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Guinness Extra Stout (Original) - Guinness Ltd.

Guinness Extra Stout (Original)Guinness Extra Stout (Original)

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2,864 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2864
Reviews: 1208
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 15.14%

Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: guinness33 on 11-12-2000)
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Photo of tronester


3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark ruby in color, almost black. Thin eggshell colored head. Aromas of chocolate liqueur. Taste begins with a smoky, woody flavor, then a little brown sugar sweetness, finishing with a slightly sour, herbal, piney flavor. Mouthfeel is pretty good. Overall a nice stout, though I prefer the Foreign Extra better.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 22:29:02 | More by tronester
Photo of JesseMurdock


4.24/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had very little experience with stouts before buying this beer. However it was St. Patrick's day and it seemed appropriate. The dark hue and thick, brown head make this beer looking creamy and inviting. However it is very bitter and full-bodied. This can be good or bad depending on your taste in beer. I didn't enjoy the first one, but by the end of the 6 pack, i thought it to be a very good beer. This is a great beer to pair with food. It stands up well against a stew or with steak.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 22:30:14 | More by JesseMurdock
Photo of scottfrie


3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours black with a huge airy light tan head that slowly faded into a bubbly film leaving a ton of complex lace down the glass.
S: Roasted nose, light choc, honeycomb. Light but good.
T: Follows the nose, roasted malts, toasted grains, with a honeyesque sweetness and honeycomb. Maybe toffee. Straight forward. Slight bitter.
M: Medium body, smooth crisp mouth, drying, bubbly carbonation.
O: I prefer this to the draught. A simple very drinkable light stout.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2013 23:10:41 | More by scottfrie
Photo of fitzy84


3.86/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a six pack recently. Appearance has some brown-black look with a frothy head and thick lacing on the side. There is a light roasted aroma of hazelnut, chocolate, raisin, and malt. Nice taste with a sweet malt mixed with hints of dark coffee. I liked the mouthfeel to this; it was a good, creamy drink, but it was not too heavy thanks to the carbonation. Overall, pretty darn good.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2013 04:04:33 | More by fitzy84
Photo of Moose90


3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A – Dark nearly opaque brown, nearly black. Head is pale brown in color, fluffy, lingering and leaves nice lacing.

S – Malty, though not real fresh malts. Almost a bit old, but the malts for the most part are sweet and chocolaty.

T – Bitter coffee and chocolate notes here. Nothing too complex, but does have a noticeable lingering bitterness.

M – Surprisingly thin, though it is nice, clean and crisp. Just a bit unexpected for the style. Maybe overcarbed.

O – This is a bit underwhelming out of the bottle. Though for such a widely distributed dark beer it is nice enough. No huge malt complexities, and it drinks quite light and crisp.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 21:10:32 | More by Moose90
Photo of rdilauro


3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Got this one really to make an Irish Stew. Its been a while since I have had my last Guinness. Over the years, I've had it normally on Tap or in the Draught Cans.

Same old black coal pour with a semi-white creamy head. Not much of any bouquet. The taste is the same: big , round, no hop/yeast taste, good amount of malt.

I get a hint of pine tar right before taking another sip. Its bitter but not in the terms of high IBUs

Still, for St Patty's day, what better way to cook and drink something from Guinness.

March 15, 2013 - Getting ready for another St Patty's day - Cornbeef/Cabbage/Potato and Guinness.

Same coal black pour with its familiar slight brown head. Not very lasting long I may say. Not a lot of aromas going on here, if anything, I pick up malt.
The initial taste was nice, just as I have remembered it hundreds of times before. This does have a bit of carbonation, which to me, takes away from any Stout. I do not pick up any chocolate or coffee here. Its all malt and also (sounds crazy) as if I was walking out into the middle of a baseball field after a couple of innings of play.

The complete taste lacked something for me as well as the finish. Still very enjoyable. It was the first stout I ever had MANY MANY MANY years ago.

I know that I have a problem rating some stouts today. I've been drinking many of those large ABVs with loads of chocolate or/and coffee.. They are in a different category / style then this one, so I need to keep that in perspective.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 18:04:58 | More by rdilauro
Photo of MCain04


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

With St Patty's coming up, seemed appropriate to pick up one of these old standbys and review. 12 oz bottled poured into a standard pint glass at around 45 degrees.

A: Dark brown, almost black, big 2-3 finger kahki head with good retention and lacing.

S: The malts are there but smell stale. Hard to describe, but almost that BMC smell. Kind of skunky.

T: Bitter roasty malts, but the taste is kind of thin, bitterness lingers. Not a lot of other tastes ie coffee, dark chocolate, caramel, etc that are often found in stouts.

