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Guinness Draught - Guinness Ltd.

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5,127 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,127
Reviews: 1,954
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 20.11%
Wants: 26
Gots: 308 | 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 barleysandwich

British Columbia (Canada)

4.8/5  rDev +37.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

There are not many other stouts that can compare to Guinness in my honest opinion. I have had numerous others and they are just not as good.

Everything from the creamy head that lasts even after all the liquid is gone in the glass, to the deep dark color and complex strong smooth flavour with relatively low alcohol content, makes this one of my all time favorite beers ever.

I will say though that this has varying steps of "amazingness". Starting from fully amazing to less amazing here are the steps:

1) This extremely amazing when served on tap anywhere in the British Isles.
2) Very good served on tap in other parts of the world.
3) Quite good when served in the draught can with the widget.
4) Not as good when served in a bottle. When it doesn't have the gas release widget to give it that creamy effect, its just not as good.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2009 08:14:35 | More by barleysandwich
Photo of thegodfather2701

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours black with some ruby highlights when held up to light. It has a beautiful off white head that lasts throughout. The nose is nothing over powering, but there are hints of chocolate and licorice. The taste is much like the nose, except with a touch of coffee. This beer is rather easy to drink as the taste is nothing overpowering. The mouthfeel in the nitro-bottle is somewhat thin especially compared to this on tap. While this was a decent drinking experience there are much better stouts out there which I would rather spend my money and time drinking.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

01-14-2009 02:44:04 | More by thegodfather2701
Photo of philipquarles


2.45/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a cool-looking, cascading-foam effect that eventually leaves a one-finger light yellow/gray cap. Slight lacing. Smells faintly of slightly sweet dark. If I strain I think I get a bit of coffee/chocolate, but that may be wishful thinking. Tastes similarly weakly, though slight bittersweet chocolate comes through. Really mild and just plain characterless.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2009 02:43:34 | More by philipquarles
Photo of RAdragna

New Jersey

2.13/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Had a bottle then poured into tall pilsner glass. Came with the 18 pack Irish collection that I received for Christmas.

I was clearly not impressed with Guinness to say the least. The appearance made it look promising, but that was probably the only good thing about the beer. There was no smell to it, the taste was blah, and the mouthfeel wasn't very good. Maybe it's me, but I didn't feel this was a drinkable beer on its own. As part of a Irish Car Bomb or a fresh pint from a pub in Ireland, maybe. Not so here in the States. I'm not likely to buy a six pack of Guinness anytime in my future.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2009 03:37:25 | More by RAdragna
Photo of Frosty80


2.88/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color: black and beautiful



Mouthfeel: wonderful. the nitrogen offers a smoothness not found in most other beers. not very rich. med-high body.

Notes: guinness is pretty "wet" for a stout. i appreciate irish style and it will always have a special place in my heart but it is probly the most drinkable of stouts. not much aroma or taste. i used to drink it quite a bit and dont recall it tasting this impotent. great introduction to the style.

Serving type: on-tap

01-12-2009 04:47:30 | More by Frosty80
Photo of redneckchugger


3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

served in a 25 oz mug, miles of head, beautiful lacing. weak almost non-existent smell, tastes like guinness, caramelly,and smooth. can't really know this beer, its not the best stout out there, but its probally converted more bmc drinkers than any other beer.

Serving type: nitro-tap

01-11-2009 02:23:05 | More by redneckchugger
Photo of Greggy


4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- After a two-part pour, the beer was presented to me with a 1 finger thick white head. The body is black but I was saddened to see light through it. As the glass empties, there is some nice clinging lace.

S- Cream, chocolate, light roast, and roasty twang.

T- Starts out nice and creamy with notes of chocolate, bits of smooth coffee and some smooth roastiness.

M- Ultra creamy, smooth, and a long lasting finish.

D- This is definitely best on tap. Cans and bottles don't do this justice. Luckily, it's available at many beers making it a good fallback. Although sessionable, the sweetness becomes a bit cloying after a couple.

