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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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3,439 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,439
Reviews: 1,244
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 15.41%
Wants: 55
Gots: 374 | FT: 1
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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 sinstaineddemon
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - dark, even when held up to light, like regular Guinness, it wells up three fingers of a big rootbeer float head colored head, which is both rocky and persistent

S - to me it smells like regular guinness with more alcohol

T - it also tastes like guinness with more of a chocolate characterisitc and roasted malt flavors as well, better than regular guinness

M&D - smooth and drinkable like regular guinness, full but light bodied, with a nice flavor, easier to drink than regular guinness

sinstaineddemon, Jan 07, 2007
Photo of kmo1030
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

deep brown with red highlights. it's got a nice frothy tan head.
a mild aroma contains a somewhat grainy chocolate and coffee. despite a quality head i can't pull much of a smell out.
the flavor has a little more backbone to it, with sweet caramel flavors up first followed by a mellow soft chocolate and a coffee flavor that is more dominant, but has much of the same mellow quality. towards the end a somewhat dark fruity taste develops, with a dark raisin flavor, and some nice complexity. it's grainy and dry, cleaning itself up really well.
smooth a creamy mouthfeel, with a moderate, but fine carbonation.
very nice drinkability, a great beer to sit down and have a few of without thinking about it too hard.

kmo1030, Jan 03, 2007
Photo of mpyle
3.03/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Darker tan head than Guinness draught, and retention considerably less impressive. Very similar dark red/brown color with beautiful clarity

Subdued aroma, but a smoky, malty nose

Intense malty/bitter/sour triad keep everything in balance. Finishes very bitter and slightly dry (roasted barley?). Late sourness on the side of the tongue - maybe not the freshest example.

Mouthfeel showed a fairly full body, with minimal alcohol warming and no astringency. Not creamy.

An intensely flavored stout, and while more interesting on the palate in its flavors, less smooth on the tongue. I want to mix this beer with Guinness Draught - I think that blend might be better than either of them individually.

mpyle, Jan 03, 2007
Photo of srrn
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Got a 'good' pour on this one. Deep brownish black with light tan luxurious head. Appearance was perfect, really is a 5, it will never be improved upon. Faint smells of toast and coffee in the back. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy and is an area for this brew that counts for much more than 10% of the experience Very dry finish, aftertaste does not linger.

All around not a perfect beer, but appearance and mouthfeel make it a true classic.

srrn, Jan 01, 2007
Photo of StargherKing
4.7/5  rDev +27%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Didn't quite get the "perfect pour", but did pretty well for a novice. Appearance is black, even held up to light, with some amber reds at the top just below the head. Thick, foamy head as to be expected from a Guinness. Smell is dark, slightly nutty, hints of chocolate and coffee. Taste is amazing. Very bitter, coffeelike, with the aforementioned hints of chocolate and almost a light nutty flavor. Mouthfeel is very heavy, but smooth and creamy. Almost like whole milk in texture. Drinkability is very good, especially for such a heavy beer. This will certainly be a mainstay in my fridge from now on.

StargherKing, Jan 01, 2007
Photo of tkarsies
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review entered from notes a few months back. Served cool from a 12 oz bottle in a pint glass. Near black with some reddish tones when held up to the light. 1/2 inch brownish head that remains. Some lacing also clings to glass. Not the dramatic appearance of the nitro Guinness, but nice nonetheless.
Smell of roasted malt and some coffee. Taste was the same as smell with roasted flavor most prominent. Some hop bitterness is also present but the majority of the bitter flavor comes from the roast. Ends with bitterness and nutty aftertaste. Carbonation makes this feel lighter than otherwise would and definitely different than Irish dry stouts served from nitro can. Very easy to drink and very tasty. 6%ABV not really evident after one. This is a more complex beer than Guinness Draught and a much better beer because of that.

tkarsies, Dec 28, 2006
Photo of hckyfn9999
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black color with a huge thick tan head and some good lacing. Aroma is of roasted malt, a little fruit, and a little chocolate. Nothing too strong in the nose. Taste is more of the same in the nose only stronger. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy but finishes very nice (hence the style I suppose). A very solid stout in my opinion and it is available almost everywhere around here.

hckyfn9999, Dec 27, 2006
Photo of Higravity
2.68/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Been years since my last Guinness so when I got an 8 pack for X-mas I wasn't complaining. The Widget went a wooshing as I opened the can poured sloppily into the glass. The cascading dark beer is one of the coolest things I have ever seen. The smell was muted even though the beer was around 50 F. The flavor is somewhat the essence of a stout but none of the actual umph. The beer gas mixture gives thing beer an artifical body and a weird taste IMHO that is present in other widget beers. Still this is a poundable session affair, with less calories then a BUD as if I care.

