DuffMan (7564) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 12, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2012 Beautiful black-brown with a thick sand-coloured head. Chalky aroma with a faintly charred character. As it warmed and the head receded it took on a more molasses kind of aroma. Sweet palate, mostly chocolate with mild fruit and a hint of smokiness. Pleasant heavy mouthfeel. The acidity is definitely noticable, and gives this beer a mouth-watering quality that keeps you wanting to sip and sip and sip....
harrisoni (14707) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 7, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
33cl bottle. Spurred on by SilkTorkís thread on this beer, I got around to actually rating it. Black colour with brown on the edges, lasting beige head. Burnt malt aromas, some toffee too. Some dark fruit. Bit tinny on the carbonation. Finish has choc, coffee, but just a tad thin. Nice though
CamdenD (1113) - Madrid, SPAIN - DEC 17, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very good stout -- almost prefer this one now to the nitrocan version, because, well, itís roastier.
sunevdj (3355) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - DEC 6, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from 1953. A very beautiful specially made coronation bottle with the Royal Crest and ER 1953 on the back. The crown cab seemed to be made of iron as it was quite hard to get off. Poured Black with no head. Smelled of metals. Sweet portlike stout with aromas of vanilla and iron. Still a hint of CO2! Dry portlike finish.
oldrtybastrd (3222) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 1, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice dark body with a small tan head. Great aromas of chocolate and burnt malts. Flavor had a nice bitter bite to it. This one is better than the North America version.
blankboy (6433) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 23, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow & tupalev -- courtesy of tupalev. 7 year-old can!! 7 YEARS!! The first thing I said before we poured this was "Do you think thereís any chance this is still good?" I certainly had my doubts. Amazingly it held up very well. Pours a dark reddish-brown with an average size brown head. Very mild aroma of roasted malt. The flavour of smoky caramel malt and roasted coffee was a touch stale but thatís to be expected given the age of it, but that still didnít deter from the enjoyment of this fine beer. This beer is not even in the same league as the North American Guinness, itís so much better. Thanks tupalev for this rare treat!
GregClow (2951) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 20, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared with blankboy, HogTownHarry & tupalev - courtesy tupalev. A seven(!) year old can, purchased from a shop in Dublin (still had the 89p price tag!). Pours a very dark ruby-brown with a wispy tan head. Aroma is smoky and roasty, very inviting. Body is thinner than I expected, possibly a sign of age. The flavour doesnít seem to have siffered, though - itís full and toasty and quite dry, with a strong note of fresh roasted coffee beans. A fine treat indeed - thanks to Jeff for holdng on to this for so long and sharing it with us!
HogTownHarry (6199) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - NOV 19, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2005 Can (330ml 7yrs old!). Shared with blankboy, GregClow and tupalev - courtesy of tupalev, purchased in Dublin. Poured reddish deep brown with a small brown head. Aroma extremely smoky and dry, leafy roast malt and nuts. Taste is smoky, with wood ash - toasty and roasty and very dry, almost parching - I get toasted coffee beans, pine nuts - very interesting. This is a senior citizen, but very interesting, nothing like any Guinness Iíve had before on tap, here or in the UK - much more bitter, *now* I see why itís called a "dry stout." An honour to drink, we were worried about the age.
tiggmtl (4547) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 7, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice, thick, choclateynose with some pleasant dry roastiness. Opaque darkest brown body is topped by a decent, fine bubbled, tan head that recedes to cover and laces well. Dry barley and roasted malt flavour has some powdered cocoa character and fair roasty bitterness that lingers on the tongue. Dry medium body with lively carbonation that engages the tongue. A decent score for a sentimental favourite. Half pint glass. Allowed to warm from fridge temperature. Bottle.
shrubber85 (8582) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - NOV 6, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2011 Draught. Molasses malt aroma. Dark as night with nice head. Sweet molasses malt flavor. Nice body.