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Guinness Draught - Guinness Ltd.

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Reviews: 2,092
Hads: 6,785
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 19.48%
Wants: 117
Gots: 1,576 | FT: 1
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Ireland

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-02-2001

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Photo of Sammy
2.58/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Two tastes - weak coffee and bitter beer. Drink it straight from the bottle is the motto. However the best we can say is its coffee appearance and huge creamy head that stays there. OK to drink if you're drinking something after to take away the taste. (252 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.92/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at BJ's in Valencia, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a 1 inch dense foamy tan head that fades to a small cap. Thick and sticky ring lacing on the drink down. Smell is not impressive with watery dark malt and stale coffee. Tastes of roasted malt and watery coffee. Very thick and creamy mouthfeel. Overall, I wouldn't drink this very often. I guess I sort of was obligated to try it on tap for St. Patrick's Day. (418 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had the honor of having this beer at the Guninness factory in Dublin. My review is not based on this particular tasting however it is one of the first beers I tried and the one that got me turned on to beer as prior to, the beers of the college ranks had turned me off to them.

The beer is black but some light still gets through. The milky, brownish head leaves a lacing and remains for much of the experience. The aroma is of roasted malt which certainly becomes much more apparent with the tasting. Caramel malts as well as a chocolate taste is appreciated as well. The mouth feel is smooth with medium body.

Overall this is a very good beer. I think it is best tasting on tap. I will often order this beer when out as it is one of the few regulars at multiple places I frequent on the weekends. (807 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.46/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is very dark amber (approaching near black) in color and poured with a finger high creamy beige head that died down but has excellent properties and consistently covered the surface. Watching the cascading bubbles after the initial pour is always a spectacle.
S: There are faint aromas of roasted malts in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste isn't very strong but has flavors of roasted malts along with some hints of chocolate and coffee. Hints of bitterness are present in the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied, creamy and smooth on the palate. There is some dryness in the finish.
D: This beer goes down very easily and is very sessionable, especially considering its low alcohol content.

Note: I also had this on nitro-tap at The Wellington in Dublin, Ireland on 6/21/14 and the beer didn't seem nearly as as dry and also seemed to be a little sweeter compared to the version exported to the United States. (925 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
2.94/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to gr8134 for this can. Served in a wine glass.

Pours dark brown with a white head. Fairly dark, but much lighter than the Foreign Export Stout, which we tried this side-by-side with. The head on this one is quite creamy. From there, it goes a bit downhill and this isn't a particularly-memorable beer. There is a bit of mild roast and very, very faint dark chocolate in the nose, but that's about it. The taste is really mild and creamy--roast, light chocolate, and the tiniest touch of malt sweetness. Feel is light and creamy. Just an okay beer. This really seems to be all about texture and not big on flavor. (621 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

the orignal and most famous for a reason. this is the original dry irish stout. pours nearly black, thick, frothy mocha head. smells roasty and smooth, ever slight milk chocolate characteristics. tastes great, creamy and a little bitter at the finish. full bodied but so smooth and low alcohol that you can easily drink it all day. not the best stout in the world, not even close, but when you are at a pub and the choices are bud, bud light, heineken, and guinness, its the only choice. also nice on a hangover (511 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.87/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.75

Guinness was my first beer, it has a very special place in my heart. It has always been my go to drink at a bar if nothing else is worthy of my time or money. I love the surge the beer has, I love how it looks like chocolate milk while pouring and fades into a very dark brownish black color. It's the smoothest texture with a very nice roasted flavor. I'll admit it's a little bit on the watery side and it's not thick at all but it still has a good quality to it for anytime of year or place. (494 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.18/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First time in a long time. Trying this brew on draught is one of the most classic and endearing moments in beer. The look of the nitro-carbonation sheading the beer and floating to the top is something special. The head retention is basically a milk shake for stout lovers. Slight aromas of roasted grains, chalkiness, and mild souring. Flavors and moderate and firm, ranging from charcoal, roasted grains, mild lactose, and and underlying sweet maltiness. The feel of this beer is always supurb. Full and creamy, then thinning into a powdery, soft finish. Quite dry and fleeting in the aftertaste. It's the taste that defined the style. How can it be anything but great? (671 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nitro can: Poured a dark black beer with a nice foamy head with ultra long retention due to the nitro ball. Aroma and taste are quite dry and bitter with notes of roasted malts also being very present. Aftertaste is a bit too watery for my liking but overall I think this is a classic and pretty decent classic drink. (317 characters)

