Guinness Draught | Guinness Ltd.

Guinness DraughtGuinness Draught
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Guinness DraughtGuinness Draught

Brewed by:
Guinness Ltd.

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-02-2001

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Ratings: 7,720 |  Reviews: 2,264
Photo of bourbonbock
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A. Guinness Draught is by far one of the best looking beers out there. It pours from the can nicely into a Guinness pint glass with about 2 fingers of thick beige head which accumulates as the cascade falls. The head creates a nice lacing as it recedes into the glass.

S/T/M. Smell is muted and the taste is somewhat lacking for a stout but it feels pretty creamy and then slightly watery on the tongue.

D. This is a heavy hitter in the drinkability category as this can be a solid choice any time.

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Photo of beersensei305
5/5  rDev +40.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This brew will always be my favorite. Most individuals are intimidated to try it because of how dark and rich it pours. The pour from a can or on tap is iconic- and there is a particular way to pour this brew. The taste is a delicate mixture of malt and coffee. Despite its rich pour and thick head the beer is like and has a watery mouthfeel. This beer only gets better and as it warms.

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Photo of Gerardes
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of acsprouse
4.09/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: pours black with some red peaking through when held to the light. Thick head. Beautiful creamy head.

S: roasted malts, chocolate, some coffee. The nose is lacking but it still smells good.

T: exactly like the nose. When a beer looks this good the taste lets you down. Its a little watery yet its not a bad taste. You get the chocolate. Some coffee notes and the roastiness.

M: creamy yet slightly watery. Its smooth though thanks to being nitro pushed

O: great legacy beer. Simple stout. Its a gateway stout. It was for me. It could be alot better but its not bad. I gotta give this one fairly high ratings. Its a respectable brew. It leads many to better stouts and compared to other mass produces beers this is the top brew. Cheers

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Photo of Peepskp
2.79/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Good when you are in the mood for a cheap nitro.

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Photo of MaineBeerMan
3.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The best thing about this beer is that it looks great with its pure black color and nice beige head with the great cascading effect imparted by the nitro widget in the can.
Has a nice aroma of sweet malt, but the smell is not as big as other stouts.
The nitro widget gives this an extremely smooth, creamy mouthfeel, but the overall impression I get is kind of flat and lacking in body. Malty flavor without much sweetness, hints of chocolate and coffee, but overall seems watered down.
I find that Guinness is very easy to drink, (sometimes even chug) but there are much better and more complex examples of the style out there.
If you want a Guinness that will challenge your tastebuds, try the Extra Stout.

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Photo of Stephen63
3.49/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - The best bit! Black as coal with lovely creamy head.

S - Bitter coffee.

T - Pretty much as the smell bitter but fullsome, tastes like you would imagine coffee beans to be.

M - Very smooth, velvety.

D - A bit rich and heavy to have too many, but would not refuse a second.

A good fall-back beer to have in places where there is no cask ale.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of chefelf
2.68/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought some regular Guinness Draught for our St. Patrick's Day gathering and used it primarily to make Black & Tans with. I did drink one on its own and I've never been a huge fan. Guinness Draught always has a blank taste to me, if that makes any sense. It just tastes like there's something missing, something that didn't make it into the recipe for some reason.

This review is probably not helpful at all but that's the only way I can think of putting it. Also, if you're looking at Beer Advocate there is a very strong possibility you don't need another review of this hugely famous and popular beer.

My prediction is this: this review will not change the world in any way.

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Photo of durkle
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

Photo of Freehouse
3/5  rDev -15.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Kono52
3/5  rDev -15.7%

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of danlib21
4.28/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Love it. Hands down a staple and constant can't go wrong beer.

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Photo of madjr80
4.36/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I will only drink this beer in an authentic Irish pub. This is a beer that you don't just pour straight into a plastic cup and fling it to the customer. This happened to me in Boston and I was absolutely pissed. The pour of a Guinness is an absolute art. You will notice the color changing as its poured from the tap and how it forms a perfect layer of creamy foam at the top of the glass. It is not very bitter and its not too sweet. Hardly any carbonation, but its a great beer for sipping and sessions. If you are in Boston, you should try Mr. Dooley's.

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Photo of utah44
1.88/5  rDev -47.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Guinness Draught from the 11.2 fl. oz. nitro bottle which was "extra cold" as instructed on the label was poured into a pint glass and yielded a enormous dense tan head that persisted for several minutes. Lacing was spectacular also. Smell was like burnt candy with some coffee notes. Taste and mouthfeel were watery and lacking in anything worthy of note. Overall, thiis is not a drinkable brew. Previously, I had this from a nitro tap and felt the same way. I thought that might have been a fluke, but now know that any version of this beer is not worthy of a serious beer drinker.

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Photo of rfabian
3.69/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass tumbler it produces a large, thick brown head with fair lacing. The color is very dark, almost black brown. The aroma is of mild earthy hops. The taste is mildly hoppy and slightly malty. The carbonation is light with a nice, smooth feel in the mouth. I prefer this among the majors one finds in the kinds of bars and restaurants one gets dragged to by ones friends, where it is often served from the nitro-can.

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of jnowak
3.04/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Guinness Draught from Guinness Ltd.
Beer rating: 40.3% out of 100 with 7,720 ratings
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