gdub171 (30) - USA - JAN 4, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A little dissappointed. A decent stout, but nothing extrodinary. It lacked the form of the draught guiness.
oldrtybastrd (3225) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 30, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep dark brown color. Aromas of chocolate, espresso, and a scattering of hops. Flavor is bold bitter roast malts with a smooth chocolate like finish.
BrockLanders (770) - Panama City, Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured a nearly opaque black/brown. Thin beige head that hung around. Very roasty aroma...lotsa maltiness, mostly burnt and bitter. Flavor is no different with even more "burnt offerings" like coffee and chocolate. The abv is slightly noticeable, but not by a bunch. Better than the draught....but again, not by much.
webjedi (250) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - DEC 20, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Iíll prefer the draught version to this, a bit to "thick" both as the flow of the beer and the flavor. Not as much of a "meal" beer as I find the draught to be. A bit more malty than I care for as well.
rsmeds (228) - Turku, FINLAND - DEC 19, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Found this in Russia, canned, in a 6.5% version. Not sure if this is the right FES to rate it as, and I forgot to check where the can was from, but Iíll put it here for now.
Pours an opque black, with a foamy, medium sized brown head.
Aroma of roasted, almost burned malts, burned sugar, and bitter dark chocolate.
Rather sharp and somewhat sour flavor of heavily roasted malts, bitter dark chocolate, strong coffee, and hops, with a tangy, bitter alcoholic finsih.
Fairly smooth palate, but nowhere as creamy as the standard draught guinness.
A good guinness, but a bit too sharp for my taste. Goes well with dark chocolate though.
Belial (71) - BELGIUM - DEC 7, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2012 Guinness is a very good stout, though not better than Murphyís. It has a very strong chocolate, ashes and coffee aroma.
Drink it along a piece of meat with a strong sauce, or maybe a salted cold fish like herring.
tplindler (37) - California, USA - NOV 17, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had this in Yerevan, Armenia from a bottle. Dark as the common draft, with a browner head and a sharper taste. High alcohol (the bottle said 8%). Thick and chunky as a Guinness should be. Quite good overall.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - OCT 25, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Well. compared to draft, this was a kicker. Bigger nose, body and taste. Alcohol was up front to.
bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - OCT 24, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2006 Jet black with a large lasting milk coffee head. Sweet initial raspberry lolly aroma, followed by some burnt wood and alcohol. There is some bitterness that really lingers at the back of the tongue to finish a great palate that is oily and medium to full bodied. A top drop, and itís a pleasure to find one at a reasonable price.
GeoDoc (34) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - OCT 16, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Love that color. Roasty nose, with notes of coffee - bitter kick at the end. Out of the tap in Ireland is a true experience, but bottled will do. A genuine beer drinkerís beer.