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 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 BuckeyeNation
1.93/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Despite the fact that the plastic label beseeches me to 'drink straight from the bottle' and to 'serve extra cold', I will do neither. This will be at my beer fridge temperature of 50 degrees and will be poured into a nonick pint glass. I don't take orders from beer bottles. I'm also chagrined to discover that it checks in at less than 10 carbs (9.9 to be exact). That is what is commonly known as a red flag.

I get the usual nitro cascade effect on the pour, though it seems to be less impressive than what I see from the average nitro can. When the show is over--no more than 15 seconds--I'm left with an opaque, dark brown liquid crowned by a slim finger of heavily creamy, grayish brown foam. The nose is meek and is of roasted malt, chocolate and coffee in roughly equal proportions. Not bad, not great.

Guinness Draught tastes like watered-down Guinness Extra Stout. I mean that literally. It seems less like a weak stout (that was brewed as such) and more like water was added before bottling. What flavor I can discern is of lightly roasted dark malt and weak iced coffee with very little chocolatiness at all. The finish is nonexistent because there's very little flavor to begin with. The body/mouthfeel is, again, watery in the extreme.

Guinness Draught is one of the wimpiest stouts that I've ever had. It challenges my taste buds about as much as kindergarten final exams would challenge my intellect. It may have been a slightly better experience if I had sampled it straight from the bottle, but any beer that has to rely on a gimmick such as that gets no respect from me. This is a beer that doesn't deserve to be taken seriously. Next.

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Photo of mdaschaf
2.99/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had at a party at a friends house.

A: Poured black with an impressive head formation, typical of Guinness. Really nice head retention and lacing down the sides.

S: A little bit of roasted malt, but really not a whole lot going on. Slight hint of cream.

T: Similarly unremarkable. A little bit of chocolate and cream, but not much in terms of depth.

M: Medium bodied and creamy, the nitro is doing something I suppose.

O: It was the best choice where I was, but that doesn't make it great. Might drink it again if it was the best choice, but then again, I might just go water.

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Photo of mikesgroove
2.62/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

My first nitro bottle, ehh is all I have to say. Poured fantastically, if you have never seen it you must, the cascade is just gorgeous. A very slight roasted malt, but that is about it. The taste is just flat to me. I am spoiled maybe by the good stouts that I can find, but this is just bland. No real presence, too oily and not enough character. The presentation is beautiful, but looks can be decieving.

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Photo of russpowell
3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured almost black with a supertight offwhite head 1" deep. Great head rentention and lacing

Some graininess and maltiness in the smell. Not much else

Taste: graininess, bitterness and dryness on the finish

MF: Silky and good carbonation levels

Drinkable enough, just lacks the depth of the export, other in-country competetitors or numerous clones inspired by the "original"

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Photo of Slatetank
3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured chilled from the nitro-bottle into a 1/2 pint.

A - Mahogany w/ a ruby hue and thick densely layered foam appears like a beer milkshake-totally smooth surface

S - Woody and malt driven aroma w/ mild yeast and gentle hop mixed w/ a caramel note

M - Thinnish slight tang from yeast w/ nutty malt and nitrogen whipped texture

T - Mild toasted woody flavor w/ a tinge of pine hops and a gentle roasted grain. The flavor has a slightly sweet/smokey malt as the last taste is sampled

D - A basically good stout, above average for the style - I would probably pick this if in the mood for a dry stout.

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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 smcolw
4.24/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Guinness created the category stout with this beer. By definition, one would expect it to score well if not the best. Honestly, I've always found Murphy's to be a bit smoother, richer and creamier. This glass was well-poured by the bartender--two thirds high, rest, then finished. The head was two fingers thick, light beige and produced beautiful lace. The color was dark, dark brown, nearly black.

The aroma was dark malt with strong coffee and biscuit notes. There was also a slight yeast smell. This was far subtler than I expected. This might be my only real disappointment.

The taste features sweet, malty flavors up front followed by a hop balance. The aftertaste offers a lingering burnt, black patent malt. The liquor is viscous and rich. While not as creamy as some stouts, it is a very full bodied. Overall, an excellent beer that commands respect from beginning to end.

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Photo of Jason
2.83/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

What Happened To My Guinness??!!??!!??

Appearance: Same great creamy looking head and leaves rings of lace all the way down ... the color is not as black as it used to be, its more of a very dark brown. Damn, I can see the bar light through the bottom of my pint!

Smell: Rusty water with some faint grain.

Taste: The tame roasted character is laughable, bitterness has been toned down and there is a mild cloying sweetness in the back.

Mouthfeel: Same nitro mouth feel but very, very thin and watery.

