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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

3,242 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 3,242
Reviews: 1,231
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 15.41%
Wants: 51
Gots: 289 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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: SixpointJMH on 11-12-2000)
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Photo of BMoney575
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

BMoney575, Oct 12, 2009
Photo of TheMadJack
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%

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.

TheMadJack, Oct 08, 2009
Photo of Squelch
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

Squelch, Oct 05, 2009
Photo of t3hcho53non3
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%

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.

t3hcho53non3, Sep 27, 2009
Photo of bmoney
3/5  rDev -18.9%

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.

bmoney, Sep 26, 2009
Photo of Risser09
3.18/5  rDev -14.1%

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.

Risser09, Sep 25, 2009
Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.7/5  rDev 0%

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.

bluemoonswoon, Sep 20, 2009
Photo of Vengeance526
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%

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.

Vengeance526, Sep 16, 2009
Photo of BeerSingh
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%

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.

BeerSingh, Sep 15, 2009
Photo of fullsweep
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

fullsweep, Sep 14, 2009
Photo of electricfields
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%

A: Pours almost black with a reddish tint. The head is a nice tan frothy, bubbly thing. Lacing on the glass is substantial at the top, but sort of died out by the time I got halfway down.

S: Coffee and an unusual roastiness. Not bad.

T: Bread and coffee and a hint of dark chocolate malts. Hops are barely there.

M: Thin body with lots of carbonation. Feels more like a pale ale than a stout. Weak as hell. Not at all impressed. What can I say? I like my stouts thick and just a tad "flatter" than this.

D: Okay, I'll give it this one. This is a good "starter" stout. The kind of thing someone not used to the style could cut their teeth on. That said, it is definitely a very drinkable beer. It's just not an exceptional one. I'd have it again, but I wouldn't go out of my way for it, especially if something better was available.

electricfields, Sep 08, 2009
Photo of Brenden
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%

This is a black brew that only barely lets in a little deep brown in the edges through the light. The retention in this one is phenomenal, just a sticky, dense pillow of just over a finger the whole way. Lacing is left spottily all the way to the bottom of the glass.
Like a good stout, I get some barley-type grains in a strong malt backbone in the nose with a smoky note of roasted something; coffee, perhaps.
The malt is the backbone of the flavor as well, supported by a light hops presence that can't stand up to it. There's just a bit of sweetness from dark fruits underneath and in the finish. Under the malt are a smoky burnt flavor and barley.
This one has a fuller, sturdier body than the Guinness Draft crafted for the American macro drinker. Nice and decently thick with a bit of crispness, even.
This is a better Guinness than most Americans know.

Brenden, Sep 08, 2009
Photo of SpencerSauce
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%

Poured mine with a huge 3 finger head. Totally black but lets some light in on the edges

Smells like a burnt lager. I cant detect any malt or hops really. Rather neutral smell.

Tastes like dark roasted malts and a nice hop bitterness that dries as you drink.

Mouthfeel is thick and chewy

Drinkability- not far from easy

SpencerSauce, Sep 04, 2009
Photo of kingcrowing
3.05/5  rDev -17.6%

Bomber poured in an Amstel glass.

Pours a dark opaque black with no head, just a bit of lacing. The nose is a bit odd, it's pretty sweet and slightly malty/toasty.

The taste is also pretty odd. It's pretty sharp and sweet, it leaves my lips a bit sticky. Very surprising that it's at 6%abv. After having the 250 & draught I think this is the worst. I'll be looking for the foreign extra stout next.

kingcrowing, Aug 28, 2009
Photo of weissbierdrinker
3.13/5  rDev -15.4%

Pours a dark brown with an off white head that leaves some lacing around the glass.

Smell is of coffee and roasted malts

Taste is similar to how it smells but with some hop notes present
very weak body.

Mouthfeel is decent

Overall an easy drinking beer with some character. It's not an extra stout but more of a weak stout. I've had porters with more body and flavor.

weissbierdrinker, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of wiseguy142
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%

Pours black. A little watery. Rocky yellow head is gone within seconds.

Smell is sweet and malty. Reminds me of just straight up good craft beer. Light blended roastiness/chocolateyness.

Taste has a background of faint dark chocolate. Like something you'd get at a bakery. Hops are fairly present. Like a dulled down cascade type bitterness. Finishes totally dry like soda water, but not in a bad way that would indicate poor water quality.

Mouthfeel is medium-light and prickly. Drinkability is quite good, as the beer is both flavorful and accomodatable by almost any palate. A little bit for everybody: it's guinness so newbie drinkers will order it, it's dry enough to keep it drinkable, and it's flavorful enough to keep me interested.

wiseguy142, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of linnet
3.7/5  rDev 0%

Dark brown/black colour, thick, creamy small head that is beige, and lots of lacing.

Aroma is rather subtle, but has both roasted notes and notes of coffee and chocolate and a cler prescence of hops in it.

Flavour is full of coffee a bit of smoke and a crisp hoppy bitterness that is appealing. The body is a bit weak though, this keeps it from getting a higher mark.

Mouthfeel is neither bad or good, just plain average.

This is a good stout, but there are loads and loads of better ones out there.

linnet, Aug 15, 2009
Photo of ricke
2.6/5  rDev -29.7%

A: Dark brown (but nowhere near black), the liquid is clear. A medium-sized off-white and rather airy head settles into small lacings.

S: Dark malts with a gentle roasted character, and notes of chocolate, wood and dark fruits. Perhaps a hint of caramel.

