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Guinness Draught - Guinness Ltd.

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6,389 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,389
Reviews: 2,101
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 19.89%
Wants: 82
Gots: 1,108 | 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 Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Mora2000
3.28/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma is dry, light roasted malt and chocolate. The flavor is roasted malt and some chocolate, as well as a little bit of dark fruit. The mouthfeel is where I really have a problem with the beer. I am not a fan of nitro beers, which almost always taste watered down to me. The mouthfeel is thin to medium.

Photo of Gueuzedude
2.49/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This is the nitro bottle version. Very smooth tasting almost creamy, a bit of roastiness. Overall very clean and not too exciting. Carbonation is very low, and in this beer makes it seem a bit too thin. Much better versions of Guiinness exist, the Belgian version is awesome.

Photo of duceswild
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of GClarkage
3.31/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Consumed in October 2004 at the Prince of Wales Pub in San Mateo, CA. The barkeep took forever to pour this brew. The head kept growing bigger and bigger and would not subside. It took literally 5 minutes from the time they started pouring to the time I actually got the beer in my hands. Needless to say, it was a nice pour. Looks pretty damn black and creamy. Smells of dark malt. Not a whole lot of coffee scent, just dark, burnt roasted malt. Taste is just ho-hum to me. A little coffee flavor and admitedly goes down very smooth. Served at room temp which was also nice for this kind of beer. Have had this beer many times before and I am just getting around to rating it. A good beer, but not a great one in my opinion. A good stand by though. A pretty drinkable beer.

Photo of wrightst
4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

Photo of Gavage
3.79/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour is the best part of this beer. The wait - watching your beer "build" into shape is great stuff. Its black in color with a thin tan head. Lacing through the drink. The aroma isn't as exciting as some roasted malts are detected and not much else.

The taste is mellow and not overly exciting for a stout, but it is pleasant. The roasted malt is most notible. Very creamy and smooth mouthfeel. The body is thin for a stout, but this make this a great session beer if there are no other good beers on draft.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.32/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

14.9 oz. nitro-can with widget, also a nitro bottle or two when out,

A: Black, with ruby highlights if held up to the light. Creamy, off-white, almost tan head. A pint of the black stuff, or the priest, looks as good as ever, enjoyable to watch it settle over a minute or so.

S: Hints of roastiness, chocolates, and smoke, not very substantial, but enjoyable.

T: Roasted malts, coffee, and dark chocolate.

M: Light-bodied, thin, a little too watery for my tastes.

D: Guinness Draught is a classic, very drinkable due to its lightness and easily a session beer. I would have liked to have seen and experienced it in days past when it wasn't so processed. Much better in the nitro-can, so go for that.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.59/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on nitro-tap at Jackson Hole in New York, NY

A: Since this beer was poured on nitro-tap, the normal rolling cloud-like settling thing that Guinness does was observed. The beer is an opaque extremely dark brown to black in color. The beer has a finger tall creamy light beige head that has some great retention qualities as it barely reduced at all over the entire life of the beer. Significant lacing is observed.

S: This beer has a very faint aroma of dark roasted malts.

T: THe flavor, like the smell, is also fairly faint with the dark roasted malts being the only distinct flavor that comes through. Very smooth flavor though.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Extremely creamy.

O: A classic and a beer I have been enjoying for 20 years... Very easy to drink, very sessionable, and very enjoyable.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.37/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Finally got around to actually saying a few words about one of the few 'world beers': I've had this in many places over many years. The review is of a pint in a local club near my house in Shropshire, drank during a charity auction on 27th Sep 2013.

It's dark and has a creamy head, any of the other 4,000 plus reviewers notice that?

Malty, chocolate and coffee notes in both the nose and mouth: a classic stout in every way.

Rich more than creamy on the palate, those slightly burnt malts giving a mild bitterness along with their semi-sweet molasses that flavour the beer so well.

Pleased I've put some words down.

Photo of woodychandler
4.05/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

How odd that unlike many N2-CANs, this one has no warning about not shaking it before opening or the idea that there is a widget inside. Or I am one of the lucky winners of the Guinness CAN that rattles when gently inverted, letting me know that there is a rocket-propelled iron mace inside that will shoot out as soon as the CAN is cracked open. Oh, I do so hope that the latter is true! It's been so boring this summer and I could use a life-threatening injury to spice things up. Let's have a go, shall we?

