Guinness Draught - Guinness Ltd.
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Reviews by theozag:
4.33/5 rDev +24.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
There's Guinness from the tap, Guinness from the can, and Guinness from the bottle. If you drink enough of the stuff, you'll come to understand - like I have - that the three sources provide three distinct variations on a theme. From the bottle is okay, from the nitro can is excellent, but from the tap... Guinness Draught can be divine. Which leads us to this review - the nitro can.
Pop the top and listen for the rush of the nitrogen as your Guiness goes through a process very similar to what happens when it's mixed at the tap. Pour and watch the brew tumble to a tar-black body crowned with a tawny brown head. Remember that head, because there's a very good chance it will outlast the rest of the beer.
If there's a "chink in the armor" for Guinness, it's the beer's smell. Some stouts have distinct aromas, but Guinness from the nitro can tends to have such a thick set of smells that nothing really comes through. Instead of actual smells, I'd tend to explain the aroma of canned Guinness in terms of weights. For example, one might call the smell of canned Guinness ten pounds of coffee and five pounds of chocolate in the bag for three pounds of gold. But maybe that's just me.
The taste of this beer is perfectly replicated from the tap to the can, as opposed to the bottle. Those of you who've only had tap and bottle will notice a considerable difference. Personally, I find the difference to be a little repulsive, so I was glad to find out that St James' Gate Brewery got it right in the nitro can. For those who no nothing of the taste of Guinness, I urge you not to take my word for it. Guinness is one of those beers you simply have to try for yourself, and if you like stouts or porters, I think you'll enjoy it.
Mouthfeel and drinkability are unbelievably smooth and satisfying. You might as well drink a small saucer of creme if you want to know how Guinness will feel going down.
If you've never tried an irish dry stout before, I think Guinness would be a great way to break into the style. Just be sure you have Guinness on its own before you branch out into black-and-tans or irish car bombs. To experience it properly, I think you have to start with the basics.
Serving type: nitro-can
12-19-2004 21:10:27 | More by theozag
More User Reviews:
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
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