Guinness Extra Stout (Original) - Guinness Ltd.

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Reviews: 1,271
Hads: 3,731
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 14.05%
Wants: 77
Gots: 704 | 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 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. (323 characters)

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. (377 characters)

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. (601 characters)

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. (216 characters)

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. (849 characters)

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. (399 characters)

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 (1,293 characters)

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. (323 characters)

Photo of Young_John
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Ah, good old Guinness. Ubiquitous stout that's extremely drinkable at about any temperature and often the only stout available in restaurant chains and sports bars where domestic pilsners reign supreme. (202 characters)

Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I haven't had Guinness in years, but I remember loving it in my youth. I decided to go back to it and rate it, since I haven't gotten around to trying it again until now. It's slightly lighter than I remember, my tactile memories telling me that drinking this is the past was like consuming liquid breakfast. The dark flavor and creamy head I still remembered well, and I definitely like it. This is a really good stout, and there's a reason why its popularity persists to this day. I will try to drink this again in the near future, and maybe then I'll add to this review. (578 characters)

Photo of SmashPants
3.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Format: a stumpy dark brown 375mL bottle with the traditional Guinness label.

Appearance: again jet black with a heavy tan-coloured head that slowly dropped to a creamy half-finger with fantastic retention. Looks great!

Aroma: the aroma is definitely stronger than the Draught, which is nice. The smell is a chocolate and roast coffee malt. Unlike the Draught, there is a hint of heavy fruits here.

Taste: roasted coffee up front with a hint of chocolate, with those heavy fruits behind. Pretty damn good.

Aftertaste: the same bitterness comes through from the roast coffee malts, but with a touch of sweet plum fruits.

Mouth feel: a little heavier in feel than Guinness Draught, and a moderate carbonation. Not quite as creamy but still fairly smooth.

Overall: I like this beer. It is a stronger and more complex version of the Guinness Draught - a stronger aroma and nice dark fruits added to the profile. It is around 50% more expensive at $65 a case of 24 x 375mL, but I think it's worth it. (1,001 characters)

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.02/5  rDev +8.6%

This is an old one (looks like the bottle in the picture). I raided it from my friend Tony's fridge (the dude has beers he never drinks or knows he has!!)

Appearance (4.25) : Wonderfully large creamy cap, beige in appearance. Body is dark roast coffee brown-black and 95% opaque.

Aroma (4.5) : Freshly twisted black licorice, gawsh...just a sweet sweet black licorice candy smell, it so wonderful and delicious smelling. Smells like a candy store. Underneath that is some jelly bean and light roast aroma. It's just SO good to smell!!! Bouquet is medium strength.

Taste (4) : Respectable. That's totally the word. You respect this beer. The dark black spiced licorice comes out at the nose and the finish. In the middle is a smooth, balanced roast flavor that is so rich, almost bourbon-like. The hops are just a smidge overpowering, I'd say it's like a 65/35 ratio. The bourbon sweetness rescues that slight tip, however. Solid FOUR.

Mouthfeel (3.75) : Slightly creamy, medium bodied. Ends dry and with that bourbon flavor. Reminds me of high school getting tipsy with friends. It could use some more body depth however.

Overall (4.02) : This beer is fantastic. I like it a lot, and it's popular for a reason. Great stout, has a bit too much hops, but the bourbon sweetness makes it worthwhile. Love the licorice, too. Big fan of black licorice and I like it in my stouts. Try it if you haven't yet (and who hasn't?). (1,423 characters)

Photo of ThomasMetal75
4/5  rDev +8.1%

*The version reviewed is the Canadian version at 6.0% abv, not the one on Beer Advocate that says Canada and is 5.0% abv.*

A- Dark and black with red tints on the bottom of glass. Big khaki head that died to a finger and a half of solid looking foam and some nice lacing.

S- Roasted malts and dark fruitiness. Light coffee and chocolate.

T- Darkly, roasted malts and raisin type darker fruitiness. Has a sharper bitterness than the Guinness Draught from the malts or maybe the grains. There is a light coffee and chocolate note as well. It's like a powdered dark chocolate milky taste. Finish is malty and of raisins with the extra stout's distinguished bitterness before it dries. As it warms, there is a black liquorice type note that comes out.

M- This beer is on the fuller side of medium. I think it is very crisp and easy drinking still. This bridges the gap very nicely between the Guinness Draught drier type stout and imperial stouts well. Even though it's a fuller feeling Guinness, it's still got a great drinkability.

Overall this is excellent. If you are a fan of Guinness's products like myself, you must try this! If you like the different stouts from around the world but never tried the Extra Stout, you'll like it. It's a sweeter, bolder/sharper in flavor than Guinness Draught, and it's richer in body. Go get you some! (1,345 characters)

Photo of Jonoesh5
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

12oz bottle from my local Meijer. Coming from a stout beginner, this beer strikes me for it's toasty malts and ammonia notes, and great lacing. A pleasant, subtle numbness and warmth create a great mouthfeel. Tobacco, ultra-dark roast coffee, and dark chocolate round out the flavor profile to provide an enjoyable, complex stout. (330 characters)

Photo of soneill065
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Way better than the draught version, the carbon dioxide gives it a stronger and fuller taste than its nitrogen counterpart. This is closer to the original stout that Arthur Guinness would have produced first day. (212 characters)

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

A - Solid black with brown edging, full tan head, fading very slowly. Lacing of the first order.

