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Guinness Draught - Guinness Ltd.

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6,285 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,285
Reviews: 2,066
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 20.23%
Wants: 73
Gots: 987 | 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 jmfc8237
2.91/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Poured a rich dark coffee color with agitated carbonation that sprung toward the top of the glass with very good head retention and moderate la0cing. Fluffy, cloud like white head about a 1/2 inch thick that took about 1 miniute to form properly.

S- Very mild malt aromas with a slight touch of coffee and mossy earthyness.

T- Weak stout flavor almost bland. Not a very mature stout. Offers a malty convection of lightly toasted grains and cocoa, maybe some others but too weak to make out.

M/D- Silky finish with light carbonation almost flat mouth feel. Overall not worth the hype or cost for me.

Photo of Offa
1.98/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I have had this in the nitro-widget bottle as well as on tap and my review for the bottle is about the same as on tap: this beer is a pale, thin, weak excuse for a dry stout and far inferior to the Guinness Extra Stout. Just as on nitro tap, out of the bottle it is thin and bland, embodying pretty much all the bad qualities of Irish dry stouts with little of the good.

It looks good, always being (in my experience) in a nitro can or bottle or tap. It has an almost black body with an even, medium, creamy light tan head that lasts a long time.

The aroma is exceedingly weak, being mostly light burnt toast and dirty water with a hint of coffee.

The taste is similar, being mostly water with light burnt toast and very faint hints of soil & coffee. It's watery, thin, and bland, so boring it's barely even one dimensional. However, it is not actually unpleasant and it's easy to drink. Even when not too chilled (and many seem to want it cold, confusingly), it still lacks any character whatsoever.

Photo of Patrick999
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

So, this was more or less my best option at the bar I was at. OK, I'm cool with that, I'm not so much of a snob that I can't drink a Guinness. Now a Bud Light, that's another story....but Guinness? Guinness Draught and I are on speaking terms, even though it's not the Extra Stout.

A - This was not a beer bar by any stretch of the imagination, but I'll be damned if they didn't get the pour absolutely perfect. It was poured into a kind of curved pint glass....I think it was a Bass glass. The bubbles cascaded around and around, up and down, for over a minute. Maybe even over 2 minutes. Dark body, red highlights. Creamy head, good lacing. In short, it looked exactly how a Guinness should look. I don't dole out 5s for appearance easily, but this particular pour really nailed it.

S - Great pour, blah aroma. It smelled like Guinness, which is to say, not much. Maybe a little cream, maybe a little hazelnut. Not too much more.

T - Eh....what do you know....a little roasty, little nip of wet-earth hop to finish. Not bad. I can remember many a night feeling very glad to have this.

F - I think the feel is best described as cream diluted with water. It is what it is. It does make it very easy to drink, though.

D - It's always easy to put a few back. Going down, you barely feel it. Most experienced BAs could probably down a couple pints of this and go for a 5K run a half-hour later with little to no discomfort. Drinkability is high. What? Hey, shut up. You know you'll drink the hell out of this in certain situations. Don't even fight it.

Photo of SpecialK088
3.57/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into an imperial pint glass

A-Like it or not this beer looks damn sexy in its own glass. Deep black that blocks out the light and a big creamy 2 finger head

S-very bready, more grain/wheat than malt. Small dark malt notes

T-Rich and roasted describe it best the malt comes out good in the front but not so well in the finish.

M&D-Kind of thin for a stout and very straightforward. Smooth and easy to drink tho.

Photo of dbmcrorie
3.51/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very similar to when poured on tap. I poured it into a tulip glass and did a two-step pour. It poured out thick and creamy yet settled out much faster (than on tap) and ended up with a tan yet frothy head (two fingers) rather than being creamy and smooth. Fortunately, the head stayed thick and present until the end and left a nice lacing around the edge after each sip. The body is dark-chocolate black.

There are subtle notes of roasted barley as well as hints of caramel, but it is predominately chocolate. It reminds me greatly of a Young's Double Chocolate Stout. There are strong notes of coffee/espresso at the end.

