Guinness Draught | Guinness Ltd.

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Guinness DraughtGuinness Draught

Brewed by:
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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Serving: Nitro-tap into 20oz imperial pint
Served: 28 September 2013

Appearance: This is a beautiful beer on nitro-tap. Pitch black with a one-finger foamy, dirty white, creamy head that just sits there forever, floating on top of the beer. One of the best looking beers one can ask for.

Smell: This is where Guinness begins to disappoint the craft beer drinker- the smell is practically non-existent. Unfortunately, there are very few dark-roasty malt notes to pick out in the nose. The beer, at this point, seems rather uninspiring because it practically smells like nothing.

Taste: Okay, so on nitro-tap this one definitely tastes different than other formats. I would not drink Guinness on anything but nitro. You can taste some roastiness, but not much. The beer is rather flavorless until you swallow, when just a kiss the the dark roasted coffee and dark chocolate notes common to stouts come out.

Mouthfeel: Great mouthfeel due to the nitro line. Very silky. After the beer was about 3/4 gone though, it started to feel a bit watery.

Overall: If every beer could look like Guinness (masterful head that just sits there), no beer drinker would ever go unhappy. However, character goes deeper than appearance and, unfortunately, Guinness isn't all that it's cracked up to be underneath the incredible looks. A watered-down, diminished taste for a beer that looks absolutely incredible. I would get this on tap if better options weren't available and may purchase in nitro-cans if hosting parties or making Poor Man's Velvets, but would not purchase in a non-nitro format. I fear that the wateriness would be all too evident in other formats.

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Guinness Draught from Guinness Ltd.
3.46 out of 5 based on 7,619 ratings.
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