1. BeerAdvocate on your phone?! True story. Try the beta now.

Guinness Draught Extra Cold - Guinness Ltd.

Guinness Draught  Extra ColdGuinness Draught  Extra Cold

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

425 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 425
Reviews: 166
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 20.11%

Brewed by:
Guinness Ltd. visit their website

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Mebuzzard on 01-15-2007)
View: Beers (26) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Reviewers
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 425 | Reviews: 166 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of Ohiolager


2.81/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Guinness draught 6pk bottles $8.49 (OH)

11.2 oz brown bottle wrapped with black plastic, no freshest by date.

brewed in Dublin pasteurized stout. poured into a pint glass.

pours very dark almost black, however my phone flashlight is pretty weak but it still lights up the entire glass. leaves a two finger tan head that ends up as one finger. leaves very little lacing scattered on the glass.

i smell hints of coffee, toasted grain, roasted malt and caramel.

the taste is more robust than the smell but that being said its good but is lacking some power in its flavor. i taste very little chocolate, mainly a coffee taste followed by a roasted, toasted bitter hop taste.

the mouth feel is super light. almost lighter than water if that's possible. i know its 4.2 abv and low in cals. however i want a stout, not a bud light. leaves the mouth a bit bitter and dry.

overall its not a bad beer, however i prefer a thicker, stronger, more robust stout. i was introduced to Guinness a long time ago with Irish car bombs. but now i ask for an English car bomb. (i find no difference between draught in nitro cans or bottles)

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2014 03:35:39 | More by Ohiolager
Photo of yardkl


3.71/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Great classic beer. I wish it had more hoppy flavor. Although it's pitch black and high in calories the taste is light. Almost too light. I still love Guinness but I always crave more. The mouthfeel of nitro beers is always great but in my opinion Guinness is a little watery. Personally I still think it's better than Murphy's.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 02:28:54 | More by yardkl
Photo of Brenden


3.16/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This one looks just like the original Guinness Draught for the most part, pitch black but somehow not very heavy-looking, the beauty being in the head. It's tight, creamy and compact, a tight tan crown just more than a full finger in height. It leaves exceptionally creamy lacing in thick rings and some heavy spotting between.
The aroma is a dark chocolate/toffee blend with a bit of char and some coffee, but with an almost burnt note to it.
The taste is similar, though it eases off on most of the astringency of the original. It's thin for a stout, but not as much given that it's in the original traditional, less monstrous style.
The feel of course offers lots of creaminess on the tongue and it flows like silk. It does have that thinness as well, though again style is in mind and it's not intended to be any kind of imperial stout. There is a slight grainy astringency in the finish.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

11-20-2013 15:24:38 | More by Brenden
Photo of Act25

New Jersey

3.74/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Classic - Bet you didn't know that it's fewer calories and less alcohol (4.2%)
Truly a session beer. When I lived in Ireland, when you went out w your buds you were in for the number of pints * the number of buddies in the group. Go would w six, you were in for six.

A: What's to fuss with? The original nitro vertical pour. Only Left Hand Nitro does it better.
Great head, lasting and lacing, beautiful near black body. What's not to love?

S - Malt, roast, Liffey quays, docks and bulkheads, salt, peat fires.

T- Follows smell but sweeter, at Bewleys tea and biscuits, and a walk on St Stephan's Green with an open bakery on a wet spring morning.

F- A bit thin, but other wise fine. Clear, clean finish, great food beer, great Black in black and tans!

Must try and must mix into blacks & Tans. Pour your IPA or any ale and then top coatt with Guinness!

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 00:11:10 | More by Act25
Photo of Libationguy


3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

There's just something about the way this beer sets up in the glass...

Black color with brown-cream narrow head. Moderate+ retention.

Medium roast coffee on the nose with toffee and a deep maltiness. Bitter chocolate and muted hops run the counterpoint.

Coffee, mocha, milk chocolate with a mild bitterness.

Moderately creamy on the palate, but it becomes a little thin on the finish.

The beer is an institution. They actually get quite a bit out of the beer for the low alcohol level.

Serving type: nitro-tap

06-27-2013 03:30:41 | More by Libationguy
Photo of Dave_in_GR


3.19/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 440ml nitro-can into a pint glass.

Appearance is a dark brown color with a thick and frothy head, great retention and lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell is very faint, just a hint of roasted malt flavor.

Taste is more robust, lots of roasted malt with some coffee flavors as well. A little hoppy bitterness in there too.