The thick head is the first thing to hit the mouth which introduces light notes of vanilla and mocha. The body finds most of its flavor in the roasted barley and soft bitterness in the back of the tongue that is reminiscent of fresh coffee. Unfortunately the chocolate and caramel malts are not as rich as Guinness on tap. The mouthfeel is also a bit watered down and doesn't last long on the tongue.

I have had quite a few pints of canned Guinness and must say that I am usually let down. I feel that the main reason I have bought it in the can is due to convenience and loyalty to Guinness. I can't say it is "bad" as I still enjoy drinking it, but I would probably choose something else over Guinness in the can. Yet I will always choose Guinness on tap over anything else. :)


Photo of mwagner1018
3.56/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep dark black color, looks like a cup of coffee with caramel colored creamy milk foam on top. On draft at the local in Mpls, poured in 3 stages to let settle.

S- Very light, some roast, chocolate.

T- Light malt character, slight sour, dry, chocolate/slight aromatic espresso.

M- Crisp, clean, smooth and creamy, light in body.

D- Easily drinkable beer, low ABV, refreshing, light in texture, low carbonation, good serving temp.

This beer always finds its way onto my list of good solid "go to" beers, can't go wrong with a pint of the black stuff when at a good Irish Pub. Also goes very well with chocolate desserts.

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

Serving notes - 0.5L German glass, from fridge (40F)
A - Nice sour and light chocolate.
A - Nice billowing white head that we all expect. Black body with tinge of brown on the edge.
M - Light body, creamy feel on the tongue.
T - Sour and chocolate are in nice balance. No hop flavor that I can detect.
D - Nice light bodied stout that consistently shows up in my fridge.

Photo of Liverpool08
3.61/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours the traditional black, with slight hints of dark red if held to the light. Great creamy off white head that last througout the pint. Nice earthy malty aroma. That aroma comes thru in the taste. Earthy malts with a hint of bitter coffee. Very smooth and drinkible for a stout. The creamy head also adds to the smooth mouthfeel.
This beer is definately better on tap, but from the can, still not bad.

Photo of ffejherb
3.49/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at The Underscore in NYC, NY on 4/4/09.

A - Simply a beautiful nitro pour with a deep brown body and a wonderful cascading effect underneath a one-finger nougat-colored head that retained quite well and left some thick lacing around the glass.

S - Aroma is kind of muted overall with some roasted malt notes and faint coffee and chocolate. Not much going on, unfortunately.

T - Flavor is a bit more roasted than the aroma with some dry, earthy hop bitterness and a tinge of coffee and chocolate. Finishes with a fair amount of earthy hop bitterness.

M - Surprisingly a pretty light body for a stout, although pretty creamy albeit a bit watery overall. Finish is dry and bitter on the palate.

D - I enjoyed this more than usual on this particular night, but unfortunately Guinness is something that I only seem to settle for when nothing else of interest is available on tap. It drinks pretty well overall, but there are just so many other good stouts out there.

Photo of BaerBeer
4.04/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

I'm pretty biased when it comes to Guinness- I guess it's because this was the first real beer I was introduced to, and without Guinness, I wouldn't have gotten into the world of craft and micro beers. So in a way, I am thankful for Guinness, I think a lot of people started out on Guinness and continued their way up to the glorious craft beer food chain. I still f--king love Guinness, stout and draught. Where I live, people think Guinness is some odd beer since everyone drinks BMC or some sh-tty malt liquor like King Cobra or Wildcat (full of wiggers and hillbillies in Youngstown). Anyways, still an old favorite of mine, reminds me of my freshman year of college. I've drank it from the nitro-can, nitro-bottle, and nitro-tap. This review is on the nitro-tap.

A- I love watching the foam in the glass roll around and cascade through the class. There is no beer with a better head than Guinness. Dark, Dark Brown, almost black like Coca-Cola. Mocha foam rolls through out this beer until it settles at the top, looking like some hulked up milkshake.

