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Guinness Draught - Guinness Ltd.

Guinness DraughtGuinness Draught

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4,755 Ratings

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Ratings: 4755
Reviews: 1934
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 20.11%

Brewed by:
Guinness Ltd. visit their website

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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Photo of lochef81


3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Many years ago this was my first experience with dark beer. I believed it to be then...not so much now. This stout pours a deep mahogany color with a thick off white head and lacing. The nose is an unnecessarily sweet blend of coffee and; unfortunately, adjunct malts. The mouth is very smooth and very creamy. We all know the guinness mouthfeel and wish so many other beers could achieve it. The flavor is overly sweet and seems like mass produced beer. Yet it still has all the rich flavors of roasted coffee, vanilla, and dark chocolate. For a mass produced stout it is well crafted but lacks the finesse and refinement of other craft stouts.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2014 04:26:41 | More by lochef81
Photo of troobie


2.19/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

There seems to be some confusion due to the many varieties and strengths of Guinness available, so I'll describe my bottle and packaging:
- 6 pack of Guinness Draught (does NOT say Extra Cold anywhere on the bottle or packaging) purchased on 03-18-14 at BevMo!
- 11.2 fl. oz. bottles that are wrapped in plastic from the neck down to the base
- Packaging states "NOW EVEN BETTER"
- No widget
- From the website: "The signature Guinness Draught experience is activated every time you tilt the bottle to drink; the nitrogen contained in the new gas mix is released by the tilting action – that’s why it’s best consumed straight from the bottle."
- Brewed in Dublin, Imported by Diageo - Guinness USA

I'm certain this is the U.S.'s current version of Guinness Draught in bottled form.

A: Just under two fingers of head from a slightly aggressive pour. Head has some white patches but is mostly root beer colored. Settles to about a half finger of foam that holds a solid cap and leaves patchy lacing. Light will show through if held to a bright enough source. Beer is an extremely dark brown/red.

S: Chocolate milk, malted milk, and vanilla. A strong metallic bitterness. Burnt toast is just barely there.

T: The promises of this beer's smell are not fulfilled in the taste. Metallic bitterness, concentrated tea, and wood. Almost no sweetness. At the very end, after swallowing, I get a faint hint of extremely watered-down stout.

M: Low carbonation, but enough to just sting my tongue. Surprisingly creamy, but the creaminess has nothing substantial to back it up. Strong drying in the middle. Finishes like water. Mouthfeel leaves me no reason to take another drink.

O: I'm not familiar with the dry Irish stout style. I've had Guinness Extra Stout and Guinness Black Lager, both of which I find much more enjoyable. I can't see buying Guinness Draught over Guinness Extra Stout for any reason. Based on other reviews along with some articles it seems that this beer is no stranger to change and it may not be in top form at the moment.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2014 09:27:30 | More by troobie
Photo of DagenhamDavis

New York

2.98/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Before we begin I'd like to note that this review is based on Guinness draft from one of those cheesy black bottles. I've had better experiences with cans and draft, but I think the container may have thrown me off. Also, it says "enjoy straight from the bottle" but that seems kind of idiotic to me. I guess it's intended for the St. Patrick's day swill gang in this format.

Reviewed the same day as extra stout, and liked this one better, for what it's worth.

Looks black, (dark dark red in the light) not much of a head. Again I blame the bottle and lack of widget. (Then why did you buy it, review the beer you douche.)
Smells malty and chocolatey and a little smokey.
Tastes like it smells, but with a speck of stale cereal. It's more watery than expected too, especially considering the creamy mouthfeel. It's occurring to me that this is kind of a weird beer now that I'm writing this out.
Overall, not my everyday drink. Will try more from the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2014 02:27:57 | More by DagenhamDavis
Photo of acemaverick

