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


on tap

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RATINGS: 4978   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AxeMaster221 (343) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 13, 2002
While Guinness was my first stout, this new draft version in the bottle with a nitro widget just doesnt come close to what made me appreciate the stout style all those years ago. It looks nice, pouring black with a big, creamy tan head, but the nitro just adds a bit of a strange flavor, and the dry, bitter flavors are no longer my favorite either.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
homerman (40) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - SEP 12, 2002
Where have you been all my life? As Kevin Kash would say, Yes I like it. Should be the Nobel prize for this floating draught system. I donít think you can get better if you brew it yourself!!!!! This was my first 4-pack. Iím going shopping!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Simon (42) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 12, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2005 Re-rate: Tried this one on tap here in the states and hated it. Maybe I just donít have the experience with dry stouts yet. --- Orignal rate:Yuck. This might be a good beer, but it tastes fake. Maybe itís the nitrogen. No carbonation at all. Feels like milk in your mouth and the taste didnít redeem it. Old toffee. Iíll give Guinness a chance on tap here in the US, because I hope this isnít is all it has to offer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dhurtubise (568) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 12, 2002
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2003 Ahhh my first love. After wasting away my early twenties and avoiding this precious black pearl because i first sampled it in a bottle in Canada (not the same beer), my wife (not a beer drinker) ordered it at an Irish Pub in Banff. I remember looking foolishly at her, cross-eyed and asking her if she knew what she was ordering. Boy did she ever! This pub served it cold, cellar and room temps and their cellar was golden. Ever since then, i've evolved. Thank You Guinness. It is a black stout with a thick creamy nitro driven tan head. Aroma-wise, as with most nitro beers, it is fairly flacid but hints of roasted malts can be detected. It is a LIGHT bodied beer balanced with a good roast and hop bitterness. The finish is all roasted malt bitterness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
BarePaw (148) - Pullman, Washington, USA - SEP 11, 2002
This beer, like any beer is much better on tap than out of the bottle or can. It fills you up. Itís like a meal in a glass.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
BruceLeroy (111) - North Dakota, USA - SEP 9, 2002
Awful. No carbonation. Tasted like 4 month old iced tea. I canít believe I bought a six pack, should have tried a bottle first. My god this stuff is horrible. Iíd drink Milwaukeeís finest monkey spunk over this bum urine. Absolutely disgusting. Gonna go grab a Sam Adamís Summer Ale out of the fridge to get this taste out of my mouth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldJack99 (114) - USA - SEP 9, 2002
good beer, rich & smooth at the same time, thick head, good coffee/toast notes in it. Somewhat expensive, Iíll buy more sometime though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
metaldust (30) - Missouri, USA - SEP 6, 2002
Pretty good beer. Kinda tastes like coffee to me.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 6, 2002
Okay, Iím going to give tis a mediocre rating. Itís certainly a good beer and probably the best looking, but itís not that great. I think too many people look at the name first. The head is by far the best part of the beer with the rest being slightly watery without a lot of flavor. And a 4.1% ABV???? Itís a good brew, but not spectacular, and they lost some admiration with me when they began brewing it in Canada.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (10427) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 5, 2002
Very good stout. Not the best out there, but itís been around for a long while and thereís a reason. Great, malty, toasted aroma and flavor. Very well balanced. Not sweet. Excellent lacing. Durable, creamy, off-white head. My only complaint is that there is no life in the carbonation. Very flat on the palate. Excellent introductory stout.

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