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


on tap

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RATINGS: 5232   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - DEC 7, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2004 The mother of stouts!! Totally black body and a nice creamy beige head that lasts a life time!! Very creamy taste with notes of liquorice, chocolate, coffee and smoke. An average stout, but good for beginners!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
IDogg (72) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 7, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2004 Guinness is beer in another dimension. The appearance is breath taking and the aroma is classical. This beer is thick, full of flavor with hints of coffee and chocolate. It goes down much like a thick milkshake and is smooth. Canned Guinness Draught is more smooth while bottled Guinness Draught is more bitter. Either way it is worth the cost.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
vtcbeerboy (19) - USA - DEC 6, 2003
This is one hell of a good beer. simply watching it settle is almost as good as the beer itself. thick like a milk shake. black as night. go have one right now. My Goodness My Guinness!!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wildchefbill (245) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - DEC 4, 2003
An old friend. Pours beautiful black with a wonderful swirling effect. Nice aroma. Not a heavy flavor. Espresso, a little sweet, a little bitter. Middle of the road. Very full, creamy mouthfeel. Low ABV makes for an easy drink (perfect for a first stout). I have found better out there, but Guinness will always have a place on my beer list.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
garrison (812) - Cin. city, Ohio, USA - DEC 3, 2003
The "poor man's quality beer", Guinness is a middling-to-good stout. So what?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tomxcs (321) - California, USA - DEC 2, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2004 As you all know, it looks real purdy in a glass and has a nice chocolate/coffee flavor. Good stuff. I can drink pints and pints of it, as it goes down smoothy and has a rather low alcohol content.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
LoRyder34 (21) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 1, 2003
Something to try maybe not quite so cold, and on tap. The bottle i had was ice cold and the mixer kept clogging the spout..Nice coffee like flavor, great creamy head, its what its reputation says it is.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
mushi (18) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - DEC 1, 2003
On Draft. The ubiquitous stout. I guess it sets the bar for stouts, and I can't argue with that. Strictly average in my limited experience. Most micro stouts are way better, coming from the pacific northwest, rogue, sierra nevada, deschutes, etc. all make better stouts than this stuff. Guinness looks awesome in the glass though, the head can be swirled around to produce an intoxicating effect once most of it has been consumed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
SavMan (10) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 1, 2003
Draught can. Very interesting. I can't add much to what's already here except a beginner's take: This beer is nearly flavorless, but the aftertaste is strong with a toasted espresso taste. Hints of chocolate are present, even. If you like merlot, you will probably like Guinness. Despite the fact that it is "technically" a light beer, this bad boy will weigh you down with a very creamy mouthfeel. Anyway you go about it, this legendary draught is worth having a four-pack handy, even if it's just to impress a lady.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ukoolaid (580) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 30, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2006 On tap. Here’s an old standby. Like many others this was the first stout I ever had, and I loved it. The "cascade" is simply a thing of beauty. However, since I’ve had so many other better stouts now I think Guinness is a bit weak. It is however refreshing and smooth with a nice toasted taste.

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