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


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RATINGS: 4841   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
GiddyBoy (117) - USA - OCT 24, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2008 Very nice. Itís darkness is deceiving. You think it will be very heavy and overpowering, and it is smooth and smoky. Itís taste is very satisfying, and it has a sour aftertaste that doesnít really bother you. I havenít had the draft yet, so I was in no way disappointed. The Guinness canning procedue is quite unique and leaves you wondering: Just what is that ball thing???

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TChrome (1442) - Bedford, Texas, USA - OCT 23, 2002
This is a nice stout and incredibly accessible. I have always though Guinness has a good flavor, but is kind of thin on the palate. Nice roasted malt flavor with no evidence of any hops. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
faulstich (25) - Davis, California, USA - OCT 22, 2002
Great looking stout - what pours better from the can? You feel like youíve eaten a meal afterwards. If youíre going to have more than one beer, have this one last. You wonít want a weak one afterwards and you probably donít want two of these!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Void42599 (5) - USA - OCT 22, 2002 does not count
This is the Best looking Beer I have ever seen. Lovely Mixed Brown as poared seperating to a great Black Brew with a White Head. I love to poar this fast, just to watch it better. And the Taste, Beyond Belief. I Wish it was a bit cheaper, but still worth every penny of the price.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 21, 2002
And to think I started brewing stouts. Mine are much better--Nice creamy looking head. Bitter and harsh initial flavor. Weak. Has the taste of the most disgusting instant coffee you have ever had in your life. After the assault on the taste buds, it actually finishes nice--not sure if that is by design or if it because my tongue has been burned off. My recommendation, have a good American stout if you want a stout. If you want an Irish beer, drink a Harp. You at least wonít be wasting any money. Better yet, if you want an Irish dry stout--try Murphyís. Itís not that great, but at least they donít pretend that it is.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Norton (329) - Southside, Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 21, 2002
UPDATED: APR 25, 2005 Bottle. Pours sparsely light-penetrable black. I sense some toasted barley in the aroma. Off-white head dissipates minimally, clings. Nice zingy mouthfeel. Definite cocoa undertones. Crisp malty bite. Keeps me interested. I must say, this beats the living crap out of their Extra Stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - OCT 20, 2002
Opaque brown black with a creamy looking medium size and long lasting beige head - I like the way the head colour changes from brown to beige. Full bodied but not quite as full or as smooth as the draught - draught. Mild smokey bacon, chocolate, coffe and roasted malt aromas. Medium bitter sweet roasted malt and coffee flavours. I decided to use most of the can in a beef casserole.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
rolo99 (29) - USA - OCT 20, 2002
Easy to drink, and much more satisfying than American piss beers.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
notalush (5279) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 20, 2002
People seem to forget that this beer really does deserve to be one of the most loved beers in the world. Itís not the greatest stout, but there is something about it that feels comfortable, like an old blanket.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - OCT 20, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2003 Now this is the ultimate in a draft. Excellent head, a very distiguished and bold taste. I could drink this night and day...oh wait..i already do! RERATE 01/08/03: OK...after getting a couple pints of this in me at Dick"s Last Resort in San Diego, because my friends thought it would be funny as hell to get me drunk, ive got to re-rate this downward a bunch. As my palate has developed the sweet malts here have just died down. Good appearance..nice body, but thin mouthfeel and little aroma bring this one down.

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