Mouthfeel is pretty average, a surprisingly thin body which might be a result of the serving type (nitro-can). It doesn't leave much of an aftertaste though which makes it quite easy to drink.

Overall, this is not my favorite stout - the body is a bit too light and the taste a bit weaker than I prefer. I feel like a warm pint on tap would be better.

Serving type: nitro-can

05-07-2013 18:19:22 | More by Dave_in_GR
Photo of wayngrove


2.3/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

I used to think this was what dark beer was all about, which is why I used to drink Miller Lite. I've grown up since then, and moved on to real beer. If you're on this site, you're probably only reading this b/c you agree with me. Guinness is just bland anymore, as far as stoudts go.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2013 00:33:37 | More by wayngrove
Photo of TempeBeerMan


3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Time to review the classic.

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint. (A regular bottle without the ridiculous and unnecessary "nitro widget")

A - Deep dark ruby-brown with a two-finger, perfectly even, off-white head. Lacing quickly slinks back into the glass.

S - Wow. Almost no aroma. Little hint of toasted grain.

T - Roasted grain taste forward, but a kind of a rolled oat, cereal grain flavor. Some mild hops bring bitterness but not much else. Not complex or deep, but the taste presented is pretty good. Roasted, but not burnt.

M - Light bodied, and extremely creamy. Normally wouldnt be something I would rate highly, but it works here. Finishes dry as a bone. Easy drinking for sure.

O - This is the Guinness that everyone associates with the brand, and much better WITHOUT the nitro. That said, it's a classic, but ultimately a little too bland and boring for my personal tastes.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2012 22:09:34 | More by TempeBeerMan
Photo of Scrylol

Alberta (Canada)

2.9/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice two finger creamy head that sticks for a while. Lot's of lacing. Dark body with hints of ruby red when in front of light.

Slight hint of black coffee followed by a big strong aroma of roasted malt and caramel.

Roasted malts, black coffee, and a hint of hops and earthy notes. Pretty bitter. Leaves a dry bitter aftertaste.

Drinks easily but it is pretty watery. Light body. Doesn't feel right. Enough carbonation to tickle the tongue.

A merely decent stout.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2012 19:15:05 | More by Scrylol
Photo of tectactoe


3.1/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I've had this on tap, nitro-tap, nitro-bottle, and nitro-can. The nitrogen gives the beer an amazing head, which is certainly my favorite thing about Guinness Draught. The beer is a deep, dark brown (nearly black) with a tan head. The head is comprised of very fine, small bubbles, due to the nitrogen, which provides a very well-defined head that will last for days. Starting with a half-inch head on the top, you are left with a quarter-inch head at the bottom of the glass. Beautiful. Guinness doesn't have a very strong smell, but you can pick up some roasted tones and maybe slight coffee/chocolate, but not much. The taste is full of grains and roasted barley, very slight black coffee, and not much chocolate. Overall, a very average taste - not great, but not bad at all. The mouth isn't as creamy as it may look - very thin.

Guinness is my macro-brew beer of choice. It's not great, but it's not at all bad, and at such a low ABV, you can enjoy them all night without making a fool of yourself.

Serving type: nitro-tap

09-25-2012 03:48:16 | More by tectactoe
Photo of Iceman74

5/5  rDev +41.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The best beer I have ever had, hands down. The creaminess of this beer is matched by no other. The chocolate, coffe flavors come straight through, with no after taste. Not to heavy, not to light. Simply perfect. The model which all stouts are made after.

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2012 06:01:41 | More by Iceman74
Photo of ThaCreep


2.13/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Black color. No oxidation. Flat body, very watery and tasteless or nearly so. Just a bit of roasted malt but then, really super discreet. Creamy touch unappetizing. Finish slightly bitter but with this industrial side well disgusting. Really not good at all. It seems clear that a cut Guinness Draught Classic with water.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 12:59:33 | More by ThaCreep
Photo of tjsdomer2


3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: The bubbles! Oh the bubbles! They really DO sink! It's amazing! Perfect lacing and foam. Nice dark brown color, almost red when it's in the light. Nothing beats this.

Smell: Honestly, I don't get much from the smell here. Some maltiness I guess and maybe chocolate or molasses.

Taste/Mouthfeel: On the negative side, Guinness comes out a bit oily and watery when you drink it, which I really don't like. However, this extra greasiness makes it easy to drink. Good, creamy taste. Fairly bitter. More bubbles than extra stout. Definitely better on tap.

Drinkability: Nothing beats this. Smooth, light, velvety appearance make this what it is. So that appearance alone makes this unbeatable.

