1. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $14.99 (US/print only). Offer ends April 30. Subscribe now! (Because great beer deserves great stories AND readers.)

Guinness Extra Stout (Original) - Guinness Ltd.

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

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
84
good

3,652 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 3,652
Reviews: 1,294
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 15.14%
Wants: 70
Gots: 600 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Guinness Ltd. visit their website
Ireland

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: SixpointJMH on 11-12-2000

No notes at this time.
View: Beers (33) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
to view more.
Ratings: 3,652 | Reviews: 1,294
Photo of sinodux
2.78/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

This is the carbonated version of Guinness and is no where as good as the draft version or nitrogen tap.

Photo of bakkerman1
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Leinenkugel's snowdrift is better in my opinion. Oh yeah Buffalo sweat vanilla is good too.

Photo of Beeeeeerman
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Outstanding beer that I first drank in 1979 and have had many since. Consistent.

Photo of Good_Ale84
4.31/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

MUCH better than Guinness Draught!!!!

Photo of timontheroad
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown, almost black with a nice two finger fluffy tan head. Great retention and lacing. Plenty of dark roast malt smells, along with some slight sweet chocolatey/coffee notes. Taste was slightly bitter, but in a very good way. Lots of dark roast malt flavors and some light banana notes. Mouthfeel was pretty thin and almost watery. Overall, this was pretty tasty, but the mouthfeel seemed way out of place.

Photo of PeterD10
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Great beer. Great price. Plenty of body. Perfect for when you want a good old fashioned beer taste.

Photo of Urk1127
2.74/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

High carbonation. Very roasty burnt like malt. Not a huge fan but would drink if handed one.

Photo of CoffeePorter
3.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Has a nice look - black with a nice thick creamy/tan head that doesn't dissipate.
Smells very rich, some strong banana/bread notes.
Tastes watery with some bitterness. Some very mild hints of banana/roasted malt.
Feels very smooth with almost zero to mild carbonation.
Overall, it's better than a Guinness Draught, but nothing exemplary about it

Photo of jbertsch
2.9/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It's better than original draught, and tastes bigger (it is 6%), but it still manages to exhibit that cheap corn essence a bit in the nose and in flavor. It's not bad giving an even 3 is probably a touch generous.

Photo of RenzoD
4.06/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It may not please the beer snobs, but this is one of my favorite stouts. Such a smooth, delicious beer. Deep dark and black as midnight. Fat creamy head. Nicely bittered finish. Goes down so smooth and tasty. First time I have had one in about two years and I like it even more today.

Photo of KamPendragon
3.06/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

An alright beer. I found it quite a bit more bitter than a Guinnes Draught, and less creamy, but then again they aren't the same beer, so I don't know what I was expecting. Goes well with a spicy kebab.

Photo of Davepoolesque
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Roasted malt bitterness, thinner and creamy mouthfeel.

Photo of Chappellre731
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good for the type of beer not my fav but good

Photo of TBCE
4.36/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A great common beer. Can be found almost everywhere and is relatively inexpensive. Awesome black color with a substantial head when poured. Head does not dissipate quickly like in some stouts, which is good. Taste is slightly bitter. Always a decent treat!

Photo of Kmace929
4.66/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is My favorite Guinness, rich, full bodied, and smooth

Photo of mchegash
4.04/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - 4.25/5
Deep brown, can see reddish tinges around the edge of the glass. About 1.5 fingers of creamy beige head. The head retention is great and it stays around for a while. Can see some carbonation rising through the beer. Also decent lacing.

Smell - 4/5
Sweet, dark malts with an almost fruity flavor, perhaps banana, along with other flavors. I've always found it hard to put words to the Guinness Extra Stout flavor, but I know that I like it a lot.

Taste - 4/5
Tastes similar to the smell, but you get a lot more of the malts. Still some of that banana flavor, but may with some chocolate too. Like drinking a banana sunday. There are more sweet flavors which are hard to classify. Also, I get like a mineral/well-water aftertaste in my mouth.

