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Guinness Extra Stout (Original) - Guinness Ltd.

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3,564 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,564
Reviews: 1,269
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 15.41%
Wants: 60
Gots: 517 | 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 RJLarse
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I bought a six-pack of Guinness Extra Stout for St. Patty's Day. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a black walnut color and is opaque. A chunky grainy tan head forms, and is very resilient. As the head breaks down in looks like cereal.

The smell is fairly strong, dark roasted grain mostly, perhaps with a little Euro skunk aroma.

The taste is also strong, bitter coffee for the most part, some charcoal flavor, licorice, and a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is thick and buttery smooth. A very full-bodied brew.

Not the most drinkable beer I have had. The taste is a little strong and bitter but it grows on you. The ABV is too high to be sessionable. I can drink a couple of these in a session, but that's about it. This would be a good winter beer, it's a little out of step with the spring season.

Photo of sethmeister
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into pint glass at room temp. Date code J07M61 / 2230 / L6250NT1

Pours black with a large creamy tan head. This is of course the bottled extra stout with no draught widget, so the visual experience is less dramatic, though you're reimbursed by a better flavor in my opinion.

Oddly, scent is vinous at first. Haven't noticed that before. Then earthy and roasty with a hint of coffee grounds.

Taste is roasted and charred with an aftertaste of same. An earthy coffee flavor. Then there's some tartness at the sides of the tongue. A hint of anise / licorice. I don't taste any chocolate, try though I might. There is actually a bit of a citrus hop flavor which kicks in towards the end and can be a bit disconcerting.

Mouthfeel is creamy but a bit fizzier than I like and not thicker than medium. Thinner than I like in a stout.

Ahh, this does bring back memories for I've enjoyed many a pint of Guinness at many a bar over the years. To be honest it is not my favorite stout. I can think of many I would prefer for their thicker mouthfeels and more present chocolate flavors. But I'll still always love you, Guinness.

Photo of Erdinger2003
1.9/5  rDev -48.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a nice big head that stays around for a while, but has a lacing that is lacking. The color is black, but I noticed as I was pouring you could see through the beer coming out. Smell is very very bready and bisquity. Almost like play-dough, like when I was a kid. Wow, not very appealing, I smell no malts, no coffee, no roastiness. Nothing. Taste is off, has a slight roastiness, but mostly an off flavor that's very disturbing. That flavor mellows out, but the sweet/sour flavor is still present. The mouthfeel is ok, has a lot of carbonation making it a bit fizzy. Overall I wouldn't try this again without the knowledge that it's fresh or not tampered with. This was from John's and something is wrong for sure!

Photo of GClarkage
2.52/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

08/11/06- Purchased at Osco in Billings, MT.

Presentation- 12oz bottle, small stamp on the back of the label which may denote freshness. Poured into a imperial pint glass.

Appearance- Chocolate black with a wee bit of lucidity. Huge large bubbled light brown head. Takes 5 minutes to pour the whole bottle into an imperial pint glass. Head forms into a creamy root beer float looking entity. Looks delicious.

Smell- Super super roasted and charred malt nose. Not much else can get past that scent wise.

Taste- I've had this one a few times before and never liked it. I tried it again to see if my taste or pallete had changed in the last few years. Nope! This is one damn bitter brew. Almost to the point of sourness. Huge burnt charcoal backlash. Incredibly harsh. Just think of drinking the scraping of you BBQ in a liquid form.

Mouthfeel- Lighter and creamy mouthfeel with a sour lasting aftertaste. Mid level carbonation.

Drinkability- Just not my cup of tea for a brew. Don't plan on trying it ever again. I've learned my lesson.

Photo of gottajiboo2
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a beautiful beer! pitch black darkness not a hint of light passing though it. The head was a thick muddy brown shaving cream mound, that slowly withered away to something that reminded me of a root beer float. thickness dude. smelled of a earthy musty maltiness and tasted so rich and roasty, I think I was catching a bit of bitter hop twinge on my tongue too. finished with a warm roasty feeling. I would recommend enjoying a few of them slowly, any time!


Photo of HochFliegen
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this one into a pint glass and was welcomed with a frothy tan head on top the dark liquid. Head stayed around till it was finished. Not as creamy a head as out of the nitro cans. Smell was strong with roasted malt flavors along with coffee and chocolate scents. Slightly sweet smell as well almost carmel like. This beer is dry to the taste with powerful roasted malt flavors and hints of coffee and chocolate much like the smell. Bitter and dry in the after taste.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a nonic)

A- This beer pours a jet black body with a creamy tan head that turns rocky and last longer than the beer, thinning out only in the last few sips. This beer was to dark to see any sign of carbonation even when held to the light.

