Guinness Draught | Guinness Ltd.

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Guinness DraughtGuinness Draught

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Guinness Ltd.

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 2,236 | Ratings: 7,564
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,

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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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Photo of 88caprice
3.08/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a widget can into a pint glass.
Look: Dark black with cola-colored hues at the edges. Insanely stiff and creamy head. Like a Cool-Whip barrier.
Smell: Faintly dark roasted malts and minerals.
Taste: Mildly roasty. Not charred, but a little astringent. Some floral/herby bitterness and a lingering sweetness on the back of the tongue.
Feel: At first, super creamy from that ridiculous head. But that wears off. You are left with a nearly water-like, bubble-less thin beverage. Dry.

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Photo of beerguy04
4.09/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L- after inspection, it's a dark brownish red beer with a dark tan head.
S- has a mild malt smell to it.
T and F- like smell, the mild malt taste is present. I also taste slight chocolate notes to it. Easy to drink. One of the smoother Stouts out there.

Overall, well made beer. What you think, when it comes too an Irish Dry Stout.

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

All other ratings are lies. This is the world's most perfect beer. Judging a Guinness is impossible unless you have it within the borders of Ireland. When you see the dark black foam of a nitro poured drink, you salivate. It is so decadent, you can smell the creamy goodness of this beverage. When you finally taste this beer, you understand what Nirvana is. The feel of this drink in your mouth, when perfectly poured and sipped, is unmatched by any other beverage! -Never settle.

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Photo of Radcpa
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very thin brown appearance with good head and carbonation. The aroma is a weak Guinness. Taste is watered down beer that is good on a hot day when you want something more than water.

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Photo of Pantalones
3.52/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My last can from the 8-pack I picked up a while back. Canning date is a mysterious code on the bottom, including the number 188, which I can only assume means that this can is around 6 months old. Not too worried about age being an issue, though.

It looks like... well, Guinness. Take a look at the picture on the beer's profile page, it's like that except the head of foam on top may be just a tad darker tan. At a glance seems to be almost pitch-black, but a closer look shows some dark red-brown around the edges and my LED flashlight can penetrate a bit in the thinner parts of the glass (in the thicker ones I just get a circle of red dots barely visible on the other side.) The only downside of the appearance is that some big weird bubbles tend to form in the foam during the pouring, but that's probably down to me pouring from that big ol' can rather than any fault of the beer itself.

Smell is pretty faint, but what's there is pleasant -- definitely dark, roasty malt. I noticed it more while pouring, but it's very faint now that it's settled into the glass.

Taste is also mild, but not nearly as much as the smell. There's slightly-sweet roastiness that sort of gives a very faint almost-chocolate impression at times, but there's a bit more going on too, maybe an ashy/char sort of thing and something with a slightly sourish taste -- seems like a similar blend of flavors to what you get from this beer's "big brother" Guinness Extra Stout, but all-around milder and harder to distinguish. Considering the ABV and calorie count in this stuff though, this is essentially a "light" beer, and when compared to other light beers it's great stuff... even if it may fall short of a lot of the other stouts and porters out there.

I'm torn on the mouthfeel here. It seems like nitro is a weird thing in that area, especially with beers that are a lot lighter to begin with (and again, at 4.2% ABV and something like 110 calories this is very light!) It looks amazing, and the first couple of sips when the foam on top is still really thick (it never really goes away, but some of it does end up getting drank along with the liquid portion of the beer as time passes) are really nice. After that, though, things go in a direction that's a little more... watery. It never gets to a point when the mouthfeel is so thin as to be unpleasant, though, and the flavor and mouthfeel compliment each other (bigger gulps = more flavor, and it's so light that you end up taking big gulps very easily), so I kinda have to lean toward the mouthfeel being more of a positive overall.

Overall, a great-looking beer that's also decent-tasting and always reliable and easy to find just about anywhere. It's essentially a light beer for people who like dark beer, and certainly a much better choice than anything actually marketed as "light!"

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Photo of 12hoistafew
1.12/5  rDev -67.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Wha tha..high cost, they knock it down to 11.2 oz to save..? a few pennies?? And the taste is a joke, if you have had real guinness. What are they doing? Adding 50% water? guinness marketing thinks US does not know the difference apparently. not buying another guinness, at a bar, pub, market, home or abroad.

Thanks Guinness.

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