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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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3,492 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,492
Reviews: 1,248
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 15.41%
Wants: 56
Gots: 402 | 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 pants678
2.95/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I poured this into a pint glass. It's opaque black/brown with a strong, two finger beige head. Looks like a stout. The head maintains, as Guinness is usually good for.

I get the smell of charred wood, malts, nothing out of the ordinary. Not exactly a defined aroma.

Tastes okay, better than the Guinness Draught I had last night. Just a tinge of chocolate, there's a dry, burnt taste and coffee on the back of my tongue. A little bland, I expected a little more definition from something labeled "extra stout."

Seems a little light and easy going for a stout. The carbonation is minimal, as you might imagine. Not sure more of this would help.

It is drinkable. There's no struggle, but also nothing to savor.

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

When serving it thought i was taking oil from the bottle;

A: Deep black color, the foamy head is brown, fat and thick, excellent retention;

S: Perfumed with floral hops, along with scents of roasted malt, chocolate and pitted prunes;

T: Roasted malt and spicy hops, just touching the tongues perceives roasted coffee and chocolate, which dominates the other flavors;

M: Dry, extra bitter, medium carbonation and robust body;

D: Was my first stout and is currently one of my favorite beers.

Photo of tigg924
4.38/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: black with a decent sized head

Smell: malt, coffee, and earthiness

Taste: same as the smell, with some additional spice and burnt tones to it

Mouthfeel: smooth, creamy, and sweet

Drinkability: Like everyone else, I had to have this on St. Patrick's day. One of the first beers to get me into craft beer and one of the best. I have not tasted anything like it..Creamy and sweet, not too heavy--just a good solid brew

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

12oz bottle poured into tumbler:
A: Pitch black with a dark finger's head that receded moderately quickly but left a small cap and good lacing down the way.
S: Roasted malts, dark berry, some buttery-sweet diacetyl action
T: Burnt with bittersweet chocolate on the front while metallic with a subtle hoppy bitterness on the back end of the palate.
M: Moderate, yet the burnt taste gives it a faux-fullness
D: I know it's not for everyone, a little too intimidating for most, but it's damn good. Extra point bump just for being so widely available.
Happy St. Patty's Day.

Photo of jimj21
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a six pack for St. Patrick's Day. Twelve ounce bottle poured into pint glass. Pours pitch black topped by about two fingers of mocha colored head. This fades to a small cap. Lacing is all over the sides of the glass though. Looks great.

Aromas of roasted malt and chocolate. Maybe some coffee. Some other sweetness that I can't pin down. None of the smells are very strong.

Tastes good. Lots of roasted malt upfront as well as some smokiness. Some butterscotch sweetness in the middle. Dark chocolate on the finish. Some floral hops come and go. Aftertaste is a little bitter. A faint metallic taste in the background. Drying at the end.

Good mouthfeel. Fairly creamy. Good amount of carbonation, but slightly overcarbonated. Medium to full bodied.

This is very drinkable. Malty yet balanced. I think this is a good representation of the style. While not as creamy as some stouts, this is still a solid beer. This beer is far and away better than Guinness Draught. Unlike the Draught, this has a lot of taste and isn't watery.

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

After my last experience with the draught cans (hello taste where did you go) I was a little less then excited to try the Stout again - although I remember it being a nice brew.

Poured a bottle into a mug and watched the nice dark stout rise to the top with a nice creamy tan head. Nice lace retention.

Smells like a sweet coffee/malt or something along those lines.

Tastes malty and nutty just like the smell almost; like a coffee.

Drinkability is very nice I could drink eight or ten of these tonight and have a good time. This is the Guinness I remember, this is a nice treat. I forgot how good it was. This will be the only Guinness to drink for me from now on.

Photo of webmanspidey
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pitch black appearance with nice amount of creamy fizzy head. Sour wine-ish smell. Dry roasted malt flavor with a little bit of the sour wine, dark chocolate and coffee. Some metallic flavors lingering from the bottle. Taste finishes very bitter. A thick syrupy mouthfeel with noticeable carbonation. Not extreme or complex by any means and very drinkable.

It's St. Patrick's Day, so if there's any day to drink one of these it's today.

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours I believe black but up to the light you can see reddish highlight's. Coffee colored heading,really no lacing at all.

Smell is ridiculously malty,coffee and a touch of chocolate.

Taste is all dry malt upfront and kind of roasted/burnt aftertaste. I really couldn't taste any hops.

Mouthfeel is very creamy and smooth

Drinkability is decent nothing spectacular too much of a burnt malt aftertaste to enjoy more than a few.

This is the first time I've had the extra stout and from what I hear is the closest thing to the real deal. I will advocate the draught next.

Happy Saint Patrick's Day

Photo of Vancer
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An Irish beverage, on St. Paddy day - brewed in that quaint old country from afar; Canada.

Out of the 12oz bottle she poured, a rich and thick looking coal black, topped in the Sammy Adams tulip glass with a foamy tan cap. Bits of sheet lace ring the glass on the way down.

