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Guinness Extra Stout (Original) - Guinness Ltd.

Guinness Extra Stout (Original)Guinness Extra Stout (Original)

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2,863 Ratings
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Ratings: 2863
Reviews: 1208
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 15.14%

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Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: guinness33 on 11-12-2000)
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Photo of barnzy78


3.89/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L - dark brown with some ruby hues when held to a light; huge, rocky light brown head slowly fades leaving all kinds of lacing
S - creamy, roasty, chocolate
T - big bitter roasted barley flavor, cream, dark chocolate
F - smooth, creamy, dry and astringent finish
O - it's been awhile since I've had this one, but it was nice to come back to.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 23:57:03 | More by barnzy78
Photo of againes


4.23/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of the go to stouts for me when Sierra Nevada Stout is not available. Good bitter, roasted flavors are prevalent with a nice carbonation and lacing in the glass. I dont think the aroma does the look and taste justice. Although the nose isn't bad, it could be better as it just does not stick out to me as being strong enough.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 16:47:24 | More by againes
Photo of tmm313


3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Black with mahogany hues around the edges. Poured a thick 3 finger head. Great lacing.

S- Sweet. The first thing that came to mind was grape kool-aid. Behind that, there's some roasted malt and a touch of coffee.

T- Dark fruits and sweetness up front. After that, it is mostly dominated by roasted malts. Some subtle notes of caramel, chocolate, and light citrus/earthy hops in there, too. Finish is roasty with some bitterness and big char.

M- Medium light body. Drying with an almost puckering bitterness.

O- I'm not the biggest fan of this one, but it does have its own unique place in how this obsession got started for me. I like it much more than the first time I had it, but I still find it too overpowering in char and bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 14:23:41 | More by tmm313
Photo of danimal9393


4.14/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A dark heavy feeling beer. I liked it but it doesn't smell very good, but taste makes up for it. Not to bitter not to sweet a great mixture! Cost compared to beers of equal stature is comparable at $8.49 a six pack. Not a beer I would buy frequently, but defiantly a worthy beer of taste.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2014 23:31:16 | More by danimal9393
Photo of Retroman40


3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a deep black with a long lasting tan head with great lacing.

S - Lightly roasted malt with some sweetness.

T - Chocolate, coffee and toasted malts with a hint of hops.

M - Rich and creamy with a smooth dry finish.

O - A great stout that never gets old.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 09:52:02 | More by Retroman40
Photo of BB1313


3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours black with a little light getting through; small tan head that fades leaving nice lacing and retention. The aromas are pretty malty. Lots of cocoa and some hints of vanilla. Some hazelnut. Some graham cracker in the mix too. The flavors have a solid bitterness going on. More chocolate. Slightly roasty. Hints of expresso. Pretty earthy. Somehow, it remains clean and refreshing. It finishes dry. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium-bodied. It's thin with very active carbonation. It's pretty smooth and easy to drink.

This is a nice example of the style. It's also a nice versatile beer to cook with.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2014 19:41:50 | More by BB1313
Photo of Beric


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

Serving: Bottle into pint
Served: 17 Mar 2014

Appearance: Pours a thick black beer with amber red highlights around the edges, especially if held up to the light. Has a dirty brown head that quickly dissipates, but leaves fantastic lacing.

Smell: Roasted coffee and dark, almost burnt chocolate smells with a sweet overlay. The sweetness is a bit off, but not awful.

Taste: Soft notes of dark roasted chocolate with an espresso-like bitterness on the end. Some caramel malt sweetness coming through but not much to detract from it. A nice assertion of roasted malt flavors over a soft, somewhat sweet malt backbone. Finishes semi-dry.

Mouthfeel: Decent carbonation- not too much but enough to make it lively.

Overall: I fear many may conflate this beer with Guinness Draught, but rest assured, they are two very different beers. This is a great, easy-drinking stout with good flavor, body, and alcohol presence. Won't knock you on your feet, but has considerably more body than Guinness Draught. Would recommend.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2014 17:46:06 | More by Beric
Photo of Kuaff


3.44/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

It was St. Patrick's Day. Why not re-try a beer so popular on that day, for the first time since before I was even what could be called a "beer drinker?" In a mug somehwere between fridge and cellar temperature.

