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Guinness Draught - Guinness Ltd.

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5,803 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,803
Reviews: 1,992
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 20.34%
Wants: 50
Gots: 650 | 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 psuKinger
3.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Pours a deep dark black with a moderate *mostly* white head that stuck around and probably could have benefited from a more rigorous pour. 4.0.

S: Faint smell of roasted barley and a touch of malt sweetness. 3.5

T: Creamy, smooth, and simple, this beer finishes semi-sweet. 3.0.

M: Light and creamy, the big misconception about this beer is how "heavy" it is, the beer is actually quite light and even a bit watery. 3.0

D: High. This beer is very easy to quaffe. It's light, smooth, and with a nice roasty/creamy flavor. 4.0

psuKinger, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of Cylinsier
3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


Pours almost jet black with very fine creamy off white head about a half inch. Trademark churning bubbles underneath. Retains forever.

Smells of mild chocolate malt and acidic coffee.

Taste is not overly strong, the same slightly acidic coffee and hints of malt that are on the chocolate side. Coffee like bitterness as well.

Feels medium and exceedingly smooth and creamy. The carbonation is velvety.

The classic Irish stout, it's a bit overrated in my opinion. It's not a bad beer by any means and easy to drink, could throw back a couple no problem, but it's nothing to write home about. The taste is just a bit bland.

Cylinsier, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of bump8628
2.98/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

To be honest, this was bought for the single purpose of ticking the Nitro-can serving style. However, I've enjoyed Guinness on certain occasions when the mood strikes just right.

Darkest ruby with a blackened core. The classic nitro, cascading, creamy, spoogy head sticks hard (that's what she said).

Shitty Cain's diner coffee with some astringency and slightly off-balance bitterness against weak malt and stale bread crust. Touch of earth and the lactic twang of Guinness's trademark sourish finish.

Served at 33 degress F on a warm day this would be a decent refresher. The disappointing part is that it's clear Guinness can brew a great stout, as evidenced by the Foreign Export and Guinness 250.

bump8628, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of shwhat
3.28/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

served on tap...first time having guinness, and i hear this is the best way.

look is pretty typical. everyone knows the signature guinness look: big creamy off-white head, pitch black body.

smell is pretty muted. roasted malt? it's tough to say...it doesn't smell like a whole lot anything.

taste is a little roasty. really thin on the flavor, honestly. no bitterness to speak of. i actually like the flavor, but i wish somebody would crank the knob up a few clicks.

the mouthfeel is actually a little odd. big, creamy head makes you think the beer is thick and rich...but once you get past the head, it's basically like water. really interested, and i kind of don't mind it...but i know that i'd get tired of it quick.

shwhat, Apr 18, 2011
Photo of tbern007
2.98/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a glass even though the can says to drink it straight. It also says to serve extra cold, but I let it sit a few minutes out of the fridge before pouring. It's a stout for crying out loud.
Pours dark brown, almost black but can see through a bit when held up to light. Cascade of the nitro effect is nice but does not impress as much as on tap. Head is thinner than I'd like but it's ok. Lace is on the light/medium side.
S - light roasted malt and coffee, earth. Quite light all around.
T - tastes like a "light stout". Kind of watered down. Coffee, roasted malt is there. Not complex at all. Tap version is way better.
M & D - watery, weak, but drinkable compared to others at this ABV. There's a bit of flavor at least. Not a good stout though. Way more flavorful stouts out there.

tbern007, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of BeerBuckeye
2.55/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a dark black with creamy off white head with plenty of foam and lacing.

S - Hint notes of chocolate and coffee with some roasted malt, overall, though, a bit weak.

T - A found the flavor to be really lacking. Mostly tasted of weak coffee and roasted malt. As if you had a coffee that had been watered down and sitting out for a while.

M - Very, very thin. Almost watery.

Overall - It's been a while since I've had a Guinness, and I found this to be a wholly disappointing experience. I felt the flavors and everything to be very weak and thin.

BeerBuckeye, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of dmfrench
3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thin, low on flavor, but undeniably sessionable Irish Dry

A: Matte black body with dingy ruby highlights topped with a very persistent one finger extremely creamy buff head. The well-known reverse cascade effect is beautiful to behold.

S: Cream, a hint of metal/adjunct/corn, and a tiny amount of neutral roast. Not much to speak of.

