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Guinness Draught - Guinness Ltd.

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5,227 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,227
Reviews: 1,959
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 20.11%
Wants: 30
Gots: 353 | 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 GRPunk


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

Nitro-bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

A- The classic cascading bubbles of carbonation leave a 1 finger tan head that never really falls and leaves all sorts of sticky spots on the glass. The body was a very dark brown, nearing black.

S- Light tones of milk chocolate and waeak coffee are mixed with a slight citrus hop aroma. Roasted malts come out with a little warmth.

T- It had some pretty good roasty flavor that became a little aggressive the further into the glass that I went. There were some sweet chocolate tones and a lighter hop profile.

M- It seemed really watery. The light carbonation was good, but the body seemed to be lacking.

D- I could easily drink a bunch in a single sitting. I don't buy into the bashing, but it isn't really stellar either.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

12-16-2008 23:26:24 | More by GRPunk
Photo of flipper2gv

Quebec (Canada)

2.13/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

A: Surely one of the best looking beer ever. The head is nice off white and really creamy and how the bubbles makes it brownish at first is awesome!

S: Almost couldn't smell nything from this beer. The only thing I think I've smell was some weird metallic odor, odd.

T: Totally a disgrace to the stout genre. The roasted malts do not taste here, completely tamed (aka dead). Nothing interesting here really, except the fact it doesn't have a shitty aftertaste. Metallic taste again.

M: More watery that you could imagine a stout be. Really the most watered down stout I have ever drank. Giving it a 2 because it has some nice creamy characteristics.

D: Good drinkability, since it tastes nothing much.

Was my first can in ages of this stuff, hope it was only a bad can. Not representative at all of the stout genre, stay away.

Serving type: can

12-16-2008 01:48:43 | More by flipper2gv
Photo of yesyouam

New York

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

This is always a gorgeous beer. The aroma is muted by the head, but there is a little roasted smell. It is medium (maybe medium-light) bodied and creamy. The flavor is slight and unoffensive. It's mostly the flavor of roast. When there are only macros on tap, this is the one I go for. Certainly nothing stellar here, but this beer will save your life if you find yourself at a dive bar. If you find that not even this is available at a bar, order whiskey.
(rated Aug 17, 2008)

Serving type: on-tap

12-14-2008 15:21:41 | More by yesyouam
Photo of WalrusJockey

New Jersey

2/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Nitro-can into a pint glass. Sound when I cracked open the can completely freaked me out, sounded like the damned thing might explode.

Appearance- I think the whole world knows what Guinness looks like: "black" (though I've seen much blacker beers) with a creamy, off-white head. The head fades unforgivably fast for a beer that is so invested in having one, and leaves precious little lacing to show it was ever there.

Smell- malty smell, but no depth; nothing beyond a very generic malted smell. The can advises "drink ice cold," and the colder it got, the less smell it had at all.

Taste- I think when I first had Guinness I was around 14, I found it rich and flavorful and interesting; a complete departure from other beers. Now I find it to taste like tap water, with a malt presence on the swallow, and an unpleasant malty-tapwater aftertaste. I was drinking this outside, in the bellow-freezing weather, and as the Guinness got colder, it did become more enjoyable, but that was because the taste faded away almost completely.

Mouthfeel- thin. Very thin. Very similar to water in the mouth. As it got colder, the texture became more creamy, but nothing approaching the weight and silkiness of cream. More like skim milk that was watered down. Very bad.

Drinkability- quaffable, but not especially enjoyable. I remember enjoying Guinness, and knew it was average but tonight it seemed far, far below average. To be honest, I didn't completely finish the can, and I think I might give away the other two cans from the 4-pack. It was that bland.

Summary- They aren't kidding about "ice cold," the only way this beer is reasonable is almost frozen. That said, I was pretty disappointed at the change from how I remembered it in my youth. I guess I'll have to pick up some Extra Stout and see if that is at least Ok.

