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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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3,554 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,554
Reviews: 1,265
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 15.41%
Wants: 60
Gots: 506 | 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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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of fx20736
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a British pint glass.

Oily black with a thin pale tan head that leaves scattered lacing.

Aroma: a faintly charred aroma which must be the roasted barley and a mild earthy hoppiness.

Mouthfeel: soft but solid.

Taste: coffee, licorice, faint smokiness with a dry finish and a slightly bitter sting on the fade.

Notes: good stuff. Does not have any Chocolate notes like a lot of Porters. The overriding qualities of Guinness Extra Stout are Dry, smoky and slightly bitter. I bet this really grows on someone.

Photo of spoonhawk
1/5  rDev -73%

Photo of rob99er
4/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Beastdog75
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Guinness is one of the true classic beers in the world. Truly a world-renowned brew, this is a beer that has always had some mystique to it. For some beer drinkers, this is as close as they ever come to good beer which is a shame because this is such a great starting point for getting into beer. With that said, Guinness does have its faults, mainly stemming from the fact that North Americans don't get the pure, unadulterated, true Irish Guinness that the Emerald Isle is accustomed to and that ours is slightly "dumbed down." I chose this as my 100th review in spite of its faults because it is such a classic.

Guinness pours a deep, almost black color with some dark brown hints. The head is absolutely beautiful. A creamy, foamy tan head lies upon the liquid kind of like a lilly pad on a pond. A true work of art, and it laces quite well. Decent aroma, although lighter than expected, with basically some roasted grains and what I perceived to be some actual hop smell, which I wasn't expecting. While the mouthfeel was smooth and creamy with very little carbonation, it was a tad bit more watery than what I was anticipating. The burnt/roasted malt flavor brings to mind flavors of dark coffee, and I thought I detected a very slight cherry flavor in there. The roastiness lends quite a bitterness to this beer, almost to the point where it is astringent. The aftertaste is a continuation of the coffee flavors, and the bitterness kind of wears out its welcome here. I tasted it well after I was done drinking, went to sleep, and woke up with the taste in my mouth still. There is some slight alcoholic warmth to this, and it turns out to be a pretty filling beer (I had two and I was getting full).

The bitterness lowered the drinkability of an otherwise very good beer. I'm not saying that it is great, but it has garnered a respect over the years and many stouts are compared to this. It is my hope to try a real Dublin Guinness or a Foreign Extra Stout someday. I'll have to try this with oysters someday in order to sample that legendary pairing. Altogether, a well above average brew.

Photo of Phocion
3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

Photo of kinger
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like the extra over the regular, there is a much stronger flavor which I enjoy in a hearty stout. Aroma is good slightly malty and a touch of sweetness. Pours great from the bottle into a pint glass, dark and creamy with a nice head, not as good as the draught can or from the tap since there is no cascade effect. Mouthfeel has more fullness than the regular also which is nice. Flavor is heavy with dark roasted malts, sweet and also bitter, very drinkable and always enjoyable.

Photo of ujsplace
3.66/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a mug.

Nearly black in appearance, with faint amber along the edges of the glass. The head is thick, chunky and tan in color. The head is pretty massive and has that lemon-merangue-pie look to it - chunky as hell.

Smells of roasted malts, faint coffee and mild hops.

Initially tastes of toasty caramel malts and mild, bitter chocolate followed by a mild espresso/hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth - easy going.

A nice stout offering. Would like a bit more flavor, but a solid offering - can't miss with this one...

Photo of rayjay
3.99/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Competely different from the draft version. This one is thicker, roastier, and less tart. Very tiny head with low carbonation and no lace. Bitter and dark roasted flavors, with a tiny sour bite and a dry finish.

It was nice to control the temp; I'm tired of drinking 35 degree Guinness at the bars. Cheers.

