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Guinness Extra Stout (Original) - Guinness Ltd.

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

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2,863 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2863
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 Jdbateman83


3.13/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I have a love hate relationship with Guinness. I love the smell, the mouthfeel, the appearance. Absolutely love the aforementioned. Then we get to the taste... Horrible. I hate it, it is extremely bitter to my pallet. I can drink it, and if there is nothing else on tap, as in it is literally the only thing available, I would drink nothing... I want to love it, I love everything else about it, but its soooo bitter... to me...

Serving type: can

09-01-2013 03:49:05 | More by Jdbateman83
Photo of Beerwolf666


4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Ahhhh! Guinness Extra Stout is a Fantastic Stout Beer,If you like Stout,then you will LOVE Guinness Extra,Taste~Hints of Chocolate,Carmel,Vinilla & Molassas will hit your tastebuds right off the Bat..with the Vinilla getting up front a bit more when the beer warms a bit,you also can really smell a nice sweet Vinilla Aroma when you stick your sniffer over a nice pint glass of Guinness Extra,along with a Beautiful Roasty malt smell & Chocolate Scent,also I get a bit of Coffee in there too~
A pretty Complex Brew over all..so many flavors & smells,with all of them being stellar and Quite Nice to enjoy when you want a Beer with a Ton of Flavor.
I LOVE this Beer & have been drinking it for a VERY long time,Great with a nice Slice of Chocolate Cake,bits of Chocolate Candy or Butterscotch bites,and if you want a real treat try a "Heath Toffee Candy Bar" with a Pint of Guinness Extra..Yummmm!
In all Honesty,I can not find ANY negative points with this Beer,it has been, and will always be my "Go 2" Stout,always consistently stellar,I even have a shelf in my beer fridge reserved soley for "Guinness Extra Stout":)
Cheers and Peace to All~

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2013 18:00:19 | More by Beerwolf666
Photo of zac16125

South Carolina

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

12oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours an opaque black with browning on the edges. 2 fingers width of light mocha colored head is dense, and dissipates down fairly slowly. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

S: Biscuits, toast, cream, chocolate, roasted malts, doughy yeast.

T: Dark fruit, roasted malt, cream, some bitterness, cocoa.

M/D: Medium body, fairly smooth but carbonation on the heavier side which detracts from the smoothness, drinkability is average.

O: Good, but doesnt stand out. Certainly better than regular Guinness (at least bottled regular Guinness). Its worthy of a drink, but dont expect to be blown away.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2013 22:27:48 | More by zac16125
Photo of Weston19


3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Guinness glass

A: Black with not sign of a red hue. It pours with a mocha colored head that diminishes into a thin lacing.

S: Dark chocolate, roasted barley, mocha coffee. The smell reminded me of going into Starbucks as they're roasting the coffee, it becomes more pleasant as the beer warms up.

T: Roasted black coffee, some sweet notes up front, some faint chocolate, and you get the bitterness from the hops at the back of the throat.

MF: Very creamy but at the same time very smooth and a tiny bit watery. Leaves a very bitter aftertaste but nothing too bad. Overall the mouth feel was as expected.

O: It isn't a bad stout and has good flavors. As it warms up the alcohol is more present but the bitterness becomes less obvious. It's roasted notes come out more as it warms up and the flavors of a dark mocha drink become more present. It did, however, have a bit of a metallic taste towards the end once the beer began to warm up. Not a bad beer, would love to try this out on tap since it probably wont have that metallic aftertaste that the beer acquired after sitting there for a couple minutes.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2013 01:55:40 | More by Weston19
Photo of Caj1


4.34/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz. bomber into my favorite pint glass, it's the classic Guinness: huge foamy creamy brown head and the traditional obsidian-ruby.

Smell is good, roasted barley and malty smells predominate, caramel, butterscotch, and some burnt biscuit, very appetizing, I want to drink this now.

Taste is more complex than I remember it being, it's got more butterscotch flavor and some toast, not overcomplicated at all, with a very nice smoothness, a little bit of burn from the carbonation. The tiniest hint of hops is present, but it doesn't make itself known until it's warmed up a little bit in the mouth and then a little bit after swallowing the beer and letting the flavor sit on the tongue. Aftertaste is sweeter and more like caramel, the hops oils make themselves more prominent on the back of the tongue as well. Mouthfeel is good, heavy and smooth.

Ah, Guinness... sometimes it's good to go back to something you knew well. It's everything a stout should be, and there's a reason it's so ubiquitous. Cheers to good health and good beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2013 07:42:20 | More by Caj1
Photo of TheGreatGizzo


2.88/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer is a matter of particular preference. It has some bitterness to it, but you can get use to it.

The mouth has a slight bite with it, which enhances the drinking experience. Without this I would not be able to enjoy it like I do.

I would be more apt to drink this in the winter rather than summer. It's summer now, so I don't think I can appreciate the tones fully.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2013 03:44:54 | More by TheGreatGizzo
Photo of jimmah120


3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

one pint, 6oz bottle. poured into a guiness pint glass.

Very dark cola color, with a great mocha head. smell is oats, wheat, lager, and earthy skunk. taste is roasted malt, bitter earthy hops, slight cocoa/coffee roast, bitter and dry in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2013 01:16:42 | More by jimmah120
Photo of IchLiebeBier


3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Dark; molasses-like; 2-finger head, dissipates rapidly

Aroma: Malty, roasted grain, coffee

Taste: Bitter, creamy, with dry aftertaste; not bad, but not well balanced

Remarks: I've always felt Guinness was a bit too thin for the style

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 13:33:02 | More by IchLiebeBier
Photo of laramis

South Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A: Poured a very dark if not black color it had a two inch tan head that retained well and left tons of lacing.

S: Good smell lots of roasted character sweet malt and chocolate hints very pleasant slight hint of alcohol perhaps some dark fruit notes.

T: The roast hits up front followed by the slight sweetness in the smell it has an overall earthy flavor and ends bitter, yet refreshing and enjoyable.

M: this was the most disappointing aspect, the expected creamy feel was not there it feels rather light and while this was refreshing it was not what i expected.

O: I am not super familiar with this style so I cannot say if it is pure to the style, also i have heard that guinness has watered down changed etc their beers, i don't know i really liked the beer it tasted good it looked good and it smelled good , the mouth feel was a bit disappointing and maybe that is the watering down but on the whole this is a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2013 03:12:14 | More by laramis
Photo of EyeBeeFameUs


1.66/5  rDev -55.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

I did not enjoy this brew at all. It looked decent as I poured it into my glass, but when I took the first sip I was instantly transported to China because it tasted exactly like soy sauce. It sat there dead on my tongue and eventually the aftertaste was like teriyaki sauce. I had to pour the rest out and drink a Shock Top to ease my pain.

I would not recommend this beer to anyone that doesn't like the taste of chinese food in their beer. The dark color looks like chocolate but does not taste like chocolate liquor or chocolate or coffee anything. I was excited to try something new but I was not satisfied with Guiness Extra Stout. I will try a regular Guiness although.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2013 22:30:05 | More by EyeBeeFameUs
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
Guinness Extra Stout (Original) from Guinness Ltd.
84 out of 100 based on 2,863 ratings.