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Guinness Draught - Guinness Ltd.

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6,503 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,503
Reviews: 2,143
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 19.89%
Wants: 93
Gots: 1,235 | 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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Ratings: 6,503 | Reviews: 2,143
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.28/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with the typical nitro head.
Nose shows caramel and butterscotch. Not much roasty character. Faint earthy hops.
Similar flavours but more roasty. Still, very sweet.
Body feels watery but with the nitro creaminess.
Possibly the stout with the least roasted character I've ever tried.

Photo of BrewCrew2010
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a black body with small, dense, and creamy tan head. No lacing, although the head, even for it's small size, stayed throughout the drink.

S: A lighter aroma, which I would have expected more, of dark roasted malts- coffee & dark chocolate. No hops, nothing too impressive.

T: A nice creamy and roasted malt flavor. Getting some light coffee and bitter-sweet dark chocolate notes as the aroma suggested. Not getting any hops.

M: Althoug heavy and creamy on the palate, this has a light body and carbonation.

O: The first time I had a Guinness I wasn't impress, but I wasn't a beer drinker. Now, a few years and a lot of beers later, I've really come to enjoy this brew. A nice go to beer that I can have several of, and a must have at an Irish restaurant. I will definitely get this again.

Photo of woosterbill
3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half-pint at the pub across the street from the Kernel brewery - the Marquis of something or other.

A: Classic Guinness: black body with ruby highlights and a waterfall of roiling nitrogenation. The creamy finger of foam stays around forever, creating an almost artificial-looking image of beauty. There's just no use denying it: Guinness is gorgeous.

S: What smell? SOme faint hints of roast do show up, but overall it's pretty darn watery, and almost medicinal. Not that appealing.

T: Smooth, inoffensive, and less than memorable. Light coffee, char, and dry roast. Somewhat bitter, astringent finish. Not great, but about what I expect.

M: Thin and yet full of creaminess.

O: I was obsessed with Guinness up until about the age of 19, and it'll always have a bit of nostalgic power over me - there's just something about the feeling of the first sip, when the rich foam sticks to your upper lip, that's is truly moving. I certainly recognize, now, that it's not a great beer by any means (and it didn't seem any better to me in the UK than in the US), but I'll always have a soft spot it - no matter how thin, astringent, and boring it actually may be.


Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.27/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On Draft

A: Pours dark and heavy with a thick head.

S: Not much aroma, almost chemical, likely from the nitro. Some maltiness with tiny hints of chocolate and coffee.

T/M: Head is chewy, like marshmallows. Light carbonation and very light and smooth, like Mel Gibson before he became a lunatic anti-semite.

Not my first choice at a bar, but the best out of the Big Beer options. Nitro is fun.

Photo of Sneers
2.14/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I'm breaking Guinness's directions here and pouring out this one.

Guinness Draught pours black, but is revealed to be a reddish-brown hue when held up to the light. The head is thick, frothy and tan.

Insofar as the aroma is concerned, it doesn't seem like it would make much of a difference if I had consumed this straight from the bottle. It is faint, with slight acrid and roasted notes.

The taste, too, is pretty bland. There's a burnt flavor with some accompanying bitterness, but frankly little else. Things get a little better as it warms up; it gets a tiny bit of sweetness, and a little more of the classic stout roastiness. That said, it still might just bump things up to a 2.5.

The mouthfeel has low carbonation and is medium-thin.

Not being any particular enthusiast of Irish dry stouts, I recognize that I may, on the one hand, be biased towards sweeter non-Irish stouts. On the other hand, I'm not enjoying this beer, and it certainly doesn't compare with the few other Irish dry stouts I've had. I don't recommend this beer. If you're in the mood for a Guinness, go for the Extra (Original).

Photo of rlee1390
3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Dark black, two finger head, but the head was not the creamy brown you'd like to see from a stout.

S-Roast malt and some coffee

T-Some roasted malt, a bit of coffee, a little bland.

M-Medium bodied and a little flat.

O-Finally was able to review this beer and as I remembered it was bland.

Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a pretty solid black with very faint red when held up to the light. Nice nitro khaki head.

The smell is faint of roasted malt.

The taste isn't much on the front but the back you get a little appearance of roastiness. Not any chocolate notes to be found.

The body is very very light but still brings a decent amount of flavor. This beer is amazingly sessionable and will always been a decent beer to me.

Photo of BrianBoruma
3.26/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on a nitro tap at Boffy Quinn's pub in Corafin Ireland -- reviewed from notes (though I've had probably 3 dozen pints of this prior ot this point, whey I haven't reviewed it yet... I don't know)

A: Black liquid with ruby highlights when held to the light. Finger thick head of white creamy bubbles leaves some nice lacing going down the glass.

S: Roasted malts come through primarily. The head blocks a lot of other aromas.

T: Some sourness that's nice plays well with the roasted malts.

M: Thick from the nitro, I get the feeling without it it would be a bit thin though, but there is some slight prickling on the mouth, from the carbonation as well.

