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Guinness Draught - Guinness Ltd.

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5,640 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,640
Reviews: 1,985
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 20.06%
Wants: 45
Gots: 568 | 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 ncvbc
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Well I must say that I love the way a Guinness looks. Near black with a massive head that forms from the bottom up, leaving a thick and creamy mass. Smell is light and of chocolate and some coffee. Taste is much of the same. I've always noticed a little peppermint in the mix with this brew. It actually fits in pretty nicely. Mouthfeel is pretty light and has a dry creaminess to it. Kind of odd. Overall good drinkability. I can only imagine what it would be like in Ireland...my pops tells me good things.

ncvbc, Aug 24, 2007
Photo of hustlesworth
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

of course guinness is always better on tap, the best i ever had were in the irish pubs in NYC. the nitro can is a close comparison but the bottle made the beer sort of lackluster...until that is, i followed the instructions and served it "extra cold". but i still didn't drink it out of the bottle.

A- poured like chocolate milk forming 3/4in of creamy frothy beige cake batter head that retained itself almost completely, leaving curtains of lace hanging on the sides of the glass over the dark brownish black stout. i could see faint hints of amber when held up to the light.

S- toasted nuts, malt, sourdough bread, over-ripe fruit, raisin, plum, floral butterscotch, caramel, toffee

T- banana coffee dark chocolate. caramel hot cocoa and bitter burnt malt, followed by roasted malt, sunflower seed, and an earthy hoppy aftertaste.

MF- silky smooth and creamy it just glides down. very little carbonation which is a good thing for a stout in my opinion.

D- just dandy

"serve extra cold"
i put a pint glass and a bottle of guinness in the freezer for about 10-25 minutes. in the frozen glass the cascading was even more amazing. in the middle of all the action, things slowly grinded to a halt forming rock-like strata, or even like cloud layers on the planet jupiter for about 1/2in between the beer and the head. this time, the foam became a starchy, clumpy, foamy disc on top, a darker brown with little dark specks and more aerated like buckwheat pancake batter or the head on a rootbeer float with the same icy consistancy. using this method, some of the more delicate flavors and aromas disappeared, but the overall taste improved and the mouthfeel and drinkability skyrocketed.

hustlesworth, Aug 21, 2007
Photo of soulgrowl
4.2/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: There's just nothing like it. It has the most perfect head, so stalwart, so smooth and resilient you can draw a clover upon its surface and still admire that clover after your first few sips. "Marshmallowy" doesn't begin to describe its soft, springy, sticky texture and barely off-white color. Its body is a marvelous brown, full of coffee and chocolate and damp soil with those beautiful, enchanting cascades of ultrafine bubbles.

Smell: Burnt sugar, mild cola, and sweet, smoky firewood. Roasty with a pointed resinous edge buried under a duvet of sweet malts. Mild solvents make their way to the surface as the beer warms.

Taste: Roasty and rich yet somehow light, with a penetrating, palate-filling savory character. It manages to vibrantly express the fullness of its uniquely bittersweet roasty, hoppy, malty essence without becoming sharp, nor cloying, nor aggressive. Caramel, milky cocoa, and burnt wood abound.

Mouthfeel: Enlighteningly smooth and creamy; dry and super-clean but for a lingering bitter smack in the finish.

Drinkability: A classic, and one that deserves its status as such. Versatile with many foods, especially seafood, but I found it remarkable with smoked lamb and raw spinach eaten together. It brings out the sharp bitterness of the leaves and the gamey sweetness of the meat while emphasizing unexpectedly robust undertones in the beer.

soulgrowl, Aug 17, 2007
Photo of YonderWanderer
4.03/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an a solid black with a strong tan head. The cascading effect as it pours and settles is one of the great visual effects of beer.

S: Hints of chocolate and coffee, not much of an aroma, but decent.

T: Delicious. A classic beer. Somewhat dry, a little bit of coffee, chocolate, some nice roasted malt in there.

M: Smooth and creamy. Light carbonation as is appropriate.

D: High. I love drinking Guinness. It was one of the first beers I ever tried, and despite hating it then (I was young and knew nothing), I love it now.

