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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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3,251 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,251
Reviews: 1,233
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 15.41%
Wants: 51
Gots: 291 | 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 fank2788
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz short bottle served in a pint glass
Black in the glass with ruby highlights when held up to a light, nice thick billowy tan head to start that falls to a thin film and throws a bunch of lace, sure it isn't the nitro stout but it looks good. The smell is roasty burnt grain, coffee and dark chocolate with some esters. The taste starts slightly sweet and grainy a touch of molasses, the sweetness moves aside as hop and burnt malt bitterness move quickly to the forefront. The finish is dry and really quite bitter almost puckering, overall mouthfeel is pretty full and smooth. Great session beer much better than the nitro version which tastes really watered down when compared to the great coffee, chocolate and bitter flavors that the original has.

fank2788, Jan 19, 2008
Photo of Tilley4
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Almost totally black except for the very sides of the glass, where you get a little brown tint. Very good head and lacing too.

Smells dark and chocolatey although not like a stout. Actually reminds me of a really good porter.

Wow! This tastes really good. Dark and smoky with the obvious malts and chocolates but it has a bitter aftertaste that I like a lot.

Glad I decided to give this a go. Very accessible beer that tastes great, is sessionable, and won't wear the wallet out. What's not to love?

Tilley4, Jan 17, 2008
Photo of ElGrecoVerde
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Absolutely pitch black in the glass. Looks more oily than creamy though.

Mostly what you would expect from a stout. Roasted coffee and chocolate flavors, but I got some hints of cherry in there. Kind of bitter aftertaste, not too bad.

Felt a little oily too, just as it looks. That's probably it's biggest knock. I was expecting more of a creamy feel. Again, not bad.

It's a good change of pace from normal Guinness.

ElGrecoVerde, Jan 11, 2008
Photo of sawyer776
4.53/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Guinness was my first beer and my only beer for many years. It's served me well for a long time, but the extra stout is even better.

I'm the first to admit that it's not the greatest beer ever crafted. But I would put it head to head with any macro brew in the world. At just over a buck a bottle with shelf space in every supermarket and liquor store in America, it's one of the cheapest and most available of beers worthy of respect.

The appearance is flawless. Pitch black, creamy head. It evokes a Pavlovian response: good times are coming.

The scent is fine, so far as it goes. It smells like a good beer, but it doesn't smell like it tastes and that always disappoints me. Do not misunderstand: it is fine, just not worthy of the superlatives in the rest of this review.

The taste is wonderful, but there is nothing I can say about it that hasn't been said before and better. Coffee, toast, et cetera. It's just good, and that's all there is to it.

I'd like a thicker mouthfeel, which keeps me from giving it a five. The carbonation is ideal, I think, and the head is unequaled in a bottled beer, but there is something ever-so-slightly off. Not enough to ruin it, not enough to really damage the experience at all, just enough to keep it from utter perfection.

This is my session beer. It's a little richer than most people would like, and the alcohol is fairly high for the purpose, but Guinness is the fuel of the Irish people, and for good reason.

In summary, the beer isn't suited for a careful tasting, and it won't hold up to a Chimay (or any craft brew or fine import), but it's a good beer for great times, it's easy to find, it won't break the bank, and it's worthy of respect.

sawyer776, Jan 10, 2008
Photo of gmfessen
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was brewed in Toronto, Canada - not Dublin, Ireland as the front label would suggest. Poured from a double-duce bomber to a pint glass, beer is almost black with a faint dark brown hue around the edge and a nice, two-finger, foamy/creamy brown head. The nose is sweeter than I remember; I'm only getting slight roasted notes which is what I usually expect from Guinness. I think I served myself too cold, which is preventing the normal characteristics from showing themselves. The taste has the same sweet fruitiness upfront but is quickly quelled by the bitterness you might expect from burnt coffee. There is also a slight oxidation present which doesn't do much for the taste. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a creamy, expansive carbonation and finishes dry (duh). Overall a drinkable beer, easily sessionable.

gmfessen, Jan 09, 2008
Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-ounce short-neck bottle at Ultimate Cafe, Waterbury, Conn.

A: Poured almost completely black with a clumpy, rocky head of tan foam. The lacing was terrific, and there was no light permeating the body of the brew.

S: The smell of burnt grain, toasted malts and a mild, processed hop bitterness are prominent in the nose.

