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Guinness Extra Stout (Canada) - Guinness Ltd.

Guinness Extra Stout (Canada)Guinness Extra Stout (Canada)

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Ratings: 231
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 16.32%

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Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of ElCommodoro


2.13/5  rDev -36.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2011 10:52:35 | More by ElCommodoro
Photo of BeerDocT


4.22/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was the first stout I ever had the privilege of tasting. Purchased illegally at Stan's Beverage in Asheville, NC, this was -to the 19 year old me-- the nectar of the gods. I had no idea that this brew might have been "counter to the style," all I cared about was that it was good beer. You know what? All these years later, that's still all I care about.

Poured into a chilled, wide-mouthed glass.

-Appearance 4.0: Poured out as a dark brown stream that filled the glass and quickly became jet black. A small, tan head appeared after pouring and quickly dissipated. No visible carbonation visible in the inky blackness.

-Smell 4.0: Beautiful bouquet. Toasted grains, chocolate, coffee, this is what a stout should smell like! Also, there's an almost indefinable "something" in this smell. Mouthwatering.

-Taste 4.5: Toasted grains, big barley and hop tastes and lots and lots of sweet smokiness and chocolate. There is a lot of depth of flavor to this beer, but it fades away quickly after swallowing, which is somewhat unique. Swallowing leads into a delicious, bitter aftertaste which is a real thirst-quencher. I also taste more toasted grains in the aftertaste. So good.

-Mouthfeel 4.0: Good mouthfeel with an excellent amount of carbonation and "juiciness." This is not a beer to grab after working outside, this is one to be savored and the first drink you get of it, you will understand that. Delicious aftertaste lasts for a long time.

-Overall 4.0: The word "reliable" is what first comes to mind. I've tasted stouts better than this, but this is the old reliable. Come to think of it, I like this word better than "reliable": "the standard." To me, Canadian Guinness is the benchmark by which all other stouts are measured.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 03:47:14 | More by BeerDocT
Photo of MrDonQuixote


2.35/5  rDev -30.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2011 03:44:27 | More by MrDonQuixote
Photo of Errto


3.45/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a moderately dark brown, almost root beer like color. Medium viscosity, settles into a deep brown with a thin but sticky off-white head.

Smells of chocolate and a bit like toasted bread. In the flavor a full but not at all sweet malt flavor dominates. A bit of astringent bitterness as well, more than I would have expected, but otherwise not much in the realm of hop flavor. A secondary flavor I can't quite put my finger on adds a bit of complexity to it. A hint of alcohol in the finish.

The lingering bitterness detracts from the mouthfeel for this type of beer in my view, but overall it's a pretty good package. I like it far better than regular Guinness Draught (especially the nitro-tap/nitro-can version) and would not mind drinking it from time to time.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 22:41:13 | More by Errto
Photo of DUBinMIA


3.75/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from a bottle into a pub glass. decent 1 in. head with foam. Dark black color

smell is of roasted malt and coffee. light piney hop notes.

taste is robust malt with some bitter coffee and chocolate flavors. with a pinch of bittering hops towards the end.

decent mouth feel... could be heavier bodied for a stout.

Overall it is a good beer ... especially for being mass produced.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2011 13:27:29 | More by DUBinMIA
Photo of rcfunk


4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As has been mentioned, this beer is labeled to seem as though it has been brewed in Ireland, but is in fact brewed in and imported from Canada. My Understanding is "the unfermented but hopped Guinness wort extract is shipped from Dublin and blended with beer brewed locally." In this case, the locality is Canada. I find this interesting to say the least.

Despite the misleading label. I always enjoy this roasty malt bomb. Good for sipping slowly and I still feel like I am drinking a little bit of history.

This beer reliably pours with a thick head that lasts. There is a distinct tannic flavor, low hop bitterness but heavy roasted bitterness. Tastes good cold and warm. I like.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 16:04:20 | More by rcfunk
Photo of JoeAmerican77


3.05/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 02:57:29 | More by JoeAmerican77
Photo of treque


3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: very deep brown in color some reddish tints, tan 2 f1nger head, with nice retention, creamy head. medium body, semi hazy

S: roasted malt aromas, grainy notes, dark fruits, easters

T: sweet notes, moderate roast, coffe like finish, bitter sweet on the palate

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 00:53:21 | More by treque
Photo of BeerCon5


3.95/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark almost black color, with a nice thick beige colored head.

