Guinness Extra Stout (Original) - Guinness Ltd.

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

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Reviews: 1,271
Hads: 3,733
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 14.05%
Wants: 78
Gots: 706 | 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 flagmantho
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Re-reviewed on 1/15/2011. The last time I reviewed this I am pretty sure I had an infected bottle as it was pretty sour and unpleasant.

Poured from 22oz bottle into a mug.

Appearance: very dark brown, bordering on black, with a thick finger of foamy tan head. Quite a solid stout.

Smell: roasted malt with nutty and caramelly qualities; quite like a rich nut brown ale. Hops are basically undetectable on the nose.

Taste: sweetish malt flavor with a bit of caramel and nuttiness. Roast is not present until the very end, when a nice, acrid (in a good way) roast dries out the finish. Bitterness relatively low but well-balanced.

Mouthfeel: medium to medium-light body with a fairly solid carbonation level. The feel is a little more fizzy than creamy but I think it works pretty well.

Drinkability: a very smooth and drinkable brew. It's not as stouty as most American stouts, but it's really hitting the spot for me right now. (933 characters)

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

This one comes in a 33 cl brown long-necked bottle. The label is beige/light yellow and got a picture of a harp in golden.

A: The pour is black, with an enormous beige thick head that takes some time to sink into great lacings.

S: Dry roasted malt, with both vanilla and chocolate. But the dominate smell is coffee.

T: Dry roasted malt, strong black coffee and dark bitter chocolate.

M: Long dry and bitter aftertaste. Body is medium and carbonation is mild.

D: A really nice beer. A stout that goes down very smoothly. A bit more complex than the draught one. (570 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very good, sweet, malts, some hints of chocolate. Taste is of roasted malts and maybe a slight note of coffee, finishing bitter. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this makes for a decent brew. (313 characters)

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pitch black with a huge, chunky light brown head. Superb retention, while sticking to the glass tightly.

S - Lots of roasty, dark grains. A big nose of sweet toasted brown bread. Nutty and bitter.

T - A big roasted, and bitter profile. Roasted, dry malts and chewy dry grains. Fairly nutty and some yeast flavors bouncing about. A nice dry black coffee bite.

M - Chewy bodied beer with a bold mouth on it. Dry throughout with plenty of character.

O - A classic and a high standard for stouts. (500 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
4.27/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Surprisingly, Guinness Extra Stout is not black in color. Pretty darn close, but not quite. A thin creamy chocolate colored head drifts on top. Pretty nice lacing ability. A nice roasted malt bitterness mixed with a honey roasted nut aroma. The mouthfeel is a little light. Hovering right around medium. I haven't had a Guiness in a while and I had forgotten what a great burnt malt bitterness this beer has. That's something that really appeals to me in stouts. There's also a nice roasted nut character. Black coffee comes to mind as well. Great lingering bitterness. Really nice tasting stout. (609 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a very dark brown with reddish highlights and a 1 finger head of tannish foam.

The smell is a nice light aroma of roasted malt.

The taste is of roasted malt, a touch of some sweet malt, and a fairly pronounced hop bitterness that dominates right before and through the finish.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium and the carbonation is medium.

Drinkability? It's pretty easy to drink though a bit stronger than I thought it was.

Bottom line: I remember having the Dublin brewed product years ago and it was a better Stout in all ways but this one ain't bad. (582 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.18/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown pour, black, tan head, 2", aside from the thinness of the stout, everything else looks quite nice. Roasty and nutty aroma.

