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Guinness Extra Stout (Original) - Guinness Ltd.

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3,564 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,564
Reviews: 1,269
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 15.41%
Wants: 60
Gots: 518 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: SixpointJMH on 11-12-2000

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Photo of whiplash3825
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an impressive near-black with a pillowy mocha-colored head that sticks around with lots of lacing. Kinda like a Coke float!

Nice roasted malt & biscuit smells along with a hint of alcohol.

Taste is pretty good... malt, light coffee and chocolate but with some hop bitterness in there at the end. Dry finish.

Mouthfeel is silky and smooth with about a perfect level of carbonation.

Easily drinkable, and MUCH better than the Draught!

Photo of Schwarz04
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Dark chocolate brown with a creamy tan/sienna head. As I drank it it left one of the nicest Lacings I've seen in a long time.

Smell - Faintly bitter barley smell at first later accompanied by a roasty coffee-like aroma.

Taste - The two most predominent tastes up front are bitterness and less obvious hints of sweetness. (Coffee-like)

Mouthfeel - Creamy and very smooth. Perfect amount of carbonation. However it leaves a bit of dryness afterwards.

Drinkability - Very smooth and quite tasty, I could easily drink 2 mabye even 3 in one sitting.

Photo of soilguy
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark black color with a tan head. Roasted coffee aroma. Taste is strongly of roasted malts with a barely noticeable hop flavor. Mouthfeel is seems thin, probably because I, like most people, are used to the rich feel of the nitro-tap. This is a good dry stout, but there are many better examples available now.

Photo of Buschyfor3
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a freshly cleaned 14oz mug.

A: Deep, dark brown - about as brown as you can get before the color turns black. Color matches the burnt, roasted scents. Pour forms a thick, dense and creamy beige head, two fingers thick. Heavy lacing leaves a film of tiny bubbles down the sides of the mug with each sip.

S: You name it, it's ROASTED! Roasted malts, roasted barley and roasted oats. Big, nutty (almost beefy) aroma. In a word, this beer is "robust" in its roastiness, even if it isn't overly complex.

T: Those roasted flavors really come out strong - big, burnt notes, like burnt toast and burnt popcorn. Gradually mellows out (just like the label on the bottle suggest - "the robust, mellow flavors of Guinness") into a finish with a distinct grainy, bready flavor, almost akin to eating a stale piece of wheat bread.

M: Not super thick, but definitely beyond what I would call a medium body - call it medium-full. Slightly chewy, and slightly oily in the mouthfeel, but not to the point where it coats the mouth and throat like some milk stouts or Russian Imperial Stouts.

D: 6% ABV, this remains easy to drink, especially if you can pair it with a hearty meal.

Guinness Extra Stout is quite a solid, flavorful Irish stout. While I do enjoy the extra creamy mouthfeel of a Guinness Draft, especially when it's on a nitro tap, sometimes I just feel like taste of the regular Draught leaves something to be desired. This stout provides just that bit more heft of roasted flavors that pairs quite well at the dinner table with most grilled meats.

Photo of alfistheman
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was about to leave this beer a hardcore F or D, but noticed it was an Irish Dry Stout. After reading the description I understood this is not an American Stout... it is described as a thiner, bit more bitter, and sometimes highly hopped stout.
Considering this... I have only had Guinness Extra Cold Draught in the Irish Stout Cat so I really can't diss on this beer as I almost did...
It pours a dark black, on the thin-medium body side, with tall thin mud color head that slowly settles. It leaves a nice set of laces at the begginning, but fades quickly as the glass goes down. A nice thin layer of head develops as it drops, bread and chunky like on top.
The taste is kind of thin, bitter, with very litte chocolate notes and an odd bitter roasted malt, almost too thin. What saves it for me is the hops, nice English Style, sweet, floral, with that woody aftertaste. At first I hated this, until I read DryStouts can have a moderate does of hops.
As for drinkability its rather thin, but has that slick oil taste from the hops, NOT the malt, which I do truely love. If you are a big malt guy and like Rasputan or Old Chub style... this isn't for you. If you like English hops, bitter thin malt, and a bit of breadiness and grain mixed in there... Try this beer out. Persoanly I wish I had the Old Rasp instead... Just my 2cents!

Photo of alexAK
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chocolate-like color, though not quite a full black. Head settles into a thin lace but remains consistent.

Aroma is a little muted but pleasant and guards the character of this stout.

Hops combine with subtle coffee aromas providing a filling but not over-powering flavor. The bitterness is almost a little weak, but lingers enough to be satisfactory. This helps because the mouthfeel is not as full as I'd like.

Overall very drinkable, but lacks some of the complexity of the foreign export version. I have a soft spot for Guinness though and this stout gets my whole-hearted approval.