Dry burnt toast in the aroma, backed by a sturdy malt kick. Powered cocoa, malt and just a hint of dried dark fruit. Full bodied, but with the signature dry finish. Very enjoyable, and a fine dry stout, quaffable on cool mornings or hotter evenings - no matter what the beer snobs on BA say. The sixer will make for a fine Irish evening out on the deck.

Photo of lonestar1836
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

St. Patrick's Day, of course

A: pours black with generous light brown head

S: strong aroma of coffee and tosted malts

T: very dry, malty sweetness with the flavor of bitter coffee

M: light carbonation a little thick

D: as a rule i reserve any guinness for st. patrick's day, it's a bit too filling for me to drick year-round

Photo of absoludicrous
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Thick, dark, very opaque, almost black. Very foamy light head, tan in color, sticks to the side of the glass. Not as attractive as the Draught bottle/can or tap.

S: Roasty, smokey, nutty a bit sour on the finish

T: Like a Stout should, lightly malty, very nutty, and smokey, a little sour on the finish, does a good job of tasting like it smells. Medium body, not as watery as the nitro bottle, I like the taste better, it's sweeter.

M: Feels thicker than the nitro bottle/can or tap. Doesn't have that bitterness to it, a bit sour on the end.

D: Definitely a beer I could session. It almost has a food quality to eat, like you're eating the beer.

Photo of Rayek
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Almost black. Thick and foamy cream colored head has nice retention. Leaves good lace. Not as cool to look at as the nitro version, but still a good presentation.

S: Coffee and Espresso notes dominate. A little bit of grass/moss.

T: Lots of roasted malt and coffee flavors that are a touch acidic. A hint of charcoal. Dry finish.

M: Medium body has a bit too much carbonation.

D: The perfect social stout. Maybe not the greatest stout in the world, but certainly the benchmark by which others are judged. And St Patrick's Day just wouldn't be the same without it!

Photo of CMW
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours jet black with large tan head. Retention was medium and there was slight lacing.

S - Roasted malt with a slight bit of hops.

T - Roasted malt and coffee flavors dominate. The taste is much more refined compared to the draught. Small amount of hop bitterness in the finish helps to balance things out.

M - Not as creamy as I would have liked, mild carbonation.

D - It would help if there was a little more creaminess. Moderately drinkable.

Photo of Folderol
2.63/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Thought I should finally try this as (contract brewery aside) it's the original Guinness Stout. Beautiful pour, nice foamy tan head that never full receded. Smell was average, dark malt, typical Guinness really. Taste... ugh, here we go. Nothing in here but black malt and roasted barley charcoal astingency, mixed with some hop bitterness. I was able to drink the whole thing as I needed something to wash down my lunch, but really this is not my cup of java. I'll stick with Draught.

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

Canadian-brewed 1 pint, 6 fl. oz. bottle.

Pours a deep dark brown, striving toward opacity but not quite reaching it, as it displays some ruby-brown highlights when held to the light. Shows off a thick, creamy light tan head that lasts a while and leaves fat rings of lacing down the sides of the glass.

Aroma is mild, without much going on besides a lightly roasty character with a bit of a malty backbone being faintly apparent.

Medium-bodied with very little carbonation; smooth-going, with a thick, slightly sweet malt backbone that surprisingly becomes somewhat cloying at times, intermingling with a mild roastiness and a bit of light hop bite. A touch of dry toast comes in, and the beer finishes with a slight sweetness that is dominated by a roasted character that imparts a lingering dryness.

Quite sessionable, though perhaps not quite so much as its lower-alcohol draft counterpart. Quite good; this one's wide availability and well-known reputation make it one to go to and one to recommend to the uninitiated.

Photo of Weizenmensch
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Guinness Extra Stout, purchased and consumed in Japan eleven months before its freshness date, brewing origin is unknown however.

Pours a very dark brown with a tan head, moderate carbonation, ubiquitous lacing. Looks pretty enticing!

Not too much is given away as far as aroma is concerned. Some milky/lactose notes, not sure if I'm imagining them but it smells like a warm creamy milk stout. I didn't think this one had milk in it but maybe I'm associating the wrong aroma. Malt smells are not too noticeable, may be served too cold, but it's a nice temperature to drink it at right now. Aroma could be improved by warming up but I don't think there's too much there to expand on.

Tastes a bit sharp for a stout, bitter piquant hops on the palate, surprisingly fresh and biting. Toasty malt, a vegemite-like yeastiness and a hint of alcohol there too (surprising for a 5% brew). A little bit too coarse for my liking, now that I think about it; but hey, it's really a macro, so it's pretty good for what it is.

Mouthfeel is astringent and rough, but it's easy to drink because it's not too creamy, so they balance each other out. Overall, yes I'll drink it again, it's fucking Guinness, and yes I did this just to review this brew once and for all. As far as the beer market in Japan goes - not a bad brew at all.

My neighbour insists on drinking it warm, and from the bottle. "Warm" is relative and can be excused, but what do you get out of it from drinking straight from the bottle? But he's a belligerent Derryman so what are you gonna do.

Photo of NewCastle56
4.45/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this for my birthday last year and man it was a great one. Opened the bottle and the smell blew me away it was beautiful. You could smell the rasted-ness and the alcohol in it.
The colour is great, it really lets you know this beer means business.
Overall definitely one (if not the) best beers I've ever had. Definitely one to have when you're chilling out by yourself or with mates and jsut have a great time.

