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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 4728   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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cAPSLOCK (156) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 6, 2003
Not much to smell here. ;) But such an easy drinking sweet smooth beer. Lovely head, more lovely with the shamrock. Not the stout with the most character, but I am always glad to drink it.

4
Trappist (286) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 5, 2003
You know, nothing can beat an ice cold Guinness. It should be listed with the top ten stouts ever made. A nice thick creamy brown head that lasts, almost jet black body with a rich flavor! It is just plain good.

4.4
butrain (14) - USA - FEB 4, 2003
This is really good stuff. "liquid bread" is how I've heard it described. Granted, in the bottle, it can't be that thick, but it's still good. Tastes like a cold coffee. For someone who can't get the original, this is still pretty good.

3.6
flemdawg (562) - Rowlett, Texas, USA - FEB 3, 2003
An excellent brew. It just looks almost too good to drink, but you know you need to. Dark color with a magnificent head. Feels good all the way down. I haven't had any other Irish stouts, but this is a pretty good one, and should be tried by everyone at least twice.

3.5
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - FEB 3, 2003
Interesting pouring experience - following instructions on can, goes into glass dark with the foam rising and remainder settling; then almost an illusion that the bubbles are falling, fooled several folks that observed. Strange. When the show is over, this is a decent stout to drink; Smooth and creamy with nice chocolate/coffee hints.

3
JFGrind (2054) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2003
Nice stout on its own, however I use this mostly to make black and tans with macro beers sitting in my fridge too long.

5
Ni209 (67) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 3, 2003
let me just say that i rarely go to the bars (they suck around here) and tho i hear draught is the way to go with this baby, i've never drank it enough to differentiate it from the can. that said I LOVE GUINNESS! maybe its my Irish roots but AAAWWWWWW, what good stuff. with a pour that can't be beat by any other and a creamy silk smooth head, i can't picture a better stout. and the flava!!! oooooo man, i don't understand how they do it but they do it right. its almost like a cup of coffee, but a lot smoother. add a jigger of baileys cream and thats all the get-up-and-go i need for that drive to school in the monin' (HA!! just kidding, officer) so until i forgo social abandonment and head to the pubs, this baby is where its at!! (by the way, extra stout is extra crap).

3.9
amx83 (29) - Brampton, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 31, 2003
UPDATED: APR 14, 2004 I am not much of a fan of the bitters beers, but this beer has an interesting flavour, with perhaps hints of coffee beans, and i was impressed. This beer is one of my fav's. In the can it's upsetting, but in the bottle with the widget, it's almost as good as on draught.

3
SilkTork (5761) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - JAN 31, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2007 Jan 2003: Keg and can. I hadn’t had a drop of Guinness for years. But tonight, during a "Russian Evening" at a local hotel this was the closest I could find to a beer a Russian might drink. I was actually pleased. While not being in any way a classic brew, it was softer and fruitier than I had remembered it. The intensity of flavours was somewhat muted by the coldness and the nitro blanket used to create that famous head, but it was pleasant enough. I also had the chance to try a can side by side with the draught. Both are delivered by nitro. There was no difference in taste or mouthfeel. [2.8]
Aug 2004: Can. Head to Head with Murphy’s Draught, and then with Guinness Original. Obviously rather smooth and bland when served cold and nitrogenated, though some pleasant roast flavours come through. Some vigorous shaking aids in removing the gas. Eventually a fruity and pleasant stout emerges, with a dry acidity. Licorice, oily fish and dark fruit flavours also come through. It’s not a bad stout. It’s not great either, but deserves some respect. There’s an interesting range of flavours. Ultimately the finish is just too bitter for my taste, and the overall dryness is not to my personal liking either. Slightly more interesting than the Murphy’s, but not as palatable. [3.0]
March, 2007Nitrokeg, Morden Arms, Rochester. The cold and the nitro take away a lot of the flavour. But when it warms up the roasty chocolate comes through gently with a dry slightly tannic edge. [3.0]

3.6
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 30, 2003
UPDATED: APR 16, 2004 This is a really good beer. It's easy to drink and smooth. It's a beautiful dark reddish brown. It has a thick creamy head. The flavor is mainly of burnt coffee. I love this beer, but I don't think it's as great as some people think it is.


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