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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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1,289 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,289
Hads: 3,828
Avg: 3.7
pDev: 26.22%
Wants: 85
Gots: 809 | 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 Young_John
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Ah, good old Guinness. Ubiquitous stout that's extremely drinkable at about any temperature and often the only stout available in restaurant chains and sports bars where domestic pilsners reign supreme.

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Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I haven't had Guinness in years, but I remember loving it in my youth. I decided to go back to it and rate it, since I haven't gotten around to trying it again until now. It's slightly lighter than I remember, my tactile memories telling me that drinking this is the past was like consuming liquid breakfast. The dark flavor and creamy head I still remembered well, and I definitely like it. This is a really good stout, and there's a reason why its popularity persists to this day. I will try to drink this again in the near future, and maybe then I'll add to this review.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Format: a stumpy dark brown 375mL bottle with the traditional Guinness label.

Appearance: again jet black with a heavy tan-coloured head that slowly dropped to a creamy half-finger with fantastic retention. Looks great!

Aroma: the aroma is definitely stronger than the Draught, which is nice. The smell is a chocolate and roast coffee malt. Unlike the Draught, there is a hint of heavy fruits here.

Taste: roasted coffee up front with a hint of chocolate, with those heavy fruits behind. Pretty damn good.

Aftertaste: the same bitterness comes through from the roast coffee malts, but with a touch of sweet plum fruits.

Mouth feel: a little heavier in feel than Guinness Draught, and a moderate carbonation. Not quite as creamy but still fairly smooth.

Overall: I like this beer. It is a stronger and more complex version of the Guinness Draught - a stronger aroma and nice dark fruits added to the profile. It is around 50% more expensive at $65 a case of 24 x 375mL, but I think it's worth it.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.02/5  rDev +8.6%

This is an old one (looks like the bottle in the picture). I raided it from my friend Tony's fridge (the dude has beers he never drinks or knows he has!!)

Appearance (4.25) : Wonderfully large creamy cap, beige in appearance. Body is dark roast coffee brown-black and 95% opaque.

Aroma (4.5) : Freshly twisted black licorice, gawsh...just a sweet sweet black licorice candy smell, it so wonderful and delicious smelling. Smells like a candy store. Underneath that is some jelly bean and light roast aroma. It's just SO good to smell!!! Bouquet is medium strength.

Taste (4) : Respectable. That's totally the word. You respect this beer. The dark black spiced licorice comes out at the nose and the finish. In the middle is a smooth, balanced roast flavor that is so rich, almost bourbon-like. The hops are just a smidge overpowering, I'd say it's like a 65/35 ratio. The bourbon sweetness rescues that slight tip, however. Solid FOUR.

Mouthfeel (3.75) : Slightly creamy, medium bodied. Ends dry and with that bourbon flavor. Reminds me of high school getting tipsy with friends. It could use some more body depth however.

Overall (4.02) : This beer is fantastic. I like it a lot, and it's popular for a reason. Great stout, has a bit too much hops, but the bourbon sweetness makes it worthwhile. Love the licorice, too. Big fan of black licorice and I like it in my stouts. Try it if you haven't yet (and who hasn't?).

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Photo of ThomasMetal75
4/5  rDev +8.1%

*The version reviewed is the Canadian version at 6.0% abv, not the one on Beer Advocate that says Canada and is 5.0% abv.*

A- Dark and black with red tints on the bottom of glass. Big khaki head that died to a finger and a half of solid looking foam and some nice lacing.

S- Roasted malts and dark fruitiness. Light coffee and chocolate.

T- Darkly, roasted malts and raisin type darker fruitiness. Has a sharper bitterness than the Guinness Draught from the malts or maybe the grains. There is a light coffee and chocolate note as well. It's like a powdered dark chocolate milky taste. Finish is malty and of raisins with the extra stout's distinguished bitterness before it dries. As it warms, there is a black liquorice type note that comes out.

M- This beer is on the fuller side of medium. I think it is very crisp and easy drinking still. This bridges the gap very nicely between the Guinness Draught drier type stout and imperial stouts well. Even though it's a fuller feeling Guinness, it's still got a great drinkability.

Overall this is excellent. If you are a fan of Guinness's products like myself, you must try this! If you like the different stouts from around the world but never tried the Extra Stout, you'll like it. It's a sweeter, bolder/sharper in flavor than Guinness Draught, and it's richer in body. Go get you some!

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Photo of Jonoesh5
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

12oz bottle from my local Meijer. Coming from a stout beginner, this beer strikes me for it's toasty malts and ammonia notes, and great lacing. A pleasant, subtle numbness and warmth create a great mouthfeel. Tobacco, ultra-dark roast coffee, and dark chocolate round out the flavor profile to provide an enjoyable, complex stout.

