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


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RATINGS: 5113   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheKing99 (13) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 23, 2001
Very light but watery and loses its flavour after a couple of pints. Good if yourintention is to just have one or two.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
trappist12 (200) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - AUG 22, 2001
Not a bad beer. If you want to really spice up your beer consumption, try a Schlenkerla smoked beer!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 27, 2001
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2005 Pours with a classic foaming head. Aroma is sightly roasted. Very black brew. Taste is extremely watery, some bitterness, and a dry finish. Not nearly as good as I used to think.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Andrew196 (1467) - Katy, Texas, USA - MAR 18, 2002
There are much better stouts than this. This beer is way to commercialized to be good. It is just dark and roasted....nothing too distinctive or special...give me chocolate or plums...anything!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 4, 2002
Boy, this beer looks good and everyone says it is good, ut tastes more like flat cola than beer, very disapointed after all the hype.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
crazydiamond (48) - Michigan, USA - FEB 4, 2002
For the record, Iím not a real stout fan. But after the first few sips, this beer sort of íbelongsí to you. Part of it I think is keeping the aftertaste away. Hey, I said I wasnít a stout fan!!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
RichardGretton (4652) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2002
I donít like this style of beer, a coffee tasting version of John Smithís extra smooth.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kwik-lime (1706) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 4, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2005 You canít fault a pint of Guinness on appearance, it is a thing of pure beauty. Very dark brown but when served as a pint is black to the naked eye, with a thick head. Sadly the taste doesnít really live up the appearance - although it goes down easily and the carbonation is at just the right level to keep it smooth without being overbearing, and the flavours are nicely balanced and comprise smokeyness, coffee and nuts, you get the impression that this beer is somewhat over-rated. Thereís definately a hint of wateryness about it and it isnít particularly complex or exciting.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Nate (4199) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2004 Black clear body with thick creamy lasting lacing head. Watery body and light carbonation, almost as smooth as milk on draught or out of can. Light roasted character, but after trying many other stouts, this is pretty much one-dimensional.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
stephen (308) - California, USA - JUL 28, 2002
RERATE: Started at 57F and poured cascadingly into an Ohio State Buckeyes mug so the appearance is guaranteed a higher rating. Aroma is slightly wheaty and roasty. Appearance is beautiful as expected - long lasting, tight creamy head. Slightly sour and a wheat-like flavor stands out followed by a subdued roastiness. Slightly rubbery - perhaps an old bottle. Mouthfeel is somewhat thin, however the creaminess is present. This bottle was at least 5 months old from the store, so it may not be an ideal sample. I know a fresher bottle would rate higher in the flavor, palate and overall categories.-------LA RATING : OK. Would rather drink the draft version. As recommended, I drank it cold and out of the bottle - big mistake. Would have been better warm and in a pint glass.

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