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Guinness Draught - Guinness Ltd.

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6,046 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,046
Reviews: 2,008
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 20.29%
Wants: 55
Gots: 770 | 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 adammills
4.72/5  rDev +34.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a nitro-bottle into a stein.

A – A robust dark brown to black, rich in appearance. One fingered head, dense and lasting.

S – A sweet roasty almost coffee smell.

T – Again a sweet roasted coffee taste with a hint of chocolate.

M – It is a heavier beer yet very smooth, not over carbonated.

D – This is always a pleasing beer to sit down with. It is a beer that you sit around with friends and tip back a few…or more. As for would I have another, yes I would and am doing so now.

I must admit, that when I began beer drinking I could not stomach a Guinness even for money. However, now it is perhaps my favorite beer. I am in preparation for my Oktoberfest party and decided to try out the 1985 Munich Oktoberfest stein I have just bought. The decision was made to christen it with two nitro bottles of Guinness. I find that as I age I appreciate Guinness for its robust flavors and its smooth nature.

adammills, Sep 18, 2006
Photo of KevinB
4.8/5  rDev +37.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is the one, the one we all use to set our compass when judging other stouts. It's the barometer, the reference point. There was a time it couldn’t be found state side as crazy as that sounds. As a child I remember adults calling it muddy or the meal in the can. The interesting thing about Guinness is you know when you have gotten a really nice one, for it's heaven on earth, you also know when you are on the receiving end of a lower tier one. I guess it's like the pizza saying even when it's bad it's good, ehh well almost. Contrary to what people say don't have to travel to Dublin to get a nice one, just a good bar that cares about its patrons.
For the review I poured the Guinness from a Nitro can into a pint glass. The appearance was ebony, ruby black with a thick foamy tan head. It's smells and tastes of coffee, roasted barley, and hops. It's bitter, dry, watery and very drinkable. The nitro can does a very decent job of imitating a tap.
Overall you can never go wrong with a nice pint of Guinness, find a nice pub or a fresh nitro can/bottle, preferably a solid pub.
I also recommend Beamish and Murphy’s from the Irish Stout holy Trinity, I like all three for varying reasons.

KevinB, Sep 15, 2006
Photo of penut
4.47/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - This really depends on the pour but if done correctly this beer looks great in the Guinness tulip glasses. The contrast of the creamy head and dark beer color really look great.

S - Roasted coffee smells

T - An easy drinking, low carbonated, smooth coffee flavor.

MF - A bit bitter and dry afterwards with slight aftertastes of coffee and alcohol.

D - This is the beer that's gotten me to prefer getting new brews over new whiskeys. I consider this my "goto" beer when session drinking occurs. WIth its low alcohol content and low carbonation they're easy to drink but oddly filling. Hence the "it's like a meal in a can!" saying.

penut, Sep 14, 2006
Photo of ridedammit
2.7/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

The beer itself is not horrible (its not great either) I guess i just don't like the draught beer in a can concept. I realize the company wants to be able to market to a large audience, but to realy enojy a draught, go to a pub, order it, wait a few minutes for it to be poured correctly, then enjoy. No its not the best beer in the world, it just has a feeling to it. It needs to be enojoyed in a pub, preferably in an Irish Pub, and even better in a pub in or around Dublin.

ridedammit, Sep 12, 2006
Photo of vancurly
4.13/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big throaty gurgle as it's opened. Poured into a Guinness pint glass.
Head settles quickly, into a 1cm heavy beige forth. It remains.
Dense, black, with dark reddish brown tinges at the very edge.
Aroma... fleshy, pungent & faintly smokey, almost like salami.... hint of milk sourness.
Smoky, creamy, roasty --- I need oysters quickly --- lightly sweet aftertaste, lingering roasted flavours, and also some late grain notes. Medium bitterness at the back. Again, a hint of sourness.
Silky texture, light carbonation, and full bodied flavour all the way back.

vancurly, Sep 11, 2006
Photo of Neehan
3.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This has the appearance and the smell that remind you of a Guinness, but after that it drops off a little. The appearance is black/very dark brown with zero transparency and a tan head that is light and creamy. The smell is complex with hints of toffee and raisins to suggest a couple. The taste is light, smooth, and smoky but a bit watered-down. The mouthfeel is also very watery, not as creamy or stimulating as I would have hoped for, yet the lightness does make this easy to drink. A good beer, but the nitro bottle doesn't do it justice.

Neehan, Sep 11, 2006
Photo of TechMyst
4.45/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a rating for the 11.2 oz (~330ml) BOTTLE with the Rocket. If you take small sips you will have the sour cream / chalky aftertaste. Take a big pull and you will understand that this is the smoothest most refreshing elixir on the planet. You’ll tase butter toffee, almonds, cinnamon, bitter, and roasted grains. It’s like Candyland for beer...

