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Guinness Draught - Guinness Ltd.

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6,285 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,285
Reviews: 2,066
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 20.23%
Wants: 73
Gots: 986 | 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 Biscuit033
3.43/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Near black with ruby hints with a one finger cream-colored dense foam head. Nice clinging after each sip.

S: Some roasted malt and slight metallic hops.

T: Thin with mild roasted malts with a slight hint of earthy hops.

M: Thin but creamy with a crisp dry finish,

D: There are plenty of local Irish stouts and Beamish that I prefer but an easy drinker that is without a doubt sesionable.

Photo of srrn
2.86/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This was yet another version of this beer served at a club, a sort of 'system' where the beer is poured from a can and put on what looks like a hot plate. It looks ok, a thin but dense one finger head, but it lacks the bubbles going the wrong way look, and tastes fairly flat.

Guinness is a classic, I like the beers that are not in any nitro cans better. These all seem to ruin the wonderful mouthfeel of this beer.

I had a perfectly poured Guinness on tap last week, complete with shamrock. They haven't been able to can that yet. Drink this on tap or poured out of the ordinary bottle, forget anything with widgets.

Photo of drinkininthewood
2.37/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served from a 473ml nitro can into a guinness glass. Production date: sep 18 2007

A- black with red hues when held to the light. Nice 2 finger off white head sticks for the entire beer thanks to the nitro widget.

S- is fairly bland with some roasted malt and hints of leather.

T- mostly roasted malts with some sourish vegetable taste mid way followed up with some hops in the finish but not much. This brewery is cutting so many corners nowadays.

M- fairly light bodied and somewhat watery mouthfeel. Carbonation is ok. somewhat metallic as well.

D- this saying that Guinness is like" drinking mud " isnt true anymore. This was drinkable and sessionable.

Overall this just seems watered down for some reason. Decent enough with food or in a pub with some friends but theres not much going here except for a nostalgia thing.

Photo of ajmoody76
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

given to me by my bro-in-law. nitro can to tulip glass. dark brown but not black. very clear. few finger head that thins down to one finger. looks like a stout on nitro.

toasty aroma. not much more. no off odors.

get the bitterness from the roasted grain. malt is out front but get some hoppy bitterness on the aftertaste. well balanced. fits style of course. this beer defined the style.

i love the widget. medium bodied. may have been a little thin. nice lace.

i like this beer. better on tap in my opinion. still one of my favorites to drink though.

Photo of assmasterson
2.11/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

I truly, truly hope that all Guinness does NOT taste like this.

It looks fantastic with it's frothy head and mesmerizing swirl when poured, and the smell isn't too bad with some floral here and there.

The taste...what in the HELL? No sense of hops, no bite, no tartness, nothing. The taste to me comes across as muddy water. Surprisingly, I did not spit it out after my first drink. It could be because of the nitro-can, but this is absolutely gross.

Don't try to be trendy and get this just on sheer principle, not just because of the name but also because of the widget. AVOID, AVOID, AVOID.

If the Extra Stout I bought is anything like this, I will be severely disappointed.

Photo of FenwaySquid
3.01/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 11.2 oz. bottle covered in dark gray labeling (completely opaque), no dating of any kind, with the widget inside, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Poured a completely opaque flat black color, bubbles cascading. Once the beer settles you've got one finger head, cream colored and lingering nicely.

Aroma: Roasted malts, some coffee as well.

Taste: Roasted malts from beginning to end.

Mouthfeel: Watery, no real carbonation of which to speak.

Overall: It's pretty much the same as guinness draught in the can, only it's in a bottle and you don't get as much. If you're just breaking into the craft brew scene it's a good beer to use to get your feet wet. Once you do, though, keep in mind there are other stouts out there that are much better.

Photo of KiltedCulinarian
3.39/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The place advertised a "Perfect Pour," and I have to agree with them. A finger and a half of pearly head that left tight knit lacing all the way to the end. Pitch black colour. Lots of malts present, and a distinct roasted flavour. Just enough weight to the body; it wasn't watery, but neither was it like drinking oatmeal. The interplay between the creamy head and the robust beer worked well.

Photo of genog
3.74/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich black color with a gorgeous white and creamy, foamy head that just sits on top and waits, and waits and remains clinging to the bottom of the pint glass even when it is gone. Plenty of lacing sticks around as well, and the foamy head is present at every sip. Smell is very faint of roasted malt, a little faint espresso aroma. Taste is even more faint with every sip creamy yet distant with only the roasted taste coming through. My first time drinking straight Guiness. Nice change of pace.

Photo of GbVDave
2.86/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from an 11.2oz nitro-bottle into a 20oz imperial pint.

A: Pours a dark, ruby-tinted, black color that lets a small amount of light through. Smallish 1/2 finger head, light tan in color, that sticks around to the very end and leaves some nice lace sheeting in its' wake.

S: Mild aromas of roasted malt, coffee, and a tiny pinch of hops. Everything smells watered down.

