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Guinness Draught - Guinness Ltd.

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5,624 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,624
Reviews: 1,984
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 20.06%
Wants: 43
Gots: 559 | 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 whynot44
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Medium/full bodied, very dark with a touch of red, creamy tan head, aroma is not strong but includes coffee, roasted malt and a touch of chocolate.

Taste is strong coffee, toasted nuts, smoky roasted malt, dark bittersweet chocolate, finishing with a definite hops bite.

Creamy smooth, very drinkable.

whynot44, Dec 23, 2005
Photo of shererjt
4.28/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a deep ruby red with a nice, creamy, absurdly long-lasting tan head. Love those widget cans. Aroma is roasty with a bit of slightly burnt toast. Light-to-medium body, creamy, with a bready finish. Toasty roasted flavor is balanced by the classic slight Guinness sourness. Probably as drinkable a beer as I've ever had; I can down them as fast as they can serve them, and it always leaves me wanting more. Awesome session beer, which is the whole point in the first place.

At one time, this was my favorite beer in the world. In fact, I started homebrewing so that I could make something similar that wouldn't cost me a fortune. I'm not quite as into it as I used to be, but it's something that I'll return to from time-to-time. There may be better stouts out there, but this one's still a classic in my book. Also tends to be widely available, even at places with limited beer menus.

shererjt, Dec 18, 2005
Photo of Finite
2.83/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours with that always appealing thick thick thick head out of a nitro can with is a light tan brown. And the Guinness is well… black. Nice can by the way.

Smell: Coffee and hints of chocolate but quite thin overall

Taste/ Mouthfeel: more chocolate and coffee with a smooth moutfeel with soothing malts. Bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability/Overall: Personally I like them a bit stronger and this brew tastes like Guinness Extra Stout but with more water. For people who don’t like it as strong this is a good pick but the extra stout is more like a meal than this. This is way too watery to live up to its big boy raps.

Finite, Dec 15, 2005
Photo of danielharper
3.05/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Purchased from Target in Jones Valley, Huntsville, AL.

This is one of the best-looking beers I've ever tasted. Some may think of the nitro-bottle as a gimmick, but for my money, it produces a nearly perfect pour, the cascading bubbles, the gradually "filling" black body, and the almost-white thick head that sticks around and leaves beautiful, delicate lacing. If appearance were the only thing about beer, I'd never drink anything else.

Aroma is weak, though, with a thin coffee-like licorice scent. No hops present in the nose, but a touch of chocolate is apparent on deep whiffs. Decent, but not perfect.

Bit of an astringency up-front on the flavor, followed by a touch of coffee and a very dry finish. No hops to speak of, more malty than anything. Quaffable.

Very thin mouthfeel, less like a stout than any other stout I've ever tasted. This isn't even as thick as a porter, or even some lagers and ales I've tasted.

Overall drinkability is okay. A bit too dry on the finish to be a favorite of mine, and there are certainly better stouts out there, but to be as available as it is pretty much everywhere, it's not bad.

danielharper, Dec 08, 2005
Photo of BillyB
4.4/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark black. Thick, cascading frothy brown head. The aroma is of dark malty sweetness, coffee, chocolate, toffee, caramel.
Taste is a strong malt taste while still maintaining a decent bitter/sweet balance.
Mouthfeel is smooth, a bit oily, not much carbonation. Overall a great beer and one of my favorite stouts.

BillyB, Dec 08, 2005
Photo of jarmby1711
3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Typically black ,but at the bottom edges was semi transparent maroon. The head was dense cloudy and tan in colour (I love nitros)
The smell was un exceptional toasted grains.
the taste had lots of dark chocolate/ coffee the latter providing a balanced bitterness.
The biggest disappointment is that it has a watery feel to it which overall makes it taste and feel as it has no body.
A bit more oomph and it would rate a lot higher.
Its drinkability is lessened by the watery qualities but I have sacrificed too many brain cells over the years to Guinness Draught not to keep this on my drink list

jarmby1711, Dec 06, 2005
Photo of semihobo
3.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

My 14.9 oz nitro can has those stupid guys in lab coats telling me to chill it for three hours. Okay, I did. Normally I don't like noting the glassware brand, but I have a sweet Guinness glass that holds the 14.9 oz brew nicely, even says "Guinness Draught." Ahh a thing to behold.

The can didn't explode all over, which is nice... started off dark coffee and then changed to chocolate milk as I finished the pour. Got the reverse cascading effect, and a perfect two finger head slowly manifested itself. Two simple layers, impossibly dense ivory on dark coffee. Say what you might about nitro cans, they release some gorgeous beers.

