hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale Łber alles, Arizona, USA - SEP 5, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle at azwine 8/30/11.
it appears to be pretty dark... bordering a dark porter colored blackish brown with a lasting tan head.
there is a sweaty, dusty note in the aroma which reminds me of a bag of oats. also, i can smell, sulfur from the yeast, roasted barley, mild nutty coffee and milk chocolate with some vanillin in it.
more of the same from the flavor only it is rather muted and watered down. the first few sips taste more like the glass than a beer. it is clean on the finish and leaves an aftertaste of roasted barley. the mouth feel is slick airy and soft at first. something happens to it as it sits because it ends up watery. so, the moral of that story is to chug it!
there is nothing special about this. it tastes a lot like a guinness light would taste. it is not bad, just mediocre. 6/4/5/2.5/13/3
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - SEP 5, 2011
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
If you have had Guinness or Harp then you already know what you are getting here. Anyone expecting more will come away unimpressed. This is a light, carbonated lager with roasted malt. Is it a world beater, no. But if this was the low bar of beer then it would be 75% better than our current low bar. Pours a nice brown/black with a sparkly tan head. Watery and light with roasted notes and sparkling soda in minor amounts.
alobar (3631) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 5, 2011
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour cola brown with no head. Cream-colored rim. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, and some earthiness. Body is a bit light and watery. Not a great beer, but not bad either.
Jabic (443) - Plainfield, Vermont, USA - SEP 3, 2011
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Ar: Light malt, a bit of moss, and coffee.
Ap: Very dark brown, red highlights - medium light tan head with big bubbles - moderate retention.
T: Roast and a touch of coffee up front - some earthiness with light bitterness - quick, ashy finish.
P: Light bodied with medium-high carbonation - falls a bit thin on the palate.
O: Decent black lager - nothing special, pretty underwhelming.
LinusStick (3295) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 3, 2011
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
Blah. The only good thing about this beer is the aroma. The aroma was a thick dense roasted coffee. Pour was a nice enough dark brown with some rising bubbles and a one finger tan head. Taste was very thin and watery. Thereís literally no flavor upon first sip. The strong carbonation numbs the cheeks and gums. After the swallow the mouth is left with some coffee and dark roasted malt flavors. Very bland and boring
pellegjr (396) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 2, 2011
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle, pours opaque black w/ foamy off-white head, aroma is even mix of roasted malt, adjunct, and dishwater, thin and watery w/ only the lightest roast accent on finish, unimpressive
bluejacket74 (1933) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - SEP 2, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
11.2 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours black with about an inch tan head that went away quickly. Thereís a decent amount of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee, and some bittersweet chocolate. Taste is similar to the aroma, but thereís also a slight nutty flavor. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, itís pretty easy to drink and is well carbonated. Overall itís not bad, itís probably not going to impress you but I think itís a nice sessionable brew. Iíd buy it again, itís a decent choice for a lower alcohol brew to end the night with.
troopie (2301) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - AUG 31, 2011
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Iím not sure what Guinness was getting at with this. It reminds me of Harp lager, with a tiny bit of roast malt. Weak finish weak aroma. Commonplace. I canít recommend this.
tool2scream (188) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 28, 2011
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
I hated this beer. It tasted like Bud Light, but was black. You donít even taste the roasted malt which gives it the color. Itís simply a boring American light lager dressed up with black malt to make it look more appealing. Awful beer.
high_on_hops (809) - Burlingame, California, USA - AUG 27, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
The pour made a thick brown head with a with a toasty coffee aroma. The palate seemed somewhat weak and the flavor was more toast, coffee, and a little bit of chocolate. Overall a decent black lager, but not outstanding.
Iím glad to see more Guinness selections appearing on the market, but I wish they would make the Guinness 250 recipe a permanent selection, or at least a seasonal one.