Guinness Draught - Guinness Ltd.

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BA SCORE
80
good

6,191 Ratings
THE BROS
70
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Ratings: 6,191
Reviews: 2,026
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 20.23%
Wants: 64
Gots: 850 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Guinness Ltd. visit their website
Ireland

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-02-2001)
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Photo of meechum
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm re-reviewing this tonight. Just had one at a restaraunt that I was at and I'm not sure but I think this was either maybe a flat keg or something..but I sure didn't enjoy this like I thought I would.

Pour came with a tan head and it doing it's thing cascading down the sides of the glass..(I will say this is probably one of the best parts of a Guinness on nitro..it's like beer eye candy). We all know what it tastes like and I'm not going over that part..what I will say was it was totally flat..no carbonation at all..it was like drinking a flat soda that had some buzz to it..boring..I had the SA Summer Ale before this...I should've stuck with it

Photo of OStrungT
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours an inky black clor. As it pours, it changes from a brown to a black while the head rises. I can not find the words to describe the way this beer looks as it is poured, but anyone who has ever had one knows what I am talking about. The head looks very creamy, and it never fades, leaving the thickest curtain of lace I have ever seen.

This beer has a very subtle aroma. Some mild roasted malts. A slight toffee aroma. Maybe a little chocolate as well. For the most part, the aroma is very slight.

This beer tastes exactly like it smells. It is very mild. If I would have started the night with a Double IPA, I would probably not even taste this beer.

This beer goes down very smooth. It has a very creamy mouthfeel. The carbonation is very low.

This beer would probably make a good session beer. It is low in alcohol, and since it has hardly any flavor, it wouldnt get old.

Overall: I am surprised that it took so long to review this beer. It is ok, and will do in a pinch, but I wouldnt buy it if there was anything else available. Just not enugh flavor and aroma.

Photo of Lothore
2.63/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

A- I don't give many 5's but appearance wise guinness takes the cake. While it certainly isn't my favorite brew I think it would be hard to argue that the the appearance of guinness is anything other than a work of art. Creamy 2 finger head. Pours black with black emulsion that slowly settles towards the top.

S- Smell is sweet, maple syrup, chocolate, and coffee notes.

T- A bit watery, sweet, and a slight coffee taste.

M- A bit watery, no carbonation whatsoever.

D- This is definitely the definition of a session beer however I just don't like the flavor or the mouthfeel.

Photo of LittleCreature
3.33/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - 4.5
This is one damn gorgeous looking beer. I love the way the colour cascades around, turning from a churning pale brown to a still black (although there is a little colour around the edges). Poured a finger of solid creamy head.

Smell - 3.5
Not a whole lot of smell at first. Now that I have let it warm a little, there is a little metallic, rusty smell, with a little grain and a vague trace of malt sweetness. Nothing really offensive, but nothing special either.

Taste - 3.0
Definitely not a match for the on-tap version, but still not bad. Quite dry, with a little bitterness, and not a whole lot of taste upfront. Roasted and burnt grain in the main taste, with a little black coffee and a little hops.

Mouthfeel - 3.5
This is smooth for sure, but nowhere near as full-bodied as I remember Guinness being. Feels medium to heavy in the mouth with low carbonation. The head is creamy and fantastic.

Drinkability - 3.5
On-tap, this makes a decent session beer choice (although filling), but I could never see myself chugging back can after can. Drinking one was not a chore, but I wouldn't want another. Went down smoothly, and ABV is relatively low, which is a plus.

OVERALL - 3.5
I feel that this score is perhaps a little higher than the canned version of this beer deserves, but there you go. It is most definitely an icon, and if you are a fan, it is worth the premium price. There are definitely better stouts out there however, many of which are local and cheaper.

Photo of ncvbc
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Well I must say that I love the way a Guinness looks. Near black with a massive head that forms from the bottom up, leaving a thick and creamy mass. Smell is light and of chocolate and some coffee. Taste is much of the same. I've always noticed a little peppermint in the mix with this brew. It actually fits in pretty nicely. Mouthfeel is pretty light and has a dry creaminess to it. Kind of odd. Overall good drinkability. I can only imagine what it would be like in Ireland...my pops tells me good things.

