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Guinness Draught - Guinness Ltd.

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6,174 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,174
Reviews: 2,019
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 20.23%
Wants: 64
Gots: 828 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-02-2001)
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Photo of mikeg67
2.42/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle. I haven't tried this drink since my Coors Extra Gold days. Now I understand why. Body is creamy, but light and watery. Aroma and palate is nothing but burnt bitter-sour grain. Finish is dry and more or less dissent. With so many great stouts available this one will be the last on my list.

Photo of chicagoabbot
3.15/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Widget can into a snifter. Big creamy head, dark brown color. Aroma is pretty tame. It's tame on the palate too, but you've got to love the creaminess of that mouthfeel, although personally there are other nitrogen canned brews that are better, in the style of stouts and other ales.

Guiness Draught is probably lauded more by non-beer heads than it should be and is also probably criticized more by beer heads than it should be. No, compared to a great RIS this doesn't even seem like a stout, but it has some enjoyable attributes: that big creamy head, easy drinker. I buy an 8 pack about once a year and then remember there are better options after I've had one. All around, not a bad brew and drinkable.

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

14.9 ounce nitro can poured into a perfect pint. Brewed in Dublin. Interestingly, the can gives some basic nutritional information and says that it contains 125 calories per 12 ounces. If I remember correctly, that is the same number of calories in a Sam Adams Light. Hmmmm.

The beer pours tan as that famous Guinness head slowly rises to the top. About a finger-high head crowns this beer and does not go away. I've always loved the visual aesthetic of this beer with its dark hue cleanly divided from its mocha-tinted head. The beer itself is quite dark, though not entirely black. Some light can be seen through the narrow end of the glass displaying a dark-walnut brown. This is one of the coolest looking beers on the planet.

When checked for aroma, the initial impact is a faint creamy, almost marshmallowy scent. From there, roasted malts emerge smelling not unlike black coffee. That's about where it starts and finishes. It's not terribly complex to the nose and it's not overpowering. It's just pleasantly subtle.

As the beer slides under that ever-present head for the first sip, the tongue is greeted by a light malty creaminess with a slight sweetness. I'm picking up a slight fruitiness on the back of my tongue. It finishes with that lovely roasted malt bitterness and just a touch of hops as well. The finish is the dominant flavor and is the taste that Guinness Draught is most noted for. It's kind of a one-trick pony and it's not the most amazing stout on the market but it is somewhat unique. Sometimes less can be more.

The mouthfeel is totally inoffensive if not pleasurable. All of the nitro becomes expended in the creation of that signature head leaving behind a brew that is virtually free of carbonation. The lightness of the brew ensures that it goes down like water. It doesn't wow your mouth or really leave an impression at all. It's particularly good for non-beer drinkers but aficionados will find it to be thin.

There really aren't many beers on the planet that are more drinkable than Guinness Draught. The taste and mouthfeel aren't outstanding, but they aren't offensive either. The brew is light but flavorful for its lightness. And at 4.2% ABV you could drink these all night if you so desired. Many craft drinkers loathe it, but Guinness Draught is a fantastic gateway beer. Call it stout 101.


The Two-Schlitz Scale™ (see my profile for an explanation)
I definitely give two Schlitz about this beer. There are better stouts for the price but this is still a fun brew to have around.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle with a plastic wrapped label. at fridge temp poured into a guinness imperial pint glass. no freshness date.

pours out a very nice looking deep ruby brown-black color with a nice 2 fingers of creamy, frothy, tan head. almost looks like a nitro bottle off of the pour, but its not. spotty lace and good retention.

nice aromas of roasted coffee, milk chocolate, roasted malt, even some creamy oatmeal like aromas. smells similar to an oatmeal milk stout. a bit metallic.

this is definatly enjoyed better poured out of the glass, not out of the bottle as the cap suggests. roasted coffee, roasted malt, milk chocolate with an oatmeal like creaminess.

overall pretty watery, but behind that theres a decent creamy feel. decent feeling carbonation with a light body.

drinks very easy, but i wouldnt ever buy this unless there absolutly was nothing better. much better with nitrogen however.

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Oily black with some brown highlights accompanied by a large thick creamy head that lasts and lasts.

S-Chocolate, roasty. Not powerful, but still smells pretty good.

T-Ultra creamy and milky. A bit chocolatey and roasty. Very smooth and mild taste.

M-Super creamy and thick. Probably the best part of the beer.

D-Easy to drink although quite thick. Sessionable however.

Photo of jonb5
3.08/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

half litre can, dark, obviously but hints of red at the edges. The way this beer looks is the best thing about it. The head stays longer than other beers. Smells of smoke, hint of roasted vegetables. Thin body, tastes of smoked iron. Very smooth, goes down well. 4.2adv means it's one to session. My main complaint is it's over priced. To sum up i'd say its a beer for accountants.

Photo of forrestio
4.1/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is my first review... Hopes it's good haha
Well had this beer for the first time the the other day with some friends and I thought it was one of the best beers I've hAd. In my opinion the taste was fairly bitter but easy to drink. Didn't poor In glass but foam did start to come out of bottle so I'll just assume it had a decent head and laceing. Smelled somewhat like coffee-ish... Very good beer would definitely recomend

Photo of 9InchNails
3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured halfway into a mug from a can and poured the rest as it settled.