T: I was expecting a heavier tasting Guinness, but this was almost porter-like in taste, charcoal, a little burnt chocolate and sweet grains with no real hops. Kind of a let down.

M: Mouthfeel is heavier and sort of oily slick.

D: I had two, but that's only because it was the best thing at the bar. I probably wouldn't get it again in the bottle, sad to say. It's not too heavy though, and I had a couple, so it can be sessioned probably.

I wasn't overly impressed, and I've known some people to get sick off of it. Probably mixing/consumption/they're lame, but I wasn't blown away; I'll stick to regular Guinness stout.

Gambrinus1184, Jan 06, 2008
Photo of CanuckRover
3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Guinness has done for porter what Bud/Mols/Lab etc did for lager. I used to be a draught guy, thinking a Guinness on nitro-tap was the only way to go. Then I lived in small town Ireland for a year.Piece of advice: Always drink what the old guys are drinking. After a few months I realized that anyone over the age of 50 drank a Guinness "off the shelf", I gave it a try and never looked back.

The Extra Stout pours dark dark brown with a thin beige head. Lacings are modest. Was served far too cold, but I have enough experience with this baby to see through that.

Aroma is sweet. Nice caramel and the expected coffee and some milk chocolate.

Taste is pretty much all roasted grain. Coffee beans come through with a hint of sweetness to dumb down the burnt bitternes a little bit. Slightly unpleasant macro-lager taste in the back. This is what it is, the standard porter. Nothing fancy, just something to keep the nation of Ireland content.

It's a very thin beer, let's not forget Guinness is a macro. Despite how some people talk about it, it is still brewed to be consumable by your average lager drinker. A sessionable beer... and it won't put you to sleep like the draught.

I don't think anyone's marketing comes close to Guinness. They've developed an entire culture around this beer that makes saying anything bad about it close to heresy. Even seasoned beer geeks get dewy eyed when they talk about a pint of the plain. The infatuation with Guinness is pretty much over for me. This is tasteless compared to so many other porters, but if you want to introduce someone to the style, or want to set a baseline, this is it. Slainte.

CanuckRover, Jan 05, 2008
Photo of boogles
4.33/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Please ensure that when reviewing "Guinness" that you review the right version--they vary quite a bit.

This version, the "Guinness Extra," is available in the U.S. in 6-pack bottles and 1 pint, 6 fl. oz. bottles (550 ml?). This review is for the large, single bottle.

At $2.50, this is a value, compared to similarly sized large bottles. At $9 / 6-pack, it's not a value, but still decent (plenty of good imperial stouts in the $9-$10 range).

As for the characteristics, it's the benchmark for stouts. It is what it is. Without the nitro, the head swells up nicely at first, then dies down with some lacing. All the expected notes and flavors are there, but they are very well mixed, and not much stands out. A deep whiff reveals some delightful tar, roasted nuts, burnt caramel. The taste is balanced and not sweet with a mildly bitter and long aftertaste. The mouthfeel is great and its drinkability is remarkable ... then again, I don't purchase this all the time, so maybe that's why it doesn't get old.

boogles, Jan 05, 2008
Photo of JamesS
4.38/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice black color with good tan head and nice lacing. Very nice scent, coffee and burnt grains, a nice malty feel. Great taste, a buffed up Guinness, nice coffee flavor, a little butterscotch. It goes down great, very smooth, if a little thick. It's on my list of easily found and easily drinkable.

JamesS, Jan 04, 2008
Photo of Traquairlover
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Dark mahogany, almost black, small tan head that left lacing as it dissipated.

S = Hints of fresh baked sourdough bread, hops.

T = Coffee flavors, light flavors of roasted malt, bitter at mid-palate and in finish.

M = Little too thin and watery, good carbonation, fairly good mouth coating given somewhat low viscosity level.

D = Drinkable. A good passable standard dry stout.

Traquairlover, Jan 04, 2008
Photo of maddogruss
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a bottle of this into a glass mug.

A: Pours a dark brown/black body with a small, tan head with pour retention. Not too much lacing to note either.

S: A nice, deep, roasted smell with hints of coffee. A nice, stout smell.

T: A nice, roasted taste with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Overall, a good, solid taste for a stout.

M: A little light on the mouthfeel, but that was not so bad since it was a stout.

