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


on tap

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RATINGS: 5188   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jde123 (775) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 22, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2004 Great great great beer. Lacks complexity, but still one of the most unique beers I have been exposed to and holds a special place in my stomach. One of my favorites. The can stout version is much better than the bottle.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Mungo (2470) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - MAR 22, 2004
Widget Can. Roasty aroma with some creamy earthiness. Weak body with roasty bitterness. Suprisingly little complexity and lack of depth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jaysoneslick (24) - Montana, USA - MAR 21, 2004
What can I say about Guinness? It's a great beer if you like 'em strong. Or if you're Irish!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Goblincat (399) - Petersburg, Michigan, USA - MAR 20, 2004
UPDATED: APR 29, 2004 Can with widget... Neat to watch pour into a glass. Nice smooth roasted notes. Creamy, smooth bitter after taste. Overall, a nice stout that will be a repeat performance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kbjames (244) - Utah, USA - MAR 18, 2004
For sure a dry stout. A very doable beer if your out and about, but a middle tier stout at best

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
maltdog (621) - Colorado, USA - MAR 18, 2004
Bottle with widget. I violated bottle instructions- poured it into a glass and sat back to watch the show. The cascade took over a minute to complete, resulting in the classic putty head floating on a body as oily and dark as being lost in the woods at midnight. The layers are as sharply defined as an Oreo cookie. One of the most visually appealing beers ever. Nose of roasty espresso and whipped cream, with a smokey edge to it. Similar in flavor, but the coffee and unsweetened chocolate elements are almost hidden. Follows up with a tangy character and a bitter hop bite. Not complex, but satisfying. Feels like velvet on the tongue. Glorious lacing coats the glass like a veil. Aftertaste is a mellow, roasty bitterness. Nearly an hour after I finished, a half inch of creamy foam remained in the glass. This is the classic Irish Dry Stout, so don't diss it for not being an in-your-face imperial or double chocolate.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
invalid (302) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 17, 2004
Beautiful beer! Not much nose on it, though. Pretty tame taste to it, but I still have to give it credit for being the first dark beer I ever liked. It's about time I got around to rating it ;)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
pootzboy (1694) - Hopville, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 16, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2012 On Tap: This is the original Irish pub style dry stout? Rich nitrogen generated head stacks out of the glass, sweetish aroma some roasted grain taste with a slight bitter dry finish. Very smooth and very drinkable very filling but very plain with no complexity ans a tad on the thin side for my tastes in a stout. I would rate the canned draft just slightly lower because I’m sure that lil’ nitrogen thingie kills some of the character which this beer is pretty thin on to start with.A lot of Patty’s day and hipster-pub hype has made this drink far more over rated than it deserves. Slightly dry characterless stout with a trick head. I like St. Ambrois or Storm King they have a lot more character....but I dare ya to find one at an irish pub on Patty’s day.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PetetheMeat (621) - Hove, DENMARK - MAR 15, 2004
Dark brown stout, smooth long lasting beige coloured head. Low carbonation. Rich flavour with toasted malts and a bit lasting bitterness (liquoruce?). Extraordinary velvety, creamy palate.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
antisnobJP (275) - St. Michael, Minnesota, USA - MAR 14, 2004
Nitro-tap. Looks incredible with a huge creamy head on top of a near black base. Smells of roasted malt and yeast. Not a lot of aroma, period. Tastes like bitter coffee and chocolate being drank with my nose plugged. Where is the flavor? Very subdued. Goes down too fast to wait for warmth to bring any extra flavor out. Creamy mouthfeel, not too thick. Level of drinkability:high. Level of interest: not so high. For the price there are a lot better stouts.

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