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


on tap

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RATINGS: 4873   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   EST. CALORIES: 123   ABV: 4.1%
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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheRimmer (483) - Florida, USA - MAR 13, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2004 I'm afraid my opinion of this is kind of low. Amazing creamy head and lace and color(totally opaque). But the flavor is kind of generic and bland. Very suitable for the masses' consumption. 8/04 - my how times change. This has turned into my favorite session beer. great roastiness and slightly coffee flavors. crips, smoothe, thick, creamy. its just a swell beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jazz88 (2605) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 12, 2003
The familiar solid black color with a creamy brown head. Just a hint of roast and coffee. Smooth and creamy but not much flavor, which is maybe why this is a stout so many people can stomach. A bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dI5tIL (15) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 11, 2003
Is the standard by which stouts are measured, but it is not the be all end all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
OlDirtyBrewer (11) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - MAR 7, 2003
Mess with the best, die like the rest. In my humble opinion, this is the standard for dry stout. Creamy and roasty, it is consistent all around. I had the priviledge of going to the brewery in Dublin and there is nothing like having a pint straight from the source. Slainte!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cornhusker01 (76) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 3, 2003
There is nothing like seeing a pint of Guinness coming out of the tap, the brown haze a mixture of foam and beer separating just in time for your first sip. The creamy texture is well matched by the bitterness. This is one of the beers that will be gracing my bar for years to come.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - MAR 2, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2006 Standard draught (aus version) tasted on tap 1-Mar-03. Pure black body with a creamy tight white head. Not much aroma apart from a hint of coffee and chocolate. Lovely creamy mouthfeel, very thick body. Flavours of sweet malt, burnt coffee and a hint of chocolate. Not much hop presence. Great for session drinking, well priced too. (Previously 3.5) Re Rate (23/6/06, UK Version, "Extra Cold@): Same appearance, very lacking in aroma. Sweetish milk-like notes in the flavour, with a touch of roast. Pretty boring.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Diablokev (162) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - FEB 28, 2003
The aroma is a burnt coffee like waft. The appearance (it's not like I really need to tell you but... It's pitch black with a creamy white head. The flavor is of coffee, and has a bit of a alcohol bite. The beer is thick and creamy. Overall a nice stout

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
VAYankee (335) - Virginia, USA - FEB 27, 2003
A dark black color, with a thick long lasting head. There was not a strong, distinguishable flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - FEB 27, 2003
Pours a deep black color with a medium sized tan head. The head lingers all the way to the bottom of the pint. The beer leaves great lacings on the sides of the glass. Light aroma of coffee and roasted malts. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with flavors of bitter coffee and roasted malts. Finish is smooth and slightly bitter. The nitro effect is somewhat of a gimmick, but I still like this beer. I do think the bottled extra stout is better though.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
goz (359) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 27, 2003
Pour is beautiful - black with a thick creamy tan head that just hovers on top, leaving thick lacing all the way to the bottom of the pint. Aroma is very light, mostly roasted and bitter coffee and chocolate. Flavor has the same hints of roasted coffee and bitter chocolate. Mouthfeel and smooth and creamy, probably greatly aided by the nitro.

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