Dismiss Notice
Get FREE shipping on all US orders of $25 or more from the BeerAdvocate Store.

No promo code required. Offer valid through 4/30.

Ready to gear up? Start shopping →

Guinness Extra Stout (Original) | Guinness Ltd.

YOUR RATING = None |
BA SCORE
84
good
1,323 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,323
Ratings:
3,980
Avg:
3.7
pDev:
26.49%
 
 
Wants:
92
Gots:
941
For Trade:
0
Guinness Extra Stout (Original)Guinness Extra Stout (Original)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Guinness Ltd.
Ireland | website

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by SixpointJMH on 11-12-2000

View: Beers | Events
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 1,323 | Ratings: 3,980
Reviews by 1Adam12:
Photo of 1Adam12
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Actually not bad. Black with a tiny head. Very malty with small notes of coffee, maybe some chocolate, but mostly malt. Quite hoppy for a stout IMO. Bitter aftertaste that i'm not so fond of, but thats just me. Something that I could drink more than once though.

 262 characters

More User Reviews:
Photo of Todd
4.7/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 12oz short brown bottle. This particular batch was brewed under license by Labatts Breweries in Toronto, Canada ... dispelling the common belief that all Guinness in Boston comes directly from St. James Gate.

Appearance: Black as night, with a rather creamy tan head; semi-sticky and dissipates rather quickly.

Smell: Earthy esters, dark malts, mild aromatic hop bouquet of floral.

Taste: Smooth upfront with a nice rich malt flavour. Some rounded malt sweetness pulls thru (almost get some molasses out of it, and some ripe dark fruits), but it gets swept away by a hop flavour that is a bit lemony, puckering. There's also a dryness to the brew that is amplified by the hop snap. The dryness carries thru in the after taste, along with some earth/grain husk flavours.

Notes: This is the real Guinness, in my opinion. Known and labeled as their "Original," and actually, orginally, their Porter product during the 1700's (becoming their Stout in 1799). An exceptional Stout! The 60/40 nitro-injected stuff you get at the pub today is fairly new to this world (1961) -- it hardly stands up to this brew.

 1,129 characters

Photo of EHopkinsi
5/5  rDev +35.1%

Had any Guinness there might be on tap while on honeymoon with my wife in Ireland. It's pretty good to start with, but if you've ever had it in its home country, at the beginning of the biggest adventure in your life, with the love of your life, in a tiny pub, with a two minute pour and fresh salmon supper- you'd probably give it a five, too.

 346 characters

Photo of RoyalT
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one was beautiful right out of the bottle. It poured a dark brown in color with a full, heavily-tanned puffy head. The foam showed a lot of retention as it laced the inside of my glass on its way down.

Smell – The rich, roasted malts are very subtle here at the nose. I can pick up some good brown sugar as well. The aroma here is simple yet very pleasing.

Taste – The roasted malts come out sharp and raw at the taste. They are very bitter and need every grain of the sweet brown sugar compliment. The beer has an overall coffee flavor to it that’s very enticing.

Mouthfeel – This medium-bodied Stout has some bitter black burnt flavors with some good dryness in back of the tongue. I would have liked to have seen a bit more body to go along with the huge flavors, but overall the mouthfeel was good.

Drinkability – It isn’t the most balanced Stout on the market, but it is raw and edgy and a great effort from such a high-volume brewery

 976 characters

Photo of drunkenmess
4.48/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Genuine gold baby. Loved this beer first time I drank it few years back. Finally decided to review it. One of the most exciting beers to pour n drink, for me. Pours ridiculously dark with an instant foamy head all thru the pour. Finishing with a thick darkend tan head. Ultimate thick lacing that stays. Smells of burnt sweet fruity nuttiness to me. Goes down smooth with a little bitter bite at the the end which fades as it warms. Tastes of faint dark fruit, roasted nuts or malts with a little burnt toast that fades. Finishes bitter but like I said it fades as it warms. Overall one of my favorites. Always will be. Cheers

 627 characters

Photo of Sixpoint
4.8/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Guinness for Strength! What a great beer. Let's face it - Guinness has set the standard for dark beers worldwide. Without Guinness, many people would never drink anything darker than a pilsner.

