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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Photo of barefootbrewer
4.31/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a nitro can into a Guinness glass. Lots of head retention and it's alway fun to watch the nitro bubbles.

The smell is a toasty kind of coffee type smell, but not too pronounced.

The taste is bitter and has a definite coffee/chocolate hint to the malt.

The mouthfeel is heavy and robust, you know you are dinking something special.

As far as drinkability....this one can go morning, noon and night as far as I am concerned!!

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Photo of sabitu
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of donnebaby
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I don't think I have any doubt that Guinness is a mighty-fine looking beer, with its meringue-like cream topping and black coffee body. I especially enjoy the pad of brown foam that follows the liquid as it is drained from the pint. Fine lacing. There's also something special about the heft of a Guinness.

The smell is lacking, plain wetness comes to mind--just a wet beer.

The taste of Guinness is also good, but not great. It's sweet, with roasted grains lightly present. Good hop dryness. That said, it's quite light and lacking flavor. I'd also like a little higher alcohol...

The mouthfeel is weak, but the sensation of one's lips hitting the rubber-like foam and then experiencing the cooler, smooth Guinness liquid slide makes it memorable. Drinkability is excellent, exceptional.

Guinness on St. Patty's Day, on-tap at Slainte.

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Photo of vickersspitfire
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of TheBeeraholic
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of illpass78
4.19/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a nitro can into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown that appears almost black unless you hold it to the light. The head quickly recedes to about a half inch of tan foam. Leaves a decent amount of lacing on the way down.

Aroma: Smells like black coffee. Alcohol is very faint; almost nonexistent to the nose. Overall the aroma is pretty weak, but not uninviting.

Taste: I know the canned draught Guinness takes a beating from critics, but I think it's perfect for what it is. It has a creamy, coffee-like flavor with some roasty dark chocolate notes, and the alcohol is almost unnoticeable (like in the nose). It's not super thick, but it's thick enough. Guinness Draught is full of the qualities that make people love porters and stouts - is it best in class? No. But it's never a letdown, either.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and inviting. Very easy to drink. If a "session dry stout" is a thing, it's probably this.

Overall: Guinness Draught is much-maligned, but it gets the job done. I feel this beer's rating suffers because so many people think of it as the apex of beer and it's clearly not. But at the end of the day, it's a fine substitute for a chocolatey dessert. You know what you're getting into here; just enjoy it.

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Photo of RMentair
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jharris0624
2.5/5  rDev -27.7%

Photo of WholeLottaTricks
4.04/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of kbnooshay
3.54/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not bad. The insane creaminess saves this one. This pours a beautifaul rich brown then black with a nice creamy tan head. The aroma is of malts and coffee. The taste is of roasted malts and again coffee hints. The mouthfeel is so smooth and creamy. This has always been very drinkable for me. Not as good as the extra stout though.

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Photo of CraigMack61
3.32/5  rDev -4%

Photo of Backer2004
3.51/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I can still recall not being able to finish one of these back in college and dreaded drinking them with friends at Notre Dame tailgaters a few years back. Maybe I've developed a taste for other styles but this one is just your average stout with a good mouthfeel and appearance, especially poured out of a nitro can. Great carbonation and head, smooth mouthfeel. Though no impressive smell, it's not too bad at all.

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Photo of rvdoorn
3.05/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into an original Guinness Pint glass. The beer pours a deep opaque black color, with a light-brown, very creamy head that stayed very long. Beautiful!!

Smell: very mild nose of roasted malts and chocolate

Taste: watery, with roasted malts, hops, dark chocolate and also a bit nutty. Mild dry bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: this must be one of the most creamy beers out there. Medium-low carbonation.

Overall: this is my "pub quiz" and before football match (the only real football guys :)) beer. I always drink it in nice ambiance in good company. The beer itself however, is not such a great experience, it is just too flat. A decent stout, but there are so many many many better ones.

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Photo of mattyrubes
4/5  rDev +15.6%

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4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of 5EKF
4.27/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An always enjoyable, sessionable stout. Thin for the style though.

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Photo of ElGuapo
3.21/5  rDev -7.2%
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 chewy6935
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of zestd
2.95/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of imfinished
3.84/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of proc
3.67/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed Guinness Draught from the bottle. Sure, you miss the show in the glass that you get from the tap or the can, but it has that unmistakable Guinness taste. I guess messing with tradition is a problem for some, but not me. I liked the convenience of it. While I will opt for the draft or can first, this version is fine.

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Photo of everetends
3.54/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This another old reliable. Get it on tap at The Vault in Jacksonville, AL and other fine bars throughout the country.

A: Pours a dark black once the nitrogen bubbles settle. Watching this beer settle is beautiful in itself. The brown cloud sweeping up ward towards an always hearty head.

S: Malt, barley, slight hints of coffee and chocolate.

T: Malt comes through with a bit of chocolate and cream.

M: Very creamy and leaves a good after taste.

D: Very drinkable. A good fall back beer for beer joints who don't have micros.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black with ruby see through draft pour; thick and creamy, four finger head which quickly settled to a firm off white cap; good clarity. Lite roast malt nose. Lite roast malt flavor with a dry roast and dark bread finish. Creamy lite mouthfeel; moderate carbonation. Lite roast linger - ok.

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Photo of superdedooperboy
3.81/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My second beer to celebrate St. Patty's Day, served up at The Pizza Joint in Evans, GA.

The famous fat, super-creamy head of light tan foam rests atop the equally famous dark brown, nearly opaque black, liquid. The head stays true to the end, holding on like a champ to the walls of the vessel in thick curtains.

A mild roasted aroma presents itself to the nose, without much else.

A medium body possesses the characteristic smooth, "flat" mouthfeel, with an overall mild flavor -- roasted malts dominate, but in no way overpower, and a hint of herbaceous hops make themselves known but are not forward, leading into a dry, lightly roasted espresso-like finish.

Low in alcohol, smooth on the tongue, and inoffensive on the palate, Guinness makes one of the greater quaffs available virtually worldwide, making it a perfect fallback and one of the pinnacles of session beer-dom.

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Photo of kevinlater
3.44/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

500ml nitro-can into nonic pint. canned/packaged on "06/05/14". enjoyed on august 8, 2014

a: i never really give a perfect 5 for appearance, but this is just one of the most beautiful pours ever. comes out of the can black with ruby tones, frothy to begin with, then does that thing where it forms the head... no idea how to describe it but it's gorgeous. once everything has settled, the beauty still remains -- black with cola-like hues at the bottom, and one finger of ultra frothy/creamy tan head

s: coffee, roasted malt, and hints of chocolate. not a very strong aroma but it is pleasant

t: bitter black coffee, roasted malt, and chocolate flavours are prevalent all throughout the tasting. there is also a minuscule dark fruit presence. the coffee-esque bitterness dries the palate at the end. there's an odd mild sour quality somewhere around mid-palate that i could do without, but it's tolerable.

m: i know it's only 4.2% abv, but it's just so watery and i really don't like that. nearly non-existent carbonation

o: the mouthfeel is the main detractor here, but guinness is full of flavour and is a very reliable go-to beer

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Guinness Draught from Guinness Ltd.
3.46 out of 5 based on 7,681 ratings.
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