Photo of hustlesworth
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

of course guinness is always better on tap, the best i ever had were in the irish pubs in NYC. the nitro can is a close comparison but the bottle made the beer sort of lackluster...until that is, i followed the instructions and served it "extra cold". but i still didn't drink it out of the bottle.

A- poured like chocolate milk forming 3/4in of creamy frothy beige cake batter head that retained itself almost completely, leaving curtains of lace hanging on the sides of the glass over the dark brownish black stout. i could see faint hints of amber when held up to the light.

S- toasted nuts, malt, sourdough bread, over-ripe fruit, raisin, plum, floral butterscotch, caramel, toffee

T- banana coffee dark chocolate. caramel hot cocoa and bitter burnt malt, followed by roasted malt, sunflower seed, and an earthy hoppy aftertaste.

MF- silky smooth and creamy it just glides down. very little carbonation which is a good thing for a stout in my opinion.

D- just dandy

"serve extra cold"
i put a pint glass and a bottle of guinness in the freezer for about 10-25 minutes. in the frozen glass the cascading was even more amazing. in the middle of all the action, things slowly grinded to a halt forming rock-like strata, or even like cloud layers on the planet jupiter for about 1/2in between the beer and the head. this time, the foam became a starchy, clumpy, foamy disc on top, a darker brown with little dark specks and more aerated like buckwheat pancake batter or the head on a rootbeer float with the same icy consistancy. using this method, some of the more delicate flavors and aromas disappeared, but the overall taste improved and the mouthfeel and drinkability skyrocketed.

Photo of soulgrowl
4.2/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: There's just nothing like it. It has the most perfect head, so stalwart, so smooth and resilient you can draw a clover upon its surface and still admire that clover after your first few sips. "Marshmallowy" doesn't begin to describe its soft, springy, sticky texture and barely off-white color. Its body is a marvelous brown, full of coffee and chocolate and damp soil with those beautiful, enchanting cascades of ultrafine bubbles.

Smell: Burnt sugar, mild cola, and sweet, smoky firewood. Roasty with a pointed resinous edge buried under a duvet of sweet malts. Mild solvents make their way to the surface as the beer warms.

Taste: Roasty and rich yet somehow light, with a penetrating, palate-filling savory character. It manages to vibrantly express the fullness of its uniquely bittersweet roasty, hoppy, malty essence without becoming sharp, nor cloying, nor aggressive. Caramel, milky cocoa, and burnt wood abound.

Mouthfeel: Enlighteningly smooth and creamy; dry and super-clean but for a lingering bitter smack in the finish.

Drinkability: A classic, and one that deserves its status as such. Versatile with many foods, especially seafood, but I found it remarkable with smoked lamb and raw spinach eaten together. It brings out the sharp bitterness of the leaves and the gamey sweetness of the meat while emphasizing unexpectedly robust undertones in the beer.

Photo of YonderWanderer
4.03/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an a solid black with a strong tan head. The cascading effect as it pours and settles is one of the great visual effects of beer.

S: Hints of chocolate and coffee, not much of an aroma, but decent.

T: Delicious. A classic beer. Somewhat dry, a little bit of coffee, chocolate, some nice roasted malt in there.

M: Smooth and creamy. Light carbonation as is appropriate.

D: High. I love drinking Guinness. It was one of the first beers I ever tried, and despite hating it then (I was young and knew nothing), I love it now.

Photo of jayfarley3
2.95/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured into a pint glass from a 14.9oz nitro-can, it poured an almost pitch black with an amazing cascading effect and had a thick off white head that sticks around for awhile. smells of sweet roasted malts, has a fairly faint aroma. tastes just about the same, has a slight coffee and chocolatley flavor. mouthfeel is really light for a stout, i guess this would make a good session stout. this isnt a that bad of a beer, but i would definitley perfer somthing else.

Photo of bboven
3.23/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown, not black like a stout should be. good head, light tan.

Smells like a weak stout, roast, coffee, and chocolate aromas.

Taste is pretty decent but is kind of like a diet stout.

Creamy, creamy creamy mouthfeel.

Very drinkable. Goes down really smooth and the low ABV is just a hair above a session beer.

