Brewed by Heineken Ireland
Style: Dry Stout
Cork, Ireland


on tap

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RATINGS: 1898   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3/5   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CherokeeJarod (54) - , USA - DEC 20, 2002
This beer pours into the glass a brown/black color. The head is a beige/tan color, semi thick and lasting. The aroma is of coffee, malt, and hints of chocolate. The taste is of coffee, chocolate, and a sweet malt. Kind of reminded me of that other Irish Stout, Guinness. Not a bad drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 19, 2002
So similar to Guinness I doubt i could tell the difference in a blind test. The settling of the beer is the best part, and nitroíd stouts like this always get a 4-5 just based on that.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
BillKismet (3844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 15, 2002
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
psychodrama311 (122) - petaluma, Nevada, USA - DEC 15, 2002
nice version of the tap beer. i would have to say the closest iíve seen. good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ProstmanSux (102) - Lake Ariel, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2002
Hey its a good beer, but if Guinness isnít on tap iíll take Murphyís..

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mikejmadden99 (103) - Mountain Top, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2002
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Frank (4007) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2002
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 3, 2002
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 3, 2002
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CapFlu (5101) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 2, 2002
Slightly bitter finish compared to Guinness and Beamish stouts but an excellent brew from out of Cork.

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