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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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3,623 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,623
Reviews: 1,284
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 15.41%
Wants: 70
Gots: 569 | 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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Photo of bourbonbock
4.23/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this into a normal pint glass and received a substantial dense foamy head which settled onto the beer slowly and became more liked its pasteurized brother.

A. Solid "ruby" clear but impenetrable color with a great looking medium brown head. The head receded at a snails pace and left behind a great lac pattern.

S. Smell is light but chocolate and malts are present.

T. The taste of this one is roasty, bitter, caramel, and chocolate. Aftertaste is sweet and bitter but not overbearing.

M. Creamy and a much better mouth-presence than Guinness Draught.

D. I could drink a six pack in one night but would much rather have a couple and move on to something else.

Solid Brew by far

Photo of samie85
3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a dark black with a light brown head.

S-Chocolate malt and a port like quality.

T-Chocolate and bitter roasted malt that finishes with a drying quality.

M-Low end of medium bodied with medium carbonation.

D-Pretty easy drinking. Not a ton of substance, but it's enough to be enjoyable. I remember trying this year's 5 years ago, when it was still brewed in the UK, on St. Patty's and remember it being thicker and quite a bit more bitter. Not sure if it's my memory/palate development or the a change in brewing location/recipe.

Photo of techfed87
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice thick brown head. Color is stark black mixed with hints of amber brown.

Smell is slightly sour, with a definite body of dark malts.

First sip definitely has some bitter qualities to it. Has a somewhat iron-like flavor that comes through in the aftertaste. Not a lot of hops, although as an Irish dry stout you wouldn't expect that much anyways.

Honestly a very good example of a traditional stout. If only it could have been from the Dublin distillery. Still, a good beer is a good beer.

Photo of showell
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a bad beer. Pours a very dark brown. Smells and tastes like black coffee. A little bitterness in the aftertaste. As the beer warms it becomes more and more bitter. A bit high on carbonation I think. Pretty good. I wouldn't want them all the time but if it's there I'll drink it.

Photo of bigfnjoe
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown, nearly black if no light is around, with a head a little lighter than the draught. Not much of an aroma, but what I'm getting is a coffee type scent. Tastes very smokey and like bitter coffee. The bitterness is almost pleasant in your mouth, however. I could drink a few of these, but not nearly as many as the draught.

Photo of yuenglings
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks as good as regular guinness very dark with a nice foamy head that leaves a good laceing smells like regular guinness with a little more bitterness to it Tastes likes it smells but with a sweet sourness ? to it at the end.
Mouthfeel is good a little less thin then regular guinness.
Average drinkabilty theirs no reasion for me to buy this if i can get regular guinness but its drinkable

Photo of undeadozzy
4.73/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got on tap in local bar. Served in a Guinness glass.

Appearance: Wonderful black pour with frothy, creamy head that never lets up.

Smell: Tones of coffee and chocolate flood the nose, and not far behind are the dark roasted malts that give this beer its dark color.

Taste: Words cannot describe how great this stout tastes. Smooth, creamy, full, warming, inviting. It's the kind of brew you could see being served in a jovial pub.

Mouthfeel: As smooth as it tastes it flutters into your mouth and down your throat as smoothly as it entered.

Drinkability: I personally could drink glass after glass of this delight without realizing how drunk I would become soon. It is glassy smooth and has a smooth dark taste to match.

Photo of rarbring
3.64/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours dark brown, almost black, a brown heavy head that recedes slowly. Leaves lots of lacing.

The smell is rather weak, roasted tones, sweet rather much caramel malt, almost dusty, like an old dark closet.

The taste is partly sour, vinegar, very roasted - coffee aromas. A bitterness that lingers for a while.

Medium carbonated, a bit watery for starters, but then finish of in a nice dry feeling.

Well, it's a Guinness, and as such a classic and reliable brew - but there are far better and interesting stouts.

Photo of KrisPaulk77
4.68/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is the beer that got me into better beer. Up until the moment I had my first Guinness, I drank light lager, because that was all I knew. This beer changed that...
Poured into a standard pint glass. The beer is a dark, opaque black, with deep ruby highlights when held to light. A big foamy head, two fingers worth, crowned the beer. Retention was superb. It seemed like it wanted to hang around forever. When it did subside, there was a nice cap of foam over the beer, and a thick coating of lace on the sides of the pint. Beautiful.
The aroma has a mineral twang to it, a nice roasted barley and coffee aroma, malty sweetness, a whisp of smoke, and light fruits.
The taste starts with a smooth sweet malt flow that changes course to a nice bitter build-up, to a sharp bitter tang and astringent coffee taste, down to a dry finish. The previous sip is screaming for the next. There is a medley of sweet malts, roasted barley, coffee, a bit of burnt sugar, and bitter notes to be found. The beer feels nice in the mouth, drinks smoothly, and very easily.
I could drink Guinness Extra Stout every day. It can be found anywhere. This beer may not get the respect other stouts get, but this beer will always be an A+ in my book.

Photo of FreshHawk
3.51/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep black with a large creamy-beige head. Good retention and some lacing left. Typical Guinness look.

