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Guinness Extra Stout (Original) - Guinness Ltd.

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

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3,330 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,330
Reviews: 1,240
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 15.41%
Wants: 56
Gots: 321 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: SixpointJMH on 11-12-2000)
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Photo of drxandy
3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz to augestiner mug (20oz?), pours a highly carbonated deep opaque blackish brown, foamy tan head fades down after time, served at room temperature

smells of malts, hops, bitterness, alcohol

taste is extremely bitter, deep malts pop out, almost astringent, kinda metalic (possibly an old bottle?), thin tasting, i wouldn't want to drink an entire 6pack in a sitting, only like 2, not my favorite version of guinness by any means and i actually think it probably would taste a bit better cold.

mouthfeel is super bitter, deliciously foamy, overall not superbly drinkable due to the astringency of it

drxandy, Jul 03, 2008
Photo of yaksurf
4/5  rDev +8.1%

yaksurf, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of brett606
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

brett606, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of BrandonOakes
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

BrandonOakes, Oct 17, 2013
Photo of TheBierBand
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was the best that I could get at the place we went to on Friday night. I was at a great little place in Southern Pines, NC called May Street Market. This place is normally a little restaurant for breakfast and lunch only.... but on Friday nights, they turn it into a beer joint with a live band... COOL IDEA!

I've always had the Guinness on draught nitro tap... but I thought I would try this.

12 oz bottle poured into my pint glass achieving a rather active head of 2" of off-white creamy foam that gradually settled back down... retained well, though. The appearance was pretty much as expected.... black as night.

The smell was very faint.... just slight hints of coffee, malt and bread.

The taste was MUCH more robust than the draught! I prefer the bottle version HANDS DOWN. Good coffee richness and a nice tart finish. Hoppier than the nitro tap.

The mouthfeel is more carbonated than the typical nitro tap.... but not over done.... actually, just right. Perhaps not as THICK as I prefer in a stout.... but OK.

Overall drinkability. is fine.... I think I had 5 over the course of the evening. This won't kick your butt....

Not a GREAT beer, but a good solid Irish Stout.

TheBierBand, May 17, 2007
Photo of cclark67789
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

cclark67789, Apr 16, 2012
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.


mnrider, Jan 30, 2013
Photo of olympicgatorade
4/5  rDev +8.1%

olympicgatorade, May 03, 2012
Photo of caverog
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

caverog, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of Phocion
3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours into a pint glass ruby brown with a solid frothy finger of khaki head. Moderate retention and solid lacing.

Aroma is nutty and roasted malts. Coffee and brown sugar are prevalent. Slightly grainy.

Flavor is very roasty and grainy. Mild astringency. Dry sourness, hints of coffee and dark fruit.

Somewhat thin body with low-moderate carbonation. Very slick, oily mouthfeel, unlike the creaminess that is to be expected from the style.

Meh, it's better than Guinness Draught, but it's average at best. If you're already a Guinness fan, you'll probably like it, but otherwise pass.

Phocion, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of BeerBob
2.13/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

Pours black from the bottle that has "St. James Gate Dublin" on the paper label, this is a lie, as this brew came from Canada.

This brew still looks good...

This brew is devoid of any of the flavors of the "Traditionally Brewed"

This brew is only 5.00% ABV, per the Guinness website.

This brew is but an empty shell of it's former self.

BeerBob, Apr 08, 2007
Photo of Sycodrummer
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A better offering from St. James Gate IMO at least insofar as what's available in the states.

Poured a 12oz. black bottle into a British Imperial Pint Glass and it formed a think 1.5 finger beige head that lasted the enitre duration of the sample. Almost no carbonation present.

Smell is of toffee, coffee, caramel, and the taste substanciates this smell. More so than its canned draught widget cousin, this beer has a chocolatey toffee like character much like chocolate stouts.

Thick on the palate but not murky. Easy to swallow and enjoyable all around. A easy beer to drink and to cook with.

Sycodrummer, Jan 20, 2005
Photo of velosuds
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date. Purchased for $2.99.

A-Pours a deep, dark brown almost black hue with a full, two finger head with good retention and some lacing. The best attribute.

S-Faint roasted and grainy malts with some sweetness present.

T-Roasted malts, oats, chocolate, but also an unpleasant sour twang in the finish.

M-A tad thin, but carbonation level adequate.

D-I was nonplussed. Hard to believe this has survived since 1759.

velosuds, Jun 06, 2010
Photo of beertardis
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

beertardis, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of petewheeler
4/5  rDev +8.1%

petewheeler, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of beerbtl
3/5  rDev -18.9%

beerbtl, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of ralree
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours extremely dark brown (almost black) with 2 fingers of light tan head.

S: This is a really good-smelling stout. Very sweet and roasted malt smell.

T: Roasted malt - very good. A bit of coffee. Leaves a bitter taste in the mouth.

M: Doesn't finish as clean as some other stouts, but still not bad. Asringency is high.

D: Good for a stout. I can't see myself drinking this a lot, but I would take it over a Guinness Draught any day,

ralree, Sep 01, 2007
Photo of BeerNemesis
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Guinness Extra Stout | 350 ml. | 6.0% ABV | 2010

Brewer: Guinness Ltd.
Style: Irish Dry Stout
Glass: Chalice

Coffee brown with a tan ring of micro-foam.

Earthy esters, dark malts, somewhat floral bouquet.

Rounded malt sweetness, a bitter, processe hop twinge and a dry finish.

Crisp and slick

Not bad, but a bit processed.

Would I get it again?:
Yeah, maybe. I'd always go for the foreign export stout

Bottled: in New Brunswick, Canada
Served: August 23, 2010

BeerNemesis, Aug 23, 2010
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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Nbdreher, Aug 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

dan027, Jan 31, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

ThisMoonlife, Oct 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

SpongeRuiner, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of BrewClint
4/5  rDev +8.1%

BrewClint, Dec 03, 2013
Photo of xav33
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Guiness Extra Stout
Recent bottling, imbibed 09/06
Medium hard pour in an English pint glass

Poured black with deep brown mahogony outer edges with a huge mocha fully lasting rocky head with excellent lacing.

Smelt of moderate molasses, with faint deep roast, and coffee.

Taste was upfront moderate lactic sourness and light sweet molasses followed by a strong bitter burnt aftertaste with accompanying moderate acidity that dies with faint fruity esters and light semi dark chocolatey sweetness that all blend nicely in a long finish. Mouthfeel was medium body, slightly dry, lively carbonation, with moderate astringency.

Overall, it still bites strongly like a classic beer that one can always fall back on.

Side note: The pale ale base does seem to give it a more watery feel than it used to. The flavor remains mostly unaffected though.

xav33, Sep 26, 2006
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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

wvbrewcrew, Jun 10, 2014
Guinness Extra Stout (Original) from Guinness Ltd.
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