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Guinness Draught - Guinness Ltd.

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4,730 Ratings

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Ratings: 4730
Reviews: 1932
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 20.17%

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Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of jawlessbody


2.56/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into a nonic glass.

Appearance: Guinness obviously has a very iconic look. It pours thick and black with a dense, one finger tan head.

Scent: Pretty boring. Malty with a little bit of a roasted scent, but not much.

Taste: Bland. There really isn't anything to taste until you swallow, and then you get a roasted coffee flavor on the back of your tongue.

Mouthfeel: Treads a fine line between thick and watery. Kind of interesting, but not necessarily in a good way.

Overall: After a lifetime of hearing great things about Guinness, I was very disappointed with my experience. It's really just a great looking beer, but fails to be interesting in any of the other categories. It's an extremely bland and flavorless beer. Do not recommend.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 02:07:22 | More by jawlessbody
Photo of micromaniac129


3.76/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

had this as one of my last beers on the NCL Breakaway during our last cruise excursion.
A nice foaming cascading head deep black with a thinner body.
Aroma was quite lean being it on nitro. Taste was also pretty lean. It was malty with a slight roasted taste.
Drinks smooth and creamy.
I generally drink this as a go to beer if I can't find any quality craft beer be it where I happen to be.

Serving type: nitro-tap

10-14-2013 11:54:44 | More by micromaniac129
Photo of HappyGuy12345

New Jersey

3.61/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Apperance: Lovely black with large tan, foamy head
Smell: Subtle hints of coffee and chocolate
Taste: Dark malty flavor with hints of coffee and some mild (but pleasant) bitterness
Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy and frothy
Overall: A decent/good "go-to" beer when in a pub or bar and nothing else is available

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2013 09:23:52 | More by HappyGuy12345
Photo of TheMarkE


3.44/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark dark brown, almost black, with a very good head of foam.

Smell: Dark roasted malts, very faint hints of smoke and coffee.

Taste: Dark roasted malts.

Mouthfeel: Slightly watery yet creamy with very little aftertaste.

The Verdict: It's OK. I know it's considered the gold standard of Irish stouts, but I find it a bit bland and underwhelming. If it tasted as good as it looks it would be nearly perfect.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2013 19:58:34 | More by TheMarkE
Photo of BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.36/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Finally got around to actually saying a few words about one of the few 'world beers': I've had this in many places over many years. The review is of a pint in a local club near my house in Shropshire, drank during a charity auction on 27th Sep 2013.

It's dark and has a creamy head, any of the other 4,000 plus reviewers notice that?

Malty, chocolate and coffee notes in both the nose and mouth: a classic stout in every way.

Rich more than creamy on the palate, those slightly burnt malts giving a mild bitterness along with their semi-sweet molasses that flavour the beer so well.

Pleased I've put some words down.

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2013 11:05:03 | More by BlackHaddock
Photo of equinox1


4.03/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

had the pleasure of enjoying a pint ( 3 actually ) at the brewery in Dublin. trust me its awesome on draught at the brewery. thick and creamy and so smooth. jet black with a off white head that stayed to the end of the glass. it seems the abv of Guinness in Ireland is a touch higher than whats available in the states also. definitely will go again if I get the chance.

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2013 02:07:19 | More by equinox1
Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.46/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Can from Bert's Better Beers.
Pours a solid black with a huge creamy tan head that displays and insane level of retention. Smells of roasted grains a hint of fruit and a touch of tart. The flavor mimics the aroma fairly well. Coffee like roasted grains that are quite drying with hints of fruit and tart. Light to medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick creamy mouthfeel. An old favorite that I revisited today, solid brew, a bit simple and not the fantastic beer I thought it was so long ago.

Serving type: nitro-can

09-22-2013 02:11:51 | More by johnnnniee
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3.36/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-dark brown color with a nice light tan head and decent lacing

S-dark roasted malt, faint coffee

T-dark roasted malt, light sweetness, hint of coffee, mild bitterness in the finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy

O-a benchmark for Irish stout I suppose, but prefer other styles for sure

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2013 18:39:10 | More by MDDMD
Photo of Ohmmygawd


2.93/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Can to pint glass.

Room Temp.

I'm drinking at home in Boston. I've been trying different ways of drinking Guinness at home. I've been leaving out the cans to get to the proper room temperature and then in a glass doing a three pour to let the head properly settle. It helps but after the head it pretty much tastes like water.

