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Guinness Red Harvest Stout - Guinness Ltd.

Not Rated.
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 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 Larence
3.36/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

It is as it says..on the can.
Alluring blend of lightly roasted barley and subtly sweet Irish malt.
It's very very smooth, malty and goes down smoother than any beer or ale
that I've ever drank. There is not a hell of a lot of taste however.
After all is said and done, I just finished a can since "review" began..goin back for more, and more...

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: Pours a deep ruby color with a fingers worth of the usual Guinness nitro head that sticks around for the entirety of the beer

S: Some roasted malts and sweetness. Not much else

T: Starts off with a bit of roastiness followed by a light sweetness that lingers on well into the finish. Maybe some dark chocolate as well, but that's about it

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation

O: Pretty much the same as usual Guinness with a bit of extra sweetness that washes over any complexities it might have. I quite like it (more because I'm particularly fond of sweet beers) and enjoy a regular Guinness from time to time. It's also interesting to see a red stout. I'd drink it again

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Photo of thecheapies
3.18/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

A translucent purple-red stout with clarity. Still it's crowned with a creamy block of nitro head from the can widget. Cascaded beautifully. I always dig this look.

Sweet Irish malt is very noticeable right off the bat. Roastiness is still very subdued. Mild and not pronounced, for a stout. The sweeter grain malt blankets the usually boring, halfway-mineral notes of a standard Guinness Draught nitro-can beer's malt offerings.

Tastes uniquely bland. Malty muck with a subtle Irish Red character. Lightly-sweetened by this new grain malt, but lacks toast. Malt roast is somewhat dry, still, but the finish seems powdery. The body is still milky, but not creamy like Guinness Irish Dry Stout on nitro. Carbonation is micro fine and low. Fell short of what it could've been.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.11/5  rDev -0.6%
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

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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 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 jwc215
2.99/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of oberon
2.92/5  rDev -6.7%
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?

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Photo of RockinRob925
2.93/5  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.

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Photo of lambpasty
1.64/5  rDev -47.6%
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.

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Photo of mschram72
2.66/5  rDev -15%
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

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
2.83/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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Photo of Zorro
3.18/5  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.

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Photo of goblue3509
2.74/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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Photo of Clydesdale
3.15/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of BillV
1.87/5  rDev -40.3%
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.

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Photo of MadCat
3/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Dark brown body with some hints of amber throughout. Foamy head that is just slightly off-white, much lighter than Guinness Draught.

S- Malts on the nose. Really just some toasted malts with a hint of roastiness.

T- Kind of like a stout without much roastiness. Sweet caramel malts mix in to take over most of the roastiness. Almost a light stout if there was such a thing.

M- Creamy, smooth, on the lighter side body-wise.

O- Not a fan of this one. Easy to drink due to the lighter body, but lacking flavor and aroma.

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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 cheesepuffs
3.14/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

As a big Guinness fan I was elated to find that my local package store had one 4 pack of this left tonight. Very high hopes for it since I first learned about it online.

Pouring it into a fresh glass gets you the defacto Guinness cascading effect. Deep ruby in hue when held against direct light and black otherwise. Little carbonation to speak of. Nice layer of creamy foam up top, the very kind you expect of a Guinness. Very attractive glass of beer so good rating for appearance.

Smell has me surprised. Less scent than Draught or Extra Stout. Smells quite sweet with some chocolate in the background. Some creamy, malty notes but nothing wild. A safe, unoffensive nose but it's less sultry than I was hoping for. Only an okay rating here.

Taste has me somewhat let down at this point. There's just not much to discuss and it's somewhat of a faint blur as it washes over your taste buds. Mostly creamy sweetness, vague roasted malt, a little coffee embellishment and honestly I'm getting a metallic aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is very thin. Literally feels like drinking water out of a glass. Barely a bit of carbonation. Extremely light and sessionable. You could drink a ton of these if you wanted to and in that regard it's actually somewhat refreshing.

Overall I can't say I'd buy this again. Glad to have a chance to try it, but if you're a fan of Guinness you'll like their traditional stouts more as they offer more flavor and a slightly more fulfilling body. Red Harvest is very thin and has little flavor so if you can't find it by the end of the season there's no need to feel bad. Bottom line, the packaging and presentation out-do the actual product.

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Photo of Fatehunter
2.41/5  rDev -23%
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.

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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 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 JuicesFlowing
3.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a shaker pint.

Look: Black, but mostly dark ruby when held to the light. Tight foamy cream colored head stays put all the way down. Massive sheets of lacing, not a dry spot on the entire glass.

Aroma: Slightly sweet, somewhat metallic. No real flavors come out.

Taste: Faintly chocolate, slightly sweet malts. Some metallic nitrogenated notes.

Mouthfeel: A little light, very creamy.

Overall: I'd rather just have a Guinness Draught than this. It didn't have much flavor but it went down real smooth.

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