Mouthfeel - 4.25/5
Medium bodied, slightly syrupy, smooth and very creamy, carbonation is moderate to light.

Overall - 4/5
Ever since I first had this beer, it's definitely been one of my favorites for casual session drinking. The flavor is unique, and quite tasty. Plus, it's a Guinness, and I've always had a soft spot for those great Irishmen who pioneered so much of beer history.

Photo of AwesomeFresh
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

V good standard beer. Cheap and easily available

Photo of bwood06
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Very thick and creamy khaki colored head. Head retention is very good. Beer itself is black with a bit of mahogany around the edges. 4.25/5

S - First note to hit my nose is raisin. Espresso is also present as well as a butteriness. Molasses and an umami note are present as well. 4/5

T - Dark fruit/raisins and molasses are two primary tasting notes that I get. Behind those I find roasted malt, a nuttiness, and espresso (along with its bitterness). Metallic flavor is present, especially on the back end. 3.75/5

M - Very heavy but also very dry. Finishes with a lingering bitterness that is very dry. 3.75/5

O - Good stout that I like every bit as much as the original Guinness. Metallic flavor throws me a bit but the rest of the beer is very enjoyable. 3.75/5

Photo of illpass78
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into my nonic on St. Patrick's Day.

Appearance: Pours a solid black with a one-finger tan head.

Aroma: Roasted malt, earth, some dark fruit, a little coffee. A little more aggressive than the canned draught variety.

Taste: Follows the nose. A little more booze burn than the canned draught, which is unsurprising, since it has a little more booze.

Mouthfeel: Fuller bodied than the canned draught. There are thicker stouts, but it does have some heft.

Overall: It's almost universally agreed that this is better than Guinness Draught, but I honestly like that one more. This is a bigger stout with more aggressive flavors, but Guinness Draught is what I think of when I want a Guinness - and when I want to make a black & tan or make a stout cake or do any of the other great things you can do with this beloved beer. All that aside, Guinness Extra is fine, it just doesn't make me forget all the other great stouts in the world.

Photo of Jeffsta1
3.12/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This is a good looking stout. Deep black.

But lets be honest it doesn't taste very good.

Soil, mushroom, burnt coffee. Long bitter finish.

Photo of Bali_hi
4.79/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle of guinness extra drank.

Photo of Telcocoffeedad
4.28/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Full body heavy mouth feel. Filling. Milky finish. Good amount of bitter to Balance the flavor.

Photo of Stirner
3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

It's the base-line stout. Never a bad idea.

Photo of goldenj999
4.39/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On a good tap almost like cream

Photo of JohnnyI
4.23/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours in to a Madra Rua proper Guinness pint glass with an opaque, dark color. Nearly black, but not quite. Mahogany and crimson highlights are around the base of the glass and where the light hits it just right. The chunky, towering beige head recedes very slowly, leaving mountainous peaks and plateaus near the rim. The aroma is heavy on raisin, cola and dark bread-like qualities. Faint molasses is present, as well. It's an intoxicatingly delicious combination, but not overpowering by any means. The taste brings black coffee astringency, with a little lime-like citrus bitterness from the combination of blackened malts and earthy hops. It's smoky and roasty with an herbal tobacco nature. Drying in the finish, almost puckering. It's flavorful, yet refined. With a body that coats the palate, yet remains moderate, this one strikes a good balance. If not for the creamy carbonation it might lack some depth. Overall, this is extremely easy to quaff. Especially for such a boldly flavored brew. At 6% ABV it retains a high degree of drinkability. Guinness Extra Stout is distinctly excellent. A quintessential Irish Dry Stout that still serves a measuring stick for the style.

to view more.
Guinness Extra Stout (Original) from Guinness Ltd.
84 out of 100 based on 3,652 ratings.