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 jaydoc
3/5  rDev -4.2%

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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3/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of kojevergas
3.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

14.9 fl oz aluminum can with artful stylish label art acquired as part of a 4 pack earlier today at me local HEB. Expectations are high given the brewery. Reviewed as an Irish Dry Stout because it identifies clearly as a stout and it's brewed by Guinness. The nitro-widget is audible in the can prior to opening. Reviewed live.

Served cold - straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Yields a luxurious bubble show upon opening, with brown wisps of colour surfacing from the dark ruby body.

The head resolves to a wonderfully creamy, beautifully frothy white-khaki. Fantastic thickness. Great soft complexion. That's how a head should look. I love nitro's effect on the creaminess of a good stout head. Wow. Lacing is fantastic, with a thick sticky coating uniform and even as the head slowly recedes. Head retention is excellent - easily 10 minutes or more. Supple and appealing.

Body colour is a transparent and translucent dark amber of average vibrance. No yeast particles are visible. Appears well-carbonated.

Overall, it's quite atypical of the Irish Dry Stout style, but looks quite apt for an Irish Red/Irish Stout blend. Quite inviting and attractive. I'm really looking forward to trying it. The head in particular is lovely.

Sm: Lovely amber malts, cream, and and light roasted barley. Has a light toasted malt character typical of an Irish Red. Some sweet bready malts. Caramel. A buried hint of vanilla. Light chestnuts/hazelnut. A brief fleeting hint of mint.

No yeast character, alcohol, or hop character is detectable.

A pleasant aroma of light strength. I'm really looking forward to trying it, though I will say it definitely seems more like an Irish Red/Irish Stout hybrid than a straight Irish Stout.

T: Mild chocolate/chocolate malts. Generic amber/red malts. No real toasted character or roasted barley notes come through, which is hugely disappointing. It's a bit nutty. There's no real hop profile. It's balanced for what it is, but it's painfully simple - even bland. Sweetness/bitterness balance is good, with a slight sweetness winning out. Complexity and subtlety is quite limited here. It's even a bit muted.

No alcohol or yeast character comes through.

Low depth, duration, and intensity of flavour.

I like it, but the bland muted tone really limits it.

Mf: Creamy, smooth, wet, and incredibly light on the palate. Airy and fleeting. It really needs body. Thin and weak. It suits the flavour profile okay, but contributes to the muted feel. I definitely need more strength and presence from a stout. Well carbonated, though. No alcohol heat is noticeable.

Not oily, harsh, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, or rough.

It should be more dry and coarse.

Dr/O: As much as I love most of Guinness' offerings, this stuff is just not up to par. I wouldn't bother with this again, but it's obscenely drinkable; I'll easily kill the three remaining cans. I mean you could inhale this stuff it's so quaffable; if I was doing a yard-of-ale quaff, this'd be a good choice of beer to do it with. This would be a great beer to ease craft newcomers into different types of beer, but I wouldn't get it again and I'm rather disappointed. I can't see why anyone would hate it, but it's hard to really get behind. It ends up feeling like an extremely timid Irish Red mixed with an English mild. I wouldn't recommend this to friends. I'll be sticking to Foreign Extra, Extra Stout, and Special Export going forward.


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3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

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3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

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3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.56/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear but almost opaque very dark reddish brown in color with minimal amounts of gentle visible carbonation at the edges of the glass and some amber + ruby red highlights. The beer has a finger tall creamy light beige head that very slowly reduces to a half finger thick layer covering the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed. The cascade of the beer settling is much slower than I usually see in the other Guinness brews.

S: Light aromas of mild roasted malts with some very light hints of caramel and coffee.

T: Light flavors of caramel, toasted, and lightly roasted malts with some subtle notes of nuttiness and vanilla. Not sweet but not really bitter either.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Creamy and smooth.

O: This does not really seem like a stout to me - more of a nitro-can version of an amber or a dark mild. Extremely easy to drink and silky smooth but not super interesting from a flavor/aroma perspective.

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Photo of jlindros
3.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nitro can, one of the only beers I feel is valid to have nitro, and can is neat too. It's the end of stout season, so time to kill the remaining stouts as all the IPAs, saisons, and spring ales roll in.

