Guinness Draught - Guinness Ltd.

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Reviews: 2,082
Hads: 6,742
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 19.48%
Wants: 113
Gots: 1,524 | 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 dustified1234567
4.88/5  rDev +41.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

By far my favorite Irish stout and probably my favorite beer. I just went to Ireland and to Dublin. Is there a better place todrink guinness. Well this is one beer that I love to drink the head. Not many beers can do that to you. The black color is just amazing when the taste comes out. I think that this beer can go with any meal but the best time to drink it is after dinner.The problem with being in the U.S. is that the cans and bottles however still good are just not able to cut the tast of true tap guinness. (516 characters)

Photo of jtothamo
4.71/5  rDev +36.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My goodness, my Guinness.

I know the popularity of Guinness has caused it to be looked down upon by many in the beer snob club. However, there's just something about a Guinness that makes my heart warm.

The overwhelming advertising campaign that Guinness has launched over the years has been effective in getting many lousy, cheap beer drinkers to get out of their comfort zones. So, I applaud Guinness for making the world a better place.

To me, the only thing more satisfying than watching a Guinness settle is consuming it. The smooth taste is comforting. While I would say there are other beers out there that are more worthy of the "brilliant" accolade, Guinness will always have a special place in my heart. (718 characters)

Photo of greywolf
4.8/5  rDev +39.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

i have to admit i have had this beer many times but untill i got into really teasing beer i never enjoyed it how ever i have gained a new respect for this beer,,,the teste the smell is just wonderfull,,,and as i am not a fan of most dark beers even i have to admit my suprise,,,,this is a good dark beer that i belive everyone should try or try again,,,, (354 characters)

Photo of Hesperus
3.36/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Black bodied fading to ruby in the thinner parts of the glass. Immense, white, cloudy head with great retention and lacing.

Smell: Roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate.

Taste: Roasted malts with burnt notes along with hints of dark chocolate and coffee.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and thick with low carbonation.

Overall: An amazing session beer, inoffensive taste attached to a highly drinkable body. Far from the best stout, but it's far from being offensive. (468 characters)

Photo of thefullmontiii
4.56/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not sure who this review will appeal to, as most of the beer drinking community has tried Guinness at least once.

Wonderfully smooth and creamy. Pours to a thick, frothy head, delicate like light whipped cream. The aroma is mostly roasted malt, little to no bitterness. The taste follows the nose, but a little sweeter and creamier. Almost milky, but in a very enjoyable way. Hints of chocolate. Has a reputation for being a heavy beer but really it's more creamy and smooth than anything. (491 characters)

Photo of Cesarz
4.06/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a great go-to beer and is always in my fridge. What I like is that although it is a dark beer and very smoky, it is also very refreshing. I could never turn down a Guinness, goes well with seafood as well as steaks and stews... Also great to cook with, it makes stews a lot richer, smokier and toastier. Yesterday I made some chicken étouffée and added a can of the black stuff and came out fantastic! Cheers fellas!! (427 characters)

Photo of Beer_Drinking_Jim
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

This is one of those beers, either you like it or you don't. I love it. Very nice taste, you can really savor the flavor, especially when it's from the tap. Goes great with food too. Cheers. (194 characters)

Photo of OrtheusMaximusRex
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Remember when this first came
A = near black ebony color, nice off white/light tan head that is very creamy and last well.
S = roasty, chocolately malty goodness.
T = see S
M = smooth but can be a little chalky at times.
O = 3.75. There are many good stouts. Guinness is great, but the competition is fierce. (319 characters)

Photo of paganbeast
3.96/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a great standard beer for me. If I can't decide I'll go with a Guinness. Its creamy and smooth, with a nice slight bitterness. The color is also quite impressive, although to many people the color can be a deterrent, which is sad, because it is a smooth and flavorful beer. (281 characters)

Photo of beerfan82
3.66/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Guinness draught from the bottle isn't that impressive from the outside can't see the beer at all. The smell is not there at all smells like water. Once you take a drink that's where the taste comes in. Drinking from the bottle is not as good as from the Tap but it loses some of it's creaminess. But other than that a pretty good beer. (336 characters)

Photo of tempo013
4.06/5  rDev +18%
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. (299 characters)

Photo of oberscrc
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Almost ideal (for me)...dark dark brown to black with tan head that lasts throughout...when held to light it is beautiful.

