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Guinness Draught - Guinness Ltd.

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6,172 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,172
Reviews: 2,018
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 20.23%
Wants: 63
Gots: 825 | 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 drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

"My goodness, my Guinness!"

Beer served on nitro-tap at some sports bar. I've had this beer so many times, reviewing it seems odd, but here I go. It is also one of the most popular beers and recognizable, what could I possibly say about that hasn't already been said.

Beer is dark black / brown. Nitrogenation cascades inside of the beer, forming these iterative and repetitive waves of tiny brown bubbles that are pushed down on the edge of the glass to be pushed back up in the center of the beer, forming a tight, creamy head of tiny tiny bubbles. Lacing is about as high as it can be. The glass is completely coated in bubbles as I drink the beer down.

Beer has a subtle aroma of roast and sweetness. The head almost protects the aroma from detection, but as you drink it you can definitely smell a lot of sweetness and some malt.

Beer is smooth, one of the smoothest creamiest beers I've ever drank. Drinkability is high. This is a really sessionable beer. I could drink this all night long. There is mild bitterness and some nice subtle roast character. Some chocolate like flavors and a great medium body. Drinkability is high and mouthfeel is good.

Photo of bsp77
3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into tall glass that seems halfway between a Pint glass and a Pilsner.

Appearance: Ruby black with creamy tan head that coats the glass all the way down.

Smell: Roasted barley, sweet chocolate and coffee. Nice but subdued.

Taste: Light roast character with cream, chocolate, bitter coffee and some sour notes.

Feel: Nitro feel, quite smooth but too thin.

Drinkability: Very easy to drink but too light. Not really a Stout.

Photo of TheStoutAholic
4.45/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I will not rate this beer in the normal A,S,T,M,D fashion. This beer was the gateway beer for me into good quality beers. This beer really expanded my horizons. What gives it the the nice tang is the soured beer that is added to it. I recently am on a hiatus from drinking stouts but this was my staple for a cheap good tasting stout when I started leaving the coors and the other light beers. I really enjoyed this beer and was one of my tops for a long time.

Photo of jlindros
3.28/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can with a widget.

A: Big nitrous head that takes up the entire pour at first, then slowly rolls its way down to a nice thick dark black liquid. 3 layers are apparent, the white frothy head on top, the mixing brown in the middle, and the black beer on the bottom. It's almost pitch black, but not quite. I really love how Guinness has brought draft beer to a can!

N: Dark malts, a little chocolate malt, some creamy aromas, dark spices, nitrous aromas, a little roasted malt aroma as well.

T: Very creamy, nitrous up the wazoo. Some light chocolate and roasted malts. A slight sweet malt. Mostly creamy bitter charred malt flavors. Slight fruity flavors as well.

M: Very creamy, semi thick, lots of nitrous carbonation.

F: Semi bitter, earthy, a little sweet, lingering creamy feel and taste, some lingering fruity flavors and sweet syrupy like flavors.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.24/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A classic. Love the cascade effect out of a bottle nonetheless.

Doesn't smell like anything. The taste is unique, a thin stout, but likeable. Doesn't leave a whole lot to talk about mouthfeel wise, its rather simple actually. Drinkability, very drinkable. Lots of them.

Photo of exonthebottle
1/5  rDev -71.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

what a waste this beer is so lame in a can.
appearance black with chucks at the bottom vague head that disappears quickly. faint sense of beer
taste like a cheap beer watery taste not thick like a stout should be.
mouthfeel same as taste
blah not going to finish this it's that bad.

Photo of Cakanator
3.13/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

OK really who hasn't had this. Irish car bombs the other night, and it was so good. I haven't had one since I joined BA and its just like I remembered it, smooth low alky and enjoyable. They go down so smooth that you don;t think of the % in it cause its so low. doesn't matter it was good, and when nothing else is around I grab one.

Photo of advill88
3.2/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is black with a creamy tan head, the texture and appearance of which always reminds me of meringue of some sort.

Smell is fairly faint with hints of roasted malt...hard to distinguish the individual characteristics.

Taste is a lot more watery than I feel a stout should be, with the same faint hints of maltiness, a bit of sourness, and a vague sweetness lingering in the background.

Mouthfeel is, again, much lighter than a stout should be, but it's somewhat redeemed by a wonderful creamy smoothness that helps give the beer a good drinkability.

This really isn't quite the Guinness that I remember loving so much from tastes when I was younger...maybe its because I've had better stouts since then. It's not a horrible beer by any means, but it's just not something to get particularly excited over, and it's on the bland side.

Photo of rfgetz
3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'll admit, about 10 years ago i was completly cluess as to what really good beer was supposed to be. I was duped into believing Guiness was the pinnacle of beerdom and was the strongest, most flavorful beer out there.

