ThisWangsChung (826) - 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.
Ughsmash (7253) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 28, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Canned. Poured medium amber with a short-lived head. The aroma picked up lots of vanilla and nutty notes, with a bit of toasted character. The flavor found similar, picking up a little molasses.. more vanilla on the finish. Lighter-bodied with moderate-plus carbonation.. OK feel.
fakebeersnob (206) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - MAR 16, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Was expecting more from a Guiness sampler pack. Appearance was a little tough as in a dark location. Slight vanilla scent. First drink reminded me a bit of pumpkin (though not a pumpkin ale), but might be due to slight spice in it. I do like the smooth mouthfeel. Decent, but also forgettable.
brenn79 (1642) - Idaho, USA - MAR 13, 2015
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
14.9 oz can, thought all the beers in this pack were going to be draught widget cans, but it looks like the regular old Guinness is the only one - Pours clear cola brown with a thin off white head that slowly reduces.Aroma is generic ale, toast, caramel malt. Taste is caramel malt, ale, it tastes like a boring generic amber lager. Boring!
Frank (3204) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2015
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
This stuff is not unexpectedly bland in boring. If thatís what you were expecting, congratulations, you win nothing. It is nice looking at least with a clear red color and creamy, foamy head. Unfortunately, it smell faintly of overripe and doesnít taste like much of anything. There is a touch of toasty malt and a hint of earthy bitterness but thatís about it. This is a medium bodied beer and almost flat w/ very little carbonation. It is only a little sweet thankfully so it is still fairly drinkable but honestly I just canít see myself wanting to have another one of them.
rjplumer (567) - Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 15, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Has malt bready spice aroma. Dark almost black and ruby colored body. Has a thick two fingered foamy head that lingers for a while. Much like the Guinness Draught in taste but has a maltier presence and thinner feel. Mild spiciness. Leaves a smooth creamy feeling.
triplehopped (46) - - FEB 11, 2015
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours (can) a clear, deep amber with a medium off-white/tan head, moderate lacing. Malty, caramel aroma. Taste is mildly sweet, with a light/medium bitterness. Light bodied, slightly oily. Finishes with a mild bitterness. Overall, nothing flashy, satisfies but does not deliver quite as expected.
Vinylholic (16) - Uniontown, Ohio, USA - JAN 23, 2015
1.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Yeasty aroma, light brown in color. Light body with a moderately sour taste, moderate carbonation, Nothing special, remarkably generic.
60minuteman (971) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2015
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
A brownish color brew that had tannish head. Aroma of caramel malt, pine, and spice. Flavor is the same. A sticky ale, heavy on the malts.
dlihcsnatas (398) - Texas, USA - JAN 11, 2015
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Light brown brew with decent head that fades off pretty soon to nothing. Smells of cream, metal, spice. At first there is the toasted malts but soon after that is dominated by a funky hop. Sorta herbal with a bit of pepper. Thin and watery and for the price not something I would purchase again.
morrdt (715) - Dirty Moí, North Carolina, USA - DEC 30, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from a 14.9 oz can, part of a Guinness Sampler 8 pack bought at the local Harris Teeter. Pours a clear brown color with a thin tan head. Aromas of sweet malt, a little grass, a bit of roasted malt. Taste is sweet malt at the start, rich, transitions to a finish of roasted malt. Very enjoyable, glad I got to try this one this winter.