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 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
koatis (50) - Maryland, USA - APR 14, 2004
Aroma has slight chocolate notes. Pours a beautiful deep opaque with a thick, foamy head. Surprisingly watery on the palate for such a rich-looking beer. Absence of hops knocks this beer down a couple notches.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
TomSpears (65) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - APR 14, 2004
Guinness. Yes. Who hasn't had a Guinness? In the bottle, in the can and out of the old spout it comes black as your aunties undies. Dry and roasty but very watery, and not as powerfully flavoured as I remember it. I prefer Murphy's. In fact I prefer anyone's stout. This just lacks character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beer Snob (501) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 12, 2004
There's a reason that this is so popular. Nice and bitter without the too-hefty flavour that many stouts give off. Okay from a bottle, but a delight in a pub.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jasonp (1577) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - APR 11, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2005 Regarded as the king of stouts and although it’s an ok brew, there’s just much better stouts out there. Pours black with an off-white head. Aroma is very subdued; a little roastiness. Taste of subtle chocolate, coffee and roasted malt. Some bitterness in there too. Smooth texture but a tad watery, very little carbonation.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BearBrewer (86) - New York, east village, New York, USA - APR 11, 2004
The thinnest wateriest stout around. Pours dark and black with the telltale nitro head. Its the budweiser of stouts. Yet, for some reason I still find myself drinking pints at the pub. Its surprisingly low in calories and still beats any "light beer"

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fomentateur (110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2004
Guinness nitro bottle pours like a nitro can with a traditional cascading effect. The color is black as could be, the bench mark of Irish Stout. The roasted malts are revealed in the aroma with the ever so slight hint of the fruitiness of an ale. Light body with a smooth mouth feel. The flavor seems a little sweeter in the bottle and not as acrid sour as some draught.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
michaeltrego (101) - Amherst, New Hampshire, USA - APR 8, 2004
i will never tire of this beer - the bitterness is perfect - the experience of a mouthful doing a quick swirl and then down so smooth - oh yeah

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
adrian910ss (2570) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 8, 2004
Had my first one of these in months and what a difference a few months makes. Very dark brownish in color with a light head. Coffee scented which slightly carries over into the taste. Tasted very flat. A good beer, but I don't get all the hype about this beer. After trying many other stouts recently, this one is quite subpar.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 7, 2004
UPDATED: APR 12, 2004 Can't say I agree with all the hype about this beer. I don't find much flavor in this compared to other stouts and it is almost too smooth. I would rather have a more carbinated hoppy stout like storm king. Probably the best thing about guinness is car bombs....mmmmmmmmm.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
sayravai (4707) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 6, 2004
UPDATED: APR 13, 2006 (Nitro-canned, re-rate 04/2006) Very, very dark brown color, medium, tight, lacy and creamy nitro head. Dry, smoked ham / roasted malt aroma. Dryish, slightly sour, roasted-malty flavor with quickly vanishing, slightly sweet finish and mild licorice aftertaste. Dryish, oily, medium-bodied palate. A very nice, full, dry and malty stout with subtle smokiness. Surprisingly tasty even when cold, and always easy to drink.

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