RATINGS: 17   MEAN: 3.47/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   ABV: -
It's that time of year again. When the south siders parade about, when they dye the river green, and when your friends think it's cool to pretend they are Irish. To commerate we are offering Brilliant!, a opaque and creamy stout with a silky mouthfeel. It's served on nitrogen so watch for cascades, and erin go bleargh!

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 14/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 18, 2006
Yes, a Guinness-clone, on nitro, at St Patricks Day...and thats strike three for me. Nice pleasant and attractive pour, rich head, reverse cascade, etc. etc. The first thing I notice in tasting is the overly nitro-ed creaminess, too artificial and annoying. The second thing I notice is the strange dicotomy between the intense creaminess and the very watery texture. The flavors of chocolate and coffee arent bad! And the strong bitter finish is much appreciated. This is an obvious attempt to brew a beer for the Irish holiday, which, in Chicago, lasts all month! So from a commercial aspect this probably makes good sense.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zeswaft (1757) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 17, 2006
theres a weird competing coffee and vomit aroma. It looks great. Awesome texture. Some good coffee flavors and a little smoke.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
sersdf (1020) - chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 17, 2006
poor aroma (hard to smell). great texture, a more chocolatey Guenniess by most measures. Surprisngly alcoholic taste emerges when this beer warms up somewhat. thats why im lowballing the flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
frankenkitty (2008) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2006
A Guinness-clone replete with cascade, deep black/brown body and a long-standing, tan, creamy head. Aromas are roasty and chocolaty with burnt malt edges and a dash of alcohol when warm. Smooth and malty with a healthy dose of milk chocolate. Quite creamy, although a little watery. This actually has better flavor than Guinness Draught (which I rated a 3.4), having a better chocolate presence and less "soapiness".

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 9, 2006
Nitro pour at Goose Island Stoutfest. Almost black pour with a 1" creamy beige head. Nitroey feel to the aroma with fresh cocoa, and roasted coffee. Solid flavor followed the aroma well.. coming across as a better-made, fuller Guinness clone. Medium-bodied and dry on the palate with nice coffee bitters around the edges. Very solid dry stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mj23 (63) - south holland, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2006
Very good Guinness like dry stout. Very smooth nice dark,dark brown/black coloring. Pours a prefect nitrogen head. Light malted aroma a bit nutty the finish is great because it left me a little dry and I had to have a few more. Also very good with Flossmoors Aught Six ale for a black & tan.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrnkMcDermott (3072) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2006
Nitro draught at Flossmoor Station. Yes, a blatant Guinness clone on nitro in a shaker. And it looks very much like a pub pour: creamy head with a suggestion of a shamrock in the center, perhaps one shade lighter in body color. A very fresh roasty stoutie smell that can only come from fresh stout. Malts are quite mellow, with very little astringency, just cocoa and a bit of coffee roast, paired off with unobtrusive malts. Nice English pub mouthfeel: almost but not quite "watery." It does not force its attentions on me. And the head leaves interesting patterns behind in the glass.

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