Guinness Draught Extra Cold | Guinness Ltd.

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Guinness Draught  Extra ColdGuinness Draught  Extra Cold

Brewed by:
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 drowninginhops
3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured in standard pint glass, review from notes.

A: Black in color with ruby edges with creamy head that leaves good lacing.

S: Malts with some chocolate backing it up along with grain.

T: Toasted malts not bitter slightly sweet.

M: A little thin for a stout but not terrible.

D: Good for that stout mood you might get in when the craft store is closed.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.62/5  rDev -23.2%
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 Converge
3.96/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

440ml nitro-can poured into a Guinness glass.

Note: I've had this can sitting around since Halloween, so I'm not sure if that would affect the quality of the beer...

A - Not totally black, but almost; just a touch of redness in it. Great big thick mocha head, two fingers after a rather conservative pour. Leaves unbelievable lacing. Thick creamy cap stays on top.

S - Tons of roasted malt and coffee on the nose. Bits of dark chocolate and butterscotch are noticeable as well.

T - Roasted malt is prevalent with a ton of coffee and a respective bitterness. Very rich and creamy, but I feel like there's a touch of metallic taste in there that's resulted from being stored for too long in the can. I'm picking up all kinds of flavors here, really enjoyable. Slight toffee and caramel taste as well. I like that I can pick up so many flavors without this feeling the least bit overwhelming.

M - Next to no carbonation. Thick and creamy body. Very smooth and fitting mouth-feel for this style.

D - Mild flavored and heavy, but nonetheless really enjoyable. Admittedly I'm not a very big fan of stouts, but I really liked this one.

Note: I don't really understand this "extra-cold" stuff... I assumed I was drinking a Guinness draught? but I don't really know now...

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Photo of augustgarage
3.16/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served well chilled in my Samuel Smith nonic. First beer in at least 2 weeks isn't terribly exciting but it was a freebie, so...

Opaque bistre body with a thick creamy stand of wheat colored foam. Superior retention (as to be expected of this style). Pasty slopes of lacing.

Light roast aroma with a tinge of cheap tobacco.

Toasted grain, drawn butter, and hints of stale cocoa on the palate. Somewhat tart, with very low bitterness, leading into a moderately dry yet bland finish.

Medium-light bodied and very creamy.

I'm not a big fan of pasteurized beer generally...additionally, this is the least flavorful iteration of Guinness I've tried so far...

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Photo of tone77
3.26/5  rDev -4.4%
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 chuckiebobphil
4.26/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lets just start by saying that I wasn't the biggest beer drinker until I started drinking this. I really do enjoy this beer and its got a great flavor and full body and the color is something to be liked as well. This beer kicks ass and a good one to start drinking with

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Photo of kojevergas
3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
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 BeardedBoffin
2.89/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I am not sure sure what "Extra Cold" in the name of the beer implies. I did attempt to drink a few at a temperature of 40 to 45 degrees (Fahrenheit) and then immediately placed the remainder of the six pack in the refrigerator so they would be "extra cold."

The beer pours black with some brown-ruby highlights around the edges. The nitro-bottle packaging allows a nice thick cap of foam, which showed excellent retention. A good looking brew.

The aroma is darkly toasted malt with some wisps of very dark fruit, not much cocoa or chocolate though. Those notes translate to the flavor as well, but with muted effectiveness. The flavors are thwarted by a creamy flatness (I don't what else to call it) which is not desirable.

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Photo of DovaliHops
3.26/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to the nitro-bottle, this beer pour beautifully. I absolutely love the way Guinness looks when it's from a nitro tap, and this looks exactly the same. Pours with a thick appearance that looks like a chocolate milkshake. It turns from a creamy brown color to a very transparent black. When held up to light you can see through this and it is a dark red color. Big creamy head on this one. It looks like what a cappuccino would look like. Now I had to write a lot about the appearance, because that's the best part of this kinda goes downhill from here. Scent is quite pleasant with some chocolate and malt notes. Also has a kinda skunky scent as well though. Taste is WAY TOO WATERY! The flavors of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and some vanilla are there, but just way too watered down. The mouthfeel is just like I said, way too watered down and flat. I know this is because of the nitro, but I've had bears that weren't this flat from nitro taps. Drinkability is somewhat high if you enjoy drinking chocolate flavored water.

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Photo of Dave128
2.88/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

11.2 Oz bottle into pint glass.

A - A vigorous pour not to much avail. I figured the head would be almost uncontrollable in this "draught" version. Looks nice, okay lacing and head about a couple coins deep stays around the whole time.

S - Pretty good basic smelling stout. Roasty smell is very inviting!! I haven't had guinness before so I assume its about the same as the other versions.

T - Meh.. If I had to describe it in one phrase.. "watered down" I feel like this could be a great stout.. the flavors are there, the smell is there... its just not enough. Almost flat and not very impressive

M - Carbonation is low and mouthfeel is thin and watery.

D - I feel like this may be a bad representation of guinness and I will definitely try different variations in the future, but this one does not impress at all.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4/5  rDev +17.3%
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 Hopfenpeter
2.86/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a crystal mug the color dark brown to black with hints of red when held into the light Very nice head which sticks around and is very creamy in texture and color.
Was very surprised about the plastic device in the bottle.
Weak smell hints some coffee and roasted malt.
Tasting the beer I was a little disappointed about the lack of taste. Very watery, almost flat beer with very little character of the usual standart in a Guinness. Some roasted malt bitterness as aftertaste.
low carbonation and very creamy it is drinkable, but does not invite for a lot. Probably wont buy it again.

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Photo of ptykozoon
2.62/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black, tan head. Sticky lacing.

