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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Added by wordemupg on 09-05-2009

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Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.08/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear super dark brown with a 1/2 inch foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form randomly around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark malt and some slight roast and fruity aromas. Taste is of roasted malt, burnt sugar, and some fruity flavors. There is a somewhat assertive roasty bitterness that lingers on the palate long after each sip. This beer has a pretty good level of carbonation with a prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average stout that is really roasty and bitter. Nothing I would go for again.

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Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of metter98
3.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is close to being near black in color and has amber visible at the bottom of the glass when it is held up to a bright light along with some slight hints of carbonation. It poured with a three quarter finger high tan head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a good amount of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of dark malts in the nose along with some hints of roasted malts. The smell becomes a little stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, but has a little more roasted malts along with slight hints of toasted malts and sweet malt extracts. Minimal bitterness is present.
M: It feels a little shy of medium-bodied and somewhat airy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish leaves a bit of dryness in your mouth.
O: This beer goes down quite easily and can be considered sessionable. I wouldn’t have a problem drinking a few of these in one sitting.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.78/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

341ml bottle at the newish beer bar on Whyte Ave, aptly named the Pourhouse. I don't know what to think about this being listed under the "Ireland" section of a local beer bar, what with the "Made in Canada" label on the neck of the bottle.

This beer pours a clear, very dark brown colour, with fairly striking (in a negative sense) reddish highlights when the sun from the street quickly and readily backlights it, with one finger of weakly foamy, and mostly bubbly beige head, which leaves some sparse, disjointed specks of lace around the glass in its lingering wake.

It smells of mildly roasted grain, a sour corn syrup astringency, flat, chalky cocoa notes, a tart, stale apple fruitiness, and some strange earthy yeastiness. The taste is sour roasted caramel malt, a bit of dry chocolate, bitter week-old coffee, and some mild leafy, weedy hops.

The carbonation is moderate, and tacky at certain points, the body on the light side of medium weight, and quite edgy for any sort of um, 'stout', which precludes the normal spouting off about 'creamy', and 'smooth', at the very least. It finishes weirdly tart, what with the grain and the fruit both still leaning heavily thataway.

I have to wonder if this is what the real Extra Stout really tastes like. Being licensed by Labatt to be brewed in Canada does not fill me with any amount of certainty, or hope. Expectations and now preconceptions aside, this was indeed a chore to finish.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.45/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an opaque very dark amber (almost black) in color with some very light amounts of gentle visible carbonation and some light amounts of brown highlights. The beer has a two finger tall creamy light tan head that slowly reduces to a very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a couple of small slightly thicker patches that include some large bubbles and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of lightly roasted malts along with a slightly nutty hint and there are some light hints of dark malts. Overall, the smell of this beer is pretty light bit strengthens slightly as the beer warms.

T: Light to moderate flavors of lightly roasted malts, dark malts, and just a touch of sweetness to the malts (not dissimilar to the sweetness you usually find in a milk stout).Very light amounts of bitterness which fades quickly.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light and airy with some light to moderate amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Easy to drink and sessionable - definitely would be happy to put a couple of these down during a session (I guess I should have had this one on St. Paddy's Day).

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Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of smakawhat
3.19/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hmm interesting. Brewed in Canada on the 1 pint 6 fl. oz bottle, guess I missed that. Let's see what we have here, lord knows I have had plenty of Guinness in my life. Poured into a nonic pint glass. I am assuming this is where the review goes.

Classic Guinness big head off the pour, kind of a darker light chocolate brown actually. Head is clumpy too. Sits on a dark classic body, looks good to me, quite good.

Bouquet is nothing to get excited about. Small malt, hint of a real small roast. Pleasant but kind of boring.

Taste is strangely light and bitter. Small roasted malt finish, a bit wet bodied, but cheap cigarettes and ash tray in the palate. Kind of medicinal numbing and tasting too.

Overall I am surprised by this bitter medicinal feeling, kind of was expecting this to be more enjoyable but when I examined it a little closer it really wasn't. It's totally drinkable I'll give it that.

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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 Nichols33
3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.38/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Guinness Extra Stout (canadian version) pours the darkest of browns with an off-white khaki head.

Aroma is of roasted malts primarily, echoing coffee and chocolate.

