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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: 987 | 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 tykees88
3.23/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- This is one of the coolest looking beers to have on tap. The mocha colored finger head at the top of the glass is beautiful. The lacing left all the way down makes this appear to be a big heavy beer. A very dark brown color.

S- It smells like chocolate malts and is accented by a smokey scent. It smells like it is going to be a very dry beer.

T- Throws me off my chair. This is not what I expected guinness to be. It is light, watery, and unimpressive. The malts are good, and I like the chocolate taste, but the smokiness is lacking and this is too thinned out by water to have anything taste great.

M- Like I said it's very thin. The head is the only creaminess that you're going to get from this. The texture is also chalky and I don't like a chalky watery beer.

D- The low abv is nice, but that is the redeeming factor for drinkability. I know I will have again someday on tap at a true irish pub, but I am not drinking this more than one at a time if any at a time.

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

Had on tap at Sunset Bar & Grill in Allston, MA. Reviewed from (quite old) notes.

A - Dark brown, almost black with very light brown head.

S - No distinct odor to speak of, though the head may mask the scent. Smells like a watered down stout with hints of coffee.

T - Watered down stout. Hints of coffee, once again. Very average, but a decent beer for its reputation.

D - Very drinkable for a stout. Not overwhelming at all.

Photo of projectflam86
3.23/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had only ever had Guinness on tap at a bar so I decided to give the "widget" can a try.

A- That classic dark black color with a creamy tan head that stays with you the whole way down.

S- Strong roasted barley scent with caramel hints

T- A bit of roasted creamy barley flavor. Very little carbonation and a slightly bitter finish.

M- Smooth and creamy but a little bit watery from the can as opposed to on tap.

D- Depends on specific taste. I personally would only enjoy one or two guinness in a setting but I have heard of some that make it a session beer. Overall this is the world standard for stout beer that isn't the best one out there but certainly is worth a try.

Photo of utopiajane
3.23/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours darn near opaque with only a slight hue around the edge when held to the light. The head is mocha colored creamy foam and it lasts and leaves grogeous lace. This beer looks amazing. The nose a mild bit of roasted malt, it promises something grainy and maybe a bit bitter. A light sweet chocolate in the background. Taste is where this one loses me. Weak flavors thin body. Watery and thin although soft and creamy. Weak coffee, roast that had potential but fizzled in it's lackluster approach to the palate. There's not really much alcohol in this one so it' wasn't
planning on being strong. And it's not. Earthy, hints of char light smooth and finishes slightly with a faint bitterness from roast . It had a slight imperfection in the mouthfeel as it was actually grainy at the back palate. An actual sensation of something faintly gritty.

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

11.2oz bottle poured into a pint glass in brazen defiance of the instructions to drink straight from the bottle. FUCK YOU, I WON'T DO WHAT YOU TELL ME!

A: Dark reddish-brown body, almost black. Head sticks around to the end and absolutely coats the glass with lacing.

S: Mostly roasted malts with some chocolate notes.

T: Almost entirely roasted coffee-like bitterness. Not a whole lot else going on.

M: Smooth and creamy, but also thin and watery.

D: I know people like to hate on the nitro bottle, but it seemed to me to be a pretty close approximation of the draught experience-in other words, solid but underwhelming. It's OK for an oocasional change of pace, but I'd never make it my go-to beer.

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

A - I don't care for the bottle so much, reminds me of one of those football stadium plastic things... but the beer itself is pretty. Very very dark red to brown that lets very little light through. Has the classic tan thick creamy foamy head. Lacing continues down the glass.

S - Smells like one of those irish cream flavored creamers you put in your coffee. Slight maltiness as well, but very subdued.

T/M - About all there is to say is that its creamy creamy and more creamy. You'd expect there to be other flavors there, but there isn't really. There's a malt flavor that sticks in your mouth as you finish. It's rather unique in it's lack of complexity. That isn't to say it tastes bad, it just doesn't taste like much. Feels rather thick in your mouth though, like... well... heavy cream or half and half.

D - low alcohol and a pleasant (if mundane) flavor make this a beer you can drink forever.

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours pitch black with a thick, very fine, tan head. Good retention and lacing. Smell is almost nonexistent, very light malt notes. Taste is slightly bitter from the malt character, not much too it, slightly alcoholic in the finish. Medium carbonation, light body for a stout. Mouthfeel is watery. Overall, not my favorite by far. There just is not much to this beer, and it does not fit well into the style.

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

Tasted On: 09-05-2011
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 11.2 oz. nitro bottle
Glassware: Tulip pint
Purchased: Gift from a neighbor

This one was brewed in Dublin according to the bottle.

