Engelsmann (651) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 30, 2005
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Camaroun edition. Bottled. Pours a dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is buttery, roasted malts. Taste is butter, roasted malts, and some fruity rasins/prune components
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 23, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Solid blackness in the coloration, thick, lush, prodigious head, slowly climbing down, leaving lace...nice looking stout.
Aroma has a sweetness, but emboldened by a dark, molasses-like character, caramel, a bit cola-ish, nutty, a deep, delicious thing, rich, to a degree.
Taste: well-played in the mouth, fills it up with sweetness, cancelled by a lightly bitter quality, but never, ever, too much so...creamy, yummy, very much higher thing than the version of the Extra Stout, far too carbonated, that we get here.
Very tasty, though, rich and chocolatey, silky and sophisticated, a definite dessert beer, but nothing I would toss back one after the other...
Very unique, even if it still falls short of the legend of the true Nigerian version, yet to greet my lips...I like it though, and it ranks as quite a nice, desirable stout...
johndoughty (4133) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 22, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Irish version.Jet black and poured with a large head.Bitter edge and a lovely full mouthfeel that lingered for a long time.
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - AUG 9, 2005
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cameroun edition. Sweet and roasty nose. Jet black body, medium tan head. Roasty flavor, butter and quite sourish.
JoeMcPhee (8746) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 3, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2008 12 oz bottle from Bahamas. Thanks Sammy. Pitch black with a thick brown head. Aroma of dark fruit, molasses, brown sugar, roast and toasted malts. Flavour is quite sour, some dark cherries, charcoal, burnt sugar, malted milk. Lingering roasty and oaky finish.
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12 oz bottle from Ireland. Deep black colour, thick tan head. Aroma is quite nice. Coffee roastiness with some light sweet espresso and a bit of light sourness. A touch of molasses and some soft herbal bitterness. It’s quite simple, but it isn’t bad. Very heavy lingering roasty bitterness. OK
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kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - JUL 22, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Irish bottle: Deep black with small light brown head. Huge vineous oaky aroma, with some great liquorice and burnt caramel notes too. Flavour is suprisingly roast, with quite a dry finish. Some darker fruit notes evident, along with some oaky character. Quite full bodied, and very tasty. Suprisingly, much more complex than the belgian version!
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 19, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cameroon-edition. Dark brown body with a light brown head. Roasted malty aroma with a dark fruit sweetness. sharp bitter roasted malty flavor and a dry finish.
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cameroon-edition, thanx to Joergen. Black colour with a baige head. Roasted alcoholic prun raisin aroma and taste. Medium to full body and a dry finish.
joergen (21938) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown coloured with a beige head.
Aroma of alcohol and chocolate with roasted notes.
Acidic flavour of coffee and prunes.
ALLOVATE (2503) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 10, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bit apprehensive of trying this as I feel the last two Guinness stouts werenít worth the price tags. Poured, from the bottle into a chalice glass just below cold, completely opaque, jet black, with a Ĺ" dense tan head. Steadfast, the head lasted the distance and laced webs down the glass. Bitingly spicy, earthy nose, molasses, toffee and dark chocolate. Generous fruitcake wafts and a light woody note came through as it warmed. Dry and bitter, creamy mouth feel, medium-light in body and yet discernibly filling in the finish. Long liquorice and roasted malt swallow, yeasty across the tongue with a lot of mocha-coffee flavours filling all the nooks and crannies. The only true flaw is itís astringency in the back that feels like choking on grain husks, but not as bad as it sounds! A lovely brew and the better of the Guinness stouts. Quite nice.