Guinness Red Harvest Stout - Guinness Ltd.
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Reviews by errantnight:
2.65/5 rDev -14.5%
Pours beautifully. Typical nitro stuff, creamy frothy head and a gorgeous cascade. Has me temporarily excited, thinking about what might be. In the glass it's a deep, crystal clear ruby. Nice looking stuff. Would view again.
Drink? Not so much.
Aroma is barely there, thin wisps of crackery malt, but you really have to search for it.
On the palate this is thin, watery, with a metallic bitter finish. For a brief moment mid-palate there's a hint of Guinness-ness by way of festbier, which I presume is what they're going for? And it actually finishes ok. But it seems almost boldly watery and metallically bitter. It feels thin, not creamy, and empty, not nourishing.
Not a beer I'd drink again.
12-20-2013 23:40:46 | More by errantnight
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2.91/5 rDev -6.1%
Pours into a pint glass a clear deep ruby with a cascading light beige head atop.Non descript aromas,a tinge of roasted coffee malt and tin.Flavors of dry roast and more tin,it's dry and pretty much flavorless to be honest.Not much of a beer,what kinda harvest is it realy?
09-29-2013 23:53:24 | More by oberon
3.55/5 rDev +14.5%
14.9 oz. can with a nitro widget inside.
No freshness/canning date/consume by info.
Pours very dark amber with a reddish hue. Typical Guinness/nitro pour with the cascades of tiny bubbles flowing upwards to form a solid, lasting and creamy khaki cap. Leaves real nice looking and copious tiny bubble sheeting all up and down the glass. Nice looking beer. Actually the look is the highlight of this beer...and thats not really a good thing...
Nose is faintly of milk chocolate and some sweet malts.
This beer is quite thin, to the point of being watery
Flavor is equally restrained. More mild chocolate, and some mild minerally notes and again some sweet malts.
Uninspiring in its super thin body and super subtle flavor notes.
10-10-2013 00:37:16 | More by Billolick
3.69/5 rDev +19%
More of a cola brown hue once the cascading effect settles out in my nonic pint glass. One inch thicket of cream head, great looking low alcohol option brand new to local grocery stores. Aroma has some perceived sweetness from the malty nose, typically Guinness has a dark roasted malt with herbal approach this is upfront with a nice bready sweet maltiness. A bit of slight fruitiness almost a tart sour mash quality about it as well. Flavor imagine a lighter Guinness, herbal mint minimal earthy hop profile with a creamy bready malt sweetness complemented by the dark roasts that make up the back bone of this beer. You have to dig down to perceive flavors here it's really light on the palate, the nitro can provides a very airy light feel giving it much less body than your average harvest stout. Overall I can deal with a new option to try, I'm also seeing all of these seasonal options from New Castle I guess they are following our trends on the other side of the pond.
10-12-2013 20:56:55 | More by WVbeergeek
1.6/5 rDev -48.4%
A - typical Guinness here, a bit more red amber and translucent appearance sure, but in general the same standby. Nice cascading action towards the end of the pour and that same 1 finger off-white head that lingers the entire time and leaves a quilt of lacing all the way down
S - Honestly, nothing of note. Some light dark malt and a hint of toast, but that's about it
T - Take 2-3 ounces of a decent marzen style beer and add 8oz of water to it. It's like if Budweiser made a "fest" edition. No notable flavors, maybe some hint of a weak malty toast here and there but it's all quickly washed away by the watery, flat mouthfeel. Overall has that cheap beer flavor on the back of the tongue thew entire time.
M - Flat, bodyless, characterless. Like a watered down marzen that was left out all night.
O - Typical, terrible Guinness - at least what we get in the US. To me it's the Bud Light of Stouts, and it's just something that $3 draft Miller/Coors/Bud/Corona drinkers go crazy for on St. Patrick's day so they can pretend to be Irish. I will never understand how Guinness is able to produce a beer that looks so beautiful, but ends up being so hollow. This version fits the same bill, and will - if anyone actually cares about it - just be peddled to the same crowd that thinks Pumpkinhead is the be-all end-all of pumpkin ales.