T: Semisweet cream up front, moving through light toffee roast, and finishing on very dry dusty hops. Less adjunctiness than the nose, but it's still there.

M: On the watery side, but there's still a sense of creaminess.

O: Better to look at than to drink, but still an undeniable institution.

dmfrench, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of lsrose
4.08/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well no reason to describe this beer, everyone knows or can read from someone else. I do love the thick head the nitro can pours though

Some people complain about this beer, but it is a great go to beer. I wouldn't expect it to have the same taste as in Ireland or of other craft beers. I rate this beer high because I like to always have some around and never don't want to have one. I do like Murphy's slightly better though, sometimes.

As many others have said, Foreign Extra is a lot better but also a lot more expensive. Thats like reviewing a Ford Escort and saying a Mustang is better though....duh.

lsrose, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of binkman
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Nice and dark like it should be, with a thin but fluffy brown-tinged head.

Smell: Toasted malt smell, faintly chocolately and coffe-like.

Taste: Tastes like real draught Guinness, roast and chocolatey with a coffee-like bitterness. Very yummy.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, even if it isn't as creamy as actualy nitro-tap guinness.

Overall, the draught-can isn't bad, but it isnt quite as creamy as the tap-version and can't quite hold up to it. That being said, I feel like Guinness pretty much defines the stout style, all other beers having to distinguish themselves in some way. It's a classic. I just prefer it from the tap.

binkman, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of always4beer
4.33/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Had a particularly nice deep amber, almost coffee color. Had about a 1 finger or more head with a nice tan color and beautiful lace.

S: Not a very strong aroma but could detect some malt hints with a little bit of nuttiness.

T: Had a very full taste. Could taste the roasted aspect and definitely detect the malt flavor. possibly a hint of vanilla.

M: Has a very nice mouthfeel. Has almost a perfect amount of carbonation and goes down smooth. Leaves a distinct aftertaste.

Overall: This was my first experience actually thoroughly tasting this beer and really enjoyed it. it has a good aroma and excellent visual appeal because the head is so lacey and holds so long. The taste didn't disappoint and actually had more flavors than i thought. it went down smooth and finished strong. a very enjoyable beer.

always4beer, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of IIKaRuII
2.88/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- C'mon... its a guinness... and i think this is one of the prettiest pouring beers out there. pours a dark coffee color, the head resembles whipped cream and is a khaki half a finger head. great traces of lacing all the way thru to the end.

S- Is faint. very faint. light coffee and dark chocolate. Vanilla slightly. So okay the longer it sits the more the smell comes out in this one. Slight roasted tones in there aswell.

T- Cream. a roasted coffee, with slight chocolate. almost a white chocolate taste at that.

M- Oily at the end which i believe is from the cream. hardly no carbonation, so there is no bite to this one at all.

DO- I'm just not overly impressed with this. I know a true contender for its style. However I think the other stuff guinness has to offer ( foreign extra stout, extra stout, etc... ) has a lot more going for it then this. I have had this on tap and i will say that it makes it much better. But out of a nitro can i think this is much lacking. Now i wont say i didn't enjoy it.

IIKaRuII, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of Fenris244
3.43/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this when I went out to the little river drag strip.

The can looks nice, had the nitro widget in there so I assumed it was made for consumtion straight out of the can, poured a little into my stone RIS glass just to see it. Black with a thick airy looking head, good retention.

Pretty light in aroma, weak coffee and chocolate aromas but really nothing else notable.

Light in flavor as well, light chocolate flavors up front, coffee and a metallic note following the coffee, everything works pretty well but it's not a deep beer or anything.

Light in body, pretty heavy carbonation, slightly creamy.

Over all taste is not this beer strong point but the crazy drinkablility is, it has just enough flavor to be satisfying and the slight creaminess works well, all in all not a bad hot weather day beer

Fenris244, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of Kartoffeln
3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Totally opaque dark brown, ruby red around the edges. Pours a thick, dense tan head and gradually shrinks to a thin layer of foam.

S: A faint combination of roasted malts, coffee, and slight nuttiness.

T: Roasted malts up front with undertones of nuts and black coffee in the finish.

M: Very light-bodied, almost a bit watery but the smooth carbonation helps it. The long, bitter finish is as simple and subdued as the initial taste.

D: Very light and easy-drinking, but rather bland as a result.

