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Guinness Draught - Guinness Ltd.

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6,386 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,386
Reviews: 2,100
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 19.89%
Wants: 81
Gots: 1,104 | 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 KickInTheChalice
2.44/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 16 oz. nitro can into a pint glass. Part of a side by side with Extra Stout and Foreign Extra Stout.

Appearance: I am a sucker for the nitro pour - the cascading reminds me of those Guinness commercials from ten years ago that convinced me that drinking Guinness would make me mysterious. After the cascading stops, the beer itself maintains a dark brown color with clear ruby parts with thick, creamy, nitro-induced beige foam on top.

Smell: Such a light aroma, there is just not much here. Charred, roasted malt, and not much else.

Taste: There is a light sweetness that might carry a bit of chocolate or molasses with it, then soft roasted malt and an industrial bitterness as the sip finishes. The finish allows this bitterness to linger.

Mouthfeel: The feel is pretty bad overall. It is creamy, but just incredibly light, and the aqueousness really gets to me. Slightly astringent as the glass wears on as well. Too light to be seriously considered a stout.

Drinkability: No thanks, this is just Guinness + water + the nitro gimmick. Enhances the look and draws from the flavor, not for me.

Photo of patriot76
3.89/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap a few hundred times at many bars

A- A beer couldn't possibly look more appetizing than this. A beautiful thick creamy head that retains throughout with lacing that is as good as it gets.

S- Roasted hops and malt are ever present in the nose. Together with the appearance it is one appealing brew.

T- The creamy head is a nice way to start off the taste, then you get the very nice roasted hop flavor that was ever present in the smell. The bitterness that comes in about half way subtley lingers after your sip is done leaving you wanting more.

M- The creamyness of the brew is exceptional. That together with the low carbonation make for a very smooth and drinkable beer.

D- This is a very pleasureable and drinkable beer. Every time you drink one it is like an experience in and of itself. One of the great joys in life is to pop into a pub and grab a Guiness Draught on tap.

Photo of CMW
3.34/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours jet black with a toffee colored head. Very creamy look with beautiful lacing.

S - Maple syrup, roasted malt, and a touch of coffee.

T - Slightly sweet upfront that fades to a more dark flavor. A nice coffee taste in the finish.

M - Light but still a bit creamy.

D - While the taste is not the greatest, these go down easy.

Photo of midwestbrewers
1.9/5  rDev -46%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Guinness Can with widget

A: The pour of a Guinness is a beautiful thing to watch. The way the head forms and the wonderful tan color of it. The beer is very dark almost black looking but small bits of light do manage to penetrate.

S: Very malty and creamy. Seems to be very balanced and very powerful. Chocolates and coffees are very present as well.

T: OK this is where Guinness lost me as a fan. It is completely flat. F on the taste.

Overall this is a never again beer for me. I bought a 4-pack of cans and luckily my girlfriend enjoys them. I've only had Guinness twice. Once it was on tap and out of this can and it was flat both times. I'm sure that that's the way it's supposed to be and I'm not a fan. I would like to try out of the bottle but am very skeptical. Great smell and look but low marks on everything else.

Photo of brewmudgeon
3.62/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

guinness draught in the shrinkwrapped bottle, with a cap that admonishes me to drink straight from the bottle. 11.2 oz of "pasteurized stout."

a 3.5-4 dark as expected and translucent around the edges, but where's that big nitro head? must be co2, huh? leaves a partial cap and thin ring. some slight lace is left behind.

s 4 wow, surprisingly nice aroma. a dry chocolate tending toward a milk chocolate. don't remember guinness smelling this good, except for once on draft in PC. uh oh, did i just detect a touch of band-aid?

t 3.5 obviously it couldn't taste as nice as it smelled, but it isn't bad at all. mild roastyness and twang back up a fairly dry midsection with nutty coffee overtones.

m 2.5-3 well, watery of course. and there isn't the nitro creaminess to run interference. maybe not a bad tradeoff if that's what's improved the smell and taste.

d 4 not sure if this is worth keeping around or not. certainly there is something better out there that's reasonably priced? i recall liking murphy's, but i think that comes in fairly large cans and goes for a kings ransom. hmmm

Photo of gskitt
3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Looks like oil. I mean combined with the thick bone white head, this beer looks too good, like a candle.
S- Very understated, definitely some roasted malt, some chocolate malt.
T and M and D- I like it, I mean its smooth creamy and drinkable. Guinness is not sweet and doesn't slam you with super coffee, chocolate or sugars. It has a very understated taste. It has its drawbacks, too little taste, seems like a watery finish. It is thin. Eh, its not a bad Irish Dry Stout.

