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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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1,289 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,289
Hads: 3,827
Avg: 3.7
pDev: 26.22%
Wants: 85
Gots: 807 | 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 Pennd002
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This was my first venture into stouts and it switched me from an IPA man to porters and stouts. Not the best one, but a good one for sure. More filling than the draught, I think of it as an after meal type of drink when you don't want coffee. I recommend it for any stout fan.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.41/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A surprisingly laid-back stout. Leans a bit towards the chocolate end of the stout spectrum, but there is a little bit of a alcohol sting. Nothing major, considering Guinness make this out as their potent beer.

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Photo of StoutHobbit
4.42/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Looks incredibly dark, especially when you're used to Guinness Draught, light tan foam that's fine and velvety
S: Like rye bread and coffee
T: It tasted like bread. A damn good bread
F: Very thick, pleasant, a bit rich
O: A good stout, a real stout. Very good, not my go to stout, but very good.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled last night on 5/17/15 but had this a few times before. 12 ounce bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a vintage "GUINNESS" pint glass.

Brew pours super close to a pitch black in color with a thick creamy 1+-finger foamy beige head that actually lasted a while. Lots of lacing is seen when sipped that stuck to the edges of the glass, from the first sip to the last. The aroma is of roasted grains/malts with a hint of coffee and dark fruit (plum?). Pretty much is said for the taste also with even a light hint of cocoa powder. Pretty smooth and better than the regular Guinness. Good flavor with just a mild bitter finish. This is a good sipping brew with lots of flavor. Medium-bodied with perfect carbonation.

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Photo of tumblingpenguin
2.46/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is a wannabe stout. ABV is low, flavor is weak, aroma is lacking. If it weren't for the color, I wouldn't believe it's a stout. I bought this only because there weren't any other stouts available at the time and I had never tried it so I figured I'd give it a chance. Next time, if this is the only stout available, I'll pass and go for a different style altogether.

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Photo of spoony
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a 355 ml bottle to tulip (and snifter and pint...tasted multiple times). Reviewed from notes dated March 26, 2015.

A-The beer pours with dense mocha foam that leaves a surprising amount of lacing on the glass. It looks thin on the pour, and settles in the glass to a nearly-back color. Head retention is not bad.

S-The aroma is a nice enough mixture of roasted grains, coffee, some malt, mild lactic flavors and a bit of plum fruit. Not bad, actually.

T-The taste is more fruity than I recall with suggestions of plum and grape to go along with the cocoa, milk sugar, chocolate, and roasted flavors.

M-The body is light to medium in heft. The beer is a little sticky with a moderate amount of fine carbonation.

O-This beer won't be winning any awards from me, but it drinks well enough. Not a bad example of the style, actually.

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Photo of drunkenmess
4.48/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Genuine gold baby. Loved this beer first time I drank it few years back. Finally decided to review it. One of the most exciting beers to pour n drink, for me. Pours ridiculously dark with an instant foamy head all thru the pour. Finishing with a thick darkend tan head. Ultimate thick lacing that stays. Smells of burnt sweet fruity nuttiness to me. Goes down smooth with a little bitter bite at the the end which fades as it warms. Tastes of faint dark fruit, roasted nuts or malts with a little burnt toast that fades. Finishes bitter but like I said it fades as it warms. Overall one of my favorites. Always will be. Cheers

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Photo of timontheroad
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown, almost black with a nice two finger fluffy tan head. Great retention and lacing. Plenty of dark roast malt smells, along with some slight sweet chocolatey/coffee notes. Taste was slightly bitter, but in a very good way. Lots of dark roast malt flavors and some light banana notes. Mouthfeel was pretty thin and almost watery. Overall, this was pretty tasty, but the mouthfeel seemed way out of place.

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Photo of CoffeePorter
3.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Has a nice look - black with a nice thick creamy/tan head that doesn't dissipate.
Smells very rich, some strong banana/bread notes.
Tastes watery with some bitterness. Some very mild hints of banana/roasted malt.
Feels very smooth with almost zero to mild carbonation.
Overall, it's better than a Guinness Draught, but nothing exemplary about it

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Photo of jbertsch
2.9/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It's better than original draught, and tastes bigger (it is 6%), but it still manages to exhibit that cheap corn essence a bit in the nose and in flavor. It's not bad giving an even 3 is probably a touch generous.

