maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JUL 30, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. A big black beer with a lovely coffee coloured head. The aroma is full and malty with toffee, fudge and coal. The taste is also very full with malts, caramel and coal. Not the roastiest of stouts but oh so tasty.
mike_77 (3941) - 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.
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 (1116) - 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 (756) - 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.
peponi (783) - Krakow, POLAND - JUN 6, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma: roasted smoked notes, coffee, dried fruits.
Appearance: dark color, nice creamy head.
Taste: acid and smoked, roasted dark malts, dried fruits, bitter chocolate, coffee, semi-dry, bonfire.
Palate: medium body and medium carbonation, ashy rosted finish.
Overall: Really good stuff, nice smoked notes and deep compex taste.
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.
Bloekie (210) - BELGIUM - NOV 15, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very nice arome of brown sugar and roasted coffee, also a caramel background. Pitch black in colour with a very frothy longlasting beige head. It just stays beautiful allover.
Flavor of chocolate malt and a bitterness that might come from the hops. Aftertaste is very coffeeye and bitter, might come from the alcohol, or just the hops, donít know.
This was a discovery, as to I had a very bad prejudice when it came to Guinness.
coldmeat23 (232) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 17, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark, dark brown. Verging on blackness. Medium pour produces a massive 5-finger head of thick creamy tan foam. About a full finger of it was standing above the rim of the glass. Excellent retention and amazing lacing.
Butterey caramel and coffee with a touch of chocolate. Dark fruits. English toffee. Vanilla extract.
Nice roasted malts upfront. Sweet vanilla caramel follows. Nice dark fruit hints. Finishes with the bite of burnt coffee grounds. Hides itís alcohol quite well, even though it does provide a slight bit of warmth.
Much more complex than the more readily available version.
Feels good, but is not quite as creamy and velvet-like as itís relative. Still great compared to others in the same style, but could stand to be a bit thicker and richer.
Very drinkable, in general. Would rate higher if not for that nasty bite, at the end. Still, I wish I could bet better access to this.