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Guinness Extra Stout (Canada) - Guinness Ltd.

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Reviews: 100
Hads: 290
Avg: 3.32
pDev: 26.51%
Wants: 4
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
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Guinness Ltd.
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Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout | 5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of industrialswill
1.42/5  rDev -57.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This is my 4th trial with Guinness in the 40 years that I've been drinking beer.
After the first few sips, this is my 4th failed attempt at liking Guinness.

It's black with a tan head.
I'm met with very little aroma, very little flavor, just a slight bitterness similar to charred food off the grill.
The only thing I can come up with that is nice to say is that I like the shape of the bottle and the label is very well done.

This is easily the worst beer I've drunk since the last time I tried Guinness.

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Photo of crossovert
2/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

650ml bomber. I mistakenly bought this thinking it was the new foreign extra stout.

It actually has a decent appearance, if a bit inorganic. It is a thick,dark brown with a foamy off-white head that sticks for a good while.

It smells like circus peanuts.

The flavor is weak, with a hint of roastiness and a hint of fruitiness. There is also a hint of green bean.

It is pretty carbonated.

Overall another failure from Guinness, though as far as Irish Irish dry stouts go this might be the best example.

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Photo of ElCommodoro
2.25/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours an ink black with a tiny dark tan head. The smell is richly malty, with some piney hopiness, a touch of sweetness, and just the tiniest hint of metal.
The taste is malty and sweet with some really harsh astringency that is somewhat metallic in nature. It's really quite gross. This is not a good stout! Drink anything but this.

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Photo of shand
2.31/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

Wow, I think I got a bum bottle, because there's absolutely no head here. At all. I've never seen anything like it. There's some bubbles around the edge, but zero head. The smell is roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee. Standard fare for a stout. The taste is about on par to normal Guinness, maybe with a touch more flavorful. There's a watery flavor here for sure, perhaps the Guinness calling card I can't get away from. Either that, or it's just shitty brewing from Labatt. Either way, roasted/sweet malts, coffee, chocolate, and water is what I get out of this.

The mouthfeel here is downright strange. I think I got a bottle with carbonation problems, it's quite flat. There's a little bit of a prickly factor here to remind me this should be carbonated, but not much. The drinkability also suffers. The lack of carbonation just makes this hard to get through, since it doesn't have a thick and creamy mouthfeel to make up for the lack of carbonation. Another fail in my quest to enjoy a Guinness. It's just not very good, at all. Next stop - FES!

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Photo of bbluemzbeer
2.32/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The smell is pretty good but the taste is another story.

It pours a black with a tiny dark tan head.

The smell rich with malt and some piney hopiness and metal.
The taste like an old cigar. It is to bold for my taste . I could only drank one or two of this beers. I still have four beers left in the cooler. I wish I can return them. This is not a good stout!

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Photo of WastingFreetime
2.33/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes.

A. The same dark brown color as usual, but only has a loose-bubbled finger of light cream-colored foam for a head, and no lacing at all.

S,T. Mildly toasted and sweet bready malts and a whisper of chocolate aroma/flavor... Not as strong as I've come to expect from well-made stouts... Severely lacking in charred or black coffee character. And this is supposed to be the "Extra" version??? Not enough bittering in the finish, either.

M. Lighter body with highly active carbonation. Unusually 'crisp' texture for a stout because of this, and I'm not certain that the high levels of fizziness match up well with the flavor profile.

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Photo of MrDonQuixote
2.39/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into an oversized wine glass:

A- Oily black with a thick white head that dissipates quickly

S- smells of espresso with malt and hop notes as well

T- not a whole lot of flavor to be honest. Light hop taste with a heavy stout taste of malt; light coffee taste, but again, doesn't taste like much

M- Smooth mouthfeel, but carbonation is definitely subpar

O- Very disappointed in this beer; flavorless, which is definitely not what I want out of a stout

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Photo of Murrhey
2.42/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle I purchased from Hollinghead's in Orange, CA. Was excited to try it until I saw the poor reviews. Poured in a pint glass, reviewed live.

A- Quarter inch tan head. Small bubbles and abysmal retention. This isn't good. Dark cola brown, not the ruby I was hoping for.

