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Guinness Draught - Guinness Ltd.

Guinness DraughtGuinness Draught

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4,745 Ratings

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Ratings: 4745
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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Photo of NiceTaps

New Jersey

3.39/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

14.9 oz nitro can in a Guinness glass.

A- Very dark brown color with more than a touch of ruby red at the bottom of the glass due to refraction. It has the nitro cascade look, very cool, that produces a dense creamy mocha-colored head, about a half-inch worth. The head clings heavy to the inside of the glass leaving some lacing.

S-Sweet creamy alcohol, roasted malts, and just a hint of mineral-like smokiness.

T-Dry roasted malts. I pick up some sweets, too, from the hint of chocolate. Slightly smoked.

M- Thin and watery despite the fact that the dense creamy head never waivers. The malt flavor is short lived and the smokiness is unpleasant. There's no body.

O- Guinness Draught always looks great. It's too bad that the rest it does not measure up. Not all bad of a light beer, however.

Serving type: can

01-19-2014 22:54:13 | More by NiceTaps
Photo of FLima


3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Re-review with fresher batch in London
Hard to beat Guinness appearance, with its down cascade of brown beige waves turning to a deep black color. Thick and consistent head that lingers forever.
Mild aroma of cream, vanilla, chocolate and toasted malts.
Similarly, creamy, sweet roasted malts and a touch of dark chocolate flavor. Hints of earthy and herbal hops. Mildly bitter, though it gives some random spikes and with a dry and toasted like aftertaste.
Light to medium body, but still a bit watery, which is unexpected. Carbonation quite low, tiny bubbles.
Classic, used to love it 15 years ago, but general benchmark moved up. Now there are lots of better choices.

Serving type: can

11-07-2013 11:40:38 | More by FLima
Photo of Ohmmygawd


2.93/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Can to pint glass.

Room Temp.

I'm drinking at home in Boston. I've been trying different ways of drinking Guinness at home. I've been leaving out the cans to get to the proper room temperature and then in a glass doing a three pour to let the head properly settle. It helps but after the head it pretty much tastes like water.

Serving type: can

09-10-2013 23:00:05 | More by Ohmmygawd
Photo of emyers


2.91/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16 oz. can poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Say what you will about Guinness, but it looks pretty damn awesome with the cascading nitro bubbles and the exceptionally creamy off-white head that lasts...forever? Color is a very dark ruby brown. Not quite black.

Smell: Aaaand, it's downhill from there. Not much going on. Bready. Some slight hints of roast and caramel, but mostly just bready. Really not a bad smell by any means, there just isn't much of it.

Taste: The sour mash is apparent, and the only thing about the flavor of this beer that attempts to stand out. A lot of bready malt again, with a slight sour twang. What isn't apparent is roasted malt, or chocolate, or coffee, or any of the flavors that I've grown to expect in a stout. Okay, okay, there's SOME roasted malt. But it's remarkably mild. At the end of the day though, this is not a bad tasting beer at all. And unlike other macro beers, it doesn't taste like water. It's flavor won't impress you by any means, but it isn't water.

Mouthfeel: Thin and slippery. The nitro makes it extremely smooth. But it's quite thin. Far too thin.

Overall: This is essentially the only macro beer I ever consider buying. Unfortunately that's about the biggest compliment I can give it....In all fairness though, it's not a bad beer when all's said and done, and on certain occasions I just can't help drinking a few (cough, St. Patrick's Day).

Serving type: can

02-25-2013 03:00:24 | More by emyers
Photo of AC-Mivsek


3.08/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 14 oz. can into an English pub glass.

A- Nice creamy tan head which leaves some decent lacing, very dark.

S- There is some roasted malt character, but there is really not much going on with the nose.

T- Sweet, somewhat metallic this may have just been the can though. Very watery.

M- It's smooth but with a pretty light body. Very little carbonation.

O- Very watery and light stout with no real outstanding smell or flavor. It looks nice though.

Serving type: can

01-14-2013 23:49:23 | More by AC-Mivsek
Photo of jadpsu


2.75/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark brown to black with a creamy foamy head that has really good retention and terrific side glass lacing. From that point on it was pretty much down hill.
Aroma, is of roasty sweet malts, with some caramel, and or molasses and a tinge of coffee.
Taste, is really watery, with no body, which is exactly what you get for the mouthfeel category or lack of it.
Very disappointing product by Guinness.

Serving type: can

12-20-2012 00:20:44 | More by jadpsu
Photo of Hoppsbabo

United Kingdom (England)

2.95/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Guinness is often the only beer worth drinking in English working men's pubs. Haven't had one for well over a year.

A: I think everyone knows what Guinness looks like.

S: A bit of smokey malt. Not strong.

T: Metallic, watery, slightly smokey and sour. No coffee at all. Some citrus in the aftertaste.

M: It's got a widget so it kind of feels like it's been pulled from the pump. Otherwise, there's not much interaction with the tongue at all. Pretty poor.

