Guinness Red Harvest Stout - Guinness Ltd.

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Guinness Red Harvest StoutGuinness Red Harvest Stout

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72
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306 Ratings
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Ratings: 306
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.11
pDev: 18.33%
Wants: 6
Gots: 36 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Ireland

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  4.10% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Lemke10 on 08-21-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of oberon
2.92/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours into a pint glass a clear deep ruby with a cascading light beige head atop.Non descript aromas,a tinge of roasted coffee malt and tin.Flavors of dry roast and more tin,it's dry and pretty much flavorless to be honest.Not much of a beer,what kinda harvest is it realy?

Photo of Billolick
3.56/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

14.9 oz. can with a nitro widget inside.

No freshness/canning date/consume by info.

Pours very dark amber with a reddish hue. Typical Guinness/nitro pour with the cascades of tiny bubbles flowing upwards to form a solid, lasting and creamy khaki cap. Leaves real nice looking and copious tiny bubble sheeting all up and down the glass. Nice looking beer. Actually the look is the highlight of this beer...and thats not really a good thing...

Nose is faintly of milk chocolate and some sweet malts.

This beer is quite thin, to the point of being watery

Flavor is equally restrained. More mild chocolate, and some mild minerally notes and again some sweet malts.

Uninspiring in its super thin body and super subtle flavor notes.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.69/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

More of a cola brown hue once the cascading effect settles out in my nonic pint glass. One inch thicket of cream head, great looking low alcohol option brand new to local grocery stores. Aroma has some perceived sweetness from the malty nose, typically Guinness has a dark roasted malt with herbal approach this is upfront with a nice bready sweet maltiness. A bit of slight fruitiness almost a tart sour mash quality about it as well. Flavor imagine a lighter Guinness, herbal mint minimal earthy hop profile with a creamy bready malt sweetness complemented by the dark roasts that make up the back bone of this beer. You have to dig down to perceive flavors here it's really light on the palate, the nitro can provides a very airy light feel giving it much less body than your average harvest stout. Overall I can deal with a new option to try, I'm also seeing all of these seasonal options from New Castle I guess they are following our trends on the other side of the pond.

Photo of lambpasty
1.64/5  rDev -47.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

A - typical Guinness here, a bit more red amber and translucent appearance sure, but in general the same standby. Nice cascading action towards the end of the pour and that same 1 finger off-white head that lingers the entire time and leaves a quilt of lacing all the way down

S - Honestly, nothing of note. Some light dark malt and a hint of toast, but that's about it

T - Take 2-3 ounces of a decent marzen style beer and add 8oz of water to it. It's like if Budweiser made a "fest" edition. No notable flavors, maybe some hint of a weak malty toast here and there but it's all quickly washed away by the watery, flat mouthfeel. Overall has that cheap beer flavor on the back of the tongue thew entire time.

M - Flat, bodyless, characterless. Like a watered down marzen that was left out all night.

O - Typical, terrible Guinness - at least what we get in the US. To me it's the Bud Light of Stouts, and it's just something that $3 draft Miller/Coors/Bud/Corona drinkers go crazy for on St. Patrick's day so they can pretend to be Irish. I will never understand how Guinness is able to produce a beer that looks so beautiful, but ends up being so hollow. This version fits the same bill, and will - if anyone actually cares about it - just be peddled to the same crowd that thinks Pumpkinhead is the be-all end-all of pumpkin ales.

Photo of Auraan
3.34/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Poured a deep red with a one-finger fluffy off-white head that left abundant lacing. Also poured with a nice nitro-cascade. Quite good looking, the best element of the beer. Scents of toasted malt, some roasted malt and a faint fruitiness. The aroma is quite weak however, and very difficult to pick out anything standout. Not an unpleasant aroma, but nothing amazing. Flavor begins with toasted and roasted malt, bitterness from roasted malt. A bit of grassiness in the middle, alongside some faint caramel. The finish is a bit bitter with some metallic off-flavors. This carries into the aftertaste. The flavor is similar to the typical Guinness flavor, with just a bit more caramel. Its nothing amazing, but its not bad either. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with low carbonation, and a slightly watery feel. About what you'd expect from a nitro Guinness. Overall its not a bad beer, but it doesn't drink like a stout. Its more of a red ale, not what I was expecting. Its still good and I am glad I got to try it.

