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Guinness Extra Stout (Original) | Guinness Ltd.

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

Brewed by:
Guinness Ltd.
Ireland | website

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by SixpointJMH on 11-12-2000

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Photo of bigpatvoodoodad
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I decided to buy some of these yesterday. I forgot how good Guinness truly is. I drank some of the "Draught" versions of this on St.Patrick's day. The difference in taste is quite stark. Maybe it is the widget in the draught or the fact that it is pastuerized, but I like the taste of the Extra Stout much better than draught. Draught did pour better though.

A - Not bad, same traditional bottle.

S - Pretty good. What I've come to expect a stout to smell like.

T - Good. It is even better than the draught version, and it ain't bad either.

M - Good.

D - 3.0....after a few and I need a change of pace.

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Photo of cjl1209
2.94/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

"Brewed since 1759 with natural ingredients, today GUINNESS is enjoyed in over 150 countries. Experience the robust, mellow and satisfying flavor for yourself."

Imported - No freshness date

A - Pours dark black. A red tint becomes visible only if held up to direct light. A massive 3+ finger creamy and bubbly beige head to go along. Sticky lacing is left all down my glass as I drink.

S - Smells of deep, dark roasted malts.

T - Heavy roasted malts, burnt, with a definite coffee influence. Leaves the mouth bitter and very dry which is still present when it comes time for the next sip.

M - Creamy but not exactly thick as may be expected from such a dark appearance.

D - Moderate. The combination of burnt malts and dryness keeps me from considering this sessionable but if that's what you like, feel free to indulge.

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Photo of kcrosson492
3.32/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

While in Ireland grab a pint of Guinness, that is exactly what I did (a couple times).

A-Nice thick head (approximately 3'') with a dark body. Great separation of head and body.

S-The smell is welcoming but not as strong as one would expect.

T-Not a ton of taste but still enjoyable.

M-It is an interestingly feel on the tongue and cheeks. Thick and creamy beer.

O-It is a great beer and a must drink on tap. I am not as appreciative of the flavor while in a bottle. For best results, get a plane ticket and head to Ireland. I would not suggest drinking this over and over.

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Photo of greenbeaner
3.18/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a ridiculous thick foamy cream colored head, and leaves a puffy lacing throughout...head thins out fairly quick for how big it is.

Smells sweet, prunes and/or raisins...However there is a distinct metal finish in the scent, and the taste is similar....light chocolate sweetness and bitterness but still with a metalic finish...mouthfeel is a bit thin and weak for something that is a beer that is called "extra" stout.

Two years ago this would have been heaven for me, but much better beers have come along since...Still definitely drinkable and ok for a quick stouty fix but definitely not a choice beer...if there isn't anything more appealing it's a good choice, otherwise, there's probably better options.

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Photo of danny013
4.61/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into an Imperial pint glass. Pour reveals a thick, 3 finger rocky light brown head sitting a top a jet black body with ruby hues. Head sinks slowly and remains for the pint, thick lacing.

Smell is full of roasted malts and some sweetness, with a rich hop aroma coming through on the fore front, balanced between earthy/citrusy.

Astringent grains up front on the taste, mellowing into a sharp roasted flavor. Roasted grains present, some maltiness in the background to sweeten things up a bit. As the beer is swallowed, the classic Guinness 'tang' shows itself, lingering through the finish. Roasted grains still present as the rich hop flavor comes in; some citrusy flavors, mostly earthy. Astringent roasted grain flavor lingers on the tongue. Excellent!

Mouthfeel is good, medium bodied with an almost delicate carbonation that really brings out the flavors and holds them together.

Drinkability is great, as well. Very easy to put back a few. Overall, an excellently balanced stout, certainly one of the classic stouts of the beer world. The "big brother" of the less-offensive Guinness Draught, and a sure pleaser for stout lovers. It's not brewed in Ireland, but oh well, still a good beer. I had a few with a rich Irish stew and some soda bread I threw together last night, paired excellent. I really don't have anything bad to say about this beer, go ahead and grab yourself a 6'er!