Photo of NClifestyle
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Extra Stout offers a very dark brown body, with a fluffy tan head of thick foam. Nice sheets of lace down the glass.
Smells of sweet fruit aromas, sharp with a zing.
Taste is not very ‘stout-like’ but more porter-esque. This beer is sweeter, and has less bitterness than it’s nitrogen infused compatriot. A floral, fruity hop presense is also detected in the back of the mouth.
Extra Stout has moderate carbonation, with a nice tingle all over the mouth, with a medium mouthfeel. It is not as easy going as the nitro can beer, but it proves the better overall version of Guinness, in my opinion.


Photo of armock
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a basically black color with a tan head that leaves lacing

S - Is of roasted malt

T - Follows the smell of roasted malt

M - Theres a good bit of carbonation in this beer for a stout

D - This is much better than the draught version this is a good enjoyable sipper

3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - 3" tan head with very good retention. Dark brown stout. Head leaves full-on foamy lace.

S - Mild roasted malt. Light coffee.

T - Iron. Molasses. Roasted malt in finish. Dry. Slight bitterness.

M - Medium bodied stout. Low carbonation. Smooth.

D - Very drinkable. Definitely sessionable. A little bit bolder malt profile would improve it in my book.

Photo of charlesbyrd
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: As the beer enters the glass, it presents itself as a dark, ebony brown. As more of the viscous liquid fills the glass, the opacity increases until finally it reaches a jet-black state. The head is shorter than I expected and slightly chunky, with bits of foam clinging together and floating about the glass.

S: A prevalent sweetness at the fore, like that of milk chocolate and caramel. Not as roasty as other stouts I've had, but the dark malt is definitely there.

T: The same sweetness from the nose is still there, but only as an afterthought. A surprising citrus hop kick is the first notable flavor. The other characteristic stout flavors that I was expecting have to push through this tangy flavor, but they still make themselves known. Not what I expected.

M: Much lighter on the palate than I would've thought, this beer just reaches medium body. Carbonation is a little high and detracts from the smoothness of the finish.

D: Not at all what I expected, but that's not a bad thing. I still think the nitro-Guinness has this beat on drinkability for it's creamy smoothness, but Guinness Extra is a more flavorful beer.

Photo of spiffysamurai
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearence: Coming out of the tap the beer itself had a very dark brown appearence.

Smell: This beer has the epitome of roasted malts scent if i have ever smelle roasted malts.

Taste: The taste is begins like coffee and chocolate but not quite a bitter as normal coffee. Doesn't leave a terrible aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: The thickness of the beer leaves the drinker interested.

Drinkabilty: A very smooth beer to drink yet thick, almost need a fork to eat it. I kid. The beer is very drinkable.

Photo of HochFliegen
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this one into a pint glass and was welcomed with a frothy tan head on top the dark liquid. Head stayed around till it was finished. Not as creamy a head as out of the nitro cans. Smell was strong with roasted malt flavors along with coffee and chocolate scents. Slightly sweet smell as well almost carmel like. This beer is dry to the taste with powerful roasted malt flavors and hints of coffee and chocolate much like the smell. Bitter and dry in the after taste.

Photo of oldirtycaffrey
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had one from a 22oz bottle & loved it, even though I'd prefer to have tried it from a tap. Appearance is black, smell has a slight roasted malt aroma, and it's taste is slightly bitter with traces of chocolate/coffee. Mouthfeel is great -- not a lot of carbonation and goes down smooth. Overall, I enjoyed this slightly more than Guinness Draught b/c of the higher ABV%. :) Has a full flavor which will warm you up, and enough of a bite to calm you down. I don't know if that makes sense...

Photo of naterock
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured into a guinness pint glass. Deep brown that isn't quite opaque, still some light sneaking through. Thick off white head.

Smells rich of roasted malts and bitter chocolate.

Bitter malt upfront, with a sweetness that lingers. unsweetened chocolate and a hint of espresso. Not bad.

Mouth is heavy and bitter with a cloying finish. possibly the only thing i don't care for about this beer. Drinks fairly easy on a cool day. Definitely a step up from Guinness Draught

Photo of seangroves
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Dark black with more than a finger of head.

Malty and roastedness come through strongly with a mild hint of hops.

Very malty in the beginning and middle with a slight bittering at the end that leaves a drying aftertaste.

light body with a strong taste of carbonation but a decent smoothness.

Easy to drink another due to a mild abv of 6% and the overall smoothness of the beer and the distinctness it brings.

Photo of xav33
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Guiness Extra Stout
Recent bottling, imbibed 09/06
Medium hard pour in an English pint glass

Poured black with deep brown mahogony outer edges with a huge mocha fully lasting rocky head with excellent lacing.

