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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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3,088 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,088
Reviews: 1,219
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 15.41%
Wants: 42
Gots: 214 | FT: 1
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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 Georgiabeer


3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer always looks good in the glass.Maybe it doesn't have the cascading effect of the draught, but still it has a nice dark color, almost black with brown highlights. Offwhite head that fades to aring and leaves no real lacing. The smell is slightly roasty and slightly malty, with a touch of roasty sourness there as well. The taste is a classic- not the best in the world, not the worst. The bottled version isn't as creamy, but iis stronger, and in my opinion has more character. Flavors of roasted malt, some bitter hops in the end, and a little bit of salty caramel underlying it all. The mouthfeel is a little light, and not particularly creamy, but refreshing. Definitely has its place.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2007 01:36:34 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of DoubleJ


4.45/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Months ago, I use to think Guinness Light (my nickname for the weaker Draught) was the good stuff. Not anymore though, as I'd much rather have a pint of this Extra Stout over the Light. So far, I've been unsuccessful at finding a pub that carries this stuff on tap. Not to worry, the Extra Stout satisfies well from the bottle, unlike it's lighter brother. It's not that I hate Guinness Light, but when the Extra Stout is available, there's no challenge to which one I'd prefer. Enough talk already, and on to the beer:

The first thing you should do is warm up the bottle after pulling it from the fridge. Then, find a pint glass and pour it in. After that, you're all set to enjoy this wonderful brew.

It's pitch black with an excellent head, which makes you wonder why beer needs to be nitro-infused. The smell reminds me of unsweetened chocolate chunks, burned bread, and premium dark roasted coffee. After having large amounts of the Light, this stuff will have you growing hair on your chest. Very strong stuff (hence the Extra Stout) with dark coffee characteristcs: a tad sweet, bitter, and strong. Thick and rich down the hatch.

If I haven't enforced it enough, this is some really strong stuff. The bitterness might be overwhelming for some. With my changed taste, the Extra Stout to me now tastes like the first time I had Guinness Light (in case you forgot, that's my nickname towards the Draught). Those who think the Light is too strong should definately stay away from this. Otherwise, indulge!

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2007 07:20:57 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of Wasatch


3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This is the first time for a Guinness for me. Poured a dark brown/black with a one-finger head which took a little while to disipate, with slight lacing. Has a sweet smell. I have to get use to the taste, but not really that bad. The Extra Stout has a medium body to it. The after taste is not that bad, but I guess I have to get use to it. As of right now, the drinkability is not to high.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2005 00:04:46 | More by Wasatch
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured in Sam Adams Sensory Glass

Color is a dark molasses brown. Thick and fluffy tan brown head that leaves decent lacing.

Smell is of roasted carmel nuts and slight pine hops. Taste is very malty, almost smokey. Many roasted malts are present.

Mouthfeel is smooth, but it seems to be very cold on the throat.

Overall, this stout seemed to be a lot thinner than the ones I am used to drinking. There really wasn't anything to special with this beer, but I think it could make a good session stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2009 20:47:34 | More by mothman
Photo of ejimhof


3/5  rDev -18.9%

07-24-2013 01:20:10 | More by ejimhof
Photo of BillRoth


3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

11-29-2013 21:55:47 | More by BillRoth
Photo of rab53


3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

12-01-2011 06:37:15 | More by rab53
Photo of plaid75

New York

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

Poured a deep black hue with a three finger pillowy tan head. There was very good retention and excellent sticky lacing.

The smell consisted of light roasted malt, with hints of coffee caramel and cocoa. Earthier than I expected.

The taste consisted of strong roasted grain elements, with a good showing of coffee and caramel. There was a mild sweetness detected as well. A good hop bitterness appears at the end. A nicely balanced flavor. Good toasted biscuity aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was lightly chewy and well carbonated. Finished dry.

A very drinkable stout. Very good flavor and a manageable ABV. In my opinion, this beer stands well on its own and as a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2006 00:36:14 | More by plaid75
Photo of Mebuzzard


3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ok, so I'm sooo used to the draught version...

Pours a very dark ruby, black. A semi off-white head, stays for a while. More than just a lacing, more than a film all the way down.

Not a huge aroma, not as coffee-ish as the draught. More caramel-y. Roasted malt, coffee and smoke.
A bite in the mouth. Not as smooth as the former. Sweet caramel...kinda Jolly Rancher-ish. Coffee, dark chocolate. A good dry bite. I think served too cold, should let the next one warm up

A good dry stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2010 09:42:24 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

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

A: Pours a dark chocolate color with a beige head.

S: Fruity , chocolate aroma. Some spicy rum raisin hints as well.

T: Some roasted grains and alcohol taste, coarse coffee grind flavor. Deep chocolate and roasted malt. Burnt coffee and roasted malt upon warming.

M: Oily texture on the tongue.

D: better then expected. enjoyable and worthy of multiples.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2008 00:52:28 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of mdaschaf


3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes:

A: Pours a deep black color with a 1.5 finger light brown/tan head on top. Moderate retention and spotty, but foamy lacing.

S: Smells a bit like cream with a bit of sweetness to it. Hints of chocolate and coffee, as well as a touch of vanilla and roasted malt.

T: More dark roasted malt on the flavor than the aroma. Some bitter chocolate, dark fruit, and a hint of coffee. There is some hop bitterness on the finish.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied, but overly heavy. Nice level of carbonation that gives it a slight creamy texture. Dry finish.

O: A good beer, preferred over draught due to it being slightly heavier and better tasting imo.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2011 18:06:58 | More by mdaschaf
Photo of Bighuge


4.28/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2002 20:50:49 | More by Bighuge
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2011 17:47:09 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of LXIXME

New Mexico

4/5  rDev +8.1%

11-30-2013 04:11:45 | More by LXIXME
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

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

Pours a deep black with a mountain of brown head with great retention. Nose is faint; roasted and maybe a little caramel. Taste is a caramel sweetness up front and then the roasted malts take over and add a richness and smokiness to the flavor. There's a slight creaminess in the finish. Mouthfeel is full-bodied, moderately carbonated, and very smooth.

Not a bad Irish Dry Stout. It's much better than the original draught.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 22:11:04 | More by tdm168
Photo of Kelp

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

02-01-2013 06:21:51 | More by Kelp
Photo of sendbeer


3/5  rDev -18.9%

11-01-2012 16:00:06 | More by sendbeer
Photo of Gusler


3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2003 00:17:21 | More by Gusler
Photo of Tone


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

Pours a dark, cloudy brown with 1/4 inch off-white head. Good lacing with decent retention. Smells of sweet malts and hops. Fits the style of an easy drinking malt/hop blended stout. Tastes the bitterness of the hops along with some roasted malts. Good blend of flavors. Aftertaste is strongly the roasted malts. Crisp, not so smooth, but low carbonation doesn't interfere. Overall, not bad at all and easily much better than regular Guinness.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2008 02:37:51 | More by Tone
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2007 00:31:49 | More by Brad007
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2006 12:10:29 | More by TurdFurgison
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

02-03-2013 19:39:21 | More by drummermattie02
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

07-17-2012 03:59:44 | More by rolltide8425
Photo of Zaphog


3/5  rDev -18.9%

04-24-2012 07:33:31 | More by Zaphog
Photo of harpus


2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

09-04-2013 17:52:29 | More by harpus
Guinness Extra Stout (Original) from Guinness Ltd.
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