ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
11.2 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.
A: Pours a very dark cola color with a good amount of opacity for the style. The head is a one finger heavy cream color that leaves behind a good amount of lacing. Poor retention, as expected from a lager.
S: A bit of roasted barley, chocolate...and corn adjuncts. Completely bland, rather than subpar.
T: Hey, a bit of roasted barley to open the flavor profile! Thatís cool. The corn adjuncts seem to be muted, or at least more muted than I cynically feared. Finish is bit of fruity sweetness, lager crispness, and the faintest ípingí of chocolate. Better than I expected - but still, donít let it warm up or the adjuncts will come out in full force.
M: Light and crisp, but not quite as dry as the bog-standard Guinness draught. The carbonation is fizzy and even intense as expected.
O: Not horrible. Wouldnít seek it out or probably even buy again, but Iíd gladly drink one if offered to me freely. This has its place being the weak link in the Guinness winter selection pack.
tot110 (3) - - JAN 29, 2017 does not count
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great beer for any occasion. I always start my night off with one of these.
ghostbeer (173) - Nebraska, USA - DEC 7, 2016
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
I was surprised how well I enjoyed this. It was toasty and very dark but refreshing on an autumn day. There are certainly better examples to be had of the style, but for the price this is not bad. It is something a little bit different.
JPDIPSO (5990) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 30, 2016
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Chestnut brown color with a head of light tan bubbles that diminishes to a thin lid. Caramel scent, akin to kitchen bouquet. Really not much of a sniff. Flavors of ashes and a hint of dark malts. Light acidity in the linger. Really not much as far a flavor. A quenching dark lager? 7/11
alexmate (118) - South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 14, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A weird one this. It doesnít taste like a lager, it tastes like a watered down Guinness. Malt, cocoa and light coffee on the palate, maybe a bit of a black tea notes as well. Much thinner consistency as well. Not sure who it was aimed, young drinkers, session drinkers who find Guinness too heavy? Itís an experiment which didnít pay off for Guinness, but I would try it again.
Tried in Northern Ireland when it was first launched.
BeerAndPonies (171) - Medicine Hat, Alberta, CANADA - APR 28, 2016
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
330 ml bottle from Liquor Depot, served in yet another thrift shop find, a Stella Artois chalice. (It replaces one that I unfortunately broke before it had a chance to hold more than just two or three beers. A shame, as it had no wear showing on the gold rim and logo.) Pours an opaque near-black shade with a cocoa-hued head that leaves fine lace webbing. Doughy, roasted grains and malts, earthy and herbal noble hops, plus grass, and hints of straw, cocoa, and coffee on the nose. Overall flavor is very whole-wheat bready - similar to a brown ale, but without ale yeastís spiciness, it lacks a little in dimension, but itís appealingly smooth-drinking all the same. Creamy and chewy as well. Definitely a well-done dark lager, with plenty of body and a very welcome, sessionable ABV of 4.5%.
YigSvartka (304) - Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 18, 2016
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Opaque black hue with a beige head that settles rapidly. Lager driven aroma with notes of malt and honey, but with the addition of roast. Extremely thin bodied. Malt, hay, honey and roast flavour. Lacks robustness as expected, but quite refreshing.
tfontana (857) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 16, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pour into nonic pint glass from Downtown Discount Beverage. Aroma is purple grape/dark fruits, noble hops. Appearance is dark brown--almost opaque--with small off-white head that fades quickly. Trace lacing. Taste is strong rich malts with dark fruit and mild noble hop bitter balance. Palate is light-to-medium bodied with thin texture and tongue-stinging lively carbonation with crisp finish. Overall, more fruity than a traditional Schwarzbier but good nonetheless.
snoworsummer (5306) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 10, 2016
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Tastes like raisins, dark roasted malt, some dark chocolate, and burnt coffee. Light/medium body and carbonation. Smells like dark roasted malt, raisins, and burnt coffee.
DeanF (2404) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 5, 2015
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
Funny how Guinness has these other products that I never think about.... and occasionally bump into running around the planet.This has a decent foamy head and black body, sorta the non-creamy version of the "proper" Guiness product ifín you will. Macro barley on the nose, nothing more, nothing less, adequate. Flavour is faint roasted barley. Really watery palate. Not sure what the point is, itís sort of like a watered down stout. Odd thing, not awful, but I wouldnít buy it again.
ozzy70 (967) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - OCT 24, 2015
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
11.2 oz. bottle. Pours black/cola colored. Minimal tan head. Aroma of roasted malts and sweetness. Taste was weak coffee and roasted malts.