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Photo of sixthglass
2.85/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Head; Nice strong tan head with wonderful lacing.

Body: Black as hell, no light shines through.

Smell: Not really anything to write home about.

Taste: roasty malts, and not much else to speak of.

The aftertaste was a bit weak, didn't really coat the mouth very well.. Just another average brew in my opinion. Again, I didn't expect much, and I wasn't really let down.

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Photo of SteveMi
3.34/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours very dark as expected. Small tan head which settles rather quickly.

S - Very nice! Malty and a bit chocolaty. Not overly complex.

T - More complex than the smell, there is a bit of faint sweetness which almost has a cherry like quality that fades into a more bitter coffee like flavor. Not bad.

M - Nothing special. Lighter and less of a creamy feel than normal Guinness Dry Stout.

O - I think it's a bit better than the average stout, but it's nothing to go searching hard for either.

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Photo of kevinl6
3.06/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is an old stand by for me when I don't want anything too expensive or don't want to reward myself with something better. A decent stout, and I'll try to explain. I don't really get any smell from this one. I've sniffed away and I don't really detect anything with the exception of a possible, very slight, "roasty" aroma. Pours black and has a slight, tan head....a nice overall appearance. The mouthfeel is the best part of this beer for me....I would equate it to a lowfat chocolate milk. (not thick enough for regular!) The drinkability is ok, the only thing that comes to mind when drinking this is that its a little weak. I can put down a couple of them though. The overall taste lacks a little as well. Again, I taste something a little "roasty", but there is not much flavor there. A decent stout.

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Photo of soilguy
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark black color with a tan head. Roasted coffee aroma. Taste is strongly of roasted malts with a barely noticeable hop flavor. Mouthfeel is seems thin, probably because I, like most people, are used to the rich feel of the nitro-tap. This is a good dry stout, but there are many better examples available now.

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Photo of helloloser12345
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type: 330ml brown bottle

Pour: Tan head 9appears to be the same colour as the background on the bottle label. Good retention and no real lacing at all.

Appearance: Black and completely opaque.

Smell: Earthy peat smell also has a hint of oak

Flavour: Full flavours of peat, coffee and the slightest hint of dark and very bitter chocolate. Good chewy mouthfeel with a bitter aftertaste in the back of the throat.

Overall: A nice drinkable stout, not overly heavy and very enjoyable.

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Photo of Mako82
4.39/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

A - Very dark brown possibly black, Foamy long lasting tan colored head
S - Nice aroma of dark caramelized malts, hint of alcohol esters in the background
T - Medium body malts followed by a long lasting aftertaste that ends with a nice bitter taste that gets stronger towards the end
M - Smooth, medium carbonation
O - Probably my favorite beer offered by Guinness. Always recommend this beer when people are trying a Guinness

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Photo of ssam
2.81/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- very dark black with a creamy rich tall head. it reduced slowly as i drank and left a good lacing

S- the smell is initially good. there are pleasant hints of caramel and malt, followed by roasted malts. but after these smells fade, i felt it was missing something, there wasnt an after smell that i was craving after the build up in the beginning.

T- roasted malts overpower. i taste a coffee aftertaste. the taste isnt layered enough so it did not satisfy. what i mentioned before were the only flavors i could find-- its two-note-- and not tasty enough

M- okay mouthfeel, no real complaints. im not really impressed though... the body was too light for the style in my opinion

D- i dont want to drink any more. the experience was not a good one.

the things i do for beer advocate

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Photo of Pexkool
4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pitch black, with brown head and a lace that stays there the entire time.

S: Coffee and toasted malts, but mostly just coffee.

T: It tastes like unsweetened black coffee, with a hint of toasted malts. The strong taste of coffee stays in your tongue and then you can taste the hops, in good balance, but maybe a little too strong on the bitter side when you mix both the coffee and the hop flavors. The coffee and toasted malts taste lingers in your mouth for some minutes after you taste it.

