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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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3,098 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,098
Reviews: 1,219
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 15.41%
Wants: 43
Gots: 218 | 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: guinness33 on 11-12-2000)
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Photo of jhollick


3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Apparently, this isn't the real deal any more. I can't comment on that, but I can comment on the Guinness Extra Stout at hand. Imported in Connecticut.
The smell is actually pretty sweet, with a lot of the malt, molasses, and berry flavors coming through.

This one feels pretty bitey in the mouth from the carbonation, and the mouthfeel is very watery. This is the low point of the beer in my opinion. The taste is pretty sweet upfront, with some chocolate and molasses, but that is quickly overshadowed by the dry and roasted malts. There is a lot of roasted coffee bean flavor going on. The hops provide a short bite on the way down, but remain for a good while in the aftertaste. I find this to be a nice mellow dry stout, and certainly much better than the Draught rubbish.

Overall, I'd say th is beer does not deserve the lambasting that many here give it. It isn't the best stout you'll find, but this is a pretty decent beer for my money. This could go down well in the morning or after dinner.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2006 00:29:32 | More by jhollick
Photo of Orrshow

Alberta (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance – Pours very dark with a lot of redness to it. There is little to no beige head.

Smell – I get more coffee out of this than anything. There are some roasted malt and molasses aromas as well. Fairly straight forward here.

Taste – This one starts off with sweet chocolate and moves slowly to those roasted malt and coffee flavors I smelled. There is some bitterness from hops when in the mouth but the after taste is much more obvious.

Mouthfeel – Thinner than I’d like from a Stout for sure. The carbonation was too tingly as well.

Drinkability - I would rate it as among the easiest beers to down but its not hard either.

Something is missing from this beer. Plain and Simple.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2006 21:45:44 | More by Orrshow
Photo of Neehan

North Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured an appealing jet-black with a moderate light brown/tan head. A roasty malt aroma with some coffee. More roast is present in the taste and lingers into the aftertaste. Also some nice smoky bitterness. A dry, balanced mouthfeel. As you get farther down your glass and as the beer warms, the more subleties and complexities come out with this beer. Drinkable, but wouldn't neccessarily make a session of it.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2006 04:44:10 | More by Neehan
Photo of Dizzy


4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown with garnett highlights, there is a creamy tan head and some lacing. Aroma seems to be mostly malts, not as roasty as I'd expect. Taste is malt and fruits, medium mouthfeel. This is a very drinkable beer, I'd forgotten how good this is. I think due to the wide distribution of this we forget how good this one is.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2006 02:57:39 | More by Dizzy
Photo of Liquids


3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly rubied-edged black with an ultra thick head that has smallish bubbles and a tan hue. Upfront aroma is of course UK style, but with a slight alcohol aroma, and a bit stale smelling actually. The more I smell, I'm finding it also smells a bit like a strong macro lager for some reason...I'm thinking schaffer...? Go figure. Taste is smoooth up front, but becomes burnt and roasty malt, then that becomes water with a bit of sourness in the end. The flavor is kind of stale and...well, generic--at moments tasting like nothing. This is guinness and not a mistake. Take it or leave it. Surprisingly bright in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium in weight, and fair on carbonation though bright, lacking the creamy nitro thing, which is not an insult, just different than the draught in that way as well. Overall, this is not as good as I blissfully recalled from earlier in my beer explorations, sadly. I prefer stouts with a bit more and somewhat different character by now. This is classic obviously, and has a recognizable flavor profile, but a good stout need not be a Guinness take-off, as many seem to be. So pass me that SN Stout.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2006 12:59:38 | More by Liquids
Photo of rayjay


4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Competely different from the draft version. This one is thicker, roastier, and less tart. Very tiny head with low carbonation and no lace. Bitter and dark roasted flavors, with a tiny sour bite and a dry finish.

It was nice to control the temp; I'm tired of drinking 35 degree Guinness at the bars. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2006 23:04:19 | More by rayjay
Photo of fido


4.45/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I like this beer very much but sometimes is hard to get it.

