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


on tap

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RATINGS: 5157   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
monkeycmdr (18) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 23, 2004
What can be said about Guinness? You either love it or hate it. There's no other beer like it. Of course, the jet black color is its unique trademark, and a full glass with a frothy mop on top is a true sight to behold. Guinness actually is a fairly light bodied beer, contrary to all those who think it's really "heavy." A good stout to start with if you want to see what they're all about. Great on tap. If you get it in the store, get the can.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dannyboydwp (48) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - FEB 20, 2004
This was the stout that made me like stouts. As it was for most people. Try one. You'll like it!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
balke13 (156) - MIssoula, Montana, USA - FEB 20, 2004
pours that cool dark brown color that ripples towards the bottom giving way to an opaque black color with a very thick light brown head. smells of coffee, malt, and a touch of sweetness. very silky smooth with a medium to heavy body with mostly tastes of coffee. much better on tap than from the bottle though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Gmku (300) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 19, 2004
Maybe my imperial stout experiences have ruined me for something this mainstream and commercial, but I just don't enjoy this. I think I once did. In fact, it was traditional for me in the holiday season to drink a lot of this. Or have they changed something. Just not as good as I remember. I'm glad there are far better to choose from in the stout category nowadays.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Enniskillen (2046) - Salinas, California, USA - FEB 17, 2004
Strong coffee in the the aroma, head is creamy 1/2 inch thick, very lasting, taste is coffee, but the palate is like cold water. Tastes like watered down coffee.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rabuc (143) - carlisle, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 16, 2004
you have to drink this beer from the tap for cans or bottles don't do this brew justice.. this beer pours opaque black with tan, heavy head. aroma is of chocolate, burnt wood and hops. taste is dry, spicey chocolate, woody and finishes clean with mild bite. this used to be the only stout, not anymore. this is just an ok stout now that we have all the great micro-breweries!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
bmanLS (134) - Gibsonia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 15, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2004 I got a case of Guinness given to me and was very excited to try it as I never had it before. I couldn't wait to refrigate it so I just tapped one that was slighly chilled at about 68 degrees. It poured out dark black with a huge head and almost overflowed my glass. Please don't write me off when I tell you that this was the best feature about this beer. I don't know how this stout could possibly be rated at 84%. It is blan, flavorless, and flat. It is almost like drinking water with black food coloring added to it and all you can taste is the coloring. There are no hints of coffee, chocolate, carmel, burnt, sweet or otherwise. I thought maybe it was because it was not cold enough so I placed one in the refrig for the recommend 3 hours but it didn't help a bit. I have drank a lot of different stouts and this one is highly over rated and simply does not compare.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mephistefales (47) - USA - FEB 15, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2009 Aaaaaaaah. The best of the hugely popular beers. You don’t need me to tell you how it tastes. Dig this -- There is a local movie theater chain here in Austin that has Guinness on tap! Life just doesn’t get much better than that.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TBone (16438) - Pori, FINLAND - FEB 13, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2004 Tap
Perfect tanned creamy head and ebony colour. Coffee aroma. Taste is coffee aroma and roasted, even smoked malt filtered through cream head. Finishing very long with bitter and roasted mouthfeel. (7/5/9/5/18 4.4)
<iFRe-rated, nitro-can
Perfect Guinness outlook - benchmark for others. Quite weak chocolate aroma. Smooth, chocolaty, roasted and bitter, lacks a bit fullness of tapped version. (6/5/7/4/16 3.8) Re-rated, nitro-can
Looks good. Aroma slightly skunked. Taste balanced roasted with hoppy finish. (4/5/6/3/13 3.1)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
frink (467) - coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 13, 2004
Sampled on tap. Black with a classic Guinness head. Mild aromas of coffee, toasted malts. The taste is of mild coffee, burnt toast and some chocolate. The lacing on the glass was terrific. The mouthfeel is quite thin. An o.k. macro stout but there are far better examples of the style

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