M: The toasted malts, coffee and hops are in good balance, and the carbonation is just fine. This Guinness is a lot more robust and less smooth than the normal Guinness, but it's still good. It would be hard for me to drink more than one in a row, though.

Overall I liked it, but then again I like stouts and their strong coffee and toasted flavor. A good brew for those who just aren't satisfied with the normal Guinness flavor, but it can be a little overwhelming compared to other dry stouts.

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Photo of usafboy
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance- Dark, oily black and loved it!

Smell- Smelled like an average stout: coffee and chocolate.

Taste- Dry! From a guy thats used to milk stouts I wasn't quite ready for the taste of this beast. Sadly had it from a bottle at a party; no glasses available so that might have hindered it.

Mouthfeel- Thick, hearty. Love it.

Overall- A tastey stout although I haven't had the "overseas" version this one was good enough and actually makes me eager to try some in good ol' ireland.

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Photo of Slowjamcdub
2.1/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This is sad. The strong notes that you get of chocolate doest taste or small like chocolate and the coffee notes aren't coffee. I hate to say it because I love good Stouts but this one tastes like soy sauce. The only thing that I get good out of this is maybe a little chocolate covered raisins.

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Photo of emericanchaos
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks very similar to Guinness Draught but doesn't have the same head. The head on Guinness Draught is thick and frothy and continues to build as it sits in your glass which helps contribute to it's beautiful lacing characteristics. Extra Stout doesn't have that staying power. I guess this would be light as far as Guinness goes.

Smells odd at first when you expect something more like Draught. Same earth roasted aromas as Draught but with a rich desert type of character. Noticeably different than Draught even though slightly similar.

Taste was also very different. Quite taken back by it. My first bottle i thought was pretty bad. After 2 you get the idea of what's going on here though. Tastes heavily of some sort of coffee, I'm not a coffee fan mind you so i can't elaborate further on this, with some nuttiness added as well. Very pleasing once you know what to expect.

Feels lighter in comparison to draught but still very substantial. I would still call it heavy. After taste lasts forever. An hour after my last one i could still taste the slight coffee flavor of it.

Like draught i could do it in moderation. Heavier moderation than draught though. As i mentioned it's very pleasing once you understand the nature of the beast.

Notes. Alright this stuff caught me off gaurd. Don't expect beer when you drink this. I couldn't help but think coffee and desert while drinking it. I was actually drinking these at 9am before classes because it reminds me of coffee so much.

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Photo of Juggernaut
2.76/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I had this not long ago over st.pats, with a friend of mine. The dark color intrigued us, as it was not a normal American brew that can be seen through.

At first taste there was quite a lot of bitterness, but I attribute some of this to the fact that my palate is not fully developed as I have just turned 21 and am new to the wide world of beer. Though bitterness gave it a bit, it led into a nice roast/smoky flavor, with a good mouth feel.

Though not for the light hearted beer fan, I surely would like to try it again once I have some more brews under my belt.

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Photo of goatherder
3.26/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving type - 375ml stubbie bottle, best before 30/10/2007. Brewed under licence by CUB Australia.

Small light tan head which stuck around to the finish. Opaque black with a tinge of amber around the edges. Molasses sweetness with a hint of coffee on the nose. A strong roast flavour dominates the palate along with an assertive bitterness. The flavour doesn't follow through with the hints of the nose - it's all roast. The finish is short but not crisp, and the body is a little thin. The carbonation is moderate, giving this beer a fair degree of drinkability. Overall, a pretty good example of a dry stout, lacking a little complexity though.

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Photo of Gaben
3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Guinness is the original starter for any stout fan for sure, was the very 1st stout I have ever tasted and is what got me started for being a stout fan.

Ive had a couple of bottles last night and was still digging this amazing beer. I have to say that extra sout is a hell of alot better then guinness draught.

