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Brewed by Heineken Ireland
Style: Dry Stout
Cork, Ireland

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1706   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
Nate (3636) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 24, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2008 Had this from the widget can. Smooth and creamy. Dry but not too bitter. Still had an inch of head when I was finished with it. Still like Guinness better but this is very enjoyable.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zenbrew99 (20) - USA - APR 23, 2002
It’s a good, solid stout when you just cant afford top shelf.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brian (145) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 16, 2002
The Guinness-like cascading head looks great for a moment, then disappears all too quickly, leaving a nice but mild stout in its wake. Very smooth and easy to drink, with the burnt coffee taste being offset by a lack of true bitterness. Tastes a bit weak, but more so when compared with Guinness rather than other stouts. A good beer nonetheless.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - APR 13, 2002
Not bad, but I definitely recommend the Boddington’s Pub Ale over this. Nice head, okay aroma, but a lack of flavor.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - APR 11, 2002
Nice and creamy head - good flavor. Not as good as Guinness but not a bad substutite if it’s not available.

1.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Joeh (2038) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - APR 11, 2002
I’m a fan of stouts, but it’s not bad. Had it on draught so the head looked good

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Dogbrick (7585) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 10, 2002
I had the can version. I was a little unimpressed with this one. As far as a comparison with Guinness, I thought this had a more bitter taste and a thinner body. Any points gained by the widget were lost by being a Heineken beer. Just get a Guinness can or Beamish can if you have the choice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheOrange (479) - Kent, Ohio, USA - APR 8, 2002
This is not a Guiness. That is what I was hoping it would be. The head was gone fairly quickly. The beer it’s self was more bland then the Guiness I have come to love. Over all, it is a fine beer. But still one that is easily passed over.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maxhits (172) - Pico Rivera, California, USA - APR 8, 2002
This is a pasteurized pub draught that ships with a DraughtFlow® system (basically a small plastic widget) that aids in mixing nitrogen gas with the beer as it is poured. This Stout pours to a dark purple/brown color with a moderate size, tiny-bubbled and creamy head that dissipates within a few minutes. This beer is very low in natural carbonates and is almost flat. Flavor has toasted nut and coffee tones, and finishes with a slight malt sweetness and very gentle bitterness. Once the head dissipates, you’ll notice right away that this beer is flat and lacks carbonation. I enjoy this beer more than I did Boddington’s Pub Ale, but I was not very impressed by the taste.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fatherpierre (62) - Leeds, ENGLAND - APR 7, 2002
Not meant to be Guinness! It’s smoother and has a sweeter taste than its more famous rival, but as a stout it stands out in its own right. It goes down like velvet and leaves little discernable aftertaste. A fine stout.


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