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Guinness Draught - Guinness Ltd.

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5,814 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,814
Reviews: 1,992
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 20.34%
Wants: 50
Gots: 656 | 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 tittymcj
3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Came out with the typical tan thick and creamy head. Very dark and thick looking, with good lacing.

Smell is decent, some coffee and a little bit of roasted chocolate.

Taste is ok. Not as good as it was when I first drank this, but still pretty tasty. Lightly roasted coffee flavor.

Mouthfeel is disappointing. Not nearly as thick as I remember. Somewhat watery and thin.

Drinkability is tremendous, now that it doesn't feel as thick. I could drink these forever.

tittymcj, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of alkemy
2.88/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I'll preface this by saying that Guinness on tap is among my favorite beers. However, this review is of the nitro-bottle draught and it is sorely lacking. The look is very close as well as the smell. The taste is almost a flat, watered down version of the original. After drinking Guinness extensively on tap, I'm very comfortable saying that from the tap is the only way to fly.

alkemy, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of KTCamm
3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lets all agree on a few things
- Guinness is better on draft than in a nitro can
- Guinness is better closer to the source (Ireland) than exported.

Ok, maybe the second one is just an old legend, or maybe its the ambience of Ireland, but I found it to be true on my ttrip there a few years back.

As far as the nitro can goes - its a toned down version of the classic. Still the same jet back color with high cascading foam. Still the smooth creamy roasted dry stout taste you are used to. Still easy to finish the four pack in one setting without knowing how that happened.

Just not as good as the original original.

KTCamm, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of ToddT
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A- One of the most unique and beautiful beers, the cascading is a site to behold. Starts off creamy white and then cascades from the bottom of the glass to the top changing to black as it goes. There is a thick off white head that lasts forever and covers the sides of the glass in foam and thick rings that mark each swallow.

S- Roasted malt, earth tones, a couple of whiffs of metal or the nitrogen widget not sure which. Not much of an aroma though.

T- Roasted malt, faint hint of chocolate and coffee, slightly bitter hit of hops for the aftertaste.

M- Creamy and smooth but thin in the mouth. Finish is a slightly dry.

D- At 4.2% ABV there is no danger of it being a one and done beer. Goes down easy and smooth and pairs well with almost any food.

A classic beer and the one that ushered me into the world of beers outside of marco-lagers. While this one no longer compares to what I would call a world class beer, it will always be a special one for me.

ToddT, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of mjw06
3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

so i went to dublin with a mission in mind. find out if the guinness is really better in ireland. now granted ive never had guinness on-tap in the states, so that might be the problem there. but i have to say that i was impressed with draught in the pubs of dublin. so ive posted my previous review of draught out of a can in the states and critiqued it with parenthesis of the tap in dublin.


not much outside of your normal "roast and toast" smells you find in most porters and stouts. but thats it just "roast and toast", not adjectives for describing the smell of something else.
(this holds true still just a little bit. this beer is defineatly not one for a lot of smell.)

taste like water, no really, it almost does. leaves a hint of bitterness, but quite frankly i like bitterness in my beer, not my water.
(no tasting like water here, well maybe after your second or third one, but the taste is much richer. roasted barley. i actually got to taste the barley they use at the brewery, gave me a much better idea of the character of the beer. however i would still appreciate a stronger taste, even some more hops. people seem not to like guinness because they say its too strong, but for a so-called "stout". guinness is kind of weak. not very complex either)

an extremely watery mouthfeel. highly disappointing, by far the worst element of this beer. the frothy head on your lips might save it a little. but its a mouthfeel, not a lip feel.
(this was the biggest difference in the beer. contrary to its reputation, guinness is a considerably lighter bodied brew, however, its just extremely creamy. though id appreciate a heavier body, the feel is still great, and brings out the taste wonderfully. very light carbonation as well.)

its drinkable, complimented my ice cream well. with they could some how merge the beauty of draught, with the taste of extra stout. i hope it is true that they keep the good stuff in dublin so i can experience real guinness when i go over there. as of now though, i promise its just living of the nitro effect.
(its true, the best stuff is in dublin and it makes sense. i found this beer to be very drinkable while i was over there, maybe because its everywhere. but i can go for another, and another, another one of these, and it sits in the stomach great. great with a wide variety of foods as well.)

mjw06, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of br3wmeister
4.08/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Waves of tan bubbles jet through this jet black beer as the thick silky head forms. The head takes some time to fully form and when it does there is a distinct line where they head meets the beer. The retention is great and there is nice thick lacing.

