Guinness Extra Stout (Original) - Guinness Ltd.
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Ratings: 3,175 | Reviews: 1,222 | Display Reviews Only:
3.4/5 rDev -8.1%
Appearance : Poured from a 22. oz.'er that says it' s from Canada, not Ireland. It left a medium brown head of about an inch that quickly receded to surface skim, and thick, but ephemeral lacing. I know everyone says it's black, but it's really the darkest shade of brown possible (you can see this in bright light), and opaque (even in bright light).
Aroma : Lemony hops upfront, roasted malt struggling to assert it self. Some slight alcohol.
Taste : Lemony bitter hops at first, and then char from roasted malt. Char then gives way to breadiness, even hint of black tea. Hops and char again finish it with fruity bitterness. Also hint of alcohol, but not as bad as nose indicated. Fairly balanced, but not a bold, rich ale. Even resembles some porters I've had.
Mouthfeel : surprisingly not as full as expected, rather thin for this style, and quite a bit of carbonation. Some hop oil slickness, but not a lot.
Drinkabilty : goes down easy, but I'd only have another one at any one sitting because it would not hold my interest beyond that, then I'd have to have something else. Good stuff, but not great stuff.
04-05-2006 17:30:52 | More by ultralarry2006
3.93/5 rDev +6.2%
Oh Guinness. Great classic. Nearly completely black and pours with a nice creamy head. It has a creamy smooth taste. I wasn't a fan of the nitro bottles. I really can't wait until i get a chance to go to Ireland in order to try this at the Brewery.
04-04-2006 01:53:25 | More by seanmhogan
3.83/5 rDev +3.5%
Although I'm not crazy about the carbonation bubbles lining the body against the glass after the pour, the head on this dry stout is impressive: a rocky, sticky, mass of tan foam with plenty of lacing residue. The color is the same dull black of all those Guinnesses I enjoyed in Eire in January. The nose isn't quite as awe inspiring. The coffee is there but overshadowed by subpar notes of grain of some sort. Overall, definitely more of a mass produced character than the more traditional draught.
Taste is more bitter than I anticipated but familiar dark toasted malt is still the major player. Mouthfeel and aftertaste are similar to the standard issue offering, which is a good thing. The additional alcohol is mostly undetectable, at least to this reviewer.
Something is missing here for me, although I can't totally put my finger on it. I wish this Guinness had a little more of the coffee flavor and general benign sweetness I've come to expect from good stouts but this is still drinkable, if slightly inferior stuff.
04-01-2006 21:31:52 | More by daliandragon
3.53/5 rDev -4.6%
Pours a rich malty jet black with a nice tan head. The head is a bit foamy and slowly breaks down. While drinking it leaves a nice lacing around the glass.
One of my main standby's so I may be a bit partial. On the other hand since I do drink it so much it is pretty neutral in flavor to me.
Aroma is of coffe and roasted barley but there is even a slightly bitter twinge in the nose. The taste is extremely rich and takes some getting used to, I know must people cringe at this at first but this is from lack of understand the nature of good bitters.
Overall I like this beer and it is a pretty rich stout. I give it my thumbs up
03-30-2006 07:17:18 | More by custardcb
3.88/5 rDev +4.9%
Good old Guinness, I never thought i'de review this one, but what the hell right? Poured a very nice cool black...no light was getting through with this beer. Head was just about as nice as it gets, 1/2 inch white that eventually became a small white lace. Smell was quite satisfying....weak coffee, creamy milk chocolate and even a hint of marshmallow there too. Taste was very creamy while at the same time a bit rugged, with some earthiness and hops that gave it a bit if a dry bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel was medium bodied...an easy to drink stout. I cannot believe I used to consider this one a really heavy stout. Now it seems to go down like water. A not so bad choice by any means, certainly a classic stout.
03-28-2006 09:02:24 | More by jamie2dope
3.25/5 rDev -12.2%
Poured from a 1pint6oz bottle with an indeterminate bottling date code into a pint glass a dark brown - nearly black, as long as you're in a dim room, but if you get too near to bright light it lights up with a dull, complete reddish glow. It's capped with a nicely colored brown head of a whipped-cream consistency that collapses in on itself after a few lazy moments, but leaves nice lacing from the chunks that remain.
The aroma is surprisingly fruity for a stout - of course, there are standard stout aromas - roasted barley is dominant - but there are undertones of plums and raisins.
The flavors are a third roastiness, a third fruitiness, and a third bitterness - boom, boom, boom, there you are. Not too much complexity, but well-balanced between themselves, with perhaps a touch too much bitterness on the finish. Okay to drink.
Smooth, medium body, very minimal carbonation, almost absent save for the tiny bit of tartness it imparts on the tongue.
