Dublin Porter
Guinness Ltd.

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Porter - English
Ranked #278
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3.56 | pDev: 13.76%
Guinness Ltd.
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GarrettB from Colorado

3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

April 6th, 2016 - Some days call for a classic, and while I know this isn't the original Guinness or the Export, it's still from the heralded and now massive company that's coddled Ireland for so long. The aroma is also very similar to the classic Guinness, and the flavor is slightly twangier. It also has more of a raisin note, and a long aftertaste, and without the crisp, clear and chocolatey nature of the classic Guinness.

Jul 23, 2020
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Unknown vintage; drank 3/28/17 @ the Yarchives.

Opaque brown appearance.

A violent pour yielded a big, noisy tank head; frothy lace.

Oats, cream, mild milk chocolate & faint sweet cherry notes in the nose.

Creamy medium mouthfeel.

Sweet cream, oats & faint dark chocolate flavors up front; a mild metallic note on the finish.

Sessionable & inoffensive, but this tasted more like oatmeal than beer.

Mar 09, 2019
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FBarber from Illinois

3.89/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color, opaque to the light. Thin weak cream colored head dissipates quickly leaving some spotty bubbly foam.

Aroma is reminiscent of Guinness stout - nutty roasted malts, cocoa, cream, and toffee.

Taste has notes of roasted nutty malts, cocoa, lactose or cream, hint of mild bitterness on the finish. For a session beer the flavors are quite nice and vibrant.

Feel is light, drinkable and I don't use this word lightly - sessionable. This is a quintessential English session beer. Mild carbonation with a nice smoothness throughout.

Overall a very nice beer from Guinness - you have to understand that this beer is a classic session beer and in that lens its quite well done. You can't compare this to a stout or American porter - its just not the same thing.

May 01, 2018
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Nass from Florida

2.35/5  rDev -34%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

Are you people on this page smoking too much dope or something? or maybe Guiness is paying you off to these reviews. I don't know what your deal is. How the heck can you give this a good score. This beer is too thin and watered down for a stout. There is hardly any flavor there. I don't care how the low the abv is on this beer I really don't care to drink another one. Cheers! C-

Feb 22, 2018
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nicholas2121 from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dublin Porter brewed by Guinness Ltd., with an ABV of 3.80% This English Porter pours out a deep brown color with a nice light golden brown head. This brew has the look of coffee,and not saying that is a bad thing. There is also a decent amount of lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side of the glass well. The smell is rich with sweet roasted grains and malts. You also pick up on a slight hop bitterness in the smell as well. Between the the look and smell this is one inviting Porter. Now for the taste, it is rich with roasted grains and malts. This is a real mild bodied brew, it goes down nice and smooth. This brew would go nice on a warm day. There is nothing overpowering about Dublin Porter, it has a super nice balance to it. I like how crisp this brew is, it almost like drinking soda. The mouth feel is Light, Clean, Smooth, Roasted, And Refreshing. Overall I'm going to give Dublin Porter a 4.25 out of 5. I would definitely look this brew up again giving the opportunity to. Guinness Ltd., Did a real nice job with this English Porter.

Jan 09, 2018
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

4.71/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Guinness Dublin Porter has a thin-to-medium, cola-like beige head, with some creaminess, a dark brown appearance, and some glass lacing. Aroma is of dark cherry, dark malt, brown bread crust, and some syrup. Taste is the same, with a cream note. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Guinness Dublin Porter finishes medium dry and highly quaff-able.


Dec 16, 2017
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jazzyjeff13 from England

3.29/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Oct 2017. Purchased a little while back from Home Bargains. The label describes it as a porter based on a brewery recipe from 1796.

A: Poured into a tulip pint glass. A very dark reddish-brown colour that appears black in the glass. Forms an enormous head of frothy off-white foam that lasts for a minute or two before collapsing and dissipating.

S: Aroma of dark malt with hints of roasted grain, mild caramel, a twinge of molasses, ale yeast and faint stewed leaves. Understated but decent.

T: Tastes of dark malt with notes of subtle roasted grain, mild caramel, a hint of molasses, ale yeast and faint stewed leaves/husks. Very dry, with a subdued bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with spritzy carbonation and a thin, insubstantial body for the style. Could certainly be thicker. Aftertaste of mild roasted malt, ale yeast, faint stewed leaves and a twinge of caramel.

O: OK but not their finest offering - it's just a bit too light. Average looks; head retention needs work. The aroma and flavour are alright, with notes of dry roasted grain, ale yeast, mild caramel and faint stewed leaves. Flavour a tad watery. So-so body; too thin for a porter. Drinkable but forgettable - seek out the West Indies porter instead.

Oct 25, 2017
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Gmann from New York

3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a chocolate brown color with a pillowy cream colored head.

