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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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3,095 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,095
Reviews: 1,219
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 15.41%
Wants: 42
Gots: 216 | 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: guinness33 on 11-12-2000)
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Photo of edmundfitzoil


3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Guinness Extra Stout poured froma brown 22 oz. (1 pint, 6 fl. oz.). I couldn't find a freshness or born on date on the label. I poured my Guinness into a standard pint glass.
The beer poured the expected black with the darkest brown edges at only the very extreme edges of the glass. It poured with a tan, foamy head that retained very well. With soem fine lacing, about half an inch left around the inside top of the glass. The beer smelled of roasted malt, molasses and some coffee. It tasted strongly of the roasted malts with some chocolate and also some burnt flavors too. A medium body with a dryness to the palate as well. This is one of the beers I have to thank for getting me into good, craft beer. As far as this style goes, I prefer this over the now standard "Guinness Draught" or Murphy's. This is highly drinkable. A good Irish Dry Stout.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2005 19:51:47 | More by edmundfitzoil
Photo of BEERchitect


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

A good example of another classic. Guinness' extra stout offers a good malt base with assertive amounts of roasted grains and chocolate grains for added flavor and complexity. A descent hop bittering adds a 'zip' to the flavor and aroma. The nose holds a lactic souring that I beleive adds to the beer. The same souring shows up in the flavors as well. Finishes a charcoal and chalk like dryness. Very light alcohol flavors shine through the roasted grain bittering. It's a much better beer than the Dry Stout, especially without the nitro. This beer does not need it.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2005 20:35:08 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of Troyone


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

I'm not sure if this is the right one, this is brewed in New Brunswick, Canada.

Pours a black coffee color with a hint of an amber hue. The tannish and fizzy head dissipated within minutes, there was some sediment in the bottle.

Minimal roasted malt and a hint of molasses and caramel smell with a hint of coffee and maybe dark chocolate. Some citrus esters in the hop aroma.

Lightly sweet, acidic, and bitter roasted/burnt malt taste with flavors of dark chocolate and coffee. There are some esters in the hops flavor such as maybe orange.

Full bodied, almost creamy and slightly resinous texture, soft almost flat carbonation, and a metallic and slightly astringent finish.

This is drinkable, has a slight sour astringency.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2005 02:37:53 | More by Troyone
Photo of Golden2wenty1


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

Picked up a 22 oz bomber at Woodman's East here in Madison. Seeing if big brother can make a decent showing where it's little draught brother failed. Concensus...it does, but not by much...still nothing to see here.

Pours pitch black with a nice tan head and some decent lacing. Smell is like an exaggerated version of the draught, burnt malts and metallic, with maybe a hint of burnt coffee. Taste is more of the same, burnt grain and astringent metal, with faint burnt coffee notes. A little harsh on the palate. Mouthfeel is thicker than the draught, but still nothing special. Overall, a far better showing than Draught, but still can't hold a stick to even a decent American micro stout.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2005 18:33:52 | More by Golden2wenty1
Photo of Boneheadmx


3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This baby pours out extremeley dark. It looks a little bit intimidating the first time you see it. The head is alright, but it's not that notable. The smell is not very noticeable, which is kind of nice because it's quite subtle. It hints at the hops. The taste is interesting. The first wave of taste is simultaneously bitter and acidic. Not very pleasant. However, this initial unpleasantness gives way to a big malty taste that feels nice and broad on the tongue. This part is excellent! The malts don't wash away too quickly, leaving a nice bit of flavor in the mouth. The mouthfeel I think is the most interesting part about this beer. It feels weighty, but in a good way. It feels like this beer has substance! The initial thickness gives way to a malty grittiness that is just so addictive. The beer is not quite as drinkable as other beers because the harshness of the hops tends to grate on the tongue, but it is something that I will definitely come back to again.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2005 10:06:20 | More by Boneheadmx
Photo of Backer2004

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can still recall not being able to finish one of these back in college and dreaded drinking them with friends at Notre Dame tailgaters a few years back. Maybe I've developed a taste for other styles but this one is just your average stout with a good mouthfeel and appearance, especially poured out of a nitro can. Great carbonation and head, smooth mouthfeel. Though no impressive smell, it's not too bad at all.

