Brewed by St. Jamesís Gate (Diageo)
Style: Dry Stout
Dublin, Ireland


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Available in cans, kegs and bottles with nitrogen and carbon dioxide. Pasteurised. Usually called Draught; sometimes called Cold or Extra Cold - same beer, but served colder.
Launched in 1961.
Ingredients: Pale ale malt, about 25 to 30% flaked barley, and about 10% roasted barley, with no other grains or sugars; several hop varieties, mainly Goldings (pellets and isomerized extract); a flocculent head-forming ale yeast.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
jamestulloch (1223) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 14, 2014
Keg at Holiday Inn, East Kilbride. Black body with a thick beige head. Light lacing. Aroma of cream, milk chocolate and a faint, sour metallic note. Flavour of chocolate coffee and a watery, grainy finish. Medium body with a creamy texture. Light carbonation. Massively overrated. If only the product was as good as the marketing...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
generallee08 (506) - New York, USA - JUN 13, 2014
It has a dark opaque color with a supper aggressive light brown bubbling action that takes a minute to settle out. (Very cool!) After it settles it forms a thick, supper creamy, tan head. Its head is stiff, has great retention time and leaves light tan rings of lace on the glass. The aroma is of fresh baked bread and barely malt. Its flavor is smooth and buttery with some mild toasted and bready notes. The palate is smooth and a bit thin with a light to medium body and mellow carbonation. The finish is rather dry with some hop bitterness. Defiantly one of the most recognizable stouts with that sweet looking head and deep dark color.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mkam (120) - POLAND - JUN 13, 2014
On tap at Dragon pub, Poznań. Black in color, fantastic beige, nitro head. Delicate roastiness, coffee aroma and flavour. Beer is very balanced and drinkable. Good choice in a pub, but nothing mind blowing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkaminski (21) - POLAND - JUN 10, 2014
A go-to beer for me in the times of beer drought. It is a honest, reliable brew - pretty balanced in all the aspects, not overselling its qualities. Nice coffeey and roasty aromas, leaves highly desirable aftertaste. And it is pretty good bang for a buck.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MiamiBarman (24) - Miami, Florida, USA - JUN 4, 2014
From bottle to glass Aroma-coffee, way too much coffee, maybe the slightest hint of caramel but the coffee feels like 98% of the aroma. Appearance-Very dark brown chocolate color with a long-enduring head Taste-The prevalent flavor here is, you guessed it, coffee!!! Kind of like if you chomped on a mountain of ground coffee is my guess. Not overly bitter, 40 IBU feels about right. Not very sweet either however. Palate- The finish is very long and clinging. Itís gonna be hard to get this coffee flavor out of my mouth. Maybe the Extra Stout would be more for me, there just isnít enough going on here for me to mess with this stuff again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Maarten1993 (267) - - JUN 4, 2014
Drank the extra cold version while at a pub in London with Malou 31/5/2014. Did not really like it. Powdery foam. Also no explicit taste (when warmed up as well). Bit of chemical salmiac, licorice. Not my thing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
circinus (197) - SWEDEN - MAY 31, 2014
Can 50 cl from Systembolaget. Black with a creamy white/beige head. Roast, weak coffee, milk? (in a good way), slight chocolate, slight bitterness. Medium body, low carbonation, creamy, slightly bitter finish. Balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Franzen (269) - SWEDEN - MAY 31, 2014
Mild coffee aroma, like coffee with milk, some liquorice as well. Pitch black with very nice thick head. Lots of coffee roastiness, some malty sweetness, some chocolate, nicely balanced with bitterness, the roastiness is the main player though. Creamy texture, medium body low carbonation. Very nice dry stout, for a long time I thought Guinness was overated compared to all imperial stouts out there, but it is a very nice stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
aniol (2) - SPAIN - MAY 29, 2014 does not count
This beer has a smooth taste and softness in palate, and satisfies and sate appetite.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
ElManana (204) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - MAY 29, 2014
Pours black with a chemical-like head that lasts like forever. Nose is nothing basically. Taste is lemonade-like with some roasted coffee to finish off. Bad stuff if you're used to real ales.

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