Guinness Draught
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Style:
Irish Dry Stout
Ranked #258
ABV:
4.2%
Score:
81
Ranked #43,715
Avg:
3.59 | pDev: 19.5%
Reviews:
2,397
Ratings:
8,367
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Ireland
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Year-round
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81
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Photo of Clyde_D13
2.91/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a very dark black, nice silky white head. The smell of this beer has notes of chocolate, toffee, & maybe some blackcurrant. The taste is pretty much exactly like the smell, it is very flat & watery though. This beer is okay at most as far as stout's go in my opinion. The best thing about this beer is the look.

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Photo of jkrich
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a black, 12 oz. bottle with no discernable freshness date: opaque, black with a very nice and sustained, silky tan head - perhaps its best attribute. I did expect a very more foamy pour, given the addition of nitrogen.

Aromas of faint licorice, coffee roast, and berries.

Well, perhaps this does not register as my favorite stout or even in the top ten, but it does manage to impart some decent flavors of roasted malt, mild chocolate, and a faint sourness (in a good way). The bittersweet aftertaste does complement the roasted malt. What else can you expect from a massed produced, 4.2 % ABV stout with no freshness date? I quite enjoyed it.

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Photo of Peach63
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours black with a 1 inch tan head. Moderate lacing.

Aroma of coffee, roast malts, goldings hops.

Taste is coffee, roast malts, slight sourness.

Full bodied, light carbonation. Dry finish.

A classic draught. Few beers have been around as long as this one.

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Photo of EvershineDan
1.44/5  rDev -59.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This is a "stout"??
Where's the flavor??
This is on par with the most bland brews I've ever tried. Most certainly the most bland stout I've ever had. This is laughable.

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Photo of Garethcullenuk
4.83/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

My favourite pub drink by far, just so smooth and easy to drink. Very little gas once settled and must be left to settle properly before drinking. To many places employ bar staff who rush the pour and get it wrong, other places get the gas wrong and it spoils the taste. In a bad pub this will taste watery and lifeless. In a good bar this will taste like you’ve won the lottery. Anywhere in Ireland is the best place to drink it. Certain places everywhere else will serve a good pint of Guinness. Not worth drinking it canned, it doesn’t do it justice. Always reminds me of coffee for some reason when I drink it, will fill you up quickly so best not drunk after a full meal, and it won’t get you drunk in a hurry, best drunk indoors as the cold version doesn’t have the same flavours in my opinion. The standard version is best but as it’s not chilled like a lager will not refresh you on a hot day in the beer garden like a cold lager will.

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Photo of BGDrock
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Lovely pour, dark brown, the nitro creating a cascading wave of fine, lighter brown bubbles through the glass, gradually forming a dense head the colour of brown mushrooms, with rock solid retention of several minutes.
Aromas of roasted malt, cola, coffee, molasses.
Simple flavours of dark roasted malt, burnt coffee (though only lightly bitter), cola. Fairly sweet. Light, with a touch minerality. There's a "brightness" to it, the sensation of a crisp sweet apple. Finish lingers pleasantly with bitter roast malt. Very light effervescence owing to the nitro, without feeling flat.

Looks don't get any better, will give it that. The taste is simple but delicious for any occasion. I can appreciate the benefits of nitro, but it's not my preference.

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BGDrock from Ontario (Canada), Friday at 09:18 PM
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3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into pint glass... despite the bottle saying "enjoy chilled straight from the bottle".

Draft pour looks much more appealing; yet this is still not an ugly beer. Its hard to compete with that reverse cacase of the nitrogen from the draft pour. Its always memorizing to watch a freshly poured draft pour of Guinness settle into the glass. A dark brown to light black bodied stout with a red hue. A thick off white head that pours 2 fingers tall from a hard pour. That nice light roasty note that is trade mark to Guinness. Light roast and light sweetness that tastes fairly close to what I remember draft Guinness to be (its been over 10 years since I have drank a draft pint of Guiness). Not as creamy as draft pour, but that is to be expected...it came from a bottle. This was way better than I expected out of the bottle. Just doesn't have the magic in the appearance and mouthfeel of a nitrogenated draft pour of Guinness. Still not sure why they want you to drink it out of the bottle...

