Guinness Extra Stout (Original) - Guinness Ltd.

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

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84
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3,714 Ratings
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very good

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Ratings: 3,714
Reviews: 1,315
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 15.09%
Wants: 77
Gots: 684 | FT: 1
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Ireland

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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

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Reviews by Act25:
Photo of Act25
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

For my money, this is the beer to buy when confronted by a wall of mass.
Not the nitro, this one. It's a great session dry stout equal to any.

A: The thick head mounds and holds a convex shape above my glass, and the slowly descends into the man face on the moon, which becomes the bat face on the moon. Rich, thick, lacy.
Pours a tight, stiff, massive head from the bottom up; great retention w sheets of lace.

Smell: Stiff smell too, of roasted malt with pier woody, urban river, (the Liffey?) charcoal, coffee and a bit of dark fruit.

Taste: Follows the smell, with charcoal dominent: Roasty malts, with coffee and dark fruit then a modest bitter from grassy hops and a stiff, tangy sour note that adds complexity; the finish is long, woody, dry and roasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with low carbonation. Chewy, good with food and in black & Tans in a good way.

Overall: Extra Stout is brewed in Canada for US distribution. It's superior to any other low alcohol dry stout that I have found.

More User Reviews:
Photo of EHopkinsi
5/5  rDev +34.8%

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.

Photo of RoyalT
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
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

Photo of Todd
4.7/5  rDev +26.7%
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.

Photo of drunkenmess
4.48/5  rDev +20.8%
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

Photo of Tsar_Riga
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of Joe_Howard
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of erikkk
2/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of tectactoe
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
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).

Photo of ricke
2.63/5  rDev -29.1%
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.

Photo of ExtraStout
4.45/5  rDev +19.9%
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.

Photo of MadScientist
3.44/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Guinness Extra Stout Original produced in Canada 6% alcohol.

A- Pours a opauqe black fluid with tan half inch head that leaves nice patchy head from top to bottom of the glass.

S- Dark roasted malts and barley upfront with light and creamy expresso nose.

T-M- Taste is raw coffee beans and roasted malts with hints of expresso cream. Backbone is a tad alcoholic with mild alcohol esters tingling the tongue but all and all creamy mouthfeel.

D- Fairly drinkable and definitly an item if found on tap or nitro-tap.

Photo of sgoodship
3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice thick, finger width head. Darker stouty looking head than typical clean, white Draught head. Jet black color and seems less translucent than Draught. Unable to see any settling through the blackness but you can catch a glimpse of the nice mahogany color around the edges against the light. Really good lacing. Looks tasty.

S: Familiar strong, stale bitterness of Guinness but turned up to 11. It's a harsher smell for sure. If you love Guinness, you can appreciate the unapologetic overtness of this stout. It has elements of that stale brewery smell which I like but it might not be for everyone.

T: Very bitter. Again, if you like Guinness, you can appreciate it but I can see how some would find it a little harsh. You get a good amount of the familiar coffee flavor but I think the subtler chocolaty creaminess that people like in the draught is in danger of getting a little lost. It's a straight up, taking no prisoners stout taste. As with Draught, the aftertaste is more pleasant than the bitterness of the taste. It mellows out after the swallow and then stays with you for what seems like a very long time.

M: Good amount of carbonation. It was more lively in the mouth than I expected it to be. It feels thinner than the creamier Draught which was a little surprising because of the very strong taste.

D: I like to have one of these once in a while. At home in the UK, old and pregnant ladies still drink this for health reasons. Between having this old-school wholesome association and growing up drinking great Guinness on-tap, I have to say I am biased. Having said that, I can't drink many of these. The bitterness of it is a little too much for me.

Photo of Dmann
3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is my first Guinness in about 2-3 years and it will not be my last. It poured a very dark brown color, almost black, with a nice thick brown head that took quite some time to die down. The first smell that hit me out of the bottle was the hops, followed by a hint of chocolate and coffee. It pretty much tasted like it smelt: a good hoppy bite at first with coffee and chocolate undertones as you swallow it down. The mouthfeel was wonderful, with just the right amount of thickness and carbonation. The last Guinness I had was the draught and I enjoyed this one much more. Great beer!

Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Guiness Extra Stout is SO MUCH better than the draught that it is hard to believe draught is the more popular one.

