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Guinness Draught - Guinness Ltd.

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5,279 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,279
Reviews: 1,959
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 20.11%
Wants: 32
Gots: 379 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of spitInTheOcean


3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

smell is mild. smells of roasted barley, but also a corn-like sweetness.

jet black color. opaque. tan-brown, thick, long lasting head.

tastes like roasted malts, an acidic sourness. thats about it. big roasty malt flavor. there is also a very subtle hop bitterness in the finish. the flavor of roasted malts lingers on the palate long after the finish.

this is a very soft beer with low carbonation, and the nitrogen does lend it some creaminess. overall though this beer is thin.

overall i know my scores suggest i like this beer, but i dont think i do. i buy and drink it because everyone i know likes this beer. i think its light. a stout should not be sessionable. thats just my opinion. and what is more sessionable than 4.2% abv? i say a stout should be a meal in a glass. the old liquid bread. this is not liquid bread.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

07-25-2011 03:09:08 | More by spitInTheOcean
Photo of BradtheGreat7


3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Widget can poured into a Guinness pint glass. With the new bottles without the widget it's the only way to buy GUinness from your everyday store.
A - Is stunning in color. With it's deep garent color. Sits pure black. The cascade effect is a must watch when poured right. The head is thick and white. Lasts the entire experience. Thick lace is in the plenty.
S - Is a fairly good. It just smells like a Guinness. Very rich and bitter smell. Nothing too fancy. Just Guinness. Roasted malt, with a hint of coffee/chocolate.
T - Is very thick and smooth. A lovely taste throughout IMO. Roasted and sweet at the beginning into the middle. A Bittersweet finish. Delightful really.
M - Is well above average. Very smooth and very drinkable for me. I drink this often and never complain.
O - I dont know why Guinness Draught gets such bad reviews. Maybe because there are many great craft brewers in this day and time. Guinness is everywhere and most of the "great" brewers arent as readily available. I'm not sure, but Guinness is a solid brew. I drink it on a the regular here, and when I travel to the U.K. Sure there are better, but Guinnes always brings a lovely experience ;) Plus you can get it literally anywhere

Serving type: nitro-can

07-24-2011 15:56:32 | More by BradtheGreat7
Photo of kflorence


3.23/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Imported from my ratebeer.com profile - JAN 3, 2008

Pours very dark with nice head, tastes like roasted coffee and malts. Very creamy and smooth and hardly any carbonation, filling... almost like drinking a liquid meal. Not bad at all, but I'm not a big fan of nitrogenated brews and this one just comes off a bit dull to me.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 05:32:22 | More by kflorence
Photo of Jerone


3.08/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - One thing about a Guinness is they look cool. Close to black with a tan very creamy head, brown showing around the edges. Cascade effect is very cool.

S - Not much smell, little coffee and some dark roasted malt.

T - Not a lot of flavor, dark roasted malt and a touch of coffee maybe.

M - Watery and light bodied, the head helps add a bit of something though.

O - Not ones of my favorites due to the lack of flavor, I would choose it over a bud or miller but over any decent craft brew.

Serving type: nitro-can

07-22-2011 15:13:58 | More by Jerone
Photo of mactrail


2.23/5  rDev -35.9%
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.

Serving type: nitro-can

07-22-2011 04:40:44 | More by mactrail
Photo of Buggies


3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not a terrible beer. Not sure why it gets really low scores.

First off, I hate drinking a Guinness without the nitro. Without it (which mine is), it's just gay. Anyway, color is dark black with ruby highlights when held to the light. Aromas of roasted grains, coffee and citrus.

Taste is as the nose. Slight taste of coffee and roasted grains with citrus having a clear presence.

Not a lot going on in the nose or taste. But hey after all it is a session beer & a dry stout. So a clear example of the style. Perhaps it lacks a little than other examples, but a good example of the style... I think.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2011 20:23:52 | More by Buggies
Photo of bnes09


3.4/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Dark ruby color, pretty much pitch black with some red at the bottom of the glass. Has that distinctive cascading effect from the nitrogen bubbles. Thick and creamy head that settles to a 1/2 inch thick foam that does not go away. Completely blankets the glass in foam.

The main thing you can smell here is the roasted character, namely coffee. Very mild herbal hop.

Flavor is generally roasted, coffee, charcoal and roasted nut flavors come to mind. Herbal hop flavors tickle the tongue with a teasing level of bitterness. Creamy finish.

Light-bodied almost to the point of being watery. It's amazing though how many people think this is a thick beer simply because it is dark and has more flavor than light beer. I know for a fact it's lighter than most lagers because it sits on top in any black-and-tan. Just about zero carbonation. Nothing interesting here.

