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


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RATINGS: 4873   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   EST. CALORIES: 123   ABV: 4.1%
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 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
eRenner (11) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 24, 2002
One of my favorite stouts, itís been there when the going was tough, and continues to prove itself again and again. Excellent mouthfeel, solid head, enjoyable palate, and very nice finish. The draught is the only real way to consume this beverage. Slante!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
djmonkey99 (10) - USA - DEC 24, 2002
The beer I drank on my 21st birthday, I returned to it recently and my hair started growing back. Maybe itís the vitamins?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ogivlado (6345) - Zagreb, CROATIA - DEC 24, 2002
Sampled draught at Garage Pub, Zagreb, Croatia. -good and nice aroma dark color creamy head

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 23, 2002
I must say I was a little disheartened by these phrases imprinted on the bottle: "Serve Extra Cold" and "Drink straight from the bottle." Nonetheless, I poured it into a glass around 50F. This has one of the best heads anywhere, but the body is far too thin to be considered stout. It does have a pleasant roasted character, though. Very comparable to the can version, and not too far from the tap version.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
chong (10) - Ligonier, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2002
The best beer i drank on my 21st birthday, worth the hype.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
uhorpheus (215) - houston, Texas, USA - DEC 22, 2002
Classic cascade effect as it settles, great creamy thick beer, the basis for all others. Much better draft than in the bottle, but those widget cans arenít too bad...

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
psychodrama311 (122) - petaluma, Nevada, USA - DEC 22, 2002
the mother to all beers my friend. creamy. dark. lovely aftertaste and a supreme taste of the stout.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - DEC 22, 2002
11/17/02 Fairly simple nose of dry coffee grounds and arid sweetness. Sweet dusty dry coffee with a little roastyness and some cold coffee bitterness on the sides of the tounge. Overatted but still has a soft spot in my heart. Starting to notice an interesting whisky note. 3.2 rerate Had this one a few times since rateing it. Traces of sour milk are nearly unavoidable. Fairly inconsistant (dont know if its the beer or the shipping, my guess is the latter) each pint seems to either be dry coffee with some roastieness or and emphisis of a subtle cocolat cherrie sweetness however both are overshadowed by a thin bodied acridness. I know its for the better, but before ratebeer I liked the stuff alot and it was easier to find, would I go back? Never.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
markymark (82) - Duluth, Minnesota, USA - DEC 22, 2002
Not bad......but Iím not really a dark beer fan, this is a little too thick for my liking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Gladiator99 (6) - Lancaster, - DEC 22, 2002 does not count
Have to give them a good rating as they have recently treated me to free biros and beer mats! A perfectly poured Guinness is a fine sight indeed. The Republic of Irelandís gift to the world.

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