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Brewed by Heineken Ireland
Style: Dry Stout
Cork, Ireland

bottled
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1887   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3/5   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - NOV 6, 2003
This dark brew had a grand head and lacing with a toasty chocolate or fudge aroma. Medium bodied and super creamy, with tasteful chocolate and coffee flavors and a dryish finish. Perhaps slightly sweeter than the Guinness version but otherwise of equal quality.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
baobubba (454) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - NOV 4, 2003
"Draught" - The widget popped and took away my flavor. I paid for that too. Standard looking widget induced head (creamy, tall, lasting, off-white). Aroma is subtle due to the tiny bubbles, but I ferreted out some roast. Seemed flat (due to the small bubbles). Dry with a light roasty finish and fruit lingering. Qualities seem OK, but the quantities of those are just too low.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Suttree (6013) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 2, 2003
Draught Can. Looks great when you pour - nice waterfall, then settles to a thick, creamy head. Smells fruitier than I would have thought. Watery. Not much to distinguish itself.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
desurfer (1279) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - OCT 23, 2003
Cascading mocha to black body, creamy nitro head. Light aroma of coffee and chocolate. Virtually no carbonation, tastes like coffee beans. Very smooth. Pretty good stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 17, 2003
Black with dark amber edges and a widget-induced cream head. Has properties of mocha and soy sauce. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. A nice alternative to Guinness available in many bars.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - OCT 16, 2003
Dark black color with huge head. Nice roasted malt aroma.Taste has a smooth creamy coffee feel to it but not strong. Kind of tastes like a light Guiness.Finishes a little dry but has a nice bitter touch.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kumite56 (473) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - OCT 4, 2003
Nice roasty malt aroma and the appearance can't be beat. Huge tan lasting head with lots of lacing to boot. Dark black color. Flavor is dry, roasty and moderate body. Not a bad brew.

2.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 9/20
scoobyluv (511) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 4, 2003
to me, it tastes like a watery guiness. smells and tasted a bit like expresso. poured black with a thin head that lasted the entire glass. still not a fan though.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - SEP 30, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2003 I jumped the gun and drank my first one when it was like 80 degrees and nearly gagged. Something about pure warm bitterness disgusts me. However, after i chilled a few, the taste was very similar to guinness. Leaves a much better taste in my opinion after a little warming than guinness does, however. Chilled: guiness; Warmer: Murphys; Pure Heat: me puking.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
r464 (2254) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2012 A good foil to Guiness, the head is big and creamy. It’s smooth and creamy on the tongue but loses it as the head disappates. A little coffee, but not too strong. The nitro can works well here, as with Guiness. Smoother and perhaps less complex than Guiness. Well worth trying again.


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