As far as Irish dry's go, this stuff is just ok. It does not even come close to something with flavor and texture like Guinness Extra Stout. Probably still the best draught style Irish dry out there. I think I'm just biased and like my stouts thick and robust. This beer is very easy to drink though.

Serving type: nitro-tap

07-18-2011 04:32:23 | More by bnes09
Photo of DarthKostrizer


4.2/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Dark brown with reddish rings around the edges. Beautiful almost 1 inch tan head has amazing retention and beautiful lace. I still believe in all my years of drinking that this is the most beautiful beer I have ever seen

Smell: Roasted malt and coffee upfront with bitter chocolate on the finish

Taste: Pretty much the same as the nose. Roasted malt and coffee notes upfront. Flavors fade pretty quickly but leave a hint of bitter chocolate on the finish

Mouthfeel: wonderful buttery smoothness quality to it. Full body and light carbonation

Overall: This is still my go to beer when I dont feel like spendy a bunch of money on beer. I absolutely love this piece

Serving type: nitro-bottle

07-17-2011 03:42:01 | More by DarthKostrizer
Photo of evlu1441

Alberta (Canada)

3.08/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Another classic beer! I've had this a couple times, but hated it initially. Let's hope I was just immature in my understanding of beer!

I cracked open the nitro can, and it let out a loud hiss as i poured it. I think my can might be a bit old. the beer bours a very dark but not completely opaque ruby/black. the famous guinness cascade leads to a nice creamy head on top. A very appealing-looking beer.

The smell is light and malty. There is a slight smokiness to it that is quite appealing and also a hint of chocolate syrup, but overall the aroma is faint.

The taste is very mild compared to what i remember. It has some faint toasted maltiness along with some faint smoky coffee. The aftertaste is slightly bitter and burnt.
The mouthfeel is what kills me with this beer! It's so watery!

Overall, I should try this on tap and get a better experience. Not as bad as i remember, but not what I was hoping for either.

Serving type: nitro-can

07-14-2011 07:29:51 | More by evlu1441
Photo of RedSoxFan1983


4.33/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance-I love drinking imported stouts in a nitro can, its a experience within itself, the color after the pour goes from a chocolate type brown to coal black after a couple of minutes, when held up to a light there is some redness shining through.

Smell- I'm picking up allot of hints of coffee and some cocoa, very pleasent smelling stout.

Taste-allot like the smell for me, tastes somewhat like cold coffee with some chocolate at the end, very good stout.

Mouthfeel-very thick, the usual mouthfeel you get from a stout, but not bad

Overall this is a very good stout, i would prefer this out of the nitro can or on draft than in the bottle just because of taste alone and you are not getting as much from the bottle in terms of ounces.

Serving type: nitro-can

07-11-2011 23:01:11 | More by RedSoxFan1983
Photo of Eramen


3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Guinness Draught served in my local pub in Dublin, Ireland:

A - Deep, dark, brown, almost black with a large cascading, creamy head. Divine!

S - Initially there is roasted barley, then earthiness, cream and chocolate milk.

T - Burnt coffee, chocolate, hearty roasted barley, milk and cream, brew malts, with a finish of measured bitterness.

MF - Frothy-creaminess and a very silky, light/medium mouthfeel which then goes down in a smooth way - plenty to get your mouth around here.

O - I've always found Guinness on-tap to be very refreshing, it's tasty and has a nice texture to it - it's not hard to understand why it's still a popular drink worldwide.

Serving type: nitro-tap

07-11-2011 16:46:28 | More by Eramen
Photo of tito42


3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from new widget-less nitro bottle to an imperial pint, even though the label says to enjoy straight from the bottle. No freshness date.

A: Nearly black in color, a very dark cola color with a thick, foamy cocoa head. Great retention and lacing.

S: Roasted barley and coffee, a little weak in the nose.

T: Roasted and bitter barley with a slight coffee flavor and a hint of cola. Lightly hopped, clean finish.

M: Against its reputation in the States, it has a light-medium body that is creamy up front, a tad watery in the middle, and finishes smooth. More true to the style description than its legend.

