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


on tap

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RATINGS: 5236   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 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Bodomite (34) - USA - MAR 10, 2004
Extremely good, Very hoppy taste with a smell of yeast. Thick and goes down well with meals. Excelent choice for any occation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 8, 2004
Nice frothy head...i beautiful pour. Everything else is average from there.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
spkldhenlvr24 (517) - Newburgh/Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 6, 2004
What a sick beer. Maybe why its probably the most popular beer in the world. great to pound or just sip. the best on tap, or can, or bottle, or anything, Cold.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
btwhite7 (37) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAR 2, 2004
Unfortunately, I'm rating this out of the new bottle. I will re-rate it later out of the can or tap. Regardless, still one of the best, if not the best mass produced "mainstream" beers.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - MAR 2, 2004
Black color, with a nice tan nitro head. Aroma is very vague some roasted malts but generally its just farty (or is it just my dog farting?). Flavor is roasted malt againg, small hints of coffee and farty again. Bitter aftertaste. Very watery mouthfeel. Fucking boring beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
chriso (7533) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2005 I was rather surprised when I realised I had never rated this. There is not much to choose between Guinness, Beamish & Murphys in my view. A reasonable standby when confronted with a pub that doesn’t have anything more interesting (which this was) but I rarely drink it these days in any other circumstances. Invariably served too cold to pick up much in the way of aroma or flavours, especially when there is such a push towards the "Extra Cold" version in UK pubs these days (presumably so that they don’t have to bother with the tiresome settling period). Smooth and easy drinking, with a dry finish, but unexceptional. Somehow, it always seems to taste better in Ireland. Draught, The Feathers, London SW1.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - FEB 25, 2004
In the bottle:Black color with a creamy tan nitro head. Not much aroma, just a faint roasted malt. Very light roasted malt flavor, more like drinking water. Totally flat creamy nitro feel. Yuck! No wonder they say to serve it extra cold!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2004
Black as night, thick as molasses in January. A head all other heads can be judged by. Flavor is strong dark chocolate and coffee with a lingering dry bitter finish. Not as well crafted as some but towers above most.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
monkeycmdr (18) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 23, 2004
What can be said about Guinness? You either love it or hate it. There's no other beer like it. Of course, the jet black color is its unique trademark, and a full glass with a frothy mop on top is a true sight to behold. Guinness actually is a fairly light bodied beer, contrary to all those who think it's really "heavy." A good stout to start with if you want to see what they're all about. Great on tap. If you get it in the store, get the can.

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