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Guinness Draught - Guinness Ltd.

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5,648 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,648
Reviews: 1,986
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 20.06%
Wants: 45
Gots: 572 | 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 THECPJ
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

Appearance: Black with a redish hue and a 1 finger creamy tan head.

Smell: roasted barley, malts,

Taste: roasted barley, water,

Mouthfeel: mild carbonation, nice creamy texture.

Drinkability: very easy drinker. smooth and refreshing.



THECPJ, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of cyrock1
3.28/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep Brown to black with a creamy one inch white head.

Smell: Lighly toasted malt with a hint of chocolate.

Taste: Black coffee with bittersweet chocolate.

Mouthfeel: No real carbonation feel on the tongue and a creamy feel after drinking.

Drinkability: If you like the flavor combination this would be very easy to sit down for 5 or 6 of these. A little too watery for my tastes though.

cyrock1, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of Chyren
3.2/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown liquid with 3 finger thick foamy tan head that settles to about a 1 finger head. Smell is fairly light mostly of chocolate malt. Has something of a sour taste to it, it's not bad but unique. The bitters and smokiness are quite light here, contrary to the beers appearance. Fairly creamy, almost milky, but thin, too thin in my opinion. The beer is very easy to pound though, when served properly, and could be drank all evening long.

Chyren, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of Brunite
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Buffalo Wild Wings.

A: It just does not get much better than the look of this stuff in a pint glass. Jet black...amazing tan head.

S: Roasted grains...not much more.

T: This is the best way to have your Guinness. Still a solid, satisfying drink.

M: Great creaminess in the beginning. Things leads to some thinness on the back side but still pretty nice.

D: Guinness on tap is always a good, safe choice and always beats out the BMC competition.

Brunite, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of beerman207
2.83/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Ok...so there wasn't much on tap at the bar I went to on Saturday night. Decided to grab a guinness. Hell, it's only 120 calories! How bad can it be?

A: Pours ruby red - maybe dark brown. Nice white head that stays around forever on top. Frothy. Pretty inviting other than the color

S: Ummmm - nothing

T: Water and Malt - that's about it.l

M: Light and crisp - easy to chug to be honest. Back in college I would have gasped at such a statement but as I have become a fan of the RIS style this beer is just water and malt

D: All night - you look like a badass drinking this beer compared to a bud light. Plus, it only has 10 more calories for those that care.

beerman207, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of zrab11
3.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a dark tar black with a 2 finger creamy white head

S-tobacco notes with some maltyness

T-Starts off with some creaminess and then finish's with a dry roasted taste

M- medium boddied with great carbonation

D- THis is a classic beer. Wont ever turn this down. Love this beer. will drink it on a hot day or a freezing cold day!

zrab11, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of zic
3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Open the can and pour directly into a glass for best results... wait for the beer to form, might take a minute or two... thick, creamy head on top when finished. Feels a little watery in the mouth, but goes down smooth. Not as full-bodied or full-flavored as I would have hoped. Overall, a good beer. I will have a another... then some homemade taco pizza... peace out.

zic, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
4.1/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nitro tap into pint glass

A: Tar black. The softest, tightest head I've ever seen. Beautiful.

S: Sweet, malty with very slight metallic notes.

T: Don't know what to say....a classic. Sure it doesn't have all of the pomp of an artisinal brew but it is delectable. Smooth, slightly bitter. Coffee, unswetened cocoa. It could very well be chocolate syrup and bog water (a la Simpsons) but it is really great in any event.

M: The very definition of smooth.Like James Gallway and Smokey Robinson in a beer.

D: I've never turned down a Guinness and I am sure I never will.

ForWhatAlesYou, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of tigg924
4.15/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: black in color with a one inch creamy head, opaque--Even when poured from a nitro can, beers do not look much better than Guinness

Smell: roasted malt and tobacco

Taste: dry roasted malt, tobacco, and some creamy sweetness

Mouthfeel: dry, light bodied, moderate carbonation, sweet and roasty

Drinkability: A classic and one of the best looking beers I have seen. This to me is still the benchmark of the style and I would love to try it on tap in Ireland some day. That said, I could session this.

tigg924, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of bamadog
2.13/5  rDev -39%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Man, it has been ages since I've cracked one of these, and I figured it's about time I take care of this one. Review is from notes taken on 2/21/2011 and poured from the nitro-can to a pint glass (although I think that may be counter to the notion of the can itself...).

