Guinness Extra Stout (Original) - Guinness Ltd.
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4.45/5 rDev +20.3%
Months ago, I use to think Guinness Light (my nickname for the weaker Draught) was the good stuff. Not anymore though, as I'd much rather have a pint of this Extra Stout over the Light. So far, I've been unsuccessful at finding a pub that carries this stuff on tap. Not to worry, the Extra Stout satisfies well from the bottle, unlike it's lighter brother. It's not that I hate Guinness Light, but when the Extra Stout is available, there's no challenge to which one I'd prefer. Enough talk already, and on to the beer:
The first thing you should do is warm up the bottle after pulling it from the fridge. Then, find a pint glass and pour it in. After that, you're all set to enjoy this wonderful brew.
It's pitch black with an excellent head, which makes you wonder why beer needs to be nitro-infused. The smell reminds me of unsweetened chocolate chunks, burned bread, and premium dark roasted coffee. After having large amounts of the Light, this stuff will have you growing hair on your chest. Very strong stuff (hence the Extra Stout) with dark coffee characteristcs: a tad sweet, bitter, and strong. Thick and rich down the hatch.
If I haven't enforced it enough, this is some really strong stuff. The bitterness might be overwhelming for some. With my changed taste, the Extra Stout to me now tastes like the first time I had Guinness Light (in case you forgot, that's my nickname towards the Draught). Those who think the Light is too strong should definately stay away from this. Otherwise, indulge!
02-26-2007 07:20:57 | More by DoubleJ
3.4/5 rDev -8.1%
Appearance- A good sized head with some respectable lacing. Color is on the verge of black, but not quite there.
Smell- Darkly roasted barley with some citrus notes from the hops, and a bit of cream.
Taste- Again, mostly roasted barley. There is a bit too much bittering coming from the hops for me (citrusy). There's a little bit of cream present in the taste as well, but not nearly as much as is in the regular guinness draught.
Mouthfeel- Carbonation seems off. Why not use the 'widget' for this beer as well??? Good amount of body. Dry finish, as is appropiate for the style.
Drinkability- This isn't a bad beer overall, but it needs some work. I'd rather drink a regular guinness draught any day as it is creamier, better balanced, and more delicious. The citrus hop flavor at the end of the sip was too overbearing for me. If you can get past that detail however, this isn't half bad.
02-26-2007 04:23:57 | More by lpayette
4.1/5 rDev +10.8%
A- Almost completely opaque with initially beautiful tan head. follows guidelines for style very well except that the head is relatively short-lived.
S-Strong coffee aroma with hints of roasted grain. No hop aroma.
T-Roasty and grainy, rather bitter, but the hops by no means jump out. Slight unsweet chocolate notes.
M-Perhaps a little too carbonated for style? Otherwise perfect- creamy, slightly astringent, medium body.
D-As dry stouts go, this one is wonderful.
02-24-2007 01:17:10 | More by khiasmus
3.53/5 rDev -4.6%
Mostly black, elsewhere dark brown/red. Mild/moderate head, appropriately brown.
Raisin, grape, chocolate, tartness, bread malt, light roastedness, light hop floral/spice.
Smooth and thickly foamed delivery of grape juice with a mild roasted barley tinge. Bread and nut malt base, understated, with hints of caramel/toffee. Very mild hop floral taste and bitterness. Mild carbonation. Finishes dry with tart grape.
Seriously tastes like grape juice. Not bad, just not great. I would definitely drink it with a meal. This one is imported all the way from Canada, I suppose the reason for this is so it can be imported. I remember feeling like a bad boy early on ordering my Guinness from a bar and smoking a cigarillo. An early gateway beer for many.
02-22-2007 06:49:54 | More by MrHungryMonkey
3.9/5 rDev +5.4%
Quite a bit better than the Guiness Draft version. This brew is more potent both in flavor and abv. Appears a dark brown nearing black with the typical creamy head. Smells of dark roasted malts and coffee. Taste is of coffee and roasted malt with a nice smokiness to it. Not too complex but good none the less.
02-19-2007 06:53:10 | More by bluegrassbrew
3.85/5 rDev +4.1%
Pours a dark black with a slightly off-white, surprisingly creamy head. Smells of dark malts with a malty upfront taste. Finishes with a well-balanced hop bitterness. Dark chocolate and coffee flavors are found throughout. It finishes rather dry with some slightly acidic aftertaste. Overall, this is very decent, and is only noticeably off in the finish.
02-16-2007 01:58:27 | More by Poser
3.2/5 rDev -13.5%
A: Chocolate brown with amber highlights. Small, microscopic streams of bubbles carry out their business from the bottom of the glass. Head is oatmeal colored, with a scattering of various sized bubbles. Actually holding on quite well.
