Guinness Extra Stout (Canada)
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Irish Dry Stout
Ranked #274
Ranked #46,326
3.39 | pDev: 15.34%
Guinness Ltd.
Guinness Extra Stout (Canada)Guinness Extra Stout (Canada)
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Photo of Almapercus
4.15/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I prefer this beer over the draught. Nice and steady collar, full bodied taste and lightly sparkling. This version is more pleasant than the original export counterpart. Smoky scent in the empty glass. I went back to this stout after several years with real pleasure. Maybe not outstanding but quite good. Well done.

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Photo of Act25
4.17/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

For my money, this is the beer to buy when confronted by a wall of mass.
Not the nitro, this one. It's a great session dry stout equal to any.

A: The thick head mounds and holds a convex shape above my glass, and the slowly descends into the man face on the moon, which becomes the bat face on the moon. Rich, thick, lacy.
Pours a tight, stiff, massive head from the bottom up; great retention w sheets of lace.

Smell: Stiff smell too, of roasted malt with pier woody, urban river, (the Liffey?) charcoal, coffee and a bit of dark fruit.

Taste: Follows the smell, with charcoal dominent: Roasty malts, with coffee and dark fruit then a modest bitter from grassy hops and a stiff, tangy sour note that adds complexity; the finish is long, woody, dry and roasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with low carbonation. Chewy, good with food and in black & Tans in a good way.

Overall: Extra Stout is brewed in Canada for US distribution. It's superior to any other low alcohol dry stout that I have found.

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Photo of Folderol
2.48/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer is an abomination. That's the best word for it. It looks like Guinness, pours like Guinness, the label says Guinness... but this is not Guinness. Contract brewed in Canada, this tastes like bland yellow beer with a shot of Guinness extract added. Which is pretty much how it's made.

Seek out the real deal brewed in Ireland, or better yet the Foreign Extra Stout.

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Photo of TheDoctor
3.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving: Bottle

Pours an opaque black with three fingers of off-white head, which settles to a chunky cap. Nutty, slightly toasty aroma with a hint of chocolate and brown sugar in the background. Roasted flavor with hard water and a little cocoa; and not much else. Thinnish feel with medium body and carbonation and a smooth, soft finish. Decent beer with a simple but tasty profile. Nothing mind-blowing, though.

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Photo of Pantalones
3.56/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle number four from the six-pack. What I believe to be a Julian date code reads "L5013"... so bottled on January 13th, 2015? Yikes. I suppose the stout holds up a lot better with that kind of age on it than the dry-hopped and non-roasty Guinness Blonde, though, so onward with the review anyway!

Pours a clear but very dark brown, looking a bit soda-like. Settles into the familiar Guinness black once in the glass; holding it up to light makes some very dark red-brown visible in spots, but for the most part it's pretty much black. I poured a bit quicker than I probably should have and kicked up a huge head of tan foam; a few minutes later this has shrunk into a still-pretty-thick layer on top, leaving a lot of lacing behind on its way. While said foam is not as pretty (or permanent) as that from Guinness Draught it's still got a nice-looking color and texture to it.

Smell is roasty, some sweet maltiness, and a bit of an almost metallic-seeming sourness hiding behind those smells. When that last bit comes across as more sourish than metallic and blends in with the other smells it's nice (almost a sourish fruity thing going on there), but when it comes across a little more metallic it's a bit offputting. Overall a pretty nice smell, though.

Taste is similar to the smell, but better overall I'd say. A bit roasty, something like dark bread and a bit of a burnt/almost ashy sort of thing, along with some of that sourish fruity thing I got from the smell (though it's less noticeable in the taste and doesn't ever tend to come across as metallic here, thankfully!) Some near-burnt/ashy roastiness tends to linger more than the other flavors, along with a bit of the dark bread at times. Burps are where the sourish fruity-ish flavor makes its reappearance alongside the dark-bready taste -- guessing that fruity bit is a yeast thing? Seems like fruity yeast presences in beer tend to come out more than a lot of other flavors in burps for me, anyway. I'm a bit surprised that I'm occasionally picking up the tiniest hint of a leafy hop bitterness on the end when I take several drinks in quick succession -- Guinness isn't really something I think of as a "hoppy" beer to begin with, how in the world did they manage to get that to survive over a year past bottling!?