O: Not something I'm going to pound back a lot of but good when I'm in the mood.

Photo of beertunes
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Over 1200 reviews and I hadn't reviewed this classic? Well here we go. Served in bubble pint glass. Poured with the traditional 2 step pour which gives the black beer it's inch of creamy light tan head that has very good retention and lacing.

The aroma was the smooth, roasted scent that typifies the style. The flavors were also the classic roasted malt tastes that we've loved for so long.

The body is rich, creamy and smooth. Drinkability is very nice and easy. Overall, there's a reason why this beer is almost synonymous with stout. You've had it before, go on and have one again.

Photo of lestat314
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i'm sure almost everyone has tried this beer that would want to, but here's my review anyways.

A- deep black/brown with ivory creamy head.

S- mostly coffee notes maybe some chocolate, not very diverse.

T- again, mostly coffee some dark chocolate.

M- typical stout, not very full bodied.

O- decent beer, nothing to write home about.

Photo of jmdrpi
3.02/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

nitro-can poured into imperial pint glass. I'm a sucker for the classic cascading effect caused by the nitro pour. ends up very dark brown, almost black, with 1" thick head that stays and coats the glass.

very light aroma, just a bit of roasted coffee. taste is mild too, roasted malt with dry aftertaste typical of the Irish Dry Stout style. very creamy head, but on the other hand the body is thin and watery.

overall, a good "gateway beer" for the BMC crowd, but compared to craft versions of stouts, it's bland.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Can't believe I haven't reviewed this beer yet, fortunately I found a bottle in the back of the fridge.

Pours a dark brown color with a thin creamy looking tan head, I've had this on nitro-tap and it looks perfect with a creamy layering head that's thick and frothy, can't say the same about the bottle version even with the "widget", no cascading effect with this pour.

Smell is primarily roasted malt, no hop balance at all, no off aromas but nothing particularly interesting either.

The same can be said about the taste, all roasted malt with no hop presence, it does have a slight coffee like bitterness in the aftertaste but it isn't very good, it does have a very creamy mouthfeel which is the saving grace of this beer, but even that fades fast and soon feels thin once the creaminess effect wears off, does finish somewhat dry so that's right.

If you're going to have this beer, it better be on nitro-tap, or better yet go with the superior Extra Stout version.

Photo of Bendurgin
3.19/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. This one pours a dark blackish brown with an big creamy looking light tan head. Nice rentention on this one. A nice layer of head stays throughout the drink.

Weak aroma on this one. Light coffee flavors and a little bit of grassy hops adding a little bitterness to the finish. Slightly lactic aroma on this one too. The flavor is a lot of the same here. Just weak coffee starting this one of with a little bit of bitterness to this.

Creamy feelwith a light body. Typical from what I would expec. Overall, not bad. Guinness seems just slightly unimpressive to me. A little boring and bland but there isn't anything offensive here.

Photo of JohnSmiths1
4.12/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Again, one of my favourites.

A - Possibly the best looking beer i have ever seen personally, tried my first ever pint of this in a pub locally and the appearance wasn't the best, but had the pleasure of visiting the 'Guinness Storehouse' - Dublin and wow was the only thought that came into my head, absolutley wonderfull looking pint.

S - Didn't really get too much from it if i'm being honest, i got a coffee smell most over any other.

T - A burst of flaver as soon as it's drank, as with the smell a hint of coffee follows from the smell and can be tasted when drinking, Guinness can not be a session drink in all honesty as it lies very heavy on your stomach and can bloat you up very easly, Guinness is to be enjoyed, not to be drunk like most other types of beer.

M - very thick yet very smooth, cant really think of much more to say.


Photo of kershner23
3.54/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Guinness is my go to beer when out and about at normal eating/drinking establishments. It is hard to beat it in ease of drinking. Nothing jaw dropping but nothing bad about it. Guinness is comfort beer at it's best.

Love the color, nice and dark. Guinness on tap=sexiest beer ever

Light roast and sweet malt

Tastes just how it smells, dark and sweet with some roasted bitterness.

Dry stouts feel better than any other drink in the world, although i wish it was a bit creamier.

Love it, but sometimes feel like I'm slumming it when I could be drinking better stouts.

Photo of aval89
3.21/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: dark dark brown.. nearing black.. some light does get through on the edges.. it was cool watching the cascade effect.. 2 fingers worth of creamy off-white head in my Left Hand Milk Stout glass..

s: i get like a metallic sour cherry smell upfront.. hints of roasted malts, mild earthiness, & faint dark chocolate..

t: roasty malts, slight metallic flavor with an almost sour cherry taste.. the coffee/dark chocolate come through on the finish, but its very minimal.. flavor seems a bit water down..

mf: full, thick bodied but still feels watery.

o: not as good as the extra stout for FES

Photo of stercomm
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a nitro can.

A - Dark brown, creamy white 2 finger head, excellent retention.

S - Not a whole lot going on here, mild malts and coffee.

T - Subdued toasted malts, coffee.