S: Smells like a dunkel. Wafts of marshmallow, dried cocoa, fresh raisins and graham.
T: Starts with instant coffee and cinnamon dark fruits at the tip of the tongue. Has some of the same sourness that Guinness Draught has but seems to be much more bitter. A lot of metallic nods with that seems almost to be driven by coffee acidity. Some buttery toffee tries to balance out the acidic bitterness but its too little too late. Finishes with mild chocolate and faint, spicy dark fruit.
M: Medium body, sort of hard and prickly.
D: Not really digging this beer too much. Seems awkward at best.
02-15-2007 06:06:18 | More by Westsidethreat
4/5 rDev +8.1%
This was a 12oz bottle of the stuff we get in the USA - made in Canada.
I haven't had a taste of this in a while -- that gimmicky stuff in the nitro bottle left a watery taste in my mouth. Fortunately the real thing does not dissapoint.
Poured deep brown but not totally opaque if you hold it up to the light. You don't need nitro to get the lovely cappachino head, but it is not so explosive as many of the stouts on the market today. Aroma is also more understated than other stouts; chocolate with a sour twang. Taste is smooth, round, bitter chocolate and coffee with a lovely mouth puckering sour finish.
With all the stouts available today, some are inclined to diss this old boy. Not me!
02-09-2007 20:18:24 | More by alexskovan
3.3/5 rDev -10.8%
a - poured five fingers thick into a pint glass. head is tan and long-lasting, it looks like a rootbeer float. typical guinness pour with the nice cascading effect. body is black with reddish-brown hints. leaves a bubbly lace and sticky sides throughout.
s - muted burnt toast and burnt dark chocolate.
t - same as the smell but a little on the sweeter side.
m - smooth with a little carbonation but not as creamy as guinness draught in a bottle! ;-)
d - easily drinkable but i'm not racing to the fridge for another. i'm spoiled.
02-07-2007 19:34:59 | More by GPHarris
3.23/5 rDev -12.7%
Appearance - Pours a very dark brown or black. No light shines through it at all. I'm not sure whether the color is really that dark, or if there is a lot of suspended solids in there (my guess is the former). Head is a small, dark tan, failry creamy. Very little sating power. No lacing.
Aroma- Mostly burnt chocolate, A little malt sweetness comes through. Not much else tho.
Taste- The first thing that jumps out at you is the deep roasted malts Some hop bitterness, especially on the edge of the toungue and the jowels. A acid bite to. Very interesting.
Mouthfeel- Fairly thick (for the style).Not as creamy as you might expect if you drink Guinness draught all the time. Has a very noticable CO 2 bite on the toungue, especially the very middle.
Drinkability- It's okay. Nothing special. the pronounced bite on the toungue isn't real pleasant, but I could drink a few of these.
02-03-2007 23:45:35 | More by theopholis
3.9/5 rDev +5.4%
341ml bottle sample from my girlfriend's uncle. This one has been contract brewed by Labatt's in Toronto, which explains the Canadian Industry Standard size bottle.
Pours thin and completely opaque with a 1/2 inch tan head that subsides to a bit of lace and sticks around. Medium/high carbonation in evidence. Tasty looking stout, but the nose is less appealing. A little metallic off the top (but that mellows as the beer warms), alcohol, some sweet roasted maltiness underneath, chocolate. Acidic sourness in the nose as well.
Taste is surprisingly full if you're used to regular Guinness Draught. Nutty, lots of roasted malt, lemonlike acidity all over the palate, and if you really try there's a little bit of fruitiness as well. Finishes appropriately bitter, in that typical Guinness way. Mouthfeel is much fuller but less creamy than the Draught version, extremely dry and carbonation isn't overbearing. This one isn't as full bodied or flavourful as a lot of stouts I've had, but nonetheless a very respectable product from the true originals of the style, and drinkable in quantity. You can feel the history of the beer in every sip, and this may be the only Guinness I'd give time to in the future.
02-02-2007 01:59:38 | More by trevorwideman
3.38/5 rDev -8.6%
This beer always looks good in the glass.Maybe it doesn't have the cascading effect of the draught, but still it has a nice dark color, almost black with brown highlights. Offwhite head that fades to aring and leaves no real lacing. The smell is slightly roasty and slightly malty, with a touch of roasty sourness there as well. The taste is a classic- not the best in the world, not the worst. The bottled version isn't as creamy, but iis stronger, and in my opinion has more character. Flavors of roasted malt, some bitter hops in the end, and a little bit of salty caramel underlying it all. The mouthfeel is a little light, and not particularly creamy, but refreshing. Definitely has its place.
