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Guinness Draught - Guinness Ltd.

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6,167 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,167
Reviews: 2,015
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 20.23%
Wants: 63
Gots: 822 | 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 Vendetta
2.9/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

Original Rating Date:
June 16, 2008

I've never enjoyed this beer quite as much as others. It's always tasted a little watery to me when compared to other stouts, especially Guinness's own extra stout. It looks particularly fantastic from the can with the huge, foamy head and the deep black color. The pour is enjoyable. Smells alright as well. But the taste still tastes watery and lacks the thick, creamy feel that I look for in a good stout.

Photo of Mosstrooper
4.7/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from 11.2oz nitro bottle into Guinness tulip pint.

Appearance: Jet black, with a creamy, tan-ish off white head that stays even after drinking it down. When poured, carbonation.

Smell: Not very strong, but very roasted.

Taste: Tastes like roasted deliciousness. Bitter, with an aftertaste like dark chocolate with nuts mixed in.

Mouthfeel: Thin yet creamy. No carbonation feel, but for some reason it just feels so right!

Drinkability: Wow, this beer surprised me. I wasn't too big on the Extra Stout (guess it isn't my style) and was expecting not to like this too much. However, this ended up being a very good beer that I would love to have again. Absolutely great and I cannot understand all the haters for the life of me.

Photo of tugdriver7
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a nitro-can Guinness and a nitro-can Beamish and did a taste test. Both poured from the cans with the usual "hiss" of the nitro pellet in a nice foamy stream. Both looked about the same in the glass (once settled) with a massive rich foamy head on top (the Beamish a bit more tan and the Guinness more gray) and a deep brown to black (with ruby highlights) below. Little carbonation visible. Smell was similar, just a touch of smoky malts. Initial tastes were quite different. Beamish was smooth in the mouth, with a well balanced, drinkable mix of malt flavors and a hint of sweetness that made it very easy to drink--top to bottom. The Guinness was similar, but with a bit more hops bitterness that soon turned to a metallic hint of alcohol as it warmed. Definitely enjoyed both of them (who wouldn't) but the Beamish was a tad bit better, IMHO.

Photo of matt7215
3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

440 ml nitro-can from the LCBO

pours with the typical cascade of nitro bubbles

almosy nothing for aromas, at the very end of the brews you can get some roasted malt but still almost nothing

pleasent light roasted flavour, light coffee and chocolate.

easy drinking yet pretty full bodied, the nitro helps

there is nothing wrong with drinking guinness

Photo of SShelly
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the can with the classic cascade.

Large creamy offwhite head, fades relatively fast.

smells of light roast, very mellow aroma.

There is a light upfront bitterness with malt backing it up, lots of roasty notes and a slight sour tang at the end.

feels great in the mouth, couldnt be more smooth.

An old standby that I grabbed for the holidays, easy drinking and well rounded.

Photo of RunDWP
3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

One of those beers in the beer drinker's canon.

Looks great in the glass, with the tan bubbles slowly subsiding, yielding the jet black brew, and the fluffy, airy head holding it delicate stucture seemingly forever. The yin-yang of the fluffy head and the rich brew on the tongue. Unfortunately, I find the taste less overwhelming, a standard, straightforward flavor of strongly roasted, nearly burnt malt with a bitter chocolate bitterness.

Photo of gabe23
3.93/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Beautiful cascading pour as you would expect from the nitro can. The light tan head lasts until you're finished, and laces beautifully. Color is dark brown to black.

S - Not much to notice here except a bit of roasted malt notes.

T - Fairly mild flavor of coffee and malt with a slight bitterness. Very easy on the palate with practically no aftertaste.

M - Creamy head, but the beer itself is much thinner than you would expect by looking at it.

D - The smooth taste and low ABV means you can easily down several pints. Though among the 'big 3' I prefer Beamish, you can't go wrong with Guiness. Sure, it's not the most complex or flavorful stout - but it's readily available, reliable and highly drinkable.

Photo of gciccarelli
3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Draught (nitro-widget) can poured into 20 oz pint glass.

A - Pours what appears to be black with some amber/red when held up to the light. Has an incredibly creamy tan 1-finger head that lasts for an incredibly long time. Very heavy lacing. A very good-looking beer.

S - Not a very strong smell...hints of coffee, roasted malt, cream.

T - Flavor is not intense at all. Roasted malt taste upfront, and no aftertaste. Very, very little hint of coffee. No hops noticeable at all.

M - As expected from the widget, no carbonation at all. Very light and very creamy. However, I think it's a bit too watery.

