MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 28, 2002
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
Nitro bottle, pours thin black color, creamy foamy tan nitro head, light roasty aroma. Roasted malt flavor, has a dry semi bitter finish, thin and watery mouthfeel, like Guinnes overrated and pretty weak.
ARMed (613) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2002
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Re-Rate: I have been drinking this the entire holiday season, and I have really become even more in love with this stout. Original: An excellent stout that tastes great. Slightly more sweet than I usually appreciate, and that to me is the only negative. A fine tasting stout. It is extremely smooth with a great aftertaste and very little bitterness. Compare with Guinness and you may find you actually enjoy the slighter lighter Murphys.
Jfishback13 (275) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 5, 2004 For the style, if it's not Guinness, it's just not quite right. This is pretty tasty though, just not good enough.
awaller05 (305) - Sharon, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 21, 2002
2.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
When I poured this beer into my favorite beer mug I was delighted to see the thick creamy head, and the dark chocalatly color. Thats where it all stopped being delightful as I found my first sip to be extremly horrid. I guess this stout isnít up my ally.
ogivlado (5900) - Zagreb, CROATIA - DEC 21, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled(500ml). -Good beer, but red is better!
HarmonKill-a-Brew (407) - Wilmar, Arkansas, USA - DEC 21, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2009 I thought this tasted a good bit like canned Guinness. Another fine stout.
CherokeeJarod (54) - , USA - DEC 20, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer pours into the glass a brown/black color. The head is a beige/tan color, semi thick and lasting. The aroma is of coffee, malt, and hints of chocolate. The taste is of coffee, chocolate, and a sweet malt. Kind of reminded me of that other Irish Stout, Guinness. Not a bad drink.
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 19, 2002
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
So similar to Guinness I doubt i could tell the difference in a blind test. The settling of the beer is the best part, and nitroíd stouts like this always get a 4-5 just based on that.
BillKismet (3360) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 15, 2002
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
I love the way beers of this style evolve their appearance. Turbulent, uvulating black bottom--churns into a brown middle and an appealing cream head--to form a 3 layerd beer. It has been awhile since i have had a dry stout--however; this seemed far different than what I have had before. This beer was redolent of a smoked filled room and the taste reflected this initial observation. While it was smooth and dry in flavor--it had such a smokey, burnt quality as to open the possibility that this was from and overheated batch of malt?? Drinkable and more pleasant as the experience endured, but I just canít rate it highly at this point. I should probably rerate this and Guinness in the near future.
psychodrama311 (122) - petaluma, Nevada, USA - DEC 15, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
nice version of the tap beer. i would have to say the closest iíve seen. good beer.