Smelt of moderate molasses, with faint deep roast, and coffee.

Taste was upfront moderate lactic sourness and light sweet molasses followed by a strong bitter burnt aftertaste with accompanying moderate acidity that dies with faint fruity esters and light semi dark chocolatey sweetness that all blend nicely in a long finish. Mouthfeel was medium body, slightly dry, lively carbonation, with moderate astringency.

Overall, it still bites strongly like a classic beer that one can always fall back on.

Side note: The pale ale base does seem to give it a more watery feel than it used to. The flavor remains mostly unaffected though.

Photo of magine
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After my last experience with the draught cans (hello taste where did you go) I was a little less then excited to try the Stout again - although I remember it being a nice brew.

Poured a bottle into a mug and watched the nice dark stout rise to the top with a nice creamy tan head. Nice lace retention.

Smells like a sweet coffee/malt or something along those lines.

Tastes malty and nutty just like the smell almost; like a coffee.

Drinkability is very nice I could drink eight or ten of these tonight and have a good time. This is the Guinness I remember, this is a nice treat. I forgot how good it was. This will be the only Guinness to drink for me from now on.

Photo of marcobrau
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

St. Patrick's Day yesterday, so what better time to take a critical look at Guinness Extra Stout.

This is the first stout and really dark ale that I ever tried back in 1992 and I'm happy to report that it's still a decent ale. I poured this bottle into a stemmed tasting glass, which helped to generate a lovely rocky, light tan head and very fine bead of carbonation. The color was opaque; with no hints of ruby, just dark as night.

This Guinness Extra Stout had a little bit of a burnt toast aroma with some vinous notes. It still tasted good to me, with some espresso coffee flavors and a bitter, dry finish. I couldn't pick up much in the way of hops, except for some earthy, slightly spicy hops up front. Most of the bitterness seemed to come from the roasted malts in the form of some bitter espresso type flavors. As the beer warmed up to room temperature I noticed a very slight sourness.

This was definitely the best Guinness Extra Stout I've had in the last couple years. I followed this up with a can of Guinness Draught, which wasn't as tasty.

Photo of fitzy84
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a six pack recently. Appearance has some brown-black look with a frothy head and thick lacing on the side. There is a light roasted aroma of hazelnut, chocolate, raisin, and malt. Nice taste with a sweet malt mixed with hints of dark coffee. I liked the mouthfeel to this; it was a good, creamy drink, but it was not too heavy thanks to the carbonation. Overall, pretty darn good.

Photo of Kromes
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours black with ruby edges and a thin tan colored head.

Roasted malt and coffee aromas with some faint dark cherry.

Roasted malt flavors up front with a more noticeable dark cherry flavor. There are also some mineral and peat and earthy hop touches to it. Finishes dry with a lingering roasted malt bitterness.

Medium body with good carbonation. Smooth feel to it.

A nice dry stout. Flavors are strong and blend well.

Photo of Tylertut
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%

Photo of Spence7103
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%

Photo of BMoney575
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 10-12-09

Pours completely black with a nice off-white head that lasts forever. Huge lacing lines the glass as the beer recedes. Very pleasant.

Smell is thin, a little beery, with sweet malts coming through. Maybe a little smoke on the finish.

Taste is mild, with strong flavors of smoky malt and biting hops. More bitter than you might expect, but better for it. The finish is sweet, with another hit of smoke.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, but it suits this beer well.

Drinkability is very good, the flavor and thin mouthfeel are a winning combo.

Overall, I didn't really like Guinness until I bought this sixpack. I'm a fan now.

Photo of semihobo
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Couldn't find a date on the bottle. Pours with a big billowy tan head that grows well after the pour. Settles into a thick cap, with lacing down the sides before I even drink it. And it's in a 20 oz Guinness glass... this beer, so hot right now. The top of the head looks like a milkshake.

Smell is subued but gets bolder as it warms. Roasted malts and milk. A spicy hops finish.

Very dry taste, mostly rich dark malts and with a perceptible touch of hops before finishing with a dry touch of freshly ground coffee and some bitterness from the hops. Could be a little stronger, but it's tasty.

Body is medium, carbonation creates a nice smooth texture, as predicted by the slow rising head on the pour.

There is nothing wrong with this beer. However, its taste lacks a compelling element that would keep me coming back. Overall, very well executed. I don't really value appearance in a beer, but this one is a beaut. I guess they've sold enough cases to get the technique down pat. Challenges the belief that large market share = bad beer. AB, are you taking notes?

PS -- my carbomb days are mostly behind me, but as an enthusiast of mixed drinks involving beer, I _have_ to recommend that everyone try at least one. What are you waiting for?

Photo of Gunnar12
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%

Guinness Extra Stout (Original) from Guinness Ltd.
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