danielst (416) - AUSTRIA - JAN 15, 2010
33cl bottle: Very dark brown colour with a thick tan head and excellent lacing. Wow, the aroma is quite strong - heady, sherry-like alcohol mingles with tarry roasted grains. In the flavour, the roasted grain characteristics are pretty much overpowered by warming alcohol and sweet molasses. Reminds me more of bittersweet chocolate than coffee. A little acidity is noticeable. Some might find the alcohol a little too prominent, but I think it’s great. garthicus (2939) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 13, 2010
With incredible thanks to HogTownHarry. Appearance: Pitch black with a small but sturdy tan head. Aroma: Coffee, mild winter fruit, toffee, bitter. Flavour: Tangy coffee, it’s quite prominent and delicious, lots of chocolate, mouthfeel is quite light with a lovely long coffee finish. Lovely. HogTownHarry (7064) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JAN 13, 2010
Bottle ( 330ml ). Shared with garthicus and gregclow. Best before Nov 08. Deep brown-ruby with an average frothy-creamy beige-tan head. Roasty dry caramel aroma, light treacle - sweet and oily. Taste follows, more dry herbal bitterness, still quite oily, moderate alcohol, not as sweet as the aroma. Slick, average body, a bit astringent (oddly), nice carbonation - interesting, quite dry and nutty in the end. dEnk (4200) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JAN 8, 2010
Deep brownish black pour, instantly dissipating head.
Hops and branded coffee aroma.
Intense hops flavour with hint of coffee, slightly bitter.
Ok beer, but not a favorite. rakkasan (142) - Bresso, ITALY - JAN 2, 2010
bottle - pours nice and black with a flash of ruby when held to the light. The aroma is fruity with a touch of chocolately caramel and a hint of smoke and soy sauce. The taste is roasted and smoky with a bit of soy sauce which finishes bitter.
KyotoLefty (10603) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 29, 2009
Dryer, stronger, less sweet than their FES. Well roasted, burnt, and bitter. Maybe a bit less complex though very similar. Nice. BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 23, 2009
Bottle. Pours dark ruby, almost black, with a creamy light tan head that lasts a while. Lactic, creamy nose has notes of roasted malt, caramel and chocolate. The flavour follows accordingly with a mild hint of coffee. Very smooth, creamy mouthfeel with moderate carbonation and a dry, bitter finish with the faintest hint of creamy sweetness. Very nice export stout from Guinness, smoother and creamier than the 7.5% version, but also possibly less complex. Chrism86 (294) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 23, 2009
Pours jet black with a nice thick tan head that settles eventually. Nose has abut of cookiedough/chic brownie about it with obvious tangy dry roast too. Palate is creamy with decent carb though beneath that is only just medium bodied. More tangy dry roast & a touch raisiny. Lingers but given lighter body seems a bit short if that’s at all possible. Seems unmistakably Guinness & to me lacks complexity & body. Though abv is hidden so damn well. dnstone (3485) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - DEC 15, 2009
Lightly roasty. Black with tan head. Sweet balanced with roast and enough hops to keep it on track. Excellent.
gam (4037) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - DEC 13, 2009
Lovely big head good retention ,head is chocolate milkshake in colour very dark stout aroma chocolate caramel dark fruit liccorice vanilla flavour cocoa grittyness dark fruit coffee very decent bitter caramel raisin so different from the 7.5% one from Ireland this is mellow/bitter mellow sweetness strong bitter but so well put together,love it finish a little gritty but then the sweetness and bitter combine what good flavours pleasing to the palate.