A nice three-finger, pale khaki head sits on a very dark (not opaque black) beer with some cola accents.

It has a weak aroma of earth, chocolate and vanilla... I think. It's kind of hard to pick up much of anything.

There isn't much flavor at all save for a little tartness, until the finish, which is earthy and smoky. That's about it.

The feel is pretty good and full for a stout.

A simple, yet still fairly tasty, stout.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2014 03:50:02 | More by Kuaff
Photo of constantine_272


3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark brownish black with reddish tints, a truly odd combination. Khaki tan head with a good thin layer of retention. Medium low carbonation. Not seeing the signature nitro look out of the bottle, but still not bad.

S: Rich sweet milk chocolate. Sweet malt. A little bit of sweet banana bread with spice and coriander.

T: Rye grain with hints of burlap start off this beer with some sweetness and chocolate. Very high in maltiness with barley and oats and along with sweet creamy butter. Very restrained on the dark roasted flavor, but hints of coffee come through. The huge malt is balanced nicelyas it finishes very crisp with a good balance of hops and carbonation as well as a little cinnamon spice. If anything the crisp finish is the star of this overall.

M: Finishes a medium dry with a medium body. It has some weight, but not quite like a big alcohol heavy barleywine. Carbonation is a nice palate clensor but a little dryness persists and builds shortly.

O: Wow, this is not what I think of when I think Guinness. I'm used to the big black opaque frothy waaay over roasted monster. This beer is actually nicely balanced and has a depth of flavor. The red tints in such a dark beer are quite fascinating. In fact, it almost tastes like an amber mixed with a stout. I may have to buy this again... Not the other stuff...

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2014 01:52:03 | More by constantine_272
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear but opaque jet black in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and cola brown highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy light tan head that slowly reduces to a large thin patch covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of roasted malts with the slightest hint of coffee beans.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of roasted malts with some notes of freshly ground coffee. There is a light amount of bitterness in the finish which does not linger for long.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and creamy with a light amount of dryness towards the finish.

O: Even though it is probably no longer in vogue, I still enjoy a Guinness from time to time - reminds of my early days into drinking beer beyond BMC in the early to mid 1990s. Sessionable, easy to drink, and still enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2014 18:44:55 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of Swettenham_Shire


3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Happy St. Patrick's Day 2014! Guinness is a must drink each year in March. Gotta love the dark bold flavor and smooth taste of this beer. Not something I can drink frequently, but one every once in awhile is perfect.

A: black color with 1-2 inch white head
S: basic stout stench
T: smooth drinkable flavor; great with fish and chips
M: thick and creamy; don't drink too cold (room temp is best)
O: hard to berate this beer. It's a classic!

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 03:57:06 | More by Swettenham_Shire
Photo of SanWrencho


4.11/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When Guinness was first brewed in Canada, there was a noticeable drop in quality. It used to be my go-to stout, but after they stopped brewing it in Ireland for sale in USA, I stopped drinking it. I found it for sale at my local grocery store and decided to buy it in honor of St. Patricks day and I am glad to give a thumbs up review. It is much closer to the Ireland brewed version and is quite tasty. It has a superb balance of malt and hops and is full flavored but not overwhelming. Kudos to Diageo for bringing back the traditional flavor instead of some ill conceived adaptation to "American" taste.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 04:39:37 | More by SanWrencho
Photo of WunderLlama


4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can poured into a pint glass

I love the cascade of taupe bubbles as they rise to the top of of this dark brown classic stout. A beautiful, thick creamy taupe lid caps the beer. Lacings on the side curtain the beer glass.

Aroma of roasted malts, coffee and sweetness

Smooth, sweet roasted malt taste. No bitter aftertaste but the linger of the malt.

The lack of carbonation is the surprise of this stout and makes it quite drinkable, glass,after glass.

What's there not to like about a well poured glass of Guinness Stout? Oh my goodness, my Guinness!