Smells of coffee, burnt wood, and a little bit of that new car smell. A touch of hops and maybe faint mint also. The smell is strong, which is nice. Smells almost like a caramel coffee ice cream.

No surprise, taste is heavy on the roasted barley. It melds with the hops, and I can't really tell the two apart -- this beer has one taste, the same in every sip IMO. A little bit of cream lurks within. The taste comes on mild and then peaks after a few seconds, with a small bitter finish. Something tastes a little like egg water. Kind of generic but okay.

Mouthfeel is very nitro, teeny bubbles that bathe the tongue. More watery than other nitro Irish Dry Stouts I've had, and not as creamy. A body this thin would be upsetting in other styles, but it's okay here.

Looks amazing, everything else is average, not bad or good. I know there's the campaign to drink it warmer, but I think only bad notes (a noticeable sour taste) emerge as it warms... I'll keep it cold. I don't really crave another, but except for the price (usually between moderately high to high) this is pretty sessionable with the light body, low ABV, and accessible taste.

semihobo, Dec 01, 2005
Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark ruby, near opaque with lots of translucent highlights. Very creamy tan head; thin and tight and produces unreal retention but leaves only modest lacing. The smell is sweet in a milk stout sort of way, with roasted barley and english hop aromas becoming more apparent as it warms. The taste is bitter from the roasted malt, and black patent lends a smokey sour taste. A dry hop aftertaste becomes pronounced in the finish, but the drinkability remains high due to the light body and nitrogenration that create a creamy mouthfeel. The levels of specialty malt, burnt flavor and dry hops seem too bitter, and distrub the balance rather than compliment eachother. Otherwise a well-done session stout.

PBRstreetgang, Dec 01, 2005
Photo of Mandrake
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a very dark brown, almost black, and forms a light beige head about one finger high. Smell is unremarkable and a little sweet, with some light chocolate and malt. The taste wasn't very strong at all, but wasn't unpleasant. Again some light chocolate and malts, but very underwhelming for a stout. Very smooth mouthfeel, and extremely drinkable. Not bad, but not exceptional either.

Mandrake, Dec 01, 2005
Photo of stevegamburg
3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Guinness Draught, more than any other beer, is subject to a very broad range of opinions and you should try it youself and see if you like it.

I love the process of opening the can, listening for the nitro release, and pouring the black frothy liquid down the side of a glass. Then being entertained by the "waterfall" while a thick creamy head is forming. The aroma is decent and is of well roasted malts. The flavor is creamy, reminds me of chocolate milk, and is very mild as far as stouts go - almost watery. This is not the best stout by any stretch of the imagination but I do enjoy it occasionally, much like I enjoy Taco Bell even though I know that it is not good Mexican food.

This is a beer you can drink all night because if its mild flavor and relatively low alcohol content and it beats the crap out of standard cheap American lagers.

stevegamburg, Nov 25, 2005
Photo of dirtylou
3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

14.9oz nitro can, from the family's fridge

I remember my first guinness...couldn't have been more than 16 or 17, somewhere on the eastern seaboard in an amphitheatre parking lot before a phish show! i think i drank it out of the can and probably couldn't finish it. it has since become a staple around the parents house and a regular in the fridge when i make it back to charlotte

appearance: say what you will about nitro-can's but one thing they are good for is a flawless pour...this one pours a veary dark brown, tinted ruby, with a super creamy tan head that doesn't fade

smell: slightly sweet, nice roasty malt aromas, some smooth chocolate...overall pretty uneventful

taste: roasted malts, mild chocolate/cocoa powder and coffee flavors, slightly sweet. well balanced but again, uneventful

mouthfeel: ultra creamy, the benchmark for dry stout mouthfeel

drinkability: extremely drinkable

dirtylou, Nov 24, 2005
Photo of tempest
2.65/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had this periodically over that past couple years, largely because of tap-selections.

Looks great in the glass. Dark red, near black body with creamy white head and lacing.

Smells a little sweet, but something is off. Almost like the malt is a little sour. The taste really disappointed. There is some nice sweetness and the fainted bitterness, but it largely tastes like bad, watery malts.

The mouthfeel is too thin, almost watery. This makes for good drinkability, but unfortunately, one is good enough for me. I used to think this stuff was good until I tried other stout offerings.

tempest, Nov 22, 2005
Photo of sevineyes
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a brown bottle with a black label. The name was the main element of the label design.

