|"Appearance: Black as night, with a rather creamy tan head; semi-sticky and dissipates rather quickly.
"Smell: Earthy esters, dark malts, mild aromatic hop bouquet of floral.
"Taste: Smooth upfront with a nice rich malt flavour. Some rounded malt sweetness pulls through (almost get some molasses out of it, and some ripe dark fruits), but it gets swept away by a hop flavour that is a bit lemony, puckering. There's also a dryness to the brew that is amplified by the hop snap. The dryness carries through in the aftertaste, along with some earth/grain husk flavours.
"Notes: This is the real Guinness, in my opinion. Known and labeled as their 'Original,' and actually, originally, their Porter product during the 1700s (becoming their Stout in 1799). An exceptional Stout! The 60/40 nitro-injected stuff you get at the pub today is fairly new to this world (1961) -- it hardly stands up to this brew." —Todd Alström, BeerAdvocate