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


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RATINGS: 5218   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   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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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
imradioboy (23) - USA - SEP 15, 2004
Everybody knows, and most love this beer. Iím not going to waste time telling you about how it pours dark, or has a great head. What is odd is that I initally disliked this beer; then one day began enjoying it, a lot. Plus itís available everywhere.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KUEric (963) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 14, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2006 Amazingly smooth for its very dark color. It is darker than even most ports. But the taste is wonderful for the strong appearence it puts forth. The old slogan "good things come to those who wait" is very true. The head/foam process is a beatiful thing to watch. The sole reason I give the appearance a 5, the bubbles go down. And the taste has mild notes of both coffee, but more so chocolate. It is a very good stout, and I dont particularly care for stouts. Of course the more I drink craft beers, the lighter it seems to become, but at the storehouse in Ireland its a much better beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrHoppsworth (47) - USA - SEP 12, 2004
A solid brew for sure,but too expensive too be an every day beer. Much smoother than it looks.A beer that grows on you.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
Nel (180) - Virginia, USA - SEP 9, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2007 I keep updating this beer, and Iílll probably continue to do so in the future. Pours out black with a creamy head. Tastes like sour roast coffee and malt. This beer is seriously nothing special, in fact itís really pretty awful. There is no doubt that it is much more complex than almost all other macros american or otherwise, but Iíd rather have a bud than a guinness. The mouthfeel is thin and the taste leaves MUCH to be desired. Guinnes does not deserve to be in the top 50% of beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pintbypint (3452) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 8, 2004
From 440ml can. Poured black with thick creamy tan head. Slight roasty aroma. Dark chococalte/coffee taste, bitter throughout. A good standby pint.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
clong83 (285) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 6, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2007 This is a very good beer. Fantastic flavors with hints of coffee, surprisingly smooth, and just a hint of hops. One of the very best mass market beers out there. That being said, itís still a mass market beer and it shows. Sometimes comes across as a bit watery to me.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AdamSkillin (376) - High Bridge, New Jersey, USA - SEP 5, 2004
If you rated this beer highly, you are one of those guys who just wants to brag that he likes dark beers but doesnít have any frame of reference. Great for car bombs, but absolutely unable to stand up to any decent stout on quality alone. Donít get me wrong, I enjoy my Guinness, but Iím just sorta miffed that itís rated in the 84th percentile. This is a clear indication of dark beer ignorance. Guinness is enjoyable and all, but stouts and porters are just plain underappreciated, and Guinness deserves a lot of the blame for that. I think Guinness overpowers new dark beer drinkers and turns them off to the entire idea, so please note that my rating is slightly biased. Also, while you think it would be delicious to eat a bowl of Cheerios with Guinness instead of milk, take my word for it, itís not.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
cheubi (15) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 3, 2004
My all-time favorite beer! I am a stout "afficianado" and love all forms of the style (sweet, dry, imperial, oatmeal). I brew this style at home and buy it when I can. Guinness is the standard by which all others should be judged. Coffee notes with a creamy, nitrogen-induced smoothness lead you into a deep taste. Ho pnotes are present, but only serve to balance the powerful malt assult.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
richbeir (15) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 30, 2004
Goes from brown to black as creamy head rises, and turns to an off white. Soft almost sweet aroma. Semi-bitter hop taste with full deep flavor. Should be on every beer drinkers rotation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jgentgesdo (694) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - AUG 25, 2004
From tap. Pours black with big, lasting, beautiful tan head - this is one of the most beautiful beers to drink. Nose is chocolate and wet from dipping in the head, also malt and roasted barley. Tastes of roasted malt, coffee, bitter chocolate. Heavy, thick, creamy mouthfeel. Bitter aftertaste is still there hours later. This is good beer. Not all that complex, definitely mass market, but very good beer, and itís consistent quality is an asset rather than a liability.

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