Guinness Draught - Guinness Ltd.

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Reviews: 2,081
Hads: 6,738
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 19.48%
Wants: 113
Gots: 1,519 | 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 DNICE555
1.98/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I understand this beer is much different in Ireland. I am reviewing this from an American pub.

A - Thin oily fluid. Looks like a glass of water with a shot of stout in it.

S - I'm not smelling much. Maybe a hint of roasted cofee and malts way off in the backround.

T - Good thing they are serving this cold. This tastes like it appears. I'd compare it to a bottle of poland springs.

M - Weak, oily, watered down, no backbone. Very bland.

D - As long as it's cold there is nothing offensive so I had no problem getting a pint down. (538 characters)

Photo of Offa
1.98/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I have had this in the nitro-widget bottle as well as on tap and my review for the bottle is about the same as on tap: this beer is a pale, thin, weak excuse for a dry stout and far inferior to the Guinness Extra Stout. Just as on nitro tap, out of the bottle it is thin and bland, embodying pretty much all the bad qualities of Irish dry stouts with little of the good.

It looks good, always being (in my experience) in a nitro can or bottle or tap. It has an almost black body with an even, medium, creamy light tan head that lasts a long time.

The aroma is exceedingly weak, being mostly light burnt toast and dirty water with a hint of coffee.

The taste is similar, being mostly water with light burnt toast and very faint hints of soil & coffee. It's watery, thin, and bland, so boring it's barely even one dimensional. However, it is not actually unpleasant and it's easy to drink. Even when not too chilled (and many seem to want it cold, confusingly), it still lacks any character whatsoever. (1,003 characters)

Photo of jpkoch1962
1.99/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Served from a can with nitro thingamabob.I'm not sure why this version of GES gets such rave reviews. This rendition of GES is truly offensive. Yes, it pours black with typical nitro, foamy head. But the taste is so thin, so metalic with utterly no toasted, coffee or carmel notes that I wondered if I was in fact drinking a Guinnes. Miller Genuine Draft has as much character. This beer is all gimmick, and no heart. I gave the remainer of the 4 pack to a neighbour. If I ever drink Guinnes again, it will be from a bottle. (524 characters)

Photo of SometimesIfart
2/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Sub-Decent beer at best. Pours a nice dark black with a thick tan head. About the only appealing thing about this beer. The smell is of water and very faint coffee beans. The taste pretty much follows the smell. Imagine dropping two coffee beans into a gallon of water and you've pretty much got the taste of this brew down. The mouthfeel is nothing but water, With an even lesser extent of the coffee coming through. Overall I was extremely disappointed in this beer. This is not a stout in any way shape or form. It's 9 parts water and 1 part light coffee. (558 characters)

Photo of goschool
2/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I really don't know what to do here. Guinness says drink out of the bottle and it is creamier that way (creamier than this version is when it's poured into a glass), but the appearance and smell are N/A. Drinking this stuff blind is actually an interesting experiment although the results aren't very good for Diageo. The best features Guinness has going for it are its beautiful pour and ridiculous quaffability, the first is lost in the bottle, and the second, well it doesn't taste as good either so I'm not too excited to be drinking it. (541 characters)

Photo of mortarit
2/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Ok my first review and had to be a Guinness,lol. Why I really don't like it because back then it would just make me quit drinking. But that was before I experience craft beers.

Appearance: Wow! I love watching the show that this beer put on then it is poured into a glass.

Smell: Same old smell

Taste: Real smooth, so smooth I feel like it's clogging up something when I drink it. (390 characters)

Photo of WalrusJockey
2.01/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Nitro-can into a pint glass. Sound when I cracked open the can completely freaked me out, sounded like the damned thing might explode.

Appearance- I think the whole world knows what Guinness looks like: "black" (though I've seen much blacker beers) with a creamy, off-white head. The head fades unforgivably fast for a beer that is so invested in having one, and leaves precious little lacing to show it was ever there.

