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Guinness Red Harvest Stout - Guinness Ltd.

Not Rated.
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BA SCORE
73
okay

299 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 299
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 3.11
pDev: 18.33%
Wants: 4
Gots: 26 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Guinness Ltd. visit their website
Ireland

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  4.10% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Lemke10 on 08-21-2013)
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Photo of cwkash
3.75/5  rDev +20.6%

cwkash, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of michaelfcasey
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

michaelfcasey, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of RockinRob925
2.91/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is still a great brew although it still lingers of a regular Guinness. There is not much noticeable change in appearance or activity. The color is a bit more translucent and there is a bit of sweetness on the end but that's it. Sorry about the fair rating for I am a huge Guinness fan. Better luck next time lads.

RockinRob925, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of lambpasty
1.6/5  rDev -48.6%
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.

lambpasty, Sep 27, 2013
Photo of podes
3/5  rDev -3.5%

podes, Sep 27, 2013
Photo of mschram72
2.64/5  rDev -15.1%
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

mschram72, Sep 27, 2013
Photo of saburky
3/5  rDev -3.5%

saburky, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of emergency_beef
2.5/5  rDev -19.6%

emergency_beef, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of Lee45102
2.5/5  rDev -19.6%

Lee45102, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of BeerForMuscle
2.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Ok, I havent written a review in a long while, but this beer needs one.

A - Ok, it looks cool and has the cascading "reverse waterfall" effect of a nitro can beer. Looks clear and amber, beautiful head as expected.

S - It doesn't have any real detectable aromas. No roast, no malt, no bitterness. It doesn't at all look like an Irish dry stout.

T - I've never eaten chalk before, but my guess is this is what it tastes like. This beer is one of the most disappointing and empty flavored beers I've had in a long time. This is an Irish dry stout? It's not even close, at all. This beer is flat, empty, and without a soul.

M - The mouthfeel is just as discouraging as the taste is. This beer is so light and empty. Honestly, I was very surprised here.

O - This beer is sad. I wouldn't try it again. I will drink most any beer and give any beer a shot, but this was a truly poor showing.

BeerForMuscle, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of Hellpop65
2.25/5  rDev -27.7%

Hellpop65, Sep 25, 2013
Photo of Mattyb79
2.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Mattyb79, Sep 25, 2013
Photo of Rhettroactive
1.25/5  rDev -59.8%

Rhettroactive, Sep 24, 2013
Photo of hockeyfighter19
3.75/5  rDev +20.6%

hockeyfighter19, Sep 24, 2013
Photo of Rojada1988
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Rojada1988, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of Zorro
3.16/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Zorro, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of gwiedman1
2.75/5  rDev -11.6%

gwiedman1, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of mpalestino
3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

mpalestino, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of goblue3509
2.71/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours a dark brown with red highlights and a slight off white one finger nitro head. Nice lace washes down the glass. The beer looks good. The good ends there. The nose is weak of caramel malts and a slight cheap hops. The taste falls flat. There is a weak caramel malt backbone and an adjunct hop back end. The beer taste slightly more complex than an adjunct. The mouth feel is creamy. Overall its rough...it taste cheap. Not sure what the aim was here.

goblue3509, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of Clydesdale
3.14/5  rDev +1%
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.

Clydesdale, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of kew
3/5  rDev -3.5%

kew, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of cdwil
3/5  rDev -3.5%

cdwil, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of BillV
1.83/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I enjoy Guinness and it was my first introduction to stout and I always go back to it, like a visit with an old, trusted friend.

I was really excited to try the Red Harvest Stout when I heard about it. There was a great deal of ad blast about it which made it even more exciting to want to try, so good job on the front end selling of that, Guinness Ltd.

After tracking a four-pack of it down and paying out the US $8.00 for it, I had a big expectation for what was in the cool looking nitro-can as I travelled home with my find. With visions of Samhain dancing in my head in all my Celtic splendor, I was even more excited to see the beautiful head and color that came pouring out into the glass when I got home and got down to the business of it.

But, that is where the dream ended. From the nose, which had a strange, almost pre-skunk aroma, I could not believe the flatness that came with my first sip. It did not match what was visibly in the glass. There was no taste and the mouthfeel was weirdly oily on my palette, with none of the stoutness I was fully expecting to experience.

On continuing to drink it, I find that it mellows out a bit but that is mostly from trying to get it over with and out of my sight and out of my life.

Sadly, I won't be recommending this one to anyone. If they were to take it back to the lab and re-work it, they might have something. I can't believe this made it past the quality control people. Makes me wonder just how much the sales teams who are pushing for the cash are trying to get the product to market before its actually ready,

That may work with software, computers, and smartphones, but not so much with beer.

BillV, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of MadCat
3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: A dark brown with hints of red depending on how the light hits it. Typical nitro stout head and pour

Smell: Medium roasted malts, some mild hops, some toasted bread

Taste: Medium roasted malts, some caramel and toasted bread

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, typical nitro carbonation feel

Overall: Not bad, but also not terribly exciting. At $8 for a 4 pack of cans, I won't buy again. Very drinkable. Doesn't have a great depth of flavor, and disappointing for what I would have thought could be an exciting entrance into seasonals for Guinness.

MadCat, Sep 20, 2013
Photo of fisherbray
3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

fisherbray, Sep 19, 2013
Guinness Red Harvest Stout from Guinness Ltd.
73 out of 100 based on 299 ratings.