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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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BA SCORE
84
good

3,339 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 3,339
Reviews: 1,240
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 15.41%
Wants: 56
Gots: 324 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Guinness Ltd. visit their website
Ireland

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: SixpointJMH on 11-12-2000)
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Photo of Blupoet03
4.8/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black into a pint glass with a tremendous brownish-tan head.

The nose is full of toasted malt tones - coffee and chocolate balanced with hops.

Once in the mouth, it is remarkably smooth, creamy, and balanced - the taste mirrors the aroma, leaving no promise unfulfilled.

This stout dries nicely at the end, and it is easy to drink.

This beer is exemplary of its style. I have yet to have another stout that compares as an equal - only Lion Stout comes close, but its high alcohol content takes too much away from its qualities.

Great choice. Enjoy!

Blupoet03, Sep 13, 2007
Photo of beerNdarts
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This stuff is excellent. Served from the bottle, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Black as Draught Guinness, minus the cascading bubbles and the subsequent head. Head was in fact very thin, thinner than I would expect, and dissapated (sp) quickly.

S- Chocolaty and malty, very strong chocolate tones.

T- For anyone used to the Draught version, you're in for a suprise. As an extra stout this stuff lacks the carbonation, and as such the stout tastes comes through better. Bakers chocolate and light amount of coffee come to mind... a slight alkaline feeling as it goes down, but excellent stuff for sure.

M- Thick. So thick. I recommend trying this on vanilla ice cream: delicious!

D- Dinner? No thanks, just had one. Seriously though, I'd be hard pressed to drink more than two in a night, owing to the thickness of this fine stout.

beerNdarts, Sep 08, 2007
Photo of bunnyhustle
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good Guinness. Recently tried the Draught for the first time and wasnt too impressed so it inspired me to try this. Much better! Pours black, perhaps the first beer I've had that actually pours black, even when held to the light. Nice tan head that stays around through the duration and leaves nice lace behind. Smell is of ice coffee and malt and some caramel. Tastes like some malt, grain, and chocolate all mixed together, a great balance of sweetnees and some bitterness as well from the hops. Leaves an almost dry chocolate-y aftertaste. Higher carbonation than the Draught makes the mouthfeel different and better. Nice, crisp and refreshing. Overall all 4's as this is a good beer.

bunnyhustle, Sep 07, 2007
Photo of ralree
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours extremely dark brown (almost black) with 2 fingers of light tan head.

S: This is a really good-smelling stout. Very sweet and roasted malt smell.

T: Roasted malt - very good. A bit of coffee. Leaves a bitter taste in the mouth.

M: Doesn't finish as clean as some other stouts, but still not bad. Asringency is high.

D: Good for a stout. I can't see myself drinking this a lot, but I would take it over a Guinness Draught any day,

ralree, Sep 01, 2007
Photo of Limberg316
4.7/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An excellent choice with a hearty meal like stew or well, hell anything Irish. Drink suprisingly easy considering how stout it is. Not as dark as Draught but still very dark in color and rich in its malty flavors. Good to drink out of a bottle or in a glass but best if you can find a place that has it on tap.

Limberg316, Aug 31, 2007
Photo of LittleCreature
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - 4.0
Wow, this is Guinness, but never like I've seen it before. For some reason I was expecting the solid creamy head and cascading effect, but this is completely different, and not quite as pretty. Poured 2.5 fingers of loosish pale brown head, which took its time reducing. The colour is a solid black, with some light showing brown around the edges.

Smell - 4.0
Mmm, definitely a better, stonger smell than Guinness draught. I can smell the sweetness of liquor soaked raisins, roasted malt and a little coffee, and some molasses after warming.

Taste - 4.0
Yum! This is so much tastier than the draught it is not funny! Smooth and sweet malt upfront, moves onto dark fruits, and a burnt, hoppy, bitter finish. The aftertaste is dry and bitter, but not excessively so.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Doesn't have the creaminess of the draught version, but still oh so smooth. Carbonation is low, but average for a stout

Drinkability - 3.5
Due to the higher alcohol and increased bitterness, I would say this is less drinkable than the draught version. I wouldn't go for a second in a sitting, but I will definitely try it again.

OVERALL - 3.95
I have never been a stout drinker, I only touch the stuff if I am in Ireland, or a single bottle on rare occasion. At this point in time, this is far better than any other stout I have tried. I still couldn't use this as a session drink, it's too full-on, but I will definitely be buying it again. It's a bit pricey, but considering the flavour, the value is not bad at all. A fine stout.

