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Guinness Draught - Guinness Ltd.

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Guinness DraughtGuinness Draught

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5,480 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,480
Reviews: 1,970
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 20.06%
Wants: 37
Gots: 473 | 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 monkeybutler


3.73/5  rDev +6.9%

Draught can actually says "serve extra cold" on the side, for no good reason that I can discern. This beer should be very close to room temperature if you ask me.

Pours a cascading mocha which settles to a dark brown topped with a creamy white nitro-head that lasts the whole glass. Excellent lacing.

Smell is slightly roasty, but is dominated by the gassy, almost chemical odor from the head. It might look good, but I'm of the opinion that nitrogen has more cons than pros.

Flavor is easy to dissect. It's roasted barley bitterness up front with a subdued malt backbone. No hop character can be delved out from all of the barley bitterness.

Mouthfeel seems watery at first, but then the creaminess of the nitrogen seeps in. Some people famously suggest that this beer is "so thick!" but I think that they are really just thrown by the monster head. The body is actually quite thin.

It's a session ale, so of course this beer is drinkable, moreso if you "serve extra cold", which quite often is the case. What's that about?

10-12-2006 03:17:28 | More by monkeybutler
Photo of veech


4/5  rDev +14.6%

This old standby doesn't really lose much in nitro bottle form compared to nitro can. A: Black and opaqueness over ruby red with the usual beautiful settling nitro, mod carbonation and tell tale tan head. S: Coffee and cocoa with a smoky hint T: malted chocolate with coffee flavors strong throughout and a very mild hop bitterness to finish. M: Medium thickness and lighter than the appearance would suggest D: outstanding due to lower caloric and alc. content. It's very rarely that Vitamin G lets you down.

10-04-2006 13:05:51 | More by veech
Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy


3.23/5  rDev -7.4%

A-Extremely dark color, blackish with hints of deep maroon when held up to light.

S-Very earthy smelling, reminds me of a basement, not unpleasant and musty, but earthy.

T-Very mild taste, at first very weak but builds quickly as the beer flows over tongue to finish strong with flavors of coffee and caramel. Exceedingly pleasant aftertaste.

M-Not a thick brew at all, definitly watery.

D-A very drinkable beer, with the great benefit of being low in cals and not hefty in alc. % either. Tasty, good looking, and sweet smelling, pick this one up!

10-04-2006 02:50:34 | More by Bowdoinbeerboy
Photo of Portertime


2.55/5  rDev -26.9%

I decided to try Guinness in a nitro-bottle. It was smooth but I've had much better stouts. It is just a mass producded, water down beer that I'd just drink to get drunk fast because the nitrogen bubbles allow me to imbibe fast. I do like the new bottle design but if you want a real stout try Left Hand's Milk Stout.

10-02-2006 07:08:21 | More by Portertime
Photo of MrHurmateeowish


3.28/5  rDev -6%

My original favorite... But I have not had a Guinness in a while. I've been trying a lot of new beers and drinking a lot of flavorful craft beers, so I figured it was high time to review it. The appearance is great Black opaque body with about an inch of light tan creamy head. Smells of chocolate, malt, and a hint of alcohol. Tastes chocolatey, slightly roasty... Maybe just a tad sour? I think the nitro is dulling the flavor though. Not as good as I remember... I think that it's better fresh on tap than in the can, but I think this is more of a fall-back beer than a standby these days...

09-23-2006 00:39:38 | More by MrHurmateeowish
Photo of clemtig76

South Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -3.2%

Had one at PF Chang's in Greenville, SC. Pours a rich, robust dark brown/black with a thin tan head. Smells like weak roasted coffee. Taste is of burnt coffee and roasted malts. Mouthfeel is entirely too thin for me. In the future, I will stick to the REAL Guinness, the Export Stout.

09-22-2006 19:49:47 | More by clemtig76
Photo of mnfinnkidd


2.58/5  rDev -26.1%

Served in Imperial Pint.

I had first Guinness draft back at my friend's 21th birthday. I just started developing a taste for beer at the time and guinness was undrinkable on it own. So 8 months later I decided to give it another shot.

A: Pretty black but at the bottom a ruby reddish tone appeared. 1cm head that lasted the entire bottom and I'm a slow drinker.

S: There seems to be a lack of any kind of aroma...very dull

T: Bland with a slight bitterness

M: Light in the mouth

D: This is a very smooth beer that is a good way to settle down afterwork. It goes down decently but not my favorite stout.

