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Guinness Extra Stout (Original) - Guinness Ltd.

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3,622 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,622
Reviews: 1,283
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 15.41%
Wants: 69
Gots: 565 | 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 losdizzel
4.63/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a very very nice beer looks very nice in a Guinness glass
way different as to Guinness draft
Damn near drank a whole 6 pack ,watching Transformers 2
Not just a St.PATTYS DAY beer ,but easly a year around beer to enjoy.
This for me atleast is one of the first real beers to try on my tour
for good drinkable and enjoyable beers in life

Photo of naterock
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured into a guinness pint glass. Deep brown that isn't quite opaque, still some light sneaking through. Thick off white head.

Smells rich of roasted malts and bitter chocolate.

Bitter malt upfront, with a sweetness that lingers. unsweetened chocolate and a hint of espresso. Not bad.

Mouth is heavy and bitter with a cloying finish. possibly the only thing i don't care for about this beer. Drinks fairly easy on a cool day. Definitely a step up from Guinness Draught

Photo of curasowa
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, almost black color with 1 finger of brownish head. Smell is somewhat muted; smells mostly of roasted malt. Nice, medium body with strong roasted malt flavor and some mild sweetness followed by bitter, lingering finish. Much better than Guinness Draught.

Photo of GoalieRon33
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Solid beer overall.
A-solid stout color...very dark brown to black

smell- not a strong smeller, but was pleasant none the less

T- delicious. Probably still one of the best stout options out there

M- little watery, but the taste somehow seems to make it seem thicker than it really is.

D- a little challenging to drink, more of a beer to sip. Strong character, but solid overall.

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

Here's another beer which I just realised I had not reviewed before. I find it an enjoyable beer with some complexity and a rather distintive woody finish. For me, this is the Guinness to drink, not the bland, watery Guinness Draught.

Essentially black, but not quite, it has a faint hint of red-brown light coming through at the bottom. It has a big tan head, slowly shrinking to a thin, rocky/foamy top and leaves some fairly nice creamy lace.

The aroma is dark whole wheat toast, stewed prunes, hints of bitter chocolate, earth, leaves. It's very pleasant, solid with some complexity yet not intense.

The taste is somewhat similar, with sweet-sour, faintly winey prunes and other fruit up front with very dark toast and hints of bittersweet chocolate, before a dry, slightly bitter finish that is very woody with bitter leaves, dark toast, and a hint of coffee grounds, before a lingering afteraste of woody-toasty bitterness over lightly sweet stewed prune.

Photo of wahhmaster
3.29/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Guinness-branded pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark cola color. Has a thick tan head that dissipates slowly leaving impressive lacing.

Smell: Smells strongly of roasted malts with hints of coffee and chocolate.

Taste: Basically, tastes like it smells. Roasted malts with strong coffee notes. Hints of chocolate in the background as well.

Mouthfeel: Smooth as can be. Almost milky in consistency.

Drinkability: This is certainly a classic brew and certainly worth a try. However, there are definitely better stouts out there.

Photo of BMoney575
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 10-12-09

Pours completely black with a nice off-white head that lasts forever. Huge lacing lines the glass as the beer recedes. Very pleasant.

Smell is thin, a little beery, with sweet malts coming through. Maybe a little smoke on the finish.

Taste is mild, with strong flavors of smoky malt and biting hops. More bitter than you might expect, but better for it. The finish is sweet, with another hit of smoke.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, but it suits this beer well.

Drinkability is very good, the flavor and thin mouthfeel are a winning combo.

Overall, I didn't really like Guinness until I bought this sixpack. I'm a fan now.

Photo of TheMadJack
3.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz. Bottle into Pint Glass.

Dark, almost black, brown, with a tan head. Almost opaque, but some reddish glinting about the edges gives it away. Looks real tasty in this Guinness glass, for some reason ...

Smell is toasty. Some berry and caramel hints round it out. I caught a whiff of the brew while I was pouring, but it isn't remotely overpowering now that I'm sticking my snout into the glass.

The beer hits the tongue with a tannin-like sour bite that immediately gives way to roasted malts. The hops aren't readily apparent save for a disting tingling sensation at the back of the tongue. Hazelnut, coffee, and unsweetened chocolate come to mind. Clean finish.

The beer is fairly light despite it's assertive burnt theme. Very light carbonation. Tartness comes across as almost-sweet and helps to elevate the brew. The sensation is that the flavor is levitating above your tongue. The crispness of the bitter leaves the palate fresh for the next sip, or whatever food you have on hand.

This beer has been a long-time standby for me, especially when the days get short. Easy to find and drink, and versatile enough to go with a surprising number of foods.

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

Appearance: Pitch black. Creamy off white head. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Sweet. Malty. Roasty. No hop aroma.

Taste: sweet. Malty again. Slightly roasty flavor. Slightly acrid/sour. Balance is on the malt side.

