Guinness Draught, Killian’s Red, and Sam Adam’s Black Lager

Instead of rewriting these, I’m going to just copy and paste the reviews I wrote for Beer Advocate on these three beers.

Enjoy (or not.)
Samual Adams Black Lager

(Beer Advocate review)

overall: 2.1
appearance: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | mouthfeel: 2 | drinkability: 2

First and foremost, not impressed.
The color is kind of a dark brown tinted black, but not entirely opaque.
It looks VERY much like a cola.
The head even looked like a Pepsi head and lasts about as long.

No aroma that I could detect.

At a pretty cold temperature, it was nearly undrinkable. It taste like a cold, carbonated coffee. Or, a very weak coffee flavored cola. It’s very carbonated, sharp in the mouth, bitter yet weak, with no interesting notes.

I let it warm up a bit, and that improved it slightly. It no longer tasted like a sharply carbonated coffee cola; and more like a slightly carbonated, oily feeling weak coffee.

Cold the feel was watery. Completely. Warmed up a little, it seemed a little creamier, but actually is more oily than creamy. Lasts in the mouth a little, but not in a great way.

For someone with a little experience as I have, I find myself very surprised that I prefer a strong Guinness over this black lager. I certainly wouldn’t choose this beer again.

[ serving type: bottle ]
Guinness Draught

(Beer Advocate review)

overall: 3.8
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4

Every time I have a Guinness Draught I like it a little more.
The first time I had it, I was used to watery macros, and the Guinness tasted like drinking liquified burnt nut bread.
But now I’m to the point of actually enjoying it, and I’ll likely like it even more as time goes by and I get more experienced with non-American macros.

The head is beautiful. Thick, soft, foamy, sticks to the glass, looks eddible.
The color is a dark black, which is a little off-putting. But not bad. I love the way the creamy “foam” kinda appears and swirls in the black as you pour it.

I don’t get the coffee smell or taste that some people have mentioned, but it does taste like toasted nuts to me. It’s thick and smooth in the mouth.
I’ve generally had it pretty cold; I haven’t tried it warmed up, though. I imagine more subtle notes become more appearant the warmer it gets; I’ll need to try that.

When I drink a Guinness, I really get the feeling that I’m sitting in a pub drinking a traditional European beer.

[ serving type: bottle ]
Killian’s Irish Red Lager
(Beer Advocate review)

overall: 3.1
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | mouthfeel: 2.5 | drinkability: 3.5

Being pretty new to serious beer tasting I don’t think my palate is sophisticated enough yet to get subtle nuances, but I can say Killian’s Irish Red is better than your average macrobrew but not near as interesting as Guinness for example.

In fact, Killian’s is very much like a somewhat stronger version of a standard macro, only prettier looking.

It’s very nice looking color, a darkish, red tinted. The head is on the thin and weak side, but certainly better than most. Doesn’t last very long.

Not much of an odor. And not too interesting of a taste. Slightly hoppy, slightly bitter, vaguely sweet, but nothing you can pause and say “Hmm, do I detect notes of blank? Is that a touch of blank?”

Pretty bland in the mouth, watery.

But like I said, it’s like a slightly higher quality macrobrew. Drinkable if there’s nothing else but Bud, but I’d certainly rather have something more interesting.

[ serving type: bottle ]