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


on tap

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RATINGS: 5082   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 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
pondoshuffles (141) - Fitzroy Harbour, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 22, 2003
This stout has become more of a "texture beer" than a flavour beer. The Draught Guinness (keg) that is brought into North America seems much lighter in taste and even colour that I remember. If you hold a pint up to the light, you will see red highlights near the bottom third of the glass. The Guinness I remember used to absorb light! Now they have introduced Extra Cold which is an obvious ploy to lure the younger drinkers. sad to see a brewer of this reputation, as Pink Floyd said" Bask in the shadow of yesterday's triumphs.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
truckie455 (42) - Derby, Connecticut, USA - MAY 22, 2003
This classic is best enjoyed at your local public house. The crisp taste may surprise you at first, but it finishes easy. A first time drinker of this stout may find it "helpful" to dive past the head and get right to the coffee flavored sweetness below.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
woodruff (16) - ENGLAND - MAY 21, 2003
Unfortunately most places (in the UK at least) where you get this on draught outside Ireland have it supplied pasteurised, so it's not quite the same as the original beast from across the Irish sea. It looks great and the head lasts all the way down, although the smoothness and great texture of the real thing aren't really there and the aftertaste can leave a slightly bitter, occasionally burnt, feeling in the mouth. A lot better than a whole load of keg bitters mind you.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Eirikur (385) - hafnarfjordur, ICELAND - MAY 15, 2003
I cant really smell much trough the head, it is so thick, but there is a lovely faint smell of coffe, cocoa and something bitter. It is black as tar and very thick. The first taste is very smooth and there is very little carbonation, then it turns hoppy and bitter and that aftertaste stays for a while. Fine stout, but just a tad simple.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BassMonkey83 (16) - USA - MAY 11, 2003
The traditional dry stout. Malt and coffee flavor abounds. I especially enjoy the descending bubbles creeping down the glass. Overall, a great beer to have a conversation over. Interesting to watch college kid reactions to it, mostly because it doesn't fit the bill of all the other Anonymous Macro Beer that usually accompanies a night at the bar.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
topper71 (19) - USA - MAY 9, 2003
This beer is terrible. It's good for pouring over pancakes though. Its also good if you are starving and need to feel like you have just finished a 20 course meal. But if you are looking for a refreshing beverage - STAY AWAY from this crap. And yes - Im 100% Irish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - MAY 7, 2003
Very dark very thick. In england it is considered to some to be a meal. Smooth going down.A good stout that is very balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dobbs (16) - Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, USA - MAY 5, 2003
So hard not to give this one a perfect score, but alas, I need more experience. Perfect appearance in every way, but each new sip melts into more and more creamy-ness until the flavor has washed away.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
brfoster (6) - Texas, USA - MAY 5, 2003 does not count
One of the best Beers I've tasted so far. Has a very rich taste with no horrible aftertaste

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ventrithor (5) - CANADA - MAY 4, 2003 does not count
The best draught for a night out....goes well with food, or conversation. Not all pours are equal, but a good pour is truly excellent

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