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