T: See above. Also noticed a fleeting tart fruitiness and a flavor like wet notebook paper. Flavors seem watered down and messy.

M: Thin and watery. That's it.

D: It's easy to drink but why bother? It's not challenging to the senses whatsoever.

Photo of willjschmidt
3.13/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap in a plastic cup.

A: Pours jet black with a decent white creamy head.

S: Some faint sweet roasted malts.

T: Very tame stout flavors; some light roasted malt, thin and slightly bitter hops. It's all very light and thin, even watery. A very weak stout.

M: Light and a tad bit watery.

D: Very drinkable, I'll give it that. A decent session beer due to the low alcohol but there are many better stouts out there.

Photo of mbenthall
3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have to admit I'm a fan of this Irish Stout although over the years it has weakened in taste. I know you've all heard it before Guinness has definitely gotten lighter and so when held up to be inspected you can see light through the glass. I'm not sure of the reason this beer has become weaker although I have heard that this is common in the US but not every where else you may find this. So hopefully this will come back to the beer we all knew and liked.

Photo of dteal1
3.14/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a frothy, one-finger white head that lasted throughout the whole beer and left some lacing. Smells chocolatey and toasty. Tastes burnt, bitter, hoppy and a tad metallic. Also it seems watered down. Smooth and creamy and pretty watery mouthfeel. Drinkability isn't very high on this, it's just too watered down.

Photo of Taipans
2.2/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Ah Guinness, the horrid evil doer of the BMC crowd. They are scared to death of this brew. Most of my friends refer to it simply as "tar". I really wish it could hold up to that standard. As older variations of Guinness seemed much thicker, much more stout and delicious. I couldn't believe how weak on flavor and mouth feel this stuff is anymore. Maybe I changed? I don't know but I really didn't enjoy it, it was like drinking a yahoo over real chocolate milk. fake, watery and boring.

It doesn't look near as awesome either, light comes through the glass, which is just a crime in itself!

I give up on Guinness.

Photo of sbe1
4.07/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's not the best Irish Dry Stout but it's the oldest and my personal favorite, however, the beer has degraded in quality over the years so that it's more palatable to the unwashed masses. This review is of a perfectly poured pint at Dublin House on 79th St. in NYC.

Appearance: Deep blackish brown--medium roast coffee ground sludge color (I mean that in a good way), but not dark enough to prevent some light getting through the glass. Properly poored, Guinness has a nice caramel colored half-inch thick foamy head that lasts nearly to the end (but then I drink my Guinness fast). [Old Guinness: pretty much black, no light could get through the glass.]

Smell: Malt, coffee, very faint hop notes. Pleasant but not complex. [Old Guinness: had about the same smell but fuller and richer.]

Taste: Smooth malt creaminess with a little coffee bitterness, a smooth finish. Very good, but not complex. [Old Guinness: again about the same taste but more so, more complex and richer.]

Mouthfeel: Full bodied but just barely, smooth, creamy. [Old Guinness: It was a meal in a glass, thick, rich creamy, like a beer milkshake. Such a shame it's gone!]

Drinkability: Excellent. This is one of my staple beers, one of the all time great session beers. [Old Guinness: ditto.]

Photo of TheTrevor
3.49/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a dark brown with a three-finger tan head. The smell is fairly faint, and with some effort you can pick up roasted malts. The in the taste there is a definite presence of hops along with roasted malts that gives makes for a slightly sweet and slightly bitter brew that's rather pleasant. The mouthfeel a little watery, which helps with the beers excellent drinkability.

Photo of illidurit
2.41/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Considering the nitro-bottle idea here, there's no appearance to speak of. I poured a bit out into a glass to get a whiff of the aroma since the small opening of a bottle doesn't let any smell out. What I got was hardly any aroma anyway! Burnt barley and a smidgeon of coffee. Tasted like water run through a loaf of charred bread, with the added bonus of a understated sourness in the finish. Yuck. The carbonation is nice, but the body is far too watery for a stout. I couldn't fathom drinking another of these unless it was part of a car bomb.

Photo of DackAchan
4.76/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- I love the way Guinness looks as it pours. All black with the nitro head to it, that slowly fades and sticks to the glass.

S- Licorice with some hops flavors to it.

T- Very good taste, strong hints of licorice.

M- Very smooth, with the head, it is unbelievablely smooth, only slightly less so once the head is gone lending a slight bitterness to the aftertaste.

D- I could drink these all night. Tastes like I'm drinking a stick of licorice or chocolate bar.

Photo of jneiswender
1.89/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Not a fan. Go with a stout that is produced locally. If you want the real Guinness experience, go to Dublin. Take the brewery tour and get a free sample of the best Guinness you will ever have. Okay. Now that is over, the nitro can was poured into a pint glass. great creamy head make you think this is the real deal but the color is very transparent and thin looking.

The smell is very faint. little toffee smell.

