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Guinness Draught - Guinness Ltd.

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4,729 Ratings

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Ratings: 4729
Reviews: 1932
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 20.17%

Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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3.56/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

So, I am sitting at a bar drinking what must be close to my 1,000th Guinness and decided that this would be the day I finally write down some tasting notes.

The Guinness nitro pour is infamous – my bartender did not put the fancy shamrock into the foam, but he managed a basic pour quite dexterously.

Dark brown in color with well over a finger of head once it finally settled. The head lingered for some time and left thick creamy rings of lace behind on the glass. The nose and flavor are both lightly roasty. The body is smooth and creamy.

This is a good light beer. To sum it up: Guinness is my go to when there is nothing else better.

Serving type: nitro-tap

04-07-2014 03:05:39 | More by 57md
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4.59/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I'm a little shocked by the poor reviews here, but in retrospect I am not surprised given how poorly it tastes over here. I was fortunate enough to have Guinness Draught at the source in Dublin, Ireland. In fact, that is where I am standing in my Avatar.

So this review is for the true version, the one you can only get in the Motherland. For the American store bought can and draft version, I give it a 3.25/5.

Actually, all the Guinness I had in Ireland was spectacular. My wife will tell you, I could not get enough of it. It tasted heavenly. Classic. The epitome of how a stout should taste.

When I left Ireland, I did a test. I had a Guinness on tap at a bar at the Newark, NJ airport we had a layover at. They did not pour it the way they said it should be done, as per the demonstration at the factory in Dublin. They did not let it sit for 90 seconds before topping off. It had a bitter taste of metal.

If these reviews are for what we have here in the States, then yes, I would agree. But for true Guinness Draught, in Ireland proper, I feel my review is more fitting. It is a true bucket list event to drink a Guinness Draught in Ireland.

Of course with Guinness, you either love it or hate it.

Serving type: nitro-tap

03-24-2014 19:44:43 | More by Seanem44
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4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours completely opaque black, with a creamy, undying white head.

S: Simple, nothing too interesting. Just some dark roast coffee and dark chocolate. Pretty mild.

T: Dark roast coffee dark chocolate. Pretty typical of the style.

M: Full bodied and creamy smooth.

O: I like this beer. It's a solid nitro stout. I'd recommend it if you want to consume a lot of cheep beer without getting a sour aftertaste (Guinness leaves a pleasantly bitter aftertaste). I'd also recommend it if you don't want to spend a ton of money on craft beer at a bar and just want to hang out and be casual.

Serving type: nitro-tap

02-07-2014 21:45:17 | More by BierJager89
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3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: This was presented in a cigar bar where the bartenders know how to pour a nitro-tap beer. It was its usual black color with a tan creamy head about two-fingers tall. The typical cascading effect of the nitrogen bubbles was present.

S: You get a bit of a roasted malt nose with a hint of watered down coffee.

T: Very smooth and very creamy feel. The notes you get from the nose do not necessarily translate to the palate as the flavors are slightly bland. It is not bitter and does not leave a bad after taste. The smooth creamy feel makes up for this.

M: The first mouthful is always the best with the foam of the head making the following the most smooth. Every drink from the glass afterwards is not as pleasant, but still smooth. The carbonation becomes undetectable towards the end. It is a thicker beer, no doubt.

Overall: Guinness Draught is a great beer for those who want to try a Dry Stout but are afraid of dark beers. This used to be my favorite stout before I began exploring the beer culture. I have tried numerous other Irish Dry Stouts that have surpassed Guinness. Since I have opened my eyes to new beers, Guinness has fallen as a "run-of-the-mill" stout. As many people have said on here, it is a typical go-to stout when nothing else is available, like at a typical restaurant.

Serving type: nitro-tap

10-22-2013 02:10:50 | More by TheChrisK
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3.49/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours black as night with a thick off white head. Big, creamy, lasts through the entire beer.

Toasted malts on the nose. A small hint of alcohol. Sweet notes come through as well.

