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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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3,525 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,525
Reviews: 1,258
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 15.41%
Wants: 59
Gots: 471 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: SixpointJMH on 11-12-2000

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For all my early drinking years drowning myself in Guinness, I can't believe this is the first time I've tried their Extra Stout... It's been consistently available at liquor and beer stores, but every time I ventured inside (which is alarmingly often) I passed it by. Not this day. Today, we drink!

(Bottled by Labatt, with an ABV of 5% - not sure why the discrepancy)

Poured in to my Duvel goblet. I do have a Guinness glass kicking about, but I like my goblet better for stouts. Initially the sides of the glass were covered in carbonation bubbles, but this soon disappeared, leaving behind a silkier, murkier brew. Rich black-chestnut, leaves a thick foamy head, good lacing, great retention.

Nose is mild coffee, a bit of burned or roasted malt, but with a strange pale-lager character lurking in the background, as if the bottle contained Labatt Blue for a little too long before it was improperly washed. Strange, might just be this one particular bottle.

Fortunately that strange lager character has been banished from the taste; what is here is quite bitter and slightly astringent. Starts off sweet, malty, with a mild roasty flavour before a bitter, astringent, burnt coffee finish wipes the palate clean. This is indeed nothing at all like regular draught Guinness, which I've increasingly found to be too sweet and watery for my liking.

Strange also to have a Guinness product without nitro involved in the bottling or canning. Medium-bodied, silky, quite smooth, with mild carbonation. Puckery from the astringent hops and bitter coffee finish.

Not bad, I will probably pick this up again instead of regular Guinness when the situation calls for it. The bitterness and tartness of the brew gives new life into a long-since diluted and over-marketed brand. No appeals to the lowest-common denominator here. My new definition of "Guinness."

Photo of Holland
3.02/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: dark black, cream colored head. Thin looking.

S: smelled of roasted malts and chocolate a tiny bit.

T: nothing to write home about - it's a dry stout, a little bitter, not that much malt, but it's okay

M: nice mouthfeel - smooth, dry, and well carbonated

O: nowhere near their foreign extra stout, but it's available. I'm not a huge fan of the style, I'd much rather have a russian imperial stout, but in the style this is drinkable but weak.

Photo of Swim424
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my terrapin Cask pint glass

A-Like Many stouts this poured a dark black with a creamy white colored head. decent retention.

S- Smells fairly good. not great. Smells sweet. With an oatmeal/coffee hint mixed in.

T-Really not bad. Starts with a sweet coffee/oatmeal mix and mostly finishes the same way. Not much else I can use to describe this. Much sweeter than I Expected.

MF- A little creamy. A little thick. Good aftertaste. Not much to complain about here.

O- Pretty good for a Guinness. Better than I was expecting. I am very happy with this purchase and would recomend this over any other guinness stout I have tried.

Photo of ummswimmin
2.95/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Enjoying this classic while staying in through the storm. It feels nice to be able to stay protected while sipping a beer while the wind blows.

I poured the beer into a chalice to hold in as much aroma as possible. Guess what? It is black with minimal head. The body is much thinner than a typical stout, which must make the masses happy.

Off the top you get a thin coffee smell. The coffee flavor continues in each taste. There is also a pretty decent amount of bitterness. The flavor is very simple.

I feel a little silly reviewing Guinness. Almost everyone on this site has probably already had one. If not, I reccommend the experience at least once.

Photo of BierBliss
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint 6 oz bottle, brewed in Canada

poured into a guiness pint glass straight from the frig.

aroma: no strong aromas detected

appearance: Not as much foam as I'm used to for a guinness stout on draft, more of a finger width than a normal preacher's collar. The foam quickly settled as well. A dark brown to almost black color. minor lacing that improved as it warmed.

flavor: a little forward hops when first poured. low carbonation that faded and not the normal bitterness that was expected.

mouthfeel: not as smooth as on draft but easy to drink. slight aftertaste as it warmed.

overall impression: drinkable but not as good as I expected. A good example of the style but nothing remarkable. improved as the pour warmed up.

not something I would purchase again in the bottle.

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

330ml bottle served in an Snifter glass.Enjoyed on apr´11
Pours pitch black in color.Headed by a beige,close & dense foam.Lasting thick layer.Nice lacing rings.Intense toasted malt aromas & coffee hints.Extremely dry bitterness.Medium body,Well balanced flavors.Medium carbonation.Coffee notes on the aftertaste.

