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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Zeswaft (1775) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 15, 2004
Nothing can beat the look of a Guinness. Unfortunately, I drank mine out of the new bottles. It was decent, but there wasn’t as much flavor as I remember. It’s really smooth. It actually kind of has an aftertaste of cigarettes.

thehipone (197) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 12, 2004
What can be said that hasn’t been said before? The creamy head makes this beer. THe "Extra Cold" version sold here in Australia seems to differ from the US version. not a lot, but the roast flavor seems to come out a little more in the US version. One of my faves, it’s not as thick as the non-guinness drinker perceives it to be and the low-ish alcohol makes this a great sessional beer. Probably the best beer that you can consistently get EVERYWHERE.

richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2004
Great tan head, but not really any significant aroma. I love any stout that you can hold up and not see light through the other side. Solid roasted flavor and just a little bitter aftertaste. Love the thickness and the way the head stays on the whole glass.

mfullerene (27) - USA - NOV 11, 2004
nice looking head. roasted malts, mild flavor. a little bitter at times. not a bad drink, but not a great one either.

ALLOVATE (3054) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 11, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2005 I’m sorry, but I just don’t get it. History tells us of an elixir capable of healing the sick, which was filling, hearty and seen as an aid to virility. Unpasteurised, old blended with young, and the Epiphany of stouts, forever, amen! What Happened? Or did I taste the wrong Stout? The appearance is all this beer is, Nitro kegged or canned, big dense creamy beige head, black body and opaque. Underneath, a bland flavourless dry concoction lurks, now pasteurised and filtered, it needs to be chilled to be enjoyed, but no-one will admit this! More of a great proud tale, than a Beer.

Hmright (101) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - NOV 5, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2006 Aroma, what are ya gonna smell? Apperarance....nothing looks like a guinness. Great fool milkshaky feel in the mouth, and very smooth, thick finish. Moderate sweet flavor, but doesnt stick around long enough for you to remember, so you must raise another pint. Agree with others, this is my light beer of choice!

hellomynameis (877) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - NOV 4, 2004
What ruined this one for me is the head. Of course it looked nice, but it tasted terrible. The dominating flavour was roasty and bitter. Not great, but good in a pinch.

MiP (15960) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - NOV 4, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2012 "Draught" can. Black with creamy, light brown head. Roasted aroma. Roasted, bitter flavour with some sourness. Aftertaste bitter/sour. 6 4 6 3 13

Can at KØ12. Weak roasted aroma. Black colour. Small off-white head. The flavour is quite roasted. Gets sourish after a while, but not too badly. 5 3 5 3 11

collieman (191) - montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 3, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2005 Guinness is perfect. That’s all there realy is to say, perfect. perfect blend of malt, smoke, roasted malt, chocolate malt, hop, sweet, and bitter flavour so perfectly balanced that they almost cancle eachother out. Thick with a texture of heavy cream. Perfect. However that’s also it’s biggest problem. Perfection is boring. Nothing special to it. The old saying is "guinnes is perfect, beamish is better, Murpheys is for men" and that’s my opinion. NOTE ADDED LATER: I heard a perfict description for guinness in the pub last night. "Guinness is like a perfect beautiful woman, sweet and silky, perfect to spend a night with, hold, savor. But on a night out a dirty whore driping all over you’re face is alot more fun" {the whore being a bitter} Cheers

Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - OCT 31, 2004
The appearence is the best part of this. Almost opaque black/brown with a nice fluffy, nitrogen head on top. Aroma is stale with metallic notes. Taste is watery, has some cardboard and roasted malt to it. A little metallic also. The only reason I’m drinking this is because it only has 126 calories/12 oz. It’s my light beer. My guess is that it’s much better in Ireland. Here, it’s extremely overated.

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