Guinness Draught - Guinness Ltd.

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Ratings: 6,194
Reviews: 2,026
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 20.23%
Wants: 65
Gots: 856 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of RedSoxFan1983
4.33/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance-I love drinking imported stouts in a nitro can, its a experience within itself, the color after the pour goes from a chocolate type brown to coal black after a couple of minutes, when held up to a light there is some redness shining through.

Smell- I'm picking up allot of hints of coffee and some cocoa, very pleasent smelling stout.

Taste-allot like the smell for me, tastes somewhat like cold coffee with some chocolate at the end, very good stout.

Mouthfeel-very thick, the usual mouthfeel you get from a stout, but not bad

Overall this is a very good stout, i would prefer this out of the nitro can or on draft than in the bottle just because of taste alone and you are not getting as much from the bottle in terms of ounces.

Photo of Eramen
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Guinness Draught served in my local pub in Dublin, Ireland:

A - Deep, dark, brown, almost black with a large cascading, creamy head. Divine!

S - Initially there is roasted barley, then earthiness, cream and chocolate milk.

T - Burnt coffee, chocolate, hearty roasted barley, milk and cream, brew malts, with a finish of measured bitterness.

MF - Frothy-creaminess and a very silky, light/medium mouthfeel which then goes down in a smooth way - plenty to get your mouth around here.

O - I've always found Guinness on-tap to be very refreshing, it's tasty and has a nice texture to it - it's not hard to understand why it's still a popular drink worldwide.

Photo of tito42
3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from new widget-less nitro bottle to an imperial pint, even though the label says to enjoy straight from the bottle. No freshness date.

A: Nearly black in color, a very dark cola color with a thick, foamy cocoa head. Great retention and lacing.

S: Roasted barley and coffee, a little weak in the nose.

T: Roasted and bitter barley with a slight coffee flavor and a hint of cola. Lightly hopped, clean finish.

M: Against its reputation in the States, it has a light-medium body that is creamy up front, a tad watery in the middle, and finishes smooth. More true to the style description than its legend.

O: This is a solid Irish Dry Stout. It's better in the nitro can, and I prefer the Extra Stout over the Draught (would love to try the Foreign Extra someday). Not a complex beer, but very drinkable. This was the first "dark beer" I ever drank on a semi-regular basis. There are many stouts I would prefer, but this is a classic.

Photo of Mako82
2.38/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from bottle in a pint glass

A - Very dark brown, possible black. Long lasting foamy tan colored head
S - Pick up malts and yeast, kind of grainy, slight alcohol esters
T - Very watery feel/taste. Picked up malts and coffee, but severely watered down. Slight bitterness
M - Low carbonation

Not what I was expecting from a Guinness beer. Would definitely pass on this beer and grab a different beer from Guinness.

Photo of harrymel
3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle date: unk

One in a three part Guinness-off

A: Pours a deep brown ale with a 2.5 finger peanut head of fine quality. This falls slowly leaving a clean glass with no lacing, but a thick quilt of the same foam throughout the life. There is excellent clarity where available.

S: Caramelized sugars, cocoa, tomato paste, hints of noble and earthy hops. Soil. Sweet and juicy smelling malts.

T: Light malts are accentuated with some hay, soil, metallic flavors. Some tomato flavors (sorry folks, that's what I taste). Finish is sweet and bready - rye bready.

M: Creamy but light in body with lo carbonation. finish is thick and slimy. I like the mouthfeel on this beer.

O: this is a classic. I have never really liked it much. Not a bad beer, but only good once or twice annually.

Photo of tjacobs610
3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very dark color, with a caramel colored head that’s thick and foamy. The lacing was very apparent and thick

S: This beer has a very grainy rusty smell. It also had a very faint caramel malty aroma to it

T: Has a very roasted taste. Not very bitter as I expected it would be. It is very creamy and easy to drink. The caramel hints and malts blend perfect with the floral hops used in this beer.

M: This beer is very light and frothy. The creaminess and lightness almost make it seem watery to me. Still very good feel in my opinion.

O: This beer has very good qualities. It’s very light bodied taste mixed with the great color and rustic smell make this beer one of my favorites.

