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Guinness Extra Stout (Original) - Guinness Ltd.

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BA SCORE
84
good

3,170 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 3,170
Reviews: 1,222
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 15.41%
Wants: 49
Gots: 252 | FT: 1
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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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tastybeer

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +5.4%

Dark/black with real nice lacing at first that disipates as I drink. Looks good. In the smell a caramel like sweetness takes over at first, but once you get into the beer the roastiness and the fruity hop character help counter the sweetness. Tastes complex with roasted malts and burnt coffee beans. Strong bitterness throughout the finish.

Extra stouty.

11-17-2005 04:53:37 | More by tastybeer
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kkipple

South Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -0.5%

What can I say that hasn't been said a million times over by devoted Guinness fans? We all know what this beer looks, smells and tastes like. This is one of the beers that got me into drinking good beer, which counts for a lot in my book.

Simply put, Guinness Extra Stout is an affordable, tasty, and classic dry stout. Far superior to Guinness Draught; Extra Stout has a richer, thicker taste.
This is a great introduction to the stout / porter style and an old standby for me. Are there better stouts out there? Sure. Are there ones that are as accessible and can be had from Wal-mart? Not that I know of.

11-17-2005 04:38:08 | More by kkipple
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acrawf6

Louisiana

3.45/5  rDev -6.8%

Brewed in New Brunswick, Canada in a 12 oz bottle.

poured out a light golden yellow with a bright white head. Bad joke? Sorry. It is black like any other stout. Head is a slightly light tan color.

A deep and molasses and malty aroma, some roasted malts, but not a whole lot compared to others in its style. Little hints of coffee.

Taste: Heavier on the malt. Some hints of bitter black coffee. Not all that much coming from the hops that stands out, other than being on the bitter side on the aftertaste... but it is balanced. This one is kinda hard with my stuffy nose.

Mouthfeel is seems average for a stout. a lot better than the draught version, but i'm sure that goes without said. Good amount of carbonation. It feels good in the mouth, heavy and flavorfull.

I think this one is a good and drinkable beer. From reading other reviews of greater ba's, i cannot compare this one to any others from the vast selection of Guinness extra stout. But i do think it is a good stout, definitely one you can fall back on if its all you can get at your grocery store.

11-15-2005 02:19:37 | More by acrawf6
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BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -4.6%

Yup...really weird story behind this one. In Vancouver, the Guinness Extra Stout that is sold is brewed by Labatt in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It comes in a traditional long-neck 12oz bottle with a shiny, gold-bronze label. It does not taste like Guinnes Pub Draught (canned or bottled) or Guinness on tap, nor is it intended to, supposedly (because it is an "extra stout" vs. the regular Guinness).

The Guinnes Extra Stout available in the US (at least in Washington state) is brewed...in Canada, but not by Labatt. This is actually brewed by...Guinness in New Brunswick. Same name, different beer. The labels on the bottle are almost identical, except the "American" Guinnes ES is the dull yellow, traditional label and reads "imported." Yes, imported from Canada. The Labatt Guinness reads 5% abv, while the New Brunswick Guinness does not list an abv (though it may on the bigger 22oz bottles).

In taste, the two are completely different creatures. They seem to follow the same recipe, but the New Brunswick "American" Guinness comes off as a smoother, better beer.

This Guinness has the look of a stout: black, with faint ruby hints especially when held up to the light. Smells bitter, but with the definite presence of roasted malts. The small is harsh, almost overdone; very similar to the Labatt Guinness.

In taste, this is a far superior product. While it still contains an overdone, burnt malt feel, this stout is mellower and has much more subtle flavours to it. Whereas the Labatt Guinness comes off as harsh, industrial and over-produced, this at least has some subtle coffee hints. There is some diacetyl present, and some hops too. There is bitterness here, but this is still drinkable.

On the tongue, this still has a rather metallic, harsh acid feel to it. I find this also in the Labatt Guinness. It acceptable, but not very plesant. Regardless, this a drinkable beer and despite being a bit thin, is a good introduction stouts. Far more acceptable the the "domestic" Guinness. I'm rather pissed, as both are brewed in Canada yet the better product is made for export only. I much prefer this and the risk of having to pay duty to import it than drink another Labatt Guinness.

Overall, Guinness on tap is much preferred. (At least this is more drinkable than the bottled/canned pub draught.)