Roasted malt flavor. Milk chocolate. Like watered down chocolate milk. Very very smooth.

Smooth and thick.

Nothing special.

Serving type: nitro-tap

10-21-2013 03:03:33 | More by dowen17
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3.76/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

had this as one of my last beers on the NCL Breakaway during our last cruise excursion.
A nice foaming cascading head deep black with a thinner body.
Aroma was quite lean being it on nitro. Taste was also pretty lean. It was malty with a slight roasted taste.
Drinks smooth and creamy.
I generally drink this as a go to beer if I can't find any quality craft beer be it where I happen to be.

Serving type: nitro-tap

10-14-2013 11:54:44 | More by micromaniac129
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4.75/5  rDev +36.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is the gold standard for a stout. I know that it is not super triple imperial oak aged or anything of that nature that makes other beers get great reviews but it is what it is-A simple, great tasting beer. drinkability is unsurpassed with this creamy, light yet beautifully opaque brew.
roasted malt, roasted malt, and a little bit of twang is what makes this beer the stout that all others apsire to be.

Serving type: nitro-tap

09-07-2013 01:03:56 | More by bamafan
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3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving: Nitro-tap into 20oz imperial pint
Served: 28 September 2013

Appearance: This is a beautiful beer on nitro-tap. Pitch black with a one-finger foamy, dirty white, creamy head that just sits there forever, floating on top of the beer. One of the best looking beers one can ask for.

Smell: This is where Guinness begins to disappoint the craft beer drinker- the smell is practically non-existent. Unfortunately, there are very few dark-roasty malt notes to pick out in the nose. The beer, at this point, seems rather uninspiring because it practically smells like nothing.

Taste: Okay, so on nitro-tap this one definitely tastes different than other formats. I would not drink Guinness on anything but nitro. You can taste some roastiness, but not much. The beer is rather flavorless until you swallow, when just a kiss the the dark roasted coffee and dark chocolate notes common to stouts come out.

Mouthfeel: Great mouthfeel due to the nitro line. Very silky. After the beer was about 3/4 gone though, it started to feel a bit watery.

Overall: If every beer could look like Guinness (masterful head that just sits there), no beer drinker would ever go unhappy. However, character goes deeper than appearance and, unfortunately, Guinness isn't all that it's cracked up to be underneath the incredible looks. A watered-down, diminished taste for a beer that looks absolutely incredible. I would get this on tap if better options weren't available and may purchase in nitro-cans if hosting parties or making Poor Man's Velvets, but would not purchase in a non-nitro format. I fear that the wateriness would be all too evident in other formats.

Serving type: nitro-tap

06-01-2013 12:55:58 | More by Beric
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2.88/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I figured St. Patrick's Day was a good day to finally actually review this one. Poured on nitro-tap at Dugans on 3/17/13. This beer does look very nice in the glass. This is of course one of the more common introduction beers for most people to something other than a macro-lager. It looks wonderfully deep dark with reddish highlights and a very nice white frothy head developing from the creamy pour. The smell just isn't there though. After years of drinking other stouts, this beer just lacks the good nose of a stout. There's some light bread crust smell and maybe some dried grass, but it's not much. The taste, while better than a regular can or regular tap line, is still just average. It's creamy and dry finishing, but very watery overall. The body of the beer is just so wimpy after you drink other stouts. Tastes mostly of brown bread and a little of bitter, dry hops. Not a terrible beer, but not great.

Serving type: nitro-tap

03-19-2013 00:49:46 | More by estlinska
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5/5  rDev +44.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I spent quite a bit of time in Ireland and have since became a Guinness-snob.... I will say this: The Guinness that you get in (most of) the rest of the world is not anywhere as good as it is in Ireland. Even in Ireland you can get a bad Guinness... I found that this was caused by a few things, but more often than not it was because of a bad/dirty tap or line from the keg to the tap; I have even sent a few back when I was in Ireland because of the taste.

