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Guinness Extra Stout (UK) | Guinness Ltd.

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Brewed by:
Guinness Ltd.

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Guinness no longer brew in the UK, so Guinness Extra Stout (UK) no longer exists.

Added by Naerhu on 05-23-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 12 |  Reviews: 9
Reviews by Faune:
Photo of Faune
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation- brown 330 ml glass bottle with freshness date on back.

A- dark, almost black, bubbly brown head.

S- Roasted nuts, espresso, chocolate, caramel.

T- Coffee, caramel, chocolate, medicinal and dry bitter finish.

M- medium bodied, crisp and light carbonation.

D- Decent but not as good as the "real stuff" down at the pub.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of nighthawk
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

341mL bottle with no freshness date.

Pours a dark, just-this-side-of-black brown that's opaque, with just hints of ruby at the edges of the glass. A large, tan, foamy head bubbles it's way down to a thin ring on the surface of the beer in about one minute. Retention isn't great, and there's no lacing.

Aroma is roasted grains with a hint of chocolate and coffee.

Taste is roasted grains giving some bitterness, with dark chocolate and coffee notes. Lots of back-and-forth between bitter and sweet flavours.

Nice big body to this beer, and it's got a nice bit of smoothness competing with a mildly bubbly carbonation. A pleasure to consume.

This stuff is fantastic; a beautiful balance between bitter and sweet. Guiness needs to stop brewing the nitro-can stuff and stick to Extra Stout. I'll have to find room in my rotating standards for this delicious beer.

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Photo of Bigdoc91
3.11/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Travlr
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not much unique to say about Guinness, a brew that seems to be fairly ubiquitous. The best version that I have tasted is on hand pull in Dublin; best of those was at St James Gate itself, mainly because it was free. Second best was the Guinness in the UK, again on hand pull. This review concerns the "nitro-can," an amazing invention with a widget that entertains, if nothing else. Seems to aerate the beer and give it a head that approximates what you would get on tap - but, of course, it falls short. A step above the regular canned variety, however.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer can (50cl), tasted in 2007.
Appearance : Dark brown color, with a tan foam head.
Smell : roasted and coffee aromas with notes of liquorice.
Taste and mouthfeel : dark chocolate flavors, very dry
Drinkability : a good beer in Irish dry stout style

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Photo of Jonte
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Almost black color and a creamy light brown head. Good lacing.

Light aroma of roasted and sweet malt, some notes of coffee and dark fruit.

Taste is of roasted malt, coffee, notes of caramel and chocolate. Also some bitterness. Very dry finish. Medium body.

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Photo of libbekat
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Let me preface by saying, I went to Ireland to get married because of the beer.
Okay now to the beer!
I have been told by everyone that the Guinness in Ireland tastes better than the Guinness in the U.S. I was not jaded though, believing that these people probably don't drink as much Guinness as I do.
I find very little difference between the two, honestly. I have always loved Guinness Draught and I still do. This tasted almost the same. Almost, the very slight difference was a stronger taste of coffee, which is present in the U.S. version but this was a little more robust.
Of course there is a higher alcohol content, so watch that, especially because they go down so easily.

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Photo of Naerhu
3.2/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to the amazing generousity of RobBeer, I had this GES in a tasting of six Guinness offerings:
1) This GES distributed in the UK at 5% ABV.
2) GES imported into Japan by Sapporo with 6% ABV.
3) Guinness Original 4.3% ABV.
4) Guinness Special Export (John Martin) 8%
5) Guinness Foreign Extra Stout 7.5%
6) Guinness Nigeria Foreign Extra Stout 7.5%

The body and flavor of offering was just as thin as the Guinness Original, only with a more active carbonation.
Also the rugged bitterness was out of place this beer without any malt backbone to support it, and thus was way unbalanced.

The 6.0 GES is a beautiful beer and far more enjoyble than this weak unbalanced beer. Guinness should cut this weakling and go with the 6.0 version.

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Photo of endovelico
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 8/05/2009 under medium artificial light. Poured into Tumbler.

Appearance: four finger thick rocky tan head that takes its time to settle. Really Opaque. Dark brown with ruby highlights. Very good lacing.

Aroma: As soon as i pour it there's a choco-roastiness perfume released. After a few swirls the coffee and chocolate are even more obvious. Slight Black patent sharpness. I take my time swirling and let it warm up a bit... Slight musty aroma coming through which compliments the beer well. At the end of the tasting the earthiness from the black patent becomes increasingly noticeable.

Taste: Coffee predominantly, the chocolate backbone isn't as great as one might have expected. black patent on the back. Not overwhelming, as it shouldn't. True to style.

Mouthfeel: Thin yet coating... Well, dry. Smooth finish, lightly carbonated. Lasting toasty bitterness.

Drinkability: True to style. It's exactly what you would expect from a quality Dry Stout. Its cheap but pleasing since its still bold and leaves the that lingering feeling on the throat. I like it, it's probably what the draught version would taste like if it was not nitrogenated.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Greenfloyd
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let me start by saying that if you are reviewing a Guinness imported to the US, as opposed to one poured anywhere in the UK, you are reviewing two entirely separate brews. Now that might sound like common sense, but until I was overseas and tasted the difference, I truly had no idea just how different they are.

After a lengthy pouring process (the proper pour) I was greeted by a deep dark Arabica coffee pint topped off by a smooth, creamy, almost flawless burnt cream head. Roasted malt seeps through the dense top to give it a rich, burnt caramel nose. I couldnÂ’t help but to notice right away the heavy, velvety texture not achieved in the US version. A lightly bitter start indicative of any classic dry Irish Stout, gives way to a malty ,coffee like transition, with a smooth, lightly bitter finish. If only I had a plate of fresh raw Atlantic oysters in front of me, I might never have left the pub. Ever.


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Guinness Extra Stout (UK) from Guinness Ltd.
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 12 ratings
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