Photo of DJED69
3.69/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Guinness is good for you---or so they say. An old time favorite of mine. The nitro cans are great. They are typically very fresh tasting and create that killer Guinness cascade upon pour. Creamy head lasts through the pint (14.9 oz actually). Taste is roasted malt, grain with some dark chocolate and cream notes. It's a delicate beer, not a bruiser as the apperance my suggest. Low alcohol makes them VERY drinkable and super enjoyable. They go down fast. If you have had good Guinness on draft, this is kinda close---seems to be lacking a touch of body, though. A classic. I always welcome a pint of the 'black gold'.

Photo of obrike
3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Guinness from a can...God bless you. Still the coolest looking pour of any beer ever. Top notch.

Smell, taste, mouthfeel...let's face it, it's not the best stout in the world, but it's not the worst.

Very easy to drink...a lot of these. The low alcohol certainy helps with the drinkability.

I'll always love me some Guinness.

Photo of Beerbluesbiology
4.23/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A very dark ruby-black with a beautiful classic pull-tap cream-colored head. Holds its head through the duration of the drink. Smells of dark chocolate, coffee (from the dark-roasted barley) and a slight hint of metallic. The feel of this beer is delightful! Very smooth and creamy even though the beer was served pretty cold. Tastes of dark chocolate with a nice bittersweet finish leaving a wet feel on the tongue. I really do enjoy everything about this beer from the appearance to the feel in the mouth. Really quite enjoyable!

Photo of SnowGoon99
3.32/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: nitro-can into a Stella Artois glass

First of all anyone who doesn't give Guinness Draught a 5 for appearance doesn't know what they're talking about. Probably one of, if not the most, beautiful looking beers in the world. It's jet black with a cascading head from the nitro that is worth buying it right there. Head stays firm the whole way down; there's just no way of getting rid of it. Aromas include some roastiness with hints of toast and chocolate.

Flavors are a little lacking. Roastiness is there but very subdued. There's certainly a creaminess from the nitro but that contributes more to the mouthfeel than the flavor. Just really lacking in complexity and flavor. Mouthfeel is pretty good. Nitro definitely helps and it finishes dry as a dry stout should. Very drinkable though. It goes down smooth and could definitely have a few of these without breaking a sweat.

Overall a roller-coaster of a beer. It looks great and is drinkable but the things you look at in exceptional beers, flavor and aroma, are definitely lacking. I can definitely understand they're trying to reach a broad audience and i think they do so with the Draught.

Photo of PhageLab
3.84/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a standard pint glass.

A - When poured properly, Guinness Draught is stunningly beautiful. Cascading flows ride through the dark brown brew rising up the the thick, creamy head.

S - Roasted barley hits the nose. The aroma is faint and doesn't linger long after the pour. Halfway down you can't really smell anything. It is fairly pleasant while it lasts though.

T - Most people complain that Guinness doesn't really have a flavor. This is partially true. It doesn't have much complexity, or any real defining attribute to the taste, but what is there simply is good. Slightly bitter and creamy, with a hint of dark chocolate.

M - Full bodied, with a dry finish.

D - Highly drinkable I'd say. Not offensive to the palate, this is a great session beer that goes great with dinner, after dinner, or, well, anytime really.

Photo of shand
2.8/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a mug.

This beer borders on absolutely black, with a cappuccino coloured head. The head is about one fingers worth, but it retains extremely well. It's a pretty good smelling beer. That is, if you can smell it! There's mostly roasted coffee malts, but also a bit of creaminess, and a bit of chocolate. The problem is, the smell is so faint, I had to struggle to smell it.

The taste, unfortunately, is where Guinness faulters more. The way it looks, you'd expect it to have nice, strong, rich malty flavors. And, it really doesn't. It hits the mouth more like a lager. Water is the predominant flavor. If I focus, I can find some roasted malts in here, but there's really nothing else going on. At least it's nothing offensive. I'd drink this in the dead of summer, it's super refreshing and nothing close to the traditional views of a "dark" beer.

However, the mouthfeel and drinkability do a bit to make up for the (lack of) taste. The mouthfeel is super creamy, and goes down the throat very nicely. It honestly could stand to be a bit thicker. It's also very drinkable, I could chug this as fast as I can chug water. This is my first Guinness I've ever had, and it's kind of confusing. All my time drinking almost exclusively dark beer have me equating DARK with LOTS OF FLAVOR. This isn't the case, even the lightest of craft beers have more flavor than this. However, the excellent mouthfeel and drinkability do quite a bit to make up for this. An interesting beer, for sure. I'm very interested in trying this from the nitro-can to see if my experience is different, because this is possibly the only beer I've seen that encourages me to drink it straight from the bottle.