I've had Guinness on four different continents... not bad for a beer that is dark as night.

The beer poured a deep black color, but not completely opaque. There was a bit of light shining through the bottom and sides of the glass.

Wonderful aroma of roasted malts and fruity esters, and just a hint of hops too.

What balance - nice roasted malt flavor coming through with a decent amount of bittering hops. 6.00% by volume? That's definitely a strong and robust beer for an Irish Style Stout.

This beer was thin to medium-bodied, and left me wanting more. Ok, I think I'll have another.

 796 characters

Photo of Tsar_Riga
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Solid black with brown edging, full tan head, fading very slowly. Lacing of the first order.

S - Full roast malt, tobacco and coffee, chocolate nib.

T - Following the nose, with a gradual fade to bitterness. Slight minerality in the close, with a bitterness that hangs around on your palate until it is reset.

M - Silky and smooth, fairly light, all told. The dry close is mild but persistent.

O - An old favorite; full and tasty. If it is fresh and well handled, this shows why Guinness is stout for so many people.

 528 characters

Photo of beersareonme
5/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Total winner. There is no other stout. None. This truly is the king of the stouts. I've always tried to find another stout option, but no luck. Guinness - simply the best.

 176 characters

Photo of Joe_Howard
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black with a creamy light tan head. Smells like fresh coffee. Tastes like coffee pretty much as well, and while it is very bold and bitter it's incredibly smooth and easy to drink. Compared to the Guinness Draught it is bigger and better in essentially every way, most noticeably with regards to taste and mouth feel.

 323 characters

Photo of adamhdg
4.63/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: deep, dark, rich blackness with a beautiful tan head
S: malt and coffee
T: strong flavors of coffee and chocolate
F: smooth
I: loved it more than any other up until now

 176 characters

Photo of Lucular
2.99/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I'm not digging the aroma (big time) and flavor (to a lesser degree) of floral notes and light fruit. Not the dark fruit flavor that is great in darker ales, but some weird lighter stuff that doesn't fit. My least favorite Guinness variety.

 240 characters

Photo of ClarkWoods555
2.61/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

It looks beautiful, but I never understood why every single time I have one bottle of this stuff, it tastes awful. The smell is coffee mixed with alcohol. However, the entire experience when I drink it is bland. It's mouth-feel is oily and it tastes like burnt water.

I stopped drinking this a few years ago.

I recommend this if you like dark beers, I am not a fan of them no longer.

 386 characters

Photo of erikkk
2/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

pending pending pending pending pending

39 characters

Photo of Resiferi
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had in a bomber for ~$2.50, a great deal all considered. Not a ton to say that hasn't been said already, it's popular world wide for a good reason. An extremely drinkable example of the style, shies away from the strong roasted flavor or apparent bitterness of some other stouts to a surprising degree, making it go down quite easy.

Smells fairly generic, though seeing as how it's a genre setting example so to speak, it's not really unexpected. Most stouts smell like Guinness rather than vise versa. Same as for the feel, smoother than the usual beer, not to the point of nitro but a notable lack of carbonation kick. A good thing for the taste I would say.

A good if slightly high ABV session beer, nothing out of the ordinary but nothing of concern either, a good standby and obviously available pretty much anywhere under the sun.

 840 characters

Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I always seem to pick up some Guinness or Beamish once every few months,pours a pitch black with a creamy off white head.The aroma is of roasted malt with some light fruitiness.Taste is cofee-like and highly roasted with a metallic aftertaste.Hey its a classic and readily availabe I go back to it alot.