West Virginia

1.65/5  rDev -52.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A: Very attractive bottle. Beer is as dark as strong coffee and looks interesting.
S: Did not smell as strongly as it looked. A little earthy.
T: This beer is unbearable to drink. Tastes like cigarette butts and day old coffee.
M: Flat & Dry.
O: This is by far the worst tasting beer I have ever tried.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 06:53:41 | More by acemaverick
Photo of A-Ham


3.99/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not sure if one can make a sound argument against Guinness Draught. You don't even need to taste it to know that it has full flavor, you can clearly see it. This is one of my favorites, it really goes good with most things, but especially burgers and other red meat. If you haven't tried this beer (where have you been?), I would strongly recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 18:44:49 | More by A-Ham
Photo of alphagnome


3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a incredibly deep brown color, a shade or two away from black with a thick, cream head that hangs around for the duration. Lacing is minimal and carbonation is hard to detect, but present.

Very welcoming although a bit boring. Sweet molasses and toffee tug at your nose hairs. Faint hint of vanilla.

A big mouthful of molasses. Dull coffee notes and bitter cocoa.

Light body borders watery, however, it's a bit chewy but incredibly smooth. Carbonation is light. Crisp, semi-dry finish.

I'm appreciate this beer... It doesn't excel in any one area but it's easy to drink, it's light, and it has character. And that's a lot more than can be said about a lot of stouts out there. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2013 20:12:39 | More by alphagnome
Photo of a0lbudman


3.08/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A-black with a small tan head that left a small lacing in the glass as it went down.
S-slight roasted malt with a sweet camamel aroma
T-coffee with a slight bitter aftertaste that goes to a water like finish
M-watered down carbonation with a light body
O-I think my expectation where too high on this beer

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2013 02:35:24 | More by a0lbudman
Photo of Ozzylizard


2.7/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bottle maintained at reefer temp, poured onto goblet.
Aroma of toasted malt.
Head small (2 cm), light brown, creamy, mostly diminishing, lacing good.
Body dark brown, clear.
Initial flavor toasted and slightly bitter.
Finish flavor; none.
Body is medium, watery.
Carbonation is lively initially, but quickly diminishes to soft.
Overall, Ok but not good. Might be better at cellar temp.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 14:17:18 | More by Ozzylizard
Photo of Captain_Komamura


3.81/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - a beige colored head, and a black body.

Smell - Sweet smell of coffee and chocolate .

Taste - Is basically the same as the smell, this stout manages to be not that bitter though.

Mouthfeel - Thick and heavy beer, sticks to your mouth.

Overall - This is a great beer from a macro brewery.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2013 22:17:23 | More by Captain_Komamura
Photo of StoutHunter


3.31/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I picked up a bottle of Guinness Draught about a week ago for 1.22 at Glenn's Market. I haven't had a Guinness Draught in a while and I thought I would pick up a bottle and revisit it, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The Bottle looks nice it's got a clean and traditional Guinness look to it. It poured a very dark brown color that was bordering on being black and it had some brown highlights to it when held to the light with three fingers worth of creamy tan head that died down to a thick ring that thin ring that left some nice rings of lacing behind. This is a pretty good looking beer, but it looks even better on tap.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by lots of malts that impart some medium roasted malt aromas with some light chocolate and coffee coming through. Up next comes a real light smokey aroma. The aroma is decent, it's pretty simple and straight forward.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a lighter amount of medium sweetness followed by a good amount of dark medium roasted malt flavors with some light coffee and chocolate and flavors coming through. On the finish there's a medium amount of lighter bitterness with a roasted malt aftertaste. The taste is decent, it's a little one dimensional but it works.

M- Smooth, pretty creamy, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a decent beer and a solid example of the style, it's got just enough roasted flavors to fit in to the style while not being too filling and staying sessionable like it should. This beer had good drinkability, it's smooth, creamy, not too filling, and it's got just enough flavor to hold my attention till i get drunk and not care about taste anymore. I like the appearance and mouthfeel the most, to me that's one thing that sets this beer apart from other beers in the style. What I liked the least amount this beer is the taste and aroma, I think it could handle a little more roast, but I can see how people like it just how it is. I only really buy this beer for St. Patrick's day, but I will order it at a bar if there isn't anything better available. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking to get into the world of dark beers, it may not be like a lot of dark beers, but it gives you a slight idea of what they are like. All in all I don't mind this beer, it's nothing that I will go out of my way to get, but when the options are low this makes for a good alternative.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2013 02:23:51 | More by StoutHunter
Photo of jawlessbody


2.56/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into a nonic glass.

