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


on tap

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RATINGS: 4977   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hotstuff (4643) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 30, 2003
Can. Poured a long-lasting tan creamy, thick head with small-medium bubbles. There was lacing was on all sides of my mug. This stout has a strong coffee taste that lingers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
KzooJeff (4) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAY 27, 2003 does not count
can't really say much that hasn't been said about the world's best macrobrew stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jtw (1149) - farmington, Michigan, USA - MAY 27, 2003
perhaps it's the irish in me, but i was an instant fan. i enjoy the thick creamy head, and the dark coffee-like, almost chocolatey taste. i'm not so sure about the widget in the bottle, but off the tap it's good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kinz (3625) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - MAY 25, 2003
Rocket bottle. Have to give Guinness credit for trying at least. The first time I had this, I didn't really care for it from the rocket bottle. Then I discovered it was perfect for when cleaning fish. Maybe it is the salt in the air, the fish scales flying about, and blood dripping on my feet, but it works this way. Aroma is like, well, Guinness. Kind of hard to stick your nose in the bottle. By angling the bottle I could see the telltale white nitrogen head. Flavor, while not doing justice to a draught at a good pub, is decent, bitterness, dry, no detectable hops, and that tang you can only get in a Guinness. The rocket bottle will do in a pinch.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lunaticharness (183) - Torrance, California, USA - MAY 23, 2003
i guess maybe its me.. but kind of a bland stout, i mean it isnt bad isnt great, beautiful color and head but the flavor lacks, tastes alot better as a part of an irish car bomb =^P

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
pondoshuffles (141) - Fitzroy Harbour, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 22, 2003
This stout has become more of a "texture beer" than a flavour beer. The Draught Guinness (keg) that is brought into North America seems much lighter in taste and even colour that I remember. If you hold a pint up to the light, you will see red highlights near the bottom third of the glass. The Guinness I remember used to absorb light! Now they have introduced Extra Cold which is an obvious ploy to lure the younger drinkers. sad to see a brewer of this reputation, as Pink Floyd said" Bask in the shadow of yesterday's triumphs.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
truckie455 (42) - Derby, Connecticut, USA - MAY 22, 2003
This classic is best enjoyed at your local public house. The crisp taste may surprise you at first, but it finishes easy. A first time drinker of this stout may find it "helpful" to dive past the head and get right to the coffee flavored sweetness below.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
woodruff (16) - ENGLAND - MAY 21, 2003
Unfortunately most places (in the UK at least) where you get this on draught outside Ireland have it supplied pasteurised, so it's not quite the same as the original beast from across the Irish sea. It looks great and the head lasts all the way down, although the smoothness and great texture of the real thing aren't really there and the aftertaste can leave a slightly bitter, occasionally burnt, feeling in the mouth. A lot better than a whole load of keg bitters mind you.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Eirikur (378) - hafnarfjordur, ICELAND - MAY 15, 2003
I cant really smell much trough the head, it is so thick, but there is a lovely faint smell of coffe, cocoa and something bitter. It is black as tar and very thick. The first taste is very smooth and there is very little carbonation, then it turns hoppy and bitter and that aftertaste stays for a while. Fine stout, but just a tad simple.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BassMonkey83 (16) - USA - MAY 11, 2003
The traditional dry stout. Malt and coffee flavor abounds. I especially enjoy the descending bubbles creeping down the glass. Overall, a great beer to have a conversation over. Interesting to watch college kid reactions to it, mostly because it doesn't fit the bill of all the other Anonymous Macro Beer that usually accompanies a night at the bar.

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