Photo of obrendano
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

not my highest score, but a definite favorite and go-to with this one

A - very dense, dark brown with reddish hues in the light, tan head tends to come and go most of the time, but I usually dive straight into this rather than sit there and study the head

S - aromatic bitter chocolate and citrus flavors, a little yeast and dark beer tones

T - there's a reason they call this "dry stout". the flavor is very dry and biting, with hints of chocolate and rounded off coffee tones, slight hoppy citrus and a generous lactic bite that defines Guinness. not as heavy or strong as most stouts, but the trademark flavor makes up for it nicely

M - smooth, not too light or heavy, leaves a warm stickiness on your tongue all night

D - very drinkable if you're not looking for immense depth and challenge and just want a nice stout to kick back with. goes great with lots of foods. I actually enjoy it the most at pure room temperature. happy drinking!

Photo of tdm168
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black with a mountain of brown head with great retention. Nose is faint; roasted and maybe a little caramel. Taste is a caramel sweetness up front and then the roasted malts take over and add a richness and smokiness to the flavor. There's a slight creaminess in the finish. Mouthfeel is full-bodied, moderately carbonated, and very smooth.

Not a bad Irish Dry Stout. It's much better than the original draught.

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

Appearance: Wow, I know this is supposed to be about the look of the beer, but I was a little surprised to actually SMELL something on this pour, a lot of roasted malt and coffee. There is more carbonation here than I expected, and I’m not sure how I feel about that in a stout.

The head started out extremely thick (three fingers at least) and is slowly dying down, leaving a soapy, bubbly lace behind. It’s dropped down to a one finger, lacy head - looks like the top of a root beer float.

Again, this seems kind of weird for a thicker beer like a stout. For being “extra”, the appearance of the head is not anything like the beautiful Guinness Draught. Nice lace though. Color is almost exactly like Guinness Draught. Instead of dark ruby highlights, I’m seeing a mahogany instead on the sides of the glass.

Smell: The roasted malt smell is barely noticeable; instead, there is a great bready malt aroma that fills the nose. It isn’t overpowering, but it makes my mouth water a bit. Honestly, it’s got the nose of good brown ale, but I’m willing to go with it. Hop accents aren’t really there, and on return sniffs, the roasted coffee beans and chocolate notes are coming through a little.

Taste: Very first thing on the sip is the bitterness that was the after taste of the Guinness Draught. It’s almost like the hops have finally shown up for the party in a big way. After the initial bitterness has worn off, there is a very strong coffee flavor that fills the mouth and lingers for a while.

The bready malts are still there, but it takes the back seat to the roasted coffee malts. The after taste is very earthy, and a little bit of the 6% ABV is coming through.

Mouth feel: The mouth feel is much like the Guinness Draught, not near as big as it should be, or more like, how I think it should be. It’s medium to thin and the aftertaste dissolves away into the characteristic bitterness in a couple seconds. The earthy after taste lingers for a little bit.

Overall: So is it better than Guinness Draught? Eh, I guess? While the flavor profile is bolder, it isn’t a bold that builds on the watered down original draught. I was expecting the roasted malt to really hit me in the extra stout, instead it’s like they just boosted the hop flavor so the bitterness is a bit bigger in this offering. It’s nice to have that interesting earthy, coffee flavor lingering on the palate, but it doesn’t really wow me.

The beer is good; I just wish the bready malts I caught in the nose were more evident during consumption. The product just doesn’t have the body to make it something I would ever go to again.

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

Bought a 6 pack of this yesterday, have never tried the extra stout Guinness before this. Drank straight from the bottle.

Appearance - Very dark beer. Love the color of the head.

Smell - I smelled malt with a faint hint of chocolate.

Taste - Very stout, strong taste. After taste is pleasant, much more potent than a Draught Guinness. I tasted a sort of roasted (probably burnt) flavor of barley or something along that line. It wasn't an unpleasant taste, just very prominent. Could taste some chocolate flavors.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth at first, very dry towards the end. I spent about 45 minutes on this one bottle. When it warmed up it became very dry.

Overall - Love the beer. Guinness is becoming one of my favorite casual beers.

