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Guinness DraughtGuinness Draught

Brewed by:
Guinness Ltd.
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Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of beerfan82
3.66/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Guinness draught from the bottle isn't that impressive from the outside can't see the beer at all. The smell is not there at all smells like water. Once you take a drink that's where the taste comes in. Drinking from the bottle is not as good as from the Tap but it loses some of it's creaminess. But other than that a pretty good beer.

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Photo of scooter231
2.82/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark, dark brown color. Funny, I recall when Guinness was black- like, no light escaping black. Hrm. Pours a gorgeous tan head though. No lacing, though.
Smell is lovely- sweet malts, some roastedness, a hint of caramel. Taste is not nearly as deep. In fact, it's downright lacking. Bitter, but not bitter enough. Slightly roasted. Something reminds me of soy, as well. Almost seems salty. I don't know, I'm just not digging it.
Mouthfeel is watery, not that creamy, and pretty boring.
Fairly drinkable, but on the whole, I'm no longer impressed with this Guinness. Not giving up hope, though.

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Photo of Fiset35
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Delicious Guinness. Possibly the most recognizable dark beer, ever. As far as Irish stouts go, it's one of the lighter ones, but delicious none the less, and the 4.2 alc/vol insures that you can savor many on an afternoon without going berzerk. (After you've had a Guinness or two, next time try Guinness Extra Stout for a super treat)

Initial taste (after you get through the billowing head of the beer) is a bitter, slightly burnt coffee taste. As you continue through the beer, the flavor becomes richer and more prominent throughout, but not harsh at all.

This beer is highly recommended on tap. The canned version (14 oz) is decent, but a perfect head is difficult to obtain out of the bottle - even with the invention of the "rocket-widget". Deduct .5 from each cattegory from the bottle.

Have a draft, and a song. You'll thank me (and everyone before you) later.

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Photo of battlekow
2.11/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Reviewing this simultaneously with Guinness Extra Stout. They're both almost-opaque black, just a little bit of ruby showing through when held up to the light. Unlike the Extra, the regular Guinness has a thick, off-white head that's almost frighteningly creamy. Lacing is good, I suppose, but you can't even really call it lacing, because the enormous head just won't go away. It's starting to scare me--the Guinness Blob. Smells smoky and unpleasant, like meat. Taste is even worse, with the same smoky character but with some plastic thrown in for "good" measure. Mouthfeel is literally like water. This is just awful.

Note: according to the bottles, the Extra Stout was brewed in Canada, but the Draught imported directly from Ireland.

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Photo of riversider76
2.98/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ok, I'm in the minority here. I just don' t think this beer is that great. To me it has a very light,almost watered down taste. The color and head are good. The smell is creamy,but nothing great. I had a Southern Tier Porter and liked it much better.

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Photo of DevilDogBeer
4.71/5  rDev +36.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Guinness is one of the most unique beers I have tasted. Even with its fame around the world as the leading Dry Irish Stout the Guinness Brewery continues to make a quality product. The nitro-bottle can be drunken straight form the bottle or poured into a pint glass (or smaller, the bottle holds 11.2 fl. oz, 0.8 oz must be used for the "rocket-widget"). The famed surge settles quicker from the bottle than form a nitro-forced tap, but it still flows into a tan creamy head. The smell is a bit on the sour side due to their souring technique, and few hops are detectable; just enough to balance out malt sweetness. The taste is something I have only found in a Guinness. The sour taste on top of the dry and roasted malt characteristics make this a complex beer whose flavors compliment each other. The mouth feel is smooth but not overly heavy; a common misconception due to Guinness's deep ruby color. This beer is very drinkable and does not leave a bloated or full feeling. A true winner for the average beer drinker looking for something other than Coors, Miller, or Bud; or for homebrewers looking for a good case at the beer distributor.

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Photo of jettjon
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with that famous Guinness nitrogen-fueled head of fine, dark tan, small bubbles that lingers and lingers. Best head on a beer I’ve personally encountered. Smell is pleasingly mild, with hints of charred barley. Taste is slightly bitter, with something of a coffee flavor. Smooth and very watery mouthfeel. Mild, coffee/bitter aftertaste. Very drinkable. This would be a good beer to enjoy all night on tap, but in bottles at $8.50 per sixer, it’s of dubious value. (Note: drink them out of the bottle. Poured, they sometimes taste flat.)

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Photo of Bestuurder
3.39/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The cascading effect is unhallengable by anyone. This s possibly the best stout from a Nitro I have ever had, and I'm not a natural Guinness supporter.

At first pour, it poured the patented Guinness black, and poured properly gave a thick, smooth, 1 1/2" head that lasted all the way through (characteristic of any true Diageo brew). The aroma was pleasant, and full of chocolate notes, along with a fluffy taste and full body. Evenly thick throughout, and finishes very nicely in all manners. Virtually no aftertaste, which left me yearning for another, and another, and another (as long as you can stomach the weight).

