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Guinness Draught - Guinness Ltd.

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BA SCORE
79
okay

5,504 Ratings
THE BROS
65
poor

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Ratings: 5,504
Reviews: 1,971
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 20.06%
Wants: 37
Gots: 484 | 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 joecast:
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joecast

Australia

3.9/5  rDev +11.7%

pours that stout balck color with just a bit of color (ruby) shining through at the bottom of the glass, leaving a fine line between the beer and a tan blanket of a head. btw, the head didnt change much from the first sip to the bottom of the glass.
burnt raisiny aroma. nice, more please.
coffee bean-like flavors with a sour/tart finish.
smooth cramy mouthfeel, almost like drinking full cream milk. mmmm.

02-02-2004 06:26:28 | More by joecast
More User Reviews:
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Freddie_Ray

Virginia

4/5  rDev +14.6%

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

08-19-2014 22:27:44 | More by Freddie_Ray
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hj22lee


5/5  rDev +43.3%

08-27-2014 02:54:53 | More by hj22lee
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RoyalT

Ohio

3.78/5  rDev +8.3%

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.

11-23-2003 00:32:06 | More by RoyalT
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cam477

Newfoundland (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -28.4%

09-26-2013 01:36:24 | More by cam477
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beerhunter13

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +28.9%

01-13-2012 11:26:02 | More by beerhunter13
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DanGeo

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

05-04-2014 01:05:09 | More by DanGeo
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ExtraStout

Massachusetts

2.56/5  rDev -26.6%

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.

06-13-2009 00:02:08 | More by ExtraStout
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StopHatingOnClassics


4.75/5  rDev +36.1%

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"

04-09-2012 02:04:50 | More by StopHatingOnClassics
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Tiernan

Texas

3/5  rDev -14%

03-26-2013 05:03:46 | More by Tiernan
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ArrogantDeadGuy

Virginia

2.68/5  rDev -23.2%

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.

04-21-2009 02:30:11 | More by ArrogantDeadGuy
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tbryan5

Louisiana

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

06-29-2013 18:42:10 | More by tbryan5
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J2L


2.5/5  rDev -28.4%

10-25-2012 01:01:48 | More by J2L
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GameOfBeers

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +14.6%

08-07-2014 00:38:31 | More by GameOfBeers
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Shakerman

Florida

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

01-08-2012 16:09:16 | More by Shakerman
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sgoodship

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

12-24-2008 18:13:12 | More by sgoodship
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SkiBum22

New York

2/5  rDev -42.7%

08-21-2014 14:02:13 | More by SkiBum22
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SIRIUS2

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev +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.

02-08-2008 03:14:00 | More by SIRIUS2
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drumline

North Carolina

1.2/5  rDev -65.6%

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.

12-29-2006 05:08:51 | More by drumline
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Bojangles565


4/5  rDev +14.6%

08-20-2014 17:03:02 | More by Bojangles565
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Dtopete21

California

4.38/5  rDev +25.5%

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.

01-30-2012 00:21:40 | More by Dtopete21
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Dmann

California

4.3/5  rDev +23.2%

A true classic among beers, I was re aquanted with it tonight on tap at Dave&Busters. The bar tender even knew how to pour it correctly, I was shocked! Anyways, it poured that great dark black color with a great creamy head that stayed throughout the whole glass. It smelled of roasted coffee and chocolate and tasted pretty much the same. The mouthfeel was great and creamy and it really opened up once it hit your tounge with a bit of a tingle. I could have drank it all night, but at 4 bucks a pint glass my pocketbook was saying "no". This is one macro that still tastes fucking great!

08-30-2003 09:16:34 | More by Dmann
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Cuvie62

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +28.9%

03-21-2013 02:26:16 | More by Cuvie62
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev +3.2%

Pours a nice dark black with the classic cascading head...leaves a thick fluffy inch and a half head on top. I always enjoy the presentation of Guinness. Nice roasty nose with background hints of cocoa and coffee. A bit too subdued for me, but nice.

A good roasted, slightly burnt malt profile along with hints of coffee and slight notes of chocolate. A good irish stout that goes well with food.

Mouthfeel is creamy, however there is almost no carbonation. Goes down like water. I could have a few of these, but there are plenty other stouts that I'd go to first.

12-19-2004 20:23:35 | More by orbitalr0x
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markallmon

Tennessee

2.5/5  rDev -28.4%

04-14-2012 20:34:10 | More by markallmon
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Guinness Draught from Guinness Ltd.
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