Appearance is fine , very black and bubbly , the foam seems to leave after settles a second.

Smells has a bit of coffee icecream smell too it with bit of a alcohol kick.

Taste is amazing , its very simliar to alot of imperial stout's with a good after effect.

I could usualy drink alot of these but this isnt as smooth or easy to drink then a draught.

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

Pours with an impressive 1 inch thick head that lasts long and laces the glass well. completely black in color. Smells good with a hint of chocolate. make you want to drink. Has a bitter taste and very powerfull chocolate after taste. Very carbonated, not at all like regular Guinness. but it tastes good and leaves a pleasant after taste. as with most stouts, I'm not sure how many you will want to drink in a row. over all though, I recommend trying this beer if you haven't before.

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Photo of brunrn1
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just finally tried this beer, bought a bottle and was expecting a real bitter beer. Poured into frosty mug and not too much foam, and the taste was a bit bitter but after a few sips bitterness is forgotten. Goes down smooth, not filling, no bad aftertaste.

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Photo of Natainos
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to the fine folks at Beer of the Worlds in Henrietta, NY Where you could buy single bottles. So I picked up a 12oz bottle.

When poured it foamed up into a really nice tan head that was thick and fluffy, reduced after 5 mins. and left a medallion of a head throughout the tasting (nice) and laced super nice through out.

A: This has a Dark Cola look at pouring, and when held to the light looks fizzy and coke"ish". Label looks classic.

T: I got some Bitter notes, and some burnt malts, coffee, and a Smokey after taste that coats the back of my pie hole.

M: Fizzy yet creamy.

D: Yes, now this one is bitter almost hoppy like an IPA.

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Photo of Surefire
3.51/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

An enjoyable stout, but not multi-layered as it should be for its reputation. Faily simple stout, with mostly strong flavors of bitter

A: Black, with not a hint of light coming through. About as perfect appearance as a stout should have.

S: Simple smell of strong coffee. Not much else going on, but enjoyable nonetheless.

T: Strong coffee/chocolate flavors, creamy head.

M: Medium to full body, creamy in nature.

D: Drinkable, but not in great amounts. The predominance of strong coffee bitterness becomes tiresome after one bottle. There isn't the multi-layered flavor profile going on that my favorite stouts have.

Overall, in my opinion, a good stout that doesn't quite live up to its excellent reputation. It does everything well, but doesn't excel due to its simple flavor profile.

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Photo of treehugginslug
1.83/5  rDev -50.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A - Fine

S - Smell of chocolate and coffee, with roasted barley. Not too impressive for a stout.

T - Tastes were similar to smell, but the after taste that every talks about is similar to cigarettes! This immediately turned me off. I guess this was the roasted barley, but it was unbearable.

M - Couldn't get past the taste of cigarettes.

D - Low

Buy again? No
Recommend? No
Drink at party? No

Overall: Hard to drink and suprised that this is rated so high. Wonder if people are too blinded by the aura of Guinness to notice a bad beer.

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Photo of PapillonJohn
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Indulged on 11/22-23/2010

Appearance: The appearance was a very beautiful dark ruby color. Not "black" as many suggest. Hold it up to light and you'll see what I mean. Very nice, creamy head. Lasted for about a minute left untouched.

Smell: There really wasnt too much smell in the bottle but once poured into a glass the smell came through. Not strong by any means. A sour hint and the classic darker lager smell. You know the one.

Taste: Not at all thick or uninviting. A pale beer drinker could easily find themself enjoying this Extra Stout. I've tasted better however. A tad bit watered down. Left a little to be desired.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth. Low, low carbonation. That will throw off your average Macro, pale beer drinker.

Drinkability: Seeing as I drank well over 12 in a short amount of time. Very good drinkability.

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Guinness Extra Stout (Original) from Guinness Ltd.
84 out of 100 based on 1,327 ratings.