Higravity, Dec 21, 2006
Photo of zuggy9
2.83/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Nothing quite like a meal in a bottle. This one you must drink off tap as the bottle doesn't have a widget. The appearance is deep dark black with a tan head that reduces to some lace. Strong coffee smell, a bit bitter, and it tastes chocolaty and roasted with a bit of an after-taste. Very thick and creamy feel. I would say one is all I can do on these, and I enjoy stouts. It's quite filling.

zuggy9, Dec 21, 2006
Photo of billybob
4.4/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a jet black color with a two finger tan head reduces to a small rocky head at the finish with some lacing. smell is coffee with the bitter hop smell coming through. taste is coffee and dark toffee up front with a bitter cooking chocolate that lingers at the finish. medium body, smooth, fine bubble carbonation. nice beer but i would like to try some other beers of this style before i give a finale judgement.

billybob, Dec 18, 2006
Photo of TheWhaleShark
4.68/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is probably my favorite widely-available large-scale produced beer, the second being standard Guinness draught. On to the review.

A: Pours a nice onyx color, black as night, with a nice brown head that quickly dissipates into lacing.

S: Roasted and earthy, with a definite smell of coffee.

T: This is what I look for in a dry stout; it has a roasted and toasted flavor, with a good dash of coffee and a bitter streak shot through it. The bitterness doesn't overpower the brew; everything is very well balanced, though the overall flavor is very strong and not necessarily for everyone.

M: A good medium-full body, not too carbonated. Involves a little bit of lip-smacking after I'm done.

D: Despite its strength, I find this quite drinkable. It accompanies a good meal quite well, and I can drink it by itself.

TheWhaleShark, Dec 15, 2006
Photo of Damian
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Martignetti's Liquors, Boston, MA

Poured a translucent black with only faint hints of brown noticeable on the fringes of the glass. The one-and-a-half finger, creamy, caramel colored head faded to a thick film and lasted throughout the beverage. Some spotty lacing along the glass.

Smell was malty rich with strong notes of coffee, cocoa and a hint of vanilla.

Taste was initially malty sweet and creamy up front (for a millisecond) before the intense, deep, roasted malts inundated the palate. Bakers chocolate came out mid-palate. The back end was espresso-like and surprisingly hoppy. The lasting aftertaste was also espresso-like, dry and bitter to the extreme.

Mouthfeel was super rich and creamy.

Drinkability was average. While there were some interesting flavors in this beer, I felt that they were flattened and overshadowed by the intense bitterness.

Damian, Dec 14, 2006
Photo of vickersspitfire
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one pours out into a velvet black and you can see the dark brown hues when held up to the light.It has a slighty sweet smell to it and has a nice clean( not crisp) taste to it that completely envelopes your mouth which is followed by a semi-sweet after taste.

vickersspitfire, Dec 14, 2006
Photo of sjambok1
4.4/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Honestly, my favorite of the comercially available, largely brewed beers. The stout is very strong and enjoyable. Althought something I would not want to drink pint after pint, a pint at dinner does me well.

A-I love the obsidian black of this beer. Good, thick head.

S-Earthy. Strong. Difficult to describe, but good. Wakes you up.

T-I love the taste of the extra stout. Very bitter but slightly sweet at the beginning

MF-Good, but not quite enough carbonation to keep it going.

Drinkablility-Good for an extrememly strong stout.

sjambok1, Dec 13, 2006
Photo of brdc
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

You k now, I have to disagree with the hype....
I never really liked this beer, but honestly, this time I tried to rate it honestly.
Pitch black with a light brown head.
I faint smell of alcohol, bitter chocolate, roasted malt.
Faint taste of bitter chocolate, not a lot of complexity.
Mouthfeel is really good, though, heavy but smooth.
Drinkability is above average for the style.

Pretty good beer, just not enough for the hype..

brdc, Dec 09, 2006
Photo of beeragent
3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The beer poured a opaque black, with no light visibly through, when held up to the light. A small tan head, that quickly faded, leaving a small amount of lacing. The aroma is strongly of raisens, and a little coffee. The taste, I know it sounds weird, is almost prune-like. Maybe my taste has changed, or the brewer changed its recipe, but this is definitely not the way I remember this beer tasting. Where it should be strong roasted malts, is replaced by an almost sick fruity taste. Maybe I got a bad batch, but this is definitely not what I expect from Guinness. Will definitely try again in the future, and review then.

2003 bottle that has been stored for three years:

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The beer poured an opaque black, forming a thick mocha 1 inch head, that left light rings of lace on the glass. The aroma is light, mostly of roasted malt. The taste is rich roasted malt, with a light coffee flavor in the aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel, and very smooth finish. This is how I remember Guinness Extra Stout tasting. I could drink a sixer of this easy. Maybe its because it was aged? Either way, this is what I expect from Guinness.

beeragent, Dec 08, 2006
Photo of Hammarby
3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Blackish dark brown with copper tones. Tan head.
S: No. Can't find one, really.
T: Roasted, hints of smoke and coffee. Somewhat creamy and full of body, still a bit too dry for my taste. After taste not lingering except for roasted tones.

Although Guinness is what comes to mind when one think of stout, this is not as good as the stuff you can get in this cathegory of beer. A bit too dry, too odorless and with too little after taste. Nice beer to round things up (as a last half pint).

