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


on tap

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RATINGS: 5048   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 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 (4801) - 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 (6526) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drinkbeer (283) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - AUG 2, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2003 The perfect pint? I don't know. It is good though. Love the head and the whole look and feel of it. It is just hard to get used to drinking it so cold. Incredibly easy to drink, however.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
sillyrob (11) - USA - JUL 31, 2003
This beer is completely overrated. First off, it is only drinkable by tap, the can and bottle versions aren't that great. It's not that bad in the beginning because the flavor is decent, but the palate is too heavy, and by the end of the pint, the flavor is tiring.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
xxrunninxx (1) - USA - JUL 31, 2003 does not count
The only way to drink this beer is from the tap. I prefer the Extra Cold over the standard. The beer has a great flavor and is very smooth. One of my favorites. Whenever I go out, I always have at least one pint before sampling others.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jercraigs (9447) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 30, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2009 2009-05-16. Very dark brown-black body with a good sized creamy tan head and lace. Aroma is mild, light roast malt notes. Flavour has a good amount of roasty bitterness on first sip. Fades quickly leaving a more moderate light roast throughout. Touches of dilute coffee and cocoa are there but quite mild. (6+) Smooth average plus bodied palate. Decent, and one of the best pints of Guinness I have had, but despite being the #1 seller in the world, its not even the #4 rated stout in Dublin by my ratings! 6+/4/6+/3/13 - 3.4 On tap at the brewery, Dublin.

July 2007. Draft at Le Bifteque. Black body with a dense, good sized foamy tan head. Moderate aroma is a surprise, with a decent amount of roasty malt with notes of cocoa and chocolate. Flavour has a pleasant mild roast bitterness, with light notes of the chocolate and very muted hints at coffee not dissimilar to the aroma. Smooth creamy medium bodied palate is lovely. A tall skinny glass seemed odd for a Guinness, but it seemed rather for the better for it. A bit more chilled than I might normally serve a more complex stout, but this genuinely surprised me on how tasty it was. There are much better stouts out there, but this was a well served half-pint of this one. A good opportunity to re-rate. Did not quite erase many less perfect pints, but helped. 7+/4/7/3+/15 - 3.6

July 2003. Not one of my favourite beers but its the stout I compare the rest of them to. I love the creamy mouthfeel, if not the roasty malt flavours of this dark beer. 4/4/5/3/12 - 2.8

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