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Guinness Draught Extra Cold | Guinness Ltd.

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Guinness Draught  Extra ColdGuinness Draught  Extra Cold

Brewed by:
Guinness Ltd.
Ireland | website

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Mebuzzard on 01-15-2007

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Reviews: 170 | Ratings: 523
Photo of Sammy
2.58/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks to Mr. Russev for bringing from Europe. Coffee and sugar aroma. Opaque dark brown with off-white head. Noticeably thin mouthfeel, though creamy from the nitro. Like old coffee grounds bitterness. Horrid really. We know they can make a drinkable version.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.62/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Nitro bottle purchased at Total Wine in Alexandria. Glad to have that zero taken out of my profile. Only one to go now. Served in a Hill Farmstead wine glass.

The pour is nearly a thing of beauty. The nitro pellet really does its job. Body is pitch black. The head is just barely off white and skies up a few fingers with good retention and quite a bit of lacing. Each swirl creates three layers--black up to a mix of brownish-black bubbles and then the white head. Really pretty. From there, downhill.

The nose brings some very light chocolate and roasted malt. It's hiding in the background. Some light toffee as well. The flavor is a bit unappetizing. There's too much toffee and not enough roast. The creaminess further enhances the toffee flavor. I think there's probably a touch of diacetyl in there, but not too much. Mild roast that really doesn't come through until the finish, which is too dry. Not a big fan of this one, other than looking at it.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes. Served on nitro-tap in Glasgow, Scotland, in a Guinness pint glass. The pour was a well-executed double pour, though I didn't stopwatch him. I'm a huge Guinness (and stout) fan, so I'm excited to see how different this is.

A: Brilliant bubble show; tan creamy wonderful head of excellent retention. Looks exactly like Guinness draught back home in Galway, Ireland.

Sm: Toffee, coffee, chocolate, roast, barley.

T: All of the notes from the nose. Creamier finish than the Guinness draught in Ireland. Balanced and brilliant. Not as bitter as Irish Guinness draught. The roast is different, shifted more towards the finish. The serving temperature dulls the flavour a bit.

Mf: Smoother than draught. A bit less dry on the climax, but even American Guinness draught is that way.

Dr: Sure I'd have it again, but in Glasgow's real ale/cask ale scene, why bother? Guinness draught is better outright. The price is right, but the abv is low.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: This isn't the best looking pour of Guinness I have seen, but even so, it's a pretty sight. The beer is dark brown, bordering on black. The head is thick, creamy and leaves a thick sheet of lacing around the perimeter of the glass.

S: The aroma could be bigger, but the beer itself isn't grandiose. Scents include chocolates, cream and very subtle roast.

T: The flavor is simple and straightforward. I have been told that this beer is of much higher quality when consumed at the source in Dublin. Chocolate is the dominant flavor, with a hint of bitterness in the back.

M: Incredibly smooth and creamy. Thin bodied and very low alcohol presence.

D: Overall, this is an ubiquitous beer and nothing amazing. That being said, I enjoy it, and will often choose it when at a bar and must choose between this and the usual macro suspects.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.44/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I have suspicion that this beer is the same as the "Guinness Draught" beer under this link http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/209/754

This is a NITRO bottle gifted to me by the other Matt, a.k.a. Huhzubendah. Finally, there are no ZEROS on my profile. Pretty fun.

Beer is poured into an imperial pint glass. Beer is brown and clear with a cascading head of nitrogen bubbles that settles to a creamy frothy head of tiny bubbles that stays until the end leaving the glass uniformly coated with lacing. Its a Guinness, on draught it looks the best but this comes close.

Aroma is weak, slightly roasty. I have a theory that the nitrogen interferes with a beers aroma.

Beer is thin, this is the beer that people say its bread in a glass. Its about as light as beer can get. Its creamy in the mouth. Its a little sweet, its a little roasty, finishes cleanly. I pounded it in a few minutes without realizing it. I could drink a dozen of these.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.13/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ran across this in London. I wonder if it's the same as the Guinness 39 (I've never seen that one). This is served 3 Celcius degrees colder than original draught.
Looks the same. Pitch black body, nice white head. Good pour, barman. No shamrock, though.
Smells the same as well.
Tastes the same; perhaps a bit smoother. Not quite as dry, and even more the same as it warms.
No improvement. Still a good brew as Guinness is one of my favorite mass produced beers.

