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Guinness Draught - Guinness Ltd.

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6,508 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,508
Reviews: 2,145
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 19.89%
Wants: 93
Gots: 1,238 | 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 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.

Photo of GreenJetta912
3.22/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours beautiful. Great head and retention. The bubbles billow around the beer producing a color like coffee with cream in it. When it settles its a shade lighter than black coffee.

The most surprising thing is almost no carbonation is left. If I didn't see the bubbles I would say it's a still beer. Surprisingly lighter tasting than most stouts.

This is not a bad beer but there's nothing really that stands out as unique. It's good but not great and In my opinion not worth the price. The foreign extra reserve is where it's at.

The most impressive part was the apperance.

Photo of DanBerliner
2.42/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Had this on tap at a sports bar for my 21st birthday. Not by any means my first beer though.

Appearance: Solid black with thick lingering head. One of the better looking beers from a pint glass.

Smell: Malt with some coffee.

Taste: Good malt taste but not much past that, it lacks the flavors that other better beers have after the malt taste.

Mouthfeel: I got the beer within two minutes of ordering it and it was completely flat. I've had beers that went flat quick but this was completely flat on my first sip. The best description of this was a malty beer juice.

Overall: If it were not as flat as juice this would be a great beer, but its flatness made this almost undrinkable.

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

Pours a blackish color with a little bit of beige head on hit.

Smell is full of malt with some roasted coffee coming through.

Taste is not real strong, slight sweet chocolate taste with lots of malt character. Bit of a bitter finish as well.

Mouthfeel is medium, this is a smooth drinking beer.

Overall a pretty good beer in my mind. Easy to drink and not over the top. Can't complain though.

Photo of ferrari29
3.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured from a nitro-tap and served in a tall and slim Pint glass; I enjoyed this beer at the Ocean House along the Atlantic coastline in Rhode Island; notes written on a napkin at the bar

A - Typical 22mm milk chocolaty colored head foam formed; the beer was perfectly poured from the exceptional wait staff; layered lacing formed on the sides of the glass; very dark, almost black colored body; great cascading carbonated appearance around the glass

S - Roasted malt barley; smoky notes; lighter in the scents than I expected; chocolate; coffee beans

T - Light smoky flavor; mostly roasted grains and coffee notes; as the beer warms there are some subtle hints of alcohol that come up as well; mildly bitter hop aftertaste

M - Creamy; dry and not much of a bubbly feeling on the tongue, I guess being one of the drawbacks of using nitrogen

D - One of my favorites and will definitely be remembered; classic; had this for Easter dessert and loved every sip of it; I recommend this other beer-lovers and always have this available in my fridge

Photo of psuKinger
3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Pours a deep dark black with a moderate *mostly* white head that stuck around and probably could have benefited from a more rigorous pour. 4.0.

S: Faint smell of roasted barley and a touch of malt sweetness. 3.5

T: Creamy, smooth, and simple, this beer finishes semi-sweet. 3.0.

M: Light and creamy, the big misconception about this beer is how "heavy" it is, the beer is actually quite light and even a bit watery. 3.0

D: High. This beer is very easy to quaffe. It's light, smooth, and with a nice roasty/creamy flavor. 4.0

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


Pours almost jet black with very fine creamy off white head about a half inch. Trademark churning bubbles underneath. Retains forever.

Smells of mild chocolate malt and acidic coffee.

Taste is not overly strong, the same slightly acidic coffee and hints of malt that are on the chocolate side. Coffee like bitterness as well.

Feels medium and exceedingly smooth and creamy. The carbonation is velvety.

The classic Irish stout, it's a bit overrated in my opinion. It's not a bad beer by any means and easy to drink, could throw back a couple no problem, but it's nothing to write home about. The taste is just a bit bland.

Photo of bump8628
2.96/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

To be honest, this was bought for the single purpose of ticking the Nitro-can serving style. However, I've enjoyed Guinness on certain occasions when the mood strikes just right.

Darkest ruby with a blackened core. The classic nitro, cascading, creamy, spoogy head sticks hard (that's what she said).

Shitty Cain's diner coffee with some astringency and slightly off-balance bitterness against weak malt and stale bread crust. Touch of earth and the lactic twang of Guinness's trademark sourish finish.

