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Guinness Red Harvest StoutGuinness Red Harvest Stout

Brewed by:
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 rmargeson
3.38/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Indication is that it was brewed once - and that is OK with me. When I want a Guinness, I want a Guinness Stout, not some weaker imitation. Really, this wasn't bad by itself, but compared to Guinness it falls short. I would drink again, but try to ignore the name.

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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 bluejacket74
3.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

14.9 ounce nitro-can. Served in a Guinness glass, the beer pours a clear ruby red color with about an inch off-white creamy head that lasts a very, very long time. There's also a lot of lacing. The brew smells like roasted malt and some light fruitiness. It tastes like roasted malt, light fruit, coffee and bready malt. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's slick but also light and thin at the same time. It's smooth and easy enough to drink. However, I like regular Guinness a lot better. Other than the appearance, I think it's an average brew for the most part. I'll finish the 4 pack, but I wouldn't buy this again. $7.49 a 4-pack.

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Photo of soccerman7
3.28/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured in De Ranke tulip.

A - Thick creamy beige head is the first thing I notice. A little shocked at the amber red color of this "stout". Reminds me of a nitro red ale.

S - Cream, biscotti, bread, earthy hops like a EKG. Very mild in aroma. Delicate.

T - A sweet bread note hits right up front. Reminds me of a Portuguese bread. Hops are so far in the background they are almost forgotten for flavor. Honey notes are more prevalent on the second sip, possibly graham cracker.

M - Its a nitro can. Its creamy and smooth as hell. Not really what I thought of as a red stout. The nitro is the only linking element.

O - Glad I tried it and something I would buy again strictly as a fall seasonal beer to off set something hoppy. Not something I find interesting, but just a very smooth malt bomb. An excellent attempt at something truly unique and should be tried for that. Although not a hit with me I hop Guinness tries something like this again. Its an honest attempt at something totally different.

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Photo of artoolemomo
3.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours up a very nice amount of head with a very nice rush. Excellent retention. The head is soft, creamy eggshell with hints of beige while the body is a deep maroon that shows hints of dark amber and maroon when held up to the light. Lacing is almost unbroken sheeting. This is a very good looking beer.

Nose- Very slight creaminess or milk. Very subtle hints of roasted malts. The aroma is so subtle I wasn't even sure, at first, if there was one. I hope this isn't just a pretty beer. Swirling reveals a slight sourness to the roasted malts.

Taste- Starts off with light roasted malts that have a slight vinous nature on the front. It looks like a stout but it sure doesn't taste like one. Slight woody bitterness on the finish. Presence is definitely lacking in this beer. Slight white grapes? Or some fruity sweetness I can't quite pinpoint. No real off-flavors but also not many real flavors to speak of. I could see myself drinking a lot of this if it were cheaper or I were in a pub with friends. It's incredibly easy drinking as it doesn't let pesky things like taste get in the way. There is a slight smokiness, slightly burnt nose on the finish. Pretty much average as tastes go.

Mouthfeel- A little more than light bodied with elegant creaminess and richness. Nice dry finish. Almost feels as good as it looks.

Drinkability- I could drink this like water. It's very sessionable but it's also pretty boring. Would much rather have a regular Guinness or better yet, a Murphy's for the price.

Overall- Though it is boring, I do like it. It is just above average however. Appearance and mouthfeel can only go so far when taste and aroma are minimal. If you like Guinness and most pub cans, you should give it a try. Anyone expecting anything close to craft should pass.

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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 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 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 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 scratch69
3.56/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured a can into a pint glass.

Appearance- Clear dark reddish-brown color with a long lasting tan head. A lot of thick, clinging lace.

Smell- Light aroma of roasted malt.

Taste- Semi-sweet roasted malt flavor at the start. Finishes with a mild earthy hops.
Mouthfeel- Creamy and light bodied, almost watery, but smooth.

Overall- Seems like they tried mixing an Irish red ale with a Guinness draught. A good beer but I would prefer any of the other Guinness stouts.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I think most people probably buy Guinness is for the "Guinness Effect". The use of nitrogen to produce the tall dense cascading head. Other then that this beer really offers nothing else.
The red is just a tad lighter then the standard, even a touch browner.
I picked up really no aroma. The taste was thin and watery and flat but I expected flat.
Maybe it was a little sweeter.
Overall not very good.

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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 plaid75
3.21/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured the typical Guinness hue with maybe a touch more amber along the edges with the typical Guinness setup.

The smell offered very little - perhaps a faint caramel malt.

The taste consisted of light roasted malts and a sweetness not present on the normal offering.

The mouthfeel was smooth as usual.

Overall a sweeter and less flavorful version of the standard draught.

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Photo of Brad007
3.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Saw this and had to check it out. I was wondering if it was a "white" (or more appropriately, red) stout.

Pours a dark amber with a nice, foamy head, thanks to the widget. They do serve a purpose after all.

Aroma is quite weak. Not very "stout-like" either. Still inoffensive.

