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


on tap

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RATINGS: 5161   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 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Sammy (11498) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 30, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2004 Two tastes - weak coffee and bitter beer. Drink it straight from the bottle is the motto. However the best we can say is its coffee appearance and huge creamy head that stays there. OK to drink if you’;re drinking something after to take away the taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sidekick (26) - Indiana, USA - APR 28, 2004
Give me a good cigar, a properly served Guinness and a good friend. Life just doesn’t get any better. If your bartender serves it in a chilled glass, kill them, it would be justifiable homicide! A proper served Guinnes comes in a room temperature glass at 45-50 degrees, and slow poured.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
RugbyMike (14) - Woodbury, Minnesota, USA - APR 28, 2004
Creamy head, toasted malt flavor and a slightly bitter finish. The best of the Irish stouts, but not as good served icy cold as in America. Drink at 45-50 degrees fahrenheit and maybe slide down a few oysters while you’re at it. For something a bit smoother, try a Murphy’s. Especially when you are in County Cork.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jew02 (16) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2004
This is my favorite beer. If I want a drink I think of Guinness first. Then I go and try something new. Best when you start off the night with it so you know the full flavor.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
AlphaOne (142) - AUSTRALIA - APR 28, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2004 This beer, like so many others lured me with its seductive creamy head and allround good looks. Well respected by me as it’s the only really major competitor to yellow/golden lagers. Black, opaque with a nitro head. Slight sweet roasty nose(dulled by nitrogen no doubt) coffee and toast. Once on tha palate, tastes a little flat, but a nice caramelly sweetness, acidic fruityness, and fierce, drying bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Imbockinsxtx (82) - Big Bend (Benavides, TX), Texas, USA - APR 27, 2004
This brew is for me more robust more bitter and more flavorful then the Draught version; the latter being flatter and less flavorful. The appearance is pleasing with a rocky head. Although it is high in Carbs approximately 17g per 12oz bottle its also high in Flavour. If you are seeking a good wallop then reach for the Black.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kingman (26) - Lexington, Ohio, USA - APR 27, 2004
The best stout. surprisingly drinkability one after the next pint. slight burnt nutty taste that is not overwelming. Perfect for Sunday football game watching.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Razor32 (2) - USA - APR 26, 2004 does not count
Being from some Irish decent, I am just addicted to this stuff. One of my favorites to get from the tap. Friends dont understand why or how I like it, but they are Bush Lite fans. :(

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
haddonsman (1234) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2008 This beer is responsible for me putting on three stones in weight when at university in the eighties. Bastard. Has an off-roasted tang to it with creamy licks. If all else fails at hotels, late bars and family parties, I’ll drink this. And smile. And drink better when I make it home.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
walleye (1094) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - APR 25, 2004
black with hints of ruby around the edges nice tan head with good lasting lacing slight malt and chocolate. Was a little disappointed in this watery and not a lot of flavor and some bitterness at the end. If this was my first stout maybe I would think it is worth all the raving some give it

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