BillKismet (3418) - 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.
ProstmanSux (102) - Lake Ariel, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hey its a good beer, but if Guinness isnít on tap iíll take Murphyís..
mikejmadden99 (103) - Mountain Top, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2002
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Frank (3269) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2002
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
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 thatís 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.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 3, 2002
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 3, 2002
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
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 isnít too bad. Roasted coffee in the aroma, but once moving past the aroma, you loose a lot. Itís rather bland in teh flavor.
CapFlu (4723) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 2, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Slightly bitter finish compared to Guinness and Beamish stouts but an excellent brew from out of Cork.
Supaflyfresh99 (98) - E.Williston, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2002
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
These irish sure know how to make a stout.
Cartoonkhaki (1221) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 30, 2002
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark and creamy has a watery aftertaste at times.