Kartoffeln, Mar 25, 2011
Photo of MikeRa
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This beer has a Dark Brown to Black color with a 1" head

S: This beer had a nice nutty and malty smell to it

T: This beer has some nice mild roasted malt flavors to it

M: This beer goes down real smooth

Overall: This is a beer that I will drink again

MikeRa, Mar 25, 2011
Photo of aaron12
4.13/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

to me a pint of guinness is a lot like sex, or pizza, even when it's bad it's still kinda good. from what ive heard, unless your in ireland you're not havin a real guinness... whatever, i'm not in ireland and i like guinness just fine. it's more about where you get your pint. Ive had good pints, ok pints, and great pints. this review is for the pint of guinness i got at the 9lb hammer in georgetown seattle. first off the pour was done right, i had to wait a minute half way through for it to settle. this pint is deep black(red hue in the light), with a cream white head two fingers thick. beautiful! 9lb pours the coldest guinness ive had, which i think makes the beers taste fresh and clean. it's creamy, smooth, smoky and balanced. sometimes there's nothing like a guinness... i will say this, i try to stay away from the cans and bottles, on tap is the only way to have to have guinness.

aaron12, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of Daktyls
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brown, almost black color with a half finger head made up of tiny tan bubbles.

S: A little bit nutty, a little bit malty, other than that, it doesn't seem like there's a whole lot going on. Maybe a very slight bit of chocolate, but very little, if any.

T: Pretty mild flavors here, a lot of roasted malts and not much else.

M: Never thought I'd say it, but when you let it sit on your tongue for a while, it almost feels a bit watery. Pretty high in the carbonation, but with the rest of the flavor, it works.

O: Overall, it's not a bad beer. Decent for sure, quite drinkable, and not a bad taste, just not particularly memorable.

Daktyls, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful, creamy, one finger head. I know this is just the work of the nitrogen, but it still looks amazing. The head is the closest to white that I have seen in a long time. And the body is pitch black, nice contrast. The head hangs in there forever as well. As for smell, I mean it smells like a Guinness, it's hard to describe because it's a one of a kind smell and flavor, I'll do my best though. The first smell you get is a sour smell, but it's not nearly as sour as the Guinness extra stout, it's very subtle and by no way off putting. The sour smell is mixed in with a sweet malty smell, maybe a tiny tiny bit of hops in there somewhere, but not much. Like I said, it's a one of a kind taste and smell, you have to have one to know what I'm talking about really, my description really doesn't describe it very well. The smell isn't amazing, because Guinness is not the most amazing beer, but it does smell good, and very smooth. The first thing I notice on the flavor is just a robust feel to the beer, that comes in before an flavor really. I know robust is a term to relate to flavor, but I'm using it with mouthfeel because I can't think of anything else to use. I can't say it's a thick mouthfeel, because it is a very thin beer on the mouth. And I also can't say that it has a robust flavor, because the flavor is very simple. But the beer does have robust characteristics, it's hard to explain, but it just fills you up with flavor and mouthfeel, even though it doesn't have much of either. :P confusing I know. The next thing I notice is just how it glides across the mouth, I mean this thing is so freaking smooth, wow. Yes, it is a little watery, and thin on the mouth, but it is so smooth. On the actual taste: yes you do get that sour flavor, but it is so small, it's hardly noticeable, and you do get a sweetness, and a malt flavor, but they are all mixed together nicely. No flavor is dominant, and no flavor is too present, which is a little disappointing that the flavors aren't more powerful, but I knew they wouldn't be coming into this. I don't really get any hops in this beer, if there are any IBU's to this beer, it's a 2 or 3. Overall, the flavor is very good, it's not impressive, but it's good, smooth, and drinkable. To come back to mouthfeel and drinkability: mouthfeel is good, but thin. Drinkability is very very very good! Overall, it's a Guinness, what else can I say, good beer, not outstanding, but good!

MaltsOfGlory, Mar 22, 2011
Photo of steveh
4.18/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

After all the St. Pat's din has settled, and seeing that I've never reviewed what used to be my beer for every week, I thought I'd take a fresh look at this classic (no matter what the modern beer geek may misinterpret) -- following the Irish Dry Stout style.

Poured from the nitro can into my Guinness imperial pint.

A -- Deep black color in the wide diameter of the glass, ruby-garnet highlights in the narrow base. Thick, creamy, tan head.

