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


on tap

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RATINGS: 5113   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - JAN 6, 2004
Nitro Bottle alk about boring. First time I've seen the Guinness Draught nitro-bottle so I thought I'd give it a try. I want my $1.50 and five minutes back. Appearance? Donno, other than the bottle. It's plastic coated, so a bottle condom that states you shouldn't pour it into a glass but drink it from the bottle. Um, okay. Smells was faint at best considering I'm sniffing through the hole on the top. There is almost no carbonation to this so there was nothing to bring the scent to the top. Tastes, well, like regular Guinness, only more watered down. Okay, take a regular Guinness with about 1/4 in the glass and add water. yeah, that's it. Mouthfeel *was* like water. Nothing there. Almost zero carbonation. Drinkability scores only slightly higher because at 4%alc and little flavor, you could easily drink butt-loads of this and not realize you've had a single beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
JdoubleyouS (82) - Erie, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2004
Easily one of the best beers on earth. Just looking at the picture makes me want one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
80skid (65) - New York, USA - JAN 4, 2004
Not bad at all. Had the bottle with the nitrogen ball in it. Tasted creamy and very bold, almost like chocolate. Has a little bit of a hard aftertaste but still not a bad beer at all.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sdfink (30) - Aiken, South Carolina, USA - JAN 4, 2004
Heavy bitter taste. Full boided with long lasting foam head. Taste of burnt coffee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
firemedic713 (169) - Palm Bay, Florida, USA - JAN 3, 2004
As near to perfection as one can come with as mass produced stout.The dark black color and head are are great with that wonderful bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerSurfer (27) - Powell, Ohio, USA - JAN 2, 2004
(Draught can) Black-brown stout with nice creamy head. Love to watch it settle. Malty and fruity aroma. Malt taste is smooth, but not complex- reminds me of iced coffee. Enjoyable malty, bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
rgrep (156) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 1, 2004
Bottle w/ widget, 4.2% ABV. Classic black stout with a tinge of red. Creamy white/beige head with dense lacing. Has a sweet caramel-like nose of toasted malt. The body is watery and a tad weak. It tastes slightly acetic and almost salty with notes of burnt malt and coffee. The coffee flavours carry through into the bitter finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Cashazza (217) - Morganville, Maryland, USA - DEC 31, 2003
I love Guinness Extra Stout, but the stout version is just water -- even compared to american standard! It's Okay and definitely not offensive or anything, but very thin and not what I was expecting. Nice appearance, but lacks the flava lacks character.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
buzzmccoy1 (10) - Marysville, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2003
The best pouring beer in existence. The taste of woods can sometimes be overpowering, but always full of flavor. Definitely one of my favorites. Mucho bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Foxbush (1832) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 28, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2012 This beverage from the tap is outstanding. The dark black color and head are perfect when poured properly. The head is creamy and you wish would never go away. This drink could be the perfect beer/stout. I have had many of these. They all have been very good. The Guinnes is smoother and a more creamy head. On a recent trip to Ireland in March I was able to get a tour of St James Gate Storehouse. This is a worthwhile stop for all beer/stout lovers. The Gravity Bar on the seventh floor has a 360 degree panarama view of Dublin and plenty of Guinness.

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