I'm honestly surprised at how thin this feels -- don't recall really noticing it before, but the "Extra Stout" Guinness does indeed have a "not-so-stout" mouthfeel to it. Despite that, it still doesn't have any real negative features to the mouthfeel; it's pretty drinkable, doesn't feel harsh or prickly from carbonation or anything. Just almost weirdly thin. Would probably be a nice warmer-weather stout or one you'd drink a couple pints of at a pub, though, now that I think about it.

Overall, this is a pretty nice beer -- I'm slightly disappointed that I have once again ended up with year-old beer, but in this case I don't think a year of unintentional aging hurt it much (if at all), as what's in my glass right now seems very similar to the Guinness Extra Stout I had for the first time last year. I've heard that Guinness in the US is going to be imported from Ireland again soon rather than being brewed in Canada; if that's the case, I'll have to track down the "made with real Ireland" version when it starts to show up around here and see if I can find any noticeable differences. And after noticing the hop bitterness occasionally popping in on this one, I'm a bit curious as to whether that aspect would be more noticeable in a much fresher bottle...

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.51/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Price data unavailable (can’t find the sales slip)
12 oz bottle from Canada, marked L5232NE2 2106 at 42 degrees into hand washed and dried JK snifter
Aroma – light aroma of roasted malt, no hint of hops
Head – large (5.5 cm, aggressive pour), tan, frothy, diminishing to three mm ring and heaped frothy partial layer
Lacing good – complete rings of tiny to medium bubbles, very thick where the heaped layer drags
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor – really not much. Light roasted malt only slightly bitter, mild hints of chocolate; no trace of hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4.5, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 3.25, Palate 4, Overall 3.5

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Photo of puboflyons
3.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle brewed in New Brunswick, Canada. Sampled on January 29, 2016.

Heady dark brown pour. The tan head is soft and puffy.

Good dark malt and toasted bread aroma all around. A touch of caramel. Low hop profile.

Light to medium body.

Burnt dark malt and toasted character in the flavor with a mild dry bitterness finishing things up.

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Photo of Mlkluther
3.05/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

There really isn't too much going on in this one. A dry finish - but overly bitter with a cloying molasses flavour. I'll stick to the draught which I do enjoy.

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Photo of CanadianBacon
3.94/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of a 341 ml bottle marked as brewed by labatt here in Montreal.

Appearance - Poured into a snifter, black with 2 fingers creamy head very good looking stout.

Aroma - Slight hint of chocolate and coffee powerful toffee, caramel and some roasted malts.

Taste - Slight coffee bitterness followed by toffee and caramel with some deep roasted malts.

Mouth feel - Wasn't as smooth as other stouts ive tasted not much carbonation but the bubbles that hit my tongue prickled. pretty light bodied.

Overall - This is not a bad stout to give someone just starting to experiment with things other than your regular macros. Not too many flavors that could come off as unappealing.

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Photo of akolb
3.04/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

L: Near black with a nice tan head. 4.25/5
A: Subtle roasted malts. Caramel. 3.25/5
T: Much more bitter than Guinness Draught. Dry. Notable chocolate malt. 3/5
M: Not nearly as smooth as most stouts. In fact a little harsh. Also rather light and thin. Mouthfeel is the weakest part of this beer. 2/5
O: A bitter, light in body stout. Aside from the mouthfeel issues it's a fine example of a dry stout, but not something I'd seek out again. 3/5

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

3-19-2015. Dimpled Mug. Produced in New Brunswick: L4329NEZ - 0940. Not sure what that means. Reviewing here, rather than the (Original) because I know it was produced in Canada.

Appearance: Pours an opaque black with 1 finger tan, foamy head. Some sediment in bottle. No light goes through. Some carbonation. Nice lacing and retains a few islands of bubbles.

Aroma: Malty and roasty. A very clean smelling stout. Very little sweetness on the nose.

Taste: Roasty and bitter. Chocolate. Bitter dark chocolate. Not sweet.

Moutfeel: Very nice. Heftier than a draught. Similar texture to Edmund Fitzgerald. Not slick. Decent carbonation, not overcarbed and not flat.

