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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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BA SCORE
84
good

3,031 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 3,031
Reviews: 1,218
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 15.41%
Wants: 38
Gots: 184 | FT: 1
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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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MorningDove

Arizona

4.68/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I'm drinking one right now... there's just something about Guinness.

A: It looks like a beer should, something classic about the bottle, simple yet satisfying, I can not imagine an improvement

S: The smell of real Guinness, no substitutes

T: Plenty of flavor if you like stouts, far more complex than the draught

M: just perfect no the tongue, not too carbonated, not too little

D: The only minor flaw maybe that it satisfies and doesn't make you lust for more

Original Guinness is worth the 2 bucks more you may spend for it on a case as compared to the draught.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2009 03:54:19 | More by MorningDove
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tone77

Pennsylvania

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

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very good, sweet, malts, some hints of chocolate. Taste is of roasted malts and maybe a slight note of coffee, finishing bitter. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this makes for a decent brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2009 00:50:34 | More by tone77
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twiggamortis420

Texas

4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz brown bottle with no decipherable freshness code on it. Pours a dark brown color, not quite black, with crimson highlights around the edges. Tan foam is creamy and thick with pretty good retention and lacing.

Smells roasty and a touch sour with a bit of dark berry and sweet lactose-esque aroma. Reminds me a bit of Sam Smith's RIS, a bit mineraly and chalky. Fairly big nose for a lower ABV stout.

Taste is pretty bold, yet smooth...very nice. Coffee roastiness mingles with a touch of fruitiness, smoke and tobacco. Chalky minerals come through in the taste as well. Does not need too much help from the hops (roasty malt) for a nice bittering finish. This is a good, supremely drinkable and flavorful stout. Huge upgrade over Guinness Draught, this beer does not get the recognition it deserves.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2009 20:13:49 | More by twiggamortis420
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark and rich. Appears black, but closer inspection reveals a super dark continuous brown. The head is a very thick, sticky, dark tan that takes a fair bit of time to dissapate, but never does completely. Retention is high and the lacing is ample. Smell is pretty robust; roasted malts, hints of sweetness and bitterness conversely, likely from some coffee I think I'm picking up. Pretty standard stout charactoristics, but it's aroma is definitely above average. Taste too is above average. Nothing stellar, however. Loads of roasted dark malts, fainter sweetness than in the nose and more pronounced bitterness. There seems to be some dark fruits thrown in, scarcely, though I can't seem to pick out what. The mouthfeel is average IMO. Medium bodied at best, with more an American Stout feel, and bordering the thin side. Could have definitely been thicker in the feel. The drink is relatively good, with a sixer easily doable and enjoyable at the same time. ABV is not bad, and feels a smidge higher than it is...always not a bad thing.

Notes: Hands down better than the Pub Draught IMO. Significant flavours, aromas, ect. I'll always choose this over the draught anyday.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2009 20:59:28 | More by EgadBananas
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Evocatus

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour nice and dark with a beige-cream head like a good stout. Smells of roast and maybe some sweetness, possible dark chocolate. Taste has a mix of bitterness, roast coffee, and slight sweetness. Good amount of thickness, although could be a bit thicker. Haven't had the draft version in a while, so don't know how it compares, but I would say you can't go wrong with this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2009 05:46:24 | More by Evocatus
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Kooz

New York

3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

First had this 15 years ago in 1994 at 3 a.m. with a guy names Pony. It was the first stout I ever tasted. Had it occasionally since then. Decided to try it again to rate it. I was pleasantly surprised--it was much better than I remembered.

It had a nice appearance. I see other reviews note the classic Guinness appearance, I disagree. The classic appearance is the widget induced/nitro-draft style, which produces a paler, more uniform head with typical nitro bubbles (tighter). This produced a tan-leaning-toward-brown head with big bubbles. It was almost foamy and left a nice lacing on the glass from the four pulls I took. This is what a stout beer should look like, imho. Perfect. The dark, almost black, appearance of the Guinness is beautiful.