Appearance: Guinness obviously has a very iconic look. It pours thick and black with a dense, one finger tan head.

Scent: Pretty boring. Malty with a little bit of a roasted scent, but not much.

Taste: Bland. There really isn't anything to taste until you swallow, and then you get a roasted coffee flavor on the back of your tongue.

Mouthfeel: Treads a fine line between thick and watery. Kind of interesting, but not necessarily in a good way.

Overall: After a lifetime of hearing great things about Guinness, I was very disappointed with my experience. It's really just a great looking beer, but fails to be interesting in any of the other categories. It's an extremely bland and flavorless beer. Do not recommend.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 02:07:22 | More by jawlessbody
Photo of TheMarkE


3.44/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark dark brown, almost black, with a very good head of foam.

Smell: Dark roasted malts, very faint hints of smoke and coffee.

Taste: Dark roasted malts.

Mouthfeel: Slightly watery yet creamy with very little aftertaste.

The Verdict: It's OK. I know it's considered the gold standard of Irish stouts, but I find it a bit bland and underwhelming. If it tasted as good as it looks it would be nearly perfect.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2013 19:58:34 | More by TheMarkE
Photo of JMScowcroft


2.8/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Guinness Ltd. - Guinness Draught, poured into a Craftgeer snifter.

Look - Pours a thin brown black but settles black with a small foamy head. Not a ton of lacing, very sparse.

Smell - Roasted barley, weak on the nose.

Taste - Thin and watery with a weak roast character, not a lot of variety in the flavor.

Mouthfeel - Thin, dry, ever so slightly bitter, like a light or watered down stout. Zero booziness. Good drinkability but not spectacular.

Overall - This used to be one of the kings of "craft beer" (though was it ever really considered craft, no) and I'll give it that, but this is not a great beer by any means.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2013 11:32:04 | More by JMScowcroft
Photo of gbarbee

North Carolina

4.94/5  rDev +42%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - Dark, smoky, and inviting. Creamy, white head that is very inviting that appears like a scoop of cream on top. Nicely carbonated and alive.

Smell - Mild smoky aroma but not overpowering. Hints of clean malt and good earth.

Taste - Hints of chocolate, malt, and clean rain. Well balanced and refreshing. Not heavy.

Mouthfeel - Light, enjoyable, and very refreshing.

Overall - This is my favorite go-to beer and the standard I judge all other beers by. I would give this beer a 5.00 but I am holding out for that perfect beer in the hopes of one day finding it. If I do not find it, I will edit my rating to a 5.00.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 23:30:51 | More by gbarbee
Photo of zac16125

South Carolina

3.4/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass
no born on date

A: Pours a very dark brown, some reddish hues when held to light. 2 fingers width of light khaki colored head has very good retention and leaves lots of lacing.

S: Roasted malt, somewhat astringent acidity, faint coffee, and maybe some subtle dark fruits. Very mild, not bad but not particularly good.

T: Roasted malt, some dark fruits, cream, bitterness.

M/D: Very smooth, creamy, full bodied, surprisingly filling and Im not sure why. Drinkability is good.

O: The highlight is the creamy mouthfeel, but aroma and taste are only slightly above average.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 19:42:03 | More by zac16125
Photo of Treath


3.25/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

This is from the non-nitro bottle into a glass. First time drinking it.

A- Very dark ruby color. Has a nice 2 finger tan head that leaves lacing.

S- Roasted malts, dark chocolate, a touch of hops. Smells like dark chocolate and coffee mixed together. Yum.