The scent is coffee and notes of chocolate.

The taste is of bitter coffee, notes of dark chocolate and some sweet cream.

Full bodied, kind of chewy feel but pretty smooth, moderate carbonation.

I really enjoyed this beer, I though it had nice flavor and relatively easy to drink for the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2011 15:40:31 | More by BeerCon5
Photo of JoLight


3.98/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the first stout I have ever had, and the first Guinness I have ever had, although I have been around the beer a lot at Highland games.

The appearance is solid black. In the light, there is a little brown color in the corners of the glass, but this beer is just mostly black. The head is a sandy/coffee & cream color.

The smell is very faint. I detect some kind of sweetness, and a dark aroma. But whatever it is, it is very faint. Still, not bad at all.

Taste-wise, it's moderately malty, creamy, hoppy; it tastes of dark roasted malts, coffee, and has a sour twang to it.

The drinkability of this brew is moderate as well. I say so because it is pretty heavy, and it fills up your tank pretty fast. I mean, Guinness is called a "meal in a glass" for a reason. The hop bitterness is there, but it's not so vivd that you can't get the beer down comfortably.

Overall, it's a good beer. Though i do believe it's over-priced, I would still buy it again, and I plan on doing so later this winter- it's definitely a cold-weather beer.

I know now why stouts aren't good in the warm weather. hahah wayyy to heavy right now.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2011 02:32:37 | More by JoLight
Photo of smakawhat


3.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hmm interesting. Brewed in Canada on the 1 pint 6 fl. oz bottle, guess I missed that. Let's see what we have here, lord knows I have had plenty of Guinness in my life. Poured into a nonic pint glass. I am assuming this is where the review goes.

Classic Guinness big head off the pour, kind of a darker light chocolate brown actually. Head is clumpy too. Sits on a dark classic body, looks good to me, quite good.

Bouquet is nothing to get excited about. Small malt, hint of a real small roast. Pleasant but kind of boring.

Taste is strangely light and bitter. Small roasted malt finish, a bit wet bodied, but cheap cigarettes and ash tray in the palate. Kind of medicinal numbing and tasting too.

Overall I am surprised by this bitter medicinal feeling, kind of was expecting this to be more enjoyable but when I examined it a little closer it really wasn't. It's totally drinkable I'll give it that.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2011 18:30:39 | More by smakawhat
Photo of sk8man121


3.03/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2011 03:14:18 | More by sk8man121
Photo of doughanson78


2.38/5  rDev -29.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2011 07:54:42 | More by doughanson78
Photo of Francepants06


3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It poured dark black in body, it had a tan head that leaves slight lacing. slight grape, hint of bitter chocolate. Tastes of chocolate,bitter chocolate, hop bitterness towards the finish and then a dryness that rides through the end with grape notes sliding on the sides of the palate. Medium-heavy bodied brew with pretty active medium carbonation. This is a good beer when there is nothing else on the beer list.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2011 06:58:25 | More by Francepants06
Photo of Converge

Alberta (Canada)

2.53/5  rDev -24.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 23:33:12 | More by Converge
Photo of tbern007


2.93/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2011 19:09:59 | More by tbern007
Photo of djeucalyptus


3.1/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours a near black with a frothy two finger head that fades pretty quickly but leaves behind nice cascading lace down the glass.

aroma of dark roasted malt, molasses sweetness, almost some caramel corn. hints of vanilla. an odd smidgen of amonia. More brown sugar. interesting.

taste is mellow... bitter earthy malt, burnt coffee, molasses and alcohol. boozy yet mild. burnt corn. vanilla. cola? fruity? hmm.

carbonated like whoah... i guess for the abv, it needs a bit of carb to help it along... but its fizzy, boozy, and dense yet thin all at once. kinda funky mouthfeel.