My rating/review is for the Guinness that you get on-tap (nitro) in Ireland.:

The bartender holds the Guinness tulip glass at a 45 degree angle until the Guinness reaches 3/4 full. The Guinness then has to settle or "cook" until the nitrogen bubbles stop flowing down the glass. Once settled the bartender holds the glass under the tap at no angle and tips the tap back, allowing the Guinness to flow more slowly, creating a nice domed head. The Guinness then settles (cooks) a second time before it should be consumed. The whole process should take 119 seconds.

The proper Guinness should be incredible black, hardly letting any light through it at all. The head should be off-white, thick (as if able to hold a coin), creamy, with no large bubbles (called frog eyes). It should not have that strong of a smell to it, but the smell should be something creamy (yes, creamy), slightly spicy, and slightly roasted barley. The taste should be very smooth... VERY smooth. It should NOT be overly bitter, but there is some there. A lot of people just say that it taste like coffee and chocolate. While a Guinness should taste of these things, none should be dominant over the rest.

Guinness from the bottle or from the can are not nearly as good because they tend not to drink as smooth. Maybe it's the aging that is done or the characteristics of the can or bottle that it picks up, but you CANNOT get anything better than Guinness on tap in Ireland.

Serving type: nitro-tap

11-30-2012 01:34:22 | More by NilocRellim
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4.83/5  rDev +39.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

291st Review
On draft at Against the Grain
Served in a Guinness pint glass

I can thank this beer for kicking off my enjoyment of craft beer as our paths first crossed at a small bar in Rome, Italy, during July 2005. Cheers to bspringer for wetting my whistle! It's been a fun ride since.

This review of a “Pint of Plain” comes from notes.

A: Very deep brown; I’ll call it black. Single (creamy khaki) fingernail head.

S: Roasty. Deep. Rich. Complex. Roasted malt, chocolate, molasses, and hint of coffee. Exceptional.

T: Follows smell. Classic. Heavenly. And oh so tasty! For a Dry Irish Stout it does not get any better than this.

M: Full bodied with appropriate (creamy and smooth) carbonation.

O: I don’t mean to be cliché here, but Guinness in Ireland tastes way better than Guinness elsewhere around the world. I’ve enjoyed a pint on four continents and it doesn’t get any better than within a 2 mile radius of St. James’ Gate. The mirco market in Dublin is okay at best, but having this gem on-tap nearly everywhere you turn in Dublin is wonderful. Some might judge and compare this beer to likes of Corona, Miller, Coors, etc. due to the mass production and wide-spread reach, but this beer is truly world class.

Reviewing beers on this site is surely subjective, but when it comes to rating a beer, it should be based on its merits compared to other beers of the same style. Hands down, this is the BEST Irish Dry Stout from draft on the planet! This is the benchmark. No questions asked. I’d highly encourage people to remember that when they are reviewing this beer. I understand the bottle and canned version of this can vary greatly while a non-Irish tap will not taste as good; however, if you ever have the chance to enjoy a pint of this from a pub in Dublin, rest assured, you will not be disappointed. If you find another Irish Dry Stout that is more enjoyable, please send me a bottle or message with the name and I’d love to try it. Until I find one that is better, I’ll keep going back to this beautiful creation every time I need a quick reminder of what started my love and enjoyment for craft beer. Cheers Arthur and here’s to another 253 years of the beautiful black stuff!

Serving type: nitro-tap

11-14-2012 13:45:32 | More by spdyfire83
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New York

4.03/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draught at Grogan's (The Castle Lounge) - Dublin, Ireland.

Creamy nitro parchment collar proud of the rim that rings over ruby-tinged black - the classic nitro look.
Roast, molasses and burnt sugar on the nose.
Dark toast, smoke, a bit of Band-Aid, dark acid malt, with hints of oily coffee and baker's chocolate, then dried orange peel and branch hops to end.
Roasty finish and light but long bitter drying linger. Smooth, creamy but a bit thin, and some chew.

