JoeinDahlem (1365) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - MAY 22, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I havenít drank the stuff at the source, but this was easily the tastiest Guinness Iíve had. Black with a gorgeous brown head, roasty espresso aromas that carry into the flavor. Very roasty, very malted, a touch sweet, mildly bitter, and without the empty blandness that other bottled versions often have. Not just creamy but also lively. The burnt finish is not extreme, but dry. A good beer.
dmradus (227) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAY 7, 2007
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had this in Antwerp, bought from some shady grocery store on the wrong side of town - got to love it. Black with a thick, bubbly brown foam that laces considerably. Aroma is strong roasted malt, caramel, and some interesting and rather intense fruity esters. Also a slight alcohol kick to the nose. Taste is strong roasted and chocolate notes, but there is a tinge of something here that is very reminiscent of more classic Belgian styles, again playing on fruity esters and a faint yeasty/spicy dynamic. Heavily bitter finish and a long lasting roasty aftertaste. Very thick, vicuous, little carbonation.
realale420 (399) - west covina, California, USA - APR 29, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at the Woodshop Tasting. Poured dark almost black color with a nice light brown color. Aroma had a smokey oak caracter with some roast, coffee and caramel. Taste was just as complex as the aroma with a slight alcohol finish.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - APR 27, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Huge thanks to oh6gdx for getting me this long coveted brew. Thanks, Pat. Aroma is huge with alcohol and fruit along with black licorice and mild woodsmoke. Interesting aroma. Much more intense than I expected. Quite concentrated. The body is ever so lightly garnet-tinted black and holds a massive (three fingers) mocha head that is lasting and leaves ample lacing. Very burnt/bitter fore is followed by mild black coffee and faint liquid smoke notes. Raisins and licorice notes throught the middle and a dark cocoa and underripe cherry finish. Very nice! Seems underrated even at a 91 to me.
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - APR 25, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle VIA Saarlander (thanks man!). Pours black with a very large tan head. Nose is full of fruity easters, smells like a Baltic Porter. The taste though is another story. The fruity esters are buried underneath strong roasted burnt malts. Also some licorice (NOT anise) flavor. Some bitter coffee in the finish. This is not what i expected at all. Body is medium, carbonation moderate, mouthfeel silky.
johndoughty (4170) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 20, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark with a big head. which took a long time to diissipate. Rosted dry finish with a complex taste. Ligering strong and pleasant mouthfeel.Sheer class.i
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 4, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle, ordered a while ago from belgianshop. Black with a thick khaki head. Sweet roasted malt and coffee aroma. Fairly big roasted malt flavor, some bitter chocolare in the finish. very tasty; easy to drink. As soon as i popped the cap, i realized that i should have sampled this side-by-side with the North American version. Maybe next time...
mike_77 (3716) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - MAR 28, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2014 Black in colour with a thick dark beige head. Aroma is dominated by the strong roasted malt. The malty flavour is complemented by the bitterness of coffee, dark chocolate and dark treacle. Texture is smooth and velvety and makes me think of cold frappe coffees.
DSG (7623) - Tel Aviv, - MAR 18, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2013 Re-rate 5/12/13: Bottle sample at a tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Thanks beerandbeyond. Dark brown with a beige head. Aroma of chocolate, malt and some dark fruits notes. Sweet flavor with chocolate and dark fruits, a bit sugary. Medium-bodied. 6/3/7/3/13=3.2
Re-rate 3/18/08: Bottle at Schiphol airport. Black color with a big brown head that stays throughout the glass. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate and a bit of coffee. Sweet roasted malt flavor with some chocolate, some light coffee notes and some dark bread. Medium to full-bodied. Very pleasant. 8/4/7/4/15=3.8
Bottle. Beautiful appearance - black with a big brown head. Roasty aroma with chocolate and hints of coffee. Rich sweet dark chocolatey flavor with some bitterness and a bit of alcohol in the finish. Medium bodied. Very good. 7/5/8/3/16=3.9
JK (4844) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAR 18, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Much more interesting than what is available in the United States. The aroma is heavy with roasted malt. Flavor also has a roasted character with more malt. Surprisingly full malt flavor. Palate like a thick red wine.