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


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RATINGS: 5235   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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   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 (1696) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAR 13, 2004
On-tap: Solid dark fudge brown, nearly black, thick and emensely dense dark cream head about a finger high, very frothy and whipped with caverness divets and rolling lumps. Lacing coats the glass very well in broken sheets. Smell is lightly roasty and chocolatey with a subdued dryness and sweetness of soft bread. Taste yields about the same as what the smell delivers with a slight roasy tone of malts the whole way through and dotting the mix along the way is a soft soggy breadiness thats a bit sweet, chocolate lightly appears with a subdued dryness in the finish. Overall, nothing to strong or lengthy in flavors. Feel is lightly smooth and kinda fluffy with a slight drying finish. It had been a while since the last time I'd had a Guinness in any form, the last being nitro-tap which wasn't very forthcoming, well now I remember why I don't order it on either tap or nitro. Maybe my tastes have changed so dramatically that I can't even enjoy a Guiness anymore. Oh well...?

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
fatguys (76) - Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 13, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2005 Draught. Pours a very, very dark red with a wonderful, creamy head. Excellent lacing. Palate is thick, but not exceptionally for the style. There’s a creaminess to the palate, but no sweetness to speak of, which leaves me hanging. There’s a kind of gritty soapiness I can’t put my finger on. Though a good beer, Guinness is overrated simply because it’s the world’s most popular stout. Of course people rave about this when they’re used to horse piss. A good stout, but there are much better examples of the style. Pricey.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SimonLarsen (210) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 11, 2004
You can't knock the look of a pint of guinness, it's an icon. You can't knock the smell as there isn't one if you drink it as cold as pubs sell it. Neither is there taste. My opinion is that Guinness is a "gateway drug", it has led many an antipodean to good beer via it's smooth mouth feel which makes the suprising (to a VB/New/XXXX/etc drinker) bitterness and body bearable. From there the acceptance of new flavours is accepted and away we go. Couple of bonus points for that factor hehehe. Oh and it is almost always available which makes for a nice safe fallback.

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