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Guinness Draught - Guinness Ltd.

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6,027 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,027
Reviews: 2,008
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 20.29%
Wants: 55
Gots: 759 | 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 sloejams
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have long enjoyed drinking Guinness Draught. Growing up in the Boston area, it was everywhere, always. Even if I have moved on to stouts I find much better, I really can't think of anything that looks better than a properly poured pint of Guinness. It's majestic.

sloejams, Mar 04, 2008
Photo of letsgopens
2.25/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

The familiar 'pssst' of the nitro-bottle catches my attention immediatetely and the usual cascading bubble effect is displayed upon decanting. The head is moderately sized and, somewhat thick, and rather creamy. The foam is barely tan in color and holds decently I suppose. The body itself is a deep brown, nearly black with some clingy, fine bubbles left on the glass.

Faint, creamy, roastiness and a hint of coffee. A somewhat nutty, dark malt aroma is present as well. Creamy and mild throughout. Just a hint of charged chocolate. Nothing special in the nose, decent but average at best.

Very creamy with a vanilla, and light mocha character. A slight char and mild roastiness. Lots of creamy, dairy flavor but somewhat watery. Not a lot of substance at all. Really rather weak on all accounts as far as flavor is concerned.

Creamy but not really very full in texture. Actually rather light with the illusion of a satisfying body produced by very fine carbonation and an off-putting overall texture. Really lacking. And it doesn't get any better as the beer warms.

I suppose the ABV is very low so one could potentially drink several easily, I just don't know who would want to. I'll be honest I'm having trouble finding the redeemable qualities in this one. I guess I'll just say that it leaves a lot to be desired and I can't help but feel like this selection somewhat tarnishes the illustrious Guinness name. I realize its produced to be a widely appealing macro brew but I'm just not digging it.

letsgopens, Mar 03, 2008
Photo of Hoagie1973
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Say what you will about Guinness; yes, I know they're a bunch of gimmick happy corporate whores, but one thing is undeniable... There is no other beer on the planet, that looks, smells, or tastes, like a Guinness on tap.

Properly poured, it sports a thick, creamy white head that doesn't have a single bubble in it. It's like Cool Whip. The cascading effect is awesome. Retention is like no other. In fact the last thing left in the glass after all the beer is gone is a thick glob of creamy foam. Lacing...? Holy crap! For the first third of the glass it leaves a solid wall of lace all the way around without a break in it. Held to the light it's surprisingly clear and reveals a fiery red hue.

Smell and taste are an inseparable amalgam of malt, hops, and a twangy sour-dough like flavor that is completely unique.

The only downfall is the thin, flat, watery mouthfeel. Creamy yet insubstantial. Still, I enjoy this beer every time I order it, But I only drink one in a night, and it has to be from the tap. That's the only way to truly experience a Guinness.

Hoagie1973, Mar 02, 2008
Photo of BeerCon5
4.03/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Almost black in color with moderate head that stays until the beer is gone, looks almost picturesque.

S: Mostly roasted malt and coffee

T: Great creamy taste, somewhat bitter burnt coffee taste.

M: Very creamy, smooth and somewhat chewy.

D: A very tasty easy drinker.

BeerCon5, Feb 29, 2008
Photo of BeerTaster
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance black in color with a two finger tan head. Smell highly rosted grain and coffee. Taste not profound but not bad dry coffee and bitter chocolate. Mouthfeel mediem body very light carbonation. Drinkability was very good I buy this beer about once a month and could drink it all night if I let myself. Very smooth!

BeerTaster, Feb 23, 2008
Photo of IBUnit63
3.93/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The mass-market standard for Irish stout! Energetic head out of the can - deep, ultra-dark color contrasted with light tan abundant head. Roasted, slightly bitter aroma is there but does not stand out. Very dry toasty taste. Slightly austere mouthfeel. Always easy drinking. At 125 calories per pop, this is my diet beer!

IBUnit63, Feb 20, 2008
Photo of trentley87
4.5/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Just had this on tap...time for a fresh review!

A: The advertising is right on. This is the most visually enticing beer I have ever seen. Black as night in the pint glass

S: Light malts and coffee. Barely accessible through the copious and solid head.

