Guinness Draught – black and white icon

One of the world’s most famous images of beer is black stout with a white crown of foam – Guinness Draught.


Today I decided to face the true legend, an icon of brewing, ubiquitous and beloved all over the world stout, straight from Ireland – Guinness Draught.


At the beginning a little note: take a look at previous post, in which I explained the history and function of the widget, which is closely related to today’s beer.
In one sentence – this is a small ball present in every can, responsible for an incredible foam crowning every portion of Guinness Draught.


This beer were sold in pubs in the late 1950s, initially as a traditional cask-conditioned stout.
Fashionable became dispensing beer from kegs using compressed carbon dioxide. With this method of serving it arose spectacular foam, which beautifully presented on a black stout. Unfortunately, the side effect was higher carbonation of beer, which is not agreed to by enthusiasts of Guinness.

Accordingly, the brewery developed a unique method of dispensing with a mixture of CO2 and nitrogen. The beer had to be low-carbonated so that after pouring into a glass obtained the proper level of carbonation, and nitrogen was responsible for the creation of a unique, special, velvety foam.


With the development of a widget be able enjoyed Draught at home. Guinness introduced this variety to be sold in cans in 1988.


Its black colour and unique taste Guinness owes to roasted barley, which brewery prepares in his own roasting plant.
And they attach great attention to this, as you can see in the video below. Barley must reach a certain temperature, on the verge of burning – only then grain will give the desired effect.




Equally important, to achieve this objective, it is a way of pouring Guinness Draught from a can containing widget. The idea is that a ball released its content and thus formed a spectacular foam, while freeing up full flavour beer.

How it should be done presents us Head Brewer of Guinness – Fergal Murray.





Well… equipped with properly chilled a can of Guinness Draught, I also discharges its contents by pouring it into my own glass.
I am curious to know how this legend gone on my taste buds.
Time for tasting.


Guinness Draught pouring


The lesson was not in vain:

  • after opening the a can I waited a few moments, at this time widget extensively released its content (i.e., a mixture of beer with gas)
  • I poured the beer into a glass – it is still visible so called a cascading effect and beauty foam
  • and final effect – black, impenetrable stout with a thick layer of velvety, creamy head.

Guinness Draught is ready to taste.


Guinness Draught head


Name GUINNESS DRAUGHT (Dry Stout, alc. 4,1% ABV)
Brewery: St. James’s Gate, Dublin, Ireland

Expiration date: 18/09/2016

Guinness Draught stout
Guinness Draught can


test-look-small Beer is practically black, impenetrable, just on the edge of the glass are visible brown-ruby flashes.
Foam light beige, creamy, dense (you can cut with a knife), present to the very end – after drinking beer still remains at the bottom of the glass.
test-sniff-small The aroma of roasted malt, caramel, dark chocolate.
test-drink-small Coffee, cocoa, chocolate, roasted malt – all the flavours merge together.
In the background – smoked notes, acidity and light sweetness.
Stout is a dry, slightly tart, is smooth in the reception.
Foam gives oily mouthfeel. Low carbonation.
Bitterness on medium level – more evident at the finish (similar to the bitter coffee or bitter cocoa).
Beer is watery, this lack of fullness I perceive as the biggest (the only?) disadvantage of this stout.


Guinness Draught is a stout with a complex bouquet of aromas and flavours. Their palette is really rich, but to fullness of happiness I miss… fullness. Beer for me is too watery and too little bodied.
But keep in mind that dry stouts are beers close to the historical English porters, that were lighter and less bodied.
Draught has certainly multitudes of enthusiasts who love this beer. Personally I appreciate its high quality, in its class is certainly unique beer – but my love did not raise.

Among published by me until now reviews of Guinness beers, my favourite remains Original Extra Stout. However, to describe awaits another one famous member of the family of Guinness, but more on that on another occasion.




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