11-08-2005 09:50:28 | More by BDTyre
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sevineyes

Arkansas

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Poured from standard bottle with black & yellow label.

A: Great deep color. Good head and lacing.

S: Just really not getting much smell off this at all.

T: Not much of an initial taste and some of the mid-tones boil off into carbonation a little too quick for me. Has a good hop bitter finish. Good lingering aftertaste similar to a robust coffee.

M: Somewhat watery. Not as full as I feel a stout ought to be.

D: Man, a great drinkable stout. Many can be a little overbearing in this category.

Overall: I wish there was a category for "influence". I can't imagine the impact this beer has had as being a threshold beer for mass-market drinkers. Personally, I cut my teeth into beers because of Guinness and I'm sure I'm not alone. Even though many of the attributes of this beer don't stand up to other stouts I've had through the years, it's hard not to respect the impact and influence it's had in its history.

11-06-2005 21:42:16 | More by sevineyes
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nickss

Texas

3.88/5  rDev +4.9%

Pours a deep deep black with barely perceptible dark brown highlights. The head is big and thick and chunky, and refuses to disappear. As I drink, big chunks of lace cling to the glass. Very pretty beer... far better than I expected it to look, although I guess they've been doing this awhile =P

Qualifier: I am sick... I have a sinus infection, so I cannot smell much. That being said, I pick up big malt odors, strung along with coffee and some deep toffee scent. I wish I could pick up more, but from what I can pick up, it smells nice, although not too complex.

Big, rich flavor. Much more in your face than the Draught... which is definitely a good thing. Definitely a bit of coffee in this one... not too much else.

As far as mouthfeel... hah... Guinness is the reason BMC drinkers dont like dark beer. "It feels like I'm drinking a milkshake!"... "You're gawdayyam right it does." Huge thick, milkshake like feel. Truly wonderful.

Unfortunately, with the huge mouthfeel comes limited drinkability. I simply cannot drink more than three of these without being completely full. Oh well. Such is life. All in all, quite good for a style I usually think is fairly bland. I guess those centuries of brewing have taught them something after all =D

11-02-2005 22:23:25 | More by nickss
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Gaben

Florida

4/5  rDev +8.1%

Guinness is the original starter for any stout fan for sure, was the very 1st stout I have ever tasted and is what got me started for being a stout fan.

Ive had a couple of bottles last night and was still digging this amazing beer. I have to say that extra sout is a hell of alot better then guinness draught.

Appearance is fine , very black and bubbly , the foam seems to leave after settles a second.

Smells has a bit of coffee icecream smell too it with bit of a alcohol kick.

Taste is amazing , its very simliar to alot of imperial stout's with a good after effect.

I could usualy drink alot of these but this isnt as smooth or easy to drink then a draught.

10-30-2005 00:23:28 | More by Gaben
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wedge

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +5.4%

Dark black with deep ruby highlights at the edges. Nice large, rocky head sits on top and shrinks to a creamy cap. Roasted aroma upfront blends into sweet malts with creamy coffee hints. Flavor is roasted malt bitterness - burnt and bitter flavors linger. Much like the Draught in taste - but a better mouthfeel. Medium body and easy to drink.

I always prefer this to the draught - its more edgy and bold in flavor. Good easy drinkin', easy to find, 'I need a stout right now but don't feel like going out of my way' stout. But there's better out there...

10-24-2005 00:22:52 | More by wedge
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jettjon

Florida

3.65/5  rDev -1.4%

Highs: Good classic stout, bitterness, finish
Lows: Lack of flavor complexity

Pours “pitch brown” with a thick, fluffy brown/tan head that fades away moderately slowly. Appearance overall is very good. Nose is the expected pleasant malt/coffee/sorghum, with some yeast present. Flavor is sorghum sweet, and definitely bitter, which to me is a plus in this style. Flavor is not quite so complex as other offerings such as Mackeson’s XXX. The mouth is thick and wet but falls short of creamy. It’s pleasingly refreshing. It is neither too heavy nor too flat; drinkability is average. There’s a nice bitter coffee/malt finish.

Overall, this is a decent stout, but far from the best of the bunch. Compared to Guinness Draught, I’d give the nod to the Extra Stout in a close contest.