09-20-2006 08:12:10 | More by mnfinnkidd
Photo of afinepilsner


3.18/5  rDev -8.9%

14.9oz nitro can

Guinness Draught was almost black, but was actually a dark crimson red color when held to a light. The head was fantastic, thick and creamy with great retention and plenty of lacing left behind. The smell was very light, but roasted grains are noticeable. The taste is of dark malt and a little coffee. The finish is a little bitter. The mouthfeel was light with light carbonation. A decent beer, but I prefer the extra stout over this nitro stuff.

09-18-2006 20:42:10 | More by afinepilsner
Photo of adammills


4.72/5  rDev +35.2%

Poured from a nitro-bottle into a stein.

A – A robust dark brown to black, rich in appearance. One fingered head, dense and lasting.

S – A sweet roasty almost coffee smell.

T – Again a sweet roasted coffee taste with a hint of chocolate.

M – It is a heavier beer yet very smooth, not over carbonated.

D – This is always a pleasing beer to sit down with. It is a beer that you sit around with friends and tip back a few…or more. As for would I have another, yes I would and am doing so now.

I must admit, that when I began beer drinking I could not stomach a Guinness even for money. However, now it is perhaps my favorite beer. I am in preparation for my Oktoberfest party and decided to try out the 1985 Munich Oktoberfest stein I have just bought. The decision was made to christen it with two nitro bottles of Guinness. I find that as I age I appreciate Guinness for its robust flavors and its smooth nature.

09-18-2006 14:05:26 | More by adammills
Photo of KevinB

New York

4.8/5  rDev +37.5%

This is the one, the one we all use to set our compass when judging other stouts. It's the barometer, the reference point. There was a time it couldn’t be found state side as crazy as that sounds. As a child I remember adults calling it muddy or the meal in the can. The interesting thing about Guinness is you know when you have gotten a really nice one, for it's heaven on earth, you also know when you are on the receiving end of a lower tier one. I guess it's like the pizza saying even when it's bad it's good, ehh well almost. Contrary to what people say don't have to travel to Dublin to get a nice one, just a good bar that cares about its patrons.
For the review I poured the Guinness from a Nitro can into a pint glass. The appearance was ebony, ruby black with a thick foamy tan head. It's smells and tastes of coffee, roasted barley, and hops. It's bitter, dry, watery and very drinkable. The nitro can does a very decent job of imitating a tap.
Overall you can never go wrong with a nice pint of Guinness, find a nice pub or a fresh nitro can/bottle, preferably a solid pub.
I also recommend Beamish and Murphy’s from the Irish Stout holy Trinity, I like all three for varying reasons.

09-15-2006 01:49:17 | More by KevinB
Photo of penut


4.47/5  rDev +28.1%

A - This really depends on the pour but if done correctly this beer looks great in the Guinness tulip glasses. The contrast of the creamy head and dark beer color really look great.

S - Roasted coffee smells

T - An easy drinking, low carbonated, smooth coffee flavor.

MF - A bit bitter and dry afterwards with slight aftertastes of coffee and alcohol.

D - This is the beer that's gotten me to prefer getting new brews over new whiskeys. I consider this my "goto" beer when session drinking occurs. WIth its low alcohol content and low carbonation they're easy to drink but oddly filling. Hence the "it's like a meal in a can!" saying.

09-14-2006 16:55:31 | More by penut
Photo of ridedammit


2.7/5  rDev -22.6%

The beer itself is not horrible (its not great either) I guess i just don't like the draught beer in a can concept. I realize the company wants to be able to market to a large audience, but to realy enojy a draught, go to a pub, order it, wait a few minutes for it to be poured correctly, then enjoy. No its not the best beer in the world, it just has a feeling to it. It needs to be enojoyed in a pub, preferably in an Irish Pub, and even better in a pub in or around Dublin.

09-12-2006 19:52:33 | More by ridedammit
Photo of vancurly


4.13/5  rDev +18.3%

Big throaty gurgle as it's opened. Poured into a Guinness pint glass.
Head settles quickly, into a 1cm heavy beige forth. It remains.
Dense, black, with dark reddish brown tinges at the very edge.
Aroma... fleshy, pungent & faintly smokey, almost like salami.... hint of milk sourness.
Smoky, creamy, roasty --- I need oysters quickly --- lightly sweet aftertaste, lingering roasted flavours, and also some late grain notes. Medium bitterness at the back. Again, a hint of sourness.
Silky texture, light carbonation, and full bodied flavour all the way back.