Smell- malty smell, but no depth; nothing beyond a very generic malted smell. The can advises "drink ice cold," and the colder it got, the less smell it had at all.

Taste- I think when I first had Guinness I was around 14, I found it rich and flavorful and interesting; a complete departure from other beers. Now I find it to taste like tap water, with a malt presence on the swallow, and an unpleasant malty-tapwater aftertaste. I was drinking this outside, in the bellow-freezing weather, and as the Guinness got colder, it did become more enjoyable, but that was because the taste faded away almost completely.

Mouthfeel- thin. Very thin. Very similar to water in the mouth. As it got colder, the texture became more creamy, but nothing approaching the weight and silkiness of cream. More like skim milk that was watered down. Very bad.

Drinkability- quaffable, but not especially enjoyable. I remember enjoying Guinness, and knew it was average but tonight it seemed far, far below average. To be honest, I didn't completely finish the can, and I think I might give away the other two cans from the 4-pack. It was that bland.

Summary- They aren't kidding about "ice cold," the only way this beer is reasonable is almost frozen. That said, I was pretty disappointed at the change from how I remembered it in my youth. I guess I'll have to pick up some Extra Stout and see if that is at least Ok. (1,824 characters)

Photo of Weli
2.01/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A- What can you say about a classic? No other beer has this look. Ebony pint with thick tan head that is velvety smooth

S-Next to nothing, spring water?

T-Again next to nothing. Am I drinking foamy water? No bitterness only the barest hint of roast character. more astringent than anything else

M-Thin bodied, but nice creamy head.

O- Looks great! no substance whatsoever (376 characters)

Photo of BeerNutta
2.02/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Its amazing how what was once great can turn to crap so fast.

When I first had guinness I was drinking your basic macro lagers. So it was different and great. Had one the other day. Nasty.

A = Still looks great. Pours a dark ruby with a thick brown head with bubbles flowing backwards. Awesome.

S = Slightly roasted malts. But pretty much nothing.

T = Creamy with slight roasted malt flavour, followed by a faint sweetness. Yuck.

M = Watery.

D = Better stouts to drink. (487 characters)

Photo of jj311
2.02/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I don't know what to say here. In the midst of looking for something different as my desired brew was sold out, I decided to pick up a 4 pack of these. Immediately upon pouring I found myself impressed with the extremely thick and creamy retentive foam-head. After that, it all went down hill. Smell is very faint, and not at all impressive. Taste was very light, with some slight coffee and chocolate notes that were there, pretty much like flavored water. Mouthfeel was creamy with absolutely no carb tingle. Drinkability would be great if I was being forced to drink it, being so light and watery I could drink until I'm full, but the overall failure of this brew ensures I won't be buying this again. (704 characters)

Photo of Naerhu
2.02/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

What did they do to my guinness. I cannot believe that this actually passes under the name of guinness.

Huge creamy head, jet black body.
Water roasted malts, dark chocolate-like bitterness. It is like the nitro sucks all the flavor from this pathetic swill.
Nasty foamy weak thin nastiness.

I had this a half a dozen times just to make sure that this was not a defect at the particular bar I was at and have to say it is the bigest beer disappointment I can ever remember having. (490 characters)

Photo of jovy1097
2.02/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a tulip pint at Applebee's. Technically, the lable says you are supposed to drink this from the bottle.

Appearance: Black coffee liquid that had lighter brown around the edges. Nice, creamy head that stuck to the glass and stayed for the duration.

Smell: Roasted malts and old coffee.

Taste: Right up front there was a burnt malt taste. In the middle, dark roasted, bitter, old coffee totally won out. At the end, there was a hint of sweetness, then 3-day-old, coffee aftertaste lingered. Nasty!

Mouthfeel: Extremely creamy, almost milkshake feel. Smooth as silk. This was the strongpoint of the beverage.

