Guinness Red Harvest Stout | Guinness Ltd.

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Guinness Red Harvest StoutGuinness Red Harvest Stout

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Guinness Ltd.

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Lemke10 on 08-21-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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 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 JoeAmerican77
2.12/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

Poured from the can ...

A - Cascading in the classic Guinness waterfall, the head leaves a half finger of cream at the top. Dark amber hued, always an appealing view.

S - Very faint sweet malts and cocoa.

T - Dry with light grain, and an attempt at some sort of hop character in the back. Very plain I guess.

M - Creamy and lighter than water in the body, no staying power.

Overall I had a hunch this was going to be nothing great, it was incredibly dull and so down the sink it goes. It amazes me the storied legacy the Guinness name carries yet this is the product they release. Hopefully they change it up soon, god knows they have the money, tech, and manpower.


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Photo of JMBSH
2.25/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - OK I am open to a lot of versions of a style but come on. Stout is dark and always will be. This is red or amber in color. Just cause it is under the Guinness flag and has the nitro can doesn't make it a stout. Usual head for them but the color is red or burnt orange in color. Just cause the can says stout...

S - What smell? Can't talk about something that isn't there!

T - Now the moment of truth. Dry. Light toasty flavor. Little to no hop bite. Nothing that makes me think stout that's for sure. If they called it an Irish Red then I might look at it differently.

M- Watery and thin. Flavors don't stick around long.

O - Maybe there is a reason the Guinness site has no info about this beer. I like Guinness (especially the Extra Stout) but this is not good. Hey, I like to try beers that the brewers say "what if we..." and mess with stuff but this is not good. Not the worst I have had but one even a decent stout. Glad I just bought one can in a mixed six pack. Stick with the regular and the extra stout.

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Photo of SierraFlight
2.27/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Poured from nitro can. Pretty, thick Guinness head with nice cascading fizz. Reddish-brown hue. Some roasted malt aroma, but not much going on. Taste is weak malts and hardly anything else. Entirely forgettable.

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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 scottfrie
2.51/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Can poured into imperial pint glass.

A: Pours a shade more red than cola with an extremely dense and soft looking off-white nitro head. A half inch thick layer of film lasted the whole beer through. Spotty lace was left down the glass.
S: Mild scents of roasted grains and toast. Slightly smoky I guess.
T: Similar to regular Guinness but a bit more roasted but with less flavor overall. Not much in the way of chocolate or anything else. Very watery and bland. Mildly creamy aftertaste.
M: Thin watery mouthfeel, low nitro-blend carbonation, thin and weak body.
O: I’d rather have the normal draught version over this. Even less flavor than usual. More roasted than normal, but that’s about it. Would not buy again.

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Photo of ale1
2.61/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

new 1 on the shelf at local market so picked up a 4 pack
poured into a standard pint glass ,can has the nitrogen widget as the other offerings from Guinness has.
pours classic Guinnes head 2-3" bubbleshow and settles down to 1" or so.

1st sip similar mouthfeel as their Stout and was waiting for the various flavors of malt to appear, or hops, there are none and has an odd synth brew taste like some of the usa beers ..nooo. i won't purchase another. I was hoping for a real red ale which uses amber malt and some dark roasted barley, totally missing here. If i were to guess this is a corn/rice beer no barley malt at all in the brewing, budweiser with guinnes appearance.

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Photo of Bitterbill
2.62/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Kind of strange to open a Guinness Nitro can and not seeing the pitch black Stout. Pretty brown it is with reddish highlights. The usual smooth and creamy looking head of foam.

The smell I'm getting is not unlike a Guinness Stout. Light aroma of roasted malt and nothing else.

Roasted malt in the taste too but there's more. The subtle sweetness mentioned on the can is there but I don't think it is an asset to the overall taste. I call it a distracting displeasure and makes the brew, for me, much less drinkable than the Draught Stout. Same creaminess in the mouthfeel, obviously, but bottom line, I do not see the NEED for this beer to even exist. End of my story.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.64/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear reddish-brown with a foamy beige head that settles to a thick cap on top of the beer. Small patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is fairly subtle with some roasted malt aromas. Taste is much the same with malt and bready flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of toasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer that is very mild and lacking in both aroma and flavor.

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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 errantnight
2.68/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours beautifully. Typical nitro stuff, creamy frothy head and a gorgeous cascade. Has me temporarily excited, thinking about what might be. In the glass it's a deep, crystal clear ruby. Nice looking stuff. Would view again.

