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


on tap

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RATINGS: 5048   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 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 3, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2004 I can't believe I used to like this stuff so much. Had a few the other night for the first time in a while, and was really let down. Super watery, basically no aroma, just a bad stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerRunner (144) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 2, 2003
Actually, not a bad little stout. The nitrogen charge gives it a very creamy look and mouthfeel. It's mild, not very overwhelming and rather simple, but still very good. I like the creamy head and mouthfeel. Tastes a lot like a Starbucks double latte, to be quite honest. It's good, though. Certainly those with their noses up their, um, in the air aren't going to find this to be a first-rate beer, but it's still damned good. Certainly, IMHO, the best of the "common man's" beer (OK, I guess my nose is up there as well!)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
KalleBass (18) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - APR 2, 2003
Well, this is simply one of my favourites! (a piece of art when served in Ireland, as close as possible to St James´s Gate..;) Beautiful thick, creamy head. Chocolate aroma with some coffee flavour. Dry, longlasting finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 31, 2003
The extra stout was way better. This came off watery and dry. Nitro is no good. But still, this is guinness....

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gjamieson (80) - Canton, Georgia, USA - MAR 30, 2003
After sampling other stouts, Guinness comes up a little short, but it's still a classic, and as the last post says, it's a great alternative when you're out and want something else besides the usual piss-in-a-glass. The sea of black and the creamy head are always a standout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAR 28, 2003
Guinness is a classic. Served throughout the world and is always a great beer on tap in the sea of Busweiser and Miller tap handles. Great looking beer. Only downside is the lack of much aroma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
andy609 (143) - Auburndale, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 24, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2003 If you like coffee and cream, you'll like Guiness. Pours to a very nice, creamy head. The Irish know what they're doing; this is good stuff. Update: Had this on tap in Bermuda (from Ireland?). On tap, it is a COMPLETELY different and better beer. From the nitro can, all you get is a coffee flavor. From the tap, it is a rich, creamy brew, with complex notes. Chewy, with a great, thick finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtribe21 (21) - Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 23, 2003
Black-like appearance, full of taste. If you like coffee, give this a try. Had a creamy-like taste.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 23, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2003 Used to be a favorite of mine. Easy to drink, smooth and soft. Lacking a bit in flavor, almost watery. Best on tap, and unfortunately is often the best available beer at many bars. Rerate: on second thought, this beer, especially on tap, seriously lacks in flavor and aroma, very weak. Very overrated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hansen (8291) - Assentoft, DENMARK - MAR 22, 2003
Soft and dark. Better than the normal bottled Guinness. For me it's the old father of stouts.

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