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Guinness Extra Stout (Original) - Guinness Ltd.

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

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3,098 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,098
Reviews: 1,219
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 15.41%
Wants: 43
Gots: 218 | FT: 1
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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 Samadamsfan2


4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Samuel Adams perfect pint glass. I have been eager to try this beer for a while. Pitch black appearance, the general color for stouts. Very complex beer overall, however, is a acquired taste for many. Smooth chocolate and caramel malts dominate the flavor, an excellent stout.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2011 02:05:29 | More by Samadamsfan2
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: The classic Guinness pour that forms a massive head from the bottom up; great retention and leaves sheets of lace

Smell: Roasted malt with charcoal, coffee and dark fruit esters

Taste: Roasty, up front, with coffee and dark fruit (hints of blackberry and banana) flavors that develop by mid-palate; after the swallow, there is a modest bittering from the grassy hops and a distinct sour note that adds complexity; the finish is dry and roasty

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I was prepared to dismiss this beer but I found I really enjoyed it - this is the Extra Stout that is brewed in Canada for US distribution

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2011 22:43:41 | More by brentk56
Photo of Dave128


4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a mug from a stubbyish 12oz bottle.

A - Nice dark brown. Head leaves a bit to be desired, but lacing is still nice from what sticks around.

S - Smells guinnessy. Roasty malt smells.

T - Not bad. It seems just like an amped up version of the original Guinness draft without the awesome head. Very caramely and malty with just a touch of dryness and bitterness at the end.

M - Thicker and more "stouty" than the original guinness. right on par with the flavors.

O - It tastes good. Like a non-watered down version of Guinness draft. Lacks the same awesome nitro head from the original though :/

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2011 19:51:25 | More by Dave128
Photo of StoutHunter


3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got a six pack of Guinness Extra Stout for $7.99 a couple weeks ago at Kroger. I have been drinking more Irish Dry Stouts then normal lately, so I thought I should try a traditional one to see how it compares to its Americanized counterparts. No visible bottling date. Poured from a short brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label is pretty plain, but its traditional so I can't really hate on it. It poured a pitch black color that only let a slight amount of light through. It had three fingers worth of fluffy tan head that died down to a thin layer.

S- I pick up lots of dark lightly roasted malts that pretty much dominate the aroma and it has some moderate sweetness to it. I also pick up a mixture of grassy and floral hops and a weird metallic scent at the end.

T- Just like the aroma there are lots of roasty malts up front that impart some bitter chocolate, nutty, and charred flavors. This brew is not as sweet as the nose led me to believe. The floral and grassy hops don't impart much flavor but they leave this beer with a pretty bitter finish. That weird metallic essence also made it's way to the taste.

M- Crisp, dry, and medium full bodied. The carbonation was right where it should be.

Overall this was a descent beer. Everything was pretty much spot on for the style from the pitch black look to the pretty dry finish. The flavors were ok except for that weird metallic taste. As far as I know this beer was pretty traditional and true to it's style, but I can't help but like the American versions more, they just have much more flavor and depth to them. Guinness Extra Stout is pretty drinkable for a dark beer, some people claim this is like a meal in a glass, but to me it's just not thick and flavorful enough to live up to that claim. I won't seek this beer out, but if I was at a bar that only has light beer I wouldn't mind a couple of these. I feel like this beer might be better in a nitro can and I will have to try it someday. If you are trying to get into dark beers this might be a good place to start.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 02:35:34 | More by StoutHunter
Photo of perrymarcus


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

22oz bottle served in a standard shaker pint.

pours a deep mahogany tone yielding a 2" fluffy, khaki colored head. very respectable retention and lacing all over the place. all in all a great presentation.

i find the nose to be decidedly subdued; offers muted notes of roastiness, a touch of dark chocolate, and maybe coffee.

taste is an improvement, albeit a minor one. the roasted malts are much more perceivable, and secondary notes of dark chocolate and coffee are likewise in attendance. there's a hint of woodiness to it that is nice. finish is dry.

medium-light bodied with average carbonation.

overall it's a solid beer, drinkable and reasonably enjoyable. they say it's a whole other beer in ireland, a claim i hope to one day verify.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2011 04:43:01 | More by perrymarcus
Photo of quine


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

A: Pours a dark brown with a fluffy tan head that dissipates rather quickly, leaving some nice lacing.

S: Dark, roasty aromas with a little sweetness dominates. Maybe a little nutty as well.

T: Lots of roasted malts up front, followed by a sweetness. There's a little funky sourness, along with a slight metallic taste.

