EvanFriend (595) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 2, 2015 ChrisPants (317) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 2, 2005
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Opaque tap, with a thin brownish/white head. Caramel, touch of smoke, touch of coffee. Mouthfeel was watery for the color and the style. Chalky body and aftertaste. I disagree with those who say that you can’t tell this from its Irish second cousin--although this is really not bad. Enjoyalbe but for the body.
Taste is like watery Guinness with a strong metallic aftertaste. The name is really the best thing about this beer. slowrunner77 (12051) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 16, 2014
"THAT explains it! a stout made by our good friends at Bud. I was excited to see a new stout, complete with a 3d boxer taphandle, while on vacation. more excited as it came out, cascading on nitro. the flavor, however, was entirely underwhelming. if you’re a Guiness fan it’s almost comprable, but i’m a fan of bigger stouts than this." phaleslu (10271) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 28, 2014
(Revised from 2007 rating.) Pours a deep brown with a cascading khaki head. Well, A-B has its Guiness clone and competitor (or had). Smooth, creamy, and dry. Very light, too. A little too light, in terms of aroma and flavor. Faint roast and chocolate and coffee and cream. This really isn’t (or wasn’t) bad. I wish they still made it, to be honest. It was my go-to when we took visiting friends in college on the A-B brewery tour. youdictategood (467) - Florida, USA - OCT 16, 2012
(old notes) Used to get this on-tap from the Busch Gardens beer room every once in a while. Black pour, tan head. Not much aroma, just roasted malts and a little chocolate. Taste is a fair Guinness knock-off, a little more alcohol and a little too thin. Perfectly average. jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - MAY 24, 2012
Overall, it’s not a bad stout. Nothing really special here but I would take it over pretty much anything else AB makes. I have a feeling if it wasn’t associated with AB it would probably have a much higher rating.
jtclockwork (16600) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 24, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2013 Draft from awhile ago. Pours black. Nose/taste of roasted barley, baker’s chocolate and dark malt. Dry finish. Plain. Stldsf1 (616) - Florida, USA - MAR 5, 2012
I can't even find this anymore. If you did. A blind taste test this would score much higher. But because it's brewed by AB people have a predisposed hatred of it. It's a bit chocolatier Guiness. Still a nice stout. Regardless of the brewer
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone seymour (2045) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - OCT 24, 2011
Tasted on tap in standard pint glass. Poured a clear, dark brown color with fluffy off-white foam which dissipated fairly quickly leaving very little lace. Aromas of bread, roasted barley, no hops, no yeast esters. Some malt-sweetness, slight hops bitterness, more roasted barley. Completely missing any malty, fruity complexity. Light body and thin, bland mouthfeel, Characteristic Anheuser-Busch watery and metallic tastes with sharp, overly fizzy carbonation. Stouts are great, but this is a sadly lacking version. jcweaver (768) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - OCT 10, 2011
Draft. Pours black with a nice tan head. Faint but roasty aroma. Flavor is mostly roasted malts but with hints of chocolate and coffee. Pretty one dimensional. Finish is bitter and chalky. Fairly watery but smooth. Decent, especially considering the brewer. AirForceHops (7240) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - APR 12, 2011
If I said it was a watered down Guinness, That would be an understatement! This stout falls short in every aspect. AB just never has brewed anything that is worth a damn.