Guinness Extra Stout (Canada) | Guinness Ltd.

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

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Guinness Ltd.

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of bearfootdaddy
4.36/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Reddish Black with creamy two finger head.

Smell: chocolate malt, and some roasted malt with a end note of hops

Taste: Smooth, malty, Chocolate malt, Little black satin malt. When chewed the hops come out alot more. Finishes with a note of coffee.

Mouthfeel: clean and smooth

Overall: Easy drinker, Even my wife likes it. I could drink a bomber of it easy.

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Photo of beer272
4.35/5  rDev +31%
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 M_C_Hampton
4.33/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: poured from a 22 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass, pours a dark orange brown with a huge creamy tan head that lingers leaving good lacing, clear

S: smell of bitter hops, burnt toasted malt, coffee, floral bready quality

T: bitter hops up front that fades to dark roasted burnt malt, finish is dry and quite choppy with flavors of coffee

M: fuller bodied with a dry quality, less creamy than regular Guinness, stronger aftertaste

O: Guinness Draught's more robust heavier brother, it has more hop flavor and more alcohol content, flavors are similar but the texture is much different

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Photo of nofalltoofar
4.29/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 24 oz (or so) bottle into glass.

A: Great head. Screw the nitro tap, this pours fine as it is. Deep black body with off-white foam riding high on the glass.

S: Dark chocolate and caramel, slightly sweet aroma

T: A little bite and bitterness, trace hop presence although little or no flowery tones. Sweet, caramel and chocolate notes

M: Thick, slightly carbonated, a little bit of clinging to the tongue. It's oily in a positive way like a good stout should be.

I enjoyed it. I got a larger bottle for $3. It had two glasses worth in it. This is certainly best enjoyed in winter and in traditional Irish weather where it's never what we in North America consider "warm." It sticks to your insides and builds a fire there. It's a safe bet for a nice stout. I don't like it nearly as much as Magic Hat Heart of Darkness, but it's a solid bet if you want a nice dark beer that clings to your ribs.

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Photo of mustang70
4.23/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a pint glass

A. poured a frothy 2 finger head that stays throughout. spotty lacing that sticks to the glass well. pitch black I can see my reflection in the glass.

S. roasted malts, roasted nuts and toasted bread. very inviting. makes ne want to drink it right away.

T. slightly sweet at the front. roasted malts, toasted bread. bitter hops towards the end. easy to drink.

M. chewy, slight carbonation gives a crisp feel.

O. I enjoyed drinking this beer. not as good as the foreign/extra stout, but still worth the price. would def buy again.

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Photo of BeerDocT
4.2/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was the first stout I ever had the privilege of tasting. Purchased illegally at Stan's Beverage in Asheville, NC, this was -to the 19 year old me-- the nectar of the gods. I had no idea that this brew might have been "counter to the style," all I cared about was that it was good beer. You know what? All these years later, that's still all I care about.

Poured into a chilled, wide-mouthed glass.

-Appearance 4.0: Poured out as a dark brown stream that filled the glass and quickly became jet black. A small, tan head appeared after pouring and quickly dissipated. No visible carbonation visible in the inky blackness.

-Smell 4.0: Beautiful bouquet. Toasted grains, chocolate, coffee, this is what a stout should smell like! Also, there's an almost indefinable "something" in this smell. Mouthwatering.

-Taste 4.5: Toasted grains, big barley and hop tastes and lots and lots of sweet smokiness and chocolate. There is a lot of depth of flavor to this beer, but it fades away quickly after swallowing, which is somewhat unique. Swallowing leads into a delicious, bitter aftertaste which is a real thirst-quencher. I also taste more toasted grains in the aftertaste. So good.

-Mouthfeel 4.0: Good mouthfeel with an excellent amount of carbonation and "juiciness." This is not a beer to grab after working outside, this is one to be savored and the first drink you get of it, you will understand that. Delicious aftertaste lasts for a long time.

-Overall 4.0: The word "reliable" is what first comes to mind. I've tasted stouts better than this, but this is the old reliable. Come to think of it, I like this word better than "reliable": "the standard." To me, Canadian Guinness is the benchmark by which all other stouts are measured.

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Photo of EarthRocker
4.17/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured from a bottle into a regular glass.

