Brewed by Heineken Ireland
Style: Dry Stout
Cork, Ireland


on tap

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RATINGS: 1763   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mikejmadden99 (103) - Mountain Top, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2002
Sort of tastes like Guiness, deep dark brown in color, almsot black with a tan/brown head. Smells of sweet malts and coffee. Tasting of coffee, toffee, chocolates, backed with the sweet tasting malt preseent in this brew.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Frank (3095) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2010 The nitro-cans always make for a beautiful beer. Rich, creamy tan head that leaves big chunks of lace down the side of the glass. Dark brownish black that’s opaque even when held to a light. It looks and tastes smooth. Not as creamy as it looks but has a nice thick mouthfeel nonetheless. Less bitter than other Irish stouts (Guinness, to which this is inevitably compared) but has strong coffee aroma with a bit of sweetness that I rather enjoy.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 3, 2002
Re-Rate: Head to head with Beamish Irish Stout. Slightly lighter than the Beamish, dark brown with hints of red. Rough smoky aroma of malts and nuts. Dry fairly mild flavour with whisps of smoke. 10/16/2002 - 3.2: Very smooth, creamy head that is a bit more brown than guinness. Overall flavour fairly mild; slightly roasted with some hints of chocolate. Nice, but I was looking for a bit more flavour.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 3, 2002
Re-rate: Matched against the Beamish, this is lighter in color, with a lighter head. The flavor is dry and smooth. Creamy mouthfeel, with a touch of oilyness in the finish. Roasted malts with a fair amount of coffee and bitter chocolate. Good, but not outstanding. 6/25/2002 3.2 This one isn’t too bad. Roasted coffee in the aroma, but once moving past the aroma, you loose a lot. It’s rather bland in teh flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CapFlu (4651) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 2, 2002
Slightly bitter finish compared to Guinness and Beamish stouts but an excellent brew from out of Cork.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Supaflyfresh99 (98) - E.Williston, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2002
These irish sure know how to make a stout.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cartoonkhaki (1221) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 30, 2002
Dark and creamy has a watery aftertaste at times.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Crit (3420) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 25, 2002
Creamy dry stout, could be more tasty

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mads Langtved (2244) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - NOV 17, 2002
Great appearance nice creamy body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Hildigöltur (5103) - København, DENMARK - NOV 17, 2002
Not much of a head. Very little carbonation. Very weak body. It tastes even more of tar than from tap.

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