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Guinness Draught - Guinness Ltd.

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6,282 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,282
Reviews: 2,064
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 20.23%
Wants: 73
Gots: 982 | 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 animalchin
2.54/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - A very bizarre pour - comes out a dark beige foamy character that eventually settles to black (I think) A very creamy head a solid lacing.

S - Malty and soapy.

T- Wet and maybe slightly roasted malts, faint cream. Nothing really. Sensing some burnt tones in the after-taste.

M - The head feels nice for a bit. The body is thin and watery.

D - No reason I'd have another. This was more of an endurance test.

I've come to realize (and this excludes Samuel Adams and the Boston Beer Company) that if a brewery has commercials on cable television - then it's probably a crap brew. Any brewery that markets to it's consumers to drink straight from the bottle - especially a friggen STOUT has a lot of thinking to do.

Put more time into your brew and less time into your marketing. You've clearly generated enough profit to launch massive campaigns - utilize on the product.

Photo of beersheppard
3.42/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Long time listener first time caller...

Appearance: widget lends to impressive cascading effect, dark black/brown fades to rich mahogony, with creamy off-white head, great lacing, I think Guinness invented lacing.

Smell: faint maltiness, not very pungent.

Taste: I love Guinness, I think it is a classic. Is it the most complex beer? No. I think it has a great roasty flavor, a little chocolate, with good minerality. Dry as it should be with good flavor.

Mouthfeel: thin, the feel of a Guinness draft, is hard to replicate, head lends some creaminess.

Drinkability: good because it is portable Guinness, I will always prefer the pint at the pub. I think Guinness will always have a place in my heart. I good example of a dry stout. I will definitely purchase again.

Photo of skylab
2.91/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Overall this was a good beer but I thought the whole nitro-can thing was a little unnecessary. I found it made the beer flat feeling and a little watery tasting. I know it is supposed to mimic the whole tap experience thing but I find the experience lacking. I much prefer the bottled version if drinking it at home.

Photo of Reaper16
2.53/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12oz. nitro-can served into a pint glass

Pours a solid brown, though it is lighter when held to direct light. The can does an admirably job of approximating the cascading effect that you get to see when drinking a Guinness on nitro-tap. Some bubbles do move upwards and downwards and the head looks great for half of a minute before it settles on a tiny, thin cap that sticks around for the whole drink.

Some roasted barley aroma slowly works its way out of the pint glass and up into my nose. Light flourishes of coffee and Hershey's milk chocolate and an off-putting twang of something metallic. Pretty average stout aroma.

This can, too is very watery tasting. That is the dominant perception of Guinness for me -- watery. The chocolate malt flavors are so sapped of their intensity that they are rendered a weakened mess. This is like drinking an old, poorly-made cup of coffee.

The mouthfeel is not sufficient. The nitro in this can only provides a glimmer of the creamy qualities that a nitro-tap pint of Guinness has. So you get no carbonation but almost none of the benefits of nitro to make up for it. That means that the beer is watery and unsatisfying. Below-average. As far as drinkability goes, I'd rate it to be average given that the flavors here are nothing to write home about. This beer's best use may be as a compliment to vanilla ice cream (but even then there are beers, like Young's Double Chocolate Stout, that are better suited for that task).

I tried two types of Guinness on the night that I took the notes that would become the review that you are reading now: nitro-bottle and nitro-can. Both are below-average beers at best. The nitro-bottle version is flat-out awful. Avoid it at all costs. I found the nitro-can version to be an upgrade, but still the beer is below par. There are much better examples of the Irish Dry Stout style; there is probably a delicious version made right in your neck of the woods, dear reader. Go drink that local dry stout instead.

Photo of dpodratsky3
3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Doesn't live up to the pour of guinness on draft, has those rising bubbles in that brownish tan head, but it isn't big or thick like it should be, the beer itself is essentially black

S: Mostly just light roasted malt, hint of coffee and dark chocolate, but not super intense, good but not great

T: A little watery in terms of flavor, same basic taste as smell although not as deep as the aroma, never fully goes into chocolate or coffee

M: Lacking, very thin, doesn't help the flavor at all

D: High, but only because it is thin, should be better

Notes: This beer does not live up to the true Guinness on draft, but everyone knows that. Not a bad beer, slightly better than average, but thats it.

