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


on tap

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RATINGS: 5022   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
scoobyluv (511) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - AUG 10, 2003
motor oil appearance with a creamy head. bitter aftertaste. i'm not a fan of these kinds of beers but i must admit that mixed with hard cider, i even like this stuff.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ungstrup (32955) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - AUG 10, 2003
A black beer with a beutiful brown creamy head. The aroma is slight - too slight - but with notes of sweetness and roasted malt. The flavor is creamy smooth with a sweet malty start and ending on a slight roasted note, that lingers a little and turns dry. Not a good stout - too thin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
carboloader (674) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 8, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2008 Best on tap, but still not bad from bottle. Thick, rich, creamy head, lasts forever. Excellent lacing. body is murky dense, deep brown. Malty, roasted aroma with chocolate and coffee. Can’t smell hops. Flavor is initally somewhat sweet, then long, sour bitter finish. But is remarkably easy to drink. Palate is creamy, oily, with no carbonation. This one goes right down and has you begging for more.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bb (7987) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 8, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2004 You have to compare every other stout to this one, especially when served on Nitro. The body is lighter than you'd think, and being on nitro it's very smooth. The flavor isn't harsh like many other stouts, though it is complex and surprisingly light - and this is a very drinkable beer. It's a classic for a reason (not just for their marketing).

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
labattblueleaf (225) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 7, 2003
Awful. I did like the nitrogen "pill" in it though. Would have been even better if that was laced with something illicit. Frankly, I find Guinness to be rather bland with just an overpowering bitterness. I still can't taste coffee in it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BroueNeault (158) - Montrťal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 5, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2004 A classic among the classics, even though I think the popularity of this beer is due to its great marketing more than anything else. Still, it is a great smooth beer, with good bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Falconseye8 (542) - Evans, Colorado, USA - AUG 4, 2003
Guinness isn't my Favorite Drink. It is very smooth, creamy and drinkable. Not a coffee drinker so that flavor doesn't work for me. Otherwise this is a very fine brew. Whether mass marketed or not.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
johndoughty (4737) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 3, 2003
Served from a can this was a sad imprersonation of a great beer.Thin and insipid,totally lacking in body the only good thing you say about it was that it was mildly refreshing on a warm summers night-but so is water.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BBB63 (6507) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 3, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2009 Nearly opaque with huge creamy head and clings to the glass lace. The floral aroma hints of caramel, coffee, nuts, and ripe pears. The taste is malty with some bitterness on the finish. The mouthfeel is thin and soft, finishes pretty clean for a stout. This beer is still excellent on tap, good in bottle, okay in can. A stout you can drink all day.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tutal (11) - La Crescent, Minnesota, USA - AUG 2, 2003
Every St. Patty's this is the standard. Guiness is an acquired taste. It is very strong and bitter. Tastes of coffee and chocolate abound. The famous white head typically stays until the end. Best from a tapper, but the can is also good as well.

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