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Guinness Draught - Guinness Ltd.

Guinness DraughtGuinness Draught

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4,732 Ratings

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Ratings: 4732
Reviews: 1932
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 20.17%

Brewed by:
Guinness Ltd. visit their website

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-02-2001)
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Photo of mikebraun1225


3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is a nice stout beer if that is what you are looking for. nice foam on top. its is malty but not to malty for my taste. my dad drinks Guinness all the time I tried it recently and loved it. I would recommend trying the beer its worth a shot. if your are not a heavy drinker this could work for you 1 taste and you will enjoy it.

Serving type: on-tap

04-14-2014 15:40:19 | More by mikebraun1225
Photo of AmyfaceNYC

New York

3.61/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Guiness on tap can be pretty spectacular. That glorious head of foam! The magnificent froth! That dark, luscious color. Very, very creamy when you start to sip. Tastes smooth, almost buttery, lightly roasted, no discernible hops or carbonation to me. This is a classic beer that is surprisingly light, despite its dark color and creaminess. Tastes great in an Irish pub (or, almost anywhere).

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2014 03:46:55 | More by AmyfaceNYC
Photo of Bis4beer70


4.26/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

you haven't had a real Guinness Draught until you've had one in Dublin...espescially at the top of the Wonka-like-factory-bar overlooking the heart of the whole lovely city....cheers!

i had two...mine and my wife's...

for some reason,the best way to drink it outside of Dublin is to pour it specifically & correctly,from the can.

i won't break it down on nose,smell,etc.-just drink it & enjoy or else yer just not right in the head...like my wife-LOL.

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2014 15:20:03 | More by Bis4beer70
Photo of Bone53


3.29/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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
Photo of brutusmuktuk


1.15/5  rDev -66.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Had this on tap at a Red Robin’s. Pours a dark brown with a light off-white head. The aroma is a very subtle roasted malts. Flavor is water and a touch of roasted malts. Has a light, very watery mouthfeel. Sadly, I enjoyed my water from the restaurant more than this.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2014 00:39:59 | More by brutusmuktuk
Photo of Abra


4.28/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, I'm kind of shocked about the so-so reviews on this beer...we're talking about Guinness here people, a classic!

Appearance: Beautiful, you really can't beat it. Pours a dark black with a slight transition to a hint of caramel color just underneath a gorgeous frothy white head. It's a work of art.

Taste: Sophisticated in its simplicity. Roasted malts with a hint of coffee and a slight sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Again, hard to beat here. Exceptionally smooth and creamy.

Overall: In the world of non-craft beer, Guinness reigns as King of the stouts.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2014 15:35:29 | More by Abra
Photo of knodeljr


4.84/5  rDev +39.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

If you're a beer drinker, you've GOT to taste a Guinness draft. So dark, yet so smooth -- and the "settling" is a process in itself. Very good taste and appropriately Irish. Very good. To be able to drink one in Dublin, Belfast, Glasgow or Edinburgh is to taste it just right. One of the oldest beers in the world.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2014 22:43:56 | More by knodeljr
Photo of AaronTheBearded


3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Ahhh Guinness. A classic in sport pubs across the world. I've had this beauty a number of times, sometimes on tap, and other times from the nitro-can. Never from the bottle, though. I'll try to give my take on it...

A - The absolute BEST part about this beer is the appearance. You can't not love to just sit and look at a pint of Guinness - the way the nitrogen cascades through the body, only to settle gently into a lovely off-white head, crisply contrasted with the beautiful, almost-black body. Anyway, enough romanticizing. Let's get practical. You can't see much through the body, unless you hold it to a bright light, where you can only see a very faint red silhouette. On the edge of the glass, you can see plenty of carbonation streaming to the top. As you drink, an incredible lacing occurs all the way down the glass, and lingers until you wash it out after you're done.

S - Once you get past the fact that you just plunged your nose into a heap of nitrogen foam and looked like an idiot in front of your mates, you wipe it clean and try again, only to pick up subtle hints of wonderful malts, coffee, chocolate, and that quintessential barley that goes back generations. Nothing big here, just light hints

T - It tastes like... well... not much. You do get very subtle hints following the nose, but the rest just kind of tastes like cream or milk or something. I understand this is what you might call a "light" version of actual Guinness stout, but there really isn't that much here. Doesn't stop me from enjoying it, though.

M - Very nice, light, creamy feeling on the tongue. Goes in smooth, goes down smooth. Like drinking a milkshake - nice and creamy, but not too thick. Wonderful.

O - I understand that most Irishmen say you haven't had a real Guinness unless it's straight from the horse's mouth. I can definitely see where they're coming from. I hope to visit Ireland soon (not just for the beer of course (although that is one reason)), and I will definitely have to try it out. However, I've never had a pint of this beer that I didn't like. Great drinking experience that is widely available. Looking forward to my next one.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2014 23:44:23 | More by AaronTheBearded
Photo of captaincorey

New York

3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark, onyx with a creamy white head. Great looking beer.