S- This beer has a dark roasted malt aroma with a slightly sweet smell and a black roasted grain note in the background. There is a light caramel malt aroma and a slight sour hint when it warms.

T- This beer has a dark roasted earthy malt flavor with a slight sweetness to it. There is a coffee malt flavor and slight tart/sour brightness to the malt. There is a dark malt bitterness with a hint of hop that hangs on after the sip. As it warms the hops, while still subtle, come through a bit more.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a fizzy finish that fills out the mouthfeel more.

D- This beer has a nice bold malt flavor but is very drinkable. Much better than the nitros cans.

Photo of nortmand
4.23/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours brown/black with a chocolate mousse head. Leaves alot of intricate lace.

Floral aromas mingle with chocolate roasty notes.

Creamy chocolate flavors up front. Anise and molasses flavors as well. Some residual sweetness as well.

Full bodied and quite drinkable, why is the nitrogen crap on tap everywhere, but not this. This is actually quite good.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.45/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Months ago, I use to think Guinness Light (my nickname for the weaker Draught) was the good stuff. Not anymore though, as I'd much rather have a pint of this Extra Stout over the Light. So far, I've been unsuccessful at finding a pub that carries this stuff on tap. Not to worry, the Extra Stout satisfies well from the bottle, unlike it's lighter brother. It's not that I hate Guinness Light, but when the Extra Stout is available, there's no challenge to which one I'd prefer. Enough talk already, and on to the beer:

The first thing you should do is warm up the bottle after pulling it from the fridge. Then, find a pint glass and pour it in. After that, you're all set to enjoy this wonderful brew.

It's pitch black with an excellent head, which makes you wonder why beer needs to be nitro-infused. The smell reminds me of unsweetened chocolate chunks, burned bread, and premium dark roasted coffee. After having large amounts of the Light, this stuff will have you growing hair on your chest. Very strong stuff (hence the Extra Stout) with dark coffee characteristcs: a tad sweet, bitter, and strong. Thick and rich down the hatch.

If I haven't enforced it enough, this is some really strong stuff. The bitterness might be overwhelming for some. With my changed taste, the Extra Stout to me now tastes like the first time I had Guinness Light (in case you forgot, that's my nickname towards the Draught). Those who think the Light is too strong should definately stay away from this. Otherwise, indulge!

Photo of lpayette
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- A good sized head with some respectable lacing. Color is on the verge of black, but not quite there.

Smell- Darkly roasted barley with some citrus notes from the hops, and a bit of cream.

Taste- Again, mostly roasted barley. There is a bit too much bittering coming from the hops for me (citrusy). There's a little bit of cream present in the taste as well, but not nearly as much as is in the regular guinness draught.

Mouthfeel- Carbonation seems off. Why not use the 'widget' for this beer as well??? Good amount of body. Dry finish, as is appropiate for the style.

Drinkability- This isn't a bad beer overall, but it needs some work. I'd rather drink a regular guinness draught any day as it is creamier, better balanced, and more delicious. The citrus hop flavor at the end of the sip was too overbearing for me. If you can get past that detail however, this isn't half bad.

Photo of khiasmus
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Almost completely opaque with initially beautiful tan head. follows guidelines for style very well except that the head is relatively short-lived.

S-Strong coffee aroma with hints of roasted grain. No hop aroma.

T-Roasty and grainy, rather bitter, but the hops by no means jump out. Slight unsweet chocolate notes.

M-Perhaps a little too carbonated for style? Otherwise perfect- creamy, slightly astringent, medium body.

D-As dry stouts go, this one is wonderful.

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

Mostly black, elsewhere dark brown/red. Mild/moderate head, appropriately brown.

Raisin, grape, chocolate, tartness, bread malt, light roastedness, light hop floral/spice.

Smooth and thickly foamed delivery of grape juice with a mild roasted barley tinge. Bread and nut malt base, understated, with hints of caramel/toffee. Very mild hop floral taste and bitterness. Mild carbonation. Finishes dry with tart grape.

Seriously tastes like grape juice. Not bad, just not great. I would definitely drink it with a meal. This one is imported all the way from Canada, I suppose the reason for this is so it can be imported. I remember feeling like a bad boy early on ordering my Guinness from a bar and smoking a cigarillo. An early gateway beer for many.

Photo of bluegrassbrew
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite a bit better than the Guiness Draft version. This brew is more potent both in flavor and abv. Appears a dark brown nearing black with the typical creamy head. Smells of dark roasted malts and coffee. Taste is of coffee and roasted malt with a nice smokiness to it. Not too complex but good none the less.

