Guinness Draught
Guinness Ltd.

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Style:
Stout - Irish Dry
Ranked #244
ABV:
4.2%
Score:
82
Ranked #44,706
Avg:
3.6 | pDev: 19.44%
Reviews:
2,423
Ratings:
8,462
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LeBron_James from Canada (ON)

3.47/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks deep black with a white head that dissipates fast and leaves no lacing.
The smell is not the most interesting or complex. Just roasted malt and nothing else for me. That said, it's still pleasant.
On tap this tastes pretty good. Pretty much just roasted malt and maybe faint coffee notes coming off it. Something's weird with the acidity it doesn't really blend well with the roasted malt for me. Super simple taste.
The mouthfeel is quite full on this beer which I think is a big part of the beer's identity. Mouthfeel is pleasant.
Overall, by far the best industrial beer that can be found at the average bar/restaurant/costco style liquor store.

Feb 24, 2021
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dano213 from Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

14.9oz can purchased from the fridge as a single for $2.49. There is a lot code on the bottom of the can: L0293GE001. If L corresponds to the month, then this was canned in December 2020? If so, this is around 2 months old.

Look: Pours the classic nitro cascade with a very dark almost black with brown highlights and a super fluffy tan head. Nice lacing. Can't deny that it looks awesome.

Smell: The nose is somewhat closed here, but some of the notes that I am getting are surprising - red wine / red grape must. Roasted malt / weak coffee aroma, hazelnuts. Smells mildly bitter.

Taste: Up front - bitter roasted malt notes, weak coffee, and hazelnuttiness. Unsweetened chocolate with fruity notes. Acidity is higher than expected. The finish is creamy, super dry, bitter, and long-lasting.

Feel: I was expecting a bit more from the mouthfeel. It looks super creamy, but it is a very thin beer. The body is very light and it's quite a contrast from the creamy head. Not so surprising because I know that this is essentially a light beer at 4.2% ABV. But it is a sheep in wolf's clothing.

Overall: It's been years since I drank a Guinness. It's certainly not bad, but it's not special either. For what it is, it's a decent pub beer that is widely consumed and it is a very approachable stout. These guys must be marketing and manufacturing geniuses, because I don't know how this product has been able to become so popular.

Feb 18, 2021
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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The top of a pint can has been popped and the widget is working its magic. The pour into a clear glass Imperial pint mug leaves the look of a classic. This stout is a very dark brown with an enduring tight and slightly biege head. There is only a mild aroma of roasted malt. This leaves as much glass lacing as any brew. The drink is light on the tongue and not particularly flavorful. Roasted malt is the prevalent taste, with just a hint of hoppiness. One of the mildest stouts you'll ever have, likely the original Session Stout.

Feb 14, 2021
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Slippy from England

4.88/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

black cream!? what an oxymoron of a beverage. The moment this delicious drink passes your lips I assure you will have a truly enlightening experience.

Look? Stunning.
Smell? Erotic.
Taste? Religious.
Feel? Pillowy?

Feb 12, 2021
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md3kcn from Ohio

3.69/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into the classic Guinness glass. Purchased at a bar for $3/draught.

L - Ruby when held to light, black when out of the light. Three-finger cream head.
S - Roasted nuts, malt, cocoa. Despite its simple smell, it's a very nice one.
T - First and foremost note is an odd yet understandable one - chocolate milk. Left off with little bitterness, and a nutty aftertaste. Extremely faint herbal notes.
F - Nice and creamy. Different type of carbonation (nitrogen) than other beers, so it doesn't "feel" carbonated. Refreshing is an understatement.
O - Written with a little bias - this is my go-to bar beer. Goes great with nearly every kind of food, almost always on sale, and always tastes like good memories. My personal bias aside, it's a great "cheap" beer. Can't go wrong with it. My only criticism is that it doesn't have a more bitter bite to it, but that's not the point of Guinness. For what they're going for, it hits all points with supreme marks.

Feb 09, 2021
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crazyspicychef from Pennsylvania

4.29/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Liquid Black Velvet.
Mother's Milk.
Pours a beautiful cascading dark brown from a nitro tap.
Light roasted creamy malt taste with a clean dry finish.
Thick head hangs for some time.
The best "light beer" out there.

