Travlr (26405) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 17, 2009
Not much of a stout. Very plain jane. Can see through it if you focus and concentrate, how can that be good? Not much aroma. Not much complexity. Sorry, pass. Leighton (22769) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 27, 2009
To sum this one up, I’d call it something like Guinness Lite. Bare Knuckle has very similar attributes that make it akin to Guinness, such as a huge, frothy head, rich, dark color, burnt grain aroma and a taste of chocolate and coffee. The only difference is that I find all the attributes of Guinness simply more robust than this stout. It’s good and a little "easier" than Guinness. Oakes (19332) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 27, 2008
Dark brown with a thick, artificial head. Faint aroma is thin, spent coffee grounds, not much else. Light chocolate taste but this does not have pleasurable flavours and the nitro seems to mute anything positive that may otherwise be lurking. jtclockwork (17604) - , 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. Tmoney99 (15114) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 18, 2006
Draft at Tina’s in Cincy. Nitro black pour with an average creamy brown head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Light roasted dry malt aroma. Medium body with a dry watery texture. Light sweet toasted flavor with a dry light sour finish. If you can not beat Guinness, join tthem.
Dogbrick (14288) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 3, 2005
Sample at Boston’s Bistro in Dayton. I guess if I were a beer drinker who thought Guinness was too "out there" I might feel safer trying this. Pours black with a thick but short-lived beige head. Aroma of toasted malt. Thin-bodied by the Dry Stout measure with malt and espresso flavors. The finish is dry and short with a roasty aftertaste. It’s not saying much (or maybe it is) but this is an OK A-B brew. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 24, 2003
Ignorant of the brewer when I tasted this, so no one can accuse me of bias against A-B. The head lingers beneath the surface of the solid black body for a good long while before settling inteo a medium tan head. Leaves tremendous concentric lace. Aroma is fairly faint, but what there is of it is sweet and mildly roasty. Taste is medium sweet, roasty up top, finishing much the same with a short-lived bitterness in the swallow. It's a bit watery, very smooth with pretty much no carbonation. BeerandBlues2 (14018) - Escondido, California, USA - APR 18, 2005
Pours black with a creamy tan head and great creamy lacing. Dark coffee aroma with a hop nose. Mild creamy dark coffee flavor with faint hops. Dark and creamy palate. slowrunner77 (13179) - 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." shrubber85 (11706) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - NOV 11, 2006
Tap at Sea World Orlando. LIght chocolate malt aroma. Dark brown with moderate head. Light chocolate, coffee and malt flavor . Very light. Overall tastes pretty good - a good gateway beer for Bud drinkers.