A: Tan, creamy head of 2 fingers sits on a black beer. There's a little bit of clarity revealing brown-red highlight on the edges of the glass. The head has good retention and lacing.

S: Clean aromas feature toasted malts, dark bread and chocolate.

T: Taste is pretty much all of roasted barley, that has a kind of burnt character which is a bit harsh, as in the bitterness of coffee.

M: Body is light-to-medium and carbonation seems low, possibly due to the nitrogen content. Finish is dry, with the roasted coffee flavors lingering.

O: Overall an OK beer.

Photo of delta490
3.23/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured a 14.9 oz. can into an Imperial Pint glass. Deep, deep brown (not quite black) with a thick cappuccino-colored head that last throughout and leaves big lacing on the glass. Aroma has hints of roasted malt (some coffee, but not much) and a little nondescript sweetness. Taste is about the same and the nitro can provides a velvety-smooth mouthfeel. I'll say this is not the best way to have Guinness and that the best I've ever had was in Dublin, both at the brewery and the numerous pubs throughout the town.

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.23/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Ah, Saint Patrick's day! I'm having myself a Guinness! 44 cl black nitro-can, with a celtic harp in gold as a label. Looks nice and clean.

A: The pour is all off-white thick head at first but then the pitch black liquid appears. The head is compact and about an inch high just before the dissipation starts, wait a minute - what dissipation? The head stays as long as there is beer left in the glass.

S: Roasted malt, almost a bit burnt. Strong dark coffee together with dark dried fruits.

T: Sweet roasted malt together with a dry bitter taste like from strong coffee. But taste is so much lighter than the smell.

M: Thin body and light carbonation. Aftertaste is short and bitter.

D: Quite a dissapointment after the pour and the smell. But still for beeing a macro-beer, it's not bad at all.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.24/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

16oz nitro can poured into a Guinness pint glass.

When you crack the can open you can hear the tsss of the nitro kick in, then it pours a full pinto of nitro head which slowly (but faster than on tap) dissipates into the body. Then it all rolls up into a nice finger thick creamy head. Nose is a bit roasty and creamy, nice and smooth.

Head is nice and smooth and creamy, but the mouthfeel is very light and watery. It hasn't got a lot of body to it all. Taste is a bit sweet Very drinkable, it's reminiscent of their extra stout, but much tamer.

A decent beer, and it's a classic.

Photo of KYGunner
3.24/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The nitro can was created, I would guess, for looks and feel. It certainly succeeds in look as the transformation of this beer, as it enters the glass is both beautiful and entertaining. The head it builds is thick and creamy and congeals into a solid unit. The color is black, plain and simple.

The scent is lacking as some charred malt is present but lost for the most part.

The taste is toasty, charred malt with a back end of sweet creaminess. Problem is as good as it tastes, it's simply not tasty enough. The whole taste gets lost in a wash of watery finish and feel. The nitro seems to take away the very essence of the beer and depletes, what I always felt, was a very good stout.

Photo of danny013
3.24/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Havn't had this one in a while. I wasn't too impressed the last few times I had this brew but someone brought me some so what the hey.

11.2 oz. nitro bottle poured into a English style pint glass. 'Serve Extra Cold.' OK...Nice hard pour gives an always exciting nitro cascade that develops into a thick, dense khaki-colored head that sticks to the sides of the glass and stays for the whole brew. Color is a nice dark black with hints of amber/mahogany around the edges. Overall, a very nice looking beer, perhaps even the 'classic' looking stout; I can't gig it on the appearance.

Smell is of roasted barley, some dark chocolate and coffee hints with a bit of standard 'tang'. Some hop presence holds everything together.

Taste...light and not too complex. Some malty chocolate and coffee flavors up front with some sourness as that fades a bit. Following that the grainy roasted flavors come in to round out the brew. Roasted grains linger on the palate, hops gently roll in to blend nicely with the roasted bitterness. Seems to get a bit more 'watery' as it warms up.

Mouthfeel is somewhat dissapointing. While it is deliciously creamy, the body feels way too light, almost watery.

Drinkability is decent. Very smooth and goes back well. At 4.2% ABV you can enjoy a few and not be out of it.

Overall, it is a decent stout. Certainly, it has been marketed and changed to appeal to the more 'common' beer drinker, but at it's core it is still a stout. There are many better examples out there but I suppose it still has a place in my and my other peoples hearts as the 'classic' stout. It is the beer that got me into good ales, so I have to thank it for that. I'll probably end up keeping a few around the house just to have for an easy drinker.