Photo of oddfire
4.28/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- slightly opaque black with a 1" thick cream coloured head. Good lacing and head retention.
S- very roasted malt and a slight peat note. Pleasant to the nose.
T- Very smooth and slight hops.
M - this beer feels good in your mouth. It just calls to you....drink more of me.
D- This beer is very easy to drink and you could drink lots of these. I did while in Ireland and it still can give you a hangover. Maybe I will learn someday. I can also see why people would be steered away from this beer because they think it is "heavy" but that is the farthest from the truth. Good beer and I will drink it again.

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

A- Opaque black with about two fingers of tan creamy head. Decent head retention and pretty good lacing

S- Mostly hops, a bit of a roasted smell

T- Starts off hoppy, has a bit of roasted/coffee taste finished off with a bitter, earthy taste

M- This beer is medium-heavy bodied, light carbonation, very smooth.

D- Good, I could drink another one pretty easily. The heavy body might turn some people off though.

Photo of SingleCell
3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle (brewed in Canada under licence by Labatt in Halifax) which was warmed out of my fridge for 15 mins. Poured into a pint glass.

A: Poured a very dark amber to black colour. Chunky two inch off white soapy head which dies down relatively quickly. As the head dies down it clings to the side of my glass. Leaves a light dusting of suds on top.

S: Very light yeasty sourdough and rye bread, a small hint of coffee, and alcohal behind everything.

T: Sourdough bread, sweet caramel malt, bitter hops. Nothing special and also not offensive in any way.

M: Watery and light. The carbonation, being light to medium, was the best part about this beer. It gave the beer slight creamy mouthfeel.

D: Drinkable if you're into the flavour profile of this one. At 5% ABV this one is sessionable.

Saw this one on the shelves of my local beer store for a while and decided to give it a go. While it was an alright beer I wouldn't go out of my way to pick up another sixer of it.

Photo of Floydster
2.63/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass last night, big one inch tan head that was creamy, leaves some lacing and has decent retention, smell is charcoal, roasted barley, burned malts, and light bread, taste is rather dry at first and finishes the same way, roasted malts and barley dominate the flavor, no real complexity overall, mouthfeel is pretty much only roasted and dry at times, medium body, moderate carbonation, could not drink much of this, feels heavier than the other Guinness products, might be worth trying

Photo of buschbeer
3.13/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This offering is very dark in color with a light brown head. It tastes very different than I expected. I have never had extra stout. I have always had draught. I expected it to be similar to the draught but it is quite different. It reminds me more of a porter than a stout. It has a rich malty flavor. It is alright but if I had to choose I would get Guinness draught the next time.

Photo of deaconoflove
4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ap: deep and dark with 3 fingers and overflowing head - long lasting with lacing to the end. love that huge head.
Sm: sweet and rich
Ta: burnt toasted caramel, coffee, full and rich and chocolaty. toasty sweet
Mf: light for a stout.
Dr: yes, oh yes, oh oh, yes!

Photo of Jeffo
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this at Bert's Bier Huis in Utrecht

From a bottle into a snifter

Note: I bought this in Holland and it was brewed in Ireland. It might be different than the Labatts version in North America.

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger thick off white head. Black in colour and opaque with medium carbonation evident. Head retains well and slowly fades to a good film cap, leaving some immediate lacing. Film stays and leaves some nice lacing the whole way down. Very attractive.

SMELL: Roasted and smoky barley malt, some dark pure chocolate and a bit of coffee as well. Scent is medium in strength and is very enticing.

TASTE: Roasted barley malt again, some dark bitter chocolate and bitter black coffee as well. A nice cool hop twang acts as a nice accompaniment as well. Again, the roasted and smoky qualities are strong, giving an almost burnt bitter taste. A mildly strong long lasting bitter chocolate and coffee aftertaste lingers nicely and is a tasty finish. Nice and enjoyable.

PALATE: Body is on the thinner side and higher carbonation is evident. Smooth in the mouth, though not as smooth as others, but goes down slightly rough and ends with a faint bite at the very end. Finishes rather dry on the palate as well.

OVERALL: This was excellent, much better than I'd expected. It's a toss up between this one and the foreign extra stout for my number one in the Guinness line-up. A tasty and beautiful beer; I thoroughly enjoyed this one. I'd never seen it here in Holland before, but I sure hope to see it more regularly. Drinkable and enjoyable, one I'll pick up again for sure.

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- The body is deep, dark brown and opaque. Big, frothy, tan head leaves globs of lace on my stein

S- Roasted coffee comes to mind. Lots of black/chocolate/caramel malt scents and some bitter hops

T- Taste is alike the smell in it's roasty quality. A toasty, malty quality is also apparent. Bitter hops keep this beer alive and fresh

M- Silky smooth carbonation and a pretty decent body for an Irish Dry Stout

D- Nice and easy if you're in the mood for something dark and roasted

Guinness Extra Stout (Original) from Guinness Ltd.
84 out of 100 based on 3,492 ratings.