Over all - yep... It's a good stout. I wouldn't pick it over most others, but it is a good stout.
03-26-2006 07:14:48 | More by Tupperwolf
3.6/5 rDev -2.7%
I picked up a sixer for St. Patty's Day- the first time I've had the Extra Stout in more than 10 years. I sincerely hoped that the first sip would bring it all back; unfortunately that was not to be the case. It took a couple of bottles to get into the swing of things- this is still a pretty good session-type beer- but the comparisson to the old days is unavoidable.
So...what have we got here anyway?
Into a Guinness-branded tulip pint the contents of the bottle were poured. The thick tan head reached the lip of the glass- at least 2"- and stuck around for quite a few minutes. The color is a translucent brownish black that easily lets light through.
Aroma is predominantly roast barley. No caramel but some creamy malt is presemt underneath. Some figs and the faintest hint of diacetyl lurk way in the background.
The palate is all about the roast malt and the bitterness. The texture is smooth and velvety. The fruit and diacetyl come on late and linger in the finish.
This beer actually gets better after a few, though ultimately I am left with the sensation that it has been turned down a notch or two.
03-25-2006 01:40:47 | More by TongoRad
3.35/5 rDev -9.5%
poured from a 12 oz bottle to a glass
A- i was disappointed, but maybe i'm just used to seeing the nitro bottle, but there wasn't that cool change color thing that i like guinness so much for. well the color of the beer was like super thick cola, with a tan head, which was not as big as i would have liked.
S- malt malt malt
T&M- i was disappointed again. blast! it was thick, but it didn't have as heavy of a coffee like roasted flavor as guinness draught. in fact, the only flavors i tasted in here were malt and bitterness. i was very disappointed. it felt good in the mouth though, nice and thick.
D- i vastly prefer the guinness draught, so i wont drink this again.
03-24-2006 06:00:55 | More by acarroll413
3.73/5 rDev +0.8%
I had this on tap in Swindon, UK in early 2006. Although I've tried this beer many dozens of times in the States, this was the first time in the UK. I was hoping for it to be dramatically different but it wasn't.
Appearance was good, black liquid with creamy tan head. Smell and taste were exactly the same though. The best attribute this beer has is its creamy mouthfeel. It feels good to drink it, and is just thin enough that you can drink a lot of it.
03-23-2006 12:10:29 | More by TurdFurgison
4/5 rDev +8.1%
This is more like the Guinness I remember drinking in Ireland 30 years ago. The Draught is pretty thin and the taste (served cold in a frosted bar glass) isn't very memorable. The Extra Stout pours a black color with no light coming through. The head starts out large and thick and settles down to just covering the glass. Lacing is in sheets across the glass. Mild aroma of malt, nothing strong. I drank it room temperature, the way I remember it served in Ireland. The taste is mild, some bitterness and a mild malt flavor. I'm not great on describing taste, but there is almost a coffee type taste here. The longer you let it sit, the better it tastes. Mouthfeel is average to mildly rich. Drinkability is good. I drank it "geek style" in front of the computer. If I could get it at room temperature at a bar, it would be a great session drink, especially in a room full of good storytellers or people who like to argue politics.
03-22-2006 01:06:50 | More by JayQue
4.03/5 rDev +8.9%
What would St. Patty's day be without a Guinness? Had to have one or two. Pours a deep, dark brownish black with a thick sticky tan head. Stickly lacing clings to the glass. Smell is of dark chocolate, coffee, caramel malt. Taste is full, rich and dry, very well balanced between the dark roasted malts and bitter hops. I'll pass on the bottled draught, this is the only Guinness for me.
03-21-2006 20:45:47 | More by clemtig76
2.53/5 rDev -31.6%
Picked this up to compare with the Guinness draft nitro can and the Beamish stout nitro can. 1 pint 6 fl oz bottle into a pint glass
Apours almost solid black with 2 1/s inch foamy tan head. The head looks like a cola flavored ICEE. The head is slowly fading down, leaving sheets of lacing behind.
Sinteresting enough, not as strong as the other two stouts mentioned above, aroma is very faint and does not have the coffee/chocolate smell I am used to in a stout. It smells sweet, oat and malt can be noticed, but not much else. Perhaps the beer is too cold? It just came from the fridge
Tbitter, a little alkaline, very mild dark roasted coffee hints, but not really anything else
Mlike a really bitter soft drink, a little thin, wasnt expecting the high amount of carbonation, my tongue tingles with each sip
Ddidnt care for this one as much perhaps because the other two mentioned above were nitro cans and very smooth and mellow. I will try this on tap if I can find it, but will not have the bottle again. Overall, a disappointment. It was chore to finish this one.
