour coffee taste. Would buy again.
mikske79 (1381) - Puerto Plata, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - FEB 24, 2016
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
De geur is al heel divers, met chocolade en gebrannde mout erin en de smaak is zeer goed, zeer rijk, terwijl ik normaal geen fan ben van stout. Dit is een aanrader
Larry_Duffman (291) - - FEB 21, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I had it from the bottle. The taste is chocolate, caramel, coffee, and bitterness. It has a nice full and creamy texture. This is a nice and simple stout.
OnTheTrail (271) - Virginia, USA - FEB 19, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle says itís made in Ireland. Pours black, huge tan head. Aroma is dark fruits, plums, raisins, almost winey.Flavor has a bit more cocoa, some hop bite on the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth, somewhat light.