Gazza (726) - Worcester, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 24, 2004
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
In my view, the classic Irish porter. In many ways, it's Guinness+ in every category - just think of Guinness and double the tastes! It looks absolutely superb with it's collar of off-white foam and the aroma is teasingly subtle. The flavour is smooth and integrated with the obvious roasted barley but hints of liquorice, dark chocolate, toffee and treacle as well as a strong bitterness. A nutty, roasted and bitter finish demands more. Classic stuff and my drink of choice when in Dublin. (sampled on draught in Messrs Maguires, Dublin)
dynamiteninja (1487) - Richmond, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 3, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Keg. Messrs Maguire’s, Dublin. Roasted malt, caramel, toffee, milk chocolate, roast coffee, fruitiness. Also some soap. Washing up botch?Thick off white smooth nitro head. Black body. Lighter and less bitter than Guinness. Medium bitterness. Medium bodied. Dry, astringent finish. A little oily, slight wateriness. Silky smooth and refreshing.
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - APR 27, 2007
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep, dark black with a thick, creamy, off-white head (nitro pushed, just like all other stouts here in Dublin). The aroma is a bit more than other stouts here - some roasted grains, some chocolate, and some earthy hops. The flavor is quite luxurious. The texture is velvety and complements the flavor quite well, which has notes of coffee and chocolate and less hop aroma and flavor than other dry Irish stouts. The finish is dry with an after-taste like a mocha - rich coffee with hints of chocolate.
McHughsKBR (6) - IRELAND - APR 22, 2008 does not count
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap-Messrs, nice, clean, dark ruby colour. Chocolatey aroma, deliciously sweet. Chocolate flavour, mild roast coffee taste, somewhat vanilla sweetness, lacking slightly in body, but very tasty, and very easy drinking.
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 19, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Source:Tap in Dublin.
Appearance:Black pour with a thin off white head.
Aroma:Fruit and chocolate.
Flavor:Roasty up front with a fruity finish and a lingering bitter chocolate note.
Palate:Medium body with soft carbonation.
Overall:Very good. Favorite of the day.
Foxbush (1262) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 10, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This was the best of the beers tasted. The pub is well worth visiting on the Liffy near the O’Connell Bridge. The stout poured pitch black with tan head that laced down the glass. You detect the aroma of coffee and smoke at the beginning. The stout was a medium body beverage with soft carbonation. The stout had a dry finish with rich coffee aftertaste.
KM (329) - Tromsø, NORWAY - MAY 28, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Almost black body. Creamy off white head. Sweet roasted aroma. Hints of tar and old smoke. Dry flavour, but also sweet, especially in the finish. The finish also reveals a tiny chocolate flavour. Like a Guinness with more aroma and flavour. (Messrs. Maguire Pub, Dublin, 05.05.08)
cellar (508) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUL 12, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
@ messrs Maguire, in Dublin: Pitch black with nice long lasting cafe au lait head, notes of roasted malt, liquorice, coffee and dark chocolate. Sweet and bitter finish. soft mouthfeel
KimJohansen (10349) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - JUL 22, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black with medium beige creamy head. Sweet aroma with roasted malt and caramel. Sweet flavor with hard roasted malt,bitter coffee and liquerice notes. Finishes bitter.
Braudog (5623) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - SEP 19, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft pint at the brewpub.Standard look, black with firm white top. Smooth like most stouts around here, but with a nice extra bitter edge. Slightly ashy. (#3675, 9/16/2009)