T- I pick up the dark roasted malts in the front and bitterness rolls in afterward along with a black coffee taste. It tastes very watered down for some reason.

M- Very watery, thin. Some carbonation.

O- I had high hopes for this beer to be more robust, but the watery taste and mouthfeel makes it a good lawnmower beer. Don't get me wrong, it does taste good.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 01:34:34 | More by Treath
Photo of jjamadorphd


3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I very well enjoyed this offering from Guinness - from the packaging to the actual brew itself.

The beer pours a very, very dark brown out of the bottle, then sits in its confines blacker than black. Even in the light the beer looked black, just plain black - it was a sight to behold. The head was thick, frothy, and a beautiful shade of tan; it had staying power and the lacing was thick all around the glass - truly impressive. The smell hinted of citrus with a strong but appealing malty scent. It's mouthfeel was good as well - no stickiness, bold flavor, and little carbonation to get in the way of enjoying the beer - just the way I like it. It's taste was very similar to other Guinness' I have had - strong, hoppy, malty, and just plain good. Overall, I was very pleased with this offering from one of my favorite brewers.

If you drink, don't drive, but if you drive, do us all a favor and don't drink...stay safe...

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2013 00:30:24 | More by jjamadorphd
Photo of LXIXME

New Mexico

3.61/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A rich cream light tan head falls through itself above a super dark brown to black head.

A rich well roasted grain malts aroma that seem to border on slightly burnt.

Creamy well roasted malts taste, you can almost taste the roasted barley itself, with just the slightest hint of hops or something else similar.

A dryish aftertaste with the roasted malts taste lingering on with this full bodied beer.

A have a fond stop for this beer, it was one of the only beers I could find as a young one that wasn't in the mold of Grain Belt, Pabst, Bud, Miller, Coors and the endless list of crap like those.
So in a sense this is the beer that enlightened me to the fact that American light lagers were not the only option and I've been on a quest to try as many different kinds of beers as I can since then.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2013 22:21:44 | More by LXIXME
Photo of vkv822


2.55/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

12oz : tulip

Deep brown, near black with a foamy, frothy tan head.

Fairly subdued overall with light notes of bittersweet cocoa and lightly roasted malt.

Mouthfeel is briefly creamy but quickly thins out and becomes watery which combined with low carbonation, makes the mouthfeel quite disappointing.

Nothing outright unpleasant or offensive about this beer, but I have absolutely no desire to drink this again as every aspect fell short of expectations.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2013 08:17:55 | More by vkv822
Photo of TheBrewo


3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was served from a bottle at the Sundeck on Aspen Mountain in Aspen, CO. It arrived in a pint glass, showing a solid cola coloring. It held a creamy, two finger tan head, showing nice retention, and leaving spotty lacing around the glass. Carbonation appeared moderate, and no haze or sediment was noted. The aroma gave sweet, freshly baked raisin bread, char roasted malts, dark cherry sweetness, adjuncty grain, metallic tin, and rich toffees. Our first impression was that the flavoring was lighter than you might expect, but decent once you get past the metallics. As we sipped, deeply roasted brown and chocolate malts, warm wheat bread, and metallic yeast started things off. The middle came to a peak with sweeter milkiness, booze, soured brown malts, mild roast, and soured coffee acidity to pull us to the finish. Here medicinal phenols, more alcohol, plastics, warmed lactics, light smokiness, metallics, and bitter, bready yeastiness dominated the last flavors of the sip. The aftertaste breathed of tinny metallics, roast and char, bittered coffee, medicinals, and plum pudding sweetness. The body was medium, and the carbonation was medium. Each sip gave excellent slurp, with good smack, pop, and glug. There was definite drying following the initial creamy coating. The abv was fine, and the beer drank easily.