Taste is quite mild, the roastiness cedes to overall smoothness and a mild, almost oatmeal type of integration to it. Not bitter, not hoppy. Would like more, . . . something, chocolate, coffee, hops, bitter, roast. This is just a crowd pleaser (drinkability). Wish it was a little more dry too. Not horrible, but just, kind of there. Even the extra stout needs a little boost in the ingredient department, keep the recipe the same, just more of everything. (592 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 1 pt. 6 fl. oz bottle marked G10MB1-2042-L8192NTI. I am assuming this is the version offered widely in the USA; the one you can find just about anyplace where they sell beer; the one with the Pythonesque "brilliant" ad campaign. If so I am reviewing the right one. Despite the fact that everyone and his brother tries this at least once I am giving this mainstream brew a high rating because it is one of the best easy to find beers you can buy. It pours brown-black with a decent, foamy tan head. Aroma of cocoa, malts, and chocolate hops. Decent mouth feel. Distinctive hopped flavor that ends dry. Always a great go-to beer if it is after hours. (655 characters)

Photo of Brad007
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Luckily the bottle doesn't have a goofy widget. Doesn't need one either. Pours a very dark black color with a nice, creamy head. Aroma is one of roastiness and caramel mixed with some coffee. Taste is definitely flavorful as it reminds me much of caramel coffee in some ways. The finish is kind of thin at the back of the throat with some dryness. Leaves a nice roasted feel in the mouth.

Definitely more flavorful than Guinness Draught but not quite past the level of BlackFly Stout.

A much, much better introduction to stouts for a newbie. (548 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- A coffee brown body with a creamy brown that lasts about 2 minutes then turns into a permanent film throughout the drinking time.

Smell- a decent mix of esters and butery smells with some mocha sweetness to give it a typical stout smell.

Taste- Starts out with a dry estery tartness and ends with a creamy butter note intermingled with chocolate.

Mouthfeel- A litle creamy, but mostly a dry, estery palate.

Drinkability- If you can enjoy a stout, you can drink a couple of these. The dryness might turn your palate into a wasteland of sorts, but it also allows this beer to be consumed en masse. (622 characters)

Photo of Haybeerman
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Murky black with some deep red tint. Poured a tight 1 finger head with good retention and was "fed" from underneath. Ample lacing tight to the glass.

S: Sweet bready, smokey, chocolatey, all kinds of malt and a hint of hop bitter.

T: Very sonsistent with smell; roasted and toasted malt flavors. Light bitter fininsh to balance.

M: Medium body. Low carbonation. Smooth and creamy. Not quite the full body I expected.

D: Very drinkable. Didn't find it filling or overbearing. (482 characters)

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I wasn't sure how I'd feel about this beer after having a bad expirience with Guinness Draught at a restaurant. Extra Stout is almost black in color; head is large, tan, and fairly creamy. Aroma is roasted, similar to coffee. A light sweetness is also detected. Taste is also similar to roasted coffee, but this is probably a little too bitter for me to love. There is a light sweetness here, especially in the dry finish, but not enough to make this great in my book. Drinkability is pretty good, but I think polishing off a six pack might be a little much. This is my first Irish Dry Stout, I need a few more to have a better picture of the style. (649 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap in Swindon, UK in early 2006. Although I've tried this beer many dozens of times in the States, this was the first time in the UK. I was hoping for it to be dramatically different but it wasn't.

Appearance was good, black liquid with creamy tan head. Smell and taste were exactly the same though. The best attribute this beer has is its creamy mouthfeel. It feels good to drink it, and is just thin enough that you can drink a lot of it. (458 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle from CJ's Potsdam NY for 2$

Appearance - Dark black/brown colour with an average size fizzy light brown coloured head. It's hard to make out the level of carbonation and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 4 minutes.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, grains

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts and a hint of chocolate/coffee. There is also some grainy notes and a bit of a burnt/smokey flavour. It finishes with a lingering burnt aftertaste.

