Guinness Draught | Guinness Ltd.

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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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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Black bodied fading to ruby in the thinner parts of the glass. Immense, white, cloudy head with great retention and lacing.

Smell: Roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate.

Taste: Roasted malts with burnt notes along with hints of dark chocolate and coffee.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and thick with low carbonation.

Overall: An amazing session beer, inoffensive taste attached to a highly drinkable body. Far from the best stout, but it's far from being offensive.

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look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

11.2oz nitro bottle poured into a Guinness pint glass.

A: Pours black with ruby hues. Clarity looks to be very good. Three fingers of creamy beige head retain very well, as it should from the nitro bottle. Thick, clumpy rings of lacing form with every sip.

S: Milk chocolate, burnt malts, steely, slight acidity. a rather drab, muted nose.

T: Bittersweet chocolate, burnt coffee. Burnt malts lend an acidic kick; that token steely, sour-ish twang. Vague sense of fruit, but really it's very clean as a whole. Not much yeast character. The finish is clean and very abrupt, leaving only a faint sense of chocolate and roasted barley.

M: Light in body and watery. It relies heavily on the nitro to prop it up with a creamy, smooth texture. Mild astringency from the burnt malt.

O: As with many beer aficionados, this was my gateway beer. This and a handful of Irish stouts were, for the longest time, the only conception of beer that I had other than macro light lagers like Bud and Coors. Back then I thought this was head and shoulders above those light lagers. Now that I've come this far, I can see that it's really the same concept: brew a bland, uniform, inoffensive beer and rely heavily on deep pockets and marketing to spread it around the globe and make maximum profit, sacrificing quality along the way if necessary. I will go on the record as saying that I still enjoy a Guinness from time to time, and that my own personal preference would still lead me to drink a Guinness over a macro light lager. But when I look at Guinness Draught in terms of what's available and stack it up against some of the other Irish stouts on the market, craft brewed and otherwise, it falls well short of the mark.

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Guinness Draught from Guinness Ltd.
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