Guinness Extra Stout (Original) - Guinness Ltd.

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Reviews: 1,271
Hads: 3,732
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 14.05%
Wants: 78
Gots: 706 | FT: 1
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Ireland

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: SixpointJMH on 11-12-2000

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Photo of Godfatherbob
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very stouty.. There is a crisp and sharp smoky taste to this, malty but not overwhelming. Very balanced. Only criticism is that it is a bit one-noted. Great complement to the original. (184 characters)

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

Very dark color, light brown head. Smell is of toasted malts. Taste is of toasted malts, with some coffee and chocolate. Heavier body, very light carbonation. Slightly bitter finish. (182 characters)

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

Original in pint bottle and in 12 oz bottle into various glasses.
A = 4. Attractive enough, essentially black. Nice tan head, fair retention.
S = 3.5 roast with some coffee and dark chocolate.
T = Dry roasted malt/coffee/chocolate. Classic Guinness taste.
M = dry, goes down pretty clean, not chalky like the nitrogenated form can be.
O = 3.5 A lot of great stouts out there. (375 characters)

Photo of sirlongfellow
4.09/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served from a 12oz. bottle into an English pu glass.

Look: Pours dark and black with about an inch and a half of a rocky tan head that retains. Still dark against light. Good lacing left on glass.
Smell: Roasty malts and chocolate are present in the nose along with some coffee. Baked bread as well.
Taste: Roasted and toast malts with hints of chocolate initially, than moving to more coffee like bitterness in the finish that does not linger.
Feel: Not as creamy as draught in my opinion, but still is very clean and very drinkable.
Overall: Very solid beer with great history for a good reason. Always a good choice in my opinion. (636 characters)

Photo of Libeertarian
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown, nearly black, glistens with the faintest red when held up to the light. Seems somewhat opaque, but really hard to tell. Head retains amazingly well. It's big, thick, desert-brown, and uniformly bubbled save for the top where bubbles are incredibly fine and form big fluffy pillows of carbonation. Smells of roasted malts, pale malts, and esters with strong notes of bread and vanilla, and fainter of caramel. To the taste, there's weak coffee and nuttiness as well as alcohol spiciness throughout, followed by vanilla, molasses, and smoke — almost tobacco-like from the hops — in order of appearance. Sharp but not too strong, rindy, smoky, bitter finish. Pretty low carbonation, making for exceptional smoothness, albeit with a pronounced gulp on the swallow due to astringent nature of the brew. That's alright, but personally, I prefer a little more fizz in my beer. I'd call it medium-bodied. Overall, good, but far from my favorite member of the porter/stout family. (987 characters)

Photo of WolfDJ1
4.62/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is as good as warm bread with butter. The flavor just melts over your tongue. By far my favorite stout, and in my top five favorite beer list. The flavor is of roasted malts with coffee tinges that just overwhelm the senses. Very well put together with a slightly bitter finish that tapers off to leave a pleasant aftertaste. I had this out of the bottle but Guinness on tap is far better. If you are a fan of stouts and dark beer than this is for you. (457 characters)

Photo of Carrier4
4.36/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It tastes better than the original draught, but it does appeal to the more hardcore stout crew. However it does lose some of the cool pouring looks that Guinness is famous for. It comes out kind of flat looking but taste is excellent. very bitter (249 characters)

Photo of ralph-pine
4.04/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

An "extra stout" high-quality, full of complex flavors and a very good presence. Ideal for very special occasions. Not to drink abundantly, but to savor with patience. (167 characters)

Photo of JHubner73
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I finally had my first Guinness Extra Stout last night. After years of enjoying beer, and in the last couple of years have really become a fan of porters and stouts, I felt it was time to give it a shot.

It looked and poured into my glass rather nicely. Upon further inspection it seemed a little thin for a stout, but the taste was good. It's nearly as strong as some other stouts I've had, but I can see the appeal.

