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Guinness Draught - Guinness Ltd.

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5,446 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,446
Reviews: 1,969
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 20.06%
Wants: 36
Gots: 463 | 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 everetends


3.55/5  rDev +1.7%

This another old reliable. Get it on tap at The Vault in Jacksonville, AL and other fine bars throughout the country.

A: Pours a dark black once the nitrogen bubbles settle. Watching this beer settle is beautiful in itself. The brown cloud sweeping up ward towards an always hearty head.

S: Malt, barley, slight hints of coffee and chocolate.

T: Malt comes through with a bit of chocolate and cream.

M: Very creamy and leaves a good after taste.

D: Very drinkable. A good fall back beer for beer joints who don't have micros.

04-28-2008 02:28:46 | More by everetends
Photo of hooligan


4.05/5  rDev +16%

On Tap from the Tilted Kilt in Clearwater, Florida. Served in a straight-side draft pint glass.

Watching this beer settle is part of it's mistique - its a lava lamp for beer geeks... once settled, a perfect 1-finger head of slightly off-white cream meets a pitch black beer.

Lactic, coppery (but not unpleasant) smell upfront followed by strong smells off coffee and earthiness (leather? soil?), very slight hop bitterness comes through in the nose, but blends in well with the metallic odors mentioned above.

The twang that Guinness is famous for, is still ever-present in the tap... it seems to be the predominant flavor upfront, blending well with the roasted malt - that makes up the complete character of this beer. Hops are there as a balance, not too pronounced, but enough there as to clean up the palate.

Thick, soft mouthfeel with a very slight "fizz" character that pairs very well with the flavor and character of the beer. I've spent more money on a good Guinness draft than I've probably spent on all others combined - this is "the Session Beer" for myself and many of my friends.

This beer will always be a classic. The commercial (widget bottle, nitro-can) are pale shadows compared.

04-24-2008 16:35:05 | More by hooligan
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.95/5  rDev +13.2%

A. Wonderful lacing and a quarter inch head. One sexy beer.

S. Roasted barley. Nothing exceptional here.

T. Sweet initial taste with a smokey aftertaste.

M. Incredibly Smooth. Light and refreshing. Creamy is another word that I use to describe the texture.

D. This is a staple beer. Its good drinking. Cheers.

04-23-2008 23:14:36 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of Misfit138


4.58/5  rDev +31.2%

I didn't follow the rules and poured into my Guinness Pint glass.

A- The stout poured out nicely and did the famous "it alive" turning from brown to black, creating a nice thick white head.

S- Very very light chocolate.

T- The beer is pretty light for a stout, really has no bitterness at all. Hints of chocolate and roasted malt.

M- Rather creamy, nice.

D- This is a beer that one really can't go wrong with. The easiest stout to find anywhere. Since its rather low alcohol one can drink several.

04-19-2008 00:27:06 | More by Misfit138
Photo of RobinLawrence123


4.05/5  rDev +16%

People seems to give Guinness alot of flack for being "not stout enough" ect ect. But I think that missed the point. Guinness is a dark looking beer, but it drinks easy, and its lighter then it looks. At only 136calorires a pint, you can throw back quite a few, compaired to the 300+ with "stoutier stouts". In my opinion, there is no better drink when your with your mates at the Pub.

04-18-2008 20:01:53 | More by RobinLawrence123
Photo of Ihearthops

New Jersey

2.35/5  rDev -32.7%

Appearance - There is nothing special about the appearance of guinness. It doesn't have the thickness of higher quality stouts, and the head lacks a depth of color.

Smell - With an acute sense of smell you'll detect hints of coffee and chocolate - typical aromas of a stout, however they are no where near as strong as others.

Taste - Lacking.

Mouthfeel - Despite its dark appearance, guinness lacks the velvety thickness one expects in a proper stout.

Drinkability - Average; only for the fact that you can drink these all night long and still not get drunk (low alcohol %).

The only people who like guinness are those who have never had a proper stout or porter in their life. Go buy a real stout by Samuel Smith (oatmeal preferably), and you'll finally understand why everyone says it tastes like mud.

04-16-2008 16:22:17 | More by Ihearthops
Photo of lawman834


3.2/5  rDev -8.3%

A - Wow. That there is the purdy-est beer I ever seen! Thick tan head that lasts till the very end and the body is black as night.

S - Coffee and caramel malts. A tad smokey.

