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


on tap

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RATINGS: 5232   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 27, 2004
Weird, I thought Iíd already rated this... No matter. Of course, we all know that this is probably one of the most beautiful, perfect looking beers in the world, and, in the same breath, that it is a decent beer, though a poor showing for a stout. Firstly, there is almost no aroma eminating from the thick head. And, to me at least, it is quite thin in the mouth with little flavor, save for some roastiness and acidity. Definitely has a sort of sour quality. However, it does make you look cool, right? If Iím drinking this, it has to be in a black and tan, as that is really the only way that it tastes decent. Oh well.... Still is beautiful....

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUN 27, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2005 Pours black with a great tan head. The smell of roasted barley is restrained, but inviting. Tastes mildly bitter, chocolatey. Extremely smooth, great mouthfeel. The first stout I (and probably most) ever tried and I still enjoy it every now and again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kevin (2195) - Texas, USA - JUN 25, 2004
where to start on this beer. weíve all had it. it was the first foray into non macros for many of us in th U.S. iím gonna try to rate this objectively. Draft. Poured a dark black with a thick and foamy slightly off white head. i enjoy watching the cascade of this beer as it settles. taste is a healthy bitter with a creamy mouth feel. leaves a great malt taste at the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CamdenD (1197) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUN 25, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2005 Great stout, probably the best non-imperial stout out there. Taste can vary greatly however, as Iím sure everyone knows.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pineypower (3247) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - JUN 24, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2007 This beer looks cool, nothing exactly like watching a freshly poured Guinness settle. From there this beer of course has a thick creamy head with a black body. Notes of coffee and roasted malts. nice Creamy mouthfeel

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
KBolster (1) - Washington, USA - JUN 23, 2004 does not count
Strong visual appeal. Not much smell but there is a faint hint of the darkly roasted liquid below the perfectly textured head. Dark in color as any beer should be. The taste is mild with a medium bitterness. Creamy, slight coffee mid and after taste, almost no carbonation. This is exactly how I like my palate, thick texture but with no oily/dairy film. Overal the Flavor isnít as well balanced nor as strong as I like it. Also the aroma is too weak to be tempting.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 21, 2004
Notably have had this on Tap at O.C. , Keiranís Pub and The White Horse Inn in Edinburgh...my first Guinness in Europe. Dark, Creamy, Bitter...a wonderful stout no matter how you drink it...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
yummy4tummy (1) - West Virginia, USA - JUN 18, 2004 does not count
ok lets be realistic,people have different tastes when it comes to everything,so for me to say this is the best beer would be inaccurate.nobody has the authority to determine what is good or bad,what is good for me may not be good for my neighbor.all i can reasonably say is that this is the best beer for ME to drink simply for the fact that i enjoy drinking it more than any other beer i have tried.if there is a beer that could turn me alcoholic,this is the one.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kelvinator (32) - Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA - JUN 18, 2004
Either you love it or you hate it. Almost no gas at all, very thick creamy head and lots of body. Strong good coffie toast taste but almost no aroma (served ice-cold kills the already faint hints). No hop. Very very particular. Count me on the first group to kick a few pints in a pub, but not the adequate to enjoy in a quiet place with a book.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
grat (432) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 18, 2004
Although I am not a fan of stouts (so my rating is slightly skewed) This brew just doesnít do it for me. So creamy. So gooey. So black. So crappy in your mouth grat

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