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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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3,154 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,154
Reviews: 1,220
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 15.41%
Wants: 49
Gots: 246 | FT: 1
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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 udrick


4.53/5  rDev +22.4%

Appearance: Poured a dark brown/black with a three-finger head. The head dissipated relatively quickly, leaving some gentle lacing. Superb!

Smell: Heavy notes of coffee and malt

Taste: A masterpiece. A round roasted note up front, with a slightly bitter finish

Mouthfeel: Not a thick as one might imagine. Smooth and rich, with just enough carbonation to keep it light on the palate

Drinkability: Dark and rich, heavy yet highly enjoyable. This is what a stout should be.

03-18-2008 02:54:14 | More by udrick
Photo of iconoklaztor


3.73/5  rDev +0.8%

Pours a massive head with a very nice tan hue. I like the head quite a bit. The smell is pretty nice too. Hints of malts are all I can find in this beer. The taste is okay.

I just wanted to try this in the spirit of St. Patty's day!

Overall, its an okay brew!

03-18-2008 02:16:41 | More by iconoklaztor
Photo of bassmantin


3.33/5  rDev -10%

Thanks to ikonoclaztor for sharing this one with me on St. Patrick's Day.

Pours a very thick dark black with a nice thick clumpy tan head. Very attractive. I'm always with the was Guinness beers look.

Smell is very sweet. Not terribly complex, but pleasant nonetheless. Taste is a nice surprise. It's pretty full and sweet, not much hop balance, but still not a total travesty of a stout like regular Guinness.

Overall: Hey it's St. Patrick's Day, and you have to drink Guinness. This one qualifies and actually has some taste.

03-18-2008 02:09:03 | More by bassmantin
Photo of hardy008


3.9/5  rDev +5.4%

Appearance - Pour dark black with a foamy tan head which dissipates fairly quick. Leaves light lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell - Malt and coffee. The aroma is hard to pick up, but pleasant.

Taste - Roasted malt and coffee with some caramel present.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, smooth and creamy.

Drinkability - Very drinkable. A very nice brew.

03-18-2008 02:03:07 | More by hardy008
Photo of jsprain1


3.6/5  rDev -2.7%

I thought I should celebrate the real St. Patrick's Day with a Guinness, even though I usually don't go with stouts very often.
A- The appearance is very nice, a real dark brown, almost black, with a decent head on it.
S-The scent is nice but sort of weak. It kind of reminds me of breakfast (coffee and moderately burnt toast). A real malty scent.
T- The taste is pretty good, matching its scent as far maltyness. Plenty of roasted coffee in there.
M-little carbonation. enough body for the style.
O- A step up in depth from the original and worth the occasional purchase.

03-17-2008 22:27:11 | More by jsprain1
Photo of BradLikesBrew


3.7/5  rDev 0%

a: Dark brown to black, light tan head, nice lacing.

s: Roasted malt, coffee, not much else, on the lighter side as far as stouts go.

t: Strong bitterness reminiscent of black coffee. Sweet roasted malt.

m: Creamy, bitter, very dry.

d: Guinness with balls. Much more intense than it's widgeted brother. An above average stout, very dry and enjoyable.

03-17-2008 00:52:20 | More by BradLikesBrew
Photo of berserker256


4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Appears black until it's held to light then I can see it's very dark brown. Smells like well roasted malt with a hint of smoke. Tastes great. Pleasant bitterness of a hop bite with a roasted malt almost smokey flavor. Subtle hints of possibley coffee or dark chocolate or something. Smooth beer. Very good. St. Patrick's Day is in six days and I got my Irish flat cap and I'll be ready to crush many of these.

03-11-2008 20:13:44 | More by berserker256
Photo of trackstar1043


4.13/5  rDev +11.6%

A - Pours dark and heavy with a finger of lite tan-brown head that left behind a heavy sticky lace.

S - Rich and complex, roasted malts, burnt carmel.

T - Rich and sweet, has a dry finish but a abundance of flavors that are ranging frim roasted malts and nuts and carmels with earthy flavors, quite complex.

M - Full bodied, creamy with a dry finish.

