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Guinness Red Harvest Stout - Guinness Ltd.

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Guinness Red Harvest StoutGuinness Red Harvest Stout

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Reviews: 79
Hads: 308
Avg: 3.13
pDev: 36.1%
Wants: 6
Gots: 42 | FT: 1
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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 RonaldTheriot
4.16/5  rDev +32.9%
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.


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Photo of BeerWithMike
4/5  rDev +27.8%

Sampling right now on 8/29/14. New this year and comes in a 4-pack (cans only for $8.99) that contains 14.9 ounces. About 8 of them were out for 'Make your own 6" for $7.99, so I got 2 of them. :) Can chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a Guinness pint glass.

Pours a very deep brown with ruby-red highlights with a nice 1+-finger creamy head that is from the nitro-tap in the can. Pours nicely just like a thick Guinness on tap. A good amount of thick lacing is seen that sticks to the sides of the glass when sipped. One of the most I have seen actually! Not much for aroma, just of some roasted malts for the most part. The taste is very smooth with not a lot of carbonation and is different from a regular Guinness and much easier to drink. The taste is of some roasted malts with a very light hint of some spice but not very detectible. Overall, a smooth brew.

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Photo of JimKal
3.85/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip.

A: I know there are those who hate these nitro cans but I one the way this looks. A wonderful cascade down the glass as the head settles and oh what a head. And this head while it dissipates never vanishes but does leave some wonderful lacing as it subsides. Pours a dark brown with a hint of red.

S: For me, a faint roasted grain aroma.

T: I saw a noter review that liked this beer but said it didn't taste like a stout. I tolerate some stouts but they aren't my favorite style, perhaps that's why I like this one.

M: If you like the nitro mouthfeel you will like this as well. Obviously it works for me.

O: I like this better than the regular Guinness, but I like that as well.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.83/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Mahogany brown in color, with a large, dense, and quite creamy off-white head, and very thick, utterly glass-coating lacing.

Aroma: Moderately roasted malt, light caramel, some nuts, and very slight herbal hops.

Taste: The taste begins with dark caramel, toasted malts, and an undercurrent of nuts, which carries throughout. The dark caramel and toasted nuts persist throughout the taste, and a little bitter cocoa appears along the way. Finishes with a modest note of herbal hop bitterness and lingering roasted malts.

Mouth feel: Very smooth, soft, and pleasant, velvety to the palate.

Drinkability/notes: Very pleasant and drinkable, quite nice. Its hard to imagine a more appropriate Halloween (or Samhain) ale.

Presentation: Packaged in a fourteen point nine ounce nitro can with a nitro capsule, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice,

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.82/5  rDev +22%

I picked this one up in a singles cooler. It was sitting way back and I figured hey, something bigger than 12 oz...it's a better deal!

Only later did I realize that this beer celebrated demon festivals and druids of the celtic religion. Needless to say I don't want to partake in that so I'm gonna taste it quick and probably get rid of it. Personal choice.

Appearance (4.5) : Pours a very creamy head that, combined with the body actually shows about three different hues of color. The first hue is a dark brown which is the body, then where the body meets the head it's a shade lighter, and finally the head which is a traditional creamy Guinness white cap. Eventually it separates into a dark currant red body and a creamy white cap about 1 finger that stays probably forever. It's probably got about the neatest, most uniform looking cap I've seen. The body is about 90% opaque. The lacing as I drink it is simply world class.

Aroma (3.75) : Smells harvest season-ish. Pumpkin, cranberry, currant, some sweet cinnamon. Anise candy. Perhaps even a little butterscotch. It smells sweet. Bouquet is weak in strength, though.

Taste (3.5) : It's different. It has a sour and lightly tinny ale flavor that goes away pretty quick, but then glides down so smooth. There's hints of oats and wheat as well. I can't put my finger on exactly what it is, and overall it is pretty tasteless, but what IS there tastes pretty alright.

Mouthfeel (4) : A+ for this beer. It's a great feel and is signature Guinness creaminess. Almost too creamy, but not quite. Lightly carbonated to keep that in check. It's basically like drinking whole milk with just a little zip. The finish is almost nothing, though.

Overall : (3.82)

(Side Bar - Upon pouring I noticed there was some sort of object in the can. I cut the can open with a knife and carefully peeled back the top to reveal a plastic ball. Upon a quick internet search I realized this was called "a widget", and that's what is responsible for such an exceptional head and retention. Interesting.)

I think this beer is a great tasting offering from Guinness. Why they decided to dedicate it to druids and celtic pagan festivals is beyond me. Sadly I won't be buying this again for personal and religious reasons but I can rate the beer on its own merit that it is worth trying.

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Photo of BierStein711
3.82/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From the red and black nitro can that doubles as a noisemaker when empty comes a new classic I feel.