Photo of NA1NSXR
3.49/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - This beer is certainly a looker. Poured in the the glass there was a cascading flow of sinking nitro which rises again to form a nice creamy tan head. You can get a strong light through its dark appearance and its lacing its picturesque.

Smell - Smells sweet and slightly roasted, with floral/perfume like aroma as well.

Taste - Lightly flavored of roasted malts. Its quite alright but light for the style. Not really any bitterness. I wish there was more taste though.

Mouthfeel - The silkiness of the nitro carbonation is great, but its not backed up by the beer, which is thin and watery. The combined effect is that it drinks as if it was flat. The beer itself needs to be thicker to complement the nitro and its smoothening effect. The way it stands now there is no need for this beer to be any smoother as it is already watery.

Drinkability - For all its faults this is still a very drinkable beer. I think overall it works better in a complementary role with a meal or something better than it stands on its own.

Photo of NefariousR
3.42/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 14.9oz. nitro-can into a tulip pint glass.

A - No matter what your opinion on Guinness, there's no denying that it puts on quite a show. The effect of CO2 cascading down the sides of the glass as a wonderfully creamy, off-white head forms on top of the brew is mesmerizing every time. The beer itself is an incredibly dark ruby, nearly black.

S - Malty sweetness, and not much else. I can't help but think that the thick, nitrogenated head prevents all the aromas of the beer from coming forth.

T - Malt, with just a hint of roast bite and a slight breadiness. There's a slightly bitter aftertaste.

M - Thin, yet creamy. Barely any carbonation is noticeable, partly due to the masking effect of the nitrogen. A bit on the watery side.

D - This was my first beer, and while I have since moved onto greener pastures, this still holds a special place. No, it's not the best beer in the word -- not even the best in its category (try O'Hara's or Murphy's), but the fact that it's so widely available and ubiquitous insures that it remains a staple of mine. Highly drinkable, and a good beer for enjoying the company of friends.

Photo of BigIrishman
3.17/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours very dark with a creamy just off white nitro head. I got to say that when it comes to classy looking beers...this one takes the cake, it literally pours perfect every time.

Smell: Veeeery faint roasted malts, maybe the slightest bit of burnt chocolate.

Taste: Taste is dominated by roasted malts, they are very faint though. There is a touch of bitterness from some mild hops toward the finish of this beer.

Mouthfeel: Extremely light, but slightly viscous.

Drinkability: This beer finishes very quickly and is much tastier than drinking a low calorie american adjunct while beating most of them in calories. Not great but I can drink these all day long.

Photo of sfprint
4.12/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color of this beer I find just amazing. It's so dark as it sits in a guinness glass, with it's beautiful smooth head. Are there bubbles finer than these?

It doesn't smell so much. Slightly malty I suppose.

In contrast to how heavy it looks, it's goes down incredibly smooth and fast. I find it to be the perfect stout, since it's not so heavy. Slightly bitter aftertaste. It's almost like drinking chocolate milk, except it's not sweet or chocolately... hmm.

Smooth smooth smooth!

The drinkability for a stout i'm not sure can be matched. I could drink them all night, and I sometimes do.

July 15th, 2012 Dublin Ireland on tap
A: Ridiculously smooth head, perfectly flat, pure cream ghostly cream lacing, unlike any other, coffee ice cream head. 5
S: Like a red ale, almost soapy but not in an unattractive way, almost nostril opening. 3.5
T/M: Very smooth and creamy, with a slight hair of bitterness, a kind of tree sap, which separates it from other Guinnesses. Quite good, but the cream top makes it particularly special. 4.5/5
O: Excellent, beautiful cream with just a hair of bitterness. 4.5

Photo of tjsdomer2
4.43/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Excellent black appearance. Very oily, but in a good way. Great head of foam with incredible lacing.

Smell: Dry roasted grain. Nice hints of coffee and chocolate. Great subtly.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Basically tastes the same as the American version. A bit stronger though, but I still rate it the same.