01-31-2007 01:36:34 | More by Georgiabeer
4.1/5 rDev +10.8%
What can I say that hasn't been said before? My extra stout arrived in the fridge in 12 oz. bottles and was redirected to my over sized extra thick wine goblets that I like to use for my dark beers. I feel it sets off the appearance; which is so brown as to be almost black; with a condensed head that slowly recedes leaving a chunky, yet not un-attractive residue on the sides of the glass. The only way light gets through this brew is if you hold it about 6 inches from a light bulb.
The over sized goblet also allows for more aroma to get to your snout while you're drinking it as well. The smell is rich and dark. Hints of hops, coffee, and just a touch of acid-y alcohol give the black stuff a very enjoyable aroma.
Taste is good as well. The slight hint of alcohol is mellowed nicely by the roasted malt and hop flavor. I've always enjoyed it best on a snowy cold NY winter night while sitting by a fire place. The smell of burning wood, and the flavor of this wonderful brew seem to go hand in hand. If that sounds odd to you; try it and you'll understand what I'm talking about.
Extra Stout has a fantastic mouth feel. You can almost chew it as you're drinking it. It rolls nicely over the tongue, and goes down smooth with just the faintest bite...but not a bite in the bad sense. It's more of a reminder that you're drinking a well brewed stout.
Drinkability is better than average. You can easily put down a six pack or more in a sitting. The novice or casual beer drinker may not be able to take more than a couple in a sitting. For the folks like me that enjoy a well crafted brew however; you could probably drink this all night, and fall asleep quite content.
While not the best stout I've ever had. This will most certainly fill the bill in most circumstances. I'd recommend having it with a beef roast, or other heavy meal. Or as something to sit by the fire with while you watch the snow fall outside.
01-27-2007 01:02:26 | More by lordbrad1
3.28/5 rDev -11.4%
Appearance - poured aggressivly into a pint glass, only a small slightly chocolate colored forms. The beer itself is a deep ebony with brown shades intermixed. Lacing is good.
Smell - Burnt chocolate, some earthy hops, and just a touch of acid round out this nose. A little alchohol just dances around the inside of the glass but is not at all intrusive. Smells like, well...
Taste - Initial taste is alot like the draught variety, but deep roasted malts linger, as does the hoppiness. Slightly metalic.
Mouthfeel - Thick, and creamy, with some sharpness across the tongue from the CO2.
Drinkability - This is a nice easy balanced drinker, easy to put away a 6'er on your own. But the 6% will sneak up on you if your used to the draught Guinness.
Overall - I have in the past decried Guinness as a non stout drinkers stout. I'd say the extra stout is more along the lines of what a good stout could/should be, although, it's far from my favorite of the style.
01-17-2007 01:08:18 | More by Bobikel
3.55/5 rDev -4.1%
I was curious to see the differences between this and the regular Guinness Draught Stout. The look and texture are about the same, although the aroma is a bit sour and not quite as pleasant as I remember. the taste does have a bit of an extra kick, perhaps it's even a touch hoppier than you'd expect. Overall it's similar to the original Guinness, with a slightly stronger Guinness flavor (bitter finish included) and a little less head. Basically, if you enjoy Guinness you'll enjoy this iteration of it.
01-16-2007 15:26:36 | More by BBM
4/5 rDev +8.1%
12oz bottle into mug. Made in Canada.
Pitch black body with a pillowy khaki colored head that lasts forever. Settles to a thick cap. Thing rings of lacing coat the glass.
Dark chalky malts are hidden behind light floral hops. A little bit of coffee makes its way in.
Bitter grainy malts start off with a little bit of hop bitterness that develops in the back of the mouth. Some dark chocolate makes itself known in the middle. Full bodied with a smooth feel from just the right amount of carbonation. The finish is clean with a little bit of grain lasting after each sip.
This was one of the first beers I ever tried, and back then I thought it didn't get any more bitter than this. Now, after several American Double India Pale Ales and Russian Imperial Stouts, this doesn't hold a candle in that department. Still, it's a standard of Irish Dry Stouts (the non-nitro kind), and one of the originals. This is one of those beers that you absolutely have to try, and the best part of this is you will probably enjoy it.
01-14-2007 05:03:25 | More by BeerSox
4/5 rDev +8.1%
This beer poured a deep black color with a tan head. The head fell faster than the draught normally does. The smell is very sweet and malty. The taste is robust and coffee like. There is a strong bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel is thick. This is a delicious beer which I enjoy a lot although I think the draught version is a little smoother in the drinkability category.
