Guinness Draught - Guinness Ltd.
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Reviews by Analog_kid:
2.65/5 rDev -23.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
Over the years, I've tried Guinness Draught many times. And every single time I've tried it, my toes curl and my tongue hates me. My wife, however, who is of Irish descent, loves it. But, being the objective person I am, I have read the reviews among my peers at BA and I thought I'd give this beloved draught an honest try.
The first thing you notice is the bottle it comes in. Just put it on the table, and look at it. LOOK AT IT. It's just beautiful. The gold logo on that black bottle is the envy of every bottle designer on the planet. But I have to open it up sooner or later, so I'd better get to it.
I poured the draught into a regular pint glass (sorry, it's the best glass I currently have) and watched that classic head appear. A dark brown, almost black body appears with a creamy, tan head. The beauty continues!
The smell. As others have noted, the smell is malty, though faint. Even detecting some of the hints of dark chocolate that others have mentioned.
However, this is where things go horribly wrong between me and Guinness Draught. The taste. Wish me luck...
Yep, burnt coffee. That's pretty much what the first sip of Guinness always tastes like to me. Burnt coffee with hops in it. That said, it is creamy as others have noted. Nice lacing, too!
Burnt coffee flavor is starting to fade after a few minutes. Still bitter. But the lacing is still there!
Let me finish this. Be back in a few...
Okay, I'm back. So, I've finished my first ever Guinness Draft. It did finish out smoothly, but I still have this bitter aftertaste even after 5 minutes. After all the hype, I just don't get it. To be fair, I'm a wheat and lager guy. I could drink a good wheat beer like it's water. This stuff, though? Meh.
Maybe stouts, like oysters (which I love), are an acquired taste. But I'm beginning to think that the appeal of this beer has more to do with its aura than its actual content. Either that, or I'm going to have to fly all the way to Dublin to try one right out of a tap. Till then, I'm sticking to my wheats.
Pros: Beautifully bottled, beautiful appearance. Creamy mouthfeel.
Cons: Bitter aftertaste.
Hey, at least the lacing is still there after 20 minutes!
Serving type: bottle
09-08-2012 02:35:51 | More by Analog_kid
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1.76/5 rDev -49.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
A long time ago, before I really stated learning about beer, I bought the Guinnes hype. Like most people I found the first few pints unpalatable but came to like the beer after some time. Then I discovered real flavour and didn't touch Guinness again for years. A pint of Guinness looks great, smells uninteresting,, has a one dimensional burnt flavour devoid of hops and an overdeveloped nitro-head that doesn't seem to do anything other than maintain the good appearance until the point is finished. If you want to drink Guinness and have flavour, ditch this and stick to the foreign extra offering.
Serving type: nitro-tap
08-01-2014 18:48:18 | More by Dextrose
3.91/5 rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
First off, I'll say that I really like Guinness. That out of the way, I prefer to have the beer on-tap if I can get it, but I live in a smaller town so I have to travel about 35 minutes if I want to get it at a pub in Fort Worth, TX. I think it's a gorgeous beer when it is first served, and the smell and taste is just superb in my opinion.
Last time I went to the aforementioned pub I brought a friend along, and she also ordered a Guinness. I figured she knew what she was doing. Well, that ended with me having two beers, and her having a hard cider.
Serving type: on-tap
08-01-2014 13:54:45 | More by firefightn24
3.2/5 rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
Pours darn near opaque with only a slight hue around the edge when held to the light. The head is mocha colored creamy foam and it lasts and leaves grogeous lace. This beer looks amazing. The nose a mild bit of roasted malt, it promises something grainy and maybe a bit bitter. A light sweet chocolate in the background. Taste is where this one loses me. Weak flavors thin body. Watery and thin although soft and creamy. Weak coffee, roast that had potential but fizzled in it's lackluster approach to the palate. There's not really much alcohol in this one so it' wasn't
planning on being strong. And it's not. Earthy, hints of char light smooth and finishes slightly with a faint bitterness from roast . It had a slight imperfection in the mouthfeel as it was actually grainy at the back palate. An actual sensation of something faintly gritty.
Serving type: bottle
07-31-2014 12:20:10 | More by utopiajane
Guinness Draught from Guinness Ltd.
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