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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-02-2001

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3.59/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nitro-tap at Boston Billiard's in Danbury, CT. I'm pretty sure you can find it in your neck of the woods. [/sarcasm]

I'll admit to not being fully rational about this beer, as it was one of my early forays into that parallel beer universe wherein Budweiser and Coors don't exist.

A: Pours a jet-black, and you can pour nitro beers all day in front of me and I'll watch the reverse cascade every time. Every time. Creamy light tan head on top that lasts for the entire beer.

S: Hmm. I'm not getting much here. A hint of roasted malt and some smokiness, but it's not assertive at all.

T/M: Not one of the bigger stouts out there, but what's here is certainly enjoyable. Very mild roastiness, mild smokiness, mild creaminess; so, overall, the theme here is that it's a mild beer. Finish is mildly dry, nicely bitter, and has a very light, burnt tail. Mouthfeel is creamy, but this sucker goes flat if you nurse it. Hell, if you take too long in the bathroom it might be flat by the time you get back.

D: Extremely easy to drink, which is why I like it. And I chuckle when people order a Bud or something after saying "Guinness is too filling and has too many calories." It's got quite a mythology associated with it, that's for sure. Easy to drink quickly. Many times out this is the best beer on-tap, which isn't a bad thing.

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3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
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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3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours into a pint glass a cola black, nearly opaque with the creamy Guinness tan head that leaves great lacing.

Smells of thick roasted grains, and malty sweet smoothness.

The taste is a delicious roasty flavor. Not terribly complex, and a bit watery for a stout in my opinion, but not a bad beer. The nitrogen gives it the creamy impression of body, but this beer is very light tasting. Slight bitterness from the roasted qualities.

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3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Guinness glass, of course. Pours opaque black with that famous thick tan nitro head and lots of lacing. Head stays the whole time, can't beat it.

Aroma is disappointingly thin, with some roasted malt. Flavor is more bitter roasted malt and coffee with a creamy finish. Mouthfeel is a bit thinner than expected but still creamy. Overall doesn't stack up to its appearance. But still pretty drinkable.

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Photo of vdread
3.34/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Guinness Draught
nitro can into glass

when poured, the cascade starts a deep black at the bottom and turns a creamy color to the top, where a tiny saucer of thick tan head forms after a moment. sometimes this leaves a wall of lace, sometimes light and spotty. i've had a range of head condition with guinness draught in a can

smells ofweak coffee and roast. not much on the nose

this is a pretty tame stout. like a watery guinness. I actually like the taste, though. guinness is an old friend of mine. roasted malts, and weak coffee and nuts tastes. reminds me of a roasty beer ice cream

the nitro can gives it a unique mouthfeel. super creamy. so much that i have to slow myself down to enjoy it

high drinkability. the low abv is good too and makes it a great session. this is one of the beers that got me into craft. good crossover for those that enjoy a bit of the dark side, but not too much

Guinness Draught in the nitro-can is more of an every-once-in-a-while beer for me because i genuinely enjoy the lighter, creamier (weaker) guinness some times. most days, it's not my favorite beer, but its definately a good session pick for me. the only deterrent is the price. good beer, but not always worth the craft beer price

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

As a stout-lover, this is one I must review. Poured from a nitro-can into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: That famous look -- dark brown to black, with ruby red notes at the bottom. The head is no more than a finger wide and is light tan and creamy-looking. It doesn't just leave lacing, it leaves curtains!

Smell: Not very aromatic. Dry maltiness, some coffee.

Taste: That is some dry malt! Little bit of coffee and dark chocolate, but the flavors aren't overpowering. Basically no hop bitterness. On-tap, I've tended to get more flavor than from the can here.

Mouthfeel: This is the best part of a Guinness -- and why the nitrogen is so important. It's very, very smooth and heavy. The nitrogen also keeps the carbonation down.

Overall: Not a special beer in terms of unusual flavors, aromas, or appearance, but it's the standard stout for a reason. A solid beer and a safe choice.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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4.17/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap into the eponymous glass (in a pub in london).

pitch brown but showing a touch of ruby against the light. nice creamy tan head.

great aroma: coffee, burnt malts, some apple sweetness and hints of grapefruit.

smooth, light mouthfeel with a velvety carbonation. burnt malts then a slightly hoppy finish with grapefruit rind flavor. a barest hint of balancing sweetness. it really is better in the UK when you have it fresh, on tap. the fruity, light hoppy character is completely lost on the trip over, leaving little complexity in the american version.

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3/5  rDev -15.7%

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3.57/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer begins pouring a deep brown color mixing with the nitrogen and cascades into a midnight black beer with a soft two finger creamy head at the top. There isn't really much of a nose on a Guinness. Perhaps a bit of roasted barley, but not much. The taste is of the unique roasted malted flavor that allows for a bit of chocolate to find your palate from drink to drink and a dry finish leaves you going for another drink. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, but the beer is actually rather light and doesn't overly coat your mouth. The drinkability is very high on this. It's low in alcohol, refreshing, and satisfying. It makes a great session beer.

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3.29/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ap. Dense and dark with amber edges. A very fine textured head that is hanging in there until the end. Nice lacing as well.
Sm. Not strong. Pine maybe?, malt, somewhere I thought of date bread???
Ta. A little tart and lemony with faint choco/coffe or perhaps thin molassas.
Mf. Seems thin for such a dark brew, but nice.
Dr. Easy to abuse, but much better on tap with friends in an Irish themed bar.

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3/5  rDev -15.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black colour topped by a thick creamy tanned head that does not settle until the last sip. Flavour and aroma consist of coffee, chocolate and toffee hints. Mouthfeel is quite thick but smooth.

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