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Photo of soneill065
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Way better than the draught version, the carbon dioxide gives it a stronger and fuller taste than its nitrogen counterpart. This is closer to the original stout that Arthur Guinness would have produced first day.

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

A - Solid black with brown edging, full tan head, fading very slowly. Lacing of the first order.

S - Full roast malt, tobacco and coffee, chocolate nib.

T - Following the nose, with a gradual fade to bitterness. Slight minerality in the close, with a bitterness that hangs around on your palate until it is reset.

M - Silky and smooth, fairly light, all told. The dry close is mild but persistent.

O - An old favorite; full and tasty. If it is fresh and well handled, this shows why Guinness is stout for so many people.

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Photo of ttroha
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Bottle. Pours dark black with off-white head. Aroma of malts and corn. Tastes of dark chocolate, a little bit of roasted coffee and malts. Very light bodied for a stout. Easily drinkable. Not my favorite, but makes we wish I were in Ireland.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 4/24/2014. Pours nearly pitch black color with a 2 finger dense and rocky khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Dense soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, light dark fruit, light char, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt notes; with good strength. Taste of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, light dark fruit, light char, and roasted earthiness. Fair amount of roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roast, toast, dark bread, light char, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and complexity of dark/roasted malt flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and lightly creamy/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice dry stout. All around good complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of JR88
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Another one my favorites, definitely do not confuse or compare this to the Draught...... original is so much better, just great rich Coffee character, you just have to like this one.

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Photo of SensorySupernova
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Appearance: Black with a brown head. Leaves a fair amount of lacing

Smell: Toasty malts.

Taste: Roasted malts up front, into mild bitterness, and then a slightly sour aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thick with mild carbonation.

Overall: I have to compare this to their Draught, as it is what is on tap everywhere: it’s better. The mouthfeel is much thicker, which is one of my few complaints about their Draught. The taste is all around a little bit stronger, although the sour end takes some getting used to. On the other hand the Draught is probably easier to drink if you are not used to stouts.

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Photo of EthanS1
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

The original Guinness is my baseline for stouts. Pours dark to the point of blackness, with a smooth creamy head that gives off smells of coco, coffee and molasses. Taste is smooth and sweet, but not overly so.

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Photo of leantom
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Just had the original Guinness for the very first time and was quite impressed. Here goes:

A: Very different from the Guinness Draught. Not as creamy-looking, but still pours a one inch head that leaves a ton of lacing. Also, the beer is pitch black. Can't really ask for more in terms of appearance. 4.5/5.0

S: Much better than than the Draught. Light coffee notes giving way to a lot of brown sugar and molasses. Very, very good. These notes are lighter than in a lot of American stouts, but they're still quite good. 4.5/5.0

T: Light, but still quite superb. Very sweet brown sugar, caramel, and toffee that give way to a robust coffee background that lingers on the tongue long after consumption. Baker's yeast and a mild smattering of hops are apparent as well. Overall, this beer is far, far better than the Draught. 4.5/5.0

M: Mouthfeel is still somewhat watery, though, but it's still more robust than the Guinness Draught. However, this isn't saying much overall. 3.5/5.0

O: A very solid Irish stout. 4.25/5.00

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Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Appearance – Black in the glass with a hint of red when held to the light. Boasted a three finger foam head that was very long lasting and left really good lacing.

Smell – Boozy aroma with notes of toffee, treacle, coffee and dark coco.

Taste – follows the smell rather well. Bitter sweet, good roasted grain taste, bitter malts treacle and burnt toffee hops with a sharp bitter coffee and coco after taste.

Mouthfeel – Great boozy warmth, nice and full in the mouth with medium body. Nicely coating the throat.

Overall – Deeper and much more complex than the draught beefier mouth feel as well. This is a rather good Stout with great flavour and nice warmth. I will default to Extra stout rather than draught when possible.

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Photo of EHopkinsi
5/5  rDev +35.1%

Had any Guinness there might be on tap while on honeymoon with my wife in Ireland. It's pretty good to start with, but if you've ever had it in its home country, at the beginning of the biggest adventure in your life, with the love of your life, in a tiny pub, with a two minute pour and fresh salmon supper- you'd probably give it a five, too.

