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Guinness Draught - Guinness Ltd.

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5,203 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,203
Reviews: 1,959
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 20.11%
Wants: 29
Gots: 336 | 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 msubulldog25


3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served into a pint glass, cold out of the 11.2 oz. nitro-bottle.

A: An impenetrable, inky black with one finger of ivory-colored head. The waves of bubbles initially after the pour are mesmerizing!

S: Mild, subtle roastedness.

T: Stout is not my favorite style but this is nice, delicate. Bitter tang becomes a nice semisweet finish.

M: Too thin for my liking. Leaves the tongue very quickly.

D: It's good to have every now and then. I actually like this bottled version as much as any draft pour I've had.

My office bought a 6-pack last Friday; this and Heineken were our import choices. Happy with what I chose... :)

Serving type: nitro-bottle

02-23-2006 02:26:03 | More by msubulldog25
Photo of russpowell


3.4/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured almost black with a supertight offwhite head 1" deep. Great head rentention and lacing

Some graininess and maltiness in the smell. Not much else

Taste: graininess, bitterness and dryness on the finish

MF: Silky and good carbonation levels

Drinkable enough, just lacks the depth of the export, other in-country competetitors or numerous clones inspired by the "original"

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2006 03:09:24 | More by russpowell
Photo of manofmanners


4.63/5  rDev +33%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

More filling than the stout, i believe. But it is the perfect beer. So dark light can not pass through, a almost pure white head (not a pimple). The problem is you have to let it settle to get the full taste. so be in a hurry of you want to drink it. Perfect beer to have with cheese and a burger, but not if you want hot wings or a salad!

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2006 14:48:18 | More by manofmanners
Photo of Padron4KM


2.05/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

nitro bottle, poured into a guinness glass. I know you are supposed to drink this from the bottle, but I can't do it.

dark brown with ruby tones. Creamy nitro head.

Very light aroma, I have to vigorously agitate the beer to get anything out of it. Mostly light roastiness, with some sweet malt.

Flavor is slightly bitter roast, with a sweet and sour note on the finish.

Pallate is thin.
Not the Guinness I remember.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

02-18-2006 06:01:30 | More by Padron4KM
Photo of TheEclecticGent


4.03/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this beer out of an 11.2 oz nitro “rocket-widget” bottle into a Guinness pint glass. I feel like I really get cheated with only 11.2 ounces, the beer only comes up to the label on the pint glass. It has that beautiful Guinness cascade and the lovely thick nitro tan head that is a rock solid 1” thick. The beer itself appears black as night but is actually very, very, very dark brown. The modern nitro Guinness in a can and bottle to me has very little smell. What smell there is a light hoppy dry smell that smells like brown paper. When I first started drinking Guinness in the standard bottles many years ago, it had a yeasty sludge in the bottom of the bottle and appeared to be bottle fermented and carbonated – a completely different drink. However, this is a classic as well. The mouthfeel is smooth and amazingly light for a stout. The taste starts with a sharp bite of carbonized grain, to a dry almost ethereal warmth, and end with a dry aftertaste. A bit of a very light chocolate overtone in the flavor and a bit smokey as well. Nothing quite like a Guinness. This is a very drinkable stout, although I couldn’t slam as many Guinnesses as say Sweetwater 420 or other lighter beers.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

02-14-2006 03:37:07 | More by TheEclecticGent
Photo of nicksta


4.15/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I am reviewing this from the nitro can this time.

The appearance is a jet black solid with brown edging. In the beginning the carbonation rises and rises, not as much as in a bottle though, and it finally settles in the form of a tan pancake on top of the beer.

The smell has faint hints of mocha ringing through and not much else. A little disapointing.

The taste is very much like the bottle. Roasted, creamy, hints of chocolate and toffee, and rounded out with black coffe bitterness. Always let it warm up a bit just to let you know.

The mouthfeel is still light, but not as light, like the bottled version.

The drinkability is better than ever! Chug, chug, chug!, or great as a session beer.

Not bad but I still prefer the nitro-bottled version.

Serving type: nitro-can

02-12-2006 02:30:10 | More by nicksta
Photo of Phatz


4.2/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Tall nitro-can loaded with the Rocket Widget. Nice touch (some people have called it a pointless gimmick but the appearance of the beer is a beauty so...). Served in my pint glass at 50 degrees. This review is the same as my previous review of the nitro bottle. I think it is just as good in the can as it is in the bottle and maybe more convenient IMO.

Appearance: Pours a great noble brown and sits in my pint glass looking very black. There are slight red hues as the light reflects, but it looks quite black. Awesome creamy off white head that lasted the entire duration of the beer. Substantial and lasting lacing is impressive.