10-21-2005 00:33:26 | More by jettjon
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UberWasser

Arizona

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

12 oz brown bottle, no freshness date, served in a Stine.

Pours motor oil black. Held up to a 60w light source, just the slightest spot of red shines through. Three to four finger head on initial pour, rich tan in color, foam like a root beer float. Good retention, stays finger thick for a while. Very thick lacing. One heck of an attractive beer.

Smells of roasted hops, caramel, molasses, some chocolate, and a hint of spices. Very enjoyable.

Taste is roasted nuts, chocolate, and a bit of molasses. Sweet and sour at the same time in a pleasantly balanced way. Not very complex, but very tasty and enjoyable. Finishes dry. Mouthfeel somewhat like the motor oil it resembles, in a good way.

Good Stout, definitely better than Guinness's Nitro offerings of late. Not something you can pound all night, but a few in a sitting with some good food would make a nice evening!

10-20-2005 00:47:52 | More by UberWasser
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far333

Connecticut

3.63/5  rDev -1.9%

Deep mahogany colored (not black) with garnet hues around the edges. A fluffy head of meringue floats a full inch atop, looking chalky and oily at the same time. It recedes a bit, but then waits and goes nowhere. Aroma is initally tinny, a bit hoppy, and finally rich malty. Flavor is surprisingly similar to the aroma, initially sort of metallic, followed by some hops, and then at last roasted malt with some coffee highlights. A smokey bitter flavor lingers. Mouthfeel is a little thin, but finishes bubbly. Definitely not as good out of the bottle as out of the tap. I guess I know now why I usually dump it into lamb stew instead of drinking it.

10-19-2005 02:13:58 | More by far333
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ghostwalker

Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev -4.1%

Rich black pour, white foamy head that falls off kind of quick, but leaves beautiful lacing. This stuff looks like a million bucks.

Scent is malty and somewhat bitter. No richness of coffee or chocolate present.

Flavor is rich, but bitter and dry. Malty, woody, caramel flavors also. Not bad, but not as rich and complex as many of the other Imperial Stouts and Double Stouts that I love so much.

Mouthfeel is OK, kind of watery for a beer labeled as an Extra Stout.

Drinkability varies. I used to love this beer more than any other stout. I could drink it exclusively for entire weeks. Since I have begun to sample the wider world of Double and Imperial Stouts, it has lost its allure. I tried this one out of curiosity, since it had been a while. It's good, but not as good as I remember.

10-18-2005 22:36:44 | More by ghostwalker
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mitchfor3

California

3.73/5  rDev +0.8%

Poured from a 12oz bottle purchased in a sixer at a local liquor store for about $7.

Black color with a chunky beige head - not towering like from the tap but respectible and appetizing-looking.

Smells decent - quite bitter with some roasty malt aroma. Nothing out of the ordinary for the style.

First sip had me skeptical. The bitterness was the first thing to hit my tongue, followed by a twang of alcohol. A few sips in, however, and as the beer warmed a bit, the beer seemed to gain balance. This one got better and better as it went and by the end of the glass I was satisfied and even impressed.

This is far superior to the Guinness Draught, and obviously a classic within its style.

10-18-2005 08:00:26 | More by mitchfor3
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ozmodium

British Columbia (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -3.2%

Pouring this stuff out of the widget-laced pint can is pure beauty. Art in motion. This stuff is gorgeous, with its jet black opaque esspresso appearance. Textured waves of dark brown nitrogen bubbles teem with an almost lifelike quality. The most beautiful, cappuccino-like head you'll ever see in a glass. Sadly it's downhill from here.

Smells of dark burnt roasted malts, coffee. Could be a richer bouquet it my opinion.

Taste is almost overpoweringly bitter. Takes some getting used to. Tastes burnt and like coffee and some sort of wood.

This is very rich and has a rather thick, but creamy feel to it. Carbonation is vitually non exhistant (duh) Serve this stuff COLD. It's a myth that you serve this stuff at room temperature. COLD is the key. Once you get past the bitterness its goes down very soothly.

The fact that this is SO rich and heavy makes this rather hard to drink large quantities of. It's pretty tasty tho. A must every St. Patrick's day, or after a tough day at work.

10-18-2005 00:01:30 | More by ozmodium
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danielharper

Michigan

2.65/5  rDev -28.4%

Purchased from Target on University, Huntsville, AL.

