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


on tap

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RATINGS: 5189   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ProstmanSux (102) - Lake Ariel, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2002
Hey i’m Irish, and if you don’t like this your not truely Irish

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
johninmelb (1127) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 10, 2002
It’s Guiness in a can, but it’s not too bad.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Perdue46 (68) - USA - DEC 10, 2002
Not as delicious as your average beer. It tasted much to watery and sour for my liking.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mikejmadden99 (103) - Mountain Top, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2002
Deep dark almost black in color, thin tan/brown foam on top. Smelling of toffee and coffee with a hint of sweet malts. Tasting of toffee, coffee, malts, and a hint of chocolate this beer is good and availablea lmost every where.....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Catadobe (112) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 10, 2002
very happy with the way it pours from the can. Has a nice hint of chocolate to it

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
bruno1378 (126) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 9, 2002
This beer poured BEAUTIFULLY out of the can RIGHT to the top of my Guinness pint glass. Not quite as much head as you’d expect from the tap, but the bit of head on there stays there. My beer tastes great, not QUITE as much flavor as from the tap, but the aftertaste isn’t quite as bitter either.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
Frank (4082) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2004 Rerate: Pours a nice dark garnet with that artificial nito-head. Nearly no aroma. Slightly roasty with some cheap-lager-esque notes in the background. Nitrogen, as always, kills the mouthfeel completely. Still, a lot people seem to think this is the best beer ever. Blinded by marketing. It's a sad state of affairs.

Original Rating: Guiness is beautiful--deep, deep garnet color, creamy off-white head. Its palate is insanely smooth and lucious. Guinness's marketing genious is that they combined these traits with a notable lack of flavor and aroma (slight notes of roasted barley and coffee, dry finish), leaving Guinness with excellent snob appeal while offering nothing to challenge the every day beer drinker. I can't say I don't like it but Guinness drinkers really need to open their eyes to some of the more flavorful stouts out there.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 8, 2002
8 Dec 2002 ReRate: Still one of my favour beers to look at. My tastes for stouts have grown greatly over the last couple of mounths. Guineess has a wonderful mouth feel and pretty good roasted flavours, but doesn’t have the full taste and complexity of many other stouts I have had.
5 Aug 2002:I had my first full pint on tap as a Guinness Extra Cold, one of the most beautiful beers to look at I am not a huge fan of the coffee flavour that many people love. That is personal though, the beer is nicely creamy and smooth, but not for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hieronim (14) - Schenectady, New York, USA - DEC 7, 2002
Ok...so I’m biased. Guinness will not overwhelm you in any way. Its aroma, taste and finish are all very mild. Perhaps this is why it is so perfect.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 5, 2002
Re-Rate 12/05/02: Pours the color all beer should be ’Dark’, black if you prefer. Wonderful creamy head, tons of lace, and that distinctive ’Guinness’ nose, roasted and toasted malt with hints of chocolate. Malt start, medium middle, dry finish with a nice hop presence, basically no carbonation, smooth and creamy rich. Not as good as getting a pint at the ’Gate’, but quite drinkable nonetheless.

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