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Guinness Extra Stout (Original) - Guinness Ltd.

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

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2,859 Ratings
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Ratings: 2859
Reviews: 1208
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 15.14%

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Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: guinness33 on 11-12-2000)
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4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: midnight black, almost imperceptibly brown; 3/4" of rich, dense, creamy tan head; unbroken sheets of lacing with discernible bands
S: malt and very mild coffee, milk and cream, something earthy like straw
T: mild, woody/fiber taste, elements of roast coffee
M: dry, bitter, smooth and creamy
O: A near-perfect sessionable stout, could be improved by a depth of taste or nose, but is flawless for what it is.

20oz / Pint Glass / Victoria Gastro Pub, Columbia, MD

Serving type: nitro-tap

12-17-2013 04:14:11 | More by RandomExile
Photo of BTFU


4.33/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served at O'Bryan's Nine Irish Brothers, West Lafayette, IN

Winner of Best Pint of Guinness in the United States awarded by Diageo (parent company of Guinness)

The environment definitely added to my experience, but that's what pubs and bars are supposed to do. Besides, part of the Guinness experience is to feel like you're in Ireland.

A - It takes them a couple minutes to pour your Imperial pint, but as soon as it is in front of you, you know that it was worth the wait. The head is perfect each time, with just shy of an inch of creamy head. The body is solid black and if you pay attention you can see the bubbles going both up and down in the beer (gotta appreciate the little things in life!!)

S - Some good roasted barely notes and some sweet/smokey caramel scents. This is the only part of the beer that doesn't live up to the rest of it.

T & M - Amazing combination of roasted notes. It changes as it first hits your mouth all the way through until you swallow it and take a breath. Each step in between allows you to get a different element. There's a hop element as you first take it in that is pronounced but not too powerful. It finishes dry with a hint of coffee.

O - Guinness can sometimes taste a little far on the roasted flavors, but that is really dependent upon what's going on around you (smoke, food, other beer scents). I loved the entire experience and it's a great change of pace from all of the more intense ales around.

Serving type: nitro-tap

02-13-2012 21:51:02 | More by BTFU
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4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of my favorite Stouts I've tried to date. Poured from a Guinness tap into a branded pint glass.

Appearance: Absolutely beautiful to watch, and makes you anticipate what you are about to drink. A very thick 3 finger head, and the very unique waves that cascade down the glass like waves in the ocean. The bubbles flowing downward are very unique also, and a treat for the eyes.

Smell: Roasted malt, a bit of barley, coffee, and a tiny tiny bit of hops.

Taste: The malt comes through at first, and fades into a coffee and caramel flavor. The barley and hops come through very gently at the end to show you they are there, but they take a back seat to the other flavors.

Mouthfeel: thick, but very smooth. It feels substantial, but it doesn't allow the flavors to linger and allow you to meander and explore the beer.

Drinkability: Goes down pretty easy, and is a great beer to enjoy with a meal, especially something good and heavy, like corned beef or something.

Verdict: An Irish favorite, and one of mine also.

Serving type: nitro-tap

09-20-2010 02:10:04 | More by RRoeb1123
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2.25/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I ask the question? Is there anything more mesmerizing than watching a Guinness settle, I didn't think so. The beer is black color with hint of a brown and red along the sides of the glass. A creamy thick head, tan to light beige in color, settles at quarter inch high and not going anywhere. A chocolaty aroma at first scent, then a mild bread fragrance with a slight grassy scent at the end. A strong dark bread flavor, along with heavy malt flavors. Those flavors blend to mild chocolate taste, then moving to a mild citrus bitterness, with a touch of pine, those last flavors linger on the palate for some time. Though it looks thick, mostly due to the head, it has rather a thin watery feel at the front. It does gain some weight as it reaches the back of the throat, leaving the palate fairly dry. This is a visually stunning and beautiful beer, the aroma and flavor are very lackluster and the feel reminds me of a macro brew, with out the strong carbonation. Though this beer is in many ways is supposed to be the standard it falls short.

Serving type: nitro-tap

11-07-2009 22:17:28 | More by cameraman
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4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a beer for everyone. The thick cola dark pour and the 2 fingered head is a beauty to see, as well as a treasure to drink. Malty, caramelish flavours blend well to create this masterpiece. Nose mostly malty, with just a slight hint of caramel. The taste is what I've expected, matches the nose, not thick, not thin, just sit back and enjoy this stout.

Serving type: nitro-tap

04-28-2009 20:22:57 | More by thequeen711
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West Virginia

2.7/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had a pint at the 'fabled" College Lunch, a local hang out.
Dark black like in the glass with a very creamy head and amazing lacing. This thanks to the nitrogen I figure.
Taste was not really impressive. Burnt bitter taste with an "ashyness" to the finish that I didnt really enjoy.
Not impressive at all.