I'll admit, Guiness is still one of the prettiest pours when done correctly. Nearly pitch black body with creamy khaki colored head. As always, good retention, minimal lacing however. Smell is of burnt grains, dark coffee beans, sliglty nutty and hints of brown sugar. Taste is of faint dark, slightly burnt grains and coffee. Hints of chocolate, nuts, molasses and some funky sour-like thing going on (note: was amazed to come on and read so many reviews describing this quality, i did not remeber this at all last time i had a pint). Nitro gives it a creamy (once percieved as thick) light/medium body which works well with this beer. Not bad, the little sour thing concerns me and my advanced palate would love a bump up in the dark malt profile, but solid.

Photo of thekanna
3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Served up in a Guinness Glass on-tap at McGinty's Public House in Silver Spring, MD. The lower 3/4 of the glass is black as pitch, while a cream head covers the upper 1/4.

S: Faint roasted malts and an even fainter sourness.

T: Slightly sour roasted malts with hints of burnt coffee and dark chocolate. No offensive flavors here.

M: The smoothest beer I've ever had in my life; it seems almost as if you're inhaling the beer as a delicious aroma rather than drinking it. Somewhat thin as it goes down with almost no carbonation to be found.

D: Wonderfully, wonderfully drinkable concoction. I love fresh Guinness on-tap.

Photo of Blitzstyle
3.1/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 14.9 oz can into a pills glass(not my choice). Pours a nice deep brown with great head, and retention. Beer laces nice down the glass.

Small hints of coffee and chocolate.

The chocolate stands out a little more than the coffee. Somewhat sourish and not very strong at all. Has a good creamyness to it untill the aftertaste.

Was kinda watery going down, but it is smooth. It has a thin slightly sour finish to it. Somewhat drinkable due to its smoothness.

Photo of cichief
3.2/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 14.9 ounce nitro-can into a Guinness pint glass.

A- Pours a deep brown, almost black, cascades nicely, looks like a chocolate shake. Settles with a nice creamy, tan head. You can see light through this when held up to the light.

S- Hints of burnt coffee and chocolate.

T- A nice coffee flavor with a sourish finish.

M- Smooth, coats the tongue well.

D- I could, and have drink many of these.

Good stout, but better in Dublin (of course!).

Photo of alpinebryant
3.18/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass coffee black with a glowing tan head that was present until the glass was empty and even left some foam behind. Smelled like a roasted malt with very faint coffee. Tasted very bland, slightly sweet, very dry and a burnt aftertaste. Long ago had viewed this as a very heavy beer, but the perception is just that - an illusion. A light beer with a dry thick body. Drinkability is one of the stronger aspects of this beer. Not bad overall

Photo of Hovellord
4.25/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

An Imperial pint in a standard tulip glass.

A: almost black with subtle gleems of ruby; inch-thick creamy nitrous head. Good lacing.
S: weak coffee
T: fairly dry with weak coffee and sometimes chocolate, but not very strong
M: thinly creamy with low carbonation
D: Oh, you can have three or four "real" (20 oz.) pints with no sweat.

There are much better stouts, for the style Murphy's is better, though available only in cans in my part of the world. Availabilty, here, is the crucial criterion: I can't think of any part of the world where one cannot find Guinness on tap. Even in WV it can be found, at least in independent restaraunts and bars. When in doubt, Guinness Stout

Photo of Airedoggie
3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I first sampled a Guinness extra stout back in the 80's and didn't care for it then (too rich, too heavy and too malty for my inexperienced palate). I was introduced to the draught a few years ago and immediately loved it. Since that initial experience my taste in beer and particularily the darks has evolved to a more discriminating level.

S: Roasted Coffee with hint of chocolate and maltiness on the back end.

T: creamy smooth coffee up front with a hit of chocolate.

M: light-creamy, slightly sweet with carbonation...too light if you are used to the extra stout. But still quite pleasant.

I still think this is a great session beer. This review is for the nitro-can version. But Guinness Draught is positively best from the spigot and fresh.

Photo of rfabian
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass tumbler it produces a large, thick brown head with fair lacing. The color is very dark, almost black brown. The aroma is of mild earthy hops. The taste is mildly hoppy and slightly malty. The carbonation is light with a nice, smooth feel in the mouth. I prefer this among the majors one finds in the kinds of bars and restaurants one gets dragged to by ones friends, where it is often served from the nitro-can.

Photo of losdizzel
4.1/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this is one of my first real beers to taste appearance is very nice very dark and suttle smell abite like coffe and tast abit like coffie very robust flavor one those you need to try for yourself beers some like it or others dont maybe scared of it but very majestic for me hope this helps

Photo of alleykatking
2.8/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours out a dark dark brown color. Almost black but night quite there. 2 finger creamy mocha white head that just sits there forever. Lacing is all over the sides of the glass. It's actually more like layers upon layers of lacing with this one. Almost a little too over the top.

S- Big roasted malts in this one. Some maybe chocolate light undertones here and there. Nothing else really going on. Just alot of roasted malts coming through and nothing else. Very one sided.

T- Very watery taste right off the bat. Light chocolate upfront with taste but that is stopped with a roasted flavor that sticks through the whole rest of the beer. The flavor like the aroma is just one sided. A watery one sided taste at that!

