Guinness Draught, an Irish Dry Stout brewed by Guinness Ltd.

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Guinness Draught is an Irish Dry Stout brewed by Guinness Ltd., and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a nonic pint glass from a can.


The stout pours a clear black with ruby highlights showing at the edges. It’s topped by a finger-thick cap of very dense pale-mocha colored foam. The head shows great retention and leaves a smattering of residue on the glass during consumption.


The aroma wafts a scent of toasted bread, mild coffee, and chocolate.

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The palate follows the nose with flavors of toasted bread, a mild coffee roast, and hints of dark chocolate.


Its feel is smooth and creamy with a medium-light body and low carbonation.


Looks beautiful in the glass. Its aroma and palate are fine but not particularly special. And though the stout is known for its smooth and creamy feel, it’s also a bit watery. And that thinness just can’t the palate adequately. The Guinness Draught is often the beer to choose when the only other options are mass-produced lagers. Otherwise, it just can’t compare to better craft-brewed stouts.

Brewed for the 200th Anniversary

Guinness Draught was brewed in celebration of the 200th anniversary of Arthur Guinness signing his 9,000-year lease. The beer is iconic, available most everywhere, and is known for being velvety smooth. Guinness invented the widget that releases nitrogen into its packaged beer to produce its groundbreaking creamy feel.

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