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


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RATINGS: 4859   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   EST. CALORIES: 123   ABV: 4.1%
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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jercraigs (8423) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 30, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2009 2009-05-16. Very dark brown-black body with a good sized creamy tan head and lace. Aroma is mild, light roast malt notes. Flavour has a good amount of roasty bitterness on first sip. Fades quickly leaving a more moderate light roast throughout. Touches of dilute coffee and cocoa are there but quite mild. (6+) Smooth average plus bodied palate. Decent, and one of the best pints of Guinness I have had, but despite being the #1 seller in the world, its not even the #4 rated stout in Dublin by my ratings! 6+/4/6+/3/13 - 3.4 On tap at the brewery, Dublin.

July 2007. Draft at Le Bifteque. Black body with a dense, good sized foamy tan head. Moderate aroma is a surprise, with a decent amount of roasty malt with notes of cocoa and chocolate. Flavour has a pleasant mild roast bitterness, with light notes of the chocolate and very muted hints at coffee not dissimilar to the aroma. Smooth creamy medium bodied palate is lovely. A tall skinny glass seemed odd for a Guinness, but it seemed rather for the better for it. A bit more chilled than I might normally serve a more complex stout, but this genuinely surprised me on how tasty it was. There are much better stouts out there, but this was a well served half-pint of this one. A good opportunity to re-rate. Did not quite erase many less perfect pints, but helped. 7+/4/7/3+/15 - 3.6

July 2003. Not one of my favourite beers but its the stout I compare the rest of them to. I love the creamy mouthfeel, if not the roasty malt flavours of this dark beer. 4/4/5/3/12 - 2.8

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 29, 2003
Almost always served to cold. Also I am not a fan of nitrogen pour as it detracts from the aroma and flavors toomuch. Black as night. Very big mouth-feel but overall just mediocre.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BeerSlacker (34) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 28, 2003
The Gran-daddy of stouts... at least in terms of sales and marketing. Not quite black in colour. The nitro draught version effectively erases what little malt character it has. Still, it's superior to pretty much any macro-swill you could name.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - JUL 28, 2003
When well poured and presented this is a fine beer. From the can the character is quite similar although for both the haqbit of serving it too cold detracts from the flavour sensation. When on song this has a good bitter finish with the typical slight lactic sourness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
roomtempbeer (185) - Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2003 From a can, beer pours (in Hoegaarden glass) a light brown chocolate milk falling away to a dark near solid black liquid that can be seen through when held up to light. A creamy, delicious-looking, froathy slight chocolate milk head lingers on top. Aroma is of faint straw - otherwise nothing at all. Flavor is nothing but a near medium to small bitter finish. Nothing at all wrong, but not anything great. This beer is not effervecent and the consistency is like water. Very easy to drink. This is a plain stout - a fine beer. Sampled at 71 degrees Fahrenheit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
noheinie4u (37) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 22, 2003
Interesting appearance...the picture is no lie of it's color...very creamy and thick...the rating is based on the "widget" bottle, but I've heard it's better on tap...hopefully will get the chance to test it...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
UNCCTF (512) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - JUL 22, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2003 RE-RATE: This is still rated from the bottle, but the bottle was colder this time, and I drank straight from it. The mouthfeel is much better when chilled. While it now ties with the Extra Stout on my list, I still prefer the Extra Stout to this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaBeer1972 (1432) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 22, 2003
You simply can't go wrong with a great on-tap Guinness. The milkshake of beers! So smooth and creamy you'd think you were dreaming!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
pfhyde (57) - Davis, California, USA - JUL 20, 2003
My comment is for the draught version of this beer, sold in the market place in six packs with the so-called "widget" in the can or bottle. Guinness in the pint bottles is much, much better. The drought version is, in a word, flat.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JUL 19, 2003
On tap Poured an opaque black body with the typical cascading creamy, tan head. Lots of lacing.
Not much in the way of aroma except for a bit of chocolate and malt.
Thin, malty stout. Some roasted flavors there too but not much.
Smooth, thick palate.

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