Smell: A bit of dark fruit. It has a unique and surprising mild sweetness about it.

Taste: Some chocolate and some raspberries. On the first sip I am impressed by the Dry characteristic of the beer. It invades on the taste for only a moment though. After that the surprising sweet almost dry fruit flavor but not quite fruit (to dry to be fruit) unless you add a certain toastedness to the description. Evident dark malts. Very mild flavor but very enjoyable. The only bitterness is a very slight hint after the dryness in the aftertaste. Overall, very pleasant taste.

Mouthfeel: A bit thinner than I'd expect from a stout; somewhat lighter in weight and in body. DRY! This beer screams Irish DRY Stout from moment one. It is fantastically crisp with just the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Very VERY drinkable. Nice and tasty, light weight (sits easy in your stomach) low ABV, no extreme characteristics; all make this an easy guzzler. There is a low quality bar down the street from my house. They carry almost nothing worth drinking but it is the only bar close to my house. Guinness Draught is the only thing they have that I am interested in; and that is the best thing about this beer. It's everywhere! For an easily accessible beer made by a 'Big Brewery' this is definitely one of the best 'Big Brewery' beers out there. The only Macro characteristic it has is that partway between the middle of your mouth and the swallow I noticed a small empty watery space that had a little gap in the flavor. Nothing substantial and certainly forgivable but characteristic of big breweries. I highly recommend this as a Bar Beer. When you are at a bar with limited selection it is likely they will carry Guinness Draught and it is a great fallback choice and a regular in my fridge.

Hope this is helpful.

Serving type: nitro-can

02-11-2006 07:20:40 | More by Phatz
Photo of DarkerTheBetter


4.33/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer came a dark brown that let a lot of light through giving it some burgundy highlights. The head was a lovely pale tan that was flat and creamy. Smells of delightfully toasted malts with a distinctive sweet and sourness behind it that I can only say smells like Guinness. Tastes initially of a cocktail of dry roasted malts that springs to life with a pleasantly subdued sweetness, and then finishes dry with a coffee and cream and a gentle nip of hops. The mouth feel is a silky thin to medium body and flat. The real kicker here is the little bit of head that makes its way into my mouth on each sip that simply floats along my palate. That’s invigorating and down right enjoyable! What’s not to love?

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2006 17:16:20 | More by DarkerTheBetter
Photo of NClifestyle

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slowly poured into a pint glass, the beer at first looks like a glass of moving sand. As the beer begins to settle and the cascading effect kicks in, a beautiful scene in a glass takes place. Soon, a white, creamy lace head stands atop an almost black body of beer, with ruby/brown trim. It also shows sheets of lace down the glass.
Draught smells of dark chocolate and coffee, and tastes malty and bready with sharp coffee/cocoa accents. A burnt malt and tangy hop aftertaste is noticeable after each sip. There is also a very slight metallic tang. The beer mellows as it warms.
Mouthfeel is creamy, smooth, and has no carbonation. It offers a thin mouthfeel, and glides away very quickly, effortless to drink. It’s smooth as silk. Not bad, and can be found anywhere. I think I prefer Murphy's first, Beamish next, if I have the option.


Serving type: bottle

02-09-2006 20:39:11 | More by NClifestyle
Photo of hopsaplenty


3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A pint poured by the bartender who won the perfect pour contest a few years back.

The pint is topped with a perfect 1/2 inch cap of dense miniscule stone bubbles that looks more like a dollop of cream. This one needed some time to warm up as it arrived at a standard bar draft temperature, which was far too cold. During the entire pint, the head never diminished at all, and there was plenty left once the beer was gone, even after painting the inside of the glass with lacing. Deep dark, almost black, with ruby highlights. The smell is of faint roasted malts and little else. The taste is slightly bitter up front with deep roasted malt, almost charcoal like, in the finish. There was something almost sour about it. Light body and a generally smooth mouthfeel, it is also a bit drying. It is drinkable, and in the states it is becoming about the only nitro stout readily available in Irish-themed bars.

Serving type: nitro-tap

02-08-2006 12:21:30 | More by hopsaplenty
Photo of Mebuzzard


3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep black pour, creamy-foamy head about 1 1/2 inch. Nice pour from the bartender.
Smells like a weak steak sauce, roasted malt and chocolate.
Taste is more roasted malt with coffee and chocolate in the background.
A nice, smooth feel to it with a good aftertaste of molasses and roasted malt.
One of my favorites.

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2006 21:57:46 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of rhoadsrage


3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American pint glass) not from the bottle as directed

A- This beer pours a milk chocolate color with the foam gentle falling to the bottom and the thin layer of black dark stout starts to form. So all the drama is over and the thick creamy head is a smooth thick layer of tan cream on a pure black body.