Serving type: can

03-13-2014 02:16:46 | More by WunderLlama
Photo of Jimmycubs


4.86/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Not normally into higher end beers but this one is perfect. Head is thick and creamy. Goes down SMOOTH. It's served closer to room temp and tastes better that way. I've bought a 6 pack before but cold out of the fridge just isn't anywhere nearly as good. Best by far of all stouts I've ever had.

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2014 15:50:24 | More by Jimmycubs
Photo of MaddenDalyBrokaw


3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of my first loves. Pouring out of a bottle for the first time... ever?

Not quite impenetrably dark. Lovely head, strong lingering lace.

Subdued aromas of malt, caramel, chocolate.

Rich, layered taste. Malted barley, confidently bitter, substantial weight. Flavors leave fairly quickly, but a mild malty bitter remains minutes later.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2014 01:26:03 | More by MaddenDalyBrokaw
Photo of SpenCycle


3.29/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A- pitch black, a finger thick head. Good lacing.

S- biggest note is roastiness. Coffee and barley are noticeable as well.

T- strong tasting beer. Not for those who don't like dark beers. Chocolate and roast stick around in the back of the throat. Bitterness is definitely present and works reasonably well with the malt and darker flavors.

M- big mouthfeel, quite carbed for a stout.

O- one of the better stouts I've had, however there are quite a few porters and dark ales that I would choose instead. Probably the best guinness-made product on the shelves.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 01:20:59 | More by SpenCycle
Photo of ONovoMexicano

New Mexico

3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Finger thick head, chewy-looking and khaki-colored. The liquid is pitch black, opaque and coffee-like.

S- A bit of a disappointment for me as far as aroma. There's some sweet malt aroma, some dry roasted malt and a curious bitterness and slight sour mash smell.

T- The taste is a big improvement from the nose. I got sweet molasses and malt first, then a hint of hops, and dry, coffee-like dark roasted malts. The aftertaste is the always desired and delicious baker's chocolate.

M- Dry bitter finish, light medium body, good balance of sweet and bitter. There's more effervescence than I'd normally expect from a stout, so that was a bit of a drawback.

Still, this beer really surprised me. I remember strongly disliking Guiness in my younger days, but this beer here is a very enjoyable stout. If not for the disappointing nose, I'd say this beer was great.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2014 22:41:12 | More by ONovoMexicano
Photo of barczar


3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours an opaque deep brown with a rich, thick, frothy tan head that won't quit.

Roast malt, earthy hops, a hint of chocolate, and nutty, toasted notes form the aroma. There's a slightly buttery character present.

Flavor reveals roast malt throughout, which is accented by a nutty, toasted malt layer, finishing with licorice and a hint of char. Earthy hops provide a bitter note in the aftertaste.

Body is moderate, with low carbonation and light alcohol warmth.

Much more roasty malt character than the original. Great depth of flavor. There's a minerally quality that is slightly offputting.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 18:33:48 | More by barczar
Photo of kcrosson492


3.31/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

While in Ireland grab a pint of Guinness, that is exactly what I did (a couple times).

A-Nice thick head (approximately 3'') with a dark body. Great separation of head and body.

S-The smell is welcoming but not as strong as one would expect.

T-Not a ton of taste but still enjoyable.

M-It is an interestingly feel on the tongue and cheeks. Thick and creamy beer.

O-It is a great beer and a must drink on tap. I am not as appreciative of the flavor while in a bottle. For best results, get a plane ticket and head to Ireland. I would not suggest drinking this over and over.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2014 02:11:56 | More by kcrosson492
Photo of RaulMondesi


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

Sometimes you look in the fridge and you just have to take what you can get. And like a microwaveable super pretzel after midnight, this beer is not that bad.

Overall, the thang is a bit muted like my baby mama during Jeopardy, but thats ok - at least its not off putting. Um, it tastes... like not much. Pretty much average down the line.

