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


on tap

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RATINGS: 499   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18/5   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
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Abv may vary from 4.1% to 4.3%, depending on where sold
Previously sold under various names, including "XX Porter" and "Extra Stout Porter" and "Extra Stout"
If you were in a pub sometime between 1821 and 1970, chances are this is the Guinness you would have been drinking. Originally brewed as the XX version of our Porter, itís hoppy, roasty, and crisp, with a bittersweet finish.

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cellar (508) - Dublin, IRELAND - NOV 13, 2009
Almost black, little brigther than Guinness Draught. Nice head, and again not as creamy as Guinness Draught. Aroma of burned malt, coffee, liquirice and dark chocolate. Flavour is sweet, with a nice dry light bitter finish. Mouthfeel is ligth and thin compared to Guinness Draught.

sound67 (731) - Offenbach, GERMANY - OCT 23, 2009
50cl bottle and 4.2 % abv (different from the one shown, with a screw cap!), but does say "Original" on the label. Dark brown, almost opaque colour, big, soapy and lumpy beige head with generous lacing. Aroma of dark chocolaty malt, not much else. Taste is about as straightforward as the aroma: Espresso-like flavour and bitterness, hardly any sweeter elements at all (a wee bit of chocolate on the side), bitter, dry finish and coffee aftertaste. Closer to "Draught", but not as coal-like, thank God! But much less interesting than their superb "Foreign Extra Stout" (which I rated 4.1), which is the only Guinness I really recommend!

jbrus (4990) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - OCT 21, 2009
[email protected] Chocolate, roasted malts and light coffee aroma. Black colour, light brown head, good lace. Light sweet, bitter, very roasted. Sparkling and a bit thin.

angrybeerman (259) - Dublin, IRELAND - OCT 4, 2009
Black with tan head. Nice roasted aroma. Flavor was of roasted malts with strong coffee tones. Dry and bitter. Overall pretty decent and not totally unlike Guinness Draught.

xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - SEP 24, 2009
Can in celebration of Arthurís Day, brought back from Ireland 4.2% abv. Opaque dark brown, almost black with creamy tan head. Aroma is dry chocolate, coffee, a little cola, nice. Flavor is roast, cola, a little smoke, light coffee, not bad. Light body with active carbonation. Not bad, better than nitro thatís for sure.

TBone (17434) - Pori, FINLAND - AUG 10, 2009
Can from London, abv. 4.2% (rated at home, BB 01/2010).
Almost opaque black color, good tan head, some lace. Light roasted aroma with milky notes. Smooth mouthfeel. Milk chocolaty roasted aftertaste, a bit of sweet milk chocolate and ash. Much better than last Guinness Draughts Iíve had. Roasted aftertaste.

Travlr (24277) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 24, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2009 You must try this beer a St James Gate. The farther you travel from there, the less impressive it tastes. A pint pulled from a tap in the Emerald Isle is far superior to anything you can get elsewhere.

cyrenaica (1126) - Milton, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 30, 2009
341ml bottle
4.2% ABV
No matter how many times I try Guinness, I fail to see why the world appreciates it so much. As I move along with my beer experience, I do tend to give it slightly higher ratings....more to distance it from the trashy swill than to bring it closer to the diamonds of the beer world.

FatPhil (15963) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUN 20, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2009 568ml bottle (Dublin) right on BB date - Shared by Mirjukka - thanks!
Simple roasty aroma. Pleasant carbonation. Full roasty body, but quite gentle. Some subtle noble hop bite, but restrained. Dry, corky, almost ashy finish. Some milkiness, Very tasty.

bobbypaulson (217) - Fergus Falls, Minnesota, USA - JUN 10, 2009
had a bottle ofthis in england. it pours a clean black and the head is brown unlike the guinness from the us. The aroma is roasty malt and caramel taste is much like espresso and vanilla. It has a very smooth after taste that finishes bitter. I wonder what it would taste like unpasteurised?

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