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

Poured into an Elysian snifter. Pours pitch black with a very fine, two finger light tan head from the nitro can. Aroma of mild toasted malt and nuts, mildly sweet. Attenuated flavor of light toasted malt, milk chocolate, nuts. Finishes very mild hops and residual malt. Light body without any creaminess I'd expect from the nice head. I enjoy an occasional actual draught Guinness, although it is mild by comparison to the stouts I usually drink, but this tastes like that Guinness slightly watered down. A pleasant Irish dry stout, but very attenuated in flavor. It was a reasonable accompaniment to dinner.

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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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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.94/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep black pour, creamy-foamy head about 1 1/2 inch. Nice pour from the bartender.
Smells like a weak steak sauce, roasted malt and chocolate.
Taste is more roasted malt with coffee and chocolate in the background.
A nice, smooth feel to it with a good aftertaste of molasses and roasted malt.
One of my favorites.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
2.92/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at MacGregor's Grill and Tap Room on East Avenue in Rochester, NY.

Pours a nearly opaque black, with a tight, dense 1 inch white head, and lacing that covers the entire glass. Guinness looks amazing, but that's honestly where it ends for me.

Smells like...nothing really. Some light, weak roasted malt, maybe. A bit of a stretch even there.

One of the most watery stouts you'll ever drink. Stale, bitter coffee, ash, a small amount of roasted malt. Just not a whole lot there, and what is there isn't good.

Light to medium bodied, creamy (due to the nitro delivery), drinkable simply because it's basically black water.

Not impressed. This is the prototypical Irish beer, and I'm sad for Ireland because of it.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.79/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finally got around to formally reviewing this one. Poured in to pint glass.

A - Poured a completely murky medium brown colour and slowly settled to a dark black colour with one finger of creamy cream-colored head with excellent retention.

S - Roasted malts, a touch of coffee and sweet brown sugar. Bitterness is evident as well.

T - Toasted malts with light chocolate and nutty notes in the background. A nice bitterness is present to cut through the sweet malt bill.

M - Medium body, creamy. Light carbonation.

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Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of roasted malts. Taste is mild and easy drinking, some roasted malts, just a touch of coffee. Feels full bodied and creamy in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of WesWes
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep black color with a thick tan head. The aroma is good. It is full of black and rosted malts. The taste is decent. It is light tasting for a full bodied beer. It has roasted and black malt flavor with a bit of a watery finish. It is refreshing. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is the first stout I've ever had. It drinks well, but is far from the best out there. It is a good starter stout for first time BA's.

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

My dad got me a 4-pack of cans for St. Patrick's Day. Too bad it wasn't Murphy's or the Extra Stout, but this will do. An easy drinking stout, it's better than the nitro-bottle (you can see my review from that), as the taste isn't as rusty and much smoother. That being said, the roasted flavors are very faded for a stout with little else coming in to bail it out.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma is dry, light roasted malt and chocolate. The flavor is roasted malt and some chocolate, as well as a little bit of dark fruit. The mouthfeel is where I really have a problem with the beer. I am not a fan of nitro beers, which almost always taste watered down to me. The mouthfeel is thin to medium.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.92/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A. Wonderful lacing and a quarter inch head. One sexy beer.

S. Roasted barley. Nothing exceptional here.

T. Sweet initial taste with a smokey aftertaste.

M. Incredibly Smooth. Light and refreshing. Creamy is another word that I use to describe the texture.

D. This is a staple beer. Its good drinking. Cheers.

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Photo of plaid75
3.51/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a nitro-bottle an oil black hue with with a two finger creamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured the typical Guinness coffee aroma with a bit of burnt grain. Not as pronounced as with the can.

The taste consisted of a medium coffee flavor with a background of burnt grain bitterness.

The mouthfeel was on the thin side with a dry finish.

Not much different from the nitro can except for maybe the size of the head. Not my preferred way of drinking this beer. I probably will just stick to the cans.

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Photo of dar482
2.83/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

The beer comes in a very dark brown to black.

The aroma hits of cocoa, a bit of chocolate, sweet toasted grains.