D: Overall, a farely drinkable beer. Nice taste and mouthfeel makes it a formidable stout.

maddogruss, Jan 02, 2008
Photo of mattster
3.03/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Opened 12oz bottle, poured into Nonic glass.

Decent head until beer settled, nice creamy head that dissipates into light lace across the opaque black brew. Smell is chocolaty/malty.

Taste follows through with chocolate malts. Has a really decent mouth feel and finishes with a slightly unpleasant aftertaste, but nothing substantial.

All in all, a pretty OK beer.

mattster, Jan 02, 2008
Photo of n0315
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice coco head that makes up about half of the glass, with nice sustain. Just as dark, probably darker than the other guinness types without the internal beer show. Overall this would be a good beer I think to have at a pub if you've tried everything else and like stout. a good all-round beer.

n0315, Dec 29, 2007
Photo of assmasterson
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok. Guinness - Round 2.

After attempting to drink that swill known as Draught in a Can, I was a little leery to try this one, as the previous was like drinking rain water out of a pot hole. But here goes...

A: Nice and dark, not much head and thins to a lace quickly.

S: A hint of flowers, subtle hops and a touch of lemon. A mild skunk when opened, but dissipates.

T: This is better. Hoppy, strong with some carbonation to hold it together. Tangy at first with a little coffee aftertaste and a tad of citrus after a while.

M: Not as creamy, but full-bodied with a hop bite.

D: Much better. This one is like drinking a beer, compared to the other that...well...make your own choice.

THIS is the pre-packaged Guinness to go for.

assmasterson, Dec 29, 2007
Photo of marcpal
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one to me is preferable to the standard draught, a bit more bite adds something to this beer. Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A: Very dark, nearly midnight black. Head and lacing as you would expect from a good pour. Frothy throughout the whole beer no matter how long it takes to drink it.

S: Roasted malt and coffee scents.

T: Coffee and roasted malts add to the flavor of this beer to the extent that the reg draught does not. Coffee lingers in the taste for a bit. Not too much hops, but its there.

M/D: Dry mouthfeel with the biscuity texture that leaves the mouth bread soaked. Drinkabiklity is high, best aspect of this one.

A good reliable beer that you can depend on to come through when you want a nice roasted malt stout without getting into the imperials.

marcpal, Dec 27, 2007
Photo of Jagcorps
4.38/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap in Ireland, in a pint glass.

A: There is nothing quite like a properly served Guinness for appearance. It consists of a black body and cream mocha head separated by a cascading mixture of the two.

S: Smells of rich, toasted coffee, with some hints of bread.

T: Chocolate, coffee, caramel, cream and alcohol. Finishes bitter and dry.

M: Smooth, soft, silky and finishing with a bite.

D: Six of these and some nice Irish folk music in Doolin and you've had one heck of a night!

Jagcorps, Dec 25, 2007
Photo of Bookseeb
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark chocolate in appearance with a light brown healthy head. Smell of molasses and sweet dark malt. Taste is lightly sweet burnt molasses with roasted malts. Mouthfeel is medium with a good amount of carbonation that is easy to drink leaving a bitter burnt aftertaste.

Bookseeb, Dec 20, 2007
Photo of whiplash3825
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an impressive near-black with a pillowy mocha-colored head that sticks around with lots of lacing. Kinda like a Coke float!

Nice roasted malt & biscuit smells along with a hint of alcohol.

Taste is pretty good... malt, light coffee and chocolate but with some hop bitterness in there at the end. Dry finish.

Mouthfeel is silky and smooth with about a perfect level of carbonation.

Easily drinkable, and MUCH better than the Draught!

whiplash3825, Dec 12, 2007
Photo of BigJTrucker
4.38/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchase this 22oz bottle at Fred Meyer. Product of Canada.

Pours a pitch black color with a tan colored head that fades slowly, leaving a thin layer of foam and some heavy lacing.
Lightly roasted malty sweet smell. Taste is also lightly roasted malt with faint coffee notes. Very nice. Mouthfeel is very smooth, full bodied, and finishes easily. I like this one alot. It's much better than the Draught i've had on tap/nitro-can/nitro bottle in the past. Short of actually GOING to Dublin, i'd be hard pressed to find a better Guinness than this...

BigJTrucker, Dec 10, 2007
Photo of Mdog
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black, nice sized head and good lacing.