Hammarby, Dec 07, 2006
Photo of jasonjlewis
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Apperance: thick frothy head and great retention

Smell: caramel malts and some faint alcohol

Taste: Roasted chocolate malts with a good hop balance. Better than Guinness Draught.

MF: A little thin, but clings decently. Has a little bit of a watery feel.

Drinkability: Easy to drink.

Not a bad brew. A sessionable stout.

jasonjlewis, Nov 22, 2006
Photo of HopsHops
2.78/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

this has a metallic ...artificially created ....like not chocolate...not malt...just ...kinda plain,,,i am not fond...this beer is overrated...
nice black color though....lame bubbly head like it has soap in it...blaugh...i just think its popularity ruins it,,,,chances are when the majority talks about a beer being good that it usually isnt all its cracked up to be...not a stout that lives up to my standard...

HopsHops, Nov 19, 2006
Photo of Adamthome1
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch black dark into snifter glass with a rich, creamy head that lasts a great deal of time and a heavy lace remains. Bottle says it's from Canada. The extra stout is the only guiness you'll find in America that does not come from the St. James Gate brewery in Ireland.

Taste is very rich of roasted malt. Tastes of coffee and roasted malt. Taste is amplified as it warms up. I prefer it at just about room tempterature, it allows for tastes to be felt by the entire mouth. Hop is pretty sweet, especially when warmer.

Overall a fine extra stout, much better than the original guinness. Probably the darkest looking beer you will find and a wonderful head. Enjoy this one warm.

Adamthome1, Nov 13, 2006
Photo of PeatReek
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours jet black, maybe a touch towards burnt umber around the edges, with a thick beige head that laces quite a lot. Smells a touch burnt, maybe musty (?) and somewhat metallic... ugh, not optimistic here. It's all there in the taste, though; a crisp malty attack with rather severe bitterness, resolving into a complex nutty, roasty finish. Lots of savory nutty / bready flavors meld in the aftertaste, the most notable difference from the draught cans and QUITE a bit better. The body is dry but not thin, and well complemented by the stiff carbonation. Definitely the preferred embodiment of this classic of the stout genre.

As for the smell... not sure what's up with that. A bad bottle? I'll come back and edit later if the next one is significantly different.

PeatReek, Nov 11, 2006
Photo of euroshark
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours very dark, nearly black with just a little blood red showing through when held up to the light. Creamy looking head that stays until the beer is gone.

Smells: Roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and burnt coffee beans .

Taste: Taste is sweet and malty, very little bitterness, but not unbalanced. Dry finish leaves a coffee-like after taste with a bit of burnt coffee bean flavor right at the end.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and medium to heavy body with little carbonation.

Drinkability: Goes down smooth and there is not even a hint of alcohol in the smell or taste. I'd say this is quite a drinkable beer.

Serving Type: Bottle

euroshark, Nov 10, 2006
Photo of zeff80
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - It is a dark black color with a small creamy/tan head. The head never really goes away and leaves lacing.

S - Smells of roasted maltiness and chocolate.

T - It is bitter and malty. It has a coffee-like aftertaste. A little bittersweet.

M - It is soft on the tongue and medium-bodied.

D - I always enjoy Guinness beers and this is no exception.

zeff80, Nov 04, 2006
Photo of paul0388
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was really excited when I picked up this six pack today. I am a HUGE fan of guinness draught, and finally finding the elusive Guinness Extra Stout made my day, but it sadly didnt live up to my expectations as being an above average beer experience. Beautiful color and pours a rich 2 1/2" head. Dissapates after a few minutes to only a centimeter or so. Great lacing. Has the strong, distinct guinness smell, thats the only way i can describe it, just cant get enough of that burnt malt aroma. Tastes like the draught but with more of a hoppy, bitter kick. Has the deep burnt malt taste but suprisingly was slightly wattery. Not as thick as the draught. Not quite as drinkable as the draught but drinkable none the less. I do like this beer but when im in the Guinness mood i think ill take the draught, just has more to offer, but this is definately worth trying, if you can find it. Im not dissapointed, just wasnt what I expected, but indeed, Guinness Extra Stout is well worth the $10.50 for a 6 pack.

paul0388, Nov 02, 2006
Photo of mnesporov
4.38/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the first beer a purchased legally on my 21st birthday.
The beer pours a deep dark brown/black appropriate for the style with a thick and creamy beige-colored head. Good head retention and lacing. Certainly not the distinctively creamy head of Guinness on tap but a delicious head nonetheless. The aroma is a little understated with floral, hops and yeast notes. In the mouth the beer is thick and silky with a crisp bite of hops. Certainly the typical stout the hops and sourness balance very well with the richer, darker elements for a harmonious complexity, I also believe I taste a little coffee/chocolate. Overall this is a great beer and highly recommend if u haven’t tried one out please do.

P.S. The best with food

mnesporov, Nov 02, 2006
Guinness Extra Stout (Original) from Guinness Ltd.
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