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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: 4832   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   EST. CALORIES: 123   ABV: 4.1%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


1.1
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
kalisto9 (73) - Crafton, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2003
What can I say? I'm not a stout fan and could never understand why so many love this stuff. To me it's like drinking mud. More power to the fans, but I'll pass.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
khayman70 (154) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JAN 18, 2003
Very creamy in the can. The head dissapated quickly and is very easy to drink. This is the stout by which most should be crafted to conform to.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 18, 2003
Black color and a beige head that lasts forever. Nice nutty roasty aroma. chocolate and roasted barley malts predominate the flavor, yet it is balanced by the smoothness of the nitrogen. Felt slightly watered down compared to most other stouts.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jeffwhalen (45) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2003
Deep dark smell. Very dark appearance, I love watching the foam form and rise in the glass--oh, best by draught, the cans are cool, but the bottles never worked for me, I haven"t tried the new bottles yet that supposedly immitate the nitrous--and yet for all the deep darkness around the smell and look, the taste it light and even leaving a satisfying beer coating, and tasty belches, my over all impression is í I wonder what it"s like in Irelandí, must be at least a 20.

2.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 12/20
spicedad2 (78) - Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2003
An overpowering roasted malt flavor. This beer is oddly carbonated, beginning with a stream of bubbles throughout the beer, but virtually flat while drank.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ConiseurofBeer (242) - Downingtown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2003
An old favorite and if you"ve ever been to Ireland a must! Good flavor with choclate and coffee undertones. Nice body and a pleasing finish. But most of all, The appearence is what gets me. The sight of even a guiness commercial makes my mouth water.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RDeschain (10) - Rowlett, Texas, USA - JAN 12, 2003
This is the stout against which all stouts are measured. It may not be the best, but itís consistently wonderful, and almost always available...a familiar comfort when everything else seems alien. Rich, nutty, chocolate malt aroma, gorgeous black color, thick, almost chewable palate, and the tried and true stout flavor. When the pour is right, you can float coins on the head. A meal of a beer that will always satisfy.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CQC (224) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 12, 2003
I would like to take the opportunity to thank Youngs Brewery of Wandsworth England for producing such disgusting beer, that I had to start drinking the only other thing available there:- Guinness. I have sampled this stuff in various places on tap throughout the world (some very dubious stuff too) and it pains me to admin that the Irish know exactly what to do with it. When you walk into a "true" Irish pub and are faced with 6 sets of Guinness taps, you know you are amongst professionals. I love this stuff. Smooth, creamy, malty, nice easy fast paced drinker. What about that pour eh? and such nice, good dark colour. Don"t forget, "Guinness is Good for you" Get it in UK (Imported from Dublin in a lot of pubs) or Dublin itself and then re rate it.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
orangelazarus (53) - USA - JAN 11, 2003
UPDATED: APR 2, 2003 Very dark, with an excellent taste of burnt grain. Aftertaste begins dry, like a cracker, and finishes more apple sweet.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheBeerGod (5495) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JAN 11, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2005 The classic draught has returned! Is there really a difference in this and the can draught? I donít think so, save for maybe a minuscule hint of a metallic taste that is prevalent with all canned beers. Tall head due to the nitro. Dense microscopic bubbles. Nose is light roasted notes and light coffee. Taste is streamlined version of the aroma. Mild palate and creamy due to the nitro, again. Finishes with lighter roasted notes. Always a favorite.


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