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


on tap

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RATINGS: 5083   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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
clong83 (285) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 6, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2007 This is a very good beer. Fantastic flavors with hints of coffee, surprisingly smooth, and just a hint of hops. One of the very best mass market beers out there. That being said, itís still a mass market beer and it shows. Sometimes comes across as a bit watery to me.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AdamSkillin (376) - High Bridge, New Jersey, USA - SEP 5, 2004
If you rated this beer highly, you are one of those guys who just wants to brag that he likes dark beers but doesnít have any frame of reference. Great for car bombs, but absolutely unable to stand up to any decent stout on quality alone. Donít get me wrong, I enjoy my Guinness, but Iím just sorta miffed that itís rated in the 84th percentile. This is a clear indication of dark beer ignorance. Guinness is enjoyable and all, but stouts and porters are just plain underappreciated, and Guinness deserves a lot of the blame for that. I think Guinness overpowers new dark beer drinkers and turns them off to the entire idea, so please note that my rating is slightly biased. Also, while you think it would be delicious to eat a bowl of Cheerios with Guinness instead of milk, take my word for it, itís not.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
cheubi (15) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 3, 2004
My all-time favorite beer! I am a stout "afficianado" and love all forms of the style (sweet, dry, imperial, oatmeal). I brew this style at home and buy it when I can. Guinness is the standard by which all others should be judged. Coffee notes with a creamy, nitrogen-induced smoothness lead you into a deep taste. Ho pnotes are present, but only serve to balance the powerful malt assult.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
richbeir (15) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 30, 2004
Goes from brown to black as creamy head rises, and turns to an off white. Soft almost sweet aroma. Semi-bitter hop taste with full deep flavor. Should be on every beer drinkers rotation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jgentgesdo (692) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - AUG 25, 2004
From tap. Pours black with big, lasting, beautiful tan head - this is one of the most beautiful beers to drink. Nose is chocolate and wet from dipping in the head, also malt and roasted barley. Tastes of roasted malt, coffee, bitter chocolate. Heavy, thick, creamy mouthfeel. Bitter aftertaste is still there hours later. This is good beer. Not all that complex, definitely mass market, but very good beer, and itís consistent quality is an asset rather than a liability.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrooklynWallis (14) - Cols., Ohio, USA - AUG 23, 2004
Iíll only drink this on tap. Creamy, foamy head (when poured correctly). Nice finish. Pretty reliable, no big surprises. Glad a live in a predominantly Irish-immigrant neighborhood!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aarleks (409) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - AUG 23, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2006 Re-Rate in Dublin: I tried this numerous times in Dublin and I now realise that the stories are true - Guinness is MUCH better there. So much more flavour and character than you can find in Australia. Quite light-bodied roastiness balanced by a gentle crystal sweetness and some quenching sour notes. It actually reminded me of a really roasty bitter. Great length. IThis really is not a great beer. However, it is done very well and is so iconic. Plus Iím sure the experience of dinking it in Dublin is no doubt adding to my perceptions of it.6/5/7/3/13=3.4
Nitro Tap: Black (duh!), creamy tan head that lasted the whole glass. Masked aroma of watery roasted grains. Flavour was pretty similar. Reasonable mouthfeel, although somewhat powdery. An overated world classic.5/5/6/3/11=3

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
socomnut (8) - USA - AUG 21, 2004 does not count
Had this beer at a Irish pub called Four Green Fields. Best beer there is. Only problem is after 5 of them throat gets a little dry feeling.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 19, 2004
I had this one out of the bottle which was probably not the best, but it certainly lives up to the name of dry stout... all the hints of deeper flavours are so subtle. Otherwise it is a fully satisfying brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ss315 (14) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - AUG 16, 2004
Nice rich aroma suggesting caramel or coffee. Appearance leaves nothing to be desired. Satisfying rich flavor with solid, abiding bitterness. Palate is soft and creamy without being too much. In many respects, a gold standard.

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