Goodnight, my babies.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 06:47:50 | More by RaulMondesi
Photo of metter98

New York

3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is jet black in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation around the edge of the glass. It poured with a finger high dense tan head that took a long time to die down, leaving a large patch of bubbles that nearly covered the entire surface, a collar around the edge of the glass and lacing down the sides.
S: Light to moderate aromas of roasted malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell, but doesn't seem to be that roasty and also has notes of coffee beans and slight amounts of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, dry, quite smooth, and a bit airy and creamy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: It's been a very long time since I first had this beer, but after several thousand different types of beer in between it still seems to have some nice complexities and is very much sessionable. It's definitely a lot more interesting compared to the draught version.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 01:55:38 | More by metter98
Photo of Sipzzz


3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Had this straight from bottle and poured. Found best results with a heavy thumbed pour at 90degrees, the added air smooths out the mouth feel. Straight from the bottle is not as smooth as the other Guinness beers, highly recommend pouring.

Appearance is nice in glass, Dark bottom to light topped head which dissipates over 3mins, smooth dark body.

Smells like Guinness! Slightly stronger which adds to the bitterness of the drink.

Tastes like a dry Guinness draught with a signification amount of bitterness. I found this takes away from the overall enjoyment of the beer since the bitterness covers the flavors in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is not as smooth as the other Guinnesses, i am disappointed by this. I'd say this is actually a very mouth drying beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2014 05:15:22 | More by Sipzzz
Photo of T100Mark


4.51/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 12 ounce bottle poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance - Pitch black (completely opaque). Big, lumpy tan head that never entirely disappears. Plenty of foamy stickage all over the glass. Visually, this beer is close to perfect.

Smell - Sweet, toasted malt. Carmel.

Taste - Sweet, toasted malt with just enough hops to keep everything in check. Marmite. Walnuts. Herbal. Delicious!

Mouth - Big. Oily. The carbonation is fine yet prominent.

Overall - It is difficult to review a beer that is so iconic. Is it possible to view a 1965 Porsche 911 and be completely objective about the design? No. I've been enjoying this beer for many, many years. To my palate, this is the stout which all others stouts are measured against.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 02:49:04 | More by T100Mark
Photo of Mike_Moe


2.6/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Has the appearance of a bold stout. It has a good head, but the pour is like a light lager, not a stout.
Aroma: The aroma is not impressive.
Flavor: The beer is missing the flavor expected of stout. This beer is too light for a stout, feels like a light ale.
Overall: A good dark colored beer, but lacking the boldness, aroma and flavor of a stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2014 08:28:00 | More by Mike_Moe
Photo of ThePaintedGrey


3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into English pub glass.

A: Pours pitch black, and lets little-to-no traces of light shine through, even when I hold up my cellphone flashlight to the glass. Guinness' trademark tan head sits majestically—about three fingers thick—atop the blackness. The head eventually deflates a bit, leaving some nice splotches of sticky looking lace down the glass. The head quickly becomes a creamy 1/4 inch cap that has incredible retention. It's there until the last sip.

S: Roasted malts with some hints of dark, black coffee. A very tiny bit of chocolate sweetness manages to find its way into the nostrils. Not detecting any hop presence, but the coffee-like aroma is pleasing enough for me.

T: A gentle molasses up front that offers a bit of sweetness. The sweetness doesn't last long, however, as it's quickly dominated by a very prominent bitterness reminiscent to a moderately strong brewed dark roast coffee, served black. I'm not detecting any of the chocolate notes my nose picked up, nor does any of the malty sweetness return (not that a black coffee drinker like myself is complaining). A very slight and short-lived appearance of hop flavor can be noticed as the beer makes its way down.

M: This is where Guinness seems to let me down a bit... For a brew that looks so thick and delectable, and boasts some well-rounded flavors, the mouth presence is a tad bit weak. While not thin or watery, it's just not as thick as I'd like it to be. After the first half of the pint is through and the head is barely holding on, the body of this one is very... average. While I can't exactly talk bad about this, I can't really praise it either.

O: At the end of the day, Guinness Extra Stout is my "go-to". Six-packs of it are easy to find, they're cheap, and a beer this dark usually scares away the BMC drinkers and keeps them from snagging one of my bottles while I'm not looking. While I'm not out here praising Guinness as the best beer in the world (because it's not), I can honestly say that I spend more money on Guinness than I do any other beer in the world. Very solid, very affordable, very worth it. Every time.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2013 05:16:11 | More by ThePaintedGrey
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Guinness Extra Stout (Original) from Guinness Ltd.
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