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Guinness Draught - Guinness Ltd.

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Reviews: 2,102
Hads: 6,845
Avg: 3.44
pDev: 36.92%
Wants: 119
Gots: 1,634 | 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 aaron12
4.13/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

to me a pint of guinness is a lot like sex, or pizza, even when it's bad it's still kinda good. from what ive heard, unless your in ireland you're not havin a real guinness... whatever, i'm not in ireland and i like guinness just fine. it's more about where you get your pint. Ive had good pints, ok pints, and great pints. this review is for the pint of guinness i got at the 9lb hammer in georgetown seattle. first off the pour was done right, i had to wait a minute half way through for it to settle. this pint is deep black(red hue in the light), with a cream white head two fingers thick. beautiful! 9lb pours the coldest guinness ive had, which i think makes the beers taste fresh and clean. it's creamy, smooth, smoky and balanced. sometimes there's nothing like a guinness... i will say this, i try to stay away from the cans and bottles, on tap is the only way to have to have guinness.

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Photo of JISurfer
4.14/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

What can I say? I really like this brew. Sure, it's not as good as Murphy's, but it's still better than most of the crap that's offered at bars and such. It's appearance is a beautiful sight for me, with the cascadeing colors in the begginning, and then it switching over to the pitch black body with the thick creamy tan head. One thing that's cool, is that at the Irish Pud I frequent, they dab the foam on top, so that it forms a clover. The taste is not too shabby. It's got a chocolate maltyness to it, plus the bite of the hops, and then it balances out to a creamy finish. I like this beer. It's gotta be the Irish Catholic in me.

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Photo of Klunco
4.14/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served on tap in an imperial Guinness tulip glass. Guinness holds a special place in my heart as it was the first beer I genuinely liked. It's a great standby when only BMC taps are at a bar, and is easy to drink and sessionable.

A note about Guinness, it is my opinion that this beer gets fouled up by more bars than any other beer out there and this is the reason for most peoples disappointment with it. It's not the greatest stout out there, but is a lot better than some of these ratings particularly if you get it at a reputable place. When people talk about how great it is in Ireland, freshness is a factor, but also the fact that it is so prominent there, most pubs know how to keep the nitrous level correct, the kegs are emptied often, and the two part pour is done almost everywhere. All three of these things make a difference and I've been to way too many bars in America where, often, the Guinness is stale, not served in the right glass, and poured straight down in one single opening of the tap.

I'll be reviewing this from a bar that does it right: turns over enough Guinness that it is fresh, serves in the tulip glass, does the two part pour, and keeps the lines clean.

A - A classic. Looks like a supersized shot of espresso. Black with a beautifully creamy tan head that lasts forever. Served in a clean glass beautiful foam rings form as the beer goes down.

S - This is where Guinness lacks the most IMO. A bit of roasted malt comes through along with dark chocolate and coffee notes. No presence of hops.

T - Creamy, balanced, and easy to drink. A roasted malty flavor comes through along with hints of vanilla extract and coffee notes. Finishes with a short lived bitter roasted flavor.

M - Another area where Guinness excels. Perfectly creamy mouthfeel that isn't abrasive like CO2. Very easy to drink because of the mouthfeel.

D - A great session beer. Sure there are stouts with more flavors, but Guinness is widely available and it's mild mannered flavor makes it easy to drink as many as you'd like (One night I had 8 imperial pints in a row) without getting as full as I would have with other beers. Alcohol level is low so it keeps you standing and Guinness is calorically low which never hurts and makes it a good option instead of a typical light beer. I could drink this from 10 am on and all day on a rainy day and often have. The only killer is how many bars screw this beer up.

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Photo of steinlifter
4.14/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured dark opaque brown, nice creamy head that retained well, smell was of roasted coffee, taste was a creamy mocha, bith a slight bitterness toward the end, mouthfeel was little carbonation, and a bit creamy, drinkability is excellent IMO, although I have had Stouts I liked better, this is nice!

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Photo of NaziBeerHunter
4.14/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm kind of biased, but this really is one of my favorite beers. It's got nice thick mouthfeel and some great flavor. It's a classic for a reason, it really is excellent.

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Photo of zuggy9
4.14/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's a bit hard for me to be partial here, as Guinness was my introduction to stout, but here goes. For me, the appearance of a well poured Guinness is stellar. The deep rich near-black mahogany tint of it, while the flow of bubbles seems to defy physics is near magical. It causes me near pain to see this pulled off a draft by someone not skilled. A strong coffee flavored aroma filled you with hints of grain, and the taste is comparable with definite chocolate and smoke notes. The mouth feel is smooth and creamy and finishes nicely. Very drinkable, whether draft, widget bottle or nitro-can.

Always great poured over a bent spoon atop Bass Pale Ale or Harp Lager as well!

