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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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3,251 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,251
Reviews: 1,233
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 15.41%
Wants: 52
Gots: 292 | 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 CortexBomb
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours black into the glass with a finger sized amount of head, carbonation clings to the glass if you tip it, but the stout itself does not. It has a very grainy scent, but nothing remarkable.

In the mouth a medium bitter slightly coffee tinged tang hits you, as well as the carbonation. Unlike most stouts it feels very light in the mouth, watery in comparison to the micros I'm used to drinking.

Quite a solid score in the drinkability category for a stout though, the light mouthfeel and easy drinking nature makes this one of the few stouts I'd consider a 'session' beer.

Overall nothing spectacular though, Guinness has a reputation mainly because people aren't aware of the vast world of other stouts that exist. Not to say that the beer is bad by any stretch, but it's far from the best as well.

CortexBomb, Jan 15, 2004
Photo of DESTRO
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bomber. pours thick and pitch black, no light can penetrate this. has a nice sized brown head that fades to medium ring that leaves an awesome lace. smells of dark roasted malt, slight hop profile, smells a tad spoiled. in the mouth it is a bit tangy, mouth watering. a little sour. roasted coffee and dark malt are the show here with a light hop bite. finishes puckering. smooth and full, a nice carbonation dances on the toungue. easily drinkable and a overall good stout that dosnt do anything amazing, but does everything well. cheers.

paid $2.49 for a bomber.

DESTRO, Jan 14, 2004
Photo of masterbruewer
2.98/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a near black with a nice tan head of a couple inches.

The smell was yeasty and grainy and a little bitter.

The taste was strong malt with a solid bit of coffee like taste and very bitter with a bit of an astringent aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was solid with little noticeable carbonation.

I'd drink it again in the right circumstances but with the strong flaver and bitterness it's not right for all the time. Not as good as I remember.

masterbruewer, Jan 11, 2004
Photo of Gueuzedude
2.95/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A black color, pours with a thick creamy brown head that is quite persistent, the head gets quite rocky over time as well. There is a slightly roasted aroma with a bit of sweet grain character. It has a lightly bitter astringent finish. Fairly thin in its consistency. Some roast character is here and it has a bit of a sour twang to it in the finish. Overall this beer is quite disappointing, and much worse than I remember. It is missing the character that I was expecting it to have. Not too bad, but certainly not great either.

Gueuzedude, Jan 06, 2004
Photo of AbePhroman
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'll start this review off by saying that this stuff is way better than regular Guinness imo. Poured a dark brew with a tan head, smaller head then regular Guinness. Tasted slightly drier. More of a nutty taste. The 6% abv is nice. I enjoy buying the large bottles of this for about $2.25 instead of a whole six pack, because I usually don't want more than a couple. Not a very drinkable beer imo.

AbePhroman, Dec 30, 2003
Photo of Skidz
2.93/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Well, it looks like a Guinness...but that's about it. If you want to really judge this beer, don't even take it by its name. Most people will buy it simply because it's got the name, and think it will be similar to the Guinness Draught, and that's where they go wrong.

At the pour, it's dark and smooth with a bit of amber on the side. Not very impressive at first, but a good pour overall. The head on this one is pretty light and doesn't last. Nothing, absolutely nothing sticks to the glass, very dissapointed.

Putting my nose to this, and I get a huge waft of maltiness. Examining a bit further and I came up with some berry/fruity smells. A bit strange, but I'll wait until I taste it.

First sip...red wine? Seriously, the fruitiness of this comes out very strong. It's a sweet hit on your tounge that doesn't stay around for too long before the bitterness hits. The hops really come out stongl just after you take a swig. Kinda sour, but with the strong fruit tastes and the hops, I'd expect that.

This brew it quite bitter and it contrast between sweet way too much. It's really bold and the carbonation is a bit strong for this style of beer.

I really could only handly 1 of these 1pt.6's at a time. Share it with a friend and let it settle. If you think this is going to taste anything like Guinness Draught you will be thoroughly dissapointed. Take it as it is, a beer, and judges it only by its characteristics. I didn't completly enjoy this beer, mainly because of its sweet/bitter contrast that didn't work well for me. Try it if you must, but there are many more fish in this sea that will make you much happier.

Skidz, Dec 22, 2003
Photo of GreenWBush
3.13/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Another Guinness review, from notes.

Guinness Extra Stout pours a beautiful blacker-than-black with a head that is dark brown in appearance. This large head quickly shrinks into a slight burlap covering on the beer.

The smell is definetely not too appealing, an ashen blend of belgian chocolate and coca-cola. The first taste smacks you in the fact with strongly roasted malt and sickeningly sweet hues. There is a taste in this beer that I just do not like at all buried under the layers that I do appreciate. After 3, still can't put my finger on it.

I will always wonder where in the hell the bitterness in this beer is coming from. There is no noticable hop presence, and in fact this bitterness is much more of a sour-note. A decent aftertaste, albeit too strong and overwhelming.

