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


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RATINGS: 4719   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   EST. CALORIES: 123   ABV: 4.1%
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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
cogman99 (7) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 24, 2001 does not count
The Holy Grail of beer! A true art form. Beautiful palate, essential smoothness, malty and better than a date with an ugly chick!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
stralle99 (1) - VšsterŚs, SWEDEN - OCT 21, 2001 does not count
The time it takes to pour up a Guinness is truly worth the wait. A thick crown tops the black gold. A pleasant smell emanates from the glass as you wait for the beer to settle. The first sip is creamy and bittersweet. The aftertaste is a welcome tickling on the tongue. This is the definition of a good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
40oz (181) - Newport Beach, California, USA - OCT 19, 2001
Very thick head that lasted longer than the beer. Malty, mildly hoppy and bittersweet. Slightly chocloatey flavor that became more pronounced as the beer warmed. Excellent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
canary dog (680) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - OCT 19, 2001
Not as thick a head as the can version, but tastes better than the can because you donít get that darn tin taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
K-V-F-L (292) - LaVista, Nebraska, USA - OCT 15, 2001
Oddly enough, didnít have the characterful flavor profile I expected. Harp, from the same brewery, has more texture. Canít fault the richness or the body, I just wished for a bit more íoomphí.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhenry76 (101) - Landenberg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 15, 2001
Very smooth..solid, creamy, almost sweet. Not heavy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 12, 2001
Not really impressed. Iíve gotten to like Guinness a lot more over the years, as Iíve gradually gotten used to more bitter stouts; but this bottle has a really nasty edge at the end, and not a lot of nose. Looks and tastes not too different from the can, except not as smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
lizziesage (180) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 12, 2001
This fits my definition of beautiful beer. When poured right the colour graduation and the head is remarkable. As far as taste goes itís not exactly my favorite beer. It tends to be a little too bitter and grassy for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jbrus (4991) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - OCT 10, 2001
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2003 rerate 05-04-2003: not yet tasted this one in Ireland but I'm getting closer. This one tasted at the Prince Albert in London. The is ok, but light, just a bit roasted. Looks great though, black, light brown creamy head, very good lace. Light sweet, light bitter, average stout. Nice roasted finish with some chocolat.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
micksherwood99 (2) - USA - OCT 9, 2001 does not count
Motherís milk! It is an acquired taste. This means drink it for a week or two. Trust me, it is so worth it. On a side note, it is actually good for you too.

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