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


on tap

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RATINGS: 5216   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sully (1380) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - JUL 28, 2003
When well poured and presented this is a fine beer. From the can the character is quite similar although for both the haqbit of serving it too cold detracts from the flavour sensation. When on song this has a good bitter finish with the typical slight lactic sourness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
roomtempbeer (185) - Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2003 From a can, beer pours (in Hoegaarden glass) a light brown chocolate milk falling away to a dark near solid black liquid that can be seen through when held up to light. A creamy, delicious-looking, froathy slight chocolate milk head lingers on top. Aroma is of faint straw - otherwise nothing at all. Flavor is nothing but a near medium to small bitter finish. Nothing at all wrong, but not anything great. This beer is not effervecent and the consistency is like water. Very easy to drink. This is a plain stout - a fine beer. Sampled at 71 degrees Fahrenheit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
noheinie4u (37) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 22, 2003
Interesting appearance...the picture is no lie of it's color...very creamy and thick...the rating is based on the "widget" bottle, but I've heard it's better on tap...hopefully will get the chance to test it...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
UNCCTF (572) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - JUL 22, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2003 RE-RATE: This is still rated from the bottle, but the bottle was colder this time, and I drank straight from it. The mouthfeel is much better when chilled. While it now ties with the Extra Stout on my list, I still prefer the Extra Stout to this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaBeer1972 (1955) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 22, 2003
You simply can't go wrong with a great on-tap Guinness. The milkshake of beers! So smooth and creamy you'd think you were dreaming!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
pfhyde (59) - Davis, California, USA - JUL 20, 2003
My comment is for the draught version of this beer, sold in the market place in six packs with the so-called "widget" in the can or bottle. Guinness in the pint bottles is much, much better. The drought version is, in a word, flat.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JUL 19, 2003
On tap Poured an opaque black body with the typical cascading creamy, tan head. Lots of lacing.
Not much in the way of aroma except for a bit of chocolate and malt.
Thin, malty stout. Some roasted flavors there too but not much.
Smooth, thick palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
egajdzis (6316) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2003
Plain slightly roasted creamy aroma. Watery mouthfeel and a minor stout taste. I used to like this one alot more. I had a liter of this, and it only got better when i dropped a shot of Jameson and Bailey's into it and slugged the last third.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
FlacoAlto (4176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 18, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2003 This is the nitro bottle version. Very smooth tasting almost creamy, a bit of roastiness. Overall very clean and not too exciting. Carbonation is very low, and it this beer makes it seem a bit too thin. Much better versions of Guiinness exist, the Belgian version is awesome.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beastdog75 (364) - Brick, New Jersey, USA - JUL 17, 2003
Nitro-can: Not as flavorful as the Extra Stout, but is incredibly smooth and reminds me of iced coffee for some reason. Decent roasted malt taste, not quite as bitter as Guinness Extra Stout.

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