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


on tap

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RATINGS: 4937   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   EST. CALORIES: 123   ABV: 4.1%
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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - AUG 23, 2003
My first stout and a continual favorite. Pleasant coffee/chocolate/smoky wood taste, bitter aftertaste. FAR better on tap, good out of the pub draught can, but only tolerable from the bottle. Great slightly chilled. Good all around stout.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
bswift (3) - London, Ontario, USA - AUG 22, 2003 does not count
Guinness is my overall favorite beer. Some say it's too thick and shit like that, but I could down 15 pints in one night. I LOVE IT!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Boystout (1000) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - AUG 11, 2003
Brown-to-black color, high (of course), creamy head. Cold coffee aroma, lots of roastiness and acidity. First but not the best.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SirBeer1963 (14) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 10, 2003
This wonderful swamp water has delighted me for over 15 years and one of my favorites and I never found a frog in any bottle

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
McWhite (108) - Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2003
Beautiful dark brown (dare I say black?) color with a nice thick off white head that lasts all the way to the bottom of the glass no matter how slow you drink it. Leaves a nice amount of lacing, too. It got a perfect score for appearance because I love how the nitrogen beers settle and the foam cascades to the top. Slight toasted aroma which hints at the deliciously smooth mild coffee taste. It has a bit of a bitter aftertaste which still has hints of the coffee taste to it. A good choice at a bar with a limited selection.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
scoobyluv (511) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - AUG 10, 2003
motor oil appearance with a creamy head. bitter aftertaste. i'm not a fan of these kinds of beers but i must admit that mixed with hard cider, i even like this stuff.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ungstrup (31474) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - AUG 10, 2003
A black beer with a beutiful brown creamy head. The aroma is slight - too slight - but with notes of sweetness and roasted malt. The flavor is creamy smooth with a sweet malty start and ending on a slight roasted note, that lingers a little and turns dry. Not a good stout - too thin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
carboloader (674) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 8, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2008 Best on tap, but still not bad from bottle. Thick, rich, creamy head, lasts forever. Excellent lacing. body is murky dense, deep brown. Malty, roasted aroma with chocolate and coffee. Can’t smell hops. Flavor is initally somewhat sweet, then long, sour bitter finish. But is remarkably easy to drink. Palate is creamy, oily, with no carbonation. This one goes right down and has you begging for more.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bb (7754) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 8, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2004 You have to compare every other stout to this one, especially when served on Nitro. The body is lighter than you'd think, and being on nitro it's very smooth. The flavor isn't harsh like many other stouts, though it is complex and surprisingly light - and this is a very drinkable beer. It's a classic for a reason (not just for their marketing).

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
labattblueleaf (225) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 7, 2003
Awful. I did like the nitrogen "pill" in it though. Would have been even better if that was laced with something illicit. Frankly, I find Guinness to be rather bland with just an overpowering bitterness. I still can't taste coffee in it.

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