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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Photo of scottum
3.59/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks good. The best low cal brew on the market for sure. I dig this as a alf and half with Woodchuck Granny Smith hard cider, but it is also quite good on its own... It feels very creamy going down. Tastes good, but it is a bit too light to have the taste that we would want it to have. Perhaps a bit more like the extra stout, but we can't have it all.

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Photo of Sixpack595
3.57/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Great looking beer, great head, good flavor. Best part about it is you can get it almost everywhere.Bad part is few sellers can pour a decent pint. Good beer if served correctly. Low ABV makes drinking it like pushing a rock up a hill, just keeps getting harder and harder till your too tired to lift an arm. Pass me a straw and some Whiskey please.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.56/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kinda' dull aroma, but better than most nitro-cans. Ends up being slightly sweet water quality with a bit of dark malt. Rock steady head after the show. Black with red tints. Good looking beer. Nitro can flavor, similar to all others. Malty bitterness, not unpleasant or excessive. Dark malt. Long bitter finish. Well balanced mouthfeel, a little thin but flatter carbonation (which I like). Very smooth. Good versatile beer.

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Photo of Bruiser81
3.41/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I reviewed this from a nitro bottle and I poured it into a glass even thought it says to enjoy it from the bottle. I love the look of Guinness, I couldn't resist. It still tasted pretty much like I remember it from the nitro can. An awesome looking brew with a thick creamy head that never dissipates. The nose is of roasted malts and a hint of chocolate. The taste is similiar with roasted malts up front followed by chocolate and a slightly bitter finish. The mouthfeel is super smooth, but personally I like at least some carbonation. I could probably go with guinness as a session beer but it wouldn't be my first choice.

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Photo of Redrover
3.86/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black nitro can, good looking package!

The pour on this beer is awesome. Jet black color, creamy tan head and those great cascading bubbles. wonderful lace (or should I say priest's collar?) Great presentation. The smell is wonderful, toasted malts and a little smokiness.

The taste is very good. While there are better stouts, this is still a very good one. The malt is sweet but not cloying. The taste is just smoky enough to be good, but not over powering. Flavors come out more as it warms.
Good taste can hold up to anything but really spicy food. This is great beer to cook with.

The mouthfeel is nice, I would prefer a little more substance and bite.

Some places serve this too cold. Don't be afraid to let it sit and warm-up. This is often one of the only decent beers a nonbeer bar or chain will have. Enjoy!

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Photo of Stubbie1
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark blackish brown and give off to the famous thick tan head that Guinness is known for. I love to watch the beer turn tan as the carbonation boils and turns to the head. The head slowly left leaving a thin lace behind. Roasted malts come to mind with a hint of coffee as you intake the aroma. The taste goes with the aroma, roasted malts and a slight bitter finish. I enjoy Guinness, even more from draft and will use this as my base line for other Stouts of this kind. Try it you will like it!

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Photo of Bang34
4.11/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A must if you are at an Irish pub. The Flagship beer of Ireland and the leader of all souts, in most people's minds. This beer is just a joy to watch. After a pour I just love to watch it cascade up to a creamy brown head that sticks around until you finish the glass. Dark black in color, you can;t see through this, as it should be with any stout. When you sip it make sure to slurp a little of the head the creamyness give the beer a nice smooth start. The beer finishes with a slightly bitter aftertaste. But overall, the beer is not very complex and I prefer some American stouts over this one. I know that is sacrilige but remember, I still love this one.

The best out of a Nitro tap. It should take the bar tenderat least five minutes to poor this one with a couple settling pauses in order to get the glass full. If it is with you in 40 seconds beware. Guiness has made great advances in its Nitro can and bottling methods but stick with the tap on this one, it is the only way to go.

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Photo of BeerGlassesCollector
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black colour topped by a thick creamy tanned head that does not settle until the last sip. Flavour and aroma consist of coffee, chocolate and toffee hints. Mouthfeel is quite thick but smooth.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.86/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It had been many years ( 12) since i had last tasted Guiness Draught( on tap in Scotland) so with trepidation i tried this nitro-can thingy.
The appearance as always is wonderful..poured a lovelly coffee( with milk) colored froth which slowly clears upwards to reveal the blackness below..the head though not as large as i remember is a good half inch right to the bottom of the glass.
Not much of a smell..very light scent of burnt oats ( I like this !)
lovelly taste not as good as i remember on draught but not at all bad.
good smooth feel in the mouth.
i can drink this like milk..very very nice will buy more of this.

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.99/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I love hearing the pop and fizz when the can is opened as the nitrogen widget mixes with the beer. When poured into a glass the upward cascade of bubbles is a wonder to behold. The contrast of the black color of the beer and the ivory foam head scores highly with me. Guinness has a wonderful thick velvety mouth feel, nice creamy ivory colored foam head that remains on top of the beer while you drink it, and a well balanced flavor of sweet malts and bitter hops. The taste is somewhat dry, bitter, and a mixture of coffee and chocolate. I thought the aroma was rather "bready" which did not seem normal to me. Overall, the pub cans are my favorite way to enjoy Guinness at home.

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Photo of LarryKemp
4.38/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The color was very dark and had a nice white head sitting upon a sea of white bubbles in dark beer. The head lasted a long time and the malty sweetness lasted throughout two LARGE draugts. The liquid clung to the tongue and finished with a dryness. The bite of the beer still clings to my tongue. It is by far my favorte beer when going to a bar that serves mainly mainstream beers.

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Photo of GreatPondBrewer
3.61/5  rDev +1.1%
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 -21.6%
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 -8.7%
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 -10.1%
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 +10.9%
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 -1.7%
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 +5.6%
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 +9.5%
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 +15.1%
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 +9.5%
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 +6.2%
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%
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 -8.4%
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 -38.1%
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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