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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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BA SCORE
84
good

3,251 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 3,251
Reviews: 1,233
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 15.41%
Wants: 51
Gots: 291 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Guinness Ltd. visit their website
Ireland

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: SixpointJMH on 11-12-2000)
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Photo of Sammy
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Superior to the regular draft which is cheap bitter beer and some coffee taste. Smooth, basic in style whose formula is basically unchanged for the longest time. A mid-sip chocolate sweet roast and spicey malt. Bitter aftertaste but not a smuch as their draft.

Sammy, May 28, 2004
Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

t0rin0, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -18.9%

djrn2, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
2.35/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle picked up at Total Wine in Alexandria. Served in a Hill Farmstead wine glass.

Pour brings a black-bodied brew with a good-sized light tan head. Head sticks around for a bit before fading into a nice cap with quite a bit of lacing on the edges of the glass. The nose is pretty off with some roast and chocolate plus a bit of cardboard. Slight metallic character there as well. The flavor is really bad. It's metallic and oxidized with some dry roast. Feel is metallic. Just not a very good beer. I really wish they'd only make the Foreign Extra Stout.

Thorpe429, Mar 15, 2011
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

zestar, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +8.1%

nmann08, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

acurtis, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of metter98
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.

metter98, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of brentk56
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

brentk56, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The color was difficult to assess properly since I had this bottle in a dimly lit bar, but I'll say dark brown with medium brown highlights. The ecru colored head was large and persisted for a good bit. It was also sticky, impressively rocky and left three fat rings of lace down the sides of the pint glass.

There wasn't much going on in the nose. It was mostly roasted malt with some black coffee on the side. The flavor consisted of bitter black coffee and black tea; not much chocolate that I could detect. Coffee notes became even more bold in the second half of the pint.

The finish was pretty intensely dry and was coupled with an almost astringent bitterness. They aren't kidding when they call this an Irish dry stout. The mouthfeel was creamy and smooth and was full without being heavy.

Guinness Extra Stout and Bass Ale were my favorites in my pre-BA days. I haven't had this one in at least a year though, and a lot of good beer has crossed my palate in that time. It actually holds up pretty well. This is a quality stout that I'll continue to go back to again and again.

BuckeyeNation, Feb 16, 2004
Photo of BEERchitect
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good example of another classic. Guinness' extra stout offers a good malt base with assertive amounts of roasted grains and chocolate grains for added flavor and complexity. A descent hop bittering adds a 'zip' to the flavor and aroma. The nose holds a lactic souring that I beleive adds to the beer. The same souring shows up in the flavors as well. Finishes a charcoal and chalk like dryness. Very light alcohol flavors shine through the roasted grain bittering. It's a much better beer than the Dry Stout, especially without the nitro. This beer does not need it.

BEERchitect, Sep 02, 2005
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

ygtbsm94, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of kylehay2004
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single finger tan head with nice lacing on a deep brown body with a little light getting through. Aroma of vanilla, brown sugar, roasted malts. Flavor is fairly bitter due to roasted malts and espresso. Sweetness comes from vanilla and brown sugar. These flavors are very well balanced though. Medium to full body and moderate carbonation. Despite the bitterness this one is still pretty refreshing and clean. I think I like this one more than Guiness draught.

kylehay2004, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

jaydoc, Nov 24, 2013
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.

Knapp85, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I always seem to pick up some Guinness or Beamish once every few months,pours a pitch black with a creamy off white head.The aroma is of roasted malt with some light fruitiness.Taste is cofee-like and highly roasted with a metallic aftertaste.Hey its a classic and readily availabe I go back to it alot.

oberon, Feb 07, 2004
Photo of TMoney2591
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

I remember back in the day when I first tried this beer. I thought it was the thickest, chewiest beast of a beer I'd ever seen. We'll see how time and experience have treated this memory. The erstwhile beast pours a deep onyx topped by a bit more than a finger of dirty light tan foam. Man, I miss the usual Guinness cascade, but this is still pretty in its own right. The nose comprises roasted malts, rich chocolate syrup, light molasses, and a dusting of coffee. The taste holds notes of roasted malts, light cocoa powder, very light coffee, and a strong twinge of a semi-sour, semi-bitter (more toward the former, though) character. The latter lingers on a bit through the finish. The body is a solid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly chewy feel. Overall, though not as beastly as I remember, this thing can still hold its own against any other Irish stout put up against it. Good times.

TMoney2591, May 08, 2011
Photo of zeff80
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - It is a dark black color with a small creamy/tan head. The head never really goes away and leaves lacing.

S - Smells of roasted maltiness and chocolate.

T - It is bitter and malty. It has a coffee-like aftertaste. A little bittersweet.

M - It is soft on the tongue and medium-bodied.

D - I always enjoy Guinness beers and this is no exception.

zeff80, Nov 04, 2006
Photo of biboergosum
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, from a grocery store in Kailua-Kona.

This beer pours a solid black abyss, brought back to the surface by some slight back-lit cola edges, with two fingers of tight, glossy foamy beige head, which leaves a nice alternating array of EKG readout and honeycomb webbed lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of lightly roasted sweet grainy malt, chocolate-ensconced pears, a twinge of bland citrus, and soft leafy, earthy hops. The taste is more slight toasty dry bready malt, bittersweet chocolate, a wee bit of anise, a mild tart fruitiness, and leafy, weedy hops. No discernible warming from the near 50% ABV jump over the standard draught offering.

