Gustav1996 (333) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - MAY 16, 2010
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Poured almost black with a small beige head. Aroma & taste: grain, faint roasted malt, mild metallic. Thin body, no depth or complexity. Overall: bland... may have been a bad bottle.
mabel (8537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 11, 2010
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
[2740-20100130] 568mL bottle. Mild red wine tannins aroma with a mild nutty roast tinge. Hazy, dark brown red body with a big creamy light mocha head. Roasty malt notes and mild sour characteristics in the flavour. Light-medium body. Interesting to try, might be a touch old.
Overheard: "Pairs well with chocolate-covered bacon."
(From Guinness Brewery, Dublin; w/ jerc, others)
jercraigs (9681) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 11, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2009-01-30. Black body with a good sized foamy tan head. Modest roast aroma, light malts. 6+ Flavour is mildly roasty, light bitterness throughout. 6+ Smooth average to light body. The overall impression is not unlike what I would expect a cask version of Guinness to be like. Paired well with chocolate covered bacon. Yumm! Bottle from Guinness Brewery, Dublin
Oakes (15358) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 1, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Scored at Brewery Creek, where it was rescued from a gift pack. Dull brown. The aroma is characterful - whiskeyish, slightly nutty aroma hinting at a light creaminess. Fairly light body, lead by a healthy roast character, again with some background nuttiness. Good easy-drinking stout with just enough complexity and uniqueness to keep it interesting.
Beershine (5219) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - MAR 24, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wow, glad for the opportunity to try this. Pours black with a long-lasting tan head (see, you donít need widgets...). Nice aroma! Cookies, mild ink, even some fruit in the background. Tartness on the sides of the tongue, some sour cherry makes this more like a foreign stout than expected. Excellent roast. Soft and creamy with slight thinness. Nice lingering bitterness. Interestingly inky. If this is the benchmark Guinness, I really like it.
Plovmand (7759) - Helsinge, DENMARK - MAR 22, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from a small shop in London. Dark brown to black body with fluffy beige head. The aroma is quite roasty with light coffee and chocolate notes. Caramel, roasted malt and light coffee in the flavour. Good roasty finish.
FreshHawk (596) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 15, 2010
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A - Deep black with a large creamy-beige head. Good retention and some lacing left. Typical Guinness look.
S - Roasted, chocolaty malts.
T - Roasted malts with some chocolate and coffee bitterness. A bit of an earthy smokiness, but not much. A little thin.
M - Medium to light body. Good carbonation. Fairly smooth and creamy. A touch watery and thin (not as bad as say the Draught).
D - Pretty good and easy to drink. Like some other Guinness offerings, it is easy to drink, but the flavors donít necessarily make me want to go grab another.
Notes: Decent beer, but similar to the Draught (I like this slightly better). A little too thin and watery and flavors donít jump out. Normal Guinness taste. It has its time and place, but not a beer I will search for.
Nisse666 (6047) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 5, 2010
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Ett en av de bšsta Ųlminnena - lšngst upp i museet i Dublin.
Muggus69 (2023) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - FEB 10, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
568ml bottle, Dublin.
To Arthur! I figure I couldnít get to 250 beers on this trip, so to celebrate 250 years of Guinness iím dedicating my 200th beer to the man and the beer.
Pours a bit different to the norm draught stuff; black body, ruby highlights, rocky tan head that sparcely clumps on the glass.
Aroma and flavour are somewhat more refined; mid-roast coffee, burnt toffee, meaty roastiness, and a dark grain bread quality that drives the dryness and lingering bitterness.
Body not as rich or dense as the foreign stuff, but moreso than the draught.
Different sort of beer really. And I daresay I prefer to the draught!
jgb9348 (5565) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 23, 2010
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Opaque black coloured body with a thinnish creamy tan head that fades very fast and leaves nothing left on top. Aroma of double cream, malt, icing sugar, bread, yeast and a touch more of the cream - odd! Very light, thin bodied with some effervescent notes. Super mild malty flavour that shows a lot of water, a touch of malt, some caramel and toffee and a mild licorice bitterness at the end. Aftertaste has some double cream, vanilla and tea flavour - but very mild. Overall, this is way less strong than any other guinness Iíve had, and easily less preferable to their other products, including the Foreign Extra from China! I sampled this odd sized 568 mL bottle (Best By Date: 28-June-2009) from the Guinness Brewery at St. James Gate in Dublin, Ireland on 19-February-2009 (250th Anniversary) sampled at home in Washington on 23-January-2010.