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Guinness Draught Extra Cold - Guinness Ltd.

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BA SCORE
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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:
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(Beer added by: Mebuzzard on 01-15-2007)
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Photo of ptykozoon
2.6/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black, tan head. Sticky lacing.

Burnt chocolate, toffee. Off putting however.

Watered down roasted chocolate. Cigarette ashes in water.

Very dense for the low Abv. Medium carbonation. Buttery thick mouthfeel.

Not the worst beer in the world, and quite sessionable, tis a pitty the beer has some off putting scents and generally is quite bland and watery.

ptykozoon, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of tburus
3.05/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Guinness pint glass.

Appearance: Black liquid with a well-retained one-finger head. And of course the bubbles. They really are something different than most beers. Head clings to glass as the beer goes down.

Smell: Very bread-like smell with notes of roasted and bitter grains.

Taste: Muted roasted bitterness and a slight hint of yeast and a touch of sweetness as it warms. Sadly way too watery to get much out of it.

Mouthfeel: Slight roasted bitterness lingers, but most everything got washed away by the wateriness of the beer.

Drinkability: This beer looks wicked cool, but once you start pouring it back it's a real disappointment. If you want something light that boosts your ego to own this is the beer, but for the price you're paying the overall experience is woefully unimpressive. Thankfully there are stronger versions of this iconic brand available on the shelves.

tburus, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of KAdams
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pitch black with a thick, fluffy head that leaves great lacing.

Smell - Roasted malts, and some coffee.

Taste - A lot like the smell, with that bitter, burnt, roasty flavor up front. Almost like burnt toast with some strong coffee and a hint of dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel - Pretty light despite the heavy flavors. Smooth, creamy carbonation.

Drinkability - I've been known to kill a 6 pack during a basketball game. Overall a good standby stout without getting too expensive or adventurous.

KAdams, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of marcusR111
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Very dark with a beautiful, creamy, and thick head

S- Can definately smell the roasted malts and barley, with slightly coffee smell.

T- Once again, the roasted malts and barley are out front with coffee in the back, and a taste I think is chocolate but not sure.

M- Slightly watery with little carbonation.

D- Drink 1 you gotta have 6.

marcusR111, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of Cummins9110
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

ok, tried first from bottle into glass not impressesd,
second, straight from bottle, much better

A - its in a bottle so cant see it

S - cant smell to much from bottle

T - more chocolatey than in glass and has much more flavors

M - feels like ice chunks but in reality its the nitro "carbonation" that disolves on tounge i think, but its smooth and slight creaminess

D - much better out of bottle, DO NOT POUR INTO GLASS

Overall still not impressed, my first guinness and i was so excited over all the hype but i was not impressed, i expected so much more, but then again popular beers are usually the worst beers because they are made to please the mass population not the Beer Advocates

Cummins9110, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of patreely12
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - very dark, near black with a red hue around the edges if held in the light. creamy tan head about 2 fingers.

S - bit of chocolate and coffee. enough to draw you in and take that first sip.

T/M - tastes like it smells: chocolate and coffee. medium bodied. kind of waters out on the back end.

D - good for a session. I like drinking this out at the bar. though it's mild by "good" beer standards you sure look cooler drinking this than miller lite.

patreely12, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of r3o
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

It has a dark brown, near black, with a hint of red. The head is thick and lasts long, plenty of lace also.
When it comes to smell maybe I got a bit of chocolate and malt, but it's mild. The taste is sour and watery, not much depth. It feels surprisely thin in the mouth, lots of water. The looks sets your brain for something better, thus the whole experience is dissapointing, however it works as a "light" beer, if I may say.

r3o, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of champ103
1.85/5  rDev -47.9%
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.

champ103, Nov 23, 2010
Photo of PapillonJohn
2.88/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass from nitro-bottle.

Appearance: The beer pours a nice dark brown/ruby color, however I have seen darker Guinness. The head sticks around for about minute. Looks nice and creamy.

Smell: Barely any smell noticeable. What I did get was burnt coffee and something slightly astringent.

Taste: Taste just like it smells, plus extra water. I thought it was very watered down. I mean its not bad but there are better dark lagers out there. The Extra Stout from Guinness is a whole hell of a lot better than this. This puts Guinness to disgrace in my opinion.

Mouthfeel: Next to flat, I do like that, only if the taste matches however. That is what ruined it for me. The taste was just too watered down.