Photo of Lupe
4.41/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It is almost black, with a very thick head which leaves a nice lace - great apperance. It is a very dry beer with an intense roasted malt flavor. Mouthfeel and flavor are both wonderful. Drinking this is a joy.

Photo of Padron4KM
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours out inky blak with ruby tinges. Thick tan head that recedes slowly.
lots of sticky lace left behind.
aroma of grain and roasted coffee, a little chocolatey sweetness.
flavor is roasty coffee, with an underlying sweetness.
I still like this once in a while.

Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.27/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a dark tan head - some retention and lacing.

Smells of dark fruit - plumb, raisin - roasted barley, and caramel malt. Also some nice coffee notes.

Raisin hits the side of the mouth then a nice sting from the carbonation clears the way for caramel malt flavor, finishes dry with bitter coffee notes. This is an excellent stout.

Photo of hermit990
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of biglite351
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - a good bit of red around the edges. Tall near white head leaving considerable lacing.

S - malts and prune juice, rather mild overall.

T - plain malts with fruit/prune flavor. Sweet after taste.

M - solid coating, zero tingles.

D - ten times more drinkable than regular Guinness, for what that is worth.

Photo of bunnyhustle
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good Guinness. Recently tried the Draught for the first time and wasnt too impressed so it inspired me to try this. Much better! Pours black, perhaps the first beer I've had that actually pours black, even when held to the light. Nice tan head that stays around through the duration and leaves nice lace behind. Smell is of ice coffee and malt and some caramel. Tastes like some malt, grain, and chocolate all mixed together, a great balance of sweetnees and some bitterness as well from the hops. Leaves an almost dry chocolate-y aftertaste. Higher carbonation than the Draught makes the mouthfeel different and better. Nice, crisp and refreshing. Overall all 4's as this is a good beer.

Photo of pcsnyder
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of d5001986
3.16/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Duvel
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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

341ml bottle sample from my girlfriend's uncle. This one has been contract brewed by Labatt's in Toronto, which explains the Canadian Industry Standard size bottle.

Pours thin and completely opaque with a 1/2 inch tan head that subsides to a bit of lace and sticks around. Medium/high carbonation in evidence. Tasty looking stout, but the nose is less appealing. A little metallic off the top (but that mellows as the beer warms), alcohol, some sweet roasted maltiness underneath, chocolate. Acidic sourness in the nose as well.

Taste is surprisingly full if you're used to regular Guinness Draught. Nutty, lots of roasted malt, lemonlike acidity all over the palate, and if you really try there's a little bit of fruitiness as well. Finishes appropriately bitter, in that typical Guinness way. Mouthfeel is much fuller but less creamy than the Draught version, extremely dry and carbonation isn't overbearing. This one isn't as full bodied or flavourful as a lot of stouts I've had, but nonetheless a very respectable product from the true originals of the style, and drinkable in quantity. You can feel the history of the beer in every sip, and this may be the only Guinness I'd give time to in the future.

Photo of badmotorgrunge
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of cameraman
2.3/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I ask the question? Is there anything more mesmerizing than watching a Guinness settle, I didn't think so. The beer is black color with hint of a brown and red along the sides of the glass. A creamy thick head, tan to light beige in color, settles at quarter inch high and not going anywhere. A chocolaty aroma at first scent, then a mild bread fragrance with a slight grassy scent at the end. A strong dark bread flavor, along with heavy malt flavors. Those flavors blend to mild chocolate taste, then moving to a mild citrus bitterness, with a touch of pine, those last flavors linger on the palate for some time. Though it looks thick, mostly due to the head, it has rather a thin watery feel at the front. It does gain some weight as it reaches the back of the throat, leaving the palate fairly dry. This is a visually stunning and beautiful beer, the aroma and flavor are very lackluster and the feel reminds me of a macro brew, with out the strong carbonation. Though this beer is in many ways is supposed to be the standard it falls short.

Guinness Extra Stout (Original) from Guinness Ltd.
84 out of 100 based on 3,554 ratings.