The carbonation is quite restrained, the body an agreeable medium weight, and rather deftly smooth. It finishes off-dry, to be sure, the sweetness of the malt and fruit essences taking a bit of lead over a now limping hoppiness.

Well, scores better than the version available (and made in) Canada, with a nice chocolaty, somewhat tangy, measure. Not really great, in my northern mind, of course, for a place where the time of day has absolutely zero bearing on the ambient temperature, but that's a bias unfair to this hearty quaff.

biboergosum, May 22, 2012
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comparisons to the other versions of Guinness are inevitable so I won't try to avoid them. With a rousing pour the Extra Stout can look almost like the Guinness Draught poured under nitrogen dispense. Black in color with hard to find ruby highlights and a very thick, creamy, rocky, tan head. The aroma is sharp and roasty. It's not as full as the Foreign Extra, but offers much more than the Draught. The body is medium-light and the carbonation is gentle, giving a very smooth mouthfeel. The flavor is roasty, and more chocolatey than the Draught. The sour note appears much softer as well (although this is probably because this bottle was contract brewed in Canada). It has a solid bitterness and a touch of a roasted malt bite. It finishes with a long, dry, bitterness. I prefer this version to the others. The Draught is too limited in character for my tastes; and the Foreign Extra is too full and rich for most occassions. Very nice.

NeroFiddled, Sep 14, 2002
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a large light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a little creamy and contains roasted malts, some chocolate & vanilla and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is malty but not as much as you would think with flavors of dark chocolate, vanilla, scotch and bourbon. There's a decent hops presence for the style and much better balance that I had expected. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

D: Flavorful and tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, decent representation of style, if I didn't know better I would think this beer was a Scotch Wee Heavy, but I definitely like it a lot more than the regular Guinness, it's nice heavier that's worth drinking for a while.

TheManiacalOne, Sep 22, 2008
Photo of Jason
3.13/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date, product of Canada.

Appearance: Big chunks of tan foam stick to the glass, lace thins out a bit but the retention is great. The pitch black colour lets no light through.

Smell: Light roasted barley with hints of charcoal and coffee, light sweetness in the nose as well.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Medium crispness with a slick bitty mouth feel, burnt flavours seem a bit crass. Luckily a touch of sweetness pushes it aside for a brief moment. Hops are there with a processed bitterness and then more astrigent burnt grain comes in. Finishes dry.

Drinkability & Notes: This is not the Guinness Extra Stout I grew up with, being that it is not the real stuff from Canada in the US it does not surprise me but still it is disappointing.

Jason, Mar 01, 2003
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours extremely dark with a light brown head. Flavor carries a bit of a bitter edge. It's smooth though and carries a nice malty body. No real wacky character. Feel has a full carbonation and a standard liquid feel. Decent to drink, but with so much else out there, I am not overly thrilled.

RblWthACoz, Mar 25, 2008
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oh I can still remember the first time I tried Guinness, and I can still remember the time when I couldn't believe that this dark black almost opaque creation was a beer. This is one beer that took some getting adjusted to for my taste buds, at that point in my road to beerdom sipping on new beers was common ground, and I found appreciation for them all, however the first time I tried Guinness I recall saying I was never going to try it again. Now I would like to point out a crucial fork in the road of my life that if the next time I came across this beer I would have to make the decision to give it another shot or pass it up for good. However, I chose the right road, and that same thinking has made my beer drinking much more exciting and meaningful to me and my friends and family. So, I thank Guinness for being something completely different for most American swill drinkers and thanks to my brother Dante' for nudging my interest in giving this beer another shot. Pours a deep dark practically black ruby brown tone with a massive milk chocolate tan fluffy mountainous head with great retention and very nice scattered evenly fine lacing. Aroma some hop bitterness meshed within mild chocolate tones, freshly ground coffe, and slightly harsh dark roasted barley to form a classic aroma of a dry Irish stout. A sharp upfront slightly acidic tone with some hops adding bitterness and finishing with creamy chocolate tones leaving a dry pleasant but at the same time a palate battering coffee note. Unlike anyother beer style in the world something can be this drinkable with a fuller mouthfeel and so many flavors that don't belong in beer, well I am glad I opened my horizons to beer because this is definitely a satisfying treat that I will always be able to come back to. Drinkability well this beer is quite filling however it is made to chill with a few in a session to truly experience I would live to visit Ireland someday namingly St. James Gate in Dublin.

WVbeergeek, Jul 19, 2003
Photo of nickfl
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - One finger of light tan head that slowly settles and leaves spotty lace. The body is black with just a slight hint of ruby showing through around the edges.

S - Brown, malty aroma with a little bit of watery caramel. Slightly nutty.

T - Slightly sour malty flavor develops into bitter, burnt coffee roast character. Slight hop character in the middle. Finish is all burnt malt.

M - Medium to thin body, medium high carbonation, and a very dry finish.

D - Easily drinkable. Kind of one dimensional, but full flavored and satisfying. Definitely preferable to the bottled or canned draught.

nickfl, Mar 09, 2008
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Guinness Extra Stout (Original) from Guinness Ltd.
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