1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Guinness Draught Extra Cold - Guinness Ltd.

Not Rated.
Guinness Draught  Extra ColdGuinness Draught  Extra Cold

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
80
good

440 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 440
Reviews: 166
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 20.34%
Wants: 5
Gots: 28 | 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)
View: Beers (26) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 440 | Reviews: 166 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of TheFightfan1
TheFightfan1

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.Pours black but again to the light has burgundy highlight's. Thick white creamy heading. With awesome lacing throughout the drink. The most unique looking pours ever !!!

Smell is very faint roasted malt with a little lemon hop kick in the end.

Taste is dead. Very watered down roasted malt's and slight dry bitter aftertaste also a type of vanilla detected in the aftertaste as well.

Moutfeel is ridiculously smooth and velvety texture again very unique. No carbonation whatsoever just the heading.

Drinkability is very high with the low alcohol content.

This brew left me hanging after the big build up from the pour.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

03-17-2009 22:55:43 | More by TheFightfan1
Photo of Naugled
Naugled

New York

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: this is one of the rare fun beers to watch. Obviously from the nitro. Kudos to the inventor. Color is very dark brown with creamy brown head that does last to the bottom. Which is when you get that treat of a dollop of foam to finish.

S: not much smell to me. It's fresh, slightly tangy but not a lot going on in this department.

T: nice weak roast flavor with just enough sour to make it distinct. This is not a bold stout but a session stout so the flavors tend to be minimized. but they are good. I find the beer in the nitro bottle tends to be a little fuller or sweeter than the can. Maybe it's just me.

M: good flat smooth feel.

D: very drinkable, and light. the nitro makes this go down smoothly with little gas filling you up.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

03-12-2009 14:34:15 | More by Naugled
Photo of stingrayvr6
stingrayvr6

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

After a summer in Ireland, Guinness is easily my favorite beer. Unfortunately, the only proper way to have one is from a tap in Ireland and poured by someone who knows the right way to do it. Of all of the Guinness products available in the USA, this comes closest. It is not quite as flavorful as in Ireland, but smooth and with the right feel. Excellent, particularly with dinner, goes down as smooth as water.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

03-11-2009 20:13:41 | More by stingrayvr6
Photo of prosper
prosper

Alberta (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

'made in ireland.' Poured from an hourglass-shaped 33cl bottle w/widget. Looks awesome; dark dark black. Very nearly opaque, but has some garnet highlights if held to the light. Pours with the expected cascading bubbles that eventually rise to the top to make a creamy, dense, sticky cap.

Smells of very dark roasts and a hint of malt. Almost coffee-like. Perhaps a tiny amount of dark fruit, or maybe that's my imagination.

Taste is good. Has a fruity sourness, to it, and the usual black roast character. Not the most complex brew ever, but interesting enough.

Mouthfeel is interesting. The nitro bubbles certainly contribute to a velvety smoothness, but, dismissing that, there's really not a lot there. Thin, and drinkeable. Very clever...

Very drinkeable. Enough character and body to keep things interesting, but not so much as to make you say 'enough.'

Serving type: nitro-bottle

03-08-2009 04:14:03 | More by prosper
Photo of jackraines
jackraines

Texas

2.88/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I don't have any notes with me, but I've had a lot of these recently, so I should be able to dissect this fairly well.

Thumbs up for appearance. Every time I pour Guinness into a glass, I get excited. I looks so damn good.

It is pleasantly pungent. I enjoy the crisp aroma it gives off, full of complexity: a dank, roasted overtone with hints of hops and all sorts of other goodness.

Then comes disappointment. When I first drank this, it was wonderful, but as I moved on to other beers, then came back to Guinness Extra Cold, the one word I would use to describe it is "burnt". It stars off well, but then become very bitter toward the back of the tongue with a horrible finish.

It didn't feel much better either. Though I prefer my beer rather smooth, I found this to be too thin.

It's drinkable, but it's a bit of a chore. I still have one left in my fridge and it's getting neglected due to a recent purchase of Irish Red.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2009 04:54:44 | More by jackraines
Photo of nycwinter
nycwinter

California

2.8/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle that states, "Drink Straight From the Bottle". What can I say? I'm a rebel.
A: Looks just like the on-tap serving at a pub. Dark dark dark brown. Lovley creamy thick head that continues to keep you company throught the visit, and leaves light-tan lacing.
S: It smells like it tastes (see below)
T: Somewhat like stout, but very watery and bland.
M: A little thicker than cheap beer due to less carbonation, but it gets a little boring to drink after a while.
D: It is drinkable, but I would rather go with the "original" and/or on-tap serving.

