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Guinness Extra Stout (Original) - Guinness Ltd.

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

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BA SCORE
84
good

2,863 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 2863
Reviews: 1208
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 15.14%


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: guinness33 on 11-12-2000)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2004 04:29:35 | More by Sammy
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2004 04:44:34 | More by BuckeyeNation
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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
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2005 20:35:08 | More by BEERchitect
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Thorpe429

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2011 21:24:41 | More by Thorpe429
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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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oberon

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2004 14:34:19 | More by oberon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2011 08:56:00 | More by TMoney2591
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2002 20:47:23 | More by NeroFiddled
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2012 06:06:08 | More by biboergosum
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A personal anecdote: long ago, when I first learned to love beer, Bass and Guinness were my bottles of choice. I had a show of my drawings, some cartoony, some darkly satirical, at a coffee shop near my apartment. My older brother was in town, saw the show, and gave me a surprise visit on a Sunday morning, with bottles all over the floor, from the night before. His judgement: "They're too bitter! Like this beer! LIFE isn't BITTER!"
Ah, ha, ha! Now, I'm not a complete cynic, more a realist in the face of truth, but this example proves a prevalent opinion that divides many beer drinkers on the subject of Guinness.
Another anecdote: at my bar, we sell a ton of Extra to our African and Carribean customers, and we used to also serve it on "draught". Once a ponytailed caucasian ordered a Guinness and the bartender asked, "Bottle or tap." After stating his preference, he turned to mate to remark, "What a stupid question!"
Color as black as pitch, big, creamy, rocky tan head. Aroma is filled with sweet and roasty flavor, hints of coffee and spice. More flavors come through on the palate, dark cherries, berries, chocolate. Some bitterness, huge and flavorful malt. Long lasting and tasty finish. Bold and substantial, this classic is best consumed cool, not cold.
Another devotee of "draught" once told me on the subject of stouts, "There's only one!", referring to Guinness. I'm glad that that's not true, but I never turn down Extra Stout.
Now, to get my hands on that African Foreign Extra that I've heard so many fables about!

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2003 13:00:25 | More by feloniousmonk
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2008 01:49:00 | More by TheManiacalOne
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'll try to not hold it against the fact this is Canadian, we gonna start seeing Molsons from Dublins soon??

Pours mahogany to black with a 3 fingers plus tanhead milkshake like head. Great lacing and good head retention

Smell: Toasted malt & that's it

Taste: Toasted malt, slight fruittiness and iron taste. Some licorice and chocolate notes

MF: Slightly creamy with oily notes. Good carbonation

Pretty drinkable but too heavy to make a session choice. Not bad, but I'm guessing this wouldn't sell near as much here if folks knew it was coming from the emerald isle, caveat emptor. Preferable to the original druaght, but I'd just as soon have an obsidian stout...

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2006 04:39:42 | More by russpowell
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WesWes

New York

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

The beer pours a pitch black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a stiff, black malt bitterness along with a bone dry finish. It doesn't seem too complex; basically black patent and chocolate malts. The taste is decent. It has a dry black malt flavor; bitter and earthy. There is little depth besides maybe a bit of chocolate malt sweetness. The mouthfeel is decent as well. It is a full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a solid Irish stout. It's basic, yet smooth and easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2010 23:54:29 | More by WesWes
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drabmuh

Maryland

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

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass. Beer is dark, as expected, tight brown head with small to medium bubbles, leaves lacing on the glass. Carbonation cannot be determined from color of beer.

Malty and roasty in the nose, no hop character to speak of. Roast is secondary to the malty sweetness. Smells good.

Flavor is not sweet as I expected from the smell, roast is most present and dominates the back of the mouth. Beer is thin in the front and finishes nicely. A slight aftertaste but not serious. Drinkability high, mouthfeel is a little thin.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2009 00:02:20 | More by drabmuh
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Mora2000

Texas

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

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a small tan head. The aroma is a mix of bitter, lightly roasted malt and a little bit of chocolate. The flavor is chocolate and chalky roasted malts with a little bit of bitterness. The beer is very dry and would be pretty easy to drink if it tasted better. Thin to medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2011 02:38:30 | More by Mora2000
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zeff80

Missouri

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2006 21:29:50 | More by zeff80
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

2.95/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A black color, pours with a thick creamy brown head that is quite persistent, the head gets quite rocky over time as well. There is a slightly roasted aroma with a bit of sweet grain character. It has a lightly bitter astringent finish. Fairly thin in its consistency. Some roast character is here and it has a bit of a sour twang to it in the finish. Overall this beer is quite disappointing, and much worse than I remember. It is missing the character that I was expecting it to have. Not too bad, but certainly not great either.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2004 01:15:15 | More by Gueuzedude
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

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
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle. Product of Canada. Poured into a Guinness Extra Stout pint glass.
It poured a dark brown - almost black - with a tan head.
The smell was thin. Not too bad, but weak. There were hints of burnt coffee - emphasis on burnt - and a tinge of alcohol in the nose.
The first sip had a robust kick of chocolate and coffee. But, starting with the second sip and every one after that, it seemed to grow weaker and more watery. It tastes like burnt dark coffee, a bad of chocolate and a raisin-like fruit essence far in the background. It left a bitter impression with just a touch of sweetness. It was not a complex taste - fairly simple.
Overall it was not bad, but nothing great. The growing market and production seems to have taken a toll on it over the years. It is not as balanced as I remember it being awhile back.
It is easily available, but there ae better craft examples of this style now.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2006 00:44:36 | More by jwc215
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2008 01:12:59 | More by RblWthACoz
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2003 04:46:35 | More by WVbeergeek
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Halcyondays

California

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

24 oz. bottle, can't believe I haven't reviewed this yet,

A: Pours red/black with a solid finger of light tan head, some lace, good head retention.

S: Coffee, roasted malt, charcoal.

T: Heavy roasted black malt bitterness with a light sour fruit/cherry character. Hop flavour is very mild. The bitterness can be too much at times, not always balanced, but a good overall flavour.

M: Relatively smooth, medium-bodied, nowhere near as creamy as the Draught.

D: A classic and the first beer I ever bought legally when I turned 21. Not the best stout, but nowhere near the worst, the fact that it is quite inexpensive means that I'll probably pick it up again. A nice simple pint.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2009 17:34:00 | More by Halcyondays
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very dark brownish black with a dirty white head. Nose had an aroma of malt, smoke and chocolate. Taste was extremely dry, plenty of malt and chocolate. The body was creamy and the finish was chocolate with some smoke present. Had a nice pucker factor with it as well. Always a drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2009 00:30:37 | More by barleywinefiend
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tempest

Pennsylvania

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

My friends occaisonally buy this, mistaking it for normal Guinness. Thank god for dumb luck. The contempt I hold for Guinness Draught might sour me on the brewery, if they didn't make real beer like this one. A rich black color, roasted and burnt aroma, with strong coffee and espresso over chocolate flavor. I can't quite tell the difference between this and an English stout, but either way its good beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2006 01:51:30 | More by tempest
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Guinness Extra Stout (Original) from Guinness Ltd.
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