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Brewed by Heineken Ireland
Style: Dry Stout
Cork, Ireland

bottled
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RATINGS: 1886   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3/5   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
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 Heinekenís John Smithís site in Tadcaster plant and at Monteiths in New Zealand.
Ingredients: Pale and chocolate malts; roasted barley; Target hops.


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4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bamaboy1975 (242) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - MAR 11, 2013
Hisses with that gorgeous nitro explosion on opening, and pours a creamy off-white, which settles into a persistent reverse cascade, eventually (after quite a few sighs) resulting in a clear, red-tinged black, with a perfect cream of head. Lacing is spectacular, as expected. Very fine bubbling as it's tilted. Really, it looks just about picture-perfect. Just about as good as an Irish Stout can look, and almost as perfect as you can expect from a can. Nose is smooth and creamy. No roast, perhaps a slight grainy toastiness, but more of that rich thick cream, some vanilla, and a suggestion of sweet spices: cinnamon and nutmeg—perhaps the only true darker tones to the aroma. Very nice. Taste is clean and light. Smooth, creamy entrance. More spice, nutmeg, and a slight minerally character. Again, very little true roast: there's a tickle on the back of mild toasty darkness, and a synergy between the darkness, the mineral character and even a suggestion of smoke that leaves a slight phosphorous character lingering. It's very nice and very smooth. Feel is as you would expect. Extremely creamy with almost no noticeable carbonation. Despite the richness it's relatively light, meaning it doesn't cloy in the mouth. I really love a good Irish Stout, and I think this is a particularly good one. It's certainly much, much better than the locally contract-brewed Guinness you'd get here in Australia. At 4% ABV, this is exquisitely sessionable. Indeed, the whole can went down without a question, and I'm already craving another. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ordybill (1301) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - JUL 20, 2016
Poured from a 16 OZ can into a pint glass at the World of Beer in Columbia, SC. The appearance is identical to Guinness. The aroma is malt driven and the taste is malt with a slight smokiness. very enjoyable.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
midovark (437) - Balassagyarmat, HUNGARY - JUL 17, 2016
0.55 l can as a gift from Ireland. Pours black color with beige head. Aromas of coffee, roasted malts, chocolate notes of bread. In taste roasted malts, coffee and chocolate appears. Creamy texture, medium body.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
ametras (1250) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 11, 2016
On tap. Black with a creamy beige head. Flavors are roasted cereals, chocolate, caramel and cream with ashy notes. Light to medium body, soft carbonation, creamy texture.

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gehbe (121) - Vilnius, LITHUANIA - JUL 4, 2016
Thick creamy capuccino coloured head. Aroma: coffee, cream, chocolate, bread crust, milk. Taste: delicately balanced roasty tang and bitterness vs milky creaminess and minimal dark malt sweetness. Palate: creamy yet dry, some rounded stickiness in aftertaste, very drinkable. Overall: creamy yet crisp, roasty yet smooth - great taste and palate, but lacks aroma.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gregwilsonstl (1939) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 18, 2016
Brown. Thin head. Smells nutty. Pretty light. Quite nutty. Easy to drink. More of a brown ale than anything else.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Majek (678) - Ząbki, POLAND - JUN 13, 2016
Dark brown colour with huge beige head. Light aroma of roasted malts and hint of chocolate. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter. Low to medium body. Soft carbonation. Creamy texture. Not so bad.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hansvf (678) - - JUN 9, 2016
In Ierland bij een pork belly. Guinness achtig uiterlijk , goed dus. Verder ook qua smaak en structuur vergelijkbaar. Lekker!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
UXO (1401) - CANADA - JUN 8, 2016
Appearance: nearly opaque black with brown margins, one finger of dense creamy beige head, excellent retention and lacing. (5/5) Aroma: toasty bready grains, faint chocolate and coffee. (7/10) Taste: low sweet, moderate bitter. (7/10) Medium body, soft carbonation, bone dry lingering bitter finish. (4/5) Quite a decent Dry Stout, for mass-market. I really appreciate the low sweetness and bone dry finish. Probably slightly better than Guinness Draught. (15/20)

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Haslinger (907) - The World of Beer, Texas, USA - JUN 2, 2016
14.9 ounce can, why canít this be a full pint? is saving 1.1 ounces is REALLY going to affect your bottom line that much? stupid accountants, anywhoo solid beer pours dark almost black with a thick nitrogeny head, tastes good, similar to Guinness but better in my opinion. My mom uses this for cooking, I use it for drinking. Solid would be again

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
wombat23 (521) - Texas, USA - MAY 31, 2016
Shared 14.9 oz. can. Pours dark brown, almost black, with a creamy fine-grained beige head. Aroma of roasted malt. Taste is roasted malt, with faint hints of chocolate and coffee. Palate is a bit thin. Disappointing.


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