Guinness Extra Stout (Original) - Guinness Ltd.

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

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3,711 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,711
Reviews: 1,314
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 15.09%
Wants: 77
Gots: 681 | 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 WckdVbz
2.84/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Not bad for the beginners.

Photo of Mooslerfitness
3.05/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Okay stout I think it is Guinness better beer to many better stouts to drink then this

Photo of derekalmost
2.5/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Very weak stout. Bitter taste, not to plesent. However its cheap.

Photo of datalager
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

What hasn't been said??? Isn't this the gateway beer for many beer snobs? My take on this classic alternate to adjunct lagers is that it beats the pants off of Bud and Coors, but takes a back seat to nearly every stout from every micro brewery out there. The look is obviously unmatched. A jet black body with the "everlasting gobstopper" of ale froth. Smell is hard to find, and taste is smooth, yet slightly metallic for my tastes. If all you know is American Corn Beer do yourself a favor and try this. Otherwise move on and find the "foreign" variety of their stout. Now that's a world class beer.

Photo of SirBrandonofMaltANDHops
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Classic and full bodied stout with one going a long way. This beer has an interesting sourness to it that I later found out is actually soured beer added to the finished product. Wonderful moderately roasted stout.

Photo of infinitebruner
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

January 24, 2015

12 oz bottle, pint glass

A – Pours nearly jet black and moderately thick, a finger of tan foam on top with moderate retention. A thin layer of bubbles lasts for a very long time. Opaque.

S – Light roastiness with a touch of coffee, sweet dark chocolate malts. Some mild nuttiness and light vanilla. Hops are a bit woodsy and herbal, some hop bitterness on the nose. None of this is particularly strong or assertive.

T – Chocolate, some vanilla, biscuit, and roasty bitter malts. An impression of light roast coffee. A low hint of fruit, and earthy/medicinal hops. Bitterness comes in on the finish.

M – Carbonation is high. Body is medium to full. Sweetness leads and then a bitter, dry finish.

O – Love the mouthfeel and flavor on this, and the fullness makes it satisfying. A very approachable stout.

Photo of LiliGrigorova
4.42/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Guinness Draught has a better overall feel.

Photo of Beer-Revelry
3.49/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours very dark brown, almost black. Forms a decent finger of light brown creamy head. Good head retention, minimal lacing.
S - A decent amount of malt, alcohol and prune.
T - Bitter malt, lightly sweet dark fruit and light touches of dark chocolate. Medium/full body. Decently creamy mouthfeel.
O - A decent stout, a good "fallback" beer when you're at a small selection bar.
V - Medium value.

Photo of njtmayhem
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Best option if you wanna drink a Guinness

Photo of Premo88
4.36/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into nonic
printed on bottle:

L: almost black amber, clear up to light ... very clear, in fact; big 1-inch-plus sticky head of tan/brown foam; it's lacing in a cool way; keeps a thick collar and half a skin of foam; more stick off the head than lacing on the way down

S: sour roasted grain; chocolate; roasted malt with corn ... the sour has to be from the rye, it's a definite twang; sweet; molasses

T: chocolate milk with a rye tart/sour twang ... it's very chocolately, much more so than I remember; the rye is easy to detect, it's really pervasive but doesn't hurt the chocolate/mocha

F: classic drinkable midweight ... has a little heft but very light for the amount of flavor; loads of carbonation

O: how could I wait so long to revisit this? I probably haven't had a Guinness in 10 years ... and after diving into the craft beer world, trying close to 300 beers and running through a few handfuls of big stouts, this might be the best non-barrel-aged stout I've tried. it's so good! honestly like chocolate milk, so easy to drink. the rye does offer it a bit of dryness/bitterness ... not sour but kind of ... a bit of something different, tart inside the big sweet malt presence

i'll be drinking this year round now that I'm back on it

Photo of Jakis808
2.44/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Not as good as the original Guinness

Photo of CIBoy10
4.19/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown with a nice khaki head that lingers throughout. Smells like creamy chocolate and tobacco. Tastes like bananas, coffee, chocalate, and a nice maduro cigar. Feels creamy and smooth but not to the same levels as regular Guiness. Overall a really nice stout that tastes a little more like a porter than others.

Photo of Young_John
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Photo of redhorse107
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A wonderfully crafted Stout beer with hints of chocolate and coffee....I just can't drink it warm!!!!

Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Photo of SmashPants
3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of NHPC
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

one of my all time favorites.. Not many stouts can touch it.

Photo of Stewsbrews24
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Would be a fantastic beer if it weren't for the metallic taste. Nice frothy head great aroma nice taste but over whelming metal taste. Why? Idk

Photo of ChadwickHines
4/5  rDev +7.8%

So so good. Great all the way

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.02/5  rDev +8.4%

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?).

Photo of ThomasMetal75
4/5  rDev +7.8%

*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!

Photo of Jonoesh5
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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.

Photo of Grupatre
2/5  rDev -46.1%

This one has made up my mind that I don't care for dry stouts at all

Photo of soneill065
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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.

Photo of Tsar_Riga
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Guinness Extra Stout (Original) from Guinness Ltd.
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