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


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RATINGS: 5113   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 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 7, 2004
UPDATED: APR 12, 2004 Can't say I agree with all the hype about this beer. I don't find much flavor in this compared to other stouts and it is almost too smooth. I would rather have a more carbinated hoppy stout like storm king. Probably the best thing about guinness is car bombs....mmmmmmmmm.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
sayravai (4707) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 6, 2004
UPDATED: APR 13, 2006 (Nitro-canned, re-rate 04/2006) Very, very dark brown color, medium, tight, lacy and creamy nitro head. Dry, smoked ham / roasted malt aroma. Dryish, slightly sour, roasted-malty flavor with quickly vanishing, slightly sweet finish and mild licorice aftertaste. Dryish, oily, medium-bodied palate. A very nice, full, dry and malty stout with subtle smokiness. Surprisingly tasty even when cold, and always easy to drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2005 Draft: Pours gorgeous blackish, with that famous cascading head. Great roasty aroma. Tastes very smooth, malty, slight coffee, slightly dry. Finishes super smooth, creamy, roasty, and dry. A delicious stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Blink (8) - USA - APR 5, 2004 does not count
The waterfall of a Guiness Draught after it is poured is one of the most beautiful things I've seen while drinking beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thetrifecta (29) - Bellís country, Michigan, USA - APR 5, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2005 For a beer that is available almost anywhere, Guinness doesnít dissapoint. Pours like dark roasted columbian, and smells a bit like it too. Has a hint of carmelized malt and chocolate body. The body is surprisingly a bit watery, which makes putting down a sixer not just possible, but enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
DUbrew (49) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 2, 2004
This stuff is great, has a amazing pour and look. The taste is very smooth and rounded. One of the best.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dberger624 (1028) - Voorhees, New Jersey, USA - APR 2, 2004
Had this draft and out of the bottle at a Guinness Believer event in Philly. Bottle was a little sweeter than the draft. Not by much however it was there. It poured and looked like a Guinness

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Eructoblaster (3888) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 31, 2004
The effect of carbonation building a thick, creamy and long-lasting head is amazing. Intense grilled malt aroma. The same grilled effect shows itself in the mouth with some hints of coffee and chocolate. Nice bitter final. Each time I drink that wonderful potion, it gets harder for me to believe that there are still idiots who thinks that the american Budweiser is the "King of Beers".

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
rhapsouldize (174) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 30, 2004
Pours ebony with a tint of blood red when held in light. Smooth, creamy, and beautiful when it cascades. Very smooth, sort of bland taste, that makes it very drinkable. I tasted this beer in comparison to the extra stout, and I enjoyed this one a lot more. A nice mellow stout and a treat for the palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
punkeedo (498) - Covington, Louisiana, USA - MAR 30, 2004
Ahh...a refreshing beer in comparison to other overwhelmingly bad or just plain strong beers today. Dark aroma, dark appearance, dark taste, but not overwhelming to the tastebuds. It caresses your mouth and leaves you feeling satisfied, not violated, much like Samuel Smith's Taddy Porter. I'm still bitter about that stuff. Anyway, it's not really my favorite kind of beer, but I can appreciate it. My recommendation? Drink it very cold. I didn't like the effect of lukewarmness.

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