Mouthfeel: Excellent combination of creamy velvetiness and a biting carbonation. Nothing like the American version.

Drinkability: I reviewed this again because this Guinness is actually from St. James Gate. I had it at Irish Embassy in Durango, CO.

Overall: What Guinness should be.

Photo of phiberoptik
3.93/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the beer that moved me away from the boing beers of Anheiser Busch, Miller, Coors, etc.

Although I dont drink it anymore, at the time Guinness could have been my breakfast lunch and dinner. It is the stout I have the most familiarity with but am learning its the preschooler version of most of the stouts out there.

Dark with a small ashy colored head in a traditional pint glass.

Very smooth, almost creamy, with a roasted/burnt malt flavor. If you have never tried a stout, try this one first or something more robust might level you.

Photo of stylzdlux
4.88/5  rDev +39%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my favorites! Because of it's low alcohol count I can have more than 2 pints without having that "buzz."

Delicious on tap...the can/bottle is okay if you are desperate, but the tap is where it is at...ONLY if the bartender pours it correctly.

Nicknamed "Blonde in a Black Dress" (by who knows who) Guinness is more than gimmicky paraphernalia.

Photo of jditty
4.83/5  rDev +37.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very delicious. One of my favorite beers. Love the creamy head and mustache that I get from drinking it. The best way to enjoy a night out without worrying about too much alcohol at 4.2%. I hate when you go to a bar and they don't know the proper pouring technique for Guinness. Love the taste of my Guinness.

Photo of BeerNemesis
2.84/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Guinness Draught. 11.2 oz.

Great creamy tan head and a somewhat black body, with just a hint of tobacco-brown leather at the edges.

Faint grain, smells flat and dead like old water. Not that appealing.

Not as bitter as it should be -- some cloying sweetness towards the end. I used to like this?

Mouthfeel & Drinkability:
Watery and not very stout-like. Now that I know of alternatives, I will not be returning often.

Photo of samie85
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at a sports bar the other night, 4/03, when it was the best beer available. Reviewed from notes.

A-Served in a pint glass with that trademark dense brown head.

S-Roast and some sweet chocolate malt with a earthy hop note.

T-Follows the nose with some light roasted and chocolate malt.

M-Thin bodied and almost watery, but at the same time it coats your mouth and is very creamy. Carbonation is low.

D-This is an old favorite that I haven't had on-tap in a very long time. Very easy drinking and often the best choice at shitty bars that I find myself in from time to time. While it's not complex at all, it's not the swill that some make it out to be. A great gateway beer for many.

Photo of jera1350
3.64/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black color with huge creamy head of fluff. Leaves quite a bit of lacing on the glass.

Not much in the nose. Some lightly roasted malt, not much else.

Light roasted malt here again, and not a whole lot else. Still enjoyable and easy to consume.

Creamy and smooth as can be. Pretty light on the body despite the feel.

Drinks really easy. Decent session beer that can be found seemingly everywhere. Lacks in much flavor, but still a pretty decent beer.

Photo of Spiekerbox
2.59/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark-brown, black color with small frothy head that lingers for a while.

S- Not very strong, typical coffee/chocolate/roasted dark malt smell but does not make itself stand out from other stouts.

T- What taste? Flavor reminds me most of water then of the stout that I wish was all there. I am a fan of big dark stouts, but this unfortunately does not qualify for me.

M- This is what I would expect of a beer of this type. Thick and full bodied beer with a smooth drinking experience.

D- Possibly a good session beer but I would personally not prefer it, nevertheless is a beer that can be drank all night

Photo of Parrotbeak
3.37/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Almost black but proves to be a very deep mahogany when held up to the light. Creamy, half-inch white head that remains. I've always loved how this beer looks after the pour, when it has finished cascading. Superb on appearance.
Smell is slightly smokey malts. Some cream and winter spices as well.
Taste is again slightly smokey malts up front, becoming a bit watery as it progresses. Finish is fairly lackluster, with little to note save some faint malts.
Mouthfeel is smooth, with a medium-light body. Low carbonaton.
Easy enough to drink, but I'd put a two can limit on this one.

