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Guinness Draught - Guinness Ltd.

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Reviews: 2,093
Hads: 6,792
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 19.48%
Wants: 117
Gots: 1,589 | FT: 1
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Ireland

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-02-2001

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Photo of drmeto
3.95/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Actually had this for the first time
-Big chocolate w some roasted coffee upfront
-slight notes of caramel
-incredible creamy head retension
-carbonation almost non-existent
-slightly chocoltaty,watery finish

always good seeing actual good macro beer out there. (262 characters)

Photo of squirrelmaster77
4.04/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

First review here, I figured I would review my current favorite.

I purchased a 4 pack of tall cans at a local grocery store. To my dismay, they were located inside of the cooler. I brought the cans home and left them sitting out on the counter to get them to room temp.

On first inspection, the cans love to shoot foam all over the place so I recommend opening over the sink. I poured into a standard 16 oz. pint glass using a pouring method made specifically for Guinness cans with the nitrogen widget. Essentially you flip the can upside down and set it in the glass until the liquid reaches the can and you can finishing pouring from there.

A-The creamy almost coffee colored head and dark chocolatey body are perfect. It is my ideal picture for the perfect beer. 5

A-Fairly neutral. The smell of alcohol is present, unlike in the taste. There is a roasted, smokey note there as well. 3.5

T- Everything I am looking for in a stout. The hints of chocolate and coffee followed with a charred finish. Since the head is present throughout the whole drink, it's creaminess really sets up the bold flavor of this beer. 4.25

F- Very smooth. I can see no problem drinking 6, 7, or 20 of these! I prefer light carbonation in my beers due to stomach issues but it also brings out flavors that may be hidden from it. 3.5

O-I had a bad first impression of Guinness Draught by having the bottled version. Now that I have had it out of the can, I'm ready for Ireland so I can have the real thing. 4.25 (1,499 characters)

Photo of GeorgiaFunkadelic
2.91/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Was given 3 11.2oz glasses. Thankful because it had been a while since I took the opportunity to enjoy. This is not a bad beer. Dark like Coca-Cola, heavier, but not too heavy. Kinda tasty, but lacking lots of great "slap myself" kinda taste. But its Guinness, a classic. Probably better mixed w a Harp or Bass. I think I taste lots of malt (340 characters)

Photo of erconn0r
3.94/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I live in California. Drinking in Ireland, Guinness shines. Not sure why the U.S. Guinness for me is terrible.
When in Ireland, (August 2015) noted the sour contribution, (lacto sourness?) & enjoyed it. Beer visually is amazing, like ice cream! (244 characters)

Photo of DodgeStealth93
3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown almost black into a mug or glass looks very nice! Has a very thick soapy creamy head that sticks around for a little while! Smell is very faint Taste is bready and malty has small notes of coffee and cocoa with a dry finish! It could be a good beer to try if your attempting to transition for the standard BMC beers to something with a little more character and flavor! Its not going to knock your socks off but its a good stout but there are better ones out there! (490 characters)

Photo of Tom_Banjo
2.9/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Fun to watch being poured and has a nice, creamy head. Not much positive to it beyond that, in my opinion. Thin and bland. Not my idea of a good session beer, as I couldn't see myself being able to stomach more than two pints of this. And not a beer I'd want to drink with food. Sure, it's popular, but "popular" isn't the same as "good". Would look elsewhere in the Irish Dry Stout category. (393 characters)

Photo of Furlinator
2.96/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Looks amazing. Dark and ominous with a beautiful khaki head but, it all goes downhill from there. Metallic smell. Faint coffee and cocoa flavors but, the metallic element creeps in on the flavor as well. Finishes dry. Average at best. (234 characters)

Photo of johnnyd10vt
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Obviously the gold standard of Nitrogen Irish Stouts. A perfect introduction to stouts for beginners. Easily drinkable and with a low ABV so you can drink it all night. Doesn't have the intense flavor of most craft stouts in 2015, so that could be a pro or a con based on what you're looking for. If you like to experiment with bold flavors, this probably isn't the beer for you, but if you've been around much, you've almost certainly already tried this nostalgic standard.

Cheers, mate! (489 characters)

Photo of chad_e_martin
3.26/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Look: Black as night. Like a really dark night with no moon. Good beige head retention.

