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Guinness Draught | Guinness Ltd.

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Guinness DraughtGuinness Draught

Brewed by:
Guinness Ltd.
Ireland | website

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of ChefSchipull
4.08/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at Majerle's Sports Bar in downtown phoenix.

Serving Type: On-Tap

Appearance: Very dark, almost pitch black but not quite. Nice 1/2 inch caramel head.

Smell: Hints of chocolate, caramel, and roast.

Taste: I was expecting this beer to be very bitter, but I was surprised to taste the underlying smells of chocolate and caramel without the harsh bitterness.

Mouthfeel: I felt this beer was a little thin for a stout, but definitely not the worst I've had.

Drinkability: Very smooth, and easy to drink due to the lack of carbonation you'd find in other beers.

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Photo of aquatonex
4.08/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a good amount of real Guinness all across Ireland recently, so I figured I needed to give it another rate as it tastes TOTALLY DIFFERENT and TOTALLY BETTER there!

Pours super dark brown with a hint of red. It takes several minutes to pour a proper Guinness from a nitro tap, as the bubbles have to settle throughout. Head is thick, rich, and has a high mininiscus over the top of the glass. Nose is very toasted with coffee notes. Taste is smooth and consistently good, there are no hints of tin, skunk, or over bittered. The balance is really good and while it goes down rich, it isn't that filling. I wish I could have that quality all the time, as I would drink Guinness more.

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Photo of vancurly
4.08/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big throaty gurgle as it's opened. Poured into a Guinness pint glass.
Head settles quickly, into a 1cm heavy beige forth. It remains.
Dense, black, with dark reddish brown tinges at the very edge.
Aroma... fleshy, pungent & faintly smokey, almost like salami.... hint of milk sourness.
Smoky, creamy, roasty --- I need oysters quickly --- lightly sweet aftertaste, lingering roasted flavours, and also some late grain notes. Medium bitterness at the back. Again, a hint of sourness.
Silky texture, light carbonation, and full bodied flavour all the way back.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.08/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle inspection: Brown custom nitro-bottle completely covered in the plastic label, lists calories 126, carbs 9.9 g, protein .3 gr, fat .0 g

Aroma: Mild roasted malt with an odd sour cherry note that I don't remember getting from Guinness in other forms than the nitro bottle.

Appearance: Black glass with thick ruby edges with a creamed coffee full head. Pretty!

Taste: Mirrors the smell exactly, still getting that strange cherry note that I've never noticed before. Otherwise a very neutral taste, some roastiness, but very little.

Mouthfeel: Very light body, almost watery texture and a dry finish.

Overall: The light taste and body really make this an excellent session beer. Classic beer, really one to go to school on. Not surprised it is one of the most often reviewed beers.

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Photo of teedgejnz
4.08/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

I work in a craft beer brewery. My colleagues may or may not lose respect for me due to this, but I really enjoy Guinness Draught. I'm a craft beer drinking fanatic through & through, but I won't lie; Guinness is great for session drinking. I enjoy myself a citrusy, bitter yet malty Imperial IPA, a clovey Weizenbock, a sweet Hefeweizen, and a barrel aged RIS with the best of them, but Guinness suits the mood 9/10 times. It's got the roasty flavor, the persistent head, and the coffee/dark chocolate notes that stouts should have, yet has that perfect drinkability. There is no other stout out there that I can drink like a session beer. But I can pour myself a Guinness over and over. Love it.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.09/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ah, Guinness. Served in a pint glass, it pours dark brown with some tinges of ruby red in there when I hold it up to the light. The head is about 3/4 inches high, creamy and tan. The aroma isn't strong, but it smells like roasted malt with a bit of coffee. It tastes pretty much the way it smells, like roasted malt, coffee and some chocolate. There's a nice slight bitter aftertaste as well. It's very creamy and smooth, and goes down pretty easy. In my opinion it's a great beer, especially because of the way it looks (the taste is good too). I don't think I've ever had a bad Guinness, of course it's always better on tap somewhere. I'd definitely recommend it to anyone.

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Photo of acsprouse
4.09/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: pours black with some red peaking through when held to the light. Thick head. Beautiful creamy head.

S: roasted malts, chocolate, some coffee. The nose is lacking but it still smells good.

T: exactly like the nose. When a beer looks this good the taste lets you down. Its a little watery yet its not a bad taste. You get the chocolate. Some coffee notes and the roastiness.

M: creamy yet slightly watery. Its smooth though thanks to being nitro pushed

O: great legacy beer. Simple stout. Its a gateway stout. It was for me. It could be alot better but its not bad. I gotta give this one fairly high ratings. Its a respectable brew. It leads many to better stouts and compared to other mass produces beers this is the top brew. Cheers

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.09/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz tap pour into an Imperial pint @ Skippy's

A - Topped by a small creamy tan head accented by the amazing cascading. Classic.