Photo of largadeer
2.92/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown with reddish highlights, slightly translucent; ultra-thick nitro head.

Smell: Lightly roasted barley, a bit grainy - not much of an aroma.

Taste: Mild roasted barley, but without much actual bitterness. A subtle grainy sweetness comes through in the middle. It finishes clean and dry with no aftertaste. I'm not too sure what else to say - it really doesn't have much depth or character.

Mouthfeel: The nitro head gives the illusion if a thick, creamy beer; but the body is very thin and watery. I know Irish dry stouts aren't supposed to be the thickest stouts around, but this is thin even for the style.

Notes: Now here's a beer that's all about image. It looks impressive, but when you get down to it, it's completely lacking in aroma, flavor and body. It's not terrible by any means, but it's also not very good. (844 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.61/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I used to have one or two of these only on St. Patrick's day, like the rest of the beer-drinking world, until I went to Ireland a few years ago. There, it seems to often be the only non-lager available at pubs throughout the countryside, and I got my fill of it, and then some. Haven't had it in a while, but there's something about a dark pub and those ubiquitous black Guinness skirts that the waitresses wear.

A full UK pint arrives at the table in my local Irish, and looks to be an opaque black, with reddish cola highlights, barely perceptible in the low backlighting of the pub, and one finger of a perfectly solid, foamy, caked tan head, which leaves a patchwork of mesa profile lace around the glass as it very slowly abates.

It smells of nutty, lightly roasted grainy malt, with subtle ministrations of bittersweet chocolate and cold coffee grounds. The taste is dry toasty caramel malt, a mild floral hoppiness, some ethereal pithy drupe fruitiness, and a swirling cafe au lait character. Nothing particularly hoppy manifests.

There is indeed very little carbonation, the body surprisingly medium-light, a tad creamy, and definitely smooth, though it somehow feels like it's sticking to the roof of my mouth. It finishes dry, with a redux of that aromatic toasted nuttiness.

Overall, hey, it's Guinness - mild stout flavours and an easy quaffing quotient make it a reliable option for a session of whiskey and ale interlacing. Add in the decidedly un-American ABV levels, and you're good to go, once you convince your eyes that this is not actually heavy in the slightest. (1,588 characters)

Photo of emerge077
2.59/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Another ubiquitous macro beer, one of the first I can remember drinking all those years ago. More for the novelty of the nitro can, nowadays bottled Guinness doesn't pass muster.

Poured into a tulip glass, the color is a dark reddish brown, and black in the glass. The foam only cascades momentarily, unlike the super slo-mo version from the nitro can. It's tan foam has a creamy texture and good retention, minor arcs of lacing are left behind in the glass.

Smells a bit dull, wet barley and roasted grains, old coffee.

Tastes similarly weak, roasted barley and cardboard, folgers, vague ashy note in the aftertaste. Watery feel, bland with a lower level of carbonation. Seems to be a mere shell of its former self, or maybe the added nitrogen adds something, and without it there's just not much substance. (811 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
1.93/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Despite the fact that the plastic label beseeches me to 'drink straight from the bottle' and to 'serve extra cold', I will do neither. This will be at my beer fridge temperature of 50 degrees and will be poured into a nonick pint glass. I don't take orders from beer bottles. I'm also chagrined to discover that it checks in at less than 10 carbs (9.9 to be exact). That is what is commonly known as a red flag.

