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Guinness Draught - Guinness Ltd.

Guinness DraughtGuinness Draught

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4,753 Ratings

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Ratings: 4753
Reviews: 1933
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 20.11%

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.

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Photo of BierJager89


4/5  rDev +14.9%
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
Photo of knodeljr


4.84/5  rDev +39.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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

Serving type: on-tap

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


3.1/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

When I was in high school, I had a friend whose dad thought Guinness was the Eighth Wonder of the World. He traveled to foreign countries on business a lot and knew a good bar to get himself a Guinness in every one of them, be it China, Germany, South Korea, Japan...you name it. He always said that to really get turned on to Guinness you need to have it at a bar in Ireland. According to him, it tastes significantly better there because it's closer to the source and the bartenders there know the proper way to pour it. Maybe that's true, although I suspect it might just be the placebo effect and the ambiance of being in a real Irish bar.

Whatever it is, American bottled Guinness is really nothing special. My girlfriend adores stouts, so I've tried a fair amount of them. My favorite is Founder's Breakfast Stout. I can honestly say that if it weren't for the fact that I use them for cooking, I would probably never buy another Guinness. It's not terrible by any means, but compared to some of the amazing stouts being put out today by America's craft brewing juggernaut, it is absolutely nothing special. I can see why, back in the day before craft brewing, people would think this is a great beer. Compared to the insipid pilsners produced by Bud, Miller and Coors, it's pretty damn good. But by today's standards it's bland and a little too bitter.

I also think it's funny how people think of this as a filling beer, too. I remember when I was a freshman in college I met a guy who drank an entire six pack of Guinness in one sitting and it blew my mind that someone could handle so much of a brutal beer like Guinness. That just seems silly now that I actually have a fair amount of beer drinking experience. Today Guinness seems like an easy session beer. I could put down six of these things like they were Keystone Light.

BOTTOM LINE: Meh. I would only recommend this beer if you've never tried it, just to add it to your repertoire. Manage your expectations though. The only good thing I can really say about it is that it looks pretty when you pour it.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

01-24-2014 16:57:31 | More by Sleepy_Conscience
Photo of acemaverick

West Virginia

1.65/5  rDev -52.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A: Very attractive bottle. Beer is as dark as strong coffee and looks interesting.
S: Did not smell as strongly as it looked. A little earthy.
T: This beer is unbearable to drink. Tastes like cigarette butts and day old coffee.
M: Flat & Dry.
O: This is by far the worst tasting beer I have ever tried.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 06:53:41 | More by acemaverick
Photo of zeledonia


3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
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 +21.6%
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 A-Ham


3.99/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not sure if one can make a sound argument against Guinness Draught. You don't even need to taste it to know that it has full flavor, you can clearly see it. This is one of my favorites, it really goes good with most things, but especially burgers and other red meat. If you haven't tried this beer (where have you been?), I would strongly recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 18:44:49 | More by A-Ham
Photo of NiceTaps

New Jersey

3.39/5  rDev -2.6%
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 TeamMathis

West Virginia

3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
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 AaronTheBearded


3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

Serving type: on-tap

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

New York

3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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

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

T: Rich with notes of chocolate, coffee and toast

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

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

Serving type: on-tap

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


3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

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

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

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

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

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

Serving type: on-tap

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


4.1/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

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

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

Mouthfeel a nice smooth almost no carbonation.

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

Serving type: on-tap

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


3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Serving type: on-tap

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


3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a incredibly deep brown color, a shade or two away from black with a thick, cream head that hangs around for the duration. Lacing is minimal and carbonation is hard to detect, but present.

Very welcoming although a bit boring. Sweet molasses and toffee tug at your nose hairs. Faint hint of vanilla.

A big mouthful of molasses. Dull coffee notes and bitter cocoa.

Light body borders watery, however, it's a bit chewy but incredibly smooth. Carbonation is light. Crisp, semi-dry finish.

I'm appreciate this beer... It doesn't excel in any one area but it's easy to drink, it's light, and it has character. And that's a lot more than can be said about a lot of stouts out there. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2013 20:12:39 | More by alphagnome
Photo of SisterNov


4.55/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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

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

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

Serving type: on-tap

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


3.04/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

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

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

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

Serving type: on-tap

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


3.81/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2013 04:55:55 | More by Alexnzx
Photo of a0lbudman


3.08/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A-black with a small tan head that left a small lacing in the glass as it went down.
S-slight roasted malt with a sweet camamel aroma
T-coffee with a slight bitter aftertaste that goes to a water like finish
M-watered down carbonation with a light body
O-I think my expectation where too high on this beer

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2013 02:35:24 | More by a0lbudman
Photo of Drankin


3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
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 Ozzylizard


2.7/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bottle maintained at reefer temp, poured onto goblet.
Aroma of toasted malt.
Head small (2 cm), light brown, creamy, mostly diminishing, lacing good.
Body dark brown, clear.
Initial flavor toasted and slightly bitter.
Finish flavor; none.
Body is medium, watery.
Carbonation is lively initially, but quickly diminishes to soft.
Overall, Ok but not good. Might be better at cellar temp.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 14:17:18 | More by Ozzylizard
Photo of kylelenk


3.66/5  rDev +5.2%
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 Captain_Komamura


3.81/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - a beige colored head, and a black body.

Smell - Sweet smell of coffee and chocolate .

Taste - Is basically the same as the smell, this stout manages to be not that bitter though.

Mouthfeel - Thick and heavy beer, sticks to your mouth.

Overall - This is a great beer from a macro brewery.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2013 22:17:23 | More by Captain_Komamura
Photo of Keith2020


5/5  rDev +43.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Serving type: on-tap

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


3.41/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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

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

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

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

Serving type: on-tap

11-16-2013 21:55:52 | More by Roguer
Guinness Draught from Guinness Ltd.
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