Serving type: nitro-can

08-24-2005 02:29:39 | More by Backer2004
Photo of whynot44


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

Reddish black, with a milk chocolate colored head that lasts a while before retreating to lace. Full bodied, an interesting blend of bitter and sweet, with a rich fruity malt base tasting of roasted coffee, with a touch of chocolate. Dry hops finish.

Smooth, very flavorful, could take some getting used to. Miller Light and Corona fans probably shouldn't bother. Could be addictive.

Serving type: nitro-can

08-14-2005 05:09:43 | More by whynot44
Photo of tgbljb


4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The last time I tried a Guinness Extra Stout was in 1979 and I absolutely hated it. My favorite beer at the time was Stroh's becasue it went down so eay (in other words it had little if any taste). So 26 years later I give Guinness a second chance.
Poured a dark almost black brew with tannish chunky head. Smell is very light with notes of caramel, coffee, and toasted malt. Taste is exceptional with a big toasty maltiness combined with a caramel sweetness and a dry bitterness. What a complex taste!. Aftertaste is an extreme dryness that is superb.
Why did I wait 26 years to give this beer a second chance?

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2005 19:48:03 | More by tgbljb
Photo of battlekow


3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing this simultaneously with regular Guinness Draught. They're both almost-opaque black, just a little bit of ruby showing through when held up to the light. The head on the Extra is much darker than on the original, and thinner. It's a dirty brown color and settles much thinner than the head on the original. Lacing is very good. Smells much better than its cousin, roasted instead of smoked/burnt. There are also some sour, dark fruit tones, like olives. Tastes olivey upfront, with some nice roasted bitterness following. Mouthfeel is a little harsh; this beer could stand to lose some carbonation. The Extra is no doubt far superior to the Draught, but still nothing exceptional.

Note: according to the bottles, the Extra Stout was brewed in Canada, but the Draught imported directly from Ireland.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2005 04:48:30 | More by battlekow
Photo of blitheringidiot


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

Lucky me...a friend traveled back from the GUINNESS brewery. This is the big bottle too. Doesn't say the size but it looks like a 20 oz'er.

Pours a standard dark brown onyx allowing through some glimmers of violet light, topped off woth a khaki ivory 1/4 " head cap that sticks to the sides of the glass.

Light aromas of surprisingly fruit mostly with slight roasted malt and leafy hops.

First swigs: Slight berry and floral flavors. Clean malty slightly coffee bitter center. Flavors and feel are intertwined. Tight dense carbonation. Easy flavor and carbonation promotes drinkability, but at the same time I wouldn't really seek it again.

Last swigs: Lacks any real power. Just a light stout that is quite benign. The only real reason to drink this is pure curiosity. Other than that, better local stouts abound. More free gift beer. Lucky me.

Beer is good. Happy free exotic beering.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2005 23:32:14 | More by blitheringidiot
Photo of joecast


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

ahh guinness. cant get more irish than that right?? wrong!
guinness EXTRA stout!! extra guinness=extra irish!
nice enough looking label....but...whats this?? on the side??

now im no contract brew basher, but i was a tad disappointed when i saw that. and by that i probably admit to being the last BA to think guinness came from ireland. oh well, on to the review.

pours a great looking black color with a smallish lace of a head. interestingly, the head increased in size while i was whining about where guinness comes from. head is tan and foamy.

roasted/black malt aroma. not much else there, but what else should it have?

taste is almost a replica of the aroma. decent roasted/black malt with a hint sweetness and a light bitter finish. nicely weighted mouthfeel. smooth.

not quite guinness on steroids. maybe protien shakes and power bars though.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2005 08:54:17 | More by joecast
Photo of etaggie09


3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pitch plack. does not allow any light to pass through. It just dares you to drink it. Quickly diminishing tan head that leaves an average amount of lacing. Only the color was impressive, every other aspect was average.

Aroma: a vinous, fruity, and roasted smell. Molasses. No hops present. Almost smells like a muted version of a belgian ale, similar in that it is fruity and vinous, but different in that it is much more roasty.

Taste: Burnt coffee. Start is moderately roasted with a faint dark fruit sweetness that carries the roastiness through smoothly to a bitter, moderately dry finish. Leaves a bitter aftertaste that isn't unpleasant. Tastes similar to an American Stout, but only a little sweeter and weaker.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation. With all of the hype surrounding Guinness' thick mouthfeel, I was disappointed to find it too carbonated and thin for my taste. It wasn't significantly thin or carbonated, but it just wasn't what I expected.

