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Guinness Draught - Guinness Ltd.

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6,379 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,379
Reviews: 2,098
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 19.89%
Wants: 81
Gots: 1,098 | 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 billybob
2.86/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

very dark brown in color with a one finger beige head thats like shaving cream, lacing is a continuous sheet down the glass. weak aromas of roasted malt and coffee. taste same, very weak and watery with low carbonation very disappointing. i do like guinness but i will not buy the guinness draught again.

Photo of tedpeer
3.91/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - 14.9 ounce nitro can poured into a pint. Black pour, surge, settling into a half inch creamy head. Lacing all the way to the end. This is the way a beer is supposed to look.

S - Slight coffee smell

T - Finishes slightly bitter

M/D - Creamy mouthfull. Drink it all night long.

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

Everyone knows Guinness... And that is for good reason. I have to say this beer is the best "light" beer I've ever had. At 125 calories for a 12 oz serving it is a hard one to beat. It is a beer I look forward to to top off any night out drinking. It is full of flavor, it has a very dark (black) color, and it has a creamy head that cascades as it settles from the pour. If you have not had a Guinness Draught then get out of that cave you are living in and go get one. You may or may not care for it, but I feel the majority of people that try one, would have it again. I consider it the "gateway" beer for more exciting beer drinking. Although it is not my favorite beer, I rank it very highly for a very drinkable stout. Personally for its style I would prefer a Murphy's, but they are harder to find.

Photo of csmiley
2.99/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Color is a very dark brown and is pushing a shade of black. No light gets through on the edges. Head was somewhat minimal topping out at a quarter inch. Retention and lacing were both excellent.

S - Very little aroma comes from the beer. I was able to pick up some roastiness and what could be coffee in a distant background.

T - The overall bitterness dominates the flavor. Roasted flavors are strong and bitter. A light coffee flavor starts to come in about midway. Then the flavor just kind of stops. Taste leans toward boring.

M - Light bodied with good carbonation. Finish is bitter and dry (typical of the style). Aftertaste is clean and disappears quickly.

D - Drinkability is average. The beer goes down easy and remains smooth throughout. However, this beer is the epitome of bland. I would only get this if nothing better were available at the time.

Photo of DavoleBomb
1.46/5  rDev -58.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

3.0 A: Pours a dark brown. Looking at this beer makes you think that perhaps it will be good.

2.0 S: Somewhat malty, not much of anything really.

1.0 T: Tastes of bitter water.

2.0 M: Creaminess is nice, but that fact that even the cream is tastless makes its creaminess an even greater liability.

1.0 D: Drinkable in the same sense that Keystone is drinkable.

This is not the worst beer ever, but it certainly is the most overrated. If you disagree with me then you are insane. I am not trying to troll, but the fact that I am relatively new to the world of fine beers and this one was easy to point out as terrible and tasteless, I should be allowed to make such a caustic statement.

Photo of cyrenaica
1.86/5  rDev -47.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

20oz draught
4.1% ABV

I tried this beer on March 15, 2008 at 'McCabe's Irish Pub' in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. The beer was a dark murky brown with a thick, creamy tan coloured head that lasted a long time. The aroma was almost non-existent. The mouthfeel was full-bodied, but very little carbonation. The flavour was very reminiscent of diluted tea.

Photo of BigJTrucker
3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finally picked up a 6pack of these nitro bottles.

I know it says drink from the bottle, but I had to pour into a glass. Poured a very deep dark ruby color with the typical cascading nitro bubbles, thin creamy brown head that seems to last forever. Smell is likewise very creamy, some malty sweetness. Taste is slightly peaty, roasted malt. Very light flavor. Mouthfeel is fairly light, and dry as to be expected. I much prefer the "Extra Stout", but if forced to choose between Draught in cans or these nitro bottles, i'd have to say bottles.

Photo of mwilbur
4.36/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured on-tap into Guinness imperial pint glass (in Paris).
A: Watching this brew settle is truly a mesmorizing thing of beauty. Once done, this appears an opaque black with thick creamy head with excellent retention and good lacing.
S: Roasted malt mixes with nitro. Creamy sweet aroma.
T: On tap, this is wonderfully sweet, dense and creamy dark in nature. Light roasted malt notes with tons of cream. The closer to the source, the better. The nitro-can doesn't hold up to the tap offering. And U.S. domestic tap doesn't hold up to the European tap experience.
M: Extraordinarily light and smooth. Very creamy mouthfeel.
D: Very, very drinkable. Excellent sessionability. Multiple pints are necessary. Truly a wonderful beer with excellent appearance in the glass.
Note: My ratings for domestic on-tap would be 5/4/3/4.5/4. And my ratings for the nitro-can would be 5/4/2/4/3. Significant differences.

