Beer Review: Guinness DraughtJanuary 22, 2010
I’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.
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!
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.
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.
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%?)