S- Big whomp of malt and chocolate. Strong smell but not tremendously appealing.

T- Hit with the bitter chocolate and coffee tones after the malt overwhelms you. Hmm. Not terrible. Kind of has something to it.

M- Extremely carbonated, to the point of excess. Medium feel and a smooth finish.

O- After I've had the original Guinness in Dublin, how can I be anything but disappointed? Won't buy again.

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Photo of doughanson78
2.44/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Pitch black. 1-2 finger slightly tan head. Great lacing. Mild carbonation bubbles in head. Good head retention.

S: Surprisingly has a grape smell. Slight sweetness. Light roasted malt. Little chocolate bringing up the rear.

T: Very sour. Kinda metallic. Little cola. A grapefruit or orange tang to it. Very light roasted malt.

M: Very light-bodied for a stout. Dry. To thin.

O: This review started with a good looking beer... and went straight down hill from that! Being only the second Stout I've had (the first being Deschutes' Obsidian Stout) I think I had high hopes for this. Heard so much about Guinness. Not impressed at all. Don't even want to finish the bottle really. Will not buy again. I will give other Guinness' a shot though.

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Photo of Converge
2.52/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

341ml bottle poured into a 16oz pint glass.

A - Pours with a thick mocha head, about a finger-and-a-half. The actual color is near pitch-black, with just the slightest touch of red when held up to the light. As the head begins to recede it's already leaving lacing down the glass.

S - Roasted malt and skunky-ness(?..) are immediately apparent. Meh.

T - The actual taste of the beer says a whole lot more than the aroma. Really heavy on the roasted malt upfront. Molasses, burnt coffee and a touch of sourness.

M - Fairly heavy body with medium carbonation. Works well with the style.

D - I'm not a huge fan of stouts, and this one isn't really an exception. Less-than-enjoyable flavor really does it in. Though I have to admit, it looks pretty good.

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Photo of wschmit
2.58/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle into a Perfect Pint

A: Pretty typical, and fairly attractive. Mostly black with with rounded brown edges beneath a pillow-y, just tan head. Not at all like the Guinness nitro head, but still pretty. Head disappeared quickly.

S: Surprisingly malty nose--sweet malt, not roasted barley. Of course it's fairly roasty, too, but I'm surprised by its sweetness. It's very one-note and simple, however. Not really much hops on the nose.

T: The malty body finishes a bit acrid and metallic. A tannin-heavy taste isn't helping the otherwise alright maltiness. It tastes like flat Coke drunk through a copper straw. It could be alright without that aftertaste.

M: Pretty much what you'd expect--smooth, low-to-medium carbonation. I enjoy regular Guinness on occasion, and this lacks the very fine mouthfeel of that on nitro, but it's pretty much to style, I think.

O: I prefer regular Guinness or FES, but this is not as awful as I recall it being when I first had it. I've definitely had worse stouts from other brewers, and worse beers from nasty, dirty taplines. Overall, if you're in a pinch, it'll trump most BMC options.

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Photo of GordonofSeattle
2.72/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Compared to Guinness on tap in Ireland this beer is very, very disappointing. Perhaps back in the days before craft beers took off, this was a great alternative to the big U.S. breweries. No days it really doesn't stand up to the amazing stock of microbrew stouts available. That said, sometimes a pint of Guinness just hits the spot.

Favorite beers (for comparison, after all taste preferences are subjective): Elysian's Daedalus Irish Stout, Rogue's Hazelnut Brown Nectar, Allagash's White Ale, New Belgium's 1554, Full Sail's Wassail, etc. Beers I don't like: IPAs (with few exceptions)

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Photo of marty21
2.74/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a very dark brown with ruby highlights when held to the light. Has a couple fingers worth of tan head. Settles to a thin cap and left some big chunks of lacing.

S: Roasted malt with almost a skunky sour smell.

T: It's actually really sour. There's some roasted malt in there but wow the sourness takes over.

M: Medium carbonation with a medium body.

O: I was hoping for a better result with this Guinness since i'm not a big fan of the normal one. But the sour taste to this beer wasn't exactly what I was looking for. The body was a major improvement though since I hate the watery body of the normal Guinness in the nitro can.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.78/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

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Photo of DagenhamDavis
2.78/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Review from notes. Decided to try this one alongside the classic Draught version. Comes in stubby bottles which is kind of cool. Poured into a pint glass with vigor, producing a pillowy foamy head that is tan in color. Similar in color to Draught, but with even less red when held up to the light.