O: I've been serious about beer for a year and my palate has evolved somewhat. It's a heck of a lot more insipid than I remember but for the casual beer drinker it's still a great alternative to lager.

Serving type: can

11-11-2012 07:14:24 | More by Hoppsbabo
Photo of justintcoons


2.18/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a transparent dark brown with red highlights. Has an uber-creamy off-white head which shows no sign of ever dissipating. This does not seem natural. Lacing coats the glass like a boss.

N: The nose is very subtle. Raisin, root beer and some barely noticeable chocolate and coffee notes.

T: Root beer and very subtle raisin upfront followed by rusty metal and watery caramel mid-palate. Finishes nutty along with some brown sugar.

M: Light-medium bodied, watery and clean.

O: THE session stout that everyone claims is so thick and a "meal in itself." Well, good people, these are all just myths. There's a reason why Irish people drink these all day...because they can. They have a low ABV, the same as Miller Lite and are highly drinkable although very bland in flavor.

Serving type: can

04-03-2012 23:06:22 | More by justintcoons
Photo of mglaser37


3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Head: Has a strong hold with rich creamy color.

Aroma: Not hoppy at all…almost doesn’t have a scent.

Taste: Very roasty and malty…delicious.

Mouth-feel: Very smooth and easy to drink…always had this
misconception that it was a heavy beer…very light.

Color: Beer is a dark brown..almost black.

Serving type: can

02-01-2012 21:58:19 | More by mglaser37
Photo of Dtopete21


4.38/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a high head which allows there to be a strong hold on the class after it has been poured out. The head remains white which is pretty cool.
I like it because it doesn't have a strong hop aroma.
The taste is not bitter at all, with a hint of caramel taste.
Its a light beer.

Serving type: can

01-30-2012 00:21:40 | More by Dtopete21
Photo of amk786


4.5/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is an Irish dry Stout, and in my opinion one of the best in the market. The smell was a mix of malt and barley, texture and mouth feel was slightly watery, but overall smooth in texture. This beer retains a full head on the glass when poured.

Serving type: can

01-28-2012 02:41:20 | More by amk786
Photo of ihavedrankbeer


2.85/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I think this beer was average. The taste was not bad, but it was nothing amazing. It tasted watery and did not have a big mouthfeel. It has a nice, very dark color with a medium head. There was not a strong smell compared to something you would get with a lot of hops in it. It also has a strong hold on the glass. This beer is an "easy drinking" beer.

Serving type: can

01-26-2012 00:05:17 | More by ihavedrankbeer
Photo of maddyaliotti


3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color is a creamy and dark chocolatey color. The aroma is of a roasty coffee. The mouthfeel is surprisingly light, like drinking water almost. You would think that because it is so dark it would be thick like a porter but it is not. It is creamy with a nice strong head on it.

Serving type: can

01-25-2012 06:44:59 | More by maddyaliotti
Photo of SaintMarysGirl


2.25/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Watery with no had to get the phones still sensitive Toppenish Euporia up the phone disappears and you can see the dark color of the beer has a soya sauce the Maltese smell too late and taste kind of Carmalee maybe even a little chocolate he smells cream mean the head is as well very creamy hence the term water and is that a stronghold on the glass even know what is water

Serving type: can

01-25-2012 03:32:16 | More by SaintMarysGirl
Photo of grapetonix


3.03/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Very dark, but light goes through (ultra dark ruby). Medium carbonation. Good.

S: Hot dogs, peanut, tobacco. Slight unpleasant malt style skunkiness makes it pretty average.

T: A mixture of different types of wood, malt, and smoked sausage. Good, but slightly too weak for my tastes.

MF: Semi-rough and slightly metallic/oxide style but still easy to drink.

O: One of the most commonly seen beers in existence. Often the best you can get on a less well-assorted pub given you like stout.

Serving type: can

12-01-2011 16:22:16 | More by grapetonix
Photo of dmcbeerington


1.35/5  rDev -61.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

First, I am not an expert on beer, but I do love beer and drink and enjoy them a lot.

A: It looks dark, just like coffee with some redish. I like the color, since it remind me of red wines.

S: It smells like carbonated-chocolate, not good smell.

T: It tastes bitter and watery. It is horrible. I rather drink water than it.

M: I really don't know how to say it, but it tastes like bitter medicine which my mom used to force me to drink when I was a kid. It is horrible.

O: The worst beer I have ever encountered. I have signed up here because I want to write a review of this horrible beer.

There is only little tiny beer taste to this stout. It doesn't taste something more than bitter, and is similar to Chinese medicine with straight ingredients. I tried to like it, but since I have already tried 4 cans and I can't even finish 25% of them. I have no choice but to hate it.

The last bad beer I tried is Budweiser, King of Beer; although bad, I can still manage to finish the whole can. This guinness is definitely not something I want to even touch in the future.

Serving type: can

08-25-2011 02:37:08 | More by dmcbeerington
Photo of GreenJetta912


3.2/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours beautiful. Great head and retention. The bubbles billow around the beer producing a color like coffee with cream in it. When it settles its a shade lighter than black coffee.

