Guinness Draught | Guinness Ltd.

Guinness DraughtGuinness Draught
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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 88caprice
3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a widget can into a pint glass.
Look: Dark black with cola-colored hues at the edges. Insanely stiff and creamy head. Like a Cool-Whip barrier.
Smell: Faintly dark roasted malts and minerals.
Taste: Mildly roasty. Not charred, but a little astringent. Some floral/herby bitterness and a lingering sweetness on the back of the tongue.
Feel: At first, super creamy from that ridiculous head. But that wears off. You are left with a nearly water-like, bubble-less thin beverage. Dry.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Haven't had this one in a while but I've always been a little fond of it. Is it as good as I remember? Pours black as night with one finger of head that gradually grows to two as bubbles settle out of the liquid. This puffy tan head lasts for most of the drink. Love the way this stuff looks but the smell has always seemed boring to me; roasted malts with a bit of chocolate.

Taste is of bready, burnt roasted malts without much to support it. Starts off a bit sweet but finishes dry; I've always appreciated this balance. Slightly bitter aftertaste. Ridiculously smooth mouthfeel, like silk. Light-medium bodied with very little carbonation.

I used to think this was one of the finest beers ever but I think my tastes have shifted slightly. I'd certainly never turn one down, but it just seems a little...flat. One note flavour, but if roasted malts and nitro smoothness are your thing, this delivers.

[Updated Dec. 13 2013]

From notes; on-tap at Paddy Flaherty's on Dec. 7th - I hadn't had it in a few years so why not? Guinness seems to be the sort of beer that people either really love or vehemently hate, but I fall somewhere between the extremes. It's not a masterpiece, but it goes down smoothly and quickly. I won't always take this over a macro lager, but it's a nice alternative that occasionally is worth the price bump.

Final Grade: 3.08, a C+.

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Photo of donmonkey1
3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Black with a really nice off white/tan head, great lacing, can't wait to taste.

Smell: Sweet caramel malt, touch of molasses, somewhat toasted.

Taste: WEAK. I expected a LOT more flavor. It's kind of an unsweet toasted taste. Maybe burnt toast.

Mouthfeel: Pretty much like straight water.

Drinkability: Easy to drink because it's so weak, but the lack of character makes me want something else.

Guiness Extra Stout is one of my favorite beers. This beer is only good for introducing people to something other than standard yellow fiz. I'm really dissapointed with this brew.

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Photo of AC-Mivsek
3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 14 oz. can into an English pub glass.

A- Nice creamy tan head which leaves some decent lacing, very dark.

S- There is some roasted malt character, but there is really not much going on with the nose.

T- Sweet, somewhat metallic this may have just been the can though. Very watery.

M- It's smooth but with a pretty light body. Very little carbonation.

O- Very watery and light stout with no real outstanding smell or flavor. It looks nice though.

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Photo of sfoley333
3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 120z bottle with widget into english style pint glass. black with nice foamy head great cascade effect when first poured. Smell is pretty faint with cold coffee aroma. Taste creamy roasted coffee with burnt aftertaste. A little more watery than creamy but this beer is pretty easy to drink for a dark beer. Better from the tap.

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Photo of Andreji
3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A big change this beer has taken me on. Radical, because the first time i brought this stout from the states, in a can, I was seriously disappointed (like 1.0 disappointed). In a recent trip to North Ireland I gave myself a second chance on this stout. On tap, canned, etc. And It was, comparatively, fabulous. I underrated it the first time or did not have the palate for it, but for some reason it just tasted better- the range of flavours, the temperature, the pour- in NI. I became somewhat appreciative of it and, in spite of this lowering when retrying it in Paris, I keep a decent regard to it now, and change my opinion.

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Photo of buckyp
3.08/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of toti1972
3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of C_Pel
3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Photo of MobBarley
3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Nitro boost creates an aesthetically perfect beer that I won't describe as it has already been done ad nauseum. Smell is all roasted malts. Taste is slightly burnt malt in abundance with a hint of hops for balance. Mouthfeel is thin for a stout, and I've honestly had Browns with more body. Drinkability is decent but boring. A one-dimensional that may be representative of the fact that it was imported. Honestly though, Black Butte Porter is a stouter beer than this. Stout for people who like the idea of drinking stout, but not real stout.

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Photo of Nytemare
3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had to slum it last night while out with some friends. This was the best I could do. I had to ask the barkeep for a glass, and finally received one. Poured out a dark brown with minimal head. Decent lacing at least. Smelled weak. Very weak. Like maybe there was a roasted coffeesque flavor in there, but where? Didn't have much to the taste at all. A decent roasted flavor was in there, but it was really watered down. Decent flavor, just not a whole lot of it. I would say the gem of this beer though, was the mouthfeel. Very smooth and creamy. Very smooth. With a low ABV, it's also quite drinkable, and I'll take it over a Bud any day of the week. At least I'm not waking up this morning too sick. What little there is I blame on Tecate.

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Photo of charlatan
3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This looks fine (describing it is rather redundant), and its smell is pleasant. There is no coffee in the nose, but there is a little oatmeal, a creamy dairy smell and a hint of pilsner style clean hoppiness.

The taste is decent. There is a slightly roasted malt start, and a pleasant oatmeal tinged finish. The problem lies with the feel. This isn't velvety, thick and luxurious (like Rogue's Shakespeare Stout, or even as some proponents of Guinness would have you believe), but rather it is unconscionably watery, and thus the beer is terribly insubstantial. It is eminently drinkable, if you can be bothered. I'd rather have one bottle of Guinness Extra Stout than three pints of this though.

Please note this score seems much to high to me, but then again I think feel is much more important than appearance. If it is good in the mouth who cares what it looks like?