T: The taste is great. Not the best stout in the world, but its Guinness, and it tastes like Guinness. That is to say, some nice malts and a bitter finish that aren't the best balanced or most complex, but still manage to be thin.

M: As intriguing as the appearance. Creamy and medium-bodied, but easy to drink. The head coats your mouth and throat like having a huge marshmallow floating on top of your hot chocolate. Amazing.

D: Amazingly drinkable beer. 4 pints in a night goes down easy and doesn't leave you queasy.

My all-time favorite! As long as it is on-tap. The bottle kind of sucks and I haven't tried the nitro-can.

trentley87, Feb 18, 2008
Photo of Drewcifer
3.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance of a nitro-tapped Guinness is possibly best looking pour in the world - the cascades, eventually developing to a finger or two worth of white head in contrast to the pitch black of the beer. Sometimes can look almost like it is painted on the glass.

The smell is fairly weak, of roasted malts. Not a strong point.

Taste is mild, roasted malts, a little bit of coffee, a somewhat bitter, burnt malt finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, but the body does not seem to be as heavy as I remember from my younger days.

Overall, a pretty drinkable beer. Not the most flavorful, especially after having tasted a good variety of stouts, but still a good beer to hit up when out on the town and in the mood for a stout, as it seems to be the only stout carried by most bars.

Drewcifer, Feb 17, 2008
Photo of hardy008
3.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A beautiful deep black color and a rich creamy foamy head give this stout a beautiful appearance.

The smell is not strong, but the aroma is of coffee and malt.

The taste is of burnt coffee with expected bitterness. There is also a bit of creaminess.

The mouthfeel is smooth and light bodied.

I find this beer to be very drinkable, and it used to be one of my favorite Irish dry stouts.

hardy008, Feb 16, 2008
Photo of berserker256
3.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

There's nothing like the site of a properly poured Guinness evacuating its bubbles and foam from the depths of a pint glass. It's mesmerizing and hypnotic. And from the tap it posseses the quality of a thin milkshake. Sweet, malty, and delicious yet bitter. This is a beer unlike most beers. Everybody who's anybody has has a Guiness but there are only a special few who can sport the Irish accent and drink it by the pitcher on March 17th. I can't wait...

berserker256, Feb 16, 2008
Photo of flanmedic51
3.98/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

After pouring from a nitro-can, about an inch & a half thick head presents, and pretty much stays intact for the duration.
Appearance is jet-black and whiffs of chocolate notes.
Taste is smooth, milk chocolate with a thick mouth feel. Feels good on the back of the throat. Some mild roasted coffee bean thrown in too.
Has a nice deep roasted malty chocolate flavor with no bitter aftertaste. Can see why it's been so popular for so many years. Fills you up tho, I usually have no more than 2 in one setting.

flanmedic51, Feb 15, 2008
Photo of dsigmon
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pitch black with a two finger off white head. i love watching these bad boys settle for two reasons. one, its just cool looking. two, if i'm drinking guinness, im out to get drunk.

S: not much here but malt and coffee, maybe a slight chocolate hint

T: Not very complex but tasty none the less. Sweet malt with a touch of chocolate milk. A little bitterness in the end but still clean.

M: My favorite part about Guinness. Very velvety and viscous, just rolls across the tongue.

D: Sometimes I wonder if I am Irish when I drink these because I can never get enough when its one of those nights.

dsigmon, Feb 14, 2008
Photo of davidt
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap. Waitress brought other drinks to the table and said my Guinness would be a few minutes. I took this as a good sign that a proper pour was being done. When my pint arrived it was still settling, most of the glass showed a light foaming brown, with just black showing. I watched as the pour settled, but did end up with close to a full serving. The beige head held on through the drink, with lots of lacing left n the sides. Dark black in color. The aroma is sweet and roasted malt, not heavy though. Flavor is smooth roasted malt, with just a hint of bitterness in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Enjoying this on tap far exceeds the bottle experience.

davidt, Feb 12, 2008
Photo of JBStith
3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black and red all at the same time. Nitro head is thick and creamy. Excellent head retention and lace. You can count the rings as the pint disappears.

S: Aroma is not that strong, but there are some slightly bitter and coffee notes.

T: Taste is mild and malty at first with bitterness at the end. Very dry.

