Brewed by Heineken Ireland
Style: Dry Stout
Cork, Ireland


on tap

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RATINGS: 1828   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 19, 2003
Draught Can: Mild, and easy drinking dry stout. A hint of smokiness and chicory, very smooth and creamy. Beautiful frothy white head.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Brew4Dug (139) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 18, 2003
Good dry stout, but not as palate pleasing as I had expected. A bit too thin for my tastes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2003
This beer was not as smooth as Guinness and was actually a little old I think. I am going to have to re-rate this beer with a fresher sample.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheRimmer (483) - Florida, USA - MAR 17, 2003
I liked this better than guiness. It had a harsher nose and i actually found this more bitter than guiness. Smoothe tan head, slick dark body and more subtle smokeyish flavors and bitterness. Low carbonation..thank you nitrogen widget...you saved the day....well, no you didn't. but anyway...i liked it better than guiness for some reason.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAR 14, 2003
Nitro can. Nice dark color, brown edges, tan head. Unsweetened chocolate nose. Incredibly thin body, almost tasteless. Finishes somewhat bitter. Disappointing, I remember this being better some years ago.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Shag (2714) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAR 14, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2003 Considering Guinness can be found anywhere, why mess with this? Similar dark appearance, poured black as night with nice head. But palate is quite watery even more so than Guinness. Seems to be a wannabe. Nothing really that bad but there is not any reason to seek this out when you have Guinness. Rerate : I was rating off the last experience back in Oct. Had it for St. Patty's and probably had to much of it. Better than my first impression I will re-rate with a higher score. I still prefer Guinness though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fulkrum78 (175) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 10, 2003
Nice beer. Good coffee/chocolate aroma. Has that nice roasted smell. Light on the palate without the bite of Guiness on the aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Diablokev (162) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - MAR 8, 2003
The aroma is strong of coffee, and caramel, and chocolate, The appearance is pitch black. The flavor is of coffee, caramel, and is very smooth. The beer is thick and heavy. Overall a very nice stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jazz88 (2625) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 6, 2003
Can with nitro. Black color with a lush creamy tan head. A dry coffee, slightly musty, and roasted flavor and aroma.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - MAR 5, 2003
Seems like Guinness Light to me. Lacking in the big roasted nose/flavor profile that I look for in a stout.Wont be back to this one any time soon.

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