Guinness Extra Stout (Australia) - Guinness Ltd.
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3.4/5 rDev -2.3%
A: Pours a black color with a creamy tan head that fades to good lacing.
S: Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and a bit of nut in the background.
T: Taste of roasted malt, almost burnt, coffee, some chocolate and bit of nut. Has that distinct Guiness bitterness and a dry finish.
F: Fairly medium body, smooth and creamy texture.
O: It is what it is, a stout to which others are compared.
06-02-2013 02:26:34 | More by soju6
3.15/5 rDev -9.5%
Large 750ml bottle of the Australian version (brewed by Lion under contract), purchased from Dan Murphy's in Alexandria.
Pours like no Guinness should ever pour, bubbly head and light bodied. Solid black colour at least, but the head is an abomination. Merely a film of largish bubbled beige foam. Some patchy lace. But really, this is not what Guinness or any Irish ale should look like. This looks like someone's put some flat black wort through the soda stream. It's just wrong.
Nose is quite spicy, with some dark notes of pepper and nutmeg, but also a sharp metallic character, and an oddly cardboard or plastic character: something slightly artificial. There's a charred mineral character as well, which is actually rather pleasant. It's not bad, but it's missing some smoothness, some sweetness, and some creaminess.
Taste is decent, but a little disappointing. Clean light entry with a spicy-mid palate, perhaps an apology for the lack of creaminess and the lack of true roast. Slight organic crushed floral characters, more of that fragrant spiciness, and stacks of metal. Indeed, there's a crispy aluminium character all over it, and some slight smoky Mexican spice on the finish. It's a little odd, and not at all really in character.
Feel is poor. Really bubbly, and yet light. In some ways it matches the disappointing characters elsewhere, but being consistently disappointing is not much of a recommendation.
Overall, this really feels like a poor mimic. It's fizzy, dank, only coincidentally roasty and very thin and weak. Having not tried the proper original version, I can only hope it's nothing like this.
03-09-2013 06:00:28 | More by lacqueredmouse
3.55/5 rDev +2%
A- Almost black with a caramel coloured head. Different to regular, old Guinness due to the lack of the nitrous widget. Good, irregular lacing.
S- Frankly, it just smells like Guinness. Not bad, but lacking in Stout character. Mainly, the smell is a caramel/malt mix with a slight hint of roasted coffee beans.
T- Not exactly what I was expecting, but pretty close. In addition to the caramel malty taste, there is a trace of dark fruit with some nice bitterness on the very back. Not overly impressive, but there is a definite improvement in this area.
M- Where I find regular Guinness to be flat and way too watery, I find this to be smooth and medium bodied. Not perfect, but I find this texture greatly compliments the palate.
O- Chances are, if you are a beer drinker, you have a strong opinion on Guinness. People who have a negative view on normal Guinness (myself included) should cast aside their judgement and give this a go. By no means is this something to write home about but for what it is, this brew is pretty good. Pairs fantastically with a nice, marinated steak.
08-09-2011 09:46:29 | More by aeolianshredhead
3.25/5 rDev -6.6%
Pours a dark as kola hue with decent carbonation that leaves behind a fast vanishing one finger head and some sporadic lacing,the smell is sweet chocolate,bittersweet coffee and dark sweet grapes,the mouthfeel is light bodied and a tad watery for my liking and has tastes of bittersweet dark coffee,milky chocolate,coccoa,dark fruits and finishes with a berry coffee dryness and overall the mouthfeel is too light for me and there are better IDS floating around and i admit they are few and far between but when ur placed with the options at a macro owned pub and i cringe to say this but this is better than the other macro swill they have on offer but not by alot cheers.
07-07-2011 13:20:05 | More by ADZA
3.33/5 rDev -4.3%
Had this once many moons ago... I remember the ABV being 6.9% and now it's 6 even, and brewed by the boys at Fosters (boo/hiss) under licence... here's hoping it doesn't taste like anything else they brew! Also wasn't sure which version to review this under (Australia or Original), as it's technically brewed in Australia (under licence) however many of my countrymen have reviewed it under the "Original" entry. I did both.
Poured from a 750ml "tallie" into a tulip Guinness pint (obviously not the whole tallie).
A: Appearance? Who doesn't know what a pint of Guinness looks like - jet black (technically deep ruby) body with a bone white head that sits thickly atop... actually, the head is different to the classic "draught" pint in that it sinks back down to a thin lacing like a standard (non-nitrous) brew.
S: It smells like the draught except a bit more pronounced; roasted chicory, malt grains and hint of caramel.
T: The chicory is quite up front and personal with this brew. There's a bitter note like burnt coffee and the caramel malts line the rest of the palate. Another thing that stands out is a smokiness that you would normally expect from a smoke beer. This is Guinness, but it misses the more refined flavours of it's draught cousin.
M: A flavour-heavy stout that is also quite watery. The carbonation reminds me why the nitrous primed draught is so much better; there's no smoothness here.
D: Overall an interesting in some ways (flavour, aroma) but lackluster in others (mouthfeel, lack of balance) vacation from Guinness draught that once again proves to me that they don't make it like they do in Ireland. It's worth a try and is still not bad, but the watery body is a major disappointment for me - with these flavours I would expect the viscosity of an engine oil.
Food match: For compatriots; Vegemite on toast. Everyone else; spit roasted pork or beef casserole with potatoes and gravy.
06-20-2011 08:58:04 | More by doktorhops
3.38/5 rDev -2.9%
Poured from a 375 ml bottle into a tulip glass. made in Australia by Diageo under license by diageo that owns the Guinness brand. obviously cheaper to make here than import, so i hope its up to scratch.
A- Pours a jet black with about a half inch of fluffy off-white head, that sticks around for the entire beer. looks good.
S- very roasty and savoury, a lot of malt going on, but you don't get much more than roasted malt, with a touch of sourness.
T- on the nose, the roastiness is there, but the sourness on the nose is much stronger when tasting, the raostiness is there, but too the background, tasty, but different to what i was expecting.
M- creamy and mouth-filling, but initially its the sourness that fills the mouth, before the roasty creaminess comes through. there is some length, but its could be better. feels a bit uninspired by the end.
O- for a beer made under license its better than most, but i had way better Guinness living in Ireland, and this doesn't compare.
06-09-2011 13:48:09 | More by shambeano
3.63/5 rDev +4.3%
Pours well, one finger head, and lacing stays for the whole drink.
Moderate aromas of malty caramel are followed by similar, but fuller, tastes. The taste is a real 'builder' and by the end of the bottle some real 'chewability' is noted and it beomes quite meal-sized. Some chocolate, caramel, cream and even some cashews also comes through.
In context - I am newer to stouts than other styles.
Worth a go...
04-27-2011 12:04:16 | More by heygeebee
3.88/5 rDev +11.5%
appearence is attractive brown with tan head on half an inch.
Smell is burnt malts, very nice.
Taste is malty and a nice irish stout like.
Mouthfeel is good.
Overall is four because it's widely available, quite decent, and is acceptable to macro-only douchebags.
03-24-2011 10:26:26 | More by philphilphil
3.48/5 rDev 0%
Pours black with a large, persistent, rocky, light-tan head. Nose shows a fair bit of chocolaty roasted malt along with a load of sweet caramel and some light fruity hops. Flavours are quite potent, with loads of roasted barley becoming almost burnt (too much black patent?). Later on some burnt caramel shows, with a long roasty bitterness finishing it up. Body is too watery for such a powerful brew.
01-02-2010 10:23:54 | More by CrazyDavros
Guinness Extra Stout (Australia) from Guinness Ltd.
80 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.