Guinness Extra Stout (Original) - Guinness Ltd.

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Guinness Extra Stout (Original)Guinness Extra Stout (Original)

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BA SCORE
84
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3,501 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 3,501
Reviews: 1,251
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 15.41%
Wants: 57
Gots: 410 | FT: 1
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Ireland

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 jpaltan
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a finger of eggshell head. nose is malty with notes of caramel. taste is sweet with a dry finish, then a slight bitterness towards the end. mouthfeel is really lacking compared to tap, but still has the distinctive tang that guinness always does. one of the gateway beers into craft, and i can see why. very approachable, but well enough manufactured to still be a staple product.

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

This beer pours a vaguely clear dark brown, almost black color. The head is and inch in height, and recedes very slowly into thick lacing. The aroma is roasted malt, and graham cracker. It is vibrant, but simple. The taste is like the aroma, but with a mild bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with carbonation that seems too high for a stout. Overall, this is a decent beer, but there are better dry stouts out there.

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

This pours a very dark brown with reddish highlights and a 1 finger head of tannish foam.

The smell is a nice light aroma of roasted malt.

The taste is of roasted malt, a touch of some sweet malt, and a fairly pronounced hop bitterness that dominates right before and through the finish.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium and the carbonation is medium.

Drinkability? It's pretty easy to drink though a bit stronger than I thought it was.

Bottom line: I remember having the Dublin brewed product years ago and it was a better Stout in all ways but this one ain't bad.

Photo of bonkers
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured from a 22 ounce bottle (brewed in Canada) into a standard pint glass. It pours jet black with a massive white head. As the head recedes is leaves a pleasant white cap on top. The aroma is sweet with a hint of roasted coffee. The flavor is sweet roasted coffee and chocolate. The finish is crisp. It is a light bodied beer that has a creamy mouthfeel. The beer is very quaffable. A sentimental favorite of mine because it is the first "craft" beer I enjoyed.

Photo of pseudo
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured 12 oz bottle into a pilsner (only glass available)
appears completely black with a great fluffy tan head, leaves lacing, looks amazing. Too bad no surge though

Smells and tastes definitely are better than guinness draught. Much more substantial. Very roasted maltiness and barley, get hints of biscuits and nice bitterness on the back end. Surprised i liked this as much as i did.
Mouthfeel is still bad. Watery just like the draught. However the Estouts added flavor amount make up for it. Leaves the prorper dryness
I could imagine drinking a few of these on occation, definitely better than the draught (besides for the appearance)

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

Opaque. Decently sized head lasts for a while leaving lacing behind until the end of the beer.

Smells like Guinness. I heard that Guinness has a little pasteurized soured beer in it to give it the "Guinness tang", maybe that is what I'm smelling. Don't know if that is put into the extra stout here, but my nose is making the connection.

Tastes like stout... More roasted/toasted barley than Guinness Draught. Taste a little bit of that Guinness tang (again, may be psychological).

Mouthfeel is smooth. Very drinkable if you are cool with the Guinness tang.

Photo of TommyW
3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Almost black, only letting traces of light through. Tan head sticks to the glass as it fades to a lace that has great retention.

S- Not a lot going on here. Some burt malt and little sweetness.

T- Roasted/burnt malts and some sweetness. Finishes with a slight bitterness and dryness from the hops.

M- Not very impressive. Slightly watery with a creamy texture coming only with some sips.

D- Not a beer that I find myself going after too often, but once in a while it hits the spot.

Photo of thekanna
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a rich, opaque brown the color of motor oil. Coffee-colored head at initial pour settles to white and lacy froth.

Smell: Not much to speak of. Slight hints of burnt malts... smells iron, almost blood-like.

Taste. Roast malts. Dark, dark as night. Black like pitch. Slight sweetness gives way to frothy smooth creaminess and a dark espresso-like bitterness that stays in your mouth forever.

Overall: What can I say? This is the base stout; the ale from which peoples' interest in craft brews are started. This is the first departure from the idea that beer is fizzy, yellow, and piss-flavored, mainly because it doesn't conform to most BMC-like macros, even though this is pretty much a macro-brew.

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

Poured a very dark brownish black with a dirty white head. Nose had an aroma of malt, smoke and chocolate. Taste was extremely dry, plenty of malt and chocolate. The body was creamy and the finish was chocolate with some smoke present. Had a nice pucker factor with it as well. Always a drinkable beer.

Photo of mothman
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured in Sam Adams Sensory Glass

Color is a dark molasses brown. Thick and fluffy tan brown head that leaves decent lacing.

Smell is of roasted carmel nuts and slight pine hops. Taste is very malty, almost smokey. Many roasted malts are present.

Mouthfeel is smooth, but it seems to be very cold on the throat.

