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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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3,322 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,322
Reviews: 1,239
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 15.41%
Wants: 55
Gots: 317 | 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 ToasterChef
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a chilled bottle into the center of a 12oz Guinness Glass.

Like it's more famous cousin, this Guinness is very dark brown, nearly black, and completely opaque. It has that distinct Guinness settling effect of the bubbles traveling down the glass. It is pretty to watch, but not nearly as nice as a Guinness poured from a tap. The head is slightly brown as well and full of airy bubbles--probably due to a pour into the center of the glass, not down the side. The head is settling slowly and leaving lace all around the glass.

The aroma is full of malts and perhaps some chocolate. It smells a little sweeter than Guinness Draught.

It tastes slightly sweet, but mostly bitter. There is a coffee aftertaste.

The beer feels mostly watery, with a slight coating. This isn't a big complex stout, it goes down quickly an easily.

This bottle is form the first six pack of Guinness Extra Stout I've ever had. It is an acceptable stout, but if you are going to drink Guinness at home, I would recommend the Draught nitro-cans. The appearance is the best part of this beer, and even there it doesn't perform as well as Draught.

ToasterChef, May 19, 2009
Photo of PatrickJR
2.63/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Dark brown, mostly opaque. 3 or more fingers of brown head rise with great retention and low to moderate lacing.

S - Old coffee and burnt bread. Nothing more, nothing less.

T - Mild, bittersweet chocolate comprises early to mid palate flavors. By late palate the flavor devolves into a basic and one dimensional char, like some extremely burnt bread. A rough roasty bitterness accompanies the char with hints of stale coffee. Acrid in the the finish with more harsh bitterness and oddly enough raisins in the aftertaste. Still lots of char and some coffee.

M - On the light side of medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel accenuates char and acrid flavors.

D - Again, there's just too much of the roasted flavors going on here. Lots of one dimensional roasted acridness, harsh flavors of used coffee grounds, etc. make for a rather unappealing beverage. Many people may love the dirt-on-burnt-toast flavor of Guinness but it is certainly not for me. Next, really, pleasse!

PatrickJR, May 16, 2009
Photo of JimBird
4.78/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is my new favourite!

Same black colour as the draught but with a powerful, thick, and evil-looking brown head on top. It has the same kind of caramel-like sweetness as the draught and the blanket of bitterness, only more ramped up in its presence. Now that I have had extra-stout, I doubt I shall ever go back to the regular draught stout unless that's the only available option.

This is Guinness the way God intended.

JimBird, May 11, 2009
Photo of JohnL9013
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is the real deal here, folks. The Guinness draught is nowhere near the quality of this beer, in my opinion.

A: Black as night. This is the kind of beer that lets you know what you're dealing with the second you pour it. Huge, white/tan head that stays there the whole time with loads of lacing.

S: The smell will immediately let you know that this won't be your average beer. You can pick up on just how pungent the bitter hops are in this beer just from the smell. There's also malt (buried by the hops) and caramel.

T: This is the most bitter beer I've ever had. The bitterness is so strong that it feels like it just literally dries out your mouth and sits in there. It took me a couple of these to get used to just how bitter this beer really is, but that's why this is an extra stout. The flavor is also really complex. It's not your typical dark beer, there's character to go with it, and much of what we all know from the draught, but taken up a notch. The malt is there to fill in the gaps, not taking any kind of lead role.

M: Dry, dry, dry, and lingering.

D: You're definitely not going to be making a session out of this beer, trust me.

This beer has everything that I like about bitter, dark beers in it.

JohnL9013, May 07, 2009
Photo of Duhast500
3.03/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

The color is a dark brown and is almost black till held to the light, some nice light head and a little lacing.

The smell is of light roasted malt with an oat flavor in the background.

The taste is of roasted malts, some light herbal hop flavor. Has some slight chocolate feel as well with a bready feel.

The feel of this beer is not unlike the Guinness Drought. This is retty smooth with a nice creaminess to it. A light aftertaste but has light mouthfeel

Duhast500, May 05, 2009
Photo of Finster
4.8/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'd like to start off by stating that this is my favorite beer that i've ever let cross my lips to date. I enjoy it best cold - poured slowly from the bottle into a frosty beer-mug from my freezer. I must say next that the thick, frothy, caramel-colered head created from just the right pour is extremely attractive. I would go as far as to state that this is "The Bull" of beers"; given its heavy, strong body. I enjoy drinking it slowly, letting it roll over my palate, as it tickles my taste buds with its malty bitterness. mmm... The aftertaste is quite pleasant as well. The Finster most definately abides.

