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


on tap

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RATINGS: 456   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Only ratings of the 5.0% Version belong here. For Continental Europe, formerly to stay in conformance with the German Purity Law, Guinness produces an all-barley version, replacing the flaked barley.
Ingredients: Water, malted barley, flaked barley, roasted barley, hops and hop-extract.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
ricke (476) - Malme, SWEDEN - NOV 10, 2009
Dark brown (but nowhere near black), the liquid is clear. A medium-sized off-white and rather airy head settles into small lacings. The smell is of dark malts with a gentle roasted character, and notes of chocolate, wood and dark fruits. Perhaps a hint of caramel. The taste is bland from start to finish. A fragile semi-sweet malty backbone with a mild bready and roasted character. A hint of fruitiness mixes with quite a lot of caramel. Perhaps a hint of wood. The finish is mildly bitter, but since the bitterness has nothing to play with, it seems out of place. The beer finishes with a mild hint of hops and a prominent taste of minerals. Moderate body, lots of carbonation with unpleasantly sharp bubbles. Medium-dry finish. This not good, not good at all. This might be one of the most insipid stouts I’ve ever encountered. It lacks flavor, aromas, mouthfeel, everything. It’s not bad, it’s just plain old boring. This one would stand out as meaningless in a whole universe of nothingness. Serving type: bottle (Copy of old Beer Advocate review)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (17715) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 8, 2009
Draught in Koeln, Germany, but poured by Patrick from Dublin. Black, typical storm in the glass, thick tan head. Aroma of burnt espresso. Creamy mouthfeel with an edge of roasted coffee and a hint of chocolate, bitter finish. Nearly as good as the irish version, and much better than the American one.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
lithilorn (262) - Covilhã, PORTUGAL - NOV 7, 2009
Black body and light head. Roasted coffee and chocolate aroma. Light sweet coffee and chocolate flavor, dry and little bitter. A good stout to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
maupie (927) - Roosendaal, NETHERLANDS - OCT 31, 2009
After the beer was served in the glass there was found a lasting quantity not wall adhesive light brown foam collar which was fine and evenly of structure. The beer also contained no carbonic acid in the glass. The beer has a clear black color and a hoppybitter taste. The after tast of the beer is hoppybitter with a light roasted malty touch. This beer smells malty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sound67 (595) - Offenbach, GERMANY - OCT 10, 2009
33cl brown bottle. Pitch-black impenetrable colour, small offwhite head that collapses quickly, no lacing. Low carbonation, creamy mouth feel. Aroma of toffee and coffee beans. Taste is semi-sweet cocoa and espresso, with bitter finish and dry after taste. Much more likeable than the regular "Guinness Draught", this one - thankfully - misses out on the Draught’s cold-coal note. Good, not great stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Christian (11983) - Odense, DENMARK - OCT 1, 2009
Dark brown with a lasting tan head. Mild roasted aroma of toffee, caramel and chocolate. Dry and roasted, rather thin flavour with a roasted bitter finish.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Finn (5176) - Tromsø, NORWAY - SEP 10, 2009
Flaske 0,33l kjøpt på Systembolaget i Kiruna. Dyp brunrød farge. Nesten svart. Høyt lysebrunt kremaktig skum som fester seg til glasset. Forsiktig aroma av ristet malt. Smaken var en skuffelse: Den led nok under inntrykkt av mitt forrige øl - som var en mye bedre stout! Denne er OK men ordinær. Litt kaffe og ristet malt og en tørr bitterhet. Helhetsinntrykket er imidlertid ganske kjedelig.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
luttonm (3416) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 9, 2009
33cl bottle in Belgrade. Surprisingly strong roast coffee, earthy notes. Much stronger flavor than I remember from draft guinness, harsher too. Tart, bitter and dry. Large foamy head with chocolate acid on the nose. Quite nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MikeKeller (917) - Kemi, FINLAND - SEP 8, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2009 Bottle from Systembolaget. Black beer with beautiful light brown head. Aroma is quite rich with coffee, roasty maltines and several other tastes I can’t describe. Very enjoable dry stout!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zakkbironia (112) - Athens, GREECE - SEP 1, 2009
330ml bottle. Dark brown color with rich creamy white foam as usual in irish beers. Nice coffe-grain malt taste fulfilling beer thirst. Pretty good for a dry stout and can easily be found here in greece.

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