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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Reviews: 104 | Ratings: 300
Photo of DirtyPenny
3.26/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a dimpled Guinness Extra Stout mug, appropriately enough.

A: Poured black with about an inch of rolling brown head, the foam of which clung to the glass as it disappeared, leaving a ring around the edges and a thin film on top as the beer disappeared (stolen by goblins? We may never know).

S: Wet and tinny. No real scent to speak of, which was a bit of a disappointment.

T: Roasty charcoal notes and a bitter carbon char finish. Pretty basic.

M: Rich for a medium-bodied brew, with a dry, crisp finish.

O: Only so much you can say about a classic. Sure, it's macro by BA standards, but I think it holds up in its category better than most mass-produced pilsnery lager beers do in theirs.

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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 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 aorloski
2.94/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - pours a very nice deep dark black, looks a little thin, head is fairly light khaki

S- smells terrible actually, no roastiness or anything just all funk/oxidation

T- just average, a very thin watered down stout. a little bit of malts nothing at all sticking out

M - moderately creamy

Overall - This beer is just boring, not much going on, bought on a whim because i was in the mood for a stout and the store i was in had a very slim selection.

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Photo of GordonofSeattle
2.72/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Compared to Guinness on tap in Ireland this beer is very, very disappointing. Perhaps back in the days before craft beers took off, this was a great alternative to the big U.S. breweries. No days it really doesn't stand up to the amazing stock of microbrew stouts available. That said, sometimes a pint of Guinness just hits the spot.

Favorite beers (for comparison, after all taste preferences are subjective): Elysian's Daedalus Irish Stout, Rogue's Hazelnut Brown Nectar, Allagash's White Ale, New Belgium's 1554, Full Sail's Wassail, etc. Beers I don't like: IPAs (with few exceptions)

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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 AdamBear
3.49/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-dark brown with a thin tan head

S-a bit of robust malts. smells bitter and smells as if it has a fairly high abv.

T-comes in with a decently dark and bitter taste of roasted malts. a good taste with a faint after-taste of licorice. its an okay taste. it seems to change a lot. sometimes i get more of a roasted malts after-taste.

M-medium creamy carbonation with a dry finish

O-definitely a decent drinking stout. of course its not something i'd go to over many other easily obtainable stouts. the tastes are clean though, and if i'm stuck drinking this, i'll be okay with it!

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Photo of phishsihq
3.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Guinness Extra Stout pours a very dark brown, with some ruby near the edges. A one and a half-inch head of a light tannish head caps the brew, leaving a moderate lace throughout. As expected, rich roasted malt aromas dominate, with hints of chocolate and coffee, just hints. This brew was much sweeter then expected. As you may have noticed, Stouts do not get their fair share of ratings on our page, yet whenever we do get the chance to share them with you, we are always pleasantly surprised. Extra stout brings flavors of rich coffee, chocolate, sweet and smoky malt, and slight hop bitterness to the pallet. Lighter in carbonation, the brew features an amazingly smooth mouthfeel, and is medium-high in body. Sip and enjoy the flavors and history of this World-famous brew!

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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 stckhndlr
3.3/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- An aggressive pour into a 16oz pint glass. Dark brown with ruby highlights and a chunky almost 3 finger head. Tan with exceptional lacing down the sides of the glass.

S- Some sweet roast malt and hops, almost has like an almond syrup flavor. Hints of chocolate, cream and I'm picking up some alcohol. Kind of a lack luster smell though, nothing big and overwhelming.

T- some smokey nutty caramel, and plenty of malt. Just a touch of hop bitterness. Bready and sweet.

M- Fairly mild for an "extra stout" beer. Actually comes accross as thin in my opinion. could use some more body to it.

O- The flavors are ok with this but it is clearly not in the running for worlds greatest stout. Comes accross as just a middle of the rood stout. Could use more body and some bigger smells and flavors. Still a good everyday beer to keep around.

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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 Murrhey
2.42/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle I purchased from Hollinghead's in Orange, CA. Was excited to try it until I saw the poor reviews. Poured in a pint glass, reviewed live.

A- Quarter inch tan head. Small bubbles and abysmal retention. This isn't good. Dark cola brown, not the ruby I was hoping for.

S- Big whomp of malt and chocolate. Strong smell but not tremendously appealing.

T- Hit with the bitter chocolate and coffee tones after the malt overwhelms you. Hmm. Not terrible. Kind of has something to it.

M- Extremely carbonated, to the point of excess. Medium feel and a smooth finish.

O- After I've had the original Guinness in Dublin, how can I be anything but disappointed? Won't buy again.

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Photo of TrappistJohnMD
3.45/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. Very dark with a light tan head and a little bit of lacing. Smell is nice with lots of toasted malt and caramel. Taste is sweet with more of a bitter finish than expected but not at all unpleasant. Not much carbonation. Medium body at most but probably a little watery. Very dry. This is pretty good.

