Guinness Extra Stout (Original) | Guinness Ltd.

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Guinness Extra Stout (Original)Guinness Extra Stout (Original)

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Guinness Ltd.

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Aroma: Medium and balanced. A roast character with subtle fermentation fruitiness

Flavor: A perfect rounded flavor of bitter and sweet

Palate: Smooth with a slight bite leading to a dry finish

Appearance: Distinctively black full bodied liquid with a rich creamy head

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Reviews: 1,438 | Ratings: 4,497
Photo of jazzandrea
3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

La Guinness Origianal si presenta di colore marrone scuro, quasi nero, impenetrabile, con un buon cappello di schiuma cremosa, mediamente persistente.
Aroma di caffè, cioccolato, malto tostato, fumo, con tracce di caramello e forse anche liquirizia.
Questa birra, mediamente carbonata, presenta al gusto gli stessi aromi, con un buon equilibrio e una punta di amaro conferita dal luppolo.

Guinness Original has a dark brown colour, almost black, impenetrable, with a good head of creamy foam, persistent on average.
Aroma of coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, with traces of caramel and maybe licorice too.
Such beer, carbonated on average, shows the same tastes as above depicted. with a good balance and a hint of bitterness given by hops.

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Photo of crm871
3.47/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This pours black with a light tan head that dissipates rather quickly.

Smell: Chocolate, dried fruit, caramel, and there’s a hint of mustiness that I can’t quite put my finger on.

Taste: The dried fruit from the smell comes through as dried cherries in the taste. Also strong hints of bitter chocolate, malt, caramel. The bitterness here is a bit too much for a stout, at least for me.

Feel: Medium carbonation, feels heavier than it should.

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Photo of alcoholicarrogance
2.44/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

When the liquid initially hits the tongue, the taste is alright. But once your taste buds process all the flavors, it's not very good at all. There's the classic stout chocolatiness, but more of a bitter chocolate, then it dissolves into a musty fruit flavor, like old raisins. The aftertaste really breaks it for me, having an awful burnt taste, perhaps burnt baking chocolate. It tastes like someone scraped out burnt bits of food from inside the back of an oven and threw it into the brewing process. At least that's the closest comparison I can make, I just think it's bizarre for a stout. On top of everything, it has a watery flavor to it as well. In fact, the mouthfeel is reminiscent to seltzer water. The aroma is okay, smells like boozy chocolate and a hint of maple. There isn't much satisfying in this beverage to me. Seems like they cut all the corners in the book to make an inexpensive stout in massive batches. Give me KBS any day, or Dragon's Milk, or Heart of Darkness. But not this.

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Photo of DaveyCream
3.05/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This may be biased because I am not a fan of Stouts at all. Guiness was not as bad as I expected it to be before. As anyone can tell, very dark beer. Milk chocolate taste with a bit of a coffee after taste. I am not a coffee fan, which is probably why I do not like Stouts that much. If you are a fan of those things, it goes down smooth. For people who enjoy Stouts, I believe this is one of the better ones out there. Would love to try this at the actual Guiness brewery in Ireland. Everyone says it tastes 100x better there. Even if it does not, would love to do just for the experience.

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Photo of MNAle
3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tall milk chocolate thick, creamy head with good retention and leaving lots of lacing above a deep, dark body (ruby through a back light). No nitro creaminess in this one, and not as gorgeous looking as the Draught, but a good looking beer nonetheless.

Aroma is dark malts, roasted coffee, a lightly sweet dark fruit aroma in there, too - perhaps vanilla as well, earthy hops.

Roasted malts with the slightly sweet vanilla with a touch of dark fruit, transitioning to a nicely bitter, dry finish and aftertaste. Roastier than the Draught version; greater contribution to the taste from the malts is to be expected with the higher ABV.

More substantial body compared with the Draught; again, higher ABV implies more malts, so no surprise. Still, the body is on the thin side.

Smooth and very enjoyable. Noticeably better than Guinness Draught - more complexity to the taste and aroma, (although I still wouldn't describe it as "complex"), better feel, just not quite as good a looker.

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Photo of PatrickCT
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Black body, inky with reddish brown hues held up to the light. One and a half finger of creamy off white, yellowish head. Sticky lacing, uneven ring, wispy island.
The aroma is delicate roasted malts and coffee beans. Hints of dates and prunes.
The taste is roasted malts with semisweet chocolate, faint ground coffee and hints of prune.
Nice peppery, dry finish. Medium body and very smooth. Perfect amount of carbonation.

