Brewed by St. James’s Gate (Diageo)
Style: Dry Stout
Dublin, Ireland


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RATINGS: 4857   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 15/20
beastdog75 (363) - Brick, New Jersey, USA - JUL 17, 2003
Nitro-can: Not as flavorful as the Extra Stout, but is incredibly smooth and reminds me of iced coffee for some reason. Decent roasted malt taste, not quite as bitter as Guinness Extra Stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
EKGoldings (615) - Radford, Virginia, USA - JUL 16, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2003 I've had it in Ireland and 4 other countries. On tap and in the draught bottles or cans, a nice beer with toast, chocolate, and grain flavors. Just the right amount of kettle hops. A lively acidity coming from the dark roasted grains and separate acid ferment. A balanced and not too strong beer that you will see grannies drinking in Ireland. Bravo!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
vip3r (6) - CANADA - JUL 16, 2003 does not count
This is a classic beer! A great taste and an amazing presentation. This beer is better on tap than in the can but I still drink Guinness anyway I can as much as I can :)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Shagnasty (130) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUL 15, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2005 Nice creamy head, which leaves a fince lacing on the glass and dissipates slowly. Very attractive beer, that is black as night with an off white head. Goes down perfectly smooth, and is much less dry than the extra stout, but does not lose that great taste, of roasted barley, and a rich coffee taste that ends nice and bitter. I instantly fell in love with this beer!

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
tmhst30 (10) - Prospect Park, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2003
The quality of Guinness is largely dependent on the bar in which you drink it. I've had good Guinness and bad Guinness. However, I don't like the lack of flavor in this beer. Also, I've never enjoyed it as a session beer without waking up with a massive hangover in the morning.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
minguimore (17) - SPAIN - JUL 13, 2003
This beer is completely diferent if you try it on tap and the barman is good, that´s why some people say that it is better in ireland. If everything is ok it is a great stout with a nice bitter taste. The bottle version loses all its wonderfull flavour that´s why some of you rate it so badly.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUL 12, 2003
I've had it on tap in Dublin and other towns in Ireland and it really does taste better there. One hell of a beer, and suprisingly easy to drink once you get used to it. Points to a beer that can start its own style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rastacouere (6159) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 12, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2003 Tasted both in can and on tap. Tap is a little more amusing due to the show this brew executes for some minutes before being "all set up". Darker than a black coffee. Appealing white head with little tones of black and white in the middle. It smells... cofee ashes. Surprising thin feeling in mouth, fun to keep in mouth for a long time, flavors change to more and more bitter, mixes well with saliva. Yum Yum. As Smoosh points out, it's more a beer of appearance and occasion than actual flavors. Never ordinary nonetheless.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - JUL 12, 2003
Draft: Not a lot of aroma, but to be fair it was served far too cold. Black with a beautiful nitro head of tiny, tiny bubbles. Creamy mouthfeel. Not a huge amount flavor - some mild bitterness and some roastiness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LINKBREW (101) - Santee, California, USA - JUL 12, 2003
Desert island beer. Light enough to drink all day, but wnough flavors to stay interesting. Lightly sour tang, chocolate and roasty flavors. Dry bitter finish.

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