YonderWanderer, Aug 10, 2007
Photo of jayfarley3
2.95/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured into a pint glass from a 14.9oz nitro-can, it poured an almost pitch black with an amazing cascading effect and had a thick off white head that sticks around for awhile. smells of sweet roasted malts, has a fairly faint aroma. tastes just about the same, has a slight coffee and chocolatley flavor. mouthfeel is really light for a stout, i guess this would make a good session stout. this isnt a that bad of a beer, but i would definitley perfer somthing else.

jayfarley3, Aug 08, 2007
Photo of bboven
3.23/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown, not black like a stout should be. good head, light tan.

Smells like a weak stout, roast, coffee, and chocolate aromas.

Taste is pretty decent but is kind of like a diet stout.

Creamy, creamy creamy mouthfeel.

Very drinkable. Goes down really smooth and the low ABV is just a hair above a session beer.

bboven, Aug 07, 2007
Photo of biggmike
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

remember the first Guinness Draught I had. 20 years ago in London while in the Marines. As someone who had grown up drinking American macro-crap this was like nothing I had ever had. Pours an attractive dark color with creamy head that settles beautifully. Definitely a classic that every true beer drinker must try. Probably the best beer you can find EVERYWHERE (even south Mississippi). Great commercials too. Brilliant!

biggmike, Aug 07, 2007
Photo of chuckp
4.9/5  rDev +40.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Guinness Draught is one of the best beers in the world. Guinness has a robust flavor profile that consists of hints of chocolate and coffee. If served in a clean Imperial tulip pint and poured properly, you will be hard pressed to find another beer that can match the exceptional taste and beauty of this beer.

chuckp, Aug 07, 2007
Photo of bradford
2.35/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Had on nitro-tap at Black Sheep Bar and Grill in Downtown San Luis Obispo
Looks pretty good off nitro with the bubbles and head that seems to form from the bottom
Smells not so good. Lots of roasted malts
Taste was pretty bad. Most non-beer drinkers think this is the darkest, heaviest beer in history, but to me it is a bit light and dehydrating. Lots of roastiness and sweetness, but overly dry for my tastes
Mouthfeel was pretty decent for such a mass marketed product. It's pretty amazing how Guinness can contract brew so much and have a remarkably similar product every time.
Not my favorite beer, in fact I tend to shy away from this but Arthur Guinness obviously had struck gold with this, as it is one of the most widely drunk beers ever, and he was smart enough to know that and sign a 900 year lease.
Not the best, but certainly not the worst.

bradford, Aug 06, 2007
Photo of ghostmech007
3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The nitro-can poured into an Imperial Pint glass.

The dark black body with the thick tan head.

Malts and coffee in the nose but very faint.

Malts and coffee on the tongue. Heavy body. Burnt malts taste like always but give it a good flavor.

I still stand by what I said earlier, it's good but there are better stouts out there. Shakespear Stout from Rogue, or the World Wide Stout from Dogfish Head. But it'll still make you Irish everytime.

ghostmech007, Aug 05, 2007
Photo of santafr0g
4.63/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first "real" beer review, so be kind :)

Glass used: pint

A – Lovely deep brown chocolately color as poured that darkens to black as the head settles.

S – Deep roasted.

T – Hint of coffee flavor as it hits the tongue with a rich, creamy-bodied flavor upon drinking.

M – Very pleasant. Body is a very smooth and moderate feeling. The carbonation was very mild and enjoyable.

D – I don’t just think I’d like another. I will enjoy another.

santafr0g, Aug 01, 2007
Photo of AlephNull
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into the ubiquitous shaker pint from the tall, thin nitro bottle. Bottle directs you to drink it extra cold out of the bottle... seems they don't want you to taste it much.

A- Despite my fear that the plastic covered bottle hid some deep dark secret of the St. James Gate Brewery, the beer pours like a Guinness should -- the famous waterfall turns the beer from a tan brown into a deep black with a tiny bit of red around the edges of the glass when held to the light. A 1 finger tan head makes it look like a picture.