M: Lighter and more carbonated than expected. Finishes rather dry.

D: Not bad, if you get past the weird sourness. Flavors are pretty decent overall.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2011 00:24:58 | More by quine
Photo of RickS95


4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thick, dark black. Nothing but black, even on the edges. A medium off brown head, somewhat lacking in retenion, but providing a nice lace.

Roasty scents dominate. Maybe some flowery hops.

Much better taste than the smell suggested. It starts off with a roasty, creamy sweetness but ends with coffee notes to help balance the sweetness with a slight bitterness.

It's very creamy and smooth. It's sweet early on, but not cloying and not fruity. Not sure what it is, but it's sweet and pleasant. Eventually, the beer hits the taste buds in the back and the bitterness starts to shine through giving some complexity and balance. The bitterness gains strength as the beer warms.

This is a nice drink. It does down easy and and the slightly dry finish makes you yearn for me. It's moderate alcohol so you can do just that.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 04:26:58 | More by RickS95
Photo of b3shine


1.8/5  rDev -51.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Consumed from a bottle. I say consumed because in no way did I enjoy it. This beer sucks. If you think otherwise, you're clearly green when it comes to beer. I'm not a huge Guinness fan to begin with, but take away the creaminess of the nitrogen and you've got beer I wouldn't serve to my enemy.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2011 01:13:57 | More by b3shine
Photo of JesteR14


3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Very nice stout. PITCH BLACK. creamy tan head that looks delicious.

S- Dark toasted malts, coffee and a faint bit of sweetness. Im excited to sip this one down.

T- Very nice taste here! It comes on sweet, then adds this nice toasted malt/nutty taste to the mixture. The taste ends up very bold and slightly boozy, but a very enjoyable drink.

M- Bold and pleasant. Great Stout.

D- I coult drink more but its slightly strong. I definatly have a low limit with this beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2011 07:39:17 | More by JesteR14
Photo of ghetto90007


3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Generally don't drink this one as I prefer the pub can or nitro tap, but cracked one open while working this afternoon. From leftovers of an office party in the firm's fridge of which I could choose - Bass Pale Ale, Coors Light, Corona, Dos Equis, Newcastle and this. I was not consulted on the beer selection. In fact, when someone recommended that my input be solicited, they were told that "NJ get's a little crazy with the beer."

Regarding this 12 oz bottle poured into a tumbler:

Creamy brown head. Black opaque color. Holding the glass up to the window to see if I can see any evidence of the sun through it - nothing. This sucker's black as your soul. Moderate lacing - head sticks around, just barely.

Smell is very earthy, with a grainy roasted flavor coming in. Hint of coffee. Alcohol comes through immediately after the pour, but dissipates.

Upon sipping your buds are overwhelmed with a powerful toasted, roasted malty, hints of bitter (I mean really bitter) chocolate. If you really look for it, you can find some hops in there but the roasted flavors are so overpowering you can't really taste it. This bitterness isn't the hoppy bitterness of an IPA, but a mega-roasted, ultra-toasted bitterness of a dry stout. There's a hint of sourness in the follow and aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is not as pleasant as the nitro tap or pub can. There's more carbonation here, though.

Overall a decent beer with a definite character and real taste. Some people rave about this beer - not sure I could go that far, but it is a strong offering when it comes to the more popular beers out there.

For myself, if I drink Guinness, I prefer to have the pub can or the nitro tap for that silky mouth feel.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2011 00:02:52 | More by ghetto90007
Photo of jmerloni


3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown to black with big frothy off-white head that laces potently to the glass.

S - Smells stouty haha. Yeah. That's all pretty much.

T - Bitter, bitter stout taste. Somewhat milky but not too much. Not much flavor here, but what is is pretty good.

M - Medium bodied. Not real dry but it's mostly just the stouty aftertaste that stays on the back of the palate for an extended period of time.

D - Pretty drinkable but not overly so. Not a beer I'm ever going to chug, but I could drink 4 of these in a sitting without filling up or getting repulsed by it. 6 might be too much if I'm being a bitch.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2011 22:06:30 | More by jmerloni
Photo of bayougutter


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

Pours dark with some brown when held up to a light. Nice one inch light tan head that didn't stay around long. decent lacing.

smell is ok, just a little muted for me. sweet roasted malt, dark chocolate, mild coffee, and a little nutty.

taste followed smell with the difference being a little mild smoke mid palate and a fairly dry hoppy bitterness at the finish for a good balance.

mouthfell was a little thin with good carbination

Overall a good stout. I tend to like "bigger stouts" but always enjoy a Guinness. A larger brewery that puts out a lot of beer that does it well, pretty rare.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2011 17:09:24 | More by bayougutter
Photo of sommersb


3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a 12 ounce brown bottle; dating code could not be deciphered. Brewed in Canada according to the label. Poured in a Guinness tulip pint.