M: A nice smooth body on Nitro tap, but when out of the bottle, the body feels thin and the carbonation is overly present. Wet finish.

O: Wish I was reviewing this on Nitro tap. Feel like I'm a giving this a worse rating than it deserves, or that I've just been drinking high quality stuff recently, but just not impressed. Appreciate Guinness for a lot of things in my early beer drinking days, but probably won't drink this more than once a year. That said, I will drink a lot of it once a year. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2013 23:47:15 | More by MCain04
Photo of orcsinspace


4.78/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pour the 1 pint, 6 ounce bottle into your favorite beer mug, and instantly find out why Guinness is a legend. This is really the only Guinness product I will drink on a regular basis, and for good reason--it is by far the best.

Let's start with the head. You can chew on it! Talk about mouthfeel, this beer has a presence about it. The Extra Stout is thick and rich, and it has a texture about it. Lacing all the way down the glass in layered waves of foam. Excellent, and among the best physical characteristics of a beer I have ever seen.

The color is also amazing because it is black. You cannot see through this beer even if you shine a light through it. Many people say it is actually deep amber, but I call it black.

The taste of Extra Stout is surprisingly mellow and smooth for such a bold beer. However, it tastes exactly how it looks: roasted with a heavy, earthy taste to it. Not bitter at all. The flavor masks the alcohol flavor that many other heavy duty beers sometimes have.

I also tend to factor in price, and Extra Stout is among the cheaper 22 ounce selections. This is a fairly economical beer for what it is, and is definitely worth it. There is nothing worse than getting a 8 dollar draft of some obscure beer and struggling to finish it when you can spend less than 3 dollars at 7-11 for this.
This is an outstanding beer. Over the past few years I have drank a lot of dark beer, but Extra Stout is among the best. This beer is balanced and drinkable and has a quality to it that lots of commercial, industrial produced beer does not.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2013 16:51:40 | More by orcsinspace
Photo of Seekerpilgrim


3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

To me, this is Guinness's perfect brew: not as dry as the Draught, nor as hoppy as the Foreign Extra, nor as thin as the Black Lager. Pouring a deep brown, there are strong yeasty notes on the dirty foam head, as well as sweet hints of molasses and burnt sugar. On the tongue, the sweetness diminishes as stronger tastes of coffee, bitter chocolate, and mild jerky dance around, carried to the taste buds in a heavy, chewy, satisfying mouthfeel that vanishes quite quickly, leaving a pleasantly soot and grit aftertaste.

By far my favorite Guinness offering and a great introduction to the world of Stouts and Porters, Extra Stout should be drunk with heavy meat dishes, thick hamburgers, or spicy chili. Not really a session beer, it nevertheless works as some great reward for a particularly rough day or a black celebration. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2013 00:50:31 | More by Seekerpilgrim
Photo of Kromes


3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours black with ruby edges and a thin tan colored head.

Roasted malt and coffee aromas with some faint dark cherry.

Roasted malt flavors up front with a more noticeable dark cherry flavor. There are also some mineral and peat and earthy hop touches to it. Finishes dry with a lingering roasted malt bitterness.

Medium body with good carbonation. Smooth feel to it.

A nice dry stout. Flavors are strong and blend well.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2013 20:48:37 | More by Kromes
Photo of PaterMorse


3.64/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Today was a head-to-head between Guinness Extra Stout, G. Draught, and Murphy's Stout.

A: Pours dark; head disappears more quickly than Guinness Draught or Murphy's Stout. Golden raisin tint on edges. Nice lacing and sand-colored clusters remain.

S: Sharp. Grassy, meadow. Hops & barley. Not much more, other than a "white wine" scent that I'd never experienced with other stouts. Expect a bigger punch than Draught or Murphy's, just from the scent.

T: Starker than Draught, but also possessing some of the guts missing from Draught. Grainy, barley. Earthy. Roasted, burnt. Bitter but not too bad. Again, wine-like. Want to like it better than Draught (b/c Draught is so wimpy); but I honestly don't.

M: Medium to full body... Slightly skunky after-taste.

O: Nothing special, nothing bad. Although I hate the over-used saying, it applies: "It is what it is..."

Repeat? Oddly enough, though it's better than G-Draught or Murphy's, it's not nearly as good as other, more complex stouts; and it's not as quaffable (if you're looking for a pound-fest) as Draught or Murphy's. So while I'll always have some on offer for friends (given that it's a staple for many), it's unlikely I'd yearn to reach for another... Too many others out there that are better.

Two Words? Guinness. Period. (meaning it's a standard -- offering nothing special, no drawbacks)

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2013 17:13:19 | More by PaterMorse
Photo of Kerrie


3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Guinness was one of the first beers I was able to drink, but I've never had the extra stout. Here goes!