S- The soft note of dark roasted barley has a hint of black coffee, and dark chocolate with a note of wet horse (but in a good way). The aroma is a bit light possibly due to the thick foam.

T- This beer has a cold taste to it even though it was at 50 degrees in the beer fridge. The taste of roasted black malt with a faint dry tartness is nice but too soft. The finish has a soft soapy taste to it aswell (yes it is a clean glass). No real hops present in the finish.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a watery texture. No astringency or alcohol warmth.

D- This beer is not the dark roasted bitter ale that I hoped for. It is a bit thin and light with not a lot of depth. The aroma was faint but nice and then the taste was just to watered down.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

02-05-2006 01:25:24 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of BlackMagik

New Hampshire

4.18/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

As anyone who sees my moniker can tell, I have a taste for the guiness..Very velvety mouthfeel, with hints of chocolate and roasted nut.Dry aftertaste. Had it in true draught form, and cant drink it in a can or bottle, also if sampling in a ber, make sure that the bar uses the guinness a lot, because if it sits in the lines at a bar that doesnt serve much guinness, it gets very bitter. I always ask the waitress/bartender how much the guinness is served(and i get my fair share of weird looks for it).

Serving type: nitro-tap

02-04-2006 00:36:24 | More by BlackMagik
Photo of palffyfan


2.4/5  rDev -31%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance - Black and brown, very caramel-like.

Smell - Nothing special.

Taste - Roasty and chocolaty, with a very bitter after-taste. Quite dry.

Drinkability - Was very tiresome after 2 beers. Bitterness starts to linger afterwhile. Buying one occasionally shouldn't be so bad, but the bitter after-taste makes this a poorer beer, imo.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

02-03-2006 02:59:41 | More by palffyfan
Photo of VoodooBrew

South Carolina

3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I wonder what we would think of Guinness if it weren't so well-known.

There's no more mesmerizing sight in all of beerdom than a properly poured nitro stout with all those millions of tiny bubbles cascading downward from a huge creamy head. Guinness has pronounced roastiness to go along with that characteristic lactic twang that homebrewers find so elusive. In keeping with the style, it is quite dry, but still I find the mouthfeel to be on the thin side for a stout, despite the creaminess that the proper gas mix can impart.

Guinness is a good beer, but alas it's not even my favorite Irish Stout. Usually after one pint I'm ready to move on to another beer. Wish I could have sampled it way back in the day before the realities of marketing and brewery consolidation set in.

Serving type: nitro-tap

01-31-2006 23:48:39 | More by VoodooBrew
Photo of CaskofFlyingDog


3.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a regular straight pint glass. Poured black and brown. The nitro bubbled down. This told me there was definitely nitro in it.

Taste was burnt malts of course and slight dark chocolate. Not much hoppy character that I could tell. Very straightfoward and basic tasting other than that for a porter/stout. The smell is just sorta there (definitely burnt, dark, good smell though.) The mouthfeel is pretty much perfect. Thick almost like milk mouthfeel not taste. This beer also is quite easy on the stomach but I probably couldn't drink too many which is probably a good thing. I'd rather drink a few guinnesses than 8 Coors Light/Colorado Water.

Other thoughts on this beer: definitely a good beer. I respect this beer for being supposedly starting the 'stout' style. I must say if you are not into microbreweries and trying new things instead of settling with a 'best' this beer seems to be the top of the chain for people. It's quite sad and silly. I have a friend who's irish, has red hair, and wears all sorts of celtic stuff and Flogging Molly shirts. He doesn't like other porters and always compares them to 'the best.' To me it's a beer you ought to try even have once in a while but to say it's The Best is a little over the top. I will say though that I have not yet enjoyed it off the tap. I have been told that this is the ONLY way to drink it. After then I can feel not full of myself. I bet it is better though. P.S. it is great though if you want to feel full after drinking a beer. I hear over in Ireland it's not uncommon to drink one of these for breakfast with all the grains and carbs.

Serving type: nitro-can

01-31-2006 07:18:20 | More by CaskofFlyingDog
Photo of gbarron


4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Off a nitro-tap at an 'irish' pub in Virginia.

A - dark, dark brown, almost black, but not opaque. You can see some light come through around the bottom of the glass, looking dark ruby. Head a perfect, foamy little tan island floating on the dark sea. Very tight, nitro head, only a few centimeters thick - maybe one finger. Head stays around the whole way, leaves nice lacing.

S - not a whole lot of aroma, but what there is consists primarily of roasted malt. Almost no hop aroma.