Finster, May 05, 2009
Photo of PintOHops
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance/Smell - Appears oil black with a slight cherry glow when held up to light. Short brown head that's not long lived, and definitely can't see through it. Leaves no lacing either. Smells of tart fruits, like apples, pairs, and grapes, almost sour like. Some underlying toasty malts, sweet molasses and cherry's come out as well, pretty pleasant but not intoxicating & powerful either.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Tastes of sharp & slightly sour apples, pairs & grapes, flavors finish with a nice dry & toasty, burnt biscuit like bitterness. Lots of burnt malts, and the sharp, sour fruity flavors make you pucker slightly! Nothing overwhelming, but some nice sweet flavors going on. Mouthfeel is smooth and a little silky with some lite active carbonation on the tongue, and medium-full bodied.

Drinkability/Final thoughts - This was a nice easy drinking, sweet treat that I would enjoy from time to time. No big overwhelming flavors with this one, I was a little surprised by the tart & sour fruity flavors though. Fruity flavors went well with the nice roasted, burnt malt bitterness, and all in all I enjoyed it. I think it's a decent stout, and I could enjoy a couple pints on chilly night. Id say give it a try. Cheers!

PintOHops, May 03, 2009
Photo of carwreCk
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nearly black with a large head. Looks nice.

Smell: The head is giving me plum. The beer itself presents some coffee mixed in.

Taste: Like coffee made with over-roasted beans. The acrid aftertaste is very similar to black coffee. I don't enjoy it here.

mouthfeel: A bit watery but pretty smooth.

Drinkability: The acridity lowers its drinkability for me, personally, but it isn't difficult to put down.

Overall I would say it is a well-made beer but isn't my cup of tea.

carwreCk, May 02, 2009
Photo of HalfFull
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. Guinness 'bomber' into a Guinness branded pint glass. Pours your typical black with red highlights and sports a creamy and rocky inch of light mocha head. Lighter and more clear than the standard draught. Surely not a nitro. pour but good head retention and lacing throughout.

Malts and grain on the nose, some cinnamon and chocolate. Much more depth than your typical Guinness, more body is present. Touch of alcohol and a bit of smokiness.

Taste is bitter up front and spicy in the finish with chocolate and a bit of cherry. Quite lingering on the finish and offers a touch of coarse dark chocolate. In exchange for the thin feel of the standard draught, you get a more coarse and bready finish and surely the calories that accompany it. Not quite as velvety on the feel but I think I'd prefer this for its nuances, in moderation...Somewhat distinct and reminiscent of Northern Euro. Stouts/Porters..

HalfFull, Apr 29, 2009
Photo of teejay76
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Dark brown pour almost black.

Smell - Deep roasted malty aroma. Coffee influence as well.

Taste - Very bitter, very dry, strong hops aftertaste (which I love). Coffee residual.

Mouthfeel - Pretty thick but I didn't have to chew it.

Drinkability - Smooth and delicious. Not sure it's worth the price vs a regular Guinness but I enjoyed it.

teejay76, Apr 29, 2009
Photo of thequeen711
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a beer for everyone. The thick cola dark pour and the 2 fingered head is a beauty to see, as well as a treasure to drink. Malty, caramelish flavours blend well to create this masterpiece. Nose mostly malty, with just a slight hint of caramel. The taste is what I've expected, matches the nose, not thick, not thin, just sit back and enjoy this stout.

thequeen711, Apr 28, 2009
Photo of Buschyfor3
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a freshly cleaned 14oz mug.

A: Deep, dark brown - about as brown as you can get before the color turns black. Color matches the burnt, roasted scents. Pour forms a thick, dense and creamy beige head, two fingers thick. Heavy lacing leaves a film of tiny bubbles down the sides of the mug with each sip.

S: You name it, it's ROASTED! Roasted malts, roasted barley and roasted oats. Big, nutty (almost beefy) aroma. In a word, this beer is "robust" in its roastiness, even if it isn't overly complex.

T: Those roasted flavors really come out strong - big, burnt notes, like burnt toast and burnt popcorn. Gradually mellows out (just like the label on the bottle suggest - "the robust, mellow flavors of Guinness") into a finish with a distinct grainy, bready flavor, almost akin to eating a stale piece of wheat bread.