A- Looks like the usual Guinness; pitch black with the iconic tan head. Minimal lacing.

S- I'm not sure how to describe the smell, though I'm not getting much. Smells like normal Guinness is the best I can come up with here.

T- Tastes better than Guinness Draught! It's a bit creamier and not as dry. Irish dry stouts aren't my favorite and this tastes better than the last few I've had.

M- Not too thick or watery, just right. Same as Guinness Draught, it seems.

Overall, if I'm ever limited to Guinness at a non-craft sort of place, I'd take this over the original draught.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2013 00:19:57 | More by Kerrie
Photo of sbxx


3.16/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - Pours almost identical to flat Coca Cola. 1/2 finger of head disappeared almost instantly.

Smell - Chocolately malt

Taste - Roasted malt, distant hints of dark chocolate and espresso, a little watery, medium carbonation, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Light, with a wet finish.

Overall - Not bad for a basic stout. Would drink again. Sure, there are better options out there, but for $7.99 a sixer, it's hard to go wrong with this one from time to time.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 23:51:41 | More by sbxx
Photo of TBoneJones


3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured near black with a nice looking but thin fluffy tan head. This lacing will be good.
Scent is malty and there's a cherry/banana-like ester smell, some grain.
The taste picks up right from the smell, but then whoa the roasted finish. It's like the fruits are darker than the ester-like aspect of them in the smell, and they blend and lead-in to the dry finish in a nice way. I get "sweet dry roast" out of this brew, and somewhat astringent, puckering & earthy. I'd enjoy this beer more if it the grains didnt come off so astringent to me throughout this pint I drank. There was a lingering aspect of what is termed as "Acetaldehyde", although to me in a dark fruity kind of way (cherry) and not in the green apple-sense of the term's usual meaning/ description.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2013 19:33:38 | More by TBoneJones
Photo of mnrider


3.44/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. brown bottle. Brewed & Bottled in Canada.

S: Pours a deep black with a foamy tan head, about one finger.
Nice retention until the end. Lacing is good, not great. Overall
this stout looks enticing.

S: Sharp sweetness with roasted coffee and other grains. Mild
hops. This could be better.

T/M: Smooth, creamy with a semi-crisp feel. Sweet, flavorful
malts. Hops are present, but small. They do bring in a nice
bitterness. Roasted/burnt flavors. Sweet to dry finish.

O: A pretty basic stout, with good taste and a great look. Better
than Guinness Drought. Easy to drink. lets just say I would never
turn one of these down.


Serving type: bottle

01-30-2013 21:00:10 | More by mnrider
Photo of kylehay2004


3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single finger tan head with nice lacing on a deep brown body with a little light getting through. Aroma of vanilla, brown sugar, roasted malts. Flavor is fairly bitter due to roasted malts and espresso. Sweetness comes from vanilla and brown sugar. These flavors are very well balanced though. Medium to full body and moderate carbonation. Despite the bitterness this one is still pretty refreshing and clean. I think I like this one more than Guiness draught.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2013 02:30:47 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of tectactoe


3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep brown color, almost ruby in some spots allowing light to shine through without too much trouble; khaki head, doesn't last for long and doesn't leave any lacing behind on the glass. The aroma is faint and difficult to pick up on; roasted barley, malts, grains, and honestly not much else. You might be able to say mocha or coffee, but I'm just not getting any of it. Maybe some very, very faint, dark fruit sweetness, but that's about it. Taste delivers a bit more than the aroma; roasted and charred malt and barley, toasted grains, nice alcohol presence, grapes, wine-like sweetness, slight bitter coffee; hop profile is dry, ashy, and proves to be more bitter than expected, but not overwhelming. The alcohol flavor is surprisingly noticeable despite being only 6% ABV. Medium body with a medium-high amount of carbonation; the brew finishes very dry and almost even crisp on the palate.

Not the best offering out there, but I would choose this over the Guinness Draught almost any day (unless my goal was to drink as much beer as possible).

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2013 13:45:50 | More by tectactoe
Photo of PEBKAC

New York

3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from some dump bodega around Inwood. Notes from 12/25/10.

Thin, matte black color. A gentle khaki head.

Smells of licorice & charred bread. Simple enough.

Watered down coffee & toasted brown bread, with anise drawing from the middle on through to the end.

Soft texture, but it burns a bit going down.

Solid, if somewhat bland.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 11:44:27 | More by PEBKAC
Photo of Winston_Smith


3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed this one in a "make your own six pack." No freshness date. I drank it slow, and allowed it to warm a little.

Appearance: Dark brown color with a healthy finger of tan head. Mild lacing.

Smell: Rich roasted malts mostly.

Taste: Super rich malts with a nicely bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Extra Stout is smooth beer. Medium-full bodied.

