Guinness Draught | Guinness Ltd.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Guinness Ltd.
Ireland
guinness.com

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-02-2001

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2,242
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7,585
Avg:
3.46
pDev:
20.52%
 
 
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Photo of reggie184
2.99/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Not what it used to be! Taste is not stout like , it's been mellowed, maybe to attract beer or lager drinkers. Now just a dark red beer not a stout anymore, disappointing.

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Photo of Dr_Gonzo
3.12/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Can't say this is the best beer I've had.

It looks really nice and dark, but I can't help but notice it's a very "flat" tasting beverage and lacks many flavors in quality. In a way, it's like tasting a sort of a weak "tea-bagged" kind of water that takes multiple sips to really get its experience and there isn't much else beyond that. Overall, it's all right to have as a substitute if you don't have an availability of greater beers in the fridge but it's not something I'd have everyday.

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Photo of Bangalter
4.41/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Starting with the black look, pouring it is orgasmic and watching it settle is just great. With its light ABV of 4.2 the beer has a great feel and not so alcoholic taste. It is very creamy so it slides down through your throat with a woody, nutty and coffee-ish after taste. You can feel different tastes in every different sip. Definitely one of my favorites. Cheers already!

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Photo of robinnorway
4.83/5  rDev +39.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

It's funny, being a guy grown up on pale lager all his life, tasting Guinness for the first time, and absolutly loving it. It is a low carbonated beer so you dont have to burp and all the time, i love that. Tastes so fresh from a 425ml can. This is what i taste: Weak taste of burnt coffee, cream??, I am a beginner. Feels and looks very good, pitch black with a 1,5 finger creamy head.

Gotta love Guinness

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Photo of Profundobaso
3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Guinness glass from one of the special edition cans

L - The beer, when poured right, looks beautiful. The stout settles perfectly, and you get a perfect creamy tan head that lasts.
S - Roasted malts and chocolates.
T - Incredibly smooth, but but a little lacking in flavor (a bit watery). The roasted malts still come through though, making the beer feel nice and hearty.
F - simple mouth feel but a very easy drinker. Does taste like a draught beer even though it came from a can.
O - this is always a nice go-to stout, and Guinness will always be distinctive and unique. There might be better stouts, but I'm happy to drink one of these anytime.

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Photo of andrewh995
3.31/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful color and feel but the flavor was mediocre, kind of like an very watered down extra stout. Definitely still enjoyable but nothing I would order again.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.15/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Let's be honest, rated to style this is a 5 across the board. It's the original. Having said that, I'm reviewing this completely on my personal taste. No denying that it's beautiful; a cascading waterfall of dark brown turning into a smooth and complete black abyss with the tightest bubbled khaki foam of a head. Smell is a bit roasty, perhaps earthy, but not much going on. Flavor is the same. Bitter chocolate, roasted malt, earthy hops, and some blood like metallic flavor. Mouth feel, creamy and smooth. Could easily drink in a low lit bat all night long without thinking twice about it. Overall, it's Guinness!!! But there are others out there that I find a tad more delicious. Slainte!

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Photo of VoxRationis
5/5  rDev +44.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Decanted into a conical pint glass from a nitro can. Pours with typical effervescent activity from bottom to top, clearing to black, with a persistent 1/2 inch, light khaki head. Nose: malts blend into something like an almond milk noet; palate: subtle and smooth blending of malt flavors with virtually no bitterness. Full, creamy mouthfeel despite relatively low alcohol content.

The draught nitro can replicates a fresh, recently tapped draught barrel (the gold standard of taste) remarkably well and as closely as technological possible and thus always appreciated for the great drinking experience that it is.

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Photo of Riff
3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thin black, when held to the light a tiny bit comes through around the edges of the glass. About an inch of off-white head, creamy looking with tiny bubbles to it, last quite a while. I'm a sucker for the cascading head effect, some things are just beautiful to watch. Smells of toasted malts with a little coffee. Tastes lightly of malts and coffee, with a slightly dark chocolate finish. Feel is watery and light. Overall, it's still one of the more beautiful beers I've seen but beyond that it's pretty average.