Serving type: can

09-10-2013 23:00:05 | More by Ohmmygawd
Photo of JMScowcroft


2.8/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Guinness Ltd. - Guinness Draught, poured into a Craftgeer snifter.

Look - Pours a thin brown black but settles black with a small foamy head. Not a ton of lacing, very sparse.

Smell - Roasted barley, weak on the nose.

Taste - Thin and watery with a weak roast character, not a lot of variety in the flavor.

Mouthfeel - Thin, dry, ever so slightly bitter, like a light or watered down stout. Zero booziness. Good drinkability but not spectacular.

Overall - This used to be one of the kings of "craft beer" (though was it ever really considered craft, no) and I'll give it that, but this is not a great beer by any means.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2013 11:32:04 | More by JMScowcroft
Photo of bamafan


4.75/5  rDev +36.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is the gold standard for a stout. I know that it is not super triple imperial oak aged or anything of that nature that makes other beers get great reviews but it is what it is-A simple, great tasting beer. drinkability is unsurpassed with this creamy, light yet beautifully opaque brew.
roasted malt, roasted malt, and a little bit of twang is what makes this beer the stout that all others apsire to be.

Serving type: nitro-tap

09-07-2013 01:03:56 | More by bamafan
Photo of gbarbee

North Carolina

4.94/5  rDev +42.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - Dark, smoky, and inviting. Creamy, white head that is very inviting that appears like a scoop of cream on top. Nicely carbonated and alive.

Smell - Mild smoky aroma but not overpowering. Hints of clean malt and good earth.

Taste - Hints of chocolate, malt, and clean rain. Well balanced and refreshing. Not heavy.

Mouthfeel - Light, enjoyable, and very refreshing.

Overall - This is my favorite go-to beer and the standard I judge all other beers by. I would give this beer a 5.00 but I am holding out for that perfect beer in the hopes of one day finding it. If I do not find it, I will edit my rating to a 5.00.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 23:30:51 | More by gbarbee
Photo of AAG


3.19/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Well....I've enjoyed Guinness for the last 15 years...it's about time I write a review about it. Poured from a nitro-can (straight out of the refrigerator) into a room temperature glass...

Appearance - The Guinness nitro-can pour is always a thing of beauty as far as I am concerned...the swirl that occurs as the beer settles is fun to watch and the two-finger white/tan, creamy head always wets my appetite. Dark, opaque brown...not as black as some irish dry stouts.

Smell - Chrome, almost rust-like; difficult for me to articulate this smell; nothing to write home about...

Taste - Dry, almost metal-like...not really sure how to put this in words...it tastes like....well....Guinness (sorry!). Not very complex...pretty bland actually...

Mouthfeel - While I used to enjoy the mouthfeel tremendously, I am now savvy enough (tongue-in-cheek) to know that the mouthfeel is actually very watery compared with many quality irish dry stouts...oh well, I still enjoy it!

Overall - Though I know that there are probably dozens of stouts better than this Irish Dry Stout, I still really enjoy a Guinness....it's an oldy, but goody...

Serving type: nitro-can

09-01-2013 23:20:56 | More by AAG
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3.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It have always been a fan of stouts, therefore, my opinion will be somewhat biased. Guinness Draught is just the standard irish dry stout, you know what you are getting before buying it and it does not go better or worst. For me Guinness is like McDonalds, you know that there are better things out there but for some reason you always go back and buy Guinness because it never disappoints.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

09-01-2013 02:20:04 | More by shanenoel90
Photo of MikeWard


3.66/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draft at Romas in Pottsville, PA

it's been more than 35 years since my first guinness, and every now and then I get the itch. (Though usually when the other offerings are pretty sad)

Appearance, well, other than being served in one of those annoying glasses with adds all over it, was outstanding. How many times have you heard the phrase, "guinness-like" for appearance. Well here is the original. Jet black, with that thick creamy white1 1/2 finger head. Just great to look at.

Not much at all on the nose, just a faint whiff of roasted malts

A touch of nostalgia perhaps, in the taste. Not the same beer I had decades ago in England, but still that comforting creamy taste. Goes down so easy. At 4.2 abv, you could have a half dozen pints and still answer questions in the Double Jeopardy round. Not much punch to the roasted malt

Mouth mirrors the taste, a little on the thin side, but still creamy, with mild toasted bitterness hanging around the tongue.

Overall, for those of us who grew up with this beer, still a good one. Does not measure up in any way with most of the stouts out there now, but every now and then, I certainly enjoy one, and would never turn it down if offered. Still deserves some respect.