Photo of Jadjunk
2.88/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

#35. A popular brand amongst one of my friends who considers it amongst one of the greatest things he has ever consumed. I'm gonna see where his opinion comes from in this review. Nitro bottle, I suppose it to be consumed from the bottle, which means I'm breaking a few rules with this review. Whatever.

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle to a pint glass at room temp.

(Appearance) Pours a 2 1/2 finger depth foamy tan head. Retention is pretty average. Lacing is nice, clings and drags down the glass as I drink the beer. The surface never cleared, leaving a thick sheet of thin foam. Color is very close to black, but some mahogany tones can be seen at the edges. Not any visible carbonation from what I can tell. Not a bad looking beer. 4

(Smell) Smells of creamy cocoa, caramel and nut tones build up the foundation with the malts here. Some very faint floral hops are underneath it all. Aroma is mildly pungent but pleasing. Smells like a friendly but shallow stout. 3.5

(Taste) First up come some mild nutty cocoa tastes. Surprisingly, they're mild and not as sweet as I expected. The beer smells to have a toasted, almost burnt taste which is simply curious. Taste isn't that great, The flavor could be more concentrated in areas and some things can even be reduced. Besides a largely thin taste (watery tasting is a big issue), this beer tastes very smokey and not much else. A very smoky finish drags on for some time after I finish my sip. The finish is also missing something. This beer is far blander than it should be. 2.5

(Mouthfeel) Medium body. Almost no carbonation from what I can tell. The beer is somewhat flat and results in being super smooth and slightly creamy (assisted by the chocolate tones). Again, an issue with the thinness of the taste carries over to the mouthfeel. Watery, thin, weak, flat. Doesn't feel good. 2

(Drinkability) Drinkability is quite average. I don't find myself drinking this very quickly because I'm not really getting into the drink sensation that others may enjoy. The beer is filling for the most part, but the taste and mouthfeel aren't impressive enough to hold my interest and are deterring at times. If one can look past this, a six pack could be easily consumed after relatively little time, but you shouldn't expect to enjoy it much. 3

Verdict: A promising beginning, this beer looks and smells like a winner but takes a sour turn from thereon to create a pretty bland and confusing beer. To those who are into mass produced overpriced dark beers, this may be worth a try. However, beyond the smoky flavor, there was little here to hold my interest. Get in singles or on draft. C (3)

Photo of callmeclemens
4.05/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Mmmmm Guinness.
I can't say I've travelled much into the realm of stout drinking, the taste has been aquired, and it all started with Guinness.

Drank on Tap cold, splitting a pitcher with a friend. Pours black with a foamy, thick white head, retention was great. Drinks nice, slightly carmel flavored, nice thick taste and mouth feel.

Photo of dfunkadillio
2.72/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

After poured into a glass It's great looking. Extremely dark, white foam. Ideal looking.

Smells alright. Not exceptional.

Tastes like some kind of watered down roasted flavor. Not impressed, wouldnt be so bad if the flavors were stronger and mor noticable.

Not much to feel a bit of flavor here and there.

It's drinkable. Very light in taste. Almost watered down like I said. If you're not a big flavor fan its extremely drinkable. Otherwise it leaves you wanting more.

Photo of jpro
2.95/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Well... haven't had one of these in FOREVER! Decided to take a trip down memory lane and get one last night at the VooDoo Lounge... Kinda wish I hadn't as all my fond memories of this beer were quickly dashed as I realized how boring it is, compared to most of the stuff I drink nowadays.

A: Jet black with some garnet around the edges when held to (candle) light; about the most enjoyable thing about Guinness is watching the bubbles work their way up the glass, creating a nice and tight, light almond head, leaving nothing but an opaque blackness below...

S: Hmmm, not much here... maybe some roasted malts, but faint.

T: Hmmm, not much here... maybe some roasted malts, but faint. (And a touch of bitterness and VERY VERY light acridity on the boring finish)

M: Thin, watery, boring...

D: Maybe I'll throw a few of these back on St. Patty's Day, but that'd be it. Not something I'll try to conjure up thoughts of yesteryear with again anytime soon. Hahaha

Photo of mrferranto
4.01/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is definitely a beer you have to acquire a taste for. When I first started to drink Guinness it was on tap, and I sipped it A LOT. Now, some 15 years later, it is one of my "go to" beers. It is dark and bold, and if you are use to the typical American beer, GO ELSEWHERE. I gave the drinkability a low number because it is not for everyone, BUT IT IS DEFINITELY for me. It could be a little stronger in the ABV% for me, but other than that, its a stalwart.

