1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Guinness Extra Stout (Original) - Guinness Ltd.

Not Rated.
Guinness Extra Stout (Original)Guinness Extra Stout (Original)

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

3,019 Ratings
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 3,019
Reviews: 1,218
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 15.41%
Wants: 38
Gots: 180 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Guinness Ltd. visit their website

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)
View: Beers (26) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Guinness Extra Stout (Original) Alström Bros
Ratings: 3,019 | Reviews: 1,218 | Display Reviews Only:
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
Photo of EricCioe


3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a beautiful black with a one finger tan head with incredible retention and good lace. On the nose, there are wet malts, wet straw, maybe wet oats, wet everything, and toasted malts. There is a noticeable lack of the coffee/chocolate flavors that dominate most non-dry stouts, so that was a welcome change, but overall the nose was a bit muted. In the mouth the toasted malts took over with the wet straw kind of further back. The only real knock on this beer to me is the mouthfeel, which is thin and watery, though there is a medium finish with the bitter roast sticking around a bit. A nice beer for St. Patty's morning in Chicago, which is exactly what I used it for.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 20:45:50 | More by EricCioe
Photo of ZenAgnostic


2.9/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance - Black body with a frothy offwhite head with decent retention. No snarky remarks, please.

Smell - Banana bread. Slightly sweet.

Taste - Harsh with some tobacco and noticeable alcohol. A bit of a stale cardboard aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Slightly creamy, but the noticeable alcohol cuts through it and makes it feel a bit watery.

Drinkability - The alcohol with lack of hop complexity and mouthbody to balance it out really kills this beer for me.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2011 05:29:24 | More by ZenAgnostic
Photo of brunrn1

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just finally tried this beer, bought a bottle and was expecting a real bitter beer. Poured into frosty mug and not too much foam, and the taste was a bit bitter but after a few sips bitterness is forgotten. Goes down smooth, not filling, no bad aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2011 15:05:39 | More by brunrn1
Photo of ramseye4


3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A=Pours a very dark brown color, near black, with a huge head that is a light brown in color, great lacing.
S=Very subdued, a bit of faint cocoa and toffee, not much else going on
T=Faint chocolate, toasted malt, a bit of a buttery taste and some grain. Much better than the taste, but still not spectacular
M=Kinda thin in the body, decent carbonation
D=Great for the style, especially for the low ABV

Not bad, not great either

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2011 06:39:03 | More by ramseye4
Photo of cyrock1


2.78/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Deep Brown to black, you can barely see through it when held upto a light, with a one inch light tan head.

Smell: Subdued, faint roasted malt and toffee.

Taste: Hints of it's stout heritage, a light beer in reality, not much of anything pleasant but nothing really offputting either.

Mouthfeel: Bitter on the end, up front it almost had an ashtray king of astringency.

Drinkability: Not the beer i was hoping based on my memories of it in the past, just average.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 06:52:19 | More by cyrock1
Photo of sdj5

New York

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

A: Very dark, opaque, brown lacing

S: Buttery, chocolate, toffee

T: The taste is sour, astringent, burnt toast, alcohol, bittersweet chocolate. Definitely a lactic acid taste.

M: Full-bodied but smooth

D: Not as drinkable as Guinness Draught. Definitely higher than most.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2011 23:52:20 | More by sdj5
Photo of Frothboss


3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Rich dark color black but i can see some light thru it where the glass thins. Has my favorite froth for this style, thick and sticky, goes nowhere fast and the color looks bread. Smell coffee and roastex malts. Tasts good with coffee and dark roasts. A little on the light end for stouts with me but still good. Mouthfeel is a little watery but carbonation is ok tastes good. I will alwayz enjoy a guinness, espexially on an empty stomach but not my first choi e for stouts.

Serving type: on-tap

02-23-2011 23:00:03 | More by Frothboss
Photo of huxcrunner

New York

4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- pours great into a glass black appearance with a nice tan rich head thats about 2 fingers

s- the smell is not overwhelming petty avg smell of aromas hints of chocolate/coffee

t- heavy rich taste that is very malty people joke that its a meal for a reason but it has a great taste that it slightly bitter and dry but overall flavor is one of my favorite

m-mouthfeel is good and clean for a rich heavy beer
it is very smooth

d-heavy beer makes for alright drinkablity, overall this is one of my favorites and is relatively fair price for something that is exceptional.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 21:22:25 | More by huxcrunner
Photo of diabecktic


4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Unlike the more well-known variety that's packaged with nitrogen, the head formation isn't nearly as profound. I get ~1 finger of a mocha rim which tops the blackish-red beer. The lacing is pretty good, but the retention isn't great.

The most obvious notes are smoky, roasted malt and lesser amounts of coffee, toffee, and caramel. There might also be a hint of dark fruit, but I can't quite describe what it would be. The aroma definitely embodies the KISS philosophy, as there isn't much spice of note.

