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Guinness Draught - Guinness Ltd.

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5,128 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,128
Reviews: 1,954
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 20.11%
Wants: 26
Gots: 311 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of GClarkage


3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

10-26-2004 17:44:14 | More by GClarkage
Photo of kojevergas


2.9/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle (as in the new bottle without the nitrogen widget) of brown glass and with a standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Acquired at a local Ralph's market. Reviewed live. I expect this to be worse than the nitro-bottle and nowhere near the level of Guinness nitro-draught.

Served slightly warmer than refrigerator cold. Side-poured at a proper 45 degree angle.

A: Pours a half finger head of white colour, decent thickness, and nowhere near the cream of the nitro-bottle. Very disappointing. Colour is the standard extreme dark ruby (but apparent black). Pales in comparison to the other variants of Guinness Draught.

Sm: Roasted barley (but light and weak compared to nitro-variants), light smoke suggesting rauchbier qualities, and hints of chocolate and coffee. A mild strength aroma.

T: A bit creamy, hardly any roast, some coffee, and vague hints of chocolate. A weak-ass version of proper Guinness Draught. A damned disgrace. Where's my beloved cream? Imbalanced and merely decently built. Bland, boring, and dull compared to proper Guinness. Infuriatingly poor in comparison to proper Guinness.

Mf: Smooth, wet, a bit thin, and a bit watery. Not at all creamy compared to the luxurious cream of the proper Guinness variants. Incredibly disappointing.

Dr: Drinkable but an obnoxiously poor decision. The nitro-bottle was far better. As a periodic Irish resident and a huge fan of Guinness, I'm offended at this awful decision. This variant ruins the best macro-brewed beer in the world, and I won't stand for it. Feels like a poorly executed porter in this bottled form. Please don't judge the beer based on this bottled variant; it's a poor representation of the beer.

No doubt this was an upper level directive from those bastards over at Diageo. I don't blame the brewery.

I emailed Diageo customer service about this beer and the removal of the nitro widget - which I think is a disgraceful ploy to reduce manufacturing costs. I received the following response:

---We are sorry that you were disappointed by your recent Guinness experience. While we have removed the widget from the Guinness Draught In A Bottle, the liquid has remained exactly the same and continues to come from St. James’s Gate Brewery in Dublin.
Guinness Draught In A Bottle has always been meant to be enjoyed directly from the bottle. We’ve adjusted the gas mixture so that the nitrogen gas is activated every time you tilt the bottle to drink, providing the signature creamy head each time you take a sip. Guinness Draught In A Bottle is still nitrogenated.

If you prefer to pour a Guinness into a glass, we recommend Guinness Draught in a Can, which still has a widget since Guinness Draught in a Can is meant to be poured from the can and enjoyed from a glass. It is our recommendation for consumers who enjoy drinking from the glass at home, as it delivers an outstanding “from the glass” experience.

If you prefer to continue to pour from the bottles, pouring faster and from a vertical angle will give you a much better head than pouring slowly.

We’re very passionate about our beer and do everything we can to deliver a Great Guinness Experience whether it’s straight from the bottle or poured into a glass. We hope this information answers your question and ensures your next experience with Guinness will meet your – and our – high standards.

Please do not hesitate to reach out with any further questions. We would be happy to offer a refund for this purchase and look forward to speaking with you directly if you would provide us with your phone number. Thank you very much.

^You can draw your own conclusions, but the whole "nitrogenating according to the tipping of the bottle" bit seems like a load of steaming bollocks. As a longtime Guinness drinker in mother Ireland and abroad, I'm disappointed in this decision. We want our nitro-induced creamy mouthfeel, ye Diageo bastards!


Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 00:15:34 | More by kojevergas
Photo of beernads


3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

06-05-2013 09:33:57 | More by beernads
Photo of corby112


3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

07-04-2011 21:57:23 | More by corby112
Photo of weeare138


3.25/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

12-28-2006 19:30:18 | More by weeare138
Photo of barleywinefiend


3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a deep, deep brown that was somewhat sluggish and slow to pour. Small tannish head. Nose was burnt barley and coffee. Taste was roasty, espresso and smooth but thin. The carbonation is ok, but the body is far too watery for a stout. Not nearly as good as tap.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

07-31-2008 00:26:44 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of tempest


2.65/5  rDev -23.9%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

11-22-2005 19:06:20 | More by tempest
Photo of wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

2.8/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

440ml nitro can. 4.1%abv. BB 30/06/06. Served cool in a jug.
A: absolutely elegant mahogany to almost black hue, with an supposedly thick and tight frothy beige head which sustains forever.
S: softly sweet coffee-mousse note, mild aroma of roasted barley and caramelised malts with a touch of cream, and some unidentifiable dark fruits. Overall very smooth and attenuated. Simple but not boring.
T&M: very light flavour of roasted barley followed by a thin-bodied and watery texture before quickly hitting the lightly sour and dryish aftertaste, while necessary bitterness for a stout is kept at bay... Smooth on the mouthfeel, but too thin in terms of body.
D: maybe the style is not my favourite and it also has to be taken into account that the can-version is not as nice as the real draught version on tap, but I've come across lots of much better and complex stouts than this giant. Got to do better to live up to its reputation and self-expectation.

Serving type: nitro-can

01-01-2006 06:36:51 | More by wl0307
Photo of akorsak


3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 500 mL nitro can that my sister brought back from the St. James Gate brewery in Dublin.

