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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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3,440 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,440
Reviews: 1,244
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 15.41%
Wants: 55
Gots: 375 | 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: SixpointJMH on 11-12-2000)
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Photo of drxandy
3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz to augestiner mug (20oz?), pours a highly carbonated deep opaque blackish brown, foamy tan head fades down after time, served at room temperature

smells of malts, hops, bitterness, alcohol

taste is extremely bitter, deep malts pop out, almost astringent, kinda metalic (possibly an old bottle?), thin tasting, i wouldn't want to drink an entire 6pack in a sitting, only like 2, not my favorite version of guinness by any means and i actually think it probably would taste a bit better cold.

mouthfeel is super bitter, deliciously foamy, overall not superbly drinkable due to the astringency of it

drxandy, Jul 03, 2008
Photo of Lexluthor33
3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pours a brown-black with a small frothy head that settles to a tiny lace. The aroma is of coffee,burnt molasses and some charcoal hints.
The taste is coffee,roasted malts,and very light hint of hops.There were some metallic hints and it finished dry and bitter. Not much sweetness detected,but there was some alcohol taste with the dry finish. High carbonation gave it a macro-lager feel and I suppose anyone who has had this beer in other forms knows it is not what it used to be.

Notes: It was not bad,it was not great and it will not be either in my fridge as I surely expected more and got less. A journey man beer and one well past it's prime.

Lexluthor33, Jun 23, 2008
Photo of Getinthevan
4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aye, the mighty Guinness! I had this on tap before a great gig and nothing sastisfies quicker than this stuff on tap.

Appearance was very thick from the glass, with a bottom feeding dark brown hovering to the top, giving a light brown, almost cocoa looking head. Very thick indeed and worth the 3-4 minutes to settle and consume.

Smell was very simple and delicious. Thick malts primarily lifted off the top of the glass and gave way to an enticing offer to down the stout with welcoming lips.

Taste was delicious. As said before, this is probably the best stuff to toast with and drink before a gig. Thick, juicy, time-consuming (in a great way) and satisfying all at once. Guinness is the best way to go for an on the tap stout.

Mouthfeel: very thick, very frothy, very smooth and very tasty. As said before, nothing better on tap that Guinness to toast with friends.

Drinkability is crucial. As this stuff is thick, it's very satisfying. It's worth the extra buck to throw in when receiving a quality product on tap. Down the hatch and enjoy yourself! It's Guinness...need I say more?

Getinthevan, Jun 21, 2008
Photo of generallee
4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a short brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: It has a very dark brown color that appears black and very opaque. Its head is thick and foamy with a tan color that leaves behind light tan lace on the glass.

Smell: The aroma has dark roasted malt grains with a light hint of some nice aromatic and grassy hops.

Taste/Mouth feel: There is a full robust roasted grain flavor with a hint of brunt sweetness that quickly turns dry with some grassy and floral hops at add a perfect balance of bitterness to stand up to the malty goodness. On the palate it is starts of smooth then turns very dry and crisp inside of a very drinkable medium body with a nice bitter fading finish.

Notes: It's much fuller in flavor and body than its nitro injected Cousin Guinness Draft.

generallee, Jun 21, 2008
Photo of Durge
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From the bottle for the first time since I first tried it here in the US back in the 70's before it was so readily available on tap. This poured a black brown color with a medium tan head and fair lacing. Nothing in appearance like it's draught cousin or those nitro laced cans. The smell even seems different, subtle coffee beans and maybe a bit of charcoal. I get some of the same effect from the taste, with a hint of pumpernickel bread. Much more like a standard lager in feel, well carbonated, easy drinking but not as smooth and velvetty as the mother's milk you get on draught when properly poured. I actually enjoyed it very much, more drinkable perhaps than the tap variety but not as sensational. Not very bitter, a little dry. A nice option to have Guinness at those summer picnics!

Durge, Jun 18, 2008
Photo of nem2006
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Drank this beer in a nonic glass out of the bottle. It pours a very dark brown, almost black, with a nice thick head which leaves nice lacing.

The smell was sweet, roasted with hints of coffee. The sweetness hits you at the beginning and then quickly fades into a bitterness which is quite strong and lingers on the back of the tongue.

Overall it is a nice beer, but not as smooth as I would like it to be. The bitterness is a little strong and stays on the tongue a while.

nem2006, Jun 15, 2008
Photo of toutaboutstout
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This is of course the bench mark for stouts in most minds. The appearance is no exception. Just what you would expect. Black. Although not black as night. more like black you can just barely see beyond to reveal other hues of the color spectrum. namely dark brown and mahogany.

Smell: Typical of the style. Nutty with a hint of Cocoa.

Taste: well, what can i say other than brilliant. This should be guinness's claim to fame rather than its draught counter-part.

toutaboutstout, Jun 08, 2008
Photo of Surefire
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

An enjoyable stout, but not multi-layered as it should be for its reputation. Faily simple stout, with mostly strong flavors of bitter

A: Black, with not a hint of light coming through. About as perfect appearance as a stout should have.