A: Black color, with reddish edges on the glass when held to the light. The light doesn't pierce the blackness of the beer. Big, frothy tan head of 3 fingers which settles into a nice lacing.

S: The roasted malts are the first smell I get, followed by dark chocolate and some type of woody aroma.

T: Taste is like a very dark or burnt coffee roast. This imparts a bitterness from the roasted grains. Barely sweet, this is a very dry tasting beer. Seems a bit astringent to me.

M: The medium-light body has a creamy character. Carbonation is medium. The aftertaste is of toasted malts, like a bitter coffee.

O: I'd say this is a decent beer. Looking forward to trying some more Irish stouts to compare to this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2011 04:55:09 | More by sommersb
Photo of keeper006


4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Plenty to read about this famous brew. Just had to note that if you go to Ireland and have this form the tap there, it will ruin the imported bottle stuff we get in America for you.

The woodsy malt is more pronounced and it is much sweeter and nuttier. I see why they spend a lot on trying to come up with different ways to keep this fresh in the bottle when shipping, it is so much better I can't drink it ever since I got back to the US.

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2011 19:05:57 | More by keeper006
Photo of shand


3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a black colour with a finger and a half of head that doesn't stick around for long. The smell is basically sharp roasted malts, with a touch of coffee and a bit of creaminess. Pretty decent smelling. The decency carries over to the taste. Roastiness, burnt coffee, and just a touch of hops for a bittering finish. The aftertaste is pleasantly malty and drying.

The mouthfeel is surprisingly light and prickly, a far cry from the smoothness of the nitro of Draught. Overall a pretty good choice, and totally worth the five dollars a six-pack a local store was running these on special. Nowhere near as good as FES, which is my go-to Guinness for sure, but this is surely quaffable.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2011 06:02:54 | More by shand
Photo of Knapp85


3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big amounts of burnt toast flavors shower your tongue on each sip. The beer is black much like most of the Guinness products. This ones probably the strongest they have put out that I know of. It's about double the Abv and twice as rich on flavor. This makes very good beer bread also.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 19:03:49 | More by Knapp85
Photo of beerdown77

North Carolina

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

This pours black with chunky, light tan head. It isn't as creamy as it is on tap, but still good. I've always liked Guinness. The taste is toasty and sweet with a little bite, you can almost taste the creaminess. The low carbonation makes it one of the easiest beers to drink in my opinion. Medium body and good for a few.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 04:42:13 | More by beerdown77
Photo of socon67

New York

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured into a McSorley's pint glass. Black, opaque, and a creamy foam laces to the glass and stays there.

S - Has a sweet and smoky smell. It is the iconic Guinness smell that while it isn't particularly speical, the creamy malt is a welcome aroma.

T - Has a touch of sweetness that is a little like Swiss Miss hot cocoa. It gives way to a very dry finish with a bit of smoke. Just goes well with a hearty meat and potatoes meal.

M - Crisp, dry on the tongue, and heavier than its ABV would indicate.

O - Guinness has a special place for me as an classic gateway to porters and stouts. There are many better options but I always can enjoy a good Guinness stout.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 20:43:53 | More by socon67
Photo of MaltsOfGlory


3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Be careful when pouring this beer, don't be to aggressive with it, you will get a huge head. I was able to pour it decently and I got about a one and a half finger head, the head is a little creamy, a little soapy. It disappears much as soap would, in fact I have never seen a head disappear in the manner, it's very strange, it just kind of disappears in patches here and there. It's leaving very nice lacing though. The body is pitch black, even when held up to the light. I'm very confused by the appearance of this beer, but it does look good! It smells just like a regular Guinness to me except with more alcohol and a sourer smell. The sour is really overpowering in the smell quite frankly, still smells pretty good though. Wow, I'm not liking this taste at all, the first thing you get is the sour taste, and then that taste leads you into a wine taste, the beer tastes like strait wine. Finally after the wine taste passes, you get a gross unidentified aftertaste, I can't really describe it, but it's gross. Hidden in there is a little bit of a malt taste, which makes it bearable. Really not impressed here at all, I thought I would like this beer a lot more. Mouthfeel is ok, nothing too special there, a little thin for my liking, but whatever. Drinkability is low, considering it tastes gross.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 08:11:20 | More by MaltsOfGlory
Photo of WoodBrew


3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

St. James' gate...second best to St. Pete's gate....In my opinion. Anyone who turns there nose up to a fine healthing serving of Guinness needs to help to understand the finer things of life. Guinness helped to solid the history of the IRISH! Yeah Baby! The color...do I really need to go over this...for a wonderful traditional beer! C'mon...I aint doing it. You want to know more....man up and enjoy!

