Guinness Draught
Guinness Ltd.

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Style:
Irish Dry Stout
Ranked #252
ABV:
4.2%
Score:
81
Ranked #42,588
Avg:
3.59 | pDev: 19.5%
Reviews:
2,363
Ratings:
8,257
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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: 8,257
Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.26/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Look: One finger creamy white head, black body.

Smell: See below.

Taste : Roast, dark chocolate, burnt grains.

Feel; Light body, mildly bitter finish, dry. Medium carbonation.

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Photo of Amendm
3.51/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Followed the instructions on the 14.9-oz. can. Poured gently into a 20-oz. mug.
Dark chocolate color with ruby highlights on the edges when held up to light. Rich creamy finger sized khaki head that slowly shrunk to pencil size with thick sticky lacing.
Smell is mostly bready yeast, a little bit sour.
Taste features a blend of roasted and semi-sweet malt, coffee and a mellow hop bitterness.
Thin watery mouthfeel with almost no natural carbonation, gets some support from the malt blend.
Follows the style guidelines, not much flavor other than malt and hops. Easy drinker.

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Photo of SeBreeze9000
4.13/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It looks astounding, I got this in a can with some amazing artwork truly was different. Had a 4 pack from some local corner store the pour was b-e-a-utiful really enjoyed that look of all the carbonation and bubbles rising to the top. Looked like some java mixer but boy when I tasted it I was asking "that's it"?
Doesn't taste the least bit bad just nothing as immense and exciting as the way it poured in the glass from the can. Either way decent beer really don't have a lot to complain about when it comes to this brewski.

Enjoyed it.

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Photo of ben_tries_brews
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not the best or most complex stout out there by any means but this pours a draft that’s just so fucking pretty and it goes down as easy as almost any beer out there.

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Photo of Mankowski
4.14/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a classic stout with a rich creamy, malty taste. It is, being a stout, a bit of a heavier beer but you can drink this warm or cold. I have had it both ways, room temperature and cold and I like it either way. You can't go wrong with this beer if you like a good stout.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.59/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

If you haven't seen or had this beer, I don't know what planet you're from. The dull brownish-black body is topped with that classic dense, creamy dark tan uniform souffle. This actually has tangy notes of minty chocolate through the semi-bitter baker's cocoa and mild roast, while maintaining one of the thickest bodies of the more widely available beer pantheon.

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Photo of wmscottsimpsonjr
4.51/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

It’s hard to imagine how a dark beer could look better: ruby black accented by a gorgeously creamy head, the mesmerizing sight of tiny bubbles cascading in a waterfall of umber. The smell is mild, with delicate aromas of roasted barley, coffee, chocolate, and malt. Not particularly exciting, but well done nonetheless. The taste is similarly light; there are certainly stouts that pack more of a punch, but there’s not a fault to be found in the lightly bittered blend of toasty flavors. Its resultant endless drinkability is one reason I name this my favorite beer over heavier, richer options. Lastly, it would be folly to neglect to recognize the perfection in a dry, slightly carbonated, black beer complemented by the soothing creaminess of nitrogen. Drinking a guinness is like drinking...well, nothing else, really. Its practically perfection.

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Photo of Mr-Beer
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The CO2 cartridge in the bottom of the bottle or can is a nice add Decor almost a tap glass of Guinness. Smooth nutty chocolatey coffee tasting milkshake of a beer. The bottle of Guinness is okay the Guinness Draught is the next step up and of course the tapped Guinness is one of the top beers

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Photo of DragonFyre1983
3.87/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

If you enjoy a good dark beer and don't want to spend too much then Guinness is the beer for you. It tastes great, looks great, has a decent scent and abv. It's a great beer. It might take some time to get used to the flavor, but once you do you'll definitely enjoy the blessing that Ireland has given you.

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Photo of RealQuags
4.4/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the best all around macro beer. The original light beer and session beer before they were a thing - have it for dessert, with a meal, for break fast, in the winter or summer at the beach. Good cold, still good on the warmer side. Available everywhere. Cutting calories? - this beer is for you. For a few calories more than a light beer you get a better tasting over all beer. College kid drinking cheap lager? This beer can be your bridge to better beer. I've done the ladder of all kinds of beers - Guinness is my default beer. I didn't appreciate it when I was younger but I have come back in my older age.

