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


on tap

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RATINGS: 5133   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAR 28, 2003
Guinness is a classic. Served throughout the world and is always a great beer on tap in the sea of Busweiser and Miller tap handles. Great looking beer. Only downside is the lack of much aroma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
andy609 (143) - Auburndale, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 24, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2003 If you like coffee and cream, you'll like Guiness. Pours to a very nice, creamy head. The Irish know what they're doing; this is good stuff. Update: Had this on tap in Bermuda (from Ireland?). On tap, it is a COMPLETELY different and better beer. From the nitro can, all you get is a coffee flavor. From the tap, it is a rich, creamy brew, with complex notes. Chewy, with a great, thick finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtribe21 (21) - Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 23, 2003
Black-like appearance, full of taste. If you like coffee, give this a try. Had a creamy-like taste.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 23, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2003 Used to be a favorite of mine. Easy to drink, smooth and soft. Lacking a bit in flavor, almost watery. Best on tap, and unfortunately is often the best available beer at many bars. Rerate: on second thought, this beer, especially on tap, seriously lacks in flavor and aroma, very weak. Very overrated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hansen (8489) - Assentoft, DENMARK - MAR 22, 2003
Soft and dark. Better than the normal bottled Guinness. For me it's the old father of stouts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Holdwine (1188) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 21, 2003
Always a pleasant drink. Especially when served correctly. Pitch black pour, mustache soaking head. Smooth, mocha flavors. You can drink so many of these. Just order your next one when your current one is half full.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DukeofYork (44) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 21, 2003
(widget can) Fake creamy head, takes a while to settle. Opaque and all that jazz. A sweet, roasty aroma, lots of malt. Roast on the tongue, "dead" (on account of the nitrogen?) flavour. I used to drink Guinness and wonder what all the fuss was about ... it tastes like weak ash, no real complexity. Now I know I was right to doubt ... 'specially the nitro can.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Blake (396) - Orange, California, USA - MAR 21, 2003
Had on tap on March 14, 2003
I used to enjoy Guinness quite often, but that was before my "enlightenment." That was before I experienced the fine stouts, lambics, barley wines, and other beers available besides those marketed to the public. The beer poured a dark black color as expected with a slightly tan head. Tha aroma is weak with a hint of coffee, but when compared to other stouts, there's not much here. The taste, while not weak, packs no real punch. There's the usual coffe flavor, a bit of alcohol, and nothing really to stimulate the taste buds. I'll still have the occasional draught (as I did today), but when all is said and done, I'd much rather prefer a Stone or Alesmith.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
rmalloy (199) - los angeles, California, USA - MAR 20, 2003
This is crap. I'm assuming this is "Guinness draught" with a silly little ball in the bottle. It's watery with a hint of taste. The strong Guinness stouts are way better. This seems like American tasteless mass-advertized garbage.
Earlier Rating: 11/22/2002 Total Score: 3
Watery. No flavor aside from trademark finish. Same whether draft or bottled. The head is very nice though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
xmandax (130) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAR 20, 2003
having not had a guinness in ages, i managed to allow myself to be conned into one since it was st. patrick's day, and it is a decision i'll regret for a long time. it's a beautiful pour from the bottle into the glass, deep dark color with a perfect creamy tan head. however, it's so incredibly thin that i keep forgetting it's supposed to be a stout. slight roast in the flavor and the aroma, but not much else. i can promise that this will be the last guinness for me.

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