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Guinness Draught - Guinness Ltd.

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5,630 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,630
Reviews: 1,985
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 20.06%
Wants: 43
Gots: 560 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-02-2001)
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Photo of ToddT
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A- One of the most unique and beautiful beers, the cascading is a site to behold. Starts off creamy white and then cascades from the bottom of the glass to the top changing to black as it goes. There is a thick off white head that lasts forever and covers the sides of the glass in foam and thick rings that mark each swallow.

S- Roasted malt, earth tones, a couple of whiffs of metal or the nitrogen widget not sure which. Not much of an aroma though.

T- Roasted malt, faint hint of chocolate and coffee, slightly bitter hit of hops for the aftertaste.

M- Creamy and smooth but thin in the mouth. Finish is a slightly dry.

D- At 4.2% ABV there is no danger of it being a one and done beer. Goes down easy and smooth and pairs well with almost any food.

A classic beer and the one that ushered me into the world of beers outside of marco-lagers. While this one no longer compares to what I would call a world class beer, it will always be a special one for me.

ToddT, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of Patlee3324
3.76/5  rDev +7.7%

Patlee3324, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of KegsAndEggs
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

KegsAndEggs, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of Reappropriated
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Reappropriated, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of Dmann
4.3/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A true classic among beers, I was re aquanted with it tonight on tap at Dave&Busters. The bar tender even knew how to pour it correctly, I was shocked! Anyways, it poured that great dark black color with a great creamy head that stayed throughout the whole glass. It smelled of roasted coffee and chocolate and tasted pretty much the same. The mouthfeel was great and creamy and it really opened up once it hit your tounge with a bit of a tingle. I could have drank it all night, but at 4 bucks a pint glass my pocketbook was saying "no". This is one macro that still tastes fucking great!

Dmann, Aug 30, 2003
Photo of BigBarley
3/5  rDev -14%

BigBarley, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of 6demonbag
4.5/5  rDev +28.9%

6demonbag, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of wakajawaka76
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

wakajawaka76, May 30, 2012
Photo of hanco005
3.98/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Patrick McGovern's Pub and Restaurant in downtown St. Paul prior to a Wild game.

The characterisitics are very similar to my review of this in the nitro-can, but it is a whole lot smoother and creamier. The smell isn't as strong, but still is an excellent stout on tap.

hanco005, Apr 12, 2006
Photo of radiofish
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

radiofish, Jul 10, 2013
Photo of CMOrak
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

CMOrak, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of Antonius08
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Antonius08, Mar 02, 2014
Photo of Gaisgeil
3.28/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Oh yes, good ol' Guinness, is it just me, or does it seem like Guinness from a bottle or can is just wrong somehow? I've always liked the tap version, it seems much more full and rich.

Anyhow, this one pours from a widget laden bottle giving the pint that classic Guinness nitro head. Creamy and very nice on the lips. Smell is okay, subdued, roasted malt and a bit of a bitter smell. Taste is... well, not what you'd expect it to be if you've only had it draft. Malty with a prevailing bitterness that trails into nothing, very little aftertaste. Mouthfeel is thin and surprising as if you just look at the pint, it looks like the perfect stout, thick and chewy, but no, disappointing.

I think I'll stay away from Guinness in this form, it just doesn't live up the name I don't think.

Gaisgeil, Feb 16, 2005
Photo of spdyfire83
4.83/5  rDev +38.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

291st Review
On draft at Against the Grain
Served in a Guinness pint glass

I can thank this beer for kicking off my enjoyment of craft beer as our paths first crossed at a small bar in Rome, Italy, during July 2005. Cheers to bspringer for wetting my whistle! It's been a fun ride since.

This review of a “Pint of Plain” comes from notes.

A: Very deep brown; I’ll call it black. Single (creamy khaki) fingernail head.

S: Roasty. Deep. Rich. Complex. Roasted malt, chocolate, molasses, and hint of coffee. Exceptional.

T: Follows smell. Classic. Heavenly. And oh so tasty! For a Dry Irish Stout it does not get any better than this.

M: Full bodied with appropriate (creamy and smooth) carbonation.