Drinkability: Very easy. I had it on two different occasions. I consumed three of the twelve ounce bottles with drinking room to spare on the first night. The second night I had a pint and six ounce bottle that was sufficient for me. Not a heavy beer.

Notes: Well, my first encounter with Guinness is over and I must say that this beer does not live up to the hype surrounding it. It is a good beer to be sure, but it is not incredibly thick, heavy, or bitter. Is it a great beer? Not in my book it isn't. Is it a bad beer? Certainly not. This is definately a fallback beer for me. I need something with more flavor and more body. A respectable beer nonetheless. It is certainly better than Beamish, but it is nowhere near as good as Shakespeare Stout.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2005 01:44:50 | More by etaggie09
Photo of mjohn27603


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

Pours very dark as a Guinness should. Not as pretty as the nitro cans in terms of foaming and action in the glass. A large (over 3 finger) head develops. First sip reveals a much more bitter taste than the regular Guinness. A sweet taste like bittersweet chocolate. Aftertaste leaves a slightly roasted flavor. A nice and pretty average stout that leaves me wanting the normal Guinness. Not as smooth as the nitro cans.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2005 00:41:19 | More by mjohn27603
Photo of Wasatch


3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This is the first time for a Guinness for me. Poured a dark brown/black with a one-finger head which took a little while to disipate, with slight lacing. Has a sweet smell. I have to get use to the taste, but not really that bad. The Extra Stout has a medium body to it. The after taste is not that bad, but I guess I have to get use to it. As of right now, the drinkability is not to high.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2005 00:04:46 | More by Wasatch
Photo of neonbrown82


3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had drank many varieties of stouts before even trying Guinness (Rogue, Boulevard, Sierra Nevada, etc.), so when I first had a Guinnes Draught, I was none too impressed. I read some reviews about the Foreign Export Stout, however, and it sounded as if it were awesome, so I thought I would try the dumbed down american version.

Pours to a very dark brown color with no light penetration. Had a good tannish head. It doesn't LOOK as cool as it does from the nitro tap/bottle/can, but it sure as hell produces a better result all around. Nitro? Bleh!

The smell is almost exactly like Newcastle brown. Dark and nutty, coffee and earthy, but quite sweet and malty more than anything else.

The taste is not much different. Tastes like a souped up Newcastle. Only a bit more roasty and flavorful, but not quite as quenchable. Just slightly above average. This is quite the improvement from the nitro charged draught bullshit, but still not my favorite stout (expectedly).

The mouthfeel isn't nearly as creamy as the draught, as was expected, but that is the ONLY thing that I like about nitro pours, other than the nifty cascading head.

The finish is a bit sour. Lacks any roasted bitterness or hop bitterness, though the hops are slightly evident. It's not nearly as bad as the Guinness draught, but it still isn't a good stout.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2005 06:09:26 | More by neonbrown82
Photo of Naes

New York

3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is jet black with a frothy dark cream colored head that stays with you throughout your drink. It also laces quite well.

Its aroma is malty and sweet.

The flavor has more hop presence than its aroma implies, though it is nicely balanced by the malts. It’s a nice and roasty stout with a good hop presence and a tiny bit of chocolate in the end.

The mouth feel is rich and thick with a bit of aftertaste chew.

This one is a highly drinkable stout, much better than I remember it being. Although I don’t feel that it lives up to all the hype surrounding this brew. If you have dismissed this beer, it’s probably worth giving it another try.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2005 01:05:41 | More by Naes
Photo of Frozensoul327


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

A good offering from the Guinness line. Poured out similarly to traditional Guinness, with a nice head that was very dense and brown cream colored. Not a very strong aroma, but hints of earth, coffee and herbs were noted. Taste was quite nice, flavors of coffee, hops and a smoke-like quality. Very filling. Decent mouthfeel, slightly creamy. Worth a try for fans of Guinness and dry stouts.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2005 23:30:28 | More by Frozensoul327
Photo of jasonpeckins32


3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I sure hope there's a big difference between this and Guinness Draught. That was the worst letdown I've ever had with a beer.
I'm expecting this to be at least a little better.

