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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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3,069 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,069
Reviews: 1,219
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 15.41%
Wants: 42
Gots: 202 | 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 tdm168

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black with a mountain of brown head with great retention. Nose is faint; roasted and maybe a little caramel. Taste is a caramel sweetness up front and then the roasted malts take over and add a richness and smokiness to the flavor. There's a slight creaminess in the finish. Mouthfeel is full-bodied, moderately carbonated, and very smooth.

Not a bad Irish Dry Stout. It's much better than the original draught.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 22:11:04 | More by tdm168
Photo of Pintofbrown


3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Wow, I know this is supposed to be about the look of the beer, but I was a little surprised to actually SMELL something on this pour, a lot of roasted malt and coffee. There is more carbonation here than I expected, and I’m not sure how I feel about that in a stout.

The head started out extremely thick (three fingers at least) and is slowly dying down, leaving a soapy, bubbly lace behind. It’s dropped down to a one finger, lacy head - looks like the top of a root beer float.

Again, this seems kind of weird for a thicker beer like a stout. For being “extra”, the appearance of the head is not anything like the beautiful Guinness Draught. Nice lace though. Color is almost exactly like Guinness Draught. Instead of dark ruby highlights, I’m seeing a mahogany instead on the sides of the glass.

Smell: The roasted malt smell is barely noticeable; instead, there is a great bready malt aroma that fills the nose. It isn’t overpowering, but it makes my mouth water a bit. Honestly, it’s got the nose of good brown ale, but I’m willing to go with it. Hop accents aren’t really there, and on return sniffs, the roasted coffee beans and chocolate notes are coming through a little.

Taste: Very first thing on the sip is the bitterness that was the after taste of the Guinness Draught. It’s almost like the hops have finally shown up for the party in a big way. After the initial bitterness has worn off, there is a very strong coffee flavor that fills the mouth and lingers for a while.

The bready malts are still there, but it takes the back seat to the roasted coffee malts. The after taste is very earthy, and a little bit of the 6% ABV is coming through.

Mouth feel: The mouth feel is much like the Guinness Draught, not near as big as it should be, or more like, how I think it should be. It’s medium to thin and the aftertaste dissolves away into the characteristic bitterness in a couple seconds. The earthy after taste lingers for a little bit.

Overall: So is it better than Guinness Draught? Eh, I guess? While the flavor profile is bolder, it isn’t a bold that builds on the watered down original draught. I was expecting the roasted malt to really hit me in the extra stout, instead it’s like they just boosted the hop flavor so the bitterness is a bit bigger in this offering. It’s nice to have that interesting earthy, coffee flavor lingering on the palate, but it doesn’t really wow me.

The beer is good; I just wish the bready malts I caught in the nose were more evident during consumption. The product just doesn’t have the body to make it something I would ever go to again.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 16:11:31 | More by Pintofbrown
Photo of cawthonb


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

Bought a 6 pack of this yesterday, have never tried the extra stout Guinness before this. Drank straight from the bottle.

Appearance - Very dark beer. Love the color of the head.

Smell - I smelled malt with a faint hint of chocolate.

Taste - Very stout, strong taste. After taste is pleasant, much more potent than a Draught Guinness. I tasted a sort of roasted (probably burnt) flavor of barley or something along that line. It wasn't an unpleasant taste, just very prominent. Could taste some chocolate flavors.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth at first, very dry towards the end. I spent about 45 minutes on this one bottle. When it warmed up it became very dry.

Overall - Love the beer. Guinness is becoming one of my favorite casual beers.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 15:29:16 | More by cawthonb
Photo of Cozzatoad


3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle

A- Very dark brown in color, almost black. A one finger frothy tan-head shows very nice retention and leaves a good amount of lacing

S- Quite faint smell. Roasted malt with some notes of coffee and chocolate. Maybe a faint hint of hops, on the earthy side

T- Roasted malts are dominant, with strong coffee notes. A delicate tea-like bitterness on the tongue with some light notes of leaf and lemon. Strongly bitter for the style in both finish and aftertaste

M- Medium body. Silky on the palate thanks to delicate carbonation. Very dry finish

O- An easy drinker for sure, but it lacks complexity and feels quite boring

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 12:34:39 | More by Cozzatoad
Photo of bubseymour


3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Still perfect pour. Black as night, with the most perfect 2-3 finger frothy tight bubbled billowy head.

Smell - Malty, Malty, Malty. Some chocolate notes.

