Guinness Extra Stout (Original) | Guinness Ltd.

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

Brewed by:
Guinness Ltd.

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Hackattack
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was pretty much the only widely available, seriously dark brew you could get here in the U.S.....WAY before the stouts/porters brewed by today's American crafters. Speaking of which beat this for better flavor handily. But this does have a lot of character.

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Photo of RandyCongdon
4.67/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This was the beer that introduced me to the world of stouts and helped make them my favorite style. This is a complex beer with many nuances. Every time I try it, I pick up on another element to the smell or taste. This will likely lead to my amending this review. I honestly think there are inconsistencies from batch-to-batch due to larger scale production. I will focus on the features characteristic to most bottles I have had.

Look- Amazing. There is no more appealing beer to me than Guinness in a proper glass. The beer itself is an extremely dark brown to near- black. There is a 1/8 inch thick, light tan head that stay with the brew until the end. The lacing is, of course, famous. It costs the sides of a clean glass in a way that is somewhat reminiscent of a spiderweb.

Smell- Generally, the first aroma one picks up is molasses.Burnt coffee is also very noticeable. Hints of caramel, and sometimes honey can be detected. Dried fruit is also present. The overall aroma is slightly sweet. It also can be described as a bit toasty,

Taste- Just like the best of coffees, the taste falls just a little short of the smell. You can detect the molasses, for sure. It is even more pronounced on a really good batch. The coffee aspect is also carried over, but to a lesser degree. The taste is bittersweet, and the sweetness is leans a bit more toward the sweet in the best batches.

Feel- There is a nice, carbonated bite on the tongue right away. The bitterness is slightly astringent but not at all unpleasant. The swallow is just a bit creamy, and the bitterness is stays on the back of the throaty for a moment. Aside from the look, the feel might be the most outstanding feature of this beer, as it enhances the taste and overall experience.

Overall, this is one of my all-time favorite beers. If you are looking to see what a typical stout is like, I can't think of a better example. It pairs very well with desserts, especially chocolate cake. As mentioned, don't be surprised if each experience with this beer is a little different. It is regarded highly around thw world for a very good reason.

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Photo of Dr_Gonzo
5/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a very fantastic dark and hearty beer to savor. Very rich stout that flushes the mouth with a lovely heavy taste and smells almost like leather. Feels very firmly smooth and goes down really well.

Nice foreign beer to indulge in casually for sure.

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Photo of TerryMills
3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

What can I say , its thin and not much going on other than some slightly bitter roasted flavor with a weird metallic finish..

In the modern world of craft beer this is laughable but if you're stuck somewhere that only has shitty choices of beer I would take Guinness over Budweiser lol..

Very drinkable, just nothing special.

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Photo of Evilyak
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

out of a bottle.

pours pretty nice. black, with a thin, tan head.

like a lot of things on here, after thousands of reviews i'm not going to say anything remarkable. it's a fucking guinness. you know what you're getting here. it's not on nitro, so it's more carbonated. it's some some chocolate and roasty notes. it's got a hint of bitterness at the end. easily quaffed.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

S: Medium to medium low coffee and roast aromas rise from the glass.

L: deep dark brown to black with slow rising bubbles under a 2" tan foam cap with good retention.

T: The palate starts with a mild coffee roast - nothing burnt or harsh - seasoned with a touch of dried fruit, a hint of sweetness and some mild chocolate notes.

F: The texture is creamy. medium full bodied with fine soft carbonation.

O: This beer is a real treat.

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Photo of Kriztofuhr
3.87/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Look - Pours black with ruby highlights when held up to light. Two fingers of beige head, no lacing.

Smell - Sweet and sour, charred malt, leather

Taste - Ashy roasted malt body, caramel sweetness, dry bitterness, sour yeasty aftertaste.

Feel - Medium bodied, loads of carbonation. Drinkable but not as creamy or luxurious as most stouts.

Overall - Good beer. If it weren't for the price I'd buy it more often.