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Photo of plaid75
4.19/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It has the same characteristics as standard Guinness Draught, except it is chilled to a few degrees below the normal serving temperature.

I must say that for as much as I loved the Guinness in Ireland, the Extra Cold was an unexpected treat. The few extra degrees really made a difference for me, as it made the stout even more drinkable than it already is without affecting the flavor.

I recommend that if in Ireland you seek Extra Cold out.

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Photo of tone77
3.26/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 14.9 oz. nitro can. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some malts and slightly sweet. Taste is also rather mild, some malts, much less flavor than some other Guinness stouts. Feels creamy in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.15/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark pour, tan head, chills nicely. Aroma was chocolate malt & roast.

Taste, texture a little thin, more roast flavor. Thin roast. Hardly any hops. This is a good beer to rehydrate with, while looking like you're drinking something that is considered "really strong" by the average bystander around you. Totally the stuff scruffy soccer guy drinks.

Almost as if black food coloring fell into some flat and old Budweiser (but this has even less alcohol in it).

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Photo of champ103
1.84/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

This is all over the UK. During my travels in Scotland and England this last year this was on at every bar along side the regular Guinness Draught, and I was able to write a few notes down.

A: Pours dark brown, not really black and with plenty of reddish highlights towards the middle. I can't believe people actually think this is pitch black. A two finger tan head forms from the nitro pour. Some lace as well.
S: Some malt, lots of sourness, and mold bread.
T: Pretty much just cereal grain, and soggy bread. That distinct Guinness sourness as well.
M/D: Dead, thin, and lifeless. Just really week. Something I will drink only when my options are this, Tennent's, and God forbid Tennent's Extra Cold while out and about in the UK.

A really crappy stout to say the least. Hugely popular in the UK though. Maybe even more so than the regular Guinness Draught from what I could tell. All marketing and nothing else. Avoid.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.89/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz nitro-bottle poured into a Guinness Imperial Pint. No date.

A - Fantastic cascading that never ceases to tantalize me. One finger, dense-as-cream, tan head with impeccable retention and thick lacing. Clear mahogany brown - almost black.

S - Dry roasted malts with a slight coffee and chocolate thing going on. No hops at all.

T - Super dry roasted malts provide a chocolaty cocoa coffee flavor with a slightly bitter finish. Delsih.!

M - It's a creamy and smooth but crisp and refreshing medium-bodied beer.

D - I could, and have, had these all night. Fantastic all around and not so rich (actually not very rich at all) that they can't be pounded (something I've also done). The last sip of all the foam is something to look forward to.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.16/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with the widget, which did its thing and produced the appearance of a draft pour. The beer was a very dark brown with a thick off-white head. While the head diminished in size, it persisted throughout, and was very sticky. The beer had a vaguely roasted malt/coffee aroma, with a similar taste. If you've had some better stouts, you'd consider this a little timid, more like a Stout Lite. Still, not a bad beer.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.11/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I've had this on tap, nitro-tap, nitro-bottle, and nitro-can. The nitrogen gives the beer an amazing head, which is certainly my favorite thing about Guinness Draught. The beer is a deep, dark brown (nearly black) with a tan head. The head is comprised of very fine, small bubbles, due to the nitrogen, which provides a very well-defined head that will last for days. Starting with a half-inch head on the top, you are left with a quarter-inch head at the bottom of the glass. Beautiful. Guinness doesn't have a very strong smell, but you can pick up some roasted tones and maybe slight coffee/chocolate, but not much. The taste is full of grains and roasted barley, very slight black coffee, and not much chocolate. Overall, a very average taste - not great, but not bad at all. The mouth isn't as creamy as it may look - very thin.

Guinness is my macro-brew beer of choice. It's not great, but it's not at all bad, and at such a low ABV, you can enjoy them all night without making a fool of yourself.

