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Guinness Tasting


Guinness is probably one of the most famous beers in the world. Started by Arthur Guinness, it’s history really began when Arthur signed a 9000 year lease for the St. James’s Gate Brewery in Dublin in 1759. Most people assume there is just one Guinness, that would be Guinness Draught, but they actually make quite a few different versions on the beer.



Guinness Draught (Nitro Can)

Irish Dry Stout. 4.2% ABV. Ireland.

Black color, with a foamy, creamy head that always lasts.

The nose is dominated by lots of chocolate, malts, and caramel.

Very smooth, and thick mouthfeel that you come to expect from a nitro.

So, very similar to the nose, this is classic Guinness that we’ve probably all had. A distinctive flavor with lots of roasted malts and coffee flavors coming through.


Like I said, this is a beer we’ve all had, and I don’t think there is anything wrong with it, especially given the distribution. Also want to mention that you can buy Guinness Draft in a bottle, but that is meant to be drank straight from the bottle. Skip that, and buy it from a can, unless you need the convenience of the bottle. I’m gonna score it 83 points.

Guinness Extra Stout


Irish Dry Stout. 6.0% ABV. Ireland

Black again in appearance, but a much differently colored and textured head, but still very long lasting.

A very sour nose actually. Sour cherry coming through, with caramel, coffee, and vanilla. Much more interesting nose than the draft.

Actually fairly carbonated, but thick mouthfeel.

The palate also is loaded with sour cherry, vanilla, and oak. Some bitterness here, and a bit of chocolate.

Guinness Extra Stout is more like what the original Guinness is or was. It seems to be a much more complex beer, but I think the sourness would turn a lot of people off. 86 points.

Guinness 250 Anniversary Stout


Irish Dry Stout. 5.0% ABV. Ireland.

Again, black in appearance, but with very little head this time. Very large bubbles that dissipate quickly.

Much less coffee on this nose, but very malty, reminds me of a winter warmer. There is a little bit of sweetness, but not too much going on on the nose.

The mouthfeel is super carbonated. I feel like I’m drinking a coke.

The palate has some vanilla, caramel, malt, and a little bit of bitterness on the back end.

This beer is what spurred this whole tasting, unfortunately, it’s not very good. I’m going to score it 80 points, and I won’t recommend it unless you feel like you need to try as many varieties of Guinness as you can.

  1. July 13, 2009 at 4:55 am

    I’ve gotta disagree with you on the 250th Anniversary Stout. While it isn’t like the Guinness Stout we’re used to, it’s still good in it’s own right and I’m glad they dusted off the recipe to give us a chance to try it this year. That being said, I’ll take the normal stout from the tap any day!

  2. atattooedtale
    July 13, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    I don’t think we disagree too much, Frank. Though, I’m not a fan of it, and I think it’s way too over-carbonated, and a bit of a let down, I’m glad I tried it, and I’m glad they reproduced it. Thanks for the comments!

  1. January 1, 2011 at 10:48 pm

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