smcolw (617) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 10, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The original and by definition, the standard-bearer of the style. I know most swear that the version in Ireland is significantly different from America, but I am not one of them. While I prefer Murphy’s because it is "smoother" to me, this is still one of the world’s great beers.
Embrouille (2843) - SWITZERLAND - MAR 19, 2009
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very distinct yet not a favorite of mine. I prefer Murphy’s stout over this one.
altonbrownd (5898) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - MAR 6, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle in Oslo. Black body with tan, cream head. Malty, roasty nose with caramel and chocolate notes. Taste of roasty malts . Rich and sweet. Bitterness in the finish.
scotty (1177) - SCOTLAND - FEB 21, 2009
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Canned, typically dark with a thickish beige head. Full bodied, packed with roast malt flavours, hints of coffee too. I have to say that even though this is cosidered to be a classic, I find this version a tad unbalanced,a bit on the rough side. I prefer the draught, and the canned draught versions, the nitrogen does it for me...every time!
espenra (1006) - Kurland, NORWAY - DEC 21, 2008
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
33cl bottle from Vinmonopolet. It poured a deep black colour with a medium big beige foamy head that settled down very slowly in the glass. Aroma is roasted malts, dark roasted coffee and raisins. The flavour is very dry and bitter with notes of vinegar, roasted malts, and dark chocolate. It has a short aftertaste. Unfortunately the vinegar is too dominant and this ruins the flavour for me. I hope this is just a bad bottle, because it should not taste like this.
MoritzF (9624) - Ottobrunn, GERMANY - NOV 28, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(33cl bottle, 4.1% abv) Clear, dark brown colour with a big and dense beige foamy head. Dusty and sweet, slightly roasted malty nose with subtle fruity notes with a touch of cacao and licorice. Bitter and minimal sweet flavour, slim bodied and soft on carbon. Toasty and slightly ashy malty taste, moderately dry, especially towards the finish, accompanied by notes of cacao and licorice; assertive aftertaste with notes of cacao. Not bad, but not a real highlight (28.XI.08).
Bart (2938) - Brussels, BELGIUM - OCT 11, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Canned, almost black coloured beer with a creamy medium brown head. Roasted bitter caramel malty aroma with a full palate. Finish is bitter, creamy roasted malty touched. Nice.
SeanMacGC (334) - Dublin, IRELAND - OCT 9, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. As mentioned, this is not the beer it was before they began to pasteurise it. Pours dark mahogany, with a frothy and short-living head. Chocolate and roasted malt on the nose, and similar on the palate with overtones of yeast.
EFC1878 (315) - Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - SEP 24, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Unfortunately it’s no longer available in its bottle conditioned form when it was a match for any beer. Pours very dark with beige head that lasts down the glass. Aroma is an immediate hit of burnt malts with a bit of treacle, coffee and hop thrown in. Intensely bitter on the tongue, the mix between malt and hop is near perfect. For all its carbonation it is a remarkably smooth drink. Very dry in the finish. I must try to find the Irish unpasteurised version.
thomat (3651) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 6, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown with a heavy brown head. Malty with roasted notes. Malt, coffe and bitter. Medium body with a short, dry finish.