S- The smell, well, it smells sort of sour and skunky, but I don't mind. Nodes of chocolate, coffee, and rye

T- I'm biased, lol, so it tastes awesome. Taste very sour at first, but leaves multiple aftertastes of dark rye bread, burnt coffee/chocolate and roasted grains

M- mmm....almost chewy, like liquid pork chops :) Feels so good to roll this around in my mouth, very thick and dry

D- 2-4 of these babies and I'm done. If you like to get hammered, Guinness is not the beer for you, so alkys steer clear, unless you want a hangover and black vomit. But I'd say its super drinkable only if you cut yourself off after 2. Guinness is a very acquired taste.

Overall, this is one of my all time favorites. It's just a great beer that is widely available. Great starter beer for some.

Photo of katan
3.21/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint

A - The obvious contraption fake nitrogen pour is the most obvious attribute. The cascading waves of foam as it falls down the inside of the glass. Head formation is very strong and mocha in color. Body of the beer itself is quite opaque.

S - Sour yeasty notes lead the way. The foam CO2/N smell flows through as well.

T - Starts off with a bit of roasted malts and sour funkiness. Finishes with a bittersweet chocolate flavor. Bitter aftertaste sits on the tongue.

M - Thin and flat texture. A hair of oily substances clinging to the tongue.

D - Moderate drinkability. Low ABV is a charm to manage, but the carbonation is more filling than most. Palette fatigue is starting to set in - the sour tones get a bit old after a while.

Photo of coalcracker
2.58/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours (cascades) near-opaque with head that sticks around for a millenia.

Smell: Malty sweetness with a tiny bit of floral hoppiness. Very light chocolate/roasted malt aroma predominant.

Taste: A touch of roasted malt up-front with a drying bitterness towards the back end of the tasting. Malt presence is too light- as if not enough malt was included in this beer's recipe.

Mouthfeel: Extra-smooth but not very crisp, almost flat. Too thin in body for my liking. Semi-dry finish.

Drinkability: Drinkable in terms of being a session beer, but the texture and overall quality of this beer turns me off a bit.

-Haven't had any other true Irish dry stouts, so this beer will be my benchmark for future reviews of the style. Hopefully, these future tastings will be better experiences.

Photo of BARFLYB
2.87/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

On tap in a Guinness glas

A- This has a dark black look to it but is actually a very dark dirty brown with a very pretty white foamy cap of condensed bubbles. Good lace on the way down.

S- Nothing to write home about but slight roasted malt and some chocolate backing although it's not to strong.

T- Like flavored chocolate water with roasted malts thrown into the mix. It is on the dry side though with warming.

M- One of the most watered down feeling brews that i've ever had, make that the most. With all that said it does display some creamy appeal. Thin bodied with low carb.

D- Gets better as it warms while the chocolate comes out more. Next time I order this I'll just wait till it gets to that point.

Photo of lhaqq
3.54/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a pilsner glass at 45 degrees. Begins with about an inch of head and 3 inches of the cloudy head-body mix; settles down after about 10-15 seconds. Near black opaque body with a thick creamy tan head.
S: Nitrogen, raisiny chocolate, some sweet coffee.
T: I dunno--tastes a lot different from the stuff I'd get over in the UK; a lot more watery. Still, not to bad, though it wouldn't be my favorite dry stout. Bitter coffee throughout most of it, shifts toward the end into some dark malts. Short pine aftertaste.
M: Again, a bit thin but still creamy.
D: Probably one of the easier to drink dry stouts.

Photo of njthebestofme
3.57/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

its a good stout.. but not the best.. if bartender is good you get to see the bubble dance and the creamy head.. it is dark brown alomst balk looking.. smell is just an average stout.. nothign popping out .. taste lil roasted notes i taste leaves the muoth feeling with minal after taste..

Photo of earthboundagain
3.14/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown, but the light shines through a wee bit, which makes me sad. A great head that laces like a champ. Nitro poured beers are a sight to look at, the bubble dance is the trademark of this beer.

Smell: Smells like an old wet feed sack.

Taste: Ok there is a bit of roasted grain, with a slight bitterness. Is that a very faint chocolate sweetness in the finish?

