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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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3,060 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,060
Reviews: 1,219
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 15.41%
Wants: 41
Gots: 196 | 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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3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tumbler glass.

Appearance: Black body with a big head that sticks around for a while. Left decent lacing.

Smell: Lots of toasted and burnt malts.

Taste: This is a big malty stout. As well as having toasted and burnt flavors there is also some chocolate malts. Smokey flavor as well.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2008 23:01:48 | More by BierFan
Photo of n00tz


3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured nicely into my wheat glass(I use this glass so I can see the carbonation in light) Deep dark amber body, tight tan head leaves some lacing behind and a super excited carbonation underneath it all.

S - Smells of malted caramel and put in a smoker, topped with some cream.

T - To be honest I expected more cream after the nose but it was mostly some smoked molasses and citrusy hops.

M - Carbonation floods the tongue, smooth going down and takes the hops sting on the palate with it. Leaves you with the cream wanting another sip.

D - After having a handful of other malty stouts this one lacks what it takes for me to come back to it, but I certainly won't turn one down when it's offered.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2008 02:07:41 | More by n00tz
Photo of lhaqq


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

A: Pours near black, but a tiny bit of dark crimson peaks through, with a huge, thick, khaki-colored head that dissipates into a 3mm or so head that stays around. I love how a Guinness looks; would give it a five it it had a widget or was a nitro pour.
S: First whiff is all malt--pretty much just like walking into a brewery. Some toffee, too. As it sits, gradually sweeter flavors seem more pronounced.
T: Has a pine and coffee bitter finish. Maybe a little bit of chocolate, but not much sweetness.
M: Smooth and rich, but a little on the thin side compared to whichever Guinness it is they usually sell in the UK/Ireland.
D: Because of the leaning toward thinness, definitely a more drinkable stout.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2008 04:09:45 | More by lhaqq
Photo of TMinton22


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

Guiness extra stout pours a very dark brown virtually black color.

The apperance is of a appealing dark Irish stout.

This is a thick and hardy beer. Plesant and complex roasted malt and coffee aroma and taste.

I enjoy drinking this beer. I have to give it props because it started my fascination for trying other beers other than your typical mainsteam lagers.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2008 13:10:47 | More by TMinton22
Photo of likethetaste


2.75/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This poured a very dark almost black color. The appearance is just wonderful. Had a nice head of foam and lacing that sticks around. Has strong flavor of coffee almost burnt flavored. Bitter aftertaste that mellows. I wanted to love this but just could not. Not one of my favorites but one I could drink from time to time if offered to me. But, I will not buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2008 00:54:23 | More by likethetaste
Photo of coldmeat23


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

GLASS: Boddingtons Imperial Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

Nice and black. Just a slight hint of brown around the edges. Beautiful three-finger head of creamy tan foam. Great retention. Excellent lacing.

Light hints of malt. Light chocolate and coffee notes. Not a whole lot in the nose, really.

Roasted malts. Dark chocolate. Slightly over-roasted coffee beans. Espresso with cream. Dark cherries and figs. Very slight hops bite.

Feels almost perfect. Nice, thick, and creamy. Like velvet.

Excellent session beer. Highly drinkable.
Best major label brew out there.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2008 15:49:04 | More by coldmeat23
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3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Guinness Extra Stout poured a dark brown appearing almost black. Smell was of roasted malt, and coffee. Smell was a bit on the light side. Taste was full of dark roasted flavors. Roasted malt, coffee and hints of dark chocolate. Mouthfeel was good. This beer showed surprising drinkability. This was a very good stout. Showed the classic Guinness profile, but amped up a bit. I will buy this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2008 13:18:21 | More by nickynick
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New Jersey

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

Bottomless abyss of black liquid fills my glass. Brownish foamy head that cascades down the side of the glass after each sip, a very attractive effect. Smells of sweet malt and chocolate milk. Deep robust flavor in this full bodied brew, a subtle sweetness that floats around the palate under the creamy exterior. A hop bitter freshness as the aftertaste makes for a smooth duality of flavors. Good drinkability overall, it's not too heavy for multiple rounds but creamy enough to sit well on the stomach.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2008 02:36:23 | More by JRed
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3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This isn't a bad brew at all. It doesn't pour as pretty as the draught from the nitro-can, but it's still a pretty stout. Nice dark cocoa tone with garnet hue around the edges. Smelled like toasted malt, with a touch of coffee. Taste is a little harsh, on the first mouthful, but becomes more pleasant the closer you get to the bottom of the glass.

It's a good beer to drink one at a time.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2008 16:03:22 | More by Beernoisseur
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3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Black with a bit of red on the edges with a large three finger tan head, nice retention, and nice lacing.

S: Light bits of cream and a touch of roasted malt but not much of either and not mouch of anything else.

T: Roasted malt, hits of mint and earthy hops and then a bit of espresso and smoky molasses.

M: Slightly cream yet still smoot and light with a nice roasty/smokey finish.