Serving type: on-tap

08-29-2013 04:37:25 | More by MikeWard
Photo of Weston19


3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Guinness glass

A: Amazing. If there's one thing that makes Guinness Draught memorable it's the spectacular show that it puts as you wait for the beer to settle. Once the nitrogen widget finishes it's performance, the beer is a blackish red color with about a finger head. It looks creamy and very delicious.

S: Latte, vanilla coffee, smells are faint but present.

T: Roasted barley, some slight bitterness int he back. It starts off sweet like a late and ends lightly bitter. Some chocolate is present but you have to really look for it.

MF: WOW...super watery. It is creamy but it's just way too watery. The body is extremely light and there is absolutely no carbonation to the MF. It is very smooth and almost feels like someone grabbed an iced coffee from the fridge and gave it to you without any sugar. I was seriously expecting a denser more flavorful stout.

O: It smells more flavorful then it really is. It's a great beer to have if you're barely going into stout beers but the mouthfeel is awful. This was the downfall of this beer. It's just way to watery for a stout and it just really throws you off when the appearance and the smell suggests something larger. I guess the low alcohol is the reason why it's so thin but...man...such a let down.

Serving type: nitro-can

08-24-2013 01:48:03 | More by Weston19
Photo of zac16125

South Carolina

3.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass
no born on date

A: Pours a very dark brown, some reddish hues when held to light. 2 fingers width of light khaki colored head has very good retention and leaves lots of lacing.

S: Roasted malt, somewhat astringent acidity, faint coffee, and maybe some subtle dark fruits. Very mild, not bad but not particularly good.

T: Roasted malt, some dark fruits, cream, bitterness.

M/D: Very smooth, creamy, full bodied, surprisingly filling and Im not sure why. Drinkability is good.

O: The highlight is the creamy mouthfeel, but aroma and taste are only slightly above average.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 19:42:03 | More by zac16125
Photo of The_Doubtful_Guest

New York

3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - One of the coolest looking beers of all time: The nitro surge after the pour, the perfect creamy, tan head, nice dark color. Perfection.

Smell - Odd, slightly off-putting sweetness, and faint coffee. Like if you finished a cup of coffee, let the cup sit for an hour, then sniffed your cup.

Taste - Watery weak coffee, slight roasted malt taste. Quick acidic bitter bite that hits the back of your mouth every other sip or so.

Mouthfeel - Surprisingly light and watery unless you get some of the creamy head in your gulp, in which case you get this satisfying creamy medium bodied feel. Low carbonation.

Overall - Looks awesome in a glass, but when it comes to taste and mouthfeel I am disappointed. An OK stout, nothing offensive but nothing amazing either. Even with the light body and low abv, I wouldn't want to have two in a row.

Serving type: nitro-can

08-14-2013 04:06:00 | More by The_Doubtful_Guest
Photo of Hesperus


3.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Black bodied fading to ruby in the thinner parts of the glass. Immense, white, cloudy head with great retention and lacing.

Smell: Roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate.

Taste: Roasted malts with burnt notes along with hints of dark chocolate and coffee.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and thick with low carbonation.

Overall: An amazing session beer, inoffensive taste attached to a highly drinkable body. Far from the best stout, but it's far from being offensive.

Serving type: nitro-can

08-10-2013 04:11:28 | More by Hesperus
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3.13/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

11.2oz nitro bottle poured into a Guinness pint glass.

A: Pours black with ruby hues. Clarity looks to be very good. Three fingers of creamy beige head retain very well, as it should from the nitro bottle. Thick, clumpy rings of lacing form with every sip.

S: Milk chocolate, burnt malts, steely, slight acidity. a rather drab, muted nose.

T: Bittersweet chocolate, burnt coffee. Burnt malts lend an acidic kick; that token steely, sour-ish twang. Vague sense of fruit, but really it's very clean as a whole. Not much yeast character. The finish is clean and very abrupt, leaving only a faint sense of chocolate and roasted barley.

M: Light in body and watery. It relies heavily on the nitro to prop it up with a creamy, smooth texture. Mild astringency from the burnt malt.

