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Guinness Draught Extra Cold - Guinness Ltd.

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Ratings: 424
Reviews: 166
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 20.4%

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Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Mebuzzard on 01-15-2007)
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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 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 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 CuriousMonk


4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap from brewpubs across Ireland during my visit in 2001. Guinness Extra Cold is a chilled version of the classic Irish dry stout Guinness. Pours the same appearance as a draught - nice head and laces that lingers throughout the drinking session. Aroma of coffee and stout chocolate. Great carbonation and medium body throughout. Tastes wonderful being extra cold. Really liked the igloo on top of the tab handles. Too bad they're not served in the States. The beer is brewed at the James Gate Brewery in Dublin, Ireland and would be a great pint if it was served at normal ale temperature of around 8-12 degrees. Needless to say, even if the beer was too cold, it was still quite quaffable!

Serving type: nitro-tap

01-28-2011 05:18:44 | More by CuriousMonk
Photo of champ103


1.85/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

This is all over the UK. During my travels in Scotland and England this last year this was on at every bar along side the regular Guinness Draught, and I was able to write a few notes down.

A: Pours dark brown, not really black and with plenty of reddish highlights towards the middle. I can't believe people actually think this is pitch black. A two finger tan head forms from the nitro pour. Some lace as well.
S: Some malt, lots of sourness, and mold bread.
T: Pretty much just cereal grain, and soggy bread. That distinct Guinness sourness as well.
M/D: Dead, thin, and lifeless. Just really week. Something I will drink only when my options are this, Tennent's, and God forbid Tennent's Extra Cold while out and about in the UK.

A really crappy stout to say the least. Hugely popular in the UK though. Maybe even more so than the regular Guinness Draught from what I could tell. All marketing and nothing else. Avoid.

Serving type: nitro-tap

11-23-2010 20:05:40 | More by champ103
Photo of boatshoes


2.95/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

03-20-2010 20:43:18 | More by boatshoes
Photo of TonyElOso


4.35/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This is a beer most people think of when they think of dense/dark beer (although if you ask any dark beer drinkers, it isn't that dense).

The selling point of this beer is its dark body with creamy white head. It's a phenominal appearance overall but the taste isn't for everyone.

Its a bitter boggy taste that doesn't give a sharp carbonated bite. It's smooth and very flavorful but its again not for everyone.

Serving type: nitro-tap

12-20-2009 07:35:55 | More by TonyElOso
Photo of Stro23m


4.9/5  rDev +38.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I Love this beer more than any other stout, its classic and delicious.

reminds me of cold good coffee.

my mom hates beer and when i got her to try a sip from nitro can poured into glass she said she was suprised and enjoyed it.

Not the most punch u in the face stout out there but has very good flavor to be a stout.

i love the bitter choclate and coffe flavor to this beer.

This beer is best if u can find it on tap not regular tap but on nitro tap.

A- dark almost black
S- malt
T- delicious if u like stouts
M- creamy thicker than most beers
D- if you like stouts this is probobly the most drinkable one out there.

overall impression= this beer is sexy and seductive

Serving type: nitro-tap

10-09-2008 04:35:02 | More by Stro23m
Photo of CrescentLake

New York

4.35/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

THIS BEER REALLY EXISTS, BUT NONE OF THESE REVIEWS ARE REVIEWING IT!!...and it's definitely not the beer in the picture. THE BOTTLE IN THE PICTURE IS THE SAME RECIPE AS THE CANNED "DRAUGHT," except it says 'serve extra cold.' In Scotland , and rarely in Ireland you will find a pub that has the appropriate nitro-tap. And this is exclusively on a nitro tap, which means the appearance, mouthfeel, and drinkability are incredible. BUT aside from the temp difference, I've heard the malt is slightly different from the typically draft. We used to slam these delisciously refreshing perfect examples of a good roasted barley, nightly ,when I lived in scotland. It deserves a better rating.

Serving type: nitro-tap

02-07-2008 04:11:15 | More by CrescentLake
Photo of OWSLEY069


3.03/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The beer that basically changed my thought process on beer. Poured black into a 20oz Guinness pint with a dense white head. In the nose, hints of coffee and hops. Light in the palate, but filling and bitter. A great first step into beer, by realizing different tastes and colors.

Serving type: nitro-tap

06-07-2007 17:18:17 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of kajerm


3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at various purported (and occasionally genuine) irish pubs. I docked this beer half a point for appearance for "appearing" initially to be different from Guinness in any meaningful way. 3ºC in a fairly light-tasting nitro-stout makes absolutely no difference.

Pure advertising, but if you like the tap handle, go for it.

Serving type: nitro-tap

03-19-2007 07:46:06 | More by kajerm
Photo of plaid75

New York

4.2/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It has the same characteristics as standard Guinness Draught, except it is chilled to a few degrees below the normal serving temperature.

I must say that for as much as I loved the Guinness in Ireland, the Extra Cold was an unexpected treat. The few extra degrees really made a difference for me, as it made the stout even more drinkable than it already is without affecting the flavor.

I recommend that if in Ireland you seek Extra Cold out.

Serving type: nitro-tap

03-13-2007 13:50:08 | More by plaid75
Photo of Mebuzzard


4.13/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ran across this in London. I wonder if it's the same as the Guinness 39 (I've never seen that one). This is served 3 Celcius degrees colder than original draught.
Looks the same. Pitch black body, nice white head. Good pour, barman. No shamrock, though.
Smells the same as well.
Tastes the same; perhaps a bit smoother. Not quite as dry, and even more the same as it warms.
No improvement. Still a good brew as Guinness is one of my favorite mass produced beers.

Serving type: nitro-tap

01-15-2007 22:43:53 | More by Mebuzzard
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 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 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
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Guinness Draught Extra Cold from Guinness Ltd.
80 out of 100 based on 424 ratings.