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Guinness Draught - Guinness Ltd.

Guinness DraughtGuinness Draught

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4,741 Ratings

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Ratings: 4741
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-02-2001)
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3.59/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 14.9 ounce nitro-can into a shaker pint. The label assures me that this is brewed in Dublin, Ireland. Of course, you get this pssst and some foam overflowing the can as you crack it. A gentle pour produces wildly cascading, settling froth. I can just barely get the beer into the glass with a slight dome of a head over the top. The head stays creamy throughout, leaving lacing along the sides of the glass. I really enjoy the effect of these nitro balls.

I get that typical mineral smell and flavor that I've noticed in many another old world brew. The nitro really brings this flavor out, and contributes to a very creamy mouth feel that would seem more watery without it. Even so, the thinness of the malt is very apparent. Definite tones of coffee and maybe slight unsweetened chocolate. Mild bitterness and metal in the aftertaste. (I actually don't mind metallic flavors within reason). Underlying everything is a light roasted malt sweetness.

I really can't rip on this beer- though that seems popular in these web pages. People in my town seem to really like it (Butte, Montana, home of a large Irish-American population). I've not actually drank much Guinness, it wasn't very available during my younger years, and so I can't compare it to the Guinness of yore or of Ireland that many people equate with the beverage of the gods. I've had it on draft locally and thought it was perfectly fine, though nothing to rave over- it also makes a good black and tan. It makes a pretty good session beer since it is rather light in carbs, calories and alcohol.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-31-2014 04:58:53 | More by archyquaffer
Photo of Brewsome

New Jersey

2.94/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(A) Awesome creamy head that billows up from bottom of glass. Very cool. Wait for 90 seconds...Drink. Heavy lacing. Long lasting head. Nice.

(S) Roasted barley, coffee.

(T) Roasted barley, coffee & chocolate, some mild hop. Nothing complex at all. There are no fruity notes.

(M) Very light and watery. Chuggable and actually very refreshing. This beer is very popular in some warm climate countries.

(O) OK beer for what it is - a light dry stout. No major flaws, but nothing outstanding.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-21-2014 22:47:29 | More by Brewsome
Photo of Ohiolager


2.81/5  rDev -19%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Nitro can with no freshness date.

brewed in Dublin pasteurized stout. poured into a pint glass.

pours very dark almost black, however my phone flashlight is pretty weak but it still lights up the entire glass. leaves a two finger tan head that ends up as one finger. leaves very little lacing scattered on the glass.

i smell hints of coffee, toasted grain, roasted malt and caramel.

the taste is more robust than the smell but that being said its good but is lacking some power in its flavor. i taste very little chocolate, mainly a coffee taste followed by a roasted, toasted bitter hop taste.

the mouth feel is super light. almost lighter than water if that's possible. i know its 4.2 abv and low in cals. however i want a stout, not a bud light. leaves the mouth a bit bitter and dry.

overall its not a bad beer, however i prefer a thicker, stronger, more robust stout. i was introduced to Guinness a long time ago with Irish car bombs. but now i ask for an English car bomb. (i find no difference between draught in nitro cans or bottles)

Serving type: nitro-can

03-19-2014 03:41:09 | More by Ohiolager
Photo of Dean_M

United Kingdom (England)

2.5/5  rDev -28%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

A:Very dark verging on black, big nitro head which lasts the duration. The appearance really is this beers selling point. Looks fantastic.

S: First thing that hit me was mocha, roasted malts, no real hop aroma. Pleasant.

Taste: Roasted maltiness, some bitterness, dry finish. Nothing too complex.

Mouthfeel: Watery not very stout like but with nitro head is smooth and creamy. Little carbonation.

Overall: Easily drinkable beer, nothing special, average.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-18-2014 08:48:20 | More by Dean_M
Photo of ncjoshman


3.36/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

I think I've reviewed this before, but I'd just like to remind everyone that this is Guinness Draught. It only comes in a nitro-can, or nitro-tap. The bottled Guinness is Guinness extra cold, so reviews for it should only be written in its section.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-18-2014 00:50:03 | More by ncjoshman
Photo of SoupKitchenBeerSnob


2.03/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Got a can from the pool bar at the Royal Pacific Resort, Orlando. The place is great (gotta love the fast pass at Universal Studios), but man, this beer sucks. I like Guiness stout, but this is nothing like that. Looks good enough, but there's hardly any aroma and it tastes like flat, bland water. I mean, why bother? If you like tasting absolutely nothing in a beer, then go for it. Otherwise, pass on this swill.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-16-2014 00:48:12 | More by SoupKitchenBeerSnob
Photo of goatgoat


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
Photo of DenisKolkin

Ontario (Canada)

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
Photo of BrewThru_29


2.84/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Looks amazing. Thick creamy tan head that lasts forever. Appears black in the glass but slightly translucent with some red noted as well. Unfortunately, looks can be decieving.