The flavor hits of medium roasted grain, an empty and watery mid palate, unsweetened chocolate, a touch of coffee roast, onto a smooth and lacking finish and hits of earthiness.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
2.88/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thia isn't the greatest beer on the planet and its a far cry from the best of the Guinness products, but it does offer a certain amount of refreshment on a hot day with more flavor than a macro offers. This is by far the lightest stout I have ever tried,and the bottle is my least favorite method for drinking it. Pours a very dark brown with the trademark cascading effect in the glass Some okay lacing as well. The smell is thin,but there are some roasted grain and bitter chocolate notes as well as a slight whiff of iron. The taste is very thin with more lightly toasted grain and metal. Mouthfeel is creamy and refreshing and that combined with the low abv means you can definitely toss them down- just not a lot to keep you interested.

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Photo of BARFLYB
2.87/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

On tap in a Guinness glas

A- This has a dark black look to it but is actually a very dark dirty brown with a very pretty white foamy cap of condensed bubbles. Good lace on the way down.

S- Nothing to write home about but slight roasted malt and some chocolate backing although it's not to strong.

T- Like flavored chocolate water with roasted malts thrown into the mix. It is on the dry side though with warming.

M- One of the most watered down feeling brews that i've ever had, make that the most. With all that said it does display some creamy appeal. Thin bodied with low carb.

D- Gets better as it warms while the chocolate comes out more. Next time I order this I'll just wait till it gets to that point.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.56/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Having consumed a great deal of this beer over the years, I finally decided to review it. I poured a 14.9oz nitro can into a pint glass, which fit it perfectly.

Appearance: extremely dark amber with a thick foamy head, courtesy of the nitro widget.

Smell: smell is slightly malty but very subtle; there doesn't seem to be a whole lot going on here.

Taste: malty, dry, somewhat astringent. Not a whole lot of complexity, but it is well-balanced and otherwise tasty.

Mouthfeel: pretty full-bodied and creamy. I think we can thank the nitro again.

Drinkability: though its thick body has earned it the "liquid bread" moniker, I can drink quite a lot of this. It goes down smooth and isn't so oppressive that I can't have another.

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Photo of biegaman
2.82/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The cascading visual effect of a Guinness Draught can be considered quite the sight. The seemingly downward path of the bubbles can be attributed to drag; some bubbles stick to the walls of the glass while others in the center quickly rise to the surface. The faster moving bubbles push the surrounding fluid that is near the glass towards the bottom.

And its pouring can be quite the event. Guinness has long advocated that "good things come to those who wait" and strictly enforce a lengthy two-step procedure that according to the brewery should take no less than 119.53 seconds.

But the modern dispensing method is relatively simple compared to the original system. In olden days, the glass was first filled with recently brewed stout that was still undergoing secondary fermentation (this would generate a deep foaming head). Once this had settled, the glass was topped up with the beer from an older, longer matured cask.

Today it is pressurized kegs (or cans or bottles) injected with nitrogen that gives this stout its famously thick and creamy head. If you're one who values consistency you'll appreciate that this ensures the exact same head every time regardless of the serving vessel.

Beyond the infamous head, however, Guinness doesn't offer much to look at. Its body is lifelessly opaque, or so it seems away from the light. Closer inspection will reveal the beer to be not entirely black - the brewery considers it a dark shade of ruby. Meh. Maybe.

That I've spent so much time talking about its appearance is surely a testament that it must be the most worthwhile element of the beer (and the main aspect which the brewery has attempted to promote and distinguish the beer). Really, there isn't much else to the it...

Stouts can offer fantastic aromas: roasty, smokey, fruity, chocolaty, wine-like, coffee-like; they can be rich and bittersweet, they can be ambrosial and enticing. This is none of those things. It smells nothing like any of the aforementioned.

The same can be said for the taste which is also void of nearly any character. The widespread perception that Guinness is filling baffles me for two reasons: one, at 4% alcohol with less than 10 grams of carbohydrates and less than 200 calories, a pint of Guinness is in fact one of the lightest (in the literal sense) beers on the market.

Secondly, with almost zero taste of chocolate, coffee, caramel or roasted malts it is (in the figurative sense) one of the lightest stouts again.

Guinness is thought to be creamy - it isn't. Its head is, but little of that makes it into the mouth (as the leftover mounds lining the bottom of the glass will confirm). The beer itself is watery with little bitterness, sweetness or roastiness. It is almost entirely void of texture.

