mcnally (114) - Burbank, California, USA - JUL 6, 2008
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown pour with small diminishing head. Weak aroma of burnt malt. Flavor mirrors the aroma- some burnt notes with nuttiness. Metal in the finish. Mouthfeel is much thicker than expected though. Apparently, no one can better old Arthur Guinness.
Ron (1990) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 18, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Nail Creek Pub in Utica. Pours a clear brown color with a two finger thick light tan head. Light lacing. Aroma is toasted malt. Flavor is lightly smoked roasted malt. Thin, dry palate. A decent beer.
pinkzambia (1297) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 18, 2011
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Dark, brown with a tan head. Choco aroma of roasted nuts. Tangy smoky flavor as well as chocolate flavors with a chocolate malty aftertaste. Quite tasty.
marcus (5015) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 28, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown with an attractive tan head and a treacle aroma. There is a nutty smoked malt flavor with some toffee and a long dry finish. Very tasty.
theOptimator (256) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 11, 2010
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is roasty bready. Appearance is dark brown black, tan head. Looks like a stout. Taste is roasted barley, toffee, coffee. Very bright. Sweeter than expected. Palate is roasty. Medium palate. Very nice drinker. Lots of flavor..... not overly complex.... a good quality stout.
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 29, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to markwise for the share. Dark, reddish brown pour with a light brown head. Nose is loaded with dark roasted malts, caramel, chocolate, coffee, and some fruity hop esters. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Flavor is hard roasted or burnt with a decent amount of hop bitterness, notes of dark cocoa, black malt, and burnt coffee. Finishes malty and slightly bitter.
markwise (3807) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 11, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to IrishBoy for this one as a bonus. Pours dark brown with an off-white head. Nose is dry cocoa, earth, dirt, and some roast. Flavor is roast, cocoa, earth, and dry chocolate. Finish of this light to medium-bodied beer linger with chocolate and roast. Interesting.
Ibrew2or3 (5777) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 6, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of markwise. Thanks Mark, I’ve been wanting to try this for years now. Pours deep darkness with thin tan head. The aroma is rich and yummy initially as the freshly popped elixir fills the air with its goodness. I get chocolate, molasses, brown sugar and dark roasted malts all coming together in pleasing harmony. The taste is similar with black strap molasses, chocolate, dark roasted malts, dark roasted coffee and a sweet sense of vanilla. Nice.
Oscbert (888) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 6, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
~Strong roasted coffee aroma with bready malts and chocolate.
~Pours very black with some red highlights when held to light. Thick tan creamy lasting head.
~Roasted coffee like flavor with medium hop and roast bitterness. Some acidity.
~Medium bodied with medium C02. light astringency. Lasting roasted dry bitter finish.
~Enjoyable brew could have a couple then get worn out from the roasty bitterness. I liked it, but wouldn’t buy it again. A little more sweetness in this would be nice.
tangent (28) - San Pedro, California, USA - MAR 22, 2010
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fairly average pour, a dark brown color with a nice brown head. Aroma is very rich, with notes of chocolate and coffee. It is a bit mild in taste but still delicious - chocolate coffee and caramel malts with a bit of a dry finish. Mouthfeel is the same, mild but definitely not a bad thing. I’m by no means a dry stout person, but mild yet delicious flavors and mouthfeel make for a pretty damn drinkable stout for the price. Not bad.
pennywhistle (15) - California, USA - MAR 6, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
It was only $6 for a 6-pack, so I figured this was a poorman’s version of Guinness, but I was pleasantly surprised! Full-bodied, nice coffee flavour. Slightly syrupy, but not too thick. The best part was its low ABV - it makes a good session beer. As far as cheap stouts go, this one’s now my favourite.