Volgon (2761) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 15, 2011
Bottle: Pours a dark ruby with a thin off-white head, light grains in the aroma with a hint of chocolate, starts and ends very lightly bitter, thin bodied, subtle carbonation. It’s a bit sad that Guinness thinks it needs to make a lighter version of their stout which is lighter than most beers. Patrickctenchi (6731) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - FEB 28, 2012
poured deep,brown/black with a huge oatmeal coloured head. scent is slightly coffee. Taste is very weak coffee, cola, only slightly bitter. Decent flavour--only there’s almost none OF it. Certainly not what one expects with the name "Guinness" on it. Disappointing. badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 1, 2012
bottle. black with medium sized beige head. aroma of subtle milk chocolate and a touch of earth. flavor is similar with some soggy bread. meh. hoosiers1994 (685) - Maryland, USA - APR 15, 2012
Bottle pours black with medium light tan head. Aromas are slight roast, but not much else. Taste is like a very watery Guinness mixed with a very light lager. Really can pound these, if you wanted. Not bad, better than average lager. Overall, decent for the style. Do not get that this is a scharzbier, at all. ExpendableHero (932) - Florida, USA - APR 22, 2012
Dark brown beer with reddish hues, and a white head. Very faint aromas of raisins, and caramel. Tastes of watery coffee, dark licorice, hints of raisins, and ends on a slightly smoky note. Simple, and very easy to drink beer. I like it.
WabashMan (1024) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - MAY 18, 2012
I look at the scores I give this, and the total feels harsh, even though every number seems about right. This isn’t a great beer. This isn’t even a pretty good beer. But it’s easy drinkin’, simple, and might serve well as a crossover for the BMC crowd. But for $8 a sixer, you can really get much better than this. Pours a very dark brown with a quickly fading head. Nose isn’t much to write home about...fairly thin. Flavor is not bad...if it was fuller and would last a fair big longer on the palate, this could be a decent schwarzbier. But, as it is, a quick burst of flavor (again, decent flavor) fades very quickly into an aftertaste that isn’t all that much better than your typical light beer. Again, a lower end crossover. Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2012
11.2oz bottle at The Pilot in Cincinnati, OH. Pours a mostly clear, deep brown, almost black body with a finger-width, creamy, tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a moderate lacing. Aroma is thin roasts, touches of chocolate, a hint of dark fruits, and a light earth. Flavor is similar. Light roasts and a bit of a dark chocolate up front with some earth, a few dark fruit notes, and a slight metallic hint. Finishes dry and lightly bitter with a decent crispness before leaving a medium length aftertaste. Light body and a moderate carbonation. Overall, not bad, but fairly lifeless. A decent option when nothing else is available. gta2892 (2) - Westminster, Colorado, USA - NOV 22, 2012 does not count
Robust taste. Delivers a clean,not overly hoppy taste, and doesn’t leave the "cat poop in the mouth" taste that the Guinness stout does. Appearance is bold, if not dramatic, but overall it is a very well balanced beer kramer (6905) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2012
Bottle. Pours a clear cola brown body with a small fizzy light brown head. Lots of carbonation, resembles a glass of Coke more than anything. The nose is husky and grainy with a bit of licorice and molasses. To a lesser extent some coffee and roast as well. The flavor is a little lacking in character, a bit overly thin and sweet with some cola like notes that are a bit of a turn off. The finish is sweet with some burnt roastiness and black strap molasses. Light to medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. A little bit of stickiness on the back end. Not the best example of the style. A little too watery and sweet. Radek Kliber (7483) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - NOV 25, 2012
Bottle 330 ml
Aroma: slightly oxidized like hints , malty backing not very dry for black lager. Slight sourness at end. 5-
Look: murky , dark brown with neat presentable plus sized snowy top. Some lace. 4-
Taste/palate: mild , mid low carbonation. Soft , too soft with low roast notes. Tad darkness shown but so little. Slight mineral hints behind. Bah!