Drink? Not so much.

Aroma is barely there, thin wisps of crackery malt, but you really have to search for it.

On the palate this is thin, watery, with a metallic bitter finish. For a brief moment mid-palate there's a hint of Guinness-ness by way of festbier, which I presume is what they're going for? And it actually finishes ok. But it seems almost boldly watery and metallically bitter. It feels thin, not creamy, and empty, not nourishing.

Not a beer I'd drink again.

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Photo of jeranbrews
2.7/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

A - good head nice clingy lacing. Dark body but way too high clarity.

S - what smell? Aeresol and left over cereal milk.

T - kind of like a poor man's black and tan. Weaker than regular guineas but similar.

M - too thin. Too watery.

D - a disappointment. I won't be looking for this next fall.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
2.71/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours ruby red with the typical widget thick tan creamy head. Nice retention and nice thick rings of lace down the pint.

Some light coffee and some caramel aromas, but also some boiled grain.

Mish-mash of some boiled barley, some roasted malt, a little caramel, some cream, mild coffee, mild bitterness. Finish is mildly malty and lightly bitter. This one feels thin and uneven, and it is.

The body in this one is...loose. Carbonation works, but this just doesn't rock my world.

Just ok, and I think I'm being kind here.

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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 taste cheap. Not sure what the aim was here.

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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 hreb
2.84/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2.5

14.9 oz can with nitro tab. Served in pint glass. Beer pours a disturbing milk chocolatey brown with a thick tan head, which settles in the normal Guinness bottom to top fashion. Not much in the way of aroma. I wouldn't say this is redder than regular Guinness, but definitely browner. Well ok, held right up to the light it does have a red hue. As expected, the mouthfeel is super creamy and easy drinking. Actually this beer is too easy drinking. I can't tell which there's less of: hops, or malt flavor. I almost want to say this stout is completely un-hopped, but no, there is a hint of bitterness in the middle. I also want to say this is not so much a stout as an otherwise unremarkable English mild ale that happens to be on nitro. Would not drink again.

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Photo of bmwats
2.87/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a nitro can, into an imperial nonic.

A: Black, cascading pervasive foam infusion, topped with a 1 finger head. The foam dissipates from the body, but the head remains. Thick, pervasive, lacing.

S: Toasted malt, with a distinct peaty character, and dish soap.

T: Toasted malt, and peat... also copper and cardboard.

M: Shallow body, with a synthetic feeling, steely aftertaste that [unfortunately] lingers on the palate.

D: Sessionable... but this was a tough road to hoe.

Atmosphere is decent. Giant cascading head (characteristic of Guinness draught), and thick pervasive lacing. Toasted malt and peaty nose. Toasted malt, peat, and steely, synthetically sweet (?) flavor. Overall, this is a marginal quaff.

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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 Axnjxn
2.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

440ml nitro can into a snifter

dark red pour on the bottom with a whooshing beige head. quite attractive as per all nitro pours. Smell with a bit of malts.. but very weak. taste has some malts and coffee flavors but a lot of bland nothingness. very "creamy" feel. extremely light bodied and carbonation is mild.

overall it is what it is. not something youd really want to drink but not offensive either. just Meh.

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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 dpodratsky3
2.95/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

14.9 oz nitro-can poured into Guinness imperial pint glass

As a heads-up, I reviewed this based on what they were going for, not necessarily against the ideal Irish Dry Stout.

A: Looks like Guinness but not as dark, hints of red in the bottom, doesn't have the same dramatic effect as Guinness but it is red...

S: Little to nothing, they took the dark roasted malt out so not much is left, very light toasted base malt

T: Similar to smell, very light, very light caramel malt with a little bit of that acid malt flavor

M: Seems lighter than Guinness, which I don't think is a good thing

O: A very mediocre beer, nothing bad about it, but it just doesn't do anything for you. Not substantially different from Guinness and not every close in terms of quality.

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Photo of Lemke10
2.96/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Sample nitro can from my salesman. This pours a reddish, brown color with a foamy head from the widget. The aroma is semi-malty otherwise there is not a whole lot there. The flavor and the texture are both very light as this is one of those beers that feel like you are drinking foam. Not a much in the area of flavor and not a whole lot different than the Guinness Draught.

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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 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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Guinness Red Harvest Stout from Guinness Ltd.
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