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


on tap

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RATINGS: 5115   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
Nitro-can, nitro-keg and nitro-bottle; Filtered
Usually called Draught; sometimes called Cold or Extra Cold - same beer, but served colder. Abv ranges from 4.1 to 4.3 % depending on where it was brewed (Guinness exports a hopped and concentrated wort to regional breweries who then brew it on site).
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 14, 2004
Pouring the contents of this unique, innovative bottle creates the mythical creamy head and the magical flowing cascade, so favored in the pubs. Or is it just a cheap imitation? Aroma nicely hints at coffee and cream, and a touch of chocolate, rich and luscious. Small amounts of bitterness,but exceptionally smooth on the tongue. Light body, thin texture, and far too soft for my taste. It took me a while to understand the supreme appeal of Draught Guinness, for the Extra Stout was my bottle of choice in early days. I did a taste test between the two, and ultimately found that the draught version resembles a chocolate milkshake, or a mocha latte. Itís for people who want to go beyond fizzy lagers and such, but donít really want to approach the bold flavors and bitterness in a true stout or porter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 13, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2007 Pours black with a large tan head. Aroma is malt, caramel, and coffee. Taste is much the same. The bottle version seems much lighter bodied than what you get on tap. I like the Guinness Extra Stout better, probably because Iím not a big fan of the nitrogen widget things. They make beer taste flat to me - and not just because of the lack of CO2. However, as stated earlier, when properly tapped and poured at a good pub, this seems to be a much better beer. All of the flavors seem enhanced, plus it has a slight sour kick that just isnít there in the bottled version. I would give it a 3.1 from the bottle and a 3.4 from the tap. I compromised to get the 3.3.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yayforbeer (753) - Orange Park, Florida, USA - OCT 13, 2004
Bottle. An OK stout but I was expecting more. Dry and bitter but thin and lacking body. Sure looks good with a creamy nitro head and dark color. Its not expensive and you can get it anywhere. Maybe this works as a black & tan with Harp. Iíll try that next.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcanj (23) - Michigan, USA - OCT 13, 2004
This is not a bad Stout but there are a lot better ones out there. I know many people who fall in love with this beer and think it is the greatest but that have not tried "the good ones." It is nice to get this on tap at a lot of places and it wouldnít be St. Pattyís day with out a Guinness with a shamrock.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mjurney (64) - Amarillo, Texas, USA - OCT 11, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2004 Pours out deep black with nice head. Nice mocha flavor, very thick and cream. Also really smooth. This stuff is great!! One of the best stout I ever had.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
BJM8 (17) - USA - OCT 11, 2004
Overrated! Not bad if youíre in a restaurant with very little offerings, but letís face it...with many other great beers out there, this is just so-so, boring, and not very good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
sfontain (851) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 10, 2004
I havenít had this since I started rating, 210-something beers ago. And Iíve concluded that this beer sucks. I used to love it, and now that I know better it really bites. Looks good, though: Near-black with a monstrous, thick, creamy, beige head. Aroma isnít even bad, though a little subdued: Chocolate, coffee. Flavor is rather gross, a bit like cigarette ashes; also some coffee grinds and light toffee. The most watery stout Iíve had, I think, and not nearly as thick as I used to think. The nitro gives it a little body, but not enough, though I suspect I might have a bad bottle here. Overall, except to try, or if itís the only thing your restaurant has thatís better than Budweiser, stay away from Guinness Draught.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Loddeer (171) - USA - OCT 8, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2004 Chocolate coffee goodness, the texture and consistency is so smooth and creamy. This can go down perfectly with a formal dinner or just a night at the bars. Enjoyable, accessible, and extremely satisfying ... guinness is definitely worth every penny. Its versatility is its best characteristic. (dare I mention "Car Bomb"?)

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
IHCNavistar (93) - Orinda, California, USA - OCT 6, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2004 Burnt, bitter coffee water. Period. Is this beer, or someones stale coffee? Wayyy overrated. Very disappointing!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
agulsrud (11) - USA - OCT 5, 2004
Guinness is like a chocolate desert. Nothing beats the look of it though. The thick creamy head and pitch black color that you canít see through is unmistakable

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