S - Dry roasted malts take a slight back seat to the light hops that don't smell as much as hops as they really only crisp the smell up.

T - Really dry flavor with roasted malts and a light hoppyness that smooths out the darker part of the beer to wash it down with a slightly bitter finish.

M - I love this beer for it's delicious creaminess that always finishes smooth and refreshing.

D - Definitely a beer I can have all night long.

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Photo of GreenCard
4.09/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Myth: Guinness in Ireland tastes better than anywhere else.

Confirmed! After extensive research over a three-day weekend in 2007 in which I tasted it at the Guinness Brewery Museum as well as several pubs across town, I can confirm that Guinness does, in fact, taste better IN Ireland. It's a bit more complex and there's a background sweetness that really rounds it out. So silky smooth and absolutely scrumptious!

Appearance: ruby-mahogany-black, good clarity (around the edges of the otherwise opaque brew), thick creamy layer of fine-beaded tan head, great head retention, lots of lace

Aroma: brown sugar, coffee, burnt grain, baker's chocolate, Lyle's Golden syrup

Flavor: gentle malt sweetness with hints of burnt caramel, chocolate, dark molasses sugar, and weak coffee; unripe pear hop flavor; finishes semisweet with a smoothly bitter aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium-full body, silky-smooth soft texture, moreish as hell

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.09/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Opaque black color with a copper hue. Thick and creamy light brown 1 finger head lasting around 10 minutes and clinging to the glass. Powerful legs with a sexy pouring activity slowly revealing the foam.

Aromas and flavors of sweet smoky molasses, roasted coffee, cocoa and herbal spices. A little vinous with the smell of alcohol, almost metallic. Nice intensity and well balanced flavors, not too intense and having both sweetness and some sharpness.

Smooth creamy full body with pleasant carbonation. Balanced soft finish, slightly spicy and bitter dry mouth coat with a roasted coffee feel.

Overall : Very accessible classical craft. Great balance in flavors and well intensified with good freshness.

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Photo of losdizzel
4.1/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this is one of my first real beers to taste appearance is very nice very dark and suttle smell abite like coffe and tast abit like coffie very robust flavor one those you need to try for yourself beers some like it or others dont maybe scared of it but very majestic for me hope this helps

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Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.1/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On tap at McDermott's Pub in Doolin, County Clare, Ireland, June 8, 9, and 10, 2005, then again at more than a half-dozen other locations in Counties Clare, Cavan and Louth.

Well, the liquid that comes in bottles and cans here in the states hardly seems like the same creamy, rich roasted malt beverage they serve in pubs all over Ireland. So thick it's almost chewy, with a head like nougat -- good bar-maids draw a four-leaf clover in the head with a dribble from the tap, and that clover stays there all the way to the bottom of the glass!

Chocolate, espresso, dates, all on a toasted biscuity dryness that finishes long and bitter. Sooo smooth and silky-creamy.

It's almost worth the trip to Ireland to discover why the Irish are crazy about this brew. I don't think I'll ever be able to drink again the imitation Guinness we get in cans and bottles here in the states.

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Photo of crazynipple
4.1/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Sampled a Nitro can served in a Samual Smiths no-nik glass.

A - Very dark. When held to a strong light, it shows slightly ruby. Nice solid foam head that lasts and lasts.

S - Very malty.

T - Nice burnt malt and coffee taste.

M - Very rich and creamy.

D - It's delicious, but sort of filling. I wish I could drink more.

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Photo of stewart124
4.1/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours black as night with that staple off-white head that each Irish Stout is topped off with. The smell is sweet with a chocolate presence and coffee hints. Bitter taste with a dry finish of coffee and raosted malts. Sweet dark chocolate rounds this beer out. Very silky smooth feel that goes down well. Hops are barely present. Not a bad beer by any means.

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Photo of BDIMike
4.1/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Guinness has been an incredibly popular beer since it was created an incredibly long time ago. That tells you all you need to know about this beer.
The appearance is as good as they come. Prefect dark color and perfect head that stays with the beer throughout the drink.
There is little to no smell.
The taste is an awesome, strong stout.
The mouthfeel is as good as they come....thick and creamy all the way down.
The drinkability is unbelieveable. Drink these all day long and you will never tire or get full. Perfect!

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.1/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark black color with a touch of brown around the edges and a finger of creamy khaki-chocolate colored head. The head fades down slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of chocolate and roasted barley with a touch of coffee and sweetness.

T - Starts off with a mix of roasted chocolate flavors with some light sweetness. Through the middle the roasted barley comes through a bit more with a touch of bitter coffee flavor. The finish is a mix of roasted barley and chocolate with a hint of sweetness.

M - Medium bodied with mild carbonation. Smooth and very creamy with dry and roasted finish.

D - Very drinkable. The nitro really gives this beer a fantastic mouthfeel and the flavors are nicely balanced to support that.

