BeerBiker (1413) - Odense, DENMARK - APR 24, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
# 86 [Bottle from Scheffel sampled the day after in the cinema.] Wonderful carried in a waterbottle and surrounded by icecubes I sampled this brew 20 hours after it was opened. Of course the carbonation was disappeared, but a great oily look with no head and a woody almost porty flavor gave me the impression of an unusual african beer. Creamy, burned malts, some sourness, but also meditative.
DruncanVeasey (7999) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - APR 21, 2009
1.1 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 2/20
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2009 325ml bottle from an offie in Norwich. Only the eagle-eyed, borderline autistic ticker would have spotted that this wasnít the standard Dublin FES, but something altogether more exotic and poisonous. Offensive sweet cheesy sock aroma thatís almost making me gag. Not quite pitch with a creamy tan head. Astringent dissolved penny bitterness, pencilly (possibly hop-derived) conifer, thin toasted grain, watery cocoa, charred wood. Like sucking cheese spread through a trampís sock. So bad, so wrong I canít stand to part with it and have re-capped it and put it back in the fridge. No, no, no. Everyone else loves this and I canít believe Iíve missed out. This isnít Guinness, doesnít make me RBís top rater of the (Dublin-based) blackstuff, and is probably the biggest disappointment of my beer-drinking life.
Ethereal (2421) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 13, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, at home with tashi, 4th April 09. Smoother than the Irish GFES but at the expense of body. Lacks the bitterness of Irish GFES but feels stronger. Sweeter fruitiness to taste, no roast note. Less head. More like a schwarzbier than a stout.
rosenbergh (9813) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 12, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
325 ml bottle. From Cardiff, Wales.
Pitch black colour with tiny tan head.
Aroma is dried fruits, raisins and some roasted malts. Flavour is quite interesting. Roasted malts, dried fruits and some bitterness. Canít find the sorghum, but I guess itís there somewhere. Some coffee too.
ogivlado (7033) - Zagreb, CROATIA - MAR 31, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled(325ml). -from some random shop in Wien. Black coloured, oily texture, medium sized brown head, light roasted and licorice nose. Roasted malt, dark fruits, plums and raisins with notes of licorice. Bitter roasty finish. Nice stout with sorghum.
Marko (4717) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - MAR 27, 2009
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of and shared with ogivlado who found it in Wien (thanks!)
Contains sorghum, wheat and barley malt. Interesting. Poured a black body lightly tinged with red with a small light brown head. Somewhat viscuous. The nose isnít all that welcoming, bread, raisins and slightly sharp alcohol, light roastiness. The taste, however, while being strange, is. Fine roastiness, raisins, light caramel, plums, ending on a bitter note. Exotic and tasty. Smooth and yet heavy. Way more complex than the Irish versions. Quite nice.
judasbeer (431) - Budapest, HUNGARY - FEB 6, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black color with stable beige head. Heavy roasted coffee, sweet dark chocolate in the aroma. Roasted sweet initially then follows some resinous citrus hop tones, and in the finish turns dry and roasted with some hop leaves in your tongue. Medium bodied, smooth, but lively carbonation. More exciting than the Irish versions that i sampled so far.
armando629 (2455) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JAN 28, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown-black beer with a superb creamy white head. Nice roasted aroma, drak chocolate, coffee perfume. Medium bodied, fine roasted tastes, liqueric coffee, fine dark chocolate, caramel and some sweet malt. Nice, drinkable and strong one. Fine&long coffee aftertaste.
altonbrownd (5174) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - JAN 8, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Jan 1, 2009
A pleasant surprise. A really enjoyable and well-balance Guinness that tastes almost better than the Irish version. Itís quite sweet with nice chocolate and toffee flavours. Less bitter than usual.
bobinlondon (1286) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Scruffy bottle from local asian off licence.. Black with a beige foam. Aromas are roast malts with lots of raisin fruitiness. Also has some light woody, smoky notes. Flavours are bitter coffee followed by sweet creaminess and dark fruit. The Sorghum gives it some gluten free beer character but its far better than the majority of those.