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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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3,560 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,560
Reviews: 1,268
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 15.41%
Wants: 60
Gots: 514 | 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 thequeen711
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a beer for everyone. The thick cola dark pour and the 2 fingered head is a beauty to see, as well as a treasure to drink. Malty, caramelish flavours blend well to create this masterpiece. Nose mostly malty, with just a slight hint of caramel. The taste is what I've expected, matches the nose, not thick, not thin, just sit back and enjoy this stout.

Photo of Buschyfor3
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 freshly cleaned 14oz mug.

A: Deep, dark brown - about as brown as you can get before the color turns black. Color matches the burnt, roasted scents. Pour forms a thick, dense and creamy beige head, two fingers thick. Heavy lacing leaves a film of tiny bubbles down the sides of the mug with each sip.

S: You name it, it's ROASTED! Roasted malts, roasted barley and roasted oats. Big, nutty (almost beefy) aroma. In a word, this beer is "robust" in its roastiness, even if it isn't overly complex.

T: Those roasted flavors really come out strong - big, burnt notes, like burnt toast and burnt popcorn. Gradually mellows out (just like the label on the bottle suggest - "the robust, mellow flavors of Guinness") into a finish with a distinct grainy, bready flavor, almost akin to eating a stale piece of wheat bread.

M: Not super thick, but definitely beyond what I would call a medium body - call it medium-full. Slightly chewy, and slightly oily in the mouthfeel, but not to the point where it coats the mouth and throat like some milk stouts or Russian Imperial Stouts.

D: 6% ABV, this remains easy to drink, especially if you can pair it with a hearty meal.

Guinness Extra Stout is quite a solid, flavorful Irish stout. While I do enjoy the extra creamy mouthfeel of a Guinness Draft, especially when it's on a nitro tap, sometimes I just feel like taste of the regular Draught leaves something to be desired. This stout provides just that bit more heft of roasted flavors that pairs quite well at the dinner table with most grilled meats.

Photo of cjl1209
2.94/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

"Brewed since 1759 with natural ingredients, today GUINNESS is enjoyed in over 150 countries. Experience the robust, mellow and satisfying flavor for yourself."

Imported - No freshness date

A - Pours dark black. A red tint becomes visible only if held up to direct light. A massive 3+ finger creamy and bubbly beige head to go along. Sticky lacing is left all down my glass as I drink.

S - Smells of deep, dark roasted malts.

T - Heavy roasted malts, burnt, with a definite coffee influence. Leaves the mouth bitter and very dry which is still present when it comes time for the next sip.

M - Creamy but not exactly thick as may be expected from such a dark appearance.

D - Moderate. The combination of burnt malts and dryness keeps me from considering this sessionable but if that's what you like, feel free to indulge.

Photo of BierBreath305
4.33/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Samuel Adams pint glass... Wow, this baby gives almost 3 fingers of creamy khaki head that lingers forever, and when you pour more beer in the glass the head gets deformed and lumpy, just like a Mcdonalds chocolate shake when you poke a straw into it.

If you're used to Guinness Draught then this is a completely different animal. It's thicker and stronger, like a real stout should be. You can taste the hops on your tongue and the malt on the back of your throat. A true definition of an Irish Dry Stout but a bit heavy so more than 2-3 is pushing it, stomach-wise.

This is the REAL Guinness Stout but for the regular drinker this maybe too much when compared to the Draught tap or nitro-can. Fortunately, I can do both :)

Photo of rodney45
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is a good beer, if you are buying it at a gas station. Look, in all honesty, i think this beer isnt a great extra stout... The carbonation is too in your face. Its very roasty smelling, plus some slight hints of caramel, and slight indication of bitterness. A very dark brew, with a head that sticks around as long as you can drink this beer. I like that. Tastes a lot like a good stout should, minus the nitrogen. It has a depth that guiness can provide,(ie malt, subtle hop, and roasted barley) but it has a lack in the characteristic that a good on tap beer has. My honest opinion is to get this beer on tap somewhere that is reputable, and not in extra stout. Very drinkable, and it has a soothing mouthfeel, but doesn't compare to the real thing.