With my login name, it seemed natural to write up this beer for my 1000th review.

I'll say a couple of things to start:
It's true that Irish stout is not at its best on nitro, that Guinness is now served too cold, and that the pint has been dumbed down in the 15 years since the merger that created Diageo. Even the average Irishman would agree with the latter two points.

But it's also true the Guinness is better in Ireland. This is down to freshness due to fast turnover, line cleanliness, and it not being pasteurized (supposedly). The best pint I've had in London or New York is no better than a mediocre pint in Dublin, that's just the way it is.

And this entry in BA covers no less than 3 products: the tap in your average pub, Draught cans, and the drink-from-the-neck Draught bottles. The cans are sometimes better than a bad draught pint but the bottles are dire, almost a different product, and their inclusion here drags down the overall rating for this beer.

I'd also say to all the haters (and there are plenty) that for 50 years or so there wasn't another Irish stout. That makes this the standard; hopped-up 6% ABV craft-brewed Irish stouts are often historical recreations that are almost a different style, in much the same way that Brooklyn is a "pre-Prohibition" lager which can't be judged against MGD. I'm not saying that makes Guinness a good beer, but it should be taken on its own merits - laying it next to Cadillac Mountain is comparing apples and oranges.

With all that in mind, this is an understated light dry stout, nuanced but sessionable. It does differ from pub to pub - this pint was particularly sour, others are more chocolaty, creamy, or even meaty - and rewards repeated visits. Not the best stout, perhaps, but a good gateway to stout and craft beer both and very often the best option in many pubs.

Is there a better mass-distributed macro beer?

Serving type: nitro-tap

11-02-2012 17:06:28 | More by StJamesGate
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1.63/5  rDev -53%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Bought in a Dublin pub.

Appearance: This beer does look great. Presentation wise it is fantastic although having to wait 2 mins for the bartender to do the pointless "2 part pour" is annoying. I realise that getting the head to sit perfectly above the rim needs you to stop and wait a few seconds but it doesn't require anywhere near as much theatre as it's given. The taste of course, like any other beverage in the world, isn't affected by the number of times you pour it.

Smell: Not much going on other than a little cocoa.

Taste: Blandness. There's a little bitterness, a little maltiness and some more cocoa flavour but that's about. Aftertaste is a nice bitterness that fades far too quickly.

Mouthfeel: The creamyness of the head is nice but after that it's watery and slightly oily for some reason.

Overall: Meh, I've had plenty of nitro stouts and Guinness is by far the most watered down, mass appealing of the lot.

Serving type: nitro-tap

09-17-2012 12:44:00 | More by irishgoat
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3.93/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was fortunate to have a few pints at the St. James Gate Brewery and Storehouse in Dublin that I will never forget. I must say the pints in Ireland are much better than any where else.

I learned how to pour a Guinness from tap while at the brewery. You have to let Guinness settle for at least a few minutes before drinking. Otherwise, the nitrogen is going to affect your enjoyment. There are a few other tricks that most bartenders are unaware of that will affect your pour. Authentic Irish bars should know how to pour a Guinness correctly, beware of others.

Myth has it, if you tap the side of your pint of Guinness with a coin and hear a metallic sound, then, this pint is NOT ready. If you hear a thud, like tapping on wood, then, this pint IS ready to enjoy.

Appearance: 2 fingers of creamy head and very dark brown to black body. IMHO, Guinness set the standard of what a beer should look like right after a pour. 4.6

Smell: Oats, biscuit cookie, with some milk chocolate, 3.7

Taste: creamy coffee, chocolate, butter biscuit cookie and oats, 4.2 Yum!

Feel: much thinner than it looks. A little sticky like milk chocolate, 3.8

Overall: this is my go to (can) beer and standard dry stout, 4.07.

Note: the Guinness recipe outside of Ireland is different for each region of the world. The Foreign Extra for Africa is another favorite.