Smell: Nice mocha smell.

Taste: Creamy coffee, a little chocolate, not a lot of bitterness but does finish dry.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, definitely more substantial than Guinness Draught.

Drinkability: More there than the Draught, I probably couldn't have six of these in a sitting like the Draught.

First in a series of beers I've had before but didn't review. Extra Stout is Guinness Draught's big brother, similar in flavor but heavier, which I think is a good thing. I'd like to try this on nitro sometime for a side-by-side comparison.

Mdog, Dec 04, 2007
Photo of tonistruth
3.05/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- clear deep brown, thin 2 finger fluffy tan head, tiny patches of lacing

S- creamy, roasted malts, soapy, some burnt malts

T- roasted malts, coffee, and lots of black tea flavors, some astringency from malts, some lingering coffee in after, big tea characters at finish

M- dry and smooth, almost creamy

D- pretty drinkable though tea flavors made brew feel bland at times, solid brew, not a bad call but they are better ones

tonistruth, Dec 03, 2007
Photo of jdmorgan
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This classic poured a very dark brown bordering on black and had a medium white/brown head.

The smell had roasted hop aromas and some hops as well. The taste had a robust malt body with tastes of roasted coffee and dark malts. The hop profile was medium and had a slight bite. The swallow was warm on the way down, and not too strong. The carbonation was medium/low and the consistency was thick.

Very different than the nitro draught variety that I've been used to for years. I appreciate a more traditional taste, and it's easy to see where guinness began. A must-try for beer drinkers.

jdmorgan, Nov 29, 2007
Photo of clemsonbrewer
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Good dark tall head that grows like one of those cheap novelty snakes that kids light on July Fourth. Beer is pretty much pitch black. Heavy lacing as the head recedes minutes later and during the duration of the pint.

S:Hearty malt smell; hints of floral hoppiness

T: Heavily toasted malt flavor. Strong coffee and earthy flavors explode on the tongue. Good hops balance especially on the way down.

M: Nice sized beer with good presence. Palate is nice and dry.

Notes: Great classic beer. Not a bad option... especially if on a tight budget or if BA lives in rural SC. *winks*

clemsonbrewer, Nov 29, 2007
Photo of stoutordie
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a classic stout and for me an impulse buy in most bars, having seen nothing out of the ordinary on draught. To truly enjoy this beer it must be served at room temperature so it can open up.
A Guinness poured into a pint glass is a thing of beauty. Huge tan head that is as creamy as can be. (Guinness is actually marketing a product that takes the on tap beer and vibrates it to produce a genuine head).
If it's too cold you won't be smelling much through the head, but if you can resist and let it warm a bit there are definite coffee notes.
The mouth feel is really interesting as far as stouts go. I find it coats your mouth much less than the blackness would make you think it would , and it finishes with a kick and a bit of sweetness. Again, if it's too cold it will be more bitter.
If you are looking for a beer to sip and not swill, as I'm sure everyone is ;), Guinness is a winner and actually relatively easy to find in the US.

stoutordie, Nov 28, 2007
Photo of semihobo
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Couldn't find a date on the bottle. Pours with a big billowy tan head that grows well after the pour. Settles into a thick cap, with lacing down the sides before I even drink it. And it's in a 20 oz Guinness glass... this beer, so hot right now. The top of the head looks like a milkshake.

Smell is subued but gets bolder as it warms. Roasted malts and milk. A spicy hops finish.

Very dry taste, mostly rich dark malts and with a perceptible touch of hops before finishing with a dry touch of freshly ground coffee and some bitterness from the hops. Could be a little stronger, but it's tasty.

Body is medium, carbonation creates a nice smooth texture, as predicted by the slow rising head on the pour.

There is nothing wrong with this beer. However, its taste lacks a compelling element that would keep me coming back. Overall, very well executed. I don't really value appearance in a beer, but this one is a beaut. I guess they've sold enough cases to get the technique down pat. Challenges the belief that large market share = bad beer. AB, are you taking notes?

PS -- my carbomb days are mostly behind me, but as an enthusiast of mixed drinks involving beer, I _have_ to recommend that everyone try at least one. What are you waiting for?

semihobo, Nov 11, 2007
Guinness Extra Stout (Original) from Guinness Ltd.
84 out of 100 based on 3,251 ratings.