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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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3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A rich cream light tan head falls through itself above a super dark brown to black head.

A rich well roasted grain malts aroma that seem to border on slightly burnt.

Creamy well roasted malts taste, you can almost taste the roasted barley itself, with just the slightest hint of hops or something else similar.

A dryish aftertaste with the roasted malts taste lingering on with this full bodied beer.

A have a fond stop for this beer, it was one of the only beers I could find as a young one that wasn't in the mold of Grain Belt, Pabst, Bud, Miller, Coors and the endless list of crap like those.
So in a sense this is the beer that enlightened me to the fact that American light lagers were not the only option and I've been on a quest to try as many different kinds of beers as I can since then.

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Photo of Mavigo
3.17/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Cracked open three of these suckers and poured them in my 1L stein for a thorough review.

A: Pours a deep dark brown, almost black color with a 1/4 inch tan head with medium amounts of lacing.

S: Smells water like watered down coffee, hints of oats, barley, grains, cream

T: Well this is disappointing, lacking the robustness that I expect from a stout, to me it's like water downed cheap coffee, limited flavors no complexity, it's not horrible but its not good either.

M: Carbonation is lower, so is the flavor, medium bodied, it's kind of thick, just has no flavor

O: Well this might be one of the worst stouts I've ever had. That's not to say this is horrible, it's ok but I'm used to stouts being rich and complex, not like this. I wouldn't have this again.

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2.56/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

12oz : tulip

Deep brown, near black with a foamy, frothy tan head.

Fairly subdued overall with light notes of bittersweet cocoa and lightly roasted malt.

Mouthfeel is briefly creamy but quickly thins out and becomes watery which combined with low carbonation, makes the mouthfeel quite disappointing.

Nothing outright unpleasant or offensive about this beer, but I have absolutely no desire to drink this again as every aspect fell short of expectations.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.51/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an Elysian snifter. Pours pitch black with a very fine, two finger light tan head from the nitro can. Aroma of mild toasted malt and nuts, mildly sweet. Attenuated flavor of light toasted malt, milk chocolate, nuts. Finishes very mild hops and residual malt. Light body without any creaminess I'd expect from the nice head. I enjoy an occasional actual draught Guinness, although it is mild by comparison to the stouts I usually drink, but this tastes like that Guinness slightly watered down. A pleasant Irish dry stout, but very attenuated in flavor. It was a reasonable accompaniment to dinner.

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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3/5  rDev -16%

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3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was served from a bottle at the Sundeck on Aspen Mountain in Aspen, CO. It arrived in a pint glass, showing a solid cola coloring. It held a creamy, two finger tan head, showing nice retention, and leaving spotty lacing around the glass. Carbonation appeared moderate, and no haze or sediment was noted. The aroma gave sweet, freshly baked raisin bread, char roasted malts, dark cherry sweetness, adjuncty grain, metallic tin, and rich toffees. Our first impression was that the flavoring was lighter than you might expect, but decent once you get past the metallics. As we sipped, deeply roasted brown and chocolate malts, warm wheat bread, and metallic yeast started things off. The middle came to a peak with sweeter milkiness, booze, soured brown malts, mild roast, and soured coffee acidity to pull us to the finish. Here medicinal phenols, more alcohol, plastics, warmed lactics, light smokiness, metallics, and bitter, bready yeastiness dominated the last flavors of the sip. The aftertaste breathed of tinny metallics, roast and char, bittered coffee, medicinals, and plum pudding sweetness. The body was medium, and the carbonation was medium. Each sip gave excellent slurp, with good smack, pop, and glug. There was definite drying following the initial creamy coating. The abv was fine, and the beer drank easily.

Overall, the best thing about this beer was the mouthfeel. This was helped by the surprisingly well-retained head, giving big cream and slurp throughout the entire tasting. Otherwise the nose and flavoring, while showing some positive and robust fruitiness, phenols, and char, gave too much on the metallics and the dry, chalky yeastiness. That being said, the nose was better than the flavoring, and everything else just screams “standard”.

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3.36/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

poured into my big ol glass.

the appearance looks absolutely gorgeous, a nice change from the orangey cooper IPAs and pale ales ive been having, looks deep black with a ruby hue if held up to the light. amazing thick and creamy head that went from about 2 fingers immediately after pouring to about a quarter inch head that lasted the entire beer. gorgeous looking beer.

not a lot of smell, but i do get hints of roasted malts and a "burnt" smell, like ground coffee beans. its faint, but its there.

the taste is basically the same as the smell-not alot there but its pleasant when you do get a taste. obviously not very hoppy-especially since i do like IPAs and that sort of thing. it tastes like burnt and roasted malts, which is kind of pleasant.

mouthfeel-what a let down. i was expecting it to be more creamy and thicker, but it ended up being thin and watery, hopefully guinness on tap is more creamier and thick. however, it is smooth-its not fizzy or anything. if only it were smooth AND creamy!

overall, its a good beer for a mass produced stout. i think this beer is overhyped, but its still good and drinkable; its underwhelming. it looks good but the taste just cant match the looks. its slightly above average for me-but i would drink it again, especially on tap at the irish pub near my house.

oh well. its still miles ahead of that yellow fizzy stuff.

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3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 15 oz nitro can into a pint glass.

A - I love the nitro beers and what happens with them in the pour. Volcanic type reaction till the carbonation all reaches the top of the glass. Anyways, Ruby like color, dark but still see through. Nice 2 fingers of extremely creamy head. Excellent lacing on the glass.

S - Mild toasty malts, slight coffee hints. Very mild hint of bittersweet chocolate.

T - Toasty malts hit you up front with some bitter coffee notes and a tad bit of the bittersweet chocolate in the back end. Not to intense on the flavors.

M - Extremely creamy, smooth, fairly light with decent carbonation. Extremely nice feel to this. Almost a velvety feel.

O - I like this but I would usually take something else if it were available. However, is very smooth and easy drinking. Good session beer given the ABV and drink-ability. For the price there are some far better stouts out there. If you want to try this one make sure you get the nitro version or on tap.

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