Guinness Draught

Reviewed by on March 17, 2015 in Spring Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Guinness & Co.

  • Origin: Dublin, Ireland

  • Rated On: March 17, 2015

  • Best Before: packaged July 4, 2014

  • ABV: 4.2%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Irish Dry Stout

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

It is one of the holy days of beer, whether it’s green or not, and today I’m going with that most famous of Irish-made brews – the draught (draft) version of Guinness.  The black stuff, good for you, Irish Champagne, etc.  The makers of Guinness produce many other forms of their stout, yet it is this one that seems to be available in every corner store around the world.

This 440ml widget-enabled can pours a near-opaque black, with reddish cola highlights, which I suppose would be barely perceptible in the low backlighting of the local pub, and two fingers of a perfectly solid, foamy, and caked tan head, which leaves a patchwork of mesa profile lace around the glass as it very slowly abates.

It smells of nutty, lightly roasted grainy malt, with subtle ministrations of bittersweet chocolate and cold coffee grounds. The taste is dry toasty caramel malt, a mild floral hoppiness, some ethereal pithy drupe fruitiness, and a swirling cafe au lait character. Nothing particularly hoppy really manifests. There is indeed very little carbonation, the body surprisingly medium-light in weight, a tad creamy, and definitely smooth, though it somehow feels like it’s sticking to the roof of my mouth. It finishes dry, with a redux of that aromatic toasted nuttiness.

Overall, hey, it’s Guinness – mild stout flavours and an easy quaffing quotient make it a reliable option for a session of whiskey and ale interlacing (if that’s how one rolls). Add in the decidedly un-American ABV levels, and you’re good to go, once you convince your eyes that this stout is actually not heavy in the slightest.

Brady White

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