M - Mdeium bodied

D - Simple yet effective, good session stout.

Photo of happygnome
3.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a dark non transparent black color with about a quarter inch of tan head that disappears quickly leaving a ring of lace around the edge of the glass and top of the beer

s: strongly roasted coffee and chocolate, bitterness added by the coffee aroma

t: dark chocolate and coffee malts with the same type of bitterness as is present in coffee

m: medium to full bodied beer with little carbonation

overall, this is a decent stout

Photo of airmike
4.04/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ah Guinness, my go to hangover beer!

Appearance is dark black with a wonderful creamy tan head

Smells like dirt! But in a good way haha!

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy

Taste is a little bitter and blunt for a stouts with not much going on afterwards.

Overall I love Guinness and it will always have a place in my heart, sure there a better offerings of the style out there, but nothing tastes quite like a Guinness!


Photo of Rifugium
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: God only knows where I had my first Guinness, but I've had it variably in nitro-bottles, nitro-cans, and nitro-tap.

Guinness is Guinness. They do it right. It's probably the best "popular" beer you'll ever have. Definitely not the best example of a stout, but still a good and accessible example of the style.

Cascades nicely into the glass, opaque black with a nice off-white to tan head and good lacing. Dark malts in the aroma with a strong coffee sensation. Coffee and sweet roasted malts to the taste, cocoa, and little to no hops, though a little bitterness still makes its way through. Heavy-medium mouthfeel, nice and creamy, and finishes off relatively dry, sometimes with a bit of a stale aftertaste. Nice and drinkable though.

Dare I say it.... CAR BOMBS!!!

Photo of MattyG85
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2 oz. nitro bottle into a Guinness stout glass.

Appearance: Dark black that shows a little bit of ruby red color at the bottom when held to light. Has a good sized white, slightly tan head that has good retention and lacing.

Smell: Dark roasted malts up front followed by coffee and a hint of chocolate.

Taste: Mostly sweet roasted malts up front followed by coffee and chocolate. No noticeable hops. Taste is light.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body with a light to medium carbonation. Very creamy. Feels more like a porter than stout.

Overall: An easy drinking stout that is light but tasty.

Photo of omnigrits
2.94/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It's Guinness, it is what it is.

A. There aren't many beers that are as pleasing to look at as a pint of the Black Stuff, but almost any stout can be made to cascade if you put it on nitro.

S. Not much at all. Maybe some dark-roasted malts. This isn't a beer for the nose.

T. I have to give Guinness credit for still souring some of their stout and blending it (after pasteurisation) with the fresh. I like a stout with a good sour twang to it, but there better ones for sure.

M. Nitrogen. Love it or hate it, it gives beer a super creamy mouthfeel, but only a stout can take what it does to the flavour.

O. There are times, usually on a hot day after eight hours of hard graft, when a pint of Guinness is just what's needed to hit the spot, and it is quite easy to toss one back in short order but I wouldn't want to stay on it all night. Years ago when there weren't so many other good beers around I'd stick to Guinness for the whole session but that's not necessary any more. When there were only bland bitters and lagers on tap Guinness was a welcome pint of flavour. For an uber-mass produced beer, it's not bad, really.

Photo of iDrinknewglarus
3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Very dark, black almost all the way through, except for the ruby red around the edges. Nitrogen creates extremely small bubbles that create a tan head that lasts forever. Excellent lasing. No carbonation.

S: Honestly, not much to speak of. Nothing off putting, but no strong smell at all. Very slight roasted malt smell.

T: Don't be fooled by the color, this is one bland dark beer. Again, very slight roasted malt, some creaminess from the head imparts some flavor. Quite smooth with very little bitterness that lingers for a short time. Clean and slightly watery tasting.

M: Because of the lack of carbonation, this beer has a very watery mouthfeel. It gets some creaminess from the head.

Don't be fooled by the color of this beer, it is quite light and is definitely not a "meal in a glass". Hell, this beer goes down so smooth and easy it makes for easy chugging (in the case of Irish car bombs). This beer is just OK, and it often leaves me wanting something with more flavor.

Photo of Mozz74
4.49/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As an Irish man,I grew up drinking Guiness! It is a dark beer, but has a smooth taste. Goes down nice.
The head is what Guinesss is known for!
Great beer I have ever here and there and on ST Patty's day
It is an old time friend! It isn't for eveyone. I have only had it cold to!

Photo of beerprovedwright
2.24/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pretty two finger head that looks like light brown ice cream. Heavy lace, covers the side of the glass right to the end. Color is a dark brown, a 38 on the SRM beer color chart. Smell is unsweetened chocolate, coffee, and malt. Taste is a real disappointment. Flavors are very light, almost nonexistent. Coffee, unsweetened chocolate, and caramel are there, but very faint. Almost like drinking watered down coffee. Mouthfeel is weak, just a step above water. Wonderful looking beer, but everything else is just...what happened. I will not even think about trying another.

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Guinness Draught from Guinness Ltd.
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