Guinness Extra Stout pours a very dark color almost black, Nice foamy head and very good lacing; Smell is malty and some coffee; Taste is of coffee, chocolate, roasted malts and maybe some fruit; Mouthfeel is great, good carbonation, very creamy, the finish is dry; Drinkability is very good.

I really enjoy this beer; Probably my favorite beer.


Serving type: bottle

08-22-2006 03:17:54 | More by fido
Photo of scott


5/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the absolute bestest beer ever. So pure. So divine. The absolute staple, the fundemental anchor. How does one propose to critique this beer? It's been around before my mom had teats.

If you don't know how it pours or tastes, delivers or smells, then why are you looking here for validation. You could have one. And it should be now!
Seriously, you need help if you haven't understood the practicality of a well-defined, yet overly-marketed (and understandingly so) jem.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2006 02:18:55 | More by scott
Photo of EStreet20

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a shaker pint glass.

A - Pours a dark cola brown that actually does let some light pass when held up to the light. The light passing through tints to a cherry wood color. A nice two finger tan head sits atop and laces the pint glass very well.

S - Some coffee as well as some sweet malty aroma. The smell overall is fairly faint, like many dry stouts.

T - A nice coffee like bitterness with a tiny bit of fruit flavors. Some chocolate malt presence lays underneath the bitterness from the coffee. A nice taste overall. Finishes quite dry and clean after the bitterness subsides.

M - Medium bodied, fairly light in the mouth with a decent amount of carbonation.

D - Goes down nice and smooth and has a little more flavor than most dry stouts.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2006 05:59:12 | More by EStreet20
Photo of ghostmech007


4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The one true Guinness!

Black as a black beer should be, a nice tight tan head which was very smooth. The head left a nice lacing.

It smells of soil which is a good thing. I could really smells the hops and flowers. The malts are also very pronounced.

The taste is smooth all round with a rich maltiness. I could get a little of a molasses taste with maybe a currant fruit. But then the hops blasts your pallete with a citrus zing to it. The hops gives it a very dry after taste which in turn makes me want to drink more. Those clever bastards at Guinness!

I could drink this one alone in my study or with friends and family or at ragin' parties. I just hop they maybe someone will spring to get the only true stout. Guinness.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2006 05:12:36 | More by ghostmech007
Photo of jpkoch1962


4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour into glass at cellar temperature. Deep thick fluid resembling black gold bubbled into my pint glass. A thick, dark brown head formed that left a nice irish lace as it simmered down.

A powerful aroma of burnt coffee, burnt toast permeated this brew. The beginning through the finish was dominated by roasted coffee, and malts. Picked up some sour notes in the middle. For such a rich ale, the finish was very dry, with traces of astringency remaining long after sample was consumed. Almost all of the bitterness comes from the roasted malts, and not the hops

Guinness is THE dry stout that the competitors try to emulate.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2006 18:47:20 | More by jpkoch1962
Photo of thelagerheads


4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I forgive you Guinness for my first taste of dark beer and my ensuing black-balling of all beer dark and not afterwards. I've never been a drinker and especially not in quantity. But recently the first part of that equation changed and I've tried as much varitety as I can afford on a plebian salary. This is baker's chocolate dense and dark in the membrane all the way through to its black heart. A dry dark with some carmel lacing that makes my vertigo fogginess a little deeper and soupier at the base of the brain. I don't recommend this with Dramamine but maybe with a plopping of ice cream in the side-car dish of your hazy summer.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2006 17:49:30 | More by thelagerheads
Photo of MusicmanSD


3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had one to compare to the more popular Draught version. Bummer it’s made in Canada. Appearance is quite simply awesome. Jet black body with a creamy tan head that never recedes below an inch and leaves lacing everywhere. Even in the bottle. The smell is kind of off-putting. Deep roasted character, but with a little bit too much hops for a stout. The taste is the same way, coffee-like (not as pronounced as the Draught), but the hops really remind you of an ale. An interesting pairing I've never ran into. Drinkability isn't spectacular. After about two bottles you throw in the towel to the strong nature of this beer. Alcohol isn't pronounciated for a 6.00% however, so that’s no issue. A very well done, non-watery stout. Can't say I like it better than Draught. It just has that ale yeast taste to it that is forgien to me in a stout. Roasted flavor is awesome though! Not as burnt as draught.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2006 02:39:22 | More by MusicmanSD
Photo of Jhun