Drinkability: I couldn't even finish one of these. If this is the essence of what a stout is, then I'm not a fan. If all you've got is this, then get me a glass of water. (814 characters)

Photo of ChadQuest
2.03/5  rDev -41%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I get this on tap often, my local dive has nothing worth drinking but this, and it pairs with my Fish n Chips on those nights, this is from a bottle at home.
Looks near black, very dark brown, initially there was a thick cap but it subsided and left no lacing.
The aroma is light and of watery roasted malts.
The flavors are also light watery roasted malts primarily, the body of this beer is disappointing compared to the nitro version, which adds some creaminess and body to help it out. there really is no favorable characteristics to this version, only drink the nitro version. (581 characters)

Photo of Padron4KM
2.04/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

nitro bottle, poured into a guinness glass. I know you are supposed to drink this from the bottle, but I can't do it.

dark brown with ruby tones. Creamy nitro head.

Very light aroma, I have to vigorously agitate the beer to get anything out of it. Mostly light roastiness, with some sweet malt.

Flavor is slightly bitter roast, with a sweet and sour note on the finish.

Pallate is thin.
Not the Guinness I remember. (428 characters)

Photo of unclejimbay
2.04/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Guinness Draught
Guinness Ltd.
Style: Irish Dry Stout
ABV = 4.2

2 beers tested, 10/1/09 (from bottle & glass)

as suggested from bottle
A 0.0 - n/a

poured into a glass
A 4.0 - cool carbo style, 1 finger head, frothy head, expresso bean color
S 2.5 - chocolate toasty maltiness - but subtle -I had to try hard
T 2.0 - bitter watery expresso malt notes
MF 2.0 - watery stale coffee taste, is this nitrogen thing a gimmick?
D 1.0 - I poured this out, terrible example of a stout, I would not drink this for free - seriously - I am not trying to slam this beer but its undrinkable in my opinion. (593 characters)

Photo of Svyturys30
2.05/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

I have had Guinness several times from different places to try and give it a fair shot. This is a beer that I wouldn't drink if I had other options. I'm not a fan, but again, it just me.

A- The beer is a dark brownish-black when its poured. Has a frothy head to it and the head lingers for quite a while. Looks very attractive.

S- It smells of caramel and coffee. This smell is very misleading. When I first smelled it, I thought that I was going to love this beer.

T- I can only compare this beer to one other thing that I have tasted- Low Sodium Soy Sauce.

M- The feeling it leaves on your palate is thick. I would describe this as a "crunchy" beer. Its so thick, you almost have to chew it (but not literally).

O- My overall impression is that Guinness is good for Irish car bombs, that is about all I would use it for. (827 characters)

Photo of quasimoto
2.05/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This stuff has defintely been hit by way to much commercialism. The smeel is of malt, slight hops and probably its the inside of the keg I'm smelling. the taste is of burnt malt, and grain. not even good grain just,dirt. the hops Is long gone, taken over by the scent of cardboard. Forget about the aftertaste. There is a bitter aftertaste that is from the hops but its more like a carpet. (389 characters)

Photo of SoupKitchenBeerSnob
2.05/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Got a can from the pool bar at the Royal Pacific Resort, Orlando. The place is great (gotta love the fast pass at Universal Studios), but man, this beer sucks. I like Guiness stout, but this is nothing like that. Looks good enough, but there's hardly any aroma and it tastes like flat, bland water. I mean, why bother? If you like tasting absolutely nothing in a beer, then go for it. Otherwise, pass on this swill. (415 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.06/5  rDev -40.1%
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. (510 characters)

Photo of rye726
2.07/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Decided to give the bottle a try. Pours near black with a creamy tan head. Nose has roasted malts, chocolate and not much else. Taste is quite light yet bitter. No better or worse than the can version. Body reminds me of carbonated water. Drnkable, but not very enjoyable. (272 characters)

Photo of Stingray5
2.08/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

The appearance of this stout is by far the most impressive thing about it. Pours a charcoal black with a frothy tan head that lasts the entire pint, leaving a solid wall of lace. Carbonation somehow travels south as things settle.

