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Guinness Extra Stout (Original) - Guinness Ltd.

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

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2,863 Ratings
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Ratings: 2863
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 NatalBrewingCo

South Africa

3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased in Durban South Africa. Tall nitro-can poured into a Guinness glass.

a - Pours a dark ruby/black color with a gorgeous creamy tan head.

s - Smells of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee.

t - Roasted malts, chocolate and coffee again

m - Medium bodied and medium carbonation with a fantastically smooth finish.

o - Guinness is a fantastic blend of quality, accessibility and availability. Although it can't hold a candle to many of the better micro-brewed stouts, in countries like South Africa where good beers are few and far between Guinness is a light in the dark.

Serving type: nitro-can

09-18-2011 23:28:38 | More by NatalBrewingCo
Photo of sonicyouth45


3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I think this beer is great and could be a lot better. The one thing that I love the most about this beer is the smooth creaminess. Its so creamy you could accidentally drink the whole beer in one sip. The only disappointing factor to it is the fact that the flavor is not that strong. Its there for a little bit then kind of fades away. That being said I think its a great beer if you are in the mood for good grub and what not. It's not so much as a dedicated thick-flavor beer in my opinion.

Serving type: nitro-can

04-29-2011 01:31:05 | More by sonicyouth45
Photo of Rhynes2


3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Also had this brew in the nitro-bottle. If you're going to have this beer, go for the bottles. I have had this beer in the four pack of cans on several occasions now. I gotta say, for one of my favorite brews, Guinness in a can sucks. I feel like the taste from the can ruins this brew. Especially when served at the proper temperature, the metallic taste overpowers the good. Great beer just get it from a nitro-bottle.

Serving type: nitro-can

01-25-2009 07:40:26 | More by Rhynes2
Photo of WJVII


3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a nitro can into a glass and "charged" this brew has the wonderful cascade head that settles thick and creamy. The smell was of roasted, almost burnt, malts. There were some hints of woodiness and coffee. The taste leaves a bit to be desired. I know Guinness has been around a long time, but I have had so much better for my money. Solid stout, but nothing special.

Serving type: nitro-can

04-16-2008 23:58:35 | More by WJVII
Photo of happygnome


3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

a: pours a dark dark black color. the nitro bubbles rise to the surface. produces a good half inch of thick creamy looking head that really doesnt dissapear throughout the beer
s: cocoa, coffee and other roasted malts very nice warm inviting aroma
t: cocoa coffee roasted malts, a rather sweet brew that offers little hop bitterness as balance to the overall sweetness
m: full bodied beer, even the head is full bodied

overall, this has an amazing mouthfeel, i loved the full bodied aspect of it, but overall the flavor and aroma of this seem a little muted

Serving type: nitro-can

04-03-2008 02:24:43 | More by happygnome
Photo of Higravity


2.68/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Been years since my last Guinness so when I got an 8 pack for X-mas I wasn't complaining. The Widget went a wooshing as I opened the can poured sloppily into the glass. The cascading dark beer is one of the coolest things I have ever seen. The smell was muted even though the beer was around 50 F. The flavor is somewhat the essence of a stout but none of the actual umph. The beer gas mixture gives thing beer an artifical body and a weird taste IMHO that is present in other widget beers. Still this is a poundable session affair, with less calories then a BUD as if I care.

Serving type: nitro-can

12-21-2006 20:15:11 | More by Higravity
Photo of ozmodium

British Columbia (Canada)

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

Pouring this stuff out of the widget-laced pint can is pure beauty. Art in motion. This stuff is gorgeous, with its jet black opaque esspresso appearance. Textured waves of dark brown nitrogen bubbles teem with an almost lifelike quality. The most beautiful, cappuccino-like head you'll ever see in a glass. Sadly it's downhill from here.

Smells of dark burnt roasted malts, coffee. Could be a richer bouquet it my opinion.

Taste is almost overpoweringly bitter. Takes some getting used to. Tastes burnt and like coffee and some sort of wood.

This is very rich and has a rather thick, but creamy feel to it. Carbonation is vitually non exhistant (duh) Serve this stuff COLD. It's a myth that you serve this stuff at room temperature. COLD is the key. Once you get past the bitterness its goes down very soothly.

The fact that this is SO rich and heavy makes this rather hard to drink large quantities of. It's pretty tasty tho. A must every St. Patrick's day, or after a tough day at work.

Serving type: nitro-can

10-18-2005 00:01:30 | More by ozmodium
Photo of Backer2004

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can still recall not being able to finish one of these back in college and dreaded drinking them with friends at Notre Dame tailgaters a few years back. Maybe I've developed a taste for other styles but this one is just your average stout with a good mouthfeel and appearance, especially poured out of a nitro can. Great carbonation and head, smooth mouthfeel. Though no impressive smell, it's not too bad at all.

Serving type: nitro-can

08-24-2005 02:29:39 | More by Backer2004
Photo of whynot44


3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reddish black, with a milk chocolate colored head that lasts a while before retreating to lace. Full bodied, an interesting blend of bitter and sweet, with a rich fruity malt base tasting of roasted coffee, with a touch of chocolate. Dry hops finish.

Smooth, very flavorful, could take some getting used to. Miller Light and Corona fans probably shouldn't bother. Could be addictive.

Serving type: nitro-can

08-14-2005 05:09:43 | More by whynot44
Photo of apintofknowledge

New Jersey

2.83/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Guinness used to be a standard order for me in the years before I discovered the world of craft beers. Dining at a restaurant recently with a very limited beer selection, I decided it was time to try it again...

It arrived in a nitro-can, which I was happy to find provided a decent tan creamy head on top of the cloudy chocolate brown stout. Those classic tiny bubbles were definitely present. The aroma... much more mild than other stouts I've had recently... a very mild coffee and toast smell. It had a very smooth mouthfeel, surprisingly similar to what I'd get out of a tap. The taste however was watery to me. Nice flavors of coffee, toffee and toasted nuts, but all very mild. I guess I've been drinking much more flavorful, concentrated stouts lately. The pint went down almost too easy. Still a good brew, but nothing in it to knock my socks off.

Serving type: nitro-can

01-07-2005 14:24:15 | More by apintofknowledge
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
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Guinness Extra Stout (Original) from Guinness Ltd.
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