Photo of biggmike
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

remember the first Guinness Draught I had. 20 years ago in London while in the Marines. As someone who had grown up drinking American macro-crap this was like nothing I had ever had. Pours an attractive dark color with creamy head that settles beautifully. Definitely a classic that every true beer drinker must try. Probably the best beer you can find EVERYWHERE (even south Mississippi). Great commercials too. Brilliant!

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

Guinness Draught is one of the best beers in the world. Guinness has a robust flavor profile that consists of hints of chocolate and coffee. If served in a clean Imperial tulip pint and poured properly, you will be hard pressed to find another beer that can match the exceptional taste and beauty of this beer.

Photo of bradford
2.35/5  rDev -33%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Had on nitro-tap at Black Sheep Bar and Grill in Downtown San Luis Obispo
Looks pretty good off nitro with the bubbles and head that seems to form from the bottom
Smells not so good. Lots of roasted malts
Taste was pretty bad. Most non-beer drinkers think this is the darkest, heaviest beer in history, but to me it is a bit light and dehydrating. Lots of roastiness and sweetness, but overly dry for my tastes
Mouthfeel was pretty decent for such a mass marketed product. It's pretty amazing how Guinness can contract brew so much and have a remarkably similar product every time.
Not my favorite beer, in fact I tend to shy away from this but Arthur Guinness obviously had struck gold with this, as it is one of the most widely drunk beers ever, and he was smart enough to know that and sign a 900 year lease.
Not the best, but certainly not the worst.

Photo of ghostmech007
3.3/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The nitro-can poured into an Imperial Pint glass.

The dark black body with the thick tan head.

Malts and coffee in the nose but very faint.

Malts and coffee on the tongue. Heavy body. Burnt malts taste like always but give it a good flavor.

I still stand by what I said earlier, it's good but there are better stouts out there. Shakespear Stout from Rogue, or the World Wide Stout from Dogfish Head. But it'll still make you Irish everytime.

Photo of santafr0g
4.63/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first "real" beer review, so be kind :)

Glass used: pint

A – Lovely deep brown chocolately color as poured that darkens to black as the head settles.

S – Deep roasted.

T – Hint of coffee flavor as it hits the tongue with a rich, creamy-bodied flavor upon drinking.

M – Very pleasant. Body is a very smooth and moderate feeling. The carbonation was very mild and enjoyable.

D – I don’t just think I’d like another. I will enjoy another.

Photo of AlephNull
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into the ubiquitous shaker pint from the tall, thin nitro bottle. Bottle directs you to drink it extra cold out of the bottle... seems they don't want you to taste it much.

A- Despite my fear that the plastic covered bottle hid some deep dark secret of the St. James Gate Brewery, the beer pours like a Guinness should -- the famous waterfall turns the beer from a tan brown into a deep black with a tiny bit of red around the edges of the glass when held to the light. A 1 finger tan head makes it look like a picture.

S- Smell disappoints. Not much there -- some slight toasted malts without much character.

T- Taste is also a little light. Some more roasted malt tastes with a bit of a grainy character, a little of the expected coffee/chocolate, but more grainy than I'd like.

M - Mouthfeel seems to be what they're most interested here because it's got the right consistency. Creamy, smooth, and easy to drink... a bit more watery than I'd like ideally, but hey, not bad.

D- Well, it seems to be made to be damn easy to drink. Enjoyable, but not killer. Not bad, but not what I was hoping for.... I wanted a little more out of this beer, but I've probably been drinking too many really good stouts lately.

Photo of fank2788
3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Nitro-tap at The Spot in Bethel, this is definitely better on tap than it is either in the can or the bottle. Looks about the same, which is pretty close to amazing. A bit more malt in the nose same thing for the taste definitely more malt bitterness when this beer is out of the tap. The mouthfeel is very nice the real nitrogen injection makes this incredibly smooth and soft on the tongue. Drinkability is not bad either because again there is just enough taste to keep you mildly interested while the low alcohol makes it highly sessionable.

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

Tall and thin, tapered, 330 ml bottle with a plastic shrink wrapped label. Production date on side of label, but no serving instructions, poured into a standard pint glass.
Popping the cap and you hear the familiar fizz and bubbling from other nitro-enhanced cans. Pouring, you get the expected cascade, as good as the tap from what I see. Dark liquid, black with red hilights, and a thick and creamy, brown foam. Great retention and lacing rings are left behind. Not alot of aroma but there is some roasted malt and coffee. Taste is as expected from Guinness, thin almost watery, with flavor of toasted malt. Creamy smooth yet thin mouthfeel. Guinness Draught isn't strong and flavorful (like the Extra Stout) so it fulfills its expectations.