T - Meh. Way weaker than the appearence would suggest. What you do taste is not that great. Watery with some decent roasted malt.

M&D - A mellow beer that can be fairly easy to drink. I guess the low ABV makes it so that you can toss back a bunch of them, but really...I'd rather not.

04-14-2008 23:42:26 | More by lawman834
Photo of batty


3.4/5  rDev -2.6%

on tap at the local 'guinness official irish pub' here in spain.

appearance is better than anything i've seen - very dark, beautiful brew, 3/4 inch head so thick it seems you can walk on it. Head stays the whole beer and lacing all the way down.

smell was not special, dark malts and alcohol.

if you just hold the beer in your mouth it tastes just like water - all flavor comes from the back of the tongue - nothing but dark bitter malts, but a well balanced bitterness.

mouth feel honestly reminds me of water.

drinkability is average - relatively low abv and water mouth feel means it can keep flowing for quite some time.

04-12-2008 22:42:06 | More by batty
Photo of Moxley

New York

3.9/5  rDev +11.7%

Poured from a 12 oz. nitro-bottle into a small pilsner glass - thanks once again to my good friend hyland24. You're the best Hy!

A - This is a good lookin' beer. I love the way it looks like a creamy coffee dessert drink swirling around as the thick creamy head settles to a solid 1 inch. The head sticks around till the end with good lacing throughout.

S - Lots of caramel and coffee with a faint malty aroma.

T - I got a sweet caramel flavor at first with coffee and malt coming through on the finish.

M&D - Despite the thick creamy head and opaque black body, this beer goes down smooth and not too heavy. The low ABV content makes this a good session beer and a perfect choice for those who like a full bodied, full flavored stout that's not too bitter or strong.

I liked this a lot. I look forward to having the real thing in Ireland some day.

04-12-2008 01:20:20 | More by Moxley
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer


3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Tasty roasted beer good for sessioning due to low ABV.

A- Black and barely translucent. OK lace and good creamy head.

S- Smells like chocolate and coffee. Mocha

T- Tastes like it smells along with some caramel sweetness. Not like a beer should taste but not offensive.

M&D- Feels very good. Creamy and yet quite drinkable

04-09-2008 05:30:37 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
Photo of Rsobotka

New York

3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Appearance - Black, dark , roasted appearance, thick almost coffee
Smell - not alot of smell from this can...lost somehow in the translation
Taste - Reminds me of a Guiness but stripped of all the good flavors
Mouthfeel - Weak and watery...not hte thick feel of the pub style draft

Drinkability - Definitely not the original...I could swallow this down if there was no Guiness in sight but would rather hit the tap.

04-08-2008 20:56:34 | More by Rsobotka
Photo of ubermick


3.65/5  rDev +4.6%

Ordered on tap at the Mayflower Inn, San Rafael.

A: Dark, dark red with a thick creamy head cresting the glass. When poured right, it's a work of art.

S: Roasted malts, slight coffee.

T: Just like the smell, the roasted malts come through with a hint of nuttiness, with a somewhat bitter aftertaste.

MF/D: As an Irishman, I feel I'm obliged to include Guinness in my reviews, generally because whenever I'm in a bar and someone meets me, they automatically assume it's my beer of choice. It's a decent beer, one I've enjoyed many times, but not my favourite stout by a long shot. As most on here probably know, the notion that Guinness is "a meal in a glass" is ridiculous, and most stouts are lighter than a lot of beers, so you don't expect a lot of volume, but it's a little watery for me, and I personally am not a fan of the slightly bitter flavour. For a more enjoyable example of Irish stout, I'd go with Murphys.

04-08-2008 17:53:39 | More by ubermick
Photo of fl0w

New York

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

A: Slightly opaque reddish black, with a nice, persistent inch thick tan head, once its famous reverse cascade thing finishes. Note it's over much faster then its draft counterpart, which is a bad thing, or a good thing, depending on your priorities.

S: Slight roasted malt, hints of coffee. Nothing overpowering.

T: Like the smell, malts, coffee, with some chocolate. Finish is a nice semisweet

M&D: While the pour suggests otherwise, quite thin, but still nice and smooth. Light carbonation doesn't upset the smoothness. Light enough to enjoy a few of these.

Great beer on tap, and a great feat in making it very similar with their nitro-widget can.

04-08-2008 06:06:39 | More by fl0w
Photo of mvanaskie13


3.68/5  rDev +5.4%

Pours from the can with a thick creamy tan head, about a finger width deep and the remainder is a solid black with light carbonation. Not as as impressive to watch settle as from the draft.

