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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 5030   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - OCT 7, 2003
Its true if you can find a place that knows how to treat this stout, then you are set. This is a great stout. Creamy head, and almost black in color. Well roasty balanced flavor. One of the stouts that lives up to its name.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Grey (13) - USA - OCT 5, 2003
One of the few beers that lives up to the hype around it. Good color. Nice head. Overall a solid buy.

2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
xsketchyx (184) - Oregon, USA - OCT 5, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2004 Ridiculously overrated in my opinion. Tastes like watered-down chocolate mud. There's very little flavor here in this weak stout. Maybe everyone's buying into the hype, or maybe I just don't know what I'm missing out on... very flat.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - OCT 3, 2003
Draught...Sure, it looks nice. And if you didn't know better, you'd might think it was a heavy and strong beer. Aroma is malty and roasty, but the flavors are muted by the nitro pour and the freezing cold temperature this keeps getting served at. Very very watery. Stout lite.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lasonovich (151) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 3, 2003
Chocolate tar in a glass. Great smoky flavour and the creamy head makes it a delight to drink.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bluevegie (3070) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - OCT 1, 2003
Good colour (black) with light brown head, pleasant malty chocolate aroma. The taste came through as a milky coffee flavour but a little bit thin for my liking.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
baobubba (454) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - SEP 30, 2003
Black with tall creamy head. Slightly sweet aroma of dark chocolate and cooking beans with a touch of nut and tartness. Dry with a fairly burnt astringent bitter finish. Again the nitro makes it seem flat and thin.

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
thertel (2) - USA - SEP 30, 2003 does not count
A beautiful presentation beer, that goes down easy and leaves a pleasent creamyness on the tongue with just a subtle hint of choclate.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - SEP 29, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2004 Black body with an extremely sexy head. Not what everyone (not ratebeerians) tries to work it up to be but it's wonderful to look at. Leaves lacing on the glass like old mold.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
aaronh (201) - McMurray, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2003
While the nitro widget produces a wonderful looking head that resembles nitro-draught, the overall flavor of this beer seems a little simple. It is exceptionally creamy and drinks easily, but doesn't have the great flavour profile of the extra-stout. However, I have yet to experience any variation in quality as I sometimes do with the extra stout. A good substitute for real draught.


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