Serving type: nitro-tap

01-08-2009 18:55:01 | More by Greggy
Photo of Duhast500

Rhode Island

3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into glass from the can.

The color is an almost opaque black, with almost a red overtone. Has about an inch of foamy off white head which is quite thick.

The smell is of a very light coffee smell, a very slight chocolate flavor and a slight hope flavor as well.

The taste is chocolate slightly but taste is a little off and it better on tap.

This was my first stout and I still love to have a few every once in a while. I have moved on to other stouts and I hope to have one in Ireland but this is the one I always base my comparison on.

Serving type: nitro-can

01-08-2009 03:30:42 | More by Duhast500
Photo of kaseydad


2.9/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pouring this beer in a glass is probably the best thing about it! It's pretty cool to see the beer transform before my eyes.

Appearance is dark as night with a nice creamy head throughout the entire session.

The aroma is of roasted malt and smoke.

The taste reminds me of black coffee with a very dry finish.

Overall the low alcohol and calories is nice, but the I feel the best way to partake of this stout is through a black and tan.

I still need to get out to Ireland and drink the original there!

Serving type: nitro-can

01-08-2009 02:38:10 | More by kaseydad
Photo of Mistofminn


2.8/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Normally I wouldn't resort to reviewing a beer in more than one "serving type" until I am far into my BA journey. The only reason I do so now is because of the stark differences of the can and bottled version.

My friend, having just come home from Ireland, thought it would make him feel better if he purchased some Guinness. So naturally, he offered me one. I figured since I had just recently reviewed the nitro-can version I would give this one a shot. It can't be much different, can it?

Boy was I wrong. It was the same roiling brew I was accustomed to. For whatever reason, the head appeared to be much whiter this time. The brew looked the same, heck it even smelled the same. What struck me as odd was the taste. Or better yet, what taste?!?! This beer had literally no taste! I could barely pick out any flavor as this was incredibly watered down. I was utterly shocked to be honest. It was still very creamy and had a good mouthfeel, and the little-to-no taste made it very drinkable, but man, was this a different experience than the can.

Someone once told me if you buy Guinness, make sure it's in the can. +1 to that. Don't bother with the bottles.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

01-05-2009 20:32:48 | More by Mistofminn
Photo of DmanGTR

New York

2.58/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The Nitro bottle version:

A - poured from the bottle into a pint glass, yielding a dark brown/black body with a very scant off white creamy head that receded into a cap. wtf?

S - faint roasted malts, cocoa, cream, and a very light waft of hops.

T - the taste followed the smell and was also very dumbed-down.

M - medium bodied and lightly carbonated with the "widget", a tad watery

D - eh, go with the can or on tap

Overall - this isn't Guinness. If you want a good version of the Draught style, get it on tap. If you want good Guinness, get the Extra Stout.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

01-05-2009 00:36:30 | More by DmanGTR
Photo of echdk3


3.23/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

14,9oz nitro can poured into a mug

A_Underneath the head is a beautiful gradient from top to bottom ranging from light brown to darkest of dark brown/black. Creamy head french vanilla covered. Head is very wet and dense; looks more like a hockey puck sitting on top. The movement of sediment is gorgeous, makes the beer so damn lively! Leaves a sticky frosted glass lacing. I guess if you don't pour this yourself, i.e. a server pours it before it gets to your table, then you might not witness how cool this beer looks.

S_Lightly roasted oats, fresh biscuits, not very intense

T_Charcoal and grainy light toasted bread. Light chocolate too

M_Very watery body that mixes strangely with the ever-creamy head. Extra low carbonation, strange overall

D_Light aftertaste leaves more to be desired and the light body all lead to high repeatability, however the mouthfeel is too much to overcome

Serving type: nitro-can

01-03-2009 23:49:41 | More by echdk3
Photo of TommyW


3.15/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A- Almost black, only letting traces of light through. Tan head sticks to the glass as it fades to a lace that has great retention.

S- Not a lot going on here. Some malt sweetness.

T- Roasted/burnt malts and some sweetness. Finishes with a slight bitterness and dryness from the hops. Overall, just tastes watered-down!

