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


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RATINGS: 4857   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   EST. CALORIES: 123   ABV: 4.1%
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Available in cans, kegs and bottles with nitrogen and carbon dioxide. Pasteurised. Usually called Draught; sometimes called Cold or Extra Cold - same beer, but served colder.
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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Verne (263) - Enumclaw, Washington, USA - JAN 9, 2003
UPDATED: APR 29, 2003 Smooth. The only thing I can add to this beers review is that this beer really sets light in the stomach. It’s not a heavy beer in reality just in appearance and flavor

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
soulfly967 (5) - Zelienople, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2003 does not count
Probably the best beer on the planet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JAN 9, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2005 Tasted in the Irish Stout Vertical on St Patty’s Day 05
Thick creamy head, watery palate, light roast, nutty acidity, thin body. Not much of anything anymore. The can has a bit more acidity than the bottle but both are rather unimpressive. Rerate from a 3.5 overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Archimedes99 (27) - Virginia, USA - JAN 8, 2003
I prefer it to the Guinness Original in the bottles. The taste is almost negligible, but it seems fresher in a way. Every can opened is like a reunion with an old friend. Pours with a beautiful head and dark appearance. The nitrogen widget put in the cans makes the complex aroma more apparent. The flavor carries notes of coffee and chocolate and always goes down smooth and nice. The bitter aftertaste, although enjoyable, can sometimes be so persistent that it is bothersome (particularly after a night of drinking several of these). An excellent beer that I will always favor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
Nezhy99 (5) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2003 does not count
The ONLY stout. Even better when tasted in Ireland. I gotta get back there!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tkaufman (128) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - JAN 7, 2003
Watching a proper pour develop is one of the great luxuries in life. Do yourself a favor and make a pilgrimage to Dublin, Ireland at some point in your life to get a fresh one from the brewery. One of my favorite beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
vector (163) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 7, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2003 A worthy drink to be Ireland most famous export. What it lacks in flavor it makes up for with an unmistakably brilliant texture of a silky smooth body with a short but fine, creamy, persistant head that will last the entire glass! Have fun dissassembling your can to recover the curious nitro widget and be mesmerized by the fluid dynamics of the nitrogen bubbles ascending through the beer during the pour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
presario (4884) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 5, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2003 Not as good as St. Ambroise or Samuel Smith but still a measuring stick. The pour, the colour. And widely available. Agree that bar draft is much nicer than the can. The can does seem watery compared to real draft.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
bythe40 (64) - USA - JAN 4, 2003
beer should not taste like coffee

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
microdyke (360) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 4, 2003
I love Guinness. Especially draft. But, unfortunetly this bar did not know how to serve it. They gave it to me in a frosted glass which allowed for no aroma and low flavor. I really noticed the malts more than in the bottle and creaminess.

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