Brewed by Heineken Ireland
Style: Dry Stout
Cork, Ireland


on tap

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RATINGS: 1720   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.

Stevesie's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stevesie (316) - - JAN 25, 2013
On tap. Dark brown with thick, creamy head. Roasted malt aroma. Some chocolate and coffee in the flavor. Very creamy and velvety smooth. Nice lingering finish. Solid, but not a lot of punch--particularly for six bucks a pint.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BierMeHoos (90) - Maryland, USA - AUG 25, 2014
15 oz can. Aroma is cream, dry roasty malts, some bread notes. Taste is creamy body with roasted malt with a slightly sweet note. Fairly subtle finish. Body is a dark amber/black with a thick creamy nitrogen head that retains very well. Pretty decent but didn't love it as much as other folks.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
neur0 (897) - GERMANY - AUG 25, 2014
(Dose) Es hat eine sehr dunkelbraune, undurchsichtige Farbe mit einer cremigen bräunlichen Schaumkrone. Das Aroma ist röstig, mit etwas Kaffee und Butterscotch. Der Geschmack ist etwas dünn, röstig, cremig und angenehm rauchig. Die Bittere ist recht leicht. Im Nachgeschmack ist etwas Kaffee und Bittere

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Alengrin (1296) - BELGIUM - AUG 24, 2014
Classic Irish dry stout tasted from tap. Tanned, creamy, very dense, milky head and near black colour. Looks the same as Guinness Draught and has the same thick creamy mouthfeel, but there is less iron in the aroma and more malty and fruity sweetness in the mouth, more apple- and chocolate-like; finish equally roasted bitter. On the same par as Guinness Draught, but I’d prefer Beamish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
panzerwolf (12) - - AUG 22, 2014
Really enjoy this one. A strong aroma and a taste with a full roasty tange, with a just a hint of chocolate.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jamestulloch (1328) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 17, 2014
Keg at Pleasance Courtyard. Black body with a lasting tan head. Excellent lacing. Aroma of creamy chocolate, earth and ash. Flavour of biscuit and burnt toast. Dry finish. Thick mouthfeel with a smooth texture. Soft fizz. Not bad, but not particularly memorable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
remALUS (2) - Kaunas, LITHUANIA - AUG 17, 2014 does not count
Labai graži spalva, puikios putos... Geras skonis ir kvapas... vienas mano mėgstamiausių (one of my favorite)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
NallePalle (103) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - AUG 16, 2014
Draught, Engelen, Stockholm. Clear hints of coffee in the aroma. A bit dull, not much ’bite’, even for its type.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
AshtonMcCobb (2483) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 15, 2014
On keg. Appearance - opaque black with a lovely fawn head. Nose - a very elusive note of dark chocolate biscuits. Taste - mainly malt not much chocolate. Palate - light to medium bodied with a creamy texture and a fairly good finish. Overall - decent for a mass distribution beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nilsas (1337) - Bryne, NORWAY - AUG 13, 2014
Duft av kaffe, bek og lakris. Mørk, nesten sort farge. Tykt brunt skum. Muk smak av kaffe og noe sjokolade.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
flying_pig (934) - SCOTLAND - JUL 29, 2014
Pint on-tap in Gallagher’s Boxty House, Dublin, Ireland (€5):
Roasted notes & earthy malts initially, some creamy notes & lactose coming through alongside some light coffee & touches of bitterness towards the end with a touch of chocolate too.
Dark brown to black with red tinges at the base. Creamy looking & still, thumb-sized head that’s off-white with great retention & good lacing on the sides.
Roasted malts, a touch of coffee & the same chocolate that appeared in the aroma as well. I could detect some sweetness with hints of faint bitterness alongside some biscuit flavours.
Very smooth & goes down very easily from the start. Carbonation was very soft & the beer was quite dry with a faint bitterness that left you wanting to take another drink straight after the last.

I thoroughly enjoyed this one & it definitely grew on me as I worked my way down the glass. Lighter, smoother & less bitter than Guinness, it’s is a good alternative to that one with a solid taste to back it up. Can’t wait to see how it tastes by the can since it’s hard to find on draught in the UK these days.

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