Heavily roasted barley yields a biscuit-like sensation that anchors some of the sweeter attributes, but the aftertaste features a dry, hoppy tanginess that provides a distinct kick. The aforementioned coffee, toffee, and caramel are still present in the palate which is held together by a subtle smokiness.

The body is fairly heavy and the acidic tang is actually more refreshing than offensive. I can't detect much carbonation, but you can definitely tell that carbon dioxide was used instead of the nitrogen which is used in the more common Guinness Draught.

Taste, body, and alcohol content all make this an excellent sipping beer. I suppose it could pass as a session beer, but it's best appreciated when drank slowly and slightly warmer than normal.

In my mind, this is exactly what Guinness should taste like every time. Nearly every facet of this beer is better than that of the one which is so common, so I'm not quite sure why the Draught variety is so popular. Since this is supposedly the original recipe, I'm astounded as to why this beer isn't as widely marketed or available. I suppose that to each his own...but I'll stick with this one, thank you.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2011 02:02:46 | More by diabecktic
Photo of MoreThanWine


3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ahh, the standbye classic choice of the Boston Irish pub. From tap it comes with an inch or two of tiny bubbled fine froth which feels like velvet. Dark and opaque. The taste is milder and sweeter than the appearance hints. You get some mild malt, a touch of caramel. Not the most flavorful beer but it feels great and goes down easy.

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2011 09:40:04 | More by MoreThanWine
Photo of jbartlett89


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

pours deep black with thick creamy deep tan head very beautiful

smells ok with a strong wiff of alcohol and some roasted malts and a touch of sweet caramel.

taste roasted caramel and nice and bitter at the end.

very carbonated and full mouthfeel and very drinkable a very nice stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 03:12:05 | More by jbartlett89
Photo of mdunman


3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Opaque black with a dark tan head and a good amount of linger.

S: A lot of alcohol, some chocolate and caramel.

T: The alcohol is prevalent throughout, but some chocolate sneaks in to add some flavor along with the malt.

M: Full body with plenty of carbonation gives a good feel.

I fairly enjoyed this beer. I expected a bit more flavor to it though.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2011 01:21:32 | More by mdunman
Photo of GeneralZod


3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark, dark brown color and light foam head.
Pours as well as any stout.

Roasty. Hoppy.

It has roasty caramel taste. Also has a sharp bitterness.

Smooth and carbonated.

Its bitterness aftertaste makes it less favorable compared to the Guinness Draught which is easier to go down.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 03:47:30 | More by GeneralZod
Photo of TheLegendaryGary


4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As an Irishman I have a love affair with Guinness, the extra stout being one of my first dark beers. At first I had some trouble drinking it, being a young drinker in all, but over time grew to respect and enjoy it's glory.

Now for it's over all appearance I love dark beer in pint glass, if you hold it up to the light and you can't see but a tiny tint of redish-brownish light, man that is good shit. A very distinctive smell but a tad overpowering and with taste with I've yet to find an equal. Now the mouthfeel and the dirnkabiitily can be little rough, especially if it's the first beer of the day.

So I recommend this beer for the fans of dark, stiff beer. If you only drink light beer i would warn against it.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2011 03:36:40 | More by TheLegendaryGary
Photo of KickInTheChalice


4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Part of a side by side with Guinness Draught and Foreign Extra Stout

Apppearance: Extra Stout pours a mahogany color with a slightly transparent ruby tint and edges of walnut brown. A rocky tan head bubbles up considerably and takes a while to subside.

Smell: Roasted malt, raisins, chocolate sweetness, and molasses. Maybe a hint of spice and light bitterness from a nuanced hop presence.

Taste: The flavor matches up with the aroma. The start is sweet molasses, heavily roasted or burnt malt, chocolate, and raisins. Light coffee leads to a lightly spiced hops. It finishes with some sweetness that ties the flavor together nicely.

Mouthfeel: This feel actually has some body to it. After drinking the Draught, though, maybe anything would feel thick and bold. The body is medium to full, with medium carbonation and a somewhat creamy feel, but with some carbonation that pops as well. Much different and more natural feeling than the Draught.

Drinkability: This is the Guinness I like and can really enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2011 20:59:57 | More by KickInTheChalice
Photo of Everydayoff


3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Edit on 29-Mar 2011 after revisit.
330ml bottle 5% ABV poured into a pint glass by freshness date.

Clear very dark brown to almost black shade, very thick tan rocky head compiles several small and big bubbles that tolerate very well with plenty of spot lacings sticking to the glass after gradually dissipated. The carbonation is rather high and seems to make eternal bubble ascending to the head.

A bit flat only just roasted malt, dark chocolate and coffee bean roasted like jump up to a nose.

Backbone bitterness by roasted malt with concentrated coffee which is slight astringent and have some residual bitterness in the finish.

Light body, a bit watery, smooth with right amount of carbonation.

The solid roasted bitterness proportions make this brew as an enjoyable drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 06:02:23 | More by Everydayoff
Photo of JonathanCrites


3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this in a 22 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Poured a dark, ruby tinged brown with thick tan head that persisted through drinking.