Contrary to their popular and long-standing slogan, Guinness is not "good for you". It certainly isn't good for me, anyhow. The world of stout offers far more excitement and experience than this. (That includes the variety of stronger Guinness Foreign Export beers brewed for overseas markets.) Guinness may have set the benchmark for stouts - but they set it really, really low.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
2.49/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This is the nitro bottle version. Very smooth tasting almost creamy, a bit of roastiness. Overall very clean and not too exciting. Carbonation is very low, and in this beer makes it seem a bit too thin. Much better versions of Guiinness exist, the Belgian version is awesome.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.56/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is probably the most appealing aspect of the nitro-can version of this beer. The color is flat black, the head is big and tan and hangs around forever, and there's the cascading waves of bubbles that move about hypnotically underneath. The lacing is also above average.

The aroma is pretty mild and balances lightly roasted notes with chocolate malt. The taste follows suit; it isn't non-existent, but it is somewhat bland and has obviously bored many of the more adventurous drinkers of craft and bigger beers such as those that populate this site. The nitro obviously doesn't help the overall muted character of the flavor and aroma.

The mouthfeel is decent enough from the can and simulates the tap version well. Its very smooth; the body is thin and a bit watery, while the carbonation is very soft and restrained. Very easy to drink.

Guinness is the benchmark for the Irish dry stout style and shouldn't be compared to a Russian imperial...that should be obvious enough but some of the reviews here give me pause. I don't love this beer but it is what it is and the style as a whole isn't particularly full-flavored or exciting.

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Photo of Zorro
2.39/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

"Drink From Bottle" What the hell? I poured mine in a Guinness glass anyway.

Pours a black brew with a thick tan head.

Smells a bit like chocolate and coffee, mild sweet smell.

Taste is watery, mild sweetness is there. Slight chocolate and coffee flavors, really too mild in taste. Slight bitterness in the finish.

Watery Mouthfeel.

Drinkable, I guess but just a really inferior Stout. Every other stout I have tried is better, sad really.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.32/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

14.9 oz. nitro-can with widget, also a nitro bottle or two when out,

A: Black, with ruby highlights if held up to the light. Creamy, off-white, almost tan head. A pint of the black stuff, or the priest, looks as good as ever, enjoyable to watch it settle over a minute or so.

S: Hints of roastiness, chocolates, and smoke, not very substantial, but enjoyable.

T: Roasted malts, coffee, and dark chocolate.

M: Light-bodied, thin, a little too watery for my tastes.

D: Guinness Draught is a classic, very drinkable due to its lightness and easily a session beer. I would have liked to have seen and experienced it in days past when it wasn't so processed. Much better in the nitro-can, so go for that.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on November 8, 2011. The pour is a well carbonated dark amber to brown with a generous, long-lasting foamy head. Aroma of nutty malts and molasses. The body falls into the light to medium range but it stays together while swirling. The taste is sweetly malted and dryly hopped. I have had this in the nitro can and the bottle and I think I prefer it from the nitro can. One thing that you can say is that it is always the same no matter when or where you buy it and there is something to be said for consistancy.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.37/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Finally got around to actually saying a few words about one of the few 'world beers': I've had this in many places over many years. The review is of a pint in a local club near my house in Shropshire, drank during a charity auction on 27th Sep 2013.

It's dark and has a creamy head, any of the other 4,000 plus reviewers notice that?

Malty, chocolate and coffee notes in both the nose and mouth: a classic stout in every way.

Rich more than creamy on the palate, those slightly burnt malts giving a mild bitterness along with their semi-sweet molasses that flavour the beer so well.

Pleased I've put some words down.

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

I'll preface this by saying I'm generally not a fan of dry stouts... and it has taken me years of revisiting this one to acquire a taste for that sour essence.

A: Black with an off-white/light-tan head. Nice cascading effect from their widget. Good retention, only hints of lace (the real draft leaves a nicer lacing).

S: Dry roastyness with a hints of nut, coffee and chocolate.

T: Pleasant dry roastyness isn't overbearing. Flavours of nuts, coffee & chocolate are all very mild. There's a slight saltyness that helps to cut the roasted bitterness. Sour grainyness in the finish. It's an acquired taste, and while interesting, I've never been overly fond of it.

M: Light body is creamy, decent for its weight; lightly carbonated.

D: Flavourful, low in alcohol, easy on the gas, quite drinkable.

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Photo of Kelp
3.06/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

guinness is guinness most people out there have had this. The simpsons said it right it's like having bog water and chocolate syrup. dark color tan head pours forth. Very bland stout. creamy taste though. I can always drink a few of these, but would rather have something else most days.

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