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Photo of RenzoD
4.06/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It may not please the beer snobs, but this is one of my favorite stouts. Such a smooth, delicious beer. Deep dark and black as midnight. Fat creamy head. Nicely bittered finish. Goes down so smooth and tasty. First time I have had one in about two years and I like it even more today.

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Photo of KamPendragon
3.06/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

An alright beer. I found it quite a bit more bitter than a Guinnes Draught, and less creamy, but then again they aren't the same beer, so I don't know what I was expecting. Goes well with a spicy kebab.

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Photo of TBCE
4.36/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A great common beer. Can be found almost everywhere and is relatively inexpensive. Awesome black color with a substantial head when poured. Head does not dissipate quickly like in some stouts, which is good. Taste is slightly bitter. Always a decent treat!

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Photo of mchegash
4.04/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - 4.25/5
Deep brown, can see reddish tinges around the edge of the glass. About 1.5 fingers of creamy beige head. The head retention is great and it stays around for a while. Can see some carbonation rising through the beer. Also decent lacing.

Smell - 4/5
Sweet, dark malts with an almost fruity flavor, perhaps banana, along with other flavors. I've always found it hard to put words to the Guinness Extra Stout flavor, but I know that I like it a lot.

Taste - 4/5
Tastes similar to the smell, but you get a lot more of the malts. Still some of that banana flavor, but may with some chocolate too. Like drinking a banana sunday. There are more sweet flavors which are hard to classify. Also, I get like a mineral/well-water aftertaste in my mouth.

Mouthfeel - 4.25/5
Medium bodied, slightly syrupy, smooth and very creamy, carbonation is moderate to light.

Overall - 4/5
Ever since I first had this beer, it's definitely been one of my favorites for casual session drinking. The flavor is unique, and quite tasty. Plus, it's a Guinness, and I've always had a soft spot for those great Irishmen who pioneered so much of beer history.

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Photo of bwood06
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Very thick and creamy khaki colored head. Head retention is very good. Beer itself is black with a bit of mahogany around the edges. 4.25/5

S - First note to hit my nose is raisin. Espresso is also present as well as a butteriness. Molasses and an umami note are present as well. 4/5

T - Dark fruit/raisins and molasses are two primary tasting notes that I get. Behind those I find roasted malt, a nuttiness, and espresso (along with its bitterness). Metallic flavor is present, especially on the back end. 3.75/5

M - Very heavy but also very dry. Finishes with a lingering bitterness that is very dry. 3.75/5

O - Good stout that I like every bit as much as the original Guinness. Metallic flavor throws me a bit but the rest of the beer is very enjoyable. 3.75/5

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Photo of illpass78
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into my nonic on St. Patrick's Day.

Appearance: Pours a solid black with a one-finger tan head.

Aroma: Roasted malt, earth, some dark fruit, a little coffee. A little more aggressive than the canned draught variety.

Taste: Follows the nose. A little more booze burn than the canned draught, which is unsurprising, since it has a little more booze.

Mouthfeel: Fuller bodied than the canned draught. There are thicker stouts, but it does have some heft.

Overall: It's almost universally agreed that this is better than Guinness Draught, but I honestly like that one more. This is a bigger stout with more aggressive flavors, but Guinness Draught is what I think of when I want a Guinness - and when I want to make a black & tan or make a stout cake or do any of the other great things you can do with this beloved beer. All that aside, Guinness Extra is fine, it just doesn't make me forget all the other great stouts in the world.

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Photo of JohnnyI
4.23/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours in to a Madra Rua proper Guinness pint glass with an opaque, dark color. Nearly black, but not quite. Mahogany and crimson highlights are around the base of the glass and where the light hits it just right. The chunky, towering beige head recedes very slowly, leaving mountainous peaks and plateaus near the rim. The aroma is heavy on raisin, cola and dark bread-like qualities. Faint molasses is present, as well. It's an intoxicatingly delicious combination, but not overpowering by any means. The taste brings black coffee astringency, with a little lime-like citrus bitterness from the combination of blackened malts and earthy hops. It's smoky and roasty with an herbal tobacco nature. Drying in the finish, almost puckering. It's flavorful, yet refined. With a body that coats the palate, yet remains moderate, this one strikes a good balance. If not for the creamy carbonation it might lack some depth. Overall, this is extremely easy to quaff. Especially for such a boldly flavored brew. At 6% ABV it retains a high degree of drinkability. Guinness Extra Stout is distinctly excellent. A quintessential Irish Dry Stout that still serves a measuring stick for the style.