Appearance: Ah, easily one of the best aspects of this beer, and probably one of the greater things that make it a bit misleading as a whole... Pour is like dark coffee brown and shows some very dark ruby/mahogany highlights when held up to the light; starts with an awesome thick, full and creamy head -- it freaking looks like someone just painted it in the glass it looks so damn perfect; head has good retention from the additional gas; body is nearly entirely opaque;

Smell: And the slope downhill begins... very faint and bitter coffee grounds with a very slight bittersweet chocolate scent to it; smells come out a little bit more as it sits and warms, but still nothing to get excited about -- very average at best.

Taste: Nearly flavorless, and I have to concentrate to pull out the same aspects that come in the nose -- slight ground coffee (but not good coffee) and a just a bit of bittersweet chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Blech. Like water. Man, I remember when I was in college thinking that this beer was like bread in a can... Oh how tastes and times have changed.

Drinkability: Well, it'd be easy enough to drink, just not very enjoyable due to lack of good smells and flavors. How can a brewery that makes something of the caliber of the Foreign Extra Stout put something like this out? No idea, but clearly it happens.

bamadog, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of secondtooth
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The bottle advises to drink in bottle with "rocket widget" inside (for a true "draught experience", so I sipped a little before pouring).
Deep-dark black appearance.
Very fizzy, creamy head that keeps on bubbling.
Malty mild chocolate aroma.
Flavor smooth and creamy, with bittersweet cocoa character and herbal undertone. Very thin and watery of body.
Still, this remains smooth and drinkable, if lacking in complexity.

secondtooth, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of StaveHooks
2.98/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a black body with a dense creamy tan head that stays around forever.

S - Roasted malt, hints of cocao.

T - Dry roasted malts, hints of chocolate, maybe some berries. Finishes dry.

M - Low carbonation, smooth but creamy.

Thin flavors. The finishes nice and dry. This is not a meal in a glass.

StaveHooks, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of perryw
2.95/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Drank from a 11.2 oz nitro-bottle that was labeled to drink straight from the bottle, so I can't tell what it looks like. Nor can I really get a good wiff of the beer through the narrow opening. The initial taste is next to nothing, with a slight coffee and bitter aftertaste.

It feels very thin and watery my mouth. I haven't had Guinness in a while, and these bottles just don't remind me of the beer at all.

perryw, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of Sixpoint
3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rockin a Guinness nitro-bottle as a gift from Steve Davies. Thanks Steve.

Once again, that old standby perfect pour. Slowly cascading coffee tawny head lingers with about 3/4" foam on top.

Aroma is pretty nonexistent - just a bit of charcoal and sour twang in the background. No hops, maybe a little caramel malt.

Taste is one-dimensionally solid, if that makes sense. What I'm going for is although it is not a layered complexity like Beethoven's 9th symphony, its like a good old standby pop chart classic.

The texture and drinkability is downright silk. Say what you want about the shortcomings of this beer, you can't deny that this creation, in terms of its drinkability, is on par with the excellence of craftsmanship of a fine French sauce!

Sixpoint, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of heebes
2.48/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Draft pour.
At a restraunt with the work crew.

Pours dark black with at least a finger of tan head that laces all the way down. Nose is light, slight roasted malts but mostly watery. Taste is similiar; slight malts but mostly dry bitterness of grain and water. Mouthfeel is lightbodied and again, watery. I wouldn't get this again, even as a better option bs macro, I'd prefer the cheaper macros my buds normally drink...this basiclly tastes just as bad but costs more. Drinkable but tasteless.
Not worth a revisit.

heebes, Feb 17, 2011
Photo of wmtxbb
3.98/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Can poured into pint glass

Appearance: typical dark syrup brew with a thick nitro produced finger-sized head.

Smell: Dark malt and cream

Taste: Smooth dark malts with a little bite from the burnt barley. Sort of a milk like mouth feel.