O: This is a solid Irish Dry Stout. It's better in the nitro can, and I prefer the Extra Stout over the Draught (would love to try the Foreign Extra someday). Not a complex beer, but very drinkable. This was the first "dark beer" I ever drank on a semi-regular basis. There are many stouts I would prefer, but this is a classic.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

07-09-2011 02:28:49 | More by tito42
Photo of Mako82


2.38/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from bottle in a pint glass

A - Very dark brown, possible black. Long lasting foamy tan colored head
S - Pick up malts and yeast, kind of grainy, slight alcohol esters
T - Very watery feel/taste. Picked up malts and coffee, but severely watered down. Slight bitterness
M - Low carbonation

Not what I was expecting from a Guinness beer. Would definitely pass on this beer and grab a different beer from Guinness.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2011 22:13:18 | More by Mako82
Photo of harrymel


3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle date: unk

One in a three part Guinness-off

A: Pours a deep brown ale with a 2.5 finger peanut head of fine quality. This falls slowly leaving a clean glass with no lacing, but a thick quilt of the same foam throughout the life. There is excellent clarity where available.

S: Caramelized sugars, cocoa, tomato paste, hints of noble and earthy hops. Soil. Sweet and juicy smelling malts.

T: Light malts are accentuated with some hay, soil, metallic flavors. Some tomato flavors (sorry folks, that's what I taste). Finish is sweet and bready - rye bready.

M: Creamy but light in body with lo carbonation. finish is thick and slimy. I like the mouthfeel on this beer.

O: this is a classic. I have never really liked it much. Not a bad beer, but only good once or twice annually.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2011 10:50:21 | More by harrymel
Photo of tjacobs610


3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very dark color, with a caramel colored head that’s thick and foamy. The lacing was very apparent and thick

S: This beer has a very grainy rusty smell. It also had a very faint caramel malty aroma to it

T: Has a very roasted taste. Not very bitter as I expected it would be. It is very creamy and easy to drink. The caramel hints and malts blend perfect with the floral hops used in this beer.

M: This beer is very light and frothy. The creaminess and lightness almost make it seem watery to me. Still very good feel in my opinion.

O: This beer has very good qualities. It’s very light bodied taste mixed with the great color and rustic smell make this beer one of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2011 07:13:18 | More by tjacobs610
Photo of corby112


3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark chestnut brown that appears pitch black and opaque in the glass with a 1.5 finger creamy off-white head that slowly settles into a thick lasting ring. Large chunks of soapy lacing are left behind.

Roasted malt aroma with hints of toffee, chocolate, caramel and lactic cream. Slightly toasty but this beer really smells like sweet water until it warms up quite a bit and the malt notes emerge.

Medium bodied with a creamy texture from the nitro. I'm usually not a fan of this characteristic because it's really artificial but it somehow works with Guinness. Again, as in the aroma, the beer is really boring and watery until it warms a bit. Too often this beer is served at 35 degrees and loses all of it's flavor. When it warms it's pretty nice with a decent amour of dry, roasted malt. Hints of chocolate, toffee, nut and caramel complimented by the creamy lactic feel/flavor. Dry finish. Not the best of the style but underrated, possibly because of it's popularity.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

07-04-2011 21:57:23 | More by corby112
Photo of Northsider


3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at multiple establishments.

What can I say, this is the most beautiful looking beer I've ever seen. Appearance is nearly jet black with slick white head that lingers for the entire drink. The cascade is a sight to see, I'm always mesmerized by it.

Smells of burnt coffee and typical roasted malts.

After drinking many other stouts out there, I can see why people consider this stout-lite, and perhaps deservedly so. Well, whatever, I still love this drink and it's available mostly everywhere. Super smooth, goes down ridiculously easy.

Overall, a really decent stout. Nothing exceptional, but it's available at nearly every bar worth a damn...a hands-down-no-brainer alternative to the BMC that is inevitably served beside it.

Serving type: nitro-tap

06-29-2011 22:13:55 | More by Northsider
Photo of kylehay2004


4/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

06-28-2011 15:37:41 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of FosterJM


3.05/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

588th Review on BA
Draft to pint
@Hennessys SD (Gas lamp)

This was poured by an Irish exchange student in an Irish Pub in SD.

App- One of the original cascading stouts out there. Layers upon layers of bubbles slide down the glass until a nice one and half finger head was formed. Sticky lace all the way down the glass.

Smell- Very grainy with very little else behind it. Maybe some chocolate? It was a bit one dimensional. Still smelled good just not large or filling on the nose.

Taste- Its a dry irish stout. Like the nose, a little one dimensional with a bit of creaminess behind it and some grain.

Mouth- Not at all what I remembered with it being like a meal. Its was modestly medium and medium carbonated.

Drink- When you first get into craft you have a Guinness. Its a better than average beer but one dimensional and a little bitter. Ill probably have it again. Who can say no to an irish car bomb?