This is the rating for the Pub version that would be "on-tap" at the bar. More bitter, filling, and fuller body. NO chalk / sour aftertaste.

This is the rating for the 14.9 oz. (440ml) can w/ widget. Lightest mouthfeel of the 3 rated here. Sweetest of the 3. In the middle with the sour/chalk aftertaste...

TechMyst, Sep 08, 2006
Photo of ericj551
3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Guinness pours ruby black with a beautiful creamy white head that lingers for quite a while. Smell is light chocolate and roasted malts. I taste the same, as well as a very slightly sour flavor. When it warms there is an apparent roasted flavor. The nitro can does a great job visually but I'm just not impressed with it otherwise.

ericj551, Sep 08, 2006
Photo of Rudgers73
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorite stouts to have for session drinking.

When I first saw a guinness poured from the tap I noticed that there is a very specific way in which to serve this dark stout. If you want a guinness served properly, you must be patient. It begins with filling the pint glass about 2/3 - 3/4 the way up and then it is set to the side to settle. After it settles the tap is held at about 1/2 tilt and filled the rest of the way--traditionally the tap is swirled around at the very end to form a clover leaf in the thick nitro head. When the glass is set in front of you, you will notice a strange precipitating-like effect. The head sticks around longer than any head you will ever see and leaves a sticky foam in the empty glass.

The mouthfeel is bold and robust. Almost like black coffee there are hints of alcohol and bitterness. After a while it is a little watery, but for a stout it's good to have one mild-mannered so you can drink a lot of it.

Overrated. but respectable.

Rudgers73, Aug 30, 2006
Photo of willc11
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black into my Sweetwater pint glass. Nice cascading bubbles that settle rather quickly, leaving a modest head, about less than one finger, that looks similar to that of milk poured too fast. Moderate lacing where the Guinness was sipped.

Nothing too remarkable in the nose, mostly roasted barley and a hint of coffee and alcohol.

Again, nothing too exceptional about the taste--mostly roasted barley, hop presence is difficult to detect. This bottled version is rather watery compared to that I've had on tap. Extremely low carbonation with a mouthfeel that, again, easily compares to a glass of milk (though this is also just one aspect of the style). Finishes with a hint of sweetness. Despite the low ABV, I seem to be tasting more alcohol than I should as the beer warms a little.

Nonetheless, this is a very drinkable beer; one should stick with the Extra Stout variety when looking for a Guinness (Stateside, anyway) with real flavor.

willc11, Aug 30, 2006
Photo of indysamra
4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a creamy tan color with cascading waves of brown liquid forming under a thick tan head. After about 20 seconds the motion stops and the rich roasted aromas spring forth. The flavor yields a similar dry, roasted barley character, with the roasted aspect becoming more pronounced as the brew warms toward ambient temperature. Simply one the best ever brewed.

indysamra, Aug 30, 2006
Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the glass clear brownish black beneath the cascading tan foam from the nitro bottle. The head was tight and tan and everlasting.

The aroma was chocolate and caramel with a very slight roast/smoke and a present but hidden tart character. The aroma was not sweet but did contain a sizeable amount of caramel.

The flavor was chocolate and coffee and a light bit of caramel, but the beer started on the palate bone dry. The caramel flavor seemed to increase as the cascading foam from the nitro pour died back. The flavor also contained a light bit of acrid sourness.

The finish was dry, bone dry, with lasting coffee and light roast into the aftertaste. The body was medium light with a creamy character due to the head and nitro. Same Guinness that you find on draft which is quite an achievement.

11.2 ounce bottle with shrink wrapped label.

GCBrewingCo, Aug 29, 2006
Photo of Deconstructionis
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

The old days of fresh Guinness on tap are apparently history in this country. It seems anymore that you are just as likely to get a stale resiny pint as a fresh one (which is a treat). Sadly, the nitro can is now a better bet-- at least it's consistent.

The cascading head is always very pretty. Both the smell and taste are middle of the road for stouts. Clearly, the brewers have positioned this one for the mass market but that doesn't mean it's not a good beer just one that won't overwhelm those used to macrobrews and might underwhelm those who have sampled the better craft stouts.

Deconstructionis, Aug 29, 2006
Photo of BeerSox
2.75/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Taken straight from the 12oz. bottle. However, a small amount was poured into a large shot glass to observe the appearance and record the aromas.

Pours opaque black with a very thin tan colored frothy head. Very little retention, although it is sticky.

Sour aromas are present, almost soy like. Other aromas are a bitter roasty smell.

Almost no sweetness like other stouts. Slight roastyness, along with some bitterness. Overall flavor is bland.

Watery mouthfeel, not as full as a stout should be.

