chinchill (1018) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 1, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
330ml bottle, code but not date stamped, poured into a snifter. From a variety pack including regular Guinness, Black Lager, and Foreign Extra Stout.
Pours a clear dark reddish-brown with a moderate tan head. Has weak retention but leaves rather nice lacing.
Aroma: lots of baked bread and caramel malt. very typical of a dark mild. A little bit of dark fruit too.
Mouthfeel: medium-light body, perhaps a tad thin; well-chosen carbonation level. and rather sticky.
The taste largely follows the aroma, but is less sweet and more hoppy than expected.
O: pleasantly surprised by the quality of this macro-brewery offering.
COMRADEJOSH (222) - Ft Hood, Texas, USA - JAN 31, 2013
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
A dark brown ale characteristic of the guinness look. Taste vaguely of spices with the toasted malt. Good beer both nothing that makes it outstanding for a holiday beer.
blackflag321 (389) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 24, 2013
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Sample from bottle. Carmel malt, vanilla, slight roastiness. Didnít care for it.
Pershing (437) - Garland, Texas, USA - JAN 24, 2013
2.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours Dark Brown into an English Pint Glass. Small tan head that dissolves quickly but a little lingers around. Sweet Malt aroma. Medium body with some slightly bitter roasted barley. Dry Finish.
ThisWangsChung (638) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2013
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Reviewed 1/6/2013. 11.2 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.
A: Pours a dark chestnut color with good clarity in spite of its dark shade. The head is a one finger light cream color. Not much retention here, but a nice bit of lacing is left behind.
S: Chocolate, toffee, caramel, and some brown sugar. I detect a hint of roasted barley, as well. Not much stronger than a lot of Guinness offerings, but it works okay.
T: Thereís some roasted barley on the initial flavor which seems to give it a bit of a twist over a typical brown/dark mild ale (but this is NOT a mild ale at 5.6%). I notice a lot of malt bitterness in this one - nothing to suggest it has a healthy hop bill, although a touch of piny bittering hops *do* make themselves known. Also a bit buttery tasting. The way this comes across, it almost seems like it lacks sweetness. I get used to the savory components, however. What I never really get used to is the finish trailing off with a whimper.
M: I like a clean, dry beer - but these sensations hit too fast and too hard, robbing about 1/3rd of the flavor profile nearly completely. What usually works for Guinness draught doesnít work here.
O: Not a fan. It doesnít flat out suck per se, but Iíd much rather use the remaining bottle from the pack in a recipe than drink it. I can see this being fantastic in a beef stew or chili, at least.
CanIHave4Beers (2776) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JAN 18, 2013
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a very pretty reddish brown. The head is thin and small but itís well retained and leaves a nice little lacing on the glass.
The aroma is just sort of generically malty with some huskiness. Some of that roasty on stinky stuff I get from mass produced English style beers sometimes.
The flavor is not bad, a touch bitter... certinally malty but not overly sweet. Lots of husky grain with some mild fruity notes.
I would have been head over heels for this back in 03í
Tiger_08 (132) - Sarnia, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 13, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dec 16, 2012. 330ml bottle from Guinness winter pack. Pours dark clear mahogany with thick bone coloured head which fades to cap. Soapy lacing endures to finish. Aroma is roasted biscuit malts and some spices with hints of herb or grass. Flavour is light toasted malt with hints of old Guinness stout with added grassy finish. Palate is smooth somewhat watery but surprisingly becomes heavier and more complex towards finish. Deeper, stronger flavours build over duration with more fruit and spice and less roasted malt moving away from traditional Guinness flavours.
Dacrza (416) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - JAN 11, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Situation: Celebrating a three-day week...
Glassware: Kisatsky pint...
Appearance: three-finger head completely fills the pint...dark cloudy lacing; strong dark brown body...
Aroma: malty, lactic base that is signature Guinness stout; a small hop trail, but malty as a Brit should be...
Palate: medium-bodied, mildly effervescent; a bit buttery....
Taste: malt tickles the teeth and tongue; mellow and smooth; an enjoyable session ale; do not really see the winter aspect of this beer....
Overall: a red in the vein of Newcastleís Werewolf, but a bit more substantial and more agreeable
mjg74 (2428) - La Mesa, California, USA - JAN 11, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from Walmart. Nose is bready and somewhat sweet. Toasted malt dominate. Some breadiness, with some underlying sweetness. Lightly hopped finish.
beaz1591 (216) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 8, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
English pint. Dark chocolate with some head. Hint of coffee and chocolate in the nose, has a sweet smell. A hearty beer, roasted coffee taste but the after taste is a bit watered down.