Drinkability: This beer has been dumbed down so much it is like drinking water. There are far better stouts than this.

This beer is an obvious victim of thinking about the $$$ and not the quality of the product.

There are rumors that the American product is kegged in the US from a combination of the "Essence of Guinness" (A product of Ireland) and the same malt base used in malternatives. I will find out the truth one day.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.67/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

One of the roommates bought beer, and this is what he brought home. I didn't want to be rude, so I had one.

A: This really is a nice looking pour. Dark brown, bordering on black with that patented creamy mocha colored head.

S: Very thin and watery on the nose. I pick up a few hints of roasted malt and maybe some chocolate.

T: Not too much better than the nose. A bit of roasted malt flavor and maybe a touch of chocolate and coffee, but overall it's very bland.

M: I do enjoy the creamy feel the nitro gives. Unfortunately, it seems to (have helped to) kill the rest of the beer.

D: This is really disappointing. I recall early on in my drinking days when Guinness was a fairly enjoyable beer, but it seems to have gone the way of so many other mass produced items.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.86/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Guinness tulip glass.

Pours into a frothy, auburn maelstrom that settles via cascade into a very dark brown, nearly black body with about a finger's worth of tan head that laces very nicely. There isn't much to the smell, only small bits of oats, malts, coffee, and sugar, all very faint. The taste delivers a solid amount of dark grains, with phases of milkiness and that trademark Guinness half-sour at the back. The body is near the top of the moderate scale, and is extremely smooth, leading to a highly drinkable brew. One of my favorite widely-distributed brews!

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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 woodychandler
4.05/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

How odd that unlike many N2-CANs, this one has no warning about not shaking it before opening or the idea that there is a widget inside. Or I am one of the lucky winners of the Guinness CAN that rattles when gently inverted, letting me know that there is a rocket-propelled iron mace inside that will shoot out as soon as the CAN is cracked open. Oh, I do so hope that the latter is true! It's been so boring this summer and I could use a life-threatening injury to spice things up. Let's have a go, shall we?

Oooh, f**ksake, it's taken the top of me head off and I just bought that beanie this afternoon! I want me money reimbursed as I'll have to buy another beanie. Naw, just kiddin'! You lot ...

This looked like the Gulf of Mexico, courtesy of BP, in a glass. It had a finger's worth thick, rich cap of medium-tan head with great retention, capable of hanging around well into the fall. Color was a solid tar-black with zero light-penetration. Thank goodness I don't need to re-cap it because I wouldn't know where to start. Nose had a light milk chocolate sweetness underlain by a mild roastiness, kind of smoky, kind of charcoal. Mouthfeel was silky, creamy, like a dollop of something you might add to your coffee. Speaking of coffee, that was its initial flavour on the tongue. It was then followed by a chocolaty sweetness and then a charcoal bitterness. Finish was dry, more toward the charcoal/smoke taste than the sweetness noted earlier. Great lacing throughout. Hopefully, no peliCANs are nearby ... Not really a cooler-worthy beer, but more of a soccer or rugby match on the telly beer. Did I mention I now have the Dish Network? Doctor Who every weekday at 5 PM on BBC America! Who's your doctor and what's in your wallet?

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.03/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Is this the most reviewed beer on BA? In my opinion it might be one of the most overated too. The appearance is good enough. Almost black in color with a sizable creamy head from the nitro. The aroma is lightly of roasted chocolate, but not strong or memorable. This is light on taste, it's unoffensive, but not notable. Roasted taste is noted, but seems too restrained. Taste is too watery for a stout and needs more character. I won't be picking this up again.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark ruby brown body that cascades into a velvety black tone and forms a lucious textured biscuit tan head which rises above the rim of my glass, very nice. Aroma: Has dark roasted malts which give off the tone of dark roasted coffee roasts, dark cocolate, and creamy slightly acidic notes along with an herbal hop character. Taste somewhat metallic with more soured acidic chocolate milk with old coffee melded in, a very signature Guinness taste to it light hopping is evident with the herbal hop flavor. Mouthfeel is creamy smooth and lighter bodied with a definite smooth factor going on. Drinkability...this is a definite keystone of transitioning into better beer I can drink this in number although since discovering stout I've found many brews in that style that I crave over Guinness Draught.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Can from Bert's Better Beers.
Pours a solid black with a huge creamy tan head that displays and insane level of retention. Smells of roasted grains a hint of fruit and a touch of tart. The flavor mimics the aroma fairly well. Coffee like roasted grains that are quite drying with hints of fruit and tart. Light to medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick creamy mouthfeel. An old favorite that I revisited today, solid brew, a bit simple and not the fantastic beer I thought it was so long ago.