Overall, the best thing about this beer was the mouthfeel. This was helped by the surprisingly well-retained head, giving big cream and slurp throughout the entire tasting. Otherwise the nose and flavoring, while showing some positive and robust fruitiness, phenols, and char, gave too much on the metallics and the dry, chalky yeastiness. That being said, the nose was better than the flavoring, and everything else just screams “standard”.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 03:40:43 | More by TheBrewo
Photo of Shade1951


1.3/5  rDev -62.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

It's hard for me to believe that I once actually liked this stout. I don't know whether their formula changed, my tastes changed, or some combination.

Pouring from bottle into a standard glass, there seems to be carbonation, and there is even a nice head that lasts a little while. The color is suitably black.

Smell is of black coffee and roasted "stuff," but fairly mild.

Taste - to me, just terrible. Like weak black coffee with other burnt flavors that I can't quite identify. Despite the head, there is almost no carbonation whatsoever. Almost totally flat. This was not an isolated incident. The previous couple of times I've had this over the past 2 or 3 years - same thing. I hadn't tried it again in quite a while, and forgot just how bad it tasted.

There is some creaminess in the mouth - and yet, somehow, it feels watery.

I had this at a restaurant, and I honestly was able to down only about the first 4 ounces before I gave up. My wife sipped it, and wouldn't have any more. My son drank maybe an ounce, made a face, and gave up. We left the restaurant with still at least 6 ounces left in the glass.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2013 13:51:19 | More by Shade1951
Photo of Dbrown144


2.83/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

A: One of the better looking beers. A very dark ruby color, almost black. Had an impressive foam head which rose up quickly.

S: Not much of a smell really. Has a faint smell similar to that of pale lagers. Bready, maybe.

T: The flavor is fairly weak. Only flavor I can really detect is light roasted malt.

M: Really really watery and slippery.

O: Definitely not one of my favorites, but I wouldn't turn one down if someone else was buying.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2013 07:03:07 | More by Dbrown144
Photo of PaterMorse


3.64/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Today was a quick stout taste test of macro-brews: Guinness Draught, Guinness Extra Stout, and Murphy's Stout.

A: Similar to Murphy's (poured black, etc.), but head a little creamier in color (trending more tan than white, like Murphy's) and less persistent -- lasting longer than most stouts but not as long as Murphy's. Good side stick..

S: Note quite as pleasing as Murphy's -- perhaps a little gutsier, but alos less complex (and Murphy's not complex in the first place). Beer/stout smell, and that's about it. Aroma not as potent/sharp as Extra Stout. A little skunky -- frankly evoking the cross between a urinal and a fraternity basement...

T: Very used to this beer, so hard to describe it -- but that candidly may be because it's relatively non-descript. Not as watery as Murphy's, but still an easy drinker. "Flavors" just not all that prevelant. Roasted barley, and that's about it.

M: Fine. Lite to medium body. Balance if fine, if not a little soft.

O: An easy, if unremarkable, staple.

Repeat? Sure. It's easy, it's known, it's imminently drinkable. In other words, I'd buy for a party and would grab one occasionally for myself when I want an easy-drinker or something simple that doesn't make me think... It's just not that much fun -- more an accompaniment to a good time than an experience itself (like so many other stouts).

Where Ideal? Football game. Fraternity reunon. Any pub -- anytime, anywhere.

Two Words: Non-Descript Staple

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2013 17:22:06 | More by PaterMorse
Photo of JJKBeerLvr


3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Nice dark color with good head. Head was light color.

Smell: Some malt aromas, but not a lot.

Taste: Nice malt flavors, but not much of a hops flavor.

Mouthfeel: Thin, and not as substantial as I like.

Overall: Good, but not great. Will drink casually.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2013 21:15:01 | More by JJKBeerLvr
Photo of Fusion7777


3.36/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Dark appearance. Flavors are very faint and muted, but what is there is pleasant. Mild coffee and chocolate flavors make up a very thin and watery body. Reminiscent of Folgers Instant Coffee. A bare-bones Irish Stout. Lies somewhere between not bad and almost good.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2013 08:42:18 | More by Fusion7777
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Guinness Draught from Guinness Ltd.
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