Serving type: nitro-tap

01-17-2009 12:13:07 | More by dmamiano
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4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had to do a classic. Pours out of the tap as black as can be and takes several minutes to settle, just as it should. And it is always so gratifying watching those tiny bubbles rise to form the two finger tan head. Smells of malt with a hoppy/floral undertone. The flavors are rather simple in a way. Guinness tastes like Guinness! Malt, some maple and coffee undertones, bitter in the middle and a dry hoppy finish. As clean and as smooth as beer can be made. Refreshing, hearty and filling. A classic for a reason.

Serving type: nitro-tap

08-19-2008 02:52:45 | More by thekevlarkid
Photo of hdofu


4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An impressive looking beverage. While not my favorite stout, it is a pleasant and enjoyable beverage. The color is dark brown with a light tan head which remained consistent til the bottom of the glass. The smell was of chocolate. The taste was malty with a hint of milk chocolate. The feel on the tongue was smooth and it made for a quite drinkable beverage.

Serving type: nitro-tap

04-06-2008 02:44:23 | More by hdofu
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I did not develop an appreciation for this beer until my trip to Ireland. This ubiquitous brew is the country favorite and not a bad one at that. I tried this one in each pub and kept going back to it time and again. After a careful pour by the bartender, the beer must sit for several minutes to settle and ready itself for drinking.

It comes in its own special Guinness glass and is a dark dark brown color topped by a very creamy tan head that when poured correctly, is one finger high and slightly over the lip of the glass. The head leaves a good amount of sticky lacing.

The aroma is a nutty malty smell that is faint but is apparent. The taste is very smooth and easily drinkable. The taste is fully carbonated and again nutty and mildly malted. You really have to take in consideration the style of this beer to be objectionable, after becoming a beer snob, because it does not compare to american stouts or imperial stouts. It is in a class by itself. The mouthfeel is very light and smooth and again, an easy drinker.

Serving type: nitro-tap

03-23-2008 02:03:18 | More by abcsofbeer
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5/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the stout of all stouts, not too harsh, not to mild. Just right. Started drinking it when in Sweden for School. My irish classmates convinced me to try it. after 3 days I was hooked, now I can not go to any bar with out ordering it. Now i go to all the Guinness Nights at our local bars. yes, i am addicated and loving it.

Serving type: nitro-tap

02-27-2008 17:41:26 | More by kaboose72
Photo of mynie


4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Guinness Stout? On tap? Well, this is something that I just need to try.

And my god is it tasty.

The best-looking Guinness I ever bought. Much more opaque than usual, still the same fine, perfect head.

Smells kind of faint like roasted malts. Coffee and chocolate all burnt and sweetened. This is good, but too faint.

Tastes great. The burnt coffee bean taste of Guinness, along with a fine chocolate maltiness. In the back, and this is the kicker, is a very nice kiss of roasted hops. The bitter taste in leaves in your mouth is divine.

Serving type: nitro-tap

12-30-2004 01:35:04 | More by mynie
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3.89/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L - dark brown with some ruby hues when held to a light; huge, rocky light brown head slowly fades leaving all kinds of lacing
S - creamy, roasty, chocolate
T - big bitter roasted barley flavor, cream, dark chocolate
F - smooth, creamy, dry and astringent finish
O - it's been awhile since I've had this one, but it was nice to come back to.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 23:57:03 | More by barnzy78
Photo of againes


4.23/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of the go to stouts for me when Sierra Nevada Stout is not available. Good bitter, roasted flavors are prevalent with a nice carbonation and lacing in the glass. I dont think the aroma does the look and taste justice. Although the nose isn't bad, it could be better as it just does not stick out to me as being strong enough.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 16:47:24 | More by againes
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Black with mahogany hues around the edges. Poured a thick 3 finger head. Great lacing.

S- Sweet. The first thing that came to mind was grape kool-aid. Behind that, there's some roasted malt and a touch of coffee.

T- Dark fruits and sweetness up front. After that, it is mostly dominated by roasted malts. Some subtle notes of caramel, chocolate, and light citrus/earthy hops in there, too. Finish is roasty with some bitterness and big char.

M- Medium light body. Drying with an almost puckering bitterness.

O- I'm not the biggest fan of this one, but it does have its own unique place in how this obsession got started for me. I like it much more than the first time I had it, but I still find it too overpowering in char and bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 14:23:41 | More by tmm313
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4.14/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A dark heavy feeling beer. I liked it but it doesn't smell very good, but taste makes up for it. Not to bitter not to sweet a great mixture! Cost compared to beers of equal stature is comparable at $8.49 a six pack. Not a beer I would buy frequently, but defiantly a worthy beer of taste.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2014 23:31:16 | More by danimal9393
Photo of Retroman40


3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a deep black with a long lasting tan head with great lacing.

S - Lightly roasted malt with some sweetness.

T - Chocolate, coffee and toasted malts with a hint of hops.

M - Rich and creamy with a smooth dry finish.

