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

bottled
common

on tap
common

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RATINGS: 5065   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
piscator34 (2298) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 28, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2005 This used to be my absolute favorite pint. I don’t like it quite as much now, but it still holds a special place in my heart/stomach. Just off black in appearance, with a substantial creamy head. A drying, burnt, "oaty" flavor. I’d suggest having it at it’s traditional (warmer) serving temperature. An "extra cold" Guinness is kind of a waste.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Britales (56) - Cape Charles, Virginia, USA - JAN 28, 2004
These ratings based on a Dublin pint! It can be great here on draught as well but it must be from a pub that sells a nice volume and at not at Budweiser temp.!! Guinness is the driest of the Irish Stouts with a definite roasted coffee flavor!Beamish is in the middle with Murphy's just a tad sweeter! Remember the category, "Dry Stout'if you want more outfront flavor and mouthfeel have an Oatmeal Stout! Also if enjoying Guinness on draft let it warm just a bit ,it was even too cold in Ireland.When in Dublin head to Mulligan's on Poolbeg St.and tell me it was not the best pint of the "Black Stuff " that you ever had!!

3.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 28, 2004
Looks great, nice aroma with hints of licourice. Taste is good, and the coffee flavor is dominating. Can be found in most pubs.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DSully316 (5) - West Springfield, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 27, 2004 does not count
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2004 My favorite beer I've had thus far. Love the taste and look, the only thing better is the extra stout. Costs too much.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JAN 27, 2004
Looks amazing, but that's where it all ends for me. Count me in as one who finds this a highly overrated beer. Certainly has its place as a serious session beer and usually so cold (and watery) on tap that it hits the spot with pub fare. Points for appearance and widgets, points lost for nitrogen, over chilling, and bartenders who insist on making foam art in the head.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Blockhead (11) - USA - JAN 25, 2004
So damn over-rated. I'll drink it, but only if I have few other choices. I'll even take a hefe weizen over it on most days, and I am a sworn stout drinker. It was the first stout I ever drank and compated to the bottled American Extra stout, this is simply darkly- colored water. Love the head though, nothing else like it. This is what it should be, a beginner's stout.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
leaparsons (9674) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2004 We all know what Guinness looks like...The aroma is light, peaty with some licourice. Flavours are pretty light too - coffee, sugar and mud (!). It is amazing how different Guinness can be in different bars considering it is nitro keg. Sometimes it can be quite decent, at other times, not.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Crockett (1076) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 25, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2004 Pours almost opaque. The big nitro rolling action is actually pretty annoying. The definite line between the body of the beer and the tan head is lovely. But faked with nitro. Nose is faint of roasted coffee, chocolate and dull hop/malt accents. Body is milky smooth, carabonation is minimal. Never tastes bad, but it is predetermined that Guinness® doesn't want to be complex. Notes of earth, mild hop bittering, and lots of toasted malts. Short lived finish. What a stupid comment about chilling for three hours.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
LagerLove (65) - Clinton, Missouri, USA - JAN 24, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2004 A very unique flavor that I find overwhelmingly pleasing. The texture is great, and its smoothness is incredible. A very rich taste not made for all. You either love or hate this beer, I personally love it.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
DanielBrown (4353) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2004
Draught at the Old Joint Stock, Birmingham. 1041 ratings! what on earth is there left to say that's original?? This is undoubtedly nice, and moreish, and the mouthfeel is excellent. The taste isn't too strong, but there are hints of coffee and cream in there. This is an old reliable session beer and no mistake.


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