It smelled somewhat acrid and fruity. Fairly pleasant. The taste followed suit and had a fruity hint to it--quite different from draft Guinness. Mouthfeel was okay, if almost a little gritty. That was this beer's only failing. As for drinkability, I'd be happy to have this again. It's a good sipping beer and can (I imagine) be a good drinking beer too.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2009 18:10:23 | More by Kooz
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BDJake

Washington

2.65/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

It has the classic Guinness pour, recognizable to all beer drinkers. Smells highly of burnt malts, however, and like day-old coffee. Tastes like a dirty old sock mixed with coffee and scorched malt. Not overly carbonated, and didn't kill my tastebuds. Still wasn't very drinkable, however. If I was still in high school, I'd think it was awesome, if not solely for the fact that it has a higher abv than the regular. But the only reason I even had it was that I asked my girlfriend to pick up a good porter or chocolate stout to make a float with for dessert, and she snagged this (beer-wise, she ONLY drinks bud light), and it wasn't even good until the ice cream had fully melted to mask the beer. I could go the rest of my life without drinking this again and not feel the least bit bad.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2009 04:23:20 | More by BDJake
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cameraman

Kentucky

2.25/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I ask the question? Is there anything more mesmerizing than watching a Guinness settle, I didn't think so. The beer is black color with hint of a brown and red along the sides of the glass. A creamy thick head, tan to light beige in color, settles at quarter inch high and not going anywhere. A chocolaty aroma at first scent, then a mild bread fragrance with a slight grassy scent at the end. A strong dark bread flavor, along with heavy malt flavors. Those flavors blend to mild chocolate taste, then moving to a mild citrus bitterness, with a touch of pine, those last flavors linger on the palate for some time. Though it looks thick, mostly due to the head, it has rather a thin watery feel at the front. It does gain some weight as it reaches the back of the throat, leaving the palate fairly dry. This is a visually stunning and beautiful beer, the aroma and flavor are very lackluster and the feel reminds me of a macro brew, with out the strong carbonation. Though this beer is in many ways is supposed to be the standard it falls short.

Serving type: nitro-tap

11-07-2009 22:17:28 | More by cameraman
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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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losdizzel

Oklahoma

4.63/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a very very nice beer looks very nice in a Guinness glass
way different as to Guinness draft
Damn near drank a whole 6 pack ,watching Transformers 2
Not just a St.PATTYS DAY beer ,but easly a year around beer to enjoy.
This for me atleast is one of the first real beers to try on my tour
for good drinkable and enjoyable beers in life

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2009 21:44:48 | More by losdizzel
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naterock

Missouri

3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured into a guinness pint glass. Deep brown that isn't quite opaque, still some light sneaking through. Thick off white head.

Smells rich of roasted malts and bitter chocolate.

Bitter malt upfront, with a sweetness that lingers. unsweetened chocolate and a hint of espresso. Not bad.

Mouth is heavy and bitter with a cloying finish. possibly the only thing i don't care for about this beer. Drinks fairly easy on a cool day. Definitely a step up from Guinness Draught

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2009 17:04:40 | More by naterock
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curasowa

New York

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

Pours a dark, almost black color with 1 finger of brownish head. Smell is somewhat muted; smells mostly of roasted malt. Nice, medium body with strong roasted malt flavor and some mild sweetness followed by bitter, lingering finish. Much better than Guinness Draught.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2009 00:59:28 | More by curasowa
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GoalieRon33

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Solid beer overall.
A-solid stout color...very dark brown to black

smell- not a strong smeller, but was pleasant none the less

T- delicious. Probably still one of the best stout options out there

M- little watery, but the taste somehow seems to make it seem thicker than it really is.

D- a little challenging to drink, more of a beer to sip. Strong character, but solid overall.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2009 03:37:01 | More by GoalieRon33
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Offa

California

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

Here's another beer which I just realised I had not reviewed before. I find it an enjoyable beer with some complexity and a rather distintive woody finish. For me, this is the Guinness to drink, not the bland, watery Guinness Draught.

Essentially black, but not quite, it has a faint hint of red-brown light coming through at the bottom. It has a big tan head, slowly shrinking to a thin, rocky/foamy top and leaves some fairly nice creamy lace.