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Photo of Roxie_B
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Guinness Extra Stout
Serving: Bottle
Looks: Black with deep brown highlights, opaque, two fingers of tan head.
Smell: Biscuity and sweet malt aroma – chocolate and raisins.
Taste: Sweet malt taste.
• Raisins
• Malt
• Coffee
• Toast
• Walnuts
Quite sweet for a stout but with a nice dry down. Dry and toast like flavors become more apparent as this warms up.
No noticeable hop presence, more raisin on the finish.
Mouth feel is a bit aqueous and aggressively carbonated.
Overall: Not a bad stout.

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Photo of carlos_fleico
3.7/5  rDev 0%

350ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a black colour with hints of red/wine. Thin liquid, not nearly as viscous as other Stouts out there. About two fingers of a fluffy off-white head with medium retention. Beautiful thick lacing left on the glass. (4.25)

S: Very strong roasted malts aroma upfront. Hints of honey, brown sugar, roasted coffee grains, hints of dark chocolate, a bit sweet, metallic smell. (3.75)

T: Follows the nose, but the sweetness I noticed in the smell isn't there. Dry, bitter and rich. Honey and roasted malts are dominant. (3.75)

M: Full-bodied, rich, medium carbonation, roasted malts aftertaste. (3.5)

O: The first couple of times I had this, I absolutely loved it. After tasting many other great stouts, I realize this brew isn't as much of a masterpiece as I thought it was. It's still a very good beer, something I would drink whenever. (3.5)

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Photo of Hophazzard
4/5  rDev +8.1%

My all time favorite stout. A classic beer that in today's world of craft beers and hundreds of different styles still holds it's own. Nice to know some things will never change. Cheers!

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours pitch black with a small of white head that disappears very quickly. Smells of raisins with very slight grape and coffee. Tastes of grapes with a bit of coffee, a bit of a different combination. Beer is light bodied and heavily carbonated, good finish. Overall an above average beer.

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Photo of Zaktcc
4.72/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the first beers I ever drank. Wanted to come back and do a more detailed review of one of my favorite beers from early on to see how (if any) my palate has changed.
A - Pours a dark brown, nearly black color with a mocha colored 2 finger head. Head has great retention and lacing was very present. Beautiful appearance overall; I'm a big fan of darker beers.

S - Very pleasant, straightforward scented beer. Roasted malts are the main aroma I can pick up on; if anything else maybe coffee and brown sugar scents. Again, very pleasant, no frills beer.

T - Honestly, it resembles many of the characteristics of a perfectly burnt marshmallow over a campfire. The roasted malts picked up on in the aroma are the main flavor present with maybe mild sweetness on the back-end. Basically, it has a burnt, dry and mildly sweet malt flavor. As noted earlier, it is a fairly straightforward beer that at the same time makes you keep wanting more.

M - Medium bodied beer with a very dry, enjoyable feel. Doesn't leave much of any aftertaste except mild bitterness and dryness. A great rendition of the stout overall; if anything could have a more full body.

O - A phenomenal beer overall. Not much more else to say. The centuries of brewing on behalf of Guinness have perfected a beer that is perfect for every occasion. It is a dry, hearty beer with nothing special about it, which makes it even more spectacular. The only thing that saddens me about this beer is that I'm not living in Ireland and unable to readily access this beer on draft.

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Photo of Alex-Alkis
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A proper Guinness is never wrong at any given moment, and the bottled version of this I got on my local pub was very good.

I think that this is a bit tastier than the regular Guinness Draught 4,2 ABV. But still I would very much like to try this on tap and not in a bottle.

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Photo of mrjez
3.34/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

This is the 5% Extra Stout readily available in bottles in Japan. It pours a very dark brown with cola highlights, and a short tan head that is more fizzy than the creamy tap version. Has a little lacing. The aroma is full dark roasted malt, simplistic but enticing. It evokes chocolate and roasted nuts. Taste is pretty thin though, malt and barley. The carbonation is annoying and takes away from the slightly warming finish and overall flavour. I've gone past this now, Foreign Extra is perhaps the only Guinness with enough bite for me.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

After pouring into a pint glass, well, here is the rest.
The appearance has a fairly dark brown color with a one finger white foamy lacing trickling for the most part.
The smell had a fair amount of roasty chocolate to coffee flavoring.
The taste was mainly sweet and roasty in the flavoring all around.
On the palate, this one sat right at about a medium with a fair roastiness running abnout the mouth and tongue.
Overall, I say this was a good stout that I would have again.

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Photo of ElijahCraig69
5/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

considering i've drank AALs and everything else, and every other beer tastes horrible to me i like this one. I only like stouts. I'm not good at reviewing beer. i usually review bourbon and spirits. Beer is not something i keep around the house. I don't like it. But this one i like.

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Guinness Extra Stout (Original) from Guinness Ltd.
84 out of 100 based on 1,289 ratings.