This beer is a punisher. I love heavy, rich stouts but this beer is just too one-dimensional. I just need more from a stout. And they aren't lying when they said it is "extra" stout. Grrr. I miss the foreign extra-stouts I was getting from a shady off-license in London.

GreenWBush, Nov 30, 2003
Photo of Garin
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It poured a deep opaque black with a light and bubbly tan head that shrunk into a lumpy cream with clingy lace.

I found it roasty and sweet on the nose, with molasses and malt aromas.

Up front I find sweet fruitiness -- sweet red bell pepper especially. Yes, that's correct: bell pepper. A nutty crispness fills in the middle, The finish is both tart and staunchly bitter, with black coffee and burnt acrid grain. A residual charred sweetness lingers.

In the mouth it feels clean and smooth, with a tannic dryness in the cheeks at the end.

It's not my favourite stout. The harshness is a bit too abrupt. Still, I have to give some credit to Guinness for not wussifying this stout like so many other breweries have. Whatever it may be, it's not "stout lite".

Garin, Nov 22, 2003
Photo of edchicma
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A rich color coupled with a rich, coffee-like taste and a well rounded mouthfeel made this an enjoyable drinking experience. Left a bit of dry bitterness on the back of the palate that was very nice. Nice drinkability, well-rounded, tasteful and satisfying.

edchicma, Nov 22, 2003
Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a dak black opaque liquid with a lovely tan head of foam. Aromas are of burnt coffee, molasses, chocolate, alcohol, malts and hops. The taste is very roasty, full and rich. Mouthfeel is thick yet creamy, with a bit of an astringent twinge on the end. The drinkability is quite good as well. This is good stuff.

francisweizen, Nov 21, 2003
Photo of clvand0
3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this one in a 12oz bottle. Love Guinness, should love Guinness Extra Stout. Poured the expected very dark color with an inch tall head that hung around. The aroma was mostly just roasted malts - slightly stronger aroma than my beloved Guinness draught. The taste is somewhat burned with some bitterness to back it up surrounded by a creaminess. This is a good beer, but it doesn't hold its ground when placed against Guinness draught.

clvand0, Nov 12, 2003
Photo of grynder33
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured dark with a one inch head, musty smell on first nosepass, deep roasted malt on second, carmelly mocha on third. Seemed to have a highly charged mouthfeel, first taste was a dry coffeish taste, surprisingly light. Before I started tasting other highly ranked stouts, I used to think this brew had the strongest roasted malt first taste in existence. Now it seems ordinary.

grynder33, Nov 10, 2003
Photo of Reidrover
3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this one in the 22 oz bottle , brewed in Canada.
Appearance, well the beer pours a deep deep black with a lovely tan head which dissapated to leave a ring around the glass.
The aroma was very malty..roasted malts..some espresso
Now the taste was a big let down for me..it was surprisingly weak and "thin" compared to how the beer looks..odd..bitter black coffee taste some hops at the end..but somehow metallic.
A little too much carbonation for my tatses..thin feel in the mouth for a stout..this is almost like a porter.
Its drinkable but thats all.
I was quite dissapointed with this stout, maybe its better if it is made i Dublin or even London. Wonder if they tried to "dumb it down" for the percieved American market?
I will stick with Obsidian or Sheath stout for now.
This was a re-review I wanted to make sure that i was correct about this beer being "just average"..unfortunatly i was first time round ..dissapointed..regular Guinness daught from Ireland/England is better.

Reidrover, Nov 02, 2003
Photo of TastyTaste
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light brown color that quickly shifts to a dark brown. Tastes like coffee, with cream, whereas most other stouts i have tried taste like straight black coffee. A very creamy, smooth flavor and mouthfeel. Can't drink too much, though, fills you up. Still very tasty, although not the best tasting stout ever.

TastyTaste, Oct 30, 2003
Photo of gnaussea
3.03/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Color is certainly dark. Smell is very faint -chocolate with hops. Taste leaves somethng to be desired. Roasted hops and barley. Hint of nut. Hint of chocolate. Not very interesting. Infinitely better than Guinness Draught, but to be avoided if a competent stout is available.

gnaussea, Oct 17, 2003
Photo of aracauna
3.03/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I can tell that I've been spoiled. If I didn't know that this was a stout, I would have thought that it was a porter. The beer is definitely dark, but light comes through more than the edges and has a good reddish-brown color. The aroma is faint. The flavor has an interesting bit of wood ash to it and a surprising bit of hop bitterness, at least for a dry Irish stout. Still, it's fairly thin and not complex at all. It did mix well with Dogwood IPA and created a nice hoppy porter-like thing that was pretty damn tasty.

aracauna, Oct 15, 2003
Photo of PiratePete
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out black with a head that is tan in colour. Head leaves quickly with some lacing left behind. Love that malt smell - unmistakable. Serious tastes of bitter and burnt. A good taste. Creamy, too. Everything sat at the top of the throat before sliding down. Reminds one they just had a good drink. Aftertaste is my big thing and this has good aftertaste. I have not tasted a Guinness Extra Stout in a long time. My tates have changed. It was good, it was very good.

(By-the-by: my bottle said 5% abv.)