03-20-2006 03:22:43 | More by hanco005
3.68/5 rDev -0.5%
Rediscovering this beer after a long hiatus during which I'd convinced myself that I preferred their draught. I have now revised that judgement.
A - Brown head! Almost opaque, ruby tinting when held up to a light
S - Sweet nose, chocolate and roastiness
T - Tastes like it smells - roast, chocolate, coffee... hops comes in at the end to balance the malt and prevent an overly sweet, malty aftertaste.
M - Not as creamy as their draught, but thick mouthfeel and a taste that sticks to your tongue - and your ribs!
D - Not a sessioner for me, personally. Too easy to fill up - a few of these is a meal! Stouts aren't my favorite style, but this went down pretty easy.
03-19-2006 03:40:03 | More by hunteraw
3.5/5 rDev -5.4%
This beer poured a dark blackish/brown body with a thick foamy off-white tan head. Almost pours a coca cola type color before it settles in the glass.
Nose is soft but has touches of roasted malt, some chocolate and even faint hints of coffee.
Taste is medium bodied with a sharp attack of dark roasted malt bitterness. Smooth easy drinking burnt malt, espresso beans and faint dark chocolate. Hints of a metallic bitterness come out. Little whisps of an earthy hop sneak out from time to time but mostly remain hidden under the dark burnt malt flavor. Very dry and very smooth. Ends surprisingly soft with a mild spike of bitterness.
I had one of these back to back with the Draught and it's a difference of night and day. So much better. Classic dry stout, almost more of a big porter. It's amazing people they're even brewed by the same brewery.
03-19-2006 01:41:54 | More by taez555
3.95/5 rDev +6.8%
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle on St. Patrick's Day.
A - completely black and opaque. Looks like a glass of coffee, but with a thick, bubbly tan head. Bubbles are very large, head turns rocky after some time, with flashes of whiteness. Excellent lacing. Head remains the entire way down.
S - roasty, toasty, chocolate, coffee. Smell of dark, strong brewed coffee. Little hop aroma if any.
T - tart and tangy, very distinct from the draft version. Tart bitterness hits your tongue first, followed by tangy, almost sour, dry, roasty bitterness from the malt. Taste of roasted coffee. Slight earthy hoppiness, but very faint.
M - medium bodied, carbonation seems excessive. Very bubble and tingly. Dry.
D - well, it's the definitive Irish dry stout and a highly quaffable brew considering its unique flavor, low alcohol, and smoothness.
03-18-2006 18:01:53 | More by gbarron
3.8/5 rDev +2.7%
12 oz bottle to American Pint Glass,
Nothing like a Guinness from Canada to celebrate St. Patty's day right?
Appearance: Pours a liquid black body with an off white almost tan head which is at first frothy, layers down to a nice thick head that remains throughout. Lacing is pretty average, certainly not spectacular. Doesn't cascade like it would from the tap.
Smell: Not the most friendly of smells. Thick molasses drowned out the otherwise nice smell of toffy and chocolate. Some earthy tones also intermingled in this otherwise average smelling beer.
Taste: Good level of oily hops for a stout, almost perfect on this end. The traditional malt tastes however lacked a bit; backing of toffee, raisins, biscuit, and chocolate covered coffee beans.
Mouthfeel: Nice level of carbonation, pretty slick and smooth.
Drinkability & Notes: After 3 of these I was ready for something else. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed them and would recommend them (especially at $7.50 for a 6pack its a great deal when you don't have many options in the stout catagory). I just felt a little full and decided to leave the other 3 for another night, which isn't a bad thing at all.
Let me say this, went well with a few scoops of vanilla ice cream dropped in.
03-18-2006 05:34:44 | More by jslot38
3.9/5 rDev +5.4%
bought at world market in lansing, michigan.
pours black with a beige head that has dropped in to a thin sheet.
the aroma malty, roasty, hint of plum.
the flavor is roasty, coffee, bitter, hop spice, malt, chocolate.
the mouthfeel is what i would expect from a guinness.
beer is very drinkable, enjoyed best on a cool night.
03-18-2006 03:44:57 | More by plaztikjezuz
4.03/5 rDev +8.9%
12 oz brown bottle no freshness dating.. Product of Canada. The beer pours a jet black with a massive chiffon like head. Excellent lacing. Top notch looker here.The nose is if roasted almost burnt malts, coffee and a bit of dark chocolate.The taste is redolent of heavily roasted malts. Almost a bit nutty. The bitterness kicks in after a few sips which adds a nice balance. Dry finish. This is a standard in my opinion. The mouth is smooth. Not as creamy as its nitro driven sister, but the trade-off is worth it for the extra taste. Very sessionable. Happy St. Patricks Day!