M: Mouthfeel is avg, tends toward the lighter side. Creamy head adds some depth of body.

D: On nitro, I can drink Guinness all night long and then for breakfast. This is one beer that dispells the myth of dark, "heavy" beers (stouts).

JBStith, Feb 12, 2008
Photo of avalon07
3.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The appearance of a Guinness is - like it or not - pretty unusual. It's thick, dark and leaves a large head that hangs around for awhile.

The smell is alright, with some malt and hops coming through more than anything else.

The smell carries over to the taste. This is a malty brew. It has a decent flavor, but it's not very complex.

It has a good amount of carbonation, so the mouthfeel is very vibrant.

This is a drinkable beer, that is, for a mainstream brew. It is, more or less, satisfactory. One drawback is that it sits in your stomach like a petrified loaf of bread. It's not a beer you can drink a lot of.

avalon07, Feb 10, 2008
Photo of cbleary
3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this at a local bar that had one of those "surger" devices, so basically, a glorified nitro-can pour.

The look is legendary, black topped by white, sitting perfectly in the glass. Like it or not, Guinness is brewed for mass appeal, so that leaves it being fairly middle of the road in the taste department. There are no off flavors, but really nothing too special either. The mouthfeel is creamy and its high drinkability can make it quite addictive!

cbleary, Feb 09, 2008
Photo of Kingdom4aPint
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Nitro can poured in standard pint glass. Beautiful beer - black with 1 finger cream head that does not diminish one iota and how can you not like the reverse cascading effect. Decent lacing all the way down. Has a kind of a vanilla smell to me but my nose is terrible. With the way the beer looks you just want to be floored by the taste but it just doesn't quite work out...hint of coffee, smoke and slightly metallic, ok but doesn't fit the appearance. Mouthfeel - I love the shake like feel of Guinness. If Sam Adam's Cream Stout had a mouthfeel like this I'd drink nothing else. Takes me a while to drink Guinness because I like to swirl every swig around for a while. Drinkability is solid for me due to mouthfeel and low alcohol content.

Kingdom4aPint, Feb 08, 2008
Photo of SIRIUS2
3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What can I say? I love watching a fresh poured nitro-pushed Guinness 'cook' in front of me. There just doesn't seem to be anything else that makes that kind of impression.

The smell is, well mostly average, but there is a nice light coffee aroma present. The taste is good. It's, well, Guinness. Dark and chewy, with a drier coffee overtone and a bit of a dry finish. It's sort of the generic standard for me - the baseline to compare other stouts and porters against.

Mouthfeel is good, fairly chewy, and smooth to drink. It's the standard I defer to when there isn't much of a selection available. There are certainly other favorite dark beers out there but Guinness is always a 'safe' choice.

SIRIUS2, Feb 08, 2008
Photo of BMan1113VR
3.23/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dallas, TX. Bottled. Well the famous Guinness that I have a love-hate relationship with. Really enjoyed visiting the factory, but the ones at the American supermarkets are different. Not a big fan of the aroma, heavyToasted/roasted smell with light yeasty undertones. Appearence is beautiful and well planned. Intial head is smaller than the final head which is nearly milkey. The head is off white and ALWAYS have a fingerwidth tall. Dark dark color, beautiful. Flabor is of roasted coffee with hardly any initial flavor. Finish is average with salty/sour taste. Texture was extremely extremely watery with nearly flat carbonation. Non descript finish-feel. Good, but better closer to the source.

BMan1113VR, Feb 07, 2008
Photo of beersabound
3.13/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A good old nitro can of Guinness.

This beer has the most classic pour in the world. The cascade was fast, beautiful and entrancing. It's also super smooth on the palate and goes down effortlessly. But a tad thin.

But, the odor has more sourness than desired and the roast character is a little lacking. It's there but not up front. These qualities follow through into the flavor too. It's a classic beer but I prefer Beamish or Murphy's for a more pleasing dry stout experience.

beersabound, Feb 06, 2008
Photo of spiffysamurai
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - The beer appears just like anyone would think. It came in a deep black shade with plenty of light brown head to go around.

S - The taste makes me think of lighter chocolate and mid level coffee.

T - The taste of creamy almonds first come to mind. Next the taste of chocolate came to my mind.