Photo of Brenden
3.06/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This stout shows the same really almost beautiful cascading head effect, upon which the creamy tan cap settles somewhere around 3/4 of a finger. It doesn't keep up like the traditional, though, and for whatever reason the retention and lacing are somewhat less giving. Still, neither aspect is bad, just not up to the original standard. The beer itself is a very interesting red-brown with bright, fiery ruby highlights.
The aroma displays roasted coffee, a little less than fresh, with a tinge of char and a mineral note to it along with caramel, toast and a slight ester-y tartness of dark fruits. It could certainly use more strength, particularly for a stout, but it's not off the mark.
The taste pretty closely follows, with a little more caramel sweetness, a bit of leaf, and lots of breads along with the mineral note, which also comes out more strongly, as well as the coffee and roast of the malts.
This nitro stout tends to flatten out a little more than any other Guinness I've had, nitro or otherwise. It still has the creaminess, and it's dry, but there's not as much holding it up when the activity is lost.

Photo of mschram72
2.66/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Looks great as it pours, same as the normal nitro-can Guinness. That's the end of the positives. Tastes weakly, hardly any flavor. Basically tastes cheap. Disappointing. It is comparable to a beer that has been diluted with water - there is almost no power to it and the consistency of it seems too fluid. There is also almost no detectable aroma.

Serving type: nitro-can

Photo of hreb
2.84/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2.5

14.9 oz can with nitro tab. Served in pint glass. Beer pours a disturbing milk chocolatey brown with a thick tan head, which settles in the normal Guinness bottom to top fashion. Not much in the way of aroma. I wouldn't say this is redder than regular Guinness, but definitely browner. Well ok, held right up to the light it does have a red hue. As expected, the mouthfeel is super creamy and easy drinking. Actually this beer is too easy drinking. I can't tell which there's less of: hops, or malt flavor. I almost want to say this stout is completely un-hopped, but no, there is a hint of bitterness in the middle. I also want to say this is not so much a stout as an otherwise unremarkable English mild ale that happens to be on nitro. Would not drink again.

Photo of JoeAmerican77
2.12/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

Poured from the can ...

A - Cascading in the classic Guinness waterfall, the head leaves a half finger of cream at the top. Dark amber hued, always an appealing view.

S - Very faint sweet malts and cocoa.

T - Dry with light grain, and an attempt at some sort of hop character in the back. Very plain I guess.

M - Creamy and lighter than water in the body, no staying power.

Overall I had a hunch this was going to be nothing great, it was incredibly dull and so down the sink it goes. It amazes me the storied legacy the Guinness name carries yet this is the product they release. Hopefully they change it up soon, god knows they have the money, tech, and manpower.

Cheers.

Photo of Fatehunter
2.41/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Looks beautiful from the nitro-can. Ended up with a little over a finger of tight head on a dark brown/red colored body.
The aroma at first is lightly roasted malt, then an unpleasant musty scent comes in.
The taste is lacking any significant profile. There's a little milk cream and mild bitter.
The body is thin with moderate fizz.
This beer is a complete miss. Totally lacking flavor and body.

Photo of Ohiolager
3.03/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Guinness Red Harvest Stout 4pk nitro can's $8.99(OH)

14.9 fl oz nitro can poured into a 17 oz white wine glass. No freshness date anywhere. But i know when I bought this and I let it age for a good reason. First purchased on Aug 18 2013. Aged for 8 months.

pours as dark as Guinness Draught. No surprise there. a Thick tan two finger head that stays around for a while. Gives way to minimal to decent lacing.

the aroma is pretty weak. A nice note of coffee and toasted malts. A weak hint of cherries, and a bitter sweet caramel yet toffee.

The taste is pretty strait forward. A nice toasted/roasted malts, Reminds me of Guinness draught with a light touch of cherries. Age has not really helped this brew at all. tastes like it did that day back in Aug '13. A light creamy note followed by a bitter sweet coffee cherry note.

Mouth feel is light, and kind of watery. Much like that of Guinness Draught. Not too much else here, maybe a slight cherry taste for the aftertaste.

Overall not too much here, compared to Guinness Draught. It does taste a little better due to the cherries, but as a seasonal Guinness it's not worth the hype. Guinness has always been a nice entry stout, nothing more. I will never compare Guinness to "real" Quality stouts.

Photo of tone77
3.66/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 14.9 oz. nitro can. Has a cola color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of roasted malts, a touch of coffee. Taste is malts, smoke, some coffee, very easy drinking and balanced flavors. Feels creamy in the mouth and damn that beer disappeared fast. Good stuff.

Photo of puboflyons
3.55/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

From the widget can L3187GE001-19:58. Sampled on October 3, 2013.

