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Guinness Draught - Guinness Ltd.

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Guinness DraughtGuinness Draught

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6,519 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,519
Reviews: 2,152
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 19.89%
Wants: 94
Gots: 1,253 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-02-2001

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look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Very dark, but light goes through (ultra dark ruby). Medium carbonation. Good.

S: Hot dogs, peanut, tobacco. Slight unpleasant malt style skunkiness makes it pretty average.

T: A mixture of different types of wood, malt, and smoked sausage. Good, but slightly too weak for my tastes.

MF: Semi-rough and slightly metallic/oxide style but still easy to drink.

O: One of the most commonly seen beers in existence. Often the best you can get on a less well-assorted pub given you like stout.

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look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

It is, what it is.

Pours a medium black and when poured correctly using the nitro it is still a thing of beauty even if it's thr nitrogen doing most of the heavy lifting.

Taste is clean, dry stout roasted with a bit of bitterness/astringency and is actually quite refreshing. This beer is never going to blow you away but is a classic I go back to when in more of a session mood out for the evening.

Nobody is ever going to confuse this one with Darkness or Dark Lord, but at the end of the day, I wager many of those same fans of the big boys of stouts started their love affair with this one. I for one can say I was one of those people.

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look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tasting based on a Pint served from a Nitro-Tap in the Guinness Skylounge/Brewery in Dublin, Ireland... its a whole 'nother story this way:

The beer presents itself dramatically with the famous cascading brown-to-black effect. Lots of hype and marketing around this, but hey, its still cool and starts things off really well.

The smell is not as strong as most micro-brewed stouts these days, but there are definitely hints of roasted barley, a bit of coffee aroma, and ever so faint hop pizazz.

The taste is quite impressive - it will never taste this good being shipped over the pond - according the the Guinness brewers here, the Guinness draught recipe for domestic distribution is different to that of US/world export, so in some ways we're not really comparing apples to apples on this review...

The mouthfeel is what it should be; creamy, immense, full of darkness, yet light in weight - not syrupy or heavy on the tongue.

Overall, the king of the dry stout in my opinion... but only when served here in it's homeland. The nitro-can-crap they serve in the US? Forget it... for example, should Sierra Nevada ever start exporting to Europe, you can bet I'd pass it by every time - the pasteurization really kills the beer. If you're fortunate enough to try one here... its really another beer, entirely, and quite a good one.

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Guinness Draught from Guinness Ltd.
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