Overall: Really surprised by the impressive lacing. This beer defines the category, and will never cease to be a classic. Dry, bitter, roasty, clean. A shame I came to this one so late. I tend to prefer slightly sweeter beers, so this won't be a regular, but I could see this being an every other year spot in the rotation.

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Photo of silverking
4.07/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- pitch black with a cola rim. Two fingers of creamy, khaki head. Great head retention and attractive lacing.

S- chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, and a hint of coffee.

T- creamy chocolate, caramel. There is a light smokiness to it. The finish shows some coffee and an herbal hop bitterness.

M- light bodied. Light rolling carbonation.

O- very Impressed. Recommended.

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
3.56/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

My dad handed one of these to me today. No freshness date that I can see. Poured from the fridge into my tulip glass.

L: Pours jet black with about a two-inch khaki head, quite dense, that sticks around for a good bit and leaves nice lacing on the glass.

S: Roasted and caramel malts in the nose, with a little bit of herbal earthiness at the edges. Not a particularly assertive bouquet.

T: Roasted malts at the front, with caramel malts sweetening things up a touch. The middle sees those malts flow into some hop brightness—somewhat herbal and grassy. There's a sense of corn in the mix and perhaps a touch of diacetyl. The back has more of those roasted malts and more hop bitterness than I was expecting. The bitter actually lingers for a bit in the aftertaste. Upon further tastings--and following what another reviewer mentioned--this taste does seem to register as tartness. There is also a distinct metallic note I’m picking up in the aftertaste.

F: Creamy, smooth, and medium-bodied. A shade more watery than I like in a stout, but this one is definitely easy to put back. Brings the bitter at the end and leaves it on the palate for a while.

O: I’m more accustomed to drinking Guinness draft (I don’t think I’ve had the extra stout in a number of years), so this was a welcomed refresher. This is a nice, approachable stout with good flavor (aside from those metallic notes) and more hop character that I would have expected. I would take this over the Guinness draft—in bottles or cans—any time.

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Photo of 1Bonehed
4.04/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into 25oz mug down the side progressing to a center pout.

LOOK: Very dark, basically black with a very slight brownish red hue when viewed through light. Nice dark tan head that lingers with a descent amount of lacing. A relatively heavy body appearance in general.

SMELL: Very prevalent roasted malt aroma with undertones of coffee & chocolate. Mostly present was that roasted malt smell.

TASTE: Malty, roasted malt was the dominant flavor by far. Nice bitterness that seemed to have hints of chocolate & coffee in the background. There also seemed to be a buttery aspect to it as well. Nothing overbearing, nice combination of flavors.

FEEL: Somewhat creamy mouth feel to it, but not nearly as hardy & full bodied as I expected from it's appearance. Wasn't watery, but had less weight to it than I anticipated.

OVERALL: I like stouts, so it should come as no surprise that I enjoyed drinking & rating this beer. It's highly available & modestly priced, so there's not much to complain about this beer other than I want another one.


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Photo of beer272
4.35/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: black, perfect lacing with brown colors

Smell: no hop signature, malty

Taste: Balanced malt, amazing that no burnt products detectable with dark color.
Perfect for style.

Mouthfeel: nice body, carbonation great.

Overall: great, would get another bottle, Canadians pulled it off! Perfect for style.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a Guinness pub glass

A: Pours deep brown with a slight ruby hue, and a creamy mocha brown head that hangs around for a while and laces properly well.

S: Roasted malt, dark fruit, a little coffee, and a light diacetyl buttery and butterscotch note.

T: Roasted malt, strong black coffee, hints of bittersweet chocolate, burnt toast, dark fruit, a bit earthy, light buttery diacetyl notes, and a slightly metallic kinda tart twang on the finish.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: I appreciate that it is thicker and has a bit more flavor than regular Guinness, but I wish some of the off flavors weren't there. I can do a pint or two once a year, but not much beyond that. Hopefully it's better on tap.

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Photo of pianoguy
3.24/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Imported... from Canada ??!! When did they start doing this ? Wouldn't have known if I hadn't looked at the fine print on the back label.

Pours more like a Guinness on tap or one of those Guinness Draught cans then an actual Guinness Extra Stout bottle. Black cola body with a 1 one beige head .Slight lacing

The familiar Guinness smell, Lots of malt !