Serving type: nitro-tap

08-19-2012 06:25:01 | More by Beer_HOPper
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4.58/5  rDev +32%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had this in a on nitro-tap pint glass.

Appearance- Very dark brown, almost black. Two fingers worth of tan colored head that leaves rings of lace behind with each swallow.

Smell- Dark roasted malt, smoke, coffee, and a bit of caramel.

Taste- Very similar to the nose with a hint of hops for balance.

Mouthfeel- Full bodied, creamy and super smooth. Very nice amount of carbonation.

Overall- This is the standard that all stouts should aspire to. I have had this in a bottle and a can, but on nitro-tap is the best.

Serving type: nitro-tap

08-18-2012 16:37:29 | More by scratch69
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3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From Notes

Pours the traditional stout look, off white dense head.

Aromas subdued due to serving temp.

Taste is mild and sessionable. Hints of chocolate and roast malts. Only hints. In a quite watery body.

Mouthfeel to die for - smooth and creamy.

Great session beer. Truly great at the low ABV.

Serving type: nitro-tap

07-20-2012 05:56:49 | More by heygeebee
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4.23/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

You're served this beautiful, cascading, swirling beer, tannish-white foam settling in a glass, and as the beer settles it's jet black with a light white head.

It's not as heavy as you think. Nor as dark. It is the prototypical stout. It's a thing of beauty.

Serving type: nitro-tap

06-14-2012 01:34:47 | More by stetson57
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2.55/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

On tap @ An Sibhin, Antwerp.

Despite having had the unequivocal joy of tasting some of the best stouts in the world, I think it's important to put both feet firmly on the ground and have a few pints of the grandmother of all stouts: Guinness.

A: Black on first sight, but quite obviously a dark ruby red when held against a light source. Gorgeous creamy off-white head, meringue-like texture when tapped properly. Put fingers in it to make little Bart Simpson spikes, shouldn't play with food though, naughty boy.

S: Nothing to write home about. Few aromas making its way through the head: watery and metallic notes, slight hints of coffee and dark chocolate.

T: Again, not great. Primary notes are water and iron, with slight hints of roasted malt bitterness. Aftertaste is a pleasant bitterness, yet also accompanied by those omnipresent metallic notes.

M: This is where this beer shines. Gorgeous mouthfeel because of the nitrogen, slides down the throat with buttery smoothness. Sits in the stomach surprisingly light, you can easily down a few pints of this even if you're not a big drinker.

O: Objectively speaking not a great beer as it greatly lacks in flavour and aroma, but the mouthfeel makes for a unique experience. An excellent fallback stout should you see it on tap.

Serving type: nitro-tap

06-02-2012 14:52:47 | More by Dennoman
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3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Guinness makes me a hypocrite. In beer universe it is pretty low---no nose, marginal taste, and nothing to make you jump for joy, but...

Darn it. There just isn't anything like a Guinness.

Throw it on on a nitro, pour it right, and if the bartender signs it with TLC, you know you have made it to the gates of Dublin. The head is a modern marvel (circa 1800) and rarely will you drink a tar black beer that doesn't knock you down.

If you have no affection of history or Irish pubs you will likely find this beer totally unfulfilling. OTOH it is eye candy to the soul, and the alcohol is low enough so that it becomes a fine session beer. Calories are lower than you think also.

5 stars for this jewel. Cheers.

Serving type: nitro-tap

05-30-2012 06:14:31 | More by WynnO
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2.63/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Finally got to try this on nitro-tap, but I have to say that even that was disappointing. Why this pub draught stuff has surpassed the regular extra stout in popularity is beyond me, because there's no comparison in my view. Even on nitro, it was equally unimpressive, other than the look and the lasting, creamy head. But the body was still watery and the finish disappointing. Taste hadn't changed, the usual suspects for a dry stout, coffee, roasty, a bit nutty perhaps. Stick with the regular extra stout or the foreign export stout.