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Photo of callmewalsh
4.04/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Guinness only tastes great off of a spout. This attempt to capture the Guinness magic is frail and over compensated by a higher ABV.

its a fine sipping beer but dont expect to be blown away.

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callmewalsh from Minnesota, May 03, 2020
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3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I think it’s easy to get lost in nostalgia, ya know? The deep past when things that may have actually not seemed so great, but at the time they did. Your first McNugget, your first tongue twister from what’s her face... And Guinness is kind of that, but I’m not going to do it dirty like that. It’s fine for what is it - no doubt. A bit light, but creamy and smooth (hey, that kind of reminds me of Raul). Yeah, it won’t blow your socks off like 1996 Carmen Electra in a nightie, but it will do the trick like 2020 Carmen Electra in a nightie.

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RaulMondesi from California, Apr 30, 2020
Photo of Gripnrip207
2.02/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

This beer(and it’s snobby fandom) almost ruined dark beer, and craft beer in general for me. I might as well point out the elephant in the room, this beer is no better than any american domestic, it anything, it is worse. As a sub 21 adult, i had been pressed to try “craft beer” (which i now love). I was told by guiness fans, this this was “way better than my watery piss beer” (pabts). Having tried this beer on 3 separate occasions, I can say it went into the sink 2/3 times. If you speak to my friends, you would know this is a big deal. I assumed that craft beer was for chumps, and stuck to my pabst. Later, being introduced to Vt craft beer; i learned it was dope, and assumed I just didnt like dark beer? Also wrong, after having not shitty dark beer.
Moral of the story? Like guiness? Like pabst? Good for you. But dont talk trash on other peoples favorites, because someone hates your beer.
Now foe the review
Looks like a stout, smells like a stout, absolutely unfavorful. Huge letdown

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Photo of jonmikel
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought at a Supermarket in Spain. Poured from a 44 cl can to a pint glass. The look is superb. Pitch black colour with a 1 cm. foam head. The smell is not very pronounced but once you start drining the flavour is of coffee. It hasn't got a lot body but the drinking is enjoyable. Dry is a very good word to describe it. I very much like it.

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Photo of InspectorHound
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Creamy finger and half of dense foamy mocha head comes together after the initial separate brown and beige world famous Guinness layering. Impossible not to love the way this beer looks.
Smell: Very subtle roasted malt.
Taste: Light wood,, hint of roast beef, watery. Subtle springs to mind as a descriptor.
Feel: Creamy and soft, fills your mouth like smoke. Flat, no active carbonation. Super dry finish.
This beer is the perfect example of the parts being greater than the sum. The look and feel are world class. The smell and taste pedestrian and underwhelming. Best served on tap, but I don't dislike the trademarked can. Overall a B. First stout many Canadian's of my generation ever drank. I return to it every so often for nostalgic sake.

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InspectorHound from Ontario (Canada), Apr 17, 2020
Photo of OK_Denise
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I have to be in the right mood to really enjoy drinking a Guinness. It is not that it is a bad beer, it is just that the taste is such that it can sometimes hit me the wrong way. When the taste is "right" then it is an enjoyable beer.

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OK_Denise from Oklahoma, Apr 11, 2020
Photo of Adela96cze
1/5  rDev -72.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

How ?? It’s not a beer ... I grew up on beer and this “ black drink “ tastes like nothing like a beer .... I love dark beers ( dark lagers ) the bitter the better but this ? I don’t like this :)

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Adela96cze from Czech Republic, Mar 26, 2020
Photo of Alexc11
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours two tone beige and brown color eventually merging into a deep, dark brown color almost to the point of black. Nice process to watch. Off-white creamy two-finger head that recedes to half a finger and keeps form. So persistent in fact, my last sip was the head. Lacing is healthy leaving creamy residue. Notice the operative word is creamy. As for aromas and flavours, mostly malt and coffee. No carbonation to speak of and very low, if any, bitterness. I guess the taste is a bit on the safe side but it's light and very smooth. A light stout that goes down like a Pilsner. Great to just chill and watch a pandemic go by. If it was warmer I'd sit on my porch with my Marlin waiting for the world to end. /wink.

