Brewed by St. James’s 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
stoutosaurus (157) - Clinton, Mississippi, USA - MAR 18, 2003
The new draught bottle is pretty cool. Guinness is best from the draught tall boy. Go out and try a micro stout and you'll see how much better some of them are than guinness, although guinness is great to drink right before class.
Earlier Rating: 7/6/2002 Total Score: 3.5
Whatever I say has probably already been said before, so I won’t bother. It’s Guinness draft.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2003
A bit thin for a stout and lacking in complexity. Perhaps my fault for drinking a can with a widget. Beautiful black body with great creamy head, a little bit of roasted malt, but not much to get excited about.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - MAR 18, 2003
Unfortunately, I was cajoled into the obligatory St. Patrick's Day pint with a buddy. No great loss, as there wasn't anything else worth drinking at the "Irish" pub anyways. Black, famous nitro head and body characteristics, mild roasted qualities and nothing else. A pour (this beer down the drain) example of a stout.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrnkMcDermott (2997) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAR 18, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2008 My first Guinness was a horrid bottled beer many years ago. Today’s version with the “widget” delivering something resembling a hand-pulled mouthfeel is a great improvement. The Draught cans still have a somewhat “fizzier” head than a draft pull, but at least the head is creamy and plays well with the roasty beer body. For sure, Guinness has become an American mega-brew, and craft brews surpass it in taste, but it’s still a fine session beer and an alternative to a horse-p*** pilsner. Revision note: Oh yeah, good smoked peat taste in my latest can. Acidic, too. I’ve based my ratings on the pint “pub draught” cans that have been in my beer fridge for over two years now (one left), and it seems to have aged pretty well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
gerdy555 (163) - Ohio, USA - MAR 18, 2003
once upon a time i thought that this beer was the greatest beer ever. what happened? did it change or did i change? probably the latter. but anyway this is a great beer to look at when poured of the tap. wonderful head that stays with you till the bottom of the glass. flavor is like burnt coffee and bitter. body is creamy yet thin. a good beer to start out with but there's much better out there

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
brewboy (152) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 18, 2003
It's St. Patricks Day, you're in a bar, and they serve Guinness. What else does one drink? A smooth, black, sultry, dark stout ale that seems an eternity when you have to wait of 119seconds for the pour. I never tire of watching those droplets of foam fight their way up from the bottom to band with their brothers and form that distinctive creamy head. There is only one Guinness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 18, 2003
A St. Patty's favorite, Guinness is a respectable stout, if overrated. No beer tops its black, frothy-headed appearance. However, this beer consistently lacks carbonation and complexity. A good choice when faced with Budweiser swill, but pales in comparison to American craft-brewed stouts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shag (2834) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAR 13, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2003 Guinness is still a good beer for me but its not as great as I once thought. I still enjoy one when it's poured correctly and served at the correct temp. Appearance is excellent and maybe none better. Flavor is somewhat bitter with a fairly weak mouthfeel. This beer will always be a classic to me but its no longer a favorite. I still have no problem having one and will continue to do so. A good intro into the world of good beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2003 (Can) Lots of toffe on the nose. The palate is very light in body and filled with flavors assosiated with pasteurization. The finish is light dry and full of coffee. I wonder what this beer would be like if it was unpasteurized, unfiltered, and bottle conditioned. I hate nitro beer

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheRimmer (483) - Florida, USA - MAR 13, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2004 I'm afraid my opinion of this is kind of low. Amazing creamy head and lace and color(totally opaque). But the flavor is kind of generic and bland. Very suitable for the masses' consumption. 8/04 - my how times change. This has turned into my favorite session beer. great roastiness and slightly coffee flavors. crips, smoothe, thick, creamy. its just a swell beer.

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