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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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3,330 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,330
Reviews: 1,240
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 15.41%
Wants: 56
Gots: 321 | 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: SixpointJMH on 11-12-2000)
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Photo of kiddynamite920
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A bit warm so the head was quite large, but nice nonetheless. Dark brown/near black with a frothy and foamy off white head.

S: Grainy, a bit roasty and some chocolate. Toffee and caramel are present as well. Smells a bit bitter. Small hint of booze with some varying dark fruit aromas.

T: Sweet malts, caramel, toffee and some dark fruits. Bitterness is there as well. Surprisingly sweet, not too roasty.

M: Good full body and creaminess. Delicate and well balanced. Good richness.

D: After not having this beer for a long time and coming back to it, I am delightfully surprised. Good body and flavor profile for a dry stout. Certainly tastes better than the Guinness Draught. Not great for the summertime particularly, but I'm finding this one quite enjoyable.

kiddynamite920, May 16, 2010
Photo of Bouleboubier
4.43/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One fat thumb of frothy, gravel-tinged head. Murky and coal-black. This has that British Isles odor I crave. This is the Guinness I prefer. This is the real drink. Screw the draught.

Flavors: roasted, charcoal, dark bitter cocoa, bitter hop (Golding? Fuggle? East Kent Goldings? Target? I don't know).

Smell: that quintessential hop(?) character or acidity that I'm discovering in brews from the Isles that I instantly recognize and adore but, as of yet, can't identify (education and a review revision in order...). Dirty and bitter. Is it the water?

Feel: bitter, hearty, slightly sour.

Easily, this a beer in that, in one, I'll relish and savor, crave and indulge in another, and ultimately regret having that second one when the acidity or bitterness gets the best of me. A tolerance perhaps I should build. Eh.

Bouleboubier, May 13, 2010
Photo of washburnkid
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 3 fingers of frothy tan head over a fine looking black, featuring brown edges when held up to the light. There's a nice froth of retention and good lacing.
S: A little metallic, and roasted coffee and chocolate is slight.
T: Burnt coffee, burn chocolate is faint. Smokiness is in there, too. Light astringency at the back with a bitter residue hanging out on my palate.
M: Smooth, creamy body that goes down smoothly. Tons of residuals coating my mouth.
D: The burnt tended to take over the flavors, but this was a good stout. Much more enjoyable than the draught offerings, in my opinion. The body was just there and it made the whole drinking experience very nice.

washburnkid, May 11, 2010
Photo of dbossman
2.85/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Very dark brown/almost black with a foamy fast forming head; lacing is average

S: Smells like a grainy bmc; something sickly sweet; everything is muted but nothing is too unpleasant

T: Funky with a weird sourness; grainy and a bit unpleasantly sweet; really kind of a mess of flavors

F: A bit thin and not as creamy as I would like

D: The funkiness of the taste makes this a bit difficult to do too much of this; this is a version I used to love but I can't say that is the case now

dbossman, May 10, 2010
Photo of jsh420
3.18/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours dark brown with a 1+ finger tanish off white head that had good retention and left lacing all over the glass

smells of coffee and dark fruit malts

taste is ok but just a little sweet and watery - the malts are not roasted at all - just like the nose more coffee and fruit malt - good bitterness

mouthfeel is light with ok carbonation - not dry not creamy smooth

drinkability - this is a much better beer then the guinness in the nitro cans bar far but for the same price as SN brews i think i will just stick with them

jsh420, May 09, 2010
Photo of djbreezy
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a bottle into a snifter. Capped this one day and came back and edited this review on day 2 as my perception of the beer partially improved.

appearance - poured black and dark with a light tan head that receded quickly, good lacing that trails down the glass

smell - slightly metallic/grassy right out of the bottle, malts begin to come out as it warms

taste - toasted malt up front with a metallic/grassy note that took me a while to comprehend as a bitter and dry finish, sweet, light hop dose on the end of the tongue

mouthfeel - feels thin until it warms up, creamy, smooth, good carbonation

drinkability - besides the perceived metallic note, the beer is smooth and flavorful

djbreezy, May 08, 2010
Photo of DmanGTR
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Obviously my tastes have changed since I first had this beer. A great example of an Irish dry stout. I guess now it's just not working as well for me. The body is thin, a touch of charcoal and herbal bitterness, roasty and a slightest hint of a sour mash (I believe it's 10% of the mash?). Overall, decent but by no means on my top list. I've taken my more recent scores and averaged them with the old scores.
A - poured very dark, nearly pitch black (but is really a maroon garnet red in the light) with a thick, frothy off white head with medium lacing in my authentic Guinness pint glass