Almost opaque, dark ruby red but mostly black. Light brown creamy head. Not much lacing on the glass. All the creaminess from the head settles at the bottom of the glass.

A sweet coffee malt and grain smell that's really taint.

Incredibly smooth and creamy. Hardly any carbonation. It does leave the mouth a little dry.
A slight bitterness and mostly the dark roasted malts of coffee and toffee take over. There is a hint of an alcohol and grainy taste but not overbearing in anyway.

Drink Ability isn't bad. I could have two or three and be satisfied.

Photo of JayS2629
2.48/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A- Black with reflective amber in the light. Thick creamy head that lasts. Very beautiful.

S- Bland. Roasted malts, hints of chocolate and coffee.

T- Roasted malts, weak coffee, hints of cocoa. No hops. Watery.

M- Thick , creamy and frothy yet has a watery finish.

D- Its easy to drink. But its watery and bland.

Photo of arboristfish
4.18/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer is black with a slight amber hue to it. The foam on this beer is really interesting. Very thick and creamy, with hints of roasted malt. The taste is bitter, the foam hits your palate first with a creamy texture. The beer finishes with a bitter taste that seems to linger for a little bit. The mouthfeel is thick and medium heavy. The beer is drinkable.

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

A: Guinness always looks great! The head is very thick and creamy and never fades. I have never had a glass so coated with foam when I am done drinking.

S: Creamy, chocolaty and roasted malts.

T: Creamy, airy and chocolate roasted malt. Perhaps a bit of a burnt or smoked flavour. Overall, the beer does not have a very strong taste to it.

M/D: Light airy and creamy, almost like frothed milk or something. It is a very drinkable beer, a little overpriced. A classic, although there are better examples of the style.

Photo of cooch69
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this with a burger at Bar Louie. it poures black with a one and a half finger creamy rich head that has a batter consistency.

The nose is'nt very pronounced on this one, just aroma of dark malts, and an earthy cacao.
This beer is very light and refreshing. A light cacao powder flaver with just a slight roasty maltiness to cap it off.
The consistency and flavor to a lesser extent resemble that of a home made chocolate milk. Super creamy with little carbonation. The lack of hops make this beer a very straight forward simple beer that can be enjoyed over the coarse of an evening.

Photo of Jaymad
2.5/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: I have to give Guinness credit that this is one of the most striking pours I have ever seen. Dark brown clouds billow downwards between a creamy head and a jet black body.

S: Not much. Malt.

T: While said clouds are billowing, the taste is airy, creamy and milky with a malt backbone. Once you've drunk half and it begins to warm, however, it shows its flaws. Guinness Draught just tastes like brown water when it warms and loses its nitro charge. There's some slight graininess but it really hardly tastes like beer at all. I was very disappointed.

M: Full and creamy when nitrogenated, but soon totally flat and watery.

D: I could drink a lot of these, I suppose, but only because they're watery and unsatisfying and low in alcohol. Good for chugging quickly while it's still bubbling, which is the only time I find it palatable.

Not Recommended. Buy any other kind of Guinness over this. May be worth trying on tap?

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

14.9oz nitro-can poured into a Guinness pint.

A - After popping the cap, I had a rush of air spurt out, ready to squirt me in the eye if I popped the tab any more. I rushed to the sink and finished popping and.... actually only a little bit bubbled over. I started my pour down the side of the glass and as usual, poured in the middle about halfway through and my oh my. This beer certainly does show up for a party. Brilliantly cascading, the beer slowly but surely builds the head as the tan foam falls into a black abyss, then slowly rises back up to build an incredibly creamy head that lasts the entirety of the beer. As such, the beer also has amazing lacing. A visually impressive performance.

S - Unfortunately, the appearance is pretty much the best characteristic of this beer. The beer smells relatively lifeless. The most profound feature in the nose is simply some roasted barley, some malts, and a faint trace of coffee. Not much else going on in the nose.

T - Similarly, the taste falls off when compared to both the nose and the appearance. Some coffee, some chocolate, hops are pretty much nonexistent. As a consequence of the visually appealing head, the taste suffers as half of the sip of a beer is just creamy foam that adds an unpleasant watery and bland characteristic to the beer.

M - Mouthfeel is surprisingly and not beneficially light and watery. Almost zero carbonation, invisible alcohol, and watery flavor makes the beer feel dull and lifeless on the palate and has almost no aftertaste.

D - Drinkability is moderate. While it's possible to quaff this beer without thinking due to the insanely light body and no alcohol presence, the lack of flavor and awkward mouthfeel doesn't make me want to try.

Supposedly, the Guinness of lore is actually the Foreign version, so maybe I will pick up a bottle of that to try, but as far as this beer is concerned, it doesn't live up to the hype at all.

Photo of JackieTH
3.15/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Mom picked up a six of these for me last weekend while I was visiting her, her purchase was based purely on the packaging.

A for effort.