T: The taste is bland from start to finish. A fragile semi-sweet malty backbone with a mild bready and roasted character. A hint of fruitiness mixes with quite a lot of caramel. Perhaps a hint of wood. The finish is mildly bitter, but since the bitterness has nothing to play with, it seems out of place. The beer finishes with a mild hint of hops and a prominent taste of minerals.

M: Moderate body, lots of carbonation with unpleasantly sharp bubbles. Medium-dry finish. This not good, not good at all.

D: This might be one of the most insipid stouts I've ever encountered. It lacks flavor, aromas, mouthfeel, everything. It's not bad, it's just plain old boring. This one would stand out as meaningless in a whole universe of nothingness.

ricke, Aug 14, 2009
Photo of WCBCFrank
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%

Guinness Extra Stout pours a smooth silky black in a classic English pint glass. Lots of toasted malt and some burnt chocolate aroma.

For the novice: A standard....a taste of the brand that made St. James Gate famous.

Personally: Guinness Extra and its child (nitro dry Guinness) are default beers, you can't go wrong.

WCBCFrank, Aug 11, 2009
Photo of Halcyondays
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%

24 oz. bottle, can't believe I haven't reviewed this yet,

A: Pours red/black with a solid finger of light tan head, some lace, good head retention.

S: Coffee, roasted malt, charcoal.

T: Heavy roasted black malt bitterness with a light sour fruit/cherry character. Hop flavour is very mild. The bitterness can be too much at times, not always balanced, but a good overall flavour.

M: Relatively smooth, medium-bodied, nowhere near as creamy as the Draught.

D: A classic and the first beer I ever bought legally when I turned 21. Not the best stout, but nowhere near the worst, the fact that it is quite inexpensive means that I'll probably pick it up again. A nice simple pint.

Halcyondays, Aug 11, 2009
Photo of tj4288
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%

poured from bottle into mug.

this version is WAY better than the draught imo. similar in taste taste and smell but mouthfeel is much better than the nitro.

nice big head stays around long, slighty brown. body is cola dark. everything else is very similar to the draught except the mouthfeel which is more soda like in the extra stout.

tj4288, Aug 09, 2009
Photo of tatoodkelt
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%

Consumed 8/6/09- from notes.

Brown 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Very dark black with a burly foamy light brown head that eventually settled to about a quarter inch for the rest of the glass. Fantastic lacing.

S- Kind of a roasted toffee aroma.

T- Some coffee, roasted malts, a little chocolate and another spicy taste that despite how many I've had over the years I cant nail down.

M- Very smooth, finishes a little bitter and a little dry.

D- Super easy to drink, been my session beer on countless occasions.

tatoodkelt, Aug 07, 2009
Photo of PreacherBrewer
4/5  rDev +8.1%

A - Pours a deep black beer with a generous frothy sandy brown head into guinness glass. looks just like the pics!

S - Coffee, burnt toast, malt, bread...

T&M - Big full mouthfeel. lots of carbonation, and lots of malty goodness. bitter on the front (hops), sweet on the finish (malt). tastes of expresso, coffee, burnt toast, charcoal, etc. all good flavors, noting off or offensive at all.

D - This is a classic. Personally, if you're going to drink a Guinness in the States, drink the Extra Stout. It's better than the other forms that are imported. Of course, when in rome, (or i guess thats ireland in this case) please, by all means necessary, drink a regular guinness! great well-roundedness, drinkable, big, full flavored, and solid. when your not quite sure what else to drink, you'll never be disappointed with this one...

I'll have another.

PreacherBrewer, Aug 07, 2009
Photo of OlRasputin989
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%

A: Dark black with thick foamy cappucino-colored head. leaves alot of lacing

S: alot of roasted grain with a hint of coffee

T: sweet malt upfront soon balanced with alot of hops. leaves a roasty, hoppy aftertaste

M: full body and smooth up front with a dry finish

Overall, this beer brings it back to the basics. Good solid & reliable stout. Good drinkability and flavor.

OlRasputin989, Aug 07, 2009
Photo of laituegonflable
2.55/5  rDev -31.1%

Pours a very dark colour with red tinge and fringes, thin ochre head that sits pretty defiantly as a crown, kind of like coffee crema in its appearance. Lacing is thick but wet, leaves some almost crystalline traces here and there. Looks pretty decent.

Nose is roasted and tart, with some carcinogenic burnt aromas, has a kind of chlorine character, blending with sweet dark chocolate and some dark fruit, glacé cherries and toffee. A bit of a confused nose, not quite one thing or the other. I think maybe a bit more of a roasted character dominating the sweetness would make it more robust and enjoyable. Not bad though.

Taste is quite a dark affair. Starts fairly sweet and meek, with fairly flavoursome chocolate notes suggesting themselves, descends into a really quite sour dark roasted flavour, with resiny notes and hints of walnuts, licorice and a funny salty character. Has an odd and quite unpleasant "off" character on the linger like rotting vegetable matter, very savoury and astringent.

The palate does have a sort of journey to it, but it feels unbalanced, like the flavours don't blend into each other very well. Overriding it all is that funky sour character which is quite off-putting really, it's very potent and robust here, and blended with the burnt malt character is a real struggle for the palate to enjoy.

Mouthfeel quite light, fairly smooth I guess, but very little body in spite of 6% and a lot of dark malt. I respect this for giving me more flavour than the draught but even still it feels like a watered-down stout. The robust flavour is more insipid, and the tartness is a pale shadow of what could be a powerful earthy bitterness.

laituegonflable, Aug 07, 2009
Guinness Extra Stout (Original) from Guinness Ltd.
84 out of 100 based on 3,242 ratings.