Brewed by St. James’s Gate (Diageo)
Style: Dry Stout
Dublin, Ireland


on tap

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RATINGS: 4969   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   EST. CALORIES: 123   ABV: 4.1%
Please only ratings of the 4.1%-version here! 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pilsnerrogge (2711) - Finspång, SWEDEN - JUN 13, 2002
Thick, creamy head. Smooth, soft flavour.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 11, 2002
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2003 Went out for lunch, the only beers available were from AB or the Guinness draught, I got the Guinness, it does have a nice appearance, black in color with a huge creamy tan head, weak roasty aroma, bland and weak flavor, it is thin and watery, yet has a creamy mouthfeel from the nitro, overall very bland and flavorless, not much going on here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sleepdirt (169) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JUN 10, 2002
Although this classic now has competition, it is still unique. Soft,yet dry-with a hoppy,woody tone to it. Not really sweet, which is nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
iggysam2000 (38) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 9, 2002
It’s a good beer definitly, the carbon dioxide ball is great releases just the right amount of fome, but my problem lies in the taste its much to bitter for me, im notreally into the black beers especialy like this to quote skankin’ pickle this is ’thick ass strout’ its to thick to put down fast

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 8, 2002
The pitch black Gunness look is unmistakable. A very good beer, with a distinct taste. Great beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerManiac6699 (11) - USA - JUN 7, 2002
The original stout as far as I am concerned. Used to be my favorite until I tried Murphy’s...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Troobie99 (60) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 7, 2002
Guinness can make a good stout--witness the ’Extra Stout’ sold to Americans in bottles. Alas, draft Guinness is thin and tinny. It doesn’t pack nearly the complexity of its more robust kin (how could such a watery brew?). For a classic dry stout, a Beamish is far more satisfying--and at the right pub, they’ll serve it to you on nitro, bubbles a’dancin and all.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ricman0199 (1) - USA - JUN 7, 2002 does not count
Many people think this is a ’heavy’ beer...it actually has only 10 calories/ounce, almost as few as american light beers!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
IFearNoBeer (15) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - JUN 5, 2002
I had to come back and re-rate this after having experiences with other stouts. While Guinness is creamy and totally smooth, it’s not really complex and is pretty watery. But you can plow through this stuff (if that’s your goal) unlike a lot of other stouts. The head is so thick, gotta love it. It’s got its own thing going but there’s much better stuff out there!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
VTIrishman99 (64) - Virginia, USA - JUN 5, 2002
Not a huge fan of the Irish import... it has its charm, but if I wanted a full meal, I’d get steak and potatoes, not a 6 pack of Guiness (which is about the same price!)

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