boozedude (2228) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - FEB 16, 2013
Pours brownish with white head. Funky aroma of malts.. Taste is like a bitter brown ale gone bad..not a fan FatWater (20) - Martinez, Georgia, USA - FEB 10, 2013
Got this in a variety pack. Smells very malty. Red in color, with a small head that quickly dissipated. Not very drinkable on the palate. It tastes like a watered down extra stout and has an aftertaste of iron. Overall, not a very good beer. I expect more from Guinness. Deu (948) - Nantes, FRANCE - FEB 5, 2013
330ml Bottle. Nose is bready and somewhat sweet. Toasted malt dominate. Some breadiness, with some underlying sweetness. Lightly hopped finish. I recommend Blairgus (4613) - California, USA - FEB 3, 2013
3 feb 2013, bottle. Light ruby, clear. Nose is toasted granola, Christmas spices, fresh grain. Thin/med body and moderately fizzy. Some Xmas spice, roasted malt, slightly acidic. Meh.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone chinchill (4994) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 1, 2013
330ml bottle, code but not date stamped, poured into a snifter. From a variety pack including regular Guinness, Black Lager, and Foreign Extra Stout.
Pours a clear dark reddish-brown with a moderate tan head. Has weak retention but leaves rather nice lacing.
Aroma: lots of baked bread and caramel malt. very typical of a dark mild. A little bit of dark fruit too.
Mouthfeel: medium-light body, perhaps a tad thin; well-chosen carbonation level. and rather sticky.
The taste largely follows the aroma, but is less sweet and more hoppy than expected.
O: pleasantly surprised by the quality of this macro-brewery offering.
COMRADEJOSH (320) - Gainesville, Florida, USA - JAN 31, 2013
A dark brown ale characteristic of the guinness look. Taste vaguely of spices with the toasted malt. Good beer both nothing that makes it outstanding for a holiday beer. blackflag321 (689) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 24, 2013
Sample from bottle. Carmel malt, vanilla, slight roastiness. Didn’t care for it. Pershing (560) - Garland, Texas, USA - JAN 24, 2013
Pours Dark Brown into an English Pint Glass. Small tan head that dissolves quickly but a little lingers around. Sweet Malt aroma. Medium body with some slightly bitter roasted barley. Dry Finish. ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2013
Reviewed 1/6/2013. 11.2 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.
A: Pours a dark chestnut color with good clarity in spite of its dark shade. The head is a one finger light cream color. Not much retention here, but a nice bit of lacing is left behind.
S: Chocolate, toffee, caramel, and some brown sugar. I detect a hint of roasted barley, as well. Not much stronger than a lot of Guinness offerings, but it works okay.
T: There’s some roasted barley on the initial flavor which seems to give it a bit of a twist over a typical brown/dark mild ale (but this is NOT a mild ale at 5.6%). I notice a lot of malt bitterness in this one - nothing to suggest it has a healthy hop bill, although a touch of piny bittering hops *do* make themselves known. Also a bit buttery tasting. The way this comes across, it almost seems like it lacks sweetness. I get used to the savory components, however. What I never really get used to is the finish trailing off with a whimper.
M: I like a clean, dry beer - but these sensations hit too fast and too hard, robbing about 1/3rd of the flavor profile nearly completely. What usually works for Guinness draught doesn’t work here.
O: Not a fan. It doesn’t flat out suck per se, but I’d much rather use the remaining bottle from the pack in a recipe than drink it. I can see this being fantastic in a beef stew or chili, at least. CanIHave4Beers (4184) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JAN 18, 2013
Pours a very pretty reddish brown. The head is thin and small but it’s well retained and leaves a nice little lacing on the glass.
The aroma is just sort of generically malty with some huskiness. Some of that roasty on stinky stuff I get from mass produced English style beers sometimes.
The flavor is not bad, a touch bitter... certinally malty but not overly sweet. Lots of husky grain with some mild fruity notes.
I would have been head over heels for this back in 03’