Overall: I'm just wondering what to do with the other one in my fridge (kidding). This serving does not live up to the Guinness Stout name that I know and love (and own a T-shirt even).

Serving type: nitro-bottle

03-01-2009 00:26:38 | More by nycwinter
Photo of DannyS
DannyS

New York

3.15/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass, poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle with patented 'rocket widget'.

A - A very promising looking black color and a thick, resilient, slightly rust-colored head. The head stayed around forever and left lots of lacing.

S - Thin, somewhat metallic aroma backed with some milky, hoppy freshness.

T - Started off almost flavorless, but the tastes came through as it warmed up. The bitterness is kind of off-putting, but there is some nice toastyness and hoppyness. Very light on flavor for such a dark brew.

M - Here's where it killed it for me. There's no carbonation, which was really a letdown for me. The overall mouthfeel was thin and unimpressive.

D - It's not filling and not strong on alcohol, so I could probably drink a lot of these.

Overall - I didn't exactly enjoy this. It's okay, but it was so insubstantial. I know Irish stouts are low on the fizz factor, but this one had a total lack of it, which was a big detractor for me.

Note: it did say 'drink directly from the bottle'. So I tried it that way too. It made no difference.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2009 23:48:49 | More by DannyS
Photo of Floydster
Floydster

California

2.58/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass last night, a friend brought over a bunch of these for my dad, color was nearly black, big 1 1/2 inch tan head that was pretty soapy with a pillowy backdrop, leaves some lace at first, decent retention, smell is quite weak with roasted barley, burned malts, and some light bready scents, taste is rather dry, leaves a bit of a coating in the finish, roasted malts and barley is pretty much all I pick up, mouthfeel is slightly chewy and roasty, medium to full bodied, too much carbonation, could drink two of these and that would probably be about it, a little lighter than the standard Guinness I am used to having, would probably go for that over this if I had the choice, do not see myself having more of this any time soon, might be worth trying

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2009 20:14:27 | More by Floydster
Photo of Bacong
Bacong

Michigan

3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the beer that began my foray into craft beers. I had it a few 4th of July's ago, curious to try something new that wasn't an American Macro and generally, I had heard good things about Guinness.

A: Out of the nitro can/bottle, the surge. That's all that you need to say -- it's a sight to behold and it's almost the authentic pub experience. When pouring this brew, billions of nitrogen bubbles rush to the bottom of the glass and then settle. Once you finish the very important two part pour (I stress this, as this is the proper way to have a pint of Guinness) a beautiful, creamy off white head settles. This is a superb looking pint.

S: Nothing special. Smells like a roasted coffee beer or something similar. No array or assault of smells.

T: Roasted malts, coffee, chocolate. Slight bitter finish with no alcohol present.

M: Slightly watery. Probably not what you would expect from the look of the beer. It's a dark ruby (mistaken for black most often) and as such, most would assume it a heavy beer. It is not.

D: Very drinkable stout. Easy to drink 5-6 pints of this without feeling very buzzed. Low alcohol content at 4.2% ABV. This is a session beer, and its availability lends to that. You can find it anywhere.

Great start for someone looking to get into more advanced beers, and with it's wide availability, a good choice. Gotta love Guinness.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2009 17:11:27 | More by Bacong
Photo of ghebel
ghebel

Iowa

3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours black with creamy tan 1/2 inch head. Glass has a "falling" cascade of bubbles. The head remains longer than most bottled stouts. Leaves some legs on the way down.

S - Roasted malts, toffee.

T - Mild bitterness, roasted malts, coffee

M - Thin for a stout. Has a mild "astringent" puckering effect on the cheeks and the back of the mouth maybe d/t black patent malt, but not displeasing.

D - Nicely drinkable. Not too heavy.

Overall - This is still a stand-by as it is a quality beer and highly available, but I have had better stouts. I do think the nitro bottle has a positive effect on the head and the general appearance.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

01-30-2009 00:01:49 | More by ghebel
Photo of hosehead83
hosehead83

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass

Beautiful "reverse carbonation" as the beer seems to flow downward and then corrects itself to display one of the most iconic heads in all of beerdom

Faint aroma of coffee, roasted malt and earth

Taste--very clean and dry, flavors are very subtle-very easy to drink

Beautiful lacing, like melting vanilla ice cream

Overall, a fine version of a classic stout, very easy to drink, and at only 4.2abv, certainly session worthy. Enjoy!!