I consumed these six both straight from the bottle and also poured into a glass. Appearance as usual is chocolately brown/black soft and creamy with a fine foamy head.

Nose is subtle chocolate. A slightly chocolate, toffee and malt palate that is quite light but also creamy smooth.

Easy to drink, best when poured into a glass.

Photo of Japerrault
2.63/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice looking pour. Not as dark as the one I recently had on tap. Thick creamy off-white head.

S: Aromas are muted. Some chocolate and ripe fruit.

T: Flavors are thin, like someone added extra water to the can. Tartness upfront, roasted grain and slight bitterness in the finish. Not the same as the beer on tap.

M: Thin, light body, finishes dry.

D: Thin flavors make it possible to guzzle if you want to.

Photo of meisburger
1.55/5  rDev -55.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

What happened to Guinness? I used to drink it on tap in Ireland, where it was good; then had to settle for Guinness Foreign Extra Stout (which is the malt liquor of stout) in a bottle in southeast Asia, then suffered through Guinness Extra Cold on tap in Australia, only to come home to the US after twenty years and experience Guinness Draught (in a can). No flavour at all. Tastes like water. Pointless, and I will never buy it again.

Photo of TheSeeker61
3.43/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer on tap. Was a dark brown with a beautiful regal head which hung around throughout the experience. Smelled some caramel malts hint of chocolate and coffee. The taste was initially good to me which I was able to taste the malts, caramel, slight coffeel and finished dry. The mouthfeel was watery and the brew went down ok. Yeah I could drink this again, but it was just a ok experience and if there's a better choice I would choose the other choice first. But it's a good solid brew.

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

A- Dark, dark, dark brown with a light brown head.

S- Like no other beer I have smelled, but very good smell to it. Sort of a heavy kind of beer smell I guess.

T- Can barely taste the hops, but this is not a bad thing in the case of Guinness Draught. Almost woodsy or earthy tasting, maybe slightly bitter.

M- Very subtle in the mouth.

D- Very heavy beer, but very enjoyable. I recommend this beer to anyone who likes a dark stout.

Photo of taigor
3.93/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into regular pint glass.

A - Poured dark non-transparent black with big head and trademark reverse waterfall.

S - Roasted malts and coffee but that's about it.

T - Very creamy and thick with hints of coffee and slight bitterness towards dry finish.

M - Medium bodied with average carbonation.

D - Low abv would make it a very drinkable stout however, it is heavy and creamy which makes it almost a meal.

Photo of mrandypandy
2.78/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

11.2oz nitrogen-widget bottle left at my house by a friend. Time to clear some space in the fridge.

A- Pours a clear, dark brown/amber. Almost black. Standard Guinness cascading head on pour settles into a thick mocha head. Good lacing.
S- Minimal aroma. Muted roasted notes, but not much.
T- Just like the aroma, minimal. Weak grainy and roasted notes. Like a standard, watered down stout.
M - Thin, watery, weak body. Almost chalky.
D- Medium. On one hand the light body makes this an easy drink, yet the lack of flavor or complexity makes me not want to go back for more.

Overall - Nothing to write home about. Not a bad beer, but certainly nothing special. A very light, dry, watery sout.

Photo of Docer
3.2/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this many times before... just never reviewed it... here it goes...

- Poured into a large imperial pint glass.. watched the waterfall of mud trickle down into a solid rich black/brown darkness... nice 3/4" of cream light mocha head... and it just keeps sticking around.

- Light sweet oats and grains... light bitter coffee and chocolate... perhaps just a touch of bittering hop... can't really tell. Overall light and sweet.

- Slightly tinny.. watery.. very light subtle grain, oats.. slight bitter coffee chocolate... also slightly off...

- Light bodied, watery.. perhaps just a touch chewy towards the end because of their attempt at dryness in such a light beer.

- Overall a nice drinker for those that don't want a buzz. Its more pretty than good.

Photo of lovetranquillity
2.95/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a dark dark brown, thick fluffy tan head with good retention. Looks good.

Not much of a smell here, some roasted malts and slight sweetness. Nothing special.

Roasted malts, hints of coffee and chocolate, tiny tiny bitterness in the after taste. Seems like a good stout watered down.

Like drinking thick water or milk, almost no carbonation, like skim milk.

Easy to drink, like drinking water. It is good compared to crap, which doesn't say much.

Photo of beersensei305
5/5  rDev +42.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This brew will always be my favorite. Most individuals are intimidated to try it because of how dark and rich it pours. The pour from a can or on tap is iconic- and there is a particular way to pour this brew. The taste is a delicate mixture of malt and coffee. Despite its rich pour and thick head the beer is like and has a watery mouthfeel. This beer only gets better and as it warms.

Photo of MeMyselfNAles7
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My 2nd guinness brew and have to say that I like the stout better.

In a mug it poured a dark as ten nights brew with a thick creamy brown crown. Thin body. Roasted malts, some hints of coffe on the nose. Fairly the same on the palate. Watery and smooth at first sip and then it develops into a nice roasted malts taste without out loosing the smoothness, towards the end. Very good drinkability and aftertaste.

Guinness Draught from Guinness Ltd.
80 out of 100 based on 6,174 ratings.