D - Great every now and then.

03-11-2008 16:48:29 | More by trackstar1043
Photo of nickfl


3.58/5  rDev -3.2%

A - One finger of light tan head that slowly settles and leaves spotty lace. The body is black with just a slight hint of ruby showing through around the edges.

S - Brown, malty aroma with a little bit of watery caramel. Slightly nutty.

T - Slightly sour malty flavor develops into bitter, burnt coffee roast character. Slight hop character in the middle. Finish is all burnt malt.

M - Medium to thin body, medium high carbonation, and a very dry finish.

D - Easily drinkable. Kind of one dimensional, but full flavored and satisfying. Definitely preferable to the bottled or canned draught.

03-09-2008 04:10:39 | More by nickfl
Photo of burnstar


4.03/5  rDev +8.9%

Pours black with a medium dense tan head. Lacing on sides of surface. Nice roasted malty aroma. Dark roasted malt dominates the flavor. Muted sweetness in the background. Light bitterness from the malt. A touch of herbal hops in the finish provides balance. Finishes dry. Medium to full bodied. Pretty drinkable. Overall a classic and tasty stout.

03-09-2008 00:32:17 | More by burnstar
Photo of Cs1987


3.93/5  rDev +6.2%

Appearance - Almost black and almost completely opaque. 2 fingers of bubbly head, which reduced.

Smell - A very strong odour of sweet mocha.

Taste - Strong taste of sweet coffee, the alcohol is completely hidden by the flavour of the malts.

Mouthfeel - Great aftertaste, pretty good otherwise.

Drinkability - A bit of a challenge, but the great taste could make you come back for more.

Overall - Quite simply, a very good stout. I'll have to try Australian brewed Guinness Draught after this, to see if it is as crap as I remember it being.

03-07-2008 00:23:01 | More by Cs1987
Photo of jdubjacket


3.93/5  rDev +6.2%

Pours a dark brown.... Can I say light black/nut brown? A head shows up for a few minutes and goes away pretty quickly. Smell is nutty with a hint of coffee. Tastes like nuts, a little hint of coffee and maybe a bit of caramel. Mouthfeel is a little too watery for me for a stout, but not too bad. A very drinkable stout. Much better than that crap that most people in America think is real Guinness.

03-06-2008 23:43:13 | More by jdubjacket
Photo of JMScowcroft


4.33/5  rDev +17%

(Josh actually rates the beer, Tanuja just offers her additional input!)


I love this beer, it has a well-designed bottle and labeling, which isn't everything but it does count for appearance. Poured it resembles double-brewed coffee, very dark, had to see through unless you hold it up to a light. As with all Guinness, it has more of a froth than a carbonation to it.

The aroma lets you know it means business, not in a high alcoholic content kind of way, but in a hearty "you're about to eat a steak" kind of way. This definitely isn't a beer to drink in large quantities, which is why I gave it a good rating, it's a beer to be enjoyed slowly and even more preferable have it with a meal.

The taste is bitter, with a bit of kick in it, but it stays with you for quite some time, plan on eating chips or something afterwards if you don't want the aftertaste to stay with you.

As far as Stouts go, this is the #1 I've ever had.
I've had six of these in one evening, but it leaves you very full and you'd be hard pressed to drink more, although I'm 5'6" and 150lbs, so I'm sure some of you could top that.


Attempted to have one of these, was much too bitter for me and left me with a bad aftertaste. If you don't like a bitter, strong taste I wouldn't recommend this beer.

03-06-2008 00:10:14 | More by JMScowcroft
Photo of halfP1NT


3.68/5  rDev -0.5%

Pours a deep, dark nut brown color with faint deep ruby highlights, bubbles form around the outside of the glass. Thick, bubbly tan head which dissipates into a thinner layer, leaving traces behind on the glass.

Smells of bitter chocolate, coffee, a little nutty & caramel.

Taste is very nutty, hint of sweetness (caramel?) but not too sweet. Somewhat dry aftertaste. Reminds me of eating a walnut. Aftertaste also has a bit of a tinny taste to it. Nice amount of hops.

