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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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3,163 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,163
Reviews: 1,221
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 15.41%
Wants: 50
Gots: 250 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: SixpointJMH on 11-12-2000)
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Photo of hoplover82


4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

A-Pours a clear almost black color with hints of deep ruby. On top is a huge, two fingered, dark ivory color, creeeamy head that has outstanding retention and excellant lacing. Very alluring look indeed.

S-The aroma at the surface seems to be plain, but as I smell and sniff for different aroma notes, I found, black licerice, sweet caramel, sweet honey glazed homemade biscuits, and milk chocolate covered coffee beans. But I think the caramel and licerice take the main roles in the aroma.

T-The tasting experiance begins with the coffee notes and moves to caramel and black licerice, but the bittersweet coffee is the star of the show on my palate.

M-It is so very creamy and sweet up front, with a full body, yet finishes slightly dry and crisp in the finish.

D-Given the crisp dry finish, this beer is very very drinkable. I would give it a 5, but on second thought.... no, but I was very impressed with this beer. I saw this beer time and time again, passing it by. But one cool crisp day I said, NO! I will try this beer. And I did, and I'm glad.

10-07-2010 23:48:18 | More by hoplover82
Photo of snogglethorpe


3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

This is hard to classify. In a bottle, at least, it's a pale shadow of the "pub guinness" experience, and you can't really say it has a a huge flavor, but what's there is pretty decent -- mainly a round, slightly dry, slightly sour roasted grain taste. Other than that, it's best described as "inoffensive." It has a nice level of coffee-like bitterness, and a satisfying amount of roast grain taste, but no real oomph.

It is highly drinkable though, and of course a million times better than the typical American macro. There's enough flavor there to keep one happy and focused on the conversation, but it's mild enough to stay in the background, and I can imagine downing quite a few of these...

10-06-2010 13:40:11 | More by snogglethorpe
Photo of xrdsci


3.58/5  rDev -3.2%

Poured from a 12oz bottle.

A: Deep blackish brown. Maybe some hints of ruby. Small tan head, that quickly fades.

S: Toasted malt, and that's about it.

T: Mostly toasted malt again. There's a faint sweetness somewhere in there. Finishes with an earthy hop flavor, and leaves a lingering burnt, charcoal taste.

M: Light bodied and smooth. Light carbonation.

D: Can't drink more than one of these, and only on occasion. The burnt flavor is just a little too much for me and seems a bit unbalanced.

10-05-2010 02:40:06 | More by xrdsci
Photo of shredsofautumn


4.8/5  rDev +29.7%

6 pack purchased 10/2/2010 in Easthampton, MA.

Appearance- used 30 weight motor oil. slightly tan 1 finger head on a mild pour. When held up to light, slight red hues show though.

Smell- not extremely strong. i pick up sherry, cocoa, and roasted coffee undertones.

Taste- Creamy, very dark coffee & roasted flavors. Almost as good as the foreign extra stout, but simply missing something.

Mouthfeel- Creamy, but not too thick.

Drinkability- All night.

I know this isn't a very descriptive writeup- I usually try to be very descriptive and accurate, but Guinness Extra is just one of those beers that kind of speaks for itself. Leagues better than draught, Not as good as Foreign Extra Stout. Fantastic beer despite it's commercialization. Always in my fridge.

10-03-2010 00:31:42 | More by shredsofautumn
Photo of RonaldTheriot


2.83/5  rDev -23.5%

Guinness Stout has a thick, creamy, beige head and a very dark, almost black, red appearance. Aroma is very strong, with a sickly-sweet and dark coffee smell. The taste is okay. Dark Coffee and dark chocolate, with lots of heavy malt characterize the flavor. Mouth-feel is heavy and syrupy. Guinness finishes very filling. I think this is an okay beer, but I preferred the Guinness Draught.


10-02-2010 19:11:04 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of SmokinSmyth


4.58/5  rDev +23.8%

Certainly not the first time I've had one of these, but the first time since creating this database.

It was a beautiful Sunday, Penny and I were at "Walk Ons" just outside the LSU campus. It was late in the afternoon, and I had two pints with some hot boneless wings and brisket sliders while watching the Duke/Baylor game, with the winner heading to the Final Four.

I was pleasantly surprised when the girl poured both pints properly, with a good break between the first two thirds and the last third. Perhaps a tiny bit colder than recommended, but a wonderful creamy head that really hit the spot. It's very hard to beat.

10-02-2010 18:25:09 | More by SmokinSmyth
Photo of DrDemento456


4.13/5  rDev +11.6%

For years I thought Guinness was just a low ABV dark porter rather than a stout. Just recently I found out the import version is 6 percent? WTF I had to gets me some.