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
2.74/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a pint on tap at Bullfeather's off State Street here in Madison. I've been on a stout kick of late and sadly this just doesn't hold up to domestic stouts I've had.

Poured jet black with an off-white creamy head that lasted for the entire pint. Helps the appearance but can't help the smell which is mostly neutral, some faint grainy malts, maybe some metallic notes, that's about it. Taste is rather neutral as well. Quite watery with some grainy/oatmeal malts. Slightly sweet, but not to any interesting degree. Mouthfeel is excedingly thin and watery. I could drink it forever, but I really don't have a desire to as the palate was right up there with the Shiner Bock I had last night, which is certainly not saying much. May be the #1 selling stout in the world but there are countless better options if you give it any serious look at all.

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Photo of misterscooter
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From the bottle with the widget inside. It says to drink it from the bottle but I resist. Give this one a pour and watch the show. Not that it is ever as good as on tap but they've set it up so a pour from a nitro can or bottle still gets you the bubble vortex in your glass. As you watch the golden cascade, the pillow of foam floats on top. You may not be able to walk on it but you can draw a clover. Oh, yeah, this beer is dark. Very dark.

The smell out of this is very low. It is like a smell on a breeze and you can pick up the smells of chocolate, sorghum, molasses, or some other mellow sweetness off in the distance.

This Irish fellow is thick but mellow in your mouth. It coats it just a bit with a creamy feel. Along with those other flavors in the smell, it also seems to have an essence of raisin. Very smooth, mellow, and not bitter at all.

I'm not a Guinness disciple but I do enjoy it at times. However, one is usually enough for me and it is hard for me to have another one because of how much it fills me up.

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Photo of Rootdog316
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice dark ebony brown. The head was bright white not as tan as I would have thought. The aroma was weaker than expected with notes of roasted barley. Burnt grain leads off the taste joined by carmel sweetness and balanced with bitter chocolate. Hop notes are faint. This is an instatution everyone should try a pint. They say the closer you get to Dublin, the sweeter the Guinness. I hope to find out some day.

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Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.79/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have been drinking Guinness draught for almost thirty years, and the time has come to review it.
Appearence is hard to beat, cream coloured and cream textured head atop an almost jet black body. Some ruby colour filters through when holding pint glass to the light.
Smells of nothing much, I think the intense head acts as a lid!
Taste: roast malts, a little hops, some rustiness combine with the excellent mouthfeel to give a satisfying sensation.
Drinkability: this is a session beer and no doubt. The 4.2% abv explains why this draught has been the mainstay of much of Irish social life for years.

Drawbacks: Often served too cold in Dublin pubs. Also there is a good deal of variation to be had. I don't know is this can be explained by the fact that the pubs have been doing their own line maintenence for the last 10 years or so, and must vary in their diligence in this regard.

This is so different to bottled Guinness.

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Photo of ryantupy
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Filtered coffee appearance. Pours with a creamy white head. Rather subtle burnt grain and chocolate aromas follow through on a very smooth and creamy, medium-bodied palate gentle burnt grain and subtle bitter hop notes on the finish. (It does actually taste creamier when drunk straight from the bottle as the makers intend)

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one looked really good in the glass, unusual to actually get a Guinness pint glass at the place I went to. Almost no head, because the bartender took her time pouring it. Very dark brown, nearly opaque.

Aroma was pretty good... hints of roasted malt and bitter chocolate, but not very strong.

Taste... light roasted malt, but rather flat. Not as flat as the bottled version... THAT, I really disliked. This was OK.

Mouthfeel was OK. Much more drinkable than the standard macro fare available, and although it wasn't exactly what I wanted or expected, it was acceptable.

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Photo of Pepeton
3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Just had this beer from a nitro-can last night and wasn't impressed.

Dark as night, as a stout has to be.

Smell of roasted malts that hinds any hops.

Bitter and hoppy.

Creamy, some chocolate, even mocha-like.

Will have this one instead of most of my Mexican macros, but not instead of my handful micros.

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Photo of sid
3.16/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The original guinness draught, a beer around for more than 100 years and a classic at that. Bought a 500 nitro can for $2.70 at the LCBO.

Pours an extremely black colour with a cascading effect. Head is creamy, lots of lacing down the glass.

The smell is of malt and a slight grain finish. Smells musty with a tingering caramel smell.

Taste is so-so. Begins with a creamy almost water like feel on the tongue. A little bitterness hits the back of the throat when going down, and lingers around for a while until you take the next sip. I find this beer very thin in the mouthfeel...much like boddingtons, taste very much like water and cream.