S - Full roast malt, tobacco and coffee, chocolate nib.

T - Following the nose, with a gradual fade to bitterness. Slight minerality in the close, with a bitterness that hangs around on your palate until it is reset.

M - Silky and smooth, fairly light, all told. The dry close is mild but persistent.

O - An old favorite; full and tasty. If it is fresh and well handled, this shows why Guinness is stout for so many people. (528 characters)

Photo of ttroha
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Bottle. Pours dark black with off-white head. Aroma of malts and corn. Tastes of dark chocolate, a little bit of roasted coffee and malts. Very light bodied for a stout. Easily drinkable. Not my favorite, but makes we wish I were in Ireland. (241 characters)

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

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 4/24/2014. Pours nearly pitch black color with a 2 finger dense and rocky khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Dense soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, light dark fruit, light char, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt notes; with good strength. Taste of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, light dark fruit, light char, and roasted earthiness. Fair amount of roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roast, toast, dark bread, light char, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and complexity of dark/roasted malt flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and lightly creamy/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice dry stout. All around good complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering. (1,339 characters)

Photo of JR88
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Another one my favorites, definitely do not confuse or compare this to the Draught...... original is so much better, just great rich Coffee character, you just have to like this one. (182 characters)

Photo of SensorySupernova
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Appearance: Black with a brown head. Leaves a fair amount of lacing

Smell: Toasty malts.

Taste: Roasted malts up front, into mild bitterness, and then a slightly sour aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thick with mild carbonation.

Overall: I have to compare this to their Draught, as it is what is on tap everywhere: it’s better. The mouthfeel is much thicker, which is one of my few complaints about their Draught. The taste is all around a little bit stronger, although the sour end takes some getting used to. On the other hand the Draught is probably easier to drink if you are not used to stouts. (602 characters)

Photo of EthanS1
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

The original Guinness is my baseline for stouts. Pours dark to the point of blackness, with a smooth creamy head that gives off smells of coco, coffee and molasses. Taste is smooth and sweet, but not overly so. (211 characters)

Photo of leantom
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Just had the original Guinness for the very first time and was quite impressed. Here goes:

A: Very different from the Guinness Draught. Not as creamy-looking, but still pours a one inch head that leaves a ton of lacing. Also, the beer is pitch black. Can't really ask for more in terms of appearance. 4.5/5.0

S: Much better than than the Draught. Light coffee notes giving way to a lot of brown sugar and molasses. Very, very good. These notes are lighter than in a lot of American stouts, but they're still quite good. 4.5/5.0

T: Light, but still quite superb. Very sweet brown sugar, caramel, and toffee that give way to a robust coffee background that lingers on the tongue long after consumption. Baker's yeast and a mild smattering of hops are apparent as well. Overall, this beer is far, far better than the Draught. 4.5/5.0

M: Mouthfeel is still somewhat watery, though, but it's still more robust than the Guinness Draught. However, this isn't saying much overall. 3.5/5.0

O: A very solid Irish stout. 4.25/5.00 (1,045 characters)

Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Appearance – Black in the glass with a hint of red when held to the light. Boasted a three finger foam head that was very long lasting and left really good lacing.

Smell – Boozy aroma with notes of toffee, treacle, coffee and dark coco.

Taste – follows the smell rather well. Bitter sweet, good roasted grain taste, bitter malts treacle and burnt toffee hops with a sharp bitter coffee and coco after taste.

Mouthfeel – Great boozy warmth, nice and full in the mouth with medium body. Nicely coating the throat.

Overall – Deeper and much more complex than the draught beefier mouth feel as well. This is a rather good Stout with great flavour and nice warmth. I will default to Extra stout rather than draught when possible. (739 characters)

Photo of EHopkinsi
5/5  rDev +35.1%

Had any Guinness there might be on tap while on honeymoon with my wife in Ireland. It's pretty good to start with, but if you've ever had it in its home country, at the beginning of the biggest adventure in your life, with the love of your life, in a tiny pub, with a two minute pour and fresh salmon supper- you'd probably give it a five, too. (346 characters)

Photo of Roxie_B
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Guinness Extra Stout
Serving: Bottle
Looks: Black with deep brown highlights, opaque, two fingers of tan head.
Smell: Biscuity and sweet malt aroma – chocolate and raisins.
Taste: Sweet malt taste.
• Raisins
• Malt
• Coffee
• Toast
• Walnuts
Quite sweet for a stout but with a nice dry down. Dry and toast like flavors become more apparent as this warms up.
No noticeable hop presence, more raisin on the finish.
Mouth feel is a bit aqueous and aggressively carbonated.
Overall: Not a bad stout. (512 characters)

Guinness Extra Stout (Original) from Guinness Ltd.
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