Feb 03, 2021
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German-Helles from Wisconsin

4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is an 11.2oz. bottle slipped into a 20oz. weizen glass. The pour is a perfect, two fingers of beige foam. This cap slowly settled to a quarter inch with no lacing behind. The beer is a very dark cola color with a bit of a red tint when held up to a light. The beer is to dark to observe the carbonation.
The aroma is sweet cocoa flavored malts. Instantly this was very noticeable since popping the cap off the bottle.
The taste is slightly dry, but sweet roasted coffee with the cocoa nibs at the end of the sip. There is nothing bitter here at all.
The feel is medium, not creamy, but not thin either.
This stout is very enjoyable, the lighter feel would make is easy to sample several at a time. The aroma is great and the flavor is what I expect from a good stout.

Feb 02, 2021
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HopMaester from Canada (ON)

4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

My eternal favorite
Many a sunday morning watching an english premier league drinking Guinness!
The look and the mouth feel is often imitated but never duplicated!
Smooth and creamy and looks dreamy

Jan 31, 2021
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UristMcBrewer from Pennsylvania

3.87/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The beer is dark, but just not dark enough to be opaque. There is a nice head on top that sticks around and is a darker beige. There isn't a whole lot on the nose, but it is roasty with a nice cream character on it. The taste is reminiscent of coffee with an herbal after taste. There are earthy notes up front as well. This a nitro beer from a can. It is very smooth. The water is soft with a loosish body. It is dry, but not very dry. Guiness overall, is a whole greater than the sum of its parts. Its a great beer to drink with old friends.

"Sometimes too much to drink is barley enough" - Mark Twain

Jan 31, 2021
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JamFuel from Sweden

4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with thick, creamy head.

Smell is malty with notes of brown bread, coffee, cocoa, leather and a hint of cured meats.

Taste is soft and malty with notes of brown bread, coffee, chocolate and bit of bitterness. Very sessionable.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with fairly low carbonation.

Overall, a classic and one of the most quaffable stouts out there.

Jan 16, 2021
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Seamus_Hanrahan from Massachusetts

4.41/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Draft ..in the states.. in Ireland.. in England.. in Canada (and apparently loved in Nigeria!).. draft is the only option in my opinion. Deep ruby red with beautiful white creamy head. There is no better looking beer. Not a quaffing beer but meant to be savored over conversation, stories and tall tales.. It is a happening, an event as much as a beer.. if consumed properly. How do you rate that?

Jan 11, 2021
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runefish from England

3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

pours well, good head, feel is smooth, taste is mild and drinkable, it can be heavy on the belly after a few, overall nice beer and well always come back to it occasionaly.

Dec 08, 2020
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Ristonen from Poland

4.24/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This great beer share a lot of opinions among people. Soft, light taste and super tasty beautiful "beer head" give good vibes for friend of darker beers.

Dec 06, 2020
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Jjaredjoyner from California

3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great color and the head stays quite a while. However there is little flavor and barely any effervescence. it reminds me of cold nitro brew coffee really. At the same time it is rather refreshing. While not impressed, I think about it rather frequently...

Nov 22, 2020
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snaotheus from Washington

3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2020-11-21
14.9oz nitro can served in a pint glass. Somewhat surprised I haven't reviewed it before.

Pours black (really, a very dark, slightly translucent ruby-brown) with a nice, creamy head. I've always found it to be a pretty beer. Smell is mild roasty grains, mild yeast.

Taste is actually richer than I remember, though still somewhat watery. I get some roasty bitterness, maybe some yeast flavor, a nuttiness that makes me think of the shell.

Mouthfeel is very light, thin, and smooth. Overall, it's better than I remember, but still not terribly exciting.

Nov 21, 2020
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PrinceAltoid from Illinois

4.06/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Despite being one of the most popular beers on the planet, it’s also extremely misunderstood. No, this isn’t a heavy stout. This is a light beer. No, it’s not “jet black.” Shine your next glass of Guinness into a light; it’s very clearly red. And no, just because it’s so popular you’ll find it in every bar and so old that it’s your great-great-grandparents’ favorite beer doesn’t at ALL mean it’s bad.

Despite the pouring methods being a little more intricate than those of most beers (considering most beers are perfectly fine out of a bottle or can, and Guinness NEEDS to be poured into a glass), it’s still very simple to prepare a pint of the stuff, and it’s very easy to prepare it perfectly. And once you do, you get a lot out of it.

The head stays through every sip. The last sip tastes just as full as the first. Tons of lacing up and down the glass afterwards; that’s how you know it’s good.

Every sip goes down smoothly as anything. Doesn’t by any means taste like water, but does down like it; very chuggable and not at all filling.