Dry and malty. Chewy malt flavor. Think of a glorified red ale with a widget in the can.

FInishes dry with a decent sweet malt aftertaste.

Other than a change in hue, this is essentially Drought with sweeter, chewier malt.

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Photo of biggiet
3.41/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours from the nitro can with the typical Guinness creamy head, moving in a circulatory motion, with a slightly lacy cling. Very slight transparency, deep reddish in color.

S-Smells like lightly toasty oats, kind of grainy and sweet I guess, almost tinny (from the can maybe), again very light in aroma.

T-Tastes a bit sweeter, lighter, than regular Guinness but nothing spectacular. Finishes with the roasted malty flavor.

M-Hits your tongue and lips with a bit of tang, it's very light in the mouth, dissipates quickly, leaving little to no aftertaste.

O-Overall it was a pretty bland experience but I am a Guinness lover so I really wanted to try it! Nothing spectacular, but then again, I never met a beer a didn't like to drink. For the price that I paid though, being more then regular Guinness, I don't believe that it is worthy of that extra expense when I could've gotten the regular for a better effect.

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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 ryan1788a5
3.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

14.9oz can poured into a Guinness pint glass.

A: Pours a dark, burnt red color. Great clarity. The cascading bubbles effect that we all know and love produces a two-inch cap of creamy tan head that never quits.

S: Milk chocolate, slight candied sweetness, a touch woody. Subtle acidic twang. Perhaps some faint grassy hops. Pretty clean.

T: Faint milk chocolate, slightly woody, sweet candied malt tastes. Whisper of metallic acidity. Slight earthiness. Quiet finish. One can detect a very slight sooty roasted malt flavor in the finish if they strain, along with a hint of sour acidity and a vague earthiness.

M: Perhaps even more thin and watery than Guinness draught. Empty creaminess is lent by the nitro. Slight burnt malt astringency.

O: This just tastes like Guinness draught cut with crystal or some such specialty malt. Too safe, no character. Lifeless.

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Photo of soju6
3.11/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a deep mahogany color with a good tan head that slowly fades to nice lacing.

S: Mild aroma of roasted malt and just a trace of dark fruit in the background,

T: Taste follows with roasted malt and a bit of dark fruit. Has a malty bitterness and a dry finish.

F: Fairly light body, smooth and creamy but a bit short on flavor.

O: Decent beer but there are much better stouts out there to pursue.

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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 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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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 Darkmagus82
3.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from nitro can into a Guinness pint glass

Appearance- The beer pours a reddish tinted cola color with tons of cream colored carbonation/nitro bubbles suspended within. The bubbles can be seen cascading up through the brew, producing that wonderful look of nitro tap brew. As the carbonation/nitro streams up through the brew, it produces a wonderfully thick and creamy looking cream colored head that has a fantastic level of retention. The head very slowly fades leaving a nice level of streaky lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is rather light overall and consists of some caramel and a bit of roasted malt. Along with these smells are some notes of grain and a little bit of a cocoa and fruit smells.

Taste – The taste begins with a creamy roasted malt flavor and a bit of a light fruit sweetness. As the flavor moves on the sweetness initially fades with some more toasted malt flavors coming to the tongue. Flavors of toast and a bit of coffee come to the tongue more toward the end, combining with a very light resurgence of sweetness to produce and overall dry and lightly roasted flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the creamier side with a carbonation/nitro level that is slightly lower. Both are what would be expected for a nitro driven brew and make for a nice creamy and smooth feel.

Overall – A decent stout, but doesn't live up to the original. It’s a bit sweeter and a bit less roasted. Still it is rather nice, none the less, and very easy drinking.

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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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Photo of Mikecap
3.17/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Poured a deep brownish color with three fingers of nice foamy khaki head. Looks like your typical Guinness, and definitely the best part of this beer.

Aroma: Light roastiness, some chocolate and hints of coffee, again typical Guinness.

Taste: Slight bitterness up front, with some creamy notes, touches of chocolate and roasted malt.

Mouthfeel: Thin bodied for a stout, some creaminess with low bitterness. Easy drinking but I'd love to see more body and texture.

Overall: Eh, it really isn't bad, not something I want to drink all of the time, but a decent session stout, have to credit the brewers there.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.38/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - deep mahogany with a ruby tinge when held to a light. Huge creamy, cascading ivory head holds excellent retention
S - sweet malt, roasted barley, cream - all pretty minimal
T - familiar Guinness stout flavors here with roasted barley, sweet malt, faint chocolate and caramel; sweeter than their usual stout, but it seems like less flavor
M - extra smooth and creamy, but rather watery; finishes semi-dry with a faint lingering roastiness, very very easy to drink
O - I like it, but I prefer their stouts over this one. Nice to try something different from this brewer but it seems a bit gimmicky

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Guinness Red Harvest Stout from Guinness Ltd.
3.13 out of 5 based on 310 ratings.
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