D - Incredibly drinkable. Could easily down a bunch of these.

A pretty good beer in terms of how widely available it is, but definitely not one of the better stouts I've had.

Photo of 6stringfunk
3.28/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark, almost black with a nice tan head. I would like a bit more carbonation. The prominent taste is that of bitter coffee, however, it is not overpowering. Even though I do not particularly like the taste, it is a smooth beer and one that is easy to drink.

Photo of likethetaste
2.93/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I did not particularly like this. It poured a dark cloudy color with a off white head. Had a weird mouth feel to me and a pretty bitter aftertaste. There was just something off with this for me. Not one that I would rush off to buy again. The stout is much better than this.

Photo of jujubeast6000
1.73/5  rDev -50.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 12/6/2005 (On tap at BW-3s):

Pours a dark brown-black color body, with a big slightly off-white head. Not much aroma. Taste has some malts, a thick roasted flavor, creamy mouthfeel, with a bitter aftertaste. But not too complex a flavor profile.

Photo of MrAleman
4.9/5  rDev +39.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Guinness is my favourite beer. Available in most pubs and always a good stout. Quite filling and apparently can be good for you, being fairly high in iron and everything. If there's nothing else worth having there is always a good Guinness. Good stout this one.

Photo of simonjohansson
3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Classic beer that Ive had many times, here we go.

Smell: burnt notes, roasted malt - dark bread, some coffee, some cream. Nice smell.

Taste: as the smell, however a bit thin and watery - malty with dark bread, some raisins, coffee notes and cream. Not much hops to talk about.

Overall: well, this isnt the best stout out there, certainly; but it has a nice appearance, and it has some distinct flavors and somekind of character that I like. Served cold it is a fine beer.

Photo of shanecb
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very nice creamy head that stayed throughout the whole 22oz. Good dark, appetizing looking color.

S - Weak smell that really took a lot to notice. Nothing exceptional about it.

T - As expected, not a strong flavor. Flavor up front is okay, as it has a nice light roasted flavor to it. Very weak aftertaste. Overall not a strong flavor in this beer, but not offensive in any way. Would be a good starting point for those unfamiliar with dark, more strongly flavored beers.

M - The head feels incredibly creamy as though it was whipped. The beer itself has a decent feel to it, though lacking a little bit. Low carbonation, almost thin, not substantial. Really smooth, however, and could drink a fair amount of it. Very nice in that fashion, and would call it a plus.

D - Very high drinkability with this one. It's a nice smooth beer with not a very strong flavor, and goes down nice. Would be a decent introduction to those unfamiliar with dark, more strongly flavored beers.

Photo of dgilks
3.1/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured well from the nitro-can and looked like Guinness with a good dark body and a 2-finger light tan head.

S - Not much to go on. Very weak smell, some bitter roasted notes come through on the nose.

T - Typical canned Guinness, roasted malt comes through fairly clearly but there isn't a heap there. It was a fairly inoffensive and thin brew and there are much better examples of the style out there.

M - The rich creamy head lends a great feel to the brew however the beer itself was lacking and seemed thin. A bit more body would be nice.

D - You can drink a fair amount of this beer. It's ABV is lower than average and while somewhat boring still drinkable, a decent session brew.

Photo of aerozeppl
3.3/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got the elusive nitro bottle!

A: Poured like a guinness should. Black with a wonderful 2 fingers of creamy head. Excellent lacing.

S: Sweet caramel with some roast thrown in. Not much of a nose on it.

T: A subtle roasted taste with some hints of chocolate in the finish.

M: Very creamy mouthfeel. I want it to be thicker I think.

D: Drinks like a champ. Not a big fan of the beer or the style but it does have its place.

Photo of bigkahunas4
2.83/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Had on nitro-tap, poured into a 16 oz glass at Toronto Airport.

Pours a metallic black, with a nice initial cascading head. Head goes from coffee colored to sand. Eventually the suddy head comes to a standstill, with about a finger and a half of retention. The brew really soaps the sides of this glass. Though it excels in its classic appearance, it really fails when it comes to aromatics. I'm really not picking up any prominent notes, just some faint ale yeast.

This meal in a can is more fast food drive through than first class. Not very prominent in flavor, the palete is primarily burnt coffee. Brew is smooth throughout, with some gentle viscosity and a nice feeling body.

Guinness is generally my go to at macro bars, when it's winter, and there are no other options. I wouldn't say I dislike the beer, though I don't love it, as you always know what you're getting. It's smooth, light, and at least brings some flavor to the table.

