Brewed by St. Jamesís Gate (Diageo)
Style: Dry Stout
Dublin, Ireland


on tap

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RATINGS: 5131   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 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Turtboy (120) - Lucasville, Ohio, USA - JAN 12, 2004
I love the color....black is cool. The taste is good with just the right amount of bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tennmonkey (11) - USA - JAN 12, 2004
My favorite of the beers based on flavor..a little bitter, a little yeasty...the only beer that beats it is a "black and tan"(1/2 Bass, 1/2 Guinness...absolutely the best)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (9325) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 11, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2005 The classic stout. Jet black in colour with that gorgeous tan coloured head that lasts and lasts. Smells of bitter hops and dark molasses. Very full and creamy in the mouth with taste of dark malt, coffee, chocolate, and a short hoppy finish. Iíve never had this as cold as Guinness recommends, I think it would have much less flavour at 6 degrees than what I usually have.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerandBlues2 (12305) - Escondido, California, USA - JAN 11, 2004
Black brew wirh a lasting tan head and fair lacing. Rich, dark coffee aroma. Extremely bitter, yet smooth flavor; tastes of iced coffee. Creamy on the palate and it does not sitck around much.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
elsberry (87) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 10, 2004
Pours black, with a thick, creamy, long lasting head. Aroma of toffee and roasted barley and malt, with no hint of hops. Slightly sour taste, with a nice hop bitterness and a dry finish. Creamy mouthfeel, with very low carbonation. Tastes similar to an Irish Stout or an English Porter.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
TC2642 (265) - Worcester, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2004
For a mass produced stout it's not bad, but I usually drink this in pubs where the only other choice is Carling or Fosters.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
tidiaguy (168) - Hawley, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2004
Draught bottle, but poured in a glass against recomendations on lable. Near black with a big creamy, nitro induced head that remained untill the last sip. Much of the same aroma and flavor notes as the Extra Stout but on much lighter level. Very watery yet slightly creamy mouth feel. Overall not bad, but not good. I'd grab an Extra Stout over this if I had to choose a Guinness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
dortmunder (961) - Herdecke, GERMANY - JAN 8, 2004
From tap. Appearance is really nice. Heavy black, with a creamy brown head. Body is watery. Taste is pretty bland, with a strange bitterness and staleness. Remember this to be way better, so I guess I will rerate it soon.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - JAN 6, 2004
Nitro Bottle alk about boring. First time I've seen the Guinness Draught nitro-bottle so I thought I'd give it a try. I want my $1.50 and five minutes back. Appearance? Donno, other than the bottle. It's plastic coated, so a bottle condom that states you shouldn't pour it into a glass but drink it from the bottle. Um, okay. Smells was faint at best considering I'm sniffing through the hole on the top. There is almost no carbonation to this so there was nothing to bring the scent to the top. Tastes, well, like regular Guinness, only more watered down. Okay, take a regular Guinness with about 1/4 in the glass and add water. yeah, that's it. Mouthfeel *was* like water. Nothing there. Almost zero carbonation. Drinkability scores only slightly higher because at 4%alc and little flavor, you could easily drink butt-loads of this and not realize you've had a single beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
JdoubleyouS (82) - Erie, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2004
Easily one of the best beers on earth. Just looking at the picture makes me want one.

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