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Photo of mickeymac
4.1/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A properly poured Guinness is really tough to beat. It's got that beautiful dark brown, almost black color, and that one of a kind head that makes you want to dig in with a spoon. The flavor is complex yet understated and subtle. It's rich and creamy and goes down with a silky perfection. Just the thought of it makes me want to run to the nearest pub.

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Photo of xoqx
4.11/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: gorgeous, nearly black color with cascading nitro separation building into a beautiful, creamy, carmelly head.

Smell: Robust malts dominate the smell with coffee hints behind.

Taste: The taste is so enjoyably complex with a lot of dark malty sweetness, coffee and caramel coming steadily through, and finely balanced hops provide a bitter balancing act.

Mouthfeel: so creamy and the persistent head provides a treat on the lips with every sip.

Drinkability: a very drinkable stout; great for the stout category.

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Photo of unit555
4.11/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Perhaps my fondness for this old friend clouds my judgement and raises the ranking but I do love to get nostalgic and revisit this stout. I always enjoy the warnigns to pour cold (as if the beer police will come for me if I dont).

The color and head were excellent. As usual, there was not much smell associated with the initial pour. The smooth feel in the mouth and the long finish are the best qualities and I find them to be superior in the can when compared to either of the bottled versions.

I know there are better stouts out there and I am told what we get in the states is a pale comparison to what you would find in Ireland but this will always remain a favorite.

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Photo of The_Haff
4.11/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap at the Ginger Man in Fort Worth.

Appearance, a perfect dark rich black, not able to see through the glass at all. A finger thick head with beautiful lacing.

Smell, the tried and true rich toffee, coffee and bread smell.

Taste, smooth and rich with hints of coffee, chocolate, & carmel.

Mouthfeel a nice smooth almost no carbonation.

I must be honest Guinness Draught on tap is my unicorn. Mysterious, beautiful and unfairly better than most beers.

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Photo of br3wmeister
4.11/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Waves of tan bubbles jet through this jet black beer as the thick silky head forms. The head takes some time to fully form and when it does there is a distinct line where they head meets the beer. The retention is great and there is nice thick lacing.

S- Sweet and malty aromas come from this beer, lots of dark chocolate and a hint of peat smoke. No detectable hops in the nose.

T- Dry chocolaty flavors come through as I drink this beer. The flavors are pretty subtle but pleasant. Some good roasted flavors and again a hint of peat smoke. This is a good beer to start with but after anything with a high hop profile and you will not taste this beer at all.

M- This is a medium to light bodied beer that is super smooth. It feels very milky as you drink it. Very nice mouth feel.

Overall I would say that this is a beer that I really enjoy. It is not the best of style and I do not go seeking this beer out but it taste great and is very easy to drink. Great default beer at BMC bars, you can find this beer almost anywhere.

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Photo of elmocoso
4.11/5  rDev +19.1%
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 Shadman
4.11/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

There are two bars locally that have this one tap..one knows how to pour, the other doesn't. This review is from the one that does. Barkeep filled the glass 2/3 full, let it settle, then poured the remaining 1/3...WOW! The head quite possible could have supported a 1/2 dollar coin it was so rich and did not receed noticeably at all. The lacing was almost indescribable...more a sticky, continuous coating vs. gobs & bits. Smeel and taste are cklassic guiness...heavily roasted malt and some mild hop bitterness. Mouthfeel seemed creamier, but may have been due to the increased head retention. Could pound 8 or 9 of these in a pub setting easily.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.11/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Just noticed I'd never gotten around to reviewing Guinness. Served on draught at Trinity Hall in Dallas.

Pours a ruby-tinted black with the usual nitro characteristics: a typically large head and long settling time, and that lovely guinness lacing at each level of drinking. Aroma is lightly roasted malt. Light roast flavor, low bitterness, no noticible yeast character or hop flavor, but it's so familiar a flavor, like an old friend. Big chewy mouthfeel, very smooth.

Really, among the beers available to us today, Guinness wouldn't stand out in a blind taste test, but it's still a classic, and light enough to drink all night without many ill-effects. I wish you could get the bottled carbonated version of the ordinary Guinness in the states, though.

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Photo of repeal06
4.11/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Ahh, Guinness. My introduction to "dark beer", back in my college days. Not much I can say that hasn't already been said. This is one of, if not THE, prettiest beer there is. Poured from a nitro-can, the cascading effect is hypnotizing, resulting in a head that just doesn't quit. The lacing on the edge of the glass after each sip is equally impressive. Tastes...like a Guinness. Not as fantastic as I remember that first sip being, but still pretty good. Mouthfeel is a bit disappointing - more watery than I remember. But, that makes it easy to drink. People who say Guinness is "too heavy" need to have their heads examined. The relatively light mouthfeel and average ABV make this a very drinkable beer - I try to keep a few in my fridge at all times.

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Guinness Draught from Guinness Ltd.
79 out of 100 based on 2,189 ratings.
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