S: Simple smell of strong coffee. Not much else going on, but enjoyable nonetheless.

T: Strong coffee/chocolate flavors, creamy head.

M: Medium to full body, creamy in nature.

D: Drinkable, but not in great amounts. The predominance of strong coffee bitterness becomes tiresome after one bottle. There isn't the multi-layered flavor profile going on that my favorite stouts have.

Overall, in my opinion, a good stout that doesn't quite live up to its excellent reputation. It does everything well, but doesn't excel due to its simple flavor profile.

Surefire, May 31, 2008
Photo of Hoagie1973
4.33/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my idea of a really good Irish Dry Stout. Dad's usually got a few in the fridge for me when I visit because he knows I like "the heavy-duty stuff."
Nearly opaque black with a medium tan head. Good lacing all around.
Smells like roasted coffee and bakers chocolate.
Same comes through in the taste with a touch of molasses. Definitely lives up to being a "dry" stout. Starts with nice smooth roasted chocolate malts and a very drying, bitter hop finish. Doesn't have the sourdough-like twang of Guiness Draught.
Medium bodied with soft carbonation.
Very drinkable. Not too heavy to have more than one in the dead of Summer.

Hoagie1973, May 26, 2008
Photo of JonathanL7890
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 22 oz bottle purchased at my local liquor store.
Poured a massive cascading brown head into my pint glass.
Aroma is coffee, roasted malts, not very pronounced.
Taste: Man this is a DRY stout. A lot of dryness on my tongue. Also get bitter coffee and some chocolate.
That dry feel on the back of my tongue is not what I expected. Maybe I should've selected something else, it's summertime in Texas, for God's sake!
Anyway, I'm going to rate this a bit low on drinkability but it's probably my fault for selecting this brew when it's 98 degrees out.

Still, a very nice stout. Nails the dry stout style.

JonathanL7890, May 26, 2008
Photo of Beefeater57
4.38/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is what makes Guinness legendary. Full black color with a thick, creamy head. Delicious.

I get the roasted malts in the smell, with a little bit of chocolate.

The taste is of dry coffee with some dark chocolate in the finish. Slight bitterness from the hops but definitely get the roasted malt character in the taste.

Mouthfeel is thick, like a stout should be. The nice dry coffee feel it leaves in the mouth is really pleasant.

Guinness is a meal in itself, so it takes an empty stomach to drink a few. A delicious beer that defines the Irish Dry Stout. It takes some time to grow a taste for, but once it is there, you'll wonder why you didn't like it in the first place. It is always in my fridge.

Beefeater57, May 23, 2008
Photo of PhageLab
2.95/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Wow, this actually looks just like a root beer float! Massive pillowy froth on top of this jet black brew. Retention and lacing are both very nice.

S - Coffee aroma with tones of bitter dark chocolate.

T - Chocolate malt body, raw bitterness, some java notes, but this is just too sweet for me, it gets more painful as it warms.

M - Thin, light body, mild carbonation level, rather watery finish.

D - A bit of a let down when compared to the draught. Less sweet more dry please. I doubt I'll revisit this one, unless they start selling them for $5 a case.

PhageLab, May 21, 2008
Photo of rye726
3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is better than the Draught, but still quite poor compared to the Euro version. The extra pours a near black color with a nice beige head. Roasted and burnt malts with some chocolate and coffee. The flavor has more coffee, burnt wheat malts and bitter chocolate. The body is medium and has a dry finish. A drinkable stout.

rye726, May 21, 2008
Photo of daythree16
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a mug. Enormous head that slowly fades leaving massive amounts of lace on the glass. Looks awesome. Somewhere between chocolate and pure black in color.

Some chocolate and not much else. Very underwhelming as far as a stout goes. Taste is similar. A little smoky, chocolatey, and pretty smooth.

Mouthfeel is relatively smooth with a dry finish. Goes down really easily, and I find myself wanting another.

daythree16, May 20, 2008
Photo of Iheartstouts
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep black color. Light, creamy head, thick with a big solid mass that doesn't liquefy.

S - Lightly roasted coffee with some sweet dark candied fruits.

T - Starts out a bit thin feeling but with nicely roasted coffee malts. An oily coffee bitterness comes in with some light sweet cream. A sweet toasty bitterness leaves a lasting finish.

M - Thinner than a lot of stouts, but oily, and medium carbonation.

D- Very refreshing and still complex enough to be interesting.

Iheartstouts, May 11, 2008
Photo of Antilochus
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Contract brewed in London, Ontario, where I picked up a 6-pack at the Labatt factory store. 5.00% abv, 341mL.

Ultra-black opaque body under tan head. Lots of lace.

Roasted malt, pronounced hop notes, coffee. Very good.

Palate is grainy, roasted, with some subtle sweetness. I get some more hop character coming through. Spice.

Not bad.