M: Not super thick, but definitely beyond what I would call a medium body - call it medium-full. Slightly chewy, and slightly oily in the mouthfeel, but not to the point where it coats the mouth and throat like some milk stouts or Russian Imperial Stouts.

D: 6% ABV, this remains easy to drink, especially if you can pair it with a hearty meal.

Guinness Extra Stout is quite a solid, flavorful Irish stout. While I do enjoy the extra creamy mouthfeel of a Guinness Draft, especially when it's on a nitro tap, sometimes I just feel like taste of the regular Draught leaves something to be desired. This stout provides just that bit more heft of roasted flavors that pairs quite well at the dinner table with most grilled meats.

Buschyfor3, Apr 24, 2009
Photo of cjl1209
2.95/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Imported - No freshness date

A - Pours dark black. A red tint becomes visible only if held up to direct light. A massive 3+ finger creamy and bubbly beige head to go along. Sticky lacing is left all down my glass as I drink.

S - Smells of deep, dark roasted malts.

T - Heavy roasted malts, burnt, with a definite coffee influence. Leaves the mouth bitter and very dry which is still present when it comes time for the next sip.

M - Creamy but not exactly thick as may be expected from such a dark appearance.

D - Moderate. The combination of burnt malts and dryness keeps me from considering this sessionable but if that's what you like, feel free to indulge.

cjl1209, Apr 23, 2009
Photo of BierBreath305
4.33/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Samuel Adams pint glass... Wow, this baby gives almost 3 fingers of creamy khaki head that lingers forever, and when you pour more beer in the glass the head gets deformed and lumpy, just like a Mcdonalds chocolate shake when you poke a straw into it.

If you're used to Guinness Draught then this is a completely different animal. It's thicker and stronger, like a real stout should be. You can taste the hops on your tongue and the malt on the back of your throat. A true definition of an Irish Dry Stout but a bit heavy so more than 2-3 is pushing it, stomach-wise.

This is the REAL Guinness Stout but for the regular drinker this maybe too much when compared to the Draught tap or nitro-can. Fortunately, I can do both :)

BierBreath305, Apr 21, 2009
Photo of rodney45
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is a good beer, if you are buying it at a gas station. Look, in all honesty, i think this beer isnt a great extra stout... The carbonation is too in your face. Its very roasty smelling, plus some slight hints of caramel, and slight indication of bitterness. A very dark brew, with a head that sticks around as long as you can drink this beer. I like that. Tastes a lot like a good stout should, minus the nitrogen. It has a depth that guiness can provide,(ie malt, subtle hop, and roasted barley) but it has a lack in the characteristic that a good on tap beer has. My honest opinion is to get this beer on tap somewhere that is reputable, and not in extra stout. Very drinkable, and it has a soothing mouthfeel, but doesn't compare to the real thing.

rodney45, Apr 18, 2009
Photo of jmfc8237
4.28/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark black lager that poured into a pint glass that revealed nothing other than pitch black colour. Rich caramel head with good carbonation and webby lacing.

S- Mossy Earth, and mild hoppy nose with fired grain aromas that had notes of astringent buttery cocoa.

T- Mild sweetness and light hop bite. This led into a rich toffee and burnt wood aftertaste that finished smooth.

M/D- Slightly thick feel and smooth drinkability.

jmfc8237, Apr 14, 2009
Photo of nick76
2.3/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The aroma is not quite to style. It's only got a bitter hops element and alcohol as well as a toasted adjunct malt. The appearance is right, it's dark brown with a large tan head. The flavor is awful. It's astringently bitter with an over brewed coffee and corn finish. The palate is thin. This is actually bad.

nick76, Apr 10, 2009
Photo of omnigrits
4.38/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aaahhh, this is Guinness as it should be. No nitrogen, no cascading, no creamy head, and despite being far less easy to drink, far more drinkable.

I couldn't really use anything but an imperial Guinness pint for this one, could I. It pours pitch black with an expansive light tan head that never goes away throughout the whole pint and leaves plenty of sticky lace. The nose is muted but shouts ROASTED at you, maybe even borderline burnt. The taste is earthy and burnt , and I'm sure not to everyone's taste, but this is what I like. Body is firm but not chewy.