Smell: Roasted malt, but its very mild and I'm not picking up much else.

Taste: Same as the nose. Roasted malt flavor, slightly bittersweet, but zero hops.

Mouthfeel: How can a beer that looks so good in the glass be so watery? Thin and boring.

Overall: I'll get this once and a while if there's no other options on tap, because this is still better than the BMC's of the world. Not by much though. I would like to try this in Ireland sometime to compare.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-04-2014 20:28:46 | More by BrewThru_29
Photo of zeledonia


3.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Tasted 19 January 2014, reviewed from notes.

Pour is pretty, as nitro packages often are. Deep brown, cascading light tan head. One finger, foamy, good retention and nice lacing.

Smell is thin and lightly sweet. Not much stout character that I can pick up.

Taste is kinda like the smell. Just not much to it. A touch of char, a hint of sweetness. Mostly bland.

Feel is okay. A little thin, a little flat. The nitro doesn't really stick in the feel, leaving it kinda dull. It is light and refreshing, which is odd for a stout.

A very light stout without much flavor. Always gives me a chuckle when people refer to beers as "as thick as Guinness". I guess it is what it is, a refreshing stout. Thing is, I don't really want my stouts to be refreshing.

Serving type: nitro-can

01-21-2014 04:00:21 | More by zeledonia
Photo of illpass78


4.23/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a nitro can into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown that appears almost black unless you hold it to the light. The head quickly recedes to about a half inch of tan foam. Leaves a decent amount of lacing on the way down.

Aroma: Smells like black coffee. Alcohol is very faint; almost nonexistent to the nose. Overall the aroma is pretty weak, but not uninviting.

Taste: I know the canned draught Guinness takes a beating from critics, but I think it's perfect for what it is. It has a creamy, coffee-like flavor with some roasty dark chocolate notes, and the alcohol is almost unnoticeable (like in the nose). It's not super thick, but it's thick enough. Guinness Draught is full of the qualities that make people love porters and stouts - is it best in class? No. But it's never a letdown, either.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and inviting. Very easy to drink. If a "session dry stout" is a thing, it's probably this.

Overall: Guinness Draught is much-maligned, but it gets the job done. I feel this beer's rating suffers because so many people think of it as the apex of beer and it's clearly not. But at the end of the day, it's a fine substitute for a chocolatey dessert. You know what you're getting into here; just enjoy it.

Serving type: nitro-can

01-21-2014 02:20:44 | More by illpass78
Photo of TeamMathis

West Virginia

3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Poured out like Irish Cream. Nitrogen streams up the black brew. Perfect, thick tan head.
Smell: Coffee and malts.
Taste: Smooth. Watery.

Few beers are as beautiful as this one. Yes, it is completely overrated. It tastes like a water of sorts, has a very faint smell, has a low ABV, and costs too much. However, it's still enjoyable in the total sum of all its parts (and has a great story and history). It's amazingly drinkable and smooth. I will, of course and with little shame, get this again.

Serving type: nitro-can

01-19-2014 03:07:18 | More by TeamMathis
Photo of Drankin


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

If you're a stout fan, then you should always have a case of this at the house. It might not be the most heavy hitting stout in the world, but it's a classic. For the price of $26 for 24 pints, it's the cheapest stout I've seen thus far.

Appearance is "black" though in the right lighting you can see the ruby red tinge within your glass. Great heading thanks to the nitro bubble in the can. That "TSST" sound when you pop it open is a beautiful sound indeed. Mouthfeel is watery, but not in an unpleasant way. Very drinkable stout with little carbonation. You may end up drinking more than you expected to drink. Taste is light with malty notes and very slight coffee and chocolate on the finish. This beer goes great with almost any food. Closest thing you'll get to having Guinness on tap.

Serving type: nitro-can

12-14-2013 19:42:49 | More by Drankin
Photo of kylelenk


3.66/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nitro-can, nitro-bottle, nitro-draft, etc.

Appearance - Quite possibly the most beautiful pour of any beverage. The cascading affect, while familiar, never gets old. Leaves a wonderfully thick, creamy head on top with peaks reminiscent of fresh whipped cream.

Smell - Subtle smell for the relatively low ABV count. Very muted hints of chocolate and porridge.

Taste - Although slightly bitter, the nitro body yields a very underwhelming but enjoyable profile. Very easy to drink much like a session beer. Very delicate hints of roasted coffee and bitter dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel - The most enjoyable part of a Guinness. Although sometimes hated, the nitrogen adds a complexity that allows this beer to be enjoyed in mass quantities without getting the gut-rot familiar with other common adjunct lagers.

