matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 17, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had a few bottles of this while cruising on Royal Caribbean to and from the Bahamas.
This beer immediately struck me as being different than the Guinness Extra Stout that I drink here in the States. There was more of a scotch like oaky-ness, vanilla, and rich robust coffee bitterness on the finish. Besides that, the ABV was noticeably higher… like said, kind of a punchy scotch ABV.
Overall, I prefer this to my domestic version.
DrFantasmo (8) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAR 13, 2007 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This poured a dark black. Bitter roasted with a bit of chocolate taste and some fruity flavor.
cgarvieuk (22382) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 7, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The route to go if you want guiness,bitter roasted aroma, with a chocolaty bitterness with a slight spicyness
thisone326 (9) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2007 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Flavor is stronger than that of the draught...head not as cool looking..not as creamy and such. Dark look, well-rounded palate. tiny bit of bitterness, but nothing too bad
motelpogo (7705) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - FEB 24, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottled. jet black with a lingering beige head. big whiff of asphalt. traces of stone fruit, pretty hefty burnt bitterness and a well-rounded palate. very tasty stuff
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - FEB 23, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
(330 ml bottle (lost my notes on this so have to wing it)) More sweet and syrupy, perhaps less roasty than Guinness Draught...Pours dark tobacco brown with one finger of caramel brown head. Aroma of dark bittersweet chocolate, coffee, light roast and molasses. Head feels creamy and mouthfeel is smooth, lightly prickly and slightly syrupy. Some sloppy rings of lacing. Taste is more molasses and coffee sweetness than other Guinness. Some roastiness but subdued in favor of sweeter qualities. Excited to see it, and best beer I found in Bahamas.
Hoser (372) - Cowtown, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 20, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Used to be able to get this in the bottle here in Cowtown but sadly no more. Bigger, Roaster, Fuller and a way better beer than the regular stuff. Page 204 of Michael Jackson’s Great Beer Guide only 370 Classic Brews of of his 500 to go.
pivnizub (10305) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - FEB 4, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Almost black coloured, lacing mid-sizedtanned creamy head; robust roast-malty, bit fruity/vinous nose with a touch of barrique; creamy MF, medium to full bodied, strong bitter flavour; lingering dry and bitter finish with hints of liquorice and a certain sourness in the aftertaste. A great, complex beer from a big brewer............
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 2, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sampled in June 2006: Pours a mostly opaque with dark brown edges and a thin, lightly-lacing tan head. Aroma of sweet milk chocolatey malt and a hint of smoke. Body starts with a nice sticky caramel and chocolate maltiness finishing drier and more roasty. Well-balanced and enjoyable with a fairly full palate.
onlyrocknroll (379) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - JAN 25, 2007
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2010 A re-rate, and I’m surprised by how much I still like this beer. Pitch black and pretty with a medium sustained beige foam head. The aroma is lovely with subtle burnt coffee and heavier biscuit malt. Fairly robust flavour initially, burnt malt bitterness and oak, fading to a dry finish. Big chewy palate. I expected to mark this down from my previous rating, but I ended up leaving it as it was because this is a very accomplished beer.