Guinness Draught Extra Cold | Guinness Ltd.

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Guinness Draught  Extra ColdGuinness Draught  Extra Cold

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Guinness Ltd.

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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Photo of NCBeernut
3.17/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: I love the way this stuff looks. Dense ultra creamy head that just leaves chunks of foam all over the glass. Appears black, but under light you can see that it is actually much lighter, a shade of dark ruby.

S: Hard to really describe. Sweet and kind of candy like, maybe a touch of roasted grain...grape candy?

T&M: A little bit of roasted grain, grape candy, a tannic touch of tangy hops. The taste is pretty weak, but this is what I got out of what was there. Ultra smooth slightly creamy mouthfeel. A little bit more than watery and it goes down VERY easy. Still a bit thin though.

Not horrible. A lot different that most stouts. I can drink this stuff all night long though. I reserve this beer for St. Patty's day or other such long sessions.

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Photo of Popkorn615
1.87/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A - Pours a medium brown, mud-ish type color. However, when the drink has taken a moment to settle, it develops into an attractive black body with a 1/2 inch cream-colored head. A very nice looking drink.

S - Has a malty smell with a coffee- or espresso-like fragrance to it. There's also a hint of nut as well.

T - After the first sip, it leaves a light aftertaste of coffee and a little chocolate. About halfway through the bottle, the aftertaste becomes unpleasant, but the taste of the beer moreso. Once it begins to get the slightest bit warm, it starts to taste like extremely diluted espresso. Sadly, the most flavorful part of this drink is the foam, which you can really only get to by finishing a glass and having the liquid displace it. Unless you want to take a spoon and scoop it out.

M - Personally, I feel that this beer fools you into thinking you will be feeling something very thick and full going down your throat. However, it actually feels like you are drinking a glass of water with 2 ounces of milk mixed into it (there's a tiny hint of "thickness," but its water-like consistency exponentially outweighs this, thus the thickness is almost non-existent). It's weak and definitely tricks your mind with its appearance.

D - I drank one each day, for three consecutive days, twice from the bottle and once from a glass. I then had to wait three more days to actually stomach drinking another one. When drinking from a bottle, the drink becomes almost unbearable once you get down to the last few sips, since by that time it has lost its "Extra Cold." When drinking from a glass, I am able to take bigger gulps, which means it will be cold for most of the drinking period. I'd recommend drinking it from a glass and not out of the nitro-bottle. I'd also recommend drinking it after your meal, and not before or during it. Drink it before, and you'll ruin your appetite. Drink it during, and you'll ruin your meal.

I used to dream of drinking Guinness as a kid because of how nice it looked when poured. Now I dream of not drinking it again (the Draught, at least) after being severely displeased with its taste.

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Photo of scottblaze
3.76/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


Fairly light pour resulted in about a ½" head of fine bubbles almost like whipped egg whites (only tan, of course) that offer an unusual feeling while sipping, dark brown, almost opaque, head retention excellent, very good lacing. A little burning rubber, maybe a hint of molasses hits the nose. Letting it roll around in the mouth, taste is a bitterness akin to that of saffron, a little molasses and burnt sugar but not sweet, actually is somewhat on the dry side, an aftertaste that lingers. Mouthfeel is a little unusual due to the fine bubbles, seems to coat the mouth. Drinkability is okay, but a bit tiring.

Being what it is, Irish Dry Stout, it is not bad, just not one of my favourite styles. The stuff is Okay for an occasional visit but I prefer Extra Stout without the widget.

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Photo of TYE
2.81/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours mostly black with a slight medium-brown ring on bottom. Thick and creamy white head with good retention and light smear. No active carbonation seen.
S - Nutty, malty, caramel and cream. Not an overwhelming aroma, but easily noticed. Almost a hint of stale beer.
T - Matches smell. Not overwhelming. A slight bitter and sour with mild nuttiness and a hint of caramel.
M - No carbonation. Light bites at back and tip of tongue. Creamy, smooth, and slightly heavy.
D - I could only drink one on any occasion, and I would drink one again. Lacks flavor volume for regularly repeated consumption, though..

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Photo of CrescentLake
4.36/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

THIS BEER REALLY EXISTS, BUT NONE OF THESE REVIEWS ARE REVIEWING IT!!...and it's definitely not the beer in the picture. THE BOTTLE IN THE PICTURE IS THE SAME RECIPE AS THE CANNED "DRAUGHT," except it says 'serve extra cold.' In Scotland , and rarely in Ireland you will find a pub that has the appropriate nitro-tap. And this is exclusively on a nitro tap, which means the appearance, mouthfeel, and drinkability are incredible. BUT aside from the temp difference, I've heard the malt is slightly different from the typically draft. We used to slam these delisciously refreshing perfect examples of a good roasted barley, nightly ,when I lived in scotland. It deserves a better rating.

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Photo of Squaretooth
2.22/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Dark with what starts out to be a full head but rapidly dwindles to about a 1 inch top. Little to no lacing when drinking.

S - Malty smell with a hint of chocolate and coffee.

T - Coffe taste with a malty feel. Neither pleasant nor unpleasant. It is what it is.

M - No bite whatsoever. In fact it feels like you have a mouthful of water

D - One could pour these down all day with little effect.

This is the Coors light of Guiness and not a very pleasant one to drink. It does have a nice bottle, though!