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Photo of Drak-Nib
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark and delicious, with a coffee aftertaste. The smell and taste are lovely. It shifts between smooth and rough, especially depending on how large your sip of it is. The aftertaste almost becomes too much on the bitter end as I work my way through. The end of this bottle was super smooth though, so I’m dang happy. Been a while since my last one! 2019/03/17

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Hard to believe I have never recorded my thoughts on this beer, well, here ya go.
Poured into a glass mug, the appearance was a nice looking dark brown color in pour but yielding more of a darker black color while in the glass. Thus capped by a thin eggshell white creamy head softly dissipating. Some light lace.
The aroma had a fair amount of dark fruits to having a "Euro" dark toasty yeasty character beating down some bittersweet coffee grounds to a light dose of coffee bean tones.
The flavor leaned into the dark fruity to dark toasty taste initially then developed a keen roasty aftertaste rolling into those dark fruits and coffee grounds and beans.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied capturing a fine sessionability about it. Carbonation felt good. ABV felt on par. And what a lot of American brewers don't get with this style that Guinness actually does that is supposed to be for this style is that they intricately weave the dryness of this beer into a superb creamy smooth, the balance of it all that leads to that expected finish.
Overall, best thing about this beer is it's mouthfeel, just how it gets creamy with a non-overbearing dryness does amaze me. I should be drinking this beer more often.

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Photo of 1947
3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I've given up trying to find the Guinness Stout you get in a pub anywhere in Ireland, where "Guinness is good for you," a meal in itself. They say it gets seasick if it travels. The flavor just seems off, a kind of burnt flavor. Still, it's a beautiful pour, and I love the nostalgia, which is a sadly sweet can't ever go home feeling.

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Photo of Beer_Right_Back
3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

We were surprised that this beer comes from Guinness, as it is rich and creamy by comparison to their normal flagship. We rate it higher than it probably deserves because it's a far cheaper then most of it's peers when it comes to flavor.

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Photo of ericbrum123
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Always happy with this one, Guinness doesn't disappoint. My favorite import beer if it was just a little cheaper I'd be drinking much more often. The mouth feel/body of this beer is my favorite part about it. The taste is right there with the feel and really make this dark beer stand out strong for me. It is like black chocolate in appearance. Highly recommend for all beer drinkers.

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Photo of jlindros
3.99/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reviewed as part of my BJCP training. 15C. Irish Extra Stout

Pours a larger foamy darker colored head that retains well, some lacing, very dark almost black color

NOse roasted malts, coffee, plenty of dark chocolate, cocoa, some vanilla as well, very stout like dark malts, just a hint of earthy hop, no esters

TAste very dark roasty malts, lots of roast up front to the point where it gets a little smokey, some roasted coffee, dark chocolate and cocoa but super dark and bitter, a touch of creamy but no malty sweetness, no fruity esters, a little earthy herbal hop with fair bitterness, which also comes from the charred malts, no caramel or biscuit but a touch of vanilla, dry bitter finish, mild roasty and a little astringency

Medium to fuller bod, a little creamy, smooth, quite high carbonation, a little astringent

Overall as expected basically fits the style that was made for it. Although it seems quite different from the base Irish stout and the Foreign Extra, more than I expected.

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Photo of Buckeye55
5/5  rDev +34%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Simply the best there is. Perfect on draught, excellent from bottle. One drawback, too heavy for the times more than a dozen or so are called for.
Ranks a 10 out of 10 on the would you like to sit down with a 12 pack of this brew scale. Every other beer made worships at the altar of Guinness.

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Photo of JimboBrews54
5/5  rDev +34%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What a great beer to have a cigar with, this one is well balanced for a darker stout. It has a bit more sweetness then the regular drier draught stout. This makes a cigar smooth and the beer sweeter, this is a quality one and worthy of six pack buy.

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Photo of Hjc550
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Actually first tried this as a mistake. Sent someone out to get me a six pack of Guinness draught and they came back with extra stout. I ended up loving it. Has the same kind of flavor profile as draught but everything is accentuated. Dark chocolate and coffee flavor comes through strong. Great with a steak or some barbecue.

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Photo of SmokySignals
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Finally grabbed a 6 pack of this legend.
Pours very dark near black of course, and a great head is easily attained. It lingers and leaves nice lacing.
My noise is stuffed up, but it smells great chocolatey roast and a deep calming note of some kind.
Coffee-choco flavor is balanced with the roast bitterness and is so smooth and easy drinking.
Abrupt, pronounced finish, and a plate's request for more. Almost watery, but in a very very good way. A few swishes and it famous up so rich. No wonder it's a Classic.
It took me forever to get these, but I do highly recommend trying it asap. Superb mild weather dark.

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Photo of LarryLove81
3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Smells fantastic. Doesn't quite get that big thick head you'd expect and cherish with a Guinness. Head dissipates rather quickly which is slightly disappointing. Surprisingly light mouth feel, not much lacing. But this is a tasty beer. The times I've drank this I've drunk it pretty quickly because I really enjoy the flavors. Can't help myself. I'm not gonna say it's incredibly complex because it isn't but it's very solid and has a great flavor profile of coffee, chocolate, and dark fruit, with a bit of a bitter finish. Worth making a steady beer to pick up.