Pours the expected pitch black color, with an average-sized tan frothy head. The nose is of very intense sweet roasted malts. It smells much sweeter than I expected. The taste is strong and appealing, also a little tart. And whattya know? A million times tastier than Guinness Draught. I notice sweet malts and a touch of coffee beans, both brought on with just the right amount of bitterness. Mouthfeel is not light at all, but probably a little thinner than medium-bodied. I'm sure I could drink a few of these before I got tired of them.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2005 12:14:05 | More by jasonpeckins32
Photo of jdm


3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours a creamy one finger head that leaves lace on sides of glass as it fades. ebony color that only bright, direct sunlight can begin to penetrate. i smell roasted malt with a faint sweetness. bittering is definitely there but i don't think over-done. has a faint sour taste that i haven't heard anyone talk about b4. tried another and still get faint sour. doesn't ruin it but doesn't help it either. finishes quite dry. i prefer this swarthy fellow over macro's but i can't get past the sour.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2005 07:13:55 | More by jdm
Photo of kbnooshay

New York

3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Mmmm. Pours a nice deep black/brown with a really great thicky looking tan/brown head. It smells of coffee and chocolate. It is fairly bitter but splendid. It is sharp with hops yet malty. The mouthfeel is nice and coating. I could drink a few of these, maybe not quite as much as regular guinness though.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2005 01:41:38 | More by kbnooshay
Photo of beersarang


3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black with hints of ruby in the light. Tan head that is frothy with large bubbles. Impressive and recedes but never quite gives up.

Scents of roasted malts, coffee and chocolate.

Huge roasted malt presence, light Kent hopping blends in well. Fairly two dimensional, but solid. Finishes dry, as it should. Overall roasted coffee defines this beers character.

Fairly light to medium bodied, I would have liked it to be a little thicker.

Overall a solid stout, a good standby that is available everywhere. Avoid the draft, it's practically sweet water.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2005 05:40:05 | More by beersarang
Photo of weeare138


2.75/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appears a deep, roasted black with a decent 2 inch, sudsy tan head. Streaks of sticky lacing can be seen with no carbonation forthcoming.
Smell is of huge amounts of crystal malt with some chocolate malt and a mild dose of grassiness.
Taste seems to be a numbing crystal malt shot with an uncomfortable, unbalanced taste the lingers with a tiny bit of bitter cocoa and grass.
Mouthfeel is smooth at first but becomes very thin and washed out towards the end with an annoying, unbalanced linger that leans towards a bitter sweet, dry unappetizing finish.
All in all, I wouldn't really want more than one of these. I seem to like the nitro version of this a bit more.

Not so good, Al.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2005 14:50:38 | More by weeare138
Photo of horndecker

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted from the large brown bottle (500ml?), no nitro, no nothin'. I have no idea where this bottle was brewed. Ireland?, Canada?, under license in Hackensack?

It's the deepest dark brown, almost black. A fine frothy head develops, with the color and character of a cup of hot cocoa. It subsides only very slowly and obstinately.

The smells are all espresso, cocoa powder and a bit of fresh grassiness.

The first sip delivers a mineral bitterness, burnt flavors of roasted malt and a hint of smoky stewed fruit. A dollop of dusty sweetness appears just before the bitter end. Smooth and balanced, with a persistant bitter aftertaste at the back of one's throat. It all sits very nicely and you're ready for the next sip.

In some ways I enjoyed this more than the typical draught you get here in the States. Seems richer and more interesting. I should do a blind A-B tasting somehow....

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2005 23:47:48 | More by horndecker
Photo of Padron4KM


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

12 oz bottle. Pours out inky blak with ruby tinges. Thick tan head that recedes slowly.
lots of sticky lace left behind.
aroma of grain and roasted coffee, a little chocolatey sweetness.
flavor is roasty coffee, with an underlying sweetness.
I still like this once in a while.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2005 06:08:15 | More by Padron4KM
Photo of deejaydan


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

Pours an inky black color with a frothy whipped head. Unreal lacing on this too. Aroma of roasted malts, with an hint of the guinness *twang*. Taste is upfront roasty, slighty sweet in the middle, with a clean slight hop finish. Mouthfeel is nice, full. Carbonation level is good, and it doesn't get in the way.

This is a classic beer. I'm not a huge fan of the nitro stuff, but this is a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2005 22:16:37 | More by deejaydan
Guinness Extra Stout (Original) from Guinness Ltd.
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