rmasa (324) - Vantaa, FINLAND - MAY 3, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with large beige head; aroma is quite sweet and toasty, almost like baked caramelish or burnt toffeish, but with harder roasted malt notes in the background and also strong hints of licorice; flavor is sweetish and a bit salty, pretty roasted malty with strong licorice notes and also hints of chocolate finishing slightly burnt and quite bitter the aftertaste also revealing quite evident notes of coffee; medium body, quite smoooth. The aroma and flavor doesnít quite match in this beer and therefore it doesnít really feel altogether but, it needs to be said, it still tastes pretty good.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - APR 16, 2010
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2010 Tap at , Marne La Vallee, France.
This is whatís itís all about. A deep, rich, mysterious black hole with a hefty, strong marshmallow-white head that sits atop and guides to the drinker an aroma of sweet, wet pipe tobacco and delicate chocolate. A rush of subdued pipe tobacco with a slightly sugary and cocoa-powder finish tickles every taste bud as it travels slowly along the tongue, leaving a viscous and slippery layer of perfection in its wake. This is the Guinness I have always wanted. This is THE beer for me. Better stock up for the trip home. Absolutely flawless and divinely perfect.
Kavu (4600) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 8, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours almost pitch black red with a creamy but somewhat light head. Aroma is very strongly roasted malts and flavor much of the same, with a whole new strength compared to the canned guinness you can get in finland. This is the best guinness you can get in a bottle.
tlind2 (1682) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 8, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Black-brown color, brown head. Sweet chocolate aroma. Roasted malt flavor with espresso notes. Full body, high carbonation. Not bad, but Iíve seen many better stouts at this ABV.
Abio (1859) - Waasland, BELGIUM - MAR 28, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2013 Very dark, a little red inside, brown, but almost black. Brown big head that holds good. Weird aroma for me, coffee, chocolate, roastiness, smells a bit weird. Something inside the smell that doesnít seems to fit in. A bit of fruit maybe? Chocolate, roastiness, coffee, not a bad taste. Dark fruits, caramel. Good biterness. And some nice aftertaste, wich is better then the actual taste. Some kind of drop-candy in the taste.
FreshHawk (596) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 17, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
A - Deep black with some ruby hues especially at the edge. Gigantic, thick, foamy, creamy, meringue-like, light beige head. Great retention with a good lacing left. Very nice looking beer.
S - A touch faint, but a good amount of licorice, some fruit, also some mocca/espresso. These go along with the general roasted malt and chocolate. Has a bit of a BSDA smell.
T - It starts off with a bit of a roasted malt taste. This quickly gives to a BSDA-like flavor. There is a good amount of licorice, dark fruits, and some Belgian yeast. Then more stout flavors come out. A bit more roasted malt, along with some chocolate, mocca, burnt sugar/caramel, molasses, licorice, a bit of earthiness, and some lactose sweetness. Somewhat bitter, somewhat sweet, and a little warming alcohol presence all mix throughout the sip.
M - Medium body with average carbonation. Smooth and rich taste. Not quite as full and thick/chewy as I would have liked, but not bad really, the rest of the beer just set the bar pretty high.
D - Easy to drink and makes me coming back for more. A large diversity of flavors that mix well, and are easy on the palate. Well balanced and is smooth. Only probably for drinking multiple ones in a sitting is the ABV, which is pretty well hidden.
Notes: A very nice beer, too bad Guinness doesnít make more beer like this, or at least have this beer distributed to a larger area. Taste like a mix of a BSDA and a stout. A lot of different flavors that intertwine and mesh nicely. Glad to have tried this (and on St. Patrickís Day too).
beerisgoodforu (992) - NÝrresundby, DENMARK - MAR 17, 2010
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours very dark almost black. But by holding it up to the light, you discover that it is a very dark red. The head apperas bubbly and tan. Aroma is of very roasted malts, some coffee and a hint of liqourice, but not the most powerful aroma at all. Flavour is very roasted, almost burnt, which i like alot. There is also notes of coffee, tar, charcoal, liqourice and some chocolate. It also has some bitterness and somewhat of a hop presence, and is also fairly sweet. The body is medium, and abit oily, deffinetly not as watery as the regular Guinness. Overall this in my opinion, is the best Guinness beer, and one you should check out. Especially if you are getting a bit tired of the regular Guinness Draught.
Hopgirl1980 (25) - Brussels (and Paris on summer), BELGIUM - MAR 16, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I love Dublin and I always like to get a Guinness when Iíam in a pub. But the export one is also intersting.
It is not the most subtle brew on earth but effectiveness comes from its simplicity. A black coffee biterness to get when your tired of belgian brews (if itís possible) :-)
Archibaldo de la Cruz (1120) - FINLAND - MAR 14, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown colour with a lasting medium-sized beige head. The aroma of roasted malt and liquorice. The flavour is roasted malt, liquorice and coffee. Burnt aftertaste, medium-bodied.
rand (1660) - SWITZERLAND - MAR 10, 2010
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle 33 cl from Casino in Le landeron (CH).
Black juice, foam coffee-cream. Smelll of roasted malt, liquorice and chocolate. At first rather neutral then marrowy with a little prickly acidity. Notes of burned toast, oily texture. Spreading out long, bitter, touches of tar.