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


on tap

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RATINGS: 5101   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
swiseman (480) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA - FEB 7, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2013 from can. pours a nice dark color with tan head. thick lacings on the glass. initial taste is light chocolate with minimal mouthfeel. finish is some hops and leather. a very commercial-tasting stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Baroque1977 (25) - Southeastern, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 6, 2004
The bottled version just cannot capture quite as well the fresh, crisp, rich, creamy, and full bodied taste of what you get on draught at a good Irish pub!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 6, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2005 Darker in colour with a tan medium lasting head. Lots of coffie in the nose some malts that are coffie and roasted in the taste. Feels thin in the flavour and medium body. The extra is MUCH better.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 6, 2004
Black with an impressive beige head. Thin coffee aroma. Thin flavour. Roasted coffee mixed with Evain mineral water?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerlover82 (235) - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 4, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2004 Pours a dark-brown to deep pitch-black with medium but good head and lacing.Aroma is of malt, coffee, chocolate and some hops. Very strong taste of malt and chocolate with some hop bitterness in the background. Body is a little thin, but the rest makes up. I know this isn't the best dry stout by a long shot, but it's damn good and just may very well be the best mass-produced ibeer out there. Very good. on tap, bottled and even out of the can (if poured into a glass right after opening)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wpp83 (64) - Athens, Georgia, USA - FEB 2, 2004
Great beer, it has that perfect hue, by perfect I mean black. The head is always the second most amazing thing about this one, with the awesome effect of downward settling bubbles. Finishes absolutely perfectly.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hershiser2 (2055) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2004 The appearance is just beautiful: dark, thick, rich, creamy, with a nice tan head like no other beer. The smell is appetizing! MMMM. The taste: refreshing and smooth, with an occasional bite. The beer, for me, is extremely drinkable. I've had this beer a few ways: nitro can, nitro bottle, and on tap. Tap is my favorite, followed by bottle. Can can be iffy at times.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Christian (12885) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 2, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2010 "Draught" from can. Black and white; and pours in the right Guinness way. Malt and licorice aroma. Initial impression is a very watery beer, but soon a strong malt/hops bitterness takes over. Aftertaste is quite short.
*The actual draught beer is just as watery.
*Xtra Cold doesnít make much of a difference, and certainly not to the better.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 31, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2004 Soft burnt carmel flavor. Very creamy going down due to the nitro. Opaque black color. This is not as full-bodied or filling as most people would lead you to believe. Always a bit flat though. The truth is there's not much flavor or aroma to this one so its a good 'gateway' beer to bring people over from the budmilloors to the craft beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JAN 30, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2013 The creamy head which we all know is present but is not an attractive colour to top the black of the drink itself. The headís flavour is also not pleasant. The liquid itself has a nice roasty flavour but the aftertaste is somewhat watery. It is a thin beer and overall somewhat dated compared to some of the new brewersí stouts Score 2.7
Subsequent ratings scored 2.7, 2.5 and 2.8 Average unaltered

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