ALLOVATE (2264) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 4, 2005
1.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2005 I sampled a bottle (correct me if Iím wrong:- sold as a concentrate to Carlton United Brewery [Australia] under license, for fermentation and bottling!) of this early in the morning after a night shift. Unusual aroma, wet dog, green wood, ash trays... Flavour met aroma with a watery thin body, overly burnt grains, harsh carbonation and an astringent ígrapeskiní feel in the back of the tongue and through to the swallow. Hard to finish and (this sample) proof of macro breweries ignorance towards the consumer. Awful!
SilkTork (5068) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 2, 2004
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2009 Aug 2002: Very dry with flat, woody tones and a little fruit. [2.0]
Aug 2004: Bottle. Head to Head with Guinness Draught. First notable difference is the very harsh mouthfeel from the co2 carbonation. Itís a very ugly mouthfeel compared to the commercial blandness of the nitrogen. Vigorous shaking is needed to reduce the co2 (which, incidently also creates a big head), and the mouthfeel becomes more natural and more attractive, though oddly light in the manner of a mild rather than a stout. Thereís an odd aroma of rancid bacon fat, along with a hint of coffee. Dry roasty finish with a bitter bitterness. Thereís some pleasant fruit, with a slight fruity acidity. This is more palatable and fruity than the draught. But itís not a stout to get me excited. [3.0]
Sept, 2008 275ml bottle from Shropshire. Vintage 1988 - bottled by Samuel Smith. No carbonation. Mild chocolate flavours with some watered down wine. Watery texture. Not unattractive. [2.6]
Aug 2009 Vintage 1997 - brewed and bottled in London. Hiss of carbonation on opening. Soft yet firm carbonation. All round soft. initaiilay quite muted and with a cotton feel. The first flavour coming through is greasy with suggestions of bacon. Settles and clears, and becomes fruity and mildly sweet. The normal burnt bitterness is much reduced. Attractive mouthfeel with no off-flavours. Complex and pleasant flavours - faint chocolate and coffee, lavender, heather.... a quite soft, creamy and very attractive drink that I miss already. It has gone. It is finished. It was very yummy. [4.1]
Dorqui (2055) - Brescia, ITALY - NOV 22, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Strongly intense, with great park of scents. Toasted and cereal in relief. Darkest, black from the persistent and compact foam. My favourite beer style.
DeepBlack (386) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - NOV 17, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bought in a can from an off licence on the way out of London. Not a bad little tipple but not great. Quite fizzy
madquacker (1015) - Canberra ACT, AUSTRALIA - OCT 16, 2004
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Not a patch on the real stuff but not too shabby never the less. Plenty of malty a mild coffee aroma.
JoeMcPhee (8168) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 1, 2004
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
From a bottle purchased at the brewery. Dark, ruby-tinted beer wiht a thick off-white non-nitro head. Nicely persistent head and roasty aroma. Some coffee and chocolate. Flavour is fairly thin, but has some coffee and a hint of molasses. A touch of acidic tartness in the middle. Finish also shows some faint chocolate and a bit of unpleasant metallic character.
beaconstreet (811) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 20, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
What I miss is having this beer "extra cold"; the way they serve it at many pubs in England. Besides "extra cold" just tasting better, they had a killer advert campaign for it, though with some eroticisms probably too outrageous for the sex-pure US. Hmph. Nicely fills the glass, and a reliable standby, since itís everywhere in England. But of course, not the most flavourful stout. From a London friend: "Want to wind up a drunk Irishman? Tell him the Guinness heís drinking was made in England." It was a true joke, except now I understand the English brewery is closed, so everything in the UK I assume is now brought over from St. Jamesís Gate Dublin. But the truth is, though itís not the best stout, either the UK or Irish version of this is better than the Connecticut-made US draught Guinness. Thatís cardboard.
JonMoore (1767) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 30, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
The best guinness I have tried, I prefer this to the overated draught. Black, with a smallish tan head. Roasted-ish aroma.
Coffee in the flavour, sweetish with slight bitterness. Medium bodied, lightly carbonated. Very good guinness, fairly average stout.
Boystout (1000) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - AUG 13, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Extremely black with beige foamy head. Aroma of malt, milk and coffee. Dry, bitter and filled with chocolates. And again malty.
Emil (6067) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 3, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
black color, light coffee malt aroma and taste, full body, light bitter finish.