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Guinness Extra Stout (Original) - Guinness Ltd.

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1,277 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,277
Hads: 3,756
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 14.05%
Wants: 79
Gots: 735 | 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 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. (602 characters)

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. (211 characters)

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 (1,045 characters)

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. (739 characters)

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. (346 characters)

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. (512 characters)

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) (887 characters)

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! (186 characters)

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. (343 characters)

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. (1,544 characters)

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. (274 characters)

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. (477 characters)

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. (283 characters)

Photo of ArchaeoFiero_TheDelorean
1.43/5  rDev -61.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

Guinness has a reputation for being strong, stout ale. It's been about 10 years since I worked at a pub that had Guinness on draft. I used to enjoy it, so I picked up a six pack for a nostalghic taste of Ireland... What I got is a Canadian made soda beer. It's watery, sickly sweet, and stupidly simple.

I can't say a lot beyond that it's sugary, watered-down, and tastes of burned malts, and not in the good way. (415 characters)

Photo of Bone53
3.51/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I've had at least a thousand beers, but never this one. (I know, right?) Poured from a bottle into a glass at around 45 degrees Fahrenheit

Appearance: Black pour with a mahogany tent when put up to the light. A finger of khaki head

Smell: Sweet caramel malt, slight roasted malts. Not impressive in the slightest

Taste: Heavy on the dark fruits followed by sweet caramel/toffee malt, very little roasted malt, and slight hop bitterness

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel; Moderate bitterness

Overall: Yup, after having highly rated english beers and now this, i am officially not a fan of English style beers, and in this case a stout. Too much caramel malt and hardly roasted at all. Also too bitter for the style. I was expecting a creamy mouthfeel atleast since that's what Guinness is known for, but was let down. Better than Guinness Draught, But that's not saying much at all. Glad I tried it once, but will not return again unless I'm at a bar and the only other beers are BMC. (983 characters)

Photo of avwrite
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

I love guiness, and the extra stout is like an enhanced version of the draught. While a lot of people complain about the draughts lack in distinct flavor, the extra stout gets it just right. Not too bitter, and very smooth going down. Plus it has that dark coffee color Guiness is known for. (293 characters)

Photo of Callipygea
1.25/5  rDev -66.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Good things - The color is really nice, it's very rich and dark.
Bad things - There may be beers more bitter out there. I hope never to run into them. My rating scale of drinkability versus bitterness runs from 1 to Guinness. It's almost an acrid taste that takes over the tongue. I find the same taste occurs in grapefruit and bell peppers. (341 characters)

Photo of RyanPoff
3.1/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

nitro tap at brockway pub in Carmel.

A: Dark brown to black with two fingers of toffee colored head, slowly retreating.

S: Notes of toasted malts, coffee, caramel. Deep and earthen.

T: the toasted malts and coffee predominate with a strange astringency I don't much care for.

M: This draft seems a bit flat and watered down. Definitely not as fresh as I'd like.

I don't remember the Guinness being relatively poor. (422 characters)

Photo of delta490
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, clear brown. Almost no light gets through. There is about two fingers of pillowy light tan head. The aroma is deep malt, caramel and molasses with a little earthy funk to it. The taste is good, but pretty monochromatic. It is strictly chocolate malt (think coffee bean roast without the coffee flavor). It's not bad, but there isn't anything else. There's a good weight to the body and nice mouthfeel and a slight bite on the finish. A very good stout. (466 characters)

Photo of DaveBar
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the LCBO for approx. $13.00 for a 6pk. Served at 8deg C in a tulip glass

A- Very good. Opens well and pours thick and rich. Dark

S- Very good. Lots of caramel and malt.

T- A bit down here. Nothing special

M- Same as above

O- Ok and will not say it's all that good in a bottle. Enjoy it on tap a lot more.

Food Pairing

This nice stout goes well with... Fish and chips. Although it's a stout, it is very light.

Enjoy (437 characters)

Photo of Lordhelmit
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into glass.

A - Pours with a substantial, persistent, frothy head. Head is a tan color. Lots of lacing. Beer is a dark color, similar to a dark wood with some dark maroon color. Dark.

S - Smells sweet. Smells nutty, smells kind of pomegranate-y or apricot-y. You can smell the "roasted" part of it for sure. Not much of a caramel or chocolatey smell I was hoping for.

T - Taste is quite nice. Has a definite roasted nutty roasted barley flavor. It also has a good even balance of bitterness that you can "taste" or feel at the back of your throat when you swallow. Very pleasant. However, in my opinion, just a bit too bitter. Just a bit.

M - Very full bodied. This is a heavy beer. I am full after dtinking just 2. That is Guinness though.

O - Not too bad. A bit too heavy, not quite sweet enough, but still a good brew. (845 characters)

Photo of BrettMRogers
3.99/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass.

A-1/2 inch, head was slightly brown. Dark black color.

S-there are hints of coffee and carmel nuttiness

T-the nuttiness is definitely the more noticeable flavor for me. Tastes of toasty flavors.

M-strong and medium bodied yet exceptionally smooth

O-lots of good flavors. I love the balance of smoothness, flavor, and strength (352 characters)

Photo of Act25
4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

For my money, this is the beer to buy when confronted by a wall of mass.
Not the nitro, this one. It's a great session dry stout equal to any.

A: The thick head mounds and holds a convex shape above my glass, and the slowly descends into the man face on the moon, which becomes the bat face on the moon. Rich, thick, lacy.
Pours a tight, stiff, massive head from the bottom up; great retention w sheets of lace.

Smell: Stiff smell too, of roasted malt with pier woody, urban river, (the Liffey?) charcoal, coffee and a bit of dark fruit.

Taste: Follows the smell, with charcoal dominent: Roasty malts, with coffee and dark fruit then a modest bitter from grassy hops and a stiff, tangy sour note that adds complexity; the finish is long, woody, dry and roasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with low carbonation. Chewy, good with food and in black & Tans in a good way.

Overall: Extra Stout is brewed in Canada for US distribution. It's superior to any other low alcohol dry stout that I have found. (1,011 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L - dark brown with some ruby hues when held to a light; huge, rocky light brown head slowly fades leaving all kinds of lacing
S - creamy, roasty, chocolate
T - big bitter roasted barley flavor, cream, dark chocolate
F - smooth, creamy, dry and astringent finish
O - it's been awhile since I've had this one, but it was nice to come back to. (343 characters)

Photo of againes
4.19/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of the go to stouts for me when Sierra Nevada Stout is not available. Good bitter, roasted flavors are prevalent with a nice carbonation and lacing in the glass. I dont think the aroma does the look and taste justice. Although the nose isn't bad, it could be better as it just does not stick out to me as being strong enough. (329 characters)

Guinness Extra Stout (Original) from Guinness Ltd.
84 out of 100 based on 1,277 ratings.