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Beer Review: Guinness Draught

   January 22, 2010

Guinness - blechI’ve been reviewing beers with this blog since January 2007 (3 years now….wow!) and oddly enough, I have never reviewed Guinness Draught.  That changes tonight.  Now, I first tried Guinness years ago, when I began experimenting with different beers.  I tried it, and….how can I put this delicately….I hated it!

Well, I hadn’t touched a Guinness since, until Mrs. Beer Snob decided to make beef and Guinness pie, and I had some leftover cans of Guinness Draught.  Naturally I thought it would be great to do a review of it.

The Pour
Upon pouring this into a pint glass, the first reaction is, “This is one beautiful beer!”  When you first pour it, it looks brown in the glass as it comes alive in the glass and releases bubbles into a gorgeous very light beige (almost white, really) thick pillowy head.  When the beer settles down, the beer itself is almost completely black in the glass with the most beautiful head you can find in a beer. The contrast in the beer and the head is striking!

The Nose
This smells lightly of roasted malts, but without any hint of sweetness.  It is an Irish stout, after all, which is a drier stout than some other sweet stouts.  It smells somewhat clean, and there are definite hints of coffee beans.

The Taste
This has a very clean, smooth and refreshing mouthfeel and is lighter bodied than you would guess from the pour alone.  There is a very slight roasted flavor profile and it is somewhat dry on the finish.  Sounds good so far, but despite the previous descriptions, the flavor leaves me literally with a sour look on my face (something akin to the old bitter beer face).  It tasted metallic and just unpleasant to me.  I had to  follow it with a bowl of Lucky Charms to get the taste out of my mouth.

Overall
I hate Guinness. It can’t be more clear than that. It tasted metallic and just bad, and was not a pleasant beer.  If you like the flavor, for some weird reason, it is very drinkable. To me, it tastes like some sort of chemical, and Guinness’ success can be directly attributable to a job well done by their marketing folks. All hype and not much else.

Recommended: Not to my worst enemy.

Price: $7.99/4 14.9 oz cans

ABV: 4.2% (+/- 1%?)

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31 comments

  1. now I know what to get you for your birthday

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  2. Not Guinness I hope….or is it Guinness with a Lucky Charms chaser? 😀

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  3. Have you tried Guinness Extra Stout or Foreign Export Stout? Those aren’t so bad. But yeah … Draught outta the can is terrible.

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  4. I haven’t tried those…I’ve never even had Guinness on tap…but so far I think they only sell beer because of good marketing

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  5. Haha, they definitely do have good marketing! That’s true for a lot of bad beer I guess … but I think Guinness, at its best, is a decent stout. Definitely not my favorite, but not undrinkable. If you get a chance, try one of those I mentioned (or on tap) because the Draught bottles/cans are definitely not Guinness at its best. I totally agree with your review about that!

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  6. I’ll give them a shot! Who knows, I may like them

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  7. That’s the spirit! I’m looking forward to doing the same for many of the beers I’ve been reading about on your blog.

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  8. Wow, your review is really spot on. I have had several good stouts with most being just OK in my book. Yet only the two I found to be horrid are on the tip of my tongue; Guinness and Old Rasputin

    Yuck!

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  9. I dunno, I love Guiness, are you sure you just don’t like dark beer? I also like the Stout version, try it, it’s darker but somehow it’s sweeter.

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  10. Oh, I am definitely a dark beer guy. I wish it were winter all the time so I could drink stouts and porters all year long in front of a roaring fire…though I do like nut browns and some paler beers as well

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  11. Guinness from a can was not meant to be. They need a preserving system like the coors light lined cans (as much as I hate to admit coors/miller came up with something useful). Guinness from the tap, however, falls within your first part of the taste description. Other than traditionally great marketing (love the older signs and slogans) the beauty and balance is what makes it a loved beer. I typically order a Guinness if nothing special is on tap at a bar because I know I’m getting a pretty good beer at a pretty good price. Its far from a favorite, but certainly respectable.