Photo of nickfl
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - One finger of thick, light brown foam that doesn't go away. The body is opaque and black.

S - Coffee and caramel with some slight sourness.

T - Light, roasted flavor with notes of dark chocolate. Quite sour in the middle with a dry, clean and slightly roasty, bitter finish.

M - Moderately thick, creamy body with low carbonation and a dry finish.

D - Roasty and dry, this is obviously a classic example of the style. Nevertheless, I can't say I really like it, it is pretty one dimensional and not particularly compelling.

Photo of everetends
3.54/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This another old reliable. Get it on tap at The Vault in Jacksonville, AL and other fine bars throughout the country.

A: Pours a dark black once the nitrogen bubbles settle. Watching this beer settle is beautiful in itself. The brown cloud sweeping up ward towards an always hearty head.

S: Malt, barley, slight hints of coffee and chocolate.

T: Malt comes through with a bit of chocolate and cream.

M: Very creamy and leaves a good after taste.

D: Very drinkable. A good fall back beer for beer joints who don't have micros.

Photo of hooligan
4.04/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap from the Tilted Kilt in Clearwater, Florida. Served in a straight-side draft pint glass.

Watching this beer settle is part of it's mistique - its a lava lamp for beer geeks... once settled, a perfect 1-finger head of slightly off-white cream meets a pitch black beer.

Lactic, coppery (but not unpleasant) smell upfront followed by strong smells off coffee and earthiness (leather? soil?), very slight hop bitterness comes through in the nose, but blends in well with the metallic odors mentioned above.

The twang that Guinness is famous for, is still ever-present in the tap... it seems to be the predominant flavor upfront, blending well with the roasted malt - that makes up the complete character of this beer. Hops are there as a balance, not too pronounced, but enough there as to clean up the palate.

Thick, soft mouthfeel with a very slight "fizz" character that pairs very well with the flavor and character of the beer. I've spent more money on a good Guinness draft than I've probably spent on all others combined - this is "the Session Beer" for myself and many of my friends.

This beer will always be a classic. The commercial (widget bottle, nitro-can) are pale shadows compared.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.92/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A. Wonderful lacing and a quarter inch head. One sexy beer.

S. Roasted barley. Nothing exceptional here.

T. Sweet initial taste with a smokey aftertaste.

M. Incredibly Smooth. Light and refreshing. Creamy is another word that I use to describe the texture.

D. This is a staple beer. Its good drinking. Cheers.

Photo of Misfit138
4.56/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I didn't follow the rules and poured into my Guinness Pint glass.

A- The stout poured out nicely and did the famous "it alive" turning from brown to black, creating a nice thick white head.

S- Very very light chocolate.

T- The beer is pretty light for a stout, really has no bitterness at all. Hints of chocolate and roasted malt.

M- Rather creamy, nice.

D- This is a beer that one really can't go wrong with. The easiest stout to find anywhere. Since its rather low alcohol one can drink several.

Photo of RobinLawrence123
4.02/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

People seems to give Guinness alot of flack for being "not stout enough" ect ect. But I think that missed the point. Guinness is a dark looking beer, but it drinks easy, and its lighter then it looks. At only 136calorires a pint, you can throw back quite a few, compaired to the 300+ with "stoutier stouts". In my opinion, there is no better drink when your with your mates at the Pub.

Photo of Ihearthops
2.38/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance - There is nothing special about the appearance of guinness. It doesn't have the thickness of higher quality stouts, and the head lacks a depth of color.

Smell - With an acute sense of smell you'll detect hints of coffee and chocolate - typical aromas of a stout, however they are no where near as strong as others.

Taste - Lacking.

Mouthfeel - Despite its dark appearance, guinness lacks the velvety thickness one expects in a proper stout.

Drinkability - Average; only for the fact that you can drink these all night long and still not get drunk (low alcohol %).

The only people who like guinness are those who have never had a proper stout or porter in their life. Go buy a real stout by Samuel Smith (oatmeal preferably), and you'll finally understand why everyone says it tastes like mud.

Photo of lawman834
3.24/5  rDev -8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Wow. That there is the purdy-est beer I ever seen! Thick tan head that lasts till the very end and the body is black as night.

S - Coffee and caramel malts. A tad smokey.

T - Meh. Way weaker than the appearence would suggest. What you do taste is not that great. Watery with some decent roasted malt.

M&D - A mellow beer that can be fairly easy to drink. I guess the low ABV makes it so that you can toss back a bunch of them, but really...I'd rather not.

Photo of batty
3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap at the local 'guinness official irish pub' here in spain.

appearance is better than anything i've seen - very dark, beautiful brew, 3/4 inch head so thick it seems you can walk on it. Head stays the whole beer and lacing all the way down.

smell was not special, dark malts and alcohol.

if you just hold the beer in your mouth it tastes just like water - all flavor comes from the back of the tongue - nothing but dark bitter malts, but a well balanced bitterness.

mouth feel honestly reminds me of water.

drinkability is average - relatively low abv and water mouth feel means it can keep flowing for quite some time.