Oooh, f**ksake, it's taken the top of me head off and I just bought that beanie this afternoon! I want me money reimbursed as I'll have to buy another beanie. Naw, just kiddin'! You lot ...

This looked like the Gulf of Mexico, courtesy of BP, in a glass. It had a finger's worth thick, rich cap of medium-tan head with great retention, capable of hanging around well into the fall. Color was a solid tar-black with zero light-penetration. Thank goodness I don't need to re-cap it because I wouldn't know where to start. Nose had a light milk chocolate sweetness underlain by a mild roastiness, kind of smoky, kind of charcoal. Mouthfeel was silky, creamy, like a dollop of something you might add to your coffee. Speaking of coffee, that was its initial flavour on the tongue. It was then followed by a chocolaty sweetness and then a charcoal bitterness. Finish was dry, more toward the charcoal/smoke taste than the sweetness noted earlier. Great lacing throughout. Hopefully, no peliCANs are nearby ... Not really a cooler-worthy beer, but more of a soccer or rugby match on the telly beer. Did I mention I now have the Dish Network? Doctor Who every weekday at 5 PM on BBC America! Who's your doctor and what's in your wallet?

Photo of LXIXME
3.62/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A rich cream light tan head falls through itself above a super dark brown to black head.

A rich well roasted grain malts aroma that seem to border on slightly burnt.

Creamy well roasted malts taste, you can almost taste the roasted barley itself, with just the slightest hint of hops or something else similar.

A dryish aftertaste with the roasted malts taste lingering on with this full bodied beer.

A have a fond stop for this beer, it was one of the only beers I could find as a young one that wasn't in the mold of Grain Belt, Pabst, Bud, Miller, Coors and the endless list of crap like those.
So in a sense this is the beer that enlightened me to the fact that American light lagers were not the only option and I've been on a quest to try as many different kinds of beers as I can since then.

Photo of mothman
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

This was one of the darker beers that I have had, so far. It poured a nice thick head that left fairly decent lace. Color was near pitch black.

Smell and taste was of all malts. Not many hops at all. Very roasty and rich.Some chocolate in there.

Moutfeel was smooth and creamy. Decent amount of carbonation. Probably one of the better aspects to this beer.

Overall, not to bad for something that is a beer that people talk about all the time. (or at least what my college buddies say to be one of the biggest beers of all time). Decent drinkability if it's your thing.

Photo of Billolick
4.01/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

14.9 oz nitro can. Pours jet black with a soft tiny bubble head, which stays and stays, leaving alot of creamy lace/froth. The classic stout. All I get in the nose is a bit of malt. Taste is pure roasted and burnt maltiness. Coffee upfront and a hint of vanilla. Sublime and subtle. Chalky, bitter hops arrive next on the tongue. Mouthfeel is luscious and smooth. More malt and hops in a fine long finish. I love this in the nitro-can delivery mode, much better then the non-nitro bottles.

Photo of Gonzoillini
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of chinchill
3.49/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

14.9 oz can poured into a large glass stein.

Pours near black but with ample carbonation mixed in leaving most of the pour an airy tan until the bubbles rise to form a fine creamy tan head. The dark liquid can then be seen to be clear and a deep mahogany.

The aroma is quite faint, even given the relatively weak flavor one finds upon tasting.

M: M: smooth, but surprisingly thin. The thin body is initially hidden, in part, by the amp;le soft carbonation. The thinness prevents this version from attaining the fuller, creamy feel expected in a proper Irish stout.

O: this fine looking and well-respected beer struggles to rise above average.

Photo of corby112
3.49/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark chestnut brown that appears pitch black and opaque in the glass with a 1.5 finger creamy off-white head that slowly settles into a thick lasting ring. Large chunks of soapy lacing are left behind.

Roasted malt aroma with hints of toffee, chocolate, caramel and lactic cream. Slightly toasty but this beer really smells like sweet water until it warms up quite a bit and the malt notes emerge.

