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


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RATINGS: 4781   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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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 (2591) - 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.

mongkut4 (132) - Florida, USA - AUG 9, 2004
Very creamy stout. Extremely easy to drink. Nice malty flavor although not as strong roasty flavor as I like. Much prefer it to the Guinness Extra Stout even though that is a style I would normally like.

billk (353) - Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, USA - AUG 9, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2010 bottle 11.2 oz. Made in Ireland. Pours very dark opaque brown/black with the upside down bubble thing...very impressive. Fantastic coffee cream, frothy, sticky head with extremely small bubbles foam. Good lace. Aroma is mild dark roasted malt with a bit of coffee and hops. Flavor is dry, mild, somewhat bitter very dark roasted almost burnt malt with a hint of dark bitter chocolate and coffee. Pushing medium bodied and watery but very clean, non complex tasting. Finish is dry, somewhat bitter and astringent. Easy to drink but I would pass this over for something more robust. I like the fuller and Imperial stouts. Got a 22 oz Guinness extra stout in the fridge to try. I noticed a bit of an off aftertaste/sensation in the mouth for a few minutes after I finished the glass. Update: This can be very nice on tap. Wimpy as all hell but has a pleasant, refined flavor. Had it with steamed oysters once...perfect combo.

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