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Guinness Draught - Guinness Ltd.

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6,294 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,294
Reviews: 2,071
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 20.23%
Wants: 75
Gots: 998 | 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 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.

Photo of alkemy
2.95/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I'll preface this by saying that Guinness on tap is among my favorite beers. However, this review is of the nitro-bottle draught and it is sorely lacking. The look is very close as well as the smell. The taste is almost a flat, watered down version of the original. After drinking Guinness extensively on tap, I'm very comfortable saying that from the tap is the only way to fly.

Photo of KTCamm
3.86/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lets all agree on a few things
- Guinness is better on draft than in a nitro can
- Guinness is better closer to the source (Ireland) than exported.

Ok, maybe the second one is just an old legend, or maybe its the ambience of Ireland, but I found it to be true on my ttrip there a few years back.

As far as the nitro can goes - its a toned down version of the classic. Still the same jet back color with high cascading foam. Still the smooth creamy roasted dry stout taste you are used to. Still easy to finish the four pack in one setting without knowing how that happened.

Just not as good as the original original.

Photo of ToddT
3.27/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A- One of the most unique and beautiful beers, the cascading is a site to behold. Starts off creamy white and then cascades from the bottom of the glass to the top changing to black as it goes. There is a thick off white head that lasts forever and covers the sides of the glass in foam and thick rings that mark each swallow.

S- Roasted malt, earth tones, a couple of whiffs of metal or the nitrogen widget not sure which. Not much of an aroma though.

T- Roasted malt, faint hint of chocolate and coffee, slightly bitter hit of hops for the aftertaste.

M- Creamy and smooth but thin in the mouth. Finish is a slightly dry.

D- At 4.2% ABV there is no danger of it being a one and done beer. Goes down easy and smooth and pairs well with almost any food.

A classic beer and the one that ushered me into the world of beers outside of marco-lagers. While this one no longer compares to what I would call a world class beer, it will always be a special one for me.

Photo of mjw06
3.72/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

so i went to dublin with a mission in mind. find out if the guinness is really better in ireland. now granted ive never had guinness on-tap in the states, so that might be the problem there. but i have to say that i was impressed with draught in the pubs of dublin. so ive posted my previous review of draught out of a can in the states and critiqued it with parenthesis of the tap in dublin.


not much outside of your normal "roast and toast" smells you find in most porters and stouts. but thats it just "roast and toast", not adjectives for describing the smell of something else.
(this holds true still just a little bit. this beer is defineatly not one for a lot of smell.)

taste like water, no really, it almost does. leaves a hint of bitterness, but quite frankly i like bitterness in my beer, not my water.
(no tasting like water here, well maybe after your second or third one, but the taste is much richer. roasted barley. i actually got to taste the barley they use at the brewery, gave me a much better idea of the character of the beer. however i would still appreciate a stronger taste, even some more hops. people seem not to like guinness because they say its too strong, but for a so-called "stout". guinness is kind of weak. not very complex either)

an extremely watery mouthfeel. highly disappointing, by far the worst element of this beer. the frothy head on your lips might save it a little. but its a mouthfeel, not a lip feel.
(this was the biggest difference in the beer. contrary to its reputation, guinness is a considerably lighter bodied brew, however, its just extremely creamy. though id appreciate a heavier body, the feel is still great, and brings out the taste wonderfully. very light carbonation as well.)

its drinkable, complimented my ice cream well. with they could some how merge the beauty of draught, with the taste of extra stout. i hope it is true that they keep the good stuff in dublin so i can experience real guinness when i go over there. as of now though, i promise its just living of the nitro effect.
(its true, the best stuff is in dublin and it makes sense. i found this beer to be very drinkable while i was over there, maybe because its everywhere. but i can go for another, and another, another one of these, and it sits in the stomach great. great with a wide variety of foods as well.)

Photo of br3wmeister
4.11/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Waves of tan bubbles jet through this jet black beer as the thick silky head forms. The head takes some time to fully form and when it does there is a distinct line where they head meets the beer. The retention is great and there is nice thick lacing.

S- Sweet and malty aromas come from this beer, lots of dark chocolate and a hint of peat smoke. No detectable hops in the nose.

T- Dry chocolaty flavors come through as I drink this beer. The flavors are pretty subtle but pleasant. Some good roasted flavors and again a hint of peat smoke. This is a good beer to start with but after anything with a high hop profile and you will not taste this beer at all.

M- This is a medium to light bodied beer that is super smooth. It feels very milky as you drink it. Very nice mouth feel.

Overall I would say that this is a beer that I really enjoy. It is not the best of style and I do not go seeking this beer out but it taste great and is very easy to drink. Great default beer at BMC bars, you can find this beer almost anywhere.

Photo of argock
2.52/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from 14.9oz nitro-can into a clear pint glass. No freshness date. Purchased in 4-pack from World Market for $6.99.

A: Very dark brown/black with 1-2 finger creamy, off-white head with decent retention and rings of lace. The cascading is still a sight to behold.

S: Metallic and toasted dark malt aromas

T: Light caramel flavors with roasted dark and black malt. Pretty weak all the way around. Even the dryness is pretty minimal.

M: Thin, thin, thin. Metallic, mineral aftertaste is signature.

D: Drinkable because of its lack of heft, This beer is much lighter in body and flavor than even 5 years ago. More of a period piece and nostalgic with the lack of craftsmanship.