 303 characters

Photo of davemarc87
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of cam477
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of tectactoe
3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep brown color, almost ruby in some spots allowing light to shine through without too much trouble; khaki head, doesn't last for long and doesn't leave any lacing behind on the glass. The aroma is faint and difficult to pick up on; roasted barley, malts, grains, and honestly not much else. You might be able to say mocha or coffee, but I'm just not getting any of it. Maybe some very, very faint, dark fruit sweetness, but that's about it. Taste delivers a bit more than the aroma; roasted and charred malt and barley, toasted grains, nice alcohol presence, grapes, wine-like sweetness, slight bitter coffee; hop profile is dry, ashy, and proves to be more bitter than expected, but not overwhelming. The alcohol flavor is surprisingly noticeable despite being only 6% ABV. Medium body with a medium-high amount of carbonation; the brew finishes very dry and almost even crisp on the palate.

Not the best offering out there, but I would choose this over the Guinness Draught almost any day (unless my goal was to drink as much beer as possible).

 1,057 characters

Photo of ricke
2.63/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Dark brown (but nowhere near black), the liquid is clear. A medium-sized off-white and rather airy head settles into small lacings.

S: Dark malts with a gentle roasted character, and notes of chocolate, wood and dark fruits. Perhaps a hint of caramel.

T: The taste is bland from start to finish. A fragile semi-sweet malty backbone with a mild bready and roasted character. A hint of fruitiness mixes with quite a lot of caramel. Perhaps a hint of wood. The finish is mildly bitter, but since the bitterness has nothing to play with, it seems out of place. The beer finishes with a mild hint of hops and a prominent taste of minerals.

M: Moderate body, lots of carbonation with unpleasantly sharp bubbles. Medium-dry finish. This not good, not good at all.

D: This might be one of the most insipid stouts I've ever encountered. It lacks flavor, aromas, mouthfeel, everything. It's not bad, it's just plain old boring. This one would stand out as meaningless in a whole universe of nothingness.

 1,003 characters

Photo of ExtraStout
4.45/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love this brew. The "Extra Stout" is twice the brew of the Guinness draught. It's richer, creamier, has more bite and alcohol for the same money. I like my brew more on the bitter side and this gets me there. FYI, if you work in tight spaces with others you might want to take the next day off.

 296 characters

Photo of MadScientist
3.44/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very dark, almost completely black but allowing a strong light to shine revealing a very dark brow with a deep garnet hue and good clarity. The persistent light-tan head is made of compact bubble.

S: Moderate coffee and dark molasses aromas with some roasted barley notes. There are no hops nor diacetyl aromas. A light dark fruit aroma as well.

T: Well there the moderate roast with a grainy sharpness right up front per style. There is a moderately-low flavor of unsweetened chocolate along with a some molasses. The is a moderately-light hops bitterness and no perceived hops flavor. The balance between bitter and sweet is about even. The finish is dry with a coffee like aftertaste.

M: It seems kind of thin even though it's medium to medium-full bodied with a moderate carbonation.

O: It seems pretty fruity for the style but it's the way my brain adds the molasses and the dark to seem stronger than they really are.

 933 characters

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

Just wanted to put down some notes on this one because I can never remember how it tastes. I guess that is because the taste is somewhat muddled. There is naturally a base of deeply roasted malt with a punchy coffee character that co-exists less than harmoniously with an odd fruitiness that somehow rides through on the metallic finsh. I liken it to the fruit character I find in some lagers like Stella Artois.

Despite this lack of cohesiveness I count this as actually quite smooth for an extra/ imperial/ big stout or whatever. The alcohol is very restrained and the bitter characters are blunted well. It is still hard to imagine drinking this in the heat of the Carribean, but maybe thats is a different brew? Guiness is so confusing when it comes to branding.

 770 characters

Photo of withliterature
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Tiernan
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of ccapurso
3/5  rDev -18.9%

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Guinness Extra Stout (Original) from Guinness Ltd.
84 out of 100 based on 1,323 ratings.