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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 4638   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.


4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hoebag99 (4) - USA - AUG 23, 2002 does not count
Not as good as the stuff out of the tap in London. Still has that great character that is all about Guinness.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
skortila (4558) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - AUG 23, 2002
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2004 However I favor belgian ales, this one sure is a good stout. Beutifull appearance, nice bitter taste. Palate is a big minus.
Rerate 13/3/2004; Nice aroma of roasted malts -coffee. Taste is strong coffee malty again, quite bitter and very dry. Very decent brew.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kåstå (1273) - Mol, BELGIUM - AUG 22, 2002
Leather tarish aroma. It tastes medecine, tobacco and tar. A slightly bitter finish. It is special and get points for originality.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - AUG 22, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2003 This sure beats the hell out of the bottled draught. I have yet to find a beer that is quite as phenomenal in appearance as this beer. The gorgeous frothy white head and unique cascade of nitrogen on the side of the pint are really unbeatable. I am honestly not too big a fan of the flavor and palate on this beer (an almost average linear dry stout, with a slightly unpleasant bitter) but the "presentation," if you will, sure bumped up my overall impression.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zborgerd (187) - Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2003 Good, but not great. I prefer the extra stout in a bottle. I can't seem to find a good pour of this on tap. Even my local pub that proclaims it has "the perfect pint" can't seem to pour me a glass of this or Bass without a bitter edge. Maybe I'm unlucky, but I'll try this in the bottle too.

1.6
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
ddipaolo (26) - USA - AUG 17, 2002
Guess I’m just not a stout fan. It’s definitely a heavy beer, but to me it’s just way too bitter - taste resembled that of burnt bacon.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Panzuriel (1316) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - AUG 17, 2002
Nothing is cooler than watching a draft Guinness settle. Nothing in the world of beer, that is.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GABeerMan (48) - HOSCHTON, Georgia, USA - AUG 15, 2002

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
slinkymello (137) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 15, 2002
Okay, please know that I am horribly addicted to this stuff, so my rating is somewhat biased... on draft, this stuff is unbeatable for its availability and its consistency. thank the irish gods for guinness!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
albert007 (415) - Penobsquis, New Brunswick, CANADA - AUG 12, 2002
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2005 Guinness has a damn good balance between macro-brewing and quality. Probably the best. The draught is most definately the best of the 3 types I have tried (can, bottle, on tap). I actually first tried this at a pub in fort Louisbourg when I was wayyy under the legal age to drink. Black, with everlasting creamy white head, always the "perfect pint". Mild smokiness, smooooooth mouthfeel, My session ale of choice.


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