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Photo of TheGent
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Pours a very dark brown, nearly black color. Some light coming through around the edges as ruby. A gentle pour yields a huge head that cascades for a split second similar to its nitro stout cousin. A very light brown colored, foamy and rocky head with peaks and troughs. As it settles down it leaves a lot of lacing in its wake. Some thick strands. No visible carbonation. Really an attractive and enticing beer.

Smell: Roasted malts, a bit of toasted/burnt bread, black coffee, dark chocolate. A little nutty and woody as well.

Taste: Roasty and slightly bitter malt. It’s a touch meaty to me as well. Woody and toasty dry finish. On the finish I get some sweeter and slightly fruity dark berry notes too, shifting to dry and bitter.

Feel: Light bodied, thin and smooth. Low carbonation. Dry finish.

Overall: I’m enjoying this beer. There’s a bit more to it flavor wise than the Nitro Guinness that we get here. It’s a nice stout.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Six pack from Market Basket.
Solid dark brown in color with a thin tan head that persists. Rich roasty coffee aroma and flavor with hints of dark fruit earth and touch of tartness. Tasty as always.

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Photo of Bsimpson91
5/5  rDev +34%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The first thing that comes to mind about this beer; Bold, Rich and Complex. The smell first reminded me of BBQ sauce but as I thought about it, The smell was really smoke-like with a note of Chocolate coverd raisins. When you think of chocolate, Think imported european chocolate. The Taste is very Bold and Complex. This beer really takes some time to understand all of its nuance flavors. Ultimatly, Its very Smokey with that Chocolate covered raisin fruitiness. Maybe Chocolate covered Cherry as well. I can't find much coffee-like flavors at all. There is very little hop bitterness to speak of. The Roasted Malt makes up most of what you taste. To generalize, its Bitter-sweet. The feel is medium on the palette, Its not really creamy however, it is very rich and sits on your stomach like you've just had a meal. I really enjoyed this beer but I would choose to drink it on rare occations. This beer would be wonderfull to par with steak, potatos, sharp cheeses and BBQ.

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Photo of wmscottsimpsonjr
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Black with moderate, darker tan head and heavy lacing. Smells similar to Guinness, a nearly homogenous blend of toasty, roasted malt with some chocolate and coffee. Taste is also similar leaning a bit more towards the chocolate and coffee rather than the malt, with a subtle fruitiness. A noticeable alcohol taste is present. It's just the smallest bit sweet, with moderate bitterness. Medium mouth feel. Pretty heavy carbonation.

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Photo of chitoryu12
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: Deep black with a small tan head.

Smell: Roasted nuts, coffee, and sweet chocolate.

Taste: Heavily roasted bitter malt, but not much else.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly thin for a stout, with heavier carbonation.

Overall: While I like regular Guinness on draft, the bottled Extra Stout fails to live up.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

every time i drink one of these i am reminded just how good it is. this is seriously special beer, timeless and traditional and famous for a reason. i think it does as good a job or better than any other beer of showcasing dark roasted barley in a relatively isolated context. its european and very dry sure, and obviously there is a flavorful guinness ale yeast at work here as well, but this is such a wonderful expression of the dark grain, its really in a class of its own. the color is coal black, the head is tan and creamy, and there is a profound nuttiness to the nose and taste, chestnut and bread crusts and the little burnt bubbles on good wood fired pizza crust. subtle dark chocolate and minerals, bone dry though, no sugar here at all, and its balanced in a unique way as such. i love the depth here, it seems to reach a little deeper than most on the grain side, and it always tastes fresh to me, which is so uncommon in an import. this grain flavor, wrapped up with the yeast, is second to none in this category, and its one of the beers of lore that really has held up to the test of time. i need to remind myself to keep this in the regular rotation, its one of a kind, and its a standard others should be held to. the depth of grain flavor and the dryness together make truly a classic!

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Photo of beersampler6
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Surprisingly smooth, tasty bottled stout. Nice deep rich black color with some tan head, a little lingering lacing. Smells of dark chocolate and roast coffee, tastes the same along with some malt and caramel. Fairly smooth finish and mouthfeel, just the right amount of carbonation. Would love to get this on tap one day.

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Photo of singletary
4.04/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a nice dark black color with a tan head that stays with it throughout the glass. I get a little smell of chocolate, but I have had a stopped up noise for a week so that may be while I did not smell much. The taste is coffee at first then it gets more chocolate, nice and sweet. The feel is heavy but smooth to drink. Overall I was very pleased and would prefer this over the draugh.

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Guinness Extra Stout (Original) from Guinness Ltd.
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