Guinness Draught
Guinness Ltd.

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Style:
Irish Dry Stout
Ranked #251
ABV:
4.2%
Score:
81
Ranked #42,585
Avg:
3.59 | pDev: 19.5%
Reviews:
2,363
Ratings:
8,256
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Guinness Ltd.
 
Ireland
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
  2,772
SCORE
81
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Reviews: 2,363 | Ratings: 8,256
Photo of Beck_Hardy_UK
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at my local Irish pub. Poured into a imperial pint glass. Guinness pours jet black with some ruby highlights when held up to a light. Aroma was faint but I detected hints of toffee, chocolate, roasted coffee. The taste of Guinness is about what you might guess. Notes of choco, toffee, breadcrust, roasted malt. Mouth feel was smooth and creamy. No bitterness at all. Over all Guinness from a pub or nitro can is excellent. I avoid the bottled version though. Don't ask me why, Would I recommend Guinness to a mate? Yes I would.

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Photo of bbtkd
3.84/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Guinness Draught Nitro, 4.2% ABV. Pours black, with a two finger ivory nitro head. Incredible looking beer. Nose is malt and slight chocolate, taste is malt, slight chocolate, slight sweetness and slight bitterness. Taste comes off pretty bland. Outstanding smooth mouthfeel. Overall excellent, too bad the flavor doesn't match the looks.

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Photo of schmuck
1.1/5  rDev -69.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Never have I tasted a worse beer. In fact, I made an account here for the first time just to warn people about this. I'm no beer snob. You may laugh, but my go to beer is pbr so you know my standards are pretty low. This beer tastes like mildly flavored sparkling water. There is no "beer" in it what so ever. After drinking several of them, I did not even feel the slightest buzz. I've gotten more drunk from nonalcoholic beers.

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Photo of Buckeye55
4.35/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

No need to describe this one, as everyone who drinks beer know Guinness, or Genius as it's called. I know the beer snobs that pervade BA denigrate Guinness, I just can't figure out why. It's been brewed forever, drank for ever and will continue.

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Photo of osheamatth
4.26/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On draft many places. Prior to 1990 Guinness draft in the US was not handled properly. Stored too cold. Not pushed up with the right nitrogen. Overall a pale comparison to a pint in Ireland. After 1990 the brewery began to send stout gurus across the Us in and effort to improve and standardize what a proper pint of the black should be. By and large they succeed as long as the bar maintains the standard and the beer is turned around. Perfect black the. Burgundy when backlit. Toasted chocolate and tobacco nose with a rich malty mocha taste and finish. Guinness is good for you.

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Photo of Bombelsky
4.21/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic! Impressive look with a great foam growing from a Nitro. Creamy, tan head. Coffee, toasted malt aroma. Medium sweet malty flavor with a nice dry finish. It is a classic beer. Are they better beers than this? Yes. Is it a definition of a style? Yes. Must try beer and my long time one of the favorites.

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Photo of Davedrinkinbeer
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Guinness glass straight from the 14oz. can. WOW, what a beautiful beer, this is the prettiest beer ever! The cascading head settling into a 1/2 inch off-white foam on top of a very dark brown almost black beer, and the head has a bit of lacing as the beer goes. Scent is a faint roasted barley, and not much else. Taste is surprisingly very mellow, more roasted malty flavor that is very even thru the mouthful. Feel is interesting-- surprisingly light, evenly carbonated, with a creamy finish. Finish is not as dry as the name 'draught' implies, and is pretty clean overall with a very slight roasted taste that remains.

This beer surprised me. It is not heavy at all, nor is it as dry or bitter as I originally thought. A very sessionable stout beer overall, I can even see this beer being refreshing in the summer if it is very cold.

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Photo of Bsimpson91
4.94/5  rDev +37.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Lighter stout with good flavor. Drank from the limited edition bottle so i can't comment on the pour or the beautiful surge. The presentation is very cool as far as the label is concerned. Beginning with smell. The aroma I get from this guiness is somewhat like olives. Also seemingly reminds me of barbecue sauce. Aroma is a tad muted. Now for taste, the flavor is lighter than the extra stout. The top end is very dull. As you sip, the flvor builds up into a nice dark malt character with some fairly good hop bitterness. The end is dry. So far, the flavor is not intense as I imagine stout to be. There is no top end sweetness or depth. Im not completely satisfied with it and was expecting a little more. The feel is simular to milk or cream. Sort of ompsous with very little carbonation. The beer is extremely smooth and very easy to drink. Overall, this is a good well made ale but could use some depth like its extra stout counterpart.

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Photo of B0shes
4.21/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First, no beer is as beautiful a Guiness, just poured from a nitro widget can. The glorious cascading head sliding down the sides of pint glass is the apex of beer craft. You can disagree, but then you’d be wrong.

There is little to smell, and the taste is simple. I’ll suggest, however, a beer doesn’t need an initial 32 flavor notes and a slowly evolving flavor profile to qualify as incredible. When simple is nearly perfect, it is. That’s a Guinness.

Mouth feel is incredible, like nearly any nitro would be.

Overall, this is your go to sessionable stout, available in every grocery store and most gas stations. It’s good on a hot day (shock your friends)! It’s great on a cold day. Guinness deoch an fuinnimh!

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Photo of Hanhwaeaglesv2
3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

더블린에서 마신 기네스는 그 어떤 맥주보다도 부드러웠다. 목넘김이 없다시피 한, 너무도 깔끔했던 느낌. 향과 맛은 과하지 않고 적당했다.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.54/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From notes 1/14/13: Pours a ruby tinted brown/black producing 3 fingers of frothy, lasting, light tan head that leaves a thick coating of clumpy lace. Aroma is thin and faintly sour, chocolate, roasted malts with a hint of dark fruit. Taste is a watery version of the nose with a dry, lightly bitter and sour finish which dominates the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied and thinly creamy with a peppery bite.

