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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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3,628 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,628
Reviews: 1,286
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 15.14%
Wants: 70
Gots: 572 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: SixpointJMH on 11-12-2000

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Ratings: 3,628 | Reviews: 1,286
Photo of unibrew
2.65/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

At 6.0% I was expecting more from this beer. I found it to be much less tasty and thinner than the regular stout. At first smell, I sensed more of a lager or beer smell...not what I was expecting from a stout. If I didn't see the beer, I'd have assumed it to be a lager. I poured it into a Sam Adams glass, and it was immediately apparent that this was a much poorer product. There was no creaminess or full flavor or even full body that I enjoy in their low alcohol regular stout. The flavor was bland...mere hints of roastiness or maltiness in comparison. I got a nice big bottle of it, and finally, decided to pour the last half of it down the drain. I could stomach it no more, especially when I had much better beer in the fridge. I'll stick to the imperial stouts from now on.

Photo of geryeb624
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into Guinness pint.

A- Dark brown to black in appearance with a rather small tan head. Head doesn't last long, but leaves good lacing.

S- Roasted malt with coffee and chocolate notes. Smells almost creamy in a way.

T- Roasty malt taste with coffee-like bitterness. Bittersweet chocolate notes as well in the finish.

M- A bit thin for a stout in my opinion, but helps it go down a bit easier. Pretty drinkable for a stout, but the bold flavor and bitterness could get in the way.

My first real stout. I like it, and it is a surprisingly sessionable brew. A solid, drinkable everyday stout.

Photo of Swill5786
4.8/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Deep, dark, cocoa brown... Almost black with a ruby outline when held to the light.
S - Not overly aromatic, reminiscent of whiskey mash, some hoppiness, a vague malt sweetness. A much more fragrant experience than the draught, that is certain.
T - Perfect hop-driven coffee-esque bitterness. Slight malty sweetness. Rating of 5 from this coffee lover.
M - Light carbonation; encourages much more a sip.
D - Very high. I absolutely love it! This is probably my favorite to drink.

Photo of jporf911
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a traditional glass from a squat 12oz bottle with a lot number but no freshness date. I love how the label color matches the beer's head and the bottle color matches the beer itself.

Appearance- 4 out of 5. Pours a deep, opaque black with a chunky head of tan foam. No light permeates the glass except at the very bottom, which is a dark brown. A good deal of thick tan acing sticks to the sides and floats around on top.

Smell- 4 out of 5. Dark molasses malt dominates the head along with an earthy scent of esters, and roasted barley. There's a hint of sweetness as well, along with what can only be described as charcoal.

Taste- 4 out of 5. Starts off with a full-flavored wave of molasses malt that is also reminiscent of coffee. It's an interesting mix of roasted barley, sweet malt, a bit of dark fruit, and other bits of burnt grain. The bitterness of the hops at the end isn't particularly powerful but has a mild lemony flavor at the end. The aftertaste is of diacetyl butterscotch and roasted malt.

Mouthfeel- 4 out of 5. Guinness Extra Stout straddles the line between being medium and full-bodied; either way, it has a decent bit of carbonation that you'd never know was there by looks alone, along with a surprisingly crisp texture that finishes very dry.

Drinkability- 4 out of 5. As far as Stouts go, this is decently drinkable. One could have a few, since the calorie count is under 200 and the ABV is only 6%. Overall, a very good, dark beer.

Photo of rpardon7
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on draft in a pub in County Claire Ireland, poured well with a inch thick white head that lasted the beer. Smell was roasted malt chocolate and oak, taste was the same roasted malt chocolate with a woody dry finish that was nice and smoothe. The mouthfeel is very full and creamy but not thick. Drinkability is excellent this is a nice football season stout.

Photo of krazycure
4.49/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I specifically signed up in order to refute a few reviews that literally made me go "WHAAA?!?!", in particular, the one that said "I have no idea why this has survived since 1759". Ok. This really got my blood boiling. Here's a little background. I hate just about every other guinness, most especially the DRAUGHT can with that stupid rocket .. thing. It tastes awful, completely flat. But THIS?!? This is the epitome of stout. The flavor is so deep, so rich, I TINGLE when I drink it. It's like suckling from the teat of a magical buxom beer fairy. There are so many notes: chocolate, coffee, perhaps some wood barrel flavor (real or simulated who knows), that I can not help but relish every sip. It is so full bodied that I have the same reaction to it as a fat booty chick. DAYYYUMM! It so perfectly dark and enjoyable. To those who rated this below an A: WTF are you thinking. Go drink your bud ICE and whatever it is YOU think is awesome. For people like me, who enjoy a thick, brooding, immaculately complex flavor profile with a satisfying aftertaste, this is THE BEER. End of story. Yes, it's too expensive, yes, it will make you fat as hell. But it's worth it. EVERY LAST DROP. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

Photo of DoctorDog
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.