A - As always pours a nice deep dark blackness brown with a very impressive head and lacing sticking all the way from the top. It was interesting to not get a bottle with that damn plastic ball that apparently helps it keep carbonation. This one stands on it's own.

S - Semi dark chocolates, mild roasted coffee with a hint of malt which seems to be bitter pilsner malts. Very interesting overall.

T - Wow big rush of chocolate at first. More so than Young's double chocolate. Leads kind of toward a bitter coffee but malt kind of falls flat a bit. It does finish well with some hops which was unexpected in this stout.

M - Pretty medium bodied. Goes down pretty smooth.

D - Kind of glad I tried this. Seems pretty succession-able but the hops (or malt) bite at the end is still pretty aggressive but I still could have a few in one sitting. Now I just need to find the 7.5 percent version ;)

09-27-2010 23:22:54 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of feelmefoam

South Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +4.9%

I've actually never had a Guinness before. This might seem like a crime to some, but I've just never really had the urge to. I've recently been in a bit of a stouter mood, though, so I saw this and figured I'd pick it up (I also heard the Extra Stout is better than the original Guinness).

Anyways, it pours a dark, coffee-grinds brown color with a beautiful two fingers of tan head rising up off the beer. It hangs around for a while before dissipating, leaving some pretty decent lacing around the glass. Off to a good start.

The nose is fairly fragrant, which I like, and it seems to have some good stuff in there too. Some nice dry, roasted malts show up, accompanied by a little coffee, but that seems to be about it. Maybe a bit more complexity would be good. I like the fragrance, though.

The flavor is good, and a little more complex than the nose. Up front is the same roasted malt character, then accompanied by some bittering coffee grounds and a bit of semi-sweet chocolate. Towards the end is a slight earthiness that bitters just a bit.

The mouthfeel is decent, but like most stouts I wish it was thicker. Still, it does have a nice medium body with almost no carbonation and a dry, slightly bitter finish that I guess makes it earn the title Irish Dry Stout.

Overall, this is a pretty solid stout. A little thicker, a little more complexity and it would be stellar, but I'm still happy with the buy. Not bad for my first Guinness, and long overdue.

09-25-2010 00:02:01 | More by feelmefoam
Photo of foogerd

New York

4.18/5  rDev +13%

A- deep dark brown massive creamy tan caramel colored head great lacing
S- dark fruits light milk chocolate some coffee n raisins no hop detection
T- dark fruits and brown sugar at first then tons of bitter burnt roasted coffee really a great balance of bitter n sweet going on here which was totally perfected
M- very creamy and silky a real pleasure on the tongue
D- always drinkable you can never get sick of this stuff

09-22-2010 03:06:03 | More by foogerd
Photo of yeahnatenelson


2.78/5  rDev -24.9%

Appearance -- Pours a deep brown with ruby highlights. Three fingers of stiff and spongy beige head.

Smell -- Not especially aromatic: deep roast malt, black coffee, some chocolate and mint.

Taste -- Up front is burnt coffee, burnt toast, faint baker's chocolate mid-palate, and a deep earthy hop finish. Quite bitter, quite burnt.

Mouthfeel -- Medium in body with ample prickly carbonation. Astringent finish.

Drinkability -- I was hoping for something fairly drinkable, but what I got was something of a let-down. The flavor profile is really simple (burnt coffee, chocolate), but the nail in the coffin was the mouthfeel: hard carbonation and a really terrible astringent/chalky coating throughout the mouth. Just awful.

I'm almost hoping this was just a bad bottle, but I fear this is just as good as it gets.

09-22-2010 02:01:07 | More by yeahnatenelson
Photo of RRoeb1123


4/5  rDev +8.1%

One of my favorite Stouts I've tried to date. Poured from a Guinness tap into a branded pint glass.

Appearance: Absolutely beautiful to watch, and makes you anticipate what you are about to drink. A very thick 3 finger head, and the very unique waves that cascade down the glass like waves in the ocean. The bubbles flowing downward are very unique also, and a treat for the eyes.

Smell: Roasted malt, a bit of barley, coffee, and a tiny tiny bit of hops.

Taste: The malt comes through at first, and fades into a coffee and caramel flavor. The barley and hops come through very gently at the end to show you they are there, but they take a back seat to the other flavors.

Mouthfeel: thick, but very smooth. It feels substantial, but it doesn't allow the flavors to linger and allow you to meander and explore the beer.

Drinkability: Goes down pretty easy, and is a great beer to enjoy with a meal, especially something good and heavy, like corned beef or something.