S - dark chocolate, toffee, expresso

T - complex combination of chocolate, coffee, toffee and malty overtones. Could detect a slight sweet breadiness as well. Somewhat dry finish

M - thick and rich, bathes the palate in smoothness and silkiness. Sits nicely and has little carbonation

D - very high drinkability, heavy in the mouth but goes down quite well without leaving residual stickiness. Light carbonation gives this a coffee-like feel with excellent flavor. Maybe I'm weird but I can definitely have 3 or 4 of these in session

Overall - Very similar to the Guinness Irish Stout, except this has a slightly higher ABV and more flavor. The Irish may only have a few beers but they do a damn fine job of brewing them. This gem isn't bank breaking either: 7.50/6 pack. I always keep a stock of this in the house. Goes well with any traditional Irish meal or even a porterhouse steak and eggs breakfast, or by itself while watching the game.

DmanGTR, May 07, 2010
Photo of MikeBrandman
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pitch black. Slight ruby hues in the light. 2 fingers of mocha colored head that leaves a rocky topography after a rough pour. Great lacing. Completely opaque, so little visible carbonation and no visible sediment.

S - Malty smell. Slight coffee scent. very classic stout smell. Only wish it was stronger.

T- All the classic Guinness tastes are there, only with a stronger emphasis on malts and dryness. very strong bitter aftertaste that makes the additional malts evident. No alcohol taste, but the bitterness makes you want to take a break every now and then. Not ask milky tasting as the traditional Guinness. More of a roasted coffee taste.

MF & D - Rather thin for a stout. Adds to the drinkability, but doesn't compliment the style very well. Also, a little too bitter to be considered drinkable beyond, I'd say, about two bottles.

MikeBrandman, May 05, 2010
Photo of SimpleBeerLover
4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Served in a Guinness branded pint glass. Everything I like in a beer. Decent head and black as the night.

Smell: Chocholatey and malt smell.

Taste: Excellent. notes of chocolate. Tastes and feel exactly like its name: Stout.

Mouthfeel: Slightly thin, but the head is phenomenal in your mouth.

Drinkability: Maybe not all night, but I love nothing more than to pound back a few Guinnesses after a hard day.

My old standby. Not my favorite beer in the world, but probably my favorite major commercial beers. The fact that its available everywhere and is delicious makes it for me. Also surprisingly low calorie for its "meal in a glass" reputation.

SimpleBeerLover, Apr 30, 2010
Photo of bnes09
4.33/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful pitch black, completely opaque with a hint of ruby at the bottom of the glass. A thick and frothy tan head towers over the liquid and sticks to the glass.

Smell is somewhat musty with bourbon and molasses notes. Can also detect some piney hops and buscuity malt.

Begins very smooth with a gentle sweetness of molasses from the toasted malt. The flavor then turns crisp with piney and floral hops reminiscent of a pilsner. The finish is dry and slightly bitter with plenty of coffee notes and really brings the whole experience to a fitting end.

Medium bodied with mild carbonation and smooth texture throughtout.

Truly an exceptional brew and the mold for the modern irish dry. Very well balanced, coffee flavors dominate somewhat (which is expected) but still has a solid hop character. It has stood the test of time and should continue to do so for as long as people drink beer.

bnes09, Apr 28, 2010
Photo of Mancer
3.03/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured (into a pint glass) a dark brown with a 2 finger high light brown head. The head dissipated and left a very thin bubble film. The lacing was thick and clung to the glass. The initial smell of the beer was that of alcohol and a slight amount of malts. The initial taste was that of roasted malts. The finish was similar to that of a wheat beer and rather subtle, not enough of a bite as I was expecting, or what I remember from a previous Guinness I had had. The brew has a light body, which is what made it seem easier to drink down quickly.

What disappointed me about this beer was the weak smell, and the rather light body. Can't say I won't get it again, but I'd take a Sam Adams over this one.