Overall, it's a fine stout. Others have improved on this old school beer, but I think I'd purchase Guinness again. It went down smooth. (557 characters)

Photo of Pennd002
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This was my first venture into stouts and it switched me from an IPA man to porters and stouts. Not the best one, but a good one for sure. More filling than the draught, I think of it as an after meal type of drink when you don't want coffee. I recommend it for any stout fan. (276 characters)

Photo of StoutHobbit
4.42/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Looks incredibly dark, especially when you're used to Guinness Draught, light tan foam that's fine and velvety
S: Like rye bread and coffee
T: It tasted like bread. A damn good bread
F: Very thick, pleasant, a bit rich
O: A good stout, a real stout. Very good, not my go to stout, but very good. (299 characters)

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled last night on 5/17/15 but had this a few times before. 12 ounce bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a vintage "GUINNESS" pint glass.

Brew pours super close to a pitch black in color with a thick creamy 1+-finger foamy beige head that actually lasted a while. Lots of lacing is seen when sipped that stuck to the edges of the glass, from the first sip to the last. The aroma is of roasted grains/malts with a hint of coffee and dark fruit (plum?). Pretty much is said for the taste also with even a light hint of cocoa powder. Pretty smooth and better than the regular Guinness. Good flavor with just a mild bitter finish. This is a good sipping brew with lots of flavor. Medium-bodied with perfect carbonation. (754 characters)

Photo of tumblingpenguin
2.46/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is a wannabe stout. ABV is low, flavor is weak, aroma is lacking. If it weren't for the color, I wouldn't believe it's a stout. I bought this only because there weren't any other stouts available at the time and I had never tried it so I figured I'd give it a chance. Next time, if this is the only stout available, I'll pass and go for a different style altogether. (371 characters)

Photo of spoony
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a 355 ml bottle to tulip (and snifter and pint...tasted multiple times). Reviewed from notes dated March 26, 2015.

A-The beer pours with dense mocha foam that leaves a surprising amount of lacing on the glass. It looks thin on the pour, and settles in the glass to a nearly-back color. Head retention is not bad.

S-The aroma is a nice enough mixture of roasted grains, coffee, some malt, mild lactic flavors and a bit of plum fruit. Not bad, actually.

T-The taste is more fruity than I recall with suggestions of plum and grape to go along with the cocoa, milk sugar, chocolate, and roasted flavors.

M-The body is light to medium in heft. The beer is a little sticky with a moderate amount of fine carbonation.

O-This beer won't be winning any awards from me, but it drinks well enough. Not a bad example of the style, actually. (838 characters)

Photo of drunkenmess
4.48/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Genuine gold baby. Loved this beer first time I drank it few years back. Finally decided to review it. One of the most exciting beers to pour n drink, for me. Pours ridiculously dark with an instant foamy head all thru the pour. Finishing with a thick darkend tan head. Ultimate thick lacing that stays. Smells of burnt sweet fruity nuttiness to me. Goes down smooth with a little bitter bite at the the end which fades as it warms. Tastes of faint dark fruit, roasted nuts or malts with a little burnt toast that fades. Finishes bitter but like I said it fades as it warms. Overall one of my favorites. Always will be. Cheers (627 characters)

Photo of timontheroad
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown, almost black with a nice two finger fluffy tan head. Great retention and lacing. Plenty of dark roast malt smells, along with some slight sweet chocolatey/coffee notes. Taste was slightly bitter, but in a very good way. Lots of dark roast malt flavors and some light banana notes. Mouthfeel was pretty thin and almost watery. Overall, this was pretty tasty, but the mouthfeel seemed way out of place. (412 characters)

Photo of CoffeePorter
3.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Has a nice look - black with a nice thick creamy/tan head that doesn't dissipate.
Smells very rich, some strong banana/bread notes.
Tastes watery with some bitterness. Some very mild hints of banana/roasted malt.
Feels very smooth with almost zero to mild carbonation.
Overall, it's better than a Guinness Draught, but nothing exemplary about it (345 characters)

Photo of jbertsch
2.9/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It's better than original draught, and tastes bigger (it is 6%), but it still manages to exhibit that cheap corn essence a bit in the nose and in flavor. It's not bad giving an even 3 is probably a touch generous. (213 characters)

Photo of RenzoD
4.06/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It may not please the beer snobs, but this is one of my favorite stouts. Such a smooth, delicious beer. Deep dark and black as midnight. Fat creamy head. Nicely bittered finish. Goes down so smooth and tasty. First time I have had one in about two years and I like it even more today. (284 characters)