Taste - Smooth, malty start but finishes with a somewhat bitter finish and lingering aftertaste. Plenty of flavor in finish, just seems too hoppy/bitter in the end for this type of beer.

Mouthfeel - Nice, full bodies and rich in the mouth.

Overall - A decent beer, nicely flavored but a little put off by the bitter aftertaste that lingers.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2011 01:45:50 | More by bubseymour
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3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a dark brown with some ruby highlights at the bottom of the glass, with a thin pool of tan head.

S-Sweet dark plum with some roast character very evident.

T-Caramelly roast profile with a hint of dark fruit, some good coffee notes that stop just this side of overly bitter.

M-Medium bodied, very dry and crisp.

O-A nice beer, good flavor, a pleasant drinker.


Serving type: bottle

07-29-2011 00:08:10 | More by sholland119
Photo of Mora2000


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
Photo of kflorence


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

Imported from my ratebeer.com profile - JAN 3, 2008

Pours a dark, opaque black with a wonderful frothy and creamy head that lasts forever. Smells of roasted coffee, dark chocolate, lots of malts. Very dry, slightly bitter or acidic, burnt roasted flavor, malty, some dark fruit characteristics. Very smooth, finishes crisp and dry. This is a classic, but I've heard that it's better overseas.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 05:36:35 | More by kflorence
Photo of BEERMILER12


3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown with ruby edges. About half a finger of off white head doesn't last too long

S: Roasted malts, burnt coffee, some dark chocolate. Malts pretty much dominate though

T: Same as the smell, roasted malts and burnt coffee pretty much dominate, with a bitterness and drying effect from the coffee going on into the aftertaste. Dry leathery tannins also kick into effect about midway through

M: Medium bodied with high carbonation. Pretty drying even with the heavy carbonation. A fairly odd feel for a stout, but it works here I guess

O: For an Irish dry stout, it's decent. Definitely had better, but this will fit the bill if for some reason you're on a Guinness kick. A good step into craft for a beginner

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 02:05:16 | More by BEERMILER12
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3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes:

A: Pours a deep black color with a 1.5 finger light brown/tan head on top. Moderate retention and spotty, but foamy lacing.

S: Smells a bit like cream with a bit of sweetness to it. Hints of chocolate and coffee, as well as a touch of vanilla and roasted malt.

T: More dark roasted malt on the flavor than the aroma. Some bitter chocolate, dark fruit, and a hint of coffee. There is some hop bitterness on the finish.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied, but overly heavy. Nice level of carbonation that gives it a slight creamy texture. Dry finish.

O: A good beer, preferred over draught due to it being slightly heavier and better tasting imo.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2011 18:06:58 | More by mdaschaf
Photo of cbray

United Kingdom (England)

2.75/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Looks beautiful, but fairly shabby for a stout. Stout is supposed to be extra thick and juicy, being a Stout Porter, but Guinness just seems fairly insipid and thin. I love the heritage, look and brand, but it's a really weak product. I think the accountants over in St. James' gate have got to the brewers and penny-pinching has prevailed. It's sad but true. Not the best stout in the world, not even the best stout in Dublin...

Serving type: on-tap

07-12-2011 13:24:31 | More by cbray
Photo of engagechad


3.13/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Purchased as a single from Trader Joes in Shortpump/Glen Allen, VA - Tulip

Pours very dark brown with moderate head and not much lacing. Smells faintly of dark roasty malt and is actually kind of funky.. not very nice on the nose.. Taste is boring and uneventful.. not much going on, roasty and sort of bitter but nothing to write home about. Feels nice on the mouth.

Overall - not a beer I would buy again.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 01:49:16 | More by engagechad
Photo of harrymel


2.75/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottled date: unk

Part of a three part Guinness-off.

A: pours a deep brown ale with 1.5 fingers of peanut colored head. This clings to the glass as it falls over a couple minutes to a tortuous sheet of the same. Good, cobweb lacing.

S: caramel, copper, roasted malts, sweet malts, hints of earthy hops. Hints of nougat.

T: Subdued hops of earthy nature, and a nice hearty backbone of malts are here. Plenty of earthy, soily malts are prominent. Hints of vanilla on copper, too much copper.

M: Heavy body with moderate carb. Dry finish causes me to want to hawk loogies.

O: Not really enticing to me. The flavor is too metallic, the mouthfeel is off.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2011 10:50:28 | More by harrymel
Photo of fountainofyouth

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle to a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Almost black, totally opaque. Very thin tan head.