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Photo of Joe_Howard
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black with a creamy light tan head. Smells like fresh coffee. Tastes like coffee pretty much as well, and while it is very bold and bitter it's incredibly smooth and easy to drink. Compared to the Guinness Draught it is bigger and better in essentially every way, most noticeably with regards to taste and mouth feel.

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Photo of predikit
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours nice and dark brown, settles in the glass black with a light tan head.

Smells of molasses and cream notes.

Taste has notes of bitter chocolate, molasses, end has a metallic quality to it which I felt was a bit of an off flavor.

If the metallic aftertaste wasn't present I would have rated this quite a bit higher.

Medium bodied, medium carbonation, smooth and creamy.

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Photo of datalager
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

What hasn't been said??? Isn't this the gateway beer for many beer snobs? My take on this classic alternate to adjunct lagers is that it beats the pants off of Bud and Coors, but takes a back seat to nearly every stout from every micro brewery out there. The look is obviously unmatched. A jet black body with the "everlasting gobstopper" of ale froth. Smell is hard to find, and taste is smooth, yet slightly metallic for my tastes. If all you know is American Corn Beer do yourself a favor and try this. Otherwise move on and find the "foreign" variety of their stout. Now that's a world class beer.

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Photo of SirBrandonofMaltANDHops
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Classic and full bodied stout with one going a long way. This beer has an interesting sourness to it that I later found out is actually soured beer added to the finished product. Wonderful moderately roasted stout.

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Photo of infinitebruner
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

January 24, 2015

12 oz bottle, pint glass

A – Pours nearly jet black and moderately thick, a finger of tan foam on top with moderate retention. A thin layer of bubbles lasts for a very long time. Opaque.

S – Light roastiness with a touch of coffee, sweet dark chocolate malts. Some mild nuttiness and light vanilla. Hops are a bit woodsy and herbal, some hop bitterness on the nose. None of this is particularly strong or assertive.

T – Chocolate, some vanilla, biscuit, and roasty bitter malts. An impression of light roast coffee. A low hint of fruit, and earthy/medicinal hops. Bitterness comes in on the finish.

M – Carbonation is high. Body is medium to full. Sweetness leads and then a bitter, dry finish.

O – Love the mouthfeel and flavor on this, and the fullness makes it satisfying. A very approachable stout.

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
3.49/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours very dark brown, almost black. Forms a decent finger of light brown creamy head. Good head retention, minimal lacing.
S - A decent amount of malt, alcohol and prune.
T - Bitter malt, lightly sweet dark fruit and light touches of dark chocolate. Medium/full body. Decently creamy mouthfeel.
O - A decent stout, a good "fallback" beer when you're at a small selection bar.
V - Medium value.

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Photo of Premo88
4.36/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into nonic
printed on bottle:

L: almost black amber, clear up to light ... very clear, in fact; big 1-inch-plus sticky head of tan/brown foam; it's lacing in a cool way; keeps a thick collar and half a skin of foam; more stick off the head than lacing on the way down

S: sour roasted grain; chocolate; roasted malt with corn ... the sour has to be from the rye, it's a definite twang; sweet; molasses

T: chocolate milk with a rye tart/sour twang ... it's very chocolately, much more so than I remember; the rye is easy to detect, it's really pervasive but doesn't hurt the chocolate/mocha

F: classic drinkable midweight ... has a little heft but very light for the amount of flavor; loads of carbonation

O: how could I wait so long to revisit this? I probably haven't had a Guinness in 10 years ... and after diving into the craft beer world, trying close to 300 beers and running through a few handfuls of big stouts, this might be the best non-barrel-aged stout I've tried. it's so good! honestly like chocolate milk, so easy to drink. the rye does offer it a bit of dryness/bitterness ... not sour but kind of ... a bit of something different, tart inside the big sweet malt presence

i'll be drinking this year round now that I'm back on it

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Photo of CIBoy10
4.19/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown with a nice khaki head that lingers throughout. Smells like creamy chocolate and tobacco. Tastes like bananas, coffee, chocalate, and a nice maduro cigar. Feels creamy and smooth but not to the same levels as regular Guiness. Overall a really nice stout that tastes a little more like a porter than others.

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Guinness Extra Stout (Original) from Guinness Ltd.
84 out of 100 based on 1,289 ratings.