D: This has great flavor and a nice light body. Something that I enjoy drinking alone or with food.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2008 01:24:15 | More by Biscuit033
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3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I think this is the beer that Guinness Draught is really supposed to be. Beer pours a dark ruby with a beige head, nice lacing on the glass as beer is consumed.

aroma is of prunes and roasted malt, not a bad aroma for a stout,

taste is dark toasty malt with a touch of sweetness, and a bitter/sour finish.

mouthfeel is a touch thin for the style.

drinkability is very high.

overall, a solid stout, one I reach for when I don't want an imperial stout, tastes really good with New England oysters!

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2008 18:31:25 | More by evanackerman
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4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from a 22oz brown bottle into an imperial pint glass I brought back (stole) from England many years ago.

It's very dark brown, nearly black, in color with huge pillowy white head that has amazing retention. Lacing all up and down the glass. Truly a great looking beer.

Aroma is more sweet than I expect. It has the smell of red wine and cherries. Very little roasted malt in the aroma.

Taste is also a bit sweeter than I would expect given this is a considered a dry stout. It has cherries, figs, and apple flavors that dominate the experience. Roasted malts are pushed into the background. The balance is alright though because there is some bitterness up front.

Mouthfeel is nice but it's so much better on nitro. It's fairly smooth, good level of carbonation, and nice body without being overly thick.

Drinkability is good and I could imagine, or almost remember, drinking this all night long.

The only real let down for me was reading the label and finding out it was brewed and imported from Canada. Nothing against Canadians but I was wanting to enjoy a classic IRISH beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2008 01:39:03 | More by GilGarp
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3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich black color with a tan sticky head. Some lacing.

Smells of bitter deep roasted malt, some hop leaf.

Dark malt flavors, some sweetness (a little molasses-like bite), some coffee ground elements, hop bitterness pushes thru too. A level of creaminess in there, but it is in the background. It is good, but nothing special or distinctive here.

This light-medium light body helps offset some of the sticky flavors.

This is surprisingly drinkable -- based on all of the visual and olfactory evidence, you'd think this would be hard to get down in volume. But, you be wrong. Sip-able or a downer. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2008 16:03:56 | More by OtherShoe2
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District of Columbia

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

Appearance: Dark with not too much head. Since this isn't equipped with the nitro, that was expected. Looks good though, has the dark rich colors a stout should have.

Aroma: Roasted malts, chocolate and I can also smell hops. Not as creamy as the nitro-bottle Guinness draught.

Taste: Creaminess isn't there as much as it is in the Guinness. Still good. There is malts, coffee and chocolate, and there is a good amount of bitterness. Pretty good.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and good carbonation. Doesn't have the creaminess, as mentioned before.

Drinkability: The light body might lend itself to drinkability, but the bitterness might be off putting for some.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2008 03:46:11 | More by kshankar
Photo of itcomesnpints

New York

3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black mahogany with a cafe head. Continuous lacing and retention. Faint roasted aroma with coffee and light hops. The taste is roasted malt and astringent hops and is followed by an intensely dry and bitter finish. Guinness Extra Stout is a classic that i'll always return to, but it just doesn't stack up to much next to all these micros.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2008 23:42:54 | More by itcomesnpints
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New Hampshire

3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this stout out of a 22oz bottle into a .7L glass

Thick tan head, but no nitrogen in this beer so it looks like a porter or something rather than the normal beautifully settling Guinness.

Smells of irony hops, bourbon, slight anise also. Pungent!

It taste hoppy for a stout. It hits the roof of the mouth with a zing, something like the acid from a lime. Burnt tobacco finish.

Very Bubble compared to its brother the org stout. Bubbles are large, yet effervescence.

On a fall day this is up there with my favorites.
Every time I have one I feel like I'm back on vacation in Ireland.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2008 19:36:07 | More by drjones633
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Rhode Island

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a large light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a little creamy and contains roasted malts, some chocolate & vanilla and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is malty but not as much as you would think with flavors of dark chocolate, vanilla, scotch and bourbon. There's a decent hops presence for the style and much better balance that I had expected. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

D: Flavorful and tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, decent representation of style, if I didn't know better I would think this beer was a Scotch Wee Heavy, but I definitely like it a lot more than the regular Guinness, it's nice heavier that's worth drinking for a while.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2008 01:49:00 | More by TheManiacalOne
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3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice thick, finger width head. Darker stouty looking head than typical clean, white Draught head. Jet black color and seems less translucent than Draught. Unable to see any settling through the blackness but you can catch a glimpse of the nice mahogany color around the edges against the light. Really good lacing. Looks tasty.

S: Familiar strong, stale bitterness of Guinness but turned up to 11. It's a harsher smell for sure. If you love Guinness, you can appreciate the unapologetic overtness of this stout. It has elements of that stale brewery smell which I like but it might not be for everyone.

T: Very bitter. Again, if you like Guinness, you can appreciate it but I can see how some would find it a little harsh. You get a good amount of the familiar coffee flavor but I think the subtler chocolaty creaminess that people like in the draught is in danger of getting a little lost. It's a straight up, taking no prisoners stout taste. As with Draught, the aftertaste is more pleasant than the bitterness of the taste. It mellows out after the swallow and then stays with you for what seems like a very long time.