Photo of Cozzatoad
3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle

A- Very dark brown in color, almost black. A one finger frothy tan-head shows very nice retention and leaves a good amount of lacing

S- Quite faint smell. Roasted malt with some notes of coffee and chocolate. Maybe a faint hint of hops, on the earthy side

T- Roasted malts are dominant, with strong coffee notes. A delicate tea-like bitterness on the tongue with some light notes of leaf and lemon. Strongly bitter for the style in both finish and aftertaste

M- Medium body. Silky on the palate thanks to delicate carbonation. Very dry finish

O- An easy drinker for sure, but it lacks complexity and feels quite boring

Photo of bubseymour
3.86/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Still perfect pour. Black as night, with the most perfect 2-3 finger frothy tight bubbled billowy head.

Smell - Malty, Malty, Malty. Some chocolate notes.

Taste - Smooth, malty start but finishes with a somewhat bitter finish and lingering aftertaste. Plenty of flavor in finish, just seems too hoppy/bitter in the end for this type of beer.

Mouthfeel - Nice, full bodies and rich in the mouth.

Overall - A decent beer, nicely flavored but a little put off by the bitter aftertaste that lingers.

Photo of sholland119
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a dark brown with some ruby highlights at the bottom of the glass, with a thin pool of tan head.

S-Sweet dark plum with some roast character very evident.

T-Caramelly roast profile with a hint of dark fruit, some good coffee notes that stop just this side of overly bitter.

M-Medium bodied, very dry and crisp.

O-A nice beer, good flavor, a pleasant drinker.


Photo of Mora2000
3.16/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a small tan head. The aroma is a mix of bitter, lightly roasted malt and a little bit of chocolate. The flavor is chocolate and chalky roasted malts with a little bit of bitterness. The beer is very dry and would be pretty easy to drink if it tasted better. Thin to medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of kflorence
3.44/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Imported from my ratebeer.com profile - JAN 3, 2008

Pours a dark, opaque black with a wonderful frothy and creamy head that lasts forever. Smells of roasted coffee, dark chocolate, lots of malts. Very dry, slightly bitter or acidic, burnt roasted flavor, malty, some dark fruit characteristics. Very smooth, finishes crisp and dry. This is a classic, but I've heard that it's better overseas.

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown with ruby edges. About half a finger of off white head doesn't last too long

S: Roasted malts, burnt coffee, some dark chocolate. Malts pretty much dominate though

T: Same as the smell, roasted malts and burnt coffee pretty much dominate, with a bitterness and drying effect from the coffee going on into the aftertaste. Dry leathery tannins also kick into effect about midway through

M: Medium bodied with high carbonation. Pretty drying even with the heavy carbonation. A fairly odd feel for a stout, but it works here I guess

O: For an Irish dry stout, it's decent. Definitely had better, but this will fit the bill if for some reason you're on a Guinness kick. A good step into craft for a beginner

Photo of mdaschaf
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes:

A: Pours a deep black color with a 1.5 finger light brown/tan head on top. Moderate retention and spotty, but foamy lacing.

S: Smells a bit like cream with a bit of sweetness to it. Hints of chocolate and coffee, as well as a touch of vanilla and roasted malt.

T: More dark roasted malt on the flavor than the aroma. Some bitter chocolate, dark fruit, and a hint of coffee. There is some hop bitterness on the finish.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied, but overly heavy. Nice level of carbonation that gives it a slight creamy texture. Dry finish.

O: A good beer, preferred over draught due to it being slightly heavier and better tasting imo.

Photo of cbray
2.76/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Looks beautiful, but fairly shabby for a stout. Stout is supposed to be extra thick and juicy, being a Stout Porter, but Guinness just seems fairly insipid and thin. I love the heritage, look and brand, but it's a really weak product. I think the accountants over in St. James' gate have got to the brewers and penny-pinching has prevailed. It's sad but true. Not the best stout in the world, not even the best stout in Dublin...

Photo of engagechad
3.13/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Purchased as a single from Trader Joes in Shortpump/Glen Allen, VA - Tulip

Pours very dark brown with moderate head and not much lacing. Smells faintly of dark roasty malt and is actually kind of funky.. not very nice on the nose.. Taste is boring and uneventful.. not much going on, roasty and sort of bitter but nothing to write home about. Feels nice on the mouth.

