HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thick pour. Had a rocky head. A bitterness from the roasted malt rather than hops. A lot stronger alcohol taste than the regular Guinness and more flavorful.
rgrep (156) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 15, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours like chocolate syrup with a creamy, brown, rocky head like the crema of a good espresso. The first note in the aroma is a rich, coffee-like malt, followed by a burnt caramel bitterness. Very full body - not at all watery like Guinness Original or Draught - with warm malt flavours and a slight sourness. A strong bitter character grows into the long finish.
Gr0ve (2082) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 9, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Intensely black. Sour, smokey, roasted coffee. Bitter Chocolate. A great beer to end a cold chilly day with.
presario (4437) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 1, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Slightly sour smokey aroma. Strong, almost sour, dry licorice flavour. Very dark. Average head.
leaparsons (7504) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with a dirty head. Aroma is coffee and strong licourice. Flavours are roast malts, coffee and a plain chocolate bitterness. Not bottle conditioned but still a classic.
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 19, 2003
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black as hell, massively rocky tan head with crazy lacing.
Amazing aroma of leather, smoke, coffee and wood.
Flavour is less interesting - fleeting maltiness with some leather which is quickly overwhelmed by first a slight sourness, then a massive hit of burnt, roast malt flavours, then a strong bitterness. Yum.
Choos (509) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - DEC 11, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2004 Aroma was almost identical to Guinness Draught only with stonger hints of burt toffee and coffee. Tasted like a much much richer version of Guinness Draught only with a lasting hoppy aftertaste. Fairly decent chewy mouthfeel.
bluevegie (3031) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 20, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2005 Black in colour with brown frothy head. Warm rich alcohol flavours with upfront coffee. Chalky like texture with a rich aftertaste. Best Guinness I have tried so far! Cheers! 2nd rating seems to be a lot more bitter that the previous time.
Ernest (5924) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 30, 2003
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2011 Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, brown, mostly lasting. Body is dark brown to black. Aroma is moderately malty (molasses, roasted grain), with notes of motor oil, soy sauce, vegetables. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately to heavily bitter, unclean, husky. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic. I recall this being reasonably good when I visited the Caribbean many years ago, but itís available locally now and is truly horrible. Off notes galore and a dirty/grainy aftertaste. Undrinkable.
larsniclas (5199) - Billdal, SWEDEN - OCT 27, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black with a brown head.
Aroma from butterscotch, a bit burnt.
Smooth with a warm alcohol-feel.