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Guinness Draught - Guinness Ltd.

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5,788 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,788
Reviews: 1,991
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 20.34%
Wants: 50
Gots: 647 | 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 CampusCrew
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I love Guinness but there are better options. Very Dark and chocolatley stout and goes great with hearty stews and works well for cooking. Guinness in America is good, but try it in the UK. It's a dream. I'm going to rate it as I normally drink here in the US. The only thing I don't like about Guinness is the slight negative aftertaste which I didn't taste when I was traveling overseas.

CampusCrew, Oct 15, 2008
Photo of KeefD
2.68/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a nitro bottle into an imperial pint. Cascading effect through a dark brown body. Nice creamy head, some lacing is there. Aroma of burnt coffee grinds and hints of chocolate. Taste is on par with the nose. Roasted coffee, dry baker's chocolate, slightly bitter. The mouthfeel is what gets to me on this one. It's thin and watery, not much in the way of flavor. I prefer the Extra Stout to the Draught, personally, but I could drink several of these in one sitting on nitro-tap. Maybe I should have drank this from the bottle as it insisted. After a few minutes, the beer became flat and watery which took away from the overall taste. Not very pleasing.

KeefD, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of dstc
4.03/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours as black as can be with a creamy mocha head the stays forever leaving nice lace rings behind.

Roasted malt aroma and slightly metallic.

Burnt malt taste with a mild bitter finish. Very smooth and light as far as stouts go.

Velvet smooth mouthfeel with no sign or carbonation.

Very smooth, easy drinking beer. Not nearly as good as the tap Guinness in Ireland but I have to settle just like the rest of America.

dstc, Oct 10, 2008
Photo of jtothamo
4.75/5  rDev +36.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My goodness, my Guinness.

I know the popularity of Guinness has caused it to be looked down upon by many in the beer snob club. However, there's just something about a Guinness that makes my heart warm.

The overwhelming advertising campaign that Guinness has launched over the years has been effective in getting many lousy, cheap beer drinkers to get out of their comfort zones. So, I applaud Guinness for making the world a better place.

To me, the only thing more satisfying than watching a Guinness settle is consuming it. The smooth taste is comforting. While I would say there are other beers out there that are more worthy of the "brilliant" accolade, Guinness will always have a special place in my heart.

jtothamo, Sep 29, 2008
Photo of Jeffo
3.43/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this on tap at Mick's, a great Irish pub in the center of Utrecht.

Pulled from a nitro into a pint glass.

APPEARANCE: Wonderful cascading effect after the pour. Settles pitch black with a thick, dense, creamy one finger white head. Zero carbonation evident. Laces beautifully down the sides, leaving rings, and head is very persistent until the end. Lovely and unique looking.

SMELL: Hard to get anything through the thick armored head. Roasted barley malt of course. Slight tinge of coffee with a smoky component. Cream too. Nice, but tough to get.

TASTE: The taste is way more evident than the smell. Same components in the taste, roasted malt, smoke and coffee, but the coffee is stronger and it's more pronounced. A bit of tobaco there as well. Minimal aftertaste.

PALATE: Medium body and creamy as well. Head adds a great feel on the lips when drinking. Minimal carbonation gives it a thick water feel. Perhaps a slight bit more carbonation would give it more of a thick beer feel. Goes down smooth and finishes super dry.

OVERALL: This beer is definately drinkable. Its low ABV means you can drink it all night, and that nothing is overpowering means you'll never get sick of it. Definatley sessionable, and I've sessioned it many times. Tastes and feels nice, is a pleasure to look at, and goes down very nicely. On the other hand, I could see how some might find it too dull and weak after a few pints, and want to move on to something else. In the end though, I find it to be a great session brew off the tap.

Jeffo, Sep 28, 2008
Photo of scaliasux
2.68/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Cascading color for a few seconds after the pour. Dark brown, opaque. Thin off-white persistent head.

