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


on tap

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RATINGS: 5051   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Palidor19 (3143) - Brandon, Florida, USA - AUG 1, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2008 OK, I admit, When I first tried this beer at 18, I hated it!! it was too bitter for me, then after developing my Beer palate I grown to love it!! I love the way it our into my glass, the rich aroma of coffee. Iíll be drinking this more often now

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drewdogg (62) - USA - JUL 31, 2004
Excellent appearance with a thick black color and nice creamy head. Although certainly not the best stout around, it is the best known and unlike Budweiser deserves its reputation and popularity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Belly Full O Beer (57) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - JUL 27, 2004
Love to watch the cascade after pouring. Nice undertones and a crisp finish. Wish I could figure out a way to put the shamrock on the head when pouring from a can.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
davidflores99 (225) - Lakewood, California, USA - JUL 27, 2004
Pours black with a creamy head, goes down very smooth, but takes too long for the foam to go down.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bierchik (95) - lakewood, California, USA - JUL 26, 2004
dark brown, practically black hue, w/a creamy head, real smooth beer, really light coffee flavor....use to love it, now tastes like cold watered down coffee w/a hint of alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JUL 22, 2004
While nitrogen may hurt the flavor, itís definitely great to watch. Slowly settling from the pale creamy appearance to an opaque reddish brown, and thick smooth silky head of foam. Malty, roasty, cocoa aroma. Dry roasty hazelnut malt on the palate, moderate roasted bitterness in the finish, fairly thin in body. Used to be a great beer before I knew better, still a pretty good choice when in an Irish pub.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - JUL 21, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2009 Guinness feels perfect in your mouth. The flavor develops perfectly. Itís certainly the benchmark to which all other stouts are to be compared. Smooth and creamy, coffee and chocolate. This stout has it all. ^ Does it? Itís water...man how much ive changed in 5 years. This stout has a wonderful palate, thatís about it. Itís weak, thin, lacks flavor and aroma. Itís not even close to a great stout, although it has itís place and itís own great qualities....mainly chuggability.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
mustang3 (254) - Whitby, CANADA - JUL 19, 2004
Very little nose to this beer, just a whiff of coffee and the flavour is the same way: a hint of coffee bitterness on the finish of an otherwise tasteless beer. Though I like the creamy mouthfeel and the appearance of the guinness cascade. I hadnít had this in a while and dinít realize how tasteless it was.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
tipsytoad (85) - JERSEY - JUL 16, 2004
over rated. strangely, people seem to give this beer top marks simply because it ílooks goodí which is only one criteria to be judged. extra cold it is tooth numbingly tasteless, and at although at normal temperature, i am sure there is some flavour desperate to emerge but its totally quashed. this is not a reflection of the Guiness in Ireland which i have never tried, but of the poor representation in most british pubs.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
LiamPatrick16 (124) - Montgomery, New York, USA - JUL 10, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2005 Guinness what can i say. The king of stouts. Just looking at it makes my mouth water. How the brown turnst to black and the light head rises. The taste is great espically off tap. I always love "a lil drop of the dark stuff"

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