Overall - A nice appearance but the taste is just a little too unbalanced for me. It starts out smooth but ends with a sharp bitter flavour. Still a good beer but not as good as I was expecting. (712 characters)

Photo of Gusler
3.22/5  rDev -13%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ebony is the color on the pour, my idea of how all beer should look. The size of the head is medium frothy in texture and light chocolate in color as it erodes a fine covering of lace is formed to conceal the glass. Nose is roasted and toasted grain, malt sweet and crisp and clean, start is lightly sweet, full of malt, top is full to middling in its feel. Finish is crisply acidic, hops purposeful in their spiciness, dry lingering aftertaste, a decent quaffing beer, but give me one pulled from the cask in Ireland, and I'd be a "Happy and Satisfied" man. (558 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

For years I thought Guinness was just a low ABV dark porter rather than a stout. Just recently I found out the import version is 6 percent? WTF I had to gets me some.

A - As always pours a nice deep dark blackness brown with a very impressive head and lacing sticking all the way from the top. It was interesting to not get a bottle with that damn plastic ball that apparently helps it keep carbonation. This one stands on it's own.

S - Semi dark chocolates, mild roasted coffee with a hint of malt which seems to be bitter pilsner malts. Very interesting overall.

T - Wow big rush of chocolate at first. More so than Young's double chocolate. Leads kind of toward a bitter coffee but malt kind of falls flat a bit. It does finish well with some hops which was unexpected in this stout.

M - Pretty medium bodied. Goes down pretty smooth.

D - Kind of glad I tried this. Seems pretty succession-able but the hops (or malt) bite at the end is still pretty aggressive but I still could have a few in one sitting. Now I just need to find the 7.5 percent version ;) (1,064 characters)

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

Thanks, Dad!

A: Fittingly served in my (filched) Guinness glass, this beer is a very deep reddish brown with a lighter shade of the same for highlights. A 3-finger thick light brown head smartly fills the glass, falling away to a disk, leaving a little lace behind

S: A robust roasted malt with a bitter edge, balanced by a smooth, creamy character and a faint tartness. Mild dark chocolate and coffee is present. Very nicely done.

T: Opens with a burnt malt and a very interesting cherry and cherry skin flavor. I'm not sure where it's from, but this beer is closer to 65 degrees right now. The combination of the fruitiness and the bitter malt make for a unique beer. Mild coffee with dark chocolate follows, before a long, bitter, burnt finish. Awesome stuff

M: A touch overcarbonated, but the medium-light body and the finish work well.

D: I'm not sure how many I could drink, but I'd say at least two. I definitely enjoy this. (937 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Guinness imperial pint.
6% ABV, L1259NE2 on shoulder in black.

A - Dark black, Guinness Extra Stout shows a sliver of tawny mahogany at the bottom while at the top, a dense tan head rises. Thick lace coats the glass following the foam's fast departure.

S - Dense bakers chocolate maltiness carries smoothly into a deeper roast character but the beer still feels like it's thin and one-dimensional. Metallic hints to the finish.

T - Heavily roasted malt presents itself as acrid bitterness at first, slowly shifting to bittersweet chocolate with a light coffee hint on the finish. Harshly grainy, the flavor falls right into place for an Irish Dry Stout.

M - A smooth entry finds itself amid both acrid bitter and dry roasted malt as well as a bite of graininess on the finish. The lingering finish continues to draw me back though.

O - While it certainly isn't the greatest beer the world's seen, Guinness Extra Stout adheres very closely to style guidelines to produces a rich, full-bodied beer that has heavy roasted malt character. Enjoyable! (1,077 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep brown color, almost ruby in some spots allowing light to shine through without too much trouble; khaki head, doesn't last for long and doesn't leave any lacing behind on the glass. The aroma is faint and difficult to pick up on; roasted barley, malts, grains, and honestly not much else. You might be able to say mocha or coffee, but I'm just not getting any of it. Maybe some very, very faint, dark fruit sweetness, but that's about it. Taste delivers a bit more than the aroma; roasted and charred malt and barley, toasted grains, nice alcohol presence, grapes, wine-like sweetness, slight bitter coffee; hop profile is dry, ashy, and proves to be more bitter than expected, but not overwhelming. The alcohol flavor is surprisingly noticeable despite being only 6% ABV. Medium body with a medium-high amount of carbonation; the brew finishes very dry and almost even crisp on the palate.