A decent beer. Pales in comparison to their extra stout, as well as other stouts in general. Probably better in a glass out of a nitro can, definitely better on tap. I still use Guinness Draught as a way to start out the night in a bar if I'm not sure what I want or I just want to have something when I'm with people. This is still a good beer for the summer when you want something relatively strong with a roasty flavor instead of something hoppy (or bland). Also seems a little overpriced at ~$7-$8 per six pack for what you get. One thing is for sure though: The beer tastes much better than the widget.

BeerSox, Aug 27, 2006
Photo of rayjay
3.93/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Great foamy head that retained itself even after the beer was gone. Laced the whole glass. Great cascade of bubbles from the nitro canister.

Careful on that pour; 14.9 oz don't fit into that typical 12 oz pint glass that's become so common!

Much lighter body than the bottle of Extra Stout I just had; also a little more tart which was what I was looking for. Roasted malts and hard water. The whole time I kept thinking liquid pretzel. Nice roasted bitter aftertaste. I've always loved how this beer comes across as dark and strong, yet it still manages to be light and refreshing.

Surely pasteurization has taken away from the flavor, a disadvantage of the can.

Mouthfeel is where it really shines. Smooth like silk. Creamy.

Extremely drinkable. Goes down like water. I actually found it more drinkable the warmer it got.

A very close match to the draft, and very different from the extra stout. They are all good in their own way. This one is videly available, making it a solid backup option for the fancier stuff I usually go for. Great to come back to if you've forgotten how good it is. Cheers

rayjay, Aug 26, 2006
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark ruby brown body that cascades into a velvety black tone and forms a lucious textured biscuit tan head which rises above the rim of my glass, very nice. Aroma: Has dark roasted malts which give off the tone of dark roasted coffee roasts, dark cocolate, and creamy slightly acidic notes along with an herbal hop character. Taste somewhat metallic with more soured acidic chocolate milk with old coffee melded in, a very signature Guinness taste to it light hopping is evident with the herbal hop flavor. Mouthfeel is creamy smooth and lighter bodied with a definite smooth factor going on. Drinkability...this is a definite keystone of transitioning into better beer I can drink this in number although since discovering stout I've found many brews in that style that I crave over Guinness Draught.

WVbeergeek, Aug 25, 2006
Photo of tempo013
4.08/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

drank a few during a Steelers game out of my buddy's kegerator. Very impressive style that kept my attention. The aftertaste was delightful and drinkablity was perfect. Leaving the beer sit on the table and become lukewarm enhanced the flavor, although when it is served ice cold the flavor is good.

tempo013, Aug 22, 2006
Photo of fido
4.35/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is very dark; It smells and tastes like Guinness Extra Stout but with ABV 4.20%; Mouthfeel is creamy and dry; Drinkability is good.

I didn´t like drink straight from the bottle, I prefer Guinness Extra Stout over Guinnes Draught even when I poured it into a pint glass.

Anyway, A very good beer.


fido, Aug 22, 2006
Photo of Backer2004
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I can still recall not being able to finish one of these back in college and dreaded drinking them with friends at Notre Dame tailgaters a few years back. Maybe I've developed a taste for other styles but this one is just your average stout with a good mouthfeel and appearance, especially poured out of a nitro can. Great carbonation and head, smooth mouthfeel. Though no impressive smell, it's not too bad at all.

Backer2004, Aug 19, 2006
Photo of Lancer211
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2oz nitro bottle into a stein.

A - Nitro/CO2 head forms immediately, slightly off-white, very fine carbonation. Beer itself is opaque black, a most inviting proposition. Lacing is excellent. Pour created beautiful tan waves of head flowing upward from bottom of stein.

S - Roasty malted scent, a bit chocolatey, not too much there actually.

T - Not as good as Extra Stout, Foreign Extra Stout, or on tap version. Malty, a bit chocolatey, but even when warmed up a bit, not much in the way of character. A bit of acidity in the middle, and a quick hit of bitterness and a slightly drying finish. (even at 4.2%) I feel like Guinness Draught is kind of the "lite beer" of stouts... but since it's a stout, that still puts it above about 75% of the brews out there.

M - Nitro-smooth, thinner and more watery than expected though. Went down easily enough tho, with a hint of a bitter lingering aftertaste, not altogether unpleasant.

D - Sessionable, not as good as on tap, however. The lightness of body and taste means I could drink more of these, but there are better beers out there. I do feel like this could be a good stepping stone towards moving mainstream beer drinkers away from BMC crap and towards darker and better brews.

I remember when I thought Guinness was the finest beer in production.... as my Guinness poster that dates from my college days attests. I know better now. Still a damn decent brew, and when I feel like having something a little lighter, I'll still have one of these. Ironic isn't it, that one would have a "stout" as lighter fare than the usual?

