Brian (145) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 16, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The Guinness-like cascading head looks great for a moment, then disappears all too quickly, leaving a nice but mild stout in its wake. Very smooth and easy to drink, with the burnt coffee taste being offset by a lack of true bitterness. Tastes a bit weak, but more so when compared with Guinness rather than other stouts. A good beer nonetheless.
Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - APR 13, 2002
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not bad, but I definitely recommend the Boddington’s Pub Ale over this. Nice head, okay aroma, but a lack of flavor.
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - APR 11, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice and creamy head - good flavor. Not as good as Guinness but not a bad substutite if it’s not available.
Joeh (2038) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - APR 11, 2002
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
I’m a fan of stouts, but it’s not bad. Had it on draught so the head looked good
Dogbrick (7123) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 10, 2002
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I had the can version. I was a little unimpressed with this one. As far as a comparison with Guinness, I thought this had a more bitter taste and a thinner body. Any points gained by the widget were lost by being a Heineken beer. Just get a Guinness can or Beamish can if you have the choice.
TheOrange (479) - Kent, Ohio, USA - APR 8, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is not a Guiness. That is what I was hoping it would be. The head was gone fairly quickly. The beer it’s self was more bland then the Guiness I have come to love. Over all, it is a fine beer. But still one that is easily passed over.
maxhits (172) - Pico Rivera, California, USA - APR 8, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This is a pasteurized pub draught that ships with a DraughtFlow® system (basically a small plastic widget) that aids in mixing nitrogen gas with the beer as it is poured.
This Stout pours to a dark purple/brown color with a moderate size, tiny-bubbled and creamy head that dissipates within a few minutes. This beer is very low in natural carbonates and is almost flat. Flavor has toasted nut and coffee tones, and finishes with a slight malt sweetness and very gentle bitterness.
Once the head dissipates, you’ll notice right away that this beer is flat and lacks carbonation. I enjoy this beer more than I did Boddington’s Pub Ale, but I was not very impressed by the taste.
fatherpierre (62) - Leeds, ENGLAND - APR 7, 2002
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not meant to be Guinness! It’s smoother and has a sweeter taste than its more famous rival, but as a stout it stands out in its own right. It goes down like velvet and leaves little discernable aftertaste. A fine stout.
winkle (476) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - APR 6, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very similar to Guinness.
mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 4, 2002
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
From a nitro can (why do I do that to myself?). Has to be served too cold to have much aroma. Beautiful look with a head you could float a coin on. Body is thin & watery for a stout. Taste is like someone scraped the ashes off the bottom of a BBQ and blended it with a pint of water.