irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - JAN 15, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
beer pours a thick, deep brown-tinted black, with a dense tan head that retains quiite well and leaves tons of lace. rich boozy nose with elements of chocolate and buttered figs (yes, perhaps a bit of diacetyl, but low-level, and well-integrated). great aroma - fun to just sniff. flavor starts with a deep, bitter-chocolate rush, that is quickly dried out by an obviously healthy punch of bittering hops.
a very well balanced beer for its size - and a hell of an offering from a brewery that I honestly donít think so much of. a bit hot in the finish.
rauchbier (3808) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JAN 13, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, from Sainsburys Jan 2007. Jet black, excellent rocky beige head with good condition. Creamy coffee , butter and some slight bloody iron notes in the nose, roast coffee, chocolate and toast in the mouth and a suggestion of tartness toward the end. Dry roasty and powdery in the finish with some lingering sweet creamy coffee notes.
Furseth (2102) - Kungšlv, SWEDEN - JAN 12, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle: Black,dark red colour, flat head.
Aroma of vine,,werry malty, but enyway a bit thin nose(?)
Flavor is Vine,sugar,Coffee, and a bit sournes in it to. Thin to medium body, thin to medium finish.
Tranquillity (1877) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 5, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, bought in Ireland. Dark malty aroma, nuts, oak, coffee. Dark, dark red-brown, with a recognizable head. Taste of bitter nuts, chocolate. Nice.
Maria (10213) - Thisted, DENMARK - JAN 4, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Marianne and Kenni from www.g2b.dk for this one. Itís pitch black with a nice brown and creamy head. The aroma has notes of toasted bred, roasted malt and prunes. The flavour is delightful and the mouthfeel is oily. It has notes of bitter chocolate and licorice mixed with prunes, a bit of smoke, sweetness and oak bitterness. Itís a complex and utterly delightful stout!!
JohnnyZ (90) - Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2006
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
It is the best Guinness. Smells malt and smooth coffee chocolate. Real good brew. Drink this beer.
Ace81287 (10) - ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2006
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle, bahamas, very dark beer, very strong robust flavor, coffee like flavor
KnutAlbert (6713) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 5, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
The best of the Guinness range IMHO. More robust than the extra. Coffee, liquorice. Smoky finish, almost sour, warming aftertaste.
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - DEC 1, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ruby highlighted black, lumpy thick tan head. Molasses aroma, bran muffins, dates. Full, lightly roasty flavor. Rum, kind of a chewy chalky quality. Alcohol apparent, but not aggressive. Iíve never met an FES I didnít like.
spkldhenlvr24 (517) - Newburgh/Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 29, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Purchased in Ireland at a local corner store. Pours a jet black body with a large, foamy dark tan head. Decent lacing. Nice winey (merlot), roasted malty, molasses aroma with some deep lying dark fruit scents. Starts off very bubbly. Bitter, roasted mocha, coffee flavor. Smooth, medium bodied mouthfeel. Alcohol can be slightly felt, but doesnít take away from the beer. Great finish. Very nice stout from Guinness. Much different than all the other IMO, I just wish I had brought back more than one home.