09-11-2006 06:40:58 | More by vancurly
Photo of Neehan

North Carolina

3.3/5  rDev -5.4%

This has the appearance and the smell that remind you of a Guinness, but after that it drops off a little. The appearance is black/very dark brown with zero transparency and a tan head that is light and creamy. The smell is complex with hints of toffee and raisins to suggest a couple. The taste is light, smooth, and smoky but a bit watered-down. The mouthfeel is also very watery, not as creamy or stimulating as I would have hoped for, yet the lightness does make this easy to drink. A good beer, but the nitro bottle doesn't do it justice.

09-11-2006 01:11:02 | More by Neehan
Photo of TechMyst


4.45/5  rDev +27.5%

This is a rating for the 11.2 oz (~330ml) BOTTLE with the Rocket. If you take small sips you will have the sour cream / chalky aftertaste. Take a big pull and you will understand that this is the smoothest most refreshing elixir on the planet. You’ll tase butter toffee, almonds, cinnamon, bitter, and roasted grains. It’s like Candyland for beer...

This is the rating for the Pub version that would be "on-tap" at the bar. More bitter, filling, and fuller body. NO chalk / sour aftertaste.

This is the rating for the 14.9 oz. (440ml) can w/ widget. Lightest mouthfeel of the 3 rated here. Sweetest of the 3. In the middle with the sour/chalk aftertaste...

09-08-2006 05:44:11 | More by TechMyst
Photo of ericj551

Alberta (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev -4.6%

Guinness pours ruby black with a beautiful creamy white head that lingers for quite a while. Smell is light chocolate and roasted malts. I taste the same, as well as a very slightly sour flavor. When it warms there is an apparent roasted flavor. The nitro can does a great job visually but I'm just not impressed with it otherwise.

09-08-2006 05:23:11 | More by ericj551
Photo of Rudgers73

New York

3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

This is one of my favorite stouts to have for session drinking.

When I first saw a guinness poured from the tap I noticed that there is a very specific way in which to serve this dark stout. If you want a guinness served properly, you must be patient. It begins with filling the pint glass about 2/3 - 3/4 the way up and then it is set to the side to settle. After it settles the tap is held at about 1/2 tilt and filled the rest of the way--traditionally the tap is swirled around at the very end to form a clover leaf in the thick nitro head. When the glass is set in front of you, you will notice a strange precipitating-like effect. The head sticks around longer than any head you will ever see and leaves a sticky foam in the empty glass.

The mouthfeel is bold and robust. Almost like black coffee there are hints of alcohol and bitterness. After a while it is a little watery, but for a stout it's good to have one mild-mannered so you can drink a lot of it.

Overrated. but respectable.

08-30-2006 14:07:07 | More by Rudgers73
Photo of willc11


3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Pours a dark black into my Sweetwater pint glass. Nice cascading bubbles that settle rather quickly, leaving a modest head, about less than one finger, that looks similar to that of milk poured too fast. Moderate lacing where the Guinness was sipped.

Nothing too remarkable in the nose, mostly roasted barley and a hint of coffee and alcohol.

Again, nothing too exceptional about the taste--mostly roasted barley, hop presence is difficult to detect. This bottled version is rather watery compared to that I've had on tap. Extremely low carbonation with a mouthfeel that, again, easily compares to a glass of milk (though this is also just one aspect of the style). Finishes with a hint of sweetness. Despite the low ABV, I seem to be tasting more alcohol than I should as the beer warms a little.

Nonetheless, this is a very drinkable beer; one should stick with the Extra Stout variety when looking for a Guinness (Stateside, anyway) with real flavor.

08-30-2006 04:11:25 | More by willc11
Photo of indysamra


4.1/5  rDev +17.5%

Pours with a creamy tan color with cascading waves of brown liquid forming under a thick tan head. After about 20 seconds the motion stops and the rich roasted aromas spring forth. The flavor yields a similar dry, roasted barley character, with the roasted aspect becoming more pronounced as the brew warms toward ambient temperature. Simply one the best ever brewed.

08-30-2006 03:36:19 | More by indysamra
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North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +5.4%

The beer poured into the glass clear brownish black beneath the cascading tan foam from the nitro bottle. The head was tight and tan and everlasting.

The aroma was chocolate and caramel with a very slight roast/smoke and a present but hidden tart character. The aroma was not sweet but did contain a sizeable amount of caramel.