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Photo of PlinyMeNow
3.61/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Guinness Extra Stout 5.6% ABV 12-oz bottle poured into an oversized tulip glass.
Pours jet black and I made the mistake of an overly aggressive pour, getting 3 inches of thick tan head with long retention. Not a strong aroma - notes of toasted malts, roasted coffee beans. The taste is where it comes together - bitter chocolate, sweet burnt caramel malts, dry hops, mocha... just the right amount of sweetness and bitterness in the balance. Mouthfeel is medium body and carbonation and seems just right for this beer. Finish has a mild dry coffee linger, no sweetness. At the end I really enjoyed it and felt it was more than the sum of its parts.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

DATE: March 26, 2017... a week after St. Patrick's Day, I revisit the three available stouts from Arthur's stable to calibrate my old ratings... GLASSWARE: Guinness retro pint... pours almost as black as its label, with a sliver of light discernible when held to the lamp... a craggy, slushy off-brown head that exhibits pock marks and boggish bubbles... milky, lactic aroma melds with vanilla and a heavy dose of peat... sips with a granular, toasted breath, medium-bodied and substantial, with a reasonable lasting malt impression... nice patterns of lacing spray the glass... a mellow, low-impact flavor profile that reflects the toasted barley, sweet chocolate, cereal grains--oats, hay, some earthiness--and soft, aromatic hops of its aroma...hazelnut, mocha, and some cola remnants... I stress: this is the 5.6 ABV PRODUCT OF IRELAND, not the North American counterpart... I must admit, I am surprised by the dearth of reviews on this... at 5.6%, an enjoyable, not overly engaging stout....

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Photo of Whoobie77
3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Heavily roasted/borderline burnt coffee taste. The heavily cooked grain taste is reminiscent scotch in some ways. A bit strong for my taste but by no means bad.

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Photo of rw_0121
4.47/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Guinness Draught is a respectable beer that coasts by on popular reputation. I have always preferred the "Extra Stout".

The look is dark more or less approaching the ideal of what a stout should appear as.

Smell is good, surprisingly subdued, but it still comes off very pleasant.

The taste is fairly rich. Better than I remember it. Toffee notes are in there. It's a big, malty taste, and you notice something a bit different with each drink you take. Sometimes you'll notice the raisin taste, other times you might get a little smokiness. A cream taste here and there, and it tastes a little more boozy than it is, which adds to the complexity for me.

The feel is just right. Some people might want a thicker stout, but I feel this level balances out the big flavor.

Overall, 4.25. That's higher than I thought I would give it when I started out. A lot of people are going to pass it up or rate it low because it's a big name, but I recommend it to anyone who goes for dark beer.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a narrow pint glass: color is black, some brown/amber on the edges, head is light tan with fine to small bubbles. Head presents at least 1/2 inch thick and lingers very well with a solid top throughout tasting and great lacing on the glass.

Smell is subdued, with sharp bitter roastiness.

Taste is very good, just great flavors that are a fuller flavor than draught: big roast that transitions to bitterness from the malt and light cocoa. Crisp and sharp flavor but enticing and definitely Guinness with the light sourness.

Mouthfeel is crisp, sharp quickly then moderate carbonation and light lingering sourness.

Overall a great beer that exemplifies the flavors that define the style: moderate roast, bitter chocolate, and light sourness all in a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of acmurphy696
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It may be appropriate that Guinness is the 100th beer that I would post a review for on Beer Adviocate because it was the brew that I had that made me realize that a beer can be more than a smelly excuse to get drunk.
While this is the first that I've had in some time, it still strikes me as a good tasting beer. I could not make out much with the aroma, but the mouth feel was more pleasing than expected. Of course, a Guinness always looks fantastic: black and bad ass. Who am I to argue with James Joyce?