Ever find a beer that you just really don't find yourself all that enthused to talk about, one way or the other? Guinness Extra Stout fills that bill for me.

I really enjoy the presentation on this beer. It pours a nice dark brown/blackish color with a tall brown head. Almost perfect for the style, as one would expect from the maker of the canonical "Irish Dry Stout".

Unfortunately, for me that's where the near-perfection ends. The aroma is strongly bitter with very little of the coffee or chocolate notes that I'm used to getting from a good stout. Quite a bit of maltiness present in the nose, but with nothing to really balance it out or to add complexity. I prefer regular Guinness Draught to this one.

Taste is slightly more complex, with hints of coffee flavor present, but with a strong bitterness that, to use a term from a bad beer commercial, "roughs the palate" with every taste. An astringent flavor, usually present for me in high-alcohol brews, is very prevalent in this one. Not pleasant.

Mouthfeel medium, with very little carbonation. Decent.

Overall drinkability is low, mainly because I find the beer boring and vaguely unpleasant. Despite my love for a good stout, I don't see myself buying this again, unless I find it for cheap or can try it on-tap.

On reflection, I think this beer seems a lot like a stout dressed up in a dopplebock's clothing -- the heavy maltiness, medium mouthfeel, etc. just seem more like a dopplebock to me, and I'm not a big fan of dopplebocks at the moment. However, this might be a good intro beer for those looking to branch into the style, so maybe there's a place for this brew after all.

10-17-2005 00:16:03 | More by danielharper
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becktone

Ohio

3.48/5  rDev -5.9%

I've had Guinness before but as I am sitting here drinking this marvelous beer once more I thought I'd review it. First of all this beer pours a dark brown .... well basically black. I can't really say whether It looks alive or not because the beer is too dark to see through. When I had finished pouring it I found it to have about a 1/4 inch head, however this quickly dissipated to nothing.

The aroma of the beer reminds me of coffe and chocolate. This beer is dry and one can taste the roasted barley in it. It also has, as the smell suggests, a slight coffe and chocolate flavor. However these two flavors are definitely dominated by the roasted barley taste. In addition to being dry the beer also has a bitter character, it's betweet too bitter and not bitter enough.

On the palate this beer feels great. It is fairly heavy but also is easy to drink. Once you have finished a mouthfull of this brew it leaves you thirstier than when you started, giving you a great reason to take another drink. It also has (in my opinion) a perfect balance of carbonation for this style of beer. It seems like anymore and it would bee overwhelming, and anyless and it would be flat. Overall this beer is great and is easy to drink. I'll always be a fan of Guiness and I know that I will buy unmeasurable amounts of it in the future.

10-16-2005 00:02:10 | More by becktone
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tesguino

Mexico

4.6/5  rDev +24.3%

This beer taste like a coffe cup, because its malts and adjoincts, special for the evening and take like a gourmet beer with high cuisine; mexican food and american is good too; not touch the greatness of its sister special export, but is 99% recommended.

10-13-2005 19:32:01 | More by tesguino
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dnrobert24

Alabama

3.63/5  rDev -1.9%

Good classic stout--the original??. Consumed while snacking on molasses cookie dough. Mmmm.... Excellent combination! The sweet carmeli-molasses and clove/allspice/pepper blend in the cookies only enhanced my enjoyment of this stout, picking up on the burnt roastiness and sweetness in the stout itself.

The beer is a beautiful black, has a thin tan head. It has no noticable aroma and has a slightly thin mouthfeel. Before eating some cookie dough, I found it a little hard to drink, but that all changed as it warmed and as I had the food with it. There is a straightforward stout profile in the flavor that all in all make it a decent choice when choosing stouts.

10-10-2005 17:26:30 | More by dnrobert24
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BeerBeing

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +11.6%

Presentation: 12oz brown glass semi-custom bottle, red/yellow on black label

Appearance: almost black, nice tan head, excellent sticky lacing

Smell: roasted malt, hops, yeast

Taste: medium to full body, creamy mouth feel, strong malt, hoppy bitterness, minor citrus

Notes: solid brew, very drinkable, can't go wrong with this one

10-05-2005 22:46:44 | More by BeerBeing
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waldowin

Washington

2.83/5  rDev -23.5%

Was cooking with guiness, and figured "what the hell, I'll try some." Half the bottle went into the pan, half into my stein.