I was actually pleasantly suprised by this beer. My wife bought it for me, after urging me to try Guinness stuff. I'd tried their regular Supermarket stuff, and wasn't particularly impressed. But this stuff had a pretty good taste about it. There's definately a hint a chocolate in there, which is a big thing for me when drinking a beer, especially a stout. The rest of the taste just seems like dark roasted malts. So a pretty simple, but a very drinkable beer. If you like something complex or unique, I don't think this will do it for you. Not terribly expensive, and an alright session brew, so if you like dark beers, give it a shot. Not the best beer I've tasted by any stretch, but certainly not the worst.

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Photo of adjunctjonez
4.15/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Guiness extra stout for NA market is brewed just across the border in New Brunswick-- assuming the Moosehead brewery is the NA contractor. I buy one or two bombers/monthly even though the craft stout market is strong here. The appearance is dark color with a large head that pillows. clumps and laces. Smell is of dark roasted malt and hops. Taste is of the heavy roast malts, dark coffee/chocolate undertones and hops. Mouthfeel is medium and crisper than some. Overall I still very much appreciate a guinness extra stout even though it is "macro" for practical purposes. The fact it is brewed just up the way makes me think the stock is a bit fresher here.

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Photo of silverking
4.07/5  rDev +22.6%
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 1Bonehed
4.04/5  rDev +21.7%
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 rcfunk
4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As has been mentioned, this beer is labeled to seem as though it has been brewed in Ireland, but is in fact brewed in and imported from Canada. My Understanding is "the unfermented but hopped Guinness wort extract is shipped from Dublin and blended with beer brewed locally." In this case, the locality is Canada. I find this interesting to say the least.

Despite the misleading label. I always enjoy this roasty malt bomb. Good for sipping slowly and I still feel like I am drinking a little bit of history.

This beer reliably pours with a thick head that lasts. There is a distinct tannic flavor, low hop bitterness but heavy roasted bitterness. Tastes good cold and warm. I like.

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Photo of BeerCon5
3.94/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark almost black color, with a nice thick beige colored head.

The scent is coffee and notes of chocolate.

The taste is of bitter coffee, notes of dark chocolate and some sweet cream.

Full bodied, kind of chewy feel but pretty smooth, moderate carbonation.

I really enjoyed this beer, I though it had nice flavor and relatively easy to drink for the style.

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Photo of JoLight
3.94/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the first stout I have ever had, and the first Guinness I have ever had, although I have been around the beer a lot at Highland games.

The appearance is solid black. In the light, there is a little brown color in the corners of the glass, but this beer is just mostly black. The head is a sandy/coffee & cream color.

The smell is very faint. I detect some kind of sweetness, and a dark aroma. But whatever it is, it is very faint. Still, not bad at all.

Taste-wise, it's moderately malty, creamy, hoppy; it tastes of dark roasted malts, coffee, and has a sour twang to it.

The drinkability of this brew is moderate as well. I say so because it is pretty heavy, and it fills up your tank pretty fast. I mean, Guinness is called a "meal in a glass" for a reason. The hop bitterness is there, but it's not so vivd that you can't get the beer down comfortably.

Overall, it's a good beer. Though i do believe it's over-priced, I would still buy it again, and I plan on doing so later this winter- it's definitely a cold-weather beer.

I know now why stouts aren't good in the warm weather. hahah wayyy to heavy right now.

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Photo of draheim
3.94/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. Pours a deep brownish black w/ a big mocha head that settles to a rich sea foam on the surface.

Aroma is nice and mildly roasty with notes of chocolate and dark fruit.

Taste follows nose. Soft bitter roasted malt, dark fruit, chocolate. Good, minerally water. A well-balanced stout.

Mouthfeel is soft and smooth, drinkable. Clean, semi-dry finish.

Overall a solid representation of the style.

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Photo of CanadianBacon
3.94/5  rDev +18.7%
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 kdawg105
3.92/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty good brew! This one apparently was brewed in Canada. Its has really nice smell with a sweet malt with light hop finish on the nose. The taste little less impressive but its super smooth and very easy to drink to be an extra stout. I would recommend trying one out if you have a need for some Caramel style Malts!

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Photo of irishevans
3.83/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on a very cool rainy night In Orchidland, on my porch/lani area. perfect conditions to drink a stout or porter for this place.