Photo of umustdrink
3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Jet black color, faintly redish around the edge when held to light. Very fluffy, pillowy head, retains very well right where I wanted it (a half inch). Lacing is above average, sticking in patches of differing sizes.

S - Rich roasty, slightly caramely malty goodness. Slightly sweet and very creamy.

T/M - Taste starts out thin feeling, a bit sweet then a nice hit of roasted malts and cream. Finish is bitter, creamy and slightly chocolatey tasting. Very little carbonation, leading to an extra smooth drink.

D - Guinness is an excellent beer, nice tasting and very easy to drink.

Photo of shoehornteeth
3.03/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

You know, "nitro-can" doesn't sound like something meant for human consumption. It sounds like an event on American Gladiator. You can hear the little widget rolling around, like the marble in a can of spray paint. When you pull the tab it releases an angry hiss like an asthmatic cat.

It pours a murky brown, which slowly coagulates into death-black liquid topped with thick meringue head. It looks like an evil root beer float.

The smell brings to mind Lucky Charms, ashtray, and bile.

The taste is very complex. It tastes like day-old burnt coffee. Wait, that wasn’t all that complex.

The mouthfeel is disconcerting. It’s creamy enough to make me worry about my lactose intolerance. There isn’t any carbonation, so there aren’t any burps. Too bad, I like to burp. It’s so heavy, it drops to the bottom of my stomach and settles there like concrete.

Overall, a highly enjoyable and very drinkable beer. I’ll definitely have another.

-Shoehornteeth.

Photo of dirtyoldtown53
3.95/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Your standard black stout look. Creamy head and nice smell. First sips sort of surprise you wish the amount of bitterness, but you get use to the bitterness and it just becomes a good bitterness. Tastes good and feels good in the mouth, little to no carbonation. Drinkable, but its a lounge beer not a chug beer.

Photo of BeerAndBourbon
2.15/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A. Drank straight from the bottle since red plastic cups were the only available cups.

S. Little to no discernable smell.

T. Some flavors expected from a stout: coffee, dark chocolate, but not much else. Starts out slightly flavorful and then becomes more and more watery as it warms.

M. Thin with mild carbonation.

D. I don't mind the flavor of this beer, but it is quite weak and lackluster. I still need to try the extra stout. I could easily drink many of these, but with such little flavor and low alcohol content, it would burn money without satisfying me or giving me a buzz.

Photo of drpimento
4.4/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One thing about reviewing a beer in bottle where the label says drink from the bottle - What's it look like?? Nice psst when I opened it and saw a little creaminess. Hard to smell it very well either, still, what I did whif was worth wiffing. At first swallow, seemed a bit thin, but gives way to excellent Guinness flavor and body. Unequalled finish too. Wasn't sure which one this was at first as it does say serve extra cold.

Photo of Brad007
2.93/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a deep black color that comes into prominence only after cascade of brown and a decent amount of foam. Aroma is sort of dry and roasty with a tiny hint of coffee. Taste starts out roasty but then fades into a sour aftertaste. Creamy but appears to be somewhat bland with very few hints of roast or coffee. Guinness is Guinness (not always to some) and I can say that it's average at best. I've had much better stouts.

However, Guinness makes a great introduction to craft beers, especially stouts. I just know there's better stouts out there.

Photo of MillRat
3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

I spent three weeks touring Ireland, and the only thing more consistent than the rain was the ubiquity of Guinness draught. While the impression I got from the folks I conversed with in the various pubs is that the attitude of the Irish toward Guinness/Diagio is kinda ambivalent, I'd remind them that it could be far worse, and I speak from experience. Since ubiquitous beer in the states were the BMC lagers and light lagers, I was actually enjoying having a reasonably flavorful and high quality product quite so readily available.

As long as the publicans maintain their lines, Guinness draught is hard to beat in the session beer category. Roasty enough to keep your attention, yet not so hoppy, malty, sweet, or powerful that it wears out its welcome.

Guinness Draught from Guinness Ltd.
80 out of 100 based on 6,191 ratings.