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of armock
1.81/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A - Poured a basically black color with a tan head that leaves lacing

S - This beer has a weird malt smell

T - Well theres a weird malt taste thats not so good

M - This one has light carbonation and feels watery

D - This is a very disappointing example of Guinness this is probably the reason why people think dark beer is shitty

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Photo of kelticblood
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a decent head that never receded, and left spotty traces of beige lace. Guinness always has great head retention, but head size seems to lack when served from anywhere but the tap. The color is a solid opaque black. Has a unique aroma that is distinct to Guinness. Lightly sweet, smokey, malty, bready, and slight hop notes detected in the smell. The taste has a very dry smokey flavor, like you just got done licking an ashtray. It is slightly sweet, but has along dry finish, and a touch of a lingering faint bitterness. Mouthfeel lacks in carbonation which is usual with Guinness. Mouthfeel is very watery and lacks any body for such a dark beer. The texture is as usual very creamy and always goes down smooth. It is very drinkable, but I find myself only drinking it a few random times throughout the year. I love it at St. Patty's Day as does everyone else. When I was in Ireland I drank it the whole week. It did have a different taste over there, which if I remember was a bit hoppier and maybe more carbonated. It's in a class by itself and it is what it is. There's no changing it now.

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Photo of boogles
2.22/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This review is for the pictured beer poured into a glass, against the "brilliant" marketers' wishes. Drunk out of the bottle, this is one of the worst beers around--that just doesn't work here. I don't know what they're thinking!

A gimmicky, weak beer. I like that it's easy to make black and tans, but that's about the extent of this invention's worth. Brilliant? No. Marketing is not brilliant, IMO. Good beer is brilliant, and this is not good beer. It is to beer what $7 merlot is to wine. This is "good beer" to people who don't know beer. Since such people are used to not tasting their beer, it's no wonder this is so well received. But it's a shame, because the Extra Stout is so good. It's amazing how much flavor they had to take out to make room for the plastic gimmick.

Do yourself a favor and try the Guinness Extra Stout, which is sold for about the same price.

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Photo of n0315
2.82/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured beer from bottle into glass, Noticed the normal guinness pour. A very drak beer.

Nice head, maintained for nearly the entire duration of drink. a think foam insted of a puffy foam on top. First noticed a coffee kind of taste and then it went kind of bland. I think it is made for bottle only though, so this review by be taken with a grain of sault.

A drinkable beer that I feel may not be the best to drink a lot of but a good beer to have if you want only one or two.

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Photo of evanc
1.56/5  rDev -54.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

This was terrible. The appearance was slightly intriguing as it had that dark stout look to it but that was very deceiving. The smell was coffee-esque at best. The taste was like a watered down Samuel Adams Cream Stout. The mouthfeel was worst of all, it went down like bad water and the only reason that it has a 2.0 on drinkability is because you can chug these and feel nothing.

I had to throw a shot of rum in 6oz and drop a shot of Godiva Chocolate Liqueur in to get ANY taste from this. Terrible beer and I'm ashamed it has such a high rating on here.

EDIT - Sorry, I didn't even feel like giving this a real review. Go get a real beer.

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Photo of libbekat
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have to state for the record, to be fair, I am not a fan of anything that is too cold. I had a pint of this while in Ireland, looking to try something not available in the U.S. At least not anywhere I was aware of.
It looks like a Guinness Draught but is a little lighter. It has a roasted barley nose to it, just like Guinness Draught. The taste is where they seperate in comparison. It had a metallically almost flat taste, simmilar to that of an ice cube. Maybe too cold to have any flavor?

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Photo of dgm6689
3.83/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance of the draught was what was expected from a Guinness. It had that dark brown color and that creamy white head that Guinness is known for. The taste to me was a little bitter. I would prefer a sweeter taste from a dark beer. The drinkability of the beer was good but not great. I found myself stuffed after one beer when a stout should take 2-3 beers. I rated this beer as follows.

Appearance- 4.5
Smell- 4.0
Taste- 3.5
mouthfeel- 4.0
drinkability- 4.0

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Photo of viperpiper522
4.14/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- It is undeniable that guinness has one of the most impreesive entrances ever. The fall from chocolate milk to black is breath taking. It's head holds a rich sandy brown nicely. With lady-like lacing as you take in the brew.

S Slightly chocolate, with roasted barley. Reminds me of coming home in the middle of a snow storm and your grandmom has some fresh barley stew going on the fire.

T- Sharp entrance, a little sour almost. This is quickly followed by dry roast. The finish is sweet, this is strange because the sweet usually comes first. Bitter stings the end.

M- Surprisingly light to the avid beer drinker, yet very smooth going all the way down. It coats your insides, and you can feel it reach your stomach happily.

D- I find myself drawn to it whenever it is on tap.
It makes it extra special wen the person pouring knows how to.

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Photo of janubio
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pouring a Guinness and watching as the head forms, changing colour from chocolate to a brwnish foam is a show. But I'm used to tap or Special Export and found this one bland. Smell of coffee and roasted, light in the palate and very watery. Taste of coffee with notes of chocolate and pepper. I miss the alcohol of the Special Export.

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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 kajerm
3.24/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at various purported (and occasionally genuine) irish pubs. I docked this beer half a point for appearance for "appearing" initially to be different from Guinness in any meaningful way. 3ºC in a fairly light-tasting nitro-stout makes absolutely no difference.

Pure advertising, but if you like the tap handle, go for it.

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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 Stephen63
2.69/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Looks the real thing, black as coal body and slightly off white head. The classic Guinness profile.

S - Take hold of glass to smell aromas, hold on! When they say extra cold they mean EXTRA COLD. Unpleasantly cold feels like a lager should be in the glass. Can smell the coffee aroma but it is supressed compared to regular Guinness.

T - Pretty much like the old Guinness but divided by quite some way. Bitter and smoky coffee taste but really too cold.

M - Smooth and COLD.

D - No thanks one is enough.

Can't see why anyone would want this in preference to standard Guinness. Probably sounded good to the marketing boys in the board room. Sorry guys, not for me.

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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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