Overall: I'll start by saying that the American "Guinness Draught" does not exist for me. This is Guinness. It's a nice stout that I enjoy occasionally. There are better choices, but Guinness Extra Stout always tastes good.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 01:56:27 | More by Winston_Smith
Photo of MadScientist

New York

3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very dark, almost completely black but allowing a strong light to shine revealing a very dark brow with a deep garnet hue and good clarity. The persistent light-tan head is made of compact bubble.

S: Moderate coffee and dark molasses aromas with some roasted barley notes. There are no hops nor diacetyl aromas. A light dark fruit aroma as well.

T: Well there the moderate roast with a grainy sharpness right up front per style. There is a moderately-low flavor of unsweetened chocolate along with a some molasses. The is a moderately-light hops bitterness and no perceived hops flavor. The balance between bitter and sweet is about even. The finish is dry with a coffee like aftertaste.

M: It seems kind of thin even though it's medium to medium-full bodied with a moderate carbonation.

O: It seems pretty fruity for the style but it's the way my brain adds the molasses and the dark to seem stronger than they really are.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2012 01:51:11 | More by MadScientist
Photo of Retta123


4.75/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Draft Beer in a Guinness glass of course.

Appearance: Wonderful dark dark brown with creamy cream colored head.

Smell: Don't know...

Taste: Yum!!! Yeah - that's all I got.

Mouthfeel: Creamy goodness!!!

Overall: Currently my favorite beer. I have not found anything that beat the appearance, taste, mouthfeel or overall experience of a Guinness.

Serving type: on-tap

12-09-2012 04:45:46 | More by Retta123
Photo of FratyardVines


4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As a lover of stout, this Irish-brewed beer will always be a go-to for me. Obviously nothing beats a Guinness on draught, but I have had them out of a 12oz bottle and the pint can with a CO2 cartridge in it. It is a very dark, opaque with a swirling bronze color amidst its black depths. After pour it has a thick, frothy two-three finger head that leaves a heavy lacing. The smell alerts one to the bitterness in this stout, and it holds true to that promise, as it is a heavy, dark, toffee, and nutty taste. The discerning drinker might even note a hint of caramel malts. While it goes great with food, one might even say a Guinness is a meal in itself because of its thickness. I would recommend this to any who prefer a darker, bitter glass for their pleasure. Another great drink with Guinness is a black and tan made with a Bass or other type of lighter ale for a delicious layered beverage. Enjoy one for the Olde Country!

Serving type: can

12-04-2012 17:38:14 | More by FratyardVines
Photo of punky796


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

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A - Guinness. Blackish-brown, can't see through it. Finger and a half of pretty thick, creamy head. Decent lacing.

S - Malts, not much hops. Some chocolate and grains like barley. All with a slightly burnt taste. Toasty, maybe.

T - Along with the sensations listed in smell, there's some coffee taste, too. Hard to describe; I often find myself describing other beers and "Guinness-flavored" and have difficulty elaborating more.

M - This particular bottle had considerably more carbonation than I remember, but it's been awhile since I had the bottled Extra Stout vs. the bottled Draught. Smooth otherwise, a bit bitter.

O - Good stuff, but nothing beats a Guinness out of the tap.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2012 09:37:18 | More by punky796
Photo of raoulduke25


3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Of all the beers you can purchase at a gas station, this remains my all-time favourite.

The appearance is solid - a dark opaque hue, nothing to sneeze at.

The smell and taste are equally strong: pungent hops with a slightly roasted finish.

I never tire of this beer, which is why - when I go to purchase a single beer - this remains my top choice. For the price, there are few choices, if any, that are better than this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2012 05:20:01 | More by raoulduke25
Photo of ThisWangsChung


3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle (brewed in Canuckistan by Moosehead) poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown color with great opacity. The head is a frothy three finger mocha color with decent texturing and excellent retention. There's quite a bit of lacing left down the glass.

S: There isn't much to write home about here. There's some chocolate, unrefined roasted barley, sweet fruit esters, and even a little bit of adjunct grains. Meh.

T: Thankfully, the taste improves upon the aroma. Tart red fruit esters are the first flavor noted on the tongue, while it gradually gives way to roasted astringency. Slightly charred on the finish and less sweet than Guinness Draught. Only subtle hints of grainy adjuncts really detract from the general experience.

M: Light and bone dry. It doesn't have the watery sensation the 'other' Guinness has, but it does feature insane drinkability. Carbonation is moderate to slightly high.

O: It's a great fallback beer, but it wouldn't be my first choice in other situations. Good stuff regardless, though.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 19:05:56 | More by ThisWangsChung
Guinness Extra Stout (Original) from Guinness Ltd.
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