M- The thing about the mouth feel is the fact that it is so thick at times that it feels like i am drinking a milkshake. I love my stouts but at times this one was quite thicker then average.

D - This is one of those beer that is cool to sit at a bar, catch up with an old friend or new friend and just hang out and drink.

spiffysamurai, Feb 05, 2008
Photo of AlexLMS
1.95/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: horrible bottle. You can't see the beer due to a plastic cover. Nearly opaque black colour. The head is medium tan, moderately low and dense. May not be long-lasting but presents a fair amount of lacing.
Aroma: weak in general. Roasted coffee and toasted malts.
Taste: confirms the aroma plus some herbal hops.
Mouthfeel: dry, low carbonation and average alcohol strength. Watery, thin and diluted.
Finish: long bitter-burnt aftertaste.

Overall: extremely watery. Very different from the tap Guinness I know (I specially missed the creamy character of the tap version). Poor substitute to the original stuff. If you are looking for a Guinness in a bottle try the "Guinness Special Export Stout". Now that is a beer!

AlexLMS, Feb 02, 2008
Photo of MrIncognito
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I like this much better out of the nitro can or the nitro bottle lately. It's tasted very watery on tap lately.

Watching the bubbles rise from the bottom turing the beer from tan to black is beautiful. It definitely is an experience drinking this beer.

I think Guinness is better than it has been rated by some lately. I'm sure there are better stouts out there but this is such a classic.

MrIncognito, Feb 01, 2008
Photo of SaintNathaniel
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

There are definitely two types of Guinness I've experienced. The creamy/smooth/rich one that I can and have drank for years, or the rusty/copper/lead tasting one which is a result of a bad pour/tap and/or being served in a dirty or improper glass. This review is solely based on the former, b/c to get the true Guinness taste, you need to get it on tap, at a bar that cares about their Guinness, and knows how to pour it properly...

A - bold dark color and once the cascade settles from the nitrogen tap, it forms a near perfect creamy head, just a shade off-white. i've yet to see a beer that is as visually pleasing as a properly poured Guinness.

S - very roasty malts with hints of caramel and can be a bit nutty at times.

T - the first taste are the hints of caramel, mainly from the creamy head, and it finishes with the roasty malts. near perfect balance of flavors. the more you drink in a sitting the more your palate adjusts to the flavors, as my last Guinness of the night always seems to be the best.

M - the beer definitely has a heavy feel, as some jokingly refer to it as "drinking a loaf of bread", it's not heavy to the point of being chewy like other stouts can be, but compared to lagers and most other styles it has a lot of texture and weight to it's feel. it's very smooth and creamy, reminiscent of a rich latte, pending that latte was chilled, of course.

D - overall it's a great beer and used to be my favorite, but as I've broadened my consumption to Belgian styles and domestic crafts, Guinness is starting to move down my list as a favorite. Regardless, it's an exceptional beer and usually a mainstay at many watering holes, which is a nice alternative to the American lagers that I need not mention. Though, I would avoid "chancing" this beer and order it only when you know the bar and bartenders care about the way they serve it.

SaintNathaniel, Jan 31, 2008
Photo of Iheartstouts
3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Guinness Draught is the most average stout that I've ever tasted. There simply isn't a lot to tell about it. To be perfectly honest, the only reason I drank it was due to a friend of mine making an error at the liquor store.

1. Serving Type- I'm not a big fan of the plastic coating on the bottle. It makes the bottle itself feel strange.
2. Appearance- Ever so slightly lighter than it's Extra Stout counterpart, Guinness Draught's appearance is similar to any stout. Nothing too special, but nothing to complain about.
3. Smell- A less pungent roasted malt aroma than most stouts, but still has a way of lingering in your nasal cavity. Again, nothing special, but nothing problematic.
4. Mouthfeel- Not nearly as full as I would prefer, but has the essential "motor oil" feel to it. Still not worth any note.
5. Drinkability- Honestly, I wouldn't care to drink more than a few of these. It simply isn't pleasing enough to warrant the full stomach.

This beer is solidly average. I'm sure one could find much worse examples, but finding a better one doesn't take much thought. I'd have to imagine that Guinness Draught would be much better in a pub atmosphere out of a tap.

Iheartstouts, Jan 25, 2008
Guinness Draught from Guinness Ltd.
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