Saying that, drinkability is not to bad but dont expect to down 8 of these in a session, nice for a cold day during winter. If you want something better of the style, try beamish instead, more flavor, less price, better overall package

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Photo of TPSReports
2.96/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

the is such ah wonderful ber to watch as it's poured. I love it! The way is cascades inside the glass forming a perfect think tanned dark head.

That is where the fun ends with htis beer, unfortunately. There is a slight smell of coffee, malt and hops.

This beer has an extremely thin feel to it, given the super dark color and creamy head.

It is slighly bitter with a hint of chocolate and coffee.

I wonder if I was drinking from a non-clean glass, a dirty line, or an old keg. I remembered this beer tasting much beer.


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Photo of quasimoto
2.05/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This stuff has defintely been hit by way to much commercialism. The smeel is of malt, slight hops and probably its the inside of the keg I'm smelling. the taste is of burnt malt, and grain. not even good grain just,dirt. the hops Is long gone, taken over by the scent of cardboard. Forget about the aftertaste. There is a bitter aftertaste that is from the hops but its more like a carpet.

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Photo of alankwak
4.38/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Honestly..unless you get some of this great stout from a bar on tap that doesn't know how to serve can you not like it???
Wonderful head and chocolate/coffee flavor and mildly hopped.
Dark appearance.
Goes down smoothly and has a nice aftertaste but a good one.
In my opinion, this is the best beer you can get at many super markets as far as stouts go for sure. You can't go wrong with this beer. Wonderful. Just excellent.

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Photo of Bierschenker
3.76/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was presented to me in the Celtic Bar next to the market square in Mechelen. Don’t be confused the owners are not really Irish, but that’s an other story. The Guinness beer has a very dark amber red almost non-transparent colour. And a small but very compact creamy head. The beer is almost totally odourless. The beer tastes quite bitter combined with the taste of burned coffee beans. It has no carbonation what so ever. It also tastes like bitter burned coffee beans. Only, the taste is also quite watery. The aftertaste is very bitter and very strong. It lingers on for hours. A totally different beer from Belgian Beers, But very loved over here. This is a beer you can keep on hoisting, but not every day.

Ut Vivat, Crescat, Floreat!

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.51/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had this beer an endless number of times. It was one of my stables before I started drinking craft beer. Its color is an opaque black with a light tan head. It has a faint roasted aroma, with an even fainter chocolate smell. The taste is of roasted malt with a faint chocolate aftertaste. The mouthfell is very creamy from the nitro-tap. Overall, this is a drinkable beer great for sessions.

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Photo of Nesued
4.04/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Rich dark color, nice presentatio

Smell - Strong aroma with an intense "roasty" scent.

Taste - Exceedingly smooth with a balance that lends itself to additional consumption. A rich flavor that would be expected from a dark draught.

Mouthfeel - Heavy feel with a thick density.

Drinkability - Very easy to consume with an overall impression of, "Yes, pull me another."

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Photo of maek228
2.96/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Some background on me and Guiness Draught: In my younger days I used to think of Guinness as a mystical beer. One of the main reasons I wanted to turn 21 was so I could have Guinness on tap. Once I started drinking it on tap I had to say I was a bit dissapointed. Being that I'm irish, I felt like it was my duty to like it. All my friends swore by it but over time I just had to be honest....this beer aint that great. Extra Stout and Foreign Extra Stout blow this beer out of the water. Guiness Draught is just Black Water.

Appearance: Pitch black after the casade is done. Nice creamy head.

Smell: Some roasted coffee and chocolate...although a mild scent

Taste: As my one friend says..."it's a bit soupy". The defining tastes of Guinness are that artifical creaminess from the nitro and a skunky water taste. Their is a hint of roasted malts and coffee...but I'm talking just a hint. This beer has a nasty bitter aftertaste that overstays its welcome.

Mouthfeel: Creamy...but damn does it have a bad aftertaste.

Drinkability: Goes down easy enough. Great for Irish Car Bombs.

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Photo of bceaglejoe
3.56/5  rDev +3.2%
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 johnrobe
2.93/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

I carried in several of these on a backpacking trip in the rugged South Cumberland plateau region of TN. I find that nitro cans are the best option for beer in the backcountry. They're lightweight, and because the carbonation won't activate until opened, you won't generate ticking timebombs from constant movement on the trail. Unfortunately this was my only nitro-can option at my local grocery store. Oh well, I guess it could be worse. It poured an almost opaque black with the signature nitro cascading effect which leaves a creamy, albeit thin, beige head. Roasted barley is the only significant flavor and it is not particularly deep and palate coating. Overall the brew is pretty thin, even for a low alc, stout. However this gives it high marks in drinkability and I'd choose this over many domestic adjunct lagers on a hot summer day. It was very satisfying after several miles on the trail.

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