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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Ratings: 7,875 |  Reviews: 2,297
Photo of GreatPondBrewer
3.61/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer is beautiful. The reverse cascading is like a piece of live art. The head was thick(probably a little too, but it settled pretty well) and looked like a milkshake. The smell had some nice roasted overtones, but the first taste was a little disappointing without the complexity I was expecting. It was not at all bitter and left a nice taste in mouth. Over all a good beer, deserved of its reputation.

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Photo of BeerManDan
2.8/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

So much better the the Nitro swell of theirs. This poured a black color with a brown head of foam. The smell was not overly pleasant to me, but, I not a stout fan. The taste was average and the bitterness overpowed my taste buds. I am not impressed with this beer and will never drink it again!

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Photo of cretemixer
3.26/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The reverse cascading head is the coolest thing about this beer, it does make for a great presentation. I just don't get why the bottle says to serve very cold and drink from the bottle. Those who do ruin both the taste and the visual experience. Aromas of deep roasted chocolate malts. Taste is shallow, but in line with the aroma. Medium mouthfeel with little carbonation.

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Photo of ElGuapo
3.21/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

very dark with a creamy off-white head that hangs around all the way to the bottom leaving some sticky lace on the sides of the glass. there is a good coffee smell that comes out of it. it was hard to pick up a lot of aroma in the bar (way too much smoke)

the flavor was lacking. it was not as rich and roasty as had wanted it to be. it still had a good coffee flavor. the creaminess was right on as you would imagine. it was very smooth and almost no carbonation. i wanted a nice full-flavored rich beer, and i did not get it.

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Photo of Morris729
3.96/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours almost black in color with a thick and creamy tan colored sticky head that lasts to the end. Nose is roasted malts and grains with some notes of dark coffee. Taste is burnt coffee and very bitter chocolate. Very smooth and creamy in the mouth and yet quite crisp as well. So much better than the bottled version.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.51/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Guinness Draught from a "nitro bottle" is a different animal than its nitro can and on-tap cousins. It is still a decent drink, but it is noticeably more bitter. This is perhaps intentional as this serving type is meant to be drunk from the bottle. A rather odd way to drink a stout, but it does mean that Guinness can now be sold at places that prefer to deal with bottles only (e.g., it has become popular in Las Vegas casinos). The mouthfeel and taste both suffer a bit in this version. The drinkability is still good, and this is still a pretty smooth beer.

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Photo of purplehops
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nothing like the visual display of a nitro draught Guinness. The deep black opaque body and the creamy light tan head made up of so many tiny bubbles. What other beer can an artist draw and sculpt in the head? The aroma is faintly malty with notes of black malt and crispness to the aroma (the nitro perhaps?).
The taste starts with a thick maltiness and finishes with a very dry bitterness. The aftertaste has some notes of coffee and carmel with a hint of chocolate but is overpowered by the black malt bitterness. Not a whole lot more to it. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth like a thin mousse. Not bad for something brewed by Labatt. For me Guinness Draught is a, "so you don't have anything else beer", or a lite beer (4.1%). I have had much worse and I have had some better.

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Photo of doho95fu
3.91/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Although I recognize the shortcomings of this beer, it remains one of my favorite stand-bys. The appearance of a well poured Guinness is really a thing behold with it dark brown color(near black color). A Guinness head should really be the standard for all stouts, brown, creamy, pillowy soft ---- Perfect. Unfortunately, the taste of Guinness does not match its presentation, it is a rather bland stout. It is good but not great, with coffee being the only real flavor I can discern. The mouthfeel is thin for a stout, but overall the brew is highly drinkable with a low ABV. I love it.... and can see its flaws, but it remains a favorite.

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Photo of elmocoso
4.11/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful pour. graceful cascading head that is as mesmerizing as a lava lamp. rich, thick off whitehead that lasts until the end of the beer, which does not say much. A dark opaque brown liquid.

smell is nothing spectacular, but smells clean and like a good stout.

taste is great. Crisp and light on the tounge, with an aftertaste of coffee. Seems well balanced and all around swell.

overall, one of my favorites that is consistant and available.

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Photo of stegmakk
3.91/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Everyone knows Guinness...
Dark brown-almost black in color. Thick creamy tan head that takes forever to settle. Best looking beer ever. The beer itself is thick and it actually has a hint of coffe flavor.Tastewise, IMO it is the best beer made by a large company. However, I have actually tasted better micro stouts. My only complaint is that after 2 I'm done. 2 fills you up like you just ate a meal.

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Photo of BitteBier
3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm a sucker for the Guinness cascade, though the appearance of this beer is great even just based on its midnight darkness and bronze head. Smell is relatively muted, though some of the smoothness and roastiness comes through. Taste is good but not exceptional, highlighted by roasted choco-coffee flavors and a nice sweetness that is a big part of this beer's impressive drinkability.

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Photo of tang214
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Honestly, I do not often drink stout beers. I am just not a big fan of the style, but this one definitely makes me have second thoughts. It pours from the bottle with a nice dark creamy color. In the glass it is very dark with hints of dark ruby coloring, if the light hits it right, and has an excellent thick creamy head that does not go anywhere until you start drinking. The smell is mostly cocoa with light hints of coffee and with hops right on top. The taste is also chocolatey with a superb combination of roasted malts. This brew is smooth in the mouth and goes down even smoother. The drinkability is good even though I am not a big fan of drinking more than one of these at a time, but that is just personal preference. Overall, this is an excellent beer and I would recommend it to anyone who has not yet tried it.