Tastes very thin. Almost a watered down coffee taste. Slightly peat aftertaste.

Really bad. Not worth it. Like I said before. If you want dark, go local.

Photo of madjr80
4.36/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I will only drink this beer in an authentic Irish pub. This is a beer that you don't just pour straight into a plastic cup and fling it to the customer. This happened to me in Boston and I was absolutely pissed. The pour of a Guinness is an absolute art. You will notice the color changing as its poured from the tap and how it forms a perfect layer of creamy foam at the top of the glass. It is not very bitter and its not too sweet. Hardly any carbonation, but its a great beer for sipping and sessions. If you are in Boston, you should try Mr. Dooley's.

Photo of DuffBeerHere
4.42/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is, always has been, and may always be my favorite beer.
There is nothing like watching the bubbles float down as the head and the stout separate. I know of nothing more beautiful than a Guinness in a tulip pint glass.
There is not much smell, but that adds a surprise when the delicious taste hits your tongue.
The mouth feel is great, assuming it has been poured properly. (A less than perfect pour is just unacceptable)
Drinkability is that I drink them whenever I am able!

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.06/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Dark brown body with a dense cream-colored head.

Smell: Exceedingly mild, plain aroma of creamy roasted barley.

Taste: Very vague overall taste with only a mild coffee-like bitterness. From the first sip to the last there's just very little to offer here.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Mild carbonation. Joyless, watery texture.

Drinkability: Perhaps the widget-bottle isn't the way to go, 'cause this beer lacks any sort of distinct characteristics and comes across as watery and uninteresting.

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

Its been along time and I though that I'd have another go round with Guinness now that my palate is a bit more sophisticated.

Eye: Pretty much black in color with brown highlights when the light strikes it just right and an egg white head, good retention. Despite its good qualities I don't like the way it looks it looks fake. The line between the black and white is too perfectly straight. I get the impression that I am looking at a magazine ad or a picture of a pint of Guinness, not the actual pint itself. It looks like those fake TVs at furniture stores, looks like a cardboard three dimensional cut out of a pint glass. It looks lifeless and dead....you'll find more life in a graveyard than in this brew.

Nose: Pretty weak overall. Weak roasted dark malt aromas along with weak coffee type smells. I mean, I really have to take some serious air in through the nostrils to be able to soak up any aroma from this beer. Either its not there or it just clings to the brew. Not really impressed.

Tongue: Oh, some metallic tang! Other than that there is some coffee bean and roasted malt flavors. In my opinion (now that I don't think that Guinness is all high and mighty, as I once did) this is a very weak beer. Not much in the way of flavor here, very watery. Tastes more like water than beer.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: One of the first things I noticed when I started drinking this just now was that it has the same type of body and feel as a cool glass of water on a hot day, just after you've finished mowing the lawn. It is refreshing in that sense....cool clean water, with a bit of flavor thrown in. It is easy to drink and makes a great session beer, but I feel that a stout should be much fuller and heavier than this. Though I'm not a huge fan of this beer I'll most likely buy it again as at some point in my life this will be the best offering on tap at some low rate restaurant I happen to be dining in.

Photo of largadeer
2.92/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown with reddish highlights, slightly translucent; ultra-thick nitro head.

Smell: Lightly roasted barley, a bit grainy - not much of an aroma.

Taste: Mild roasted barley, but without much actual bitterness. A subtle grainy sweetness comes through in the middle. It finishes clean and dry with no aftertaste. I'm not too sure what else to say - it really doesn't have much depth or character.

Mouthfeel: The nitro head gives the illusion if a thick, creamy beer; but the body is very thin and watery. I know Irish dry stouts aren't supposed to be the thickest stouts around, but this is thin even for the style.

Notes: Now here's a beer that's all about image. It looks impressive, but when you get down to it, it's completely lacking in aroma, flavor and body. It's not terrible by any means, but it's also not very good.

Photo of TheodorHerzl
3.57/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer begins pouring a deep brown color mixing with the nitrogen and cascades into a midnight black beer with a soft two finger creamy head at the top. There isn't really much of a nose on a Guinness. Perhaps a bit of roasted barley, but not much. The taste is of the unique roasted malted flavor that allows for a bit of chocolate to find your palate from drink to drink and a dry finish leaves you going for another drink. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, but the beer is actually rather light and doesn't overly coat your mouth. The drinkability is very high on this. It's low in alcohol, refreshing, and satisfying. It makes a great session beer.

Photo of BDIMike
4.1/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Guinness has been an incredibly popular beer since it was created an incredibly long time ago. That tells you all you need to know about this beer.
The appearance is as good as they come. Prefect dark color and perfect head that stays with the beer throughout the drink.
There is little to no smell.
The taste is an awesome, strong stout.
The mouthfeel is as good as they come....thick and creamy all the way down.
The drinkability is unbelieveable. Drink these all day long and you will never tire or get full. Perfect!

Guinness Draught from Guinness Ltd.
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