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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Photo of zeff80
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a deep, dark, brown color with a creamy/foamy, small, tan head that left small traces of lace.

S - It smelled of coffee, chocolate and caramel.

T - A nice bittersweet blend of sweetness from the chocolate and caramel with the bitter kick from oatmeal and some hops.

M - It is soft, smooth and creamy. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - I've had this from a can and bottle, but it is always best on tap. It is the choice at restaurants than just feature BMC.

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Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of superspak
3.41/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

14.9 ounce can into imperial pint glass, canned on 5/26/2016. Pours crystal clear very dark brown color with a 1 finger dense and creamy light tan head that lasts the whole glass. Thick creamy lacing clings down the glass. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, and toasted dark bread; with light nuttiness, smoke, dark fruit, herbal, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of roast/bready malt and light earthy hop/fruity yeast notes; with solid strength. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, and toasted dark bread; with light nuttiness, smoke, dark fruit, herbal, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toasted dark bread, light nuttiness/smoke/herbal, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Good robustness and balance of roast/bready malt and light earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; with a nice roasted bitter/sweet balance, and zero astringent flavors after the finish. Moderate dryness from roast/bitterness, increasing through the glass. Light carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly grainy/chalky, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is okay. Very thin with no creaminess at all. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.2%. Overall this was a decent Irish dry stout. All around good robustness and balance roast/bready malt and light earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and easy to drink. This was too thin and bit watery than I expected; but it was still quite enjoyable overall, and a good style example.

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Photo of olradetbalder
2.75/5  rDev -20.5%

Photo of mothman
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

This was one of the darker beers that I have had, so far. It poured a nice thick head that left fairly decent lace. Color was near pitch black.

Smell and taste was of all malts. Not many hops at all. Very roasty and rich.Some chocolate in there.

Moutfeel was smooth and creamy. Decent amount of carbonation. Probably one of the better aspects to this beer.

Overall, not to bad for something that is a beer that people talk about all the time. (or at least what my college buddies say to be one of the biggest beers of all time). Decent drinkability if it's your thing.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.94/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to gr8134 for this can. Served in a wine glass.

Pours dark brown with a white head. Fairly dark, but much lighter than the Foreign Export Stout, which we tried this side-by-side with. The head on this one is quite creamy. From there, it goes a bit downhill and this isn't a particularly-memorable beer. There is a bit of mild roast and very, very faint dark chocolate in the nose, but that's about it. The taste is really mild and creamy--roast, light chocolate, and the tiniest touch of malt sweetness. Feel is light and creamy. Just an okay beer. This really seems to be all about texture and not big on flavor.

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Photo of nickfl
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - One finger of thick, light brown foam that doesn't go away. The body is opaque and black.

S - Coffee and caramel with some slight sourness.

T - Light, roasted flavor with notes of dark chocolate. Quite sour in the middle with a dry, clean and slightly roasty, bitter finish.

M - Moderately thick, creamy body with low carbonation and a dry finish.

D - Roasty and dry, this is obviously a classic example of the style. Nevertheless, I can't say I really like it, it is pretty one dimensional and not particularly compelling.

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Photo of chinchill
3.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

14.9 oz can poured into a large glass stein.

Pours near black but with ample carbonation mixed in leaving most of the pour an airy tan until the bubbles rise to form a fine creamy tan head. The dark liquid can then be seen to be clear and a deep mahogany.

The aroma is quite faint, even given the relatively weak flavor one finds upon tasting.

M: M: smooth, but surprisingly thin. The thin body is initially hidden, in part, by the amp;le soft carbonation. The thinness prevents this version from attaining the fuller, creamy feel expected in a proper Irish stout.

O: this fine looking and well-respected beer struggles to rise above average.

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Photo of jlindros
3.29/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can with a widget.

A: Big nitrous head that takes up the entire pour at first, then slowly rolls its way down to a nice thick dark black liquid. 3 layers are apparent, the white frothy head on top, the mixing brown in the middle, and the black beer on the bottom. It's almost pitch black, but not quite. I really love how Guinness has brought draft beer to a can!

N: Dark malts, a little chocolate malt, some creamy aromas, dark spices, nitrous aromas, a little roasted malt aroma as well.

T: Very creamy, nitrous up the wazoo. Some light chocolate and roasted malts. A slight sweet malt. Mostly creamy bitter charred malt flavors. Slight fruity flavors as well.

M: Very creamy, semi thick, lots of nitrous carbonation.

F: Semi bitter, earthy, a little sweet, lingering creamy feel and taste, some lingering fruity flavors and sweet syrupy like flavors.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.06/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Typical Guinness in a bottle with a widget rather than can. I don't really get it. It's in the bottle so you can drink it out of the bottle, right? Since when did it become so hard to find glassware? Hell, a plastic pint glass will do. But I guess this is all about show. In any case, I found it no different from the canned version. I didn't think the widget did as good a job, but that was with a single pour with just a few pauses along the way.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from an 11.2oz. nitro-bottle into a flute glass.

