heavy (2116) - Split, CROATIA - JAN 5, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bored from old fashioned New Year dinner with classical dancing with retired people I escaped to my room around 1 AM to try the first beer in 2008. From bunch of them Iíve chosen this one as of new style and country. Found it in Farmahd Indien Supermarkt in Graz, and as brewed in Nigeria I have put it here so if does belong elsewhere, please remove it.
0.325 l bottle which poured dark brown, almost black body with medium brown creamy head living quite long. Fruity aroma, caramel with some slight coffee, quite nice. Flavor bitter, coffee dominating now, making it more similar to original than aroma would suggest. Alcohol is not felt at all. Finish was quite short, bitter and sour. Great Guinness is this one, but the flavor could have more...
mabel (5414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 28, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
[733-20071001] 600mL (w/ jerc, Radek Kliber, tupalev). Smokey charred meat aroma. Dark black brown body with a long-lasting foamy light tan head. Dark figgy fruit malt flavour has a bit of a tang. Medium-full body. Nice but somewhat underwhelming.
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 25, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, a very dark brown with a ubbly beige head. A rich alcohol sherry-like roasty malt aroma with some licorice notes. A syrupy palate, quite acidic, a strong alcohol, fruit and sherry flavour on a toffee malt base. The long finish brings bitterness and a lot of licorice. Unusual, one to sip and savour.
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is the heaviest and most syrup-like Guinness I ever poured. It has more chocolate, fruit and liquor qualities versus its more bitter and malty cousins. I was happy to find this in an off license. The cashier told me it would taste the same as the Irish made Extra. Nope. This one comes with added sugars and fruit tones.
notalush (4763) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 3, 2007
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Thanks to JoeMcphee for sharing - dark brown beer - flowery, almost herbal aroma - kind of tart flavor, with vegetal, root plant qualities - light acidity and roastiness, tasting almost like bile with cocoa in it at times - dry, odd, soapy/bitter finish - reminds me of Sam Adams rootbeer brew, which, of course, is gross.
beastiefan2k (2359) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - NOV 3, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks JoeMcphee. I was extremely impressed by this beer. Aroma was rich chocolate stout mixed with warm cereal (akin to almost a nice oatmeal stout). Taste was a bit less on the "cereal" aspect but still a very quaffable stout. Mouthfeel was undercarbonated with a nice velvety and suede feel to it. Not at all sticky but slow moving down my throat. Those Nigerians sure make a mean Guinness.
330mL bottle, St Paul tulip/snifter glass.
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - NOV 3, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle shared by JoeMcPhee: Thanks for my first beer of Nigeria! Thin looking deep brown pour with a tan bubbly film for head. The aroma is odd with a flowery/herbal soapy character. Not much malt comes through in the nose. The flavor is mildy perfumy, with hardly any roast character. Thereís some evidence of tart-spices, with no trace of roast in the finish neither. A bit strange, and lacks character, IMHO.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - NOV 3, 2007
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a copper-brown color with a tan head. The aroma was chocolatey and very fruity with some raisin notes. Mild notes of alcohol. The flavor is light with esters and an odd fruit taste. Maybe that is the sorghum I donít know. Chocolate and roasty finish. The malt ran short in the flavor.
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 31, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted 30/10/2007. 330ml bottle from Regionals. Black, effervescent, with a light-tan disappearing head. Berry-like esters and roast barley dominate the nose the nose, and both contribute to an overall subtle sourness which continues through to the mouth. Sweet espresso flavour, with a background woody note and a quite well-hidden alcohol. Finish has a pronounced toast and a lingering bittersweet character, which invites more drinking. Interestingly, this beer reminded me quite a lot of Pink Elephantís Trumpet - a totaly different beer. Gets a lot better, and more drinkable, as it breathes and vents off some of that CO2. Good drop, more interesting and complex than the other FESís Iíve tried but probably not as sessionable. The packaging would be near-perfect, if not for the embossed bottle (I really hate these - for want of a better word, they are "dicky").
Rastacouere (6119) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 30, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Considering the style, Scores ranging from 1 to 5, 5 being the most intense
Body:   Clear(1)->Murky(5) : 3     Light Brown(1)->Pitch Black(5) : 4     Still(1)->Sparkling(5) : 3
Head:   None(1)->Large(5) : 4   Off-White(1)->Dark Brown(5) : 2   Lasting: 2   Lacing : 4   Nitro : XX
Intensity : 3
Yeast : 3   Bread : 3   Apple : XX   Tropical Fruits : 2   Ink : XX   Tar : XX   Olives : 2   DMS : XX
Malt : 4   Biscuity : XX   Burnt Toast : 3   Caramel : XX   Nuts : XX   Pumpernickel : 2   Cereals : 3   Coffee : 3   Dark Chocolate : 3   Vanilla : XX   Grapes : XX   Blackberries : 4   Cherries : XX
Hops : 1   Noble(1)->American(5) : 1   Leafy : XX   Floral : 1   Lemon/Lime : 1   Grapefruit : XX Orange : XX   Herbal : XX   Pine/Spruce/Resin : XX
Notes :   Earth : XX   Wood : XX   Mint : 1   Smoke : 2   Soy : XX   Bourbon : XX   Anise : XX
Initial Flavor : Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 4   Finish Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 4   Sourness : 4   Lactic : 2   Bitterness : 1   Complex : XX   Length : XX
Light(1)->Full(5) : 3   Flat(1)->Fizzy(5) : 3   Clean : XX   Sharp : XX   Watery : XX   Oily : XX   Chalk : XX   Astringent : 2   Alcohol : 2   Mineral : XX   Oxidation : XX   Metallic : 2
Comments: Weird, very sweet and rather sour flavour profile with flour, plum pudding + powdery AND vinous blackberry notes.