Smell: Smells like booze. Behind the alcohol, the dark malt is detectable but not really bold. Hops are virtually absent.

Taste: This will never be mistaken for a sweet beer. The alcohol imparts some sourness, and the malt is a dark, roasty bitter. Tiny bit of grassy hops on the back end. Finish is very dry. I like dry stouts, but this is a little too puckery.

Mouthfeel: Pretty fair carbonation for the style. Fairly heavy body and smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: VERY different from the draught -- fizzier, darker, and bolder. It's not my cup of tea, but those who think regular Guinness is too bland will probably enjoy this more.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2011 00:38:13 | More by fountainofyouth
Photo of Siegmund


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

12 oz bottle, poured into a Sam Adams PP

Pours a nice jet black with a great 1inch fluffy, off-white head that sticks around for a while. Lacing is ___. Smells of roasted malts, no hops to be found. It tastes to me what I image 'regular' Guinness tastes like to non BA's. Good roasted bitterness with some hoppy bite to it. A little heavy on the carbonation for me in a stout, but I like it better than the flat feel of nitro.

Overall, a very good beer. This is what draught should taste like. A little expensive for what it is, but this is something I might revisit every once in a while

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 00:47:03 | More by Siegmund
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4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Me, drinking Guinness from a bottle when the N2 CANs are widely available?!? I just troll around in my local bottle shops' coolers and grab any singles that are available. I really hate to commit to a sixer of anything these days. That said, I am starting to Jones for new CANs ...

From the bottle: "Brewed since 1759 with natural ingredients, today GUINNESS is enjoyed in over 150 countries. Experience the robust, mellow and satisfying flavor for yourself."

My pour created a two finger mound of dense, light-brown head with excellent retention. Color was a deep, dark-brown with cola highlights. Nose had a rich, dark chocolate quality. Mouthfeel was medium with a light charcoal flavor on the tongue. Finish was dry, indeed, just as advertised. This was MUCH different than what I remember from N2 taps, which is how it is commonly served. It was not terribly complex, nor was it boring. This was a good beer!

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2011 18:34:41 | More by woodychandler
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3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out pitch black with a very thick rocky brown head. Retention is excellent and lacing is abundant. Its a very attractive looking stout. There are lots of toasted and fresh grains in the nose. A slight hop bitterness can be detected along with faint notes of coffee and chocolate. Taste is semi bitter up front and somewhat sour. There are lots of toasted grains and coffee in the middle that seem the carry the beer to a dry bitter end. The mouth feel of the beer seem good. Its not too thick yet not to light. The carbonation is in check as well. Ive never had this beer before and I'm glad I bought it. This is highly drinkable and flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2011 19:54:32 | More by depechemode1983
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had this many times in many containers. But I feel like reviewing it now. Had it poured from the tap while watching my friends' band, Travesty, at Wouter's in Suamico. (At St. Brendan's Irish Inn in Green Bay, they fashion a shamrock upon the head of the beer.)

The pint glass with the Guinness label was set flat under the tap, as the server poured the rich, airy brew into it. Time magically turned the brown-white foam into beer.

The deep dark brown beer with the thick, resilient head provided me a faint aroma and somewhat surprisingly light (for the visual clues say, "dark.") taste, including the distinct roasted grain.

The mouthfeel is significant, but I noted a bit of a sour finish.

For me, this is a special beer - or should I say, "unique experience," as it carries with it an historic cultural memory.

Serving type: on-tap

06-26-2011 19:03:28 | More by UpNorthLager
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3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Until I got into craft beers, I spent a lot of time drinking Guinness. I still pick it up when I can't get something else.

The appearance is good, a black color with a medium brown head and nice lacing.

The smell is good not great, its a burnt smell.

The mouthfeel is medium and creamy, with lots of carbonation.

The taste is good, kind of a burnt flavor, not as much roasted malts as other stouts, a little dry bitterness on the way down, good.

Overall sure there are better beers, but this is good and available almost everywhere.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2011 02:21:55 | More by DavidST
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South Carolina

3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured in standard pint glass, review from notes.

A: Black in color with ruby edges, the head is not as creamy as regular Guinness I think it is because of the carbon dioxide replacing nitrogen.

S: Malts with some chocolate backing it up along with grain.

T: Toasted malts not bitter slightly sweet.

M: A little thin for a stout but not terrible.