S- Sweet and malty aromas come from this beer, lots of dark chocolate and a hint of peat smoke. No detectable hops in the nose.

T- Dry chocolaty flavors come through as I drink this beer. The flavors are pretty subtle but pleasant. Some good roasted flavors and again a hint of peat smoke. This is a good beer to start with but after anything with a high hop profile and you will not taste this beer at all.

M- This is a medium to light bodied beer that is super smooth. It feels very milky as you drink it. Very nice mouth feel.

Overall I would say that this is a beer that I really enjoy. It is not the best of style and I do not go seeking this beer out but it taste great and is very easy to drink. Great default beer at BMC bars, you can find this beer almost anywhere.

br3wmeister, Mar 20, 2009
Photo of argock
2.53/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from 14.9oz nitro-can into a clear pint glass. No freshness date. Purchased in 4-pack from World Market for $6.99.

A: Very dark brown/black with 1-2 finger creamy, off-white head with decent retention and rings of lace. The cascading is still a sight to behold.

S: Metallic and toasted dark malt aromas

T: Light caramel flavors with roasted dark and black malt. Pretty weak all the way around. Even the dryness is pretty minimal.

M: Thin, thin, thin. Metallic, mineral aftertaste is signature.

D: Drinkable because of its lack of heft, This beer is much lighter in body and flavor than even 5 years ago. More of a period piece and nostalgic with the lack of craftsmanship.

argock, Mar 19, 2009
Photo of jnn4v
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful. There is little that's more beautiful or nostalgic to me than watching a freshly poured Guinness cascade through the glass. Dark brown, almost black color. Light tan / off-white thick, creamy head.

S: Not much here. Nitrogen. A bit of burned malt. Hints of sulfur or peat?

T: Very subtle flavor for a stout (even for an Irish Dry Stout). Mild bitterness, even more subdued malts. A taste that I had grown to love over the years, so it's hard to not enjoy, though.

M: Thick, creamy, wonderful.

D: Mild flavor and relatively low alcohol make this one of the more easily drinkable stouts.

jnn4v, Mar 18, 2009
Photo of 2KHokie
3.2/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Can. Pours a solid black with the beautiful Guinness head. The aroma isn't as powerful as some, but there is some roasted barley and maybe a hint of coffee. A very fine carbonation with a very creamy mouthfeel. The feel can definitely throw people off if they have never had a beer of this nature before (i.e. mass produced crap). The palate follows the nose, with notes of roasted barley, a little coffee, and surprisingly light. Gentle bitterness and a definite dry quality. This one is famous and rightly so. Solid, not very complex, but the perfect gateway into better beer drinking.

2KHokie, Mar 18, 2009
Photo of BColton1
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A St. Patty's Day staple.

Pours dark brown to black.

Has a small milky head.

Not as complex a taste as some other Stouts I've had recently, but it is very drinkable and reminds me of Dublin.

Nothing beats it on tap in Ireland, but this will have to do.

BColton1, Mar 18, 2009
Photo of superdedooperboy
3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My second beer to celebrate St. Patty's Day, served up at The Pizza Joint in Evans, GA.

The famous fat, super-creamy head of light tan foam rests atop the equally famous dark brown, nearly opaque black, liquid. The head stays true to the end, holding on like a champ to the walls of the vessel in thick curtains.

A mild roasted aroma presents itself to the nose, without much else.

A medium body possesses the characteristic smooth, "flat" mouthfeel, with an overall mild flavor -- roasted malts dominate, but in no way overpower, and a hint of herbaceous hops make themselves known but are not forward, leading into a dry, lightly roasted espresso-like finish.

Low in alcohol, smooth on the tongue, and inoffensive on the palate, Guinness makes one of the greater quaffs available virtually worldwide, making it a perfect fallback and one of the pinnacles of session beer-dom.

superdedooperboy, Mar 18, 2009
Photo of TheQuietMan22
2.8/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured like a chocolate milkshake from the nitro can. As the famous cascade of bubbles rose the beer settled to deep black that was not completely opaque. A thick, creamy head sat on top throughout the pint.

Smell: The smell is not very strong, but it had a light, chocolate milk scent with just a hint of coffee.