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  12. I’ve tried it in a bottle too, but just didn’t like it then, either….maybe I’ll be lucky enough to try it in Ireland sometime

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  13. I agree 100% with this review… except that I wouldn’t completely condemn Guiness. The Draught in a can is swill, but the extra stout is a little better, on tap, it’s a little better still, all three are a notch better in the UK, and a Guiness, on tap, drank in Dublin is actually a tasty beer. It’s richer, more flavorful, and the head is creamy enough to eat with a spoon. Placebo effect? Maybe, but the canned Guiness Draught contains some heavy-duty preservatives so that it can be sold as “brewed in Ireland.” I drank the wonderful Irish Guiness and loved it months before I tasted that canned trash and was sorely disappointed.

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  14. Hmmm…maybe someday I’ll make it to Ireland to try for myself?

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  15. Interesting review…Cant say that I agree with you as I love Guinness. But nice article.

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  16. Thanks…you don’t have to agree, you just have to read it 😀

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  17. Completely disagree. Guineas is my favorite beer on tap. what beers do you like? Michelob Ultra or Corona? You are soft.

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  18. Hmm…I actually disagree completely with this review, I just tried my first one and it had a slight…chocolatey taste in my opinion. It is quite filling, one beer down and don’t think I can drink another, so it’s not a “let’s go get drunk!” beer, more of a relaxing with the woman and watch some movies beer.

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  19. I personally think Guiness tastes like vinegar, even from tap. I used to think it was good, but then I had stout from a local brewery. I’ve got to say, Round Barn Cocoa Stout beats the pants off of Guiness, especially when you get Cocoa Stout from the tap.

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  20. Just bought a case without Widgets. Been happy with the extra stout. Love Guinness on tap. If I’m displeased I’ll return to let you know why. I don’t expect to be.

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  21. This guy who wrote this is a tool

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  22. This review was comical. I do not agree with any of it. I personally like Guinness. But that is because I wasn’t raised to drink watered down beers.

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  23. Comical? Ok…if you say so. I don’t drink watered down beers either, actually. But I also don’t drink overpriced, overmarketed beer and pretend to like it because I am “supposed to” for some reason. I stand by my comments, Guiness in my opinion is well marketed and way overrated.

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  24. Stick to drinking piss water. I like my beer to taste like beer.

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  25. I can assure you, sir, I do not drink piss water. I like my beer to taste like beer as well, with complex and nuanced flavors. Guiness’s flavor is neither complex nor nuanced….it is unpalatable

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  26. Guinness Draught does also come in a bottle and if you are looking for something that tastes “crafty” that doesn’t make you feel bloated or is packed full of calories, you cannot beat a Guinness Draught in a bottle. At 125 calories per 12 oz. bottle, it’s almost in the light beer category without tasting anything like a light beer.

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  27. Guinness Draught is also available in a bottle and at 125 calories (per 12 oz.) you can’t beat it if you are looking for something that tastes “crafty” but isn’t loaded with calories. For example, Sam Light is 119 calories so at 125 calories, Guinness Draught is almost in the light beer category without tasting anything at all like a light beer.

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  28. Guinness is a textbook example of the irish stout, it is a crowd pleaser in the stout world, and all of the notes you describe up to taste are correct.

    What is absolutely certain is that the can of stout you consumed was never checked for date. If you drink a 3 year old temperature abused beer….then it is going to taste exactly the way you described it.

    Please feel free to add pictures of any can/bottle beer you review, including the code on the can, so your article actually appears to have some modicum of veracity.

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  29. […] the banks of the Liffey, transporting casks of stout, porter and ale into Dublin. Now there is only Guinness. In Belguim, beer is as close to a religion and the Trappists certainly kept brewing and grace […]


  30. […] banks of the Liffey, transporting casks of stout, porter and ale into Dublin. Now there is only Guinness. In Belguim, beer is as close to a religion and the Trappists certainly kept brewing and grace […]


  31. I’ve had more than the Guinness I bought that day….including draft. Still tastes like chemicals. I know when beer is bad from temp abuse and age and when it just stinks.

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