3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well I really enjoy this beer. This is the beer that I compare all other beers to, it is what I drink on a regular basis. It is a little different sice they changed to the Canada brewery but I still enjoy it. All in all This is what I use when I want to get drunk and I am a little light on the cash.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2006 04:26:23 | More by Jhun
Photo of neenerzig


3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Guinness is the first stout I ever tried. The first time I had it I hated it. Now I have grown to like it. Still, it certainly isn't the best stout out there. Guinness is basically a macro stout. That being said it is still good, but certainly not great either. A friend of mine and I got a 6 pack of this recently, so here goes the review.A 12 oz bottle poured into my pint glass. Pours a very dark, almost black color with a tan head about 1/2 inch thick when poured. Settles pretty quickly to a nice surface coating, leaving some nice lacing. Aromas of hops, coffee, and perhaps dark chocolate dominate the smell. The taste on the palate is pretty much exactly the same as the smell, only to me the taste is stronger than the smell. Definitely has some hop bitterness to it tastewise, but also some sweet notes as well. The two balance each other very nicely, but the black coffee like bitterness is certainly stronger than the sweetness. That's one of the best qualities of this beer. However, as the beer warms up it only gets more and more bitter, and not in a good way either IMO. I almost didn't want to finish the beer because of this. Has a medium bodied, smooth, rich, creamy mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. I found this beer to be fairly easy to drink. I certainly like this better than the draught version with the draught ball inside the nitro can/bottle. Not a bad beer, but the black coffee bitterness was a little much. Guinness is a good beginner's stout for a newbie who has never had a stout before, but it ain't good for a whole lot else.


Serving type: bottle

07-26-2006 02:36:09 | More by neenerzig
Photo of boblog


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

Pours as a rich chocolate brown. Has a wonderful thick and light brown head. Deep rich scent with hints of hops and chocolate. Taste is very similar to the scent, rich and filling. Drinkability is not extremely high because it is such filling beer. A great beer probably my favorite Guinness.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2006 01:56:37 | More by boblog
Photo of TheSarge


4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Guinness Extra Stout pours with much carbonation. Not as concentrated as the lighter draft version from the nitro bottle. Hopefully this will taste better than the regular draught version. The head concentrates to form a thick dry appearance, very chunky. The body is nearly pure black, but has a hint of reddish hues when put up to natural light. The head lasts nearly all the way through, great presentation.

I can detect the esters of the ale yeasts used in this brew. Also I detect the smoky charcoal characters that make a stout a stout. Guinness Extra Stout actually smells also a bit like roses.

I don’t think I remember ever appreciating this stout before. It’s not thick like draught, and this is much more flavorful. There’s not as much of a burnt flavor as with regular Guinness, and not bland. The ale yeast is much more detectable, as well as the hops. It’s almost fruity as a porter.

Overall I’m impressed with this sample. I’ve always turned my nose up at Guinness Extra Stout, thinking it would be a waterier version of regular Guinness. I was wrong. I beg Arthur Guinness for forgiveness. A Guinness a day is good for you.


Serving type: bottle

07-15-2006 09:33:44 | More by TheSarge
Photo of mnj21655


4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great appearance, it pours pitch black in color with a nice 1" brown head that quickly dissipates. The smell was of malts and roasted coffee. The taste echoed the smell with coffee and malts but also present were hints of chocolate and some slight bitterness. Nice mouthfeel with some carbonation and it was obviously thicker than the Draught. This was an easily drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2006 04:04:51 | More by mnj21655
Photo of 51mmz0rz

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a 0.5L Duvel tulip.

A: Body is completely black, head is tan, tight, and sticky with good staying power. The beer leaves lines of lacing behind.

S: Dark malts, touch of alcohol, maybe a little dark fruit or honey sweetness.

