Guinness Extra Stout (Original) - Guinness Ltd.
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Reviews by mzwolinski:
3.73/5 rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5
Reviewing this beer is a bit like reviewing, say, a classic movie from the 50s or 60s. You experience it with the recognition that you are experiencing a classic, and so holding it to contemporary standards just doesn't seem quite right. After all, Guinness has set the example by which *every* stout that's followed has had to learn. It ought to get some credit for that, no?
Not that this beer would collapse if evaluated solely on its intrinsic merits. It's fairly attractive -- pouring a intriguing black with a very thin, wispy head. And the taste is quite good, dominated by a caramel-molasses malt sweetness and a surprisingly dry finish -- surprising, I suppose, because of the relative dominance of hops in the finish compared to its nitro-served sibling.
Still, the aroma leaves a bit to be desired. Black patent malt and a rather strong hoppy boquet combine to produce what strikes me, at least, as a somewhat astringent and off-putting aroma. And the flavor stands in need of some balance -- as it stands the combination of a relatively sour taste and high hop flavor seems a bt much.
But still, don't get me wrong. It's Guinness, and therefore (almost deductively) a good beer. It's a classic, and a deserving one, though there are almost certainly more drinkable and interestingly complex stouts on the market.
Serving type: bottle
09-08-2002 22:56:14 | More by mzwolinski
More User Reviews:
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
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
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
Guinness Extra Stout (Original) from Guinness Ltd.
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