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


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RATINGS: 4857   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 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - MAY 6, 2013
A - Pours a black body with a dense creamy tan head that stays around forever. S - Roasted malt, hints of cocao. T - Dry roasted malts, hints of chocolate, maybe some berries. Finishes dry. M - Low carbonation, smooth but creamy. Thin flavors. The finishes nice and dry. This is not a meal in a glass. Serving type: nitro-tap 02-21-2011

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
allmyvinyl (6033) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 16, 2013
Can at home. Pours reddish dark brown, lighter than I expected from the supposed ’black stuff’. Lovely thick cream head though. Taste of roasted malts, but not a very strong flavour. Finishes clean and dry. Would drink it if there were nowt else.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dan269605 (235) - Rocky Hill, Connecticut, USA - JUL 22, 2013
I like that this opened the door to dark beers and stouts, but overall and despite a black body and fluffy tan head, its kind of like the "Bud" of stouts. Very thin and watery mouthfeel with bitterness that lacks a roasted full bodied notes.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
downy_dav69 (60) - Ladysmith, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 27, 2013
Bottle @ Odika's restaurant. appearance: black, sticky 1 finger head. aroma is strong malts, dark chocolate, and cashews, grass. taste is vanilla, chocolate, grass, pine, dark chocolate. has a nice dark chocolate/toffee aftertaste, but it seems too watered down. light caramel on the palate, and thick bodied.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
pumpkinhead2 (528) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 23, 2013
Cannette de 440 mL équipée d’un «widget» donnant à la bière l’aspect d’une bière en fût azotée. Bière noire brune aux reflets rubis, effervescence qui semble nulle, bon col beige très crémeux, compacte et persistant. Arômes de malt torréfié (café surtout), et léger de levure. Nez plutôt timide, et manquant franchement de complexité, mais agréable. En bouche, ce n’est ni pétillant, ni mousseux, et plutôt crémeux au palais, mais ça pourrait être bien mieux. Goût léger de torréfaction, café, grains brûlés, légère amertume en finale. Il s’agit définitivement d’une bière grand public, et pour cette catégorie, elle est très bonne, mais sur le plan de la dégustation, elle offre très peu.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
liamagester (17) - Swords, IRELAND - OCT 28, 2013
Of course the can and tap versions are worlds apart. Even among pub served pints there is huge variation. A settling Guinness is one of the grandest sights in the beer world. Creamy head is a pleasure to drink through. Bottom third of the pint quality deteriorates. Bitter, short lived aftertaste. Drinking too many of these leaves some unpleasant side effects the following day.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
RABinCO (1399) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 16, 2013
Can into a pint glass. Pours creamy dark brown with a thick cream head. Nutty aroma. Taste is toffee, nuts, cream, vanilla, hints of coffee. but overall watery.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
orzech (48) - Resovia, POLAND - NOV 18, 2013
0.44l can. Wort and roasted barley aroma with a bit of coffee and, unfortunately, some metallic notes. Pours deep dark brown with a pretty nice nitrogenous head. Flavor of, well... pretty mean lager beer with some dark malts and roasted barley addition. Burnt, sour and watery. I believe it used to taste better. I also think that without that fancy schmancy nitrogen widget, it would be just awful.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Freaky_tiki (751) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 26, 2013
Most overrated beer ever. Pours black with the trademark Guinness cap poured with the traditional pour-wait-pour process. Taste like water. So if you like your water coloured black, then this is the brew for you. A good gateway drug to more interesting stouts and/or porters but if you don’t make it past this & try something better youre just stealing oxygen from my local (and responsible for the lame beer on tap at most bars).

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tricksta_p (1862) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - NOV 28, 2013
Pours a black colour with a thick creamy head. Aroma of dark malts, cream, nuts. Watery and unremarkable, and very much overrated. Even this brewer has many better beers.

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