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


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RATINGS: 4753   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   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.

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jessep28 (4) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 27, 2005 does not count
First impressions led to a coffee taste. This takes one or two to get used to. Overall, a great beer for the money. I’m sure it’s even better in Ireland.

theacelatrain (262) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 25, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2005 On tap at the Guinness factory in Dublin -- on St. Paddy’s weekend. Miles ahead of any Guinness I’ve had in the states. There was a 300-meter line outside the factory, so the taps were pumping all day long; probably the freshest I’ve ever tasted. This beer benefited greatly from freshness all weekend. The widget cans and bottles, on the other hand, can’t compare. Flavors are further muted by the nitro, leaving the beer tasting more like some mildly beer-flavored water.

hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 23, 2005
Used to drink Guinness in English pubs in the 70’s and I remember it as intensely flavourful and bitter. Now a Guinness from a can still looks incredibly beautiful, but seems watery and really quite disappointing when compared with modern brews. I guess my sense of taste is declining with the passing years...

pinkzambia (2069) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 21, 2005
On Tap at Burger & Brew (on Fairview): If a beer wins an award on appearance alone, this beer has to be #1. Beautifully "jet brown" (almost black) with an absolutely gorgeous head in look and in structure. It maintains this smooth head throughout the whole drink. If you drink from one spot on the glass it maintains a thick layer of lacing on the remainder of the glass. Besides the looks, it has a thin feel with charcoal accents. It is a smooth and easy ride all the way down. I am not a big stout guy (I am actually quite small and thin), but this one is drinkable and could be consumed on a regular basis by this non-stout guy.

telepork (84) - USA - JUN 20, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2006 Smooth in palate, unreal head from the bottle and very nice from the tap. Barley-mania in every serving. If tap isn’t properaly cared for, Guinness is horrible. But from the bottle and a good tap with an icy glass, it is unreal. Coffee, hazel, and chocolate malt, with creamy holiday spice to it, like a specialty lager, but in the ale form is heavy and velvety on the gums, throat, and tongue. Mmmmmmm - Great, great beer.

BlackGold (4) - Holliston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 16, 2005 does not count
This is my favorite beer... You have to go to Ireland to get the full flavor of this beer.

waeltzy (53) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 16, 2005
Classic. Good beer for people who think this stuff is the strongest stuff on earth. Go drink something imperial, then you’ll know Guinness isn’t the "motor oil" they think it is. A bit thin as far as stouts go but I still love it. Some smoke and a beautiful head reminiscent of pudding. My Goodness, My Guinness.

Sregnar35 (1032) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - JUN 15, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2005 Classic beer, best beer you can get usually when you go to a restaurant. Not too aggressive of a flavor, but great presence and aroma.

noattention (20) - California, USA - JUN 15, 2005
The standard. Can’t really like beer and not appreciate a Guinness. Just be sure it’s poured right!

stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 14, 2005
pours dark with a big thick rich head, a little weak, a roasted malt smell, not bad, drinkable.im not a big fan of stouts, but this was good.

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