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


on tap

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RATINGS: 5115   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 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUL 12, 2003
I've had it on tap in Dublin and other towns in Ireland and it really does taste better there. One hell of a beer, and suprisingly easy to drink once you get used to it. Points to a beer that can start its own style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 12, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2003 Tasted both in can and on tap. Tap is a little more amusing due to the show this brew executes for some minutes before being "all set up". Darker than a black coffee. Appealing white head with little tones of black and white in the middle. It smells... cofee ashes. Surprising thin feeling in mouth, fun to keep in mouth for a long time, flavors change to more and more bitter, mixes well with saliva. Yum Yum. As Smoosh points out, it's more a beer of appearance and occasion than actual flavors. Never ordinary nonetheless.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - JUL 12, 2003
Draft: Not a lot of aroma, but to be fair it was served far too cold. Black with a beautiful nitro head of tiny, tiny bubbles. Creamy mouthfeel. Not a huge amount flavor - some mild bitterness and some roastiness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LINKBREW (101) - Santee, California, USA - JUL 12, 2003
Desert island beer. Light enough to drink all day, but wnough flavors to stay interesting. Lightly sour tang, chocolate and roasty flavors. Dry bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
changxao (104) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 11, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2005 Chococoffee aroma/flavor. Nice color, and good head. Better on tap; the taste has definately changed since the American supplier moved to Canada. Still a pretty good mouthfeel and hop bitterness, is somewhat filling. Not the best stout out there by a long shot, but still pretty good. A decent mass produced beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alimcb (23) - ENGLAND - JUL 11, 2003
Guinness has the unfortunate honour of being my "if all else fails" drink, which is a little unfair. A properly poured pint of the black stuff is better than most English beers, however, I have never tasted it in Ireland. Whether it's Northern Ireland or the Republic, I am told the Guinness over there is far better than in Britain. I really can't imagine anyone buying a can of Guinness in the USA really understanding what the beer is about. I only live 100 miles from Ireland but I feel I have to get on a ferry or aircraft before I'll really know what Guinness is all about.

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