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Guinness Draught - Guinness Ltd.

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6,282 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,282
Reviews: 2,064
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 20.23%
Wants: 73
Gots: 982 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-02-2001

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Photo of beerme5582
2.54/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I accept responsibility for the problems because I bought this in a can. In a nutshell, the smell and taste were weak, not only compared to what I am accustomed to and generally love with Guinness, but even compared to what I would expect in a "typical," ho-hum ale. I enjoy a beer that's really _doing_something_, which is what I expect from Guinness, but this was just bland. It's not horrible. It occurs to me this beer would be extremely easy to chug. But therein lies the problem. Why pay Guinness prices for a beer that boredom drives you to down?

Photo of basica
2.94/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours an intense dark brown black from the nitro-can with much "mixing and settling" activities before it finally settles down to a well-retaining, creamy, finger-thick, tan head with nice lacing (4)

S - Nose is milky, creamy, roasted malts and perhaps with a bit of sweetness; fairly mild for a stout (2.5)

T - Creamy, milky notes upfront with light notes of roasted malts in the middle and very faint notes of coffee which only starts to shows up in the finish. Tastes like a watered down stout with added milk (2.5)

M - Light-bodied mouthfeel which is quite atypical of a stout and watery instead of creamy smooth as per good examples of the style. Low carbonation and still pretty smooth and crisp (3)

D - Very easy drinking and refreshing due to the milkiness and smoothness as per many examples in intro-cans but flavor is admittedly lacking (4)

Photo of despainmakesbeer
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark black opaque color. Creamy coffee aroma with roasted malt and light chocolate. Extremely dense and frothy dark tan head. Decent lacing on glass. Small caramel notes on back of tongue with roast malt and coffee being the main flavors. Very light mouthfeel for start. I enjoy the nitrogen froth and has a creamy mouthfeel and the drinkability of water, very smooth. Has a dry, charred, raosty flavor to the aftertaste. Nothing in overall flavor very powerful, almost on the bland side. Would like to try the non-taxed version of this at the source and see if the flavors are any bolder. Although the flavors are slightly bland for my preferrence in a stout, but still this icon is still good and easy to drink.

Photo of scottfrie
3.19/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into Old Rasputin nonic pint.

A: I always love how nitro stouts pour. I got a beautiful three finger head out of this over a pitch black liquid. The dense light tan colored head slowly faded into a thick creamy film that a sticky network of lacing down the glass.
S: Light notes of roasted grains and a hint of burnt chocolate. Aroma is very light.
T: Light flavors follow the nose. Sweeter than I expected, with light notes of caramel, roasted grain husk, and dry bread crust. Finish is quick and easy, and the aftertaste has a touch of residual sweetness.
M: Really watery mouthfeel. There is a fair amount of nitro-soft carbonation, but the finish is really flat and runny.
D: Pretty average run-of-the-mill dry stout. Flavors aren't bad, mouthfeel is though. The sad thing is sometimes this is the best beer available on tap. Drinkable, but not great.

Photo of Shrews629
2.71/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance - Black with ruby highlight when held directly to the light. The head is only the slightest off white. I love the way the head builds in the glass. Nice 2 finger head that hung around forever and left very, very nice lacing. The head is very creamy looking. A lot of carbonation building the head. The black body with the white head is very appealing to me.

Smell - Sweet chocolate. Almost smells like an Oatmeal Stout. Smells creamy with a dark malt and a slight roasted character. Not much roast, but enough to remind you of it. It even smells a bit thin after it warms a bit.

Taste - This has an unusual flavor to me. It's almost like chocolate skim milk. Some smokiness and roastiness is involved with the flavor, but they don't arrive until the sip is gone. It's a bit like milk and water mixed.

Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel is really thin. It is smooth, but it goes down so quick and easy I don't get to savor it. Nothing left on the palate. Watery finish. I was expecting this to be dry. It really didn't feel like beer.

Drinkability - I can see why a lot of people really like this beer. It's very easy drinking. It was almost gone before I even knew what was going on. The look of this beer was outstanding, but that was the best aspect. I bet one could pound several of these no problem. For me however, the taste and mouthfeel do not make this real drinkable. I could drink a few, but I prefer the Extra Stout.

Photo of zachary80
3.34/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L: Black but transparent, tan head, very tight and satisfying from the nitro, decent lacing 4/5

S: Roasted and sweet, not much there 2.5/5

T: Roasted bitterness, but not much. bitterness and some flavor lingers. Tastes "dry" 3.5/5

M: Silky smooth but too thin, carbed nicely 4/5

O: extremely drinkable 4/5

I may not have rated this high but overall I still really enjoy this beer

edit: updated to reflect ratings change

Photo of bboelens
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a bottle (I know it says to keep it in) into a pint glass

A-Lighter than Guinness Extra stout but still a deep rich brownish red color, with a slim tan head that lasts

S-Muddled roast malt, slight hints of chocolate and coffee

T-Watered down guinness, roast malt, faint faint chocolate

M-Silky and creamy

D-As a huge fan of the extra stout I'm disappointed by the draught, I feel as if I'm drinking Guinness Light, that being said it is still an incredibly drinkable beer that one can put back all night. Assuming you would be into drinking watered down guinness

Photo of yeahnatenelson
2.1/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance -- Pours a dark chestnut brown hue through which light can easily pass. The nitro widget allows for one finger of the creamiest beige head. Visually, it's hard to gripe.

Smell -- Not a whole lot going on: mineral water, mild roast malt, and some hint of dark fruit and chocolate. It doesn't smell bad as much as it smells like nothing. To close one's eyes and breathe in the aroma of a full Guinness is much like breathing in the aroma of an empty glass.

Taste -- The tastes leaves much to the imagination. Quite watery with minimal flavor. Mineral water, char, faint notes of dark chocolate and prune. Meh.

Mouthfeel -- Thin and watery with, with the gentlest of bubbles. This is the only saving grace of this beer and it's completely due to its container.

Drinkability -- I'd like to think better of Guinness, but it's truly the official BMC stout: watery with minimal flavor or aroma. You can tell something good is trying to eek it's way out of this beer, but to no avail. It's only saving grace - and, truly, the only reason I purchased this - is it's container: the nitro-widget.

That said, I'd love to see this nitro widget technology employed on a beer that actually tastes like something. Imagine North Coast's Old Rasputin from a nitro-bottle!

Photo of mikeg67
2.44/5  rDev -30.5%
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
3.11/5  rDev -11.4%
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
4.01/5  rDev +14.2%
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
3.66/5  rDev +4.3%
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
3.13/5  rDev -10.8%
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
4.03/5  rDev +14.8%
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
3.34/5  rDev -4.8%
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
2.54/5  rDev -27.6%
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
4.2/5  rDev +19.7%
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
3.54/5  rDev +0.9%
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
3.98/5  rDev +13.4%
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
2.56/5  rDev -27.1%
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
2.87/5  rDev -18.2%
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
3.14/5  rDev -10.5%
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
2.62/5  rDev -25.4%
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
1.62/5  rDev -53.8%
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.

Guinness Draught from Guinness Ltd.
80 out of 100 based on 6,282 ratings.