Photo of corby112
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark chestnut brown that appears pitch black and opaque in the glass with a 1.5 finger creamy off-white head that slowly settles into a thick lasting ring. Large chunks of soapy lacing are left behind.

Roasted malt aroma with hints of toffee, chocolate, caramel and lactic cream. Slightly toasty but this beer really smells like sweet water until it warms up quite a bit and the malt notes emerge.

Medium bodied with a creamy texture from the nitro. I'm usually not a fan of this characteristic because it's really artificial but it somehow works with Guinness. Again, as in the aroma, the beer is really boring and watery until it warms a bit. Too often this beer is served at 35 degrees and loses all of it's flavor. When it warms it's pretty nice with a decent amour of dry, roasted malt. Hints of chocolate, toffee, nut and caramel complimented by the creamy lactic feel/flavor. Dry finish. Not the best of the style but underrated, possibly because of it's popularity.

Photo of Northsider
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at multiple establishments.

What can I say, this is the most beautiful looking beer I've ever seen. Appearance is nearly jet black with slick white head that lingers for the entire drink. The cascade is a sight to see, I'm always mesmerized by it.

Smells of burnt coffee and typical roasted malts.

After drinking many other stouts out there, I can see why people consider this stout-lite, and perhaps deservedly so. Well, whatever, I still love this drink and it's available mostly everywhere. Super smooth, goes down ridiculously easy.

Overall, a really decent stout. Nothing exceptional, but it's available at nearly every bar worth a damn...a hands-down-no-brainer alternative to the BMC that is inevitably served beside it.

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had the honor of having this beer at the Guninness factory in Dublin. My review is not based on this particular tasting however it is one of the first beers I tried and the one that got me turned on to beer as prior to, the beers of the college ranks had turned me off to them.

The beer is black but some light still gets through. The milky, brownish head leaves a lacing and remains for much of the experience. The aroma is of roasted malt which certainly becomes much more apparent with the tasting. Caramel malts as well as a chocolate taste is appreciated as well. The mouth feel is smooth with medium body.

Overall this is a very good beer. I think it is best tasting on tap. I will often order this beer when out as it is one of the few regulars at multiple places I frequent on the weekends.

Photo of FosterJM
3.05/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

588th Review on BA
Draft to pint
@Hennessys SD (Gas lamp)

This was poured by an Irish exchange student in an Irish Pub in SD.

App- One of the original cascading stouts out there. Layers upon layers of bubbles slide down the glass until a nice one and half finger head was formed. Sticky lace all the way down the glass.

Smell- Very grainy with very little else behind it. Maybe some chocolate? It was a bit one dimensional. Still smelled good just not large or filling on the nose.

Taste- Its a dry irish stout. Like the nose, a little one dimensional with a bit of creaminess behind it and some grain.

Mouth- Not at all what I remembered with it being like a meal. Its was modestly medium and medium carbonated.

Drink- When you first get into craft you have a Guinness. Its a better than average beer but one dimensional and a little bitter. Ill probably have it again. Who can say no to an irish car bomb?

Photo of tjkinate
2.95/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hadn't had a Guinness in a while and decided to give it another whirl at the bar last night. What can I say, it just seems average to me. I didn't get that rush of flavors you find with so many of the other stout offerings. I can’t believe I used to think of this beer as heavy! Well, for me I guess this beer will just stay the requirement for an Irish car bomb and not for regular consumption.

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
2.65/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

My first nitro-bottle! Curious about the serving type... have had a nitro-can before (Young's Double Chocolate Stout) and enjoyed it very much.

This Guinness is -unlike most of the Guinness products you'll find in the US- brewed in St James's Gate and not in Canada.

Appearance: Classic nitro pour, but not as impressive as on draft or as the Young's can I had, with the super creamy head and exuberant foam. This is much more mellow, with only one finger of head and not a lot of lacing. Head does remain throughout, though, as expected. Color is black and then some, coal mine in Wales.

Smell: Underwhelming. Powdered milk, some mildly bitter coffee and vague roastiness, plus a nice sugar touch.

Taste: Mostly water, with a much-appreciated soft bitterness all around the mouth and... that's about it. Some molasses/simple syrup. Oddly enough, a tad of honey and burning paper at the very end, which adds about the only real point of excitement here.