All in all, I'm digging it a bit more than draught, but can't say it's all that. That being said, I think for a dry irish stout, its pretty solid.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2011 07:18:14 | More by djeucalyptus
Photo of chefelf

New York

3.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I think I liked this beer a little better than Guinness Draught but I really can't tell for sure. It seems to have more of that dried porcini smell that good stouts sometimes have. I've never really heard anyone besides me confirm this taste so it's possible that this is some strange eccentricity on my part.

I used this for a little cooking. It worked pretty well in a Guinness brownie recipe I have and also for a steak and Guinness pie. The extra depth to the beer worked well with cooking.

I mostly cooked so much with it because I wasn't excited about drinking it. Of course, my general tendency to not love stouts made this no surprise. As a stout I'm sure it's completely decent.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 22:23:00 | More by chefelf
Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the beer pours like it is a lighter bodied beer. The beer is a very dark ruby-brown, with a chunky, light, big bubbled head that separates as it sits. The cascade was very quick and short-lived, which is kind of disappointing. Nose is slightly sweet-cream and coffee, with some chocolatey highlights, too. The beer has a light feel in mouth, leaning towards the dry side. There are flavors of slight sour malt, bitter dark chocolate, and dark brewed coffee. The beer has a very dry and quick finish, with a slightly bitter and sour aftertaste. Not as easy to drink as other Guinness offerings.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2011 00:56:06 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of marty21

Manitoba (Canada)

2.73/5  rDev -19%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2011 17:39:41 | More by marty21
Photo of wschmit


2.53/5  rDev -24.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2011 05:20:43 | More by wschmit
Photo of JRed

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black in body with small floating tan head that leaves slight lacing. Aroma of tang, slight grape, hint of chocolate in background, and some grassy notes. Tastes of chocolate, cola, bitter chocolate, tang, hop bitterness towards the finish and then a dryness that rides through the end with tang/grape notes sliding on the sides of the palate. Medium-heavy bodied brew with pretty active medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2011 04:55:05 | More by JRed
Photo of LazyL

British Columbia (Canada)

3.03/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice dark black with a soft foamy mocha head. This is the best part as from here we go down hill.
The nose is very faint and I suppose there is a mild roasted malt here but very underwhelming. The taste is slightly sour and the sweet roasted malt is far in the background. The mouthfeel is creamy and perhaps a little oily.
You cant feel the high ABV and there was reasonable retention, otherwise this was alot of hype and little else.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2011 05:23:04 | More by LazyL
Photo of tito42


3.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1 pint, 6 oz. bottle. "Brewed in Canada" on label.

A: Nearly opaque with a very thick, foamy cocoa head. Great head retention and lacing.

S: Roasted malt with some chocolate and coffee notes.

T: Bitter, smoky barley, earthy hops, and a coffee flavor. Very flavorful but lacks balance.

M: Medium bodied and very creamy. A snap of hops at the end dries the mouth a bit but it doesn't linger.

D: It will be a pleasure working through 22 oz. of this beer. Seems stronger than 5.0%, this stout has bite. Not the most refined beer, but it has a lot of character.

I haven't had an Extra Stout from Ireland, but the Canadian product really fits the style description. I've read a lot of disappointment regarding Labatt brewing this beer, but it has a lot of character in my mind, doesn't taste like a macro at all. There is a hell of a lot more to this than Guinness Draught as available in the U.S.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 05:40:52 | More by tito42
Photo of leedorham


3.08/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a dark brown with a thin off-white head that dissipates quickly.

S - Not much aroma to it. There is a bit of roasted malt character and bready smell to it.

T - The taste is the better part of this offering. Some sourness to it with roasted malt in the background. Very little hop bitterness.

M - Thin and watery. Carbonated to style.

D - With a little body behind it this could actually be a pretty good beer. The thin mouthfeel and lack of aroma take it down a few notches.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 05:25:02 | More by leedorham
Guinness Extra Stout (Canada) from Guinness Ltd.
77 out of 100 based on 231 ratings.