Mouthfeel: thick and heavy. Slightly puckering.

Drinkability: A sipper. Wonderfully complex flavors and textures here. Nice beer.

Photo of t3hcho53non3
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: pours a black color with a brown head that goes quickly but leaves some lacing

S: Malty with some notes of chocolate, dark malts, bready

T: Nothing to write home about at first but then evolves into a smoky dark flavor that further evolves into something along the lines of a dark chocolate

M: Medium thickness slightly coating your mouth and leaves a lingering taste

D: Very good drinkability and very complex worthy of more than one per session.

Photo of bmoney
3.03/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I fell like a beer snob after this review, maybe I've been spoiled. I've never had a beer I didn't like, but Guinness Extra Stout leaves a lot to be desired. Poured into a perfect pint glass, and it looked awesome, but it's downhill from there.

A- Pours dark brown, almost black. Nice foamy tan head. This settles into a very thin film, leaves some very scattered lacing all the way down.

S- Nothing special- bitter, mostly hoppy, some dark malts, a little dark fruit or berry smell.

T/M- It seems like the American Adjunct of the Stout family. It's smooth to the mouth but thin. Dominating tastes of ash and roast coat the inside of my mouth.

D- Not very appetizing, leaves a bad bitter after taste. I probably will avoid this beer in the future, not because its bad, but there are just so many other more flavorful stouts to be had.

Photo of Risser09
3.19/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner - fridge - 2008

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown with orange/brown highlights. A tall, 2" head that is cakey and shows great retention. Lots of coating lace remains amongst the craters.

Smell: Biscuits that are buttered make a grand entrance with some dark malts. Bready, malty and a tad bit of hops.

Taste: Buttery, biscuity malt flavorings mingle with a slight mineral flavor. Mild hop bite and a nice overall balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, bready flavor, with a buttery smooth finish. A little bit of alcohol.

Drinkability: A great staple for sure. I've loved this beer for awhile, and still am fond of it. I will always come back.

Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

A: Pours out lighter than the regular dry stout, sort of a dark chestnut brown with blood red highlights, put it all together and you have something close to "nearly black, but not quite". Head happens to be thick and creamy, but not like that tight, nitro like creaminess you get from most dry stouts out there, this being an "extra" stout, I'm sort of at a loss at how to classify this, suffice to say it looks nice and leaves behind some sandy brown lacing.

S: Slightly roasty, but also quite fruity, almost like an English Bitter kind of fruitiness with an underlying nutty sweetness.

T/MF: Opens with a sweet floral/herbal fruitiness, soft, not like the stickiness that comes from hop fruitiness, together a bunch of flavors mix together, creating a wonderfully complex bouquet of flavors. Roasty almost charred and husky bitterness, slightly sweet nuttiness and balanced with a slight coffee and chocolate finish. Mouthfeel is lively enough, slightly chewy and coating but easy enough in feel where you feel as though you can't wait until the next sip.

D: It's been a while since I've had this beer, and when I first did I thought it tasted and felt like motor oil, as they say, I've come a long way baby. Overall, a nicely drinkable and tastily complex beer.

Photo of Vengeance526
3.54/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown color with a medium sized creamy tan head that retains nicely for a while before slowly fading to a light ring and leaving a moderate amount of sticky lacing.

Smells very lightly of roasted malt. Not much else is really there. Nothing off about it but nothing to get excited about either.

Taste is a lot more pronounced than the aroma. Notes of roasted malt and caramel are evident along with light touches of butterscotch and even a little smoke in the background.

Mouthfeel is smooth with a very dry finish. Overall this was pretty decent but it just isn't exciting enough for me to want to drink it on a regular basis. I doubt I'll be going back to this again, but I certainly don't regret trying it one time either.

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

Had on tap in a Guinness glass. Had a Guinness after almost 6 years. I remember the first time was repulsed, but this time around having a more mature palate, loved it.

A - It looked dazzling with a silky brown black body and a creamy tan head that had a decent retention and very noticeable lacing

S - Roasted, rather toasted cereal all the way. Extremely malted and robust nose

T - Is ahead of the smell, from toasted to burnt. A lot of coffee and malt with burnt sugar

M - Great silky mouthfeel and the head is making a nice gateway. Deceptively thin.

D - Can go on and on with Guinness.

Photo of fullsweep
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 mL brown bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance is great--ultra-thick and very rich, creamy, off-white head sits atop a pure black beer.

Roasted barely, a light smokiness, these stick out in the aroma.

Roast against dominate the pallette.

Mouthfeel-wise, could be a bit smoother for my tastes, but nonetheless, this is a highly enjoyable beer.

Photo of electricfields
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours almost black with a reddish tint. The head is a nice tan frothy, bubbly thing. Lacing on the glass is substantial at the top, but sort of died out by the time I got halfway down.