Photo of KamPendragon
3.06/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

An alright beer. I found it quite a bit more bitter than a Guinnes Draught, and less creamy, but then again they aren't the same beer, so I don't know what I was expecting. Goes well with a spicy kebab. (202 characters)

Photo of TBCE
4.36/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A great common beer. Can be found almost everywhere and is relatively inexpensive. Awesome black color with a substantial head when poured. Head does not dissipate quickly like in some stouts, which is good. Taste is slightly bitter. Always a decent treat! (256 characters)

Photo of mchegash
4.04/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - 4.25/5
Deep brown, can see reddish tinges around the edge of the glass. About 1.5 fingers of creamy beige head. The head retention is great and it stays around for a while. Can see some carbonation rising through the beer. Also decent lacing.

Smell - 4/5
Sweet, dark malts with an almost fruity flavor, perhaps banana, along with other flavors. I've always found it hard to put words to the Guinness Extra Stout flavor, but I know that I like it a lot.

Taste - 4/5
Tastes similar to the smell, but you get a lot more of the malts. Still some of that banana flavor, but may with some chocolate too. Like drinking a banana sunday. There are more sweet flavors which are hard to classify. Also, I get like a mineral/well-water aftertaste in my mouth.

Mouthfeel - 4.25/5
Medium bodied, slightly syrupy, smooth and very creamy, carbonation is moderate to light.

Overall - 4/5
Ever since I first had this beer, it's definitely been one of my favorites for casual session drinking. The flavor is unique, and quite tasty. Plus, it's a Guinness, and I've always had a soft spot for those great Irishmen who pioneered so much of beer history. (1,149 characters)

Photo of bwood06
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Very thick and creamy khaki colored head. Head retention is very good. Beer itself is black with a bit of mahogany around the edges. 4.25/5

S - First note to hit my nose is raisin. Espresso is also present as well as a butteriness. Molasses and an umami note are present as well. 4/5

T - Dark fruit/raisins and molasses are two primary tasting notes that I get. Behind those I find roasted malt, a nuttiness, and espresso (along with its bitterness). Metallic flavor is present, especially on the back end. 3.75/5

M - Very heavy but also very dry. Finishes with a lingering bitterness that is very dry. 3.75/5

O - Good stout that I like every bit as much as the original Guinness. Metallic flavor throws me a bit but the rest of the beer is very enjoyable. 3.75/5 (786 characters)

Photo of illpass78
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into my nonic on St. Patrick's Day.

Appearance: Pours a solid black with a one-finger tan head.

Aroma: Roasted malt, earth, some dark fruit, a little coffee. A little more aggressive than the canned draught variety.

Taste: Follows the nose. A little more booze burn than the canned draught, which is unsurprising, since it has a little more booze.

Mouthfeel: Fuller bodied than the canned draught. There are thicker stouts, but it does have some heft.

Overall: It's almost universally agreed that this is better than Guinness Draught, but I honestly like that one more. This is a bigger stout with more aggressive flavors, but Guinness Draught is what I think of when I want a Guinness - and when I want to make a black & tan or make a stout cake or do any of the other great things you can do with this beloved beer. All that aside, Guinness Extra is fine, it just doesn't make me forget all the other great stouts in the world. (955 characters)

Photo of JohnnyI
4.23/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours in to a Madra Rua proper Guinness pint glass with an opaque, dark color. Nearly black, but not quite. Mahogany and crimson highlights are around the base of the glass and where the light hits it just right. The chunky, towering beige head recedes very slowly, leaving mountainous peaks and plateaus near the rim. The aroma is heavy on raisin, cola and dark bread-like qualities. Faint molasses is present, as well. It's an intoxicatingly delicious combination, but not overpowering by any means. The taste brings black coffee astringency, with a little lime-like citrus bitterness from the combination of blackened malts and earthy hops. It's smoky and roasty with an herbal tobacco nature. Drying in the finish, almost puckering. It's flavorful, yet refined. With a body that coats the palate, yet remains moderate, this one strikes a good balance. If not for the creamy carbonation it might lack some depth. Overall, this is extremely easy to quaff. Especially for such a boldly flavored brew. At 6% ABV it retains a high degree of drinkability. Guinness Extra Stout is distinctly excellent. A quintessential Irish Dry Stout that still serves a measuring stick for the style. (1,184 characters)

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