hershiser2 (2060) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Appearance: Black, with nice frothy head that last and lasts.
Smell: Sweet, a bit roasted... yummy!!
Taste: Nice and creamy. A bit dry and bitter, but definitely a nice, nice taste.
This beer's very drinkable for about one. After one, it might get to be a bit filling... but give this one a try.
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft, nitro. Deep brown, reddish glints. Really dense off-white head, sort of like the foam on espresso. Vinous/roasty aroma. Malt, roast, and some fruitiness on the flavor. Hops really way in the background, manifest only as a very slight grassiness. There is practically no bitterness apparent. I like Silktork's comments about this being reminiscent of a mild; while I haven't had many examples of that style it does seem similar.
sayravai (4708) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 30, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2006 (Nitro can, 4.0% ABV) Clear, dark cola color with a tight, lacy and creamy, tanned nitro head. Roasted-malty aroma with milk chocolate and coffee. Roasted-malty, dryish and slightly ashy flavor with coffee hints. Medium-bodied, creamy and (obviously) smooth-carbonated palate. Not much flavor here, but very easy to drink, and enjoyable as such. I prefer this to Guinness, though.
(4.0% ABV, Draughtflow can) Black color, nice, big and tight, tanned, lasting (lasts longer than the beer :) head. Roasted-caramel-malty coffee aroma. Very malty, slightly smoked, tar flavored. Smooth, dry, full-bodied and creamy palate. A very nice and easily drinkable stout.
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 28, 2004
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2004 This has become my favourite mass produced Irish Dry Stout, not because of an increase in quality, but more because it has maintained a decent standard while others have fallen. Thinner and sweeter than Guinness and a little easier to drink - I had this on tap in Cork last year on holiday and it was very nice.
SilkTork (5542) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - JAN 27, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2004 On tap in a pub. Very smooth. Initially not much flavour comes through because it's served way too cold. When warmed a pleasant raspberry and yeast aroma arises pleasantly, reminiscent of a decent Mild. Some soft stout like flavours come through, though perhaps more Mild than Stout - and certainly not a dry stout. Very pleasant as a mild, with the familiar raspberry flavours - but a bit laid back as a stout. [3.1]
Can: Head to Head with Guinness Draught. The head has a milky coffee colour - slightly darker than the Guinness, otherwise they look the same. The nitro in both products gives them initially a similar smooth mouthfeel, though the Murphy's does feel "wetter". Gentle coffee flavours - quite pleasant, like a decent quality instant. A dry roast finish with less bitterness than the Guinness. Murphy's is a decent enough dark beer - it's more gentle, more coffee-accented and softer, less bitter finishing than the Guinness. When all the nitro nonsense has burned off, and the beers have warmed up so they can be tasted, I find both to be quite enjoyable. The Guinness has a greater range of flavours and experiences, and could be said to be the more complex and interesting, but I found the Murphy's to be slightly more palatable on a personal level. [3.1]
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - JAN 21, 2004
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Very similar to Guinness, the commercial description is on; not as bitter and a smoother head. Slightly metallic. I'm still waiting to have a great dry stout and this isn't it...drinkable.
Garrat (1332) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 19, 2004
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
A poor tasting stout,very run of the mill,not much flavour of anything.There are so many better ones out there.
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - JAN 8, 2004
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours black opaque with a medium tan head (on tap at Winston Churchill's). Minimal aroma due to cigarette smoke. Thin mouthfeel (compared to the St. Ambroise). Kind of tastes like someone punched me in the mouth and I am swallowing blood. So, maybe a little metallic would be another way to describe it. Minimal flavor compared to the other stout I drank today.
brownaler (547) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - JAN 5, 2004
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Not much of a flavor at all with this beer. You're better off having a Guinness or Beamish.
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - JAN 4, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Can, at the Heathrow Airport, United RCL, London.
Black with a larger beige head. Takes a while to settled nicely. This instance was a bit thin I thought. Bitter dry stout with plenty of burnt malt derivatives. I’ll be in Kerry, Ireland in a couple of weeks so hopefully there’ll be some improved draught versions to be had.