S: Not strongly aromatic like some stouts/porters, but faint hints of chocolate and toffee

T: Rich with notes of chocolate, coffee and toast

M: This really elevates Guinness for me - excellent, smooth mouthfeel, not too thick or thin, just right

O: This is my go - to at bars when they have limited selection of drafts or craft brews - especially when you know they will give you the proper 2 part draught pour to ensure an extra creamy head.

Serving type: on-tap

01-07-2014 17:50:49 | More by captaincorey
Photo of BucannonXC5


3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Type: Draft
Glass: 20-oz. Imperial pint glass
From: Hooley’s in La Mesa (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $6.75
Purchased: Jan. 4, 2014
Consumed: Jan. 4, 2014
Misc.: N/A

Poured a pitch black color with two fingers of tan head when I got it. A good amount of layered foamy lacing along the sides. Perfect retention on the top.

Smelled coffee, dark chocolate, roasty nuts, bitterness, chocolate milk, caramel and toffee.

The taste wasn’t as flavorful as the nose. Bitter coffee, roasted nuts, dark chocolate and toffee.

Full body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, bitter, dry finish. Not as thick as I remember it.

A pretty good beer for the style and probably even the flagship one.

Serving type: on-tap

01-05-2014 06:32:49 | More by BucannonXC5
Photo of The_Haff


4.1/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap at the Ginger Man in Fort Worth.

Appearance, a perfect dark rich black, not able to see through the glass at all. A finger thick head with beautiful lacing.

Smell, the tried and true rich toffee, coffee and bread smell.

Taste, smooth and rich with hints of coffee, chocolate, & carmel.

Mouthfeel a nice smooth almost no carbonation.

I must be honest Guinness Draught on tap is my unicorn. Mysterious, beautiful and unfairly better than most beers.

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2014 05:56:48 | More by The_Haff
Photo of Franziskaner


3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Jet black in appearance and no light is getting through this brew. Nice half inch thick layer of tightly packed foam on top. Brussel's lace on the glass. Lots of roasted barley in the nose. The mouth is creamy,dry,and silky smooth. I get loads and loads of roasted barley and a bit of raisins in the flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2013 03:56:32 | More by Franziskaner
Photo of SisterNov


4.55/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I must say "perfect" about this.
Because the time that I had drink this beer is my first time I feel BEER IS TRULY TASTY!
So this review is not fair. Truly not fair.
But I think everyone have same love about some beer.

This beer's color is elegant black.
Smooth draw on my tongue.
Taste, finish so deep and sweet.
So sweet beer, like burnt chocolate.

It's perfect for me.
only poor thing is my english.

Serving type: on-tap

12-27-2013 12:27:25 | More by SisterNov
Photo of dicookie


3.04/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Served with a big British burger and chips at "The Cambridge" pub in London.

A classic combination, however, the Guinness somehow did not fully live up to its hype. The only thing I can say in great favor of Guinness draft is that it had a very smooth feel. Aromas were also rich and dark. I found the taste to be a little too strong, however.

If you are going to order a Guinness, obviously one of the best ways to order one is on-tap at a British public house. Overall, the Guinness did not make or break my experience; it was frustratingly neutral. A good stout.

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2013 16:35:28 | More by dicookie
Photo of Alexnzx


3.81/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This legendary Irish Stout is only good on tap. Served in any other form, it is a completely different drink. A very nice stout, defenitely not Ireland's best. If you are visiting Ireland, I would reccomend buying one of these, but not before Beamish. Personally, I think this is much heavier than Beamish, and taste can differ from pub to pub.

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2013 04:55:55 | More by Alexnzx
Photo of Keith2020


5/5  rDev +44.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

God created a beer and He named it Guinness. If you haven't had it yet, welcome to Earth. If you have had it, chances are you're not reading reviews, you're probably ordering your next Guinness. Smooth. Dense. Heavy but not daunting. History in liquid form.

Serving type: on-tap

11-18-2013 04:45:26 | More by Keith2020
Photo of Roguer


3.41/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Fantastic, classic look to this beer: full finger white, thick, strong head, with crazy good retention but little lacing. Solid black brew with tons of tan mixing.

Light aroma, reminiscent of sweet red grapes with just a hint of coffee. Not unpleasant, but not much going on.

Flavor follows the nose: dry coffee, slightly sweet, a tiny bit tart. Black malt makes for an overall rounded flavor, but it's not all that prevalent or roasted. An honest taste shows that this isn't a bad-tasting stout.

Mouthfeel is where I really feel let down. This is an unbelievably thin beer, not just for a stout, but overall. No sting or bite, which isn't bad, but the beer is just way too light; it seems like it's been watered down. Draught temperature (too cold) may be a factor, but I'm not waiting all afternoon for it to warm up.