O - A great stout that never gets old.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 09:52:02 | More by Retroman40
Photo of BB1313


3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours black with a little light getting through; small tan head that fades leaving nice lacing and retention. The aromas are pretty malty. Lots of cocoa and some hints of vanilla. Some hazelnut. Some graham cracker in the mix too. The flavors have a solid bitterness going on. More chocolate. Slightly roasty. Hints of expresso. Pretty earthy. Somehow, it remains clean and refreshing. It finishes dry. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium-bodied. It's thin with very active carbonation. It's pretty smooth and easy to drink.

This is a nice example of the style. It's also a nice versatile beer to cook with.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2014 19:41:50 | More by BB1313
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4.06/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: Bottle into pint
Served: 17 Mar 2014

Appearance: Pours a thick black beer with amber red highlights around the edges, especially if held up to the light. Has a dirty brown head that quickly dissipates, but leaves fantastic lacing.

Smell: Roasted coffee and dark, almost burnt chocolate smells with a sweet overlay. The sweetness is a bit off, but not awful.

Taste: Soft notes of dark roasted chocolate with an espresso-like bitterness on the end. Some caramel malt sweetness coming through but not much to detract from it. A nice assertion of roasted malt flavors over a soft, somewhat sweet malt backbone. Finishes semi-dry.

Mouthfeel: Decent carbonation- not too much but enough to make it lively.

Overall: I fear many may conflate this beer with Guinness Draught, but rest assured, they are two very different beers. This is a great, easy-drinking stout with good flavor, body, and alcohol presence. Won't knock you on your feet, but has considerably more body than Guinness Draught. Would recommend.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2014 17:46:06 | More by Beric
Photo of Kuaff


3.44/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

It was St. Patrick's Day. Why not re-try a beer so popular on that day, for the first time since before I was even what could be called a "beer drinker?" In a mug somehwere between fridge and cellar temperature.

A nice three-finger, pale khaki head sits on a very dark (not opaque black) beer with some cola accents.

It has a weak aroma of earth, chocolate and vanilla... I think. It's kind of hard to pick up much of anything.

There isn't much flavor at all save for a little tartness, until the finish, which is earthy and smoky. That's about it.

The feel is pretty good and full for a stout.

A simple, yet still fairly tasty, stout.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2014 03:50:02 | More by Kuaff
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3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark brownish black with reddish tints, a truly odd combination. Khaki tan head with a good thin layer of retention. Medium low carbonation. Not seeing the signature nitro look out of the bottle, but still not bad.

S: Rich sweet milk chocolate. Sweet malt. A little bit of sweet banana bread with spice and coriander.

T: Rye grain with hints of burlap start off this beer with some sweetness and chocolate. Very high in maltiness with barley and oats and along with sweet creamy butter. Very restrained on the dark roasted flavor, but hints of coffee come through. The huge malt is balanced nicelyas it finishes very crisp with a good balance of hops and carbonation as well as a little cinnamon spice. If anything the crisp finish is the star of this overall.

M: Finishes a medium dry with a medium body. It has some weight, but not quite like a big alcohol heavy barleywine. Carbonation is a nice palate clensor but a little dryness persists and builds shortly.

O: Wow, this is not what I think of when I think Guinness. I'm used to the big black opaque frothy waaay over roasted monster. This beer is actually nicely balanced and has a depth of flavor. The red tints in such a dark beer are quite fascinating. In fact, it almost tastes like an amber mixed with a stout. I may have to buy this again... Not the other stuff...

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2014 01:52:03 | More by constantine_272
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North Carolina

3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear but opaque jet black in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and cola brown highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy light tan head that slowly reduces to a large thin patch covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of roasted malts with the slightest hint of coffee beans.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of roasted malts with some notes of freshly ground coffee. There is a light amount of bitterness in the finish which does not linger for long.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and creamy with a light amount of dryness towards the finish.

O: Even though it is probably no longer in vogue, I still enjoy a Guinness from time to time - reminds of my early days into drinking beer beyond BMC in the early to mid 1990s. Sessionable, easy to drink, and still enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2014 18:44:55 | More by dbrauneis
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Happy St. Patrick's Day 2014! Guinness is a must drink each year in March. Gotta love the dark bold flavor and smooth taste of this beer. Not something I can drink frequently, but one every once in awhile is perfect.

A: black color with 1-2 inch white head
S: basic stout stench
T: smooth drinkable flavor; great with fish and chips
M: thick and creamy; don't drink too cold (room temp is best)
O: hard to berate this beer. It's a classic!

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 03:57:06 | More by Swettenham_Shire
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4.11/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When Guinness was first brewed in Canada, there was a noticeable drop in quality. It used to be my go-to stout, but after they stopped brewing it in Ireland for sale in USA, I stopped drinking it. I found it for sale at my local grocery store and decided to buy it in honor of St. Patricks day and I am glad to give a thumbs up review. It is much closer to the Ireland brewed version and is quite tasty. It has a superb balance of malt and hops and is full flavored but not overwhelming. Kudos to Diageo for bringing back the traditional flavor instead of some ill conceived adaptation to "American" taste.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 04:39:37 | More by SanWrencho
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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
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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
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Guinness Extra Stout (Original) from Guinness Ltd.
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