It pours a reddish brown color with moderate clarity and a long-lasting nitro-powered silky tan head. Loads of nitro-powered lacing.

The aroma says "Guinness" right away with their house yeast, roasted barley malts, and sugar sweetness.

I found the body to be thin and watery and that was a disappointment.

But the flavor did give it another solid punch with its roasted malts, molasses sweetness, and a low to moderate bitterness on the end. It also ended very smooth. It was quite easy to quaff probably more due to its thin body than anything else. There is a slight distinction from their regular Guinness stout but it is modest.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.06/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

14.9 ounce nitro-can. Served in a Guinness glass, the beer pours a clear ruby red color with about an inch off-white creamy head that lasts a very, very long time. There's also a lot of lacing. The brew smells like roasted malt and some light fruitiness. It tastes like roasted malt, light fruit, coffee and bready malt. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's slick but also light and thin at the same time. It's smooth and easy enough to drink. However, I like regular Guinness a lot better. Other than the appearance, I think it's an average brew for the most part. I'll finish the 4 pack, but I wouldn't buy this again. $7.49 a 4-pack.

Photo of matjack85
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this at my sister's house on Thanksgiving. Never even knew this version of Guiness existed, so I was anxious to give it a try. 14.9oz nitro can with no freshness date. The only thing I noticed different on my can was that it was labeled as Guiness New Harvest Stout instead of Red Harvest stout, but whichever way your can reads, it's still the same beer.

The beer poured a reddish/brown color with ruby highlights when held to the light. The 1-finger creamy tan head never goes down no matter how long y0u wait, so you might get a creamy nose or tan mustache when drinking this. There wasn't a ton of lacing, but what there was was thick and creamy. This is a very nice looking beer.

Light caramel, toffee, and roasted malt nose.

This tastes kind of like a weaker regular Guiness. Slightly sweet from the caramel, toffee, and roasted malt, but there is a mild hop bitterness to it which keeps the sweetness in check. The bitterness is more prevalent in the aftertaste than while in the mouth, and there is also a mild coffee flavor in the finish (but nowhere near the coffee flavor of a regular Guiness).

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel, but on the light side for a stout. Carbonation is very low.

It's OK, but I'd still prefer a regular Guiness to this new red one.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.16/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Guinness Red Harvest Stout present the traditional Guinness cascade, and it sets up with a creamy, cream-colored head (medium width), a clear, reddish-brown appearance, a lacing sheen, and lots of tiny bubbles that stream up, if the glass is agitated in any way. The aroma comes alive as the beer warms- very creamy, medium-roasted malt, caramel sweetness, and toffee. Taste is of very sweet, sugary, bready malt, caramel, cream, and a mellow hop bitterness to balance things out. Mouthfeel is medium and silky, and Guinness Red Harvest Stout finishes semi-dry, sweet, smooth, and delicious.

RJT

Photo of errantnight
2.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours beautifully. Typical nitro stuff, creamy frothy head and a gorgeous cascade. Has me temporarily excited, thinking about what might be. In the glass it's a deep, crystal clear ruby. Nice looking stuff. Would view again.

Drink? Not so much.

Aroma is barely there, thin wisps of crackery malt, but you really have to search for it.

On the palate this is thin, watery, with a metallic bitter finish. For a brief moment mid-palate there's a hint of Guinness-ness by way of festbier, which I presume is what they're going for? And it actually finishes ok. But it seems almost boldly watery and metallically bitter. It feels thin, not creamy, and empty, not nourishing.

Not a beer I'd drink again.

Photo of plaid75
3.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured the typical Guinness hue with maybe a touch more amber along the edges with the typical Guinness setup.

The smell offered very little - perhaps a faint caramel malt.

The taste consisted of light roasted malts and a sweetness not present on the normal offering.

The mouthfeel was smooth as usual.

Overall a sweeter and less flavorful version of the standard draught.

Photo of weeare138
3.77/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appears a dark crimson toned red with some opaque edges. When held to the light, you can see through the glass. A large head of beige fluff never goes away and leaves scattered lacing stuck around the glass.
Smell is of fruity esters, fresh bread, caramel,a touch of roast, and cocoa, and cream.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with vanilla, and caramel coming to mind atop a fruity, doughy base.
Mouthfeel is creamy, medium bodied, with a lighter finish that refreshes the tastebuds, and leaves me thirsting for my next sip.
I love the Samhain reference on the can. Cool stuff that I would get more of during the Autumn months.