Mouthfeel: Blah.Easily the saddest Guinness I've ever had. It's got none of the great creamy-smoothness you expect. Watery, thin, doesn't feel nitro.

Overall: Of course, it drinks great. But it is way too boring. Also, I do not understand why the brewery says to "serve extra cold"? This beer tastes better when it warms up!

A good choice if you're at a bar that has nothing else of note. Of all the Guinness versions I have tried, though, this is probably the less appealing. I would skip the nitro-bottle and go for a glass bottle, can or -best of all- draft.

Photo of mjyoung
3.33/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Drank 12/23/10.

A: Dark brown, with a thick foamy head with some very nice foamy residue on the sides of the glass. The body looks a bit like coke though.

S: Smells like malty chocolate. A pleasant but simple smell with no depth.

T: Simple chocolate with a hint of fruit and no malt.

M: Watery feel, finely carbonated. The carbonation comes across as perfect but it's definitely a tad weak.

O: Very smooth. It goes down quite well and the relatively low ABV makes it easy to drink. I like it, but a lot of the overall grade comes from the mystique of the name...

Photo of drowninginhops
3.3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured in standard pint glass, review from notes.

A: Black in color with ruby edges with creamy head that leaves good lacing.

S: Malts with some chocolate backing it up along with grain.

T: Toasted malts not bitter slightly sweet.

M: A little thin for a stout but not terrible.

D: Good for that stout mood you might get in when the craft store is closed.

Photo of fountainofyouth
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

As a stout-lover, this is one I must review. Poured from a nitro-can into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: That famous look -- dark brown to black, with ruby red notes at the bottom. The head is no more than a finger wide and is light tan and creamy-looking. It doesn't just leave lacing, it leaves curtains!

Smell: Not very aromatic. Dry maltiness, some coffee.

Taste: That is some dry malt! Little bit of coffee and dark chocolate, but the flavors aren't overpowering. Basically no hop bitterness. On-tap, I've tended to get more flavor than from the can here.

Mouthfeel: This is the best part of a Guinness -- and why the nitrogen is so important. It's very, very smooth and heavy. The nitrogen also keeps the carbonation down.

Overall: Not a special beer in terms of unusual flavors, aromas, or appearance, but it's the standard stout for a reason. A solid beer and a safe choice.

Photo of lespaulrocker
2.83/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Black body, one finger creamy tan head that sticks around for the entire pint. Nice lacing. Really a beautiful beer.

S: Malts, coffee, maybe some chocolate. Nothing to write home about.

T: Coffee and hints of chocolate, a little watery to be honest.

M: Light bodied, a little watery, good carbonation, nothing great.

We ate at a Irish style pub and I had to try a Guinness on tap. I'd had a can and hated it, and this was much better than the can was. Still, not something I'll seek out.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with the typical nitro head.
Nose shows caramel and butterscotch. Not much roasty character. Faint earthy hops.
Similar flavours but more roasty. Still, very sweet.
Body feels watery but with the nitro creaminess.
Possibly the stout with the least roasted character I've ever tried.

Photo of BrewCrew2010
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a black body with small, dense, and creamy tan head. No lacing, although the head, even for it's small size, stayed throughout the drink.

S: A lighter aroma, which I would have expected more, of dark roasted malts- coffee & dark chocolate. No hops, nothing too impressive.

T: A nice creamy and roasted malt flavor. Getting some light coffee and bitter-sweet dark chocolate notes as the aroma suggested. Not getting any hops.

M: Althoug heavy and creamy on the palate, this has a light body and carbonation.

O: The first time I had a Guinness I wasn't impress, but I wasn't a beer drinker. Now, a few years and a lot of beers later, I've really come to enjoy this brew. A nice go to beer that I can have several of, and a must have at an Irish restaurant. I will definitely get this again.

Photo of woosterbill
3.3/5  rDev -6%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half-pint at the pub across the street from the Kernel brewery - the Marquis of something or other.

A: Classic Guinness: black body with ruby highlights and a waterfall of roiling nitrogenation. The creamy finger of foam stays around forever, creating an almost artificial-looking image of beauty. There's just no use denying it: Guinness is gorgeous.

