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Guinness Extra Stout (Original) | Guinness Ltd.

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

Brewed by:
Guinness Ltd.
Ireland | website

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by SixpointJMH on 11-12-2000

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Reviews: 1,327 | Ratings: 4,003
Photo of OldSwampy
4.26/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

it's hard to rate such a classic when I also have a long history with this beer -- but here we go.

Color is clean, dark, dark brown with a stiff khaki head that leaves amazing lacing rings and other patterns on my glass. Bubbles are abundant and form an inverted fountain on first pour. Carbonation and head persist as the stout is drunk. Nose is roasty, toasty, and full of caramel notes, though it could be stronger. Taste is even more caramel malts with a distinct roasted grain layer. A subtle sweetness lurks here as well. Hops are distinct but never too extreme. Mouthfeel is a bit slick, with less carbonation than the stiff head might suggest.

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Photo of MusaJames
4.42/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Right off the beer poured real easy. Slight head. Not much to offer in the fragrance department, perhaps because of my allergies, so don't take my opinion too seriously on that matter. Taste was really good; Nice coffee like flavor with a good bitterness that didn't overpower. Feel definitely stood out from the draught variety as this beer had much more carbonation.

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Photo of RCongdon974
5/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

There are so many complexities about this brew that I have to amend my review often as I learn to better articulate its nuances.

The look is a nice, near-black brown capped with a thick, light tan, somewhat creamy head. In the right glass, the head holds up nicely and leaves amazing lacing. No beer is more captivating to my eye than fresh Guinness in a proper glass.

The smell is a bit tangy and bitter at the same time. Molasses and malt seem to be the main aromas with just a hint of banana and bread. You do need to allow the beer to warm a bit in the bottle before you open it to get the full aroma, however.

The taste features the tang mentioned above with bitter, yet slightly sweet, toasted, almost burnt coffee flavor. Just like with the smell, you can taste a good amount of molasses and a bit of honey. As far as strength or potency of taste, I would qualify it as medium. These flavors all compliment each other perfectly. As with the smell, the taste is only fully realized when the beer has warmed a little.

The feel is good for a dry stout; it is very smooth. It has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a slightly bitter, appealing bite that lingers for a moment on the tongue at the end. It begs you to take another sip.

This beer is at its best if drunk from a proper Guinness glass. Otherwise, the aroma and the beauty of the look might not be fully appreciated.

As far as pairings are concerned, I have found that it goes well with dark chocolate and chocolate cake. Usually, however, I drink it by itself.

I have been giving other stouts a fair shake to avoid bias, but I keep returning to this one. There is a reason it is regarded as a classic. You can sense the pride of the brewer who crafts this iconic brew. If you want to appreciate it more, look up the history of Guinness- it is impressive.

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Photo of hopmashian
4.31/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the Guinness storehouse in Dublin. Never have liked this before I tasted it at the source. Black, carmel smell with a slight underlying bitterness at the finish. Ubiquitous in Ireland and the standard of Stouts. Really good. Goes well with oysters.

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Photo of Grindelvasdrum
3.89/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into glass stein.
A-Black with one finger dark tan head, little lacing.
S-Faint sweet roasted malt, coffee, chocolate.
T-Roasted sweet malts, coffee, & faint bitter chocolate.
M-Very nice creaminess & full bodied.
O-The very satisfying mouthfeel & interesting
subtle marriage of both mild bitter & mild sweetness
make it an easy drinker.

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Photo of Resiferi
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had in a bomber for ~$2.50, a great deal all considered. Not a ton to say that hasn't been said already, it's popular world wide for a good reason. An extremely drinkable example of the style, shies away from the strong roasted flavor or apparent bitterness of some other stouts to a surprising degree, making it go down quite easy.

Smells fairly generic, though seeing as how it's a genre setting example so to speak, it's not really unexpected. Most stouts smell like Guinness rather than vise versa. Same as for the feel, smoother than the usual beer, not to the point of nitro but a notable lack of carbonation kick. A good thing for the taste I would say.

A good if slightly high ABV session beer, nothing out of the ordinary but nothing of concern either, a good standby and obviously available pretty much anywhere under the sun.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.11/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Looks good, a lighter color than your average stout, we'll call this one dark brown. Full on multi inch head development that is solid retention wise. Aroma was a little roasty, not much else.

Taste is a smooth mild ride, roastiness takes a back seat, almost no hops. Nothing bitter. Any notes of coffee, chocolate, hopping or whatever is gone, nothing adjunct like. Not even all that dry really.

Can always drink in a pinch though.

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Photo of mmmbeer89
3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is both sweeter and more bitter somehow than most stouts, it's a weird combo but it's still a pretty good beer but i've had stouts that are way better than this one.

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Photo of AuntBea
4.19/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I read that Guinness tastes better in England and Ireland. That is so true!! I got to have it in a pub in London called The Audley. Great atmosphere and the beer tasted great! Had a little chill to it. Not a heavy taste to it like I was expecting. It went down way too easy! I hope I have the same experience with it back in the States. Cheers!

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Photo of ljdrinksbeer
4.17/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L - billowing think tan head, almost black body
S - roasted malt, chocolate
T - pleasantly bitter, roasted malts and chocolate flavor, nice malty sweetness balancing the bitterness
F- light to medium body very smooth.
O - glad to get the brewed in Dublin stout back in the states.

