1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Guinness Extra Stout (Canada) - Guinness Ltd.

Not Rated.
Guinness Extra Stout (Canada)Guinness Extra Stout (Canada)

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
77
okay

253 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 253
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 16.02%
Wants: 3
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Guinness Ltd. visit their website
Ireland

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: wordemupg on 09-05-2009)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 253 | Reviews: 88 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by speter:
Photo of speter
3.08/5  rDev -8.6%

A: Pours an opaque black with a two-finger+ creamy tan head that persists quite well, leaving a good amount of lacing.

S: Scorched toffee, chicory coffee and a faint hint of Goldings, along with the trademark Guinness sour edge.

T: Bracingly acid up front, the roastiness kicks in mid-palate and increases in the finish, where it takes on burnt overtones. There is a noticeable hop presence in the middle, which is quite nice.

M: On the watery side, and lacking the smoothness of either nitrogen or the hand pump.

O: In the end, a rather bland offering that bests the swill offered on tap as Guinness in the US, but not what other dry Irish stouts are capable of.

speter, Nov 17, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of IrishGermanAmerican
4.5/5  rDev +33.5%

IrishGermanAmerican, Feb 24, 2012
Photo of DannyBaldoni
4/5  rDev +18.7%

DannyBaldoni, Sep 27, 2012
Photo of ahugenerd
3/5  rDev -11%

ahugenerd, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of djcreepshow
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

djcreepshow, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of Auraan
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

Auraan, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of CamuMahubah
3/5  rDev -11%

It's an average stout with a cool looking bottle. It's black. It has tan bubbles.

It is malty. A fine sweet almost grapey malty...

I wish for some hops.

It's drinkable. And it sure impresses the chicks. I have to explain to them that's like Budweiser...pretty darn average...don't expect a great beer. Expect a good one...well I'm alright with saying that...

CamuMahubah, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of PopGun
2.5/5  rDev -25.8%

PopGun, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of biboergosum
2.78/5  rDev -17.5%

341ml bottle at the newish beer bar on Whyte Ave, aptly named the Pourhouse. I don't know what to think about this being listed under the "Ireland" section of a local beer bar, what with the "Made in Canada" label on the neck of the bottle.

This beer pours a clear, very dark brown colour, with fairly striking (in a negative sense) reddish highlights when the sun from the street quickly and readily backlights it, with one finger of weakly foamy, and mostly bubbly beige head, which leaves some sparse, disjointed specks of lace around the glass in its lingering wake.

It smells of mildly roasted grain, a sour corn syrup astringency, flat, chalky cocoa notes, a tart, stale apple fruitiness, and some strange earthy yeastiness. The taste is sour roasted caramel malt, a bit of dry chocolate, bitter week-old coffee, and some mild leafy, weedy hops.

The carbonation is moderate, and tacky at certain points, the body on the light side of medium weight, and quite edgy for any sort of um, 'stout', which precludes the normal spouting off about 'creamy', and 'smooth', at the very least. It finishes weirdly tart, what with the grain and the fruit both still leaning heavily thataway.

I have to wonder if this is what the real Extra Stout really tastes like. Being licensed by Labatt to be brewed in Canada does not fill me with any amount of certainty, or hope. Expectations and now preconceptions aside, this was indeed a chore to finish.

biboergosum, Sep 19, 2010
Photo of mintjellie
3.45/5  rDev +2.4%

Close to opaque but not pitch black. It really seems to be a very dark brown, that sort of brown that is so dark it looks black. The light creates highlights in the beer at the edges of my glass, making it's brown hue more visible. It's frothy cappucino head is plentiful and long lasting, and thickly coats the walls of my pint glass. I actually think this looks better than the nitro Guinness Draught. Mild roasty aroma smells of coffee. Tastes of black coffee with a pleasing, tangy, slightly fruity acidity. Finishes with a lingering light charred bitterness.

It doesn't feel as smooth as the Draught, but I think this has a bit more body to it. The smoothness provided by the nitro dispense can make it feel a bit weightier than it is, but I've always found the Draught very thin. This isn't heavy either, but it's also not as thin. It's definately not watery. I think this would work pretty well as a session stout. It's not great, but it works.

mintjellie, Mar 21, 2013
Photo of stan66
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%

I was expecting really more from this beer. It pours a dark, very dark chocolate color. head is minimum with almost no retention. It has a toasted coffee smell. little bit of chocolate also.

It has a bitter taste, with a remarkable presence of hops. Not my favorite flavor for a beer.

stan66, Apr 24, 2012
Photo of jjt49
3.4/5  rDev +0.9%

jjt49, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.05/5  rDev -9.5%

Nice pitch black liquid with some cream on top like it always has...

Some soft cocoa puffs and roasted malts in the nose

Very mild cereal, a tad sweet cocoa and a hint of bitter hops on the back of the tongue

Light medium body, with some burning carbonation

Overall its alright. As an american man with 3 Irish grandparents I wish our biggest beer from the Isle was a wopper of flavor but in the name of capitalism it sure aint what I hope it used to be

JoeAmerican77, Aug 05, 2011
Photo of Danflurry
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

Danflurry, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of beer64nut
3/5  rDev -11%

beer64nut, Dec 31, 2013
Photo of tstiles
4/5  rDev +18.7%

tstiles, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of Photoglaugher
4/5  rDev +18.7%

Photoglaugher, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of leinie13
4/5  rDev +18.7%

leinie13, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of RandyFlameThrower
2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

RandyFlameThrower, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of eye2
2.83/5  rDev -16%

The big bottles of this are cheap at the grocery store. Sometimes it's OK to drink one in the garage after work before going inside.

A: Always drunk right out of the bottle. The bottle is Guinness! So of course it looks cool!!

S: Less smell than from the smaller bottles. Still, it has a smell. Not bad. Not great.

T: About what you'd expect. Several cuts above the mass produced American beers. Classic Guinness Stout taste.

MF: Feels good. Like you are drinking a beer and not merely watered down alcohol.

Overall: Recommended when your short of time.

eye2, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of Skwisgaar
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Skwisgaar, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of hmontague
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

hmontague, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of WeizenMike
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

WeizenMike, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of Cybr
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

Not as good as the British/Nigerian extra stouts.

Cybr, Sep 05, 2014
Photo of Stocean1
3.1/5  rDev -8%

A beautiful appearance, two thick fingers of creamy light coco head with spectacular lacing coating the glass. It is deep brown near black.

Smell is molasses and burnt malt.

Taste follows the nose with wood and smoked meat.

I can't believe I considered this a full bodied brew in my youth, in reality in it is relatively light bodied and a little watery with little carbonation. Dry and somewhat bitter, it is still an easy drinking brew and sessionable.

Worth a go in a pinch it is almost worth grabbing just to admire its aesthetic qualities.

Stocean1, Dec 10, 2011
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Guinness Extra Stout (Canada) from Guinness Ltd.
77 out of 100 based on 253 ratings.