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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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3,018 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,018
Reviews: 1,218
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 15.41%
Wants: 38
Gots: 180 | 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 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
Photo of Chickenhawk9932


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

Pours pitch black with a dark tan head - some retention and lacing.

Smells of dark fruit - plumb, raisin - roasted barley, and caramel malt. Also some nice coffee notes.

Raisin hits the side of the mouth then a nice sting from the carbonation clears the way for caramel malt flavor, finishes dry with bitter coffee notes. This is an excellent stout.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2011 21:24:00 | More by Chickenhawk9932
Photo of krazyboi


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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Guinness glass.

A: Opaque black color with a foamy light tan colored head that dissipates rather quickly. Leaves a decent lacing.
S: Yeast, sourness, toasted malt, biscuit.
T: Sour, twangy, black coffee. Hard to describe.
M: Medium to heavy thickness, slightly sticky, light carbonation.
D: The taste is somewhat odd. If you can get past the weird twangy sourness, then this could be an easy drinker.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2011 14:39:34 | More by krazyboi
Photo of DannyDan


3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A. Pours a blackish body with hints of red in it. It has a nice thick tan head that has great retention, some lacing and little carbonation.
S. The smell is some malts, a little chocolate and soy sauce.
T. The taste is some chocolate and coffee at first followed by some hops in the back and a strong soy sauce taste throughout. I also taste some dark fruits in there too. The aftertaste is a burnt roasted charcoal taste.
M/D. This is probably one of the creamiest beers I ever had. Nice and smooth, but the bad aftertaste and extreme dryness it leaves makes it not as drinkable as I would have imagined.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2011 06:50:23 | More by DannyDan
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2011 21:24:41 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of flexabull


3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can't believe I've never reviewed this...

Pours a dark flat black color with a nice big white head.

Aromas are of dark chocolates, nuts, and roasted malts.

Taste is mellower than I remember, nicely balanced, with dark roasted malts, cream, brown sugar, and hints of soy sauce. Finish is crisp, dry, and with mineral hop flavors.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, but a little thinner than I like.

Drinkability is good. This is a classic, with good flavors, and not overwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2011 03:57:57 | More by flexabull
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