bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 25, 2006
(Nitro) Pours an opaque black body with a moderate creamy tan head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, and vanilla. Falvor of roasted malt, coffee, and a hint of chocolate and licorice. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel with a dry finish. CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 14, 2006
On tap at the brewpub on 4/28/06: Pours a rich opaque with dark brown edges and a nicely lacing dark tan nitro head. Aroma of semi-sweet, dark roasty, but mild maltiness. Body starts lightly roasty and sweet with mild toasted flavor, finishing with good viscosity that still goes down smooth with lingering, lightly sweet roasty malts with dark chocolate character. heemer77 (5357) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 6, 2006
The body was black with a light orange and tan colored head. This left a lot of lace on the glass. The aroma was coffee with some chocoalte. There was also a hintof grass. The taste was muted with chocolate and roasted peanut shells. There was a decent roasted character. kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 04/28/2006RAYBOY01 (2011) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 18, 2006
Mode: Draft, Nitro
black, fine lasting brown head, creamy body, lightly sweet roasted malt aroma and flavor, simple and clean,
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 9/10; Overall: 11/20
Yes, a Guinness-clone, on nitro, at St Patricks Day...and that’s 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 aren’t 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.
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. that’s why i’m lowballing the flavor. Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2006
As has been noted repeatedly, this is a Guinness clone- a bit more chocolatey, a bit more watery - but a Guinness clone. I’m not a fan of nitro-ed ales, muting all that makes them good, but this retained a nice bitter, dry finish nonetheless.
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