Mouthful was entirely disappointing. Thin thin thin with almost no carbonation at all. Aroma was sorely lacking as well, with just hints of some cocoa and a strange fruitiness. Taste/texture was very creamy, but not in a good way. more of a non-dairy-creamer thing going on.

Unique in the sense that it's the best looking poor tasting beer I've had. (587 characters)

Photo of Arbitrator
2.08/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

On nitro-tap at the brewery's Gravity Room in Dublin. The freshest I'm ever going to get it, and the truest representation of what the beer can/should be.

A: Pours a dark, nearly impenetrable black body with a perfect finger's worth of light tan head. It's exquisite, in the way that all nitro-tap dark beers are: watching the suds coalesce into a dark body as they cascade up the beer is nothing short of eye-pleasing. Tons of thick lacing down the glass as I drink. It's beautiful, and I can't fault anything here.

S: Weak on the nose. It has the roasted barley smell so proudly boasted about on Floor 1 of the tour, with coffee and, lastly, a mild dark chocolate nose. Slightly sour aroma.

T: I expect an Irish Dry Stout to be... well... dry. This features -- weakly -- all the flavors found in the nose, with a watery finish and a lingering coffee bitterness. For a stout, this is barely even acceptable.

M: Super-creamy, owing to the wonders of the nitro-tap. Light-bodied and low in ABV. Pretty inoffensive, although it really should be thicker for a stout. Very strange.

D: I have literally never enjoyed Guinness, and now I think I never will. No point in wasting time and money on it in the future. (1,217 characters)

Photo of Metalmonk
2.09/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Poured a few inches into a glass from nitro-bottle to check appearance. Shiny dark-brown with a tan head that faded quickly. Thick walls of lace after a few sips.

Like the aroma a lot: roasted malt up front, with a whiskey-like, oak-barrel thing coming next, also a vibe of rum-soaked raisins.

Drank from the bottle, as instructed on the bottle itself. A flat wateriness intrudes first and foremost. Smoke and burnt malt show through most, which turns me off. It's not a flavor I can give high marks to, and with the absolutely awful flatness, I found this completely unenjoyable. I had a Guinness on tap once in Dublin and felt the same way, so I don't think it's this nitro-bottle thing. It's just not for me.

[note: drank a second bottle "extra cold", which is suggested on the bottle, and it helped the drinkability slightly. Still tasted awful.] (859 characters)

Photo of tj4288
2.1/5  rDev -39%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

drank right out of bottle(as suggested on bottle)

this is not even worth a proper review. mouthfeel horrible, not much for smell, and ive seen it in a glass.... cascading blah blah blah. its a nitro. it sucks. watery/creamy? its like half carbonated stale chocolate milk and a hint of bird shit. if you have never tried it... dont (331 characters)

Photo of yeahnatenelson
2.1/5  rDev -39%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance -- Pours a dark chestnut brown hue through which light can easily pass. The nitro widget allows for one finger of the creamiest beige head. Visually, it's hard to gripe.

Smell -- Not a whole lot going on: mineral water, mild roast malt, and some hint of dark fruit and chocolate. It doesn't smell bad as much as it smells like nothing. To close one's eyes and breathe in the aroma of a full Guinness is much like breathing in the aroma of an empty glass.

Taste -- The tastes leaves much to the imagination. Quite watery with minimal flavor. Mineral water, char, faint notes of dark chocolate and prune. Meh.

Mouthfeel -- Thin and watery with, with the gentlest of bubbles. This is the only saving grace of this beer and it's completely due to its container.

Drinkability -- I'd like to think better of Guinness, but it's truly the official BMC stout: watery with minimal flavor or aroma. You can tell something good is trying to eek it's way out of this beer, but to no avail. It's only saving grace - and, truly, the only reason I purchased this - is it's container: the nitro-widget.

That said, I'd love to see this nitro widget technology employed on a beer that actually tastes like something. Imagine North Coast's Old Rasputin from a nitro-bottle! (1,269 characters)

Guinness Draught from Guinness Ltd.
78 out of 100 based on 2,081 ratings.