A: After the beautiful cascade of bubbles subsides, the beer is a pitch black color with a very dense off-white head that fades at extremely slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of creamy chocolate and roasted malt and overall it’s a little stronger than most beers that I’ve had in the style.

T: I typically don’t use the same words to describe a beer’s taste as I do a beer’s smell, but as I sip the beer, creamy chocolate and roasted malt are the first words that come to mind. There’s a little bit of smokiness to it and although there’s a little bit more flavor than other beers that I’ve had in the style, the taste just seems weak overall.

M: Very smooth, heavy body, light carbonation, finish is dry but a little bit sticky.

D: Within the style this beer is tasty, but it’s not a style that I favor. It goes down very easily which has caused this beer to gain so much appeal. I used to think that I couldn’t handle this beer, but after having tried a wide range of high ABV beers and knowing that this beer has the ABV of a Light Lager, I now realize that I simply don’t like it. Having said that, I still appreciate the quality of this beer with respect to its style.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.59/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on nitro-tap at Jackson Hole in New York, NY

A: Since this beer was poured on nitro-tap, the normal rolling cloud-like settling thing that Guinness does was observed. The beer is an opaque extremely dark brown to black in color. The beer has a finger tall creamy light beige head that has some great retention qualities as it barely reduced at all over the entire life of the beer. Significant lacing is observed.

S: This beer has a very faint aroma of dark roasted malts.

T: THe flavor, like the smell, is also fairly faint with the dark roasted malts being the only distinct flavor that comes through. Very smooth flavor though.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Extremely creamy.

O: A classic and a beer I have been enjoying for 20 years... Very easy to drink, very sessionable, and very enjoyable.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.41/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mactrail
2.24/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Starts with a dirty aftertaste. No malt to speak of, except a possible infusion of very old, well-used coffee grounds. Truly a dishwater flavor with a little more salt than I like in my dishwater. Watery is the word. Faint medicinal smell. Sloshy froth of nitro does nothing for it. Pours in three parts-- brownish beer topped by a gray layer, and then a beige head.

What is going on with this? Maybe I got the product from Guinness Somalia instead. Barely drinkable. Air has more flavor. Water tastes better. At least water doesn't have this terrible metallic aftertaste. Probably what a dung beetle would use to wash the dust down his little throat. It's that nasty. Can has the newer big golden harp thanks to Diageo.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: God only knows where I had my first Guinness, but I've had it variably in nitro-bottles, nitro-cans, and nitro-tap.

Guinness is Guinness. They do it right. It's probably the best "popular" beer you'll ever have. Definitely not the best example of a stout, but still a good and accessible example of the style.

Cascades nicely into the glass, opaque black with a nice off-white to tan head and good lacing. Dark malts in the aroma with a strong coffee sensation. Coffee and sweet roasted malts to the taste, cocoa, and little to no hops, though a little bitterness still makes its way through. Heavy-medium mouthfeel, nice and creamy, and finishes off relatively dry, sometimes with a bit of a stale aftertaste. Nice and drinkable though.

Dare I say it.... CAR BOMBS!!!

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Photo of nathanmiller
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of dcmchew
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From bottle. Really dark brown color with creamy tan head. Aroma has mostly sweet, roasted malt. Taste is just roasty with a hint of caramel but not much else. Light body, quite watery, low carbonation. Really easy drinking but it lacks some complexity.

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Photo of billab914
3.54/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Someone left a 6 pack of this at my house a little while ago so I decided I might as well put in a review for one.

Poured from a nitro bottle into my Surly pint glass. Pours black with the expected nitro cascading pour. Left a nice one finger tan head covering the top of the beer.

The aroma is light and almost like creamy chocolate milk with a hint of roastedness. The taste hints at some roastiness with a slightly bitter finish. The taste is on the lighter side but still pretty good.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very creamy. I really like nitro served beers and the nitro bottle does a very good job of simulating the draught mouthfeel.

Drinkability is good, it's definitely a great drinking beer. It's light, has a great mouthfeel and drinks like chocolate milk. I can't say it has a great aroma or taste like some of my favorite stouts but the appearance, mouthfeel and drinkability are very good in this classic beer.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.06/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Dark brown body with a dense cream-colored head.

Smell: Exceedingly mild, plain aroma of creamy roasted barley.

Taste: Very vague overall taste with only a mild coffee-like bitterness. From the first sip to the last there's just very little to offer here.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Mild carbonation. Joyless, watery texture.

Drinkability: Perhaps the widget-bottle isn't the way to go, 'cause this beer lacks any sort of distinct characteristics and comes across as watery and uninteresting.

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Guinness Draught from Guinness Ltd.
3.46 out of 5 based on 7,653 ratings.
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