Smell - Pretty light. What's there is a bit of roasted malt and yeast.

Taste - Starts with mild roasted malt. Coffee flavor, but not overpowering. Finishes sour and lingering. Actually seems a bit thin in the flavor department, but certainly not offensive.

Mouthfeel - Creamy start, but finishes oddly watery. Carbonation not noticeable.

Drinkability - It's Guinness, how could you hate it. I certainly don't, but I can't say it's as good as I once believed. It is better than a macrolager and since it's ubiquitous even a bad beer bar will have this and probably give you a glass if you order one. I'm glad it's around, but I personally don't drink Guinness much anymore.

scaliasux, Sep 23, 2008
Photo of dananabanana
3.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Thick, white, creamy head. Foam clings. Dark brown. The archetypical stout.

S: Chocolate and cream.

T: Chocolate and cream still there, slight coffee notes. Very sweet on the tip of the tongue. A little hops in the back of the throat. Not as rich as other stouts.

M: Creamy, well-balanced carbonation.

D: I could drink one easily, but probably not a second.

Definitely get Guinness if it's between Guinness and a watery American macrobrew. If it's between Guinness and another stout, go for the other stout. Unfortunately, the former choice is the one you will have at many US bars.

dananabanana, Sep 21, 2008
Photo of Sammy
2.55/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Two tastes - weak coffee and bitter beer. Drink it straight from the bottle is the motto. However the best we can say is its coffee appearance and huge creamy head that stays there. OK to drink if you're drinking something after to take away the taste.

Sammy, Sep 15, 2008
Photo of Rennpferd
4.2/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured ice cold from a nitro can into an Imperial Pint.

It poured super creamy and full of layering activity. A nice dark body formed under the nitro creamed layer and a nice two finger velvet cream head formed after everything simmered down.

It smelled of rich roasted malt and had a nice coffee undertone that seemed to have an undertone of toffee all of it's own.

A pronounced taste of roasted malt, a hint of coffee. The coffee tones were very subdued and enhanced the roasted malt instead of overpowering it. It was smooth and creamy. Very nice.

This is a great beer to sit back with on a hot evening and enjoy. I like to milk these in order to enjoy the changing characteristics as it warms.

Rennpferd, Sep 12, 2008
Photo of techtatu
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lovely dark color and cream colored head. Lots of lacing left on the glass. It gives off the aroma of coffee and dark chocolate.

Not as strong as the stout and goes well with an Irish Car Bomb. Yes I know it's a mixed drink but its what got me to try Guinness the first time.

techtatu, Sep 11, 2008
Photo of kshankar
3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not the biggest expert on stouts. Apparently I wasn't supposed to pour this, but I did before realizing that. Oops.

Appearance: Black with a creamy head that has good retention. Till the finish.

Aroma: Roasted malts mainly, bit of coffee and chocolate.

Taste: Little bitterness, but the roasted malts and the coffee are the predominant flavors. Also a hint of chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth going down

Drinkability: Pretty drinkable, even though having more than a couple of these doesn't go well with me.

Overall a pretty decent stout..not the best out there though. Certainly don't mind having one of these every now and then.

kshankar, Sep 09, 2008
Photo of jeremyd365
3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the pint-sized can. Poured the usual (but wonderful) cascading tan head until it was dark brown with a solid tan head that stays around for the long-haul. Smell is chocolatety with perhaps a hint of coffee. The mouthfeel is heavy with a strong coffee and chocolate aroma even before swallowing. It finishes with a solid aftertaste of the same and is very drinkable.

jeremyd365, Sep 07, 2008
Photo of Haybeerman
3.03/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Murky black with some deep red tint. Poured a tight one finger head which persisted and was "fed" from underneath. Ample lacing tight to the glass.

S: Sweet bready malt and that's about it.

T: Some roasted malts and even bitterness.

M: Smooth and creamy. Not quite the full body I expected.

D: Very drinkable. Didn't findi it filling or overbearing. Just nothing real special.