Photo of Spikester
3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black from the can with a boiling light tan head. Plenty of tan lacings. Aroma is lightly burned caramel.
Taste is deep dark malty and sweet with a nice touch of bitter hops in the finish.
Mouthfeel is silky smooth with a slight drying effect on the palate.
Drinkability is super due to the low carbonation and low abv. Good beer to drink when you want a break from hop bombs or high abv beer.

Photo of ljbrisson
3.78/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black into a pint glass out of a nitro can, with a beautiful, pillowy, off-white head, with great retention and leaving prodigious lacing. For me, the strongest point of a Guinness is the way that it looks. Aroma seems as if it is trapped underneath the fluffy head, is of roasted grain and a bit of coffee. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth but very light, with almost no carbonation, goes down very easily. Taste is of wood, coffee notes, and a roasted grain flavor toward the finish.

This is a difficult beer for me to rate as it was my gateway beer and I will always have a special place for it. Despite my introduction to craft beer, a cold Guinness straight from the tap is still one of the most satisfying beer-drinking experiences I can think of. However, I will try, as always, to rate the beer based on how the beer represents the style, and what the brewer intended the beer to taste like, and, to a weighted degree, my personal preference - not just any one of the aforementioned aspects. End disclaimer

Photo of Seanv
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can. Pours a dark body with about a one inch thick head. Not a lot of aroma, some sweet malts and that's about it. Not a whole lot of flavor either. Some malts and a tad bit of caramel if you really dig. Medium body. Light but full mouth feel. The most refreshing beer out there.

Photo of BigBen61
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One of the first beers that I wanted to try. I am actually a bit dissapointed.

Appearance was good. Everyone who has seen a Guinness knows that part of the attractiveness is the contrast of the dark (nearly black) beer coupled with the creamy white head. The pour may have been the problem at the bar where I had this because the head was relatively short. This is the only reason it didn't score higher.

The smell was a bit weak for my tastes. I felt like the roasted malt should jump out at me. I could detect a faint smoky sweetness and almost no hops whatsoever.

The taste was good, not great. I had expected a smoother creamier beer. What I got was something that seemed to be a bit bland with notes of charcoal and roasted grain.

The mouthfeel was my favorite part of this beer aside from appearance. It reminded me of a good rootbeer pulled from tap. Very little carbonation, very smooth and soft.

Althought I didn't like it enough to order another I can definately see how you could drink a ton of this stuff. Its smoothness coupled with its easy taste could make for a looong night (or morning depending on your tastes).

Photo of mugglesandhops
2.93/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I have drank this many many times. the bottle is not the way to go. they tell you to drink straight from the bottle, which is stupid. off tap or from can to glass is one thing but this is a flat, lack-luster guinness at it's best. I do not recomend this from the bottle

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

the beer that casuals think is really good beer. and while it is not terrible, it merely passes as ok.

the look is deep and black, and of course the cascading head is beautiful.

a nutty, smoky smell eminates from the beer, oaky amd woodsy.

the taste is burnt caramel and very nondescript. balanced but unassuming, unimpressive but inoffensive.

the feel is milky and heavy.

well, i'll drink it. but I may not be totally excited about it.

Photo of harley101
4.75/5  rDev +35.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I cant get enough of this beer, its delightful in every way. I loved everything from its almost black color to the way it smells of chocolate and coffee. It is really easy to chug if your in a hurry because of the low/no carbonation as it is smooth and easy.
I would fly to ireland just to taste it freshly poured from a local pub ;)

Photo of Goliath
2.7/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown, black through the center, with amber edges. Huge cascading effect on the pour producing a half inch creamy light tan head. Looks marshmallows in cocoa on top. Good retention.

The aroma is alright. Slightly roasty with a bit of chocolate and coffee.

The taste is ok. Fairly weak, but a bit of old coffee comes through with a touch of bitterness and not a whole lot more.

The mouthfeel kind of sucks. It's medium bodied, but feels watery. I'm usually a fan of more of a still mouthfeel, but this feels flat basically, probably because the body is so thin. But it's slightly creamy which is nice.

Drinkability is moderate. It's easy to consume, but it's really not that great. It lacks depth of flavor and important aspects of body. It's certainly sessionable, but I'd be too bored to drink more than one. I always remembered liking Guinness and wondered why everyone slammed the Nitro Bottle so much, and now I think I've figured out why.

Guinness Draught from Guinness Ltd.
80 out of 100 based on 6,167 ratings.