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


on tap

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RATINGS: 5116   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
LoRyder34 (21) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 1, 2003
Something to try maybe not quite so cold, and on tap. The bottle i had was ice cold and the mixer kept clogging the spout..Nice coffee like flavor, great creamy head, its what its reputation says it is.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
mushi (18) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - DEC 1, 2003
On Draft. The ubiquitous stout. I guess it sets the bar for stouts, and I can't argue with that. Strictly average in my limited experience. Most micro stouts are way better, coming from the pacific northwest, rogue, sierra nevada, deschutes, etc. all make better stouts than this stuff. Guinness looks awesome in the glass though, the head can be swirled around to produce an intoxicating effect once most of it has been consumed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
SavMan (10) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 1, 2003
Draught can. Very interesting. I can't add much to what's already here except a beginner's take: This beer is nearly flavorless, but the aftertaste is strong with a toasted espresso taste. Hints of chocolate are present, even. If you like merlot, you will probably like Guinness. Despite the fact that it is "technically" a light beer, this bad boy will weigh you down with a very creamy mouthfeel. Anyway you go about it, this legendary draught is worth having a four-pack handy, even if it's just to impress a lady.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ukoolaid (579) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 30, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2006 On tap. Hereís an old standby. Like many others this was the first stout I ever had, and I loved it. The "cascade" is simply a thing of beauty. However, since Iíve had so many other better stouts now I think Guinness is a bit weak. It is however refreshing and smooth with a nice toasted taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OberonTheifEMT (56) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - NOV 27, 2003
Another one of my favorite session beers. The low ABV makes it possible to quaff legendary numbers of these in a single session

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beermoose (25) - Blainville, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 24, 2003
Great Beer (specially if drank in England or Ireland). Maybe overated compared to Stouts found in some of the brewpubs out there. Refreshing, nice to drink not too cold (WHATS THAT I SEE IN ENGLAND??? ICE COLD GUINNESS????).

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
chino242 (10) - USA - NOV 20, 2003
A nice beer, maybe a little over rated by most. But it still has a wonderful head, nice aroma, and refreshing taste. So, it may not be the best beer i have ever had, but definately one that i love to enjoy on a regular basis.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
LordHedgehog (144) - Westminster, Maryland, USA - NOV 20, 2003
A good beer, but perhaps the most systemically overrated beers. After a day of drinking barleywines, I had a Guinness and it tasted like water. After setting it aside and clearing the palette, I did enjoy the rich smoothness I've come to expect from Guinness. This beer does define the word "body," but it's never captured my heart for it's complex flavor. People mention the coffee taste, but it's extremely weak. A nice introduction to the world of stout, but don't stop here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alcoholica (128) - Dublin, Ohio, USA - NOV 20, 2003
This beer is a classic. This is a great winter drink. Just Hanging out indoors on a cold ass day and pound about 8 or 10 Guinness, it brings out the Irish in me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
eraserhd10 (226) - new haven, Connecticut, USA - NOV 18, 2003
The old, reliable Guiness! A good warming beer for colder weather and a great cooling beer for warm weather! Toasty, creamy head. Hearty taste. Familiar coffee-expresso taste. Slight hint of chocolate! When poured well has a rich, creamy, smooth as a a baby's ass dipped in butter head. Like milk. Hint: I always enjoying taking a hiatus from Guiness Drinking for a while then revisiting it like a long-lost friend!

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