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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 5185   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
winkle (478) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - APR 19, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2005 Ok it was once pretty good and the benchmark for the style. Seems to have lost some bitterness, alcohol, taste and body recently. Now brewed under licence by CUB at Yatala - uh oh, I can see the lager yeast being added right now.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - APR 18, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2004 The king of stouts. A great looking pour. Taste is slightly lacking compared to some stouts, but overall a great widely distributed offering.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 18, 2004
Been a couple of years since I had one of these. On draft while waiting for the AAA tow truck. Beautiful pour, great pint, the benchmark dry stout.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
leungie (19) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - APR 16, 2004
good roasted aroma, thin and watery but, nice bitter and roasted flavour. The bottle(in Aus) had a little plastic cooler pill thingo inside which was amusing to discover. Looks awesome but loses marks on it being thin, maybe it's only the Australian version.

2.7
   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.

2.2
   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.

3.8
   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.

2.9
   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.

2.6
   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"

3.5
   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.


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