A: Superb. This beer poured nice and black with some dark walnut showing through the sides. A nice creamy, thick tan head that remained throughout the drink. Chunky lacing that started out as big areas of sheeting.

S: Malty and roasty. A sweetness that reminds me of roasted Almonds and some subtle fruitiness.

T: Not a very complex roasty flavor. Although the main flavor is a roastiness that begins as a sweentess and ends with the classic dry bitterness, the taste really doesn't go very far.

M: Creamy. Watery and dry at the same time with a little coating, but thin.

D: Superbly drinkable. Could easily be a session beer because it goes down so quick. Although I'd easily order many stouts time and time again, few dissappear this quick.

Overall: I think this beer hits its mark if the mark is to be easy to drink and drink and drink. The lack of complexity in the taste and thin moutfeel make you forget you're drinking a stout at all - which isn't necessarily a bad thing.

sevineyes, Nov 21, 2005
Photo of MurphyMacManus
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Calvert House Inn in Riverdale.

Appearance: dark brown/ black with creamy off-white head. Classic nitro stout appearance.

Smell: It smells almost exactly like the Extra Stout I always have in my fridge--roasty, malty, and with a strong resemblance to coffee. But the draught version isn't quite as aromatic as the Extra Stout.

Taste: Watered down Extra Stout. That's the best description I can give. It's not bad, but it lacks the roasty punch and hop kick of the Extra Stout, so points off here. I do think the tap version is better than the bottled stuff, though.

Mouthfeel: The nitro makes it nice and creamy, but the flavour doesn't match with that, so it's wonderfully thick while lacking in much real taste.

Drinkability: I suppose it would do all right as a session beer. The lack of flavour and creamy mouthfeel make it go down easily, (I had 2 pints tonight and wanted more) but I'd far prefer the Extra Stout to this stuff, even for long sessions. Why doesn't Guinness put the Extra Stout in kegs?

MurphyMacManus, Nov 12, 2005
Photo of Noxious26
3.28/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

440ml nitro can pours nicely into a pint glass.

Black, opaque with a little bit of dark brown highlights when held to the light. Dense nitro head is light beige and 1 inch at the pour. Head retention is good. Lacing is sporadic, but where it latches on it's in big thick clumps.

Aroma is roasted malts with hints of sweetness and fruit. A little mild, but still pretty nice.

Taste is roasted malts at the start with a bit of coffee in the background. There's a bit of a herbal quality through the middle before finishing with a burnt character. Aftertaste is burnt with hints of coffee. Surprisingly, the sweetness that is evident in the aroma isn't present in the taste. After the first couple of sips the qualities at the start seem washed out and a bit watery and all you really get is the finish and aftertaste.

Medium bodied it's perhaps not as thick or full as it could be. Seems a bit out of balance as there really isn't any hop flavour or sweetness present to off set the burnt finish. The washed out start hurts the balance as well.

Surprisingly light for a stout, this beer pours down fairly easily. The only drawback for drinkability is that (like alot of stouts) it suffers a bit from the burnt finish and aftertaste. None the less, this is a pretty standard middle of the road stout.

Noxious26, Nov 11, 2005
Photo of GuinnessHero
3.28/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This being the Americanized version of Guinness kind-of brought everything down a notch. The nitro-bottle doesn't do this beer justice compared to anything on-tap.

Appearance - Beautiful. I love the blackest, darkest beer you can give me.

Smell - Typical. Honestly nothing too special going on here. A hint of coffee maybe.

Taste - Silky smooth taste, not as much bitter enjoyment as I am used to with my favourite Extra Stout Guinness. Nonetheless, it's good for a first stout.

Mouthfeel - Good aftertaste. Leaves the mouth feeling smooth and lingers on for quite some time.

Drinkability - To a beginner beer drinker, this may seem way too heavy. It is heavy, but what's a beer without feeling like you ate a meal after it?

GuinnessHero, Nov 10, 2005
Photo of HugoGrim
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What can I say about this beer that has not already been said. Possibly the most visually appealing beer around in my opinion. From the token "snow" effect to the jet black body to the creamy firm head, you can't beat the visual effect. It leaves nice rings down the entire glass.

The smell is nothing amazing, but represents the brew fine.

The flavor is full, robust, roasted, malty, coffee, hints of chocolate, with a bitter kick. Very creamy.

Low ABV makes Guinness very drinkable. Almost too drinkable.

