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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-02-2001

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Ratings: 8,076 |  Reviews: 2,330
Photo of Running4beer
4.23/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorites since I began drinking this in college 5 years ago. There has been a difference in taste in those five years though. Nowadays it seems to be watered down a little but irregardless it's still good. Pours out black with a slight red highlight and a thick creamy tan froth this stays till the very end. The cascading effect is awsome it's something to enjoy every time you see it being poured. Smell of malt, coffee and some chocolate. The taste is similar to the smell malt, coffee and chocolate with a slight nutty twist at the end. Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy easy to drink. Even though this has changed since I first began to drink it, I still enjoy it any time of the year.


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Photo of BeerResearcher
3.66/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

If it's in a bottle or can it's not a draught...simple. Really dark with red/amberish tint. An earthy malty and peat aroma blends with tea and hops. The heavy extra roasted malt is smoky and thick. Highly hopped with tea-like and metallic bitterness. Strong coffee and a hint of molasses and a trace of camphor round out the flavors. A taste of earthy peat is omni-present. Fantastic beige/tan creamy/frothy head. An Original! But, somehow not as dark or bitter as I remember...

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Photo of feloniousmonk
2.88/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pouring the contents of this unique, innovative bottle creates the mythical creamy head and the magical flowing cascade, so favored in the pubs. Or is it just a cheap imitation?
Aroma nicely hints at coffee and cream, and a touch of chocolate, rich and luscious. Small amounts of bitterness,but exceptionally smooth on the tongue. Light body, thin texture, and far too soft for my taste.
It took me a while to understand the supreme appeal of Draught Guinness, for the Extra Stout was my bottle of choice in early days. I did a taste test between the two, and ultimately found that the draught version resembles a chocolate milkshake, or a mocha latte. It's for people who want to go beyond fizzy lagers and such, but don't really want to approach the bold flavors and bitterness in a true stout or porter.

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Photo of Winter
4.56/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served black in appearance with a thick creamy light tan head that stays throughout consumption. Mouthfeel is full-bodied and creamy. Serving temperature was cool. Aroma consisted of roasted malt, coffee and chocolate. Roasted malt and coffee flavors dominate the palate. Dry bitterness lingers in the finish. Guinness on draught is still my number one preference when compared to the nitro can or bottle.

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

Very nice presentation from the nitro bottle. Pours the cascading style that Guinness prefers to porvide. Very dark appearance with a great big, tan head. Good lacing. The taste is vintage Guinness with the kind of mid bitterness and creaminess that is well known. A godd beer that is a go-to when only macros are the alternative. Smell is not as robust as from the tap.

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Photo of ThePostmaster
2.75/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I was told to drink right from the bottle, and I did so. Taste is very chocolate in nature. Somewhat malty, a little less so than the original. I thought I was tasting cocoa at first. Very watered down. The carbonation was pronounced, making it easy to drink. A pretty smooth "stout".

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Photo of canucklehead
3.81/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have not had a pint of Guinness is some time and I thought that
St. Patrick's day was a great excuse to retry this classic quaff.

The head was white and thick which is part of the pleasure of a
well served pint. The body was malty and smooth with a hint of
caramel and coffee. The drinkabilty of this beer is what makes
this a perfect session pint to accompany good food and good

I compared this beer against a bottle of Killarney Stout from
Granville Island Proto Tap and I must admit that lacked the full
bodied flavour of the Killarney. It is true that while still a classic
brew there are other newer stouts that have raised the bar on dry

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Photo of stirgy
4.06/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, it is St. Patty’s Day isn’t it? – So I must have a Guinness. You cannot beat the appearance of this stout. It really is special and amazing. A midnight opaque black with a huge creamy and cascading tan head.

After having this beer in countless pubs in Ireland and England, in bottles and on tap here in the states, and even sampled after a tour of the brewery at St. James Gate in Dublin, I must say I have a big fondness for this beer. It’s calming and a pleasant palate cleanser. Bitterness is right on with nice roasted grain flavors.

Yeah, It may not be the best stout out there, and the taste may vary from country to country and even from bar to bar, and can sometimes taste weak, watery, light or too bitter sometimes,

I say what the hell, smile… it’s Guinness, and it's good for you!