Smell is light, roasted malts, not much else.

Taste is of light, roasted malts, a little lingering flavor of roastedness but not much going on here. I still enjoy but not as good as from draft.

Mouthfeel is very light, not much carbonation or lingering flavors.

Very drinkable, but based on the fact that there are not many overpowering flavors.

04-08-2008 00:56:01 | More by mvanaskie13
Photo of cjohnson

South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +17.5%

Pours a solid black with a velvety smooth, frothy head about a finger in width that likes to persist.

Smell is weak all around, but there's a bit of roasted maltyness to pick up.

There's some roasted malt flavors going on in the taste, maybe a slight tough of caramel. All-in-all the taste isn't incredibly exciting or complex, but is reliable.

Very smooth, though somewhat thin, feeling in the mouth, and very easily drinkable.

Though some people seem to think Guinness isn't what it used to be, it's still a staple and certainly my mainstream beer of choice (that is, of the beers you can get a place like Chili's or Applebee's, Guinness seems to be the best offer). It may not be the best stout in the world, but is always a reliable fallback.

04-07-2008 23:43:57 | More by cjohnson
Photo of Slynger


3.65/5  rDev +4.6%

Pours an opaque blackly brown with a milkshake creamy, light tan lid. Light nose of un-sweet chocolate and roasted coffee beans. Light and somewhat watery with a creaminess to the mouthfeel. Cream, dry chocolate, and roasted tasting. Not terrible, not complex, but it is quite sessionable.

04-03-2008 04:27:49 | More by Slynger
Photo of Proteus93


3.1/5  rDev -11.2%

A: Dark brown, leaning towards black, with a lingering carbonation lightening things up a bit.

S: Mild, roasty malts. A coffee roast, quite light chocolate aromas.

T: Some toasted malts, with a bit of bitter coffee and leafy hoppy notes. Creamy chocolates rolled into the mix.

M + D: A little light, but decent enough, I suppose. An easy drinker in that sense, and it provides a reasonable lingering taste if allowed.

03-29-2008 22:42:51 | More by Proteus93
Photo of Deuane


2.9/5  rDev -16.9%

A-Dark brown with a superb creamy tan head that leaves rings of lacing all the way down.

S-Faint roasty grain....little else.

T-Slight roast with that twang that is only G...but this seems to be toned down from how I use to remember it...maybe I am to use to drinking things like Dark Lord and Kate the Great!

M-Creamy but rather thin...yawn.

D-Not bad but not good either....like a slightly more bodied and slighty roasty Bud...no kidding!

03-29-2008 12:09:47 | More by Deuane
Photo of BleedBlueUSAF


3.4/5  rDev -2.6%

Upon pouring into the Hefe glass... (why I chose this glass... I don't know) it has a beautiful cascading chocolate waterfall down to the bottom of the glass. Picture perfect. When the dust settles it leaves behind a swirled maze of fine carbonation that clings to the glass. Wears a creamy inch tall hat of light-tan foam that refuses to disapate. Lacing is mild, it's more clingy on the edges of the head. When you lift the glass to your lips there will be a foil of bubbles clinging to the glass.

The glass emits a roastytoasty malt characteristic which fuses with dark and unground coffee beans. It's surprisingly light in my opinion, considering the prominent and confident appearance.

I consider this booze mildly bitter and semi-complex. Nothing offensive here in the taste besides the before-mentioned watery characteristic. The roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, burnt bread, and somewhat dry taste make it hard for you to seperate eachother as they gently float over the tongue. Aftertaste does linger, a heavy bitter flavor sits on the back of the tongue.

Drinkability although is high since the surprisingly light nature here. Still don't know the rules on it but i'd consider this a session beer personally.

Irish Car Bombs, anyone?

03-27-2008 18:08:49 | More by BleedBlueUSAF
Photo of hyland24

New York

3.95/5  rDev +13.2%

Poured from a nitro tap at the Patriot Bar in New York, NY into a Guinness pint glass.

A- Beer poured brown which faded to black with the typical stout cascade. Almost looks like a waterfall inside the glass. It poured creamy and thick with a 1 and 1/2 inch thick tan head which stayed present throughout the entire consumption.

S- Hints of roasted malt, hints of coffee with a slight bitter smell.