A: The can opens with a fizz as the nitro widget releases its gas. The agitation almost caused white head to peter out over the mouth of the can. A three step pour into a Guinness glass resulted in the magnificent visual bubbling effect. The stout's body was a dark red-black color, more reddish at the narrower points of the glass. Atop the black body was a white, slightly tan, head that stayed in place throughout the pint. Visually stunning, regardless of how it may taste.

S: The nose has creaminess from the nitrogen introduction along with a burnt toast aroma. The swirling mixture takes on a pleasant but thin sweetness.

T: The stout has a full taste but does come up short at times. As dark and heavy as it looks, it is quite light. Burnt bread and chocolate flavors upfront mix with the creamy nitro foam. The thinness becomes apparent mid-sip as the burnt grains fade away and are not replaced by anything. A dry mouthfeel sees the beer away.

M: The mouthfeel is thin at times but the upfront mix of stout and nitro is pleasing sweet, in spite of its dryness. The lack of alcohol and overpowering malts also preserves the taste buds.

D: The ale is quite drinkable, with a sessionably low abv. It's not as robust as some stouts but it holds its own reasonably well.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-20-2008 15:22:26 | More by akorsak
Photo of Billolick

New York

4.08/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-13-2004 03:53:24 | More by Billolick
Photo of rhoadsrage


3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American pint glass) not from the bottle as directed

A- This beer pours a milk chocolate color with the foam gentle falling to the bottom and the thin layer of black dark stout starts to form. So all the drama is over and the thick creamy head is a smooth thick layer of tan cream on a pure black body.

S- The soft note of dark roasted barley has a hint of black coffee, and dark chocolate with a note of wet horse (but in a good way). The aroma is a bit light possibly due to the thick foam.

T- This beer has a cold taste to it even though it was at 50 degrees in the beer fridge. The taste of roasted black malt with a faint dry tartness is nice but too soft. The finish has a soft soapy taste to it aswell (yes it is a clean glass). No real hops present in the finish.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a watery texture. No astringency or alcohol warmth.

D- This beer is not the dark roasted bitter ale that I hoped for. It is a bit thin and light with not a lot of depth. The aroma was faint but nice and then the taste was just to watered down.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

02-05-2006 01:25:24 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of oriolesfan4


3.05/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Ahhh Guinness... always got it at a bar but never from the 'nitro can'. Pours with that amazing cascading look.... looks amazing every time and only see it with this. Pours a very dark 'almost' black. Nice huge fluffy head. Medium to full body, pretty good mouthfeel.. taste is very bland, some malts shining through but very water to me. I actually really enjoy the draft, but the draught seems to be more gimmicy with the bottle and nitro insert.. what matters is the product. Cool to try, but really is way overhyped. Meh.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

08-30-2010 22:23:46 | More by oriolesfan4
Photo of Zorro


2.38/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

"Drink From Bottle" What the hell? I poured mine in a Guinness glass anyway.

Pours a black brew with a thick tan head.

Smells a bit like chocolate and coffee, mild sweet smell.

Taste is watery, mild sweetness is there. Slight chocolate and coffee flavors, really too mild in taste. Slight bitterness in the finish.

Watery Mouthfeel.

Drinkable, I guess but just a really inferior Stout. Every other stout I have tried is better, sad really.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

02-26-2004 03:53:42 | More by Zorro
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

2.95/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A strong, black, smooth but dry stout. I'm not quite sure how much value the plastic widget adds but it tastes just exactly like every Guinness I have had.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

04-04-2002 16:06:56 | More by jdhilt
Photo of woodychandler


4.05/5  rDev +16.4%
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?

Serving type: nitro-can

08-07-2010 21:50:25 | More by woodychandler
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

04-08-2012 12:01:28 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of DoubleJ


3.48/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-19-2007 00:38:56 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of Georgiabeer


2.85/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

03-23-2007 22:24:24 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of ppoitras


3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at Uno's, Milford, CT, presented in a 11.2 bottle, and a frosted glass.

Usual impressive Guinness nitro head and bubble action, with great lacing. Not much in the aroma department, just a bit of dark grains and that "Guinness" smell, which I stumble trying to put into words. Taste was as expected from a nitro, somewhat deadened, but still a presence, for sure. Mouthfeel was the usual good nitro, and drinkability was excellent. Just don't know about their suggestion to drink it from the bottle, I'll take a glass, thanks.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

05-28-2004 01:37:00 | More by ppoitras
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3/5  rDev -13.8%

07-08-2012 17:51:44 | More by duceswild
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United Kingdom (Wales)

3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2008 06:16:04 | More by mothman
Photo of ejimhof


3/5  rDev -13.8%

07-24-2013 01:19:00 | More by ejimhof
Photo of BARFLYB


2.88/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2009 02:33:14 | More by BARFLYB
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3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A. Wonderful lacing and a quarter inch head. One sexy beer.

S. Roasted barley. Nothing exceptional here.

T. Sweet initial taste with a smokey aftertaste.

M. Incredibly Smooth. Light and refreshing. Creamy is another word that I use to describe the texture.

D. This is a staple beer. Its good drinking. Cheers.

Serving type: nitro-can

04-23-2008 23:14:36 | More by Stinkypuss
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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

11-29-2013 21:55:03 | More by BillRoth
Guinness Draught from Guinness Ltd.
79 out of 100 based on 5,128 ratings.