Brewed by St. James’s Gate (Diageo)
Style: Dry Stout
Dublin, Ireland


on tap

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RATINGS: 5049   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shadey (2068) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 21, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2011 FROM CAN OR BOTTLE: This is an old classic. You can get it anywhere and it won’t cost a fortune. My only complaint is it is slightly more bitter than say Murphy’s Irish Stout. 6/4/6/3/15 FROM TAP: I just had this in philidelphia (December 2004) from a place (Kildare’s) certified by Guinness and it made all the difference in the world. Outstanding mouthfeel with no bitterness in the flavor. Most of the people complaining about this beer are correct in their criticism, but the stuff they served at Kildare’s was fresh and delicious. A whole ’nother world. 6/5/8/4/17

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ancherrera (162) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2003
Like drinking a glass of bread. Good mouth feel and a lighter taste than the appearnce would suggest. Creamy feel and quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
jfm (1724) - Holbæk, DENMARK - OCT 20, 2003
CAN: Poured a nice black with a beautiful greyish head. The taste is slightly bitter, almost smoked.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
boatswains (6) - USA - OCT 18, 2003 does not count
In 1980 I pulled into Cork and being a good little sailor I went strait to the pub. I asked for the local brew and for the first time in my life I had a Guinness. I have never had a beer moment quite like that. It was almost a religous experience. From that day Guinness has always been my favorate tap. My rating here is for Tap Guinness only. canned and bottle would rate slighty lower

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NathanJ (42) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 13, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2004 Everyone already knows this one. but there is nothing else quite like a pint of Guinness after a long bike ride. bitter chololate and coffee. very good and very accessable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
rlgk (17125) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 12, 2003
Black, with a very nice and lasting head. Nice lacing. Aroma is milk chocolarte. Flavor is chocolate too, with some bitterness. A smooth and mild stout.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - OCT 10, 2003
A very average dry stout...much better on tap (when served properly and FRESH). Yeah its highly overrated, but its relatively low in alcohol and possible to session unlike most stouts. Slight burnt malt flavors and watery. I hear it's much better in Dublin...myth or fact? I hope to answer that question one day.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
bfgill (120) - Tasmania, AUSTRALIA - OCT 9, 2003
Guinness is always going to be very good. It is the stout that everything is compared to. A good stout, but a tad to bitter sometimes. cheers

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Jahills (151) - Cambridge (Hobart), AUSTRALIA - OCT 8, 2003
UPDATED: APR 12, 2004 A very strong tasting beer. May be alright bury your nose in on a cold day.Far too bitter and mettallic out of a can, is nice and creamy and very smooth draught. It is almost a meal in itself.

   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.

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