Guinness Draught Extra Cold - Guinness Ltd.

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Ratings: 508
Reviews: 170
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 19.44%
Wants: 9
Gots: 101 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Mebuzzard on 01-15-2007

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Reviews by Libationguy:
Photo of Libationguy
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of tectactoe
3.11/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.51/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Guinness with the widget type device inside bottle 12oz. glass.

A- Beautiful appearance for a stout. Pours dark black fluid that shows a massive head that doesn't budge from the top of the beer. The off-white head leaves nice lacing on glass.

S- Very mild scents of coffee grinds, malts and maybe a little sweet brown sugar smells... that is all.

T- Better than the smell. Taste is a mix of black coffee, carmel malts and hints of milk-like flavors.

M-D- Mouthfeel is very nice. Has a very morning like coffee feel. That being said it is smooth like a wake up beer as coffee is to wakeing up in the morning. Milky feel rolls over the tongue..very easy. As drinkable as a dry stout gets. Highly recommended for massive drinking from pub pints! Add Strongbow for extra flavor.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.16/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with the widget, which did its thing and produced the appearance of a draft pour. The beer was a very dark brown with a thick off-white head. While the head diminished in size, it persisted throughout, and was very sticky. The beer had a vaguely roasted malt/coffee aroma, with a similar taste. If you've had some better stouts, you'd consider this a little timid, more like a Stout Lite. Still, not a bad beer.

Photo of generallee
3.54/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle with a plastic covering and label into a pint glass.

Appearance: It has a dark opaque color with a supper aggressive light brown bubbling action that takes a minute to settle out. (Very cool!) After it settles it forms a thick, supper creamy, tan head. Its head is stiff, has great retention time and leaves light tan rings of lace on the glass.

Smell: The aroma is of fresh baked bread and barely malt.

Taste/Mouth feel: Its flavor is smooth and buttery with some mild toasted and bready notes. The palate is smooth and a bit thin with a light to medium body and mellow carbonation. The finish is rather dry with some hop bitterness.

Notes: Defiantly one of the most recognizable stouts with that sweet looking head and deep dark color.

Photo of ChadwickHines
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

So good and is cold.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.21/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a guinness pint glass.

Pours with that awesome nitro thing, you know what I mean if you've had it before. Looks awesome, nice dark brown, almost black with a creamy small light brown head.

Taste is a bit disappointing, quite watery and tame, a bit roasty but not too much here. I'd say the nitro can or draft is the way to go for this beer, skip the bottle.

Photo of boatshoes
2.94/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Well, I've certainly had this beer a number of times but I just had a pint at the local bar on St. Patrick's day (one of only two as DD!) at thought I'd give it a review finally.

Appearance- Comes off the tap looking good with a dark black body that lets in a little bit of light around the edges. About a half finger of creamy looking tan head sits onto of the beer for the entire time I'm drinking as well.

Smell- Really not a whole lot of noticeable smells on the nose of this beer. I can pick up some very mild roasted malts and that is about it.

Taste- Again, not a whole lot going on in the flavor department, though just a touch more than in the nose. Some mild roasted malt, a touch of soda cracker, and a dry astringency in the finish.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is very thin and watery with mild carbonation but not enough to offset the thin body. The astringent finish of the beer doesn't help in this department either. In terms of drinkability, this beer goes down pretty easy but doesn't offer me a lot of reasons to keep drinking it.

Overall, I can understand the appeal of this beer but don't find it very appealing myself. I think it is thin and lacks enough complexity to make it a decent session beer. I actually prefer the Foreign Export version in the bottles without the widget and think that they have more flavor and better body. I'll have to put in another review next time I have the other version.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.15/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark pour, tan head, chills nicely. Aroma was chocolate malt & roast.

Taste, texture a little thin, more roast flavor. Thin roast. Hardly any hops. This is a good beer to rehydrate with, while looking like you're drinking something that is considered "really strong" by the average bystander around you. Totally the stuff scruffy soccer guy drinks.

