jgb9348 (6093) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 23, 2010
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Opaque black coloured body with a thinnish creamy tan head that fades very fast and leaves nothing left on top. Aroma of double cream, malt, icing sugar, bread, yeast and a touch more of the cream - odd! Very light, thin bodied with some effervescent notes. Super mild malty flavour that shows a lot of water, a touch of malt, some caramel and toffee and a mild licorice bitterness at the end. Aftertaste has some double cream, vanilla and tea flavour - but very mild. Overall, this is way less strong than any other guinness Iíve had, and easily less preferable to their other products, including the Foreign Extra from China! I sampled this odd sized 568 mL bottle (Best By Date: 28-June-2009) from the Guinness Brewery at St. James Gate in Dublin, Ireland on 19-February-2009 (250th Anniversary) sampled at home in Washington on 23-January-2010.
drpimento (3526) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 15, 2010
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Interesting, but not so much on the good side. Poured with a lovely thick, foamy, frothy, creamy, light tan head that lasts and a lot of lace. Aroma was ok of roastiness & malt. Flavorís where the ball gets dropped: A bit fruity!!! Yoiks. Bit thin, carbonations ok. Dryness comes on towards the end. Ok chocolate fin. Had much better versions of the black stuff.
KyotoLefty (10079) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 30, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, made in Ireland and bought in Japan. 5% though.
Black with a tall, fine, tan head. Sweet malt aroma, a bit fruity, some chocolate and a touch of roasted barley. Flavor is rather sweet, with chocolate and wood, roasted malts and barley, vanilla too. The roasty woodiness comes in more in the finish. Smooth and rich palate. Flavorful as well. Very drinkable and nicely done.
cellar (508) - Dublin, IRELAND - NOV 13, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Almost black, little brigther than Guinness Draught. Nice head, and again not as creamy as Guinness Draught. Aroma of burned malt, coffee, liquirice and dark chocolate. Flavour is sweet, with a nice dry light bitter finish. Mouthfeel is ligth and thin compared to Guinness Draught.
sound67 (731) - Offenbach, GERMANY - OCT 23, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
50cl bottle and 4.2 % abv (different from the one shown, with a screw cap!), but does say "Original" on the label. Dark brown, almost opaque colour, big, soapy and lumpy beige head with generous lacing. Aroma of dark chocolaty malt, not much else. Taste is about as straightforward as the aroma: Espresso-like flavour and bitterness, hardly any sweeter elements at all (a wee bit of chocolate on the side), bitter, dry finish and coffee aftertaste. Closer to "Draught", but not as coal-like, thank God! But much less interesting than their superb "Foreign Extra Stout" (which I rated 4.1), which is the only Guinness I really recommend!
jbrus (4990) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - OCT 21, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Chocolate, roasted malts and light coffee aroma. Black colour, light brown head, good lace. Light sweet, bitter, very roasted. Sparkling and a bit thin.
angrybeerman (259) - Dublin, IRELAND - OCT 4, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black with tan head. Nice roasted aroma. Flavor was of roasted malts with strong coffee tones. Dry and bitter. Overall pretty decent and not totally unlike Guinness Draught.
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - SEP 24, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can in celebration of Arthurís Day, brought back from Ireland 4.2% abv. Opaque dark brown, almost black with creamy tan head. Aroma is dry chocolate, coffee, a little cola, nice. Flavor is roast, cola, a little smoke, light coffee, not bad. Light body with active carbonation. Not bad, better than nitro thatís for sure.
TBone (17266) - Pori, FINLAND - AUG 10, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can from London, abv. 4.2% (rated at home, BB 01/2010).
Almost opaque black color, good tan head, some lace. Light roasted aroma with milky notes. Smooth mouthfeel. Milk chocolaty roasted aftertaste, a bit of sweet milk chocolate and ash. Much better than last Guinness Draughts Iíve had. Roasted aftertaste.
Travlr (23964) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 24, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2009 You must try this beer a St James Gate. The farther you travel from there, the less impressive it tastes. A pint pulled from a tap in the Emerald Isle is far superior to anything you can get elsewhere.