Photo of Poser
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black with a slightly off-white, surprisingly creamy head. Smells of dark malts with a malty upfront taste. Finishes with a well-balanced hop bitterness. Dark chocolate and coffee flavors are found throughout. It finishes rather dry with some slightly acidic aftertaste. Overall, this is very decent, and is only noticeably off in the finish.

Photo of Westsidethreat
3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Chocolate brown with amber highlights. Small, microscopic streams of bubbles carry out their business from the bottom of the glass. Head is oatmeal colored, with a scattering of various sized bubbles. Actually holding on quite well.

S: Smells like a dunkel. Wafts of marshmallow, dried cocoa, fresh raisins and graham.

T: Starts with instant coffee and cinnamon dark fruits at the tip of the tongue. Has some of the same sourness that Guinness Draught has but seems to be much more bitter. A lot of metallic nods with that seems almost to be driven by coffee acidity. Some buttery toffee tries to balance out the acidic bitterness but its too little too late. Finishes with mild chocolate and faint, spicy dark fruit.

M: Medium body, sort of hard and prickly.

D: Not really digging this beer too much. Seems awkward at best.

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

This was a 12oz bottle of the stuff we get in the USA - made in Canada.

I haven't had a taste of this in a while -- that gimmicky stuff in the nitro bottle left a watery taste in my mouth. Fortunately the real thing does not dissapoint.

Poured deep brown but not totally opaque if you hold it up to the light. You don't need nitro to get the lovely cappachino head, but it is not so explosive as many of the stouts on the market today. Aroma is also more understated than other stouts; chocolate with a sour twang. Taste is smooth, round, bitter chocolate and coffee with a lovely mouth puckering sour finish.

With all the stouts available today, some are inclined to diss this old boy. Not me!

Photo of GPHarris
3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a - poured five fingers thick into a pint glass. head is tan and long-lasting, it looks like a rootbeer float. typical guinness pour with the nice cascading effect. body is black with reddish-brown hints. leaves a bubbly lace and sticky sides throughout.
s - muted burnt toast and burnt dark chocolate.
t - same as the smell but a little on the sweeter side.
m - smooth with a little carbonation but not as creamy as guinness draught in a bottle! ;-)
d - easily drinkable but i'm not racing to the fridge for another. i'm spoiled.

Photo of theopholis
3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a very dark brown or black. No light shines through it at all. I'm not sure whether the color is really that dark, or if there is a lot of suspended solids in there (my guess is the former). Head is a small, dark tan, failry creamy. Very little sating power. No lacing.

Aroma- Mostly burnt chocolate, A little malt sweetness comes through. Not much else tho.

Taste- The first thing that jumps out at you is the deep roasted malts Some hop bitterness, especially on the edge of the toungue and the jowels. A acid bite to. Very interesting.

Mouthfeel- Fairly thick (for the style).Not as creamy as you might expect if you drink Guinness draught all the time. Has a very noticable CO 2 bite on the toungue, especially the very middle.

Drinkability- It's okay. Nothing special. the pronounced bite on the toungue isn't real pleasant, but I could drink a few of these.

Photo of trevorwideman
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

341ml bottle sample from my girlfriend's uncle. This one has been contract brewed by Labatt's in Toronto, which explains the Canadian Industry Standard size bottle.

Pours thin and completely opaque with a 1/2 inch tan head that subsides to a bit of lace and sticks around. Medium/high carbonation in evidence. Tasty looking stout, but the nose is less appealing. A little metallic off the top (but that mellows as the beer warms), alcohol, some sweet roasted maltiness underneath, chocolate. Acidic sourness in the nose as well.

Taste is surprisingly full if you're used to regular Guinness Draught. Nutty, lots of roasted malt, lemonlike acidity all over the palate, and if you really try there's a little bit of fruitiness as well. Finishes appropriately bitter, in that typical Guinness way. Mouthfeel is much fuller but less creamy than the Draught version, extremely dry and carbonation isn't overbearing. This one isn't as full bodied or flavourful as a lot of stouts I've had, but nonetheless a very respectable product from the true originals of the style, and drinkable in quantity. You can feel the history of the beer in every sip, and this may be the only Guinness I'd give time to in the future.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer always looks good in the glass.Maybe it doesn't have the cascading effect of the draught, but still it has a nice dark color, almost black with brown highlights. Offwhite head that fades to aring and leaves no real lacing. The smell is slightly roasty and slightly malty, with a touch of roasty sourness there as well. The taste is a classic- not the best in the world, not the worst. The bottled version isn't as creamy, but iis stronger, and in my opinion has more character. Flavors of roasted malt, some bitter hops in the end, and a little bit of salty caramel underlying it all. The mouthfeel is a little light, and not particularly creamy, but refreshing. Definitely has its place.