Photo of jmfc8237
4.27/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark black lager that poured into a pint glass that revealed nothing other than pitch black colour. Rich caramel head with good carbonation and webby lacing.

S- Mossy Earth, and mild hoppy nose with fired grain aromas that had notes of astringent buttery cocoa.

T- Mild sweetness and light hop bite. This led into a rich toffee and burnt wood aftertaste that finished smooth.

M/D- Slightly thick feel and smooth drinkability.

Photo of nick76
2.34/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The aroma is not quite to style. It's only got a bitter hops element and alcohol as well as a toasted adjunct malt. The appearance is right, it's dark brown with a large tan head. The flavor is awful. It's astringently bitter with an over brewed coffee and corn finish. The palate is thin. This is actually bad.

Photo of omnigrits
4.36/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aaahhh, this is Guinness as it should be. No nitrogen, no cascading, no creamy head, and despite being far less easy to drink, far more drinkable.

I couldn't really use anything but an imperial Guinness pint for this one, could I. It pours pitch black with an expansive light tan head that never goes away throughout the whole pint and leaves plenty of sticky lace. The nose is muted but shouts ROASTED at you, maybe even borderline burnt. The taste is earthy and burnt , and I'm sure not to everyone's taste, but this is what I like. Body is firm but not chewy.

Seriously, who would want to drink the nitro stuff when you can have this? Unfortunately it's usually all you can get.

Photo of stingrayvr6
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Guinness pint glass. Dark brown/amber red with a super thick cream colored head that sticks to the glass. Smell of coffee and roasted barley, tasting similar, very earthy and roasty, bitter like coffee with a coffee like finish. Great stout, somehtign to keep around. Staple in my fridge. Not terribly complex flavor, just a uniform roasty feel, easy to drink.

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

Bought some for St Pat's to make Guinness stew. worked out great.

appearance: deep dark black, nearly ebony, loaded head and creamy froth.

smell: good hops, and slight chocolate aromas

taste: rich and slight chocolate roasted flavors but had a smooth rich taste, Very Dry, not sweet at all.

mouthfeel: thick, creamy, good carbonation and very tasty

drinkability: Solid, can;t decide if I liek the regular better or not. both solid, guess it depends on my mood

Photo of wheatyweiss
3.41/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into an imperial pint.

Pours a nice dark chocolate, mahogany color with a nice ample two finger head that settles to a cap and leaves impressive stick around the glass.

Aroma is surprisingly fruity hops and dark roasted malt. Strangely, the hops and fruity yeast actually hit the nose before the dark malt does, that is interesting. Deeper whiffs bring coffee, cream and a hint of dark fruit.

Flavor is dark fruit on the front, very sweet and caramelized dark fruit. Middle brings a dark roasted malt bitterness with a slight metallic twang that is a bit distracting. Finishes impressively sweet despite the "dry stout" labeling. Hops make themselves present more in the finish than anywhere else and they shine there, not a bad finish actually. The only thing bringing this beer down is that weird metallic flavor I can't track down. Is it the water? Is it the hops? Bad capping? I would honestly give it a 4.5 if not for the metal flavor.

Mouthfeel is quite creamy and full. To be honest I don't even know why they do the nitro-cans, because it's perfect out of the bottle. If someone needs softer carbonation than this, go find a cask ale, cuz this isn't bad.

Better than I remember now that my tastes have matured, would make an excellent go to stout when I can't find NG Coffee Stout.

Photo of twaddlac
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a decent, thick tan head. Lace really sticks to the glass. Smell of roasted hops, smoke, caramel, and a slight hoppiness. Really bitter with an ash like taste and a hint of the darkest coffee. Has a thick consistency but goes down smooth with a slight tingle as it hits the bottom of the esophagus with a dry, bitter aftertaste. Good beer but I have heard that it does not export well so I am wondering what it really tastes like over in Ireland, good beer overall.