Served at 33 degress F on a warm day this would be a decent refresher. The disappointing part is that it's clear Guinness can brew a great stout, as evidenced by the Foreign Export and Guinness 250.

Photo of shwhat
3.24/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

served on tap...first time having guinness, and i hear this is the best way.

look is pretty typical. everyone knows the signature guinness look: big creamy off-white head, pitch black body.

smell is pretty muted. roasted malt? it's tough to say...it doesn't smell like a whole lot anything.

taste is a little roasty. really thin on the flavor, honestly. no bitterness to speak of. i actually like the flavor, but i wish somebody would crank the knob up a few clicks.

the mouthfeel is actually a little odd. big, creamy head makes you think the beer is thick and rich...but once you get past the head, it's basically like water. really interested, and i kind of don't mind it...but i know that i'd get tired of it quick.

Photo of tbern007
2.98/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a glass even though the can says to drink it straight. It also says to serve extra cold, but I let it sit a few minutes out of the fridge before pouring. It's a stout for crying out loud.
Pours dark brown, almost black but can see through a bit when held up to light. Cascade of the nitro effect is nice but does not impress as much as on tap. Head is thinner than I'd like but it's ok. Lace is on the light/medium side.
S - light roasted malt and coffee, earth. Quite light all around.
T - tastes like a "light stout". Kind of watered down. Coffee, roasted malt is there. Not complex at all. Tap version is way better.
M & D - watery, weak, but drinkable compared to others at this ABV. There's a bit of flavor at least. Not a good stout though. Way more flavorful stouts out there.

Photo of BeerBuckeye
2.57/5  rDev -27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a dark black with creamy off white head with plenty of foam and lacing.

S - Hint notes of chocolate and coffee with some roasted malt, overall, though, a bit weak.

T - A found the flavor to be really lacking. Mostly tasted of weak coffee and roasted malt. As if you had a coffee that had been watered down and sitting out for a while.

M - Very, very thin. Almost watery.

Overall - It's been a while since I've had a Guinness, and I found this to be a wholly disappointing experience. I felt the flavors and everything to be very weak and thin.

Photo of dmfrench
3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thin, low on flavor, but undeniably sessionable Irish Dry

A: Matte black body with dingy ruby highlights topped with a very persistent one finger extremely creamy buff head. The well-known reverse cascade effect is beautiful to behold.

S: Cream, a hint of metal/adjunct/corn, and a tiny amount of neutral roast. Not much to speak of.

T: Semisweet cream up front, moving through light toffee roast, and finishing on very dry dusty hops. Less adjunctiness than the nose, but it's still there.

M: On the watery side, but there's still a sense of creaminess.

O: Better to look at than to drink, but still an undeniable institution.

Photo of lsrose
4.06/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well no reason to describe this beer, everyone knows or can read from someone else. I do love the thick head the nitro can pours though

Some people complain about this beer, but it is a great go to beer. I wouldn't expect it to have the same taste as in Ireland or of other craft beers. I rate this beer high because I like to always have some around and never don't want to have one. I do like Murphy's slightly better though, sometimes.

As many others have said, Foreign Extra is a lot better but also a lot more expensive. Thats like reviewing a Ford Escort and saying a Mustang is better though....duh.

Photo of binkman
3.62/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Nice and dark like it should be, with a thin but fluffy brown-tinged head.

Smell: Toasted malt smell, faintly chocolately and coffe-like.

Taste: Tastes like real draught Guinness, roast and chocolatey with a coffee-like bitterness. Very yummy.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, even if it isn't as creamy as actualy nitro-tap guinness.

Overall, the draught-can isn't bad, but it isnt quite as creamy as the tap-version and can't quite hold up to it. That being said, I feel like Guinness pretty much defines the stout style, all other beers having to distinguish themselves in some way. It's a classic. I just prefer it from the tap.

Photo of always4beer
4.3/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Had a particularly nice deep amber, almost coffee color. Had about a 1 finger or more head with a nice tan color and beautiful lace.

S: Not a very strong aroma but could detect some malt hints with a little bit of nuttiness.

T: Had a very full taste. Could taste the roasted aspect and definitely detect the malt flavor. possibly a hint of vanilla.