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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 Stocean1
3.12/5  rDev -6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A beautiful appearance, two thick fingers of creamy light coco head with spectacular lacing coating the glass. It is deep brown near black.

Smell is molasses and burnt malt.

Taste follows the nose with wood and smoked meat.

I can't believe I considered this a full bodied brew in my youth, in reality in it is relatively light bodied and a little watery with little carbonation. Dry and somewhat bitter, it is still an easy drinking brew and sessionable.

Worth a go in a pinch it is almost worth grabbing just to admire its aesthetic qualities.

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Photo of eye2
2.79/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The big bottles of this are cheap at the grocery store. Sometimes it's OK to drink one in the garage after work before going inside.

A: Always drunk right out of the bottle. The bottle is Guinness! So of course it looks cool!!

S: Less smell than from the smaller bottles. Still, it has a smell. Not bad. Not great.

T: About what you'd expect. Several cuts above the mass produced American beers. Classic Guinness Stout taste.

MF: Feels good. Like you are drinking a beer and not merely watered down alcohol.

Overall: Recommended when your short of time.

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Photo of NardiByNature
3.03/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm a fan of Guinness, often have it on tap, but I could not recall having the Extra Stout so I picked up a 22 oz bottle at a six-pack shop.

Black black. Cool bottle. Brewed in CA not IRE so hard not to be slightly biased. Looking into the glass I notice it has much less effervescence than a regular Guinness--like when the bubbles rush all around the glass and fall from the head. Head is shorter and a little darker than the standard.

Smells remind me of bread, alcohol, chocolate.

Tastes a lot like it smells; there aren't many surprises. Maybe a little coffee.

Mouthfeel. Light for a stout and taste leaves the mouth quickly, sort of like iced coffee

Overall I consider this to be a drinkable and very standard, average stout. So, ignoring grade inflation, it's a C. In the future I would get this on tap to compare.

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Photo of CamuMahubah
3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It's an average stout with a cool looking bottle. It's black. It has tan bubbles.

It is malty. A fine sweet almost grapey malty...

I wish for some hops.

It's drinkable. And it sure impresses the chicks. I have to explain to them that's like Budweiser...pretty darn average...don't expect a great beer. Expect a good one...well I'm alright with saying that...

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Photo of TheAlamoWrocker
3.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Blue Star Brewery Pint Glass.


Very dark look to it. The center color is comparable to an Russian Imperial Stout. On the edges of the glass you can see the red which surrounds it. So, the color is an extremely dark red. The head was extremely minimal with most of it dissipating. One can see the slight carbonation rise to the head.


The smells are of a roast like caramel quality with a background of coffee.


Initially when it hits I taste straight delicious coffee. The coffee does have a slight sweet taste to it which isn't bad, but just unexpected. During the drink one can taste a slight chocolate taste which then comes around again to a nice coffee aftertaste. That coffee aftertaste leaves that nice bitter taste to my mouth that reminds me that this drink is delicious.


The mouthful is smooth. I was expecting something more heavy, but one cannot argue with a smooth stout. The carbonation is present in the mouthful, but only to a mild extent which does not hurt this drink at all.


I would like my stouts to have more depth to them, but this does bring flavor to the table. I would easily buy this drink again, but mostly because it's the darkest drink around my town that could be bought late into the night. I would pick this easily over a Guinness Draught, but it's still no wow. One could easily avoid this drink, but if they are simply going to a supermarket to get a drink then this it's a decent dark choice.

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Photo of ElCommodoro
2.25/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours an ink black with a tiny dark tan head. The smell is richly malty, with some piney hopiness, a touch of sweetness, and just the tiniest hint of metal.
The taste is malty and sweet with some really harsh astringency that is somewhat metallic in nature. It's really quite gross. This is not a good stout! Drink anything but this.

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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 MrDonQuixote
2.39/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into an oversized wine glass:

A- Oily black with a thick white head that dissipates quickly

S- smells of espresso with malt and hop notes as well

T- not a whole lot of flavor to be honest. Light hop taste with a heavy stout taste of malt; light coffee taste, but again, doesn't taste like much

M- Smooth mouthfeel, but carbonation is definitely subpar

O- Very disappointed in this beer; flavorless, which is definitely not what I want out of a stout

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Photo of Errto
3.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a moderately dark brown, almost root beer like color. Medium viscosity, settles into a deep brown with a thin but sticky off-white head.

Smells of chocolate and a bit like toasted bread. In the flavor a full but not at all sweet malt flavor dominates. A bit of astringent bitterness as well, more than I would have expected, but otherwise not much in the realm of hop flavor. A secondary flavor I can't quite put my finger on adds a bit of complexity to it. A hint of alcohol in the finish.

The lingering bitterness detracts from the mouthfeel for this type of beer in my view, but overall it's a pretty good package. I like it far better than regular Guinness Draught (especially the nitro-tap/nitro-can version) and would not mind drinking it from time to time.

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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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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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Guinness Extra Stout (Canada) from Guinness Ltd.
3.32 out of 5 based on 300 ratings.
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