S: Not this beer's strong suit...some due to nitro-can I am sure...faint nose of caramel

T: Roasted malts at back of the mouth...a lingering sweetness...with just enough bitterness to make you want more.

M: Water-like liquid mixes with the airy head to coat one's mouth like none other beer

D: For me near perfection...I perfect everyday beer...I love my ipa's and lagers but I will always have a special place in my heart for Guinness (565 characters)

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 (1,090 characters)

Photo of jkwuc89
4.36/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Whenever I visit my favorite football (soccer) pub, Fado, the barkeeper knows exactly what to say. "Hi Keith, Guinness?". A pint of this well known and very popular stout is very tasteful and surprisingly quite refreshing. And it's caloric content puts it near the same territory as those mass produced tasteless macro beers like Bud Light and Miller Lite.

Most of the finer restaurants I frequent may not have a good selection of microbrews bit they generally do have Guinness on tap. "Settling" for a pint of Guinness is not a difficult choice. (547 characters)

Photo of brewballer
3.17/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Guinness is a beer that I can definitely drink a ton of in a sitting, but the nitro-can is probably the worst way of serving it. The beer seems to be lighter in color for some reason, and just doesn't have the smoothness and mouth feel of getting out of a tap. It still has nice lace on the side of my glass, but I have yet to pour a Guinness that doesn't Over all this is an average beer in a sup bar container. I'll be sticking to tap from now on, or bottles if I haven't a better option. (490 characters)

Photo of The_Doubtful_Guest
3.42/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - One of the coolest looking beers of all time: The nitro surge after the pour, the perfect creamy, tan head, nice dark color. Perfection.

Smell - Odd, slightly off-putting sweetness, and faint coffee. Like if you finished a cup of coffee, let the cup sit for an hour, then sniffed your cup.

Taste - Watery weak coffee, slight roasted malt taste. Quick acidic bitter bite that hits the back of your mouth every other sip or so.

Mouthfeel - Surprisingly light and watery unless you get some of the creamy head in your gulp, in which case you get this satisfying creamy medium bodied feel. Low carbonation.

Overall - Looks awesome in a glass, but when it comes to taste and mouthfeel I am disappointed. An OK stout, nothing offensive but nothing amazing either. Even with the light body and low abv, I wouldn't want to have two in a row. (850 characters)

Photo of MrCharlieMops
4.5/5  rDev +30.8%

Appearance: Dark, warm and strong. Thick, creamy, off-white head. In a pint glass this looks too good to drink.
Aroma: Not much hoppiness, not too overpowering, woody with a slight caramel aroma.
Taste: Intense roasted flavour, caramel, with very slight hint of coffee and minor bitterness from the roasted barley which is cut off by the creamy head. Tastes better in big gulps. Weak alcohol flavour with a light bitter aftertaste.
Overall: Great tasting stout, quite rich and filling. Enjoyable beer which I fell in love with the first time I tried it. (556 characters)

Photo of lazaunsound
4.52/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Can't get darker than this. Definitely the best stout beer I have tasted. Taste is perfectly balanced and I like that extra amount of the gas bubbles which are appearing when beer is being poured. Overall 4.5/5 (210 characters)

Photo of Capt_Pete
4.83/5  rDev +40.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Draught pour in a branded glass in my local village pub by a bartender rated 1st in the county and 3rd overall in the Guinness Central Florida Pour-Off 2 years running. Appearance is outstanding with a almost black body and creamy head that lasts all the way to the bottom with cascading bubbles until it settles down and she serves it. The aroma of sweet malt, roasted coffee and lastly the bitterness is perfect. The taste is a blend of tart and bitter with a smokey flavor (I like burnt-smokey alcoholic drinks). The feel is a rich cream giving way to a somewhat lighter than expected ending, overall a stout you can keep on drinking. (637 characters)