M: Has a very nice mouthfeel. Has almost a perfect amount of carbonation and goes down smooth. Leaves a distinct aftertaste.

Overall: This was my first experience actually thoroughly tasting this beer and really enjoyed it. it has a good aroma and excellent visual appeal because the head is so lacey and holds so long. The taste didn't disappoint and actually had more flavors than i thought. it went down smooth and finished strong. a very enjoyable beer.

Photo of IIKaRuII
2.85/5  rDev -19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- C'mon... its a guinness... and i think this is one of the prettiest pouring beers out there. pours a dark coffee color, the head resembles whipped cream and is a khaki half a finger head. great traces of lacing all the way thru to the end.

S- Is faint. very faint. light coffee and dark chocolate. Vanilla slightly. So okay the longer it sits the more the smell comes out in this one. Slight roasted tones in there aswell.

T- Cream. a roasted coffee, with slight chocolate. almost a white chocolate taste at that.

M- Oily at the end which i believe is from the cream. hardly no carbonation, so there is no bite to this one at all.

DO- I'm just not overly impressed with this. I know a true contender for its style. However I think the other stuff guinness has to offer ( foreign extra stout, extra stout, etc... ) has a lot more going for it then this. I have had this on tap and i will say that it makes it much better. But out of a nitro can i think this is much lacking. Now i wont say i didn't enjoy it.

Photo of Fenris244
3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this when I went out to the little river drag strip.

The can looks nice, had the nitro widget in there so I assumed it was made for consumtion straight out of the can, poured a little into my stone RIS glass just to see it. Black with a thick airy looking head, good retention.

Pretty light in aroma, weak coffee and chocolate aromas but really nothing else notable.

Light in flavor as well, light chocolate flavors up front, coffee and a metallic note following the coffee, everything works pretty well but it's not a deep beer or anything.

Light in body, pretty heavy carbonation, slightly creamy.

Over all taste is not this beer strong point but the crazy drinkablility is, it has just enough flavor to be satisfying and the slight creaminess works well, all in all not a bad hot weather day beer

Photo of Kartoffeln
3.31/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Totally opaque dark brown, ruby red around the edges. Pours a thick, dense tan head and gradually shrinks to a thin layer of foam.

S: A faint combination of roasted malts, coffee, and slight nuttiness.

T: Roasted malts up front with undertones of nuts and black coffee in the finish.

M: Very light-bodied, almost a bit watery but the smooth carbonation helps it. The long, bitter finish is as simple and subdued as the initial taste.

D: Very light and easy-drinking, but rather bland as a result.

Photo of MikeRa
3.86/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This beer has a Dark Brown to Black color with a 1" head

S: This beer had a nice nutty and malty smell to it

T: This beer has some nice mild roasted malt flavors to it

M: This beer goes down real smooth

Overall: This is a beer that I will drink again

Photo of aaron12
4.13/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

to me a pint of guinness is a lot like sex, or pizza, even when it's bad it's still kinda good. from what ive heard, unless your in ireland you're not havin a real guinness... whatever, i'm not in ireland and i like guinness just fine. it's more about where you get your pint. Ive had good pints, ok pints, and great pints. this review is for the pint of guinness i got at the 9lb hammer in georgetown seattle. first off the pour was done right, i had to wait a minute half way through for it to settle. this pint is deep black(red hue in the light), with a cream white head two fingers thick. beautiful! 9lb pours the coldest guinness ive had, which i think makes the beers taste fresh and clean. it's creamy, smooth, smoky and balanced. sometimes there's nothing like a guinness... i will say this, i try to stay away from the cans and bottles, on tap is the only way to have to have guinness.

Photo of Daktyls
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brown, almost black color with a half finger head made up of tiny tan bubbles.

S: A little bit nutty, a little bit malty, other than that, it doesn't seem like there's a whole lot going on. Maybe a very slight bit of chocolate, but very little, if any.

T: Pretty mild flavors here, a lot of roasted malts and not much else.

M: Never thought I'd say it, but when you let it sit on your tongue for a while, it almost feels a bit watery. Pretty high in the carbonation, but with the rest of the flavor, it works.

O: Overall, it's not a bad beer. Decent for sure, quite drinkable, and not a bad taste, just not particularly memorable.

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