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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: 1672   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tcb200 (8) - Pearl River, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2002 does not count
Not as consistantly good as Guinness is on tap - is that due to Guinness diligence or Murphys lack of? When good it is a fine beer.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
caesar (4716) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - FEB 3, 2002
I like the way it looks. Black with a thick creamy head: beautiful! But when is it going to taste like the way it looks? It will probably never be so... :-(

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 1, 2002
My favorite stout. If you like Guinness then give this one a try and you won’t be disappointed.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bov (9050) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JAN 28, 2002
dark black colour, big creamy head, coffee, black chocolate, smooth, few bitterness and quite light bodied

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
40oz (181) - Newport Beach, California, USA - JAN 22, 2002
Weak aroma. Black coffee taste. Not as bitter as Guinness but not as flavorful either. A decent beer that goes well with food.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 19, 2002
From a nitro can. Pours black with a smallish but thick head; just not as distinctive as the Big G that it begs to be compared with. Aroma is rather slight, but with usual coffee/roasted grain components. Flavor initially seems rather nice, but the hoppy bitterness seems to have more than a hint of aluminum or iron to me. Body ok, perhaps a bit thin. Doesn’t work; if you must have an Irish dry stout, go with the biggest name for once...

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JAN 18, 2002
Strikes me as a thinner, more watery version of Guinness. While there’s the expected roasted malts, there’s an unpleasant astringent or chemical aftertaste.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - JAN 18, 2002
Nothing distinctive at all about it, very smooth though. Weak head retention. Excellent beer to start or finish the night but that’s about it.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
adamlau (76) - California, USA - JAN 17, 2002
Nitro can. Smooth and slightly sweet with a creamy head. Guinness-like when cold. It has a watery-light, sweet flavor that I find inferior to the watery-light roasted flavors of Guinness Draught, which I like to compare it with.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 12, 2002
Sorry about the earlier rating everyone. On second try this stout was everything short of mediocre. I wouldn’t even say it was like guinness, which wouldn’t be much of a compliment anyway. Watery and some sort of much too sweet caramel taste in there. Not very good at all.


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