Guinness Extra Stout (Original) - Guinness Ltd.

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Guinness Extra Stout (Original)Guinness Extra Stout (Original)

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3,501 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,501
Reviews: 1,251
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 15.41%
Wants: 57
Gots: 410 | 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 elniko
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass

A: Beautiful darkness, light one finger tan head that dissipated and left lacing. Good looking brew.

S: Nose not terribly strong, toasted notes on the nose.

T & M: Taste is toasty and smooth, with a nice level of bitterness. This is a fine stout. I enjoyed this beer more than the regular Guinness in that it does have a small amount of bitterness.

D: Highly drinkable, I could drink several despite the high ABV.

Photo of pwsoldier
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Sierra Nevada pint glass.

A - Pours nearly black with an impressive tan head that has great retention. Moderate lacing.

S - The roasted malts dominate, complimented by whole grains and a hint of coffee.

T - A lot more coffee present here than there was in the aroma. There's also some dark chocolate and sweetness from the malts. The hops provide some slight earthy bitterness in the finish.

M - Full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It goes down pretty smoothly. The finish is wet and with some lingering hop bitterness.

D - This is a very sessionable stout. It's smooth and very well-balanced and personally I would never turn it down.

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

I like the extra over the regular, there is a much stronger flavor which I enjoy in a hearty stout. Aroma is good slightly malty and a touch of sweetness. Pours great from the bottle into a pint glass, dark and creamy with a nice head, not as good as the draught can or from the tap since there is no cascade effect. Mouthfeel has more fullness than the regular also which is nice. Flavor is heavy with dark roasted malts, sweet and also bitter, very drinkable and always enjoyable.

Photo of Zadok
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Poured an almost black with ruby highlights, minimal head with mild lacing.

S-Strong roasted malts and mild coffee.

T-Taste is kind of mild for the look and smell. Mild hints of coffee and roasted malt.

M-Creamy and smooth, low carbonation.

D-Being that it is such a mild stout I could easily foresee having several of these in a setting. Nowhere near as flavorful as some of the other stouts on my list.

Photo of jwinship83
3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- very dark brown, almost black with a huge, lingering, tan head that sticks to the sides of the glass.

S- Roasted malts, very mild coffee

T- Very bitter is the first thing i notice. it does have the slight coffee taste that i thought i smelled. very roasty and dark.

M- leaves the mouth feeling very dry. nicely carbonated and pretty heavy feeling body.

D- goes down pretty easily, i bet i could drink a couple of these before getting sick of this, but thats where it would stop.

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

A - About as black as brown can be brown, about a finger and a half fine sea foam head that "slowly" dissipates to clean inner wall with good lacing

S - My weak nose detects a faint chocolate/coffee scent

T - Good malty front with an balancing hoppy finish, a bit of a hoppy/coffee aftertaste

M - Comes in flat but finishes with decent carbonation, good heaviness to it

D - A little to heavy for a session beer but I wouldn't mind drinking two in a row

Serving - Bottle into English pint glass

Photo of nasty15108
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint pilsner glass.

A - Poured picture perfect, a true thing of beauty. Poured pitch black with a thick head of tan foam.

S - Roasted malts mixed with charcoal and coffee.

T - Malty with slight hints of ripe fruit. Finishes off slightly smokey and very bitter.

MF&D - Smooth and enjoyable. Not as good as the stuff I grew up on, but I guess it will have to do for now.

Photo of epiinephriine
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Brown, near black with a decent head. Good lacing. Cool bottle

S- Bitter cherry. Unexpected for a stout

T- Different than the Guinness Draught. It is certainly a bitter tasting stout. I can't really be much more specific other than a general bitterness. Maybe even a bit sour. It leaves a lingering bitterness.

M- Light on the tongue, perhaps a bit oily; leaving a residue and a bitter aftertaste on the back of the pallet.

D- Even though it is so bitter it is still rather drinkable. I could drink a lot of these and not feel bloated.

Not as dark tasting, or feeling as it looks. I think a lot of complexity may have been lost with this beer through years of (over) production. I think this beer is worth getting maybe once a year, if it's on sale; I definitely wouldn't pay full price.

Photo of Kyle987
4.28/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great beer. Dark, dark brown color; almost opaque. Big, healthy, fluffy head, with great retention and lacing. Wonderful aroma - sweet and malty. Sweet, malty flavor with strong hint of coffee at first, while the finish is more bitter and slightly astringent; not unpleasant, but leaves you wanting another sip. Love the mouthfeel; both full and exciting, with perfect depth and carbonation to keep it both solid and exciting. Very drinkable. Very non-chugable, but very, very drinkable.

Photo of nicdub
4.43/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pitch Black in color, I like to glug it a bit to get a bit of a head. Head is brown paper baggish color. Held to the light around the edges you can see some deep dark red in there too.

Smell - Nice roated malts, coffee, a bit of smoke. I gave a 3.5 only because I like a bit stronger smell and this was a little faint. Maybe I just need to get a better sense of smell.

Taste - nice smokey, coffee flavors that you expect in a good stout. I even get a hint of a ginger snap in there too. This beer tastes great. wow. really good.

Mouthfeel - Yes, this is really nice IMHO. Perfect amount of carbonation tingles the tounge and feel great in the mouth.

Drinkability - Off the charts, a sixer of this would be a breeze. I could drink these all night.

Guiness may get thumbs down from extreme snobs but this stuff is good beer.

Photo of champ103
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a beautiful dark black color. Barley any light gets through, but just a touch of ruby around the edges of the glass. A large rocky tan head forms that takes a few minutes to recede. Lots of sticky and chunky lace sticks around.
S: Lots of malt aromas. Chocolate and a hint of coffee. Though a big metallic aroma detracts some.
T: Great! Rick dark roasted malt flavors, chocolate and coffee. A slight hop presents towards the end. Reminds almost of a porter, and a good one at that.
M/D: A medium to full body with a rich and creamy texture. So smooth and easy to drink. A very sessionable stout.

A great beer. Hands down my favorite Guiness so far. Much better than the nitro crap that is everywhere.

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

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.

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?

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Guinness Extra Stout (Original) from Guinness Ltd.
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