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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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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The head formation, retention, and lacing are all excellent. The color is also jet black. I suppose it looks like your standard stout should look like. There's not too much carbonation in the form of bubbles, but you can see the head kind of rise upwards as if it were evaporating (or something like that).

Roasted barley seems to be the predominant aroma, though there is a very, very slight hint of toffee. Overall, it's quite bitter. There really isn't a defining smell to this beer, but what's present isn't necessarily "bad."

Again, the main flavor seems to be roasted barley. It's pretty bitter, though the aftertaste somewhat resembles (burnt?) coffee. For the most part it seems kind of "bready" and not really unique.

Due to the head retention, it's quite creamy and relatively thick. It's not as "chunky" as other stouts may be, but it's nice to swallow.

You must sip on this; I know many people might say it's watery, but the one that I had at the time of reviewing wasn't really that watery. It wasn't incredibly thick either, but it was definately not watery. Regardless, it's pretty good but not excellent.

This is what most people think of when they think "stout." It's not the greatest one I've ever had - especially from within Guinness itself. There are much better varieties of just this type, and stouts in general. However, it's not that bad either. I guess I would just consider this one to be "average." The "draught" that's actually on (nitro?) tap is better than the "draught" that's sold in the bottle. Neither of them are nearly as good as the Guinness Extra Stout, and even that's not the absolute best that I've ever had (though it's considerably better than this one).

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Photo of mjw06
3.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

so i went to dublin with a mission in mind. find out if the guinness is really better in ireland. now granted ive never had guinness on-tap in the states, so that might be the problem there. but i have to say that i was impressed with draught in the pubs of dublin. so ive posted my previous review of draught out of a can in the states and critiqued it with parenthesis of the tap in dublin.


not much outside of your normal "roast and toast" smells you find in most porters and stouts. but thats it just "roast and toast", not adjectives for describing the smell of something else.
(this holds true still just a little bit. this beer is defineatly not one for a lot of smell.)

taste like water, no really, it almost does. leaves a hint of bitterness, but quite frankly i like bitterness in my beer, not my water.
(no tasting like water here, well maybe after your second or third one, but the taste is much richer. roasted barley. i actually got to taste the barley they use at the brewery, gave me a much better idea of the character of the beer. however i would still appreciate a stronger taste, even some more hops. people seem not to like guinness because they say its too strong, but for a so-called "stout". guinness is kind of weak. not very complex either)

an extremely watery mouthfeel. highly disappointing, by far the worst element of this beer. the frothy head on your lips might save it a little. but its a mouthfeel, not a lip feel.
(this was the biggest difference in the beer. contrary to its reputation, guinness is a considerably lighter bodied brew, however, its just extremely creamy. though id appreciate a heavier body, the feel is still great, and brings out the taste wonderfully. very light carbonation as well.)

its drinkable, complimented my ice cream well. with they could some how merge the beauty of draught, with the taste of extra stout. i hope it is true that they keep the good stuff in dublin so i can experience real guinness when i go over there. as of now though, i promise its just living of the nitro effect.
(its true, the best stuff is in dublin and it makes sense. i found this beer to be very drinkable while i was over there, maybe because its everywhere. but i can go for another, and another, another one of these, and it sits in the stomach great. great with a wide variety of foods as well.)

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3/5  rDev -16%

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3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3/5  rDev -16%

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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3.25/5  rDev -9%

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4.5/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A unique tasting stout topped with a beautifully even white head of foam (provided by the nitrogen) to complement it's rich, dark color. There is a reason it is a stout that is loved by many around the world.

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4.04/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BrokenEdge
2.29/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5

What a disappointment this was. Guinness has a great reputation and this beer looks nice, but it totally falls apart in every other area. This came in a bottle that had written all over it "enjoy by the bottle" as though they don't want you to pour it in a glass, which I thought was strange. I did it anyway and it was a good looking stout, nearly pitch black with a thinner than expected white head. Smell is very faint, just a hint of dark chocolate and burnt toast. Taste is strange...starts out very sweet, and after you swallow, there's just this avalanche of burnt bacon, burnt toast, and dark coffee that hits you all at once. No subtle developing flavors here. Despite ALL the flavors at once, it somehow still comes out tasting weak though. Feel is awful, one of the worst I've had. VERY thin, watery, and strangely oily (a friend described Guinness as being like sausage grease). Almost completely lacking in carbonation. Between the initial sweet taste, the thin body, and the lack of carbonation, this is like a flat Coke that has had something go very awry in the bottling process. I may someday try it out of the bottle but I doubt it will fix all the issues I had with this beer.

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2.08/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

The appearance of this stout is by far the most impressive thing about it. Pours a charcoal black with a frothy tan head that lasts the entire pint, leaving a solid wall of lace. Carbonation somehow travels south as things settle.

Mouthful was entirely disappointing. Thin thin thin with almost no carbonation at all. Aroma was sorely lacking as well, with just hints of some cocoa and a strange fruitiness. Taste/texture was very creamy, but not in a good way. more of a non-dairy-creamer thing going on.

Unique in the sense that it's the best looking poor tasting beer I've had.

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

Is this the best beer ever? No, probably not. But sometimes when you want a Guinness, that's all you want and nothing else will do. I always laugh when people seem impressed that I like Guinness because it is such a....big beer. I think, what is big about it? It's very low in alcohol compared to most of the American ABV bombs out there. It is very smooth. Not tons of flavor. Creamy. It is dark and that intimidates most people but I find it more mild than most beers. In some ways I get that the overall review for this beer is "okay". But then I don't!!! This is a Guinness! Have some respect!

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