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


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RATINGS: 4565   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dhurtubise (568) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 12, 2002
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2003 Ahhh my first love. After wasting away my early twenties and avoiding this precious black pearl because i first sampled it in a bottle in Canada (not the same beer), my wife (not a beer drinker) ordered it at an Irish Pub in Banff. I remember looking foolishly at her, cross-eyed and asking her if she knew what she was ordering. Boy did she ever! This pub served it cold, cellar and room temps and their cellar was golden. Ever since then, i've evolved. Thank You Guinness. It is a black stout with a thick creamy nitro driven tan head. Aroma-wise, as with most nitro beers, it is fairly flacid but hints of roasted malts can be detected. It is a LIGHT bodied beer balanced with a good roast and hop bitterness. The finish is all roasted malt bitterness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
BarePaw (148) - Pullman, Washington, USA - SEP 11, 2002
This beer, like any beer is much better on tap than out of the bottle or can. It fills you up. Itís like a meal in a glass.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
BruceLeroy (111) - North Dakota, USA - SEP 9, 2002
Awful. No carbonation. Tasted like 4 month old iced tea. I canít believe I bought a six pack, should have tried a bottle first. My god this stuff is horrible. Iíd drink Milwaukeeís finest monkey spunk over this bum urine. Absolutely disgusting. Gonna go grab a Sam Adamís Summer Ale out of the fridge to get this taste out of my mouth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldJack99 (114) - USA - SEP 9, 2002
good beer, rich & smooth at the same time, thick head, good coffee/toast notes in it. Somewhat expensive, Iíll buy more sometime though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
metaldust (30) - Missouri, USA - SEP 6, 2002
Pretty good beer. Kinda tastes like coffee to me.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 6, 2002
Okay, Iím going to give tis a mediocre rating. Itís certainly a good beer and probably the best looking, but itís not that great. I think too many people look at the name first. The head is by far the best part of the beer with the rest being slightly watery without a lot of flavor. And a 4.1% ABV???? Itís a good brew, but not spectacular, and they lost some admiration with me when they began brewing it in Canada.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (8783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 5, 2002
Very good stout. Not the best out there, but itís been around for a long while and thereís a reason. Great, malty, toasted aroma and flavor. Very well balanced. Not sweet. Excellent lacing. Durable, creamy, off-white head. My only complaint is that there is no life in the carbonation. Very flat on the palate. Excellent introductory stout.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
TheGreatKen (76) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 31, 2002
Guinness, out of the tap at an Irish bar with a "clover" on the head, is the best.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Northernbrewer (147) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - AUG 29, 2002
The dark color belies how light this beer really is. A mild bitterness and somwhat thin body are masked by the gimicky nitro draft system. Give me my Real Ale!!! Still, this is the bar by which others are measured and it is well brewed by whatever contract brewer Guinness is using these days, so I will give it a few marks for that.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
DEbeer (192) - West Virginia, USA - AUG 28, 2002
I like this better than Guinness I have had from a bottle or on tap. This is so smooth. The most amazing thing was the head, creamy, half-inch, lasted all the way down. I am impressed.

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