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Photo of Admiraldinty
3.61/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

No where close to on tap. That being said, not too bad. Pours pitch black with a creamy tan head. Not too much going on in the nose. Some roasted malts and caramel, but very faint. Taste is not too bad for a nitro can. Usually they are very metallic tasting - particularly for pub ales, but this didn't real have that quality. Still, not too much flavor. Roasted malts, coffee, and faint chocolate. Silky-smooth mouth feel, medium bodied. Great drinkability due to low abv and low calories. All in all not bad, but I'm starting to get tired of these nitro cans.

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Photo of rastaman
1.42/5  rDev -60.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Taste just the same as the draught and can:
Utterly revolting, thin, lightly roasty body meets with rancid bitterness, body is smooth and watery, not really a good example of a stout, although i'm sure once upon a time it was. It has a nice appearance though (deep black colour, with a nice creamy head). But besides that, this is easily the most overated beer on this site and on earth for that matter. Cat piss and vomit in one, the Budweiser of Stouts, gives stouts a bad name.

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Photo of budgood1
2.89/5  rDev -19%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle. "serve extra cold" "drink straight from the bottle"

well i finally tried it. can't see the presentation, which counts for a lot. aromas are severely muted trying to shove the bottle up your own nose. some roasted malt notes. tastes ok, typical guinness flavors of slightly bitterly roasted malts. ok creamy mouthfeel, i guess the widget does an acceptable job of providing the famous texture. scores higher for drinkability; the bottle provides for portability and easy access without needing a glass...and it is pretty easy drinking.

all this said, a sixer of the these 11.2 oz bottles are the same price as a sixer of the 12 oz, tastier, higher ABV extra stout, so why bother? buy the nitro cans and drink it out of a glass, or just go to a reputable pub and get yourself a properly poured pint.

marketing gimmick. but i suppose i'd rather see people drinking this, in the hope it might turn whoever is drinking these nitro bottles onto better and bigger brews.

happy st. patrick's day!

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

On tap at the Liffey Irish Pub (another new lame Irish joint that counts Killians as Irish), St. Paul, MN...

Proper suspended carbonation, slowly cascading nitro creaminess with a solid hold of the upper head at 3/4 of an inch. Medium dark brown and clearish at the bottom. Slightly yeasty aroma, some sense3 of clotted cream. Milky mouthfeel, mocha java flavors, and a sudued sense of oily bitterness. More roast at the close. Somewhat surprisingly, this hit the spot better than I expected but there are definitely dryer versions of the Irish style. Happy St. Pat's Day...

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Photo of slitherySOB
2.46/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed this on tap, now reviewed on can. Ugh, terrible when compared too nitro tap. Dark red/black colour when poured, with the fluffy cloud head I adore. Smell was similar too burnt toast. Some coffee, roasted malt, something sweet I couldn't put my nose too. Tasted boring. BTW, all 4 cans are gone. Unless I got 4 bad cans, this is an accurate review. Coffee, toffee, chocolate and more sweet malt, but not as much as from the cask. Terrible mouthfeel. Gritty. Like their was sand in my mug. Or sugar. Yes, it was a clean mug. Because of the gritty mouthfeel, it wasn't very drinkable. Very good on tap, not good from can. I'll try it from the bottle, for no other reason than too collect the cap. An overrated stout. Lacked the silk feeling I got from the cask, which was my biggest dissapointment.

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Photo of rabidawg
3.74/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It's a nitro-poured Guinness. How much "prettier" does it get? A head that never quits, classic cascade, liquid black as coal; I can't ask for more as far as looks.

Smell: Burnt coffee and roasted malty notes.

Taste: Slight bitterness after the swallow. Thats the only thing separating this beer from chocolate milk, well, also without any of the heaviness associated with milk. This is a beer you can drink and drink, so it's my Wednesday night drink of choice. Join us at the Half Door if you'd like. We'll be in a booth in the back.

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Photo of goz
2.9/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pour is beautiful - black with a thick creamy tan head that just hovers on top, leaving thick lacing all the way to the bottom of the pint. Aroma is very light, mostly roasted and bitter coffee and chocolate. Flavor has the same hints of roasted coffee and bitter chocolate. Mouthfeel and smooth and creamy, probably greatly aided by the nitro.

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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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