Serving type: nitro-can

12-14-2008 02:56:00 | More by WalrusJockey
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2.53/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I'm not one for giving bad reviews. Tough reviews sure.
This is horrible. And not at all what I remember. I remember a lush black beer full of roasted malts and clean bitterness that drank like a meal and made me happy.
This beer pours sable. When held to light I can see from one side of the glass to the other.
There is the typical 2.5 finger head that retains well and laces the glass. Ok that's about it.
The smell is metalic. Coppery. Followed by artificial sweetness. The flavor begins follows and ends a watery mess of diacatyl and burnt sugar. No body. Even with the rich head there is no more to this beer than the glass of water I have next to it. Drinkability? The metalic taste in the smell becomes overpowering. It drinks like medecine. What a shame.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

12-12-2008 23:15:41 | More by LunaChick
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3.15/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a jet black with cascading turbidity producing a firm one inch tan head. Poured from a nitro "widget" can to a freshly washed Guiness pint glass.

Aroma is that of fresh biscuit, very slight roasted barley present as well.

The taste is full bodied, creamy and smooth. Bitterness comes from the roasty malts then finishes mild with some slight lingering hop aftertaste. Pleasant and appetizing.

Full bodied but very drinkable. Guiness Draught is my home session beer. Always good on tap, easy going down and low in alcohol.

I would pair a Guiness with a hot ruben sandwich on rye bread, a deli pickle and home style chips.


Serving type: nitro-can

12-11-2008 17:48:15 | More by GordonQuid
Photo of sliverX

S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

3.25/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poored a very bubbly brown that once settled was actually black with hints of red in the light with a good 2 finger light tan head that was like a sponge on top of the beer never really going away
smells sweet - vanilla whipped cream comes to mind
taste is mostly roasted malts with a very faint vanilla note, a slight bitterness towards the end but weak in the entire flavor dept.
mouth feel is thin water like but better because its beer
very drinkable would get higher marks if it had a bit more flavor though

Serving type: nitro-can

12-11-2008 04:39:27 | More by sliverX
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3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Is this the gold standard of canned stouts? Pours a beautiful dark brown with cascading bubbles and a creamy tan head. Nitro can weakens the taste and aroma. Nice cococa powder and metal in the nose. Milkshake mouthfeel and taste. Lots of cocoa and carob. Enjoyable.

Serving type: nitro-can

12-10-2008 17:26:34 | More by magictrokini
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New York

2.28/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

The drinkability is the highest rating, here, 'cause the alcohol is low. I mean, hey, it's cool to be able to drink 4 of these and not be drunk (4 over the course of 2 1/2 hours). Maybe came out a little expensive on the bar tap for that, but, hey, ah well.

Now... Let's talk about the bad stuff... When did it get the smoked flavor? I mean, smoked like a few drops of liquid smoke per pint? Nasty. Really nasty. I don't remember that being there before. And yet... Every new pint I got, there it was.

Weak and thin in the mouth.

And yet... I'll drink it again - you know I will. When I have to go out and have a drink with a buddy to talk serious talk and it's going to take a while, well, we should be drinking 4% beer. So this is OK enough for that. Not great. Not even good. But drinkable in its context.

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2008 03:43:27 | More by charlesw
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2.95/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It has its iconic appearance, pitch black mixed with its cream-colored head. Smell and taste are slightly bitter and dry, with roasted malt... but it is not easily detectable. Flat mouthfeel with almost no carbonation. This beer somehow has a reputation as being strong when in reality it is not any stronger than the light pale lagers next to it on the taps. It is a good beer to have once in a while, but not much more than an average beer and far below average for a stout.

Serving type: nitro-tap

12-07-2008 02:20:49 | More by webmanspidey
Photo of Vendetta

New Jersey

2.9/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

Original Rating Date:
June 16, 2008

I've never enjoyed this beer quite as much as others. It's always tasted a little watery to me when compared to other stouts, especially Guinness's own extra stout. It looks particularly fantastic from the can with the huge, foamy head and the deep black color. The pour is enjoyable. Smells alright as well. But the taste still tastes watery and lacks the thick, creamy feel that I look for in a good stout.

