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


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RATINGS: 5114   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 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
icanrate (22) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 13, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2004 Bottle. Pours a sort of thin but solidly colored black, with a really tightly woeven tan head that rises with the rest of the pour, rather than on it's own. Lots of nice lacing. Some sour smells, some roastiness and coffee, some sweetness. Some sour taste initially, followed by some roasty malts and coffee. A pretty good bitter finish. Okay, the creamy nitro head is kind of nice, but this beer has got quite a watery mouthfeel. The head is the creamiest before it actually settles. It's really not the most amazing beer, it's not bad either, but it's nothing to go apeshit over. No I didn't drink this extra cold or out of the bottle, it'd probably taste like even less if I did. For what it is, I'd say it's overpriced. Came with a solid bottle opener though. :rollseyes: But yet, here I sit, using the opener. Ha! Re-Rate, March 6, 2004: I just took two overall points and a flavor point off. I had this at a local bar, and I though, y'know, maybe this would be better on tap, but blah, this shit tasted more mono-flavored than I remembered. Just sour, and bitter, and not really a pleasing bitter either. Also a point off for costing flipping 7 dollars and something for a pint. Can you say WTF? Overpriced stylee right there. Quite regretable really, as the bar and the people themselves are fun, and that's probably one of the best beers they have there. Coors light, Molson, Alexander Keiths, Stella Artois, etc., abound! Good bar, bad beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - JAN 13, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2004 what can you say that hasnt already been said...this is the true stout that most try to replicate. its definately one of the most beutiful beers when poured correctly, there are some bad bars/pubs out there that have no idea how to poor a good guinness. get it right, and its unbeatable. tough to beat this beauty, although ,many other irish stouts do stack up as well (mackeson, beamish, murphys). in ireland its unfiltered and is suppose to be the 'mothers milk' as one irishman said when i was visiting scotland last cant wait to try it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
drseuss620 (4) - San Jose, California, USA - JAN 12, 2004 does not count
This is my fav by far. The appearance is truely spectacular. The first time I ever saw the cascading head I was amazed. It has a very nice flavor with a slight bitternes. I wouldn't reccomend ever buying the bottled or canned versions though. The gas mixture in those just doesn't do this brew justice.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Turtboy (120) - Lucasville, Ohio, USA - JAN 12, 2004
I love the color....black is cool. The taste is good with just the right amount of bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tennmonkey (11) - USA - JAN 12, 2004
My favorite of the beers based on flavor..a little bitter, a little yeasty...the only beer that beats it is a "black and tan"(1/2 Bass, 1/2 Guinness...absolutely the best)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (9325) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 11, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2005 The classic stout. Jet black in colour with that gorgeous tan coloured head that lasts and lasts. Smells of bitter hops and dark molasses. Very full and creamy in the mouth with taste of dark malt, coffee, chocolate, and a short hoppy finish. Iíve never had this as cold as Guinness recommends, I think it would have much less flavour at 6 degrees than what I usually have.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerandBlues2 (12198) - Escondido, California, USA - JAN 11, 2004
Black brew wirh a lasting tan head and fair lacing. Rich, dark coffee aroma. Extremely bitter, yet smooth flavor; tastes of iced coffee. Creamy on the palate and it does not sitck around much.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
elsberry (87) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 10, 2004
Pours black, with a thick, creamy, long lasting head. Aroma of toffee and roasted barley and malt, with no hint of hops. Slightly sour taste, with a nice hop bitterness and a dry finish. Creamy mouthfeel, with very low carbonation. Tastes similar to an Irish Stout or an English Porter.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
TC2642 (265) - Worcester, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2004
For a mass produced stout it's not bad, but I usually drink this in pubs where the only other choice is Carling or Fosters.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
tidiaguy (168) - Hawley, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2004
Draught bottle, but poured in a glass against recomendations on lable. Near black with a big creamy, nitro induced head that remained untill the last sip. Much of the same aroma and flavor notes as the Extra Stout but on much lighter level. Very watery yet slightly creamy mouth feel. Overall not bad, but not good. I'd grab an Extra Stout over this if I had to choose a Guinness.

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