M- This has a heavy mouthfeel to it. Carbonation is there but not really doing anything for the stout itself. Creamy and watery feeling at the same time....it's weird to explain. Just sits there on the palate and needs a push to help it down. Leaves a roasted taste in the mouth. Mostly clean aftertaste of burnt malts. Nothing more nothing less.

D- This has some drinkability to it. I would be more than happy to kill a couple of pints of this if it is the only thing around to drink. Not my favorite stout by any means but is something I could enjoy with my non-craft friends.

-On a side note I remember the first time I had Guinness I just turned 21 and caught the Cramps play in Chicago at the Vic. I had like 5 of them because that's all I saw people drinking. Then I found out they also served Old Style. I switched to Old Style....bad idea. It was 85 degrees in there and I was wearing a leather jacket. Upon going outside I went on the Red Line and on the Chicago Street exit I blew Old Stlye and Guinness over the cement and bench in front of me. People just stepped over it like it wasn't a big deal. Oh the memories!

Photo of sweemzander
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

14.9 oz. nitro can poured into an imperial pint. No bottled date found.

(A)- Nothing is as cool as a beautiful cascading beer! Pours pitch black with a light tan head that isnt going anywhere; awesome retention, so awesome since it is still present even with the last sip.

(S)- Roasted coffee with raisin bread; bits of molasses.

(T)- Dry, with a slightly sweet/bitter roastedness to it. Coffee & bread nuances.

(M)- Super smooth with a creamy mouthfeel & a good carbonation level too. Nothing fancy or special, just plain good beer.

(D)- Always a great session beer for long movie marathons. Has the smoothness to be able to drink one after another with an adequate flavor profile to keep your attention. Basic and straightforward, but just plain good beer!

Photo of jeranbrews
3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Appearance - Creamy nitrogen head. Very tiny bubbles cling together but remain light. Lacing like a Victorian dress that remains after the beer is gone. The color is opaque, like the fur of an angus cow.

Smell - Mildly sweet. Strong fizzy gas smell of nitrogen or the air from a Helium ballon. Initially a pleasant, weak, yeasty smell of sour-dough bread. Smells like clean air after a strong rain.

Taste - Begins with a sweet feeling like licking the spoon after frosting a cake. Strong stout bitterness of maybe clove and balsamic vinegar. Similar bitter aftertaste that lingers for 2 min.

Mouthfeel - Somewhat watery, with a foam coating around the inside of the mouth. When you make a root beer float and there is that skumy mixture of ice cream and soda. 'That' texture.

Drinkability - Classic, not a prize winner, but easy to consume in large amounts with different kinds of foods.

Photo of JeremyBrews
2.78/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pinky-sized head. Lacing on the glass hangs around like cobwebs. Coal color.

S: Weak aroma, moss, peat. Like walking along a creek, but while wearing a ninja mask.

T: Rye bread, vanilla, roasted malts.

M: Somewhat smooth, creamy.

D: If there arent any other stout options, this ones just stout enough to tide you over.

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.05/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The cascade effect from the nitro tap shows the rings and layers of brown foam rising to the surface of the body. Once settled, the body is a dark brown. The head is only about one finger thick, but it is creamy with great retention, leaving plenty of lace.

The aroma has a little bit of roasted malt and not much else.

The flavor has a little bit of roasted malt and not much else, mabye a touch of coffee.

Mouthfeel is somewhat creamy from the nitro.

I have to say although this beer is not great, it is pretty drinkable for sure.

Photo of Strix
3.08/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours black with good initial head.

Smell weak, but with roasty flavors.

Taste is dry, with malt, some roasted notes, charcoal and a chalky feeling.

Mouthfeel smooth initially (compliments of nitro tap?) but ends thin.

Decent for the style, but doesn't really excite me.

Photo of Risser09
3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a zotten glass - fridge - 2009

Appearance: Pours that black Guinness color with brown highlights. The head builds in that nitrogen driven fashion. Millions of bubbles drive down and then move up to the 1/2" tan head that awaits.

Smell: Sweet chocolate and barley malt with a subtle hop presence. Kind of bland.

Taste: A smooth flavor of burnt toast, roasted barley, milk chocolate and bitter, floral hops. Everything melds together for a refreshing, balanced flavor.

Mouthfeel: Ultra smooth, medium body, sensual carbonation and some alcohol burn. A great mouthfeel that is easily recognizable.

Drinkability: Goes well with just about anything. This beer is a classic that is extremely drinkable. I will always reach for it.

Photo of microbrew52
3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I love when they leave a few fingers of that famous creamy foam to let coat the glass. You either love or hate the darkness of this beverage but it does not have that coffee flavor that one might think. The mouth feel is smooth and not to thick that you can't keep the rounds coming. The nice thing about this beverage is you can have it on a hot or cold day.

Guinness Draught from Guinness Ltd.
80 out of 100 based on 6,172 ratings.