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Review by Surly Duff on 08/18/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 10 17 4 8 2007
Brought back by a friend from Ireland. Bottled 05/05/07.

Pours a deep brownish black with a thick foamy deep brown head. The foam settles slowly and leaves a good bit of lacing stuck to the walls of the glass. A nice collar of foam remains around the edge of the glass once the foam settles.

The aroma of wood and whiskey is big up front. Very strange and not something I ever expected (nor have smelt when I've had this beer fresh previously). The signature Guinness sourness is there but even bigger then normal. Roasty malt with a light note of chocolate comes through under all that.

Smooth malt with a touch of a light prickly carbonation on the tongue. Lots of roasted malt with a light dry sweetness. Chocolate and light coffee come through. Roasted and a bit of charred bitterness in the aftertaste along with a stronger version of the normal Guinness sourness.

Didn't know what to expect going into this one. 3 years on a 7.5% beer can be hit or miss. This one was a hit for sure. I only wish we got this Guinness in the US rather then the light 4% brew we do.

Served In: Snifter