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


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RATINGS: 4638   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Wiseblood (700) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 22, 2002
Rich and dark with an appealing creaminess. Good, but not overwhelming flavor. Makes you want to sit back and discuss philosophy in a dark neighborhood pub. Tasty and satisfying.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 21, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2005 I’m basing this rating on some pints that I had in St. James Gate, Ireland. In the USA I’d say it’s a lower, and could be much lower if old, not poured correctly and is using the wrong CO2/Nitro ratio.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
smc12399 (25) - Tennessee, USA - JUN 19, 2002
I am ashamed to admit this but there was a time when I turned my nose up at Guinness. Took me awhile to acquire ’the taste’ but now that I have I am hooked. My favorite beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
KingPinHead (390) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - JUN 17, 2002
Due to its roasted character, aroma is necessarily reduced as a factor, but still pleasant if light. One is surprised by the lightness of body at first sip, even when you know it is coming ahead of time. (Too many expect Irish drys to be ’meatier’ in body than they are) and roasty smooth to the palate. Not as complex a malt balance as others in this class, but a most distictive brew---unmistakable, really. Even out of a can, the pour of this brew is a wonder of Nature. This is one of those brews that you just ’have to have’ once in awhile.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hildigöltur (5103) - København, DENMARK - JUN 16, 2002
Wonderful appearance. Black with an extremely creamy and lasting head. Great bitter tar taste. Pleasant long aftertaste. A classic.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
crdic (105) - California, USA - JUN 15, 2002
This bitter, foaming black brew is one of the great alcoholic beverages of all time. I usually drink it by itself, but I’ve had it with hamburgers too, which worked well. Avoid the bottled version, though; it bears only superficial resemblance to the draught product.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wnp22 (685) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - JUN 14, 2002
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2004 For a large volume mass produced stout, is consistent relative to other mass produced Irish style stout competitors. This beer generally gets more respect than it deserves, however it is still one of my favorite accessable stouts. Guinness for strength

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Colpitts (59) - Sussex, New Brunswick, CANADA - JUN 14, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2003 This is great, never had any thing like it. Roasted taste, think head, goeas down easier that water, mmmmmmmmm!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dankfor20 (193) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 13, 2002
one of if not my favorite beers. Its always smooth & creamy. this beer is like heaven on my lips. i can’t get enough of it sometimes. the way it goes down is like none other

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pilsnerrogge (2511) - Finspång, SWEDEN - JUN 13, 2002
Thick, creamy head. Smooth, soft flavour.

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