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!
YK23 (465) - Haifa, ISRAEL - DEC 9, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Amazing stout, lots of roasted coffee and dark chocolate biterness, some caramel and liqueur like sweetness, some dark belgian ales characteristics, full bodied smooth and creamy mouthfill, the alcohol is well hidden, a great version of guinness.
thewolf (11166) - Kolding, DENMARK - JUN 11, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. The usual dark brown bordering on black pours gently into my glass, follwed by a flowing, slightly brownish head. It is incredible that it can stay for so long, and it continues to leave nice lacings on the glass. Aroma is primarily roasted, but compared to the usual Guinness, this has more chocolate aromas, and a whiff of dried fruits. Mouthfeel is spectacularly creamy, but feels lighter than the Irish original. Flavour is sweet, roasted, lots of chocolate. There is a fine vinious edge to it, giving me a lasting impression in my mouth. The roasted flavour gives the finish a light sour bitter edge. Great - much better than the original
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 30, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tasted 30/10/2008. 330ml bottle all to myself, after sharing one with Steve and Sam last week. Beautiful looking beer: black, with an inviting tan foam and clinging lace. Awesome aroma: sweet malts, toast, fresh berry fruit. Fabulous flavour: toasty malt dominates but is perfectly balanced with fruit and herb notes, and just enough sweetness. Lovely lingering liquorice note and subtle fruit esters in the roasty palate. Great bottle and great label. It’s just a shame that when you turn the bottle around there is another label full of EU junk. The frontside tell me all I want to know, and all that anyone should need to. Needless regulations aside, a splendid beer.
turbothy (1086) - Bonn, GERMANY - NOV 10, 2011
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours completely black with a small head. Heavy coffee, malt, brown sugar aroma. Beautiful taste of roast coffee with a refreshing hint of sourness. Velvet mouthfeel. Excellent beer - the only problem is youíll want one of these whenever you try the watery standard Guinness.
mikkellund42 (542) - DENMARK - SEP 27, 2013
4.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle. Pours murky black with huge foamy brown head. Aroma is heavy roasted malt, hints of camp fire smoke, milk and overripe plums. Taste is very rich with initial sweetness then heavy bitter, medium sweet and light acidic. Body is oily and mouthfilling with crisp carbonation. Finish is very long and rich with notes of coffee, sweet licorice, gravy, dark fruits, toasted bread, Sunday roast. This is a classic beer, but the aroma is a bit vague compared to the taste and finish.
FreshHawk (596) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 17, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
A - Deep black with some ruby hues especially at the edge. Gigantic, thick, foamy, creamy, meringue-like, light beige head. Great retention with a good lacing left. Very nice looking beer.
S - A touch faint, but a good amount of licorice, some fruit, also some mocca/espresso. These go along with the general roasted malt and chocolate. Has a bit of a BSDA smell.
T - It starts off with a bit of a roasted malt taste. This quickly gives to a BSDA-like flavor. There is a good amount of licorice, dark fruits, and some Belgian yeast. Then more stout flavors come out. A bit more roasted malt, along with some chocolate, mocca, burnt sugar/caramel, molasses, licorice, a bit of earthiness, and some lactose sweetness. Somewhat bitter, somewhat sweet, and a little warming alcohol presence all mix throughout the sip.
M - Medium body with average carbonation. Smooth and rich taste. Not quite as full and thick/chewy as I would have liked, but not bad really, the rest of the beer just set the bar pretty high.
D - Easy to drink and makes me coming back for more. A large diversity of flavors that mix well, and are easy on the palate. Well balanced and is smooth. Only probably for drinking multiple ones in a sitting is the ABV, which is pretty well hidden.
Notes: A very nice beer, too bad Guinness doesnít make more beer like this, or at least have this beer distributed to a larger area. Taste like a mix of a BSDA and a stout. A lot of different flavors that intertwine and mesh nicely. Glad to have tried this (and on St. Patrickís Day too).
Beerheart65 (1000) - Pori, FINLAND - JUL 22, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Strong abundant aroma has licorice, chocolate and french roast coffee. Elegant black with creamy expresso head medium lenght. Taste is dryer and has more hoppiness than aroma. Roasting is more evident and stronger also. lots of nuances. Full bodied, roasted dry and bitter, low carbonation. Overall a well-made beautiful stout.
JoeCarty (2) - - JUL 6, 2013 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Much darker and thicker than other types of Guiness, so much so the head is a light brown colour. Liquorice flavour, strong and slightly bitter on the palate, bit of an acquired taste but to me itís the best version of Guinness
edsspoon (370) - Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 21, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle - once I opened it it started frothing over so I poured it quickly which caused the head to erupt and fill up my glass (and overflow). Opaque black with a very big light brown foamy head, which eventually subsides into a medium sized head which lasts throughout with good lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel, toffee and light butterscotch with some hints of dark fruit. Taste begins with some warming and burnt flavours, followed by a strong bitterness, toffee, chocolate, some vanilla and some butterscotch. A very long bitter finish, medium sweetness. Heavy body, low carbonation, quite sticky. I thoroughly recommend this, it is an absolutely beautiful beer.