Guinness Draught - Guinness Ltd.
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Reviews by Groomsy:
3.15/5 rDev -9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5
*This is a re-review.*
First time I had this was the nitro-tap at a local Buffalo Wild Wings; I didn't really enjoy it, but decided to give it another whirl tonight when I saw the nitro-can pack in my local beer store. 14.9 oz nitro-can poured into a mug in one smooth action, no "glugging" here.
Appearance: The cascading action is a beauty to watch. When all is said and done, the beer has a jet black body with hints of red barely penetrating through the body. Thick, creamy two-finger vanilla colored head that sticks around the entire time and leave massive walls of lacing all the way down the glass. Guinness is, in my opinion, the best-looking beer out there.
Smell: Much better than I remember compared to the nitro-tap. This may be due to the fact that the beer was fresh from the can and was at a more proper serving temperature. The nose consists of roasted malt, dark chocolate, and strong hints of burnt coffee along with a very faint backbone of floral hops. The only thing that detracts here are the hints of alcohol and a little bit of sourness. Pretty good overall (except for the sourness), but a little one-dimensional. Typical of a stout, and that's a good thing considering that Guinness is sort of the prototype of stouts.
Taste: Although not worlds better than what I had from the nitro-tap, this is still a pretty good beer. The roasted malt is more apparent on the front of the palate, giving off a very charred and toasted flavor. There are sweeps of black coffee and dark chocolate on the tongue as well, although they're sort of an afterthought and are somewhat watered down and artificial. There's a slight bite of hops and alcohol in the finish which turns into a steely industrial bitterness in the finish. Not bad, but like I said, this is sort of like the foundation of the stout style, not the best of. The Budweiser of stouts. Not terrible but not fantastic; still mostly down my alley for what it is, though.
Mouthfeel: Not as nearly as watery as what I experienced from the nitro-tap. A lot of people call this watery, which certainly rings true to a point, but it still has a little bit of thickness to it. The worst thing about it, however, is the lack of carbonation and "flatness." This sort of makes the bitterness from the finish linger that much more on the tongue, and the lasting bitterness in the finish is the worst part of the taste, which carries over into the mouthfeel. Sure, it's quaffable, but not really what I enjoy.
Drinkability: I had a much better experience with this from the can than the nitro-tap, as opposed to most others here. Although it's not mindblowing, it's a pretty solid European macro-brew and has a good reputation for its consistency. Decent flavor and light body makes it pretty drinkable.
Much better than I was expecting, but this isn't definitely isn't something I would consistently go after when there are much better options for cheaper. $9.62 for a 4-pack of cans was almost overkill for me.
Serving type: nitro-can
02-06-2011 04:11:12 | More by Groomsy
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2.75/5 rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75
poured into pint glass
A: clear black, brown at edges; thick tan foam of tight bubbles that stays damn near forever, thank you nitro.
S: apparent from arm's length, strong roasted character, some breadiness underneath, very slight sour twang
T: not much come forward at first, then a sort of dry stale coffee roasted character, more sour than I remember (its been a while), slight hop bitterness in the finish
M: creamy foam from the head over a rather flat body
O: meh, one of the classics. better from the tap.
Serving type: nitro-can
03-12-2014 04:45:39 | More by goatgoat
3.39/5 rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Sad to see that there are still bars out there with this as their best offering.
Appearance: Dark brown with a ruby red tent when put up to the light. One finger creamy tan head.
Smell: Roasted malt and sweetness, both of which are at a minimum.
Taste: Like the nose, very little roasted malts. Other than that, quite watery, and nothing much to it.
Mouthfeel: Very light. Smooth and refreshing
Overall: This doesn't have the robust characteristics i enjoy in a stout. If I were to blind taste this, I would've thought this was a middle of the road (at best) porter. When i step into a bar with nothing but BMC and this, I have no choice, but that's the only time I will have this beer.
Serving type: on-tap
03-12-2014 01:00:45 | More by Bone53
3.6/5 rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
500 ml can served chilled into a pint glass. Received as a gift. While familiar with this beer as it is often the best option on tap when out at chain restaurants, finally sat down to review this one in detail.
Appearance - Midnight black, with just over a finger of off-white foam that is in no hurry to go anywhere. Other than that the beer is dark enough that you can't see through it and as you drink the beer, some nice foamy rings of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell - Coffee aroma, with some roasty malts. Not a lot else in there but it is well executed.
Taste - Thick dense, coffee flavor, with some caramel sweetness particularly in the foam. Although as I've experienced the craft beer culture in a little more depth, the taste and mass of Guinness no longer seems what it once was, if anything the beer is a touch on the watery side.
Mouthfeel - While a "heavier" beer, the composition is rather watery once you've experienced Imperial Stouts and American Double Stouts. Nonetheless the feel is dense and the texture is very smooth.
Overall - While not quite as good as I had remembered it, Guinness remains a go to option on establishments with limited tap selection and a fine beer to consume in a pinch.
Serving type: nitro-can
03-11-2014 22:14:37 | More by DenisKolkin
Guinness Draught from Guinness Ltd.
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