M- Not very impressive. Pretty watery for the most part; only some creaminess on a few sips.

D- Not a beer that I find myself going after too often, but once in a while it hits the spot.

Serving type: nitro-can

01-02-2009 14:47:03 | More by TommyW
Photo of TheBear11D


3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark in color, almost black, yet the smallest hint of brown with a long lasting off-white light tan head.

Very malty, chocolate, coffee, slightly metallic and a little airy with a vanilla aroma that comes out after a while.

A bittersweet coffee and chocolate flavor accented by the late arrival of citrus still hidden in the malt.

Pretty thick yet a bit of a watery feel with an interesting carbonation.

Pretty smooth, a little heavy but still fairly drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2008 20:39:14 | More by TheBear11D
Photo of soupyman10

District of Columbia

3.13/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle at my parents' house for Christmas. Beer looks like a monster - deep brown, almost black color with a nice off-white head that leaves excellent lacing. Unfortunately, other than the appearance, there's not much exceptional about this brew. Nose and flavor are very mild, smooth dry roasted flavor. Not a lot going on. Body's a little thinner than it should be, for a stout (and especially for the "meal" that Guinness always claims to be), although it's not bad by any means. Overall, it's mostly just uninteresting.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2008 15:13:28 | More by soupyman10
Photo of Jablonski


2.95/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ordered this on tap at a restaurant. Back a few years ago, it was the first beer I had that I enjoyed drinking. I still enjoy the beer on the rare occasion that I order it now, but there are much better beers out there. The appearance was a nearly opaque black color. The head was medium sized and stayed around for a while--minimal lacing. It smelled of malts and cardboard. The taste was slightly bland. It tasted of chocolate and coffee. The carbonation was perfect, but it was slightly watery. Its also a decently drinkable beer, but I crave a better beer while I drink Guinness Draught.

Serving type: on-tap

12-27-2008 03:56:28 | More by Jablonski
Photo of pseudo

New York

2.78/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

poured into a pint glass the 'surge' is really amazing. Cool can too. Milk color turns into an opaque jet black with a constant milky head. Pretty much perfect looking.
The smell is milder than would be expected. Not much too it. That dry stout smell
taste is... mild and too watery for a stout. It tastes pretty good but it really has no depth/substance. It's a one trick pony with no aftertaste or any flavor layers to speak of. What flavor this is can be quite enjoyable though.
Mouthfeel is not good. VERY watery feeling. No body at all. The carbonation is very low. Feels like bleech.
I could still see myself drinking quite a bit of this though, while it isn't deep or in any way exceptional, it can be enjoyable for what its worth. Low alcohol content also helps.

Serving type: nitro-can

12-26-2008 09:52:06 | More by pseudo
Photo of sgoodship


3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the JewelOsco grocery store on Des Plaines & Fulton in Chicago. Was using it to make a beef stew in the slow cooker.

A: Those widgets are so annoying. You hardly get the top popped and it shoots it's load. Typical jet black guinness look with big white fine creamy head. Not much in the lacing department but I do like that a small head stays throughout and gives you a creamy milk mustache. I love that classic settling that Guinness does. You have to admit that it is a good looking drink.

S: Typical dry, sour Guinness smell. A little sweeter than the Extra Stout. It always reminds me of that stale brewery smell. It's almost got a hint of vinegar to it.

T: It is dry as a cork which is what the style is all about. The dryness is almost like a red wine level of dry. It may not be the best stout in the world but I think it is often reviewed as if it is an English or American Stout and not it's unique style. It's all malt and a little smokey when it warms up. Generally, it's pretty subtle.

M: Nice and smooth. Not as full a beer as you would imagine. Can feel quite thin at times. Carbonation and bitterness adds a little interest.

D: Guinness is a very nostalgic brew for me. I fondly remember having it in Ireland and I don't care what anyone says, it does taste better there. It is a gateway beer and for that reason alone, I think it deserves more respect than it gets. It's a pretty subtle drink that can be pounded. I know that from experience as a kid. I wouldn't go out of my way to drink it anymore but when I do have a reason to drink it, it sure does bring back good memories.