T - roasted malt predominates. A little hop bitterness in there. Beer is not sweet at all, nearly all the bitterness comes from the roasted/black patent malt. Very unique flavor. Malty, creamy. Tastes like a light cup of joe, with some tartness behind it. Very small amount of grassy hop flavor.

M - light to medium light mouthfeel. Creamy. Has the consistency of darkly brewed tea. Very dry.

D - goes down extremely easy. Low alcohol contributes to high drinkability here. It would be easy to sit around and have several pints of these and safely drive home.

Overall - the classic dry stout. If you haven't ever had it on draft, you can't call yourself a beer aficionado.

Serving type: nitro-tap

01-28-2006 13:16:56 | More by gbarron
Photo of 1759dallas


3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

For me Guinness is a drinking beer. I can have vast quanities of it and never get tired of the taste. Its not a very flavorful beer, and thats what I like about it. It has a slightly roasted coffee taste that I can enjoy all the time. If I'm only going to have a few beers, this is not the beer for me. If I'm going out all day and night, can't go wrong with a good pint.

Serving type: nitro-tap

01-27-2006 21:06:02 | More by 1759dallas
Photo of oldirtycaffrey


4.25/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love Guinness. The appearance is dark brown/almost black with a creamy head that lasts. Excellent lacing. The smell is of malt, chocolate, and a slight bit of coffee. The taste is a little sweet, with an aftertaste of coffee, or even a slight, slight black licorice. Mouthfeel is very smooth. Hardly any carbonation. Goes down smooth which is what makes it great. I could drink these all night. One of my favs.

Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2006 19:05:14 | More by oldirtycaffrey
Photo of geetlord


3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer poured very dark with a thick creamy head about 1 finger width in height.
The flavor was bitter and chocolaty though i didnt find many other flavors. It feells thick and creamy in the mouth. Overall I found this to be a quite good though heavy beer.

Serving type: nitro-can

01-24-2006 00:15:20 | More by geetlord
Photo of CDBeerDisappear


3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a - Dark brown. Reddish when held to a light. Creamy head that lasts. Nice lacing on the glass.

s - Chocolate, dark roasted malt without much smell of hops

t - Taste of the hops comes through with the sweetness of the malt being secondary. After swallowing there is a light bitter aftertaste that sits on the middle back of the tongue.

m - Very light on carbonation and thin tasting.

d - This beer has always worked for me. I could drink a lot of them. It's not spectacular, is particularily weak in mouthfeel but I keep buying it and drinking it. It goes down easy. Also, if you are going to drink with friends who "aren't into that conosuier s**t" Guiness enjoys wide acceptance and is far more drinkable than yellow fizz.

Serving type: nitro-can

01-23-2006 22:42:27 | More by CDBeerDisappear
Photo of Boneheadmx


4.7/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Once again, I believe it's time to review this beer once again. Once again, as always it pours to a beautiful dark opaque color. The head is thick, creamy and just does not subside. The smell hints at chocolate and coffee, as does the taste of the beer. The beer itself is nice and thick and it's really easy to drink down. If anything this beer is consistently good. Will buy again, of course.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2006 02:48:46 | More by Boneheadmx
Photo of cjgator3


3.2/5  rDev -8%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a black body as the bubbles ascend beautifully to make a elegant creamy head. The aroma is dark roasted malts with chocolate and coffee. The taste and mouthfeel are good, maybe a bit on the watery side. The drinkablility is good as also good as I can easily throw back a few of these at a time.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2006 22:02:59 | More by cjgator3
Photo of RJLarse


2.25/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This was offered in a bottle at a local tavern, so I gave it a try.

This beer is a dark brown to black color. Thick beige head with small bubbles lasts a long long long time.

The smell is faint, hoppy and a little malty, but otherwise nothing special.

The taste is smooth and malty, smoky and grainy. Slightly bitter aftertaste.

Mouth feel is thick, malty and slightly bitter.

This is a drinkable beer but not great taste-wise. The head was amazingly resilient. It may have stood up through the dishwasher for all I know.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

01-15-2006 08:00:27 | More by RJLarse
Photo of pentathlete


2.58/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Maybe I blew it. I can't bring myself to drink from the bottle. I didn't even read the friggin' label. So, I stupidly poured it into a glass. Inky purple black, with an off-white foam. Smell is roasty and a little chocolatey. The taste, and maybe I ruined it with the poor, was dominated by a ubiquitous metallic flavor. Thin, thin, thin mouthfeel. Some bitterness in the finish, but not enough to save it. Not appealing.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

01-13-2006 21:40:20 | More by pentathlete
Guinness Draught from Guinness Ltd.
79 out of 100 based on 5,203 ratings.