Mouthfeel: Nitro cream meets a watery grave.

Drinkability: This beer has been turned into a real session beer, kind of like a macro with some flavor.

After Thoughts: Seems Guinness has fallen victim to the corporate juggernaut. This is good beer, but I would no longer say it is a great beer.

Photo of u2carew
3.91/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(A) Pours with true Guinness effect. Settles quicker than on tap. Creamy head, dark body that is nearly opaque.
(S) Bready aroma with roasted grains.
(T) Creamy sweetness, then smoky notes of coffee and chocolate. Finishes with a slight bitterness.
(M) Smooth, creamy, dense and chewy.
(D) Always a good brew.

Photo of BigBoochDaddy
3.21/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Great creamy head that lasts for the duration. Deep black color. Good lacing on the glass.

S- Roasted malt and coffee

T- Dark roasted malts and some coffee notes

M- Thick and creamy, light body with low carbonation

D- Easy to drink, very smooth. There are better stouts out there though.

Photo of CityBoy1986
2.91/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass from an 11.2 oz. bottle.

The pour is an almost opaque deep brown with red undertones. A finger's head goes nowhere quickly, and lacing is on the good side of decent.

The nose, from what I can tell, is a mixture of coffee and chocolate. The taste is more of the same with a bitterness throughout.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin but smooth with mild carbonation. Drinkability is okay, but I don't think I would want more than two in a row.

The cascading effect is cool, but it doesn't last very long. I'll gladly take Extra Stout over this any day.

Photo of rwrk42
3.99/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours darl black with one of the best foamy heads out there and there is nothing like the cascading effect
Smell: Slight smell of roasted malts
Taste: Very smooth and creamy. Roasted malts with a slight bitter, dry finish
I must say I have an old feeling for Guinness, it is the first real beer I ever had and I still love the taste

Photo of JEdmund
3.22/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Nothing like that beautiful, signature cascade effect! Fun to watch and once settled, looks full and rich, with dense pillow of foam atop a black, ruby-edged body.

Mild, but like malted milk chocolate

Taste & Mouthfeel
Soft and rounded flavors of sweet, chocolatey malts; little fruitiness and just a dash of bitterness in the finish; very light and easy to drink; thin body and hardly any perceptible carbonation

It's one of the first dark beers I got into, and it's funny I used to think it was a big beer. I'm actually impressed now by how light and easy it is to drink. Fun to drink for the novelty or on St. Patrick's Day, but there are numerous other stouts I'd take over this one.

Photo of FallinDeck
3.12/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I love the look of this pour. The black body and the brown castcading head is a sight. Aroma has a light molasses/coffee. Somewhat of a salty acidic flavor with a watery texture and a dry finish. I see this beer as a stand alone, meaning I would drink a glass but I wouldn't drink glass after glass.

Photo of bloberglawp
3.26/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black, little head, mild carbonation.

Faint aroma of coffee, nothing much more. Flavor of malted coofee malt and roasted barley, light and easily quafable. A decent session beer, just nothing to go nuts aboot.

Good beer for listening to brewing network live shows like the session.

Photo of djaeon
3.59/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours opaque brown, almost black, with a thick creamy two-finger head. The "cascade" is there, but doesn't last as long as when it comes out of a tap. Excellent head retention and some lacing.

S- Smoky, roasty malty aroma. Not a strong smell on this one.

T- Kind of bitter, roasted malt. Standard stout taste.

M- Smooth and creamy. Goes down easy.

D- Very drinkable. You could stick with this one all night easily.

Photo of tittymcj
3.61/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Came out with the typical tan thick and creamy head. Very dark and thick looking, with good lacing.

Smell is decent, some coffee and a little bit of roasted chocolate.

Taste is ok. Not as good as it was when I first drank this, but still pretty tasty. Lightly roasted coffee flavor.

Mouthfeel is disappointing. Not nearly as thick as I remember. Somewhat watery and thin.

Drinkability is tremendous, now that it doesn't feel as thick. I could drink these forever.

Guinness Draught from Guinness Ltd.
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