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Guinness Draught - Guinness Ltd.

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6,172 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,172
Reviews: 2,018
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 20.23%
Wants: 63
Gots: 824 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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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2.55/5  rDev -27.4%
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.

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3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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4.8/5  rDev +36.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a virtually black color, but some amber/brown coloring is detected in certain lighting.

The sandy, creamy, milky, slightly tan head maintains a finger width all the way down the glass, with lots of nice lacing.

As far as aroma goes, it's pretty faint. There's a typical stout sweetness to it, and then some dark-roasted malts.

There is a milky, vivd creaminess at the beginning, with dark, roasted malts. And then you get black coffee, and maybe - just maybe - some dark chocolate.

The mouthfeel is on the heavy side of medium.

Overall, this is one of my favorite beers. It's smooth, easy-drinking, flavorful, and overall a damn good beer. I don't think you can ever go wrong with any Guinness product.

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Guinness Draught from Guinness Ltd.
80 out of 100 based on 6,172 ratings.