Haybeerman, Sep 02, 2008
Photo of hdofu
3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tastewise this wasn't all that great a bit of a malted chocolate flavor in there. The color was rich black similar to soda with with a tan head. Smell is sort of smokey metallic. Mouthfeel was sort of thick. It wasn't the most drinkable beer on the planet but was better then most of the stuff at the party today.

hdofu, Sep 01, 2008
Photo of darklordlager
3.43/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4

A- Nitro-can, poured a dark shade of brown, bordering on black. Edges appear dark amber when held up to the light. Fantastic creamy head that just sits there.

S- All malt here. Coffee and a hint of chocolate hit the nose for a pleasant scent. Smells great.

T- Toned down a bit from the smell, with dark malt, chocolate and vanilla notes. Finishes with a sour bite. Refreshing.

M- This is my main problem with this brew. The appearance and bouquet would dictate something with much more weight. The mouthfeel is sickly thin, leaving something to be desired.

D- The lack of richness in this brew would make it very easy to session.

darklordlager, Sep 01, 2008
Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Dark brownish-black w/dense beige head.
S-Dark malt, smoke, chocolate, faint hops.
T-Palate resembles aroma. Slight sweetness w/light hops in finish that cleanse palate.
M-Lighter-bodied and carbonation. Balance is decent, but more body would be nice.
D-Good, easy to drink. A classic I've been drinking for years that I'm somewhat partial to due to experience, but now that I've expanded out a little, it's merely ok.

BoitSansSoif, Aug 30, 2008
Photo of bacabuck
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served from the tap at a modest temperature. Not too cold, not too warm.

A: Deep brown, almost black with a thick oatmeal colored head that stays true. Offers good lacing down the sides of the glass and rests comfortably at the bottom when your done.

S: Banana, yeast, molasses

T: Slightly sweet with a gentle bitter finish.

M: No carbonation to speak of. Tap is pushed with nitrogen rather than CO2.

D: Smooth and easy.

bacabuck, Aug 29, 2008
Photo of changeup45
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Alright... I've taken a complete 360 when it comes to Guinness in general. What can I say? It's not bad. Pours a black color, thick tan head, and an overall visually appealing beer. This beer is smooth and creamy with a mild coffee flavor with hints of malt. A bit thin for a stout but this is the easy drinking, easy obtainable stout and I've got no problem with that.

changeup45, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of JRed
2.68/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

An awesome cascading effect when poured where the colors sift back and forth before settling. A nice milk-looking head sits on top of the "living" brew. But looks only go so far: no aroma whatsoever is backed by no real taste whatsoever. Slight cream make you feel like you are drinking a light, flavorless milkshake. A true disappointment.

JRed, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of Dusty278
3.4/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: Everyone has seen the cascading effect, it looks great, the head stays till the end.

S: Sweet and roasted malts.

T: Dry, roasted flavor, a bit thin for my taste.

M: Smooth, creamy. Makes you want to drink it fast....which is the best way to enjoy such a stout in my opinion...rather than enjoying it like a more complex stout.

D: Doesn't live up to other stouts including its "extra stout" older brother.
Makes one hell of an irish car bomb too which adds for drinkability too...

Dusty278, Aug 20, 2008
Photo of GodOfBeer
3.4/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours the obvious trademark guinness look, prefect creamy white head and the opaque black liquid they call beer.

Not much to smell, caramel, malty with some burnt undertones...

Very light tasting, coffee, some butterscotch and chocolate but very light.

A nice creamy mouthfeel that makes you want to chug the thing!

GodOfBeer, Aug 17, 2008
Photo of Bobo77
3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

From a nitro can with the widget inside. Contains 125 calories, that's only 30 more than Michelob Ultra so I wonder if it has more flavor.

