Another offering from that 2017 mixed 12 pack.
Again, I suppose this must be old, but to be honest there aren’t any/many signs of age. Perhaps the head retention was poor, but outside of that, no oxidation and it drinks just fine.
Jet black body with the head one would expect. Ruby red notes in strong light. Lace minimal, thin film on the surface. Carbonation is good, even a touch prickly.
A lot of sweetness on the nose. This carries through to the up front tastes. Plenty of chocolatey, molasses. There are some fig and plum notes as well, and a little dry, baker’s chocolate in the finish. All enhanced on warming.
Light mouthfeel for the 8.0% but the alcohol builds a bit. Good roast notes in the far back end and aftertaste, along with a little burn form the ABV which feels a bit like an afterthought.
Of the slightly different Guinness versions, this is a good one. Not of course the same as the regular export, but very good.