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Photo of Stoutmaster9
5/5  rDev +44.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a can, featuring the famous Turtle art, into an official Guinness glass.
Enjoyed with a bowl of clam chowder.

Let us raise a glass to honor the centuries of Guinness brilliance, and lament the 'blink of an eye', approaching a decade now, that Big Beer corporate sprawl policy has tarnished this mighty legend.

Black. Held to lamp light, brown-black. Thin head, tiny bubbles, moderate lacing.

Subtle. Malty chocolate and quite creamy-smooth. Too watery.

My first Guinness can was in the suburbs of Dublin, Ireland, in the summer on ninety one. I was totally shocked to see it outside a bottle or bar ... In the city proper beheld a shamrock impression artistically rendered into the canvas of my pint's foam!

Happy memory stats,
Cheers!!

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Photo of thebeers
3.82/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Near black with a super creamy finger of off-white head that lasts. Dry roasted malts in the nose and taste with a little creaminess from the head and a very, very slight sour twang. Light to medium bodied for the style, while still managing a creamy mouthfeel. Are there better stouts out there? Of course. But if you're looking for a throwback dry Irish Stout, this is delish.

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Photo of detgfrsh
3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From an undated bottle. Pours black with a finger of tan head. Barely any smell, a hint of coffee and roasted malt. Thin but creamy feel. Bread and malt flavors. Overall, it's not bad but a little thin and light on flavor. I'll take this over most of the macro beers, but there are far better stouts out there today.

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Photo of superspak
3.41/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

14.9 ounce can into imperial pint glass, canned on 5/26/2016. Pours crystal clear very dark brown color with a 1 finger dense and creamy light tan head that lasts the whole glass. Thick creamy lacing clings down the glass. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, and toasted dark bread; with light nuttiness, smoke, dark fruit, herbal, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of roast/bready malt and light earthy hop/fruity yeast notes; with solid strength. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, and toasted dark bread; with light nuttiness, smoke, dark fruit, herbal, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toasted dark bread, light nuttiness/smoke/herbal, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Good robustness and balance of roast/bready malt and light earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; with a nice roasted bitter/sweet balance, and zero astringent flavors after the finish. Moderate dryness from roast/bitterness, increasing through the glass. Light carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly grainy/chalky, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is okay. Very thin with no creaminess at all. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.2%. Overall this was a decent Irish dry stout. All around good robustness and balance roast/bready malt and light earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and easy to drink. This was too thin and bit watery than I expected; but it was still quite enjoyable overall, and a good style example.

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Photo of GreatHammerhead
2.57/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Presentation: 11.2 oz bottle with no freshness date invert poured into a Guinness pint glass.

Look: Dark, dark brown almost black with a tan 1.5 finger head. Head retention is superb and watching the nitro pour in action is always cool.

Smell: Rather weak, slightly sourish malts with some roasted malts in the background.

Taste: Tastes like a 50/50 mixture of Guinness Extra and water.

Feel: Thin creamy body with low carbonation.

Overall: Terrible.

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Photo of CNoj012
2.81/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a very dark brown color that is semi translucent and has ruby highlights when held directly to light. The head is two fingers, tan and very creamy. Retention is excellent and there is no lacing.

Smell is minimal and very bland. Roasted barley with a hint of coffee, chocolate and a touch of bitter hops.

Taste is similar, but even more bland. There is really nothing to this beer.

Feel is thin and watery with very little carbonation.

Overall this is not good. I remember drinking my first Guinness when I was 14 years old and thinking it was thicker than a milkshake. Other than chugging Irish car bombs on St. Paddy's Day I haven't had one in 15 years, and now it seems watery thin.

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Photo of TrueOregonian
5/5  rDev +44.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

When one considers ABV and calories, there are few out there that can match a Guinness for lower alcohol content, lower calories, and taste. Yes there are Stouts out there that are more robust but not at 4.2%. And this is one sexy looking beer!