HugoGrim, Nov 09, 2005
Photo of metallistout
4.58/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

How can you go wrong with this beer. Dark coffee with the carbonation cascading through the drink. Truley one of the best visuals of a beer. Chocolate roasted malt,toasty, smooth, creamy, full of rich flavor, hops are present, but not overpowering. Proud to be half irish.

metallistout, Nov 08, 2005
Photo of Schwarzbart
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I know that this beer bottle was designed to drink the beer from the bottle and I have done so, but this time I poured it into a glass. I just have to see my Guinness to enjoy it more. First, the pour is one of the best with the cascading nitro effect. The head is a beautiful finger high creamy off-white and the lacing is great also. Aromas of caramel coffee, roasted malts, and white bread. Taste is not as flavorful as the aromas lead on, but there is still plenty of roasted malt flavor, but it tastes a little watery. Mouthfeel is thin for a stout, but Guinness usually has that quality and I sort of like that. Low alcohol content and not as filling as one may expect which would make this an easy session beer.

Schwarzbart, Nov 05, 2005
Photo of wcudwight
3.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours pitch black with brown and red hues. Small creamy tan head that last. Thick lace on the glass.
S: Smells of coffee with just a hint of chocolate.
T: Plentiful roasted malty sweetness with a very mild bitterness on the back of the tongue. Kind of a rubbery aftertaste and a little thin tasting for a stout.
M: Creamy head feels good on the lips and in the mouth. A bit watery for a stout.
D: Very drinkable.
Good beer but better options for the style. Solid but not impressive.

wcudwight, Nov 05, 2005
Photo of jaluria
3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A dark brown color with a tan-colored head that has excellent retention and body. Smells of roasted barley. The taste is smooth and creamy with a dry finish that amplifies over time. Maybe it's just that I've had a number of Double Stouts and Milk/Sweet Stouts so to me, this beer seems rather bland. I know it's a good representation of the style, but it's just seems like something is missing. The texture of the beer, the richness of the beer seems to imply something else could be added, just don't ask me what that something is. Overall, this is a good beer that can be had several times, but I do think that it is a bit bland and can have additional complexity and flavors.

jaluria, Nov 02, 2005
Photo of BeerNutta
2/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Its amazing how what was once great can turn to crap so fast.

When I first had guinness I was drinking your basic macro lagers. So it was different and great. Had one the other day. Nasty.

A = Still looks great. Pours a dark ruby with a thick brown head with bubbles flowing backwards. Awesome.

S = Slightly roasted malts. But pretty much nothing.

T = Creamy with slight roasted malt flavour, followed by a faint sweetness. Yuck.

M = Watery.

D = Better stouts to drink.

BeerNutta, Oct 30, 2005
Photo of charlatan
3.05/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This looks fine (describing it is rather redundant), and its smell is pleasant. There is no coffee in the nose, but there is a little oatmeal, a creamy dairy smell and a hint of pilsner style clean hoppiness.

The taste is decent. There is a slightly roasted malt start, and a pleasant oatmeal tinged finish. The problem lies with the feel. This isn't velvety, thick and luxurious (like Rogue's Shakespeare Stout, or even as some proponents of Guinness would have you believe), but rather it is unconscionably watery, and thus the beer is terribly insubstantial. It is eminently drinkable, if you can be bothered. I'd rather have one bottle of Guinness Extra Stout than three pints of this though.

Please note this score seems much to high to me, but then again I think feel is much more important than appearance. If it is good in the mouth who cares what it looks like?

charlatan, Oct 27, 2005
Photo of pavandal
3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: inviting near black color. can't see through it. head is a 1/4 inch, a nice creamy color, thick, and lasts damn near forever.

Smell: sweet, caramely.

Taste: coffee and chocolate flavors prevail. Don't try with salty foods.

Feel: Thick on the toungue, with very little carbonation.

Drinkibility: Very easy to drink. I'm a fan, and I'd drink it again. interested to try it on tap.

pavandal, Oct 26, 2005
Photo of alysmith4
1.55/5  rDev -55.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Meal in a can is what a lot of folks say about it, but I think I'd prefer actual food. The appearence is a beautiful dark mahogany, with a manila cream top. The head is good sized, but after taking a sip, I realize that this is because this where so much of the carbonation ends up. Since it's so flat, this coffee-chocolate brew would probably be better off served on ice as a mocha latte!

alysmith4, Oct 25, 2005
Guinness Draught from Guinness Ltd.
79 out of 100 based on 5,624 ratings.