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


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RATINGS: 4685   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 1/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
Xombie99 (1) - USA - OCT 27, 2002 does not count
Tastes like industrial rubber and sewage.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mogo (38) - California, USA - OCT 27, 2002
Alright, I admit it took time to educate my palate to the goodness of Guinness. Two years of drinking black and tans and I was riding without the training wheels. Full of flavor, rich and hearty ... if itís on tap, Iíll drink it anytime and anywhere.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
puc86 (19) - USA - OCT 26, 2002
So close yet so far away. This looks like Stout, smells like Stout, but tastes like water. There is nothing special about this beer sans the nifty use of technology known as the widget. If only nitrogen could add flavor along with head.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jedimasternick (96) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 24, 2002
It is a smoother version of Guinness with a lighter more watery taste. The widget does a decent job of keeping the brew carbonated though trying to get the widget out of the bottle is a hassle (note-i had nothing better to do and was curious).

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
GiddyBoy (117) - USA - OCT 24, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2008 Very nice. Itís darkness is deceiving. You think it will be very heavy and overpowering, and it is smooth and smoky. Itís taste is very satisfying, and it has a sour aftertaste that doesnít really bother you. I havenít had the draft yet, so I was in no way disappointed. The Guinness canning procedue is quite unique and leaves you wondering: Just what is that ball thing???

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TChrome (1425) - Bedford, Texas, USA - OCT 23, 2002
This is a nice stout and incredibly accessible. I have always though Guinness has a good flavor, but is kind of thin on the palate. Nice roasted malt flavor with no evidence of any hops. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
faulstich (25) - Davis, California, USA - OCT 22, 2002
Great looking stout - what pours better from the can? You feel like youíve eaten a meal afterwards. If youíre going to have more than one beer, have this one last. You wonít want a weak one afterwards and you probably donít want two of these!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Void42599 (5) - USA - OCT 22, 2002 does not count
This is the Best looking Beer I have ever seen. Lovely Mixed Brown as poared seperating to a great Black Brew with a White Head. I love to poar this fast, just to watch it better. And the Taste, Beyond Belief. I Wish it was a bit cheaper, but still worth every penny of the price.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 21, 2002
And to think I started brewing stouts. Mine are much better--Nice creamy looking head. Bitter and harsh initial flavor. Weak. Has the taste of the most disgusting instant coffee you have ever had in your life. After the assault on the taste buds, it actually finishes nice--not sure if that is by design or if it because my tongue has been burned off. My recommendation, have a good American stout if you want a stout. If you want an Irish beer, drink a Harp. You at least wonít be wasting any money. Better yet, if you want an Irish dry stout--try Murphyís. Itís not that great, but at least they donít pretend that it is.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Norton (329) - Southside, Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 21, 2002
UPDATED: APR 25, 2005 Bottle. Pours sparsely light-penetrable black. I sense some toasted barley in the aroma. Off-white head dissipates minimally, clings. Nice zingy mouthfeel. Definite cocoa undertones. Crisp malty bite. Keeps me interested. I must say, this beats the living crap out of their Extra Stout.

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