Guinness gets too much hate simply for being a macro. It doesn't compare to the better, thicker, more creative stouts, but it's not bad, and it's just a tiny step behind some of the lesser craft stouts. It's a very low ABV beer; a better, bigger, chewier mouthfeel would have made this beer significantly more enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

11-16-2013 21:55:52 | More by Roguer
Photo of SteveB24

New York

2.38/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

wanted to have a drink with a friend and the only local place was at one of those depressing bars that are always occupied by 4 middle aged men complaining about their wives because it was the only one nearby. it was this, miller, or bud light.

appearance; the least poor aspect of the beer, but still not good. deep, slightly cloudy brown that looked a little watery, thin head that quickly dissipates.

smell. weak malt and bread.

taste; initial taste is watery, small hints of malt and grain.

mouthfeel; thin, weak carbonation. creamy but watered down, an awful combination.

overall; would not drink again, would sooner have a diet coke

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2013 05:03:03 | More by SteveB24
Photo of HappyGuy12345

New Jersey

3.61/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Apperance: Lovely black with large tan, foamy head
Smell: Subtle hints of coffee and chocolate
Taste: Dark malty flavor with hints of coffee and some mild (but pleasant) bitterness
Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy and frothy
Overall: A decent/good "go-to" beer when in a pub or bar and nothing else is available

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2013 09:23:52 | More by HappyGuy12345
Photo of BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.36/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Finally got around to actually saying a few words about one of the few 'world beers': I've had this in many places over many years. The review is of a pint in a local club near my house in Shropshire, drank during a charity auction on 27th Sep 2013.

It's dark and has a creamy head, any of the other 4,000 plus reviewers notice that?

Malty, chocolate and coffee notes in both the nose and mouth: a classic stout in every way.

Rich more than creamy on the palate, those slightly burnt malts giving a mild bitterness along with their semi-sweet molasses that flavour the beer so well.

Pleased I've put some words down.

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2013 11:05:03 | More by BlackHaddock
Photo of equinox1


4.03/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

had the pleasure of enjoying a pint ( 3 actually ) at the brewery in Dublin. trust me its awesome on draught at the brewery. thick and creamy and so smooth. jet black with a off white head that stayed to the end of the glass. it seems the abv of Guinness in Ireland is a touch higher than whats available in the states also. definitely will go again if I get the chance.

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2013 02:07:19 | More by equinox1
Photo of MDDMD


3.36/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-dark brown color with a nice light tan head and decent lacing

S-dark roasted malt, faint coffee

T-dark roasted malt, light sweetness, hint of coffee, mild bitterness in the finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy

O-a benchmark for Irish stout I suppose, but prefer other styles for sure

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2013 18:39:10 | More by MDDMD
Photo of MikeWard


3.66/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draft at Romas in Pottsville, PA

it's been more than 35 years since my first guinness, and every now and then I get the itch. (Though usually when the other offerings are pretty sad)

Appearance, well, other than being served in one of those annoying glasses with adds all over it, was outstanding. How many times have you heard the phrase, "guinness-like" for appearance. Well here is the original. Jet black, with that thick creamy white1 1/2 finger head. Just great to look at.

Not much at all on the nose, just a faint whiff of roasted malts

A touch of nostalgia perhaps, in the taste. Not the same beer I had decades ago in England, but still that comforting creamy taste. Goes down so easy. At 4.2 abv, you could have a half dozen pints and still answer questions in the Double Jeopardy round. Not much punch to the roasted malt

Mouth mirrors the taste, a little on the thin side, but still creamy, with mild toasted bitterness hanging around the tongue.

Overall, for those of us who grew up with this beer, still a good one. Does not measure up in any way with most of the stouts out there now, but every now and then, I certainly enjoy one, and would never turn it down if offered. Still deserves some respect.

Serving type: on-tap

08-29-2013 04:37:25 | More by MikeWard
Photo of Brew_42


3.13/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours jet black with a tan head that hangs around.

Smells like roasted malts

Tastes- Big flavor of roasted malts with a little bit of coffee.

Mouthfeel-Big fan of the mouthfeel of this beer. Creamy and heavy. A liquid meal.

OVerall- I liked a guinness here and there. I haven't had it since I went vegan but it's definitely a decent beer that you can get almost anywhere. Everyone should try it at least once.

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2013 07:20:00 | More by Brew_42
Photo of fallenshadow


3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

A - Looks great if poured properly into a Guinness pint glass. Can't fault how it looks.

S - Roasted barley, possibly dark chocolate and hops.

T - To taste properly take a slug of it rather than a sip. You need to get some dark with the bitter cream on top. Roasted barley comes through and you get bitter hop flavour from the top creamy part. Almost tastes like a coffee mixed with ale.

M - Wonderful creamy texture, the best if directly from the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin.

O - Not really a stout drinker but I quite like Guinness, if only it was not so bitter. I prefer Murphy's stout as its a bit sweeter and easier to drink. On occasion I enjoy a pint of Guinness but one pint is enough for me in a sitting.

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2013 13:35:36 | More by fallenshadow
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Guinness Draught from Guinness Ltd.
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