Serving type: nitro-can

12-24-2008 18:13:12 | More by sgoodship
Photo of prsguitarsr4me

New York

1/5  rDev -71.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Given that it is designed to drank out of the bottle, 1 for appearance. Smell is almost non-existent, but when I get a whiff, it is empty and skunky and gross. 1. Taste (if any) is flat, watery, and every sip is forced down. Feel is so terrible I wish I could give it a negative 10. Feels like cough medicine - the texture is just weird. Horrible, horrible drink.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2008 00:01:12 | More by prsguitarsr4me
Photo of WakeandBake


2.98/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok the famous Guinness, well It looks real pretty in the glass all black and stuff,with that creamy head. A nice subtle roasted malt aroma with a hint of cardboard. The flavor is a creamy chocolate,burnt malt,maybe a little tobacco,not really much flavor at all for a stout,drinkable but there are much better stouts locally.

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2008 20:54:44 | More by WakeandBake
Photo of LilBeerDoctor

New York

2.33/5  rDev -33%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 8/15/08. Time to finally rate this beer. Pours black with the classic light tan head. Aroma of stale wheat (oddly enough). Flavor is quite bland and watery, slight roast and chocolate. Chalky, smooth palate. Easy drinking I guess but there's not much flavor here.
4/4/4/3/10 (2.5/5)

Serving type: nitro-bottle

12-23-2008 17:33:46 | More by LilBeerDoctor
Photo of kvazzo


3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Black and into the light with slight ruby tones, when poured it turns brown with a very creamy head that settles after a while leaving the original colour. excellent head retention.

S - Light roasted barley and slightly herbal hops, clean aroma without any esters

T - sweet at the beggining, with a bitter and roasted coffee like aftertaste

M - dry, medium body, low-med carbonation.

D - This is a very easy to drink beer, it's the type of beer that you'll get attached to without being an excellent one.

Serving type: nitro-can

12-21-2008 17:58:18 | More by kvazzo
Photo of gdfan47


3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a very classic dark dark brown with a good amount of froathy white head
S- barley, malt, fresh, a good dry
T- malty, barley, some bread notes
M- really creamy and smooth, yacht rock smooth
D- very good, a much lower abv than most people think

Conan O'brien jokes as this beer being "liquified pumpernickel bread"

Serving type: nitro-can

12-20-2008 08:45:05 | More by gdfan47
Photo of Augustiner719

New York

3.35/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at American Joe's in Short Hills NJ.

Appearance: Bartender poured it perfectly, letting it sit for a while after 3/4 was poured. yielded a thick rich creamy head that widdeled down to a small foam topping for the duration of the drinking. Very dark color, but somewhat translucent.

Smell: very tight on the nose, not a whole lot more than roasted malty and nutty, coffee and dark chocolate aromas.

Taste: Not too bad. Moderately full beer with more expressive tastes than aromas but much less diverse. Only molasses and dark malty flavors came through.

Mouthfeel: For a stout, its pretty thin. Until I got into beers the premonition about this beer was that it was a meal in a can when in actuality its thinner than some IPAs.. a little dissapointing when taking such note of its texture.

Drinkability: I'll continue to drink this beer. Its amazing with desserts and even by itself. Moderately priced and available almost everywhere.

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2008 03:15:13 | More by Augustiner719
Photo of bmwats


3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint.

A: Black in color. Pours with the giant cascading foam consistent with the nitro can, settling into a half finger off white creamy head. Bubbles from the carbonation stick to the insides of the glass and linger. Foam paints the sides of the glass as the creamy head hangs on, and beer ring lacing remains as well.

S: Yeast and malt.

T: Bitter hops and creamy malt.

M: Real hoppiness hits the tastebuds and hangs around for the aftertaste. Leaves a kind of creamy coating in the mouth. Feels light.

D: Good taste, drinks light.

This is good, easy drinkin', great drinkability, quality quaff.

Serving type: nitro-can

12-20-2008 02:08:08 | More by bmwats
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