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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 5185   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

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1.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Arayaga2 (2169) - portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 17, 2005
Irish Budweiser... and it tastes like rinse water from a cast-iron pan. Whatís everyone getting so excited about???

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mookie (45) - Tacoland, Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2005
The nitrogen really gives this one bragging rights. I miss the 5% abv version of this beer, no longer produced for Texas, however the 4.2% avb version is so great. Dry mellow creamy roasted barley lingers with a gentle bitterness and a slight sourness. Rich, yet not at all heavy, I find it easy to plow through a few or more pints. Ever consistant. A pint for breakfast instead of a cup of coffee is a great way to start the day.

3.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jewedekind (450) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 16, 2005
On daught at Claddagh Irish Pub. Served cold and under nitrogen. Beautiful pour, huge frothy head with a cute design added. No aroma...none. Very little taste. Creamy. Very drinkable, but nothing for flavor. Iíll take it in the bottle any day. The can is even better. Sorta like a bombshell date that has nothing between the ears.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - JAN 15, 2005
11.2oz bottle. This fizzed up when I opened and might have taken most of the carbonation with it. Poured in my Guinness pint glass my wife got me at the brewery in Ireland. Poured black with a really minimal head. Started at 40į, ended at 48į. Aroma is sweet roasted malt, with some coffee notes and some sourness. Taste is the same, roasted sweet malt, some underlying sourness and saltiness? A bit of coffee. Mouthfeel was watery. Roasty finish. Probably a beer to only get on tap with the nitro. A subpar stout, with basic flavors. I will also say that I am not a big fan of dry stouts.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
johnyvt (158) - West Hollywood, California, USA - JAN 14, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2005 Beatuiful looking when itís poured. Looks thicker than it actually goes down. Not much distinction in taste, mostly just creamy chocolate/vanilla with a little coffee. Lacks the roasted malt or hops profile of a good stout. Nevertheless, for a macro this isnít bad by a long shot.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
CanDave (3) - CANADA - JAN 14, 2005 does not count
Who needs food when you can have a Guinness? It isnít the best beer Iíve ever had, but it is the best one I can get anywhere I go.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Diode (7) - USA - JAN 12, 2005 does not count
Before I knew other beers existed, Guinness was indeed my "nectar of gods". It still is my favorite freely-available beer in the Northeastern US. It is a dinner stout if there ever was one. Iíve given it a nickname -- "the beer that drinks like a meal". Long live Guinness.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
cazort (560) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2005
UPDATED: APR 28, 2007 For all the talk, this beer is not very good. Heavy and smooth, it is quite filling, but it has almost no flavour. I guess beers like this have an appeal to people who want something substantial yet do not enjoy bitterness and strong flavours.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
brocker (99) - Salina, Utah, USA - JAN 12, 2005
Iíve heard it referred to as, "The nectar of the Gods". I wonít disagree. Truly one of the most delicious drinks ever created by man. The thick creamy head is the measuring stick for all other beers. It lasts the whole way down providing that slight creamy taste and feel cutting the tasty cocoa-like flavor. The best glass iíve ever had was at this little Irish owned / operated pub called "The Claddagh", in Gilroy, CA. The owner suggested to me that the trick was to clean the keg lines every night with soda water. If you canít get it on tap, I would suggest the can over the bottle.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - JAN 9, 2005
Nearly opaque with some dark brown at the bottom and a creamy tan head. Roasted malt and a bit of a coffee aroma with some mild hopps. Fairly simplistic stout aroma. Smooth and creamy with roasted coffee falvors and malts and a dry finish, but fairly thin and almost a bit wattery.


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