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Photo of Tbulling
3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of FZR23
3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of badmoon
3.09/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass from a can.

A: Very dark. A finger of head...very creamy looking. Famous cascading carbonation.

S: Very little of anything. Maybe some malt. Nothing going on here.

T: Rather bland. Slight malt and chocolate flavors. Compared to the stouts of today, it really doesn't measure up.

M: Watery. I was expecting more. Extra Stout is a better representation of what I was expecting.

D: It's drinkable. It could probably be a session beer for most BA members.

Overall: It's OK. They've built an empire on reputation. I like Guinness but it doesn't really stack up nowadays with so many other options.

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Photo of Robertas
3.09/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Doshkin
3.09/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a - absolutely best part of the beer. pours really dark brown and separates beautifully into a thick creamy tan head and a very dark almost black beer. good retention

s - not very strong. basic mild stout notes, a little roasty/chocolately

t - kind of an oxymoron going on here - the initial taste is very creamy, and then it turns into a very watered down, weak stout. i like to drink this quicker to have while still cold.

m - as stated in the taste, starts creamy and quickly goes to watery. mostly disappointing after the first second.

o - cheap and easy to drink. actually pairs quite nicely with a lot of "black and ___" combinations that i've had (black and white (allagash), blaxter (guinness on baxter pale), etc.)

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Photo of drews240
3.09/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BradBLR
3.09/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this one on a nitrogen tap, when I got the pint it was a really nice DARK brown, almost black with a creamy white head. The smell was a very light coffeeish malt aroma, not very strong.

The taste was a very smooth, creamy malt flavor that almost does not taste like beer. The mouthfeel was nice, thick and smooth.

If you like stouts, this one is a great one to try and if you have not had a Guinness before, try and have one on tap. It's worth a try.

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Photo of nighthawk
3.09/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Brought a notepad for the first time while drinking this beer, so decided to chronicle.

Arrived as beautiful as Guinness ever does - dark brown body nearing black, with a thick creamy tan head that lasted until the end of the beer, and even left a bit of lacing.

Not much to the aroma. Mild roasted grains, with a hint of caramel-like sweetness.

Roasted grain taste, mildly and generically sweet. Maybe hints of coffee and chocolate.

Mouthfeel is thin, very light, with little carbonation. It's too thin to feel creamy or smooth. Nice crispness to it though, and clean finish.

This beer goes down very smoothly, but there's not enough to it that I'm really enjoying drinking it: I would probably have another in a sitting, if it's the best thing on tap. Overall this beer is nice, but everything about it is too mild. Plenty of other stouts (irish dry or otherwise) that are every bit as easy drinking but pack a better flavour punch.

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Photo of foamyhead
3.09/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very dark reddish colour. extremely smooth and rich beige, light brown foam with small bubbles. It lasts all the way to the bottom

it smells of dark roast coffee, a rather light smell though

It has a light darkburned taste, like instant coffee.

The mouthfeel is pretty smooth, but for my tastebuds much too light for a stout.

It has a nice foam, and is ok refreshing, but definitely nothing special. The Nigerian Guinness Foreign Extra is a much richer, more complex and satisfying brew to me.

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Photo of GParr
3.09/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A- Is very dark. Has a nice creamy, tan colored head

S- Not much going on here. Smells of roasted malts

T- Taste very watered down. Roasted malt and creamy but leaves an almost dry after taste.

M- Creamy but is a bit watery at the same time

D- Goes down very easy. Smooth and a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of BWED
3.09/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a nonic glass, from the nitro can. Tasted after 10-15 minutes of pour for a more appropriate temperature.

A- dark brown, with amber hue highlights, with a tan creamy head, about 1/4" with great retention, a little lacing

S- light roasted malts, with a faint bitter sting

T- a little roasty from malts, with a metallic/iron finish

M - smooth, creamy, light body with a dry finish

O - this is a beautiful looking beer with its head retention and its tan cascade immediately after the pour. The flavors are a little bland, could be much richer. Very light and smooth, drinkable stout, but the flavor is just too bland. The iron aftertaste is a little strange, but definitely gives a little logic to the old myth of Guinness being a good iron supplement for pregnant women! Not a good idea, ha.

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Photo of danielharper
3.09/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Purchased from Target in Jones Valley, Huntsville, AL.

This is one of the best-looking beers I've ever tasted. Some may think of the nitro-bottle as a gimmick, but for my money, it produces a nearly perfect pour, the cascading bubbles, the gradually "filling" black body, and the almost-white thick head that sticks around and leaves beautiful, delicate lacing. If appearance were the only thing about beer, I'd never drink anything else.

Aroma is weak, though, with a thin coffee-like licorice scent. No hops present in the nose, but a touch of chocolate is apparent on deep whiffs. Decent, but not perfect.

Bit of an astringency up-front on the flavor, followed by a touch of coffee and a very dry finish. No hops to speak of, more malty than anything. Quaffable.

Very thin mouthfeel, less like a stout than any other stout I've ever tasted. This isn't even as thick as a porter, or even some lagers and ales I've tasted.

Overall drinkability is okay. A bit too dry on the finish to be a favorite of mine, and there are certainly better stouts out there, but to be as available as it is pretty much everywhere, it's not bad.

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Photo of MP72
3.09/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Bass Ale tulip pint glass.

A- very nice cascading effect and a dark brown more so than black color.
S- some chocolate , coffee and sourness.
T- malty, carmel and chocolate and again some sourness.
M- way too thin in my personal opinion
D- drinability was decent but I really dont get the hype on this one.
Maybe the first but not the king of stouts IMHO.

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Beer rating: 40.3% out of 100 with 7,719 ratings
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