Guinness Draught | Guinness Ltd.

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Guinness DraughtGuinness Draught
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-02-2001

BEER STATS
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7,623
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Avg:
3.46
pDev:
20.23%
 
 
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Photo of Antilochus
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

St. Patrick's day rolls around and we're all drinking Guinness again. This time I'm reviewing it. Purchased at Kingston, ON LCBO, 4.20% abv, 440mL nitro-can. Poured in a pint glass.

Well, it isn't perfectly opaque, but it's damn well close. Ruby-black body with a creamy tan head.

Aromas of coffee, sourish grain, roasted malt, dark chocolate. Aromas are pretty subdued from the low abv.

Palate is on the sweetish side, got some sourish grain, little bit of roasted malt and some old coffee notes. Not exactly light on flavour but not heavy. Ends quick though. Super light body with low carbonation, goes down super easy, I find this very refreshing. Out of macro stuff this is the best choice by far.

The biggest thing that pleases me is that it is popular *and* decent.

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Photo of MurphyMacManus
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Calvert House Inn in Riverdale.

Appearance: dark brown/ black with creamy off-white head. Classic nitro stout appearance.

Smell: It smells almost exactly like the Extra Stout I always have in my fridge--roasty, malty, and with a strong resemblance to coffee. But the draught version isn't quite as aromatic as the Extra Stout.

Taste: Watered down Extra Stout. That's the best description I can give. It's not bad, but it lacks the roasty punch and hop kick of the Extra Stout, so points off here. I do think the tap version is better than the bottled stuff, though.

Mouthfeel: The nitro makes it nice and creamy, but the flavour doesn't match with that, so it's wonderfully thick while lacking in much real taste.

Drinkability: I suppose it would do all right as a session beer. The lack of flavour and creamy mouthfeel make it go down easily, (I had 2 pints tonight and wanted more) but I'd far prefer the Extra Stout to this stuff, even for long sessions. Why doesn't Guinness put the Extra Stout in kegs?

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DoctorZombies
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black with ruby see through draft pour; thick and creamy, four finger head which quickly settled to a firm off white cap; good clarity. Lite roast malt nose. Lite roast malt flavor with a dry roast and dark bread finish. Creamy lite mouthfeel; moderate carbonation. Lite roast linger - ok.

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Photo of Kylito87
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ok this was a late christmas present from one of my roommates. I opened the fridge door and I saw an 8 pack of Guinness and I was confused. I left them for several days and then she was like "do you not like this kind of Guinness?" I was like no I didn't know they were for me. I have been wanting to try the canned form of this for quite some time. So heres we goes

Appearance: Beautiful Black body with two finger white head. The surging affect is almost worth the price of the beer alone. Funny side note I was at my dad's a few weeks after this and he was drinking these right out of the can. I was like what are you doing? I poured his next one and showed him the nitro surge affect and he was like oh ok and he tried a sip and said wow that is alot better.

Smell: Smell of roasted malts, chocolate, hops and coffee not quite as pungent as an extra stout but still very pleasant.

Taste: Not a whole lot really. It is almost bland but it it not offensive. You can pick up the slight coffee notes and chocalate notes in the after taste.

Mouthfeel: VELVETY smooth! It goes down like honey and it feels very clean and refreshing on the pallete. medium light body with almost no carbonation to speak of also sort of watery

Drinkability: I can put down an 8 pack over a night and still want more. This is one of my favorite session beers. They are not as heavy as some people think and being the alcohol is only a timid 4.20% you can enjoy these all night long.

Overall: I have had all three offerings of this particular brew and I would order them like this
1. Nitro Tap
2. Nitro Can
3. Nitro bottle

This isn't my favorite Guinness product but it is still one I always seem to come back to.

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Photo of samie85
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at a sports bar the other night, 4/03, when it was the best beer available. Reviewed from notes.

A-Served in a pint glass with that trademark dense brown head.

S-Roast and some sweet chocolate malt with a earthy hop note.

T-Follows the nose with some light roasted and chocolate malt.

M-Thin bodied and almost watery, but at the same time it coats your mouth and is very creamy. Carbonation is low.

D-This is an old favorite that I haven't had on-tap in a very long time. Very easy drinking and often the best choice at shitty bars that I find myself in from time to time. While it's not complex at all, it's not the swill that some make it out to be. A great gateway beer for many.

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Photo of gogreen99
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Guiness is certainly a dark beer. I had it on tap and it turned out to be quite pleasant. Very frothy. Good carbonation levels takes a while for the head to settle. I would reccomend guiness if youre interested in dark beers. Nice clean mouth feel with little lingering flavors.

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Photo of jaxon53
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Homerbag
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big creamy head, almost black body. Creamy texture with roasted malt flavor. Doesn't really taste any better out of the bottle versus the can. But if it's on sale like it is around St. Patricks Day, you really can't feel bad about getting some. Of course this isn't the best Dry Stout out there, but it is probably the most sessionable beer I have had and if you are watching your calorie intake it's not bad.

Sure, it is not the most impressive beer and not one to brag about on this site, but it's fun to drink and not offensive on the palate. It's worth the price.

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Photo of thegodfather2701
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours black with some ruby highlights when held up to light. It has a beautiful off white head that lasts throughout. The nose is nothing over powering, but there are hints of chocolate and licorice. The taste is much like the nose, except with a touch of coffee. This beer is rather easy to drink as the taste is nothing overpowering. The mouthfeel in the nitro-bottle is somewhat thin especially compared to this on tap. While this was a decent drinking experience there are much better stouts out there which I would rather spend my money and time drinking.

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Photo of dba103
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rodrot
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown color with the faintest of light just barely shining through the glass. There was a large creamy head that is typical for the nitro stouts. Aroma was malty with just a hint of roasted malt. Taste was coffeeish and roasty with a light sourness in the finish. Mouthfeel was light, creamy and smooth making this very drinkable. This type of stout lacks the character that the regular bottled version is known for, but it's not a bad brew at all and is very sessionable with it's light character and low alcohol. Given a choice between the standard macro light beers and this, the Guinness draft wins every time.

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Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasty roasted beer good for sessioning due to low ABV.

A- Black and barely translucent. OK lace and good creamy head.

S- Smells like chocolate and coffee. Mocha

T- Tastes like it smells along with some caramel sweetness. Not like a beer should taste but not offensive.

M&D- Feels very good. Creamy and yet quite drinkable

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Photo of devin305
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jpwobbles
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of thevillagebum
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jettjon
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with that famous Guinness nitrogen-fueled head of fine, dark tan, small bubbles that lingers and lingers. Best head on a beer I’ve personally encountered. Smell is pleasingly mild, with hints of charred barley. Taste is slightly bitter, with something of a coffee flavor. Smooth and very watery mouthfeel. Mild, coffee/bitter aftertaste. Very drinkable. This would be a good beer to enjoy all night on tap, but in bottles at $8.50 per sixer, it’s of dubious value. (Note: drink them out of the bottle. Poured, they sometimes taste flat.)

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Photo of ryanjgamache
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Haman94
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of parpalapelix
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kiro
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Coronaeus
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nickfl
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - One finger of thick, light brown foam that doesn't go away. The body is opaque and black.

S - Coffee and caramel with some slight sourness.

T - Light, roasted flavor with notes of dark chocolate. Quite sour in the middle with a dry, clean and slightly roasty, bitter finish.

M - Moderately thick, creamy body with low carbonation and a dry finish.

D - Roasty and dry, this is obviously a classic example of the style. Nevertheless, I can't say I really like it, it is pretty one dimensional and not particularly compelling.

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Photo of asuburbanman
3.52/5  rDev +1.7%

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