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


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RATINGS: 4814   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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SSSteve (4006) - - FEB 23, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2005 smells great.....roasted ingredients, coffee, chocolate. dark brown in color. carbonation is absent. tastes similar to coffee. very milky and oily on the tongue. great coffee aftertaste. i didnt like the fact that there is hardly any carbonation or alcohol, and its a little watery.

iambeer (255) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 22, 2005
The first time I tried this beer, the circumstances were not ideal, not cold enough, perhaps being from a bottle had someting to do with that. I hesitated for a long time, then was offered one in a can that was cooling for hours. Under ideal conditions its very good, but remeber, it should be very cold.

maximusud (27) - Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 20, 2005
A nice beer that’s a bit heavy for its low alcohol percentage. Nutty, slightly chocolatey taste. A nice beer, but not an elite.

Bigsky66 (148) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 19, 2005
Dark and smooth. Not a whole lot a flavor, but from what is there overall good. Chocolate and a little roasty. No real finish. Looks good!

rbloodworth (15) - CANADA - FEB 17, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2005 Very good variation on the original...uses a nitro widget to deliver a massive head that never fully dissipates. Aroma is very pleasant as is the appearance - dark, forboding, sensual. A little watery for my tastes and the carbonation is almost undetectable after the first minute or two. A good stout, but I feel a trip to Ireland may yield even better results.

Ron (4259) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 13, 2005
Nitro can. Poured dark with a lively light brown head. Watery roasted malts mouthfeel, but still drinkable. Nitro smell lingered for a short while. Not as pleasant anfter warming to room temp.

jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - FEB 13, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2005 Nitro widget can. Pours a strange tan, which turns to black as the bubbles dissipate. A creamy, too-white head sits atop this oddity. Aroma is not offensive and not delighting--a slight hint of dark malts and little else. Flavor is as uneventful as the aroma until that weird, unappetizing Guinness sourness comes in. Far too watery for a stout. I used to love this stuff, but now it strikes me as a porter stricken with off-flavors.

driver (3) - Elkhart, Indiana, USA - FEB 13, 2005 does not count
This is the stout by which all stouts should be judged by. The widget cans and bottles add the draught taste without paying some foofoo posuer pub price.

SDbruboy (1863) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 13, 2005
Can with a nitro widget. Pours an unnatural creamy tannish color and texture that gradually settles out into a black liquid with a thick light brown foam that lingers almost indefinitely. Aroma is mild, roasty malts primarily with hints of coffee and dark chocolate. Flavor is roasty malts with a bitter finish. Mouthfeel is fairly watery and rather objectionable - I blame the widget. Despite the foam on the top of the brew, there is no carbonation to speak of left in the beer after the nitro settles out - yech, yech, yech. Maybe it’s just me, but how the hell did this technologically altered swill end up at 82 percentile?

Cdog (32) - Farmington, Michigan, USA - FEB 12, 2005
The first stout I ever had and I still drink it with friends at the pub. This is a dark brown beer with a very creamy head. Roasted malt with a hint of coffee. This stout is just a little thin.

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