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Guinness Extra Stout (Original) - Guinness Ltd.

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

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2,858 Ratings
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Ratings: 2858
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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Photo of Rifugium


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

First had: nitro-bottle from Joe Canal's, Bellmawr, NJ

Guinness gets better here.

Typical Guinness pour: opaque black cascades into your glass, light tan finger of head that recedes a bit more than you'd expect, and leaves good lacing, but probably not quite as much as the regular Draught. Smooth, heavily roasted malt aroma with some coffee and dark chocolate. Same in the taste: roasty, roasty malts, dark chocolate and cocoa bitterness, coffee, and little to no hops, though perhaps just a touch of a floral aspect. Super smooth and tasty; heavy-medium mouthfeel and nicely drinkable.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

05-09-2011 17:17:48 | More by Rifugium
Photo of beer256


2.05/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

i wasnt impressed with this beer at all.i think i had to high expectations because i never tried guinness before and this was the only one they had. i brought a cold six pack and just tried it and i think it wasnt at serving temps.the after taste was awful,the only way i could finish the six pack was to drink it ice cold.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

12-23-2009 04:57:27 | More by beer256
Photo of Haybeerman


3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Murky black with some deep red tint. Poured a tight 1 finger head with good retention and was "fed" from underneath. Ample lacing tight to the glass.

S: Sweet bready, smokey, chocolatey, all kinds of malt and a hint of hop bitter.

T: Very sonsistent with smell; roasted and toasted malt flavors. Light bitter fininsh to balance.

M: Medium body. Low carbonation. Smooth and creamy. Not quite the full body I expected.

D: Very drinkable. Didn't find it filling or overbearing.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

01-27-2009 17:10:05 | More by Haybeerman
Photo of Vendetta

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Original Rating Date:
June 16, 2008

I'm not a very big fan of the original Guinness, but I really liked this one. Much thicker, creamier palate than standard Guinness draft. Tastes fuller as well. Again, there are better stouts out there, but this one was pretty damn good.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

12-07-2008 00:40:50 | More by Vendetta
Photo of bort11


3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

My friend from Ireland swears up and down by Guinness, and if you can't trust an Irishman, who can you trust.

A- Here is the real beauty of Guinness. Poured into a pint tumbler. The creamy roasted tan colored head starts at the bottom of the glass and slowly pulls itself up to the top, revealing the pure black beer beneath. For a while there is a triple layer effect with the tan head on top, brown head/beer mix in the middle, and the black beer on bottom. Real beauty.

S- It smells like what you would expect a stout to smell like, coffee, a little bit of chocolate and toffee. It is not a very strong smell. Maybe the creamy head is doing too good of a job of holding the smells in.

T- Bitter coffee and bittersweet chocolate. It's not a very strong flavor, I think the foam is also muting the flavor.

M- The head is nice and chewy, but when you get to the actual beer, it's very watery, which is very disappointing. Not a whole lot of carbonation on the tongue.

D- Guinness is a classic, but I think I've outgrown it. Not long ago I had a Guinness on tap with a steak dinner which was an excellent pairing. I think if I am going to drink Guinness again, it would have to be with a meal.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

05-07-2006 01:41:43 | More by bort11
Photo of Juggernaut


2.78/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I had this not long ago over st.pats, with a friend of mine. The dark color intrigued us, as it was not a normal American brew that can be seen through.

At first taste there was quite a lot of bitterness, but I attribute some of this to the fact that my palate is not fully developed as I have just turned 21 and am new to the wide world of beer. Though bitterness gave it a bit, it led into a nice roast/smoky flavor, with a good mouth feel.

Though not for the light hearted beer fan, I surely would like to try it again once I have some more brews under my belt.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

04-01-2004 08:31:35 | More by Juggernaut
Photo of arizcards


3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The nitro bottle pours a fine sustained head. Black as night this brew hits your nose with a nice roasted malt. Taste starts with that malt and ends with a somewhat bitter finish. It holds well in the mouth with a fair heaviness. The bitter finish is not a good bitter in my book which lowers it just below the good range. I will definitely drink it if offered but will not go out of my way to buy it.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

01-31-2004 23:41:52 | More by arizcards
Photo of barnzy78


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
Photo of tmm313


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
Photo of danimal9393


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
Photo of Beric


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
Photo of constantine_272


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
Photo of dbrauneis

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
Photo of Swettenham_Shire


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
Photo of SanWrencho


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
Photo of WunderLlama


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
Photo of Jimmycubs


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
Photo of MaddenDalyBrokaw


3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of my first loves. Pouring out of a bottle for the first time... ever?

Not quite impenetrably dark. Lovely head, strong lingering lace.

Subdued aromas of malt, caramel, chocolate.

Rich, layered taste. Malted barley, confidently bitter, substantial weight. Flavors leave fairly quickly, but a mild malty bitter remains minutes later.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2014 01:26:03 | More by MaddenDalyBrokaw
Photo of SpenCycle


3.29/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A- pitch black, a finger thick head. Good lacing.

S- biggest note is roastiness. Coffee and barley are noticeable as well.

T- strong tasting beer. Not for those who don't like dark beers. Chocolate and roast stick around in the back of the throat. Bitterness is definitely present and works reasonably well with the malt and darker flavors.

M- big mouthfeel, quite carbed for a stout.

O- one of the better stouts I've had, however there are quite a few porters and dark ales that I would choose instead. Probably the best guinness-made product on the shelves.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 01:20:59 | More by SpenCycle
Photo of ONovoMexicano

New Mexico

3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Finger thick head, chewy-looking and khaki-colored. The liquid is pitch black, opaque and coffee-like.

S- A bit of a disappointment for me as far as aroma. There's some sweet malt aroma, some dry roasted malt and a curious bitterness and slight sour mash smell.

T- The taste is a big improvement from the nose. I got sweet molasses and malt first, then a hint of hops, and dry, coffee-like dark roasted malts. The aftertaste is the always desired and delicious baker's chocolate.

M- Dry bitter finish, light medium body, good balance of sweet and bitter. There's more effervescence than I'd normally expect from a stout, so that was a bit of a drawback.

Still, this beer really surprised me. I remember strongly disliking Guiness in my younger days, but this beer here is a very enjoyable stout. If not for the disappointing nose, I'd say this beer was great.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2014 22:41:12 | More by ONovoMexicano
Photo of barczar


3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours an opaque deep brown with a rich, thick, frothy tan head that won't quit.

Roast malt, earthy hops, a hint of chocolate, and nutty, toasted notes form the aroma. There's a slightly buttery character present.

Flavor reveals roast malt throughout, which is accented by a nutty, toasted malt layer, finishing with licorice and a hint of char. Earthy hops provide a bitter note in the aftertaste.

Body is moderate, with low carbonation and light alcohol warmth.

Much more roasty malt character than the original. Great depth of flavor. There's a minerally quality that is slightly offputting.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 18:33:48 | More by barczar
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Guinness Extra Stout (Original) from Guinness Ltd.
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