03-17-2006 23:57:49 | More by Redrover
District of Columbia
3.58/5 rDev -3.2%
Pours the characteristic jet black Guinness color with a cappucino white head chunky head. Aromas are mild. I'm picking up some roasted malt, a little chocolate and that's about it. Carbonation is on the lower end. Mouthfeel is slick and somewhat heavy, coating the entire mouth. Dryness, I imagine, is what this beer is shooting for, and it succeeds tremendously. However, I don't see so much depth in flavor and complexity. This is the type of beer I wish I pared with some food because it doesn't really go well on its own. Well, I'm glad I chose to try this style for the first time on St. Pattys Day and give it a review. For its steep price, I wouldn't choose this over a cheaper domestic stout, but its presence in most bars will give me a good standby.
03-17-2006 20:25:52 | More by dreadnatty08
3.85/5 rDev +4.1%
Had one from a 22oz bottle & loved it, even though I'd prefer to have tried it from a tap. Appearance is black, smell has a slight roasted malt aroma, and it's taste is slightly bitter with traces of chocolate/coffee. Mouthfeel is great -- not a lot of carbonation and goes down smooth. Overall, I enjoyed this slightly more than Guinness Draught b/c of the higher ABV%. :) Has a full flavor which will warm you up, and enough of a bite to calm you down. I don't know if that makes sense...
03-17-2006 11:37:42 | More by oldirtycaffrey
3.2/5 rDev -13.5%
A - Dark, but not pitch black. Seems to be a really dark redding colour. Head is unimpressive as is the retention and lacing.
S - Lots of fruit and and molasses. Toasted sugar aromas.
T - Quite dry and bitter. Hop and toasted bitterness are both notable. Tastes "burnt" more than "toasted"
M - Light, dry. Carbonation is low.
D - Perhaps this kind of stout is not my thing. Seems a little bland compared to some other kinds of stouts.
03-17-2006 03:18:59 | More by allergictomacros
3.55/5 rDev -4.1%
I'll try to not hold it against the fact this is Canadian, we gonna start seeing Molsons from Dublins soon??
Pours mahogany to black with a 3 fingers plus tanhead milkshake like head. Great lacing and good head retention
Smell: Toasted malt & that's it
Taste: Toasted malt, slight fruittiness and iron taste. Some licorice and chocolate notes
MF: Slightly creamy with oily notes. Good carbonation
Pretty drinkable but too heavy to make a session choice. Not bad, but I'm guessing this wouldn't sell near as much here if folks knew it was coming from the emerald isle, caveat emptor. Preferable to the original druaght, but I'd just as soon have an obsidian stout...
03-15-2006 04:39:42 | More by russpowell
3.5/5 rDev -5.4%
The 650ml brown bottle states: Product of Canada, this is news to me.
Pours a hefty black bubbling liquid with a two finger brown head, plenty of lacing with this one.
Smells of bitter chocolate, coffee and roasted malt through and through.
Bitter chocolate, dark roasted coffee with a light malt, dry hop finish. A fairly robust, full bodied stout if there ever was one. Tasty and very filling. Dry and bitter after tastes.
A velvety rich mouthfeel, leaves a little tingle on the tongue as it dissapates on down to the finish.
This stuff tastes the same to me now, as it did 30 years ago...good stout.
03-11-2006 07:05:41 | More by scottoale
3.25/5 rDev -12.2%
Jet black, brown head leaves sticky brillo pad lacing, looks silky smooth.
Has some brown type characteristics, even some nut aroma. Toasted malts are up front, Creamy, sharp ending. Pretty hoppy, lemon type finish. It's an inbetween beer for me, by that I mean its a quality beer and I enjoy it but I find that I pass it over more times than not because there are far more attractive offerings available.
I prefer this over the draught version, more girth and meat on the bones.
03-07-2006 02:57:46 | More by DogFood11
3.75/5 rDev +1.4%
You can always get a rocky, creamy tan head from a well-poured Guinness, and this time I got it. It retained very well. Looks like a stout: blacker than black, impenetrably dark.
Smell is clean malt up front, hints of cocoa in back, that peculiar Guinness smokiness is there though not as strong as I remember. (I haven't had one of these for years.)
Well-balanced flavors here: chocolate, coffee, malts, brown sugar, and a slight hint of something I can only call smoke. What helps make this one I like to return to often is a round berry-like succulence. It's all fairly mild in punch, a mellow and easy-going stout.
Mouthfeel is watery, which is not how I remember this beer, so perhaps my palate has changed due to all those Tripels and Imperial Stouts...or maybe I should try one on tap.
This is a solid stout, if a little tame for my wilder tastes.
03-06-2006 22:21:10 | More by Metalmonk
Guinness Extra Stout (Original) from Guinness Ltd.
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