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


on tap

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RATINGS: 4890   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4   EST. CALORIES: 123   ABV: 4.1%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
sthlm (1254) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 4, 2007
[Bottle, thanks Philsner] Pours dark brown with a light tan head that lingers nicely. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee and bakers chocolate. Taste is faintly vanilla at first, then roasted malt--but the flavor is weak all around. Very watery and short finish. A bit of a disappointment.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Guerde (1221) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 4, 2007
(bottle, thanks Philsner) pours a light black with an off-white head. Aroma is the best quality of this beer, with some dark chocolate, baked brownie, and slight coffee as well. Flavor is almost non-existent, slight chocolate, maybe a little coffee, and thatís about it with just a slight roasted finish. This beer is very watery though.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jbuzz (771) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 13, 2007
a "classic" if you can call a beer that. Deep dark color and flavor to match. Close your eyes and youíll be someplace far far away.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
sacredchao (3) - USA - SEP 25, 2007 does not count
Smells good. A little watery. Not much flavor. Kind of boring. Has a cool little plastic thingy in the bottle though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
dancatts (91) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 4, 2007
Very dark beer that has a smooth, somewhat coffee-like taste, that has a bitter aftertaste. Not my favorite, but still worth having.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
KimJohansen (10396) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - JAN 14, 2008
Black with brown creamy head. Mild roasted malt in the nose. Flavor is very creamy with mild roasted malt and a discrete bitterness to the end. Somewhat watery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
oreogobbler (228) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 25, 2008
Straight roasted coffee aroma. Dark brown almost black appearance with a fluffy creamy head. Very thin with little flavor. What I do taste is stale dry malts. No body but very smooth. Itís not bad but I think Iíd rather sit around and smell this beer then drink it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
elihapa (1533) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - MAY 20, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2008 From nitro can. Poured a dark brown with smooth nitro cream head. Aroma of bread and caramel malt. Flavor featured vanilla, cocoa, malt, bread, and a generous helping of water. Finishes slightly bitter and largely empty. Guinness was part of a blind stout tasting I took part in, and it came out DEAD LAST overall. Go figure.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 23, 2011
Draft at Average Joeís; Pours black, creamy off-white head, typical Guinness lacing, which is gorgeous as usual. Nose is tart fruit, berries, some roast. Flavours are light and dry, clean with berries. Dull, flat, and boring.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
esp0r (2375) - NORWAY - MAR 17, 2011
Can Dark brown, looks like black in the glass. Thick creamy head. Smells of caramel, malts, yeast. Watery feel. Taste has alot of sweetness, some caramel malts but not the coffee i remembered from my early guinness experience. Not much bitterness in finish. And itís not so dry eighter. OK irish stout.

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