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Photo of adamhdg
4.63/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: deep, dark, rich blackness with a beautiful tan head
S: malt and coffee
T: strong flavors of coffee and chocolate
F: smooth
I: loved it more than any other up until now

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Photo of BlakeA85
4.54/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is an exceptional beer. My introduction to stouts, like a few others, was grand.
Pours a very dark brown, nearly black. Leaves a really nice head about a finger tall, leaving really nice globs of lacing along the way. Smells very pleasant, roasted malt and almost a dark chocolately aroma. Taste was phenomenal: creamy; nutty; and bittersweet with that poppy sizzle that Extra Stout offers. Feel, though thin, was very very drinkable and I was taking sips very often rather than letting it sit a minute before my next sip with some less drinkable stuff.
Overall, An excellent stout that and I would expect no less from Guinness themselves.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid Irish stout. Nice and dark with a good head and lots of lacing. Great roasted malt smell with coffee and some nuttiness. The taste is the same with a mild sweetness and a nice dry finish. There is a nice bitterness to this beer. This was definitely a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of 57md
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I have had this beer countless times but never decided to review it. I figured that St. Patrick's Day 2016 would mark the perfect opportunity to try it once more and write something down.

Looks exactly like one would expect - dark brown, almost black body with a big tan head. The nose is roasted with some astringency. The flavor is roasty with a great dry bitter finish.

A classic.

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Photo of KenSkyHopper
5/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I hope 5s across the board isnt a disqualifier of some sort, but this is my favorite bottled beer to date. The only beer i like better is a true Guiness draft in a darkly lit pub. Forgive me if this is a poorly written review. Im a new subscriber and not privy to the advanced attributes of beer rating. Poured into a cold pint glass on a crisp, sunny day, this amazing stout gives off a pleasant smell of rich chocolate malt and dark roasted coffee. A thick, creamy head lays across the black, sweet, pungent liquid that lies beneath. A delight to drink any time of day. Goes great with a nice cigar after a rare steak.

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Photo of Martine
2.37/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

My review style is usually very detailed, but this is the first time I'm unable to do this because there's really nothing in depth to say.

I've had many porters and stouts in my time, and I can safely say that I've had brown ales that feel thicker and more hearty than this. I had many high hopes for this stout going by the reviews, but it's so watery and bland that - as someone before said - it's like drinking burnt water. Half a pint down and I can still barely register anything in the flavour profile because it vanishes so quickly with every sip.

Definitely the worst Guinness has put out; this is poor at best.

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Photo of beersareonme
5/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Total winner. There is no other stout. None. This truly is the king of the stouts. I've always tried to find another stout option, but no luck. Guinness - simply the best.

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Photo of ezra_shroomer
4.32/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Light mouthfeel, smooth drink. My introduction to stout beer, it has allowed me to explore more flavors and ive found that i love many varieties of stout brews. At 6% ABV it makes drinking many of these easy and is perfect for a night of chilli and beer with the S.O. (: happy drinking everyone!

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Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a sixer to use as sacrificial brew in a recipe, and kind of regret not drinking one beforehand. It's way better than I remembered. Last I had it, it was the textbook definition of bland, but this time it was rich, nutty, roasty, and porter-like with a bit of bitterness to keep things interesting. Surprisingly nice!

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Photo of utopiajane
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The pour is exceptional with a lush mocha colored head of foam that falls slowly. A ruby hue show you the beers clarity. Nose is complex with malt scents. Bold roast, light cocoa and earthy caramel. a whiff of bitter walnuts. A touch of dark fruit show up in the background to your delight. First sip shows a light char. Bravo! Then plenty of dry roast. Strong caramel that does not dominate. That beautiful chocolate I saw on the nose drinks lightly bitter. Mouthfeel is full. The beer finishes perfectly with just enough bitterness from hops to finish it dry but you do not notice any hops on the nose or on the palate. Perfection.

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Photo of MACrist
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

APPEARANCE: Black, a little ruby around the edges up to the light. Nice, creamy, two+ fingers of tan head that settles into a nice ring on top of the beer. Thick lacing down the glass.
AROMA: Sweet roasted malt, sourdough dark bread, slight smoke or saltiness, coffee, chocolate, toffee.
TASTE: Not overly sweet...Balanced. Sourdough dark bread. A little mild chocolate and coffee. Very mild, generally.
FEEL: Medium-full carbonation. Medium-thin body. Fairly dry all the way through the sip.
OVERALL: A nice stout. I find the aroma to be a little more satisfying than the flavor. For the abv, I think the feel is good and the carbonation is plentiful, for sure.

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Photo of pwlong19
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Still a great stout after many years. First stout I ever had. Dark, thick flavorful without the sourness of some dark beers. Good, head and lacing. One of my favorite stouts.

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Photo of Slowjamcdub
2.1/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This is sad. The strong notes that you get of chocolate doest taste or small like chocolate and the coffee notes aren't coffee. I hate to say it because I love good Stouts but this one tastes like soy sauce. The only thing that I get good out of this is maybe a little chocolate covered raisins.

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Photo of Webzombie
3.86/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I tend to favor smaller breweries, but there is a reason this is one of the best known beers in the world. Just straight up good stout taste. Seems like the flavor comes out even more after it has warmed a little bit (have almost always had this in bomber form). Delicious.

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Photo of nbaker290
4.79/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

This is a great stout. Stouts are great beers. What else is there to say? I love the thick, rich and creamy head that stays the whole beer through. The way the lacing effortlessly settles on the sides of the glass. The darkness of the brew. And the taste, that's where it all comes together. The mouth feel
Is a little lighter than expected, but still solid. If you're a fan of stouts, be a fan of this offering.

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