S - Roasted, chocolaty malts.

T - Roasted malts with some chocolate and coffee bitterness. A bit of an earthy smokiness, but not much. A little thin.

M - Medium to light body. Good carbonation. Fairly smooth and creamy. A touch watery and thin (not as bad as say the Draught).

D - Pretty good and easy to drink. Like some other Guinness offerings, it is easy to drink, but the flavors don't necessarily make me want to go grab another.

Notes: Decent beer, but similar to the Draught (I like this slightly better). A little too thin and watery and flavors don't jump out. Normal Guinness taste. It has its time and place, but not a beer I will search for.

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

Poured into a "pint" glass.

A: Burnt tan head dissipates to a thin layer that sticks on the glass all the way down. High marks for lacing, average marks for retention. Nearly black clear body that shows ruby around the edges.

S: The smell is distinct and hard to pick apart. Some roasted (and sweet) malts paired with something like cold coffee. A definite sweetness is present in the nose that could almost be called fruity, but isn't a fruit-smell.

T: Darkly roasted and burnt malts are the first flavors to hit the tongue and the last when it is all over. Once again some cold coffee surfaces in the middle, along with some sort of sweetness to balance all the burnt bitterness. This taste is refined and consistent, very much processed. Some beers taste raw or closer to the ingredients that comprise them, Guinness extra stout is not one of those (whether or not this is a good thing is an individual's opinion)

M: Medium bodied (much fuller than Guinness Draught) and sufficiently sticky to satisfy. Good carbonation level; smooth but has a little bite.

D: Good drinkability.

Maybe this beer is the stout version of Starbucks coffee? Criticized for being over-roasted, over-hyped, and generic, but still loved by many beer newbies and beer experts alike. I am personally a great fan of this beer (and of Guinness in general) even though it may be over-hyped. Many of the best supporters of craft beer first discovered their love of beer drinking a Guinness... if for no other reason, that fact makes Guinness worthy of high praise from anybody who claims to be an advocate of excellent beer. My goodness my Guinness!

Photo of thegodfather2701
1.6/5  rDev -56.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

A-Poured into an oversized snifter. It pours nearly pitch black with a nice tan head which slowly dissipates leaving a nice ring of foam. It has some nice cascading and lacing.

S-I must admit it smells quite skunked. It smells like a Heineken with a hint of chocolate.

T-Ashtray, skunked beer,day old coffee, bitter dark chocolate, and just a hint of caramel. Absolutely terrible, without a doubt one of, if not the worst beer I have ever tasted.

M-Somewhat over carbonated.

D-I'm pouring this out right now.

Overall, I must have purchased a bad bottle because this is aweful. Without a doubt one of the worst beer experiences of my life. It looked beautiful in the glass but tastes terrible. Maybe one day I will work up the courage to purchase another bottle and update this review, but for now I urge you to avoid at all costs.

Photo of SamN
2.12/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

A- A nice smooth color, just a shade lighter than black, with a two finger foamy tan head. A classic looking Irish dry stout.

S- Bland hops presence. The malts smell sub-par. Dry smell, as thin as a sheet of paper.

T- I'm probably used to much bigger stouts, this hardly tastes stout-like at all. Taste is very thin, sharp hops with some toasted bread malt taste. This is surprisingly hoppy. Where are the sweet creamy malts?

M- Very bubbly, there is a lot of carbonation in this. Incredibly thin body, not very smooth but it coasts your mouth pretty well after swirling it around a bit.

D- Average, very average. There is absolutely no reason why I would ever drink this again. I've never liked any Guinness products, but I've heard people say how much better extra stout is. Gimmie a break, this is no stout, I don't care what the Irish say. Guinness sucks, and real stout drinkers don't drink this swill.

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

Ok, so I'm sooo used to the draught version...

Pours a very dark ruby, black. A semi off-white head, stays for a while. More than just a lacing, more than a film all the way down.

Not a huge aroma, not as coffee-ish as the draught. More caramel-y. Roasted malt, coffee and smoke.
A bite in the mouth. Not as smooth as the former. Sweet caramel...kinda Jolly Rancher-ish. Coffee, dark chocolate. A good dry bite. I think served too cold, should let the next one warm up

A good dry stout.

Photo of rednrag
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Canada does not brew this as well as Ireland.

Guinness is one of the worlds greatest beers, hands down. Rich, tasty, creamy, heartwarming.

But it is not as good brewed in Canada as it was in Ireland or England. Canada,sorry.

Still a world class brew, though.

Photo of tykees88
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very Dark brown almost black beer. Pours with an almost 2 finger head. Smells of burnt malts and also gives off a smokey smell and flavor. The taste is very strong and stands out. It finishes dry as almost everyone else reviews. I do get a smokey flavor out of this and the burnt malt flavor gives it just a little bit of bitterness. This is not my favorite beer, nor is it a style that I would likely want to drink again. A good beer and I could drink it again, just not my style.

Photo of Arenbeer
3.66/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Stubby 12oz into a Pint Glass

A- Dark brown with a real fluffy 2 finger tan head that leaves pretty good lacing.