Has more of an intense, molasses type smell than expected. Which I don't like. The taste is stale and dusty molasses and malts, with the same thing as an aftertaste. Rich, chololatey, but little else.

Feels much fizzier than Draught, which is weird. In fact, this is fizzier than most stouts I've had.

Overall, I didn't really care for this. To tell all, it's not a style I care for. But this still leaves something to be desired for.

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Photo of eye2
2.79/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of tbern007
2.91/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought this in Nevada, front label calls it a stout from Ireland, but upon further reading of the label, it is made in Canada and imported from Canada to the U.S.
Pours pretty dark brown/black with ruby highlights around the edges when held up to the light. Medium tan head that is gone quickly. Lighter lace than expected.
S - earthy.
T - roasted malt, bitter chocolate, coffee grounds. Not really "extra" stout. You would think it was more flavorful than this.
M & D - drinkable. Good, light malt aftertaste with mild coffee. Light body considering the fact that it is an extra stout. Goes down easy.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
2.93/5  rDev -11.7%

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Some type of code on the back label, but I'm not entirely sure that it is a bottling code. No abv listed anywhere on the bottle either. I think I am reviewing the correct version of this beer - the back label reads "Imported by DIAGEO, Guinness USA, Stamford, CT. Brewed and bottled by Guinness Brewing Company, New Brunswick, Canada. Product of Canada". Either way, I believe this is my first encounter with any type of Guinness.

Poured into a Guinness St. James's Gate Dublin mug. #properglassware.

A - It pours a dark chocolate black-brown colored body. Some shades of mahogany show through when held to the light. Two fingers of frothy tan head with nice staying power. No lacing sticks to the glass as it goes down. Looks alright for what it is. 3.5

S - The aroma is neutral, boring, and uninspired. No coffee, roast, or chocolate presence like I have come to expect from a nice stout. 'Medicinal' isn't quite the right descriptor, but the lack of quality ingredients definitely comes through on the nose. 2.5

T - The taste follows the nose - the lack of quality ingredients shows. Lightly bitter, malty, and perhaps a bit of light roast, but there is really nothing to write home about here. Some notes of indistinct dark fruit & perhaps a minor alcohol note noticeable. 3

M - The feel is lightly bitter and sticky. Fluid, and medium-full bodied with good carbonation. Easy drinking for the style. 3

Overall, a tame representation of a what I have come to expect from a stout, but it was about what I was expecting it would be, considering how mass-produced this beer is. Not recommended.

Guinness Extra Stout -----3/5.

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Photo of biegaman
2.93/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Guinness should be in the world record book for blandest stout. Seriously, just look at the thing - it isn't even really black! Light and clarity sneak through the beer's many soft brown spots and hardly any head materializes atop (this brown bottle version is obviously not nitrogen-infused). This has hardly more colour than my morning toast.

Many people wrongly assume that a beer that is dark will be heavy and that darker colour means richer flavour. This is not always the case and, in this instance, it's an outright untruth. Leave the knife and fork behind - this thing is better suited to a sippy cup. No roast, no bitterness, no real impression at all - it's a stout that could be right under your nose and you wouldn't know it.

An interesting fact about Guinness that most people don't know is that they tinker the recipe to cater to local palates. Depending on where in the world it's brewed, the formula might be sweeter or stronger, less dense or more yeasty, less dark or more carbonated, etc. This Canadian-brewed offering is the weakest I've tried, with hardly enough malt to feign even roasted grain (let alone chocolate or anything else).

While I'm relieved that my palate isn't drowning in foamy nitrogen, I'm equally put-off by the cloying corn syrup texture (not to mention the near total lack of roast and body). Guinness is a stout in the same way that I'm the world's best guitar player - I can call myself that but it doesn't mean I actually have the credentials. This feels less dense than water, something criminal for any beer but especially a stout.

