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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 mfnmbvp
2.93/5  rDev -11.7%

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 Flounder57
3.15/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle was poured into a Guinness glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a dismal head that reduced to a thin layer and left slight lacing on the glass. It is a pitch black color with no clarity or visions of bubbles coming up the side of the glass.

Smell: burnt malts, slight toffee, and a weird aroma that I can't explain.

Taste: Lots of bitterness, burnt chocolate malts, sour notes, and really not sure about this single I bought.

Mouthfeel: awkward, low carbonation, watery, light, and extremely strange.

Overall: I used to love Guinness, but this version made in Canada is definitely not the same as the original. Off by a few steps.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3/5  rDev -9.6%
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 Ozzylizard
3.51/5  rDev +5.7%
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 crossovert
2/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

650ml bomber. I mistakenly bought this thinking it was the new foreign extra stout.

It actually has a decent appearance, if a bit inorganic. It is a thick,dark brown with a foamy off-white head that sticks for a good while.

It smells like circus peanuts.

The flavor is weak, with a hint of roastiness and a hint of fruitiness. There is also a hint of green bean.

It is pretty carbonated.

Overall another failure from Guinness, though as far as Irish Irish dry stouts go this might be the best example.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
2.33/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes.

A. The same dark brown color as usual, but only has a loose-bubbled finger of light cream-colored foam for a head, and no lacing at all.

S,T. Mildly toasted and sweet bready malts and a whisper of chocolate aroma/flavor... Not as strong as I've come to expect from well-made stouts... Severely lacking in charred or black coffee character. And this is supposed to be the "Extra" version??? Not enough bittering in the finish, either.

M. Lighter body with highly active carbonation. Unusually 'crisp' texture for a stout because of this, and I'm not certain that the high levels of fizziness match up well with the flavor profile.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.3/5  rDev -0.6%
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 LampertLand
3.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Guinness Extra Stout(Canada)@ 5.0% served cold from a 341 ml bottle
A-pours a dark cola brown with medium size tan head with very little retention leaving almost no lacing along the pint glass
S-dark roasted malt , coffee
T-toasted grains , some barley and hops add to a somewhat roasted bitterness finish
MF-moderate carbonation , crisp finish , just lacking something for a Guinness
Ov-a bit of a dissapointing brew , a maybe for trying again

cheers LampertLand

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Photo of pootz
3.37/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle from the LCBO singles bin:

Dark black in the glass with a smallish cap...

....This Labatt version is a lot maltier and sweeter than the Irish version...

.... It seems thin by comparison but this body isn't bulked up with nitrogen.

....Decent stout for quaffing with mussels.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.46/5  rDev +4.2%
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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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 shand
2.31/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

Wow, I think I got a bum bottle, because there's absolutely no head here. At all. I've never seen anything like it. There's some bubbles around the edge, but zero head. The smell is roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee. Standard fare for a stout. The taste is about on par to normal Guinness, maybe with a touch more flavorful. There's a watery flavor here for sure, perhaps the Guinness calling card I can't get away from. Either that, or it's just shitty brewing from Labatt. Either way, roasted/sweet malts, coffee, chocolate, and water is what I get out of this.

The mouthfeel here is downright strange. I think I got a bottle with carbonation problems, it's quite flat. There's a little bit of a prickly factor here to remind me this should be carbonated, but not much. The drinkability also suffers. The lack of carbonation just makes this hard to get through, since it doesn't have a thick and creamy mouthfeel to make up for the lack of carbonation. Another fail in my quest to enjoy a Guinness. It's just not very good, at all. Next stop - FES!

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

It is a pity that Guinness is basically a synonym for stout. I do not loathe the beer and actually view it as a reasonable session option, which probably sounds insane to beer novices (those novices who know what session means in any event). Seriously, drink more stouts, even other Irish drys, and you will see what I mean. The beer is that light and drinkable in quantity despite being considered the iconic Irish dry stout. Guinness in Canada pours up with a reasonable light mocha head and one is immediately struck by the reddish brown non-opaque appearance, not the black murk one would see with most microbrewed stouts and porters. The aroma is faint chocolate malt, a hint of burnt barley, bread, light roast coffee, a tinge of grape/muscat/random funkiness and little to no hops. The body is surprisingly thin and weak, almost feels like a mainstream Irish red ale like Kilkenny, very smooth and perhaps a tad watery. The taste is more bitter than the aroma but still the hops are subdued and the flavor is burnt toast, dilute dark chocolate, some vinous fruit but again its subtle, and a sweet black tea astringency. There is a touch of the vaunted Guinness sour which probably saves the beer from total mediocrity. If you are a stout fan you want to keep sipping to see what else emerges but alas there not much else and pretty soon the beer is gone. Its not terrible but its not great. Try it to pad your list but look elsewhere for better examples of dry stout.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
2.98/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Massive 1 1/2" tan head on a bad pour over cola coloured liquid.

S: Yeast, baking soda and grassy hops.

T: Toasted malt, somewhat metallic, grass, earth, pine and espresso. Quite strong tasting.

M: Thin viscosity and a medium to low level of fine carbonation.

O: I thought that Guinness Foreign Extra Stout had finally come to Canada, and was disappointed when I realized that I picked this up instead.

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Guinness Extra Stout (Canada) from Guinness Ltd.
3.32 out of 5 based on 299 ratings.
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