T: Heavy roasty bitterness up front, followed by those malts. Aftertaste again starts bitter, followed by definite sweetness and chocolate flavors

M: Good carbonation, though a little thin.

D: A lingering bitterness which isn't all that pleasant, but otherwise pretty easy to drink.

One of the first better beers I drank; still an old favorite, especially for the price.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2006 03:32:01 | More by 51mmz0rz
Photo of Elecid


3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Like I'd imagine a dark room in hell: Black as sin, with a slight red tinge from the distant flames.

S: Coffee, Barley... But not as strong as you'd expect. Certainly more substantial than its weaker counterpart.

T: Roasted. Not much else to say, except that the aftertaste kicked it up a notch with some hops. I would prefer something with a bit more complexity to the flavor, but the single-mindedness of the approach isn't bad, and I see why it's so popular. It lacks the pretentious qualities of many american brews.

M: My favorite part of this brew. Not as watery as normal guinness, more carbonation, but not so much that it takes away from the taste.

D: Obviously, not as drinkable as regular guinness (which tastes like creamy coffee to me), but holds its own as a drinkable stout. Much more so than a russian imperial or many american styles. Good session beer for stout fans.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2006 04:43:56 | More by Elecid
Photo of HoustonTX


3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep black from a far, rich brown in actuallity. Frothy white head at first that dissapates quicky and holds no retention.

S - Light barley, toasty grain, coffee, caramel.

T&M - Taste is quite stout, sour waves of hoppy astringent grains pass the palate. Earthy tones wash the mouth during the whole sip. Finishes dry and creamy. Full bodied.

D - Drinkability is decent, due to the smoothness.

Guinness's signature brew, and quite a fine one.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2006 22:47:34 | More by HoustonTX
Photo of plaid75

New York

4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep black hue with a three finger pillowy tan head. There was very good retention and excellent sticky lacing.

The smell consisted of light roasted malt, with hints of coffee caramel and cocoa. Earthier than I expected.

The taste consisted of strong roasted grain elements, with a good showing of coffee and caramel. There was a mild sweetness detected as well. A good hop bitterness appears at the end. A nicely balanced flavor. Good toasted biscuity aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was lightly chewy and well carbonated. Finished dry.

A very drinkable stout. Very good flavor and a manageable ABV. In my opinion, this beer stands well on its own and as a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2006 00:36:14 | More by plaid75
Photo of kimcgolf


3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good aroma, pours to a rich dark brown color. Had the bottled version recently, draft version a couple years ago. Both are strong with a good finish. These are better when just sipping one or two early in the evening. Too heavy for late night or mass consumption. Overlall, a good stout beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2006 12:29:42 | More by kimcgolf
Photo of spiffysamurai


3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearence: Coming out of the tap the beer itself had a very dark brown appearence.

Smell: This beer has the epitome of roasted malts scent if i have ever smelle roasted malts.

Taste: The taste is begins like coffee and chocolate but not quite a bitter as normal coffee. Doesn't leave a terrible aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: The thickness of the beer leaves the drinker interested.

Drinkabilty: A very smooth beer to drink yet thick, almost need a fork to eat it. I kid. The beer is very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

06-23-2006 02:42:49 | More by spiffysamurai
Photo of Socrates


4.7/5  rDev +27%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a wonderful dark (very dark) beer with a frothy brown (!) head. Upon pouring, the head is the most intriguing of any I've seen, though I've found it disperses quickly (as is usually the case) in an unclean glass (as is usually the case). The flavor and smell is similar to communing with a great grassy expanse containing big fat roasting malts waving in the wind and roiling like waves in the ocean. Marvelous, I don't think there's a better roasted malt beer in the world. This is the gold standard. However, the Irish style ultra-smoothness of the beer in the mouth lends a bit less than exceptional rating on the mouthfeel and drinkability...if they collaborated with Porter makers in northern England (goodness, no!) to improve the gaseousness and put an edge in the mouth to help transmit more of that wonderful flavor, they'd likely make the best beer the planet has ever seen (and that was ever dreamed possible).

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2006 20:28:11 | More by Socrates
Guinness Extra Stout (Original) from Guinness Ltd.
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