Appearnce: Reddish black with a light brown head, smooth carbonation, if any!

Smells: Roast malt, autumnal feeling

Taste: Roast malt, barley, caramel, coffee at finish

Moutheel: thinner, but not too thin

Overall, I'm going to try this on draught. Plus, I think I need another four pack!

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Photo of weeare138
3.77/5  rDev +20.4%
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.

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Photo of NYR2
3.71/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Reddish with a nice head(about 3/4 an inch)

S - It smells like Guinness...I don't know what else to compare it to.

T - I like it, very reminiscent of Guinness with a slightly crisper taste, but by crisp I don't mean summery...would go well by a fireplace.

M - Smooth as only a Guinness could be.

O - Overall this is nothing special, but very drinkable and will purchase it again before it's all gone. It doesn't seem to lay as heavy as the original stout and has a different taste which is a nice change up. If you are looking for something in the vein of a Guinness draught, but want to switch it up a bit, this is your beer. I will purchase this again to use as either a starter for the evening or something to break up the night from the heavier, higher alcohol content beers.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.69/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.66/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.62/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

It's been way the hell too long since I used this glass, so I busted it out for this new Guinness offering (two within a year!?). Following the usual Guinness cascade, this stuff sits at a clear sunshine ruby topped by a stolid finger of cream foam. This has got to be the least stout-looking stout I have ever seen. Shit, it doesn't even approach real darkness, at least not in my sadly-lit room. (The can's pretty badass, though...) The nose comprises rich caramel, perfume-y coffee, and mild roasted malts. Everything's got that usual Guinness subtlety, thanks to the nitro, but it definitely works. The taste runs with the caramel, toasts it, and adds alternating veins of nuts and vanilla/jasmine. Again, much like the look, it's not stout-y, just roastier than usual for other styles (in this case, an Irish red or a "Scottish ale" or, in the worst way, a dark mild). The body is a light medium, with a nice nitrogenation and a subsequently silky feel (how the hell many times am I gonna say that?). Overall, this is an enjoyable quaff, nothing I would consider stout (but people like me have been saying "Fuck styles!", so, yeah...), but definitely something I wouldn't mind seeing around for a while as a minor change of pace.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from nitro can into a Guinness pint glass

Appearance- The beer pours a reddish tinted cola color with tons of cream colored carbonation/nitro bubbles suspended within. The bubbles can be seen cascading up through the brew, producing that wonderful look of nitro tap brew. As the carbonation/nitro streams up through the brew, it produces a wonderfully thick and creamy looking cream colored head that has a fantastic level of retention. The head very slowly fades leaving a nice level of streaky lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is rather light overall and consists of some caramel and a bit of roasted malt. Along with these smells are some notes of grain and a little bit of a cocoa and fruit smells.

Taste – The taste begins with a creamy roasted malt flavor and a bit of a light fruit sweetness. As the flavor moves on the sweetness initially fades with some more toasted malt flavors coming to the tongue. Flavors of toast and a bit of coffee come to the tongue more toward the end, combining with a very light resurgence of sweetness to produce and overall dry and lightly roasted flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the creamier side with a carbonation/nitro level that is slightly lower. Both are what would be expected for a nitro driven brew and make for a nice creamy and smooth feel.

Overall – A decent stout, but doesn't live up to the original. It’s a bit sweeter and a bit less roasted. Still it is rather nice, none the less, and very easy drinking.

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Photo of Billolick
3.56/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.56/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear but almost opaque very dark reddish brown in color with minimal amounts of gentle visible carbonation at the edges of the glass and some amber + ruby red highlights. The beer has a finger tall creamy light beige head that very slowly reduces to a half finger thick layer covering the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed. The cascade of the beer settling is much slower than I usually see in the other Guinness brews.

S: Light aromas of mild roasted malts with some very light hints of caramel and coffee.

T: Light flavors of caramel, toasted, and lightly roasted malts with some subtle notes of nuttiness and vanilla. Not sweet but not really bitter either.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Creamy and smooth.

O: This does not really seem like a stout to me - more of a nitro-can version of an amber or a dark mild. Extremely easy to drink and silky smooth but not super interesting from a flavor/aroma perspective.

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Photo of scratch69
3.56/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured a can into a pint glass.

Appearance- Clear dark reddish-brown color with a long lasting tan head. A lot of thick, clinging lace.

Smell- Light aroma of roasted malt.

Taste- Semi-sweet roasted malt flavor at the start. Finishes with a mild earthy hops.
Mouthfeel- Creamy and light bodied, almost watery, but smooth.

Overall- Seems like they tried mixing an Irish red ale with a Guinness draught. A good beer but I would prefer any of the other Guinness stouts.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.55/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

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Photo of matjack85
3.5/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.46/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Black with reddish tints with a nice fluffy mocha head with good retention and stick.