Speaking of taste, most people who have never drank beer before would say this stuff tastes exactly like good coffee. And that’s a fact. Coffee as we know it is old, over-roasted, and acidic. Disgusting. But try growing your own coffee beans, or get some fresh from someone who does; coffee is by no means acidic in any way. In fact, it’s very rich, smooth, and creamy. Remind you of anything?

When good coffee isn’t immediately accessible, grab a Guinness. You’ll hardly even notice the difference (unless you only like coffee hot). Heck, most people I’ve had try Guinness could hardly even tell it had alcohol in it.

I’ve always preferred extra over draught (extra is the original), but I go for draught a little more often due to it being lighter and a little cheaper, without a huge flavor difference overall. I recommend everyone try both at least once, though.

If you’re not getting your Guinness from a bar, look up a guide on how to pour one properly before you do. That’s very important. Otherwise, sit back and enjoy one of the best mass-produced brews in the world!

Nov 19, 2020
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milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Since there are already close to 11000 rates/reviews, whatever adjectives that could be added now would be redundant. Suffice it to say I love the appearance, satisfied with the aroma and appreciate the taste. It has made inroads by nourishing the taste buds of both novice and seasoned drinkers. It has a tried-and-true formula that reliable and readily available. It is an easy choice to make.

Nov 15, 2020
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RacerX5k from Pennsylvania

3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

They got me with the elegant can and that it's beer 7 in my mix a seven making it $1.50 what it's worth. Maybe. Been so long since I've had an Guiness I remember the mix of black and tan at the bar during one of my old work's great Christmas parties pre craft years but I remember that being very bitter. This is not. Looks like stout, smooth, creamy, fresh, tasty would be like drinking a fresh Lager at the bar with hot wings after couple big beers before dinner. Can you even go to the bar anymore? Having several at risk family members, I can't. Oh well, what an year. Dinner will rock tonight, as usual.

Nov 07, 2020
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Grizzbeer from Illinois

3.39/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

Incredible head with a very rich dark color. One of the smoother beers out there without a large bite. Not much smell to it as far as I can tell besides a bit of a chocolate node. Taste isn't overwhelming so one could potentially have more than one or two. Overall a good beer.

Oct 29, 2020
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TedHead from Illinois

3.96/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful black with a reddish tint when held up to the light. It has a tan head that sticks around the whole time you drink it. It has a very slight smell of dark chocolate with a bitter finish. The taste follows the nose but is less intense than expected. The feel is nothing short of phenomenal. I could smash 8 of these in a row no problem. Overall an awesome beer.

Oct 29, 2020
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Paddy-loves-beer from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If you're lucky enough to drink a Guinness in Dublin then you'll understand this rating. Hands down one of the best, tasteful, most refreshing beers I have ever had. It's like drinking a dessert, while also being a light beer despite what many believe to be a heavy stout; it isn't. Cheers!

Oct 15, 2020
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vi11am from Pennsylvania

3.81/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Classic hard to rate this in feeling. This is my first visit to a brewery in Dublin. Such a wonderful memory makes me rate the draft much higher than others.

Sep 30, 2020
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BloodSoakedAleMug from New York

3.81/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark brown, not quite black color, with a dense beige head of foam. Head retention is good. No lacing. It looks great. Aroma is slightly acidic fruity black coffee. Chocolate. Roasted malt akin to toasted bread and mildly sweet oatmeal.

Taste is watery but quite pleasant. It follows the nose with tepid, gentle milk chocolate. Goes mildly acidic and fruity with a brief note of coffee and bitter burnt toast. Clean tasting. Very light.

Feel: A little too light for me, but it's enjoyable. Low effervesence, light-medium body. Feels almost flat, but it works.

Overall: Light flavor and body make it chugable. Flavor is timid but good. Honestly this would go great with any comfort food of your choice. I like it for what it is - an accessible easy going Irish dry stout.

Sep 21, 2020
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dapatriot1 from New York

4.57/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

the cascading pour is absolutely amazing and just right.
the taste of this beer is smooth and creamy but not as heavy as you would think
this is one of my favorite beers no doubt

Jul 13, 2020
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HopHippie from Wisconsin

3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Dark black with white head.
S: dark malt, light hops, roasted coffee beans.
T: A touch of bitterness, a pretty mild tasting stout.
F: very smooth and very light carbonation.
O: A good basic stout, nothing wrong with it but it is pretty baseline.

Jul 08, 2020
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