marcus (10227) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 30, 2011
Pours pitch black with a decent tan head and a treacle aroma. There is a modest roasted malt flavor with a rather nasty chalky finish. Guinness needs to fix this one. Tabednar (139) - - OCT 29, 2011
10.30.2011 - Houston, TX
A light Guinness with less flavor. I would chose something different if I wanted lighter, but if your looking for Guinness just go for the real deal... ekoerper (599) - Iowa, USA - OCT 29, 2011
Aroma: subtle roast and coffee, very faint. Pours black, fizzy off-white head dissipates quickly and leaves some thin lacing. Flavor has some nice chocolate and roast, coffee and earthy notes. Body is a bit thin, medium carbonation. thetmaxx (917) - West Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 28, 2011
Poured into a Lager Glass. Pours really dark brown almost black. Nice frothy head with a little lacing on the glass. aroma is pleasant, roasted malts and almost a citrusy smell too. Flavour is clean and finishes with the roasty notes. Palate is thin and watery, but that’s the point of a lager. Carbonation is lively on the tongue. Overall one of the better Black Lagers I’ve tried. roder60 (1289) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2011
Pours clear dark brown with nice layer of frothy brown head. Aroma is corny and bland, slight roasty, but very minimal - stale. Flavor very dry and burnt. Pretty watery. Overall, decent drink for the fall, but overall lacks the depth I was hoping for.
mbgrayson (774) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - OCT 28, 2011
Pours very dark, with tan head. Very little aroma. Taste of Carmel and a little malt. Smooth enough, but really not that great. Can’t give this one a thumbs up.
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11.2 ounce bottle - Taco Mac in Canton, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours a near black body with very dark mahogany-hued hints at the edge and topped with a small-sized, off-white head.
Smell: Ultra faint hint of roast. And...well... There’s just not much at all to it.
Taste: Pale malted barley, maybe even a trifling inclusion of pils malt. Very, very low roastiness, more like they added caramel coloring to achieve the color. Faintly herbal hint of hops with a minute bitterness. More of the same (which isn’t much) until the crispish finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation. Reasonably crisp.
Overall: As bland, boring, and deficient as their flagship beer but without the treasured history of the standard Guinness Stout. freezy (55) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 27, 2011
bottle poured into tulip. Thick short lived tan head, fair lacing, dark coffee/red. smell, black pepper, ashes without smokey-ness, almost invisible caramel malt smell very late, a touch of oregano? Taste ashes and soap. Small bubble carbonation, hops arrive after a brief resting period then stick to middle tongue. Overall, this is a weird, incomplete beer. It is a rougher yet thinner version of Koestritezer’s Schwartzbier.
Suggestion, I blended this beer with a homebrew barley wine (11.71abv) and an O’Douls Amber (near beer/non-alcohol)...and it was delicious. Cole (967) - , Alberta, CANADA - OCT 25, 2011
Pours black smells like coffee grounds and compost. Tastes like burnt toast. Sucks! PhillyBeer2112 (2850) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - OCT 25, 2011
Funny, its like a lagered version of the stout. Thin, roasty and insipid, with a plain finish. Light, nearly watery palate. Bleh.