Guinness Draught - Guinness Ltd.
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3.15/5 rDev -9.5%
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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