Photo of mjurney
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[Appearance]: Deep dark brown to black color with a nice tan head.
[Smell]: Dark roasted malts, coffee, hint of earthly.
[Taste]: Roasted malts, coffee, hint of dark chocolate, also I can detect some dry fruitiness at the end.
[Mouthfeel]: Medium to heavy bodied.
[Drinkability]: Great stout! Worth buying again.

Photo of Jimbo87
3.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a US pint glass.

Nice black color with a pale brown head.

Smell: A little bit of grain and roastiness. Improves as it warms. But not that impressive.

Taste. OK grain tasted. Roasty. But not as flavorful as any other stout I've had recently. Not a complex flavor.

MF: good, unlike Draught, which is too watery for me. This has some body. Good carbonation.

D: from what I remember, this is much better than Draught. I can't tell if this isn't a great beer or if I don't like Irish Dry stouts very much, because this and Draught are the only ones I've had.

Photo of projectflam86
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours motor oil black/brown color with a nice creamy dark tan head. Good solid 'Guinness like' lacing all the way down.

S- Roasted malty nose with hints of dark chocolate, coffee, caramel, and hazelnut.

T- Roasty toasty malts with the slightest hint of coffee and chocolate.

M- Surprisingly light for a stout and barely any carbonation (which is indicative of the style).

D- Not a bad brew, I enjoyed it better than the original.

Photo of UA8
3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours the color of liquid smoke with a one finger cocoa head.

S- Lightly roasted malt scents with alight grain (oat) back note.

T- Opens with toasted malts, mid palate is semi sweet, finishes slightly bitter with herbal hop notes.

M- A touch thin for a stout.

D- An above average beer which is very tasty for being as cheap as it is.

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

Guinness Extra Stout is the only Guinness I will buy. I can't stand regular Guinness, its bland and flavorless; its smoky flavored water and that's it. The Extra Stout has a fierce bite and dry, really dry, and I have always enjoyed it. I've been drinking Extra Stout for quite some time but have never reviewed it. Its always been apart of my default beer, when I wanted something good but wasn't feeling adventurous, but still was looking for that bitter bite that I crave.

Served in a frozen pint glass

Appearance: Cola-like, clear and black. Nice, thick, light brown head but little retention. I turned around and the head just disappeared. My heart sank...

Smell: Nose is light but contains a dry hoppy bite. Irish dry stouts aren't something I drink on a regular basis so the scent is a little foreign to me. I can pick up some light coffee, roasted malts, and a flutter of candied dark fruit in the background. GES always seems to have a scent that really stands out from other stouts. I like that.

Taste: Bitter with a sweet punch at the end. Its hoppy with some nice coffee, toffee, and some hidden chocolate notes. Its dry, really dry even. It definitely stays true to the Irish Dry Stout tradition.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy and very dry. I needed some water to keep drinking haha.

Drinkability: Its good but I don't know if the wimpy 6% ABV is worth the effort. I think stout and I think 9% and higher. For an Irish Dry Stout its good but there is definitely some better stuff out there. Its great effort for a BMC.reputation.



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

I can say that Guinness draught is likely the beer that got me inspired me to keep trying more. I finally come around to try this one.

This is a very good looking beer, fluffy white head and good lace.

Smell is earthy and hoppy.

Taste is really nothing like Guinness draught. Reminds me of a dark lager.

Mouth is relatively thick with high carbonation.

Good for style but not for me.

Photo of pants678
2.99/5  rDev -19.2%
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
4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
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
3.86/5  rDev +4.3%
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
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
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
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
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
3.34/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Guinness Extra Stout (Original) from Guinness Ltd.
84 out of 100 based on 3,560 ratings.