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Photo of Brenden
3.18/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This one looks just like the original Guinness Draught for the most part, pitch black but somehow not very heavy-looking, the beauty being in the head. It's tight, creamy and compact, a tight tan crown just more than a full finger in height. It leaves exceptionally creamy lacing in thick rings and some heavy spotting between.
The aroma is a dark chocolate/toffee blend with a bit of char and some coffee, but with an almost burnt note to it.
The taste is similar, though it eases off on most of the astringency of the original. It's thin for a stout, but not as much given that it's in the original traditional, less monstrous style.
The feel of course offers lots of creaminess on the tongue and it flows like silk. It does have that thinness as well, though again style is in mind and it's not intended to be any kind of imperial stout. There is a slight grainy astringency in the finish.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.09/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from bottle into Euro Pint. Pours a dark dark brown with a red hue when looking down onto the beer. Has a one finger off-white head that stays until the end. Has an awesome pouring 'show' with the carbonation slowly making its way to the top. The aroma has slight nutty and malty hints. The flavor is light on the palate with little to no carbonation with malty notes. Overall this is not horrible, but it is definitely not a beer I typically buy with the availability. It will probably stay that way however...

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.15/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

GIves a dark pour, 1" brown head with excellent retention. Aroma was a little roast, chocolate malt, nothing too big.

Taste, more roast, smooth, dry, a little roast but a thin mouthfeel. Almost no hopping. Kind of weak. The usual coffee and chocolate from the malt feels.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.05/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The beer that basically changed my thought process on beer. Poured black into a 20oz Guinness pint with a dense white head. In the nose, hints of coffee and hops. Light in the palate, but filling and bitter. A great first step into beer, by realizing different tastes and colors.

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Photo of birchstick
3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - nice dark profile with a smooth, creamy head typical of the style
S - sweet chocolate malts and coffee
T - kind of watery and metallic up front, which eventually turns into the chocolate from the nose and leaves a rather pleasant aftertaste of chocolate and coffee with the slightest amount of bitterness
MF - a little thin and watery
D - this was okay, not my favorite stout, but I have to respect it for what it is.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.12/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle with a nitro rocket. I had it served in a Guinness pub glass and had one right out of the bottle.

The poured beer was black with and incredible head of turbulant foam that remained rich and creamy until the end, great thick lacing.
After the appearance everything else goes downhill...

Smell is faint roasted malt
Taste is like watered down roasted malt.
Mouthfeel is flat and watery.
Suck 'em down in a hurry (and then move on to a better beer).

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Photo of Vancer
3.69/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The ol' "serve extra cold" Guinness. But I still luv the widget pour with the cascading ivory head, atop that black beuty beer. Creamy and ice cream looking, very nice. Plenty of sticky sheet lace.

Subtle aroma of malt and chocolate. Quaff is also subtle on the flavor - if they'd add some more burnt toasty malt, this would really be top notch.

As such, not bad, nothing outstanding - a sturdy drinker in either the summer heat or winter cold. A very sessionable brew.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.03/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours near black with tan head. Head is a little small compared to nitro can that I'm accustomed to for this beer.

Nose is a little weak - some roasty malts and nougat.

On palate this beer has a mild roastiness, thin body, fairly dry, and extremely easy to drink.

Finish is somewhat short and roasty.

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Photo of Floydster
2.57/5  rDev -24.9%
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

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap from brewpubs across Ireland during my visit in 2001. Guinness Extra Cold is a chilled version of the classic Irish dry stout Guinness. Pours the same appearance as a draught - nice head and laces that lingers throughout the drinking session. Aroma of coffee and stout chocolate. Great carbonation and medium body throughout. Tastes wonderful being extra cold. Really liked the igloo on top of the tab handles. Too bad they're not served in the States. The beer is brewed at the James Gate Brewery in Dublin, Ireland and would be a great pint if it was served at normal ale temperature of around 8-12 degrees. Needless to say, even if the beer was too cold, it was still quite quaffable!

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Photo of FreshHawk
3.31/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Black with a decent sized, creamy and foamy head. Retention is average and leaves a slight lacing.

S - Roasted malt with dark and milk chocolate and a bit of coffee.

T - Similar to smell. Roasted tastes with slight bitterness and some slight sweetness.

M - Medium to light body. Fairly smooth and creamy. Watery and thin for the style.

D - Easy to drink with a smooth mouthfeel and lightness. Unfortunately the taste is also light and watery so I don't necessarily want to go grab another.

Notes: Pretty much the same as the regular Guinness Draught. Also suffers from the same problems. Too light and watery and not enough flavor. Not bad and has its place, but not one you will search for.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.89/5  rDev +13.7%
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!!

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Guinness Draught Extra Cold from Guinness Ltd.
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