M: Good amount of carbonation. It was more lively in the mouth than I expected it to be. It feels thinner than the creamier Draught which was a little surprising because of the very strong taste.

D: I like to have one of these once in a while. At home in the UK, old and pregnant ladies still drink this for health reasons. Between having this old-school wholesome association and growing up drinking great Guinness on-tap, I have to say I am biased. Having said that, I can't drink many of these. The bitterness of it is a little too much for me.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2008 03:18:20 | More by sgoodship
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3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a dark but not opaque black with bits of red and brown when the light hits. Nice off-white head. Lacing is tight and all over the glass.

Smell is mostly bitter chocolate and grainy malts.

Tastes nice and bitter with a bit or a metallic sting.

Good carbonation and with a nice rich body that's not too thick. Easily drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2008 22:09:42 | More by gonzo46and2
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2.4/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A: Dark brown, almost black. Light reveals a deep auburn/ ruby color at the bottom. Thick, solid beige head. Strong lacing doesn't slide down the side of the glass.

S: Freshly ground coffee.

T: Bitter coffee, espresso. A very "dusty" flavor. The aftertaste is sort of metallic.

M: It just sits there, dead on your tongue.

D: Just bitter, no complexity at all. I couldn't even finish the bottle.

Perhaps it had gone bad, there was a definite dustiness. I bought it recently at a store I always have good experiences with. There was no freshness date on the bottle so I couldn't tell. I may need to give this one another try some day...

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2008 11:54:57 | More by dananabanana
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North Carolina

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

22-ounce squatty bomber bottle poured into a pint willi glass yields an inky ruby-brown body with a huge, surging cap of grainy beige foam. The head retains at a convoluted cloud structure and leaves scattered lacing on the glass.

The smell of the drink is dark and roasty with a malty brown sugary sweetness.

The taste is mellow and darkly malty with semisweet chocolate and mildly-toasty coffee-style bitterness and a nice dry finish.

Light on booziness and in body with fine carbonation, Guinness Extra Stout is ubiquitous in the marketplace, inoffensive, and an extremely easy drinker. Those qualities make the brew, in my mind anyway, the quintessential gateway beer for American drinkers looking for something deeper and more flavorful than the standard fare of BMC. I've enjoyed many a pint, nitro-can, and bottle o' "the Black", and though I have hard issues with the brewer's practices and politics, there are no beers I like any better with Irish stew, or enjoy more frequently on St. Patty's Day. It is what it is, and what it is is pretty damned good.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2008 13:00:11 | More by cvstrickland
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3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour black in color, big off white head good retention. Very decent lacing. Brown soda color when held to the light.

Smell is light roast malt. Some coffee in the nose. Overall not a very aromatic brew.

Roasted malt is very noticeable up front. Bitterness almost lemoy on the back end. Coffee is picked up more on the after taste.

Semi crisp and quite dry.

Quite drinkable, and somewhat enjoyable. I don't know that I would honestly drink more than one at any given time.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2008 18:19:33 | More by kzoobrew
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4.38/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank it straight out of the bottle so not much of a physical description other than it's dark. Tried to shine a green laser(25mW) beam through it and nothing. Tasted like extra dark coffee with a nice kick in the end. It has a very dark roasted aroma.

Something I would drink again but I would drink it around winter time. Does not need to be super cold just slightly chilled in order for it to be good.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2008 18:19:57 | More by techtatu
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3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A - Regardless of variety, Gunniess is a beautiful beer. Great head, great lacing. Mild Carbonation.

S - Smell is rosted malt.

T - Fairly good, though bordering on too bitter. This is a harsh brew, unlike the smoother draught, similar to unsweeted black coffee. Once the brew begins to warm, hints of chocolate become apparent. It isn't the best tasting stout, but it definatly has a particular character that few stouts have.

M - Moderatly thick and definatly full bodied, Guinness's mouthfeel is a shining example of a true stout's consistancy.

D - Fair. While this is a good tasting beer having a great consistancy, the bitterness of the brew limits its drinkability.

In the past I despised Guinness. However, as my palatte began to expand, I've learned to enjoy it for what it is; a good tasting, widely available stout that acts as a reliable standby. It is a good beer, and one of the most well known stouts that exist today.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2008 19:58:56 | More by SimplySinister
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2.78/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

looks like a guinness...
smells of coffee and char, and the taste matches. pretty coarse and uninteresting. i could see how a coffee drinker might find it likeable, but the straightforwardness in this case is just not appealing to me.
body is about medium, so much thicker than guinness draught in a can.
although this one ends up getting the higher score, if made to choose i'd generally go with the wimpy draught since at least it's sorta fun to throw back. this beer commands your attention and doesn't want you to hurry, but it's just not complex enough (and too burnt) to warrant such an expenditure of time and taste buds, particularly when there are so many better stouts out there.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2008 07:45:40 | More by brewmudgeon
Guinness Extra Stout (Original) from Guinness Ltd.
84 out of 100 based on 3,060 ratings.