ruigo (801) - 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 (55) - 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 (458) - 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 (417) - 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 (374) - 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 (6468) - 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!
alethol (94) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 30, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2013 Black beer. Aromas of chocolate, roasted malts. Taste the same plus some bitterness. A very good beer, just short of outstanding.
MrHangover (2072) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JAN 29, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a black beer with a nice, two finger beige head on top. Aroma of milk chocolate, malts and little roast. Flavour is way more bodied than the regular Guinness, more sweet and full flavoured. Full of chocolate and light roasty notes as well. Really suits the aroma. Aftertaste keeps hanging in there for quite some time, delivering a nice, subtle bitter taste to. Great brew!
laiti (4799) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 26, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2013 33 cl bottle @ home. Rated on 23.02.2010
Aroma has roasted notes, some coffee and cocoa. Flavour has very well roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate and hints of cocoa. Finishes dry and slightly ashy. Too roasted and dry, the drinkability is not very great here.
33 cl bottle @ home, BBE 12.05.2013
Aroma has cocoa, vanilla ice cream, some ash and red wine notes. Flavour is somewhat acidic and stinging with red wine, some cocoa and hay. Also a feeling of aging (moldy cellar tones?) on some sips. Tart and acidic finish. The tartness harms the drinkability of this.