A- pours an extremely dark root beer brown, almost black until held to the light. pours with a tall thick forthy wonderful looking head that dissolves to a film bit leaves tons of thick foamy lace behind. slightly more tan than creme colored.

N- Bready with some roasted and chocolate malt and a hint of herbal smell as well.

T-Dark malt flavors lightening up into some caramel and toffee, but finishing with a dry bitterness with a definite floral/herbal hop taste to it, that lingers with the dark malts.

M- about dead on for the style listed, slightly thinner than I expected, and with a nice lingering slightly crisp sensation.

D- great session brew, drinks very easy, and tastes wonderful. far better than it's draught can/bottle little brother.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.8/5  rDev +14.5%
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 keeganfrank
3.8/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Chilled to around 50 degrees and served in a tulip glass. Thick brown head atop red-brown beer that's practically black. Aromas of sweet fruits, chocolate and spices. Flavors of sweet coffee, fruit and dark chocolate. Other than its seeming unpopularity, I'm not sure why I've never had this before. It's as good as, if not better than, regular Guinness.

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Photo of Haydn-Juby
3.8/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a bottle into a English pub glass

A: Black as a typical stout maybe a little bit more transparent then your regular Guinness. Brownish-red tinges when under light. Minimal lacing and small head.

S: Some roasted deep chocolate/ coffee flavours. Not to deep or overpowering.

T: Noticeably more bitter than regular Guinness. More burnt/darker flavor to it as well. A little bit of a metallic taste as well but its pretty slight. Nothing too bold or flavorful.

M: Personally I love the mouth feel of the nitro tabs Guinness has in their Draught but this was pretty smooth too. Decent carbonation. Feels a bit strange for a stout but its good I guess.

Overall: Meh. It was a decent beer but nothing special. Honestly I prefer the regular Guinness for its creamy mouth feel. I probably will not buy this again. However if they released it with a nitro tab I would definitely give it a go. Don't get me wrong a stout doesn't need a nitro tab to be great but its just something i would like to see in this one. I'd rather save some cash and get the regular or even better get some St. Ambroise or Youngs if I'm in a stout mood.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.78/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the beer pours like it is a lighter bodied beer. The beer is a very dark ruby-brown, with a chunky, light, big bubbled head that separates as it sits. The cascade was very quick and short-lived, which is kind of disappointing. Nose is slightly sweet-cream and coffee, with some chocolatey highlights, too. The beer has a light feel in mouth, leaning towards the dry side. There are flavors of slight sour malt, bitter dark chocolate, and dark brewed coffee. The beer has a very dry and quick finish, with a slightly bitter and sour aftertaste. Not as easy to drink as other Guinness offerings.

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Photo of Verbascumthapsus
3.77/5  rDev +13.6%
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 BillyPirate
3.74/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- One of the most beautiful beers I've ever poured. Excellent two finger, creamy, tan head with superb lacing. Completely opaque however under a bright light you can vaguely make out a red tinge. Its appearance is definitely this beers stong suit.

S- Pleasant malty aroma but not as potent as its appearance leads you to expect.

T- Certainly an eye opener. Very strong coffee and chocolate notes which would be welcoming if not for the burnt undertones which tarnish the lingering aftertaste.

M- Underwhelming. Could be creamier. Too thin and lacking in carbonation.

O- Excellent beer but the burnt aftertaste is a distinct issue.

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Photo of Dave1999
3.74/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off this bottle was brewed in Canada not Ireland.

It poured very dark brown with a big white fluffy head and left a lot of lacing.

The smell wasn't too strong had an aroma of caramel and burned malts.

Tasted very malty, quite sweet pretty good really.

Was very smooth with very little carbonation a creamy texture.

Overall I'm not really a big Guinness fan but I liked this. I would buy it again but am looking to try the foreign version next.

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Photo of DUBinMIA
3.71/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from a bottle into a pub glass. decent 1 in. head with foam. Dark black color

smell is of roasted malt and coffee. light piney hop notes.

taste is robust malt with some bitter coffee and chocolate flavors. with a pinch of bittering hops towards the end.

decent mouth feel... could be heavier bodied for a stout.

Overall it is a good beer ... especially for being mass produced.

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