The can makes an almost explosive cracking when opened. As an aside, make sure you have your glass ready and right next the can because the nitro cans will really blast beer everywhere; I always open mine over the sink. Poured down the center of my glass making an almost picture perfect triple layer of color ranging from coffee color at the bottom with medium brown bubbles rushing up to a gorgeous thick grey head. The head is staying for over a minute solid.

The nose reveals a pleasant aroma of biter cocoa and almost, I want to say, Bailey's Irish Cream in there or even Kahlua (which in my book is not a bad a scent to have.)

Now the mouthfeel, if I were to judge this on the basis of the head I would have to rate it easily a 4. The head is almost like whipped cream. However, the body of the beer leaves something to be desired. There is almost zero carbonation. I don't think that it's supposed to be this way or if it is just the nitro can, but I think I remember Boddington's nitro cans being this way too. The body definately drags the rating of the mouthfeel down.

The taste is of bitter chocolate, cream, and buttery notes. I would even say butterscotch would be a better description.
I poured the rest of the can into my mug and sip a little more. The head is now lumpy and their appears to be a good amount of sticky lacing down the inside of the mug.
More taste, this is beer is made with hops but only enough to balance and they are obviously difficult to notice due to the bitter cocoa and coffee flavors that the beer presents. There is so much bitter, roasted malt flavor going on here that one hardly notices the alcohol, not surprising I suppose since Stouts are typically lower in alcohol. There is unfortunately a metallic taste, I am not sure again if it is due to the can or the widget, but it is there and it does detract slightly from the beer.

Everything considered, while this is far from perfect it is a good solid beer when in the mood for something dark and bitter. I do remember getting this on tap at McCormicks Irish Pub back in Richmond, VA about 6 or 7 years ago and I think I remember it being better than this. Oh, it was so good!

Bobo77, Aug 16, 2008
Photo of zeff80
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a deep, dark, brown color with a creamy/foamy, small, tan head that left small traces of lace.

S - It smelled of coffee, chocolate and caramel.

T - A nice bittersweet blend of sweetness from the chocolate and caramel with the bitter kick from oatmeal and some hops.

M - It is soft, smooth and creamy. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - I've had this from a can and bottle, but it is always best on tap. It is the choice at restaurants than just feature BMC.

zeff80, Aug 15, 2008
Photo of PatronWizard
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a sixer, was told to drink from the bottle, but I don't listen...

Very nice looking, very unique. 3 Toned. Very dark almost black on the bottom, dark brown in the middle as the bubbles rush up, and creamy mocha frothy head. Great head actually. Good looking beer. Head also looks like chocolate mousse, just clings to the side of the glass.

Rich smell of coffe, chocolate, pleasing aroma.

Tastes like straigt coffee. Black coffee - no cream, no sugar baby! Not bad at all. Much better that the Guinness Extra Stout I had earlier this week. Would make a nice breakfast beer (I love an excuse to have beer for breakfast).

Very smooth. Not my style of beer but nice nontheless.

I wouldn't drink more that one in a row but I would gladly have one in the morning or for dessert. Anything that gets my wife involved and approving of my beer hobby is fine with me. She likes this one a lot.

PatronWizard, Aug 15, 2008
Photo of zerofear13
3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I really enjoy Guinness - one of the few micro varieties that has crossed into mainstream so you're not always drinking American lagers and "German" pilseners.

Pours out jet black. Off the tap, it needs to be poured, then left alone for a little, then topped off, because the head is massive out of the tap. Creamy colored head retains for nearly the entire duration of one drinking it.

Terrific roasted smells and a hint of chocolate. Taste is wonderful. Very creamy, and with the roasted flavors, it has a very thick taste. The malts and hops are very well balanced, but interestingly enough, not very present in this beer, as the roasted flavors and textures will be the more noticeable characteristics.

Often joked about, but very true, Guinness is a very thick and heavy beer. There are considerably heavier stouts from other microbreweries, but Guinness is up there. Low ABV, but I can't imagine having more than two of these in one drinking session.

zerofear13, Aug 12, 2008
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