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Alexc11 from Quebec (Canada), Mar 24, 2020
Photo of gvickery
2.02/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

The only thing this has going for it is how it looks. It has an awesome head, creamy, off white, dense.
Smell is rather ho-hum, smells like a very light stout. Mild roasted malts.
Taste is totally different underwhelming, watery, mild, totally flat. Taste like you left on the nightstand after a hard night and tried at 10 am the next morning.
Everyone who says this is the best Guinness has to offer is full of crap.
The original Extra Stout is the only way to go. Don’t waste your time on the “nitrogenated” gimmick.
This stuff is a joke, AVOID.

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Photo of Zraly
4.18/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Never completed a review for Guinness, which seems criminal. Happy St. Paddy's Day!

Nice, dark ruby brown with the unmistakable head that is soft and follows the ale all the way down the glass. Slight roast flavor up front followed by a gentle bittersweet chocolate flavor. Smooth and silky. Light-bodied with a signature dry finish. The original session beer for me.

It's a classic for a reason. My understanding is it has been brewed this way since 1959 (per Guinness tout) to commemorate the 200 year anniversary. It's been a staple ever since, for good reason. Easy to drink, easy to find, good beer.

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Zraly from Virginia, Mar 17, 2020
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3.22/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From the bottom of the can: "L9329GH004 3 12:28"
The box the cans came in states: "Brewed in Dublin"

Appearance: The nitro from the can causes a beautiful cascade of brown bubbles falling to the bottom of the glass. The body of the beer is black and it has a slightly off-white cap that looks laser-cut. The head is short and has very good retention and lacing. It is a very classic appearance.

Aroma: There is very little aroma. There is a light hint of roasted grains with just a bit of carbon.

Taste: There is a light carbon note to the beer and a very light woody character. Very mild roasted grain flavor.

Mouthfeel: It is very smooth and it coats the palate very well. It feels dry and clean with a nice full body that isn't heavy. Very good bitterness.

Overall: It is a easy to drink Irish Dry Stout with a pleasant body and just enough aroma and flavor to keep things interesting. It isn't the most aromatic or flavorful beer but it is enjoyable to drink because as a whole the beer elements all complement each other, with the bitterness adding some quality to the roasted grain flavor and the roasted grain flavor accenting the light carbon aroma. It's worth picking up and I could drink it from time to time.

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teromous from Virginia, Mar 17, 2020
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3.49/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Dark brown, thick creamy tan head with persistent retention.

Aroma: Herbal, dark roast malt

Flavor & aftertaste: Semi-sweet. dark roasted malt, hint of coffee-like roast flavors. Medium length finish. Restrained chalky bitterness.

Mouth-feel: Light bodied. Zero bite from carbonation.

Overall: This was definitely not what I expected. It was a decent sip and drinks a lot like a very thin porter. It was too cold when served, which hid the bitterness at first. It has a very mild chalky bitterness that shows up at the end as the beer warms. Makes a great head when poured. Overall, I really didn't like it that much, mostly because of the very thin mouth-feel.

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ATL6245 from Georgia, Mar 16, 2020
Photo of 1947
4.8/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It's sometimes hard for me to separate a beer from its personal associations: in my case long summer vacations spent in the West of Ireland, in Cork and Galway, starting almost 50 years ago. Guinness stout, the real thing, consumed on tap in pubs with friends. Among the slogans then, "Guinness is good for you," and we believed it. I still do. They say the real thing can't be successfully exported, even to England. It gets seasick they say. It's true, but this beer, in a can with a nitrogen "widget" gives a better approximation of the ritually slow-poured Irish pub draught than any other export Guinness I've tried..