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2011 02:01:29 | More by FosterJM
Photo of tjkinate


2.95/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hadn't had a Guinness in a while and decided to give it another whirl at the bar last night. What can I say, it just seems average to me. I didn't get that rush of flavors you find with so many of the other stout offerings. I can’t believe I used to think of this beer as heavy! Well, for me I guess this beer will just stay the requirement for an Irish car bomb and not for regular consumption.

Serving type: on-tap

06-26-2011 15:32:50 | More by tjkinate
Photo of DoubleSimcoe

New York

2.65/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

My first nitro-bottle! Curious about the serving type... have had a nitro-can before (Young's Double Chocolate Stout) and enjoyed it very much.

This Guinness is -unlike most of the Guinness products you'll find in the US- brewed in St James's Gate and not in Canada.

Appearance: Classic nitro pour, but not as impressive as on draft or as the Young's can I had, with the super creamy head and exuberant foam. This is much more mellow, with only one finger of head and not a lot of lacing. Head does remain throughout, though, as expected. Color is black and then some, coal mine in Wales.

Smell: Underwhelming. Powdered milk, some mildly bitter coffee and vague roastiness, plus a nice sugar touch.

Taste: Mostly water, with a much-appreciated soft bitterness all around the mouth and... that's about it. Some molasses/simple syrup. Oddly enough, a tad of honey and burning paper at the very end, which adds about the only real point of excitement here.

Mouthfeel: Blah.Easily the saddest Guinness I've ever had. It's got none of the great creamy-smoothness you expect. Watery, thin, doesn't feel nitro.

Overall: Of course, it drinks great. But it is way too boring. Also, I do not understand why the brewery says to "serve extra cold"? This beer tastes better when it warms up!

A good choice if you're at a bar that has nothing else of note. Of all the Guinness versions I have tried, though, this is probably the less appealing. I would skip the nitro-bottle and go for a glass bottle, can or -best of all- draft.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

06-26-2011 04:54:41 | More by DoubleSimcoe
Photo of mjyoung


3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Drank 12/23/10.

A: Dark brown, with a thick foamy head with some very nice foamy residue on the sides of the glass. The body looks a bit like coke though.

S: Smells like malty chocolate. A pleasant but simple smell with no depth.

T: Simple chocolate with a hint of fruit and no malt.

M: Watery feel, finely carbonated. The carbonation comes across as perfect but it's definitely a tad weak.

O: Very smooth. It goes down quite well and the relatively low ABV makes it easy to drink. I like it, but a lot of the overall grade comes from the mystique of the name...

Serving type: nitro-bottle

06-23-2011 18:25:06 | More by mjyoung
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South Carolina

3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured in standard pint glass, review from notes.

A: Black in color with ruby edges with creamy head that leaves good lacing.

S: Malts with some chocolate backing it up along with grain.

T: Toasted malts not bitter slightly sweet.

M: A little thin for a stout but not terrible.

D: Good for that stout mood you might get in when the craft store is closed.

Serving type: nitro-can

06-22-2011 01:44:38 | More by drowninginhops
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District of Columbia

3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

As a stout-lover, this is one I must review. Poured from a nitro-can into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: That famous look -- dark brown to black, with ruby red notes at the bottom. The head is no more than a finger wide and is light tan and creamy-looking. It doesn't just leave lacing, it leaves curtains!

Smell: Not very aromatic. Dry maltiness, some coffee.

Taste: That is some dry malt! Little bit of coffee and dark chocolate, but the flavors aren't overpowering. Basically no hop bitterness. On-tap, I've tended to get more flavor than from the can here.

Mouthfeel: This is the best part of a Guinness -- and why the nitrogen is so important. It's very, very smooth and heavy. The nitrogen also keeps the carbonation down.

Overall: Not a special beer in terms of unusual flavors, aromas, or appearance, but it's the standard stout for a reason. A solid beer and a safe choice.

Serving type: nitro-can

06-20-2011 23:37:47 | More by fountainofyouth
Photo of lespaulrocker


2.83/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Black body, one finger creamy tan head that sticks around for the entire pint. Nice lacing. Really a beautiful beer.

S: Malts, coffee, maybe some chocolate. Nothing to write home about.

T: Coffee and hints of chocolate, a little watery to be honest.

M: Light bodied, a little watery, good carbonation, nothing great.

We ate at a Irish style pub and I had to try a Guinness on tap. I'd had a can and hated it, and this was much better than the can was. Still, not something I'll seek out.

Serving type: nitro-tap

06-20-2011 17:24:55 | More by lespaulrocker
Guinness Draught from Guinness Ltd.
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