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Guinness Original

Rating: 3.05

This is the second beer from Guinness that I will have reviewed and is very similar to the first I reviewed (Guinness Draught) but without the extra nitrogen which seems to have an effect on the quality of the head as well as the drinks smoothness & general appearance in my opinion. The fact that the bottle I had this one from did not contain a widget can only be a negative attribute. I tried the pasteurised version sold in the UK & Europe rather than the unpasteurised version available in Ireland & think it will more than likely be the first & last time I will try this one. In future I plan to stick to Guinness Draught (either on-tap or in cans/bottles coming with a widget) for best results.

Appearance (4/5): Pours a thick black colour with a couple of bubbles rising to the surface & forming a frothy brownish, white head that is small but has decent retention & lasts for a couple of minutes before fading.
Aroma (6/10): It is almost like a dunkel in smell with some coffee & nutty aromas coming through although it is lighter smelling than I expected but still okay with a little chocolate like aroma in the mix as well.
Taste (5/10): Tasting of coffee & roasted barley, this is again lighter than I had expected. At some points the flavour is even bordering on cola but a flatter version of the soft drink. Nowhere near as good as the draught version I am afraid.
Palate (3/5): Medium to full-bodied and quite smooth with the mouthfeel. It also gives off a very slight tang on the tongue but is easy enough to drink.

Overall (11/20): Generally pleasant & quite drinkable but sadly not in the same league as the draught variety & this shows in the quality on the head & the mouthfeel of the beer. It may have been a different story had the bottle contained a rocket widget for example but sadly this was not the case. Stick to the draught version or a nitro (widget) can if it’s a Guinness your after.

Brewed In: Dublin, Ireland
Brewery: St. James’s Gate Brewery
First Brewed: 1759
Type: Dry Stout
Abv: 4.2%
Serving: Bottle (500ml)
Purchased: Home Bargains
Price: £1.39

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  1. david
    September 3, 2015 at 23:59

    I would disagree with your personal opinion. The widget cans or bottles of guinness draught are really weak in flavour in comparison, almost water like. The extra stout is a lot richer in flavour with a lot more body. Guinness draught is only good in an Irish pub, and a really good one at that..

    • September 4, 2015 at 08:51

      Each to their own I guess, although I’ve had good Guinness both in Ireland & elsewhere and can’t say there is much of a difference to be honest.

      • David
        September 4, 2015 at 09:21

        Hasn’t been my experience dude, you must have hit it lucky. I think your right though, each to their own.

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