JK (4964) - 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.
faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - FEB 27, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pitch black colour with a big creamy sticky long lasting light brown head leaving a very nice lacing. Aroma of roasted malts and coffee, sweetness, roasty chocolate and alcohol. Flavour is soft with a very roasty maltiness, bitter chocolate, liquorice, bit harsd. Bitter and hoppy roasty finish. I do prefer and normal Guinness draught but this one is good indeed.
MartinT (8550) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 10, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Any first impressions?
-A veil of foam covers the brownish black.
-A rather timid aroma presents coffee and chocolate over wet earth.
-Vanilla and black beans diversify the mokaccino.
-A rich yet classy maltiness is lightened by the medium effervescence.
What if you dig deeper?
-Roastiness comes through in the finish.
-Black grape fruitiness adds to the already high complexity.
-A great integration of flavors in this very good foreign stout which is thankfully leagues ahead of the ubiquitous Guinness. Thanks Jim!
Bottle; best before March ’08.
voota (765) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JAN 1, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black with a creamy brown head. Simple, dry, metallic coffee aroma... not too bad. Dry dusty coffee flavour on a supervising weak body and harsh bitterness. The finish was quick, dry and bitter.
Marko (4301) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - DEC 29, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bought at some odd Indian store in Graz. One of the biggest surprises of the day. Poured a nice black colour with a medium sized tan head. The nose was lovely. Vinuous.... red wine, malt, some breadiness and acidity, some fruitiness, raisins mainly... some alcohol too. The taste is dominated by a harsh bitterness (hoppy maybe), especially when cold (the beer tastes quite kräuterlikör like because of it then), but it mellows as the beer warms, and I could appreciate the complexity of this one more... Roastiness, raisins, malt, alcohol, seed-like hopiness, dry figs... and as one would expect, a long bitter aftertaste. Nice, interesting and complex. Definitely a sipper.
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - DEC 24, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2005. Drank in 06. Whoa, looks like a lovely FES, densely packed beige head, almost black body with bright brown swirling highlights. Very sweet in the fore, easily assessed tastes of chocolate, lightly roasted malts, licorice. Very harsh finish. Taste is cheapened by a faint metallic aroma.
JonMoore (2019) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Guinness colour with large tan head. Roasted aroma. Very nice taste of coffee, chocolate, caramel, roast malts and a hoppy bitter finish. Full bodied, smooth and creamy with some warming alcohol which is otherwise well hidden.
KnutAlbert (6377) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 5, 2006
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2006 Rounder than the Foreign Extra, more like a barley wine. I miss the complexity - here all the edges are rounded off. A bit too sweet, too. Note: I bought my bottle in the Netherlands. The labes sasy clearly that it’s brewed in Ireland FOR John Martin.
kopestes (164) - Braine l’Alleud, BELGIUM - NOV 11, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
0.33l bottle at home. Aroma of roasted barley. Quite bitter in taste but that’s what you expect of this beer. Good stout.
iep (230) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - OCT 26, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2006 This is the best Guinness out there, no contest.
It has substantial off-white head which fades quickly and leaves little lacing.
The roasted, creamy taste is strong but not overpowering and the hints of coffee, chocalate, vanilla and black hash don’t dominate but blend into a rounded whole instead. It’s bitter & the alcohol is very noticable but that adds to the beer - with some beers its a problem, but not with this one. A very well-rounded and tasty brew, with a nice alcy-kick as an added bonus. One of the best foreign stouts, for sure.
However: the quality seems to be going down recently. The bottles and labels were changed and the beer is alot less deep & complex as it used to be - the last +-10 bottles I had were all somewhat mediocre, not bad, but very dissappointing.