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.14/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This looked exceptionally wonderful. Pitch black with a creamy head that lasted until I was done. Couldn't be better.

I would give the taste a 4.25, but there are not enough discrete points to give it that. Not very astringent,but with a very good taste.

The smell was good but not very strong. I don't have the most incredible sense of smell so I wouldn't worry too much about it.

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Photo of thatruth
4.15/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

god, what a beautiful pour. a sight to behold no matter how many times you see it. i feel bad even doing this review, as i may not give the beer due justice. pours a nice dark chocolate brown into a solid black glass no light penetrates. solid, almost two finger head that lingers til the end of the glass. creamy, off-white, almost light mocha head with thick, frothy lacing.
gallant bubbles frolic alongside the glass throughout the initial release of the beverage. again, a beautiful pour.

smells delicious. hazelnut malts with a hint of cocoa, fresh. like putting your nose inside a just opened bag of the best smelling coffee one can find, but not overbearing.

light, smooth on-bringing comes to a quick, crisp, tasteful finish. tastes is of barley and malts, with an aftertaste of hops : all uniquely their own.

i was hesistant to review Guinness without the widget. i felt it wouldn't be an accurate representation of the beer, this 'experiment', which has left the Guinness bottles without their now familiar 'widgets'. although, after reviewing it, i realize looking back it will be more unique, perhaps a time where "to widget, or not to widget?" was indeed a the question. could these little guys be no more? who knows. all i know is i totally realized how much i had been playing hard to get with my love for this beer. it really is all you could ask for in a brew. a nectar of the gods.

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Photo of jmbranum
4.15/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured about half the bottle into a glass so I could test it both in and out of the bottle (this is one the nitro-bottles), and I must say that I think this is an improvement over the nitro-can version of Guinness Draught.

Very dark brown if held up to the light, but pretty close to black. The head is a nice creamy off-white. Quite attractive.

The aroma has some roasted malt notes with a tinge of coffee. The flavor is full, with lots of nice roasted malt, some coffee, maybe a tiny bit of chocolate, and a rather nice bitter aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy.

The negative of this beer is that it is not terribly complex. Compared to other stouts that I enjoy, Guinness Draught seems to be rather one-dimensional. I do prefer Guinness Extra Stout or some of the American stouts to this, but compared to the canned draught version (or what you sometimes get on tap), this is an improvement.

As far as drinking straight from the bottle, to me the flavor is more concentrated on the bitter notes, but the mouthfeel is a bit more watery.

Lastly, for relatively low-carb beers, this isn't half bad (only 9.9 g per 12 oz.). Much better than most other sub-10g beers.

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Photo of nicksta
4.15/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I am reviewing this from the nitro can this time.

The appearance is a jet black solid with brown edging. In the beginning the carbonation rises and rises, not as much as in a bottle though, and it finally settles in the form of a tan pancake on top of the beer.

The smell has faint hints of mocha ringing through and not much else. A little disapointing.

The taste is very much like the bottle. Roasted, creamy, hints of chocolate and toffee, and rounded out with black coffe bitterness. Always let it warm up a bit just to let you know.

The mouthfeel is still light, but not as light, like the bottled version.

The drinkability is better than ever! Chug, chug, chug!, or great as a session beer.

Not bad but I still prefer the nitro-bottled version.

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Photo of stoutman
4.15/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In each country the beer varies a bit to meet the local tastes but the American version is deep black in color, with a dense tan head of foam that lasts until the bottom of the glass. This stout also features a surprisingly fruity aroma amidst the massive roasted malt nose. Deep, rich, and bitter with tinges of sourness and flavors of dark roasted coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and malt. The version in the draught-can is somewhat thinner in body and less fruity and therefore more drinkable.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.15/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a slightly rubied dark dark brown to black color with a finger of tight foam over top. The nose is nice and roasty, right about where I expect things to be. The flavor is nice, but a little thin for me. I want a bit more full flavor. The aftertaste has a nice bitter roasty quality to it. The feel is moderate and creamy. Overall, the aftertaste keeps me coming back to this beer time and time again. Its not as dry as others I have had in the past couple of days. I think Guinness may have been toppled as the best irish stout in my book. I still like and enjoy it, but it seems to be missing something here.

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Photo of sweetwaterman
4.15/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Guinness is one of my staple beers. One of the more famous imports, this is consumed by cubic meters in Irish pubs. It is nice and smooth, with the darker malts providing a nice flavor that is goes down soft as black velvet. The nitro rocket is a neat little touch, but be careful opening the bottles, sometimes they overflow a little. This makes a great session beer, espically with pub food such as shepard's pie or chili.

Respect beer? Brilliant!

