MrRomero (1974) - Nolanville, USA - MAY 25, 2002
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I like it. Has more carbonation than on tap. Good flavor.
BruceLeroy (111) - North Dakota, USA - MAY 8, 2002
1.7 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
I absolutely agree with the sentiment of it finishing ’too hot’. The bitter coffee taste is just a way too strong for my liking. If the coffee bitterness was toned down and the spices were more prevailent in the taste I would rate this beer higher. I have never have been much of a fan of Irish beers or the weird recipes they come up with. The higher than normal alcohol content is the only thing that saves this beer. I appreciate the comment about it tasting exactly like soy sauce. I would have to agree somewhat. WAY TOO BITTER!!!!!!! In my most honest opinion this stuff is overpriced crap masquerading as good beer.
Bakka (16) - Paris, FRANCE - APR 28, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thick foam, light bubbles. Very opaque, more than the draught. Tastes a little coffee and molasses, quite bitter.
Brian (145) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 24, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The coffee aroma was there, along with a burnt/bitter aroma. The head was less than I expect from Guinness, but no widget, so it is par for the course. The taste seemed pretty harsh for a Guinness--no, the alcohol wasn’t the problem, it was the burnt/bitter taste. A bit rough at times. Nevertheless, its a more than drinkable heavy, ’go-slow’ beer. Barring taps, I prefer regular (widgetted) Guinness for the flavor.
Bov (9335) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - MAR 18, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
very dark colour, giant creamy head, deep coffee and black chocolate aroma, roasted, full-bodied, oily, sweet, alcohol presence followed by a long and quite rough bitter finish
Caton (160) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - FEB 15, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big beer with bitter chocolate, coffee and spices. One is enough that you need to take your time to enjoy. finished a bit hot.
snapdharlich (29) - SCOTLAND - FEB 11, 2002
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is very enjoyable chilled and in small amounts. Too much and your head will fall off the next morning
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 9, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2003 resampled this last night. Big, thick, rich, spicy, bitter, dry, extremely tasty, packed full of flavour and great to sip away at.
FlemishChar (224) - Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2001
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
It took me an hour to finish this one off. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
eczematic (1319) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - SEP 26, 2001
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2004 i like this one. an oaky, whiskeylike roundness oozes over the tarry burnt bitterness. intense and rich but soft, no harshness or edginess to the flavours.