09-27-2013 21:26:19 | More by lambpasty
3.34/5 rDev +7.7%
Poured a deep red with a one-finger fluffy off-white head that left abundant lacing. Also poured with a nice nitro-cascade. Quite good looking, the best element of the beer. Scents of toasted malt, some roasted malt and a faint fruitiness. The aroma is quite weak however, and very difficult to pick out anything standout. Not an unpleasant aroma, but nothing amazing. Flavor begins with toasted and roasted malt, bitterness from roasted malt. A bit of grassiness in the middle, alongside some faint caramel. The finish is a bit bitter with some metallic off-flavors. This carries into the aftertaste. The flavor is similar to the typical Guinness flavor, with just a bit more caramel. Its nothing amazing, but its not bad either. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with low carbonation, and a slightly watery feel. About what you'd expect from a nitro Guinness. Overall its not a bad beer, but it doesn't drink like a stout. Its more of a red ale, not what I was expecting. Its still good and I am glad I got to try it.
03-01-2014 09:07:49 | More by Auraan
3.05/5 rDev -1.6%
This stout shows the same really almost beautiful cascading head effect, upon which the creamy tan cap settles somewhere around 3/4 of a finger. It doesn't keep up like the traditional, though, and for whatever reason the retention and lacing are somewhat less giving. Still, neither aspect is bad, just not up to the original standard. The beer itself is a very interesting red-brown with bright, fiery ruby highlights.
The aroma displays roasted coffee, a little less than fresh, with a tinge of char and a mineral note to it along with caramel, toast and a slight ester-y tartness of dark fruits. It could certainly use more strength, particularly for a stout, but it's not off the mark.
The taste pretty closely follows, with a little more caramel sweetness, a bit of leaf, and lots of breads along with the mineral note, which also comes out more strongly, as well as the coffee and roast of the malts.
This nitro stout tends to flatten out a little more than any other Guinness I've had, nitro or otherwise. It still has the creaminess, and it's dry, but there's not as much holding it up when the activity is lost.
12-09-2013 20:00:36 | More by Brenden
2.64/5 rDev -14.8%
Looks great as it pours, same as the normal nitro-can Guinness. That's the end of the positives. Tastes weakly, hardly any flavor. Basically tastes cheap. Disappointing. It is comparable to a beer that has been diluted with water - there is almost no power to it and the consistency of it seems too fluid. There is also almost no detectable aroma.
Serving type: nitro-can
09-26-2013 23:36:19 | More by mschram72
2.84/5 rDev -8.4%
14.9 oz can with nitro tab. Served in pint glass. Beer pours a disturbing milk chocolatey brown with a thick tan head, which settles in the normal Guinness bottom to top fashion. Not much in the way of aroma. I wouldn't say this is redder than regular Guinness, but definitely browner. Well ok, held right up to the light it does have a red hue. As expected, the mouthfeel is super creamy and easy drinking. Actually this beer is too easy drinking. I can't tell which there's less of: hops, or malt flavor. I almost want to say this stout is completely un-hopped, but no, there is a hint of bitterness in the middle. I also want to say this is not so much a stout as an otherwise unremarkable English mild ale that happens to be on nitro. Would not drink again.
07-04-2014 06:31:05 | More by hreb
2.1/5 rDev -32.3%
Poured from the can ...
A - Cascading in the classic Guinness waterfall, the head leaves a half finger of cream at the top. Dark amber hued, always an appealing view.
S - Very faint sweet malts and cocoa.
T - Dry with light grain, and an attempt at some sort of hop character in the back. Very plain I guess.
M - Creamy and lighter than water in the body, no staying power.
Overall I had a hunch this was going to be nothing great, it was incredibly dull and so down the sink it goes. It amazes me the storied legacy the Guinness name carries yet this is the product they release. Hopefully they change it up soon, god knows they have the money, tech, and manpower.
11-03-2013 09:56:30 | More by JoeAmerican77
2.35/5 rDev -24.2%
Looks beautiful from the nitro-can. Ended up with a little over a finger of tight head on a dark brown/red colored body.
The aroma at first is lightly roasted malt, then an unpleasant musty scent comes in.
The taste is lacking any significant profile. There's a little milk cream and mild bitter.
The body is thin with moderate fizz.
This beer is a complete miss. Totally lacking flavor and body.
09-10-2013 00:10:02 | More by Fatehunter
Guinness Red Harvest Stout from Guinness Ltd.
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