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


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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 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.

   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
leaparsons (9837) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Crockett (1089) - Southampton, 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 Guinnessģ 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.

   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
DanielBrown (4381) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 24, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2006 You love this one or you hate it. As a homebrewer, Iíve never been able to completely replicate it. This is my favorite Mega-brew. Can be found all over the globe, but unlike Budlite, it remains worth drinking.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
becksgenius (110) - Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2004
Had this out of a keg at a party, yeah that's right. Pours nice and taste ok, but not a beer you want to get drunk off of, that would be a terrible hang over.
Earlier Rating: 1/23/2004 Total Score: 2.5
Pretty tasty when on tap. Has hints of coffe in it, and a nice roasted malt taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2004
Dark "ruby" colored. Rocky head. The nitro carbonation adds a creaminess. Very dry finish. After about 50 pints in Ireland, this beer left an acidity in my stomach which made me stop drinking it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
IndianaRed (3790) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 23, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2004 I had to try this popular stout finally. My best analogy is like drinking a Halls mentholyptus cough drop. Prev review mentions "thin" I agree. I guess I am still learning why I like Porters more than stouts, in general. To strong.

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