Serving type: nitro-tap

05-18-2012 12:20:54 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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1.5/5  rDev -56.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

A: Dark reddish brown. Creamy head.
S: Smells creamy with some subtle hop smells.
T: Tastes like water. Maybe only the slightest hint of hops there but I could down this like a soda water.
M: Like water. The nitro bubbles didn't really add anything due to the extremely light body of the beer.

Overall a terrible brew. I had a debate with my friends if MGD was better which is sad. I don't see what Guinness is getting at here. I was thinking beer for the masses but this was just like a soda water. I wish I had ordered a San Pelligrino instead.

Serving type: nitro-tap

04-12-2012 13:32:17 | More by Jamesthebrit
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North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on nitro-tap at Jackson Hole in New York, NY

A: Since this beer was poured on nitro-tap, the normal rolling cloud-like settling thing that Guinness does was observed. The beer is an opaque extremely dark brown to black in color. The beer has a finger tall creamy light beige head that has some great retention qualities as it barely reduced at all over the entire life of the beer. Significant lacing is observed.

S: This beer has a very faint aroma of dark roasted malts.

T: THe flavor, like the smell, is also fairly faint with the dark roasted malts being the only distinct flavor that comes through. Very smooth flavor though.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Extremely creamy.

O: A classic and a beer I have been enjoying for 20 years... Very easy to drink, very sessionable, and very enjoyable.

Serving type: nitro-tap

04-08-2012 12:01:28 | More by dbrauneis
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3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap out for Irish breakfast. Arrived at my table in an imperial pint glass. Served pretty well chilled.

A) I have a soft spot for this beer. This is the first beer that I ever even took the time to appreciate appearance. I still love the looks of a pint today. It's black in color, with a nice creamy full finger of head. Excellent retention and ample lacing.

S) There is not much to the aroma, and certainly nothing offensive. This is mostly a deep roast with a little hop bitterness.

T) Pretty close to the nose, malt, pleasing roast, very light coffee, hop bitterness. The finish is a little dry, pleasing aftertaste.

M) This is fairly light, not thin though. I've always found this rather creamy, kind of soft, right amount of carbonation. Easy to drink.

O) I still enjoy a properly poured pint of the black stuff. You can find other stouts with quite a bit more aroma, flavor and body, but this is still a classic.

Serving type: nitro-tap

03-12-2012 03:37:51 | More by RoamingGnome
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3.03/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes

Served in a Guinness pint glass

A: Appears black, but shows a deep ruby color on the edges when held up to any light. About a finger and a half of ultra creamy white head that slowly fades to one or two centimeters and stays forever. Nice stickage to the glass as well.

S: Faint roasted malt smell. The nitro really masks the nose.

T: Just a roasted malt taste. Pretty plain and disappointing. The nitro strikes again, probably holding back the flavor a bit.

M: The common belief that you need a spoon to make your way through a pint of Guinness is way off base at best. It is actually quite light and fairly watery, and feels even more watery as it warms up. Finish is a tiny bit dry.

O: Guinness kills you with looks and with the price you pay for it on tap. Doesn't live up to the hype generated by the die hard Guinness fans and average beer drinkers.

Serving type: nitro-tap

03-10-2012 22:54:29 | More by CMUbrew
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3.2/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had on-tap @ the Twisted Timber, Boise ID. Served in a Rogue pint shaker.

A: Cascading nitro pour, dark opaque body with red highlights, good foamy off-white head, good retention, excellent lace.

S: Muted, grain, metallic, whiff of smoke, faint coffee, malt, sweetness.

T: Follows the nose, muted as well, grainy, malty sweet, dark, hint of roast coffee, lightly metallic/mineral, ghostly smoke.

MF: Creamy, smooth, light-to-medium body, clean finish, no lingering flavors.

O: Not worth the time, very very faint flavors and aromas, artificial at times, and muted by the nitro pour in my opinion.

Serving type: nitro-tap

02-16-2012 16:37:15 | More by Scotchboy
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