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
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4.39/5 rDev +18.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A proper Guinness is never wrong at any given moment, and the bottled version of this I got on my local pub was very good.
I think that this is a bit tastier than the regular Guinness Draught 4,2 ABV. But still I would very much like to try this on tap and not in a bottle.
Serving type: bottle
07-09-2014 19:40:26 | More by Alex-Alkis
Guinness Extra Stout (Original) from Guinness Ltd.
84 out of 100 based on 3,028 ratings.