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


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RATINGS: 5099   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
ghawener (1567) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - NOV 8, 2003
Bottle: Strong, heavy and robust with bitter tones. Probably the best comercial Stout readily available.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
PhoebeDog (5) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 3, 2003 does not count
The classic - if you don't have your own opinion you should spend some time with a few. Brewing 101

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - NOV 3, 2003
Very dark, almost black with a fine head and thick lacing. Coffee and chocolate aroma. Medium bodied with a creamy chocolate milk texture well balanced by the bitterness, and a dry finish. I haven't drank any of this in years and tastewise it seems very familiar although perhaps slightly lighter bodied. Not near as "stout" as some being made these days but still quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
Waponi (3) - USA - NOV 3, 2003 does not count
The quintessential stout, Guinness readily gives the impression that somewhere in the secrets of it's closely guarded brewing process is involved allowing huge quantities of burnt toaste to be fermented in water. It's a beautiful beer, extraordinary head and definetly a social classic but this stuff lasts longer in my fridge than last year's milk. The taste is extraordinarily thin. The palate is subtle in the sense that it builds up into what I would describe as a "Why the hell am I drinking this" sensation. Just can't like it no matter how hard I try...and still I struggle on.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kalli (502) - Falun, SWEDEN - NOV 1, 2003
I'll skip mentioning how it looks, except it looks rather good. Couldn't find an excuse not to give it a full house on that one! Now, my aroma rating is affected by me tasting it in a smoky pub. The taste however should not be affected. I'm just surprised this stuff doesn't have a fuller body. The taste remindes me slightly of coffe and so does the body. Still it's a pleasant beer to sip, but it leaves me wanting a fuller stout. There must be something that packs a stouter punch out there...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
frankR (144) - Davis, California, USA - OCT 29, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2004 Appearence is absolutely spectacular, down right entertaining. The head is beer whiped cream, yum. Flovour is rather mild, has the texture of coffee. So mild I sometimes add a shot of whiskey to liven things up.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2003
UPDATED: APR 3, 2004 Full marks for appearance, of course. Inoffensive and empty. This is a session beer for when you are too tired to want to contemplate what you're drinking.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
dankitydancer (58) - Arizona, USA - OCT 24, 2003
the single greatest beer ever created in the history of the world period..u cant beat a pint from the down the pub love it all hail guinness

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
micheller (14) - mukilteo, Washington, USA - OCT 24, 2003
i don't like coffee beers....yuck it is to dark and too thick....this beer is only for hh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - OCT 22, 2003
Pours a beautiful onyx color out of the nitro bottle. I know, it says to drink straight from the bottle, but I think it tastes just as good out of a pint. Nice creamy, frothy head. Silky mouth feel, aroma of toasted malts mostly chocolate. Nice slight bitter tongue with smokey chocolate flavor. I very nice stout.

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