GregClow (2977) - 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 (6201) - 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 (4545) - 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 (9021) - 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.
iammadeofjelly (194) - Liverpool, Merseyside, ENGLAND - OCT 27, 2005
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
It may be guinness original, but it isnít as good as itís commercial cousin draught. Flat and a bit like old teabag water. Still a classic.
Fukito (913) - Sao Paulo, BRAZIL - SEP 30, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can - September 2005
Pours ruby-black with a medium sized, medium lasting beige-brown head. Aroma is coffier than regular draught version, the carbonatation es more "evident" against the nitro version. Taste is more burnt, perhaps a little bit more bitter. The aftertaste is very subtle. It seems a bit more "mineral" but i couldnīt say if this is because of the aluminium.
Appart from this the other great difference could be that it tastes a little bit more fresh and natural than the regular one, perhaps this being a perception because of reading this one is not pasteurized.
A nice change from the regular one, but definetly not one of my favourite stouts.
voota (765) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 27, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with a small brown head, nice roasty aroma. Fairly different to what i expected, much bitier than the draught, its also easy to detect the sourness. Finish is very bitter and fantastic. Great beer.
DonMagi (5595) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 10, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Changes as it warms. Aroma is dull however chages into this fruityness which is very plesent and something i would never have expected from guiness. Taste is fuller than draught with the similar light burnt coffee going on. Better than i imagined.
MorganDavis (17) - Ballarat, AUSTRALIA - SEP 2, 2005
1.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
I bought a large bottle of this for a past St Pats day. Unfortunately I found it almost undrinkable and bitter. This was a time before I was accustomed to Guinness Draught, and perhaps a retasting is in order to make sure it isnít as crap as I originally made it out to be.
CrazyJames (6) - Middlesbrough, ENGLAND - AUG 20, 2005 does not count
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottled Traditional Guinness). Quite different to what I was expecting. Still black, obviously. In a screw on/off bottle, newish for beer and useful for something heavy like this. Far less kick than the draught version from the pub, though it is less smooth but has a better, easier, bitter beer type taste, whilst the head keeps just as well. My review seems strangely contradictory. Nevertheless a recomended drink, especially for those who want to aquire the taste of stout.