Taste: Similar to the smell, but the flavor is subdued. It's watery, but smooth. It has a slight bitter tail to it, mostly from the coffee malts.

Drinkability: It's Saint Paddy's Day, so what can I say? The drinkability is high, and it has that distinctness to make it appealing, but to me it's the "lite" version of stout. Maybe it's because I've only had it from nitro bottles and cans. Directly from the keg, as a "draught," is the ideal way to drink it. Directly from the keg in Ireland would be perfect.

TheQuietMan22, Mar 18, 2009
Photo of BierFan
2.8/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 14.9 ounce nitro-can into a pint glass.

It's hard to knock the appearance of the beer. That creamy two finger nitro head looks damn sexy. Unfortunately from there it's all down hill. The smell and taste are very tame and watered down. Only a slight chalky roastiness to it.

BierFan, Mar 18, 2009
Photo of DoctorStrangiato
3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a 440-ml can into a pub ale glass.

Appearance - sensational cloudy-stormy decanting with a 1-inch thick creamy head.

Smell - chocolate, liquorice and good coffee supported by malt aromas.

Taste - a little subdued, but unsweetened chocolate and black coffee with a bit of a tinny hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel - a little undercarbonated for my taste although just enough action.

Drinkability - this is a one-glass deal for me. It's not something I can pound away on.

DoctorStrangiato, Mar 18, 2009
Photo of LordAdmNelson
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

A- Looks great on St. Patrick's Day--dark, tan head, inviting--just beautiful

S- Not real strong-- if anything, a decent amount of roasty, coffee-ish malt

T- Follows the smell--a pretty enjoyable, while unimpressive, stout. Not too much to think about--roasty and coffee malt.

M- This is where I'm disappointed in Guinness. Watery and thin. Too carbonated for my tastes.

D- Could have a bunch. Good for an Irish holiday.

LordAdmNelson, Mar 18, 2009
Photo of LyonsHead
4.22/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours black at the bottom with a brown waterfall cascading through it. There is a very thick and creamy head that sticks around through the entire beer

S: defanite coffee notes mixed with a bread and a malty sweetness.

T: taste like it smells. There are notes of coffee and bread and it finishes with a subtle sweetness

M: Hard to beat. to me this is the best mouthfeel you can find in a beer. Full body and incredibly smooth.

D: This is one of my favorite Irish beers and seeing as how it's St Patti's day Im going to have a few. This beer is a classic, and it is very different. The one downside is it's quite filling

LyonsHead, Mar 18, 2009
Photo of atsprings
3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can't truly enjoy St. Patty's Day without the obligatory Guinness! Served with the beautiful waterfall effect, the beer quickly settles to an almost opaque black with a frothy egg-shell head. Aroma is slight roasted malts. Taste is the usual dry roasty flavor I always expect, subtle, yet delicious. The beer is very light and well carbonated. Of course, Guinness is always great when the mood hits.

atsprings, Mar 17, 2009
Photo of jimj21
2.6/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bought as part of a twelve pack. 11.2 ounce nitro bottle with rocket widget. Packaging suggests you are supposed to drink straight from the bottle. I am going to try one from the bottle and one from a pint glass. While the bottle looks nice, it doesn't show me anything about the beer. Pouring releals a dark brown beverage that is topped by about one finger of mocha head. Great retention. Head remains the whole way down with good lacing.

Aroma is lacking both in the bottle and the glass. There's some stale roasted malt as well as a metallic smell and maybe some chocolate.

Taste is very watery. Main flavors are roasted malt and coffee. Stale bitterness and a little smoky. Some sweetness in the middle. Floral hops on the finished are there briefly and then gone. A little dry. Aftertaste is a a bit roasty.

Mouthfeel is very thin. Drinks just like water. Not anywhere near what a stout should be. Drinking from the bottle adds a little creaminess but not much.

Drinkability is ok. Low ABV. Nothing about this beer impresses me enough to want more though.

jimj21, Mar 17, 2009
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
2.68/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on-tap at 6:07AM on St. Patty's Day. Paired this with a (very) crappy $7.00 "Irish Breakfast" from Spike's. Served in 20oz Guinness glasses for $6.00 a piece. (You'd think the true patrons would get an early bird special!)

Appearance: Pitch black throughout with a tight, inviting, 1.5 finger, light brown head on top. Great retention and lacing - leaves thick notches at each resting point.