Verdict: An Irish favorite, and one of mine also.

09-20-2010 02:10:04 | More by RRoeb1123
Photo of beerprovedwright


4.15/5  rDev +12.2%

This is some dark beer, more very dark caramel than any amber, rates a 38 on the SRM Chart. What a head, caramel brown, four fingers, thick, lasts for better than five minutes before starting to settle to a mound in the middle and thick lacing. Rich heavy smell of yeast, honey, oats and lots of malt. Good rich taste of licorice and malt, with a wonderful bitter after taste of hops. Great feeling of cream as it rolls over my tongue, with a medium mild tingling feeling. Oh yes this is a good brew to serve with good food, especially a thick steak and potatoes. My first stout and I know I like it.

09-19-2010 03:53:38 | More by beerprovedwright
Photo of Natainos

New York

4.22/5  rDev +14.1%

Thanks to the fine folks at Beer of the Worlds in Henrietta, NY Where you could buy single bottles. So I picked up a 12oz bottle.

When poured it foamed up into a really nice tan head that was thick and fluffy, reduced after 5 mins. and left a medallion of a head throughout the tasting (nice) and laced super nice through out.

A: This has a Dark Cola look at pouring, and when held to the light looks fizzy and coke"ish". Label looks classic.

T: I got some Bitter notes, and some burnt malts, coffee, and a Smokey after taste that coats the back of my pie hole.

M: Fizzy yet creamy.

D: Yes, now this one is bitter almost hoppy like an IPA.

09-18-2010 03:44:59 | More by Natainos
Photo of tjsmith910


3.45/5  rDev -6.8%

Just a beauty when poured and the anticipation of greatness was there. The taste had me wanting more though. The tastr and mouth feel were about as expected. 7 years ago, I thought this was terrible. Today I am somewhat impressed. Their quality overall is impressive.

09-16-2010 15:58:56 | More by tjsmith910
Photo of jrc64

New York

4/5  rDev +8.1%

One of my favorite every day brews. Motor oil black. Nice hints of coffee flavor. Incredible drinkabiliity for a stout! Oddly enough, this beer has less calories than a a lot of beers out there!

Guinness Drought is not even remotely close to this! This one is totally different! Smooth and very flavorful.

09-12-2010 00:51:39 | More by jrc64
Photo of grittybrews


3.95/5  rDev +6.8%

Poured blackish-brown into a Chimay chalice with virtually no head. Mild aroma with just a hint of sweet malt.

Slightly high carbonation that offsets a full, almost heavy mouthfeel. Quite bitter with lots of black coffee and baking cocoa. Nicely complex with some hints of toast and smoke on the long finish. Easy-drinking despite the bitterness and a good "sipper".

09-08-2010 04:58:27 | More by grittybrews
Photo of vandemonian


3.98/5  rDev +7.6%

This beer has a dark colour and a head that lasts about a minute but never quite goes away. It has a sweet, malty smell. The taste is malty at first, but just gets milky and mild into an aftertaste of honey with a slight bitterness. In the mouth, it's reasonably foamy. I like this beer so much more than regular Guinness.

09-06-2010 01:57:01 | More by vandemonian
Photo of IPAescotch


2.6/5  rDev -29.7%

A: coffee with cream dark (watery). in all fairness i think the bar MAY water down the beer.

S: bubblegum

T: a bruised and crushed grapefruit. Aluminum

M: creamy, uncarbonated.

D: no. despicable. highly unrecommended even at its peak. try a real stout.

09-04-2010 03:54:46 | More by IPAescotch
Photo of macrent2


3.95/5  rDev +6.8%

This beer came in a 1 pint 6 fl oz. bottle. After pouring this beer into a clear glass, I noticed that it had a rich very dark brown coulor and a good four finger head which was nice and fluffy.

Dark hops and baking bread like aroma.

Nicely carbonated, with nice mouthfeel.

Caramel and coffee are two definantly noticable flavor with a balance of sweet clover and some light floral notes. Classic Guinness Flavour! You will either love it or hate it.

A classic Irish Stout, I love dark coffee, so I love this beer! I love to pair this with a good meat and potatoes meal. Very good with beef. I will continue to support this beer and will have this again!

09-04-2010 02:07:01 | More by macrent2
Photo of Soonami


3.95/5  rDev +6.8%

Guinness Extra Stout certainly does not bear much resemblance to its cousin, Draught. It is a much fuller, more flavorful, and tastier. The beer is still bone dry and ink black, but without the cascading curtains of nitrogen bubbles or the everlasting head. The beer smells toastier like freshly opened bag of pretzels and has more spice and roast character. The beer definitely isn't as creamy, but has a nice, fine carbonation that is refreshing.

