frankcolub (83) - Ashbury, AUSTRALIA - APR 26, 2009
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I don’t usually drink dark beers but on tap it is an exceptional beer .
As a dry stout proponent, you get the true beer in a guinness. A deep brown hue, a solid taste, and a good feeling going down. Definitely an impressive drink.
Ethereal (2421) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 13, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, at home with tashi, 4th April 09. Weak malty aroma. Dark, coffee brown colour, as expected. Balanced flavour, dryness without excessive bitterness. Sllips down ok but a bit fizzy.
dnoaksson (781) - , SWEDEN - APR 11, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Smakerna sjunker långsamt in, växer fram med en känsla av ärlighet. Trots en beska som skjuter med bredsidan, och en fyllighet som heter duga, är den ändå varsam - tassande. Smak av kaffe, choklad och tjära.
smcolw (617) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 10, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The original and by definition, the standard-bearer of the style. I know most swear that the version in Ireland is significantly different from America, but I am not one of them. While I prefer Murphy’s because it is "smoother" to me, this is still one of the world’s great beers.
Embrouille (2835) - SWITZERLAND - MAR 19, 2009
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very distinct yet not a favorite of mine. I prefer Murphy’s stout over this one.
altonbrownd (5451) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - MAR 6, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle in Oslo. Black body with tan, cream head. Malty, roasty nose with caramel and chocolate notes. Taste of roasty malts . Rich and sweet. Bitterness in the finish.
scotty (1137) - SCOTLAND - FEB 21, 2009
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Canned, typically dark with a thickish beige head. Full bodied, packed with roast malt flavours, hints of coffee too. I have to say that even though this is cosidered to be a classic, I find this version a tad unbalanced,a bit on the rough side. I prefer the draught, and the canned draught versions, the nitrogen does it for me...every time!
espenra (988) - Kurland, NORWAY - DEC 21, 2008
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
33cl bottle from Vinmonopolet. It poured a deep black colour with a medium big beige foamy head that settled down very slowly in the glass. Aroma is roasted malts, dark roasted coffee and raisins. The flavour is very dry and bitter with notes of vinegar, roasted malts, and dark chocolate. It has a short aftertaste. Unfortunately the vinegar is too dominant and this ruins the flavour for me. I hope this is just a bad bottle, because it should not taste like this.
MoritzF (9355) - Ottobrunn, GERMANY - NOV 28, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(33cl bottle, 4.1% abv) Clear, dark brown colour with a big and dense beige foamy head. Dusty and sweet, slightly roasted malty nose with subtle fruity notes with a touch of cacao and licorice. Bitter and minimal sweet flavour, slim bodied and soft on carbon. Toasty and slightly ashy malty taste, moderately dry, especially towards the finish, accompanied by notes of cacao and licorice; assertive aftertaste with notes of cacao. Not bad, but not a real highlight (28.XI.08).
Bart (2938) - Brussels, BELGIUM - OCT 11, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Canned, almost black coloured beer with a creamy medium brown head. Roasted bitter caramel malty aroma with a full palate. Finish is bitter, creamy roasted malty touched. Nice.