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Photo of mnesporov
4.15/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love it or hate it Guinness has established them selves in a notch that they will never be removed from. It might be the fact that the look of the beers just makes you want to scream for happiness who knows? One thing for sure is that Guinness is one of my favorite beers, and is one of the only stouts you can buy at the gas station at 2 in the morning when all the other places have closed down for the night.

A: few beers look better than a 'draft' pint of Guinness. Truly a sight to behold, legendary head retention

S: Roasted grain, perhaps a touch of coffee. Average in aroma.

T: Roasted grain flavor with the smallest bit of sourness that is equalized by the bitterness.

M: Medium bodied, with a creamy mouthfeel.

D: Extremely drinkable, I don’t think I could watch a football game with out one.

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Photo of tigg924
4.16/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: black in color with a one inch creamy head, opaque--Even when poured from a nitro can, beers do not look much better than Guinness

Smell: roasted malt and tobacco

Taste: dry roasted malt, tobacco, and some creamy sweetness

Mouthfeel: dry, light bodied, moderate carbonation, sweet and roasty

Drinkability: A classic and one of the best looking beers I have seen. This to me is still the benchmark of the style and I would love to try it on tap in Ireland some day. That said, I could session this.

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Photo of tneel
4.16/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer that made me realize there is good beer out there. This will always have a spot with me because it was the first beer that opened my eyes to the world of great beer. Guinness will always be one of my favorite beers.

The appearance is what first sells it- the turn to black is always a cool thing to watch. It has a mild coffee smell and taste to it and the roasted malts are apparent throughout the stout. There is also a thick, creamy head and a surpisingly smooth taste. I thought that this would be a thicker beer than it turned out to be.

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Photo of Murph
4.16/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of my absolute favorites. The first stout I ever tried and I am still in love with the style. There is just something about watching the smooth cascade after the beer is poured. Smooth mouthfeel and all the way down too. A definite session beer.

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Photo of scottyshades
4.16/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is simply amazing! Not only is it readily available at almost every bar in the US, but it is an outstanding brew
A: Pours deep black with an INCREDIBLE head that leaves a massive lace around the glass. The head is tan and when it grows, it reaches about 4 fingers

S: Toasted/burnt malts with a sweet note of cream or chocolate

T: Toasted malts, a sweet note, and a slight hint of bitterness

MF: full in body, very silky and thick, but not bad at all

D: All day everyday...and for $2.50 a piece (happy hour) you can get alot done

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Photo of SaltyLime
4.16/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Years ago, this was my first of the dark beers and I resisted at first.

Appearance - I agree with many of the other raters...definitely one of the most gorgeous beers I have ever seen. It comes out perfect every time.

Smell - Not a very strong smell, light coffee and dark chocolate is the first thing I sensed.

Taste - Just like it smells. Regrettably, it does have a little watery taste, but with so many other mouth watering flavors it was easy to overlook.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth and creamy. Seemed to be a little thicker after it warmed up a little bit.

Drinkability - It goes down easy. Foamy head stays to the end

After a little open mindedness and beer maturity, it has become one of my regulars.

Rating based on overall comparison between tap, bottle and can..
Appearance from tap has a creamier head and the body was thicker than what comes from the nitro-bottle or nitro-can. Also had this beer on tap while passing through Ireland and Spain.

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Photo of Phatz
4.16/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Tall nitro-can loaded with the Rocket Widget. Nice touch (some people have called it a pointless gimmick but the appearance of the beer is a beauty so...). Served in my pint glass at 50 degrees. This review is the same as my previous review of the nitro bottle. I think it is just as good in the can as it is in the bottle and maybe more convenient IMO.

Appearance: Pours a great noble brown and sits in my pint glass looking very black. There are slight red hues as the light reflects, but it looks quite black. Awesome creamy off white head that lasted the entire duration of the beer. Substantial and lasting lacing is impressive.

Smell: A bit of dark fruit. It has a unique and surprising mild sweetness about it.

Taste: Some chocolate and some raspberries. On the first sip I am impressed by the Dry characteristic of the beer. It invades on the taste for only a moment though. After that the surprising sweet almost dry fruit flavor but not quite fruit (to dry to be fruit) unless you add a certain toastedness to the description. Evident dark malts. Very mild flavor but very enjoyable. The only bitterness is a very slight hint after the dryness in the aftertaste. Overall, very pleasant taste.

