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Guinness Extra Stout (Original) - Guinness Ltd.

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

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BA SCORE
84
good

1,277 Reviews
THE BROS
88
very good

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Reviews: 1,277
Hads: 3,757
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 14.05%
Wants: 79
Gots: 737 | 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: 1,277 | Hads: 3,757
Photo of aoampm
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can't believe I haven't rated this one! Obviously everyone knows this stout and it is a great go-to for me when in the need of solid stout. It is mildly flavored and not very bold whatsoever. Pours very dark and has a decent sized head and fairly decent head retention also for the style and ABV. It has a very dry finish which makes me usually only have one pint at the most. Normal stout flavors such as burnt malt, roasted chocolate, and maybe some coffee characteristics. This is a great beer but I would choose a bolder and more flavorful stout with a thicker feel over this beer ANY day. Cheers! (601 characters)

Photo of Soulshiner7
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

To start with, this is a great looking and pouring beer. It forms a nice thick head that lasts forever and laces well. The dark color hints at the strong scents of coffee and chocolate that waft up from the glass. It has a nice, heavy soporific feel, but follows with an unfortunate aftertaste. (294 characters)

Photo of The_Snow_Bird
4.59/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured nice and dark with no light coming through. Had a finger width dark caramel head. Could smell fruits and a burnt malts. Tasted just like what it smelled like, leaving a nice after taste in my mouth. (205 characters)

Photo of pcbnumber1
3.86/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

440ml can, poured into glass.

Appearance (Look): Deep brown to black. Head forms instantly, finishing a thick 2 finger cream colour. Lacy and stays.

Smell: Dark roasted malty smell. Slight coffee, dark chocolate. Strong.

Taste: Follows the nose, roasty and biscuit malts dominant, with some coffee and chocolate and dark fruits. Bittering hops. Fantastic arrangement and balance. Drying woody and bitter finish.

Mouthfeel (Feel): Medium to full body, pretty light carbonation. Smooth and creamy. Easy if you're enjoying it!

Overall: Full and bitter with a dominant roast but if you find that pleasant then you'll be back for more. (638 characters)

Photo of hotmailmsn
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

5.0% ABV, 341ml bottle.
A - dark really dark, opacity even under the light, with one finger brown head.
S - cocoa, coffee, toffee, roasted wood or maybe little bit burnt.
T - medium body, dry, unlike the other stout, it's more on the bitter side, not overpowering tho.
O - surprisingly better than I thought, for such massive production beer, will have it again if there's not much big stout during summer n you miss the taste of stout. (436 characters)

Photo of Godfatherbob
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very stouty.. There is a crisp and sharp smoky taste to this, malty but not overwhelming. Very balanced. Only criticism is that it is a bit one-noted. Great complement to the original. (184 characters)

Photo of vainosuomi
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark color, light brown head. Smell is of toasted malts. Taste is of toasted malts, with some coffee and chocolate. Heavier body, very light carbonation. Slightly bitter finish. (182 characters)

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

Original in pint bottle and in 12 oz bottle into various glasses.
A = 4. Attractive enough, essentially black. Nice tan head, fair retention.
S = 3.5 roast with some coffee and dark chocolate.
T = Dry roasted malt/coffee/chocolate. Classic Guinness taste.
M = dry, goes down pretty clean, not chalky like the nitrogenated form can be.
O = 3.5 A lot of great stouts out there. (375 characters)

Photo of sirlongfellow
4.09/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served from a 12oz. bottle into an English pu glass.

Look: Pours dark and black with about an inch and a half of a rocky tan head that retains. Still dark against light. Good lacing left on glass.
Smell: Roasty malts and chocolate are present in the nose along with some coffee. Baked bread as well.
Taste: Roasted and toast malts with hints of chocolate initially, than moving to more coffee like bitterness in the finish that does not linger.
Feel: Not as creamy as draught in my opinion, but still is very clean and very drinkable.
Overall: Very solid beer with great history for a good reason. Always a good choice in my opinion. (636 characters)

Photo of Libeertarian
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown, nearly black, glistens with the faintest red when held up to the light. Seems somewhat opaque, but really hard to tell. Head retains amazingly well. It's big, thick, desert-brown, and uniformly bubbled save for the top where bubbles are incredibly fine and form big fluffy pillows of carbonation. Smells of roasted malts, pale malts, and esters with strong notes of bread and vanilla, and fainter of caramel. To the taste, there's weak coffee and nuttiness as well as alcohol spiciness throughout, followed by vanilla, molasses, and smoke — almost tobacco-like from the hops — in order of appearance. Sharp but not too strong, rindy, smoky, bitter finish. Pretty low carbonation, making for exceptional smoothness, albeit with a pronounced gulp on the swallow due to astringent nature of the brew. That's alright, but personally, I prefer a little more fizz in my beer. I'd call it medium-bodied. Overall, good, but far from my favorite member of the porter/stout family. (987 characters)

Photo of WolfDJ1
4.62/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is as good as warm bread with butter. The flavor just melts over your tongue. By far my favorite stout, and in my top five favorite beer list. The flavor is of roasted malts with coffee tinges that just overwhelm the senses. Very well put together with a slightly bitter finish that tapers off to leave a pleasant aftertaste. I had this out of the bottle but Guinness on tap is far better. If you are a fan of stouts and dark beer than this is for you. (457 characters)