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Photo of MJR
3.27/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Let's face it...few beers look better than a 'draft' pint of Guinness. The creamy tan head, the deep black body, and sharp line between them...the classic, and perfect, look. A sight to behold...

Smell: Roasted grain, perhaps a touch of coffee, and nothing else. Remarkably average in it's aroma.

Taste: Roasted grain flavor with the smallest sour tang. The draft can version, in my opinion, doesn't come close to a real draft, as I think it sacrifices flavor for that perfect body.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with a 'thin-but-somehow-creamy' mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Combine the laid-back flavor of this serving, the fantastic body, and the low alcohol content, and you have a good session beer.

While there are many stouts out there now that put Guinness (any version) to shame, it's still a classic worth re-visiting over and over... If you're going to drink one, do it right and get it straight from the tap.

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Photo of Shiloh
2.21/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Yuk.....sorry but there it is, not a fan of this style, not a fan of this brew...once said I have never met a beer I didn't I have, I am depressed....Oh well, somebody pass me a Aschi Super Dry...please!!!!

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Photo of Reverand
4.41/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amazing cascading effect that leads to a pitch black beer with a tannish creamy head that clings to sides of the glass. Sweetish malt aroma with a silky smooth taste that so easy to drink.

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Photo of Jarod
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly different from can to tap. When poured it has a nice dark opaque color that is dark brown/black. The head is not quite like the tap but not bad. It has a creamy tan/beige color to it. The aroma is lighter. Hints of coffee, malt and light hops. The flavor is creamy with flavors of roasted malt and coffee. I believe when making a black and tan at home, the flavors of the can of this Guinness meld pretty well with the other beer to give a quality drink.

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Photo of rockdick
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A tried it straight out of the bottle(recommended) and in the glass. I liked it MUCH better out of the glass. Pours a beautiful, creamy brown head that stays throught the whole drink. I like Guiness Extra Stout better, but this is a very good beer overall. One of the better stouts.

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Photo of nathi
4.46/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A wonderfull beverage, and one that can be drank all night long. Crisp and dry with a wonderfull smooth mouthfell and the sharp coffee bite of roast malt. When served right this beer is just dangerous, you can finish a pint without knowing it.

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Photo of Gusler
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well, as it say’s to drink directly from the bottle? I tried it that way, quite cold, and another cold but allowed to rest in my pint Guinness glass I snatched from St. James Gate in Ireland, I still like it better in the glass. Pours the color all beer should be "Dark", black if you prefer, wonderful creamy head, tons of lace, and that distinctive "Guinness" nose, roasted and toasted malt with hints of chocolate. Start is malt sweet, medium middle, dry finish with a nice hop presence, basically no carbonation, smooth and creamy rich. , not as good as getting a pint at the "Gate", but quite drinkable nonetheless.

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Photo of CharlesRiver
3.44/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It doesn't matter if you like this beer or not, you have to admit that the appearance it amazing. Thick, creamy head balanced perfectly on top of a solid black body. Not my favorite Stout and it bothers me a bit that it isn't brewed in Ireland. Kind of watery and not big on flavor. I have yet to try this in Ireland but I hear that it is different tasting. It is a great expereince to go to an Irish Pub in Boston in the afternoon and enjoy.

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Photo of maccroz
4.38/5  rDev +23%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It doesn't get any better than Guinness in my book. Dark, creamy, tasty. I love the nitrogen bubbles too. Amazingly it is lighter than many lights that are on the market while still being delicious. It's a masterpiece, a benchmark for all other beers to rate themselves according to.

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Photo of pootz
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the original Irish pub style stout. Rich head, deep roasted grain taste with a slight bitter finish. Very smooth and very drinkable but very filling. I would rate the canned draft just slightly (.5) less if you get it less than 3 weeks old and pour it into a glass.

Damn fine stout, a globally good drink.Canned version is a good imintation of the tap stout.

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Photo of yen157
3.01/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I like Guinness Draught much more than these scores indicate. The review is for the bottle and all remarks are going to be comparisons.

I had wanted to try GD in a bottle for some time now. Was it worth the wait? No, but I am glad I tried it. The "rocket widget" IMO was a waste of Guinness' time. Since the label states that the beer is meant to be drank straight from the bottle, most of the head inside will never reach the lips due to the angle of the bottle and the motion of the approching liquid. Also, unless you peel back the label you cannot see the surface of the liquid.

Anyway, the aroma, or al least what was sensed through the neck of the bottle, was really off. It was kind of cheesy, perhaps dried beer from bottling. As for taste, it was certainly different from true draught or even the can. There was less bitterness throughout the beer. However, it did have the lingering bitterness to the finish I had expected. Because of the lack of bittness, toasted grain flavors were more apparent. The body was a thinner than from can; both are thinner than nitro draught.

Overall, not a bad beer. I'm glad I tried it from the nitro bottle. If the time was right I may even purchase it again.

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Photo of putnam
3.81/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Its black. The head is tan/white. The smell is almost non-existent (some oily coffee beans and milk.) The taste is of sour, roasted, burned grain, water and soy milk. The texture is creamy. The drinkability is excellent (you can drink many.) Enjoy!

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Photo of bewareOFpenguin
3.27/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had to try the plastic bottle with the widget. Not disappointed, because I had no exspectations. I don't know what the widget does but take up space. The Guinnness tasted very watered down, and it seemed there was barely any in the bottle. I think they should end this "sham", they aren't fooling anyone.

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