Burnt chocolate, toffee. Off putting however.

Watered down roasted chocolate. Cigarette ashes in water.

Very dense for the low Abv. Medium carbonation. Buttery thick mouthfeel.

Not the worst beer in the world, and quite sessionable, tis a pitty the beer has some off putting scents and generally is quite bland and watery.

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Photo of tburus
3.13/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Guinness pint glass.

Appearance: Black liquid with a well-retained one-finger head. And of course the bubbles. They really are something different than most beers. Head clings to glass as the beer goes down.

Smell: Very bread-like smell with notes of roasted and bitter grains.

Taste: Muted roasted bitterness and a slight hint of yeast and a touch of sweetness as it warms. Sadly way too watery to get much out of it.

Mouthfeel: Slight roasted bitterness lingers, but most everything got washed away by the wateriness of the beer.

Drinkability: This beer looks wicked cool, but once you start pouring it back it's a real disappointment. If you want something light that boosts your ego to own this is the beer, but for the price you're paying the overall experience is woefully unimpressive. Thankfully there are stronger versions of this iconic brand available on the shelves.

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Photo of KAdams
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pitch black with a thick, fluffy head that leaves great lacing.

Smell - Roasted malts, and some coffee.

Taste - A lot like the smell, with that bitter, burnt, roasty flavor up front. Almost like burnt toast with some strong coffee and a hint of dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel - Pretty light despite the heavy flavors. Smooth, creamy carbonation.

Drinkability - I've been known to kill a 6 pack during a basketball game. Overall a good standby stout without getting too expensive or adventurous.

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Photo of marcusR111
3.95/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Very dark with a beautiful, creamy, and thick head

S- Can definately smell the roasted malts and barley, with slightly coffee smell.

T- Once again, the roasted malts and barley are out front with coffee in the back, and a taste I think is chocolate but not sure.

M- Slightly watery with little carbonation.

D- Drink 1 you gotta have 6.

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Photo of Cummins9110
3.95/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

ok, tried first from bottle into glass not impressesd,
second, straight from bottle, much better

A - its in a bottle so cant see it

S - cant smell to much from bottle

T - more chocolatey than in glass and has much more flavors

M - feels like ice chunks but in reality its the nitro "carbonation" that disolves on tounge i think, but its smooth and slight creaminess

D - much better out of bottle, DO NOT POUR INTO GLASS

Overall still not impressed, my first guinness and i was so excited over all the hype but i was not impressed, i expected so much more, but then again popular beers are usually the worst beers because they are made to please the mass population not the Beer Advocates

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Photo of patreely12
3.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - very dark, near black with a red hue around the edges if held in the light. creamy tan head about 2 fingers.

S - bit of chocolate and coffee. enough to draw you in and take that first sip.

T/M - tastes like it smells: chocolate and coffee. medium bodied. kind of waters out on the back end.

D - good for a session. I like drinking this out at the bar. though it's mild by "good" beer standards you sure look cooler drinking this than miller lite.

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Photo of r3o
3.02/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

It has a dark brown, near black, with a hint of red. The head is thick and lasts long, plenty of lace also.
When it comes to smell maybe I got a bit of chocolate and malt, but it's mild. The taste is sour and watery, not much depth. It feels surprisely thin in the mouth, lots of water. The looks sets your brain for something better, thus the whole experience is dissapointing, however it works as a "light" beer, if I may say.

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Photo of champ103
1.84/5  rDev -46%
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 PapillonJohn
2.93/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass from nitro-bottle.

Appearance: The beer pours a nice dark brown/ruby color, however I have seen darker Guinness. The head sticks around for about minute. Looks nice and creamy.

Smell: Barely any smell noticeable. What I did get was burnt coffee and something slightly astringent.

Taste: Taste just like it smells, plus extra water. I thought it was very watered down. I mean its not bad but there are better dark lagers out there. The Extra Stout from Guinness is a whole hell of a lot better than this. This puts Guinness to disgrace in my opinion.

Mouthfeel: Next to flat, I do like that, only if the taste matches however. That is what ruined it for me. The taste was just too watered down.

Drinkability: "Good" I suppose... Sure you could drink one after another all day/night long. But, why would you want to at 4%ABV.

I would pick up the Extra Stout far before this and if that's not available there are other Dark beers out there.

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Photo of mc1775
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from widget bottle into a glass.

A- 1/2 inch think creamy ivory head, very dark pretty much black beer.

S- Earthy roasted malts, hints of coffee and chocolate.

T- Nice creamy dark roasted malts,chocolate, slight coffee taste hardly any hop taste. Almost no after taste.

M- Medium bodied creamy texture with the head smooth light mouthfeel with the beer.

D- very drinkable, one of my go to's for this reason. Goes down very smooth.

Notes. Great session beer, good when you want something nice and smooth without losing ALL of its flavor, Nice mild beer. Great choice at a bar when there are mostly macros.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.15/5  rDev -7.6%
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 Cheeseydude
4.04/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is black like coffee with a white creamy head. The smell is is on the mild side with a dash of a typical porter, if I dare to say. The taste is smooth, creamy, and light. Its like the bud light for porters/ stouts, in a good way though. This beer doesn't have any carbonation which make this quite a unique experience. There is something about this beer that is oddly addicting. It Finishes smooth and mild with a slight malt aftertaste creeping though at the end. This beer is truly a one of a kind in fact, I can't think of another beer in the world that is quite like this. But if someone knows of one, LET ME KNOW...

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.49/5  rDev +2.3%
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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Guinness Draught Extra Cold from Guinness Ltd.
3.41 out of 5 based on 526 ratings.
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