Photo of Zorro
3.18/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

New Guinness is always something I look forward to.

Guinness always does well in the looks department and this one is no exception.

Clear light brown to Ruby red concoction with a tall white never dying head. Held up to the light this is decidedly Ruby in color.

Smells lightly malty with a mineral water and herbs scent to it. Roasted grain and a mealy scent. Green spice scent that I ID as cardamom.

Starts out malty with a slight sweetness and a little smoke. Toasted grain and some caramel flavor. Mineral water and a slight chocolate flavor. Bitterness is mild. That being said this is lightly flavored like most UK ales.

Mouthfeel is full.

Overall a mild and inoffensive ale from Guinness.

Photo of soccerman7
3.28/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured in De Ranke tulip.

A - Thick creamy beige head is the first thing I notice. A little shocked at the amber red color of this "stout". Reminds me of a nitro red ale.

S - Cream, biscotti, bread, earthy hops like a EKG. Very mild in aroma. Delicate.

T - A sweet bread note hits right up front. Reminds me of a Portuguese bread. Hops are so far in the background they are almost forgotten for flavor. Honey notes are more prevalent on the second sip, possibly graham cracker.

M - Its a nitro can. Its creamy and smooth as hell. Not really what I thought of as a red stout. The nitro is the only linking element.

O - Glad I tried it and something I would buy again strictly as a fall seasonal beer to off set something hoppy. Not something I find interesting, but just a very smooth malt bomb. An excellent attempt at something truly unique and should be tried for that. Although not a hit with me I hop Guinness tries something like this again. Its an honest attempt at something totally different.

Photo of jwc215
2.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours dark ruby with a lasting thick head from the that leaves plenty of nitro pour.

The smell is mild - slight malt and a hint of roast.

The taste is very malty, and slightly nutty, but not too sweet because of a hint of roast and because of the general mildness of it. It has a rather abrupt finish.

It is creamy, though a bit thin.

Easy enough to drink, but rather bland. It is like a lighter stout with some red ale maltiness mixed in.

Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

A: poured from a 14.9 oz can into a pint glass, red brown colored with the traditional cascading bubble creamy tan head that lingers leaving good lacing, clear

S: heavy on malt, lots of caramel, grain, toasty bread

T: mostly malt, not much else

M: thin and watery

O: it's Guinness Red that failed a few years ago in Europe, lacks flavor and the wonderful roasted character of Guinness

Photo of Clydesdale
3.15/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a brownish-ruby color with the classic cascade of nitrogen bubbles. Crimson around the edges when held up to light. About two fingers of creamy, thick, khaki-colored foam rests on top of the beer. Retention is very good, and plenty of puffy lace sticks to the glass.

S: Mildly roasty malt aroma. Light cocoa and fruitiness, with some watered-down coffee notes. A light leafy/floral hop presence is noticeable. Perhaps a slight lactic tang as well.

T: Some mild roastiness up front, with the same light cocoa/coffee/fruit notes as in the nose. Hop presence builds gradually into a relatively firm bitterness, at least for such a low abv nitro-stout. Some light leafy flavor from the hops, and some light sourness into the finish.

M: Rather light bodied, but the nitro gives it some pleasant creaminess. Carbonation is light, and the beer is a bit lighter and more watery than standard nitro Guinness.

O: This isn't offensive, but it's also not terribly exciting. I don't know if it'll taste different enough from standard Guinness for people to really flock to it. That said, it's light and pleasant in terms of mouthfeel, so if it gets a beginner interested in more exciting beer, that's a good outcome.

Photo of biggiet
3.41/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours from the nitro can with the typical Guinness creamy head, moving in a circulatory motion, with a slightly lacy cling. Very slight transparency, deep reddish in color.

S-Smells like lightly toasty oats, kind of grainy and sweet I guess, almost tinny (from the can maybe), again very light in aroma.

T-Tastes a bit sweeter, lighter, than regular Guinness but nothing spectacular. Finishes with the roasted malty flavor.

M-Hits your tongue and lips with a bit of tang, it's very light in the mouth, dissipates quickly, leaving little to no aftertaste.

O-Overall it was a pretty bland experience but I am a Guinness lover so I really wanted to try it! Nothing spectacular, but then again, I never met a beer a didn't like to drink. For the price that I paid though, being more then regular Guinness, I don't believe that it is worthy of that extra expense when I could've gotten the regular for a better effect.

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Guinness Red Harvest Stout from Guinness Ltd.
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