The Guinness Draught, poured from a 14.9oz nitro widget can into a Rastal Harmony glass, puts on quite a show. Upon cracking open the can, a ping-pong ball-sized widget dispenses nitrogen gas, creating an iconic surge of nano-sized bubbles. The result is a solid black beer underneath a dense, creamy, tan layer that refuses to collapse. Aesthetically pleasing, but appearances can be deceiving.


Bringing the glass up, the nostrils are met with a medley of Tootsie Roll, malted milk ball, and café au lait aromas. Delve deeper, and hints of charred lemon and dark roast coffee make an appearance. The aromatic experience sets the stage, promising a sensory journey into the realm of roasted malt flavors.


The first sip of Guinness Draught reveals a surprising thin-bodied nature, contrary to its dessert-like appearance and rich aroma. Lighter-bodied than many pale lagers, this Irish Stout boasts hardly any sugar content, a departure from the norm for stouts and porters. The absence of sweetness allows the acidity to take center stage, with subtle lemon tea and acidic coffee flavors brightening up the palate. The overall bitterness and acidity, sharper than expected, are grounded in earthy, coarse-ground coffee notes.


The silky, nitro mouthfeel provides a semblance of balance to the assertive bitterness and acidity. Despite its visually dense appearance, Guinness proves to be a sessionable beer, with a low density, absence of sugar, and a svelte 4.2% ABV. The nitro bubbles contribute to a creamy texture, making it more refreshing than your standard stout.


Guinness Draught is a masterclass in roasted malt flavors. Its unique profile deviates from the typical stout, offering a refreshing and surprisingly light-bodied experience. The iconic nitro bubbles add a visual spectacle, but the beer’s true nature as a sessionable brew emerges beneath its hefty appearance. The verdict? A solid 90 points, marking it as outstanding in the realm of stouts.

In conclusion, Guinness Draught may be a sheep in wolf’s clothing, visually striking but pleasantly approachable. This review, stripped of sugar-coating, aims to provide valuable feedback for both consumers and producers. A critical perspective serves as a form of quality control, helping breweries refine their products and ensuring consumers make informed choices.

Cheers to the complexity of Guinness Draught, a beer that challenges preconceptions and delivers a distinctive tasting experience.