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


on tap

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RATINGS: 5161   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 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
80skid (65) - New York, USA - JAN 4, 2004
Not bad at all. Had the bottle with the nitrogen ball in it. Tasted creamy and very bold, almost like chocolate. Has a little bit of a hard aftertaste but still not a bad beer at all.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sdfink (30) - Aiken, South Carolina, USA - JAN 4, 2004
Heavy bitter taste. Full boided with long lasting foam head. Taste of burnt coffee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
firemedic713 (169) - Palm Bay, Florida, USA - JAN 3, 2004
As near to perfection as one can come with as mass produced stout.The dark black color and head are are great with that wonderful bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerSurfer (27) - Powell, Ohio, USA - JAN 2, 2004
(Draught can) Black-brown stout with nice creamy head. Love to watch it settle. Malty and fruity aroma. Malt taste is smooth, but not complex- reminds me of iced coffee. Enjoyable malty, bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
rgrep (156) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 1, 2004
Bottle w/ widget, 4.2% ABV. Classic black stout with a tinge of red. Creamy white/beige head with dense lacing. Has a sweet caramel-like nose of toasted malt. The body is watery and a tad weak. It tastes slightly acetic and almost salty with notes of burnt malt and coffee. The coffee flavours carry through into the bitter finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Cashazza (217) - Morganville, Maryland, USA - DEC 31, 2003
I love Guinness Extra Stout, but the stout version is just water -- even compared to american standard! It's Okay and definitely not offensive or anything, but very thin and not what I was expecting. Nice appearance, but lacks the flava lacks character.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
buzzmccoy1 (10) - Marysville, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2003
The best pouring beer in existence. The taste of woods can sometimes be overpowering, but always full of flavor. Definitely one of my favorites. Mucho bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Foxbush (1895) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 28, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2012 This beverage from the tap is outstanding. The dark black color and head are perfect when poured properly. The head is creamy and you wish would never go away. This drink could be the perfect beer/stout. I have had many of these. They all have been very good. The Guinnes is smoother and a more creamy head. On a recent trip to Ireland in March I was able to get a tour of St James Gate Storehouse. This is a worthwhile stop for all beer/stout lovers. The Gravity Bar on the seventh floor has a 360 degree panarama view of Dublin and plenty of Guinness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Fixer808 (10) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 25, 2003
Hey hey, my my, Guinness Stout will never die... Sorry for the Neil Young, but this is without question the greatest stout in the history of man. BUT... only if you get it in a pub in the UK. The exported versions don't stand up to the trip too well, but if you're lucky enough to go to the UK (or live there!)then you're in for a treat.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
EdPaulsen (117) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 25, 2003
what's the deal with the variation in this beer? draft and bottles/cans with nitrogen, bottled, foreign extra, 20 odd different recipies worldwide, how can one even rate it? the most popular version, draught guinness, is an uneventful, dark watery overchilled experience. funny seeing 10 lagers and this on tap. like the a-z of mediocrity

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