Serving type: nitro-can

12-07-2008 00:39:07 | More by Vendetta
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4.7/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from 11.2oz nitro bottle into Guinness tulip pint.

Appearance: Jet black, with a creamy, tan-ish off white head that stays even after drinking it down. When poured, carbonation.

Smell: Not very strong, but very roasted.

Taste: Tastes like roasted deliciousness. Bitter, with an aftertaste like dark chocolate with nuts mixed in.

Mouthfeel: Thin yet creamy. No carbonation feel, but for some reason it just feels so right!

Drinkability: Wow, this beer surprised me. I wasn't too big on the Extra Stout (guess it isn't my style) and was expecting not to like this too much. However, this ended up being a very good beer that I would love to have again. Absolutely great and I cannot understand all the haters for the life of me.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

12-05-2008 02:59:00 | More by Mosstrooper
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3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a nitro-can Guinness and a nitro-can Beamish and did a taste test. Both poured from the cans with the usual "hiss" of the nitro pellet in a nice foamy stream. Both looked about the same in the glass (once settled) with a massive rich foamy head on top (the Beamish a bit more tan and the Guinness more gray) and a deep brown to black (with ruby highlights) below. Little carbonation visible. Smell was similar, just a touch of smoky malts. Initial tastes were quite different. Beamish was smooth in the mouth, with a well balanced, drinkable mix of malt flavors and a hint of sweetness that made it very easy to drink--top to bottom. The Guinness was similar, but with a bit more hops bitterness that soon turned to a metallic hint of alcohol as it warmed. Definitely enjoyed both of them (who wouldn't) but the Beamish was a tad bit better, IMHO.

Serving type: nitro-can

12-04-2008 01:01:03 | More by tugdriver7
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Ontario (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

440 ml nitro-can from the LCBO

pours with the typical cascade of nitro bubbles

almosy nothing for aromas, at the very end of the brews you can get some roasted malt but still almost nothing

pleasent light roasted flavour, light coffee and chocolate.

easy drinking yet pretty full bodied, the nitro helps

there is nothing wrong with drinking guinness

Serving type: nitro-can

12-02-2008 21:53:54 | More by matt7215
Photo of SShelly


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

Pours from the can with the classic cascade.

Large creamy offwhite head, fades relatively fast.

smells of light roast, very mellow aroma.

There is a light upfront bitterness with malt backing it up, lots of roasty notes and a slight sour tang at the end.

feels great in the mouth, couldnt be more smooth.

An old standby that I grabbed for the holidays, easy drinking and well rounded.

Serving type: can

12-02-2008 01:59:40 | More by SShelly
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3.4/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

One of those beers in the beer drinker's canon.

Looks great in the glass, with the tan bubbles slowly subsiding, yielding the jet black brew, and the fluffy, airy head holding it delicate stucture seemingly forever. The yin-yang of the fluffy head and the rich brew on the tongue. Unfortunately, I find the taste less overwhelming, a standard, straightforward flavor of strongly roasted, nearly burnt malt with a bitter chocolate bitterness.

Serving type: nitro-tap

12-01-2008 20:45:07 | More by RunDWP
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North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Beautiful cascading pour as you would expect from the nitro can. The light tan head lasts until you're finished, and laces beautifully. Color is dark brown to black.

S - Not much to notice here except a bit of roasted malt notes.

T - Fairly mild flavor of coffee and malt with a slight bitterness. Very easy on the palate with practically no aftertaste.

M - Creamy head, but the beer itself is much thinner than you would expect by looking at it.

D - The smooth taste and low ABV means you can easily down several pints. Though among the 'big 3' I prefer Beamish, you can't go wrong with Guiness. Sure, it's not the most complex or flavorful stout - but it's readily available, reliable and highly drinkable.

Serving type: nitro-can

12-01-2008 03:25:02 | More by gabe23
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3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Draught (nitro-widget) can poured into 20 oz pint glass.

A - Pours what appears to be black with some amber/red when held up to the light. Has an incredibly creamy tan 1-finger head that lasts for an incredibly long time. Very heavy lacing. A very good-looking beer.