Mancer, Apr 23, 2010
Photo of Bfarr
2.8/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I haven't had a Guinness in a long time. I remember the first time sooo long ago I thought it was the thickest most awful stuff. Now I would say it was a bit thin. Funny how tastes change. It is almost completely black with a hint of red more noticeable at the end of the glass. A nice toasted malt aroma leads into a roasted coffee taste. Bitter but a bit mellow. A smokey flavor fades to a thin and pretty unpleasant dry, bitter finish.

The taste is okay for this but the aftertaste just killed it for me. I might try it another time on tap perhaps.

Bfarr, Apr 22, 2010
Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one comes in a 33 cl brown long-necked bottle. The label is beige/light yellow and got a picture of a harp in golden.

A: The pour is black, with an enormous beige thick head that takes some time to sink into great lacings.

S: Dry roasted malt, with both vanilla and chocolate. But the dominate smell is coffee.

T: Dry roasted malt, strong black coffee and dark bitter chocolate.

M: Long dry and bitter aftertaste. Body is medium and carbonation is mild.

D: A really nice beer. A stout that goes down very smoothly. A bit more complex than the draught one.

Evil_Pidde, Apr 17, 2010
Photo of jadpsu
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle. Pours black with a tan head. This brew has EXCEPTIONAL head retension!
Smell is of coffee and mollases and is mostly malts.
Taste is creamy malts, with some malt sweetnedd ins the aftertaste that is balanced by a dry finish that includes the appearance of some bitter hops.
Surprisingly I found the mouthfeel a little thin.
Great stout beer to savor and enjoy.
This one ranks right near the top.

jadpsu, Apr 16, 2010
Photo of tjsdomer2
4.33/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Noticeable darker than Guinness Draught. Looks like coffee, Coke, and chocolate syrup. A nice amount of foam to begin with but can end up looking a bit flat compared to Draught style.

Smell: Coffee. Coffee. Coffee. Also a nice amount of maltiness and sweetness. Very pleasant.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Also tastes like coffee and chocolate, and warms you up as such. No carbonation. Very bitter, which might be off-putting to a lot of people but I find it enjoyable. Complexity of beer changes as it warms and the coffee/malt levels shift a bit...more coffee when cold, more malt when warm. Nice.

Drinkability: Not much to say, other than that it's a very good beer to drink.

Overall: Better than Draught, at least when Draught comes in a bottle. Just a stronger, less carbonated, darker version of its famous brother.

tjsdomer2, Apr 10, 2010
Photo of meeekyh
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Here we have the old standby. I opted to pour the 12oz bottle into a Belgian-style belled beer glass.

The color is dark although it is lighter than I expected. Tan head is quick to dissipate and leaves only little lacing.

Smell is rich in dark malts and has a bit of a floral hop aroma and a tangy zip. There is a caramel note that is accessible as the beer warms.

The tangyness of this beer in comparison to its 'draught' counterpart is striking, and makes this version much better overall. Though it is much less creamy I find it more refreshing.

Mouthfeel is medium but crispy, I dig the dry finish.

Drinkability is quite high and this reminds me why I started to drinking Guinness all of those years ago.


meeekyh, Apr 04, 2010
Photo of oberscrc
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very very dark reddish brown when held to light. Tan light head.

S: Bold citrus from the hops comes through balenced with a sweetness in the background,.

T: Sweet malts hits the mouth with a crisp hoppyness that follows quickly. Notes of tobacco.

M: Lingering bitterness that is not too impressive, but other than that not too bad.

D: One or two at a time is what I would recommend.

oberscrc, Apr 03, 2010
Photo of kneeland
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I never thought of myself as a Guinness drinker, but I really do enjoy having one every now and then. I used to think it was too thick and too dark, but that was back in college when all I would drink is the light beer on sale. Now that I'm older and enjoy full flavored beers, Guinness is a great change of pace. And I enjoy having more than one at a time.

kneeland, Apr 01, 2010
Photo of JHackney87
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Poured a dark amber with a tan head that lasted for a few minutes with creamy lacing around the glass.

S-Very malty, coffee hints with a finish of grains.

Taste-Very robust malt flavor with a dark chocolate hint, has a finish of grains.

M-Very creamy with light carbonation, aftertase of a dry/sweet flavor

D-Something to sip on a hot summer day such as today

JHackney87, Mar 29, 2010
Photo of BricksandPorter
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Let me start out by saying there is an inherent bias for me with this beer. I was weened on it as a young lad, grew up with it. It has gotten me through everything from bad marriages to the flu. I am a guinness drinker as much as I am an American.

