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


on tap

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RATINGS: 4857   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerRunner (144) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 2, 2003
Actually, not a bad little stout. The nitrogen charge gives it a very creamy look and mouthfeel. It's mild, not very overwhelming and rather simple, but still very good. I like the creamy head and mouthfeel. Tastes a lot like a Starbucks double latte, to be quite honest. It's good, though. Certainly those with their noses up their, um, in the air aren't going to find this to be a first-rate beer, but it's still damned good. Certainly, IMHO, the best of the "common man's" beer (OK, I guess my nose is up there as well!)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
KalleBass (18) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - APR 2, 2003
Well, this is simply one of my favourites! (a piece of art when served in Ireland, as close as possible to St Jamesīs Gate..;) Beautiful thick, creamy head. Chocolate aroma with some coffee flavour. Dry, longlasting finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 31, 2003
The extra stout was way better. This came off watery and dry. Nitro is no good. But still, this is guinness....

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gjamieson (80) - Canton, Georgia, USA - MAR 30, 2003
After sampling other stouts, Guinness comes up a little short, but it's still a classic, and as the last post says, it's a great alternative when you're out and want something else besides the usual piss-in-a-glass. The sea of black and the creamy head are always a standout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAR 28, 2003
Guinness is a classic. Served throughout the world and is always a great beer on tap in the sea of Busweiser and Miller tap handles. Great looking beer. Only downside is the lack of much aroma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
andy609 (143) - Auburndale, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 24, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2003 If you like coffee and cream, you'll like Guiness. Pours to a very nice, creamy head. The Irish know what they're doing; this is good stuff. Update: Had this on tap in Bermuda (from Ireland?). On tap, it is a COMPLETELY different and better beer. From the nitro can, all you get is a coffee flavor. From the tap, it is a rich, creamy brew, with complex notes. Chewy, with a great, thick finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtribe21 (21) - Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 23, 2003
Black-like appearance, full of taste. If you like coffee, give this a try. Had a creamy-like taste.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 23, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2003 Used to be a favorite of mine. Easy to drink, smooth and soft. Lacking a bit in flavor, almost watery. Best on tap, and unfortunately is often the best available beer at many bars. Rerate: on second thought, this beer, especially on tap, seriously lacks in flavor and aroma, very weak. Very overrated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hansen (7441) - Assentoft, DENMARK - MAR 22, 2003
Soft and dark. Better than the normal bottled Guinness. For me it's the old father of stouts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Holdwine (1124) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 21, 2003
Always a pleasant drink. Especially when served correctly. Pitch black pour, mustache soaking head. Smooth, mocha flavors. You can drink so many of these. Just order your next one when your current one is half full.

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