Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 10, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black, opaque color, nice lasting beige head. Sweet chocolate and roasted coffee aroma, some mild buttery tones coming from hops too. Roasted flavor, some sweet chocolate tones with some vinous notes. Aftertaste is somehow smoky, bitter and strongly dry. Nice lace. Medium to full bodied, alcohol covered almost totally, notes of it can be noticed in aftertaste. Very dimensional beer, excellent one!
lululegrand (94) - gent, BELGIUM - JAN 8, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark beer with brown head. Coffee aromaís, black chocolate and burned malts. Full taste with dry coffee like bitterness.
boto (1796) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - JAN 3, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
33cl bottle: I saw this sitting on a shelf in a store in France and new right away there was something out of the ordinary. The bottle said "8%ABV". Closer inspection revealed this to be the Belgian version. You can tell this is different from "normal" Guinness as soon as you open the bottle. There is much more of an aroma than you are used to. The beer pours a dark brown color. There is no hint of ruby color to it if you hold it up to the light as in standard Guinness. The aroma is much stronger. It contains notes of roastiness and chocolate. Possibly a hint of licorice (I was getting something sweet). Similar to normal Guinness in taste, but much more rich, with the flavors much more prevalent. More chocolate notes than the original. Still very creamy and silky.
Saarlander (1680) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - DEC 29, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I liked this better than regular guinness, flavor was rich, heavier than our version, obviously from the stonger alcohol, but the taste was just great, loved the stuff!
Lubiere (9303) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 19, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep red copper ale with moka head. Intense aroma of sugar, with maderization. Deep chocolate and molasses and alcohol warmth, nice hops in finish. Rich in mouth, effervescent. Very different from the regular canned stuff. Un gros merci a Dumdum!
Dorqui (2055) - Brescia, ITALY - NOV 22, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Strongly and decided. Elevated alcoholic degree that it stretches to cant of the general taste. Black with persistent foam. Much bitter with toasted aroma nearly burnt.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 2, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
solid ebon hue, saves ruby tinges around the bottom, enormous, volcanic, creamy tan head, with honeycombed appearance, leaving lace, a delight to watch dwindle down, gracefully...
the nose is a blast of dark, yet bright fruit, mingled well with molasses and mocha, delicious, a shiny sensation, bold and beautiful, trickling hints of anise and pepper, with sweetness heavier than the spice...notes of vanilla, a bit of butterscotch...staggeringly complex, and right up my alley, aroma-wise...
Thick and sweet in the mouth, with forceful, yet pleasing presence on the palate, slying slinks on the tongue, dripping flavor throughout...same complexity of flavor found in the aroma occurs again in the taste, a rich mix of cocoa and coffee, sweet caramelly tones, dark molasses, tar, licorice, pepper, and a fresh feeling, though I have no idea how long itís been since this beer was bottled. Full bodied, long, strong, sweet finish, excellent balance...tons of dark malt, not much hops, but still, a wonderful interplay and a unique flavor combination.
This is an astonishing stout...the alcohol is well hidden, and sneaks up on you, and delivers one into a comfortable lull. A relaxing brew, luxurious, and immensely rewarding. It goes without saying that I wish this were as easily available as the Extra Stout found here, let along the "Draught" version.
If I found a genie in a bottle, thatís where one wish would go!
harvey (40) - Milano, ITALY - OCT 14, 2004
2.3 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep black with a rich foamy brownish head. Roasted malt aroma, with a fully noticeable acacia honey hint. Taste has a huge malty bitterness. Medium bodied, with burnt bread and roasted coffee notes. Much better in aroma than in taste, IMHO.
Hopgeek (90) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 7, 2004
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Deep dark brown cola-like hue and an off white/tan head. Aroma is rich, roasted malt and coffee beans with a subtle hints of chocolate and caramel. Flavor is full of roasted coffee bean and bittersweet chocolate malt. Its spicy and hoppy with roasty caramel and chocolate and huge coffee. There are also hints of prunes and raisins. High alcohol content is hardly present. Palate is full bodied and viscous with a long lasting coating on the throat. This stuff is really good.
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - AUG 13, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very beautiful beer, jet black with a big frothy tan head on top. Rosty aroma, licorice, coffee, chocolate, smoke and some frutiy thing. Very powerful roasted flavor. some good coffee flavors and a nice bitter finish. Very smooth and delicious.