Guinness Red Harvest Stout - Guinness Ltd.
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2.71/5 rDev -12.6%
Pours a dark brown with red highlights and a slight off white one finger nitro head. Nice lace washes down the glass. The beer looks good. The good ends there. The nose is weak of caramel malts and a slight cheap hops. The taste falls flat. There is a weak caramel malt backbone and an adjunct hop back end. The beer taste slightly more complex than an adjunct. The mouth feel is creamy. Overall its rough...it taste cheap. Not sure what the aim was here.
09-21-2013 23:03:12 | More by goblue3509
District of Columbia
3.14/5 rDev +1.3%
A: Pours a brownish-ruby color with the classic cascade of nitrogen bubbles. Crimson around the edges when held up to light. About two fingers of creamy, thick, khaki-colored foam rests on top of the beer. Retention is very good, and plenty of puffy lace sticks to the glass.
S: Mildly roasty malt aroma. Light cocoa and fruitiness, with some watered-down coffee notes. A light leafy/floral hop presence is noticeable. Perhaps a slight lactic tang as well.
T: Some mild roastiness up front, with the same light cocoa/coffee/fruit notes as in the nose. Hop presence builds gradually into a relatively firm bitterness, at least for such a low abv nitro-stout. Some light leafy flavor from the hops, and some light sourness into the finish.
M: Rather light bodied, but the nitro gives it some pleasant creaminess. Carbonation is light, and the beer is a bit lighter and more watery than standard nitro Guinness.
O: This isn't offensive, but it's also not terribly exciting. I don't know if it'll taste different enough from standard Guinness for people to really flock to it. That said, it's light and pleasant in terms of mouthfeel, so if it gets a beginner interested in more exciting beer, that's a good outcome.
09-21-2013 20:59:35 | More by Clydesdale
1.83/5 rDev -41%
I enjoy Guinness and it was my first introduction to stout and I always go back to it, like a visit with an old, trusted friend.
I was really excited to try the Red Harvest Stout when I heard about it. There was a great deal of ad blast about it which made it even more exciting to want to try, so good job on the front end selling of that, Guinness Ltd.
After tracking a four-pack of it down and paying out the US $8.00 for it, I had a big expectation for what was in the cool looking nitro-can as I travelled home with my find. With visions of Samhain dancing in my head in all my Celtic splendor, I was even more excited to see the beautiful head and color that came pouring out into the glass when I got home and got down to the business of it.
But, that is where the dream ended. From the nose, which had a strange, almost pre-skunk aroma, I could not believe the flatness that came with my first sip. It did not match what was visibly in the glass. There was no taste and the mouthfeel was weirdly oily on my palette, with none of the stoutness I was fully expecting to experience.
On continuing to drink it, I find that it mellows out a bit but that is mostly from trying to get it over with and out of my sight and out of my life.
Sadly, I won't be recommending this one to anyone. If they were to take it back to the lab and re-work it, they might have something. I can't believe this made it past the quality control people. Makes me wonder just how much the sales teams who are pushing for the cash are trying to get the product to market before its actually ready,
That may work with software, computers, and smartphones, but not so much with beer.
09-21-2013 01:14:00 | More by BillV
3/5 rDev -3.2%
Appearance: A dark brown with hints of red depending on how the light hits it. Typical nitro stout head and pour
Smell: Medium roasted malts, some mild hops, some toasted bread
Taste: Medium roasted malts, some caramel and toasted bread
Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, typical nitro carbonation feel
Overall: Not bad, but also not terribly exciting. At $8 for a 4 pack of cans, I won't buy again. Very drinkable. Doesn't have a great depth of flavor, and disappointing for what I would have thought could be an exciting entrance into seasonals for Guinness.
09-20-2013 00:01:18 | More by MadCat
3.04/5 rDev -1.9%
A- Dark brown body with some hints of amber throughout. Foamy head that is just slightly off-white, much lighter than Guinness Draught.
S- Malts on the nose. Really just some toasted malts with a hint of roastiness.
T- Kind of like a stout without much roastiness. Sweet caramel malts mix in to take over most of the roastiness. Almost a light stout if there was such a thing.
M- Creamy, smooth, on the lighter side body-wise.
O- Not a fan of this one. Easy to drink due to the lighter body, but lacking flavor and aroma.
09-14-2013 01:58:09 | More by stephenjmoore
3.63/5 rDev +17.1%
Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.
It's been way the hell too long since I used this glass, so I busted it out for this new Guinness offering (two within a year!?). Following the usual Guinness cascade, this stuff sits at a clear sunshine ruby topped by a stolid finger of cream foam. This has got to be the least stout-looking stout I have ever seen. Shit, it doesn't even approach real darkness, at least not in my sadly-lit room. (The can's pretty badass, though...) The nose comprises rich caramel, perfume-y coffee, and mild roasted malts. Everything's got that usual Guinness subtlety, thanks to the nitro, but it definitely works. The taste runs with the caramel, toasts it, and adds alternating veins of nuts and vanilla/jasmine. Again, much like the look, it's not stout-y, just roastier than usual for other styles (in this case, an Irish red or a "Scottish ale" or, in the worst way, a dark mild). The body is a light medium, with a nice nitrogenation and a subsequently silky feel (how the hell many times am I gonna say that?). Overall, this is an enjoyable quaff, nothing I would consider stout (but people like me have been saying "Fuck styles!", so, yeah...), but definitely something I wouldn't mind seeing around for a while as a minor change of pace.