O: As with many beer aficionados, this was my gateway beer. This and a handful of Irish stouts were, for the longest time, the only conception of beer that I had other than macro light lagers like Bud and Coors. Back then I thought this was head and shoulders above those light lagers. Now that I've come this far, I can see that it's really the same concept: brew a bland, uniform, inoffensive beer and rely heavily on deep pockets and marketing to spread it around the globe and make maximum profit, sacrificing quality along the way if necessary. I will go on the record as saying that I still enjoy a Guinness from time to time, and that my own personal preference would still lead me to drink a Guinness over a macro light lager. But when I look at Guinness Draught in terms of what's available and stack it up against some of the other Irish stouts on the market, craft brewed and otherwise, it falls well short of the mark.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

08-08-2013 14:04:20 | More by ryan1788a5
Photo of Brew_42


3.13/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours jet black with a tan head that hangs around.

Smells like roasted malts

Tastes- Big flavor of roasted malts with a little bit of coffee.

Mouthfeel-Big fan of the mouthfeel of this beer. Creamy and heavy. A liquid meal.

OVerall- I liked a guinness here and there. I haven't had it since I went vegan but it's definitely a decent beer that you can get almost anywhere. Everyone should try it at least once.

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2013 07:20:00 | More by Brew_42
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3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

A - Looks great if poured properly into a Guinness pint glass. Can't fault how it looks.

S - Roasted barley, possibly dark chocolate and hops.

T - To taste properly take a slug of it rather than a sip. You need to get some dark with the bitter cream on top. Roasted barley comes through and you get bitter hop flavour from the top creamy part. Almost tastes like a coffee mixed with ale.

M - Wonderful creamy texture, the best if directly from the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin.

O - Not really a stout drinker but I quite like Guinness, if only it was not so bitter. I prefer Murphy's stout as its a bit sweeter and easier to drink. On occasion I enjoy a pint of Guinness but one pint is enough for me in a sitting.

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2013 13:35:36 | More by fallenshadow
Photo of Treath


3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

This is from the non-nitro bottle into a glass. First time drinking it.

A- Very dark ruby color. Has a nice 2 finger tan head that leaves lacing.

S- Roasted malts, dark chocolate, a touch of hops. Smells like dark chocolate and coffee mixed together. Yum.

T- I pick up the dark roasted malts in the front and bitterness rolls in afterward along with a black coffee taste. It tastes very watered down for some reason.

M- Very watery, thin. Some carbonation.

O- I had high hopes for this beer to be more robust, but the watery taste and mouthfeel makes it a good lawnmower beer. Don't get me wrong, it does taste good.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 01:34:34 | More by Treath
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3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Years after my first Guinness experience: finally a review!
Poured from from a nitro-can into a chalice.

A - Poured dark brown, formed a layer of black, brown, and light tan head; settled to ink black body with a thin tan head that lingered the entire duration of my drinking it (around an hour)

S - Roast grains

T - Cream, light roast malts, nuts, and finishes a slightly sour hoppy note

M -Thick and creamy, like a just slightly fizzy glass of buttermilk

O - A lot of people complain that this is just a plain beer, and really light, and it's all just marketing. In a way, that's true. Guinness draught isn't a heavy, complex porter that will change your perspective of beer. But it's a good simple alternative to the other basic lagers or porters you might order with dinner, or at a cafe. It's light enough to not dominate a meal or fill you up, but it's creamy and tasty enough to be an enjoyable alternative when you want something a bit different. Either way, I'm still quite fond of this beer.

Serving type: nitro-can

07-01-2013 07:02:15 | More by freneticamnesic
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3.41/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I'm a big fan of the Guinness masterpiece, the Foreign Extra Stout. That being said, this is not that. Let's begin:

App- Black in the glass. Against light, its a dark but clear brown. Head was beige and creamy with slight rocks in there. Lacing slides sexily down the glass.

Sm- Typical Guinness roasty notes. I got burnt toast, coffee and dark caramel. Not so much chocolate but it's there. Light for a stout.

Ta- Burnt coffee and chocolate. Not much complexity there. I almost got a dairy flavor but I could be confusing it with my mouthfeel, I still kinda suck at this. There's something missing here, though...

Mf- As stated, milky, dairy-like quality as it washes down. I guess it's the nitro, although the bottle is much more subdued than the can version, which I've had. So there must be something there. I'd call it a medium body.

I said there's something missing in the flavor, and I know what it is. The alcohol is so subdued it couldn't be said to exist at all. It has less ABV than a Budweiser! What are they doing here? The strong notes in the flavor are the reason stouts are usually so high in alcohol, it's balance. Either way, they're not going to see this review, you are and I'm saying it's good, but lessens the Guinness reputation significantly.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

06-27-2013 02:17:54 | More by Hulk_Beer
Guinness Draught from Guinness Ltd.
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