S - Smell of burnt malts; more coffee or char than chocolate or molasses.

T - Lots of burned malt upfront with a lasting, almost sour taste. Not bitter like hops; but a taste I associate with stouts.

M - Smooth, creamy, medium mouthfeel.

D - I really enjoyed this bottle, the ABV is enough to feel but low enough to drink. Carbonation is not an issue for drinking.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 04:44:11 | More by JonathanCrites
Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor


3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a really interesting beer. I'm so used to that traditional nitro guinness taste, that I was a bit thrown off. Here goes.

Very dark into my pint glass. When help up to a light, I can see ruby through it. Large tan head disappears to nothing, but retains decent lacing none the less.

To me this tastes like a less hoppy american stout, than an irish dry stout. It's roasty, but you almost have to coax the roasty flavors to come out. It take a while for flavor to develop. That guinness twang hits, and then some roasty malts. The roasty evolves into a lingering bitterness.

Pretty solid mouthfeel. Definitely coats your mouth and stays there.

It's fairly drinkable. I know a stout isn't supposed to necessarily be a session beer, and this is no exception. I'm glad I tried it, but I probably won't be reaching for another Extra Stout in the future.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 03:50:24 | More by AWolfAtTheDoor
Photo of BigMike


2.5/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a very dark brown. Some slight ruby around the edges. A big tan head forms with some really big bubbles. Leaves great lacing.

S: Burnt roasted malts. Some light coffee notes but mostly heavily roasted "burnt" malts.

T: Pretty close to the nose but with a ton of bitterness and a ton of acidity. Not very pleasant to be honest.

M: Just below heavy but with a huge amount of carbonation.

Overall: My least favorite Guinness product. Very hard to drink. Bitter, acidic, burnt and over carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2011 23:28:59 | More by BigMike
Photo of kytashie


3.18/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown/black coffee color with a very thin tan head. The smell is roasted coffee almost burnt with a faint chocolate and a semi-sweet malty background. The taste right from the start was surprisingly flat and a strong remembrance of day old reheated coffee. It's light, malty and a weak finish of chocolate. Not one of my favorite stouts. Truly believe and 'll repeat what has been said before...if I was in Ireland and this was fresh of the tap it would be a much different experience. It is not bad, but not great from the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 16:42:05 | More by kytashie
Photo of stephadelphia


4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A: A deep, rich brown that's almost black. Has some red tones. Full-bodied - you won't be able to see through it. A tan head about half an inch thick took about a minute to dissipate and had lots of air bubbles - a very thin layer remained on top of the beer for as long as it took for me to drink it.

S: Malt, espresso and molasses/brown sugar. Quite pleasant.

T: Tasted some malt and molasses first on the tongue, with a finish of mild espresso and more molasses/brown sugar. Just a slight bite of bitterness at the end, but it's what I'd expect from this type of beer.

M: Very fizzy, which was quite pleasant. A full-bodied beer, but not too heavy. Smooth finish. I find the "regular" Guinness to be a bit watery, and this is not (and I love and appreciate that).

D: I could put back quite a few of these, but then again I'm a stout lover. I enjoy the taste the beer leaves behind, and don't find it too overpowering. I also think that it tastes pretty damn good for coming out of a bottle. Bet it's delicious on tap.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 04:32:58 | More by stephadelphia
Photo of 25santurce


4.45/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance; black like spresso,brown head that takes time to go away and and stays in your mug

smell; coffe/malty,chocolate,roasty

taste;spresso and chocolate some bitternes at the end

mouthfeel; satisfaying,feels like a whole meal,a hint bitterness at the end

drinkability; like I said is like having a meal I can drink this stout for breakfast

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2011 19:03:34 | More by 25santurce
Photo of anakar


4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had it in a good burger place yesterday, so I'm reviewing it from the tap.

App - Black, big thick white head. Can't see through

Smell - Very malty and strong

Taste - Bitter, very bitter and (if you like Irish stuff) rich. This is what you look for in an Irish Stout

Mouth - Creamy, lovely - much better than from bottle

Drink - Ordered a second so it's an easy drink even though it's very bitter and heavy.

Serving type: on-tap

01-07-2011 23:11:58 | More by anakar
Photo of Sudsy89


3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle, chilled.

Pours a dark brown, almost black color. Classic stout appearance, low carbonation with a thick, creamy tan head. Medium-bodied, smooth. This is much better than the bottled Guinness Draught, it has a much richer flavor and is big on roasted malt taste, sweet chocolate and coffee aroma. Higher ABV and thicker mouthfeel, yet still decent on the "drinkability" scale. This is a good mass-produced stout, nothing special but still better than other alternatives, and it's easy to find.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2011 03:12:46 | More by Sudsy89
Guinness Extra Stout (Original) from Guinness Ltd.
84 out of 100 based on 3,019 ratings.