Serving type: nitro-bottle

01-13-2009 23:24:24 | More by hosehead83
Photo of DukeofAle
DukeofAle

Iowa

3.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I remember my first Guinness-I walked into Dougan's Deli in Ames, Iowa circa 1980 and ordered one on-tap. Nearly had a stroke. I guess you shouldn't go directly from Bud to Guinness without making a few stops in-between!

What can you say about the beer that defines the style? Until the craft beer movement got going well in the 70's and 80's it would have been tough to even find another example of the style many places.

The head is fantastic - almost like someone sprayed shaving cream on your beer (luckily it tastes a lot better). It's the best head you can get (from a beer) and I don't care if it is a nitro. The taste is very toasty/malty and powerful.

Most folks not up on there beer assume this is a thick, heavy, high alcohol beer - nothing is farther from the truth. The only thing strong is the taste!

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2009 17:37:27 | More by DukeofAle
Photo of AdmiralDiaz
AdmiralDiaz

Minnesota

3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle to pint glass

A: very creamy brown with a puffy tan head that has decent retention and some lacing. I think the look of Guinness is my favorite...doesn't get much better.

S: smells faintly of coffee and roasted malts. Not a very bold scent.

T: Creamy roasted malt flavor with traces of coffee and a very small amount of toffee I believe.

Overall I wish Guinness were a bit thicker and had more flavor because what faint flavor it has is wonderful but just not quite bold enough. This is very drinkable though especially for a stout, one of my favorites to have a few of.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

01-10-2009 01:22:00 | More by AdmiralDiaz
Photo of drizzam
drizzam

Wisconsin

3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Presentation - 11.2 oz brown bottle with plastic bottle encompassing black label.

A - This is a good looking beer! Poured an opaque dark black color with a thick off white foamy head. Beautiful head retention leaves a decent lacing down the inside of my pint glass.

S - The scent of toasted malt, and that's about all I can detect. Not an overwhelming scent either...just malty.

T & M - A little watery mouthfeel, this isn't a very stout stout. Tastes malty and thin with a hint of bitterness on the swallow.

D - I actually enjoy Guinness Extra Cold a great deal. It's a great session brew, not too stout where it's hard to drink too many. Low ABV lends to it's drinkability. I was surprised to see this served at Lambeau Field when I watched the Packers make the Lions the first 0-16 team in the NFL this weekend. It was a great game to watch with a cold Guinness in hand.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2008 03:16:23 | More by drizzam
Photo of cdkrenz
cdkrenz

Wisconsin

2.28/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Another from my dear mother. Thanks Mom.

A - Poured into a glass of its own bloodline. The nitrogen generated foam rises to leave a dark black body and a pale, off-white, one inch thick head.

S - Malt, malt and malt.

T - It starts out light and empty. It moved to a middle and finish of soft, open malt. There's an aftertaste of malt that has a hint of bitterness.

M- Watery texture throughout. The finish offers a hint of coarseness but really does nothing to assist with the lack of flavor.

~ While the nitrogen is supposed to add a nice creamy texture, I have never actually been a big fan. I think it masks the flavors dwelling within. I say pass on the Guinness Draught and go for a brew with some taste.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

12-29-2008 04:38:19 | More by cdkrenz
Photo of akokandy
akokandy

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A-This beer looks great. Very dark with a 1-to-2-finger head. Incredible head retention and lots of lacing all the way down the glass.

S-Not a very strong smell, but I can detect only malt.

T-Very malty. No strong or overwhelming flavors. Plain barley dominates the taste with very mild chocolate, caramel, and coffee notes. Taste improves as the beer warms.

M-It's hit or miss here. On sips where you get some head, the mouthfeel is wonderfully creamy and full-bodied. On sips with no head, this beer seems to have a watery body.

D-Due to low alcohol content, this beer is very easy to drink. This is my go-to session beer when I don't feel like going the the beer store with a wide selection. This is my grocery-store beer of choice.

Serving type: nitro-can

12-27-2008 18:09:56 | More by akokandy
Photo of rgrholmes168
rgrholmes168

Texas

2.75/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a mug.