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Photo of Lucaskowalik
3.06/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a tall boy into a nonic pint glass.
L- Dark chocolate brown with an amber glow. A very creamy, off-white head that looks quite appetizing.
S- Yeast, dark chocolate, yeast, espresso, dates, dark fruit, smokey campfire, grass.
T- Flavor is very underwhelming. Notes of typical stout flavors of espresso, vanilla, chocolate, caramel but overall quite watery.
F- Medium body with a pleasant creaminess. It is too thin for my liking and needs more of dry bitterness on the finish.
O- This is great for an intro stout because of how light it is but if you are really into dark beers this comes off far too mild.

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Photo of Gandalf
5/5  rDev +44.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

When one considers ABV and calories, there are few out there that can match a Guinness for lower alcohol content, lower calories, and taste. Yes there are Stouts out there that are more robust but not at 4.2%. And this is one sexy looking beer!

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Photo of ViolentOmega
3.93/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Probably my go-to stout due to the availability and easy drinkability compared to some of my other stouts.

L: Looks wonderful and pours great from a can.

S: I like the smell, but some find it to not smell very good

T: Easily drinkable. Not as heavy as some other stouts that I have had, such as Dragon's Milk.

F: A little thin and dry, but doesn't bother me personally.

Overall, this is a great beer, and I would definitely recommend it for those that are just getting in to stouts.

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Photo of ZAP
3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L-Dark brown colored..

S-Roasted barley, light coffee, cola

T-Roasted barley, dark unsweetened chocolate, light coffee

F-Light bodied....thinnish....finishes slightly dry

O-Hits the mark for a dry stout. Nice light drinking beer with flavor. Sure beats a Bud light with only 15 more calories.

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Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
3.91/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 15 oz can,into a Guinness beer mug.

Beautiful cascade lasts about 30 seconds before turning into a thick,creamy,off white,1 finger head.Jet black in color,with some dark brown hues around the bottom of the glass.

On the nose I get coffee,chocolate,toffee,and some hints of dark roasted malt notes.

The palate follows the nose with coffee,chocolate,toffee,and dark roasted malts.

The body is medium with a smooth finish.

My only complaint is the body is a little thin,other than that,this is a decent stout...Don't care what the beer snobs say.

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Photo of Speederson12
4.09/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

An old favorite of mine.
Beautiful pour, from the surge to the finished product. When held to light it's a deep ruby at the bottom that just gets darker as you look further up the glass. The creamy, perfectly smooth looking head draws a perfect even line between it and the beer itself. I usually spend a few minutes just staring at it before I drink it. It tastes of a delicious roasted barley, along with some malts... Followed by a roasted, dry aftertaste. It feels smooth and creamy. From the time I took my first sip of it several years ago, I loved it. I still do. When it comes to stouts, this is my benchmark.

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Photo of BJ_Bear
3.32/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I used to drink this regularly so it was interesting to go back to it after several years.
A: Guiness always looks great with the the Nitro cascade in the glass
S: Not a great impression
T: I fount the high maltiness and the relatively low roasted notes a little disappointing.
M: Creamy nitro mouthfeel as I remember it.
O: Overall still a beer I would drink, but now only if the beer list is short!

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Photo of Hoosteez
4.94/5  rDev +42.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Okay the look a great black beer with a very light brown head sometimes I've had heads from the tap that are at least 3 fingers I pick up notes of maltiness a touch of coffeeish chocolatey notes under neath the malt notes typically I can pick up a touch of a toasty brain note on 1 that's not super cold (preferential in my opinion actually on this one) the taste wonderful a nice malty lightly bittered coffee notes bready for the most part , mouthfeel it's great creamy yet lighter bodied than an extra stout but still well bodied and smooth and overall definitely an amazing beer top notch in my opinion

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Photo of Barnoloid
3.77/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Figured I would wait until visiting the Guinness storehouse in Dublin before reviewing a beer I have drank for many years, man and boy. A pour in their onsite pub is a memorable one - and you know it isn't one of their overseas brewed replicated versions that seem to make it across the world. First things first - this is a great looking beer, the famous dark ruby red undertones balancing the initial deep black/brown. Mouthfeel is creamy yet light - more watery than you'd expect? Possibly but this is a true session stout. Bready notes and coffee come through alhough the flavor profile is light. There isn't a lot of complexity. Taken for what it is, this remains a classic of the macro brew world.

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Guinness Draught from Guinness Ltd.
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