S- Roasted malts hit you up front and a slight burnt smell. Maby caramel or coffee. Not to much else with this one. For some reason as it really warmed it kind of smelt like whiskey haha. Probably just me.

T- Sweet roasted malts with a slight hoppy backround suprisingly, and a little bit of a burnt taste but it blends in well and kind of adds to it.

M- Medium body with average carbonation and a good amount of bitter to wrap it up. Also a bit dry but not bad.

Overall I would definitely choose this beer over the regular draught anyday. If your a guinness fan this beer's a must try.


Photo of Chico1985
3.06/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Going cheap(er) tonight. Heard this was better than Draught which I don't like much. Pours just about black, beige head is small but sticks around. Smell is meh, grains and watered down coffee with some cream. Taste is quite meh as well. Very light milk chocolate, dough, oats (especially in aftertaste), strange metallic taste is off-putting. Very spiky and carbonated, just not very fun to drink, I don't see the appeal. Just for the hell of it I threw one of those strawberry Creme Savers in there, that helped the taste a bit. Dry finish. Maybe I'm a stout snob but I am just not a Guinness fan.

Photo of kdawg105
4.42/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The apperance is black no doubt. The smell is good with a hint of coffe and nice finish with strong hops. The taste is a lot better that you would expect you can taste bitter hops very well in this brew. The mouth feel is a little heavy but not overwhelming. Drinkablility to me is great because it is strong and not overpowering although it does finish quite dry! For this class of beer it is great!

Photo of QtipsandGrits
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a delightful dark brown with a shallow tan head, little lacing. Aroma is dominated by roasted malts with a timid buttery sourness that is followed by a slight sulfury smell reminiscent of a doppelbock. The roasted malt character infiltrates the pallet quickly after sipping followed by a rather intense sourness that is quelled by a dry (slightly burnt) carmel taste that lingers. Hop bitterness is balanced well in this beer, no aroma or flavor was detected. Overall it's a pretty nice beer, it seems to be the beverage made for the Irish consumer, not the watered down nitro version so prevalent here in America.

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

12. OZ. bottle into a mug, i like this bottle, the look. Pours what looks black but is a dark brown/ruby in the light, a good finger tan of head with tiny bubbles that hangs out on top and isnt going anywhere, very nice with small blobs of lace sticking all the way down. Smells hoppy, malts and is a bit sweet, almost some dark fruit. Tastes pretty crisp, a very light feel to this, malt obviously but alot of hops for a stout. Bitter and alittle burnt, leaves an aftertatse. Its dry but not overly so. Ive always liked this stout and always will, could drink one of these daily and i do prefer it over regular bottled G. Draught. Its nothing intense just more of an anytime easy to down irish(canadian) stout. Good day for a Guinness!

Photo of Midway
3.18/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Little smoke, black colour. Head was creamy, spongy, foamy, frothy, looked very inviting.

Smell - Musty, strong smell with a little hint of sweetness.

Taste - Bitter and strongish, skunky with a bitter and dry aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Balance of light and heavy and also a balance of thickness and thin. Coarse feel.

Drinkability - Ok consumption would have it a few more times, overall a decent stout.

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.46/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 12/24/2009 (Bottle):

Pours a very dark brown red color body, big frothy light tan head, very lasting, good lacing, creamy looking. Roasty aroma. Some nuttiness, maybe almond or something. Sweet and a tiny bit dusty. Somewhat watery, somewhat creamy taste. A little astringent. Thirst quenching.

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

Appearance: A craggy, mountainous tan head forms and lingers. The beer does not so much leave lacing as it does lumpy tumors on the side of the glass. Nearly black in color, with just a sliver of light coming through at the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Not a big aroma, mostly roasted grain.

Taste: Bigtime burnt malt flavor, with a tad hint of sweetness. Laid back hops make the finish slightly bitter. Alcohol is completely masked. Very dry finish leaves little aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Not much carbonation, pretty smooth, medium-bodied.

Drinkability: Goes down easily, although ABV is not quite low enough to be session-worthy.

Notes: Dry stouts aren't really my thing. I much prefer the wetter, sweeter stouts. However, for an Irish dry stout, this is pretty good, certainly superior to the ubiquitous Guinness Draught. I don't know that I'd ever purchase this from a store, but if I was at a bar and felt like a stout and this and Guinness Draught were the only ones available, I'd be satisfied drinking this.

Photo of CBlack85
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

Pours a deep chocolate brown, nearly black, with some ruby highlights. When poured aggressively a large tan head appears and sticks around for several minutes, a slight bit of spotty lacing follows.

Smells of roasted, nearly burnt, malts. Subtle earthy, grainy scents are noticable. Not as big and pleasing to the nose as I would have hoped.

Like the smell the burnt malts are at the forefront, maybe a little to much burnt bitterness for my taste. There does seem to be a slightly sweet, redeeming quality. I also get a slight hop presence, not too much, but more than I would expect for the style.

Light to medium bodied, a little thinner than I like in a stout, but not bad. finishes very dry.

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Guinness Extra Stout (Original) from Guinness Ltd.
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