Flavor follows the nose with a pronounced roasted character. Light chocolate and port flavors. Also a sour twang is found in the middle to keep everything from being cloying.

Mouthfeel is full bodied with an oily, slick finish.

A decent offering here, a good bit different from the draught version, this is another beer altogether.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.42/5  rDev +3%
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 biegaman
2.93/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Guinness should be in the world record book for blandest stout. Seriously, just look at the thing - it isn't even really black! Light and clarity sneak through the beer's many soft brown spots and hardly any head materializes atop (this brown bottle version is obviously not nitrogen-infused). This has hardly more colour than my morning toast.

Many people wrongly assume that a beer that is dark will be heavy and that darker colour means richer flavour. This is not always the case and, in this instance, it's an outright untruth. Leave the knife and fork behind - this thing is better suited to a sippy cup. No roast, no bitterness, no real impression at all - it's a stout that could be right under your nose and you wouldn't know it.

An interesting fact about Guinness that most people don't know is that they tinker the recipe to cater to local palates. Depending on where in the world it's brewed, the formula might be sweeter or stronger, less dense or more yeasty, less dark or more carbonated, etc. This Canadian-brewed offering is the weakest I've tried, with hardly enough malt to feign even roasted grain (let alone chocolate or anything else).

While I'm relieved that my palate isn't drowning in foamy nitrogen, I'm equally put-off by the cloying corn syrup texture (not to mention the near total lack of roast and body). Guinness is a stout in the same way that I'm the world's best guitar player - I can call myself that but it doesn't mean I actually have the credentials. This feels less dense than water, something criminal for any beer but especially a stout.

Whether I prefer Labatt's version (brewed in Ontario) over the actual Irish-brewed import requires a blind taste-test I do not care to take. In truth, I don't care for either. Odd though it may sound, Nigeria, Ghana and Jamaica all have better Guinness on offer than cold-climate Canada. Maybe it's a case of not wanting what you have, but I doubt it; Caribbean, African and Belgian Guinness are simply formulated for more refined palates.

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Photo of Latarnik
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of wordemupg
3.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I am confused by not finding this listed already, but from what i can tell it's different from the others. This is brewed in Canada by Labatt's, not sure what too make of Guinness brewed in Edmonton

341ml bottle poured into pint glass on sept4 2009

A looks good, dark but not black almost a amber hue too it. A big 3 finger tan head with great retention and some lacing.

S nothing special here some espresso and dark malts

T a much stronger version of the smell, only with a little more too it. I get lots of very dark chocolate as i drink it but i feel its missing something

M a little thin and not as creamy as i was expecting but not bad

D not the best stout I've had but it holds its own. This sunny day may not the best day for a Guinness, but I've told it's always time for a Guinness

I've drank at St. James Gate and I remember it being better then what i experienced today. I'm not saying i drank a bad beer today, I'm saying this is not the best beer I've drank with Guinness on the label.

P.S. if this beer is the same as one listed can someone tell me, and perhaps a brief history of how a Guinness says brewed in Canada on the bottle

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Photo of jzlyo
4/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of barnzy78
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Guinness extra stout
Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a deep-deep brown nearly black color. Upon pouring there is a huge tan head that has quite good persistence. The head fades slowly over time to give a great level of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of roasted coffee and some dark chocolate with notes of a lighter caramel and vanilla sweetness. Rather nice.

Taste – The taste starts out of a good balance between a roasted malt and coffee flavor as well as a lighter caramel sweetness. Some light vanilla comes to the tongue, but overall the sweetness lessens as the taste goes on. Toward the end the roastier flavors begin coming more and more pronounced with the sweet fading more and more. In the end a slightly bitter roasted flavor is left on the tongue. While not bad, the aftertaste is a little too biting and the transitions a little too abrupt/harsh.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side with the carbonation level quite average as well. For the roastier flavors a thicker and creamier body would have been better. Also while not unpleasant a lighter carbonation would have helped for the darker roastier flavors as well.

Overall - The beer overall looks and smells great, and initially tastes fantastic. The very bitey aftertaste and the somewhat un-flattering mouthfeel however bring it down. Overall it is not bad, but not fantastic either. If looking for a Guinness I would go for their nitro driven draught as it flavor transitions and feels much better. But this is worth the try.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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