Smell: Some malt, some toasted barley, a faint honey smell. Nothing strong here.

Taste: Toasted malts, barleys are present. Faint chocolates and a sweet honey taste. But everything feels watered down.

Feel: It's somewhat easy drinking, but they feel a bit heavy.

62/100 (362 characters)

Photo of hopphead31415
3.95/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

This is such a common beer that I have tried many times at the local Irish Pub and you really can’t go wrong with this one. It has so much to offer that I’ll describe below, but you should know that it has a rather low alcohol content (as it should for this style) at 4.2% ABV.

Look-Pours a jet black and rather iconic look in its characteristic pub glass. There are dim glimmers of reddish copper in the right back light. The head blossoms from the infused Nitrogen that is sustained for a long time. The head has the most silky smooth texture and appearance that reminds me of the upper inner thigh of a lovely babe.

Smell-It has a weak smell that is very pleasant, but not multifaceted. I get sweet oak, and smoky caramel.

Taste-The taste is great, but starts off loose with a delayed release of the flavors. I get a bitter coffee flavor that comes in most noticeable on the middle palate and as the flavors slowly emerge, I get toasty and smoky oak flavors that are rounded off by hints of coffee, caramel, toffee and then a mild spiciness to it.

Mouthfeel-It starts watery and moist with the most silky smooth texture (remember that upper thigh), and has the perfect amount of fizz from the carbonation. The bubbles are so tiny that it is more of an ambient and intrinsic carbonation instead of an apparent cola fizz. It finishes slightly dry and with a mild sweet smoky coating on the tongue.

Overall-This is such a refreshing beer and I can easily drink several of them without getting very drunk, because they are so drinkable and with such a low alcohol content. Cheers! (1,590 characters)

Photo of CurtisGarrett
3.32/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

440ml Poured into a pint glass.

Look) Guinness has an Iconic appearance and it's clear to see why, the pint is a glorious black drink with hints of ruby when the light hits the bottom of the glass. This is all topped with a cream coloured head, which thanks to the nitrogen sustains throughout your experience.

Smell) This is where I feel the drink is lacking, there is definitely a subtle dark malt aroma, but you will have to agitate it to pick up on this, however with that being said, there is nothing unpleasant about the aroma, just a lack of it.

Taste) When the beer is cold, the flavour again is very sutble at first, but the bitterness sits nicely at the back of the mouth, However as the beer warms slightly, the flavours seep begin to grow ever so slightly, the sweetness in the foretaste is very apparent and then the coffee notes set in and balance brilliantly.

Feel) This is the strongest aspect I feel. The beer is velvety (some may say watery but I feel otherwise) and sits nicely in your mouth with very little carbonation to deter you from admiring the flavour.

Overall) I do enjoy a guiness as a whole, would I pick it over some of the locals like "Bad King John" most likely not. I would recommend this to anybody who is just trying stout and doesn't want to jump into the deep end of complex flavoured stouts. Enjoy (1,348 characters)

Photo of Fair_Winds
4.71/5  rDev +36.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

It is easy to be biased when reviewing a beer like Guinness. Particularly for me being Irish-American. But one thing about this beer is certain. It lives up to all expectations. It is a mass produced beer that is a new and exciting adventure every time I drink it. It's color although many think is pitch black is actually a deep deep red. However this color and it's contrast to its trademark creamy white head, poured into an imperial tulip is a symbol known the world over. Perhaps the only beer in the world that can be identified simply by color and glassware. It uses its own signature gas mixture when poured from the tap to keep its light and distinct carbonation level. It's aroma breathes of the dark malts used in making irish stouts. And lastly it's taste. No matter where you go your Guinness may be slightly different depending on temperature, age, which brewery it's from but it always has a dark coffee flavor to it. Few beers have such a beautiful presentation (when done correctly) and even fewer have such a long distinguished history. (1,055 characters)

Photo of Andrewharemza
3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pleasant roasted aroma. Great creamy and extremely durable head. Clear almost black body. Smooth and pleasant roasted bitterness in taste. A little bit watery but still very good. (179 characters)

Photo of OrtheusMaximusRex
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Remember when this first came out...fun.
A = near black ebony color, nice off white/light tan head that is very creamy and last well.
S = roasty, chocolately malty goodness.
T = see S
M = smooth but can be a little chalky at times.
O = 3.75. There are many good stouts. Guinness is great, but the competition is fierce. (319 characters)

