Guinness Extra Stout (Original) - Guinness Ltd.

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Reviews: 1,271
Hads: 3,731
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 14.05%
Wants: 77
Gots: 703 | 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 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)

Photo of tmm313
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Black with mahogany hues around the edges. Poured a thick 3 finger head. Great lacing.

S- Sweet. The first thing that came to mind was grape kool-aid. Behind that, there's some roasted malt and a touch of coffee.

T- Dark fruits and sweetness up front. After that, it is mostly dominated by roasted malts. Some subtle notes of caramel, chocolate, and light citrus/earthy hops in there, too. Finish is roasty with some bitterness and big char.

M- Medium light body. Drying with an almost puckering bitterness.

O- I'm not the biggest fan of this one, but it does have its own unique place in how this obsession got started for me. I like it much more than the first time I had it, but I still find it too overpowering in char and bitterness. (749 characters)

Photo of danimal9393
4.11/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A dark heavy feeling beer. I liked it but it doesn't smell very good, but taste makes up for it. Not to bitter not to sweet a great mixture! Cost compared to beers of equal stature is comparable at $8.49 a six pack. Not a beer I would buy frequently, but defiantly a worthy beer of taste. (288 characters)

Photo of Retroman40
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a deep black with a long lasting tan head with great lacing.

S - Lightly roasted malt with some sweetness.

T - Chocolate, coffee and toasted malts with a hint of hops.

M - Rich and creamy with a smooth dry finish.

O - A great stout that never gets old. (309 characters)

Photo of BB1313
3.57/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours black with a little light getting through; small tan head that fades leaving nice lacing and retention. The aromas are pretty malty. Lots of cocoa and some hints of vanilla. Some hazelnut. Some graham cracker in the mix too. The flavors have a solid bitterness going on. More chocolate. Slightly roasty. Hints of expresso. Pretty earthy. Somehow, it remains clean and refreshing. It finishes dry. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium-bodied. It's thin with very active carbonation. It's pretty smooth and easy to drink.

This is a nice example of the style. It's also a nice versatile beer to cook with. (648 characters)

Photo of Beric
4.04/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: Bottle into pint
Served: 17 Mar 2014

Appearance: Pours a thick black beer with amber red highlights around the edges, especially if held up to the light. Has a dirty brown head that quickly dissipates, but leaves fantastic lacing.

Smell: Roasted coffee and dark, almost burnt chocolate smells with a sweet overlay. The sweetness is a bit off, but not awful.

Taste: Soft notes of dark roasted chocolate with an espresso-like bitterness on the end. Some caramel malt sweetness coming through but not much to detract from it. A nice assertion of roasted malt flavors over a soft, somewhat sweet malt backbone. Finishes semi-dry.

Mouthfeel: Decent carbonation- not too much but enough to make it lively.

Overall: I fear many may conflate this beer with Guinness Draught, but rest assured, they are two very different beers. This is a great, easy-drinking stout with good flavor, body, and alcohol presence. Won't knock you on your feet, but has considerably more body than Guinness Draught. Would recommend. (1,017 characters)

Photo of Kuaff
3.42/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

It was St. Patrick's Day. Why not re-try a beer so popular on that day, for the first time since before I was even what could be called a "beer drinker?" In a mug somehwere between fridge and cellar temperature.

A nice three-finger, pale khaki head sits on a very dark (not opaque black) beer with some cola accents.

It has a weak aroma of earth, chocolate and vanilla... I think. It's kind of hard to pick up much of anything.

There isn't much flavor at all save for a little tartness, until the finish, which is earthy and smoky. That's about it.

The feel is pretty good and full for a stout.

A simple, yet still fairly tasty, stout. (640 characters)

Guinness Extra Stout (Original) from Guinness Ltd.
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