Photo of marty21
1.56/5  rDev -55.7%
look: 5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A: Pours a very dark brown almost black with a creamy two finger off white head. Settles to a one finger head that lasts the entire time and leaves great thick creamy lacing.

S: Roasted malt is basically all there is. Pretty weak smell.

T: Roasted malt just like the aroma has a bitter finish. Very watery.

M: Very light carbonation with a body that's so light I think I'm drinking water.

D: The appearance is about the only thing that does it for me with this beer. Other then that I just find it very weak in all aspects.

Photo of Thorpe429
2.94/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to gr8134 for this can. Served in a wine glass.

Pours dark brown with a white head. Fairly dark, but much lighter than the Foreign Export Stout, which we tried this side-by-side with. The head on this one is quite creamy. From there, it goes a bit downhill and this isn't a particularly-memorable beer. There is a bit of mild roast and very, very faint dark chocolate in the nose, but that's about it. The taste is really mild and creamy--roast, light chocolate, and the tiniest touch of malt sweetness. Feel is light and creamy. Just an okay beer. This really seems to be all about texture and not big on flavor.

Photo of brendanbeer
2.71/5  rDev -23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

s. this beer looks beautiful. the dark brown body and amazingly creamy light brown head is so appealing to look at.

s. not much in the way of smell, shallow matliness and slight roastyness... mostly smells like "average beer" with a bit of roasty darkness.

t. average and disappointing considering the look and its worldwide popularity. but for flavor purposes, theres a lot missing. its light, but a nice bitterness comes out of a weak in mouth flavor.

m. much lighter than stouts that we've been blessed to have had here on BA. although im "not impressed" its not bad, just not something i would like to pay for, or drink really...

d. its easy to drink, theres fractured flavors happening, but its nothing like it should be, in my opinion...

Photo of nickadams2
3.47/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A_Pours jet black with dark brown around the edges. Thick creamy off white head with great retention. Super thick lacing.

S_Not much going on here. Faint grainy/malty aroma. Not much else.

T_Same as the nose but with a little more presence. Slightly roasted malt and toasted grain.

M_Mouthfeel is a little watery but at the same time very creamy. Probably one of the smoothest beers you'll drink.

D_Ridiculously drinkable. Not the most flavor-able beer but definitely a tasty beverage. Low ABV makes this a great session beer.

Check out the reviews for this by the BROS. They each reviewed it like five times and they're pretty funny.

Photo of UHRedCat
3.54/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is very dark brown to black. Head is tan and is the last thing to go down. In the smell, caramel is the first thing that comes to mind with a hint of coffee as well. The taste has a coffee flavor with a sweet aftertaste. Mouthfeel is smooth but unexpectedly thin. It was also a bit more flat feeling then I expected. Overall it's good, but must get use to it feeling less carbonated.

I've had it by bottle, can, and on-tap and of the three, I'd recommend getting this one on-tap. Nitro-cans are better then Nitro-bottles if you want to drink it out of a glass at home.

Photo of Zwetschgen
4.21/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A beautiful dark beer with a gorgeous thick cream colored head. Very nice appearance.

S: It has a very nice aroma.

T: It tastes like a stout with a hint of coffee and a hint of chocolate, and it's great.

M: The beer is slow and smooth to the end.

D: Unfortunately, I can't drink too many of these before I have to call it a night.

Photo of y2jrock60
4.03/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark brown with an off white creamy one finger head that laces nicely to the last drop.

S- Mild roasted malt and nutty aroma

T- Light roasted flavor with a hint of coffee. Very smooth with a slightly dry finish.

M- Light-medium body, kind of flat.

D- Highly drinkable due to its lightness.

Guinness has the look of a high quality stout. This is probably due to the nitrogen. Guinness lacks the complexity of other stouts but is still delicious.

Photo of SDtastentune
3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - Dark, red/brown when put through light, creamy head, great lacing.

S - Lager, bread, stale beer, malts, slight coffee.

T - Tastes ok, slight malts, thin coffee/stout thing going on. Thin, thin. Paper'ish kinda stale.

M - Very LOW carbonation & I don't like that! Needs more carbonation! Feels thin and slightly creamy then stale going down.

D - Drinks kinda weird & rough because of the low carbonation and lack of taste compared to my usual Double/imperial stouts around my area. Not impressed at all, not buying it again... Only reason was it was only $12.99 a 12 pack of bottles.... GF was going towards it & we tried it out.

Guinness Draught from Guinness Ltd.
80 out of 100 based on 6,386 ratings.