Photo of Moxley
3.91/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. nitro-bottle into a small pilsner glass - thanks once again to my good friend hyland24. You're the best Hy!

A - This is a good lookin' beer. I love the way it looks like a creamy coffee dessert drink swirling around as the thick creamy head settles to a solid 1 inch. The head sticks around till the end with good lacing throughout.

S - Lots of caramel and coffee with a faint malty aroma.

T - I got a sweet caramel flavor at first with coffee and malt coming through on the finish.

M&D - Despite the thick creamy head and opaque black body, this beer goes down smooth and not too heavy. The low ABV content makes this a good session beer and a perfect choice for those who like a full bodied, full flavored stout that's not too bitter or strong.

I liked this a lot. I look forward to having the real thing in Ireland some day.

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasty roasted beer good for sessioning due to low ABV.

A- Black and barely translucent. OK lace and good creamy head.

S- Smells like chocolate and coffee. Mocha

T- Tastes like it smells along with some caramel sweetness. Not like a beer should taste but not offensive.

M&D- Feels very good. Creamy and yet quite drinkable

Photo of Rsobotka
3.74/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Black, dark , roasted appearance, thick almost coffee
Smell - not alot of smell from this can...lost somehow in the translation
Taste - Reminds me of a Guiness but stripped of all the good flavors
Mouthfeel - Weak and watery...not hte thick feel of the pub style draft

Drinkability - Definitely not the original...I could swallow this down if there was no Guiness in sight but would rather hit the tap.

Photo of ubermick
3.66/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ordered on tap at the Mayflower Inn, San Rafael.

A: Dark, dark red with a thick creamy head cresting the glass. When poured right, it's a work of art.

S: Roasted malts, slight coffee.

T: Just like the smell, the roasted malts come through with a hint of nuttiness, with a somewhat bitter aftertaste.

MF/D: As an Irishman, I feel I'm obliged to include Guinness in my reviews, generally because whenever I'm in a bar and someone meets me, they automatically assume it's my beer of choice. It's a decent beer, one I've enjoyed many times, but not my favourite stout by a long shot. As most on here probably know, the notion that Guinness is "a meal in a glass" is ridiculous, and most stouts are lighter than a lot of beers, so you don't expect a lot of volume, but it's a little watery for me, and I personally am not a fan of the slightly bitter flavour. For a more enjoyable example of Irish stout, I'd go with Murphys.

Photo of fl0w
3.49/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Slightly opaque reddish black, with a nice, persistent inch thick tan head, once its famous reverse cascade thing finishes. Note it's over much faster then its draft counterpart, which is a bad thing, or a good thing, depending on your priorities.

S: Slight roasted malt, hints of coffee. Nothing overpowering.

T: Like the smell, malts, coffee, with some chocolate. Finish is a nice semisweet

M&D: While the pour suggests otherwise, quite thin, but still nice and smooth. Light carbonation doesn't upset the smoothness. Light enough to enjoy a few of these.

Great beer on tap, and a great feat in making it very similar with their nitro-widget can.

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the can with a thick creamy tan head, about a finger width deep and the remainder is a solid black with light carbonation. Not as as impressive to watch settle as from the draft.

Smell is light, roasted malts, not much else.

Taste is of light, roasted malts, a little lingering flavor of roastedness but not much going on here. I still enjoy but not as good as from draft.

Mouthfeel is very light, not much carbonation or lingering flavors.

Very drinkable, but based on the fact that there are not many overpowering flavors.

Photo of cjohnson
4.07/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a solid black with a velvety smooth, frothy head about a finger in width that likes to persist.

Smell is weak all around, but there's a bit of roasted maltyness to pick up.

There's some roasted malt flavors going on in the taste, maybe a slight tough of caramel. All-in-all the taste isn't incredibly exciting or complex, but is reliable.

Very smooth, though somewhat thin, feeling in the mouth, and very easily drinkable.

Though some people seem to think Guinness isn't what it used to be, it's still a staple and certainly my mainstream beer of choice (that is, of the beers you can get a place like Chili's or Applebee's, Guinness seems to be the best offer). It may not be the best stout in the world, but is always a reliable fallback.

Photo of Slynger
3.66/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque blackly brown with a milkshake creamy, light tan lid. Light nose of un-sweet chocolate and roasted coffee beans. Light and somewhat watery with a creaminess to the mouthfeel. Cream, dry chocolate, and roasted tasting. Not terrible, not complex, but it is quite sessionable.

Guinness Draught from Guinness Ltd.
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