Poured a darkish brown, but a bit thin. Massive white head, super-dense, just stuck around forever. Smelled of roasted coffee grounds, maybe burnt coffee. Nothing terribly pleasant, but not unpleasant. Just unremarkable.
Taste was the same, it tasted like an over-roasted espresso drink, with a bit of astringent alcohol bite (which for 6% isn't expected). Mouthfeel was thin, but intensely carbonated. Nothing really remarkable about this either.
As far as drinkability goes, it's a bit acidic and harsh, definitely heartburn material.
All in all, it's really a plain, middle-of-the-road beer. The half in my glass quickly joined its other half in my pan to make room for better beers I have in my fridge.

09-27-2005 07:12:47 | More by waldowin
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BeerNutta

Australia

3.05/5  rDev -17.6%

Guinness Extra Stout (Original)

Stouts are really starting to dissapoint me. The only stouts I have ever had are Guinness and Kilkenny. Nice in the beginning but when I started drinking more beers. These beers started to get blander and blander. GESO is no different.

A = Nice and dark brown with a thin foam head.

S = Toasted malts and a chocolate.

T = Slight roastiness with a sour bitter aftertaste.

M = Smooth to the tongue.

D = Drinkable. But I won't be comming back in a hurry.

09-25-2005 00:35:51 | More by BeerNutta
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Enola

North Carolina

2.78/5  rDev -24.9%

This offering from Guinness is certainly not as smooth as the Draught. It is much more bitter than I would like. It is fairly dark but a little light penetrates through. It looks more like a porter than a stout. Unlike Draught, I'm not sure I'd buy this beer again. Instead of a roasted flavor, it has more of a burnt flavor. Next time I will opt for the Draught.

09-23-2005 15:26:50 | More by Enola
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scaliasux

Wisconsin

3.2/5  rDev -13.5%

Appearance - Very dark brown or even black, opaque. Thick head is light brown/ tan. Head lasts a while, leaves some lacing.

Smell - Dark and malty, slightly sweet. Like molasses.

Taste - Sweet and rather malty. Burnt sugar/molasses flavor. Not dry, flavor lingers. Touch of bitterness in finish. Not altogether unpleasant. Kind of a one note tune, though.

Mouthfeel - Less full than I expected.

Drinkability - Not a bad beer and, not surprisingly, something I enjoy once in awhile. There are better stouts out there, however, stouts with somewhat more character.

09-23-2005 05:21:42 | More by scaliasux
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assurbanipaul

Texas

3.8/5  rDev +2.7%

Pours a dark brown-black with a moderate tan head with some staying power. Aroma is light but malty enough to let me know it's there.

Taste is black patent malts, dark roast, some coffee and charcoal flavors. Just a tiny hop bite, just a touch of caramel sweetness. Maybe a slight bit of toffee in the flavor, finishes dry. Mouthfeel is medium, well-carbonated and easy to drink. No off elements at all, would stand up well with any other micro offering.

Not the greatest stout to be found but certainly more than adequate and an excellent (definitive) example of the dry style. I have noticed that Guinness suffers greatly from its many varieties -- of which people may not be aware, and of which not all are equal or even palatable -- as well as poor service in many locations (too warm, too cold, too old, bad nitro versions).

The "draft" bottle and nitro cans are pretty ugly, but this bottled stubbie is well worth keeping around. I could session this one, and I often do.

09-16-2005 03:08:09 | More by assurbanipaul
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PBRstreetgang

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev +11.6%

Pours black as pitch, totally opaque. Ruby highlights on the edge of the glass. The three finger head is tan or brown and bubbly with good retention but poor lacing. The smell is not strong, but distinct- sweet burnt malt. A flavor of deep roasted barley, molasses, and baker's chocolate is strong, and provides most of the bitterness. The hops are percived mostly in the aftertaste, but manages to boost the mouthfeel. There is a bittersweet residue finish, but mostly dry and clean. Guinness Extra Stout is smooth, full bodied and bold in flavor but carbonated and balanced well enough to keep a high drinkability.

09-14-2005 05:48:45 | More by PBRstreetgang
Guinness Extra Stout (Original) from Guinness Ltd.
84 out of 100 based on 3,170 ratings.