Drinkability: "Good" I suppose... Sure you could drink one after another all day/night long. But, why would you want to at 4%ABV.

I would pick up the Extra Stout far before this and if that's not available there are other Dark beers out there.

PapillonJohn, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of mc1775
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from widget bottle into a glass.

A- 1/2 inch think creamy ivory head, very dark pretty much black beer.

S- Earthy roasted malts, hints of coffee and chocolate.

T- Nice creamy dark roasted malts,chocolate, slight coffee taste hardly any hop taste. Almost no after taste.

M- Medium bodied creamy texture with the head smooth light mouthfeel with the beer.

D- very drinkable, one of my go to's for this reason. Goes down very smooth.

Notes. Great session beer, good when you want something nice and smooth without losing ALL of its flavor, Nice mild beer. Great choice at a bar when there are mostly macros.

mc1775, Nov 10, 2010
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 Cheeseydude
4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is black like coffee with a white creamy head. The smell is is on the mild side with a dash of a typical porter, if I dare to say. The taste is smooth, creamy, and light. Its like the bud light for porters/ stouts, in a good way though. This beer doesn't have any carbonation which make this quite a unique experience. There is something about this beer that is oddly addicting. It Finishes smooth and mild with a slight malt aftertaste creeping though at the end. This beer is truly a one of a kind in fact, I can't think of another beer in the world that is quite like this. But if someone knows of one, LET ME KNOW...

Cheeseydude, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: This isn't the best looking pour of Guinness I have seen, but even so, it's a pretty sight. The beer is dark brown, bordering on black. The head is thick, creamy and leaves a thick sheet of lacing around the perimeter of the glass.

S: The aroma could be bigger, but the beer itself isn't grandiose. Scents include chocolates, cream and very subtle roast.

T: The flavor is simple and straightforward. I have been told that this beer is of much higher quality when consumed at the source in Dublin. Chocolate is the dominant flavor, with a hint of bitterness in the back.

M: Incredibly smooth and creamy. Thin bodied and very low alcohol presence.

D: Overall, this is an ubiquitous beer and nothing amazing. That being said, I enjoy it, and will often choose it when at a bar and must choose between this and the usual macro suspects.

Huhzubendah, Nov 04, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I have suspicion that this beer is the same as the "Guinness Draught" beer under this link http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/209/754

This is a NITRO bottle gifted to me by the other Matt, a.k.a. Huhzubendah. Finally, there are no ZEROS on my profile. Pretty fun.

Beer is poured into an imperial pint glass. Beer is brown and clear with a cascading head of nitrogen bubbles that settles to a creamy frothy head of tiny bubbles that stays until the end leaving the glass uniformly coated with lacing. Its a Guinness, on draught it looks the best but this comes close.

Aroma is weak, slightly roasty. I have a theory that the nitrogen interferes with a beers aroma.

Beer is thin, this is the beer that people say its bread in a glass. Its about as light as beer can get. Its creamy in the mouth. Its a little sweet, its a little roasty, finishes cleanly. I pounded it in a few minutes without realizing it. I could drink a dozen of these.

drabmuh, Nov 03, 2010
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 Chickenhawk9932
2.83/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours black with that creamy tan head. It is a site to behold.

In the nose is pale malt and a slight staleness - not much else.

Taste some malt but it is very faint with a metallic aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is creamy, but not much else going on.

So this isn't a bad beer, but it certainly isn't good - lacks way too much flavor. I'd take the extra stout over this anyday.

Chickenhawk9932, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of rockie
4.7/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

One of those beers that has an acquired taste, but once acquired you'll always love it. Either warm or cold it delivers a smooth taste.
Although somewhat expensive, that's not the beers fault. Comes with crazy collectors stuff and its iconic glasses are known worldwide, no wonder its been around for 256 years.
Go Ireland !

rockie, Oct 22, 2010
Photo of HUXC
3.93/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

S- Served from a 11.2 oz extra chilled bottle into a pint glass.

A- A beautiful dark, almost black bodied with slight hints of brown undertones. Leaves about two fingers of tan head that leaves nothing but lace on the sides of the glass.

S- Malted, almost coffee smelling.

T- Very thick bodied draught. I joke with my friends that drinking Guinness is like steak and potatoes in a bottle. It has a fluid malted flavor with a hint of coffee finish.