Overall: It's impossible not to drink this. Carbonation is off-putting from a can/bottle but great on tap. I average that as above average.

Serving type: on-tap

10-16-2011 19:45:36 | More by tjsdomer2
Photo of CaptJackHarkness

New York

4.63/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black/ruby with creamy mocha beige head. Does not produce much of the "Fall", the waterfall cascade effect of the effervescent carbonation!
Head is well lasting, laces the glass nicely. The taste is of coffee and dark unsweetened chocolate and a tangy bite of bitterness. The nitro bottle is the closest thing to bringing the pub home!

Serving type: nitro-bottle

09-22-2011 23:08:55 | More by CaptJackHarkness
Photo of MEsoJD


3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

440ml nitro-can poured into a glass. Had some in my fridge and figured I should add it to my review list.

A: Black body(slight red) with very creamy light mocha head. Adequate lacing.

S: Smells of coffee, roasted malt, and dark chocolate. Basic smell you would expect from stouts.

T: Taste creamy/milky light coffee, little sweetness, followed by a hint of bitterness. The roasted notes is very light, and takes time to notice.

M: Light bodied, little alcohol presence, almost no carbonation, and smooth/creamy.

O: Guinness has always come off as adequate and this time is no different. You can defiantly do way worse and vice versa. I would recommend buying this in bulks for parties, beer pong, and etc... I actually seem to prefer the nitro can, oppose to the bottle. I heard it's really good on tap in Ireland, but I'm not visiting anytime soon.

Serving type: nitro-can

09-16-2011 02:17:42 | More by MEsoJD
Photo of drowninginhops

South Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured in standard pint glass, review from notes.

A: Black in color with ruby edges with creamy head that leaves good lacing.

S: Malts with some chocolate backing it up along with grain.

T: Toasted malts not bitter slightly sweet.

M: A little thin for a stout but not terrible.

D: Good for that stout mood you might get in when the craft store is closed.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

06-22-2011 01:46:18 | More by drowninginhops
Photo of Thorpe429


2.58/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Nitro bottle purchased at Total Wine in Alexandria. Glad to have that zero taken out of my profile. Only one to go now. Served in a Hill Farmstead wine glass.

The pour is nearly a thing of beauty. The nitro pellet really does its job. Body is pitch black. The head is just barely off white and skies up a few fingers with good retention and quite a bit of lacing. Each swirl creates three layers--black up to a mix of brownish-black bubbles and then the white head. Really pretty. From there, downhill.

The nose brings some very light chocolate and roasted malt. It's hiding in the background. Some light toffee as well. The flavor is a bit unappetizing. There's too much toffee and not enough roast. The creaminess further enhances the toffee flavor. I think there's probably a touch of diacetyl in there, but not too much. Mild roast that really doesn't come through until the finish, which is too dry. Not a big fan of this one, other than looking at it.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

05-31-2011 15:23:08 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of Converge

Alberta (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

440ml nitro-can poured into a Guinness glass.

Note: I've had this can sitting around since Halloween, so I'm not sure if that would affect the quality of the beer...

A - Not totally black, but almost; just a touch of redness in it. Great big thick mocha head, two fingers after a rather conservative pour. Leaves unbelievable lacing. Thick creamy cap stays on top.

S - Tons of roasted malt and coffee on the nose. Bits of dark chocolate and butterscotch are noticeable as well.

T - Roasted malt is prevalent with a ton of coffee and a respective bitterness. Very rich and creamy, but I feel like there's a touch of metallic taste in there that's resulted from being stored for too long in the can. I'm picking up all kinds of flavors here, really enjoyable. Slight toffee and caramel taste as well. I like that I can pick up so many flavors without this feeling the least bit overwhelming.

M - Next to no carbonation. Thick and creamy body. Very smooth and fitting mouth-feel for this style.

D - Mild flavored and heavy, but nonetheless really enjoyable. Admittedly I'm not a very big fan of stouts, but I really liked this one.

Note: I don't really understand this "extra-cold" stuff... I assumed I was drinking a Guinness draught? but I don't really know now...

Serving type: nitro-can

05-22-2011 22:22:10 | More by Converge
Photo of augustgarage


3.15/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served well chilled in my Samuel Smith nonic. First beer in at least 2 weeks isn't terribly exciting but it was a freebie, so...

Opaque bistre body with a thick creamy stand of wheat colored foam. Superior retention (as to be expected of this style). Pasty slopes of lacing.

Light roast aroma with a tinge of cheap tobacco.