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Photo of tdm168
3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, dark brownish black with a reddish hue. There's about 1/2" of head with great retention. Smells of roasted malts. Tastes of roasted malts with a smokiness to it. There's also just a hint of chocolate. Mouthfeel is rather light, thin, and flat, but smooth.

I'm not a huge fan of this classic. I like the other stout offerings from Guinness better.

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Photo of jwc215
3.61/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

It's classic Guinness. Personally, I prefer the extra stout - but, this is an easy-drinking traditional Irish Stout. Fun to look at....easy to drink. A solid choice when the choices are limited or just in the mood for a classic Guinness! Best on-tap if tap is reliable - much better from can than bottle.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
2.88/5  rDev -16.8%
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 Billolick
4.01/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

14.9 oz nitro can. Pours jet black with a soft tiny bubble head, which stays and stays, leaving alot of creamy lace/froth. The classic stout. All I get in the nose is a bit of malt. Taste is pure roasted and burnt maltiness. Coffee upfront and a hint of vanilla. Sublime and subtle. Chalky, bitter hops arrive next on the tongue. Mouthfeel is luscious and smooth. More malt and hops in a fine long finish. I love this in the nitro-can delivery mode, much better then the non-nitro bottles.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.96/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the beer pours a ruby-highlighted black with a creamy, chunky, milk-chocolate colored head. The beer leaves a great lacing on the glass as the head cascades dowwn to it's final one inch standing. Creamy sweet nose, with hints of chocolate and coffee. Very subtle aromas. The beer has a subtle dark malt sweetness to it, with flavors of dark molasses and caramel, with hints of chocolate. This is quickly followed by bitterness from coffee flavors as well as a slight hop influence. Creamy in mouth, with a smooth body. Very slight coffee and chocolate flavors on the aftertaste, with a rather quick finish. Very drinkable, and very easy to drink "en masse."

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Photo of GClarkage
3.31/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Consumed in October 2004 at the Prince of Wales Pub in San Mateo, CA. The barkeep took forever to pour this brew. The head kept growing bigger and bigger and would not subside. It took literally 5 minutes from the time they started pouring to the time I actually got the beer in my hands. Needless to say, it was a nice pour. Looks pretty damn black and creamy. Smells of dark malt. Not a whole lot of coffee scent, just dark, burnt roasted malt. Taste is just ho-hum to me. A little coffee flavor and admitedly goes down very smooth. Served at room temp which was also nice for this kind of beer. Have had this beer many times before and I am just getting around to rating it. A good beer, but not a great one in my opinion. A good stand by though. A pretty drinkable beer.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.02/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

"My goodness, my Guinness!"

Beer served on nitro-tap at some sports bar. I've had this beer so many times, reviewing it seems odd, but here I go. It is also one of the most popular beers and recognizable, what could I possibly say about that hasn't already been said.

Beer is dark black / brown. Nitrogenation cascades inside of the beer, forming these iterative and repetitive waves of tiny brown bubbles that are pushed down on the edge of the glass to be pushed back up in the center of the beer, forming a tight, creamy head of tiny tiny bubbles. Lacing is about as high as it can be. The glass is completely coated in bubbles as I drink the beer down.

Beer has a subtle aroma of roast and sweetness. The head almost protects the aroma from detection, but as you drink it you can definitely smell a lot of sweetness and some malt.

Beer is smooth, one of the smoothest creamiest beers I've ever drank. Drinkability is high. This is a really sessionable beer. I could drink this all night long. There is mild bitterness and some nice subtle roast character. Some chocolate like flavors and a great medium body. Drinkability is high and mouthfeel is good.

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Photo of Gavage
3.79/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour is the best part of this beer. The wait - watching your beer "build" into shape is great stuff. Its black in color with a thin tan head. Lacing through the drink. The aroma isn't as exciting as some roasted malts are detected and not much else.

The taste is mellow and not overly exciting for a stout, but it is pleasant. The roasted malt is most notible. Very creamy and smooth mouthfeel. The body is thin for a stout, but this make this a great session beer if there are no other good beers on draft.

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Photo of tempest
2.71/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had this periodically over that past couple years, largely because of tap-selections.

Looks great in the glass. Dark red, near black body with creamy white head and lacing.

Smells a little sweet, but something is off. Almost like the malt is a little sour. The taste really disappointed. There is some nice sweetness and the fainted bitterness, but it largely tastes like bad, watery malts.

The mouthfeel is too thin, almost watery. This makes for good drinkability, but unfortunately, one is good enough for me. I used to think this stuff was good until I tried other stout offerings.

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