Guinness Extra Stout (Original)
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Guinness Extra Stout (Original)Guinness Extra Stout (Original)
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Irish Dry Stout
Ranked #105
Ranked #30,487
3.75 | pDev: 14.93%
Guinness Ltd.
Guinness Extra Stout (Original)Guinness Extra Stout (Original)
Notes: 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: 1,446 | Ratings: 4,520
Photo of Solo007
4.31/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 11.2 fl oz bottle into my old reliable tulip glass (sniffer).

The Legendary Black Pour - Thicker than water, not quite like blood, but it runs through the veins and arteries of many a stout drinker for more than two-and-a-half century. Nose is coffee, chocolate, dark berry fruit (black berry), with roasted nut. Mouth has that roasted malt coffee / cocoa consumption: With a blend of both fruit of berries and chestnut, pecan and walnut. Goes down with fairly smooth, but with a nice bittersweet finish to remind you that this is the stout that all other stouts are to be measured.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.01/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown nearly black color. The color is clear as the carbonation is surprisingly visible. A dark tan foam head retains for a couple of minutes and then dissipates into a creamy film.
The nose features roasty tones, stronger and more prevalent than Guinness Draught. Aromas of coffee, dark chocolate and cocoa powder are accompanied by notes of nutty, walnut like, and toasted biscuity malts. A slight metallic aroma is somewhat distracting but fleeting.
The taste has a balanced roasted malt bitterness that is smooth, and creamy, albeit less creamy than Guinness Draught. Notes of smoothly acrid dark malts, bittersweet dark chocolate, light lemon hops twang, raw cocoa and medium coffee roast amidst a dark toasted, nutty and biscuity malt base and a very subtle note of intermittent caramel sweetness.
Full bodied with a smooth mouthfeel and moderate but bright carbonation. Medium to long toasty, acrid and bitter espresso like finish. Very easy to drink overall.
Somehow I never got around to reviewing this one. Definitely less creamy, less head and more bitter than Guinness Draught, of which I hold in high esteem, this is a good alternative and arguably more interesting.

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Photo of detgfrsh
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a can. Black color with fluffy tan head. Smells of roasted malt and brown sugar. Light feel. Roasted malts and chocolate with a dry, slightly bitter finish. Nice, and a different experience than Guinness on nitro tap at a bar.

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Photo of Organdrew
3.41/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bought from a local small private grocer/depanneur. Saw it for the first time when browsing the available beer selection and decided it looked interesting. 3.50$ / bottle in Montreal Canada. Poured into a small 8oz glass stein. Bottle labels ABV as 5.0%

Appearance: Dark, opaque, impossible to see through even with sunlight. some tan head that dissipates quickly. Noticeable carbonation bubbles up to the top,

Aroma: Quite a letdown. Was not able to pick up any scents here other than some generic mild malty/toasty aroma.

Flavor: Good! Combination of sweet and dry. Toasty and nutty with a bitter coffee / cocoa finish. Not very complex but forward and present. Somewhat watered down. Easy to drink.

Mouthfeel: Thin to medium. Carbonation noticeable. Bitter and dry finish.

Overall: Okay-good overall. Flavor makes up for lack of aroma. The watered-down feel takes a bit away from the experience. Like a double-steeped stout with coffee-like character. I tend to expect creaminess and frothiness from my stouts (I may be too much of a fan of oat/milk stouts) this one seemed pale in comparison. Like a stout-flavored IPA. May become tiresome after a few.

I would drink again and do recommend it as a try for stout lovers. Actually, I will pick up another bottle when I go buy some more samosas in a few days!

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Photo of Livyatan1996
2.58/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

i've tried. i really have. but after trying this so many times i'm giving up and saying i don't like this beer. most recently had on tap at a local irish pub place, hoping that i could finally come to love this lil friend. came out beautiful like every other guinness, with that creamy looking fade from nearly pitch black to that khaki head on top that sits forever. it's what you expect i guess but i'm always like "damn that looks tasty" and then i actually drink the thing. can hardly comment on the aroma, some faint malts but nothing else really. and that's where my problem lies is that this thing tastes, smells and feels like some water that happened to be in the same room as a stout being brewed. occasionally some roasted malt, coffee or chocolate type flavors will say hi but really i'm drinking creamy water. actually i think the thin feeling is the real kicker for me. i want more from this for some reason

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
4.01/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: A very pretty looking stout. Pours a dark, cola colored brown with a foamy, two finger beige head.

Aroma: Semisweet dark chocolate fudge, roasted oats, coffee and molasses. Hints of apple strudel and mild tobacco. Just a hint of soy-sauce sadly, but I'm not mad at it.

Taste: There is a bittersweet bite from the malt bill at first, coffee grounds and very dark chocolate with pleasant notes of slightly burnt toast - the beer suddenly turns rich, creamy and biscuity; with sweet notes of tobacco, biscotti cookies and milk chocolate mid palate, providing excellent contrast to the initially stark, bitter flavor. It ends on a clean note of dry, roasted malt and earthy hops.

Feel: Really good weight to the beer. The mouthfeel is bubbly and airy, yet heavy and supple - it's very unique - both crisp and hearty to a degree, although a little syrupy. Semi-sessionable. . . it's refreshing so you could definitely drink a lot of this if you were thirsty but it's pretty heavy on the stomach at the same time.

Overall: A working man's beer. Both refreshing and hearty - it drinks like a meal in a glass but still quenches your thirst and most of all offers some rich malty flavor - although it isn't mindblowing. I like it. It isn't as good as Foreign Extra stout or their Antwerpen special export, but I still prefer it to Draught, the stuff sold in the can with the nitro widget.

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Photo of DrBeergood
5/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My goodness, my Guinness. In all fairness, I tend toward the Guinness. That said, you have to love the Guinness before the Guinness loves you. Guinness for strength. Just drink Guinnness.

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Photo of Gurney_Halleck
4.39/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From bottle to shaker pint glass. Beautiful and dark with tanned inch of head. Aroma of barley and light coffee. Taste is darker and stronger (and better) than the Guinness Draught with a deeper coffee presence - in the best possible way. Feel is more velvet than the draught which lasts longer. Beautiful lace lingers throughout the glass long afterward. This is such a beautiful and delicious beer. It is one of my go to's.

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Photo of jazzandrea
3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
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 -7.5%
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 -34.9%
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 -18.7%
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 +0.3%
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 +9.9%
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 +6.7%
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 +6.1%
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 -4.8%
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 -20%
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 +8.8%
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 +6.4%
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 +33.3%
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 +33.3%
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 +1.3%
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 +9.3%
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 palate's request for more. Almost watery, but in a very very good way. A few swishes and it foams up so rich. No wonder it's a Classic.
Superb classic consistent dark beauty.

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Photo of LarryLove81
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
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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Guinness Extra Stout (Original) from Guinness Ltd.
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