Whereas the draught is mostly bland, uncarbonated, limp, lifeless, and flavorless, the Extra Stout is (to me) what a real stout should be.

The appearance is great: nice large caramel colored head. Fluffed and full of lacing.

Kind of a neutral nose - not too much of anything distinctive stands out.

Taste is great - bitter, full bodied, and roasted. The bitterness is great. I'd have to say its more bitter than most stouts I've had. However, it dies away to reveal a roastyness in the finish that is very pleasing. Great aftertaste. Also has carbonation, which is what the draught Guinness is sorely lacking.

This is a great beer that works just as well for a session beer as Guinness Draught does, except Extra Stout tastes so much better. I've had it before & I'll be having it again - many times I'm sure.

Photo of BeerDreadz
3.51/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have this beer right from the bottle and it was really cold.This beer have a nice dark color with a brown almost golden head ,it looks like melted chocolate. Very nice taste, like a hard coffee.The mouthfeel is a little bit different but i really like it.

Photo of grynder33
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured dark with a one inch head, musty smell on first nosepass, deep roasted malt on second, carmelly mocha on third. Seemed to have a highly charged mouthfeel, first taste was a dry coffeish taste, surprisingly light. Before I started tasting other highly ranked stouts, I used to think this brew had the strongest roasted malt first taste in existence. Now it seems ordinary.

Photo of Beaver13
3.36/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a dark black/brown with a frothy tan head that retains fairly well and laces the glass.

The aroma is musty yeast, metallic grains and some chocolate.

The flavor is grainy chocolate,coffee and a little slightly sour fruit with a burnt roasted bitter finish that lingers in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium with some sharp carbonation.

Overall, a decent dry stout. It's much better than the nitro draught, but I've had much better stouts.

Photo of generallee
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a short brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: It has a very dark brown color that appears black and very opaque. Its head is thick and foamy with a tan color that leaves behind light tan lace on the glass.

Smell: The aroma has dark roasted malt grains with a light hint of some nice aromatic and grassy hops.

Taste/Mouth feel: There is a full robust roasted grain flavor with a hint of brunt sweetness that quickly turns dry with some grassy and floral hops at add a perfect balance of bitterness to stand up to the malty goodness. On the palate it is starts of smooth then turns very dry and crisp inside of a very drinkable medium body with a nice bitter fading finish.

Notes: It's much fuller in flavor and body than its nitro injected Cousin Guinness Draft.

Photo of Guden
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Very dark brown with tiny bronze highlights peeking through. Head is a large 4 finger off white which fades reasonably quickly leaving a large foam of irregular lacing.

S- Some roasted notes and deep caramel sweetness, sugary toast would be the best comparison.

T- Not quite as dense as the nose with the roasted barley bitterness and light black coffee tones dominating with just enough sweetness to balance but not much more. Just a touch of puckering sourness which doesn't over power the bitter but seems a bit out of place despite the style.

M- Slightly chewy and dense with brisk enough carbonation (medium levels) to make it feel really nice on the tongue and go down quite easy. Probably the best characteristic of the beer.

D- Pretty dense and strong but definitely a drinkable stout with out too much going on to keep me from coming back and a great feeling in the mouth that sets it up well alongside food.

Photo of Jason
3.16/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date, product of Canada.

Appearance: Big chunks of tan foam stick to the glass, lace thins out a bit but the retention is great. The pitch black colour lets no light through.

Smell: Light roasted barley with hints of charcoal and coffee, light sweetness in the nose as well.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Medium crispness with a slick bitty mouth feel, burnt flavours seem a bit crass. Luckily a touch of sweetness pushes it aside for a brief moment. Hops are there with a processed bitterness and then more astrigent burnt grain comes in. Finishes dry.

Drinkability & Notes: This is not the Guinness Extra Stout I grew up with, being that it is not the real stuff from Canada in the US it does not surprise me but still it is disappointing.

Photo of Rifrafboy
3.13/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First, I want to say that what I drank was from Canada. Despite the same packaging, it is not the same stuff from Ireland. I was disappointed. That being said, on to the review. Poured dark with a dark head. Considerable lacing. Taste is very malty, with any hoppiness not easily tasted. Finish is smooth. I am very sad that I can't get the original black stuff. You could almost chew it.

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Guinness Extra Stout (Original) from Guinness Ltd.
84 out of 100 based on 3,714 ratings.