Tastes has all the familiar complexities of a Guinness extra stout right down to the slightly bitter finish

Feel is just a little off

Overall it wasn't bad. It had many Guinness extra stout qualities like taste and smell with a little more carbonation . But this wasn't like the bottles of extra stout I had 20 years ago...

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Photo of Verbascumthapsus
3.77/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Simple and plain, but very drinkable stout. I've actually got to the point where the draught guinness tastes too creamy for me and now this is the one that I turn to when I want a good old guinnness. Sure it doesn't have the complexity of the american stouts, but it tastes great and that's all that really matters. One glaring flaw of this guy however is the mouthfeel, which is rather watery even compared to the draught (guinness lite) brother.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
2.93/5  rDev -13.6%

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Some type of code on the back label, but I'm not entirely sure that it is a bottling code. No abv listed anywhere on the bottle either. I think I am reviewing the correct version of this beer - the back label reads "Imported by DIAGEO, Guinness USA, Stamford, CT. Brewed and bottled by Guinness Brewing Company, New Brunswick, Canada. Product of Canada". Either way, I believe this is my first encounter with any type of Guinness.

Poured into a Guinness St. James's Gate Dublin mug. #properglassware.

A - It pours a dark chocolate black-brown colored body. Some shades of mahogany show through when held to the light. Two fingers of frothy tan head with nice staying power. No lacing sticks to the glass as it goes down. Looks alright for what it is. 3.5

S - The aroma is neutral, boring, and uninspired. No coffee, roast, or chocolate presence like I have come to expect from a nice stout. 'Medicinal' isn't quite the right descriptor, but the lack of quality ingredients definitely comes through on the nose. 2.5

T - The taste follows the nose - the lack of quality ingredients shows. Lightly bitter, malty, and perhaps a bit of light roast, but there is really nothing to write home about here. Some notes of indistinct dark fruit & perhaps a minor alcohol note noticeable. 3

M - The feel is lightly bitter and sticky. Fluid, and medium-full bodied with good carbonation. Easy drinking for the style. 3

Overall, a tame representation of a what I have come to expect from a stout, but it was about what I was expecting it would be, considering how mass-produced this beer is. Not recommended.

Guinness Extra Stout -----3/5.

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Photo of ThomasT
3.15/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured in pint glass.
Appearance: Deep ruby colour, almost black. Lots of creamy lingering foam maybe a finger high.
Smell: Coffee and chocolate.
Taste: Relatively simplistic. Very sweet, with a moderately strong bitterness that lingers in the back. Initial taste is moderately burnt. Chocolate and coffee are most prominent in the aftertaste, with a hint of something I would pin as raisins. Very slight astringency in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Surprisingly watery compared to what one might expect. Still would count as full-bodied in comparison to most beer, but as a stout it is watery.
While not "bad", something labeled as Extra Stout definitely needs a fuller body and more complex flavour.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

341 mL bottle from a six-pack picked up at TBS; bottled Sept. 20 2013 (I am assuming that they use the same packaging codes as Labatt, considering it is brewed at the same facility). This beer isn't very hard to find, but to be honest I've never really heard anything good about it so I've basically been avoiding it for years. Served slightly chilled.

Pours black as night, like you'd probably expect, topped with just over one finger's worth of creamy, light-tan coloured head. Its dissipation is a gradual process, and after five minutes or so I am left with a smooth, frothy cap and modest collar accompanied by a few swaths of lacing. Looks fine, but the aroma is beyond bland - caramel and roasted malts are the only things I can pick out. A little sweet, and extremely boring.

As weak as the aroma is, this isn't a bad-tasting beer. The roasted malts provide notes of caramel and coffee, but surprisingly enough it is the dark fruit flavours that are grabbing my attention - mild acidity reminiscent of raisins comes through mid-sip. This sourness is soon overpowered by the modestly earthy finish, which leaves a 'lukewarm, sweetened coffee' flavour behind on the palate. My biggest gripe with this beer is the disappointing mouthfeel - it is light-bodied and quite watery, with fairly mild carbonation that accentuates these flaws. Other than that, it's drinkable enough, I suppose.