LittleCreature, Aug 29, 2007
Photo of cyrenaica
2.13/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This is the beer that convinced me that Ales are not for me. I think the aroma is alright, and as for appearance, there is something about beer that looks like coffee that turns me off. Even the flavour wasn't that appealing to me. I found this to be a slightly bitter beverage. Even the mouthfeel felt very thick and strong with little in the way of carbonation. I'm the only person I know who doesn't really like Guinness so it's not you people...it's me.

cyrenaica, Aug 26, 2007
Photo of kguyty
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I enjoy this ttyle of Guiness much more than the Draught version. It pours a dark brown color with a nice off-white head. Smells of roasted malts, and tastes like roasted malt and chocolate with a little coffee mixed in. A good beer, but dare I say, I have had better stouts.

kguyty, Aug 25, 2007
Photo of meechum
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this before I realized it wasn't the one with the widget. Well it's a great stout in and of itself. Pours dark black with a nice tan head. Has good malted notes and a nice dry hoppy finish which is the way a good Guinness should be. I pulled back several of these as I bought a six. It's a good representation of Irish Dry Stouts..great beer

meechum, Aug 23, 2007
Photo of wingman14
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with brown hues and a very small mocha head that faded fast. Smells sweet with chocolate and malty notes. The taste starts malty with a bitter finish. This one is not as smooth as I expected for Guiness but still had a bold taste that was enjoyable. It had a good deal of carbonation which was frustrating not having a frothy head. This had a medium body, lighter for a stout, but didn't take away too much from the beer. This one is an easy drinker and worth checking out for those who are into stouts. Enjoy.

wingman14, Aug 15, 2007
Photo of biggmike
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Personally, what this gains in alcohol content over the Draught it loses in taste. Still a good beer, but not quite as good as the Draught. Much thinner also, with a more bitter taste. Pour is very dark with an off-white/tan head that hangs around for a while. Aroma is coffee and choclate malts as is the taste. Fuller more rich flavor than Guinness Draught.

biggmike, Aug 07, 2007
Photo of nightcrawler
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There are few Irish stouts I like better than ol' Guinnee here.

The smell was as usual, warm, dark & malty, but a bit light.

The latest pint I had was creamy in my mouth and left me with a light brown mustache from the tight foamy head.

Smooth malt flavor which only got better as the beer warmed up. The bar serves their Guinness too cold, as many do, but I couldn't wait to get into it.

Great roasted malt. Slacks the thirst. Dry finish with a hint of hops.

The only think I would have liked was a bit more hint of taste in the smell as I put my nose in the half empty glass.

nightcrawler, Jul 29, 2007
Photo of dustylong
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich dark brown (pretty much black) color with a nice, big, creamy head with good retention and lacing (poured from a bottle into an Imperial pint glass). You can smell aromas of coffee and chocolate, and a bit of caramel. Very malty taste, chocolatey and coffee like tasting, with some bitterness. Fairly dry finish. Feels fairly thick/heavy in the mouth, with little carbonation. I like this brew much more than the standard Guinness Draught, it just seems to have a little more taste.

dustylong, Jul 28, 2007
Photo of Brad007
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Luckily the bottle doesn't have a goofy widget. Doesn't need one either. Pours a very dark black color with a nice, creamy head. Aroma is one of roastiness and caramel mixed with some coffee. Taste is definitely flavorful as it reminds me much of caramel coffee in some ways. The finish is kind of thin at the back of the throat with some dryness. Leaves a nice roasted feel in the mouth.

Definitely more flavorful than Guinness Draught but not quite past the level of BlackFly Stout.

A much, much better introduction to stouts for a newbie.

Brad007, Jul 16, 2007
Photo of leechungsr
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a thick almost inky black. thick layer of creamy head with good lace.
S: roasted coffee, chocolate, maybe slight caramel.
T: super creamy malt with light bitterness. dark chocolate
M: thick, with low carbonation. for its thickness, it is very smooth and goes down well.
D: very filling meal beer. I think everyone should at one time or another try this one.

leechungsr, Jul 14, 2007
Photo of Rudgers73
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got a six pack of this yesterday.

Pours a light shade of black with creamy, tan, guinness head. Smells like burnt malt, slight hops. The taste is crisp with charred taste, and slight hops at the end. Overall a deep, full-bodied roasted taste. No coffee or chocolate in there creating a dry, and slightly one-dimensional flavor profile. Overall, better than american guinness, but not the best dry stout I've had.

Rudgers73, Jun 18, 2007
Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - 3" tan head with very good retention. Dark brown stout. Head leaves full-on foamy lace.

S - Mild roasted malt. Light coffee.

T - Iron. Molasses. Roasted malt in finish. Dry. Slight bitterness.

M - Medium bodied stout. Low carbonation. Smooth.

D - Very drinkable. Definitely sessionable. A little bit bolder malt profile would improve it in my book.

MUSHROOMCLOUD, Jun 17, 2007
Photo of giblet
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very good stout. i dont drink a lot of stout beers cuz they fill me up so much. plus usually when i drink beer i like to have 2, 3, or more. this is hard for me to do on the heavy beers.

it had a nice head and lacing. nice rich caramel flavor. i had it with a med/well cheeseburger and it was a great combo. i promptly went back to my hotel room and took a nap. i was sleepy! so me took nappy!

this is easy to find so i highly recomend giving it a taste or three!