I get the usual nitro cascade effect on the pour, though it seems to be less impressive than what I see from the average nitro can. When the show is over--no more than 15 seconds--I'm left with an opaque, dark brown liquid crowned by a slim finger of heavily creamy, grayish brown foam. The nose is meek and is of roasted malt, chocolate and coffee in roughly equal proportions. Not bad, not great.

Guinness Draught tastes like watered-down Guinness Extra Stout. I mean that literally. It seems less like a weak stout (that was brewed as such) and more like water was added before bottling. What flavor I can discern is of lightly roasted dark malt and weak iced coffee with very little chocolatiness at all. The finish is nonexistent because there's very little flavor to begin with. The body/mouthfeel is, again, watery in the extreme.

Guinness Draught is one of the wimpiest stouts that I've ever had. It challenges my taste buds about as much as kindergarten final exams would challenge my intellect. It may have been a slightly better experience if I had sampled it straight from the bottle, but any beer that has to rely on a gimmick such as that gets no respect from me. This is a beer that doesn't deserve to be taken seriously. Next. (1,657 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a deep, dark, brown color with a creamy/foamy, small, tan head that left small traces of lace.

S - It smelled of coffee, chocolate and caramel.

T - A nice bittersweet blend of sweetness from the chocolate and caramel with the bitter kick from oatmeal and some hops.

M - It is soft, smooth and creamy. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - I've had this from a can and bottle, but it is always best on tap. It is the choice at restaurants than just feature BMC. (472 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
2.62/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

My first nitro bottle, ehh is all I have to say. Poured fantastically, if you have never seen it you must, the cascade is just gorgeous. A very slight roasted malt, but that is about it. The taste is just flat to me. I am spoiled maybe by the good stouts that I can find, but this is just bland. No real presence, too oily and not enough character. The presentation is beautiful, but looks can be decieving. (407 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
2.67/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

One of the roommates bought beer, and this is what he brought home. I didn't want to be rude, so I had one.

A: This really is a nice looking pour. Dark brown, bordering on black with that patented creamy mocha colored head.

S: Very thin and watery on the nose. I pick up a few hints of roasted malt and maybe some chocolate.

T: Not too much better than the nose. A bit of roasted malt flavor and maybe a touch of chocolate and coffee, but overall it's very bland.

M: I do enjoy the creamy feel the nitro gives. Unfortunately, it seems to (have helped to) kill the rest of the beer.

D: This is really disappointing. I recall early on in my drinking days when Guinness was a fairly enjoyable beer, but it seems to have gone the way of so many other mass produced items. (772 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.06/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Dark brown body with a dense cream-colored head.

Smell: Exceedingly mild, plain aroma of creamy roasted barley.

Taste: Very vague overall taste with only a mild coffee-like bitterness. From the first sip to the last there's just very little to offer here.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Mild carbonation. Joyless, watery texture.

Drinkability: Perhaps the widget-bottle isn't the way to go, 'cause this beer lacks any sort of distinct characteristics and comes across as watery and uninteresting. (510 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - One finger of thick, light brown foam that doesn't go away. The body is opaque and black.

S - Coffee and caramel with some slight sourness.

T - Light, roasted flavor with notes of dark chocolate. Quite sour in the middle with a dry, clean and slightly roasty, bitter finish.

M - Moderately thick, creamy body with low carbonation and a dry finish.

D - Roasty and dry, this is obviously a classic example of the style. Nevertheless, I can't say I really like it, it is pretty one dimensional and not particularly compelling. (531 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.86/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Guinness tulip glass.

