Guinness Draught | Guinness Ltd.

Guinness DraughtGuinness Draught
7,737 Ratings
Guinness DraughtGuinness Draught

Brewed by:
Guinness Ltd.

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-02-2001

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

Guiness is a solid beer, its all about where you get it, you need to get it on tap, and it needs to be fresh, it makes a difference people.

You can have a guinness at one place, and have one at another, and they are totally different.

If you go to Ireland, I am sure they are amazing.

Still a good beer, if you get a good pour, it is top notch.

We all know what its about, dark, stout, yadda yadda, but if you go to a place that has good guinness on tap...good stuff, a solid stout.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Jet black, smooth, creamy, malty, roasty with a little char. A light-bodied stout that comes in light on taste and aroma but is enjoyably smooth and very easy to drink. Hops manifest themselves with a moderate bitterness that hits midway through and lingers a touch after the pint glass settles on the table.

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Photo of Ristaccia
3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JoelG21
3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of robocrouch
3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Grabbed a pint glass put it up to the tap, pulled forward, and watched the black beer run inside the glass almost to the top, just enough to watch the beautiful white head rise up. A great looking beer.

S: Roasted grains, coffee, and some hop-ness.

T: Pretty complex stout. Roasted grains and coffee are the biggest flavors and the beer ends with a nice hop flavor. The creamy-ness finishes it out. A great tasting brew.

D: A very popular stout and for good reason. It is the benchmark for stouts because it can appeal to a wide range of people. Overall I am very impressed with this beer and will certainly have it again

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Standard Guinness look. Pitch black pour, very thick finger and a half's worth of head

S: Bitter chocolate and some malt for the most part

T: Same as the smell with the addition of coffee. Pretty dry, but not overly so

M: Heavy body with little carbonation. Pretty smooth, but definitely drying

O: An easily drinkable stout at 4.2%, but it isn't packed with flavor by any stretch of the imagination

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Photo of tavernjef
3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap: Solid dark fudge brown, nearly black, thick and emensely dense dark cream head about a finger high, very frothy and whipped with caverness divets and rolling lumps. Lacing coats the glass very well in broken sheets. Smell is lightly roasty and chocolatey with a subdued dryness and sweetness of soft bread. Taste yields about the same as what the smell delivers with a slight roasy tone of malts the whole way through and dotting the mix along the way is a soft soggy breadiness thats a bit sweet, chocolate lightly appears with a subdued dryness in the finish. Overall, nothing to strong or lengthy in flavors. Feel is lightly smooth and kinda fluffy with a slight drying finish. It had been a while since the last time I'd had a Guinness in any form, the last being nitro-tap which wasn't very forthcoming, well now I remember why I don't order it on either tap or nitro. Maybe my tastes have changed so dramatically that I can't even enjoy a Guiness anymore. Oh well...?

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Photo of subyman
3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first encounter with Guinness was during a trip to Ireland. I had never been a fan of stouts until I tasted one at the Guinness factory. Sadly, what you get there is not what's in the nitro-can.

Appearance- This is the best part about this beer. The appearance is absolutely beautiful. Pouring into a glass, it is nothing but tan bubbles. After a minute or so the black body becomes apparent as the head surfaces. At one and a half minutes the beer is dark black and the head is perfectly creamy and tan. The staple appearance of a good stout.

Smell- Musty with a bit of sour yeasty smell. Not the most pleasant.

Taste- Mainly very malty with a hint of roasted nuts and hops at the end. Not much taste, very basic.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, not too thick but lets you know it is a stout. Must drink very cold.

Drinkability- Guinness is very easy to drink. In Ireland they call it "magic water" for a reason. It goes down like water but hits like a stout. After the creamy head touches the upper lip and the tongue meets the beer, it flows. My first Guinness is usually half gone in the first drink.

Conclusion- Nitro-can is much better than most commercial beers. However, it does not hold a candle to the Guinness I had in Ireland. It is more bitter without the taste and smell of the original. Still a good mainstream stout though.

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Photo of LoganMc
3.56/5  rDev 0%

Photo of hckyfn9999
3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice black color with some ruby hues and a thick white head. I love to watch this beer settle.

Smell is a little smokey and a litte roasted. Taste is mostly roasted bitterness, not a very strong taste. Mouthfeel is creamy but i prefer more carbonation in a beer. While its not my first choice of stouts, its a readily available and a nicely drinkable session beer. As my glass says its a lovely day for a guinness.

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

Presentation: This beer had a nice big cascade into a traditional ridged pint glass. A finger-and-a-half thick head sat atop the beer, with great retention. There wasn't a lot of carbonation evident. The scent wasn't very remarkable; there were slight hints of chocolate and malt, but not much else.