The aroma is dark whole wheat toast, stewed prunes, hints of bitter chocolate, earth, leaves. It's very pleasant, solid with some complexity yet not intense.

The taste is somewhat similar, with sweet-sour, faintly winey prunes and other fruit up front with very dark toast and hints of bittersweet chocolate, before a dry, slightly bitter finish that is very woody with bitter leaves, dark toast, and a hint of coffee grounds, before a lingering afteraste of woody-toasty bitterness over lightly sweet stewed prune.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2009 18:06:50 | More by Offa
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wahhmaster

Virginia

3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Guinness-branded pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark cola color. Has a thick tan head that dissipates slowly leaving impressive lacing.

Smell: Smells strongly of roasted malts with hints of coffee and chocolate.

Taste: Basically, tastes like it smells. Roasted malts with strong coffee notes. Hints of chocolate in the background as well.

Mouthfeel: Smooth as can be. Almost milky in consistency.

Drinkability: This is certainly a classic brew and certainly worth a try. However, there are definitely better stouts out there.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2009 17:09:20 | More by wahhmaster
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BMoney575

Texas

3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 10-12-09

Pours completely black with a nice off-white head that lasts forever. Huge lacing lines the glass as the beer recedes. Very pleasant.

Smell is thin, a little beery, with sweet malts coming through. Maybe a little smoke on the finish.

Taste is mild, with strong flavors of smoky malt and biting hops. More bitter than you might expect, but better for it. The finish is sweet, with another hit of smoke.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, but it suits this beer well.

Drinkability is very good, the flavor and thin mouthfeel are a winning combo.

Overall, I didn't really like Guinness until I bought this sixpack. I'm a fan now.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2009 22:06:20 | More by BMoney575
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TheMadJack

California

3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz. Bottle into Pint Glass.

Dark, almost black, brown, with a tan head. Almost opaque, but some reddish glinting about the edges gives it away. Looks real tasty in this Guinness glass, for some reason ...

Smell is toasty. Some berry and caramel hints round it out. I caught a whiff of the brew while I was pouring, but it isn't remotely overpowering now that I'm sticking my snout into the glass.

The beer hits the tongue with a tannin-like sour bite that immediately gives way to roasted malts. The hops aren't readily apparent save for a disting tingling sensation at the back of the tongue. Hazelnut, coffee, and unsweetened chocolate come to mind. Clean finish.

The beer is fairly light despite it's assertive burnt theme. Very light carbonation. Tartness comes across as almost-sweet and helps to elevate the brew. The sensation is that the flavor is levitating above your tongue. The crispness of the bitter leaves the palate fresh for the next sip, or whatever food you have on hand.

This beer has been a long-time standby for me, especially when the days get short. Easy to find and drink, and versatile enough to go with a surprising number of foods.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2009 03:48:37 | More by TheMadJack
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Squelch

United Kingdom (England)

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

Appearance: Pitch black. Creamy off white head. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Sweet. Malty. Roasty. No hop aroma.

Taste: sweet. Malty again. Slightly roasty flavor. Slightly acrid/sour. Balance is on the malt side.

Mouthfeel: thick and heavy. Slightly puckering.

Drinkability: A sipper. Wonderfully complex flavors and textures here. Nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2009 01:21:09 | More by Squelch
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t3hcho53non3

Louisiana

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

A: pours a black color with a brown head that goes quickly but leaves some lacing

S: Malty with some notes of chocolate, dark malts, bready

T: Nothing to write home about at first but then evolves into a smoky dark flavor that further evolves into something along the lines of a dark chocolate

M: Medium thickness slightly coating your mouth and leaves a lingering taste

D: Very good drinkability and very complex worthy of more than one per session.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2009 02:05:03 | More by t3hcho53non3
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bmoney

Ohio

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

I fell like a beer snob after this review, maybe I've been spoiled. I've never had a beer I didn't like, but Guinness Extra Stout leaves a lot to be desired. Poured into a perfect pint glass, and it looked awesome, but it's downhill from there.

A- Pours dark brown, almost black. Nice foamy tan head. This settles into a very thin film, leaves some very scattered lacing all the way down.