Photo of n8tron
4.07/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I looove the taste of guinness. Crazily enough it was the first beer that i ever liked. If you talk to most people they will say, guinness shouldn't even be under a beer category, it should be a food. they are certainly right. You drink guinness like you would eat a meal. Its hearty and quite bitter, which is why i didn't give it a better score for drinkability. You can't just down guinness after guinness, that would be a horrible waste!

for best results drink from tap at a genuine Irish bar. Doesn't get much better folks (533 characters)

Photo of 2KHokie
3.2/5  rDev -7%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Can. Pours a solid black with the beautiful Guinness head. The aroma isn't as powerful as some, but there is some roasted barley and maybe a hint of coffee. A very fine carbonation with a very creamy mouthfeel. The feel can definitely throw people off if they have never had a beer of this nature before (i.e. mass produced crap). The palate follows the nose, with notes of roasted barley, a little coffee, and surprisingly light. Gentle bitterness and a definite dry quality. This one is famous and rightly so. Solid, not very complex, but the perfect gateway into better beer drinking. (587 characters)

Photo of dteal1
3.14/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a frothy, one-finger white head that lasted throughout the whole beer and left some lacing. Smells chocolatey and toasty. Tastes burnt, bitter, hoppy and a tad metallic. Also it seems watered down. Smooth and creamy and pretty watery mouthfeel. Drinkability isn't very high on this, it's just too watered down. (327 characters)

Photo of Motladiwa
3.21/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I think that when it comes to drinking draft beer one should always consider the source and by that I mean the establishment that is serving it. Drinking one now from nitro draft poured into an imperial Guinness pint glass.

A- What I would expect from an Irish Stout. Almost black but when held up to light it reveals a ruby red. Nice head that looks like heavy whipped cream. Great cascade that undulated through the glass as it settled.

S- Lightly roasty with faint bitter chocolate.

T- Watered down lightly roasted coffee, similar to reusing coffee grinds to make a second or third pot, with a touch of creamy caramel.

M- Smooth and light in body. Not what I would expect from a stout but it is an Irish stout and nothing like an American or Scandinavian. Not too sticky on the palate and leaves hints of roasted caramel and chocolate.

D- Very drinkable. With a 4.2abv and light texture it confuses me when people say they don't like dark beer but they start everday with coffee.

Guinness is really nothing special but with great marketing it connects the world to Ireland. It is definitely not one of those beers that when I enter an establishment I wonder if it is going to be available. (1,199 characters)

Photo of HomeRunBaker
4.19/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

There is a massive difference between Guinness on-tap and Guinness bottled. On-tap is one of my favorites, while bottled is barely drinkable. Definitely give Guinness a try on-tap before making judgment.

This Guinness was great. The brew was completely black with a finger-length white head. The composition between the two was perfect -- it was so even and exact that it looked fake. I couldn't stop staring. The beer had a roasted, dry taste, just what you would expect from a Guinness. The head lasted all the way to the last sip, and provided the perfect creaminess to balance the dryness. I enjoyed this one profusely and will continue to drink it only from the tap. (672 characters)

Photo of Whobody
3.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- can poured into tall glass. Nice silky, black color with a tall, light brown head. Very fluffy. Guinness pours with the best of them.

S- roasted malt in the nose. Slightly sour. Hard to detect any hop at all

T- Again, roasted malt dominates. Slight bitterness in the finish. Little to none alcohol present. Slight sourness. Looks more intimidating than the taste actually is.

M- Sliky and smooth. A little watery. Slight bit of tingling from the bittering hops at the finish.

O- Guinness is a great stout for those willing to try a heavier beer than they would normally enjoy. Not too harsh, not a ton of alcohol, just a smooth, easy drinking stout w/ a cool nitro cartridge in the can for extra head. I recommend it. (726 characters)

Guinness Draught from Guinness Ltd.
78 out of 100 based on 2,082 ratings.