Photo of Carrier4
4.36/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It tastes better than the original draught, but it does appeal to the more hardcore stout crew. However it does lose some of the cool pouring looks that Guinness is famous for. It comes out kind of flat looking but taste is excellent. very bitter (249 characters)

Photo of ralph-pine
4.04/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

An "extra stout" high-quality, full of complex flavors and a very good presence. Ideal for very special occasions. Not to drink abundantly, but to savor with patience. (167 characters)

Photo of JHubner73
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I finally had my first Guinness Extra Stout last night. After years of enjoying beer, and in the last couple of years have really become a fan of porters and stouts, I felt it was time to give it a shot.

It looked and poured into my glass rather nicely. Upon further inspection it seemed a little thin for a stout, but the taste was good. It's nearly as strong as some other stouts I've had, but I can see the appeal.

Overall, it's a fine stout. Others have improved on this old school beer, but I think I'd purchase Guinness again. It went down smooth. (557 characters)

Photo of Pennd002
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This was my first venture into stouts and it switched me from an IPA man to porters and stouts. Not the best one, but a good one for sure. More filling than the draught, I think of it as an after meal type of drink when you don't want coffee. I recommend it for any stout fan. (276 characters)

Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.41/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A surprisingly laid-back stout. Leans a bit towards the chocolate end of the stout spectrum, but there is a little bit of a alcohol sting. Nothing major, considering Guinness make this out as their potent beer. (212 characters)

Photo of StoutHobbit
4.42/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Looks incredibly dark, especially when you're used to Guinness Draught, light tan foam that's fine and velvety
S: Like rye bread and coffee
T: It tasted like bread. A damn good bread
F: Very thick, pleasant, a bit rich
O: A good stout, a real stout. Very good, not my go to stout, but very good. (299 characters)

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled last night on 5/17/15 but had this a few times before. 12 ounce bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a vintage "GUINNESS" pint glass.

Brew pours super close to a pitch black in color with a thick creamy 1+-finger foamy beige head that actually lasted a while. Lots of lacing is seen when sipped that stuck to the edges of the glass, from the first sip to the last. The aroma is of roasted grains/malts with a hint of coffee and dark fruit (plum?). Pretty much is said for the taste also with even a light hint of cocoa powder. Pretty smooth and better than the regular Guinness. Good flavor with just a mild bitter finish. This is a good sipping brew with lots of flavor. Medium-bodied with perfect carbonation. (754 characters)

Photo of tumblingpenguin
2.46/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is a wannabe stout. ABV is low, flavor is weak, aroma is lacking. If it weren't for the color, I wouldn't believe it's a stout. I bought this only because there weren't any other stouts available at the time and I had never tried it so I figured I'd give it a chance. Next time, if this is the only stout available, I'll pass and go for a different style altogether. (371 characters)

Photo of spoony
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a 355 ml bottle to tulip (and snifter and pint...tasted multiple times). Reviewed from notes dated March 26, 2015.

A-The beer pours with dense mocha foam that leaves a surprising amount of lacing on the glass. It looks thin on the pour, and settles in the glass to a nearly-back color. Head retention is not bad.

S-The aroma is a nice enough mixture of roasted grains, coffee, some malt, mild lactic flavors and a bit of plum fruit. Not bad, actually.

T-The taste is more fruity than I recall with suggestions of plum and grape to go along with the cocoa, milk sugar, chocolate, and roasted flavors.

M-The body is light to medium in heft. The beer is a little sticky with a moderate amount of fine carbonation.

O-This beer won't be winning any awards from me, but it drinks well enough. Not a bad example of the style, actually. (838 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 timontheroad
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown, almost black with a nice two finger fluffy tan head. Great retention and lacing. Plenty of dark roast malt smells, along with some slight sweet chocolatey/coffee notes. Taste was slightly bitter, but in a very good way. Lots of dark roast malt flavors and some light banana notes. Mouthfeel was pretty thin and almost watery. Overall, this was pretty tasty, but the mouthfeel seemed way out of place. (412 characters)

Photo of CoffeePorter
3.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Has a nice look - black with a nice thick creamy/tan head that doesn't dissipate.
Smells very rich, some strong banana/bread notes.
Tastes watery with some bitterness. Some very mild hints of banana/roasted malt.
Feels very smooth with almost zero to mild carbonation.
Overall, it's better than a Guinness Draught, but nothing exemplary about it (345 characters)

Photo of jbertsch
2.9/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It's better than original draught, and tastes bigger (it is 6%), but it still manages to exhibit that cheap corn essence a bit in the nose and in flavor. It's not bad giving an even 3 is probably a touch generous. (213 characters)

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

It may not please the beer snobs, but this is one of my favorite stouts. Such a smooth, delicious beer. Deep dark and black as midnight. Fat creamy head. Nicely bittered finish. Goes down so smooth and tasty. First time I have had one in about two years and I like it even more today. (284 characters)

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Guinness Extra Stout (Original) from Guinness Ltd.
84 out of 100 based on 1,277 ratings.