S: What smell? SOme faint hints of roast do show up, but overall it's pretty darn watery, and almost medicinal. Not that appealing.

T: Smooth, inoffensive, and less than memorable. Light coffee, char, and dry roast. Somewhat bitter, astringent finish. Not great, but about what I expect.

M: Thin and yet full of creaminess.

O: I was obsessed with Guinness up until about the age of 19, and it'll always have a bit of nostalgic power over me - there's just something about the feeling of the first sip, when the rich foam sticks to your upper lip, that's is truly moving. I certainly recognize, now, that it's not a great beer by any means (and it didn't seem any better to me in the UK than in the US), but I'll always have a soft spot it - no matter how thin, astringent, and boring it actually may be.


Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.3/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On Draft

A: Pours dark and heavy with a thick head.

S: Not much aroma, almost chemical, likely from the nitro. Some maltiness with tiny hints of chocolate and coffee.

T/M: Head is chewy, like marshmallows. Light carbonation and very light and smooth, like Mel Gibson before he became a lunatic anti-semite.

Not my first choice at a bar, but the best out of the Big Beer options. Nitro is fun.

Photo of Sneers
2.13/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I'm breaking Guinness's directions here and pouring out this one.

Guinness Draught pours black, but is revealed to be a reddish-brown hue when held up to the light. The head is thick, frothy and tan.

Insofar as the aroma is concerned, it doesn't seem like it would make much of a difference if I had consumed this straight from the bottle. It is faint, with slight acrid and roasted notes.

The taste, too, is pretty bland. There's a burnt flavor with some accompanying bitterness, but frankly little else. Things get a little better as it warms up; it gets a tiny bit of sweetness, and a little more of the classic stout roastiness. That said, it still might just bump things up to a 2.5.

The mouthfeel has low carbonation and is medium-thin.

Not being any particular enthusiast of Irish dry stouts, I recognize that I may, on the one hand, be biased towards sweeter non-Irish stouts. On the other hand, I'm not enjoying this beer, and it certainly doesn't compare with the few other Irish dry stouts I've had. I don't recommend this beer. If you're in the mood for a Guinness, go for the Extra (Original).

Photo of rlee1390
3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Dark black, two finger head, but the head was not the creamy brown you'd like to see from a stout.

S-Roast malt and some coffee

T-Some roasted malt, a bit of coffee, a little bland.

M-Medium bodied and a little flat.

O-Finally was able to review this beer and as I remembered it was bland.

Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.98/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a pretty solid black with very faint red when held up to the light. Nice nitro khaki head.

The smell is faint of roasted malt.

The taste isn't much on the front but the back you get a little appearance of roastiness. Not any chocolate notes to be found.

The body is very very light but still brings a decent amount of flavor. This beer is amazingly sessionable and will always been a decent beer to me.

Photo of BrianBoruma
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on a nitro tap at Boffy Quinn's pub in Corafin Ireland -- reviewed from notes (though I've had probably 3 dozen pints of this prior ot this point, whey I haven't reviewed it yet... I don't know)

A: Black liquid with ruby highlights when held to the light. Finger thick head of white creamy bubbles leaves some nice lacing going down the glass.

S: Roasted malts come through primarily. The head blocks a lot of other aromas.

T: Some sourness that's nice plays well with the roasted malts.

M: Thick from the nitro, I get the feeling without it it would be a bit thin though, but there is some slight prickling on the mouth, from the carbonation as well.

O: Not something I'm going to pound back a lot of but good when I'm in the mood.

Photo of beertunes
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Over 1200 reviews and I hadn't reviewed this classic? Well here we go. Served in bubble pint glass. Poured with the traditional 2 step pour which gives the black beer it's inch of creamy light tan head that has very good retention and lacing.

The aroma was the smooth, roasted scent that typifies the style. The flavors were also the classic roasted malt tastes that we've loved for so long.

The body is rich, creamy and smooth. Drinkability is very nice and easy. Overall, there's a reason why this beer is almost synonymous with stout. You've had it before, go on and have one again.

Guinness Draught from Guinness Ltd.
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