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


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RATINGS: 367   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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For Continental Europe, to stay in conformance with the German Purity Law, Guinness produces an all-malt version, replacing the flaked barley.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AlexGR (114) - GREECE - APR 26, 2014
Dark with thick beige head. Roasted, chocolate, coffee. A little bitter. Dry Finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerhunter111 (8070) - Hasborn, GERMANY - APR 7, 2014
Tiefschwarzes Bier mit schöner bräunlichen Schaumkrone. Geruch sehr röstmalzig, Kaffee, Schokolade. Geschmack röstmalzig trocken nach Kaffee, leicht würzig und herb.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Gurthnar (2088) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - APR 1, 2014
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2014 Bottle. Aroma is roasty, fruity, somehow sharp. Clear dark brown colour. Taste is neutral, watery, roasted with astringency included. Unimpressed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mvciek (178) - - MAR 26, 2014
Dark brown/black with a small head. Armoa of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, but all a bit too weak. Smooth and creamy. Low carbonation. Herbal bitterness in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
gildnerk (132) - Düsseldorf, GERMANY - MAR 17, 2014
Available in Germany at 4.1% ABV. According to the label, this is "the Guinness that started it all" over 200 years ago. Pours nearly pitch black (in fact a dark ruby) with a pillowy beige head. Aromas in the direction of roasted sweet malts and grass. Rather thin body, soft carbonation. Taste is immediately bittersweet, then takes a quick turn to a more pronounced astringent, slightly soapy finish. This reminds me more of a Schwarzbier than a Guinness stout, and thereby falls a bit short of my expectations. Still a decent drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
arsol (607) - NORWAY - MAR 12, 2014
Svart farge med beige skum. Lukter malt, kaffe. Mild bitter kaffesmak og har også en mild bitter avslutning.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
terefere (232) - Durham, USA - MAR 11, 2014
Bottle 33cl, label says "Guinness Original 5%". Pours black, average tan head, nice lacing. Aroma of oat, coffee, chocolate, licorice. Taste: smoked malts, charcoal, roasted coffee, some dark chocolate.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
melush (937) - SPAIN - MAR 8, 2014
Botella de 33 cl. Color negro. Espuma consistente y cremosa. Sabor a malta tostada, cafe

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
tmzl (89) - SLOVENIA - MAR 8, 2014

Look: Light pour with big, puffy, thick (small bubbles), gorgeous, mocha head. Has nice, slow retention. Creamy, thick layer stays on top, leaves lots of random sticky lacing. Clear dark brown with red amber hue.

Smell: Fresh, lightly roasted, chocolate, grainy (cereal). Also some oatmeal, a bit dusty and mineral. Good malt base with herbal hops to complete it.

Taste: Stars with light roast (with some milk chocolate) sweetness that goes into light roast to coffee bitterness with hints of herbal hops. Despite being light, the bitterness is a bit exaggerated compared to overall taste, which is watered down compared to the smell. Some of the richness from malt is lost here. Also some light acidity with mineral character, which makes it fresher and easier to drink.

Mouthfeel: Light, relatively crisp carbonation for a stout, still light creamy feeling. Dry finish.

Overall: Smell promises more, but the taste is a bit watered down and doesn’t deliver. It’s ok, easy to drink with some roasted malt character and there are times, when you need exactly this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mikeyo1 (259) - Linköping, SWEDEN - MAR 7, 2014
Bottle, pours reddish black with a big light brown head. Dry roasted aroma with coffee, herbs, some chocolate and some light nice acidity, almost brett like. Taste is similar but with more pronounced coffee. Finishes dry with a lasting medium bitterness. Light body.

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