Brewed by Heineken Ireland
Style: Dry Stout
Cork, Ireland


on tap

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1853   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29/5   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
Pasteurised in cans and kegs, with nitrogen. As of late 2012, the 4.3% bottled version had been discontinued.
Has also been brewed in the UK under contract at InBev Magor and latterly at Heineken’s John Smith’s site in Tadcaster plant and at Monteiths in New Zealand.
Ingredients: Pale and chocolate malts; roasted barley; Target hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jek803 (41) - USA - SEP 16, 2003
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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mikeben (355) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - SEP 6, 2003
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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 3, 2003
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

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
farmboy (218) - Barwon Heads, AUSTRALIA - AUG 31, 2003
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?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
3fourths (8888) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 27, 2003
Deep brown appearance. Smell is of coffee creamer and wood. Thin mouthfeel takes away from the interesting flavors of coffee, roasted malts, and whiskey.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ingevara (874) - SWEDEN - AUG 18, 2003
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
larsniclas (6338) - Billdal, SWEDEN - AUG 17, 2003
Almost blck, surprisingly weak head. Smoky coffee-aroma. Soft and smooth palate, though too thin. Rather bitter, smoky flavour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Murph06 (121) - Illinois, USA - AUG 12, 2003
Excellent close-foam head, very thick and creamy. Mouthfeel however, is very thin. Slight coffee and toffee aroma. Not quite as bitter as others---very drinkable and enjoyable. Not as good as Russian Stouts, but still, very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 11, 2003
(draught) Black with a soapy and sticky tan head. Roasty aromas of chocolate and sweet coffee. Smooth taste of chocolate and some sugar. Finishes slightly bitter and smooth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Nedman (10) - ward, Colorado, USA - AUG 3, 2003
Blackish-brown, with rich,white foamy head. Medium body and bitterness. Chocolate and subdued roasted malt notes. Slightly watery, bland. Certainly not as substantial a brew as comparable dry stouts. Easy drinking, but lacks real character. Too bad it doesn't drink as good as it looks and smells.

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