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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 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 Jdbateman83


3.13/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I have a love hate relationship with Guinness. I love the smell, the mouthfeel, the appearance. Absolutely love the aforementioned. Then we get to the taste... Horrible. I hate it, it is extremely bitter to my pallet. I can drink it, and if there is nothing else on tap, as in it is literally the only thing available, I would drink nothing... I want to love it, I love everything else about it, but its soooo bitter... to me...

Serving type: can

09-01-2013 03:49:05 | More by Jdbateman83
Photo of FratyardVines


4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As a lover of stout, this Irish-brewed beer will always be a go-to for me. Obviously nothing beats a Guinness on draught, but I have had them out of a 12oz bottle and the pint can with a CO2 cartridge in it. It is a very dark, opaque with a swirling bronze color amidst its black depths. After pour it has a thick, frothy two-three finger head that leaves a heavy lacing. The smell alerts one to the bitterness in this stout, and it holds true to that promise, as it is a heavy, dark, toffee, and nutty taste. The discerning drinker might even note a hint of caramel malts. While it goes great with food, one might even say a Guinness is a meal in itself because of its thickness. I would recommend this to any who prefer a darker, bitter glass for their pleasure. Another great drink with Guinness is a black and tan made with a Bass or other type of lighter ale for a delicious layered beverage. Enjoy one for the Olde Country!

Serving type: can

12-04-2012 17:38:14 | More by FratyardVines
Photo of Midway

United Kingdom (England)

3.13/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Little smoke, black colour. Head was creamy, spongy, foamy, frothy, looked very inviting.

Smell - Musty, strong smell with a little hint of sweetness.

Taste - Bitter and strongish, skunky with a bitter and dry aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Balance of light and heavy and also a balance of thickness and thin. Coarse feel.

Drinkability - Ok consumption would have it a few more times, overall a decent stout.

Serving type: can

01-29-2010 18:45:25 | More by Midway
Photo of atis


3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Can from some Dublin off-licence

Pours black with large head that soon dissipates, no lacing. Aroma is mild, rather sweet rosted malty, some coffee. Taste is similar, quite dry finish with bittery and lemony aftertaste.

It is extremely drinkable, I could drink it all night.

I know this is the original, the one and only. However, I could not escape the feeling it felt somewhat too watery, too thin, the flavour was not intense enough....maybe I was expecting too much.

Serving type: can

02-02-2009 19:37:06 | More by atis
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 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
Photo of kcrosson492


3.31/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

While in Ireland grab a pint of Guinness, that is exactly what I did (a couple times).

A-Nice thick head (approximately 3'') with a dark body. Great separation of head and body.

S-The smell is welcoming but not as strong as one would expect.

T-Not a ton of taste but still enjoyable.

M-It is an interestingly feel on the tongue and cheeks. Thick and creamy beer.

O-It is a great beer and a must drink on tap. I am not as appreciative of the flavor while in a bottle. For best results, get a plane ticket and head to Ireland. I would not suggest drinking this over and over.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2014 02:11:56 | More by kcrosson492
Photo of RaulMondesi


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

Sometimes you look in the fridge and you just have to take what you can get. And like a microwaveable super pretzel after midnight, this beer is not that bad.

Overall, the thang is a bit muted like my baby mama during Jeopardy, but thats ok - at least its not off putting. Um, it tastes... like not much. Pretty much average down the line.

Goodnight, my babies.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 06:47:50 | More by RaulMondesi
Photo of metter98

New York

3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is jet black in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation around the edge of the glass. It poured with a finger high dense tan head that took a long time to die down, leaving a large patch of bubbles that nearly covered the entire surface, a collar around the edge of the glass and lacing down the sides.
S: Light to moderate aromas of roasted malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell, but doesn't seem to be that roasty and also has notes of coffee beans and slight amounts of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, dry, quite smooth, and a bit airy and creamy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: It's been a very long time since I first had this beer, but after several thousand different types of beer in between it still seems to have some nice complexities and is very much sessionable. It's definitely a lot more interesting compared to the draught version.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 01:55:38 | More by metter98
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Guinness Extra Stout (Original) from Guinness Ltd.
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