Creamy mouth feel.
Rich in color.
Taste is not overpowering, or bitter.

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Photo of edc20
2.77/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Looks great but tastes like a creamy beer water. Nitro carbonated, so doesn't have any fizziness, but does have a creamy mouthfeel. In spite of that though, the drink itself is actually very thin and watery. There's some light coffee malt bitterness flavor, but mostly it's kind of watery.

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Photo of kboe1313
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

My favorite part of the beer was the head, it was surprisingly creamy! The body was light, for being so dark there was little flavor, somewhat watery, though I picked up roasted notes, coffee like. A bitter hops flavor was noticable at the end. Not a bad session beer, a step up from the American Macro lagers

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Photo of Premo88
3.84/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 4

14.9 oz. can poured into nonic

L: dark but clear amber-purple, lots of brown in it, topped with small head of super thick creamy beige foam about 1/3-inch tall; no major lacing or sticking, but the head lasts forever

S: chocolate milk with a pinch of rye or coriander ... some subtle spice

T: roasted bakers chocolate, some wood but very lightly toasted wood not charred, sweet coffee drink ... mocha latte; the flavors are subtle but consistent

F: light and watery, close to flat but the nitro feel is growing on me and it seems like I'm detecting some kind of bubbly thing helping move along each swallow; overall it's standard for nitro cans

O: if I dug the nitro mouthfeel, this might be my go-to stout; it's super tasty, understated but solid, and the 4.2% ABV is exactly the kind of thing I dig; I'm still not a fan of cask/nitro beer, but this stuff is good enough to keep giving it a try and giving my palate a chance to adjust; if you're into cask/nitro, this is fantastic

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Photo of MNAle
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the nitro widget can into a Guinness glass. The 14.9 fl oz can doesn't do the Guinness glass justice... doesn't even reach the mid-point of the harp, with the head just barely topping the harp. Mild aroma. Surprising. I expected more from the roasted malt. It's there, along with hints of coffee, but very subdued. Deep dark black color, with tinges of brown around the edges. 1/2 inch very thick creamy slightly off-white head that hangs around for a long time. Thick, creamy lacing when you tip the glass to take a drink. Gorgeous appearance overall. This beer looks the part, better than just about any other stout. The mouth feel is thin but creamy, if that makes any sense at all. The smooth feel likely comes from the nitro widget. Toasty malt taste, coffee, but still quite mild. Just a hint of fruit in there somewhere. Surprisingly simple flavor. Little bittering until the finish and aftertaste, then it hits pretty strongly. This is the iconic Irish dry stout, and is very drinkable and reasonably flavorful considering its ABV.

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Photo of FBarber
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, ruby around the edges and almost completely ruby colored when held to the light. One-inch head dissipates somewhat, but keeps a thick full residual velvet head. Velvet lacing coats the glass as the beer is consumed.

Aroma has notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, condensed milk, roasted malts, and a touch of sweetness on the nose.

Taste has notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, roasted malts, and bitter earthy hops come through and linger on the palate. On the sweeter side than some of the other examples I’ve had given the more prominent milk chocolate notes. A touch of tobacco like notes come through as the beer warms.

Feel is very light and smooth, medium bodied. Light to mild carbonation.

Overall a well-done example of the style. The nitro does the flavor no favors, but it’s well crafted.

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Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nitro can

L- The beer pours a dark brown to black with the nitro cascade give it the appearance of cream poured into coffee. The head is typical of a nitro beer with tan dense head made up of tiny bubbles. The head has stuck around and not receded as I type this review up.
S- The nose gives off a toasty quality. There are hints of chocolate and coffee but are rather faint behind the toast.
T- The palate is almost the opposite of the nose. Up front there is a light roasty coffee aspect. That is quickly overridden by a slightly sweet creamy aspect.
F- The nitro actually does it's job here. The beer while still being slightly thin has a nice creaminess that adds to the enjoyment. Overall I'd give the mouthfeel a medium grade.
O- I find that I enjoyed this one more than the Murphy's. This guinness can is not quite as bitter or dry as the Murphy's and that's the way I prefer it. I'll have no problem finishing the other 3 cans.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

