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Brewed by Heineken Ireland
Style: Dry Stout
Cork, Ireland

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RATINGS: 1898   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 Heinekenís John Smithís site in Tadcaster plant and at Monteiths in New Zealand.
Ingredients: Pale and chocolate malts; roasted barley; Target hops.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
r464 (2264) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2012 A good foil to Guiness, the head is big and creamy. Itís 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.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
aaronh (201) - McMurray, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2003
Beautiful nitro-head of light tan foam atop a rich, dark red chestnut beer. The aroma is faint, but is a bit of a hop floral smell. The atse is also light, with roasted malt and chocolate notes. There is a good sweetness to it, followed with a nice hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is smooth and light, with minimal carbonation. Drinkability is near excellent. A solid Irish Stout.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
thehoff (598) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 22, 2003
Wonderful black smooth stout. This is smoother than Guinness and has less of a bitter aftertaste. It is quite creamy in your mouth and rich chocolate coffee flavor. Proud to have this be my 100th rating.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (10601) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 21, 2003
(Nitro Can) Can't believe I've never rated this one. Tar black. When held up to the sunshine, a blood red ale is revealed. Medium-sized, thick, creamy, lightly-tanned head. Cool lacework. The nose is of milk chocolate, vanilla and coffee. The flavor is of weak coffee and bitter, dark chocolate. Light-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel. Flat carbonation. Long, dry, bitter finish.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
grant60 (185) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 16, 2003
there is not much between this and guinness draught. very black, with a large f head. smooth and creamy, but this has a richer chocolatey/caramel taste, and is slightly smoother.

3.9
   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.

4.7
   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.

3.7
   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

2.5
   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?

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
3fourths (9137) - 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.


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