The aroma is of brown bread, caramel and tin. Has that Guinness aroma, not sure if that's their yeast.

The taste is of brown bread, light caramel and toffee. Decent flavor for a 3.75% abv brew. Some light roasted notes.

The feel is light with fizzy carbonation. Slightly sweet throughout the palate. A bit dry in the finish.

A nice sessionable porter.

Sep 30, 2017
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OzmanBey from Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Guinness does it again with this very nice Porter, it has a nice taste, a good feeling, and overall it goes down rather smooth. I highly recommend picking this one up.

Sep 13, 2017
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

2.99/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Feels thin,even looked thin. A small malt aroma. Hard to describe the taste as it is a little weak,some malt and maybe cocoa but also a metalac/mineral taste .

Aug 20, 2017
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taxandbeerguy from Canada

3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Enjoyed as part of a flight at the Guinness Museum / Brewery in Dublin. Review from notes.

Appearance -The darkest shade of ruby / cola brown and minimal visibility.

Smell - A little fruity with some roasty bits, but mostly an absence of aroma.

Taste - The fruit is gone, rather bitter with some minerally characteristics. A little ashy for the sake of it.

Mouthfeel - Not much body here. Just too thin.

Overall - My least favorite beer of the trio (the other beers were West Indies Porter and Foreign Export Stout) as the thinness of the beer and the flavors with little to balance the ashy mineral flavors was a negative. Would try once more just to see how most of the rest of the world would experience this.

Aug 05, 2017
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SpongeHop from Belgium

2.04/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

L - off-black, poor head
S & T - watery, slightly roasted malts, slight hints of chocolate, but so, so, so watery
F - watery...

O - what a disappointment. It's the macro-lager equivalent of a porter. I got excited as it was supposed to be the historical kind of porter that would actually be on tap for the dock-workers in the pubs of old, and I'm sure it is, because it's definitely sessionable... It's so, so, so, so watery. Its almost like someone simply took any half-decent porter and then diluted it with water... and then added some more water, for good measure.

I wouldn't recommend this one.

Jun 09, 2017
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Fordcoyote15 from Kentucky

3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Apart from the watery feel, it's okay if you view it as a BMC session beer. I'll tailgate with this over miller's or bud any day, but alas, if this isn't a $20 dollar 30 pack there's not much else use for it.

Jun 03, 2017
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Tone from Missouri

3.09/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours a clear dark brown color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Slight retention and poor lacing. Smells of sweet malt, hint of roasted malt, slight yeast, hint of adjunct, and a hint of metallic. Fits the style of an English Porter. Mouth feel is quite sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, hint of hops, hint of roasted malt, slight yeast, hint of adjunct, and a hint of metallic. Overall, weak appearance, adjunct aspects are unfavorable, quite light in body.

Jun 02, 2017
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bnes09 from Illinois

1.84/5  rDev -48.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Thin, watery body. Weak flavor. Bone dry. Practically nothing there. Carbonated water like qualities. Carbonation is probably the major highlight actually. Not sure why they decided to bottle this garbage.

May 02, 2017
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JRed from New Jersey

3.06/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours cola-black in body with off-white head that stays. Aroma of hazelnut, raisins, cocoa. Tastes of hazelnut, raisin, cocoa, residual sweetness. Light in body with light carbonation.

Mar 17, 2017
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Redrover from Wisconsin

3.74/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This was included in the mixed pub pack.

Poured into a shaker, the beer is brown with ruby highlights. It has a nice tan head.

The aroma is of roasted malts and a bit of dark fruit.

The taste is of roasted and earthy grains. There is a bit of coco and a little coffee. It hangs together pretty well.

The mouth is on the thinner side but that combined with the low abv of 3.8% makes this very sessionable.

This may be good beer to cook with as I could see it adding some flavor to chili or a stew.

Mar 11, 2017
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KrisPaulk77 from Mississippi

3.17/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Picked up at Asda in Dyce.
Deep, dark brown with garnet highlights. Not as black as standard Guinness. Tan head receded down to a ring of light foam. Bits of lace left on the side of the glass.
Aroma is mild, toffee, along with some strange burnt notes, almost like a burnt out match.
Flavor is mild and pleasing, malty, with caramel notes. The burnt aroma does not transfer to the flavor. Body is a but on the thin side.
Overall, not a bad beer. I much preferred the West Indies Porter over this.

Mar 09, 2017
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was on a recent foray to Country Garden Six Pack Bottle Shop here in Lancaster, PA, where they know & love me. They had just taken delivery & one of the proprietresses came over with an armful of singles for me to scour! I sifted through everything and between my running mate & me, we filled a mixed-six, including this one. Glorious times, my friends!

From the bottle: "The Brewers Project"; "A group of enterprising brewers on a quest to explore new recipes, reinterpret old ones and collaborate freely to bring exciting beers to life. A style with origins from our brewers diaries dating back to 1796, Dublin Porter is sweet and smooth with malt and dark caramel notes."