T- Very nice roasted malt/barley taste, with hints of coffee and chocolate.

MF&D- Thinner than the pour would leave you to believe, although creamy enough to coat the mouth well. Great beer that is light enough to session even though its a stout.

03-27-2008 14:17:48 | More by hyland24
Photo of GreenCard


4.1/5  rDev +17.5%

Myth: Guinness in Ireland tastes better than anywhere else.

Confirmed! After extensive research over a three-day weekend in 2007 in which I tasted it at the Guinness Brewery Museum as well as several pubs across town, I can confirm that Guinness does, in fact, taste better IN Ireland. It's a bit more complex and there's a background sweetness that really rounds it out. So silky smooth and absolutely scrumptious!

Appearance: ruby-mahogany-black, good clarity (around the edges of the otherwise opaque brew), thick creamy layer of fine-beaded tan head, great head retention, lots of lace

Aroma: brown sugar, coffee, burnt grain, baker's chocolate, Lyle's Golden syrup

Flavor: gentle malt sweetness with hints of burnt caramel, chocolate, dark molasses sugar, and weak coffee; unripe pear hop flavor; finishes semisweet with a smoothly bitter aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium-full body, silky-smooth soft texture, moreish as hell

03-25-2008 22:00:49 | More by GreenCard
Photo of burnstar


3/5  rDev -14%

Pours black with a nice dense persistant head. Pretty typical for a nitro- but good. Aroma is sweet with a roasted note. Taste is very mild roasted malt. Not a lot going on but not bad. Lightly carbonated with surprisingly light mouthfeel. Fairly drinkable but not something I like to drink a lot of. I've had plenty of Guiness in my life- I used to really like it but I haven't had it for a while. Overall it's pretty average stuff and a decent commonly available beer.

03-21-2008 01:38:13 | More by burnstar
Photo of akorsak


3.68/5  rDev +5.4%

A 500 mL nitro can that my sister brought back from the St. James Gate brewery in Dublin.

A: The can opens with a fizz as the nitro widget releases its gas. The agitation almost caused white head to peter out over the mouth of the can. A three step pour into a Guinness glass resulted in the magnificent visual bubbling effect. The stout's body was a dark red-black color, more reddish at the narrower points of the glass. Atop the black body was a white, slightly tan, head that stayed in place throughout the pint. Visually stunning, regardless of how it may taste.

S: The nose has creaminess from the nitrogen introduction along with a burnt toast aroma. The swirling mixture takes on a pleasant but thin sweetness.

T: The stout has a full taste but does come up short at times. As dark and heavy as it looks, it is quite light. Burnt bread and chocolate flavors upfront mix with the creamy nitro foam. The thinness becomes apparent mid-sip as the burnt grains fade away and are not replaced by anything. A dry mouthfeel sees the beer away.

M: The mouthfeel is thin at times but the upfront mix of stout and nitro is pleasing sweet, in spite of its dryness. The lack of alcohol and overpowering malts also preserves the taste buds.

D: The ale is quite drinkable, with a sessionably low abv. It's not as robust as some stouts but it holds its own reasonably well.

03-20-2008 15:22:26 | More by akorsak
Photo of Blueye80


2.63/5  rDev -24.6%

Ok here is the deal. I have had a few guinnesses
in my day but I really did not care for this particular nitro bottle. You get this ginormous head which is fine but I thaught it made it kind of flat. It also had a very creamy tast to it. So not a big fan.

03-19-2008 17:46:11 | More by Blueye80
Photo of NCSUdo


3.3/5  rDev -5.4%

Nitro-tap, nearly everywhere in Ireland

A: Deep black with slightly ruby tones along the bottom of glass. Creamy white head, nice cascading bubbles. Huge cloudy lace and good retention.

S: Not a lot. Some roasted hints and maybe some sweetness.

T: Not a lot, again. A bit of roastedness, small hint of sweetness. Certain creaminess as well.

M/D: Medium to full bodied, I wouldn't call it thick at all. Drinkability is good, low ABV and not very filling.

I've had a lot of the 3 major dry stouts while I've been here in Ireland, and I would probably rank Guinness and Murphy's about neck and neck. Neither are as good as Beamish, but overall, all 3 are very similar, almost the same. They all look the same, smell the same and drink pretty much the same, but Beamish is slightly fuller and offers a bit more taste.

03-19-2008 13:38:39 | More by NCSUdo
Guinness Draught from Guinness Ltd.
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