Whether I prefer Labatt's version (brewed in Ontario) over the actual Irish-brewed import requires a blind taste-test I do not care to take. In truth, I don't care for either. Odd though it may sound, Nigeria, Ghana and Jamaica all have better Guinness on offer than cold-climate Canada. Maybe it's a case of not wanting what you have, but I doubt it; Caribbean, African and Belgian Guinness are simply formulated for more refined palates.

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Photo of aorloski
2.94/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - pours a very nice deep dark black, looks a little thin, head is fairly light khaki

S- smells terrible actually, no roastiness or anything just all funk/oxidation

T- just average, a very thin watered down stout. a little bit of malts nothing at all sticking out

M - moderately creamy

Overall - This beer is just boring, not much going on, bought on a whim because i was in the mood for a stout and the store i was in had a very slim selection.

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Photo of sajaffe1
2.96/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A- Very dark brown, foamy and fluffy tan head, bit of lacing on the glass. Looks like a typical stout.

S- Smokey, a bit of hops, but not that great.

T- A bit hoppier than expected, tastes like a cigar, but not in a good way, got better as it warmed up.

M- Creamy, meduim carbonation, not bad but not great.

O- Overrated beer, not worth it. A disappointment.

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Photo of sk8man121
2.97/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle poured into tumbler.

A: Pours an opaque pitch-black with dark, mahogany highlights. 2-finger rocky tan head settles to a thin cap, leaving a nice amount of lacing on the glass.

S: Faint scent of corn, poor-quality chocolate and cream. Not much going on here.

T: Roasted malts and bitter wood qualities are up front. A bit of chocolate and a slight hint of dark fruit in the middle. Finishes dry and bitter.

M: Despite the medium-high carbonation, fails to cream up the way Guinness' flagship beer does, and drinks very thin.

O: An interesting animal in that it isn't a terrible beer, but is really just kinda "there." Not something I'd ever seek out, but a decent $3 option at the gas station, and much better than the abominable nitro can/bottle flagship.

Decent in a pinch.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
2.98/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Massive 1 1/2" tan head on a bad pour over cola coloured liquid.

S: Yeast, baking soda and grassy hops.

T: Toasted malt, somewhat metallic, grass, earth, pine and espresso. Quite strong tasting.

M: Thin viscosity and a medium to low level of fine carbonation.

O: I thought that Guinness Foreign Extra Stout had finally come to Canada, and was disappointed when I realized that I picked this up instead.

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Photo of CamuMahubah
3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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...

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Photo of thehyperduck
3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

341 mL bottle from a six-pack picked up at TBS; bottled Sept. 20 2013 (I am assuming that they use the same packaging codes as Labatt, considering it is brewed at the same facility). This beer isn't very hard to find, but to be honest I've never really heard anything good about it so I've basically been avoiding it for years. Served slightly chilled.

Pours black as night, like you'd probably expect, topped with just over one finger's worth of creamy, light-tan coloured head. Its dissipation is a gradual process, and after five minutes or so I am left with a smooth, frothy cap and modest collar accompanied by a few swaths of lacing. Looks fine, but the aroma is beyond bland - caramel and roasted malts are the only things I can pick out. A little sweet, and extremely boring.

As weak as the aroma is, this isn't a bad-tasting beer. The roasted malts provide notes of caramel and coffee, but surprisingly enough it is the dark fruit flavours that are grabbing my attention - mild acidity reminiscent of raisins comes through mid-sip. This sourness is soon overpowered by the modestly earthy finish, which leaves a 'lukewarm, sweetened coffee' flavour behind on the palate. My biggest gripe with this beer is the disappointing mouthfeel - it is light-bodied and quite watery, with fairly mild carbonation that accentuates these flaws. Other than that, it's drinkable enough, I suppose.

Final Grade: 3.00, a C. Guinness Extra Stout has lived up to the anti-hype. Sessionable, but completely forgettable, this is an uninteresting stout that pales in comparison to virtually all craft/imported examples. It has more flavour than the nitrogenated draught can, which may very well scare off the uninitiated, and the overall flavour profile is unlikely to appeal to most BAs given its pedestrian qualities and annoying sweetness. I'll probably use the rest of these bottles in black-and-tan experiments, because I don't know if I have the patience to plow through the rest of them.

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Guinness Extra Stout (Canada) from Guinness Ltd.
77 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.