Almost as if black food coloring fell into some flat and old Budweiser (but this has even less alcohol in it).

Photo of Brenden
3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Photo of scottblaze
3.76/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


Fairly light pour resulted in about a ½" head of fine bubbles almost like whipped egg whites (only tan, of course) that offer an unusual feeling while sipping, dark brown, almost opaque, head retention excellent, very good lacing. A little burning rubber, maybe a hint of molasses hits the nose. Letting it roll around in the mouth, taste is a bitterness akin to that of saffron, a little molasses and burnt sugar but not sweet, actually is somewhat on the dry side, an aftertaste that lingers. Mouthfeel is a little unusual due to the fine bubbles, seems to coat the mouth. Drinkability is okay, but a bit tiring.

Being what it is, Irish Dry Stout, it is not bad, just not one of my favourite styles. The stuff is Okay for an occasional visit but I prefer Extra Stout without the widget.

Photo of shredsofautumn
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single nitro-can purchased 10/25/2010 in Easthampton, MA.

Appearance- Poured into a large 24 oz. glass, The nitro widget works its magic. Poured hard, We get at end of pour about 3/4 of an inch of black beer followed by 4 inches of brown nitro-fueled descending bubbles (the famous descending head effect), followed by a 1.5 finger head. Cool tri-tone effect with black beer on the bottom, brown settling in the middle, and a milky white head atop. By the end of the settling, we are left with a nice black brew with a 2.5 finger head. Thick lace retention.

Smell- Roasted barley, pasteurized milk/dairy, hint of dark chocolate and mocha.

Taste- Typical Guinness dry stout flavors. Soft upfront of chocolate. Dry finish with lots of roasted flavors of coffee bean and mocha.

Mouthfeel- Smooth as silk. Low carbonation by the nitro. Despite its thick head and dark color, the consistency is nice and smooth on the mouth and fairly light compared to a lot of stouts and porters.

Drinkability- Due to its smooth flavor, low abv, and low carbonation, TONS of these can be had in a session extremely easily.

It's no Extra Stout or Foreign Extra Stout (which are way better), but to me- this Guinness is the Guinness to have for a session. Incredible drinkability, Silky texture, and satisfying for "what it is".

Photo of yael6666
3.13/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

A:At pouring: a black/white color with nitro bubbles going down.
Settled is a great dark color, not as dark as most stouts (you can see light through it) with a nice white head that lasts forever.

S:At right temp. you can smell coffee, roasted malts,and hidden toffee.

T:COFEE, roasted malts, and some hidden chocolate and toffee

M:Watery, with very little nitro feeling.

D:great, it goes all the way down and because of its great dry, smooth and velvety aftertaste you can drink a LOT of it...

One of my everyday beers but not one of my favs... i guess that is what makes guinness so popular jeje

Photo of Dave128
2.88/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

Photo of Sammy
2.58/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks to Mr. Russev for bringing from Europe. Coffee and sugar aroma. Opaque dark brown with off-white head. Noticeably thin mouthfeel, though creamy from the nitro. Like old coffee grounds bitterness. Horrid really. We know they can make a drinkable version.

Photo of augustgarage
3.16/5  rDev -11%
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...

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.89/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Photo of hdofu
3.61/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a stout glass as suggested extra cold. Has a dark brown cola color with a thin pale tan head. Smell is slightly of cola. Taste is mildly reflecting burnt toast and hazelnut, lacking much flavor possibly to make it more comparable to macro beers. Beer has mouthfeel almost like carbonated slurpy consitency or that of sucking on an ice cube. While by no means an exceptional stout, its by no means offensive, a mild and drinkable beer with a "how low can you go?" abv to boot.

Photo of BelgianPrincess
2.47/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is good considering the uniqueness of the nitro widget-gimmick thingy, but the head doesn't hold the same as, or even have the same color as a nice nitro-tap version... it's like they make different versions of this beer and call it the same thing.

