miko (32) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 21, 2004
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Gorbalev (2887) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 10, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2005 7 year old can (bought in London, England in ’98 when I lived there, and discovered in my Father-In Law’s fridge this past summer) shared with Hogtown Harry, Blankboy, and GregClow. This was the novelty beer of the night - how would this small can hold up after so long? The answer: surprisingly good! Dark black with lots more red than you see pout of our draught version. Thick brown head (who needs nitro, this looks great!). Strong roasted aroma - nice! Decent roasted coffee taste. Lots of burnt note. Extremely dry. Still a tad mild and watery, but this showed no sign of age which is remarkable - shows you where Guinness came from and what it has become.
DanielBrown (3600) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 23, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (duh) from the Green Room, Birmingham. Very tasty Stout. Light and pretty crispy. Burnt oats in the finish, but foregrounded nicely by some fruit and a very sparkly malt gig. Obviously much more liquidy than the nitro version, with a smaller, but browner head. Better than the aforementioned druaght version, with additional refreshment value.
leungie (19) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - APR 16, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
looks less impressive... but who cares, the hoppy, caramel and more intense flavor and thicker texture beats Guinness draught anyday
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - MAR 23, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Black stout colour with a beige head. Deeper in colour then your average cask stout but more like a regularly cask stout in its flavour and text then any draught Guinness would be. Not as silky as your normal Guinness but dry and flavoursome to be sure.
rgrep (156) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 7, 2004
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(4.9%, brewed in NZ) Black with a hint of red and a light brown, creamy, rocky head. Roasted malt aroma, with floral hop notes. The body is slightly sweet, and a bit salty, but lacks the watery texture of Guinness Original.
Mungo (2472) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Roasted coffe aroma with faint woodiness. Bitter roasty flavour with a hint of bitter chocolate and sourness. One-dimensional on the roast side
Ernest (6014) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 15, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting. Body is dark brown to black. Aroma is moderately malty (chocolate, roasted grain). Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, heavily bitter. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation. Ah, at last...the elusive Original. Had to go to England to find this, and it's better than the Guinness swill you get in the States or even in Ireland on nitro tap (blah!), but still nothing approaching world class.
Winefly (60) - KEW, AUSTRALIA - FEB 13, 2004
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
As commented before "black beer" is not my cup o tea at this point in time, but I suppose I must start somewhere hey. It was an overwhelming drink and took me a while to digest it. I suppose for a beginner in this field it was ok. Smelly though
quintu (14) - Catalunya (Barcelona), SPAIN - JAN 31, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
It's just a Guinness, most famous black beer on the world. It has a lot of body and is so nutritional - in Ireland time a go some mothers gave a bit of guinness to its hungry babies.