Mouthfeel: A bit thinner than I'd expect from a stout; somewhat lighter in weight and in body. DRY! This beer screams Irish DRY Stout from moment one. It is fantastically crisp with just the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Very VERY drinkable. Nice and tasty, light weight (sits easy in your stomach) low ABV, no extreme characteristics; all make this an easy guzzler. There is a low quality bar down the street from my house. They carry almost nothing worth drinking but it is the only bar close to my house. Guinness Draught is the only thing they have that I am interested in; and that is the best thing about this beer. It's everywhere! For an easily accessible beer made by a 'Big Brewery' this is definitely one of the best 'Big Brewery' beers out there. The only Macro characteristic it has is that partway between the middle of your mouth and the swallow I noticed a small empty watery space that had a little gap in the flavor. Nothing substantial and certainly forgivable but characteristic of big breweries. I highly recommend this as a Bar Beer. When you are at a bar with limited selection it is likely they will carry Guinness Draught and it is a great fallback choice and a regular in my fridge.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of civilizedpsycho
4.16/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: I love the way this beer looks. It's almost a solid black color, but it takes a couple minutes for the head to settle and while it's settling, you get that crazy foam flowing throughout the beer. I think it's beautiful.

Smell: It has a slightly roasted and bitter smell.

Taste: It has a roasted malt flavor with a bit of a bitter kick in the aftertaste. I love it.

Mouthfeel: Kind of thin for the style. Merely average.

Drinkability: Very good. I've gotten this several times, and I'm sure I will get it again. I really like this brew.

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Photo of steveh
4.16/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

After all the St. Pat's din has settled, and seeing that I've never reviewed what used to be my beer for every week, I thought I'd take a fresh look at this classic (no matter what the modern beer geek may misinterpret) -- following the Irish Dry Stout style.

Poured from the nitro can into my Guinness imperial pint.

A -- Deep black color in the wide diameter of the glass, ruby-garnet highlights in the narrow base. Thick, creamy, tan head.

S -- Mildly bitter, roasted character up front. Vague coffee and chocolate back. Overall, maybe a bit light in the aroma profile.

T -- Mellow bitter, roasted malt character throughout the front, middle, and end of the flavor profile of this beer. Some vaguely tart or sour characters in the middle, but balanced nicely by the roasted barley.

M -- Soft, smooth, creamy mouthfeel, very nice. Medium bodied.

O -- Overall impressions of this beer are terrific. I'd forgotten just why this was the continuous go-to beer for me back in the mid 90s, but the rich flavor and easy drinking characters of the Draught Stout are terrific.

Make no mistake, as so many do, this is not a Stout to be compared with a Foreign or Extra Stout (let alone an Imperial), this is a style of beer all its own, and well worth consideration.

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Photo of BlackMagik
4.16/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

As anyone who sees my moniker can tell, I have a taste for the guiness..Very velvety mouthfeel, with hints of chocolate and roasted nut.Dry aftertaste. Had it in true draught form, and cant drink it in a can or bottle, also if sampling in a ber, make sure that the bar uses the guinness a lot, because if it sits in the lines at a bar that doesnt serve much guinness, it gets very bitter. I always ask the waitress/bartender how much the guinness is served(and i get my fair share of weird looks for it).

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Photo of DT7
4.16/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-The Stout poured a very dark brown color due to the nitrogen at first but slowly ran up to a very dark black

S-Smells of roasted grains, caramel, coffee, and some hints of chocolate

T-Not a very bold flavor at first but once it gets to the mid-mouth you really get a taste of roasted sweetness, as it gets furthur back into the throut the coffee and cream aroma really opens up, finishing sweet

M-Smooth, and creamy due to the nitrogen its not very carbonated so you don't really get that bite that you would get from drinking other more carbonated beers

D-Very drinkable, many people are hesistant at first because of its color but it is usually a very big surprise to first time drinkers with pre-noted negative assumptions

In truth I think Guinness has earned a place in my heart as one of my favorite beers. On tap I don't think I would rather drink much of anything else. Its very complex in the sense of its different levels and craft. Even though it is considered a fairly commercial beer it still has that craft and care feeling everytime you drink one...Slainte to the Irish

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Photo of ski271
4.16/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very dark brown with a thick, creamy, light tan head with excellent retention and fabulous rings of lacing. The cascade is a thing of beauty!

Smell: Big roasted malts. Lightly sweet-smelling with aromas of cherries, oak, earth, and chocolate.

Taste: Starts out big but finishes rather thing and weak. A dark malty flavor dominates, accented by chocolate, cherries, and coffee. The finish is lightly bitter and dry, just enough to make you thirst for more.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body, silky-dry texture, low carbonation.

Drinkability: I used to think of this as THE beer of beers. But now that I’ve expanded my beer horizons, I’ve been a little disappointed by this beer. I guess I just keep drinking it thinking it’s going to be as big and full as it looks. But as far as stouts go, it’s rather weak. But highly sessionable, and a true classic. Almost in a class of its own. I think if any beer is going to call itself the “King of Beers”, it should be Guinness (not that US macro swill) due to its age and worldwide popularity. One of the best looking beers though. I love how when I'm done with a pint I have to tip the glass back to get the last of that thick, creamy, tenacious head.

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Guinness Draught from Guinness Ltd.
78 out of 100 based on 2,102 ratings.