Not the best offering out there, but I would choose this over the Guinness Draught almost any day (unless my goal was to drink as much beer as possible). (1,057 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is just a damn good beer, period. I had a 22 oz bomber bottle to start my Super Bowl watching and was amazed because I am so used to regular Guinness which is way overhyped due to those incessant ads. Poured this in my mug and there was a thick, black liquid that proceeded with a frothy head that never went away. Nice smell, nothing overpowering, but it was a light coffee malt smell mixed with nuts. The flavor is more pronouced, as the body is heavy with coffee malt, roasted malt and maybe some chocolate. Balanced nicely with some smoothness attributed to caramel malt as the hops are pronounced and it ends dry. Overall, a standout stout that once could session. (674 characters)

Photo of Durge
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From the bottle for the first time since I first tried it here in the US back in the 70's before it was so readily available on tap. This poured a black brown color with a medium tan head and fair lacing. Nothing in appearance like it's draught cousin or those nitro laced cans. The smell even seems different, subtle coffee beans and maybe a bit of charcoal. I get some of the same effect from the taste, with a hint of pumpernickel bread. Much more like a standard lager in feel, well carbonated, easy drinking but not as smooth and velvetty as the mother's milk you get on draught when properly poured. I actually enjoyed it very much, more drinkable perhaps than the tap variety but not as sensational. Not very bitter, a little dry. A nice option to have Guinness at those summer picnics! (793 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L - dark brown with some ruby hues when held to a light; huge, rocky light brown head slowly fades leaving all kinds of lacing
S - creamy, roasty, chocolate
T - big bitter roasted barley flavor, cream, dark chocolate
F - smooth, creamy, dry and astringent finish
O - it's been awhile since I've had this one, but it was nice to come back to. (343 characters)

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

A-Pours black! Light manages to stab into the body of the beer. Smooth tan head fizzles off a bit. It leaves good lacing.

S-Nose is not strong but it is pleasant. Has a nice little kid too. Coffee, chocolate to a lesser extent and some oats. Grows on you a bit.

T-Dry and well melded. Modestly bitter. Oatmeal and roast. Bitter chocolate.

M-Medium bodied. Smaller than it looks. More carbonation than expected.

O/D-Pleasant. Been around forever and its staying power is evident. One of the first non BMC beers I ever had. Just had it again recently and was happy/impressed by its durability despite my expanding palate. (625 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
2.89/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from a grocery store in Belgrade. From notes.

A - Poured a black colour with some red on the bottom. Two finger mocha/root beer looking head. Fairly good lacing but head faded fast.

S - Really mild. Mostly roasty malts and a little bit of a burnt element.

T - Roasted malt, slightly burnt coffee, sourness, burnt or chocolate malt and a coffee element from bitter maltiness.

M - Medium body and medium carbonation. Sort of a sour/bitter finish oddly.

O/D - Not a great stout. I typically don't dislike Guinness' as much as I did with this. Seemed off and weak/mild. (577 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz brown bottle with no decipherable freshness code on it. Pours a dark brown color, not quite black, with crimson highlights around the edges. Tan foam is creamy and thick with pretty good retention and lacing.

Smells roasty and a touch sour with a bit of dark berry and sweet lactose-esque aroma. Reminds me a bit of Sam Smith's RIS, a bit mineraly and chalky. Fairly big nose for a lower ABV stout.

Taste is pretty bold, yet smooth...very nice. Coffee roastiness mingles with a touch of fruitiness, smoke and tobacco. Chalky minerals come through in the taste as well. Does not need too much help from the hops (roasty malt) for a nice bittering finish. This is a good, supremely drinkable and flavorful stout. Huge upgrade over Guinness Draught, this beer does not get the recognition it deserves. (805 characters)

Guinness Extra Stout (Original) from Guinness Ltd.
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