Lancer211, Aug 16, 2006
Photo of Gehoffrey426
4.38/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My Goodness! My Guinness! The first beer I ever had, and still my favorite, along with Corsindok Abbey Brown Ale and Newcastle Brown Ale.

Appearance: The beer is very dark. Can be anywhere from a dark red to a pure black. Head should be light tan to white. If the bartender is good, a shamrock will be in the head.

Smell: It is immediately evident that this is not a skunk beer. The Irish have been making this beer exceptionally well since 1759.

Taste: This beer is thick, but surprisingly light for a stout which is why it floats on top in a black and tan or half and half. The initial taste is that of the roasted barley and hops as well as the light thickness that is traditional with Guinness. This fades into surprisingly little after taste for a stout.

Mouthfeel: A mouthfull of Guinness is like a massage for the mouth, it is a thick beer, but surprisingly smooth at the same time.

Drinkability: Not a party beer! This is a beer that is to be enjoyed in a relaxed setting. This is not a beer to chug, it is a beer to sit back, drink slowly, and enjoy. This is a break from the world to relax and enjoy.

Gehoffrey426, Aug 15, 2006
Photo of mithrascruor
2.15/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. nitro-bottle poured into a tall glass.

Had this at a bar -- otherwise wouldn't have tried the bottled version (the nitro-can version is ok). Beer pours a dark black-ish color, but has none of the great "surging" look that it is supposed to have. A real disappointment to start out with. The smell is very minimal, but it's really watered down compared to what a Guinness is supposed to smell like. Tastes a bit like a Guinness, but again, the flavor is a bit watered down and it has none of the thick, heavy, creamy flavor and feel of the original. As a beer it's drinkable, but not as a Guinness. What a joke... stay away from Guinness in a bottle!

mithrascruor, Aug 13, 2006
Photo of Dizzy
3.2/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured this classic from a bottle, dark brown with thick creamy off white head. As far as appearance goes, you can't beat this. Roastiness dominates the aroma. Taste is roasted malts and I get some acidity. The mouthfeel is pretty thin. This is a goodt beer to session, often in places that don't have anything besides this worth drinking.

Dizzy, Aug 10, 2006
Photo of TheLiterati
1.53/5  rDev -56.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Decades ago, my very first “big” beer after being weaned from Miller and Bud was a Guinness Extra Stout. My father had visited Ireland and brought home a bottle or two straight from the source and it was simply amazing. Even then, I knew I’d never go back to the yellow stuff again.

That was more than three decades ago. Since then, my palate has matured and my beer tastes have grown more complex. Even so, I was surprised to feel so disappointed on my recent reunion with my one-time favorite.

Since I’d bought a six of the new and improved nitro bottles, I had two tastings – the first in a glass so I could judge the color, etc., and a second one so I could savor it as it was designed to be had – straight from the bottle. I knew this would be different from the "extra" that I'd enjoyed so long ago, but I never expected to be so, well, bummed over the absolute blandness of this beer.

Served in a glass, I could appreciate the dark brown color and creamy head. Frankly, there was absolutely nothing noteworthy about the smell. The words smoky and creamy come to mind, but that would suggest that there was something substantial about it, and sad to say, that just wasn’t the case.

And even sadder, that lack of substance translated to the flavor as well. There’s a very mild, malty sweetness there, and again hints of smokiness – all from the roasted barley of course – but that’s really it.

The mouthfeel is flat; and the finish was more chalky than dry.

As for the second sampling, which was had straight from the bottle as suggested, well, lets just say while I know Guinness is something of a classic, based on this sampling, its really more hype than substance.

TheLiterati, Aug 09, 2006
Photo of danielocean03
3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a beer I've had numerous times from the bottle, I have drank directly from the bottle as directed and wasn't nearly as satisfied as pouring into a pint glass and enjoying much more.

Vigorous and slightly rougher pour into a pint glass to intensify the effervescent waterfall effect, appearance is an opaque ruby edged black with a full finger of light beige head that exhibits decent head retention. Aroma is light, mainly made up of roasty grain and sweet malts, very simple and pleasing to the nose. Taste is also light, just as it smells with some creaminess and bitter unsweetened cocoa and espresso notes. Mouthfeel is light bodied with moderate levels of carbonation, most likely an effect of the nitro widget's delivery. Goes down quickly and easy, washes off the tongue effortlessly given the light body. Remarkably refreshing, very enjoyable brew. Drinkability is good, easy to drink and appreciate, low abv. Will definitely purchase again, great standby beer that one could develop cravings for if not careful.

danielocean03, Aug 07, 2006
Guinness Draught from Guinness Ltd.
80 out of 100 based on 6,046 ratings.