PiratePete, Oct 08, 2003
Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.28/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a medium sized tan head. Quickly dissipates leaving lots of lace. Smells like Guinness! Nutty, roasted malt and a bit smoky. Lightly bitter.

Taste: Bitter and smoky. Burnt malt fades to a round nutty flavor. Quite bitter up front but fades and creamy flavors replace it a bit. Way down there in the flavor is a bit of fruitiness as well. Full bodied and lingers nicely on the back of the throat. Nice aftertaste.

I have tasted alot of good, strong stouts since my first bottled Guinness but I am still in the bag for this brew. The best widely available stout in the world.

ViveLaChouffe, Oct 06, 2003
Photo of flaminghomer
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this beer is pitch black, holding your glass up to the light will not display any colors you think you might be missing.

the head on this beer is exceptional. it is a dark tan and thick as hell. it sticks to the sides of the glass like none other.

it smells of roasted hops and fresh coffee beans.

when i first tasted this about two years ago, i remember the distinct coffee taste and mild chocolate taste. lets say that i did not immediately fall in love with this beer. i could drink about three at a time before i had my fill.

these days i simply can't get enough. after finishing a six-pack, i damn the gods at st. james gate for not making a seven-pack. this is a quality brew. while alot of people may be turned off by this beer the first few times they try it; if they are truly looking to enjoy the best beers in the world, then they will come around.

try eating a small piece of good chocolate the next you try this beer. they go together great.

flaminghomer, Oct 01, 2003
Photo of Rootdog316
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When I took a sniff just after pouring, I was surprised by a fairly non-distinguished nose to the beer. Happily, the palate made up for that, and then some. My tongue was literally assaulted by a big, delicious roasty espresso barley shock wave, soon to be followed by an over-the-top chocolate character and slight sourness (intended to impart a quenching character) which blended wonderfully with a big roasted barley astringency and kiss of hops in the finish.

Rootdog316, Sep 27, 2003
Photo of Gusler
3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ebony is the color on the pour, my idea of how all beer should look. The size of the head is medium frothy in texture and light chocolate in color as it erodes a fine covering of lace is formed to conceal the glass. Nose is roasted and toasted grain, malt sweet and crisp and clean, start is lightly sweet, full of malt, top is full to middling in its feel. Finish is crisply acidic, hops purposeful in their spiciness, dry lingering aftertaste, a decent quaffing beer, but give me one pulled from the cask in Ireland, and I'd be a "Happy and Satisfied" man.

Gusler, Sep 23, 2003
Photo of TripelJ
3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Now quaffing: Guinness Extra Stout

This is one of those beers that I've been meaning to try for a while but have been holding back for some reason. I guess its kind of what I expected. Pours a deep, opaque dark brown with a moderate cascading head. Aroma is sweet... not much else. Taste is sweet malts with a cola like mouthfeel, a little light for a stout. The finish is somewhat bitter and flavors of espresso and chocolate linger on the palate. This beer was a little lacking in the roasted category which I look for and enjoy in stouts, but it was enjoyable nonetheless.

TripelJ, Sep 20, 2003
Photo of SetarconeX
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A drinkable beer, though I did want a bit more out of this. Somehow, all bottles of Guinness seem to fall short of that lovely cascading visual you get off the tap, but that's alright. Malty smell, but not anywhere near as toasted as I've come to expect from good stouts. Other reviews I've seen here are right on the money, it really does resemble a porter.

Even so, it's a rather tasty beer, with a slight hop finish. Completely drinkable. But a good stout should really be....well....more stout. Just a tad more oomph is needed here for a really great beer.

SetarconeX, Sep 14, 2003
Photo of ngandhi
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

The pour from this 22 oz. Canadian botle is brown/black with a dissipating tan head that leaves a light ring of lace down the glass. Yeah. It's brewed in Canada. For the rest of this review, Guinness Extra Stout will be referred to as Guinness Eh?.

The smell is basic roasted malt, medium. I detect porter.

By jove, it is a porter! The taste lacks any real character as far as stouts (and certainly as far as exta stouts) are concerned. A light espresso on the back of the tongue, burnt caramel, maybe a little chocolate if you think really hard, with a dry finish. Metallic. Completely uncomplicated. And is that Coca-Cola (tm) I detect in the background?

Thin, watery, and fizzy, there's little reason to ever seek this beer out. It's Guinness Draught without the widget and, lacking that kind of fulfilling body and presence, there's no point in drinking Eh? except that it's among the easiest stouts to throw down and might be great to cook with. Unfinished, unimpressive, and almost unacceptable. Your most basic stout recipe.

What the hell happened?

Relax, relax.

ngandhi, Aug 27, 2003
Photo of soilguy
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark black color with a tan head. Roasted coffee aroma. Taste is strongly of roasted malts with a barely noticeable hop flavor. Mouthfeel is seems thin, probably because I, like most people, are used to the rich feel of the nitro-tap. This is a good dry stout, but there are many better examples available now.

soilguy, Aug 21, 2003
Guinness Extra Stout (Original) from Guinness Ltd.
84 out of 100 based on 3,251 ratings.