Final Grade: 3.00, a C. Guinness Extra Stout has lived up to the anti-hype. Sessionable, but completely forgettable, this is an uninteresting stout that pales in comparison to virtually all craft/imported examples. It has more flavour than the nitrogenated draught can, which may very well scare off the uninitiated, and the overall flavour profile is unlikely to appeal to most BAs given its pedestrian qualities and annoying sweetness. I'll probably use the rest of these bottles in black-and-tan experiments, because I don't know if I have the patience to plow through the rest of them.

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Photo of archyquaffer
3.52/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a stubby, brown 12 ounce bottle into a shaker pint glass. A semi-aggressive pour produces a billowy stiff head that mushrooms over the top. This sticks around pretty well. After about 5 minutes, the head is reduced to about 1/2 to 3/4 inch but with chunks of froth clinging to the sides of the glass. The beer is a very dark brown and does not admit much if any light from a standard light bulb. I do see some ruddiness.

Lots of caramel aroma-flavors are detectable, along with some dark fruit, coffee and a hint of cherry, with a nutty and/or unsweetened cocoa bitterness in the aftertaste. I think I also detect a some mineral qualities (?) similar to some English beers- it just has that certain taste that I've noted in some British and Euro brews. It's lightly sweet and just a little bitter- less so than a typical stout. It has a full, satisfying mouthfeel despite the lighter than normal body.

I confess that I've not drank that much Guinness except for the regular stout in bottles and an occasional draft- this beer is actually quite common in my town because of the heavy Irish-American presence. This higher alcohol version is a bit thinner and much less creamy but still worthy of a try.

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Photo of DagenhamDavis
2.78/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Review from notes. Decided to try this one alongside the classic Draught version. Comes in stubby bottles which is kind of cool. Poured into a pint glass with vigor, producing a pillowy foamy head that is tan in color. Similar in color to Draught, but with even less red when held up to the light.

Has more of an intense, molasses type smell than expected. Which I don't like. The taste is stale and dusty molasses and malts, with the same thing as an aftertaste. Rich, chololatey, but little else.

Feels much fizzier than Draught, which is weird. In fact, this is fizzier than most stouts I've had.

Overall, I didn't really care for this. To tell all, it's not a style I care for. But this still leaves something to be desired for.

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

341 ml bottle purchased from the singles bin at the LCBO for $2.00 CDN. Served well chilled into a pint glass.

Appearance - Dark cola brown nearly black in appearance. A few bubbles can be seen rising very close to the edge of the glass. The remainder can't be seen since the color is dark. Nice 1 finger of tan head is poured with good retention time. Would've expected something a little bigger and more billowy however.

Smell - Faint coffee aromas, but significantly sweeter smelling as well like caramel and Christmas baking. Also a bit of a merichino cherry aroma in there too. Pretty tasty but not overly potent.

Taste - The coffee is there with some earthiness too, but that's about it. Touch of smokey ash, but not really in a good way. Slight bit of leather too. Not bad flavored just not as appealing as the nose would otherwise present.

Mouthfeel - Dry slightly earthy finish. Medium-high carbonation. A bit watery makes this really easy drinking albeit not as flavorful as other Guinness products.

Overall - A bit disappointed in this, would much prefer the original draught beer, although this has a lightness that makes consuming multiple an option if you enjoy this. For me I will pass and move onto something more to my liking.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours out thin and black but if held to the light you can see a dark brown hue. A fat loose head of tan foam that fell slowly to a film, then a small ring and left lace that was not permanent. Nose is malty and grassy. Sweet malt , light toast, light caramel and grassy hops. Then some dark fruits evolve. Prune and a bit of something grapey and quite sweet. Taste follows the nose all the way except the first thing to greet your palate is metallic. The malt is a bit awkward and husky but you begin to enjoy it as robust as you drink. The dark fruits are light and at first the prune is sour but that gives way to this grapey sweetness. Mouthfeel is light and has a nice dryness to the mid palate. Finishes a touch bitter and with that grass over top of a light caramel.

For a stout this was crisp and mild. With a bit of hop presence this is an easy drinking stout that gives some light buttered toast and a touch of caramel to a bit of dark fruits and finishes a bit tame but altogether pleasant.

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Guinness Extra Stout (Canada) from Guinness Ltd.
Beer rating: 78 out of 100 with 305 ratings