09-13-2013 06:22:57 | More by TMoney2591
3.13/5 rDev +1%
As a big Guinness fan I was elated to find that my local package store had one 4 pack of this left tonight. Very high hopes for it since I first learned about it online.
Pouring it into a fresh glass gets you the defacto Guinness cascading effect. Deep ruby in hue when held against direct light and black otherwise. Little carbonation to speak of. Nice layer of creamy foam up top, the very kind you expect of a Guinness. Very attractive glass of beer so good rating for appearance.
Smell has me surprised. Less scent than Draught or Extra Stout. Smells quite sweet with some chocolate in the background. Some creamy, malty notes but nothing wild. A safe, unoffensive nose but it's less sultry than I was hoping for. Only an okay rating here.
Taste has me somewhat let down at this point. There's just not much to discuss and it's somewhat of a faint blur as it washes over your taste buds. Mostly creamy sweetness, vague roasted malt, a little coffee embellishment and honestly I'm getting a metallic aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is very thin. Literally feels like drinking water out of a glass. Barely a bit of carbonation. Extremely light and sessionable. You could drink a ton of these if you wanted to and in that regard it's actually somewhat refreshing.
Overall I can't say I'd buy this again. Glad to have a chance to try it, but if you're a fan of Guinness you'll like their traditional stouts more as they offer more flavor and a slightly more fulfilling body. Red Harvest is very thin and has little flavor so if you can't find it by the end of the season there's no need to feel bad. Bottom line, the packaging and presentation out-do the actual product.
09-10-2013 01:15:06 | More by cheesepuffs
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
3.76/5 rDev +21.3%
Appears a dark crimson toned red with some opaque edges. When held to the light, you can see through the glass. A large head of beige fluff never goes away and leaves scattered lacing stuck around the glass.
Smell is of fruity esters, fresh bread, caramel,a touch of roast, and cocoa, and cream.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with vanilla, and caramel coming to mind atop a fruity, doughy base.
Mouthfeel is creamy, medium bodied, with a lighter finish that refreshes the tastebuds, and leaves me thirsting for my next sip.
I love the Samhain reference on the can. Cool stuff that I would get more of during the Autumn months.
09-09-2013 23:13:49 | More by weeare138
3.38/5 rDev +9%
Pours a deep, dark reddish hue with a nitrogen induced cascading effect. An inch of dense, creamy, off-white foam emerges and lasts the duration of the drinking experience.
Aroma of toasted malts and a leafy, perfumey floral hop. Has a bit more hop fragrance than the standard Guinness, perhaps earning the term Harvest Stout from a higher percentage of trademark hops.
In the taste, roasted malt, giving off faint coffee and molasses notes, however faint. Hops are secondary in the flavor, mild, earthy and tea like is the story there. Just a touch of hoppy acidity is present as a tip of the tongue bitterness. Has the soul of Guinness with just a slightly different malt/hop ratio.
The feel of this beer is light bodied, smooth and creamy. The carbonation is low and the brew is a bit watery. Similar to regular Guinness but perhaps thinner.
Overall, this is a decent brew, and very much in the same vein as standard Guinness. I thought the hops stood out just a bit more and the brew is a bit lighter, both in body and feel. Not a bad mild or dry stout.
09-09-2013 21:53:51 | More by Stinkypuss
3.28/5 rDev +5.8%
Poured into a shaker pint.
Look: Black, but mostly dark ruby when held to the light. Tight foamy cream colored head stays put all the way down. Massive sheets of lacing, not a dry spot on the entire glass.
Aroma: Slightly sweet, somewhat metallic. No real flavors come out.
Taste: Faintly chocolate, slightly sweet malts. Some metallic nitrogenated notes.
Mouthfeel: A little light, very creamy.
Overall: I'd rather just have a Guinness Draught than this. It didn't have much flavor but it went down real smooth.
09-07-2013 20:24:32 | More by JuicesFlowing
3.13/5 rDev +1%
14.9oz can poured into a shaker pint.
Reddish copper with 2 fingers of ultra-creamy head that sit on the top. Awesome nitro-esque cascading take place after pouring. Good clarity with low carbonation.
Toffee, caramel, candy sugar, brown sugar and perhaps some hints of cherry and raisin.
Touches of cherry sweetness along with bready malts and drizzles of caramel. Hints of toffee and brown sugar. The flavor is incredibly light.
Light bodied, super-creamy and smooth.
It's basically an Irish Red with a Guinness Draught body. Keep in mind the flavor is incredibly light and this could be highly sessionable.
09-06-2013 22:43:58 | More by justintcoons
Guinness Red Harvest Stout from Guinness Ltd.
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