Photo of harrisonpainter
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It's good, and always looks fantastic, just wish it was stronger with more flavor. It's pretty light, low in calories, and a great beer to enjoy all year long. (159 characters)

Photo of furballkazoo
4.5/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A unique tasting stout topped with a beautifully even white head of foam (provided by the nitrogen) to complement it's rich, dark color. There is a reason it is a stout that is loved by many around the world. (209 characters)

Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.54/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Now that I'm becoming used to stouts, porters, and IPAs, a Guinness Draught tastes slightly more potent than your average mineral water. The nitrogen infusion makes it taste awfully flat, too. On the bright side, it is a beautiful presentation. (246 characters)

Photo of Kubishark
4.36/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Some people criticize it for being thin or light, but I don't really see that as a negative for this beer; it's just what it is. Mild and subtle and delicious. Like coffee and chocolate milk mixed with Leprechaun tears. (219 characters)

Photo of Prospero
4.43/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Look is amazing with a tan beige 2 finger head with nitro head, dark black color. Aroma is a dry roast with no hop aroma whatsoever, slight tannin maybe. Flavor is like rich creamy chocolate with a hint of coffee and a hint of sour (somewhat odd), very dry. Body is full, creamy, and smooth with light ABV, this is a very easy easy drinker. (343 characters)

Photo of Zepp
3.94/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm rookie in beer world and this is my first Irish Stout, it might have been a good idea to try one without nitrogen, but Guinness was great!
Look: love the nitrogen effect in turning hot chocolate like liquid to almost black beer with creamy head, I am studying chemistry, but haven't seen anything like that.
Smell: smells like usual beer to me, maybe a bit of wood or burnt grain.
Taste: first sweet, then burnt, roasty, somewhat like black bread, then usual bitterness.
Feel: there is sweetness, but bitterness after drinking comes through, so no sweets should be eaten before and/or with the beer to feel sweetness better.
Overall: really not for refreshing or rave party, it needs to be enjoyed, maybe with some wild meat meal. (734 characters)

Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.06/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Goes into the glass very dark with a thick light brown head which lasts as long as you drink the stout. Creamy taste. Smells like a stout. Yum! One of my favorite beers and one I use to mix with others! (206 characters)

Photo of piweichen
4.46/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

You have to take this beer slowly. Not many beer has such depth. Very delicate.
Look) I do not know if a beer can look more elegant than this. Black body topped with thick white foam. The contract is just beautiful.
Smell) I can't talk too much about it as i have chronic rhinitis, and couldn't smell much. The reason I give it a 4 is because of the slight woody barley aroma. Many beer don't any good smell but alcohol.
Taste) It hit your tongue with the shock that all sparkling alcoholic beverage has but soon turn into a sort of sweetness, and then bitterness. Again you have to respect this drink in order to enjoy the "respect" in this drink.
Feel: a very drinkable beer, goes well with a nice meal. It NOT a party drink. Not a drink to have to forget things. Not a drink to have to get happy fast. Its a perfect drink when you are already happy, a perfect drink when you want to have some quality time with your friends and family. Enjoy it! (949 characters)

Photo of BeerPour
1.67/5  rDev -51.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Not a very full bodied beer, nor does it have a good enough ABV, you can skip and wont be sorry. The taste is too light, just pale on the palate, very light watered down stout feel. (181 characters)

Photo of NaziBeerHunter
4.14/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm kind of biased, but this really is one of my favorite beers. It's got nice thick mouthfeel and some great flavor. It's a classic for a reason, it really is excellent. (170 characters)

Photo of uvachief
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draft. One of the thinnest stouts I have ever drank in my life. Thin on taste as well. Never know why this is a world renown stout. It is super low ABV. You can drink them all day long and never get bombed. They look filling and hearty but are thin and watery. Little to no flavor. You get some coffee and hop bitterness but this has just never been tasty to me. With all the fantastic local craft beer stouts out there, I can't ever see me drinking this again unless it is my only stout option. I'll have to get to Ireland one day and try a fresh real one. (567 characters)

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Guinness Draught from Guinness Ltd.
78 out of 100 based on 2,093 ratings.