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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Aarleks (409) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - AUG 23, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2006 Re-Rate in Dublin: I tried this numerous times in Dublin and I now realise that the stories are true - Guinness is MUCH better there. So much more flavour and character than you can find in Australia. Quite light-bodied roastiness balanced by a gentle crystal sweetness and some quenching sour notes. It actually reminded me of a really roasty bitter. Great length. IThis really is not a great beer. However, it is done very well and is so iconic. Plus I’m sure the experience of dinking it in Dublin is no doubt adding to my perceptions of it.6/5/7/3/13=3.4
Nitro Tap: Black (duh!), creamy tan head that lasted the whole glass. Masked aroma of watery roasted grains. Flavour was pretty similar. Reasonable mouthfeel, although somewhat powdery. An overated world classic.5/5/6/3/11=3

socomnut (8) - USA - AUG 21, 2004 does not count
Had this beer at a Irish pub called Four Green Fields. Best beer there is. Only problem is after 5 of them throat gets a little dry feeling.

dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 19, 2004
I had this one out of the bottle which was probably not the best, but it certainly lives up to the name of dry stout... all the hints of deeper flavours are so subtle. Otherwise it is a fully satisfying brew.

ss315 (14) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - AUG 16, 2004
Nice rich aroma suggesting caramel or coffee. Appearance leaves nothing to be desired. Satisfying rich flavor with solid, abiding bitterness. Palate is soft and creamy without being too much. In many respects, a gold standard.

IMtheOptimator (1170) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - AUG 15, 2004
Pours a very dark brown with a muddy, cloudy body. Head is minimal yet long-lasting, creamy with a light tan color. Initial flavor has a hint of complexity, but the finish is rather bitter and unbalanced. The palate feels very thin and watery--the term "lifeless" used in the style description is very accurate. Despite the overwhelming popularity of this beer, I feel it is overrated and would not reccommend it.

NosirIwont (2572) - Husum, DENMARK - AUG 15, 2004
Draft at Le Green Pub, Rennes, France. Completely dark with a thick creamy beige head - which stays!!! Nice! Bitter taste. A bit watery. Light metallic. Not the biggest experience, but fair enough. The aroma is a bit weak - lightly hoppy. You can also sense the metallic here. (Very) weak hint of coffee. Wonderful palate.

nmoskop (79) - Arizona, USA - AUG 12, 2004
Great tasting beer...good for kicking back and relaxing or getting roudy with the guys. Not a hit the spot on a hot day kinda beer. Word to the wise...drink it while it’s cold.

vnkbg (3) - BULGARIA - AUG 11, 2004 does not count
I’m addicted to this one so words are useless. anyway Guinness is smooth and creamy. probably best draught

emotv (353) - Izmir, TURKEY - AUG 11, 2004
Pure dark.Nice coffe aromas on first.Bitter and bitter.Very creamy and smooth.If you only drink lager this could be the worst beer u ever had.But if u like it u do not choise another one.

Maarten (3) - IJmuiden, NETHERLANDS - AUG 10, 2004 does not count
This is my favorite beer. Great taste, very drinkable and a smooth head. 19 out of 20.

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