S- Nothing special- bitter, mostly hoppy, some dark malts, a little dark fruit or berry smell.

T/M- It seems like the American Adjunct of the Stout family. It's smooth to the mouth but thin. Dominating tastes of ash and roast coat the inside of my mouth.

D- Not very appetizing, leaves a bad bitter after taste. I probably will avoid this beer in the future, not because its bad, but there are just so many other more flavorful stouts to be had.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2009 21:31:28 | More by bmoney
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Risser09

Pennsylvania

3.18/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner - fridge - 2008

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown with orange/brown highlights. A tall, 2" head that is cakey and shows great retention. Lots of coating lace remains amongst the craters.

Smell: Biscuits that are buttered make a grand entrance with some dark malts. Bready, malty and a tad bit of hops.

Taste: Buttery, biscuity malt flavorings mingle with a slight mineral flavor. Mild hop bite and a nice overall balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, bready flavor, with a buttery smooth finish. A little bit of alcohol.

Drinkability: A great staple for sure. I've loved this beer for awhile, and still am fond of it. I will always come back.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2009 11:50:30 | More by Risser09
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bluemoonswoon

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

A: Pours out lighter than the regular dry stout, sort of a dark chestnut brown with blood red highlights, put it all together and you have something close to "nearly black, but not quite". Head happens to be thick and creamy, but not like that tight, nitro like creaminess you get from most dry stouts out there, this being an "extra" stout, I'm sort of at a loss at how to classify this, suffice to say it looks nice and leaves behind some sandy brown lacing.

S: Slightly roasty, but also quite fruity, almost like an English Bitter kind of fruitiness with an underlying nutty sweetness.

T/MF: Opens with a sweet floral/herbal fruitiness, soft, not like the stickiness that comes from hop fruitiness, together a bunch of flavors mix together, creating a wonderfully complex bouquet of flavors. Roasty almost charred and husky bitterness, slightly sweet nuttiness and balanced with a slight coffee and chocolate finish. Mouthfeel is lively enough, slightly chewy and coating but easy enough in feel where you feel as though you can't wait until the next sip.

D: It's been a while since I've had this beer, and when I first did I thought it tasted and felt like motor oil, as they say, I've come a long way baby. Overall, a nicely drinkable and tastily complex beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2009 00:43:25 | More by bluemoonswoon
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Vengeance526

Louisiana

3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown color with a medium sized creamy tan head that retains nicely for a while before slowly fading to a light ring and leaving a moderate amount of sticky lacing.

Smells very lightly of roasted malt. Not much else is really there. Nothing off about it but nothing to get excited about either.

Taste is a lot more pronounced than the aroma. Notes of roasted malt and caramel are evident along with light touches of butterscotch and even a little smoke in the background.

Mouthfeel is smooth with a very dry finish. Overall this was pretty decent but it just isn't exciting enough for me to want to drink it on a regular basis. I doubt I'll be going back to this again, but I certainly don't regret trying it one time either.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2009 03:36:05 | More by Vengeance526
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BeerSingh

India

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

Had on tap in a Guinness glass. Had a Guinness after almost 6 years. I remember the first time was repulsed, but this time around having a more mature palate, loved it.

A - It looked dazzling with a silky brown black body and a creamy tan head that had a decent retention and very noticeable lacing

S - Roasted, rather toasted cereal all the way. Extremely malted and robust nose

T - Is ahead of the smell, from toasted to burnt. A lot of coffee and malt with burnt sugar

M - Great silky mouthfeel and the head is making a nice gateway. Deceptively thin.

D - Can go on and on with Guinness.

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2009 20:43:30 | More by BeerSingh
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fullsweep

United Kingdom (England)

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

330 mL brown bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance is great--ultra-thick and very rich, creamy, off-white head sits atop a pure black beer.

Roasted barely, a light smokiness, these stick out in the aroma.

Roast against dominate the pallette.

Mouthfeel-wise, could be a bit smoother for my tastes, but nonetheless, this is a highly enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2009 21:23:12 | More by fullsweep
Guinness Extra Stout (Original) from Guinness Ltd.
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