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Guinness Draught - Guinness Ltd.

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BA SCORE
80
good

6,172 Ratings
THE BROS
70
okay

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Ratings: 6,172
Reviews: 2,018
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 20.23%
Wants: 63
Gots: 824 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Guinness Ltd. visit their website
Ireland

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-02-2001)
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Reviews by elgiacomo:
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4.53/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

UPDATED: JUN 15, 2010 Doing a 3-way shootout with Guinness, Murphy's, & Beamish tonight. Let's see who comes out on top.

11.2oz bottle, rocket nitro widget, no freshness date.

Pours black with a one finger+ off-white dense foamy nitro head. Leaves lots and lots of lace and retains well alll the way down the glass. Instead of looking for spots of lacing, one must look for spots of glass through the thick wall of foam. Guinness is lighter in color in both head and body than the other two, but laces better and holds a better looking head.

Aroma is relatively quiet, perhaps due to the thick nitro head. However, Guinness is the strongest and best smelling of the group. Features good roasted malt, coffee and chocolate. That nitro "smell" is there too. Aroma is the weakest aspect of these beers.

Guinness also wins the flavor shootout with nice roasted malt, coffee and chocolate. Lightly bitter, lightly sweet, a little milky. Tasty. A lot of folks think this has no flavor, but that is BS. Best tasting 4% ABV beer I've had.

Mouthfeel is wonderful for me as I have a tough time with carbonation...even sodas, etc. The nitrogen is perfect for my palate, ridiculously smooth, creamy, and quaffable. These are the only beers on planet Earth that I could chug. The body on Guinness is lighter than Murphy's & Beamish and is the only real area where the classic lags behind.

Overall this is a great session beer, beautiful appearance, nice flavor, and wonderful mouthfeel. Guinness takes the crown in this little shootout with the best overall apperance, aroma, and flavor.

Original Review April 10, 2007:
My favorite simple, sessionable beer. I could drink this every day....very nearly do. Beautiful to look at poured into a glass. A thinner beer than you would think due to how dark it is. Taste is mild and refreshing. Excellent head. A classic and deservedly so. The real key to Guinness for me is the low carbonation. I'm not big on carbonated drinks, rarely drink any soda, and while I'll drink carbonated beer, I greatly prefer Guinness as it is soooo smooth and drinkable. Relatively low alcohol content, but I drink it faster than most beers so its still quite effective. :) Also able to get 12-packs of the bottles for $13.49 nearby (north Georgia). Best price I've seen in my area! The Food Lion next door charges $8.49 for the 6-packs.
Ar 7/10, Ap 5/5, T 7/10, P 5/5, O 16/20: 4.0 Score

More User Reviews:
Photo of Freddie_Ray
4/5  rDev +14%

Smooth and toasty. Icon of mass produced dark beers. A dark beer available on most corners, and for good reason.

Photo of RyanLaCount03
5/5  rDev +42.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance- Dark brown to black appearance when poured into a glass.

Smell- Light hints of chocolate or coffee much like any stout.

Taste- Very bold flavor that is not too overpowering.

Mouthfeel- It is very smooth and very drinkable.

Love this beer. It is the standard for all stouts,imports, Irish beers and any type of beer for that matter. This is a very good beer for upcoming events such as Saint Patricks Day!

Photo of hj22lee
5/5  rDev +42.5%

Photo of Dekhar
5/5  rDev +42.5%

Photo of RoyalT
3.78/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Black with the cascading foam that makes this stout famous. I had this on-top and it was filled to the top, so I didn’t get a chance to gauge the head.

Smell – The aroma is not strong, but I can pick up dark malts and chocolate and maybe even a hop balance. There’s also some light molasses sweetness to this one.

Taste – This is much drier than it smells. It has a nice sweetness with a touch of caramel malt.

Mouthfeel – I thought this was the stout’s strong point. This one is super smooth from start to finish.

Drinkability – A session stout if there ever was one. Not the hardiest one you’ll ever put down, but good nevertheless with an above-average mouthfeel.

Photo of cam477
2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of beerhunter13
4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

Photo of DanGeo
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of ExtraStout
2.56/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

One of the best style of beer to look at is the Irish Dry Stout. Cascading nitro style waiting period. Dark brown to black, sticky, fully coated lacing. Carbonation is almost non-existent after the pour completes itself.

Some charred barley, but like most from this style it is on the easy drinking, creamy, laid back. Watered down, tart taste, milky mouthfeel, and the drinkability is average just because I can't see myself looking forward to this or pursuing it any time soon. Once again another brew I'd prefer to try on tap, without the nitro blasting ball, but for this review in a can its simply uneventfull.