The most surprising thing is almost no carbonation is left. If I didn't see the bubbles I would say it's a still beer. Surprisingly lighter tasting than most stouts.

This is not a bad beer but there's nothing really that stands out as unique. It's good but not great and In my opinion not worth the price. The foreign extra reserve is where it's at.

The most impressive part was the apperance.

Serving type: can

04-27-2011 11:56:22 | More by GreenJetta912
Photo of ruffbrew


3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Almost no aroma, slight amount of chocolate malt hints.

Black color but can see small amounts of dark red when held up to light.

Smooth and thick mouthfeel that is hardly carbonated, its more foamy and stays on sides of glass

Roasted chocolate and dry bitterness, subtle flavors.

Easy to drink when the foam lowers, and its much better on tap.

Serving type: can

03-16-2011 00:40:05 | More by ruffbrew
Photo of jj311


1.98/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I don't know what to say here. In the midst of looking for something different as my desired brew was sold out, I decided to pick up a 4 pack of these. Immediately upon pouring I found myself impressed with the extremely thick and creamy retentive foam-head. After that, it all went down hill. Smell is very faint, and not at all impressive. Taste was very light, with some slight coffee and chocolate notes that were there, pretty much like flavored water. Mouthfeel was creamy with absolutely no carb tingle. Drinkability would be great if I was being forced to drink it, being so light and watery I could drink until I'm full, but the overall failure of this brew ensures I won't be buying this again.

Serving type: can

03-04-2011 14:52:24 | More by jj311
Photo of zic


3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Open the can and pour directly into a glass for best results... wait for the beer to form, might take a minute or two... thick, creamy head on top when finished. Feels a little watery in the mouth, but goes down smooth. Not as full-bodied or full-flavored as I would have hoped. Overall, a good beer. I will have a another... then some homemade taco pizza... peace out.

Serving type: can

02-26-2011 00:58:26 | More by zic
Photo of GuinnessGuinness


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

It is the best thing since sliced bread! I have been a Guinness drinker since the 1990s and I will always choose this over any other beer in the world! No doubt. I love pouring and watching the head form... and the taste is like heaven. They say it's like a meal but I can drink it like water. If you don't know where to start with beers, this is it!


Serving type: can

02-09-2011 07:31:08 | More by GuinnessGuinness
Photo of jonb5

United Kingdom (England)

3.08/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

half litre can, dark, obviously but hints of red at the edges. The way this beer looks is the best thing about it. The head stays longer than other beers. Smells of smoke, hint of roasted vegetables. Thin body, tastes of smoked iron. Very smooth, goes down well. 4.2adv means it's one to session. My main complaint is it's over priced. To sum up i'd say its a beer for accountants.

Serving type: can

11-29-2010 15:49:36 | More by jonb5
Photo of HockeytownBrew


2.83/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Motor oil black with the famed, creamy head. I have to say, sipping the head was the best part.

S: Roasted malt. Faint hits of coffee and nuts.

T: Even more roasted malt flavor, almost burnt. As with the scent, notes of coffee and nuts are present.

M: Medium to high mouthfeel. Smooth.

D: It wouldn't be hard to drink a few of these. Obviously not a brew meant to have a good time with, but still.

Overall, I was not particularly impressed.

Serving type: can

09-12-2010 22:33:15 | More by HockeytownBrew
Photo of AleWatcher


3.23/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

I figured it was time to revisit a beer I used to drink constantly-- this was one of those beers that helped lure me away from , and keep me away from, the BMC products. There was a time I loved this beer... Let's see how it's held up.

This thing pours dark red--- real rich creamy tan head. The cascading bubbles are like the sirens, leading me to my imminent doom that is the darkness of this beer! Looks dark. It is such a dark red that most people think it's black. Looks as good as I remember.

Surprisingly thin feel for how thick it "looked" in the recesses of my memory. Smells like roasted barley and some caramel malts-- perhaps chocolate. I might be crazy, but I smell something almost minty?!

The head is thick and creamy, but the body is so thin it is shocking! This is a real sessionable dry stout-- not really filling like I remember. The taste shows those sweet roasty malts and a dry finish that is quite nice.

Serving type: can

07-28-2010 05:42:19 | More by AleWatcher
Photo of NWer


3.15/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

"draft" 14.9 oz can 2 minute pour into a pint glass.
As mass produced beers go, this is pretty good.
This is Guinness after all.
Very dark clear appearance. I used to think that this beer had body before I was able to compare it to some of the great stout beers out there. Now, I consider it to be somewhat on the thin side. Still, this is the kind of beer to enjoy with a meal and not concern yourself too much with the details.
Nicely drinkable but it has become a little pedestrian for my taste.

Serving type: can

06-27-2010 03:07:18 | More by NWer
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Guinness Draught from Guinness Ltd.
79 out of 100 based on 4,745 ratings.