Overall - not a beer I would buy again.

Photo of harrymel
2.78/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottled date: unk

Part of a three part Guinness-off.

A: pours a deep brown ale with 1.5 fingers of peanut colored head. This clings to the glass as it falls over a couple minutes to a tortuous sheet of the same. Good, cobweb lacing.

S: caramel, copper, roasted malts, sweet malts, hints of earthy hops. Hints of nougat.

T: Subdued hops of earthy nature, and a nice hearty backbone of malts are here. Plenty of earthy, soily malts are prominent. Hints of vanilla on copper, too much copper.

M: Heavy body with moderate carb. Dry finish causes me to want to hawk loogies.

O: Not really enticing to me. The flavor is too metallic, the mouthfeel is off.

Photo of fountainofyouth
2.99/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle to a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Almost black, totally opaque. Very thin tan head.

Smell: Smells like booze. Behind the alcohol, the dark malt is detectable but not really bold. Hops are virtually absent.

Taste: This will never be mistaken for a sweet beer. The alcohol imparts some sourness, and the malt is a dark, roasty bitter. Tiny bit of grassy hops on the back end. Finish is very dry. I like dry stouts, but this is a little too puckery.

Mouthfeel: Pretty fair carbonation for the style. Fairly heavy body and smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: VERY different from the draught -- fizzier, darker, and bolder. It's not my cup of tea, but those who think regular Guinness is too bland will probably enjoy this more.

Photo of Siegmund
3.89/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, poured into a Sam Adams PP

Pours a nice jet black with a great 1inch fluffy, off-white head that sticks around for a while. Lacing is ___. Smells of roasted malts, no hops to be found. It tastes to me what I image 'regular' Guinness tastes like to non BA's. Good roasted bitterness with some hoppy bite to it. A little heavy on the carbonation for me in a stout, but I like it better than the flat feel of nitro.

Overall, a very good beer. This is what draught should taste like. A little expensive for what it is, but this is something I might revisit every once in a while

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

Me, drinking Guinness from a bottle when the N2 CANs are widely available?!? I just troll around in my local bottle shops' coolers and grab any singles that are available. I really hate to commit to a sixer of anything these days. That said, I am starting to Jones for new CANs ...

From the bottle: "Brewed since 1759 with natural ingredients, today GUINNESS is enjoyed in over 150 countries. Experience the robust, mellow and satisfying flavor for yourself."

My pour created a two finger mound of dense, light-brown head with excellent retention. Color was a deep, dark-brown with cola highlights. Nose had a rich, dark chocolate quality. Mouthfeel was medium with a light charcoal flavor on the tongue. Finish was dry, indeed, just as advertised. This was MUCH different than what I remember from N2 taps, which is how it is commonly served. It was not terribly complex, nor was it boring. This was a good beer!

Photo of depechemode1983
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out pitch black with a very thick rocky brown head. Retention is excellent and lacing is abundant. Its a very attractive looking stout. There are lots of toasted and fresh grains in the nose. A slight hop bitterness can be detected along with faint notes of coffee and chocolate. Taste is semi bitter up front and somewhat sour. There are lots of toasted grains and coffee in the middle that seem the carry the beer to a dry bitter end. The mouth feel of the beer seem good. Its not too thick yet not to light. The carbonation is in check as well. Ive never had this beer before and I'm glad I bought it. This is highly drinkable and flavorful.

Photo of UpNorthLager
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had this many times in many containers. But I feel like reviewing it now. Had it poured from the tap while watching my friends' band, Travesty, at Wouter's in Suamico. (At St. Brendan's Irish Inn in Green Bay, they fashion a shamrock upon the head of the beer.)

The pint glass with the Guinness label was set flat under the tap, as the server poured the rich, airy brew into it. Time magically turned the brown-white foam into beer.

The deep dark brown beer with the thick, resilient head provided me a faint aroma and somewhat surprisingly light (for the visual clues say, "dark.") taste, including the distinct roasted grain.

The mouthfeel is significant, but I noted a bit of a sour finish.

For me, this is a special beer - or should I say, "unique experience," as it carries with it an historic cultural memory.

Guinness Extra Stout (Original) from Guinness Ltd.
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