Serving type: on-tap

03-19-2011 04:26:08 | More by WoodBrew


3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Guinness pint glass: Pour Black with brown bottom when held to light. Long lasting thick foam.

S: Roasted Malts, nutty, coffee. Not very potent though.

T: Bitter, with a sour black coffee aftertaste. It takes getting used to, once you are it's great!

M: Good Carbonation, smooth & thick.

D: Great way to end the night.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2011 21:12:26 | More by SQUIDPORT
Photo of psuKinger


4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured in to a generic curved-rim pint glass. A leftover from St. Paddy's day festivities, for my review below:

A: Pours a deep dark shade of brown, *nearly* completely black, with a thick frothy 2+ finger light brown head that sits nicely on top.

It leaves great lacing on my glass as I work through the bottle. 5.0.

S: Big and roasty, but I do detect some hop presence in the nose. It even smells a bit "dry" and "hot". 3.5.

T: Big flavors of roasted malts and a touch of "coffee" flavors. Very dry, with a touch of hop bitterness (no floral charachteristics, maybe a touch of "pine" here) that helps keep this beer in balance.

The taste starts smooth and surprisingly light, before the roasted malts move in and provide all of their dry-roasted flavors. The hop bitterness arrives on the back-end to balance things out, leaving a fairly exceptional drinking experience. 4.0.

M: Thick, full, and frothy in the mouth, this beer finishes with a good dry bitter-sweet flavor that I really enjoyed. 4.5

D: It's big, full, and well-balanced. It left me wanting more. This beer is proof that a big brewery can create good beer on a large scale.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2011 18:21:16 | More by psuKinger
Photo of Groomsy


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

Also a St. Patty's Day beer. 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Review taken from shorthand notes.

Appearance: Jet black body with hints of ruby red when held to the light. The body is tapped by a respectable two-finger head of thick tan foam that sticks around for a while and leaves dangling chunks of lacing in its wake. Very attractive looking beer.

Smell: Smells mostly good. Whiffs of black coffee, dark chocolate, and roasted malt hit the nose at first, followed by some floral hops and a weird tinge of funky yeast and a slightly metallic bit. Were it not for the slight sourness on the end, this would easily be a 4 or 5. This smells like a pretty typical stout, though.

Taste: The front of the palate is hit with a hearty dose of roasted malt which then give way to melded flavors of black coffee and dark chocolate, all leading up to a funky, sour bite of floral hops and yeast on the back of the palate. This was kind of weird at first, especially with the finish, but it grows on you after a while. A very solid Irish stout, and aside from that weird finish, this is enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Big dry finish on this one (I guess that's why it called a Dry Stout?) and a full, robust mouthfeel. This is more carbonated compared to the Draught version, so the kick of carbonation enhances the flavors of the beer as it passes down the palate. Thick, almost chewy body.

Overall: Much better than the Draught version, but it still took me a while to get used to that sour, dry finish. Otherwise, a very enjoyable beer. This is the real Guinness, in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2011 14:06:30 | More by Groomsy
Photo of sjmacdougall

New Jersey

2.98/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I typically only have this beer once a year, the obligatory Saint Patrick's Day Guinness.

A - Appears to be a very dark brown, almost black color. It had the typical head of a Guinness. I've always enjoyed the look of a Guinness.

S - Malts are very noticeable. Sometimes a coffee or nut smell comes through.

T - An extremely malty flavor with, again, coffee.

M - Very smooth texture that, I believe, sacrifices some of the carbonation.

Overall, this is your average stout. I enjoy a Guinness and 3/17.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2011 13:52:21 | More by sjmacdougall
Photo of BayouBengal1537


3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured bottle into nonic pint glass
Pours a dark rich black color with huge tan head
Smells of coffee, roasted malts, pretty weak though
Taste of coffee, chocolate, roasted malts..expecting more hops
Mouthfeel was medium and smooth
Drinkability is pretty good, a tad lighter than I was expecting
Overall, pretty good brew and is a classic
Happy St. Pattys day 2011

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2011 01:45:40 | More by BayouBengal1537
Guinness Extra Stout (Original) from Guinness Ltd.
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