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Guinness Extra Stout (Canada)Guinness Extra Stout (Canada)

Brewed by:
Guinness Ltd.

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by wordemupg on 09-05-2009

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Photo of Eagleyes
4.33/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 OzmanBey
4.75/5  rDev +40.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Don't know why but the Canadian version seems to have a little extra bitter bite, either way it's delicious. Salante

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Photo of BEER88
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BCborn
3.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mistahmojoryan
2.86/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Mr_Rocca
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Nichols33
3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of derdtheterd
2.99/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of eldoctorador
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 direwolf00
3.92/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BigBry
3.71/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SirDirtJoe
3.04/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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 fortyfield
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of PaulSlazinger
3.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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 billbeers
3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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