The flavor was chocolate and coffee and a light bit of caramel, but the beer started on the palate bone dry. The caramel flavor seemed to increase as the cascading foam from the nitro pour died back. The flavor also contained a light bit of acrid sourness.

The finish was dry, bone dry, with lasting coffee and light roast into the aftertaste. The body was medium light with a creamy character due to the head and nitro. Same Guinness that you find on draft which is quite an achievement.

11.2 ounce bottle with shrink wrapped label.

08-29-2006 22:24:11 | More by GCBrewingCo
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West Virginia

3.55/5  rDev +1.7%

The old days of fresh Guinness on tap are apparently history in this country. It seems anymore that you are just as likely to get a stale resiny pint as a fresh one (which is a treat). Sadly, the nitro can is now a better bet-- at least it's consistent.

The cascading head is always very pretty. Both the smell and taste are middle of the road for stouts. Clearly, the brewers have positioned this one for the mass market but that doesn't mean it's not a good beer just one that won't overwhelm those used to macrobrews and might underwhelm those who have sampled the better craft stouts.

08-29-2006 15:37:36 | More by Deconstructionis
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2.75/5  rDev -21.2%

Taken straight from the 12oz. bottle. However, a small amount was poured into a large shot glass to observe the appearance and record the aromas.

Pours opaque black with a very thin tan colored frothy head. Very little retention, although it is sticky.

Sour aromas are present, almost soy like. Other aromas are a bitter roasty smell.

Almost no sweetness like other stouts. Slight roastyness, along with some bitterness. Overall flavor is bland.

Watery mouthfeel, not as full as a stout should be.

A decent beer. Pales in comparison to their extra stout, as well as other stouts in general. Probably better in a glass out of a nitro can, definitely better on tap. I still use Guinness Draught as a way to start out the night in a bar if I'm not sure what I want or I just want to have something when I'm with people. This is still a good beer for the summer when you want something relatively strong with a roasty flavor instead of something hoppy (or bland). Also seems a little overpriced at ~$7-$8 per six pack for what you get. One thing is for sure though: The beer tastes much better than the widget.

08-27-2006 03:58:13 | More by BeerSox
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3.93/5  rDev +12.6%

Great foamy head that retained itself even after the beer was gone. Laced the whole glass. Great cascade of bubbles from the nitro canister.

Careful on that pour; 14.9 oz don't fit into that typical 12 oz pint glass that's become so common!

Much lighter body than the bottle of Extra Stout I just had; also a little more tart which was what I was looking for. Roasted malts and hard water. The whole time I kept thinking liquid pretzel. Nice roasted bitter aftertaste. I've always loved how this beer comes across as dark and strong, yet it still manages to be light and refreshing.

Surely pasteurization has taken away from the flavor, a disadvantage of the can.

Mouthfeel is where it really shines. Smooth like silk. Creamy.

Extremely drinkable. Goes down like water. I actually found it more drinkable the warmer it got.

A very close match to the draft, and very different from the extra stout. They are all good in their own way. This one is videly available, making it a solid backup option for the fancier stuff I usually go for. Great to come back to if you've forgotten how good it is. Cheers

08-26-2006 04:45:54 | More by rayjay
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West Virginia

3.68/5  rDev +5.4%

Appearance: Dark ruby brown body that cascades into a velvety black tone and forms a lucious textured biscuit tan head which rises above the rim of my glass, very nice. Aroma: Has dark roasted malts which give off the tone of dark roasted coffee roasts, dark cocolate, and creamy slightly acidic notes along with an herbal hop character. Taste somewhat metallic with more soured acidic chocolate milk with old coffee melded in, a very signature Guinness taste to it light hopping is evident with the herbal hop flavor. Mouthfeel is creamy smooth and lighter bodied with a definite smooth factor going on. Drinkability...this is a definite keystone of transitioning into better beer I can drink this in number although since discovering stout I've found many brews in that style that I crave over Guinness Draught.

08-25-2006 19:14:59 | More by WVbeergeek
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4.08/5  rDev +16.9%

drank a few during a Steelers game out of my buddy's kegerator. Very impressive style that kept my attention. The aftertaste was delightful and drinkablity was perfect. Leaving the beer sit on the table and become lukewarm enhanced the flavor, although when it is served ice cold the flavor is good.

08-22-2006 22:07:36 | More by tempo013
Guinness Draught from Guinness Ltd.
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