Brewed by Heineken Ireland
Style: Dry Stout
Cork, Ireland


on tap

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RATINGS: 1729   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
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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 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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
winkle (476) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - APR 6, 2002
Very similar to Guinness.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 4, 2002
From a nitro can (why do I do that to myself?). Has to be served too cold to have much aroma. Beautiful look with a head you could float a coin on. Body is thin & watery for a stout. Taste is like someone scraped the ashes off the bottom of a BBQ and blended it with a pint of water.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
duece (103) - Waterford, Wisconsin, USA - APR 2, 2002
Passable but not preferred if in the mood for a stout stick with Guinness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RichardGretton (4247) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 31, 2002
Very intense bitter coffee taste, with a smooth and creamy palate. This beer has plenty of taste, unlike other beers of a similar style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
bierkoning (10208) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - MAR 31, 2002
tasted in the Irish pub in Oldenzaal (NL). Thick creamy head that lasts. Stout sells slowly there, so the beer tends to gain a little sourness. It tasted good enough, but cannot be compared with Guinness and Beamish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAR 30, 2002
typical nitro can thin taste at the start. rich roasted taste. A fine, passable stout, but not thick enough for my stout tastes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
heykevin (1276) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - MAR 28, 2002
Has a nice roastiness, perhaps more roasty than Guiness, but rendered almost completely lifeless by the nitro tap.

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