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


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RATINGS: 4492   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.

lord_totenkopf's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lord_totenkopf (310) - Budapest, - MAY 15, 2011
Stout with dark, black colour and creamy head. Aroma is not so strong, some bread and chocolate notes are the main characters. Taste is fresh and a bit watery. Very nice beer, one of the few stouts available on tap but I think itís very overpriced in Budapest.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
realadam (52) - HUNGARY - APR 14, 2014
Very dark beer with a nice, long lasting head. Roasted aroma, a bit milky taste. Not so sweet, rather salty with a bitter finish. Medium body with soft carbonation. Definitely a good beer, but not my style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 11/20
1guywith_aboat (168) - phenix city, Alabama, USA - APR 13, 2014
Nice roasty aroma, tan head, roasty stout flavor. Very good in every aspect except body. This one is so thin bodied. Extra stout is very similar but with more body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
keanex (1288) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - APR 13, 2014
Appearance: Deep chestnut to black body, opaque through all but the thinnest edges. A foamy yet creamy light tan head is perched on top.
Aroma: Big creamer aroma like coffee with a mild yeasty fruitiness and a prominent but mild roasted malt aroma. This actually smells much better than I remembered, but itís slightly off.
Taste: The flavor has a sour tinge to it with a watery intro. The flavor is really flat until the finish which gets slightly chalky with a nice creamy light chocolate mousse finish, a touch of roasted malts. This is really nice on the finish, shame everything else is meh.
Palate: This is watery, I get nitro beers, but this is basically creamy water.
Overall: Well I came here expecting to hate this beer. Iíve had it twice in my life before, not in a mixed drink of any sort, and have hated it. This isnít so bad, thereís a potential for something great but I canít help but get a going bad milk/creamer flavor and aroma.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gopherfan99 (196) - CROATIA - APR 13, 2014
Tap, black with a beige head, tastes bitter with coffee, malt, and some chocolate, dry finish, very good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewHaMeister (91) - - APR 12, 2014
12oz bottle pours a reddish black with a thick off white head and dense lacing. Aroma and flavor is signature Guinness. Drink one and youíll know Iím talking about. Good beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Mjp12 (147) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 12, 2014
Tastes quite bland, hasnít got the metallic bitterness that craft stouts have, very easy drinking, but nothing more

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Darn_it (15) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 11, 2014
Even after trying all the craft brews (most I have never rated here) Guiness is one of the few beers I thought was decent when my palate was horrible and still think of it as good. Guiness has put a lot of effort into encouraging bars to serve their drinks properly and to install specific nitro tap systems to get a fine texture one that I do appreciate. Guiness is a simple stout but there are no flaws and it has a freshness to itís bitterness I canít ignore. I always lose hope to corrupt a none craft beer drinker into liking craft brews when they tell me what they drink followed by "but I canít handle guiness" as if it is the heaviest in weight and highest in abv. If guiness is too much flavor an ipa and god forbid an imperial anything will kill you!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tanstil (112) - Athens, GREECE - APR 9, 2014
0.5l can. A black beer with a brown creamy head. Sweet aroma of caramel, coffee and dark chocolate. Bitter taste of roasted malt. Dry finish.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
MatelotBourre (1) - AUSTRALIA - APR 8, 2014 does not count
Definitely not the Holy Grail of stouts. I would prefer stronger flavours from the roasted malts than what is present. To me the beer tastes a bit watery overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Saeglopur (153) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - APR 8, 2014
Can. Pitch black body, with a lovely milk creamy, really stable, light beige head. Aroma of coffee, dark chocolate, liquorice, dried fruits. Tastes of dark chocolate, coffee, smoke, nuts, ripe banana, red and dark fruits, liquorice. Mouthfeel is medium, slick, creamy and it finishes bitter, roasty and fruity-sour. Well, it is a Guinness, a classic Stout, quaffable, well balanced and with nice complex, dark aromas. The world would be a better place if all mass beers were of this quality.

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