Toasted grain, drawn butter, and hints of stale cocoa on the palate. Somewhat tart, with very low bitterness, leading into a moderately dry yet bland finish.

Medium-light bodied and very creamy.

I'm not a big fan of pasteurized beer generally...additionally, this is the least flavorful iteration of Guinness I've tried so far...

Serving type: nitro-bottle

05-09-2011 03:07:10 | More by augustgarage
Photo of tone77


3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 14.9 oz. nitro can. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some malts and slightly sweet. Taste is also rather mild, some malts, much less flavor than some other Guinness stouts. Feels creamy in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

Serving type: nitro-can

04-10-2011 14:43:28 | More by tone77
Photo of chuckiebobphil


4.3/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lets just start by saying that I wasn't the biggest beer drinker until I started drinking this. I really do enjoy this beer and its got a great flavor and full body and the color is something to be liked as well. This beer kicks ass and a good one to start drinking with

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 18:43:26 | More by chuckiebobphil
Photo of kojevergas


3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes. Served on nitro-tap in Glasgow, Scotland, in a Guinness pint glass. The pour was a well-executed double pour, though I didn't stopwatch him. I'm a huge Guinness (and stout) fan, so I'm excited to see how different this is.

A: Brilliant bubble show; tan creamy wonderful head of excellent retention. Looks exactly like Guinness draught back home in Galway, Ireland.

Sm: Toffee, coffee, chocolate, roast, barley.

T: All of the notes from the nose. Creamier finish than the Guinness draught in Ireland. Balanced and brilliant. Not as bitter as Irish Guinness draught. The roast is different, shifted more towards the finish. The serving temperature dulls the flavour a bit.

Mf: Smoother than draught. A bit less dry on the climax, but even American Guinness draught is that way.

Dr: Sure I'd have it again, but in Glasgow's real ale/cask ale scene, why bother? Guinness draught is better outright. The price is right, but the abv is low.

Serving type: nitro-tap

03-07-2011 23:42:41 | More by kojevergas
Photo of BeardedBoffin

New Mexico

2.85/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I am not sure sure what "Extra Cold" in the name of the beer implies. I did attempt to drink a few at a temperature of 40 to 45 degrees (Fahrenheit) and then immediately placed the remainder of the six pack in the refrigerator so they would be "extra cold."

The beer pours black with some brown-ruby highlights around the edges. The nitro-bottle packaging allows a nice thick cap of foam, which showed excellent retention. A good looking brew.

The aroma is darkly toasted malt with some wisps of very dark fruit, not much cocoa or chocolate though. Those notes translate to the flavor as well, but with muted effectiveness. The flavors are thwarted by a creamy flatness (I don't what else to call it) which is not desirable.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

02-21-2011 01:41:43 | More by BeardedBoffin
Photo of DovaliHops


3.23/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to the nitro-bottle, this beer pour beautifully. I absolutely love the way Guinness looks when it's from a nitro tap, and this looks exactly the same. Pours with a thick appearance that looks like a chocolate milkshake. It turns from a creamy brown color to a very transparent black. When held up to light you can see through this and it is a dark red color. Big creamy head on this one. It looks like what a cappuccino would look like. Now I had to write a lot about the appearance, because that's the best part of this beer...it kinda goes downhill from here. Scent is quite pleasant with some chocolate and malt notes. Also has a kinda skunky scent as well though. Taste is WAY TOO WATERY! The flavors of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and some vanilla are there, but just way too watered down. The mouthfeel is just like I said, way too watered down and flat. I know this is because of the nitro, but I've had bears that weren't this flat from nitro taps. Drinkability is somewhat high if you enjoy drinking chocolate flavored water.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

02-20-2011 07:16:54 | More by DovaliHops
Photo of Dave128


2.83/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

11.2 Oz bottle into pint glass.

A - A vigorous pour not to much avail. I figured the head would be almost uncontrollable in this "draught" version. Looks nice, okay lacing and head about a couple coins deep stays around the whole time.

S - Pretty good basic smelling stout. Roasty smell is very inviting!! I haven't had guinness before so I assume its about the same as the other versions.

T - Meh.. If I had to describe it in one phrase.. "watered down" I feel like this could be a great stout.. the flavors are there, the smell is there... its just not enough. Almost flat and not very impressive

M - Carbonation is low and mouthfeel is thin and watery.

D - I feel like this may be a bad representation of guinness and I will definitely try different variations in the future, but this one does not impress at all.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 03:51:36 | More by Dave128
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Guinness Draught Extra Cold from Guinness Ltd.
80 out of 100 based on 425 ratings.