D: Good for that stout mood you might get in when the craft store is closed.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2011 01:47:53 | More by drowninginhops
Photo of Sachsenfreude


3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance; light tan head and a black body that light barely passes through. Nice chunky head leaving equally impressive lacing. Not much room for improvement here.

smell; not much of anything, some wet malts and ash. A bit of hops but mostly watery.

taste; Finishes dry and of bitter molasses, this is the first thing I notice. Upfront flavors are much more subtle. Some malty sweetness tries to come out but has no chance once the finish comes in and it does so rather quickly.

mouthfeel; medium bodied, crisp, and dry. Puckers the mouth a bit but this only makes it less refreshing by a bit.

overall; a pretty nice drink and I would like to try the version brewed in Ireland instead of Canada before a give this much criticism.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2011 03:39:02 | More by Sachsenfreude
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3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Had this once many moons ago... I remember the ABV being 6.9% and now it's 6 even, and brewed by the boys at Fosters (boo/hiss) under licence... here's hoping it doesn't taste like anything else they brew! Also wasn't sure which version to review this under (Australia or Original), as it's technically brewed in Australia (under licence) however many of my countrymen have reviewed it under the "Original" entry. I did both.

Poured from a 750ml "tallie" into a tulip Guinness pint (obviously not the whole tallie).

A: Appearance? Who doesn't know what a pint of Guinness looks like - jet black (technically deep ruby) body with a bone white head that sits thickly atop... actually, the head is different to the classic "draught" pint in that it sinks back down to a thin lacing like a standard (non-nitrous) brew.

S: It smells like the draught except a bit more pronounced; roasted chicory, malt grains and hint of caramel.

T: The chicory is quite up front and personal with this brew. There's a bitter note like burnt coffee and the caramel malts line the rest of the palate. Another thing that stands out is a smokiness that you would normally expect from a smoke beer. This is Guinness, but it misses the more refined flavours of it's draught cousin.

M: A flavour-heavy stout that is also quite watery. The carbonation reminds me why the nitrous primed draught is so much better; there's no smoothness here.

D: Overall an interesting in some ways (flavour, aroma) but lackluster in others (mouthfeel, lack of balance) vacation from Guinness draught that once again proves to me that they don't make it like they do in Ireland. It's worth a try and is still not bad, but the watery body is a major disappointment for me - with these flavours I would expect the viscosity of an engine oil.

Food match: For compatriots; Vegemite on toast. Everyone else; spit roasted pork or beef casserole with potatoes and gravy.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2011 08:59:07 | More by doktorhops
Photo of AlCaponeJunior


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

Pours black with a very good head, great retention, and decently good lacing too.

Smells of dark roasty malts, burnt malts, coffee and just a hint of dark fruits.

Taste is typical of an Irish dry stout, plenty of roasty malt flavors, a touch of nuts, a dab of chocolate, and some coffee.

Feel is medium bodied with creamy carbonation and a quite dry finish.

Overall it's not a style I'm all that fond of, but this is a fine example anyway. It's a good go-to beer when you're far from anywhere and there are only convenience stores nearby, because they almost always have it.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2011 08:20:30 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pitch black, with brown head and a lace that stays there the entire time.

S: Coffee and toasted malts, but mostly just coffee.

T: It tastes like unsweetened black coffee, with a hint of toasted malts. The strong taste of coffee stays in your tongue and then you can taste the hops, in good balance, but maybe a little too strong on the bitter side when you mix both the coffee and the hop flavors. The coffee and toasted malts taste lingers in your mouth for some minutes after you taste it.

M: The toasted malts, coffee and hops are in good balance, and the carbonation is just fine. This Guinness is a lot more robust and less smooth than the normal Guinness, but it's still good. It would be hard for me to drink more than one in a row, though.

Overall I liked it, but then again I like stouts and their strong coffee and toasted flavor. A good brew for those who just aren't satisfied with the normal Guinness flavor, but it can be a little overwhelming compared to other dry stouts.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2011 03:31:12 | More by Pexkool
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3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a ruby black into a pint glass with a thick tan head, better lacing on this one than the Draught.

The smell was toasted malt, a touch of tobacco, chared wood, java, and cocoa powder. The taste was quite good: Bitterness right up front fading into a semi sweet coffee and malt essence with maduro cigar and a touch of wine vinegar on the palate. CO2 is a nice change from the nitro gassed Draft.

In my opinion this is a much better stout than the Draught.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2011 23:03:42 | More by miket163
Guinness Extra Stout (Original) from Guinness Ltd.
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