This is an awesome easy to find brew that I keep in my fridge for emergencies. Good anytime I feel like a dark brew.

wmtxbb, Feb 17, 2011
Photo of bushwilliams
2.2/5  rDev -37%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

When first pouring this beer from the black bottle it ran into the glass with a delicious chocolate brown color that slowly darkened from the bottom up. The appearance of that pour made me want to draw in a long, steady, chug of bitter, stout, foamy goodness. Unfortunately I was met with mediocrity and disappointment. The initial taste and feel in my mouth was thin and bland. The smell was uninteresting, and the entire experience was forgettable.

bushwilliams, Feb 15, 2011
Photo of UTCengOwl
2.7/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this on tap in the Newark airport. Wish there were more options here... Served in a 2011 oz Guiness glass.

The pour is beautiful. Gotta love nitrogen taps. Great retention, too. The beer itself could stand to be darker, but it works decently well.

The nose is ok. A bit roasty and dry.

The taste is grainy, watery and thin. Almost dirty. There's a alight loudness there, too. Not spectacular.

This is printable, but not wonderfully so. The pour is beautiful, but it fails to live up to those looks.

UTCengOwl, Feb 15, 2011
Photo of Everydayoff
3.4/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On nitro-tap served in a Guinness pint glass at the Dubliner Irish Pub, Bangkok.

Let the cascade effect settled, it appears the very dark brown to inscrutable black color with thick creamy and silky tan head that is natural of nitro system. The head recedes slightly and stands until the last sip and leaves fine lacing along its path.

There are roasted malt, coffee and dark chocolate but pop up in subtle way.

The flavor is pure Irish Stout with bitterness from roasted malt, creamy with hint trait of coffee and dark chocolate.

It is velvety from that nitro effect, light body, a bit watery, mild but fine carbonation.

Very good session beer, not a ground breaking but pleasantly drinkable, I could drink this all night long.

Everydayoff, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of AwYeh
2.13/5  rDev -39%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

On nitro-tap at Red Robin in Bethel Park, PA; poured into a 16oz shaker pint glass.

A: First time I've had this on tap, and I was very impressed by the cascading foam effect from the nitrogen. One finger of nice whipped cream style head, which settles pleasantly atop an almost opaque, dark brown body.

S: A bit of must, an indiscriminate light malt flavor, and a light tanginess (but only if you're looking for it, I finally noticed it on ounce 24 or so).

T: Rather bland, slightly woody malts which fade quickly- halfway through the sip I can no long detect much flavor at all. The finish is of a mild, MILD bitterness which somehow manages to contain about as much flavor as the beer in mid-sip. A light dark fruit is noticeable (also around the 24 ounce mark)- an anomaly when compared to the rest of this beer.

M: Rather thin and watery, with light carbonation (despite the theatrics in presentation, this beer feels almost flat).

D: It goes down easily enough, and I would drink one if offered, but this was bought as a last resort and that's probably the only way I would have it again.

AwYeh, Feb 11, 2011
Photo of Lupuliniac
5/5  rDev +43.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is easily one of the best beers ever. Superb in every respect and highly sessionable. Dark and roasty, dry and refreshing. If you enjoy your coffee black, this beer will please. I can understand a hype backlash but hey I love this beer. I can't over state how perfect this beer really is, much like coca cola, I could drink this beer anywhere anytime

Lupuliniac, Feb 10, 2011
Photo of greenmonstah
3.03/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pouring a Guinness is a real treat. Pouring it into the pint glass, you first see it as a light brown or tan color, then you start to see a dark brown layer start to form at the bottom. The nitro-head starts to build up into an inch of creamy tan, microscopic bubbles as the waves of brown cascade down the sides. It's gorgeous, and the poster child for nitro-can dry stouts (in appearance, that is)

S - That slight roast and odd Guinness sourness is about all you can pick up. It's a very weak nose. A bit of smoke.

T - Only hints of roast, the palate is just so muted as to be barely present. Finish is a slightly dry and soured.

M - Very light in body, making this beer a great session drink. Goes down easier than any other beer I can think of.

D - Goes down oh so easy. One of the most drinkable beers I can think of. If I go to the pub with friends who aren't into big beers, and get one, I'm done with my Guinness before they're halfway into theirs. The beer is considerably worse in the nitro-can, as I'd have given it a 5 for drinkability on tap.

I like to call it the best light beer on earth thanks to the low calorie count and ease of consumption.

greenmonstah, Feb 10, 2011
Photo of GuinnessGuinness
5/5  rDev +43.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It is the best thing since sliced bread! I have been a Guinness drinker since the 1990s and I will always choose this over any other beer in the world! No doubt. I love pouring and watching the head form... and the taste is like heaven. They say it's like a meal but I can drink it like water. If you don't know where to start with beers, this is it!