Overall, this stout seemed to be a lot thinner than the ones I am used to drinking. There really wasn't anything to special with this beer, but I think it could make a good session stout.

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

Eh. An okay stout. Not a bad price, at 1.29 a bottle.

Pours a dark, fairly translucent brown. First thought: this does not look like a stout. Maybe a porter. Big creamy off-white head.

Smells like roasted malt and ... roasted malt. Not much else. Taste is more complex, with the barest hint of vanilla, some sweet caramel, and a roasty malt background.

Well, it's a good beer, and certainly better than their draught offering, but I'm not sure I'd revisit. Why can't we get the St. Martin Foreign, etc. stout here in the U.S.?

Photo of ssam
2.75/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- very dark black with a creamy rich tall head. it reduced slowly as i drank and left a good lacing

S- the smell is initially good. there are pleasant hints of caramel and malt, followed by roasted malts. but after these smells fade, i felt it was missing something, there wasnt an after smell that i was craving after the build up in the beginning.

T- roasted malts overpower. i taste a coffee aftertaste. the taste isnt layered enough so it did not satisfy. what i mentioned before were the only flavors i could find-- its two-note-- and not tasty enough

M- okay mouthfeel, no real complaints. im not really impressed though... the body was too light for the style in my opinion

D- i dont want to drink any more. the experience was not a good one.

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Photo of ocelot2500
2.83/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a dark black with a mocha head. Looks kind of creamy.

Smells like almost burnt malts and alcohol.

Tastes very alcoholic too. Would not believe this is only 6% from the taste alone. There is a molasses, burnt sweet taste. Tastes like the roasted the malts a little too much.

Mouthfeel has that thick creaminess with not a lot of carbonation.

I can't handle a whole bunch of this stuff. Leaves a roasted/bitter aftertaste that I don't like.

Photo of prsguitarsr4me
1.9/5  rDev -48.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

When someone figures out that I'm a beer nut, they almost always say the same crap: "Yea I love beer, too - and not that cheap crap. I'm talking about Guinness - its like a meal in itself!" I've even heard "Guinness is God's greatest creation" several times. Then I say my standard response: "Yeah...Guinness is ok, but there is better stuff out there." Sometimes people are put off or disgusted when I say this, and some are interested in that better stuff that is out there.

Anyway, I think (and I know that even most people on this site will disagree with me) that Guinness is next to undrinkable. I can't stand it. It does look good - nice creamy pour with a nice creamy head. The smell and taste are just so skunky to me, though. Sure the feel is thick and creamy, but it is overdone. In my experience, if the beer isn't cold enough, it is plain flat. And I don't like my stouts that cold! Drinkability is low, as I can barely finish a bottle.

Photo of Augustiner719
2.7/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured from a 24oz bottle into a guiness imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Agressive pour yielded a mocha caramel colored 1 finger head. Poured a deep dark rich syrupy blackish brown color, absolutley opaque.

Smell: Smeels like guiness mixed with rum.. not too bad a combo, but the alcohol is immediately present. I get some deeply roasted, almost burt malts and grains comming through as well.

Taste: tastes like it smells for the most part. very boosey. The quality of the beer cannot hold the measly 6%abv at all. I get a huge burn from the boos that overcomes the barely apparent malts and molasses components.

Mouthfeel: Very Very hot, thick and syrupy, not my cup of tea, even for a stout.

Drinkability: This was a drain pour after less than half was drank. Its not even good for getting drunk off because its only got 6% while it tastes like its got at least 15%. Not for me

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

A - Black though to a bright light, a very dark ruby. Lots of head (four fingers) from a hard pour. It takes a while for the head to shrink enough for me to pour the rest into the glass. After head shrinks to a nice layer, a fair amount of lacing is left on the sides of the glass.

S - The dark malts are there but not much else.

T - Sweetness up front but the hops are hiding until it hits the back of your throat. Chocolate and hints of coffee flavors. The dark roasts are very good.

M - Light body with nice carbonation. Very smooth.

D - Easy to drink. When I first tried this beer a about a month ago at a party, I had no problem having a few.

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

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance:
Dark black with more than a finger of head.

Smell:
Malty and roastedness come through strongly with a mild hint of hops.

Taste:
Very malty in the beginning and middle with a slight bittering at the end that leaves a drying aftertaste.

Mouthfeel:
light body with a strong taste of carbonation but a decent smoothness.

Drinkability:
Easy to drink another due to a mild abv of 6% and the overall smoothness of the beer and the distinctness it brings.

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

Pours a dark, cloudy brown with 1/4 inch off-white head. Good lacing with decent retention. Smells of sweet malts and hops. Fits the style of an easy drinking malt/hop blended stout. Tastes the bitterness of the hops along with some roasted malts. Good blend of flavors. Aftertaste is strongly the roasted malts. Crisp, not so smooth, but low carbonation doesn't interfere. Overall, not bad at all and easily much better than regular Guinness.