S: Coffee and an unusual roastiness. Not bad.

T: Bread and coffee and a hint of dark chocolate malts. Hops are barely there.

M: Thin body with lots of carbonation. Feels more like a pale ale than a stout. Weak as hell. Not at all impressed. What can I say? I like my stouts thick and just a tad "flatter" than this.

D: Okay, I'll give it this one. This is a good "starter" stout. The kind of thing someone not used to the style could cut their teeth on. That said, it is definitely a very drinkable beer. It's just not an exceptional one. I'd have it again, but I wouldn't go out of my way for it, especially if something better was available.

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

This is a black brew that only barely lets in a little deep brown in the edges through the light. The retention in this one is phenomenal, just a sticky, dense pillow of just over a finger the whole way. Lacing is left spottily all the way to the bottom of the glass.
Like a good stout, I get some barley-type grains in a strong malt backbone in the nose with a smoky note of roasted something; coffee, perhaps.
The malt is the backbone of the flavor as well, supported by a light hops presence that can't stand up to it. There's just a bit of sweetness from dark fruits underneath and in the finish. Under the malt are a smoky burnt flavor and barley.
This one has a fuller, sturdier body than the Guinness Draft crafted for the American macro drinker. Nice and decently thick with a bit of crispness, even.
This is a better Guinness than most Americans know.

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

Poured mine with a huge 3 finger head. Totally black but lets some light in on the edges

Smells like a burnt lager. I cant detect any malt or hops really. Rather neutral smell.

Tastes like dark roasted malts and a nice hop bitterness that dries as you drink.

Mouthfeel is thick and chewy

Drinkability- not far from easy

Photo of kingcrowing
3.1/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured in an Amstel glass.

Pours a dark opaque black with no head, just a bit of lacing. The nose is a bit odd, it's pretty sweet and slightly malty/toasty.

The taste is also pretty odd. It's pretty sharp and sweet, it leaves my lips a bit sticky. Very surprising that it's at 6%abv. After having the 250 & draught I think this is the worst. I'll be looking for the foreign extra stout next.

Photo of weissbierdrinker
3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with an off white head that leaves some lacing around the glass.

Smell is of coffee and roasted malts

Taste is similar to how it smells but with some hop notes present
very weak body.

Mouthfeel is decent

Overall an easy drinking beer with some character. It's not an extra stout but more of a weak stout. I've had porters with more body and flavor.

Photo of wiseguy142
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black. A little watery. Rocky yellow head is gone within seconds.

Smell is sweet and malty. Reminds me of just straight up good craft beer. Light blended roastiness/chocolateyness.

Taste has a background of faint dark chocolate. Like something you'd get at a bakery. Hops are fairly present. Like a dulled down cascade type bitterness. Finishes totally dry like soda water, but not in a bad way that would indicate poor water quality.

Mouthfeel is medium-light and prickly. Drinkability is quite good, as the beer is both flavorful and accomodatable by almost any palate. A little bit for everybody: it's guinness so newbie drinkers will order it, it's dry enough to keep it drinkable, and it's flavorful enough to keep me interested.

Photo of linnet
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown/black colour, thick, creamy small head that is beige, and lots of lacing.

Aroma is rather subtle, but has both roasted notes and notes of coffee and chocolate and a cler prescence of hops in it.

Flavour is full of coffee a bit of smoke and a crisp hoppy bitterness that is appealing. The body is a bit weak though, this keeps it from getting a higher mark.

Mouthfeel is neither bad or good, just plain average.

This is a good stout, but there are loads and loads of better ones out there.

Photo of ricke
2.63/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Dark brown (but nowhere near black), the liquid is clear. A medium-sized off-white and rather airy head settles into small lacings.

S: Dark malts with a gentle roasted character, and notes of chocolate, wood and dark fruits. Perhaps a hint of caramel.

T: The taste is bland from start to finish. A fragile semi-sweet malty backbone with a mild bready and roasted character. A hint of fruitiness mixes with quite a lot of caramel. Perhaps a hint of wood. The finish is mildly bitter, but since the bitterness has nothing to play with, it seems out of place. The beer finishes with a mild hint of hops and a prominent taste of minerals.

M: Moderate body, lots of carbonation with unpleasantly sharp bubbles. Medium-dry finish. This not good, not good at all.

D: This might be one of the most insipid stouts I've ever encountered. It lacks flavor, aromas, mouthfeel, everything. It's not bad, it's just plain old boring. This one would stand out as meaningless in a whole universe of nothingness.

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

Guinness Extra Stout pours a smooth silky black in a classic English pint glass. Lots of toasted malt and some burnt chocolate aroma.

For the novice: A standard....a taste of the brand that made St. James Gate famous.

Personally: Guinness Extra and its child (nitro dry Guinness) are default beers, you can't go wrong.

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Guinness Extra Stout (Original) from Guinness Ltd.
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