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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Photo of MikeAAL
3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A lot of people love this beer, but I can't just hop on the Guinness bandwagon.

It's a beautiful beer. It pours a dark, black color. The carbonation takes about 5 seconds to come to the top to form a beautiful creamy tan head.

It doesn't have much of a smell. Like alcohol.

It's doesn't have much flavor to speak of. Maybe a little bit of malts and a bit of bready flavor.

It's very watery and carbonated. Despite the high carbonation, it's still very creamy.

Pretty average. Not a lot of flavor. I prefer Murphy's to Guinness.

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

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4/5  rDev +15.6%

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3/5  rDev -13.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of PaterMorse
3.62/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Today was a quick stout taste test of macro-brews: Guinness Draught, Guinness Extra Stout, and Murphy's Stout.

A: Similar to Murphy's (poured black, etc.), but head a little creamier in color (trending more tan than white, like Murphy's) and less persistent -- lasting longer than most stouts but not as long as Murphy's. Good side stick..

S: Note quite as pleasing as Murphy's -- perhaps a little gutsier, but alos less complex (and Murphy's not complex in the first place). Beer/stout smell, and that's about it. Aroma not as potent/sharp as Extra Stout. A little skunky -- frankly evoking the cross between a urinal and a fraternity basement...

T: Very used to this beer, so hard to describe it -- but that candidly may be because it's relatively non-descript. Not as watery as Murphy's, but still an easy drinker. "Flavors" just not all that prevelant. Roasted barley, and that's about it.

M: Fine. Lite to medium body. Balance if fine, if not a little soft.

O: An easy, if unremarkable, staple.

Repeat? Sure. It's easy, it's known, it's imminently drinkable. In other words, I'd buy for a party and would grab one occasionally for myself when I want an easy-drinker or something simple that doesn't make me think... It's just not that much fun -- more an accompaniment to a good time than an experience itself (like so many other stouts).

Where Ideal? Football game. Fraternity reunon. Any pub -- anytime, anywhere.

Two Words: Non-Descript Staple

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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -27.7%

Photo of delta490
3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured a 14.9 oz. can into an Imperial Pint glass. Deep, deep brown (not quite black) with a thick cappuccino-colored head that last throughout and leaves big lacing on the glass. Aroma has hints of roasted malt (some coffee, but not much) and a little nondescript sweetness. Taste is about the same and the nitro can provides a velvety-smooth mouthfeel. I'll say this is not the best way to have Guinness and that the best I've ever had was in Dublin, both at the brewery and the numerous pubs throughout the town.

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4/5  rDev +15.6%

Guinness Draught from Guinness Ltd.
3.46 out of 5 based on 7,699 ratings.
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