GuinnessGuinness, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of Groomsy
3.15/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

*This is a re-review.*

First time I had this was the nitro-tap at a local Buffalo Wild Wings; I didn't really enjoy it, but decided to give it another whirl tonight when I saw the nitro-can pack in my local beer store. 14.9 oz nitro-can poured into a mug in one smooth action, no "glugging" here.

Appearance: The cascading action is a beauty to watch. When all is said and done, the beer has a jet black body with hints of red barely penetrating through the body. Thick, creamy two-finger vanilla colored head that sticks around the entire time and leave massive walls of lacing all the way down the glass. Guinness is, in my opinion, the best-looking beer out there.

Smell: Much better than I remember compared to the nitro-tap. This may be due to the fact that the beer was fresh from the can and was at a more proper serving temperature. The nose consists of roasted malt, dark chocolate, and strong hints of burnt coffee along with a very faint backbone of floral hops. The only thing that detracts here are the hints of alcohol and a little bit of sourness. Pretty good overall (except for the sourness), but a little one-dimensional. Typical of a stout, and that's a good thing considering that Guinness is sort of the prototype of stouts.

Taste: Although not worlds better than what I had from the nitro-tap, this is still a pretty good beer. The roasted malt is more apparent on the front of the palate, giving off a very charred and toasted flavor. There are sweeps of black coffee and dark chocolate on the tongue as well, although they're sort of an afterthought and are somewhat watered down and artificial. There's a slight bite of hops and alcohol in the finish which turns into a steely industrial bitterness in the finish. Not bad, but like I said, this is sort of like the foundation of the stout style, not the best of. The Budweiser of stouts. Not terrible but not fantastic; still mostly down my alley for what it is, though.

Mouthfeel: Not as nearly as watery as what I experienced from the nitro-tap. A lot of people call this watery, which certainly rings true to a point, but it still has a little bit of thickness to it. The worst thing about it, however, is the lack of carbonation and "flatness." This sort of makes the bitterness from the finish linger that much more on the tongue, and the lasting bitterness in the finish is the worst part of the taste, which carries over into the mouthfeel. Sure, it's quaffable, but not really what I enjoy.

Drinkability: I had a much better experience with this from the can than the nitro-tap, as opposed to most others here. Although it's not mindblowing, it's a pretty solid European macro-brew and has a good reputation for its consistency. Decent flavor and light body makes it pretty drinkable.

Much better than I was expecting, but this isn't definitely isn't something I would consistently go after when there are much better options for cheaper. $9.62 for a 4-pack of cans was almost overkill for me.

Groomsy, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of Gigan988
3.28/5  rDev -6%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Guinness used to be one of my favorite beers. I've since moved away from stouts and porters in favor of malty beers with less of a "burnt" character. I still enjoy Guinness however, and, although many may disagree, think their recent change to remove the widget from their bottles in favor of adding a more "standard" carbonation was an improvement.

A: nothing can top the beauty of Guinness on tap. While my review is for the bottle, the jet black color with beautiful white creamy head is very eye catching.

S: Guinness presents a fairly one dimensional chocolate, burnt aroma which is characteristic of Irish style stouts.

T: Guinness is not bad for a macrobrew. All macrobrews have, in my opinion, the same forefront taste, a sort of cheap metally aspect which can be appreciated if one accepts that for a genuine flavor and for what it is. However, I must split my review in two here, for the "old" Guinness with the widget had a darker, more burnt flavor. The newer one is more mild and somewhat easier to drink larger gulps at a time (perhaps this was on purpose by the company to sell more). I think it is pleasant in flavor.

M: The "old" Guinness bottles were very smooth and thick in mouthfeel because nitrogen was infused when pressure was relieved and the bottle was opened. The "new" Guinness bottles have factory-infused carbonation that feels more like carbon dioxide, and I personally like the change, but I see how others wouldn't

drinkability: good. Not very good but good. When on sale for $10 a 12 pack, it's a good bet to buy. But there are other stouts out there that are better. Some include Sam Adams Cream stout, Murphy's Irish Stout, and O'hara's Irish stout. But Guinness is cheaper so I keep drinking it.

Gigan988, Feb 04, 2011
Guinness Draught from Guinness Ltd.
79 out of 100 based on 5,648 ratings.