Pour - black as the night with a nice dark mollasses red on the peripheries. Head is walnut and tan and thick like ice cream.

Nose - a combination of chocolate, organics (seaweed comes to mind) and of course, malts.

Taste - notes of coffee, butter and a hint of citrusy flavor. Finish is clean and dry and afterwards is all hops.

Mouthiness - very smooth, very dry and very flavorful. Gives a great birp. Just the right carbonation.

Drinkability - I could drink this forever - read preamble.

BricksandPorter, Mar 28, 2010
Photo of ujsplace
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a mug.

Nearly black in appearance, with faint amber along the edges of the glass. The head is thick, chunky and tan in color. The head is pretty massive and has that lemon-merangue-pie look to it - chunky as hell.

Smells of roasted malts, faint coffee and mild hops.

Initially tastes of toasty caramel malts and mild, bitter chocolate followed by a mild espresso/hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth - easy going.

A nice stout offering. Would like a bit more flavor, but a solid offering - can't miss with this one...

ujsplace, Mar 27, 2010
Photo of steveh
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Surprised, but I've never reviewed one of my old favorites.

A -- Deep, dark black-brown with vague ruby highlights and a dense head that starts with some brown character and settles to an inviting tan color.

S -- Roasted malt, vague dark fruit, even some light creamy coffee characters.

T -- Roasted barley that tends toward coffee character with some toffee balancing. Sweet to tart fruits at the end of the taste and bitterness from the roasted barley.

M -- Medium-heavy body with a very creamy mouthfeel.

D -- Drinkability is very good for those times when you're looking for a robust, complex beer that gets your attention, but doesn't hit you over the head to remind you it's in your hand.

steveh, Mar 26, 2010
Photo of cratez
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

341ml bottle from a six pack purchased at the Labatt Brewery beer store in London, ON. Pours an ultra dark brown, bordering on black, with deep ruby hues and a thin, mocha tan cap. Smell and taste are metal, sweet pale and roasted malts, raisins, day old instant coffee, and a tinny, hollow, and weedy hop bitterness to finish. Light-bodied mouthfeel is watery, bitter, and highly carbonated with a mildly dry aftertaste. This macro stout drinks like a mainstream English Pale Ale, and I can't say that's a bad thing. It could definitely use some more coffee, roast, and body, but I can easily quaff a few of these in a night.

cratez, Mar 23, 2010
Photo of ocmpoma
3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured out a traditional Guinness black into a tulip pint glass. Tan, foamy head that faded fairly quickly, leaving some nice lacing and a film. The brew smells of toasted malts -- it's pleasant, but one-dimensional. And the taste doesn't keep up. Not unpleasant by any means, but lacking in any real depth or complexity. The mouthfeel is thin, especially for a stout, although that does contribute to the fact that this is a very drinkable beer.

Overall, it's far and away better than the thinned-out, bland, made-for-the-masses stuff that comes in a can with a widget. But there are much better stouts out there.

ocmpoma, Mar 20, 2010
Photo of argock
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear glass mug. No freshness date. Purchased as 6-pack at Harris Teeter (Charlottesville, VA) for $8.99.

A: Dense black brew with 3-finger tan, big-bubbled head which falls away quickly but leaves a few craggy lace formations at the top of the glass.

S: Light mineral and cola aromas with roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee all contributing but nothing overwhelming. Hops are mild and earthy.

T: Much more robust in flavor with a major roasted malt presence which is surprisingly caramelly and sweet but finishes with a fair amount of malt char and an almost-smoky touch. Chocolate and coffee are not big contributors. There is also a lactose malt sweetness in the finish which holds little hops component except for herbal, aspirin flavors. The maltiness is multifaceted and pretty impressive, and put the Guinness Draught product to shame.

M: Light in mouthfeel, with soft carbonation. AFtertaste is char and sweet together and pretty dry.

D: A fine stout and glad I finally gave it a run. No wonder the Draught is cheaper - it's watery and flavorless compared to the Extra Stout. No more widgets for me -- I'm going Extra from now on. A very nice dry, sweet, but charred stout with nice malt flavor complexity: a dry stout-milk stout hybrid.

argock, Mar 19, 2010
Guinness Extra Stout (Original) from Guinness Ltd.
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