01-08-2007 23:39:46 | More by barefootbrewer
3.55/5 rDev -4.1%
A - dark, even when held up to light, like regular Guinness, it wells up three fingers of a big rootbeer float head colored head, which is both rocky and persistent
S - to me it smells like regular guinness with more alcohol
T - it also tastes like guinness with more of a chocolate characterisitc and roasted malt flavors as well, better than regular guinness
M&D - smooth and drinkable like regular guinness, full but light bodied, with a nice flavor, easier to drink than regular guinness
01-07-2007 23:57:55 | More by sinstaineddemon
3.93/5 rDev +6.2%
deep brown with red highlights. it's got a nice frothy tan head.
a mild aroma contains a somewhat grainy chocolate and coffee. despite a quality head i can't pull much of a smell out.
the flavor has a little more backbone to it, with sweet caramel flavors up first followed by a mellow soft chocolate and a coffee flavor that is more dominant, but has much of the same mellow quality. towards the end a somewhat dark fruity taste develops, with a dark raisin flavor, and some nice complexity. it's grainy and dry, cleaning itself up really well.
smooth a creamy mouthfeel, with a moderate, but fine carbonation.
very nice drinkability, a great beer to sit down and have a few of without thinking about it too hard.
01-03-2007 01:19:11 | More by kmo1030
3.03/5 rDev -18.1%
Darker tan head than Guinness draught, and retention considerably less impressive. Very similar dark red/brown color with beautiful clarity
Subdued aroma, but a smoky, malty nose
Intense malty/bitter/sour triad keep everything in balance. Finishes very bitter and slightly dry (roasted barley?). Late sourness on the side of the tongue - maybe not the freshest example.
Mouthfeel showed a fairly full body, with minimal alcohol warming and no astringency. Not creamy.
An intensely flavored stout, and while more interesting on the palate in its flavors, less smooth on the tongue. I want to mix this beer with Guinness Draught - I think that blend might be better than either of them individually.
01-03-2007 01:08:21 | More by mpyle
4.05/5 rDev +9.5%
Got a 'good' pour on this one. Deep brownish black with light tan luxurious head. Appearance was perfect, really is a 5, it will never be improved upon. Faint smells of toast and coffee in the back. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy and is an area for this brew that counts for much more than 10% of the experience Very dry finish, aftertaste does not linger.
All around not a perfect beer, but appearance and mouthfeel make it a true classic.
01-01-2007 16:30:25 | More by srrn
4.7/5 rDev +27%
Didn't quite get the "perfect pour", but did pretty well for a novice. Appearance is black, even held up to light, with some amber reds at the top just below the head. Thick, foamy head as to be expected from a Guinness. Smell is dark, slightly nutty, hints of chocolate and coffee. Taste is amazing. Very bitter, coffeelike, with the aforementioned hints of chocolate and almost a light nutty flavor. Mouthfeel is very heavy, but smooth and creamy. Almost like whole milk in texture. Drinkability is very good, especially for such a heavy beer. This will certainly be a mainstay in my fridge from now on.
01-01-2007 00:17:17 | More by StargherKing
4/5 rDev +8.1%
Review entered from notes a few months back. Served cool from a 12 oz bottle in a pint glass. Near black with some reddish tones when held up to the light. 1/2 inch brownish head that remains. Some lacing also clings to glass. Not the dramatic appearance of the nitro Guinness, but nice nonetheless.
Smell of roasted malt and some coffee. Taste was the same as smell with roasted flavor most prominent. Some hop bitterness is also present but the majority of the bitter flavor comes from the roast. Ends with bitterness and nutty aftertaste. Carbonation makes this feel lighter than otherwise would and definitely different than Irish dry stouts served from nitro can. Very easy to drink and very tasty. 6%ABV not really evident after one. This is a more complex beer than Guinness Draught and a much better beer because of that.
12-28-2006 20:26:55 | More by tkarsies
3.93/5 rDev +6.2%
Pours a deep black color with a huge thick tan head and some good lacing. Aroma is of roasted malt, a little fruit, and a little chocolate. Nothing too strong in the nose. Taste is more of the same in the nose only stronger. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy but finishes very nice (hence the style I suppose). A very solid stout in my opinion and it is available almost everywhere around here.
12-27-2006 03:43:57 | More by hckyfn9999
2.68/5 rDev -27.6%
Been years since my last Guinness so when I got an 8 pack for X-mas I wasn't complaining. The Widget went a wooshing as I opened the can poured sloppily into the glass. The cascading dark beer is one of the coolest things I have ever seen. The smell was muted even though the beer was around 50 F. The flavor is somewhat the essence of a stout but none of the actual umph. The beer gas mixture gives thing beer an artifical body and a weird taste IMHO that is present in other widget beers. Still this is a poundable session affair, with less calories then a BUD as if I care.
12-21-2006 20:15:11 | More by Higravity
Guinness Extra Stout (Original) from Guinness Ltd.
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