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Photo of JeffreyPaulBradt
3.94/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Guinness Draught is an old standby, as far as I am concerned. It delivers a great look and aroma, and tastes very nice as well. I love the fact that this stout has a low price tag, yet tastes and feels great.
Something that's cool about this beer is the head. It is very thick and tan-colored, while the beer itself is so dark. I don't know why, but I love that.

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Photo of Isalazar7
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Look- dark with a nice surge to start things off. Head is around two fingers thick and tan colored.
Smell- muted notes of dark chocolate and coffee.
Taste- really smooth and creamy, but that’s it’s downfall. It’s so smooth the flavors seem to be muted, I was left wanting more from this stout.
Mouth feel- medium to thick.
Overall- it’s an ok stout, but I prefer Ten Fidy, or Left Hand Milk stout instead.

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Photo of Brian_L-2056
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours your typical Guinness color with plenty of offwhite color head and reduces to a thin ring around the top of the brew. Smell is also on point for Guinness as well. Taste is definately there but a little milder than the extra stout, and not as sweet either. The feel is much lighter than others in the style. Overall a very drinkable lighter feel stout that I look forward to many more of.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've definitely had this in my previous (pre-BA) life, but never since I've been on-site... Totally worth the return... And damn if it ain't better than I'd recalled... Classic cascading pour into a pint finally reveals a pitch-black beer with a creamy almost white foam cap that drags down the side of the glass... Next-level smooth, mild with dark roasty chocolate malts and hints of espresso and char... Mildly sweet, mildly bitter - and, again, so smooth and soft... Probably one of the fluffiest, softest beers... Ratings seem a little soft - I think this beer is exactly what it meant be, and it's a classic Irish stout - and that's how I scored it...

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Photo of gatornation
3.69/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pitch black color with a mocha head. smell has roasted malts ,chocolate and coffee notes. Taste was light and watery for a stout not like the smell. Mouth was very creamy and smooth with some chocolate bitterness in the finish. Ok to have on tap from time to time.

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Photo of JimboBrews54
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the most popular styles of stout the world over. There is always a reason for a beer's popularity, it is no surprise the world over has embraced such an accessible version of the style. This yet again has many imitators, like they say imitation is the greatest form of flattery. This is a beer that finishes dry and malty. The sweetness comes from ground coffee, but at the same time that is very bitter too.

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Photo of Martin194
3.59/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Look: Black, with a solid white head. You gotta love the look of a well-poured Guinness.

Smell: Roasty malts, some hints of dark chocolate, I detect a little bit of hoppiness.

Taste: Not a lot of flavor when it's in your mouth, sort of subdued, but after you swallow and take a breath while it's still on your tongue you get a mix of roasted malts, coffee, and dark chocolate.

Feel: Really smooth, kind of creamy. Pretty low carbonation, lots of really little bubbles if that makes sense.

Overall: It's not my absolute favorite beer, even as a stout lover, but it's certainly a pleasurable brew!

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Photo of Polmoro
4.07/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Guinness is one of those beers that North Americans enjoy wrong! You do not need to chill this beer. In fact, by doing so, you are missing some very important subtilties of the flavor. This should be consumed at a cool room temperature. The pour from a can or draft is amazing. The cascade is the best part of pouring a Guinness. As someone who lives in Canada, this is a great winter beer to be kept by a window near or your back door or basement concrete floor and enjoyed after a hard day of work. It would be even better if the alcohol content were a bit higher ;-)

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Photo of ATCFlash
4.82/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Unique beer for many reasons.
The main reason is the carbonation - Nitrogen.
That’s right! It’s not CO2. I think the nitrogen affects the flavors in a good way.
Don’t let a dark beer scare you away. Dark in color, but light on the tongue. Malt notes but nothing overpowering. Hops are only enough to perfectly balance the beer. Watching the beer settle in the glass is a show and part of the experience.

Color: Dark 9/10
Taste: malt 6/10
Hop: slight 3/10
IBU : low (10ish?)

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Photo of cmelt32
4.77/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

If you want a beer to take you back to Ireland this is the one. I can imagine drinking this in an Irish Pub every time I drink it. It is key for the bar tender to know how to pour the draught the right way which does take time. It is so smooth and easy to drink. This is the beer I drank for my 21st birthday. I had great memories with good friends and a mug of this beer.

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Photo of PMakowski
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

15 Oz Can poured into glass
Look - Dark brown color. Takes a while for the tan foam to settle, some lacing on glass.
Smell - Similar to a hot chocolate. Some creamy coffee and believe it or not jelly beans
Taste - A lot lighter body than i was expecting. Watery roasted malt. Certainly creamy characteristic maybe that is the nitro. The bitterness from the roast is there but i wouldn't call it bold. Easy to drink, low-medium carbonation.

It's not bad i was just expecting a more fulfilling robust beer. Tastes like 50% water, 50% stout. It may serve as a good session beer but i don't want this kind of flavor over and over again. I will give this beer a grade of B

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Photo of dimwit_flathead
2.45/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Nice head. Not as much lacing as I remember from the pubs. It smells the same but tastes watered down. Not the same mouthfeel at all. Like a soft drink. What did Diageo do to Guinness???!

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Photo of Beer-o-matic
5/5  rDev +39.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If you have ever been on a golf trip to the UK do yourself a favor and drink Guinness the entire time. To this day I drink one and am taken back to the roots of golf.

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Photo of therealpatmac
4.43/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Guinness is a solid beer that is consistent in delivery. If buying a draught can pint be sure to open the can and quickly flip the can upside down into a pint glass and shake out the beer to get a true pour. Cheers

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