Pours into a frothy, auburn maelstrom that settles via cascade into a very dark brown, nearly black body with about a finger's worth of tan head that laces very nicely. There isn't much to the smell, only small bits of oats, malts, coffee, and sugar, all very faint. The taste delivers a solid amount of dark grains, with phases of milkiness and that trademark Guinness half-sour at the back. The body is near the top of the moderate scale, and is extremely smooth, leading to a highly drinkable brew. One of my favorite widely-distributed brews! (581 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.06/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Typical Guinness in a bottle with a widget rather than can. I don't really get it. It's in the bottle so you can drink it out of the bottle, right? Since when did it become so hard to find glassware? Hell, a plastic pint glass will do. But I guess this is all about show. In any case, I found it no different from the canned version. I didn't think the widget did as good a job, but that was with a single pour with just a few pauses along the way. (448 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.29/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can with a widget.

A: Big nitrous head that takes up the entire pour at first, then slowly rolls its way down to a nice thick dark black liquid. 3 layers are apparent, the white frothy head on top, the mixing brown in the middle, and the black beer on the bottom. It's almost pitch black, but not quite. I really love how Guinness has brought draft beer to a can!

N: Dark malts, a little chocolate malt, some creamy aromas, dark spices, nitrous aromas, a little roasted malt aroma as well.

T: Very creamy, nitrous up the wazoo. Some light chocolate and roasted malts. A slight sweet malt. Mostly creamy bitter charred malt flavors. Slight fruity flavors as well.

M: Very creamy, semi thick, lots of nitrous carbonation.

F: Semi bitter, earthy, a little sweet, lingering creamy feel and taste, some lingering fruity flavors and sweet syrupy like flavors. (873 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.23/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from an 11.2oz. nitro-bottle into a flute glass.

A: After the beautiful cascade of bubbles subsides, the beer is a pitch black color with a very dense off-white head that fades at extremely slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of creamy chocolate and roasted malt and overall it’s a little stronger than most beers that I’ve had in the style.

T: I typically don’t use the same words to describe a beer’s taste as I do a beer’s smell, but as I sip the beer, creamy chocolate and roasted malt are the first words that come to mind. There’s a little bit of smokiness to it and although there’s a little bit more flavor than other beers that I’ve had in the style, the taste just seems weak overall.

M: Very smooth, heavy body, light carbonation, finish is dry but a little bit sticky.

D: Within the style this beer is tasty, but it’s not a style that I favor. It goes down very easily which has caused this beer to gain so much appeal. I used to think that I couldn’t handle this beer, but after having tried a wide range of high ABV beers and knowing that this beer has the ABV of a Light Lager, I now realize that I simply don’t like it. Having said that, I still appreciate the quality of this beer with respect to its style. (1,288 characters)

Photo of mactrail
2.24/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Starts with a dirty aftertaste. No malt to speak of, except a possible infusion of very old, well-used coffee grounds. Truly a dishwater flavor with a little more salt than I like in my dishwater. Watery is the word. Faint medicinal smell. Sloshy froth of nitro does nothing for it. Pours in three parts-- brownish beer topped by a gray layer, and then a beige head.

What is going on with this? Maybe I got the product from Guinness Somalia instead. Barely drinkable. Air has more flavor. Water tastes better. At least water doesn't have this terrible metallic aftertaste. Probably what a dung beetle would use to wash the dust down his little throat. It's that nasty. Can has the newer big golden harp thanks to Diageo. (721 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured chilled from the nitro-bottle into a 1/2 pint.

A - Mahogany w/ a ruby hue and thick densely layered foam appears like a beer milkshake-totally smooth surface

S - Woody and malt driven aroma w/ mild yeast and gentle hop mixed w/ a caramel note

M - Thinnish slight tang from yeast w/ nutty malt and nitrogen whipped texture

T - Mild toasted woody flavor w/ a tinge of pine hops and a gentle roasted grain. The flavor has a slightly sweet/smokey malt as the last taste is sampled

D - A basically good stout, above average for the style - I would probably pick this if in the mood for a dry stout. (606 characters)

Photo of LXIXME
3.62/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (802 characters)

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Guinness Draught from Guinness Ltd.
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