O: I don’t mean to be cliché here, but Guinness in Ireland tastes way better than Guinness elsewhere around the world. I’ve enjoyed a pint on four continents and it doesn’t get any better than within a 2 mile radius of St. James’ Gate. The mirco market in Dublin is okay at best, but having this gem on-tap nearly everywhere you turn in Dublin is wonderful. Some might judge and compare this beer to likes of Corona, Miller, Coors, etc. due to the mass production and wide-spread reach, but this beer is truly world class.

Reviewing beers on this site is surely subjective, but when it comes to rating a beer, it should be based on its merits compared to other beers of the same style. Hands down, this is the BEST Irish Dry Stout from draft on the planet! This is the benchmark. No questions asked. I’d highly encourage people to remember that when they are reviewing this beer. I understand the bottle and canned version of this can vary greatly while a non-Irish tap will not taste as good; however, if you ever have the chance to enjoy a pint of this from a pub in Dublin, rest assured, you will not be disappointed. If you find another Irish Dry Stout that is more enjoyable, please send me a bottle or message with the name and I’d love to try it. Until I find one that is better, I’ll keep going back to this beautiful creation every time I need a quick reminder of what started my love and enjoyment for craft beer. Cheers Arthur and here’s to another 253 years of the beautiful black stuff!

spdyfire83, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of Absolut
2.25/5  rDev -35.5%

Absolut, May 30, 2013
Photo of Didier
2.25/5  rDev -35.5%

Didier, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of palliko
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have an ambivalent reaction to Guinness Draught – Guiness is different, they do provide a great alternative to yellow fizzy beer, but the beer itself is bland. This can be a plus for some people, but for me it tastes like roasted, liquid oatmeal. Aroma: boring, not much there. Initial taste is of sour, roasted grains. Mouth feel is creamy and soft, and bitter. The middle is low in surprises, followed by a tangy, hoppy finish. If you are having authentic Irish food, it is a great complement, but as a session beer, I prefer other brews.

palliko, Apr 17, 2007
Photo of casapy
2.6/5  rDev -25.5%

casapy, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of Nutwood
2.75/5  rDev -21.2%

Nutwood, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of kdivers
3/5  rDev -14%

kdivers, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of yankeeheel
3.15/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pitch black with the big off-white cascading head that makes it famous. It looks so good, yet falls so short.

Smells faintly of dark malts and a hint of coffee. The taste is such a letdown. Mouthfeel is very thin, dark malts are weak at best. The only thing going for it is that you could drink a bunch in one sitting if shooting the cheese at a bar.

There are SO many better stout options that you'd be silly to limit yourself to this as a regular stout. Marketing is amazing, eh?

yankeeheel, Sep 28, 2003
Photo of pastramionrye7
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

pastramionrye7, Jul 17, 2013
Photo of mattyrubes
4/5  rDev +14.6%

mattyrubes, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of brewmudgeon
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

guinness draught in the shrinkwrapped bottle, with a cap that admonishes me to drink straight from the bottle. 11.2 oz of "pasteurized stout."

a 3.5-4 dark as expected and translucent around the edges, but where's that big nitro head? must be co2, huh? leaves a partial cap and thin ring. some slight lace is left behind.

s 4 wow, surprisingly nice aroma. a dry chocolate tending toward a milk chocolate. don't remember guinness smelling this good, except for once on draft in PC. uh oh, did i just detect a touch of band-aid?

t 3.5 obviously it couldn't taste as nice as it smelled, but it isn't bad at all. mild roastyness and twang back up a fairly dry midsection with nutty coffee overtones.

m 2.5-3 well, watery of course. and there isn't the nitro creaminess to run interference. maybe not a bad tradeoff if that's what's improved the smell and taste.

d 4 not sure if this is worth keeping around or not. certainly there is something better out there that's reasonably priced? i recall liking murphy's, but i think that comes in fairly large cans and goes for a kings ransom. hmmm

brewmudgeon, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of TubbyDullard
4/5  rDev +14.6%

TubbyDullard, Feb 06, 2012
Guinness Draught from Guinness Ltd.
79 out of 100 based on 5,630 ratings.