aaronh (201) - McMurray, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2003
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful nitro-head of light tan foam atop a rich, dark red chestnut beer. The aroma is faint, but is a bit of a hop floral smell. The atse is also light, with roasted malt and chocolate notes. There is a good sweetness to it, followed with a nice hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is smooth and light, with minimal carbonation. Drinkability is near excellent. A solid Irish Stout.
thehoff (596) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 22, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wonderful black smooth stout. This is smoother than Guinness and has less of a bitter aftertaste. It is quite creamy in your mouth and rich chocolate coffee flavor. Proud to have this be my 100th rating.
hopscotch (10180) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 21, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can't believe I've never rated this one.
Tar black. When held up to the sunshine, a blood red ale is revealed. Medium-sized, thick, creamy, lightly-tanned head. Cool lacework.
The nose is of milk chocolate, vanilla and coffee.
The flavor is of weak coffee and bitter, dark chocolate.
Light-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel. Flat carbonation.
Long, dry, bitter finish.
grant60 (185) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 16, 2003
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
there is not much between this and guinness draught. very black, with a large f head. smooth and creamy, but this has a richer chocolatey/caramel taste, and is slightly smoother.
jek803 (41) - USA - SEP 16, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The think that the aroma and appearance are great. There is a coffee/malty/roasted flavor, but slightly watered down from others I've had.
mikeben (355) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - SEP 6, 2003
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2008 Stouts are good but and this is the third best(next to Sam Smith Oatmeal) I ever had. It was on tap and it had the smoky chocolate things going for it. Just as good in a can and I think it almost edges out Guiness if not quite.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 3, 2003
3.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2005 Wonderful show of the nitrogen pellet great lace nice roasted malt taste with fantastic smooth mouthfeel, not as bold or as complex as Guinness
farmboy (218) - Barwon Heads, AUSTRALIA - AUG 31, 2003
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bought a slab (24 x 440ml cans) for $30 last week. Insane! The bottle shop order a mountain of them for St Pats day but they never sold so he was virtually giving them away. I find this to be nicer to drink than the Guinness out of the can. Having wrote all of this I have now come to the conclusion that I am a moron. Why did I only buy one slab of this stuff when the price is usually more than double?
3fourths (8696) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 27, 2003
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Deep brown appearance. Smell is of coffee creamer and wood. Thin mouthfeel takes away from
the interesting flavors of coffee, roasted malts, and whiskey.
Ingevara (863) - SWEDEN - AUG 18, 2003
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black, almost all-head to start with, after a few minutes only a thick creamy layer covering the surface. A distinct ash aroma to start with, but it doesn't linger long. After a few minutes it is rather tasteless soup without depth or freshness.