The anticipation as the upside-down waterfall slowly radiates upwards... eventually settling on a huge creamy foamy 1.5 finger rich head that never seems to fade, lots of lacing all over too a thick white frothy completely covered lacing, over a very dark but somewhat clear mahogany dark brown with a nice ruby hue.

Nose has some nitro but not as much as I expected, a mild dark malt, creamy dark malt, as well as some toasty reddish malts, caramel, coppery malt notes, hint of a creamy cocoa like. but not much else, pretty light as expected.

Taste comes on creamy again, lots of nitro again, but this time more malty flavors, candy malt with a little caramel and reddish syrup candy without the syrup, as well as some Belgian-flavored amber malts, almost like a Belgian amber ale underneath, toasty reddish coppery malts, with a hint of a dark malt character, and touch of a creamy chocolate, mild biscuit note too. A hint of bitterness in there, I think more from the dark malts than any actual hops. Finish is sticky and just sticks all over the mouth, drier though, with a little bitterness, more dark malts and creamy flavors lingering.

Mouth is med bod, creamy, but not much for carbonation despite the widget and upside down waterfall.

Overall meh, wasn't expecting much, and that's about what I got. Just a lighter version of regular Guinness with a little toasty reddish malt and caramel coppery malt notes, pretty bland overall.

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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 woodychandler
3.38/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My thanks to my local, in-person trader, tone77, for bringing this by for me. I am always interested in adding N2 CANs to The CANQuest (TM) lineup.

From the CAN: "A Smooth & Alluring Seasonal"; "SAMHAIN (saw-wen), an anciant Celtic festival held every year on All Hallows' Eve, celebrates the end of the fall harvest and the coming of winter. On this night, the believers beckon restless spirits from the darkness with bonfires and sweet offerings from the bountiful harvest. GUINNESS RED HARVEST STOUT captures the spirit of that night with its alluring blend of lightly roasted barley and subtly sweet Irish malt."

The Crack unleashed a very active beer that startled me by foaming up, then suddenly settling before it could overflow the lip of the CAN or any other untoward action. The Glug created some nice cascading action, but barely a finger of thick, light-tan head with reasonable retention. Color was garnet or ruby-red (SRM = > 22, < 27) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a standard Guinness scent, perhaps their proprietary yeast strain drives this. It seemed kind of sweet for a stout, but I am not an expert on the style. Mouthfeel was big, thick and creamy (thank you N2 and the widget!) and the taste was rather sweet, raising a question as to its being an "Irish Dry Stout" in my mind. Finish was semi-sweet, not cloying or sugary, but still more sweet than I would expect or like in a stout. I should mention that although yesterday marked to official beginning of winter, it was as warm as early spring, so I do not feel at all guilty about drinking this now.

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3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

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2/5  rDev -36.1%

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3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

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3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.35/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A new Guinness variety? Served side by side with the standard Guinness.

The appearance is slightly lighter than the regular version, appearing a murky mahogany color. Creamy off white head, also a shade lighter. The aroma brings a touch of sweet breads, chocolate. Similar to the standard Guinness, but a tad sweeter in lieu of roast. Creamy mouthfeel, as expected. Pretty good, but I'll stick to the old tried and true.

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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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2/5  rDev -36.1%

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 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 WVbeergeek
3.69/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

More of a cola brown hue once the cascading effect settles out in my nonic pint glass. One inch thicket of cream head, great looking low alcohol option brand new to local grocery stores. Aroma has some perceived sweetness from the malty nose, typically Guinness has a dark roasted malt with herbal approach this is upfront with a nice bready sweet maltiness. A bit of slight fruitiness almost a tart sour mash quality about it as well. Flavor imagine a lighter Guinness, herbal mint minimal earthy hop profile with a creamy bready malt sweetness complemented by the dark roasts that make up the back bone of this beer. You have to dig down to perceive flavors here it's really light on the palate, the nitro can provides a very airy light feel giving it much less body than your average harvest stout. Overall I can deal with a new option to try, I'm also seeing all of these seasonal options from New Castle I guess they are following our trends on the other side of the pond.

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3/5  rDev -4.2%

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3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

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 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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Guinness Red Harvest Stout from Guinness Ltd.
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