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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerlover82 (235) - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 4, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2004 Pours a dark-brown to deep pitch-black with medium but good head and lacing.Aroma is of malt, coffee, chocolate and some hops. Very strong taste of malt and chocolate with some hop bitterness in the background. Body is a little thin, but the rest makes up. I know this isn't the best dry stout by a long shot, but it's damn good and just may very well be the best mass-produced ibeer out there. Very good. on tap, bottled and even out of the can (if poured into a glass right after opening)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wpp83 (64) - Athens, Georgia, USA - FEB 2, 2004
Great beer, it has that perfect hue, by perfect I mean black. The head is always the second most amazing thing about this one, with the awesome effect of downward settling bubbles. Finishes absolutely perfectly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hershiser2 (2516) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2016 The appearance is just beautiful: dark, thick, rich, creamy, with a nice tan head like no other beer. The smell is appetizing! MMMM. The taste: refreshing and smooth, with an occasional bite. The beer, for me, is extremely drinkable. I’ve had this beer a few ways: nitro can, nitro bottle, and on tap. Tap is my favorite, followed by bottle. Can can be iffy at times.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Christian (13074) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 2, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2010 "Draught" from can. Black and white; and pours in the right Guinness way. Malt and licorice aroma. Initial impression is a very watery beer, but soon a strong malt/hops bitterness takes over. Aftertaste is quite short.
*The actual draught beer is just as watery.
*Xtra Cold doesn’t make much of a difference, and certainly not to the better.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 31, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2004 Soft burnt carmel flavor. Very creamy going down due to the nitro. Opaque black color. This is not as full-bodied or filling as most people would lead you to believe. Always a bit flat though. The truth is there's not much flavor or aroma to this one so its a good 'gateway' beer to bring people over from the budmilloors to the craft beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JAN 30, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2013 The creamy head which we all know is present but is not an attractive colour to top the black of the drink itself. The head’s flavour is also not pleasant. The liquid itself has a nice roasty flavour but the aftertaste is somewhat watery. It is a thin beer and overall somewhat dated compared to some of the new brewers’ stouts Score 2.7
Subsequent ratings scored 2.7, 2.5 and 2.8 Average unaltered

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
wulfhere (217) - Billings, Montana, USA - JAN 30, 2004
On Tap, Pug Mahons, Billings, MT. Pours like you would expect--massive very fine head that lasts forever. Very dark opaque brown, nose has maltiness with a hint of molasses. Body has good, full mouthfeel with chocolate, molasses, but oddly, a dry finish. To be honest, I hardly ever drink straight Guiness anymore--I almost always go with a Harp/Guiness or Bass/Guiness half-n-half.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maxamillion (103) - Glendora, California, USA - JAN 30, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2004 Nice look! I love watching it pour with the little swirly action. Nice and creamy. The head just looks like a light layer of whip cream. Im not much of a stout person but that was pretty good. I will continue to drink Guinness.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
maitrix (2) - USA - JAN 29, 2004 does not count
The king of beers. Winter or summer, Guinness satisfies like food, while not being filling. When poured properly and at the right temperature, the head and finish are the best aspects of the beer. Also has less calories and gets you less drunk than most people expect out of what they term "motor oil." A highly-misunderstood stout in most circles, Guinness tastes best out of a well-maintained tap, next out of a can, and finally out of the widget bottle. Never say you enjoyed Guinness out of the old bottle.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
LtJudge (468) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 28, 2004
This stouts' pour was fun to watch.The nice tan going into dark,with one of the nicest heads.It has a good flavor to it(even though im not a huge stout fan)A nice slow drinkin brew

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