Brewed by Heineken Ireland
Style: Dry Stout
Cork, Ireland


on tap

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1934   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29/5   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
Pasteurised in cans and kegs, with nitrogen. As of late 2012, the 4.3% bottled version had been discontinued.
Has also been brewed in the UK under contract at InBev Magor and latterly at Heinekens John Smiths site in Tadcaster plant and at Monteiths in New Zealand.
Ingredients: Pale and chocolate malts; roasted barley; Target hops.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 6, 2004
Pub draught can (what the heck exactly is a 'widget' and why do I want one in my beer???) producing the typical nitro widget induced uber-creamy head. Pours used oil black, with the tan foam mentioned above, which not surprisingly leaves great lacing. Aroma is sweet, milk laden dark roast coffee notes with a bit of floral hoppiness. Flavor is roasted malts with a toast and bitter finish. Disturbingly watery and flat for a black, opaque beer. Yup, it's a macro, isn't it? I'll take it over most fizzy yellow lagers, but just barely...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
btwhite7 (37) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAR 2, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2004 Widget can. Beautiful dark pour with adequate head. Faint aroma, but pleasant. Coffee/hops dominant. Head is thick, creamy and VERY dense. Most impressive. Carbonation a little flat, but the head gives it an amzing creaminess. Nice coffee/choco flavor with a slight heaviness on the hops. Sightly bitter aftertaste, but tolerable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
GermanBrews76 (680) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 1, 2004
can: thick, dense creamy tan head. black, snd totally opaque body. faint notes of chocolate, milky and creamy, some roasted character. creamy chocolate and mild roast. a bit dry, and low alcohol, as it aught to be , but watery and thin, a classic nitro can. I'd re-rate on tap

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TBone (17266) - Pori, FINLAND - FEB 29, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 12, 2004 Draught (sampled: Heathrow airport 28.2.04)
Black, steady cream head. Roasted aroma. Smooth but watery palate comparing eg. to Guinness. Bitter long lasting finish. (7/5/7/3/14 3.6)
Re-rate: Can
Opaque black with perfect chocolate/expresso head. Roasted dark chocolate aroma. Smooth, bitter with milk chocolate notes and roasted malts, but body is on lighter side. (7/5/7/3/15 3.7)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DerBiermeister (586) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - FEB 29, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2004 Noticeably coffee-tasting with a small creamy tan head resting above it beautifully. It finishes off averagely and is bitter but not as bitter as Guinness. It's also not as good. Guinness is...a stouter stout? Can I say that?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mjgdawg (13) - Athens, Georgia, USA - FEB 22, 2004
Dark brown in color, quite inviting with a large creamy head that dissipates a little too fast. Good lacing but lackin in any specific flavor. Has tinges of bitter malts and cream with little aftertaste. All in all a good creamy stout with a nice bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 21, 2004
I held out on trying this for a long time, but finally gave in. I was rewarded with a smooth, creamy stout. Less bitter than guinness, but still kind of bland in flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GiddyBoy (121) - USA - FEB 20, 2004
Very nice stout, and as the description says, is a good contender for Guiness. It is very dark and smooth. It goes down surprisingly easy but is not for the faint of heart.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
TorbenH (1066) - Frederikshavn, DENMARK - FEB 20, 2004
Very nice appearance. Dark color with creamy head. Allmost no flavor and very thin - tastes like water.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
rhapsouldize (174) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 19, 2004
Nice appearance, but not what I expected. Barely any flavor and way too thin. The head is nice and creamy, medium tan and consistent. The body is ebony and opaque, which gives it a nice, strong appearance; too bad the taste wasn't good enough to meet the high expectations that the appearance suggests. Its only real positive aspects are its appearance and its drinkability.

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