Smell: Roasted malt, and umm... maybe some dark chocolate. Pretty much roasted malt and that was it.

Taste: Roasted malt and dry dark chocolate. Maybe a bit of dairy jumps in. Mostly smoky and roasted flavors though.

Mouthfeel: Stout eh? Thinnest stout I've ever felt. Maybe the thinnest beer I've ever felt! Watery with mild nitrous carbonation. Almost no mouth-coating or even aftertaste. Veery, very, weak.

Drinkability: Probably the lightest Irish dry stout on the market, as well as the most marketable. It's easy to see how this beer does well: a body similar to Bud Light, and a flavor that's rich and roasty. Definitely easy to drink, but there are so, so, so many better Irish stouts out there.

ThreeWiseMen, Mar 17, 2009
Photo of Sgolenbo
4.43/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ok, the beeradvocate 'bros' can just get off their high horse if they want to talk about American dry stouts being better than a fresh guinness off tap...it rarely gets better.

appearance-- wish I could give it above a 5.0. This beer is absolutely beautiful.

smell--good, not it's defining characteristic. whatever.

taste--delicious, typical roasted malt stout, with that thick creamy head that doesn't ever abandon you, even after you drain the last sip.

mouthfeel & drinkability--smooth, goes down easy, little carbonation; head mixes with body after you sip. perfect.

A good clean guinness is the most refreshing of beers.

Sgolenbo, Mar 17, 2009
Photo of chaz410
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can, can't remember where I got it from.
Beautiful cascading effect to the head retention.
Smell is weak, slight roasted barley and a little dark malt character but not much else.
Taste is malty with minimal hop character. Slightly chocolatey and roastey.
Mouthfeel is nice and smoot, very drinkable.

chaz410, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of IceHog
2.33/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Purchased a four pack of cans. Why? Don't know but will say that when you open the can and pour it into a glass it is impressive. Nice black beer with a heavy, creamy head and lots of nitro bubbles. Unfortumately, not much aroma. A little bit of roasted malt. Taste - weak, kind of bland. Once again, a little malt comes through, no hops (do they even ue hops in the beer?).

IceHog, Mar 13, 2009
Photo of Naugled
4.08/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: this is one of the rare fun beers to watch. Obviously from the nitro. Color is very dark brown with creamy brown head that does last to the bottom. Which is when you get that treat of a dollop of foam to finish. Head seems to be a little more full on tap than bottle or can.

S: not much smell to me. It's fresh, slightly tangy but not a lot going on in this department.

T: nice weak roast flavor with just enough sour to make it distinct. This is not a bold stout but a session stout so the flavors tend to be minimized. but they are good. The nitro tap seems to be the most flavorful to me. However I do taste variations from bar to bar. but the tap is the way to drink this.

M: good flat smooth feel.

D: very drinkable, and light. the nitro makes this go down smoothly with little gas filling you up.

Naugled, Mar 12, 2009
Photo of Clydesdale
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a thick, nearly opaque dark brown color with the standard cascading effect. The dense, creamy head is medium-sized and light tan in color. Retention is great and thick, foamy lacing trails down the top of the glass.

S: Some faint roasted malt. Watered down coffee and subdued chocolate are also detectable. Perhaps a slight earthy note.

T: Mild roasted malt flavors, along with some lactic sweetness. The dark chocolaty notes acquit themselves well, although they're still somewhat subdued. Hints of charcoal and coffee are also present. Some faint earthy and leafy hop flavors add a light bitterness into the finish.

M: Light bodied, almost watery - but quite creamy thanks to the nitrogen. Finishes a bit dry.

D: Very easy to drink, with an appealingly soft mouthfeel. It's certainly not robust or full-bodied, and I can't really say this is a great beer, but once in awhile I just have a craving for something like this, and it gets the job done.

Clydesdale, Mar 11, 2009
Photo of shanem
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

So you can't really review this by pouring. The nitrogen widget inside the bottle lets out a small amount of nitrogen each time it is tipped to try to replicate a mini draft each time so by pouring the entire bottle out at once, you kinda lose the point of having this bottle. However, the can is intended to be poured and will not be correct out of the can. So with that said, I think this is better than most reviews. Definitely not the best stout in the world, but I enjoy it as a lighter feeling dark beer with a unique taste that is easy to drink.

shanem, Mar 10, 2009
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