S- Smell disappoints. Not much there -- some slight toasted malts without much character.

T- Taste is also a little light. Some more roasted malt tastes with a bit of a grainy character, a little of the expected coffee/chocolate, but more grainy than I'd like.

M - Mouthfeel seems to be what they're most interested here because it's got the right consistency. Creamy, smooth, and easy to drink... a bit more watery than I'd like ideally, but hey, not bad.

D- Well, it seems to be made to be damn easy to drink. Enjoyable, but not killer. Not bad, but not what I was hoping for.... I wanted a little more out of this beer, but I've probably been drinking too many really good stouts lately.

AlephNull, Jul 27, 2007
Photo of fank2788
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Nitro-tap at The Spot in Bethel, this is definitely better on tap than it is either in the can or the bottle. Looks about the same, which is pretty close to amazing. A bit more malt in the nose same thing for the taste definitely more malt bitterness when this beer is out of the tap. The mouthfeel is very nice the real nitrogen injection makes this incredibly smooth and soft on the tongue. Drinkability is not bad either because again there is just enough taste to keep you mildly interested while the low alcohol makes it highly sessionable.

fank2788, Jul 27, 2007
Photo of BigBry
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tall and thin, tapered, 330 ml bottle with a plastic shrink wrapped label. Production date on side of label, but no serving instructions, poured into a standard pint glass.
Popping the cap and you hear the familiar fizz and bubbling from other nitro-enhanced cans. Pouring, you get the expected cascade, as good as the tap from what I see. Dark liquid, black with red hilights, and a thick and creamy, brown foam. Great retention and lacing rings are left behind. Not alot of aroma but there is some roasted malt and coffee. Taste is as expected from Guinness, thin almost watery, with flavor of toasted malt. Creamy smooth yet thin mouthfeel. Guinness Draught isn't strong and flavorful (like the Extra Stout) so it fulfills its expectations.

BigBry, Jul 25, 2007
Photo of umustdrink
3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Jet black color, faintly redish around the edge when held to light. Very fluffy, pillowy head, retains very well right where I wanted it (a half inch). Lacing is above average, sticking in patches of differing sizes.

S - Rich roasty, slightly caramely malty goodness. Slightly sweet and very creamy.

T/M - Taste starts out thin feeling, a bit sweet then a nice hit of roasted malts and cream. Finish is bitter, creamy and slightly chocolatey tasting. Very little carbonation, leading to an extra smooth drink.

D - Guinness is an excellent beer, nice tasting and very easy to drink.

umustdrink, Jul 23, 2007
Photo of shoehornteeth
3.03/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

You know, "nitro-can" doesn't sound like something meant for human consumption. It sounds like an event on American Gladiator. You can hear the little widget rolling around, like the marble in a can of spray paint. When you pull the tab it releases an angry hiss like an asthmatic cat.

It pours a murky brown, which slowly coagulates into death-black liquid topped with thick meringue head. It looks like an evil root beer float.

The smell brings to mind Lucky Charms, ashtray, and bile.

The taste is very complex. It tastes like day-old burnt coffee. Wait, that wasn’t all that complex.

The mouthfeel is disconcerting. It’s creamy enough to make me worry about my lactose intolerance. There isn’t any carbonation, so there aren’t any burps. Too bad, I like to burp. It’s so heavy, it drops to the bottom of my stomach and settles there like concrete.

Overall, a highly enjoyable and very drinkable beer. I’ll definitely have another.


shoehornteeth, Jul 21, 2007
Photo of dirtyoldtown53
3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Your standard black stout look. Creamy head and nice smell. First sips sort of surprise you wish the amount of bitterness, but you get use to the bitterness and it just becomes a good bitterness. Tastes good and feels good in the mouth, little to no carbonation. Drinkable, but its a lounge beer not a chug beer.

dirtyoldtown53, Jul 18, 2007
Photo of BeerAndBourbon
2.15/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A. Drank straight from the bottle since red plastic cups were the only available cups.

S. Little to no discernable smell.

T. Some flavors expected from a stout: coffee, dark chocolate, but not much else. Starts out slightly flavorful and then becomes more and more watery as it warms.