S - Not a very strong smell...hints of coffee, roasted malt, cream.

T - Flavor is not intense at all. Roasted malt taste upfront, and no aftertaste. Very, very little hint of coffee. No hops noticeable at all.

M - As expected from the widget, no carbonation at all. Very light and very creamy. However, I think it's a bit too watery.

D - Incredibly drinkable. Could easily down a bunch of these.

A pretty good beer in terms of how widely available it is, but definitely not one of the better stouts I've had.

Serving type: nitro-can

11-30-2008 01:41:34 | More by gciccarelli
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3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark, almost black with a nice tan head. I would like a bit more carbonation. The prominent taste is that of bitter coffee, however, it is not overpowering. Even though I do not particularly like the taste, it is a smooth beer and one that is easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2008 05:39:58 | More by 6stringfunk
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2.93/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I did not particularly like this. It poured a dark cloudy color with a off white head. Had a weird mouth feel to me and a pretty bitter aftertaste. There was just something off with this for me. Not one that I would rush off to buy again. The stout is much better than this.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2008 21:11:49 | More by likethetaste
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1.73/5  rDev -50.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 12/6/2005 (On tap at BW-3s):

Pours a dark brown-black color body, with a big slightly off-white head. Not much aroma. Taste has some malts, a thick roasted flavor, creamy mouthfeel, with a bitter aftertaste. But not too complex a flavor profile.

Serving type: nitro-tap

11-26-2008 18:05:30 | More by jujubeast6000
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United Kingdom (England)

4.9/5  rDev +40.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Guinness is my favourite beer. Available in most pubs and always a good stout. Quite filling and apparently can be good for you, being fairly high in iron and everything. If there's nothing else worth having there is always a good Guinness. Good stout this one.

Serving type: can

11-26-2008 11:17:14 | More by MrAleman
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3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Classic beer that Ive had many times, here we go.

Smell: burnt notes, roasted malt - dark bread, some coffee, some cream. Nice smell.

Taste: as the smell, however a bit thin and watery - malty with dark bread, some raisins, coffee notes and cream. Not much hops to talk about.

Overall: well, this isnt the best stout out there, certainly; but it has a nice appearance, and it has some distinct flavors and somekind of character that I like. Served cold it is a fine beer.

Serving type: can

11-25-2008 22:28:51 | More by simonjohansson
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very nice creamy head that stayed throughout the whole 22oz. Good dark, appetizing looking color.

S - Weak smell that really took a lot to notice. Nothing exceptional about it.

T - As expected, not a strong flavor. Flavor up front is okay, as it has a nice light roasted flavor to it. Very weak aftertaste. Overall not a strong flavor in this beer, but not offensive in any way. Would be a good starting point for those unfamiliar with dark, more strongly flavored beers.

M - The head feels incredibly creamy as though it was whipped. The beer itself has a decent feel to it, though lacking a little bit. Low carbonation, almost thin, not substantial. Really smooth, however, and could drink a fair amount of it. Very nice in that fashion, and would call it a plus.

D - Very high drinkability with this one. It's a nice smooth beer with not a very strong flavor, and goes down nice. Would be a decent introduction to those unfamiliar with dark, more strongly flavored beers.

Serving type: on-tap

11-23-2008 20:43:35 | More by shanecb
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3.1/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured well from the nitro-can and looked like Guinness with a good dark body and a 2-finger light tan head.

S - Not much to go on. Very weak smell, some bitter roasted notes come through on the nose.

T - Typical canned Guinness, roasted malt comes through fairly clearly but there isn't a heap there. It was a fairly inoffensive and thin brew and there are much better examples of the style out there.

M - The rich creamy head lends a great feel to the brew however the beer itself was lacking and seemed thin. A bit more body would be nice.

D - You can drink a fair amount of this beer. It's ABV is lower than average and while somewhat boring still drinkable, a decent session brew.

Serving type: nitro-can

11-22-2008 09:36:22 | More by dgilks
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