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Guinness Draught Extra Cold - Guinness Ltd.

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BA SCORE
81
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464 Ratings
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Ratings: 464
Reviews: 166
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 20%
Wants: 6
Gots: 45 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Guinness Ltd. visit their website
Ireland

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)
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Reviews by Purp1eOne:
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4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

Purp1eOne, May 29, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of tectactoe
3.1/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

tectactoe, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

wesbrownyeah, May 17, 2009
Photo of Shakerman
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Shakerman, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of BenTherHppedThat
1.25/5  rDev -64.8%

BenTherHppedThat, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.15/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

lordofthewiens, Mar 19, 2008
Photo of generallee
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

generallee, Jun 19, 2008
Photo of kingcrowing
3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

kingcrowing, Nov 02, 2009
Photo of boatshoes
2.95/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

boatshoes, Mar 20, 2010
Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Cynic-ale, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of Slowpony97
4.2/5  rDev +18.3%

Slowpony97, Sep 02, 2014
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.

Libationguy, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of dmk91
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

dmk91, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.13/5  rDev -11.8%
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).

Beerandraiderfan, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of williamjbauer
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

williamjbauer, Sep 11, 2013
Photo of Miha
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Miha, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of jmrybak
4/5  rDev +12.7%

jmrybak, Jul 29, 2014
Photo of robthepenguin
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

robthepenguin, May 03, 2012
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

acurtis, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of Brenden
3.16/5  rDev -11%
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.

Brenden, Nov 20, 2013
Photo of scottblaze
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

TINY BUBBLES

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.

scottblaze, Feb 24, 2008
Photo of En29356
3/5  rDev -15.5%

En29356, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of Wezzle
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Wezzle, Jan 17, 2013
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".

shredsofautumn, Oct 26, 2010
Photo of BC65
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

BC65, Aug 15, 2014
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Guinness Draught Extra Cold from Guinness Ltd.
81 out of 100 based on 464 ratings.