I Pop!ped the cap & really let fly this time, given the freshness of the bottle's contents. I was enthralled by the pseudo-cascade that eventually settled into two fingers of dense, rocky, foamy, light-tan head with decent retention. Color was Dark Brown to Very Dark Brown (SRM = > 27, < 34) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a distinctive caramel and chocolaty sweetness. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but big for the style. The taste was not as distinct in terms of its flavors as it had been on the nose. It tasted more muted, like milk chocolate and a sweetness that I may not have readily identified as caramel. Dang! It was not unpleasant, but it lacked the Ooomph! of its nose. Finish was semi-sweet, but it had nothing distinctive about its sweetness or how to quantify it. I do not know whether it was a product of its sessionable quality or something else, but it needed greater emphasis on defining its inherent flavors.

Mar 02, 2017
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TheSixthRing from California

2.99/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours dark cola brown with a quarter-finger width, tan colored head. Sub-par retention, resulting in a thin, broken layer of surface suds and a thin ring around the edge of the glass. Fair lacing, with some broken lines and spotting.

Smell - Subtly sweet, like light smoke, and roasty malts.

Taste - Follows the nose, only with less flavor than the nose would lead on. Hints of roast, sweet smoke and a faint trace of earth make up the bulk of flavor. Very weak finish, but no off flavors in the least.

Mouthfeel - Light-bodied with low-to-moderate carbonation. Slick texture makes it an easy drinker, albeit a watery one.

Overall - Clocking in at a palty 3.8% ABV, this is truly a session porter. It won't be one I'll be sessioning anytime soon, however. There simply isn't enough flavor for my liking.

Mar 01, 2017
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

3.64/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I tried this from the bottle chilled in a pint glass.
The color is dark brown with translucent clarity and thick sandstone head with fine bead and lasting retention. The smell is semi-sweet and biscuit-like with roasted malt and light yeast in the aroma adding mineral accents with slightly bready nose. The feel is good with mildly sweet and roasted texture with a moderate carbonation level and semi-dry finish with light body in general subtle creaminess from yeast in the feel.

The taste is decent with mild toasted flavor up front with yeast that is mineral adding to the bready and nutty malt combination with a mostly dry finish yet sweetness is subtle throughout the with a coffee-like lingering roastiness on the palate. Overall I Like this, a very good traditional brown porter with nice maltiness and drinkable at under 4% abv.

Feb 27, 2017
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Bighuge from Minnesota

3.41/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Deep clear crimson tone. Thin light brown head. Minimal lace. Aroma is warm and roasty. Flavor is roasted bitterness upfront. Not quite as much as their stout. Some sweetness from the chocolate malts. MIneral like quality fits in o.k. Some caramel malt as well. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Fair.

Feb 11, 2017
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Stinkypuss from Pennsylvania

3.39/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark brown with a good clarity and a small white head. The glass shows a few bubbles of lacing.

Aroma upfront is malty, lightly peaty, with some coffee and cocoa.

The flavor is lightly bitter, with smooth roasted malt and faint chocolate. A good amount of flavor for a beer 3.8% ABV.

Light body with a lighter carbonation that is still prickly on the palate. Malt flavor lingers on into the finish.

Overall this is a solid porter that is light and flavorful. It has subtle roasted malt flavors that work well together. A good breakfast beer.

Feb 10, 2017
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steveh from Illinois

3.86/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Catching up on some beers I'd meant to rate a while ago and hadn't realized I'd excluded.

From the Guinness Brewers Project. Poured into my imperial pint nonic.

L -- Inky black color with a sense, light tan head that settles slowly.

S -- Low black malt roastiness and light toffee to chocolate character. Some vague fruit esters back.

T -- Same roasted malt character up front with a light bitterness from the roasted malt. Some mellow, lightly sweet biscuits notes in the middle. Tart esters of dark fruit linger through the finish and aftertaste with some light, earthy bitterness from hops apparent.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft and smooth up front to dry in the finish. Body is medium-light.

O -- A true session beer that neither bores nor takes all the attention. Easy drinking and flavorful, despite its low ABV. Extreme beer lovers beware, this one will befuddle you.

Feb 08, 2017
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vladdswrath from Washington

2.98/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours like a standard Guinness. Aroma is very light, roast malts and barely detectable bread crust. Flavor is nice, light but more interesting than I expected considering the complete lack of smells. Chocolate and raisins, minerals and yeast...as countless others have said earlier, it feels like a nice milk stout, except thin and fizzy. None of this seems worthy of notice, but it does add up to be more than the sum of its parts. Not worth tracking down, but enjoyble when I have one fall into my lap.

Feb 04, 2017
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