Photo of lordbrad1
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What can I say that hasn't been said before? My extra stout arrived in the fridge in 12 oz. bottles and was redirected to my over sized extra thick wine goblets that I like to use for my dark beers. I feel it sets off the appearance; which is so brown as to be almost black; with a condensed head that slowly recedes leaving a chunky, yet not un-attractive residue on the sides of the glass. The only way light gets through this brew is if you hold it about 6 inches from a light bulb.
The over sized goblet also allows for more aroma to get to your snout while you're drinking it as well. The smell is rich and dark. Hints of hops, coffee, and just a touch of acid-y alcohol give the black stuff a very enjoyable aroma.
Taste is good as well. The slight hint of alcohol is mellowed nicely by the roasted malt and hop flavor. I've always enjoyed it best on a snowy cold NY winter night while sitting by a fire place. The smell of burning wood, and the flavor of this wonderful brew seem to go hand in hand. If that sounds odd to you; try it and you'll understand what I'm talking about.
Extra Stout has a fantastic mouth feel. You can almost chew it as you're drinking it. It rolls nicely over the tongue, and goes down smooth with just the faintest bite...but not a bite in the bad sense. It's more of a reminder that you're drinking a well brewed stout.
Drinkability is better than average. You can easily put down a six pack or more in a sitting. The novice or casual beer drinker may not be able to take more than a couple in a sitting. For the folks like me that enjoy a well crafted brew however; you could probably drink this all night, and fall asleep quite content.

While not the best stout I've ever had. This will most certainly fill the bill in most circumstances. I'd recommend having it with a beef roast, or other heavy meal. Or as something to sit by the fire with while you watch the snow fall outside.

Photo of Bobikel
3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - poured aggressivly into a pint glass, only a small slightly chocolate colored forms. The beer itself is a deep ebony with brown shades intermixed. Lacing is good.

Smell - Burnt chocolate, some earthy hops, and just a touch of acid round out this nose. A little alchohol just dances around the inside of the glass but is not at all intrusive. Smells like, well...

Taste - Initial taste is alot like the draught variety, but deep roasted malts linger, as does the hoppiness. Slightly metalic.

Mouthfeel - Thick, and creamy, with some sharpness across the tongue from the CO2.

Drinkability - This is a nice easy balanced drinker, easy to put away a 6'er on your own. But the 6% will sneak up on you if your used to the draught Guinness.

Overall - I have in the past decried Guinness as a non stout drinkers stout. I'd say the extra stout is more along the lines of what a good stout could/should be, although, it's far from my favorite of the style.

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

I was curious to see the differences between this and the regular Guinness Draught Stout. The look and texture are about the same, although the aroma is a bit sour and not quite as pleasant as I remember. the taste does have a bit of an extra kick, perhaps it's even a touch hoppier than you'd expect. Overall it's similar to the original Guinness, with a slightly stronger Guinness flavor (bitter finish included) and a little less head. Basically, if you enjoy Guinness you'll enjoy this iteration of it.

Photo of BeerSox
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into mug. Made in Canada.

Pitch black body with a pillowy khaki colored head that lasts forever. Settles to a thick cap. Thing rings of lacing coat the glass.

Dark chalky malts are hidden behind light floral hops. A little bit of coffee makes its way in.

Bitter grainy malts start off with a little bit of hop bitterness that develops in the back of the mouth. Some dark chocolate makes itself known in the middle. Full bodied with a smooth feel from just the right amount of carbonation. The finish is clean with a little bit of grain lasting after each sip.

This was one of the first beers I ever tried, and back then I thought it didn't get any more bitter than this. Now, after several American Double India Pale Ales and Russian Imperial Stouts, this doesn't hold a candle in that department. Still, it's a standard of Irish Dry Stouts (the non-nitro kind), and one of the originals. This is one of those beers that you absolutely have to try, and the best part of this is you will probably enjoy it.

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

This beer poured a deep black color with a tan head. The head fell faster than the draught normally does. The smell is very sweet and malty. The taste is robust and coffee like. There is a strong bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel is thick. This is a delicious beer which I enjoy a lot – although I think the draught version is a little smoother in the drinkability category.

Guinness Extra Stout (Original) from Guinness Ltd.
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