A- Black/opaque. Pours with ~3 fingers of thick, creamy, light brown head, which fades quite slowly, leaving a solid cap. Excellent retention. Ample lacing noted.

S- Fairly earthy, with notes of roasted coffee, and hints of sweetness.

T- Roasty malts/coffee, slightly sweet chocolate notes, and a bit of an earthy / charcoal characteristic. Bitterness is moderate. A fairly balanced offering.

M- Medium body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, and fairly dry.

D- Decent. Easy drinking with a moderate ABV. Could have a few of these easily.

Future outlook: Solid, if unspectacular brew that I can't believe I hadn't yet tried. Would have again, though not one to seek out.

Photo of jonziefle
3.41/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured a very dark brown, pretty much black. Opaque. 2.5 finger dark khaki colored head with very good volume and retention. Good lacing.

Smell: Nutty and biscuity darker malts with caramel as well.

Taste: Smoky and lightly roasted/burnt malts are the predominate flavor. High level of bitterness. Low sweetness. Hints of diacetyl.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a nice bite. Bitter. Dry finish.

Drinkability: One of the quintessential Irish dry stout. Heavy on the malts with a strong roasted bitterness. I prefer a creamier and/or sweeter stout, but this one isn't bad. Sure is bitter, though.

Buy Again? Yes.

Photo of feedsasquatch
4.57/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was drinking only American Stouts for the longest time, and then my cousin made me try this. Wow, I am so glad he did...

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - Pours dark brown, then turns almost black. Head is tan and a decent size, about 1".

S - wow. I thought American Stouts smelled good. This stuff is amazing. Chocolate sweetness, slight smell of roasted malts, and coffee. There's also an "Irishness" to the smell that is completely different than that found in American stouts.

T - roasted malts, coffee bitterness, and smooth chocolate sweetness. It's surprisingly smooth and creamy for how dark it is.

M - Medium body. Which is again surprising given its color. It's much creamier and smoother than it smells. Good amount of carbonation.

D - A very flavorful and drinkable beer. It's so creamy and smooth, I can't have just one whenever I drink it.

I always thought Guinness was just an over-hyped and over-marketed beer. And then I tried this, I'm sold!

Photo of charlesbyrd
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

A: As the beer enters the glass, it presents itself as a dark, ebony brown. As more of the viscous liquid fills the glass, the opacity increases until finally it reaches a jet-black state. The head is shorter than I expected and slightly chunky, with bits of foam clinging together and floating about the glass.

S: A prevalent sweetness at the fore, like that of milk chocolate and caramel. Not as roasty as other stouts I've had, but the dark malt is definitely there.

T: The same sweetness from the nose is still there, but only as an afterthought. A surprising citrus hop kick is the first notable flavor. The other characteristic stout flavors that I was expecting have to push through this tangy flavor, but they still make themselves known. Not what I expected.

M: Much lighter on the palate than I would've thought, this beer just reaches medium body. Carbonation is a little high and detracts from the smoothness of the finish.

D: Not at all what I expected, but that's not a bad thing. I still think the nitro-Guinness has this beat on drinkability for it's creamy smoothness, but Guinness Extra is a more flavorful beer.

Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a dark dark brown color with a tan thin head that is about .25 inch tall.

S - Some slightly roasted malt, with some nice sweet aromas as well. Burnt smell.

T & M - Roasted malt flavors. Nice hopy bitte surprisingly with a dry and burnt mouthfeel. Flavors are solid but not as complex or full as other stouts. Pretty straight foreword and nothing to write home about.

D - There are other stouts equally as available as this that I would prefer. Still pretty good though.

Photo of nano
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a guinness pint from a 12oz bottle

A- deep black color, qieth a 2 inch cream head

S- rasted malts, coffee, some hops

T- coffee with a nice bitter taste

M- good carbonation, the bitterness is strong

D- nice, i could take 3 or 4 of this one with no problem

Photo of treehugginslug
1.83/5  rDev -50.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A - Fine

S - Smell of chocolate and coffee, with roasted barley. Not too impressive for a stout.

T - Tastes were similar to smell, but the after taste that every talks about is similar to cigarettes! This immediately turned me off. I guess this was the roasted barley, but it was unbearable.

M - Couldn't get past the taste of cigarettes.

D - Low

Buy again? No
Recommend? No
Drink at party? No

Overall: Hard to drink and suprised that this is rated so high. Wonder if people are too blinded by the aura of Guinness to notice a bad beer.

Photo of snaotheus
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large bottle, poured into a pint glass.

Pours with a pretty, creamy, dark beige head. Not black, but dark brown. Light comes through around the edges. Smells musty, wet wood, lemon sour.

Taste is a little bit sour, light coffee and chocolate flavors, a little smokiness.

Mouthfeel is light and smooth, quite pleasant. Nice, mild stout, easy to drink.

