Velkyal (321) - Gordonsville, Virginia, USA - DEC 7, 2012
Pours a beautiful rich mahogany with a half inch of off white head. Aroma is a lot of sweet caramel with a grassy note and a background of spiciness. Taste wise, the sweet caramel again comes to the fore, with a touch of toastiness and some honey, finishing off with a nice noticeable but unobtrusive hop bite. Nicely balanced and medium bodied, smooth and tasty, surprisingly good. unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - JAN 8, 2013
330ml Guinness bottle, red label. Only available from a Guinness Winter Selection mixed 12pk. Pours reddish brown color. Thin, tan, rocky foam, decent lace. Sweet toasted barley grain aroma. Flavor is of light sweet malt, some vanilla, wooded bitterness. A nice winter Brown Ale. (3575) 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 bpreo (2836) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - NOV 4, 2014
Guinness really ought to brew a batch of every beer style. Their approach to beer making is unrivaled, unmatched, unmistakably unique. PorterPounder (7965) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 15, 2012
Tallahassee, Fl - Publix Supermarket - Mahan - 12 oz bottle - part of a holiday 12 pack mixer. Very dark copper pour, thick sticky khaki colored head - nice looking beer. Aroma is distant, pick up some brief unsweetened chocolate notes, a hint of vanilla. Flavor has some caramel notes, a nice underlying mellow citrus bitterness and a back end trace of vanilla. Mouthfeel has a nice thickness to it. Pretty solid.
Bricktop86 (847) - Moore, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 28, 2012
Pours clear ruby red with a cream head. Aroma is earthy and slightly fruity. taste is inbetween the black lager and extra stout. chinchill (4993) - 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. BOSSbrewer (2705) - Arkansas, USA - SEP 5, 2013
Pours amber with a slight tan head. Slightly roasty with some caramel and toffee. Some bitterness. Decent beer. GranvilleTim (1855) - Granville, Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2012
Dark reddish hue with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet malt, caramel. Taste is roasted malt, slightly sweet, dry finish.
rangerred (989) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - NOV 29, 2012
330ml bottle into a pint glass. Picked up as part of the holiday variety pack including regular Guinness, Black Lager, and Foreign Extra Stout.
Pours a clear dark brownish-dred with a one finger tan head. Head retention and lacing are both quite weak.
Smell has lots of toast and caramel very typical of a dark mild. A little bit of dark fruit in there as well presumably from the yeast. Not bad.
The flavors in this beer really don’t seem to mesh. Lots of dark caramel up front mixed with a little bit of burnt toast. Dark fruit flavors come rushing in next along with a slightly harsh bitterness. A little bit of metal underneath. The bitterness really lingers for a long time on the back of the throat. Mouthfeel is a bit thin and rather sticky.
I’m not really impressed by this one. While it has the flavor characteristics of a dark mild the abv is too high for the style. It is almost like a highly hopped amber lager with a handful of roasted barley thrown in. Really not something I would drink again.