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


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RATINGS: 5102   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 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jgb9348 (5686) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 11, 2003
Always completely opaquely black in colour. Not much smell...but completely balanced from the subtle taste and great flavour. The de facto standard of stouts, and always perfect from the can with the always amazing widget!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Guinness4Duff (515) - Tallahassee (and Poconos, PA), Florida, USA - JAN 11, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2008 A great creamy roasted beer. The stereotypes are wrong, this beer is light and easy to drink despite its dark color.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 10, 2003
What can you say about the way Guinness pours? The cascade is a sight to behold. Has a heavy palate, a coffee-like aftertaste. I found the taste a little watery. Dry stouts are not really my bag.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerManDan (21) - Houghton, Michigan, USA - JAN 10, 2003
Tastes like coffee. And the Head! Almost as much as I get! Takes like a half hour for it to go down enough to drink it. Good beer if you like the thick dark full flavored beers. Iíll stick with my watery lights though.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tex (52) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 10, 2003
Beautiful looking pour. Very smooth and thick to drink. You need to try it just to know what to judge others around.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Verne (263) - Enumclaw, Washington, USA - JAN 9, 2003
UPDATED: APR 29, 2003 Smooth. The only thing I can add to this beers review is that this beer really sets light in the stomach. Itís not a heavy beer in reality just in appearance and flavor

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
soulfly967 (5) - Zelienople, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2003 does not count
Probably the best beer on the planet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JAN 9, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2005 Tasted in the Irish Stout Vertical on St Pattyís Day 05
Thick creamy head, watery palate, light roast, nutty acidity, thin body. Not much of anything anymore. The can has a bit more acidity than the bottle but both are rather unimpressive. Rerate from a 3.5 overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Archimedes99 (27) - Virginia, USA - JAN 8, 2003
I prefer it to the Guinness Original in the bottles. The taste is almost negligible, but it seems fresher in a way. Every can opened is like a reunion with an old friend. Pours with a beautiful head and dark appearance. The nitrogen widget put in the cans makes the complex aroma more apparent. The flavor carries notes of coffee and chocolate and always goes down smooth and nice. The bitter aftertaste, although enjoyable, can sometimes be so persistent that it is bothersome (particularly after a night of drinking several of these). An excellent beer that I will always favor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
Nezhy99 (5) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2003 does not count
The ONLY stout. Even better when tasted in Ireland. I gotta get back there!

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