Medium bodied with a creamy texture from the nitro. I'm usually not a fan of this characteristic because it's really artificial but it somehow works with Guinness. Again, as in the aroma, the beer is really boring and watery until it warms a bit. Too often this beer is served at 35 degrees and loses all of it's flavor. When it warms it's pretty nice with a decent amour of dry, roasted malt. Hints of chocolate, toffee, nut and caramel complimented by the creamy lactic feel/flavor. Dry finish. Not the best of the style but underrated, possibly because of it's popularity.

Photo of mdaschaf
2.99/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had at a party at a friends house.

A: Poured black with an impressive head formation, typical of Guinness. Really nice head retention and lacing down the sides.

S: A little bit of roasted malt, but really not a whole lot going on. Slight hint of cream.

T: Similarly unremarkable. A little bit of chocolate and cream, but not much in terms of depth.

M: Medium bodied and creamy, the nitro is doing something I suppose.

O: It was the best choice where I was, but that doesn't make it great. Might drink it again if it was the best choice, but then again, I might just go water.

Photo of weeare138
3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears black with a chestnut hue when held to the light. A thick, 2 finger, foamy tan head slowly fades out akin to the typical nitro pours. Lots of thick, foamy streaks stick to the sides of the glass.
Smell is of creamy, vanilla, caramel, cocoa, and brown sugar.
Taste is of bitter bakers chocolate without much complexity going on other than some black patent/roasted malt that seems to overwhelm the brew.
Mouthfeel is of burnt wood bitterness with some sweet caramel, and vanilla lingering to a sweet finish. Medium bodied and slightly astringent.

Photo of tempest
2.71/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had this periodically over that past couple years, largely because of tap-selections.

Looks great in the glass. Dark red, near black body with creamy white head and lacing.

Smells a little sweet, but something is off. Almost like the malt is a little sour. The taste really disappointed. There is some nice sweetness and the fainted bitterness, but it largely tastes like bad, watery malts.

The mouthfeel is too thin, almost watery. This makes for good drinkability, but unfortunately, one is good enough for me. I used to think this stuff was good until I tried other stout offerings.

Photo of afsdan
2/5  rDev -43.2%

Photo of BARFLYB
2.87/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

On tap in a Guinness glas

A- This has a dark black look to it but is actually a very dark dirty brown with a very pretty white foamy cap of condensed bubbles. Good lace on the way down.

S- Nothing to write home about but slight roasted malt and some chocolate backing although it's not to strong.

T- Like flavored chocolate water with roasted malts thrown into the mix. It is on the dry side though with warming.

M- One of the most watered down feeling brews that i've ever had, make that the most. With all that said it does display some creamy appeal. Thin bodied with low carb.

D- Gets better as it warms while the chocolate comes out more. Next time I order this I'll just wait till it gets to that point.

Photo of Georgiabeer
2.88/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thia isn't the greatest beer on the planet and its a far cry from the best of the Guinness products, but it does offer a certain amount of refreshment on a hot day with more flavor than a macro offers. This is by far the lightest stout I have ever tried,and the bottle is my least favorite method for drinking it. Pours a very dark brown with the trademark cascading effect in the glass Some okay lacing as well. The smell is thin,but there are some roasted grain and bitter chocolate notes as well as a slight whiff of iron. The taste is very thin with more lightly toasted grain and metal. Mouthfeel is creamy and refreshing and that combined with the low abv means you can definitely toss them down- just not a lot to keep you interested.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.51/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My dad got me a 4-pack of cans for St. Patrick's Day. Too bad it wasn't Murphy's or the Extra Stout, but this will do. An easy drinking stout, it's better than the nitro-bottle (you can see my review from that), as the taste isn't as rusty and much smoother. That being said, the roasted flavors are very faded for a stout with little else coming in to bail it out.

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.94/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep black pour, creamy-foamy head about 1 1/2 inch. Nice pour from the bartender.
Smells like a weak steak sauce, roasted malt and chocolate.
Taste is more roasted malt with coffee and chocolate in the background.
A nice, smooth feel to it with a good aftertaste of molasses and roasted malt.
One of my favorites.

Guinness Draught from Guinness Ltd.
80 out of 100 based on 6,389 ratings.