S - A weak nose on this - some malts, fruity, cherries.

T - Malt forward, chocolate, bitter dry finish. Medium bodied.

O - This was okay - nice and easy to drink brew with a good mouth feel.

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Photo of MouldyCrow
3.45/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown but it is quite red when one shines enough light through it. Not nearly as much head as regular Draught. Smells rather sweet and malty compared to Guinness Draught. The taste is much like Draught but weaker and slightly sweeter; not bad. Mouthfeel is rather foamy but also watery, definitely not as thick as Draught, but still pleasant. I may buy again next fall if this becomes a staple in the Guinness lineup, it is a nice variation on a theme.

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Photo of biggiet
3.41/5  rDev +8.9%
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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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, dark reddish hue with a nitrogen induced cascading effect. An inch of dense, creamy, off-white foam emerges and lasts the duration of the drinking experience.

Aroma of toasted malts and a leafy, perfumey floral hop. Has a bit more hop fragrance than the standard Guinness, perhaps earning the term Harvest Stout from a higher percentage of trademark hops.

In the taste, roasted malt, giving off faint coffee and molasses notes, however faint. Hops are secondary in the flavor, mild, earthy and tea like is the story there. Just a touch of hoppy acidity is present as a tip of the tongue bitterness. Has the soul of Guinness with just a slightly different malt/hop ratio.

The feel of this beer is light bodied, smooth and creamy. The carbonation is low and the brew is a bit watery. Similar to regular Guinness but perhaps thinner.

Overall, this is a decent brew, and very much in the same vein as standard Guinness. I thought the hops stood out just a bit more and the brew is a bit lighter, both in body and feel. Not a bad mild or dry stout.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.39/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from nitro-can into a Guinness glass.

A: Pours a deep red that becomes fairly clear after the swirling nitro-head and nitro-carb recedes - both of which there were plenty initially.

S: Malts - biscuit and bread - and clean. No hop presence to speak of, or anything else to make it particularly appealing to the nose.

T: Sweet toasted malts, slight grassy hops, and a clean lager finish. Nothing about this reminds me of a stout, but it's not offensive at all.

M: Has a light body, smooth mouthfeel from the nitro presentation, and low alcohol presence.

O: Nothing that I'd actively seek out again, but it wasn't offensive in any way, and a reasonably enjoyable beer.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.38/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My thanks to my local, in-person trader, tone77, for bringing this by for me. I am always interested in adding N2 CANs to The CANQuest (TM) lineup.

From the CAN: "A Smooth & Alluring Seasonal"; "SAMHAIN (saw-wen), an anciant Celtic festival held every year on All Hallows' Eve, celebrates the end of the fall harvest and the coming of winter. On this night, the believers beckon restless spirits from the darkness with bonfires and sweet offerings from the bountiful harvest. GUINNESS RED HARVEST STOUT captures the spirit of that night with its alluring blend of lightly roasted barley and subtly sweet Irish malt."

The Crack unleashed a very active beer that startled me by foaming up, then suddenly settling before it could overflow the lip of the CAN or any other untoward action. The Glug created some nice cascading action, but barely a finger of thick, light-tan head with reasonable retention. Color was garnet or ruby-red (SRM = > 22, < 27) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a standard Guinness scent, perhaps their proprietary yeast strain drives this. It seemed kind of sweet for a stout, but I am not an expert on the style. Mouthfeel was big, thick and creamy (thank you N2 and the widget!) and the taste was rather sweet, raising a question as to its being an "Irish Dry Stout" in my mind. Finish was semi-sweet, not cloying or sugary, but still more sweet than I would expect or like in a stout. I should mention that although yesterday marked to official beginning of winter, it was as warm as early spring, so I do not feel at all guilty about drinking this now.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.38/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - deep mahogany with a ruby tinge when held to a light. Huge creamy, cascading ivory head holds excellent retention
S - sweet malt, roasted barley, cream - all pretty minimal
T - familiar Guinness stout flavors here with roasted barley, sweet malt, faint chocolate and caramel; sweeter than their usual stout, but it seems like less flavor
M - extra smooth and creamy, but rather watery; finishes semi-dry with a faint lingering roastiness, very very easy to drink
O - I like it, but I prefer their stouts over this one. Nice to try something different from this brewer but it seems a bit gimmicky

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Photo of rmargeson
3.38/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Indication is that it was brewed once - and that is OK with me. When I want a Guinness, I want a Guinness Stout, not some weaker imitation. Really, this wasn't bad by itself, but compared to Guinness it falls short. I would drink again, but try to ignore the name.

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Guinness Red Harvest Stout from Guinness Ltd.
73 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.