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


on tap

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RATINGS: 5081   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 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 (10563) - 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
TheGreatKen (76) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 31, 2002
Guinness, out of the tap at an Irish bar with a "clover" on the head, is the best.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Northernbrewer (151) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - AUG 29, 2002
The dark color belies how light this beer really is. A mild bitterness and somwhat thin body are masked by the gimicky nitro draft system. Give me my Real Ale!!! Still, this is the bar by which others are measured and it is well brewed by whatever contract brewer Guinness is using these days, so I will give it a few marks for that.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
DEbeer (192) - West Virginia, USA - AUG 28, 2002
I like this better than Guinness I have had from a bottle or on tap. This is so smooth. The most amazing thing was the head, creamy, half-inch, lasted all the way down. I am impressed.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
wienerherb99 (21) - Wien, AUSTRIA - AUG 28, 2002
still best on tap in Ireland, and not too cold ( forget the ice cold version ).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
scottyg (79) - Gainesville, Florida, USA - AUG 27, 2002
Had to give it a 4 for appearance b/c itís darker than mud. :O) Good for a macrobrewed beer of sorts, but sorry other Irishmen, I cannot drink it warm, has to be cold.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Wilecat (66) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 27, 2002
Wow, I think this beer taste great for coming out of a bottle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
FastEddie (230) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 26, 2002
Still canít figure out why in the hell people insist on serving this stuff ice-cold. I usually wait a few minutes til it reaches room temperature before inbibing. Usually available and always good, especially from a nitrogen tap.

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