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St. James's Gate
Dublin 8
Telephone: +353 (0)1 408 4800
Hours: The "Guinness Storehouse" is open daily 9:30am-5:00pm.
Brewer: Fergal Murrray
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Visited: October 25, 2009

Opened: 1759

Annual Production: 82,900,000 hl

U.S. Importer: Diageo-Guinness USA, Norwalk, CT

Contributors: Mario Kornmesser, george mitchell, Richard R Tinurelli

Guinness merged with food giant GrandMet in November 1997. The $36,000,000,000 deal created Diageo, the world's seventh-largest food and beverage congomerate, with brands that include Burger King (which they sold in 2002 for US$2,260,000,000), Gordon's Gin, Johnnie Walker, Bell's Scotch, Bailey's Irish Cream, Pillsbury (which they sold in 2001 for US$10,400,000,000), and Haagen-Dasz.

Besides the Dublin brewery, Guinness owns:

  • Cherry's (Waterford),
  • Guinness (London),
  • Harp (Dundalk),
  • Macardle (Dundalk), and
  • Smithwick (Kilkenny).

(Information from Michael Jackson's The New World Guide to Beer, map on pages 146-147.)

The Blonde American Lager is brewed at City Brewing, Latrobe PA.

Updated: August 7, 2021


Beer List

  • 5.00% abv.

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    4.20% abv.
    • Date: July 18, 2003 (#4966)
      Package: bottled
      Place: Peabody's Ale House, Oshkosh WI
      Score: 13 points
      Overall Impression (2½)
      "Serve extra cold. Drink straight from the bottle." These are bad omens. The beer is black, and when poured into a glass, it cascades like the nitro version, but not as much. The aroma is strongly herbal, and not at all roasty. It has a very light body, and the flavor is very mildly roasty, but mostly very clean...almost no flavor at all. Arthur would NOT be happy.

  • Classic Irish-Style Dry Stout

  • Brown Porter

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    Classic Irish-Style Dry Stout
    4.10% abv.
    • Date: October 26, 2009 (#7990)
      Package: bottled
      Place: Slattery's, Dublin
      Score: 16½ points
      Appearance (3)
      Black. Big fluffy head.
      Aroma (3½)
      Dark chocolate. Sweet coffee.
      Mouthfeel (8)
      Light body, smooth. Malty (but thin), roasty, with a hint of tartness. Finishes remarkably clean.
      Overall Impression (2)
      I have a theory: Once upon a time, the beer that was shipped to the USA behind this label was a Foreign Extra Stout by style. Now it's clearly a standard Irish Dry Stout, and the Foreign Extra Stout is labeled as such.
    • Date: January 19, 2008 (#6834)
      Package: bottled
      Place: Hy-Vee Columbus, Columbus NE
      Score: 15½ points
      Appearance (3)
      Black. Thick foamy head.
      Aroma (2½)
      Malty. Very mild roast.
      Mouthfeel (8)
      Medium body, smooth. Really malty and quite roasty. Bitterness from roasted malts and from hops. Mild alcohol in the finish.
      Overall Impression (2)
      Sweeter, nowhere near as assertive as it was 20 years ago. This particular bottle was brewed by "Guinness Brewing Company, New Brunswick, Canada".
    • Date: November 6, 2001 (#3977)
      Package: bottled
      Place: Sam's Wine and Spirits, Chicago IL
      Score: 13½ points
      Overall Impression (2½)
      Black, thick tan head. Diacetyl odor, black malt aroma. Light-medium body, quite a lot of diacetyl flavor, lots of black roasty fairly acidic malt.
    • Date: March 31, 1996 (#1342)
      Package: bottled
      Place: Moloka`i Wines and Spirits Unlimited, Kaunakakai HI
      Score: 14 points
      Overall Impression (2½)
      Black, huge brown head. Sweet-sour black aroma. Black flavor, bitter. Lots of licorice flavor. Lots of hop flavor. Long bitter finish.

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    Foreign (Export)-Style Stout
    7.50% abv.
    • Date: October 26, 2009 (#7991)
      Package: bottled
      Place: at the brewery
      Score: 17 points
      Appearance (3)
      Black. Massive head.
      Aroma (2½)
      Malt. Roast. Licorice. Diacetyl.
      Mouthfeel (9)
      Big and chewy. Big and black. Roasty, sweet, and bitter.
      Overall Impression (2½)
      This is how I remember "Guinness Extra Stout" used to be in the States.

  • India Pale Lager or Malt Liquor
    5.00% abv.

  • Foreign (Export)-Style Stout
    8.00% abv.

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    American-Style Lager

  • Kaliber
    Non-Alcoholic (Beer) Malt Beverage

  • Kilkenny Irish Red
    Irish-Style Red Ale
    4.20% abv.

  • Mid-Strength
    Classic Irish-Style Dry Stout

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    Pub Draught
    Classic Irish-Style Dry Stout

  • Red Harvest Stout
    Classic Irish-Style Dry Stout
    4.10% abv.

  • Sapporo Premium Beer
    European-Style Pilsener
    4.70% abv.

  • Satzenbrau
    European-Style Pilsener

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    Smithwick's Irish Ale
    Irish-Style Red Ale
    4.50% abv.

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    Classic Irish-Style Dry Stout

  • The 1759 Amber Ale
    Strong Ale
    9.00% abv.

  • West Indies Porter
    Brown Porter