Whatever anyone says about Guinness, I think that it is an impressive looking beer. It poured with a nice two finger head and the foam never left the top. The color is black and slightly hazy.

The aroma however was lacking. I did not get one distinct flavor out of this beer. I expect roasted barley, chocolate, or something, but I didn't get anything.

The taste was also very light. It was a little bit on the flat tasting side and I barely got a smiddgen of dark roasted malt.

This beer just isn't as good as what I remember it being.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

12-26-2008 22:26:13 | More by rgrholmes168
Photo of ssam
ssam

California

3.08/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

even though it says to serve extra cold, i served this room temp so it may be the reason i wasnt very impressed.

A- very cloudy (which i dont really like) and dark. head is a little less than one finger and looks very creamy, also it retains well

S- very nice smell, you can sense chocolaty and coffee-ey aromas.

T- a lot of coffee flavor-IMO too much- but otherwise pleasing tastes

M- mine is very flat (i think because of the room temp serve) and therefore is not pleasing to my mouth

D- its pretty much like water, so it gets a 5 if you are looking at Bud Light's definition of drinkability

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2008 07:55:45 | More by ssam
Photo of colts9016
colts9016

Idaho

4.22/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very thick and dark chocolaty color with a nice head two finger head. The pour brings nice aromas of licorice and coffee a healthy malty back bone with a hint of esters.
The tastes is full body malty hints of chocolate, coffee and hops.
It is a very good beer drink with a smooth hint of coffee at the finish. Enjoyed this beer

Serving type: nitro-bottle

12-06-2008 20:05:59 | More by colts9016
Photo of mcsquint
mcsquint

Missouri

3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 14.9 oz bottle into large dimpled mug.
A - Opaque black. Huge creamy tan head that has nice retention and lacing.
S - Faint toasted malt.
T - Toasted malt with faint notes of chocolate and coffee.
M - A bit on the watery side. Smoothly carbonated due to the nitro widget.
D - This is the ultimate drinkable stout. Low ABV and smooth flavor. What it lacks in complexity it makes up for in pure drinkability. It goes well with anything from breakfast to a midnight snack. Cheers!

Serving type: nitro-can

11-30-2008 22:48:59 | More by mcsquint
Photo of waldoiverson
waldoiverson

Texas

3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle

a: not really supposed to pour out of this bottle but did a bit anyway and pretty unremarkable, the widget doesn't do too much on it

s: a bit sour and toasted

t: toasted malts with bitterness on backend, a lil' lactic but not sure if that is real or imagined

m: a bit thin but smooth enough and the carbonation is different

d: low abv, small bottles, and a solid taste is good enough for me

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2008 02:59:17 | More by waldoiverson
Photo of heath1agnew
heath1agnew

Texas

2.85/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- It was good thanks to the nitro i suppose. Poured a close to black/dark brown color, head retention was ok, it did look appealing.

Smell- Smelled like a bit of roasted malt, didn't really pick up to much else.

Taste- Not much to me suprisingly. Kind of watery, you could tast the malt a little bit, touch of chocalate taste...not much.

Mouthfeel- Watery.

Drinkability- Was descent

Serving type: nitro-bottle

11-14-2008 18:56:02 | More by heath1agnew
Photo of hdofu
hdofu

Maryland

3.6/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2008 23:20:49 | More by hdofu
Photo of coldmeat23
coldmeat23

Oklahoma

2.25/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

GLASS: Boddingtons Imperial Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

Guinness is one of the world's most beautiful beers. The so dark that it's almost black liquid, with it's dark ruby highlights. The reverse cascade of the bubbles. The three finger creamy tan head.
This nitro bottle produces something which is similar to that, just not quite. Not nearly as dark. Not as much head. Just doesn't look as good.

Much like the nitro cans, this doesn't have alot of nose. Decent malty notes, with some coffee and chocolate scents.

How can Guinness even put their name on this product? Weak, weak, weak. Like a BMC made coffee stout. Really.

Weak and waterey.

Stay away from this one!

Serving type: nitro-bottle

10-20-2008 17:50:04 | More by coldmeat23
Photo of Stro23m
Stro23m

Kentucky

4.9/5  rDev +38.4%
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
Guinness Draught Extra Cold from Guinness Ltd.
80 out of 100 based on 440 ratings.