Seriously, who would want to drink the nitro stuff when you can have this? Unfortunately it's usually all you can get.

omnigrits, Apr 09, 2009
Photo of stingrayvr6
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Guinness pint glass. Dark brown/amber red with a super thick cream colored head that sticks to the glass. Smell of coffee and roasted barley, tasting similar, very earthy and roasty, bitter like coffee with a coffee like finish. Great stout, somehtign to keep around. Staple in my fridge. Not terribly complex flavor, just a uniform roasty feel, easy to drink.

stingrayvr6, Apr 09, 2009
Photo of CampusCrew
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought some for St Pat's to make Guinness stew. worked out great.

appearance: deep dark black, nearly ebony, loaded head and creamy froth.

smell: good hops, and slight chocolate aromas

taste: rich and slight chocolate roasted flavors but had a smooth rich taste, Very Dry, not sweet at all.

mouthfeel: thick, creamy, good carbonation and very tasty

drinkability: Solid, can;t decide if I liek the regular better or not. both solid, guess it depends on my mood

CampusCrew, Apr 08, 2009
Photo of wheatyweiss
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into an imperial pint.

Pours a nice dark chocolate, mahogany color with a nice ample two finger head that settles to a cap and leaves impressive stick around the glass.

Aroma is surprisingly fruity hops and dark roasted malt. Strangely, the hops and fruity yeast actually hit the nose before the dark malt does, that is interesting. Deeper whiffs bring coffee, cream and a hint of dark fruit.

Flavor is dark fruit on the front, very sweet and caramelized dark fruit. Middle brings a dark roasted malt bitterness with a slight metallic twang that is a bit distracting. Finishes impressively sweet despite the "dry stout" labeling. Hops make themselves present more in the finish than anywhere else and they shine there, not a bad finish actually. The only thing bringing this beer down is that weird metallic flavor I can't track down. Is it the water? Is it the hops? Bad capping? I would honestly give it a 4.5 if not for the metal flavor.

Mouthfeel is quite creamy and full. To be honest I don't even know why they do the nitro-cans, because it's perfect out of the bottle. If someone needs softer carbonation than this, go find a cask ale, cuz this isn't bad.

Better than I remember now that my tastes have matured, would make an excellent go to stout when I can't find NG Coffee Stout.

wheatyweiss, Apr 07, 2009
Photo of twaddlac
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a decent, thick tan head. Lace really sticks to the glass. Smell of roasted hops, smoke, caramel, and a slight hoppiness. Really bitter with an ash like taste and a hint of the darkest coffee. Has a thick consistency but goes down smooth with a slight tingle as it hits the bottom of the esophagus with a dry, bitter aftertaste. Good beer but I have heard that it does not export well so I am wondering what it really tastes like over in Ireland, good beer overall.

twaddlac, Apr 04, 2009
Photo of mjurney
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[Appearance]: Deep dark brown to black color with a nice tan head.
[Smell]: Dark roasted malts, coffee, hint of earthly.
[Taste]: Roasted malts, coffee, hint of dark chocolate, also I can detect some dry fruitiness at the end.
[Mouthfeel]: Medium to heavy bodied.
[Drinkability]: Great stout! Worth buying again.

mjurney, Apr 04, 2009
Photo of Jimbo87
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a US pint glass.

Nice black color with a pale brown head.

Smell: A little bit of grain and roastiness. Improves as it warms. But not that impressive.

Taste. OK grain tasted. Roasty. But not as flavorful as any other stout I've had recently. Not a complex flavor.

MF: good, unlike Draught, which is too watery for me. This has some body. Good carbonation.

D: from what I remember, this is much better than Draught. I can't tell if this isn't a great beer or if I don't like Irish Dry stouts very much, because this and Draught are the only ones I've had.

Jimbo87, Apr 03, 2009
Photo of projectflam86
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours motor oil black/brown color with a nice creamy dark tan head. Good solid 'Guinness like' lacing all the way down.

S- Roasted malty nose with hints of dark chocolate, coffee, caramel, and hazelnut.

T- Roasty toasty malts with the slightest hint of coffee and chocolate.

M- Surprisingly light for a stout and barely any carbonation (which is indicative of the style).

D- Not a bad brew, I enjoyed it better than the original.

projectflam86, Mar 26, 2009
Guinness Extra Stout (Original) from Guinness Ltd.
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