M. Thin with mild carbonation.

D. I don't mind the flavor of this beer, but it is quite weak and lackluster. I still need to try the extra stout. I could easily drink many of these, but with such little flavor and low alcohol content, it would burn money without satisfying me or giving me a buzz.

BeerAndBourbon, Jul 18, 2007
Photo of drpimento
4.4/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One thing about reviewing a beer in bottle where the label says drink from the bottle - What's it look like?? Nice psst when I opened it and saw a little creaminess. Hard to smell it very well either, still, what I did whif was worth wiffing. At first swallow, seemed a bit thin, but gives way to excellent Guinness flavor and body. Unequalled finish too. Wasn't sure which one this was at first as it does say serve extra cold.

drpimento, Jul 16, 2007
Photo of Brad007
2.93/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a deep black color that comes into prominence only after cascade of brown and a decent amount of foam. Aroma is sort of dry and roasty with a tiny hint of coffee. Taste starts out roasty but then fades into a sour aftertaste. Creamy but appears to be somewhat bland with very few hints of roast or coffee. Guinness is Guinness (not always to some) and I can say that it's average at best. I've had much better stouts.

However, Guinness makes a great introduction to craft beers, especially stouts. I just know there's better stouts out there.

Brad007, Jul 16, 2007
Photo of MillRat
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

I spent three weeks touring Ireland, and the only thing more consistent than the rain was the ubiquity of Guinness draught. While the impression I got from the folks I conversed with in the various pubs is that the attitude of the Irish toward Guinness/Diagio is kinda ambivalent, I'd remind them that it could be far worse, and I speak from experience. Since ubiquitous beer in the states were the BMC lagers and light lagers, I was actually enjoying having a reasonably flavorful and high quality product quite so readily available.

As long as the publicans maintain their lines, Guinness draught is hard to beat in the session beer category. Roasty enough to keep your attention, yet not so hoppy, malty, sweet, or powerful that it wears out its welcome.

MillRat, Jul 14, 2007
Photo of Leebo2007
4.03/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Order to enjoy Guinness:
(1) Draft- of course!
(2) Draft Can - it taste better than the draft bottle.
(3) Draft Bottle - sounds weird hearing the nitro cap
(4) Can - has a great taste but it needs that nitro boost
(6) Bottle - has a really flat taste...bring on the draft

Leebo2007, Jul 13, 2007
Photo of whiplash3825
2.7/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - It says drink straight from the bottle, and the bottle is completely shrink-wrapped, so who the hell knows what it looks like.

S - Either my sense of smell is gone or this beer has none!

T - Not much of that either... mainly a bitterness that doesn't seem balanced with any other flavors.

M - Thin and watery with just the slightest carbonation.

D - Am I missing something? This is the world-famous Guinness beer? Either I need it on tap, or maybe the extra stout, but this beer is totally unimpressive!

whiplash3825, Jul 12, 2007
Photo of wcdoyle
2.75/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Like the nitro can version, the nitro-bottle of Guinness Draught does a great job simulating the pub pour of draft Guinness. Great theatre watching the tall head overtaken by the liquid and the color is near black and near opaque. Smell is mild-mannered to not there at all. Mosty sharp-sour taste at first and creaminess and malts kick it after, but the aftertaste was bordering on "huh"? Smooth, medium body mouthfeel and low carbonation. This is more typical, for me of a draft Guinness that the nitro-can I recently reviewed. I have to raise the drinkability score a bit, b/c of the mouthfeel. I still think Guinness fans might be better off with a fresh draft pour or the bottled "extra stout"

wcdoyle, Jul 11, 2007
Photo of Beerbuddha
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance-dark with hint of ruby. Creamy, off-white head.

Smell-Roasted malt, chocolates, and smoke

Taste- Roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel- Heavy body.

Drinkability-Guinness Draught is the beer that made me realize there was more to beer than just Bud and Miller!

Beerbuddha, Jul 10, 2007
Guinness Draught from Guinness Ltd.
79 out of 100 based on 5,640 ratings.