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1947 from Pennsylvania, Mar 14, 2020
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

For Beer #100 and just before St. Patty's Day, it just makes sense. Poured from a 14.9 oz can. Has a dense off-white/tan foam head with 30-40 seconds of great effervescence (the surge the can talks about) that goes from top to almost the bottom of my Guinness draught glass. Coloration is dark brown to black with no opacity. Smell is a bit sweet (some chocolate, some coffee) with a nice but of maltiness. Taste matches the scent well, with just a touch of bitterness entering in. The feel of Guinness has always fascinated me: on the lighter, wetter side with a slightly bitter aftertaste. A very drinkable beer, especially for a stout. Hard not to recommend someone try it at least a few times.

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akaizer from Virginia, Mar 07, 2020
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3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz Nitrogenated bottle: Pours a dark coffee black color with a beige/ light brown color thin head with a decent amount of lacing and carbonation. This is very similar to Guinness Extra Stout in my opinion, but in its own right, different and more mysterious. With the same full body look/ flavor and coffee black color: this particular Irish Dry Stout has subtle notes of bread, roasted malt/hops, and chocolate. For how dark it is, you'd expect it to be more aggressive, but this brew is easily drinkable at 4.2% ABV, and has a smooth creamy finish. Will drink again.

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Photo of realJohnnyHobo
4.57/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Fun facts about Guinness Draught stout - this beer uses Pale Ale Malts, Guinness Draught widgets won the Queen's (UK) Technical Achievement award in 1991 for its importance to the beer industry, speaking of the widget glass engravings were inspired by the agitation created by the widgets, and most importantly the actual color of Guinness Draught Stout is RUBY!

This beer pours a lovely light brown with aggressively flowing nitrous carbonation that takes roughly 2 minutes to fully settle - poured from a 14.9 fl oz nitro can - there is a brownish white head that settles a bit smaller than a finger size onto the rim of the beverage.

The smell is of chocolate/ coffee notes from the roasted malted - this process is very aggressively performed by Guinness which gives this beer a superior smell character.

The taste is complex and is a real thinker. If you just slam this beer like an Irish car bomb, you can still notice the complexities of the beverage. This is a very malt-forward beverage, aforementioned, the roasting process delivers an intensely favorite rich smoked barley grain with nearly no noticeable alcohol flavor. You are also met with a creaminess from the nitrogen but you will get hops in the rear, perhaps galena?

Mouthfeel is a creamy taste with a lot of chew, though less noticeable on nitro.

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Photo of 1009
4.47/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A favorite of mine when enjoying a steak dinner. The creamy smooth taste of this Irish stout steals the hearts of so many. With a strong and iconic black color with creamy foam resting at the top of the glass makes it a treat for the eyes as well as the taste buds. Have you noticed I have said creamy two times already? That is exactly what the Guinness Draught is all about giving off a sweet and malty aroma. Grab a frothy Guinness and enjoy with friends! Sláinte!

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1009 from Massachusetts, Feb 18, 2020
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3.12/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 14.9 oz (440ml) can into a pint glass, refilling after a couple sips.

Look: Dark brown haze fades into black with depth. Thick, creamy tinted head looks like a pillow that sits on top of the beer. Like other stouts, the bubbles to sink instead of rise, giving a curdling effect. Not violent, but slow and soft.
Smell: Dark roasted hops like mocha and brown sugar.
Taste: Not as sweet as one would expect and with a not unpleasant result. Rather, it's pretty dry. Has a malty sort of mild bitter dark chocolate aftertaste on the back of the tongue but isn't heavy and syrupy like a sweet chocolate or PB stout.
Feel: Creamy beer accompanied by frothy head, but not really with any carbonation at all. Kinda like those super soft faux-fur blankets in beer form, especially when just poured. Not so heavy.
It's an okay beer. Not super refreshing nor deep in character, but a good social beer and pretty light too at 125 cal/12oz. Would rather drink this than a light lager every time.

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graysonslamsbrews from Pennsylvania, Feb 18, 2020
Guinness Draught from Guinness Ltd.
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 8367 ratings