Tasting: Guinness is a satisfying pub stout and session brew. It was rather dry, without real hop bitterness. Malts dominated the tongue, as well as a bit of chocolate. It's a full-bodied beer, which I liked, and it's very easy to drink, mainly because of the low alcohol content.

Poured well, this is a fine beer. I recommend it for anyone who is looking to try "better beer" in this category. There certainly are more adventurous stouts, but this is a good start.

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

On tap. Waitress brought other drinks to the table and said my Guinness would be a few minutes. I took this as a good sign that a proper pour was being done. When my pint arrived it was still settling, most of the glass showed a light foaming brown, with just black showing. I watched as the pour settled, but did end up with close to a full serving. The beige head held on through the drink, with lots of lacing left n the sides. Dark black in color. The aroma is sweet and roasted malt, not heavy though. Flavor is smooth roasted malt, with just a hint of bitterness in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Enjoying this on tap far exceeds the bottle experience.

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Photo of gdfan47
3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a very classic dark dark brown with a good amount of froathy white head
S- barley, malt, fresh, a good dry
T- malty, barley, some bread notes
M- really creamy and smooth, yacht rock smooth
D- very good, a much lower abv than most people think

Conan O'brien jokes as this beer being "liquified pumpernickel bread"

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Photo of mwagner1018
3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep dark black color, looks like a cup of coffee with caramel colored creamy milk foam on top. On draft at the local in Mpls, poured in 3 stages to let settle.

S- Very light, some roast, chocolate.

T- Light malt character, slight sour, dry, chocolate/slight aromatic espresso.

M- Crisp, clean, smooth and creamy, light in body.

D- Easily drinkable beer, low ABV, refreshing, light in texture, low carbonation, good serving temp.

This beer always finds its way onto my list of good solid "go to" beers, can't go wrong with a pint of the black stuff when at a good Irish Pub. Also goes very well with chocolate desserts.

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Photo of dbarny76
3.56/5  rDev 0%

Photo of holder45
3.56/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Lagerlivesmatter
3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first love.. perhaps my first non BMC ( maybe Lowenbrau or Sam Adams) back in the 90's . Of course it is lackluster these days, with so many quality alternatives popping up. But it is still a fine beer. Still pick it up from time to time as it's reasonably priced and a familiar friend. I feel it gets alot of undeserved hate.

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Photo of usmittymc
3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a room temperature pub glass from an extra cold nitro-can.

Appearance- almost completely opaque dark brown with a creamy head that stays throughout. Vigorous, wonderfully cloudy carbonation activty throughout the glass. Beautiful.

Smell- Roasted coffee aromas

Taste- Smooth on the front with the coffee and dark roasted flavors present through a slightly hoppy finish

Mouthfeel- Creamy and thick, but smooth.

Drinkability- One of my favorite "standby" beers when not much else is available, it is easy to find- even in Mississippi.

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Photo of lunarbrew
3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AmitC
3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured the 11.2 fl oz bottle into a beer mug glass. Pitch black in the glass with a two finger thick tan colored head that has good retention. Slight lacing. Low to few bubbles. Opaque and dark.

Smell is very low. Roasted malts.

Taste is just very standard but very toned down. Malts, roasted flavor. Somewhat bitter and a good dry finish.

Mouth feel is watery. I drank two really quick. Very light feel, smooth and easy to drink. Low on carbonation.

Style Rate: 4.25
Personal Rate: 3

Very easy to drink but does not feel like you are drinking anything which is a bad thing for such an acclaimed stout.

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Photo of BaileyMitch
3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It seems rather strange to drink this Guinness right from the bottle, as the directions on said bottle told me to do so. I'd had this nitro bottle before and didn't follow the directions and poured it into a glass. I really liked the sheeting action from it.

This time, points get deducted because I can't see the damn beer. It's dark....I'll give it that. Aromas are still on the thin side. Some coffee, chocolate, and nuts. Taste was a little fuller than expected, but still nothing great, with the roasted coffee and chocolate trying to show some muscle but really not doing much of anything. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Drinkability suffers since I really enjoy the "visuals" associated with a well-poured Guinness. I'll still take a fresh pint over any botte, nitro-bottle, nitro-can, etc.

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Photo of watermelonman
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this from the bottle, as the label instructed me to. I peeled the label off, so I have some idea what it looked like. A nice head rested on top throughout the bottle, and even managed to leave some lace on the inside of the bottle.

The taste is somewhat dark but more dry and creamy than anything else. It's got a hint of sour on top of its mild bitterness.

More than anything else, it's uniquely Guinness. It's not as special as some have made it out to be, but it's definitely still a good beer.

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Photo of mishi_d
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AaronNQ
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Guinness Draught from Guinness Ltd.
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