Patrickctenchi (2902) - Coxís Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - DEC 15, 2012
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours clear, wet copper-red with a full, frothy, off-white head.
Scent is malt, a little caramel.
Taste is slightly roasty caramel, a hint of vanilla.
Slightly metallic bitter..Creamy and smooth.
Truly not bad.
PorterPounder (5102) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 15, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tallahassee, Fl - Publix Supermarket - Mahan - 12 oz bottle - part of a holiday 12 pack mixer. Very dark copper pour, thick sticky khaki colored head - nice looking beer. Aroma is distant, pick up some brief unsweetened chocolate notes, a hint of vanilla. Flavor has some caramel notes, a nice underlying mellow citrus bitterness and a back end trace of vanilla. Mouthfeel has a nice thickness to it. Pretty solid.
puboflyons (1823) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 12, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From the 11.2 fl. oz. bottle stamped 05:40-L2245G00002. It pours mahogany brown with an off-white head that lingers for the entire session. The aroma has the infamous Guinness dark malt scent but toned down a little and a nutty note. The body is creamy and just below medium. The taste has a slight sweetness at first and then an explosive acidic bitterness on the tail end. A lot like the Foreign Stout with a slight punch. Nothing extraordinary about it but relatively easy to drink.
BobbyAnalog (300) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 10, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Itís like Guinness Foreign Extra Stout that has been kicked in the balls. The obligatory Guinness creamy mouthfeel is replaced by a fizzy, meandering consistency. There isnít that special pop from the Extra Stout, either. The Generous ale comes off as more of a seasonal phone-in than an artisan offering. Still, itís perfectly mediocre rather than awful.
Chudwick (1712) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - DEC 9, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
11.2oz bottle - pours clear and dark amber with offwhite head and great lacing. Nose is floral hops. Flavor adds generic maltiness. Modately bitter with light sweetness. Decent overall but quite generic. I picture myself drinking this while eating fried fish and chips while halfheartedly caring about a rugby team on tv, as long as the price is right.
Velkyal (275) - Gordonsville, Virginia, USA - DEC 7, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a beautiful rich mahogany with a half inch of off white head. Aroma is a lot of sweet caramel with a grassy note and a background of spiciness. Taste wise, the sweet caramel again comes to the fore, with a touch of toastiness and some honey, finishing off with a nice noticeable but unobtrusive hop bite. Nicely balanced and medium bodied, smooth and tasty, surprisingly good.
wlajwl (3481) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - NOV 30, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma is slightly roasted and earthy malts. The flavor is slightly sweet malts throughout and a hint of sugar. Similar to Guinness Black Lager, mild in flavor but not inoffensive.
rangerred (841) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - NOV 29, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle into a pint glass. Picked up as part of the holiday variety pack including regular Guinness, Black Lager, and Foreign Extra Stout.
Pours a clear dark brownish-dred with a one finger tan head. Head retention and lacing are both quite weak.
Smell has lots of toast and caramel very typical of a dark mild. A little bit of dark fruit in there as well presumably from the yeast. Not bad.
The flavors in this beer really donít seem to mesh. Lots of dark caramel up front mixed with a little bit of burnt toast. Dark fruit flavors come rushing in next along with a slightly harsh bitterness. A little bit of metal underneath. The bitterness really lingers for a long time on the back of the throat. Mouthfeel is a bit thin and rather sticky.
Iím not really impressed by this one. While it has the flavor characteristics of a dark mild the abv is too high for the style. It is almost like a highly hopped amber lager with a handful of roasted barley thrown in. Really not something I would drink again.
GranvilleTim (1415) - Granville, Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark reddish hue with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet malt, caramel. Taste is roasted malt, slightly sweet, dry finish.
Braudog (5459) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - NOV 24, 2012
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Dark, woody red, with the thinnest of macro-style heads. The aroma is toasty and maybe a little caramel. Drinks with an upfront bite of toffee, but settles quite quickly into a fairly empty character. Unoffending in any way, this is a simple, even-keeled ale for the masses. (#4829, 11/24/2012)