Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Guinness Draught Stout (2014 re-review)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
Chad9976 (1060) - Albany, New York, USA - FEB 25, 2014
I poured a 14.9oz can into an Irish pint glass. It was canned on 9/16/13 and cost $1.99 ($0.13 per ounce).

Appearance: Seemingly opaque black body, but actually a dark ruby red as highlights indicate. The cascading bubbles are always dazzling, as is the never-fading, always-lacing white creamy head.

Smell: General sweet scent, not unlike that of dairy or cream. Does not have roasted malt or other stout-like aromatics.

Taste: I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with Guinness Draught Stout. I find the beer to be bland at worst and mild at best (yes, there’s a difference). Seems like everyone I know either loves or hates it, but to me it’s just plain "meh." The majority of the swig is without much character. Just like the nose, the body is slightly sweet with some minor, general dairy-like flavor. Nothing in the way of roasted malt, hops or other beer characteristics. Though they do emerge for a moment at the end just as it’s going down. The slightest hint of burnt malt, dark chocolate and maybe even coffee. You really have to look for those flavors and drink it warm enough to find them. Otherwise, the palette is rather boring, but at least it’s inoffensive.

Drinkability: While Guinness may not taste great, at least it’s a fun beer to drink. The nitrogen gives the beer a velvety smooth texture, though the actual mouthfeel is watery and tepid. It goes down extremely easily and at only 4.1% ABV, this is lighter than most fizzy yellow beers and is easily sessioned (due mostly to circumstance, not necessarily choice - this is available pretty much everywhere, after all). 
Grade: 6/10

Read and watch my 2009 original review here: http://www.chadzbeerreviews.com/2009/03/guinness-draught-stout-chadz-beer.html

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