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


on tap

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RATINGS: 5250   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 18, 2003
Black color and a beige head that lasts forever. Nice nutty roasty aroma. chocolate and roasted barley malts predominate the flavor, yet it is balanced by the smoothness of the nitrogen. Felt slightly watered down compared to most other stouts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jeffwhalen (45) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2003
Deep dark smell. Very dark appearance, I love watching the foam form and rise in the glass--oh, best by draught, the cans are cool, but the bottles never worked for me, I haven"t tried the new bottles yet that supposedly immitate the nitrous--and yet for all the deep darkness around the smell and look, the taste it light and even leaving a satisfying beer coating, and tasty belches, my over all impression is ’ I wonder what it"s like in Ireland’, must be at least a 20.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 12/20
spicedad2 (78) - Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2003
An overpowering roasted malt flavor. This beer is oddly carbonated, beginning with a stream of bubbles throughout the beer, but virtually flat while drank.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ConiseurofBeer (242) - Downingtown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2003
An old favorite and if you"ve ever been to Ireland a must! Good flavor with choclate and coffee undertones. Nice body and a pleasing finish. But most of all, The appearence is what gets me. The sight of even a guiness commercial makes my mouth water.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RDeschain (11) - Rowlett, Texas, USA - JAN 12, 2003
This is the stout against which all stouts are measured. It may not be the best, but it’s consistently wonderful, and almost always available...a familiar comfort when everything else seems alien. Rich, nutty, chocolate malt aroma, gorgeous black color, thick, almost chewable palate, and the tried and true stout flavor. When the pour is right, you can float coins on the head. A meal of a beer that will always satisfy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CQC (224) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 12, 2003
I would like to take the opportunity to thank Youngs Brewery of Wandsworth England for producing such disgusting beer, that I had to start drinking the only other thing available there:- Guinness. I have sampled this stuff in various places on tap throughout the world (some very dubious stuff too) and it pains me to admin that the Irish know exactly what to do with it. When you walk into a "true" Irish pub and are faced with 6 sets of Guinness taps, you know you are amongst professionals. I love this stuff. Smooth, creamy, malty, nice easy fast paced drinker. What about that pour eh? and such nice, good dark colour. Don"t forget, "Guinness is Good for you" Get it in UK (Imported from Dublin in a lot of pubs) or Dublin itself and then re rate it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
orangelazarus (53) - USA - JAN 11, 2003
UPDATED: APR 2, 2003 Very dark, with an excellent taste of burnt grain. Aftertaste begins dry, like a cracker, and finishes more apple sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheBeerGod (6195) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JAN 11, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2005 The classic draught has returned! Is there really a difference in this and the can draught? I don’t think so, save for maybe a minuscule hint of a metallic taste that is prevalent with all canned beers. Tall head due to the nitro. Dense microscopic bubbles. Nose is light roasted notes and light coffee. Taste is streamlined version of the aroma. Mild palate and creamy due to the nitro, again. Finishes with lighter roasted notes. Always a favorite.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jgb9348 (6092) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 11, 2003
Always completely opaquely black in colour. Not much smell...but completely balanced from the subtle taste and great flavour. The de facto standard of stouts, and always perfect from the can with the always amazing widget!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Guinness4Duff (515) - Tallahassee (and Poconos, PA), Florida, USA - JAN 11, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2008 A great creamy roasted beer. The stereotypes are wrong, this beer is light and easy to drink despite its dark color.

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