S -- Mildly bitter, roasted character up front. Vague coffee and chocolate back. Overall, maybe a bit light in the aroma profile.

T -- Mellow bitter, roasted malt character throughout the front, middle, and end of the flavor profile of this beer. Some vaguely tart or sour characters in the middle, but balanced nicely by the roasted barley.

M -- Soft, smooth, creamy mouthfeel, very nice. Medium bodied.

O -- Overall impressions of this beer are terrific. I'd forgotten just why this was the continuous go-to beer for me back in the mid 90s, but the rich flavor and easy drinking characters of the Draught Stout are terrific.

Make no mistake, as so many do, this is not a Stout to be compared with a Foreign or Extra Stout (let alone an Imperial), this is a style of beer all its own, and well worth consideration.

steveh, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of Hoptometrist
3/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on tap into a nonic glass at Mavis Winkles.

A- Poured jet black with a finger and a half creamy khaki head. Lacing coated the entire glass.

S- Pretty weak, but hints of roastiness and bitter chocolate

T-Roasted malt, chocolate, toffee, and vinegar

M- Creamy and smooth, but a little watery

O- A solid beer when I am somewhere with an almost all BMC selection. Enjoyable, but not something I will get if there is anything interesting on tap. I will usually have one on St.Patrick's Day unless Foreign Extra Stout or GL Conway's Irish Ale are available. There are a lot of things I like about this beer especially the appearance and the creaminess of the beer, but overall this beer just does not have enough depth.

Hoptometrist, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of ant5431
4.9/5  rDev +40.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have drank this beer from Tap to nitro can, nitro bottle, etc, etc. and have loved everyone of them!
From that beautiful looking head and great look as it all comes together and settles for a minute or so! Perfection!
Then that creamy chocolate aroma hits the nose and my mouth starts to water in anticipation of that O so wonderful creamy full taste I can drink this beer forever!
Thank you Mr. Guinness!!!

ant5431, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Guinness was my first beer, it has a very special place in my heart. It has always been my go to drink at a bar if nothing else is worthy of my time or money. I love the surge the beer has, I love how it looks like chocolate milk while pouring and fades into a very dark brownish black color. It's the smoothest texture with a very nice roasted flavor. I'll admit it's a little bit on the watery side and it's not thick at all but it still has a good quality to it for anytime of year or place.

Knapp85, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of utah44
1.83/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Guinness Draught from the 11.2 fl. oz. nitro bottle which was "extra cold" as instructed on the label was poured into a pint glass and yielded a enormous dense tan head that persisted for several minutes. Lacing was spectacular also. Smell was like burnt candy with some coffee notes. Taste and mouthfeel were watery and lacking in anything worthy of note. Overall, thiis is not a drinkable brew. Previously, I had this from a nitro tap and felt the same way. I thought that might have been a fluke, but now know that any version of this beer is not worthy of a serious beer drinker.

utah44, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of chefelf
2.68/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought some regular Guinness Draught for our St. Patrick's Day gathering and used it primarily to make Black & Tans with. I did drink one on its own and I've never been a huge fan. Guinness Draught always has a blank taste to me, if that makes any sense. It just tastes like there's something missing, something that didn't make it into the recipe for some reason.

This review is probably not helpful at all but that's the only way I can think of putting it. Also, if you're looking at Beer Advocate there is a very strong possibility you don't need another review of this hugely famous and popular beer.

My prediction is this: this review will not change the world in any way.

chefelf, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of blackcrow911
2.78/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The very first stout I have ever had, and I was not to impressed with it.

A - Black, with a creamy head. Watching beer do its thing after you poured it was the best part.

S - Slight coffee and booze.

T - The taste I was able to get was a slight hint of coffee, other than that it was bland.

D - Very easy to drink.

blackcrow911, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of travis3113
2.78/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

My very first drink of a draught beer and I have to say I wasn't impressed. Appearance was quite enticing, and it poured nicely, other than the oversize head. Speaking of which, it was very creamy looking with very tiny bubbles, if any at all. The beer itself is very dark, and smells of roasted chocolate. My first drink was actually quite tasty, but every one after all i could get was the bitterness, which isn't pleasant at all. All in all, there are better stouts and draughts out there.

travis3113, Mar 19, 2011
Guinness Draught from Guinness Ltd.
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