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


on tap

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RATINGS: 5031   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 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
pfhyde (59) - Davis, California, USA - JUL 20, 2003
My comment is for the draught version of this beer, sold in the market place in six packs with the so-called "widget" in the can or bottle. Guinness in the pint bottles is much, much better. The drought version is, in a word, flat.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JUL 19, 2003
On tap Poured an opaque black body with the typical cascading creamy, tan head. Lots of lacing.
Not much in the way of aroma except for a bit of chocolate and malt.
Thin, malty stout. Some roasted flavors there too but not much.
Smooth, thick palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
egajdzis (5904) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2003
Plain slightly roasted creamy aroma. Watery mouthfeel and a minor stout taste. I used to like this one alot more. I had a liter of this, and it only got better when i dropped a shot of Jameson and Bailey's into it and slugged the last third.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
FlacoAlto (4127) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 18, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2003 This is the nitro bottle version. Very smooth tasting almost creamy, a bit of roastiness. Overall very clean and not too exciting. Carbonation is very low, and it this beer makes it seem a bit too thin. Much better versions of Guiinness exist, the Belgian version is awesome.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beastdog75 (363) - Brick, New Jersey, USA - JUL 17, 2003
Nitro-can: Not as flavorful as the Extra Stout, but is incredibly smooth and reminds me of iced coffee for some reason. Decent roasted malt taste, not quite as bitter as Guinness Extra Stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
EKGoldings (627) - Radford, Virginia, USA - JUL 16, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2003 I've had it in Ireland and 4 other countries. On tap and in the draught bottles or cans, a nice beer with toast, chocolate, and grain flavors. Just the right amount of kettle hops. A lively acidity coming from the dark roasted grains and separate acid ferment. A balanced and not too strong beer that you will see grannies drinking in Ireland. Bravo!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
vip3r (6) - CANADA - JUL 16, 2003 does not count
This is a classic beer! A great taste and an amazing presentation. This beer is better on tap than in the can but I still drink Guinness anyway I can as much as I can :)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Shagnasty (130) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUL 15, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2005 Nice creamy head, which leaves a fince lacing on the glass and dissipates slowly. Very attractive beer, that is black as night with an off white head. Goes down perfectly smooth, and is much less dry than the extra stout, but does not lose that great taste, of roasted barley, and a rich coffee taste that ends nice and bitter. I instantly fell in love with this beer!

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
tmhst30 (10) - Prospect Park, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2003
The quality of Guinness is largely dependent on the bar in which you drink it. I've had good Guinness and bad Guinness. However, I don't like the lack of flavor in this beer. Also, I've never enjoyed it as a session beer without waking up with a massive hangover in the morning.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
minguimore (17) - SPAIN - JUL 13, 2003
This beer is completely diferent if you try it on tap and the barman is good, that´s why some people say that it is better in ireland. If everything is ok it is a great stout with a nice bitter taste. The bottle version loses all its wonderfull flavour that´s why some of you rate it so badly.

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