Overall - For someone looking to get into stouts, Guinness is a great place to start.

Serving type: nitro-can

12-05-2013 17:07:24 | More by kylelenk
Photo of ONUMello


3.29/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

14.9oz nitro-can poured into a pint glass
A: Pitch black with the classic Guinness head
S: Muted. Some roasted malt, coffee, caramel
T: Nice roasted grains, a bit nutty, a hint of caramel though it tastes a bit watered down, as though all of those things had been a lot more promenant at an earlier stage
M: Silky smooth but a bit thin/watery
O: The Extra Stout is leaps and bounds ahead of this

Serving type: nitro-can

10-26-2013 12:21:15 | More by ONUMello
Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.46/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Can from Bert's Better Beers.
Pours a solid black with a huge creamy tan head that displays and insane level of retention. Smells of roasted grains a hint of fruit and a touch of tart. The flavor mimics the aroma fairly well. Coffee like roasted grains that are quite drying with hints of fruit and tart. Light to medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick creamy mouthfeel. An old favorite that I revisited today, solid brew, a bit simple and not the fantastic beer I thought it was so long ago.

Serving type: nitro-can

09-22-2013 02:11:51 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of AAG


3.19/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Well....I've enjoyed Guinness for the last 15 years...it's about time I write a review about it. Poured from a nitro-can (straight out of the refrigerator) into a room temperature glass...

Appearance - The Guinness nitro-can pour is always a thing of beauty as far as I am concerned...the swirl that occurs as the beer settles is fun to watch and the two-finger white/tan, creamy head always wets my appetite. Dark, opaque brown...not as black as some irish dry stouts.

Smell - Chrome, almost rust-like; difficult for me to articulate this smell; nothing to write home about...

Taste - Dry, almost metal-like...not really sure how to put this in words...it tastes like....well....Guinness (sorry!). Not very complex...pretty bland actually...

Mouthfeel - While I used to enjoy the mouthfeel tremendously, I am now savvy enough (tongue-in-cheek) to know that the mouthfeel is actually very watery compared with many quality irish dry stouts...oh well, I still enjoy it!

Overall - Though I know that there are probably dozens of stouts better than this Irish Dry Stout, I still really enjoy a Guinness....it's an oldy, but goody...

Serving type: nitro-can

09-01-2013 23:20:56 | More by AAG
Photo of Weston19


3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Guinness glass

A: Amazing. If there's one thing that makes Guinness Draught memorable it's the spectacular show that it puts as you wait for the beer to settle. Once the nitrogen widget finishes it's performance, the beer is a blackish red color with about a finger head. It looks creamy and very delicious.

S: Latte, vanilla coffee, smells are faint but present.

T: Roasted barley, some slight bitterness int he back. It starts off sweet like a late and ends lightly bitter. Some chocolate is present but you have to really look for it.

MF: WOW...super watery. It is creamy but it's just way too watery. The body is extremely light and there is absolutely no carbonation to the MF. It is very smooth and almost feels like someone grabbed an iced coffee from the fridge and gave it to you without any sugar. I was seriously expecting a denser more flavorful stout.

O: It smells more flavorful then it really is. It's a great beer to have if you're barely going into stout beers but the mouthfeel is awful. This was the downfall of this beer. It's just way to watery for a stout and it just really throws you off when the appearance and the smell suggests something larger. I guess the low alcohol is the reason why it's so thin but...man...such a let down.

Serving type: nitro-can

08-24-2013 01:48:03 | More by Weston19
Photo of The_Doubtful_Guest

New York

3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - One of the coolest looking beers of all time: The nitro surge after the pour, the perfect creamy, tan head, nice dark color. Perfection.

Smell - Odd, slightly off-putting sweetness, and faint coffee. Like if you finished a cup of coffee, let the cup sit for an hour, then sniffed your cup.

Taste - Watery weak coffee, slight roasted malt taste. Quick acidic bitter bite that hits the back of your mouth every other sip or so.

Mouthfeel - Surprisingly light and watery unless you get some of the creamy head in your gulp, in which case you get this satisfying creamy medium bodied feel. Low carbonation.

Overall - Looks awesome in a glass, but when it comes to taste and mouthfeel I am disappointed. An OK stout, nothing offensive but nothing amazing either. Even with the light body and low abv, I wouldn't want to have two in a row.

Serving type: nitro-can

08-14-2013 04:06:00 | More by The_Doubtful_Guest
Photo of Hesperus


3.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Black bodied fading to ruby in the thinner parts of the glass. Immense, white, cloudy head with great retention and lacing.

Smell: Roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate.

