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 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
spkldhenlvr24 (517) - Newburgh/Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 6, 2004
What a sick beer. Maybe why its probably the most popular beer in the world. great to pound or just sip. the best on tap, or can, or bottle, or anything, Cold.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
btwhite7 (37) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAR 2, 2004
Unfortunately, I'm rating this out of the new bottle. I will re-rate it later out of the can or tap. Regardless, still one of the best, if not the best mass produced "mainstream" beers.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - MAR 2, 2004
Black color, with a nice tan nitro head. Aroma is very vague some roasted malts but generally its just farty (or is it just my dog farting?). Flavor is roasted malt againg, small hints of coffee and farty again. Bitter aftertaste. Very watery mouthfeel. Fucking boring beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2005 I was rather surprised when I realised I had never rated this. There is not much to choose between Guinness, Beamish & Murphys in my view. A reasonable standby when confronted with a pub that doesnít have anything more interesting (which this was) but I rarely drink it these days in any other circumstances. Invariably served too cold to pick up much in the way of aroma or flavours, especially when there is such a push towards the "Extra Cold" version in UK pubs these days (presumably so that they donít have to bother with the tiresome settling period). Smooth and easy drinking, with a dry finish, but unexceptional. Somehow, it always seems to taste better in Ireland. Draught, The Feathers, London SW1.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - FEB 25, 2004
In the bottle:Black color with a creamy tan nitro head. Not much aroma, just a faint roasted malt. Very light roasted malt flavor, more like drinking water. Totally flat creamy nitro feel. Yuck! No wonder they say to serve it extra cold!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2004
Black as night, thick as molasses in January. A head all other heads can be judged by. Flavor is strong dark chocolate and coffee with a lingering dry bitter finish. Not as well crafted as some but towers above most.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
monkeycmdr (18) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 23, 2004
What can be said about Guinness? You either love it or hate it. There's no other beer like it. Of course, the jet black color is its unique trademark, and a full glass with a frothy mop on top is a true sight to behold. Guinness actually is a fairly light bodied beer, contrary to all those who think it's really "heavy." A good stout to start with if you want to see what they're all about. Great on tap. If you get it in the store, get the can.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dannyboydwp (48) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - FEB 20, 2004
This was the stout that made me like stouts. As it was for most people. Try one. You'll like it!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
balke13 (156) - MIssoula, Montana, USA - FEB 20, 2004
pours that cool dark brown color that ripples towards the bottom giving way to an opaque black color with a very thick light brown head. smells of coffee, malt, and a touch of sweetness. very silky smooth with a medium to heavy body with mostly tastes of coffee. much better on tap than from the bottle though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Gmku (300) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 19, 2004
Maybe my imperial stout experiences have ruined me for something this mainstream and commercial, but I just don't enjoy this. I think I once did. In fact, it was traditional for me in the holiday season to drink a lot of this. Or have they changed something. Just not as good as I remember. I'm glad there are far better to choose from in the stout category nowadays.

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