Overall, I did enjoy sipping on this beer but I wouldn't go out of my way to buy it. By the time I finished one, I didn't want to have another.

When I first tried this beer a few years ago, I really didn't care for it. It's really not a bad beer...it's interesting to see how your taste changes over the years.

03-05-2008 18:31:20 | More by halfP1NT
Photo of charlzm


3.38/5  rDev -8.6%


Pours a dark coffee brown from bottle, making an impressive, lingering head even without nitro widget. Nose is simple: roasted coffee with the tiniest hint of sourness. Smooth mouthfeel with sharp but not unpleasing sourness on tongue. Big roasty flavor dominates clean finish (sourness still lurking in the background). Seems to have a tad more alcohol character than the 5% rating indicates.

I prefer this to all other versions of Guinness in bottles or cans I have tried in USA, although hand-pulled is still the way to go.

03-02-2008 22:54:03 | More by charlzm
Photo of marcellaproust


4/5  rDev +8.1%

I've been enjoying going back to the basics. After so many chocolate-coffee-cakey-mega malt forward microbrew stouts, Guinness regular tastes thin and mildly distracting bitter. But the G. Extra Stout marks a perfect balance, and so, makes for a perfect stout. (Who knows if my palate will return to appreciating the humble Guinness regular.) Dark, with nice chestnut-ambered glints if held up to light. Head decent, though less thick and creamy than Guinness regular. Mouthfeel smooth and substantial. Taste: wherefore the charm--hint of toastiness, hint of sweetness, the spectre of creaminess chased by cool bitters. Truly delightful--a beer to nurse over easy convo. When I am craving to take a dip into Nutella or chomp truffle chocolates, I'll go back to the microbrew stouts.

03-02-2008 21:13:53 | More by marcellaproust
Photo of kaboose72


5/5  rDev +35.1%

This is the stout of all stouts, not too harsh, not to mild. Just right. Started drinking it when in Sweden for School. My irish classmates convinced me to try it. after 3 days I was hooked, now I can not go to any bar with out ordering it. Now i go to all the Guinness Nights at our local bars. yes, i am addicated and loving it.

02-27-2008 17:41:26 | More by kaboose72
Photo of Clydesdale

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

A: Big, thick tan head with good lacing and retention. Nearly opaque dark brown with some ruby highlights.

S: Malty, coffeelike, somewhat sweet.

T: Smooth and rich at first, with malty flavor. Hops then hit with a balanced bite before finishing with an earthy, slightly burnt dry finish.

M: Balanced and fairly smooth. Slightly crisp at first, finished a bit dry.

D: A nicely balanced beer with complex flavors, not overpowering but rich and damn tasty.

02-24-2008 00:36:33 | More by Clydesdale
Photo of Suds


4.03/5  rDev +8.9%

This is sort of the beer that started it all for me. It's certainly the beer, about 18 years ago, that encouraged me to look beyond the omnipresent pale yellow macro swill. At that time, it was easily what I considered my favorite beer. As time has gone by, however, I have had it far less often. Still, I find it hard to believe that this is the first time I've taken a few minutes to review the beer. Although still a fine beer, and incredibly satisfying, I'd never call it a favorite these days.
In the glass, the beer is totally black, with a hint of dark red highlights through the pour. A moderately cream and tan head covers the liquid. The head is tall, firm, and quite rocky. It's an attractive stout. The aroma is all about the roast. Roasted barley, charcoal, a bit of dark bitter chocolate, and dark roast coffee. Dry and bitter. It's not a smooth beer, but instead has a welcome roughness. Bitterness (from the burnt and roastedness) begins early, and lasts into a lingering hop bitterness. Almost no malt quality, and no real sweetness, this one is surely dry. Full in body and distinct in character. It's not complex, not at all - but it's straightforward and solidly good for a dry stout. The finish is clean and sharp, making it very refreshing. Unlike a lot of my 'starter' beers, this one holds up well to its memory. I strongly prefer it over the draught stout, and it's definitely worth having every once in a while.

02-17-2008 14:39:12 | More by Suds
Photo of Natural510


4.08/5  rDev +10.3%

Pours black with brownish overtones (when held to light), with a very thick, porous head.