Taste: Roasted malts with burnt notes along with hints of dark chocolate and coffee.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and thick with low carbonation.

Overall: An amazing session beer, inoffensive taste attached to a highly drinkable body. Far from the best stout, but it's far from being offensive.

Serving type: nitro-can

08-10-2013 04:11:28 | More by Hesperus
Photo of freneticamnesic


3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Years after my first Guinness experience: finally a review!
Poured from from a nitro-can into a chalice.

A - Poured dark brown, formed a layer of black, brown, and light tan head; settled to ink black body with a thin tan head that lingered the entire duration of my drinking it (around an hour)

S - Roast grains

T - Cream, light roast malts, nuts, and finishes a slightly sour hoppy note

M -Thick and creamy, like a just slightly fizzy glass of buttermilk

O - A lot of people complain that this is just a plain beer, and really light, and it's all just marketing. In a way, that's true. Guinness draught isn't a heavy, complex porter that will change your perspective of beer. But it's a good simple alternative to the other basic lagers or porters you might order with dinner, or at a cafe. It's light enough to not dominate a meal or fill you up, but it's creamy and tasty enough to be an enjoyable alternative when you want something a bit different. Either way, I'm still quite fond of this beer.

Serving type: nitro-can

07-01-2013 07:02:15 | More by freneticamnesic
Photo of KYGunner


3.24/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The nitro can was created, I would guess, for looks and feel. It certainly succeeds in look as the transformation of this beer, as it enters the glass is both beautiful and entertaining. The head it builds is thick and creamy and congeals into a solid unit. The color is black, plain and simple.

The scent is lacking as some charred malt is present but lost for the most part.

The taste is toasty, charred malt with a back end of sweet creaminess. Problem is as good as it tastes, it's simply not tasty enough. The whole taste gets lost in a wash of watery finish and feel. The nitro seems to take away the very essence of the beer and depletes, what I always felt, was a very good stout.

Serving type: nitro-can

06-09-2013 01:12:59 | More by KYGunner
Photo of mmmbirra


3.29/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 50 cl can. Yes, a full pint. Not that 14.9 oz bs you get stateside.
Looks fantastic. Black, and when held up to a light shows a few red streaks. The classic tan head lingers forever.
The aroma is light, and smells faintly of chocolate. Maybe a hint of coffee, maybe.
The flavor is equally lacking, and again you can pick up a slight bit of chocolate in the background. If you look really hard you can find something resembling roasted barley. The flavors are really nice and pleasant, but they're unfortunately quite muted.
Very creamy, very nice mouthfeel, and for a moment makes you think that this beer isn't as light as it is.

Serving type: nitro-can

04-26-2013 17:41:14 | More by mmmbirra
Photo of LiquidAmber


3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an Elysian snifter. Pours pitch black with a very fine, two finger light tan head from the nitro can. Aroma of mild toasted malt and nuts, mildly sweet. Attenuated flavor of light toasted malt, milk chocolate, nuts. Finishes very mild hops and residual malt. Light body without any creaminess I'd expect from the nice head. I enjoy an occasional actual draught Guinness, although it is mild by comparison to the stouts I usually drink, but this tastes like that Guinness slightly watered down. A pleasant Irish dry stout, but very attenuated in flavor. It was a reasonable accompaniment to dinner.

Serving type: nitro-can

04-17-2013 01:05:46 | More by LiquidAmber
Photo of drmystery

North Carolina

3.39/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

poured into my big ol glass.

the appearance looks absolutely gorgeous, a nice change from the orangey cooper IPAs and pale ales ive been having, looks deep black with a ruby hue if held up to the light. amazing thick and creamy head that went from about 2 fingers immediately after pouring to about a quarter inch head that lasted the entire beer. gorgeous looking beer.

not a lot of smell, but i do get hints of roasted malts and a "burnt" smell, like ground coffee beans. its faint, but its there.

the taste is basically the same as the smell-not alot there but its pleasant when you do get a taste. obviously not very hoppy-especially since i do like IPAs and that sort of thing. it tastes like burnt and roasted malts, which is kind of pleasant.

mouthfeel-what a let down. i was expecting it to be more creamy and thicker, but it ended up being thin and watery, hopefully guinness on tap is more creamier and thick. however, it is smooth-its not fizzy or anything. if only it were smooth AND creamy!

overall, its a good beer for a mass produced stout. i think this beer is overhyped, but its still good and drinkable; its underwhelming. it looks good but the taste just cant match the looks. its slightly above average for me-but i would drink it again, especially on tap at the irish pub near my house.

oh well. its still miles ahead of that yellow fizzy stuff.

Serving type: nitro-can

04-13-2013 04:14:48 | More by drmystery
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Guinness Draught from Guinness Ltd.
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