winkle (478) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - APR 19, 2004
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2005 Ok it was once pretty good and the benchmark for the style. Seems to have lost some bitterness, alcohol, taste and body recently. Now brewed under licence by CUB at Yatala - uh oh, I can see the lager yeast being added right now.
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - APR 18, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2004 The king of stouts. A great looking pour. Taste is slightly lacking compared to some stouts, but overall a great widely distributed offering.
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 18, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Been a couple of years since I had one of these. On draft while waiting for the AAA tow truck. Beautiful pour, great pint, the benchmark dry stout.
leungie (19) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - APR 16, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
good roasted aroma, thin and watery but, nice bitter and roasted flavour. The bottle(in Aus) had a little plastic cooler pill thingo inside which was amusing to discover. Looks awesome but loses marks on it being thin, maybe it's only the Australian version.
koatis (50) - Maryland, USA - APR 14, 2004
2.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma has slight chocolate notes. Pours a beautiful deep opaque with a thick, foamy head. Surprisingly watery on the palate for such a rich-looking beer. Absence of hops knocks this beer down a couple notches.
TomSpears (65) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - APR 14, 2004
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Guinness. Yes. Who hasn't had a Guinness? In the bottle, in the can and out of the old spout it comes black as your aunties undies. Dry and roasty but very watery, and not as powerfully flavoured as I remember it. I prefer Murphy's. In fact I prefer anyone's stout. This just lacks character.
Beer Snob (501) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 12, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
There's a reason that this is so popular. Nice and bitter without the too-hefty flavour that many stouts give off. Okay from a bottle, but a delight in a pub.
jasonp (1577) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - APR 11, 2004
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2005 Regarded as the king of stouts and although it’s an ok brew, there’s just much better stouts out there. Pours black with an off-white head. Aroma is very subdued; a little roastiness. Taste of subtle chocolate, coffee and roasted malt. Some bitterness in there too. Smooth texture but a tad watery, very little carbonation.
BearBrewer (86) - New York, east village, New York, USA - APR 11, 2004
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The thinnest wateriest stout around. Pours dark and black with the telltale nitro head. Its the budweiser of stouts. Yet, for some reason I still find myself drinking pints at the pub. Its surprisingly low in calories and still beats any "light beer"
fomentateur (110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2004
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Guinness nitro bottle pours like a nitro can with a traditional cascading effect. The color is black as could be, the bench mark of Irish Stout. The roasted malts are revealed in the aroma with the ever so slight hint of the fruitiness of an ale. Light body with a smooth mouth feel. The flavor seems a little sweeter in the bottle and not as acrid sour as some draught.