Scent is a very dark, almost burnt maltiness with a hint of coffee.

Flavor is, again, near-burnt malt with a heavy presence. Coffee, cocoa & currant overtones meld together in a dry bitterness. Hops are present, but not as distinguished as the dry malts.

Other than the dryness, and carbonation which remains after head dissipates, not much mouth to speak of.

This stout, "the" classic, is highly drinkable and is one of the best session-beers out there due to its character and lower ABV.
The dryness will leave you feeling a bit dehydrated after a couple, so drink some water in-between.
This is my "go-to" beer in a club when available in bottle (vs draught) form.

02-16-2008 01:17:09 | More by Natural510
Photo of iceviper22


3.63/5  rDev -1.9%

A: Bottle pours a very deep amber brown to black with a small bubbly tan head that faded quickly to a foamy ring.

S: It smells a lot of raisins and coffee along with hints of chocolates and roasted maltiness. It has a bit of a fruity aroma to it.

T: Starts with a real sweet dark licorice and fruitiness that quickly mellows to a more toasted coffee bitterness. Leaves a little bit of a displeasing bitter aftertaste.

M: Mouthfeel is somewhat thin I think for a stout but still decent. A little bit of carbonation helps keep it refreshing, yet still bold and full.

D: I liked the way this beer started, with a nice appearance, flavorfull smell, and even taste at first but by the end it seemed overly bitter and hard to enjoy. Could be me, I'll probably want to give it another try in the future though.

02-11-2008 23:58:09 | More by iceviper22
Photo of armock

New York

3.85/5  rDev +4.1%

A - Poured a basically black color with a tan head that leaves lacing

S - Is of roasted malt

T - Follows the smell of roasted malt

M - Theres a good bit of carbonation in this beer for a stout

D - This is much better than the draught version this is a good enjoyable sipper

02-09-2008 22:28:16 | More by armock
Photo of Gehrig


3.6/5  rDev -2.7%

I just dumped a couple bottles of this into a hearty beef stew on a cold day, so the rest--save the one I sampled--have been stashed in the fridge. Two dense fingers of tan head cap this black, black body, quite grand. Dense lacing rings the Yankees pint glass The smell is far too modest, with some malt emerging with faint whiffs of coffee--underwhelming. The taste brings the coffee forward more, thankfully, the flavor is smoky, and the creamy texture is certainly pleasant. But after trying many other stouts, the flavor of Guinness is a bit lackluster. I like the roasted malt, but this is a little too straightforward for me.

The texture is good, well-balanced, creamy smooth with tinges of bitterness near the finish. A solid stout, fairly standard but without off-putting characteristics to detract from it. Worth revisiting.

02-08-2008 17:13:01 | More by Gehrig
Photo of CrazyMike

Alberta (Canada)

4.53/5  rDev +22.4%

An example of a great beer.

Appearance is pitch black and opaque with thick head. Dark, malty smell with a hint of fruit. Almost similar to coffee.

Taste is very malty and slightly bitter, very crisp and excellent hops. A slight corn taste to it. Body is thick with nice carbonation. A slightly dry and bitter aftertaste, not over board but enough to make this beer very drinkable and refreshing.

Would highly recommend. Genuinely good Irish stout.

02-05-2008 03:43:45 | More by CrazyMike
Photo of clayrock81


3.9/5  rDev +5.4%

This is just a damn good beer, period. I had a 22 oz bomber bottle to start my Super Bowl watching and was amazed because I am so used to regular Guinness which is way overhyped due to those incessant ads. Poured this in my mug and there was a thick, black liquid that proceeded with a frothy head that never went away. Nice smell, nothing overpowering, but it was a light coffee malt smell mixed with nuts. The flavor is more pronouced, as the body is heavy with coffee malt, roasted malt and maybe some chocolate. Balanced nicely with some smoothness attributed to caramel malt as the hops are pronounced and it ends dry. Overall, a standout stout that once could session.

02-04-2008 20:48:40 | More by clayrock81
Guinness Extra Stout (Original) from Guinness Ltd.
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