Photo of StopHatingOnClassics
4.75/5  rDev +35.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer people love to hate for no legitimate reason, other than the fact it is the most famous stout of all time. Don't judge a beer based on its' notoriety. This is the textbook beer that "beer snobs" loathe, because it reassures the deluded perception they have that smaller always equals better. Anyways:

Appearance- Poured on tap into a guinness glass it presents a dark coffee like color, accompanied with a thick foamy head.

Smell- Subtle tones of roasted malt.

Taste- Divine. Notes of dark chocolate and malt, with faint hints of sweet cream.

Mouthfeel- Lightly carbonated and creamy. The head of a guinness on tap in unparalleled by any beer.

"StopHatingOnClassics"

Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Tiernan
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of ccapurso
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
2.68/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

What happened! Over the past ten years (my drinking career) it seems as though this beer has been getting worse and worse. Guinness' were my first beers and they were fantastic. Now the inconsistent, anything but black color, and weak head are breaking my heart. The smell is gone and the smooth creamy taste is more of a metallic sip of tap water!? I loved this beer and feel personally wronged by those who have watered down this liquid tradition. The only remenant of the old Guinness is the way the nitro makes it feel when you drink it, but the mouthfeel simply can't stand alone.

Photo of tbryan5
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of J2L
2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of GameOfBeers
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of Shakerman
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of sgoodship
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the JewelOsco grocery store on Des Plaines & Fulton in Chicago. Was using it to make a beef stew in the slow cooker.

A: Those widgets are so annoying. You hardly get the top popped and it shoots it's load. Typical jet black guinness look with big white fine creamy head. Not much in the lacing department but I do like that a small head stays throughout and gives you a creamy milk mustache. I love that classic settling that Guinness does. You have to admit that it is a good looking drink.

S: Typical dry, sour Guinness smell. A little sweeter than the Extra Stout. It always reminds me of that stale brewery smell. It's almost got a hint of vinegar to it.

T: It is dry as a cork which is what the style is all about. The dryness is almost like a red wine level of dry. It may not be the best stout in the world but I think it is often reviewed as if it is an English or American Stout and not it's unique style. It's all malt and a little smokey when it warms up. Generally, it's pretty subtle.

M: Nice and smooth. Not as full a beer as you would imagine. Can feel quite thin at times. Carbonation and bitterness adds a little interest.

D: Guinness is a very nostalgic brew for me. I fondly remember having it in Ireland and I don't care what anyone says, it does taste better there. It is a gateway beer and for that reason alone, I think it deserves more respect than it gets. It's a pretty subtle drink that can be pounded. I know that from experience as a kid. I wouldn't go out of my way to drink it anymore but when I do have a reason to drink it, it sure does bring back good memories.

Photo of SkiBum22
2/5  rDev -43%

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What can I say? I love watching a fresh poured nitro-pushed Guinness 'cook' in front of me. There just doesn't seem to be anything else that makes that kind of impression.

The smell is, well mostly average, but there is a nice light coffee aroma present. The taste is good. It's, well, Guinness. Dark and chewy, with a drier coffee overtone and a bit of a dry finish. It's sort of the generic standard for me - the baseline to compare other stouts and porters against.

Mouthfeel is good, fairly chewy, and smooth to drink. It's the standard I defer to when there isn't much of a selection available. There are certainly other favorite dark beers out there but Guinness is always a 'safe' choice.

Photo of drumline
1.2/5  rDev -65.8%
look: 5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I'm spending Christmas with my parent's, and my dad loves this stuff and has a lot of it lying around the house, so I figured I'd have a bottle. Definitely not what I remember it being from my college days.

Appearance: Absolutely gorgeous pour into a pint glass. Nice cascading effect, with a good 3/4 inch of a thick, creamy head. Unfortunately everything good ends here.

Smell: Doesn't smell like much. Water with a faint hint of dark malts.

Taste/mouthfeel: Almost exactly like the smell. Very smooth and creamy, but watery. Not much of a taste at all. This is supposed to be a stout? It tastes as if steeped a small amount of roasted barley in water and bottled it. What happened to this beer? Has the quality changed over the years, or just my pallet? Very disappointing, and definitely not what I remember it being.

Drinkablilty: I finished about half the glass, and gave the rest a drain pour. I haven't done this to too many beers, but I just couldn't finish this one. I thought I was going to throw up.

Photo of Bojangles565
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of Dtopete21
4.38/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a high head which allows there to be a strong hold on the class after it has been poured out. The head remains white which is pretty cool.
I like it because it doesn't have a strong hop aroma.
The taste is not bitter at all, with a hint of caramel taste.
Its a light beer.

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Guinness Draught from Guinness Ltd.
80 out of 100 based on 6,172 ratings.