"Beer is proof that God loves man." B. Franklin

as i always say...suckem up and movem out!

giblet

giblet, Jun 13, 2007
Photo of jayfarley3
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass, poured almost a pitch black with a thick tan head.
S - smells roasty, slightly chocolatey with a bit of a coffee aroma
T - kind of has a bitter coffee taste to it, i definitley like it a lot better than guiness draught
M - is fairly thick, creamy and very smooth compared to the draught.
D - this beer is very far from my favorite stout beers, but it is drinkable and a lot better that most beer that available here.

jayfarley3, Jun 13, 2007
Photo of robocrouch
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured into my pint glass from the bottle. A pitch black color with an oil like pour. A pretty decent off white/tan head.

S: Coffee and toasted malts are the main attraction. Even smells thick.

T: Very smooth and flavorful. Like the smell coffee and toasted malts are the main flavors. This one finishes with a little bitter kiss. Tastes like Guinness draught but the flavors seem better and flow together more. Very tasty and o so creamy.

D: Overall above and beyond the more widely served draught version. A very good stout.

robocrouch, Jun 12, 2007
Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours an opaque black with red hues. Big fluffy cream head dwindles down to very thin head. Leaves behing dome lacing in the glass. I was surprised at how light the head was on this.

S- Big smell of toasted malt and coffee. Some notes of chocolate too.

T- Initial taste is somewhat thin. Chocolate flavoring and malt come through the carbonation. Aftertaste is bitter and resembles burnt coffee. This taste lingers until the next taste.

M- Carbonation is very high and masks the soft taste at the meginning. Body is between medium and heavy weight.

D- Average drinkability. It was somewhat enjoyable and went down moderately easy-hence the average rating. It was nice to see the difference between Guiness and Guiness extra.

PittBeerGirl, May 22, 2007
Photo of Manosbeeroffate
4.4/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Didn't have high expectations since regular ol Guinness seems to be a shadow of what it should be, this stuff though, much different. Pour deep brown color, nice fluffy head. Smells like burnt malts, taste, oh yeah. Slight burnt malt, cocoa, a nice tart finish with each sip. Overall, this is what Guinness should push on the American market insteadof their ol regular draft. This is good stuff, this is what Guiness should always be.

Manosbeeroffate, May 20, 2007
Photo of TheBierBand
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was the best that I could get at the place we went to on Friday night. I was at a great little place in Southern Pines, NC called May Street Market. This place is normally a little restaurant for breakfast and lunch only.... but on Friday nights, they turn it into a beer joint with a live band... COOL IDEA!

I've always had the Guinness on draught nitro tap... but I thought I would try this.

12 oz bottle poured into my pint glass achieving a rather active head of 2" of off-white creamy foam that gradually settled back down... retained well, though. The appearance was pretty much as expected.... black as night.

The smell was very faint.... just slight hints of coffee, malt and bread.

The taste was MUCH more robust than the draught! I prefer the bottle version HANDS DOWN. Good coffee richness and a nice tart finish. Hoppier than the nitro tap.

The mouthfeel is more carbonated than the typical nitro tap.... but not over done.... actually, just right. Perhaps not as THICK as I prefer in a stout.... but OK.

Overall drinkability. is fine.... I think I had 5 over the course of the evening. This won't kick your butt....

Not a GREAT beer, but a good solid Irish Stout.

TheBierBand, May 17, 2007
Photo of SaltyLime
4.45/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Dark beer, dark reddish tint seen only when held up to a bright light. Head was a bit limper than the draught, and it was like popping my balloon to not see the cascading effect...but still a beauty of a beer.

Smell - Strong aromas of roasted malts and floral hops.

Taste - This is a full flavor, malty start with a little bitterness to finish.

Mouthfeel - Dry. Full body.

Drinkability - You anticipate the next drink while you're still in mid-sip/gulp. I find this one consistent throughout temperature change of chilled to warmed. I was pleased.

SaltyLime, May 15, 2007
Photo of Cath0de
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle. Brewed in Canada.

Appearance: Deep black with no light visible through it. Nice. A chunky, rocky dark tan-colored head maintains throughout the entire beer.

Smell: Faint scent of chocolate and coffee...not a very complex aroma.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Caramel, currant, chocolate sweetness up-front, not cloying, balanced by bitter, astringent finish. Well-rounded toasted malt flavor. A mild alcohol punch finishes. Medium carbonation complements bitterness. A well balanced beer. A bit on the thin side, even for a dry Irish stout.

Drinkability: Surprisingly drinkable, but too alcoholic and the bitter aftertaste too pronounced after a few to be a session beer.

Overall:

A good beer, better than Guinness Draught by a lot. Well balanced for an Irish stout, and exhibits a decent amount of complexity in a style that is too often one-dimensional.

Cath0de, May 07, 2007
Guinness Extra Stout (Original) from Guinness Ltd.
84 out of 100 based on 3,339 ratings.