After the tiny cascading bubbles settle, the beer sits pitch black in the glass with a dense, creamy, khaki colored head. Roasted malt up front that finishes with a bitter bite. Lower sweetness level. Thin bodied. Nitro carbed gives it a feeling of stillness. It's a classic irish dry stout.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. Bottle

Poured into a Tired Hands glass a pretty nice dark brown color, pretty nice carbonation, with a nice thick/creamy one-finger light tan head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with some chocolate/toffee, very slight vanilla. The taste is malty, with some chocolate/toffee, very slight vanilla. Medium body, ABV is hidden very nicely. Overall, a tasty brew.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.49/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2018-03-16 in West Hempfield, PA at Trio Bar and Grill on tap for St. Patrick's Day.

Right before having this, I had a Yard's Brawler, which is also 4.2% ABV. I preferred the Brawler, which had a richer flavor; like a light Vienna Lager. The Guinness had a great looking, creamy head but was more watery in feel and had a less pronounced flavor. It was fine though with some nuttiness, roasted grain and light chocolate. I did enjoy it for St. Patrick's Day.

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Photo of Darcola
3.84/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Guinness draft is a simple go to beer if you want something drinkable, easy, and relatively cheap. It's got a great taste, great mouthfeel, and is an all around classic stout.

Look: dark brown, almost black, with a surge of nitro at the pour, culminating in a thick creamy head.

Smell: toasty malts, some coffee, and dark chocolate.

Taste: malts, light coffee taste, hints of dark chocolate, similar to the nose. Rather light compared to others but very drinkable. Not too filling.

Mouthfeel: Guinness shines here. The nitro makes the beer soft and bubbly, almost like drinking black silk. Lingering head really bolsters this.

Overall: a classic, drinkable beer. Especially good if you don't care for Budweiser, Miller, or other more watery beers, and want flavor without the price. It may be a lighter tasting stout but it's overall pretty damn good.

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Photo of Nvrmind16
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The original smooth dark beer. Its refreshing but strong and heavy. If your new to beer start here, so you now what great tastes like. Oh and drink it from a glass so you get that nice foam

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Photo of Piwo
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: Amazing dark color, and lots of carbonation making for a large, frothy head that dissipates rather quickly.
Smell: Mostly of malt and a slight hint of coffee, as is expected of a stout.
Taste: Compared to other stouts, kind of watery, but still has the characteristic roasted flavor. The coffee taste comes out as it warms. A bit more refreshing than other stouts at the price of some flavor. Not too bad.
Feel: Noticeably thinner than most other stouts, as I expect of a lower ABV. Not much body but still a crisp finish.
Overall a good stout for those first trying one. It was my first stout, and still my go-to when I'm looking to drink stout but not wanting anything too heavy.

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Photo of JeffH_SC
3.05/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks great as it’s being poured. Always lots of carbonation. Nice dark color. Light malty fragrance. Feels very thin for a stout. If you’re palate is accustomed to a light American Adjunct Beer, the flavor may seem strong and heavy. However, if your palate has been used to good stouts and porters then this may seem like a light beer. This is the beer that moved me from drinking AABs to more flavorful beers...a crossover beer for me. And lots of restaurants carry this beer when there are no other real beers available and it is my choice when all else is light beers or AAB or lagers (beers for mass production, not taste). Not a bad alternative.

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Photo of Azmarul
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I think that Guinness looks awesome in a nice thick glass. The head looks like creamy perfection and the deep color is almost completely black. I also enjoy watching the nitrogenated carbonation descend after pouring. As far as taste, it is a highly drinkable beer, but lacks the subtlety and complexity of many other stouts. The best things it has going for it are appearance and mouth feel, which is enjoyable creamy.

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Photo of sjrider
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle - very dark brown with light tan head and bubbly lacing .Nose is faint roasty malt and dark coffee. Taste follows nose ,not as pronounced as I remember it being in Ireland. A decent low abv dry stout with a thinner mouthfeel than I am used to.

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