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Photo of Bito24
4.63/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Had my first bottle in 1975. Came in a four pack. Was nothing like I ever tasted. Over forty years later it's still a treat when I have a glass. Better flavor if not as chilled as we American's prefer. Has a slight smokey burnt taste which actually works. Nice feel in the mouth and no after taste. Flavor is consistent with each bottle. A tip of my derby to Guinness.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.84/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint

A- pours deep black in color with a two-finger creamy khaki colored head that retains forever, eventually leaving thick lacing covering the glass

S- smells of roasted malt, sweet cocoa, barley

T- toasted malt and chocolate up front, straight barley, finishes nearly bone dry with a linger of chocolate and roast

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel and a smooth finish, high drinkability

O- simple and straightforward, yet very drinkable, good session stout

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Photo of BeckHardy
3.07/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a chilled 440 ml (14.9 oz) can into a shaker pint glass. This stout pours jet black with some ruby highlights. The head is creamy and full. Decent lacing. I did not really notice much aroma at all. Most importantly the taste. Well this was rich, creamy, and smooth. Just a hint of sweetness and for some odd reason cocoa powder. (I've noticed this in quite a few stouts actually). The mouth feel is creamy and the finish dry. This is a very drinkable beer and with a low abv I can see me having another. I would give this an over all score of A. I prefer the nitro version w/widget to the bottled version for some reason. As always it is excellent on draught.

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Photo of kerouac
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Flavor wise, this one Trumps the classic, but is not nearly as smooth as the original. Love the flavor of this one, and the smell is of sweet sweet malty nectar.

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Photo of Beerdeathexperience
4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Guinness is either something worshiped or hated. For a lover of Guinness like myself, I consider hatred of Guinness blasphemy. But to quote Bernie Sanders -- "Let me be very clear." If you do not like that delicious black olive bite of regular Guinness, the Extra Stout variety is not for you. Even with the delicious chocolaty coffee-ee taste that now mingles with the Guinness olive taste. If you like Guinness, you'll like this as well. Not as smooth as regular, but more flavorful and sweeter.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

My father-in-law bought this for me when we were visiting him in Florida. I cannot believe I haven't ever reviewed it.
It is a black beer with a thick tan head.
Roasted malt, sweet aroma.
Sweet chocolate, coffee taste.
Thin mouthfeel.

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Photo of andrewh995
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Roasted malts, a bit of sugary sweetness, and coffee. Please, don't go for the Guinness Draught if you see it, pick this up instead. It is tens of times better.

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Photo of Stevo2007
4.6/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

4.2% ABV - lower in calories than most stouts. You all know this beer....Started drinking Guinness on tap at our local pub over the holidays, really liked the over all taste and feel. Easier on the pallet over most other stouts I have had in the past.
Pours very dark brown with beautiful beige head. Taste is medium dry.

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Photo of jvgoor3786
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep tan with a tan head that quickly dissipated. Picking up some roasted malts and a little coffee on the nose. Taste is all roasted malts with some sweetness coming through on the end. Mouthfeel is heavily carbonated and very thin. Overall it's mediocre, but has decent malt flavors.

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Photo of Xanax37
4.11/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My brothers, this beer, while lacking some of the utter smoothness of regular Guinness, is a pretty damn good beer. It pours phenomenally, I mean you literally watch this beer and your mouth will water watching the fragment foam do it's work. Other than the original Guinness (which at least here in the States lacks alcohol content), and certain Samuel Adam's beers (double-bock's)---this beer is an exceptional every-day drinking beer. You simply cannot go wrong with Guinness Stout.

I'd love to see a Guinness Extra-Extra Stout (say 10-12% abc)...just saying.

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Photo of AustinWadkins
3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a 1 in head that soon falls

Nose pickups roasted barley and some bakers chocolate

Taste follows the nose with a strong roasted barley taste upfront and a delightfully sweet chocolate undertone

Overall 10x better than your average Guiness! Will definitely get another

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Photo of Holderness
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very dark brown that is heavily carbonated and produces a two finger tan head with moderate retention and lacing. The smell, taste, and mouthfeel on this beer are all mild, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing: the aromas of bakers chocolate and roasted malts work well with the barley-forward taste followed by a slightly doughy sweetness. Not overpowering, not watery either. I can see how this is a crowd pleaser

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