09-03-2010 19:02:55 | More by Soonami
Photo of halo21

New York

4.83/5  rDev +30.5%

Appearance: I poured this pitch black stout into a pint glass, pouring hard to give it a nice thick, tan colored head.

Smell: Roast; barley and coffee, with a little baker's chocolate.

Taste: Big smooth roast; barley and coffee - a little burnt, but personally think it adds to the brew. There is a nice raw chocolate dryness with a little bit of fruit from the yeast esters. Hops come through on the end, and becomes more upfront as it warms and progresses.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium bodied. Not as full as the nitro Guinness; very enjoyable.

Drinkability: High. All day and all night.

Notes: I enjoy this more than the regular Guinness Draught. I first tried this just after turning 21; I didn't know what I was in for. The first sip came as a surprise, while the following ones were about trying to figure this one out. I have enjoyed it many times through the years, and will as long as they keep making it.

08-27-2010 18:33:27 | More by halo21
Photo of wolfinthemirror


3.8/5  rDev +2.7%

pours stout black, no light can be seen through it, very nice, mocha colored creamy head. the foam looks as thick and bubbly as pancake batter on a hot grittle.

I get a lot of robust malts in the smell, some sense of toastiness. I'm quite congested, so that's about the extent of what I smell.

In the taste i get a lot of dark fruits, like a dark cherry almost. It has a brighter taste to it than i expected, rather than smokey or toasted. There is some bittering from the middle to end counteracting the malt.

Mouthfeel is full bodied with some creaminess to it. Very great mouthfeel on the Guinness, i'm kinda picky when it comes to the feel of my stouts.

Drinkability is fairly good, but i wouldn't want more than a couple in a session. It is a quite rich tasting beer.

08-27-2010 02:36:21 | More by wolfinthemirror
Photo of optimistictour


3.3/5  rDev -10.8%

Visuals: This is where Guiness always gets me. They put on a show like no other in the big beer business. No matter the eventual outcome, one look at a tall glass full of this freshly poured stout is enough to make any mouth water. Pitch black and that exquisite velvety head make the perfect combination of perennial good looks.

Smells like... well Guiness, really. A dark stout not heavily leaning one one single aspect, it simply smells dark and thoughtful, if that's possible.

The taste is where Extra Stout rises above its "Draught" brethren and almost delivers on its sublime visuals. Almost is the key word. Containing the whispered hints of many flavors it doesn't quite give up, the beer simply vanishes from memory when the glass is empty; thankfully the hazy recurrent thought is "good" despite the llack of true distinction. Hint of coffee here, whisp of smoke there - it's too streamlined for its own good.

Mouthfeel is as expected after reading the above statements. It's smooth yet textured, thick enough to fill and coat the palette yet easily downed like (nearly) a light American beer. This is where the mainstream flirtation comes to full fruition. It's "thick" and chewy but without any of the grit, lacking an individual character.

This is the hearty beer your Bud Light friends brag about.

But it's still the best damn offering you're likely to find at a random gas station or convenience store, and for that it deserves applause.

08-26-2010 04:58:39 | More by optimistictour
Photo of BeerNemesis

New York

3.53/5  rDev -4.6%

Guinness Extra Stout | 350 ml. | 6.0% ABV | 2010

Brewer: Guinness Ltd.
Style: Irish Dry Stout
Glass: Chalice

Coffee brown with a tan ring of micro-foam.

Earthy esters, dark malts, somewhat floral bouquet.

Rounded malt sweetness, a bitter, processe hop twinge and a dry finish.

Crisp and slick

Not bad, but a bit processed.

Would I get it again?:
Yeah, maybe. I'd always go for the foreign export stout

Bottled: in New Brunswick, Canada
Served: August 23, 2010

08-23-2010 21:40:10 | More by BeerNemesis
Photo of jhammel01

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -0.5%

Pours a pitch black with a coffee colored creamy head. Surprisingly fluffy (2 finger) Plenty of great looking lacing down the glass, very appealing.

Not much smell at all..some coffee and chocolate, slight bitter hops.

Surprisingly tasty! The beer tastes of bittering dark chocolates, hops and coffee. The after taste is still a bit bitter from the coffee and hops. Surprising hop content in this beer. Its much better than the Draught. A little plain though over all...

A great creamy mouthfeel that you'd come to expect from guinness...if only it was on nitrogen...A welcome surprise!

08-17-2010 03:08:57 | More by jhammel01
Guinness Extra Stout (Original) from Guinness Ltd.
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