Photo of CBlack85
3.24/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a nitro can into a pint glass

Very dark, alomost black with a beautiful cascade effect. About two fingers worth of tan creamy head. very little lacing. Absolutely beautiful

S-Malty, roasted coffee smell

T-Coffee is definately at the forefront with a very faint hint of chocolate. Very creamy and smooth.

M-Can a beer be both creamy and thin at the same time? This beer seems to showcase both at the same time. Thinner than most stouts and pleasantly creamy with a fair amount of carbonation

D-Definately an easy drinking beer. No huge flavors, but definately an easy drinking stout.

This is not the best stout that I have ever had, but it is very enjoyable.

Photo of Kyle1986
3.24/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bluegrassbrew
3.24/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of a nitro can this is a classic and beautiful beer. Black, even when held up to the light and a creamy smooth head. One of my favorites before I really knew anything about beer. But now I realize that there is very little complexity to this brew and it is not quite as stout as a stout should be. The taste is very malty with an obvious chocolaty finish. Very smooth and highly drinkable, but leaving something to be desired if you want a really good stout.

Photo of burnerfinger
3.24/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: poured from the Nitro-bottle, formed about a finger of thick head after settling. Thick lacing as I drain the glass...NOTE: this head does NOT dissipate. hung in there till the last sip.
Deep red when held against the light.

S: Really lacking in this dept.

T: Definitley lacking the classic stout taste. A definite metalic tone here. Much lighter that I was expecting.

M: Not as heavy as I was expecting for a stout, with light carbonation. almost FLAT.

D: High marks for Drinkability here. Goes down super smooth, especially with the light carbonation.

Photo of hoppyhoppy
3.24/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of tem3175
3.24/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of 86MonteSS
3.24/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm giving this beer a second chance because I think the first review I wrote for it was unfair. I will stand by my belief that Guinness is entirely overrated, but that's just because John Q. Beer Drinker gets tickled pink at the sight of an opaque brew. The fact is, Guinness is not a bad beer. I've come to expect more from a stout but it's got a decent flavor and a robust yet refreshing mouthfeel.

HOWEVER, the only reason it should be so famous is because the brewery has such an interesting history.

Photo of SteveB3014
3.24/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of dsigmon
3.24/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pitch black with a two finger off white head. i love watching these bad boys settle for two reasons. one, its just cool looking. two, if i'm drinking guinness, im out to get drunk.

S: not much here but malt and coffee, maybe a slight chocolate hint

T: Not very complex but tasty none the less. Sweet malt with a touch of chocolate milk. A little bitterness in the end but still clean.

M: My favorite part about Guinness. Very velvety and viscous, just rolls across the tongue.

D: Sometimes I wonder if I am Irish when I drink these because I can never get enough when its one of those nights.

Photo of callmemickey
3.24/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: When poured right, a pint of Guinness is a thing of beauty. Just under an inch of a tight light tan creamy head. Sheets of lacing coat the glass as a nice skim settles in.

S: Unfortunately, the aroma and taste of Guinness don't hold up compared to the better stouts. The nose is composed of a light creamy milk chocolate, and soft roasted malts. Everything is relatively muted and muddled though.

T: More of the same in the flavor profile. Milk chocolate, roasted malts and a slightly sour-milk component in the back end.

M: Medium bodied with a velvety smooth and creamy feel.

D: The nostalgia of Guinness being the first beer I ever had is tough to beat, but I've had way too many beers since then to really rate Guinness high. That said, its my go to in a bar with no craft beer.

Photo of alpinebryant
3.24/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass coffee black with a glowing tan head that was present until the glass was empty and even left some foam behind. Smelled like a roasted malt with very faint coffee. Tasted very bland, slightly sweet, very dry and a burnt aftertaste. Long ago had viewed this as a very heavy beer, but the perception is just that - an illusion. A light beer with a dry thick body. Drinkability is one of the stronger aspects of this beer. Not bad overall

Photo of shwhat
3.24/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

served on tap...first time having guinness, and i hear this is the best way.

look is pretty typical. everyone knows the signature guinness look: big creamy off-white head, pitch black body.

smell is pretty muted. roasted malt? it's tough to say...it doesn't smell like a whole lot anything.

taste is a little roasty. really thin on the flavor, honestly. no bitterness to speak of. i actually like the flavor, but i wish somebody would crank the knob up a few clicks.

the mouthfeel is actually a little odd. big, creamy head makes you think the beer is thick and rich...but once you get past the head, it's basically like water. really interested, and i kind of don't mind it...but i know that i'd get tired of it quick.

Guinness Draught from Guinness Ltd.
80 out of 100 based on 6,285 ratings.