Photo of stoutmasterjames
3.84/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my "bread and butter beer" of which I always have a case on hand, and it fills this roll well. When I want a very interesting and complex beer, I'll go for a microbrew craft. But Guinness satiates my (daily) craving for stout amply.

LOOKS: Great lacing, nitro can has nice cascade in glass

SMELL: Nothing special about the smell, but also nothing bad

TASTE: Hey, quit saying this stuff doesn't taste good. It does! One of the smoother beers out there, goes right down the throat with its bready coca-cola goodness.

FEEL: Thick and pleasant texture.

DRINK: About 9 or 10 on a thirsty day, easy.

Photo of mjaskula
3.15/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Guinness glass, of course. Pours opaque black with that famous thick tan nitro head and lots of lacing. Head stays the whole time, can't beat it.

Aroma is disappointingly thin, with some roasted malt. Flavor is more bitter roasted malt and coffee with a creamy finish. Mouthfeel is a bit thinner than expected but still creamy. Overall doesn't stack up to its appearance. But still pretty drinkable.

Photo of cgmees
4.06/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can poured dark brown-black, lots of creamy bubbles in the body that slowly rise to the top to create a creamy thick meringue head on top of the dark beer.

Nice odor of chocolate and coffee

not too heavy taste with a nice lingering coffee feel

Basic stout that I think sets the above average drink. Thick, sweet with a slight taste of bitter to it.. I prefer it at 60 to 70 deg F, refrigerate for about 15 to 20 minutes and drink.

Photo of donkeyrunner
2.58/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Scored this on a move today.

Cascading brown pour leaves an opaque black beer and creamy white head in it's wake. Snowdrift lace and retention. Stouts can't look any better.

Smells like...nothing. Maybe a lil' lactic sour, a lil' bit roasty but I think I'm just projecting the way I remember Guinness rather than what I really smell. Tastes like a watered down Irish stout. To me Guinness has always been more about mouthfeel than actual flavor and this just proves my point.

My least favorite of the big 3 Irish stouts.

Photo of wahhmaster
3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 14.9 oz. nitro-can into a nonic imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a jet black color. Has a large, creamy white head that never really dissipates. That nitro really adds to the appearance. Hopefully, the taste isn't affected too much.

Smell: Chocolaty and coffee-ish. Pretty typical stout territory here.

Taste: The flavor is honestly a little light here. I'm worried that the nitro might be adversely affecting the flavor here. I've encountered this before with other beers from nitro-cans, so it wasn't completely unexpected. What flavor is here is pretty much typical stout territory. Roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee flavors pretty much dominate this beer.

Mouthfeel: This beer is pretty smooth and reasonably full-bodied.

Drinkability: This beer is pretty drinkable and I'd certainly have it again. I am worried about the effects of the nitro but it doesn't really take away from the drinkability. This beer is still worth a try and I'm sure I'll have it again at some point.

Photo of garuda
3.59/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into a pint glass. Color is black, with a hint of dark ruby brown in the bottom when held up to the light. Wonderful cascading effect with the bubbles, and when they finally settle, theres about a half inch of thick creamy head with great retention, but not much lacing.

S - Subtle aromas of roasted barley and coffee, nothing too strong.

T - Follows the nose with the roasted notes of barley and coffee.

M - Medium to light body, low carbonation, smooth mouthfeel going down, perhaps a bit watery. Nice clean, dry finish.

D - Spot on for style. With the low abv, lighter body and clean finish, this makes a great session beer.

Photo of oberscrc
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Almost ideal (for me)...dark dark brown to black with tan head that lasts throughout...when held to light it is beautiful.

S: Not this beer's strong suit...some due to nitro-can I am sure...faint nose of caramel

T: Roasted malts at back of the mouth...a lingering sweetness...with just enough bitterness to make you want more.

M: Water-like liquid mixes with the airy head to coat one's mouth like none other beer

D: For me near perfection...I perfect everyday beer...I love my ipa's and lagers but I will always have a special place in my heart for Guinness

Guinness Draught from Guinness Ltd.
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