Smell is mild coffee

Up-front the taste is unbalanced toward the sour end of things... not like it's luscious doppelganger that I've had on certain tapped occasions. Roasty/coffee hints, but it stops there. leaves a mildly pleasant dry-sour aftertaste

Mouthfeel is watery!

Drinkability - I could drink this all day if I wanted to, but then again, the same with Pabst. And just the same with Pabst, only if I were having a particularly poor and alcoholic week.

Photo of thagr81us
3.09/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from bottle into Euro Pint. Pours a dark dark brown with a red hue when looking down onto the beer. Has a one finger off-white head that stays until the end. Has an awesome pouring 'show' with the carbonation slowly making its way to the top. The aroma has slight nutty and malty hints. The flavor is light on the palate with little to no carbonation with malty notes. Overall this is not horrible, but it is definitely not a beer I typically buy with the availability. It will probably stay that way however...

Photo of scootny
3.12/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hmmm. This one present and interesting conundrum. On the one hand you want to slam it hard. I mean who ever heard of a Guinness brewed for COLD. They do not belong in the same sentence. However when you try to get inside the brewers head you can't help but come up with love. As a beer this is pretty unimpresssive. The label states that this is to be consumed from the bottle. Not much to look at or smell. You can sniff out some roasted malt and earthy hops if you try but the flavor is a notch above BMC as there is a roasted grain presence. A bit of real hops as well. The upshot is this is a beer brewed for those times when a real beer lover is trapped. You know what I'm talkin' about. The bars that only have iced bottles no taps. Viewed in that light this beer is a life line for those of us who are looking at a night of ice cold piss or something closer to beer. The thin feel is a bit of a letdown but it does enhance drinkability, enabling you to quaff at a dangerous clip. So remember this is a beer for club night and it aint' so bad. Just order one and slam it down with your buddies and before you know it you're one of the guys not a beer snob.

Photo of jazzbone
3.69/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Guinness pint glass.

A - Beautiful dark chocolate pour, thick and creamy one finger head with nice, smooth lacing that retains into the duration of the drinking.

S - Not too strong of an aroma, but what's there is a bit of malt, roasted coffee if you really look for it. Nothing really special here.

T - Malt at the start with coffee and an all around roasted flavor. Finishes with a more bitter, coffee taste and dries out and bitters up in the aftertaste.

M - Very little carbonation, really smooth and cold going down. It really is like drinking water.

D - Decent. Drinkable, yeah, but not something I keep wanting after a few. Really good as an accompaniment to a hearty, meaty meal. But, I can't see this as a "go-to beer."

The Draught is good, but it's no Extra Stout.

Photo of PhillyStyle
2.98/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a nitro-can into a pint glass. The beer poured what looked like a solid black, but when held up to light, it had some hints of red. Of course, when poured the beer provided a very nice cascade which started out brown before turning into the true color. The head was light brown, kind of reminded me of coffee with cream. The head was thick and was retained for the entire drink. The aroma was ok, seemed a bit weak, but it was a light malt aroma, not much else. The taste, again, was average at best, a light malt with a bit of sweetness. The was thick and creamy with little carbonation, but seemed a bit watered down. Drinkability was ok, but probably would reach for other stouts first.

Photo of TYE
2.81/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours mostly black with a slight medium-brown ring on bottom. Thick and creamy white head with good retention and light smear. No active carbonation seen.
S - Nutty, malty, caramel and cream. Not an overwhelming aroma, but easily noticed. Almost a hint of stale beer.
T - Matches smell. Not overwhelming. A slight bitter and sour with mild nuttiness and a hint of caramel.
M - No carbonation. Light bites at back and tip of tongue. Creamy, smooth, and slightly heavy.
D - I could only drink one on any occasion, and I would drink one again. Lacks flavor volume for regularly repeated consumption, though..

Photo of Ohiolager
2.8/5  rDev -21.1%
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)

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Guinness Draught Extra Cold from Guinness Ltd.
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