Photo of oriolesfan4
2.95/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I've tried 320 some odd beers but never a Guinness in my life.. how about that.

Well, it's decent, that's for sure. Pours a nice jet black with a light brown head. Not much there aroma wise, took many whiffs and I come up with nothing. Taste is a bit alcohol heavy for only 6 % ABV.. as I swirl it around my mouth I can detect some strong alcohol burning going on. Some nice malts are also there too, but this beer's alcohol kick affects the drinkability a good deal. Meh, not what I was hoping for.

Photo of soupyman10
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally got my hands on a bottle of this fairly common beer that I've just never picked up. Really liked it - definitely superior to the omnipresent but fairly non-descript Guinness Draught. This one looks pitch black, a solid tan head that dissolves fairly slowly. Nose and taste are strong on coffee, roasted malt, some light fruit. Maybe a bit of caramel in there. Feel is fairly full, good carbonation. Appropriately stouty. Overall, a nice brew.

Photo of bmwats
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint.

A: Black in color. Little carbonation, pours into a 2 finger, grayish, frothy head with little craters. Settles into a thin layer of bubbles on the surface with mountain shaped layer of foam on the sides as it does. A little lacing, but a giant foam ring reminds you where you started.

S: Strong malt and yeast.

T: Really bitter hops, malt yeast, and a hint of nuttiness.

M: The hops assault your tastebuds with a full on attack. Then malt, then maybe walnut(?) or pecan(you know how when you bite into on with the center membrane still intact). Coats the inside of the mouth. Hoppy aftertaste.

D: Robust flavor, great drinkability.

This beer has great atmosphere and great flavor, just a little complexity. Robust, bitter, and truly stout. Has a light drinkability, and a great finish. Excellent quaff. If you've stuck with the draught, you haven't experienced everything Guinness has to offer until you've gone down this road.

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

From a 1 pt. 6 fl. oz bottle marked G10MB1-2042-L8192NTI. I am assuming this is the version offered widely in the USA; the one you can find just about anyplace where they sell beer; the one with the Pythonesque "brilliant" ad campaign. If so I am reviewing the right one. Despite the fact that everyone and his brother tries this at least once I am giving this mainstream brew a high rating because it is one of the best easy to find beers you can buy. It pours brown-black with a decent, foamy tan head. Aroma of cocoa, malts, and chocolate hops. Decent mouth feel. Distinctive hopped flavor that ends dry. Always a great go-to beer if it is after hours.

Photo of prosper
2.78/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Contracted brewed for Guinness by Labatt in Canada. Pours a very dark brown, verging on black. Not quite opaque, with garnet highlights. Light, frothy tan head, lots of lace.

Smells primarily of fruity esters, typical of other guinness products. I'd describe them as candy-like green apple (not quite the acetaldehyde green apple, though). Some acrid roast and raisin-like fruity-caramel.

Taste contains a lot of the same candy-like esters, some DMS (surprisingly), light roast malt flavours with a somewhat sour 'zing' of some sort, reminiscent of something I can't quite put my finger on; almost a cider-ish flavour. For a guinness product, I'm really not impressed. Maybe it's just a bad batch. Slight sweet raisin fruitiness and some munich-like grainy malt; finishes roasty-dry

Moutfeel is medium-full. Somewhat chewey, but finish is clean and dry.

Not especially drinkable, but it's not cloying, either.

Photo of Schwarz04
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Dark chocolate brown with a creamy tan/sienna head. As I drank it it left one of the nicest Lacings I've seen in a long time.

Smell - Faintly bitter barley smell at first later accompanied by a roasty coffee-like aroma.

Taste - The two most predominent tastes up front are bitterness and less obvious hints of sweetness. (Coffee-like)

Mouthfeel - Creamy and very smooth. Perfect amount of carbonation. However it leaves a bit of dryness afterwards.

Drinkability - Very smooth and quite tasty, I could easily drink 2 mabye even 3 in one sitting.

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

Appearance - Nice thick brown with a bubbly tan/brown head. Laces well.

Smell - Kind of that distinctive Guinness bitter barley smell with hints of milk on it. Also a bit of coffee in there.

Taste - I don't know if I'd put this one in the dry stout category, as its very sweet on the tongue. Coffee and milk come up front immediately with some good roasted malts notes and faint bread. Finishes with a hint of hops.

Mouthfeel - Everything the mainstream Guinness wishes it was. Nice and creamy with a subtly strong carbonation.

Drinkability - This is what Guinness on draft should be. Not that nitro abomination.

Guinness Extra Stout (Original) from Guinness Ltd.
84 out of 100 based on 3,501 ratings.