Sampled in 2009 – 4.3% ABV doesn’t mean tasteless. Roast malt flavors combined with Fuggle hops give this a dry mouthfeel, which is desirable for a dry Irish stout. Coffee, mocha, and peat flavors commingle to create that ‘stout’ flavour, while still managing to be full-bodied. Completely black and opaque when poured, with a espresso colored head that dissipates pretty fast. Low carbonation help prop the drinkability up, along with a slight creaminess as the beer warms. Overall – I probably prefer this to Guinness if I’m not going for a creamy beer.