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Popular dry stout that originated in Arthur Guinness' brewery at St. James's Gate in Dublin, Ireland

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Excellent beer if you have it in Ireland

  • Dec 10, 2008
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I have to begin by saying that I'm a little bias when it comes to beer. There are so many beers that I haven't tried, but of the ones that I have had, I can be very picky. I don't really care for American beers like Budweiser, Coors, Busch, etc. I really tend to enjoy mostly European beers. With that said, my view may be a little skewed.

I've tried Guinness several times over the years. It's of course a very dark beer, and has a strong taste that has never interested me. I've usually just drank it because it's what was there, and not because I actually enjoy it. However, that was long before I went to Ireland. Of course, Guinness is brewed in Dublin, Ireland. And I for one must say, that it is completely different and so much better in Ireland. At the pubs, bartenders fill the glass 3/4 full and let it sit for 2 minutes to let the froth settle and rise to the top. After 2 minutes, they finish filling it and serve it to you. This is the only way to have a Guinness. I had a Guinness after I returned back to the states and I had to force it down. When I was in Ireland, I had a couple Guinness' everywhere I went. It tasted as good or better than any other beer I've had. The Irish drink it for breakfast.
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May 17, 2009
Never tried it in Ireland I'm afraid. Shameful seen as I'm English. It's not that far is it... I agree that many beers taste better in their country of origin though. In my Prague days I drank a shed-load of Pilsner Urquell. Sipped on a bottle of the stuff here in LA the other night...not the same. Wherever you drink it, Guinness has the benefit of not getting you too tiddly too soon.
May 17, 2009
I've never been to Ireland (sad to say) but I like Guiness. It also helps that it lacks whatever quality American beers have that give me a pounding headache half way through the first glass.
March 01, 2009
Funny - I saw Anthony Bourdain (Kitchen Confidential, Without Reservations, etc) speak last night, and he made a point of saying that his favorite beer is "Guinness in Ireland," and that somewhere about halfway across the Atlantic it seems to lose its charm... Having never been to Ireland, I must say, the appeal of Guinness has been lost on me. Give me an Anchor Porter or even a Sam Smith's Nut Brown any day...
December 31, 2008
I agree. Funny thing, tho, was being in an Irish pub and seeing the locals drinking Bud. Phooey.
December 31, 2008
totally agree...this is one of those urban myths that is true. For whatever reason, Guinness tastes much better in Ireland.
December 10, 2008
I completely agree.. I wasn't planning on drinking the free beer during the tour there because I had a preconceived notion that I absolutely hated Guinness. I was pleasantly surprised though.. I made it through half the glass at the top of the tour no problem! But yeah, not so much a fan here.
More Guinness Draught reviews
review by . November 08, 2010
posted in The Beer Snob
I am going to review Guinness Draft not as a beer snob but as a home brewer.  I don't drink much beer I buy because I brew enough mead and beer for myself and probably my friends too :-).      Guinness is one of those underrated beers which is great in part because of how it subtly differs from other stouts.  Folks either love stouts or hate the burned bitterness that characterizes them.  But Guiness goes a step further by adding a signature tanginess which …
review by . February 19, 2010
posted in The Beer Snob
Everyone's heard of Guinness. even if you don't drink beer, you've heard of Guinness.  As the gentleman in the TV ads would say, their marketing is, "brilliant!" Unfortunately, their beer is awful!      The Pour   Upon pouring this into a pint glass, the first reaction is, “This is one beautiful beer!”  When you first pour it, it looks brown in the glass as it comes alive in the glass and releases bubbles into a gorgeous very light beige …
Quick Tip by . August 12, 2010
posted in The Beer Snob
For me, the darker the better!!! If I can stand a spoon up in it, it is good to go!!! Great bitter taste. However, consider the fact that my favorite beer is free beer, and my all time favorite beer is, cold free beer!!!
Quick Tip by . March 18, 2010
The perfect breakfast beer.
Quick Tip by . March 05, 2010
posted in The Beer Snob
my go to choice when having a beer. people think its heavy because of the color, but i find it so refreshing. it tastes healthy too, right?
Quick Tip by . March 04, 2010
posted in The Beer Snob
Guinness is my chocolate milk.
Quick Tip by . February 21, 2010
Great in Ireland, esp. Dublin but awful in the rest of the world. I'm no beer drinker but like it on the tap (in Ireland, ie)!
Quick Tip by . October 25, 2009
This stuff reminds me of used motor oil. Gross!
review by . February 27, 2009
I'm not too into dark beers, but Guinness does have a pretty nice, crisp finish.  I prefer it as part of a "black and tan" (half Guinness, half Bass Ale) but can certainly finish one or two pints of Guinness if I'm up to it.    One thing I've found is that it tastes INFINITELY better when it's super cold.  So if you're a slow sipper, you may find that the last few sips might be a little warm and not as tasty.  So bottoms up!  
review by . December 10, 2008
Guinness is one of my favorite beers.  The thick, creamy brew feels like you're almost drinking a dessert.  Interestingly enough, a Guinness has less calories than the same amount of a regular beer, so it's good for girls who want to avoid calories when going out.  I love drinking one or two with my guy friends and really savoring the taste.  Although I've heard it's a million times better in Dublin, it's still a lot better then most domestic beers in the US.  "Lovely day …
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Here are some stats on Guiness compared to other beers:

A 12oz serving of Guinness has 125 calories, 9.8 grams of carbs and it’s alcoholic content is 4.2%. For comparison, 12 ounces of Budweiser is 150 calories and 11 grams carbs, 12 ounces of Heineken is 150 calories and 12.2 grams of carbs, 12 ounces of Corona Extra is 148 calories and 14.1 grams of carbs, and SURPRISE… a Sam Adams Light has 126 calories and 10.9 grams of carbs.

All the grain used by Guinness is grown in Ireland. The non-malt grains used in the domestic product is 25% flaked barley and 10% roasted barley. (MJBC p 181)

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Type: Irish Stout, Dry Stout
Country: Ireland
Brewery: Guinness
ABV: 4.2%

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