swapp (54) - Kaunas, LITHUANIA - MAR 29, 2013
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
330ml bottle in belgia. first taste was like guinness draught but then a felt alcohol caramel mixed with a bitter. colour is dark with white foam but foam isnt like drought foam is weak.
BaroneBirra (152) - Gorizia, ITALY - MAR 18, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
0,33 bottle. Deep dark brown with medium tan creamy head.
sweet dried plums, alcohol and some burnt malts in the aroma.
initial sweetness followed by malt and burnt bitterness. some metallic notes and fuity tartness. dry umami aftertaste. smooth texture and medium to low body.
PriorL (260) - BELGIUM - MAR 18, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle 33cl on Saint Patricks day.
Appearance: dark beer, with big white unstable head.
Nose: more alcohol than regular draught version, coffee, chocolate.
Taste: very sweet coffee, brown chocolate, alcohol more noticeable. Some malts, caramel,
ruigo (277) - PORTUGAL - MAR 17, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a real dark black with a small head. Not as good as the usual Guinness, with some notes of caramel, coffee, toast, earthy and smoke and a metallic end. But it is St. Patrickís day...
johnnygm (51) - Santiago, CHILE - MAR 12, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Similar to the traditional Guinness, but this belgian variety lacks body. Aroma is nice. Bread, cereal and toast. Color is very dark with a good head. On palate, bitterness dominates, but here is where it becomes different. It felt watery and weak. The only distinguishable hints were toast, a little coffee and lots of hops. Iíve tried Guinness before and I love it, but this particular variety lacks the features that make this beer so distinguishable.
davidfoley (20) - New York, USA - MAR 10, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
look: 4 smell: 4.5 taste: 5 feel: 4 overall: 3.5
Appearance - Nutty brown, caramel, ruby colour. Poor head retention. light carbonation
Smell - Citrus fruit, vanilla, moderate hops, coffee, chocolate, mint, caramel
Taste - Good balance, robust carbonation. Coffee, mild chocolate, banana, moderate hops, blackberry, & blackcurrant flavor. Aftertaste is bitter with lingering coffee flavors & carbonation still tickling the tongue.
Mouthfeel - Smooth like velvet with robust carbonation.
Drinkability - Great beer if a little heavy. Close to an imperial stout. Great taste! High alcohol and heaviness on the stomach would make this a sipper and you couldnít have too many.
StoutHead (239) - DENMARK - FEB 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at home. Pours a deep deep red - almost black, with a large frothy beige head. Aroma mostly of roasted malt. Taste is of chocolate, espresso, and loads of roasted malt...as well that undefinable "Guinness taste". Mouthfeel is above average, finishes bitter and dry. Really good. Iíve begun drinking this at my favourite Irish watering hole. The downside being that I canít drink nearly as much as of the original one, but itís worth it as itís so much better.
Niller (98) - Hammel, DENMARK - FEB 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Salling, DK. Black beer with a tan head. Aroma is dark malts and a note of chocolate. Taste is dark malts, chocolate and a note of coffee. Very nice smooth palate. Nice finish with a little note of chocolate in the end.
Finwe (330) - Grankulla, FINLAND - FEB 4, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330 ml bottle. Pours black with a brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, some liquorice and toffee. Flavour has roasted malt and coffee along with some smoke. Slightly bitter finish.
Theydon_Bois (2957) - The íSham, Surrey, ENGLAND - FEB 2, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home, thanks to an IP trade with Dennis, 02/02/13.
Light black/dark mahogony brown in the light with a thin tan head that dissipates and retains as a thin film and edgeing.
Nose carries roast malt, cardboard, mineral tones, metallic notes, dark toffee, hint of coffee.
Taste comprises roast malts, cardboard/paper, hint of chocolate, mineral tones.
Medium bodied, prickly carbonation - too much so, dry finish.
Better than standard Guinness but still nothing special!