Photo of jnn4v
3.62/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful. There is little that's more beautiful or nostalgic to me than watching a freshly poured Guinness cascade through the glass. Dark brown, almost black color. Light tan / off-white thick, creamy head.

S: Not much here. Nitrogen. A bit of burned malt. Hints of sulfur or peat?

T: Very subtle flavor for a stout (even for an Irish Dry Stout). Mild bitterness, even more subdued malts. A taste that I had grown to love over the years, so it's hard to not enjoy, though.

M: Thick, creamy, wonderful.

D: Mild flavor and relatively low alcohol make this one of the more easily drinkable stouts.

Photo of 2KHokie
3.2/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Can. Pours a solid black with the beautiful Guinness head. The aroma isn't as powerful as some, but there is some roasted barley and maybe a hint of coffee. A very fine carbonation with a very creamy mouthfeel. The feel can definitely throw people off if they have never had a beer of this nature before (i.e. mass produced crap). The palate follows the nose, with notes of roasted barley, a little coffee, and surprisingly light. Gentle bitterness and a definite dry quality. This one is famous and rightly so. Solid, not very complex, but the perfect gateway into better beer drinking.

Photo of BColton1
3.46/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A St. Patty's Day staple.

Pours dark brown to black.

Has a small milky head.

Not as complex a taste as some other Stouts I've had recently, but it is very drinkable and reminds me of Dublin.

Nothing beats it on tap in Ireland, but this will have to do.

Photo of superdedooperboy
3.81/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My second beer to celebrate St. Patty's Day, served up at The Pizza Joint in Evans, GA.

The famous fat, super-creamy head of light tan foam rests atop the equally famous dark brown, nearly opaque black, liquid. The head stays true to the end, holding on like a champ to the walls of the vessel in thick curtains.

A mild roasted aroma presents itself to the nose, without much else.

A medium body possesses the characteristic smooth, "flat" mouthfeel, with an overall mild flavor -- roasted malts dominate, but in no way overpower, and a hint of herbaceous hops make themselves known but are not forward, leading into a dry, lightly roasted espresso-like finish.

Low in alcohol, smooth on the tongue, and inoffensive on the palate, Guinness makes one of the greater quaffs available virtually worldwide, making it a perfect fallback and one of the pinnacles of session beer-dom.

Photo of TheQuietMan22
2.84/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured like a chocolate milkshake from the nitro can. As the famous cascade of bubbles rose the beer settled to deep black that was not completely opaque. A thick, creamy head sat on top throughout the pint.

Smell: The smell is not very strong, but it had a light, chocolate milk scent with just a hint of coffee.

Taste: Similar to the smell, but the flavor is subdued. It's watery, but smooth. It has a slight bitter tail to it, mostly from the coffee malts.

Drinkability: It's Saint Paddy's Day, so what can I say? The drinkability is high, and it has that distinctness to make it appealing, but to me it's the "lite" version of stout. Maybe it's because I've only had it from nitro bottles and cans. Directly from the keg, as a "draught," is the ideal way to drink it. Directly from the keg in Ireland would be perfect.

Photo of BierFan
2.82/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 14.9 ounce nitro-can into a pint glass.

It's hard to knock the appearance of the beer. That creamy two finger nitro head looks damn sexy. Unfortunately from there it's all down hill. The smell and taste are very tame and watered down. Only a slight chalky roastiness to it.

Photo of DoctorStrangiato
3.31/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a 440-ml can into a pub ale glass.

Appearance - sensational cloudy-stormy decanting with a 1-inch thick creamy head.

Smell - chocolate, liquorice and good coffee supported by malt aromas.

Taste - a little subdued, but unsweetened chocolate and black coffee with a bit of a tinny hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel - a little undercarbonated for my taste although just enough action.

Drinkability - this is a one-glass deal for me. It's not something I can pound away on.

Photo of LordAdmNelson
3.41/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

A- Looks great on St. Patrick's Day--dark, tan head, inviting--just beautiful

S- Not real strong-- if anything, a decent amount of roasty, coffee-ish malt

T- Follows the smell--a pretty enjoyable, while unimpressive, stout. Not too much to think about--roasty and coffee malt.

M- This is where I'm disappointed in Guinness. Watery and thin. Too carbonated for my tastes.

D- Could have a bunch. Good for an Irish holiday.

Photo of LyonsHead
4.23/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours black at the bottom with a brown waterfall cascading through it. There is a very thick and creamy head that sticks around through the entire beer

S: defanite coffee notes mixed with a bread and a malty sweetness.

T: taste like it smells. There are notes of coffee and bread and it finishes with a subtle sweetness

M: Hard to beat. to me this is the best mouthfeel you can find in a beer. Full body and incredibly smooth.

D: This is one of my favorite Irish beers and seeing as how it's St Patti's day Im going to have a few. This beer is a classic, and it is very different. The one downside is it's quite filling

Photo of atsprings
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can't truly enjoy St. Patty's Day without the obligatory Guinness! Served with the beautiful waterfall effect, the beer quickly settles to an almost opaque black with a frothy egg-shell head. Aroma is slight roasted malts. Taste is the usual dry roasty flavor I always expect, subtle, yet delicious. The beer is very light and well carbonated. Of course, Guinness is always great when the mood hits.

Guinness Draught from Guinness Ltd.
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