Photo of JMad
3.99/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I love this beer. I poured a 12oz bottle into a pint glass, it poured opaque black with a frothy 2 finger coffee colored head. Left lacing on the glass all the way down.
Smells of roasted grains.
Had a nice Roasty taste to it. Coffee flavored with a good bitterness that lingers.
Very smooth, not too heavy, had a warming sensation as you drink it. Got a little creamy as it warmed up.
Very drinkable and enjoyable.

Photo of BeerandBeer
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Guinness Extra Stout is usually always my beer of choice, started drinking it when I had roomates that didn't like stout beer, so I always knew I would have a beer in the fridge to drink when I wanted. It has stuck with me though there are plenty of beers that are comparable and a few that are even better, Guiness Extra Stout is usually available at most grocery stores and is easily at hand for a great tasting beer.

Photo of mentor
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a single finger of dark tan head over a dark liquid. Dark red edgings when held to light. Smells roast grains, some cherry sour, and a fuggle-type hop.

Tastes extremely dry with too strong of carbonation contributing to the dry. Roast grains, scorched grains, soured cherry character, and a dash of dark baker's chocolate powder. Roast is so strong it comes across as acidic and ashy. Light body and scorched roast aftertaste that persists for a long time.

Photo of augustgarage
3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500mL bottle into a French fruit juice glass. The first half went into my dutch oven to help braise some bison ribs.

Not quite opaque body, bistre, but with light auburn touches around the edges when held to a strong light. A standard buff head of foam recedes to a weak soapy collar and slick. Parapets of lacing adhere to the edges.

Roast barley, dark malt, vague unsweetened cocoa, light prune-like esters.

Light roast coffee, dark and grainy with a hint of sourness. Bittersweet overall with a touch of fruit in the finish - well balanced. Not much more need be said about this classic.

Rather light-bodied, with moderate carbonation - the lack of nitrogen reveals how thin this beer really is, its primary defect should you want to nit-pick - though I think the flavors come forward a bit better in this version.

Photo of velosuds
3.51/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date. Purchased for $2.99.

A-Pours a deep, dark brown almost black hue with a full, two finger head with good retention and some lacing. The best attribute.

S-Faint roasted and grainy malts with some sweetness present.

T-Roasted malts, oats, chocolate, but also an unpleasant sour twang in the finish.

M-A tad thin, but carbonation level adequate.

D-I was nonplussed. Hard to believe this has survived since 1759.

Photo of Babaauto
4.57/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great tasting beer with nice bitter taste and good after taste.
Does not have a lot of froth like the regular draft but i like it this way. Prefer this any day over the regular Guinness draft. Bit heavy feel after you drink it, so my max is 2-3 bottles only. A bit more pricey for the volume you get but well worth it.

Photo of nicholas2121
1.7/5  rDev -54.1%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Guinness Extra Stout was my first Guinness product. I never tried a Stout before. Well the appearance was a Dark Dark Brown color, with an off white head. Nice looking color. The smell was not to bad I would say the small was about average. You picked up on malts and grains. The taste was just bad I did not like it at all. It was bitter. I did drink all of this Beer. Mouthfeel was about the same as the taste just did not like it. I know there are many people out there that like this type of beer but I'm not one of them.
Sorry just not my type of beer.

Photo of Yoshiplace
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Straight out of the fridge, poured into a glass.

A: pretty darn good looking. dark brown, almost black, with a nice creamy head.

S: not overwhelming. creamy and coffee-like.

T: somewhat lacking for a stout. nice malty tastes, and some coffee/chocolate, but nothing exceptional.

M: can't complain with this brew. very smooth, as expected.

D: wouldn't want more than one of these at a time. can't really picture what sort of meal this would go with. fine on its own, though.

overall: good for a typical beer. If you're a stout person, please do yourself a favor and grab a Siberian Night Imperial Stout by Thirsty Dog Brewing Company.

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Guinness Extra Stout pours black, with a tan head, that is large. There isnt much in the way of a smell. It tastes of a typical stout, but much lighter, and the carbonation is strange, but good. It is a bit of a filling beer, but easy to drink. Overall a good beer, and very easy to find.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Guinness Extra Stout Original produced in Canada 6% alcohol.

A- Pours a opauqe black fluid with tan half inch head that leaves nice patchy head from top to bottom of the glass.

S- Dark roasted malts and barley upfront with light and creamy expresso nose.

T-M- Taste is raw coffee beans and roasted malts with hints of expresso cream. Backbone is a tad alcoholic with mild alcohol esters tingling the tongue but all and all creamy mouthfeel.

D- Fairly drinkable and definitly an item if found on tap or nitro-tap.

Photo of Spica66
4.32/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is so much better than what is being served in nitro cans and bottles. It is much closer to the Guinness I remember from 20 years ago. Very dark pour. Decent head retention. Smells great! Smells like malty, roasty Guinness!! Mouthfeel is what a stout should be, and I managed to have several of them before I got up from the table, so I would say drinkability is A+!

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Guinness Extra Stout (Original) from Guinness Ltd.
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