I am definately a Guiness person. Though what we used to get in Canada 15-20 years ago was the real Irish recipe version. About 10-15 years ago what we get in the draft cans changed to the Guiness Extra Cold recipe they have in Britain.
So my goal is to make Guiness the way it would taste in Dublin. Still smooth. But a much richer flavor profile.
What defines that? Good Pale Ale Malt / 8-10% Roast Barley / 15-20% Flaked Barley.
I’ll usually add a little something else like chocolate malt etc to fill it out.
When I go by that principal I can usually get something I like more than canned Draft Guiness. And usually as good as what I would get on tap.
Still like to keep the ABV down to 4-4.5 so I can drink buckets of the stuff.