M- Almost no carbonation present, smooth to the last drop.

D- Although very thick, delightful to drink. Enjoy this beer over and over.

HUXC, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of A380
4.2/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a gorgeous dark ruby colour with the greatest light tan head. The nitrogen bubbles are really a work of art :) AMAZING!
tastes a little watered down but has hints of burnt coffee and an amazing smooth flow in your mouth. Drinks really easily and i find it not to be as heavy as everyone says.. people say its a meal in a cup.. i find after 5 or 6 yeah you feel full but that like many beers.
awesome beer and its just really cool!
cheers

A380, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of griffiam
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A decent beer, but not anywhere close to the Extra Stout, which remains one of my favorite brews in my limited but growing corpus of beers tasted.

The pour is stunning, a dark, Coca-Cola look, with a nice tan cap that makes me think of a milkshake for some unknown reason. The foam clings to the glass, making for quite the appearance.

Gives off a smell that seems inviting, like a cup of coffee with a hint of vanilla: a pleasurable smell, for sure.

The taste is ultimatly the downfall of the beer, because it seems quite watery initially, with a muted Guinnessian burnt coffee aftertaste. Could be a bit more robust.

This beer has a quite creamy feel, almost like a glass of milk. Not quite as nice as the extra stout, but certainly acceptable.

The Draught is drinkable, in that it is easy to drink, but I don't think I would want more than two of them at a time.

griffiam, Oct 05, 2010
Photo of BeerMasterD
4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours chocolate milk color into black with the creamiest of tan heads.
S- Aroma is soft and roasted, not much going on.
T- Roasted almost smokey, creamy soft chocolate, delicious but not intense. Perfect amount of malt.
M- Very creamy and smooth, just right.
O- A damn good beer, as always.

BeerMasterD, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of faroutadventure
4.9/5  rDev +38%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Not sure why any one would give this great beer an F? It is super!!

A- It is undeniable that guinness has one of the most impresive pours ever. The fall from chocolate milk to black is breath taking. It's head holds a rich tan brown nicely.

S Chocolate, with roasted barley. Espresso coffee.

T- Dark roast , espresso coffee. This is quickly followed by dry roast. The finish is sweet, this is strange because the sweet usually comes first. Bitter stings the end.

M- Surprisingly light to the avid beer drinker, yet very smooth going all the way down. It coats your insides, and you can feel it reach your stomach happily.

D- Super , keep going back for more. A classic.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

faroutadventure, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of dcook11
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle says serve "extra cold" but in my expierance 10 mins out of the fridge opens the aroma of the beer up alot.

A- Cascading pour that turns from brown to black due to the nitro. Thick white head that sticks around throughout the whole drinking expierance. Excellent lacing. Not as dark as some stouts, but still quite dark indeed. No carbonation visible. Very sexy beer.

S- Roasted malt, coffee, very soft touch of hop bitternes at the end. Possibly some mild chocolate notes, but not 100 percent sure.

T-Roasted malt and light coffee with a slight bitterness that fades into acidity. Definitly a malt forward brew.

M-Thin and watery on the palate. Fits the style perfectly.

D- Great drinkability due to the low abv and the thin mouthfeel.

dcook11, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of therica
3.13/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Honestly, I don't understand the popular appeal for this version. It doesn't impress me nearly as much as the nitro-can version, not sure why.

A= dark-brown near-black appearance, dark chestnut red-brown hue around the edges. Huge lush off-white slushy foam head which subsides quickly but a nice 1-cm head stays for some time, with thick lacing on the glass reminiscent to a milk-shake.

S= nice mild floral hops, roasted sweet malts, burnt malty nutty-ness.

T= similar to the scent, and very similar to the Nitro-Can version, yet it's a bit watery compared to the Nitro-can or especially when compared to the Extra Stout Original. Burnt chocolate hints, some burnt nutty taste with mild hops bitters but rather chalky and with an odd taste in the finish.

M= mild hops bitters, some other sort of annoying metallic bitterness that just doesn't fit; a slight creamy feel on the tongue.

D= Drinkable but it just doesn't impress me as a "beer" for some reason. Simply not impressed.

therica, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of jazzbone
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

jazzbone, Aug 26, 2010
Guinness Draught Extra Cold from Guinness Ltd.
81 out of 100 based on 464 ratings.