Review: Guinness Draught, Guinness Ltd.


Guinness Draught
Guinness Ltd. — Dublin, Ireland

Stats:
  • Style:  Irish Dry Stout
  • Bitterness:  Not available
  • ABV: 4.2%
  • Malts:  Not available
  • Hops:  Not available 
  • Sampled: 12 oz. bottle

Description:  "Newly improved Guinness Draught in a Bottle. Enhances the drinking experience when drunk from the bottle. Through innovation and dedication to delivering the best drinking experience, the gas mix has been adjusted so no need for the widget. Same great liquid brewed in St James’ Gate Dublin, using the same great ingredients.  The signature Guinness Draught experience is activated every time you tilt the bottle to drink; the nitrogen contained in the new gas mix is released by the tilting action – that’s why it’s best consumed straight from the bottle. For those who prefer Guinness Draught in a glass, try Guinness Draught in a can, which is the same liquid with the widget containing the nitrogen inside, and features a new wide mouth to enable a smoother pour."  Guinness Ltd. 

Random thoughts:   This is part four of my tribute to St. Patrick's day—also known as Four Guinness and a Coors.  I didn't read the "drinking instructions" listed above before sampling and I poured it into a glass.  I guess I should have bought the can.  Guinness also refers to a "widget" in their description.  For more on this, check out Wikipedia's description.

The tasting:   Very dark brown, nearly black.  I see reddish hues when held up to the light.  It has a fluffy tan head that dissipated slowly, leaving some lacing on the glass.  Aroma of tobacco, roasted malt, and licorice.  Flavor of roasted malt and dark chocolate.  Not much in the way of hops.  Light bodied, with medium carbonation, it felt watery (similar to Guinness Extra Stout).  It had a smooth and creamy mouth feel and finished with a light roasted malt bitterness.

Rating:  2 star.  Drinkable, but not sure I want to.   I guess I don't understand the fuss about this beer.  I found the strong tobacco aroma to be very unappealing.  The taste wasn't much better.  Maybe it's best on tap, but this bottled Draught version didn't live up to expectations.  Am I missing something?
Have you tried Guinness Draught in bottle or cans?  Is there a difference between the two?


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17 comments:

Anonymous said...

The new "Guiness Draught" bottles without the nitrogen widget on the bottom are terrible. The old bottles tasted MUCH better. The Guinness cans still have the nitrogen widget, but I'm not sure how they compare to the old bottles.

Sanjay said...

Yeah, I wasn't a big fan of this. I need to try the can version as well as their Foreign Extra Stout.

Ell said...

There's not a can version of the Foreign Extra Stout. The other Guinness beers don't use the nitro mix - only the Draught.

Anonymous said...

Yes I agree. The new bottles without the widget just plain suck. Tastes terrible. I am pissed. Why change a good thing? Put the widget back in!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I emailed Guinness about this about a month ago, and they told me to buy cans if you want the widget. Pisses me off though, since it took me buying a whole case of shitty no-widget bottles before I figured this out. I just don't get why they would screw with their setup. Bar down the road has $5 22 oz. Guinness on tap though. For Chicago that ain't bad...

Anonymous said...

I kind of like the idea of the draught bottles not having the plastic widget anymore. The main reason I like bottles is to avoid the plastic liners of the cans. I always thought the draught tasted better in the bottles vs. the cans. The beer is almost the same as before, but with carbon dioxide instead of nitrogen gas, so the head is not as refined.

Anonymous said...

WHERE'S MY WIDGET!!!! this sucks, no silky smooth feel? no creamy head? and now they are sullying the brand by making a lager too? wow! i guess i always had a misguided perception about the excellence of guiness. oh well, i'll be buying a lot more craft beer from brewers w/ more passion for their product.

Anonymous said...

...it tastes like poop!

Unknown said...

Very disappointed when I got home to make a black and tan and all of a sudden my guiness has no creamy head and doesn't layer properly anymore. Put the widget back! This is garbage.

Anonymous said...

I agree, no where near the same without the widget. At first I thought I got a defect and it didn't have the widget. Then after #2, I had to check their site. Sad.... One of the reasons I like Guinness is that it's not as carbonated like other bottle beer, but now it tastes almost as carbonated. Not as enjoyable as before.

Anonymous said...

I agree with you guys, the old bottle with the widget is way better! I haven't had the can in a while but I will next time...

Anonymous said...

I've been pissed about this as soon as it hit the shelves and I tasted it.Then I bought up about 6 cases of the the widget bottles but they are long gone now.What was nice about the bottle was if you at a party or social event you didnt have to bother someone for a glass like you have to with the can.One thing though the can has always tasted closest to the draft version.Hopefully one day if they experience poor sales they return it to the original widget version.

Anonymous said...

Guinness hasn't been good since the 90s. I don't know what happened since then, but all I taste is dirty water when I get Guinness.

Makes a decent Irish Car Bomb, though.

caleb grayson said...

i got the bottle to avoid the plastic lined cans but then realized that the widget is plastic..so i guess this makes since.

still sucks. the WHOLE point of Guiness is that it's nitrated for extra smooth and creamy texture. now it tastes like a watered down boring becks or something.. i don't know. there's no flair really anyway, just roasted sweet bottom. it NEEDS the nitrogen.

Anonymous said...

I now get hangovers with no widget guinness.

Anonymous said...

Guiness is still a good beer. The widget to me was more of a novelty than anything else. Yes I know it had a purpose but i like the beer just the same without it. And just an fyi....you should never, ever drink Guiness from anything but a glass. It tastes much better.

Anonymous said...

Draught is a watered down version of the stout, which is a very good beer. draught is piss

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