Antilochus, May 10, 2008
Photo of hwwty4
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a 22oz bottle into a Sunshine Wheat pint glass. This beer pours a jet black with a creamy tan head and just a slight bit of carbonation, and leaves tan lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is coffee and bitter chocolate with what seems like just a slight bit of grass. The taste is an amped up version of a good dry stout. Heavy coffee tastes with just a slight hint of cream and chocolate. Mouthfeel is smooth but not artificial like you get with those stupid widgets in the nitro cans and bottles. Guinness sets the standard for drinkability in my book.

hwwty4, May 05, 2008
Photo of BamaBeerBuff
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Jet-black with no highlights on the edges whatsoever. Poured a massive light coffee-colored head that left patches of thick lacing the glass. The head finally settled to a 1/8 inch layer of froth.

S: Malt, malt, and more malt. Sweet dark fruits and roasted dark and chocolate malts . Really strong and vibrant aroma. I'm looking forward to my first sip.

T&M: I'm disappointed. This beer looks good, smells great, but tastes mediocre. The taste just takes too damn long to develop. It's got an acidic, bitter-citrus initial taste with some hints of malt. The malts really step forward in the finish, which is dry and roasty. It's got a slick mouthfeel with a medium body. It ought to be a little more heavy-bodied.

D: Boring taste hurts drinkability. It's also a little bit filling--definitely not a session beer (but what stout is?). I could drink this if better options weren't available, but I've had plenty of other wonderful non-RIS/imperial double stouts that would easily take the place of this.

BamaBeerBuff, May 04, 2008
Photo of mwilbur
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into Guinness mug.
A: Pours an opaque black. No light can get through with backlighting. Nice thick frothy tan head with good retention.
S: Nice roasted malt, hops, and dry spice. Grains come through as well.
T: Dry, roasted malt. Hints of barley and other grain.
M: Light with some moderate carbonation effervescence. Dry bite.
D: One would be enough for me. Personally, dry stouts are not my favorite and Guinness on tap is a much better option in my opinion. However, I am glad I tried it.

mwilbur, May 03, 2008
Photo of LouieF
4.58/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Very dark brown, almost black, with no light getting through. Thick white head which left lacing until the end.

Smell: Somewhat nutty and chocolaty at the same time...Hazelnut if you will?

Taste: Tasted of bread, chocolate, nut...maybe some coffee in there also.

Mouthfeel: Extremely smooth, went right down with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: I can't imagine drinking more than one of these in a night, only because I felt like I had just eaten a meal after I was done. If I weren't so full, I would have gone back and had another. My only wish is that thought of taking the 119.5 seconds to pour as Guinness recommends.

LouieF, Apr 23, 2008
Photo of akogrady
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Deep brown, with a thin brown head. Looked like a stout should.

S- Nice roasted smell, hint of something sweet and smooth.

T- Enjoyable, but nothing impressive. Roasty caramel/molasses type undertones. Slight acridness of a stout.

M- Smooth, went down very easily. However, there was nothing special about it other than its smoothness.

D- Goes down easy, but it's not something I'd want more than once in an evening.

Overall, an enjoyable beer, but generally overrated.

akogrady, Apr 20, 2008
Photo of williamherbert
4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours the sheets of cascading beer falling downward for which the brand is famous. Once poured, has a dark brown, nearly black appearance; a slice of light brown head. Iconic.

Nutty and roasted smell, with a biscuity sweetness, like shortbread. Really unlike any other stout in the nose. Roasted and dry but a tad sweet as well. Amazing.

Smoky flavor across a roasted, nutty base. Flavor fades part of the way in, sweeter but still smoky. The smokyness really rules here. It's a smoked porter more than a stout.

Feels creamy and foamy; thick as chocolate milk. A unique smoky, creamy porter. Not the best beer in the world as some claim, but a darn good one.

williamherbert, Apr 18, 2008
Photo of WJVII
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a nitro can into a glass and "charged" this brew has the wonderful cascade head that settles thick and creamy. The smell was of roasted, almost burnt, malts. There were some hints of woodiness and coffee. The taste leaves a bit to be desired. I know Guinness has been around a long time, but I have had so much better for my money. Solid stout, but nothing special.

WJVII, Apr 17, 2008
Photo of hdofu
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An impressive looking beverage. While not my favorite stout, it is a pleasant and enjoyable beverage. The color is dark brown with a light tan head which remained consistent til the bottom of the glass. The smell was of chocolate. The taste was malty with a hint of milk chocolate. The feel on the tongue was smooth and it made for a quite drinkable beverage.

hdofu, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of matty
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This stout pours a thick heavy dark brown.Thick head looks like a frothy milkshake.Aroma is mainly coffe and chocolate.Taste is the same coffee and chocolate with a slight alcohol finish.Enjoyable from the first to last drink.This is one of those beers where you cannot drink many at one sitting but I will do my best...Good job!!

matty, Apr 05, 2008
Guinness Extra Stout (Original) from Guinness Ltd.
84 out of 100 based on 3,440 ratings.