Guinness Extra Stout (Original)
Guinness Ltd.

Guinness Extra Stout (Original)Guinness Extra Stout (Original)
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From:
Guinness Ltd.
 
Ireland
Style:
Stout - Irish Dry
Ranked #58
ABV:
5.6%
Score:
85
Ranked #23,342
Avg:
3.75 | pDev: 14.93%
Ratings:
4,739
Status:
Active
Rated:
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Added:
Nov 12, 2000
Wants:
  135
Gots:
  1,391
SCORE
85
Very Good
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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Ratings by Mattbrollins22:
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4.49/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Mattbrollins22 from South Carolina

Dec 01, 2021
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3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Franziskaner from Missouri

Black in color with minimal light penetration. There’s a fingernail of brown around the rim and covering most of the top. Moderate, soapy lacing. The aroma is of dark roasted malt and a hint of smoke. I’m tasting dark roasted malt, toasted nuts, and just a suggestion of smoke. The mouth is lightly sticky, chewy, and dry.

Sunday at 01:36 AM
 
3.78 by clm9 from North Carolina on Jun 06, 2022
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4.45/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by AudioFileZ from Alabama

I wonder sometimes what people expect in a beer. I have plenty of friends that drink Coors Light 24/7-365. They must have a corn fetish? Personally I hate "corn water". I only concede any ground when the thermometer goes north of 95-degrees and then I'll take a Corona, Victoria, or Modelo...keep the twist thank you. To get to the point I think "real" beer should be somewhat complex and accessible. That's what Guiness Extra Stout is. The world's most popular non-alcoholic beverages would include coffee, tea, and cola and it's no mistake that Guiness has elements of all of these universally adored drinks. The complexity comes from the combination of malted grain sugars in the right naturally carbonated mix. Extra Stout has it and regular draught, to me, doesn't even if it has ten nitro balls. Extra Stout has the "correct" mouth feel which is refreshing and clean. Extra Stout has the balance of chocolates, coffees, dates, and bitters. It's almost a miracle a rather full and heavy beer is so refreshing and drinkable. Like a great steak there will come a point where enough is enough and more would be an insult. Even so I can drink a whole sixer of this rather full-bodied brew though I'd probably stop at around three or four mostly. I think this may be the world's best beer. Just an opinion like something else. LOL.

May 24, 2022
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4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Dragonfyre51 from California

Refreshing, toasty and bitter at the same time. It has a strong baking cocoa kind of flavor and a pleasantly bitter char/smoke aftertaste, but the finish is crisp and clean, it's not heavy like I would have expected. Guinness is hit or miss for me but I really like this one!

May 13, 2022
 
3.31 by alexvhrk from Wisconsin on May 10, 2022
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4.87/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by Schmidtty

Guinness Extra Stout is in a class by itself. It's heavy and refreshingly light at the same time. It's not cloyingly thick, but clean. It has a wonderful roasted flavor--almost burnt--but not quite. I would say it has an almost dark chocolate sense about it.
On a cold winter day, this would be a great choice while sitting by the fire.

Apr 23, 2022
 
4.02 by Lelampp from Ohio on Apr 17, 2022
 
3.19 by Tadwinks from Virginia on Apr 10, 2022
 
4 by JamesLeung from Florida on Apr 02, 2022
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3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by BJB13 from Maryland

22 ounce bottle poured into a nonic style pint glass.

Blacking out the pint with root beer brown edges and two inches of mocha foam. The head has good retention and leaves plenty of lace. Nose is malt forward and roasty with a subtle sweet fruit and chocolate aroma. Tasting roasty, medium bitter and fairly dry with a lasting bitter finish. Medium bodied with high-ish carbonation giving some bite to a mostly smooth drink. Always a solid option.

Mar 28, 2022
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3.64/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Profundobaso from New York

Look - 11.2 fl oz bottle, poured into a Guinness pint glass. dark brown in color, but transparent if you shine a light through it. big foamy three finger head with moderate retention and a lot of lacing.

Smell - some coffee, less dark chocolate, and heavily roasted malts. smells nice and hearty.

Taste - mild coffee-esque bitterness hits the tongue first, followed by light sweetness. black coffee flavor lingers in the finish, which is dry.

Feel - medium bodied, high carbonation, and a bit more boozy than the typical Irish stout at 5.6%.

Overall - relative to Guinness draught, this one is a bit more rough on the edges and packs a slight more punch, both of which I prefer. Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Mar 18, 2022
 
3.99 by averageninjaface from Alaska on Mar 18, 2022
 
4 by KrissyKat6 from New York on Mar 18, 2022
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5/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by ivanbrew

Totally loved it! Like coffee with vanilla ice cream cheers! Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone!

Mar 18, 2022
 
4.08 by Gemini6 from Michigan on Mar 17, 2022
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3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Greywulfken from New York

Basically the Guinness I had as a teen/20-something before really getting into beer... Black in the glass beneath a fat tan head in a proprietary Guinness pint... Roasty and toasty and dry - very little sweetness - smooth and amply carbonated with a bittersweet char on the finish...

Mar 02, 2022
 
 
3.76 by Vapory on Feb 21, 2022
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3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Reef from South Carolina

11.2 oz bottle stamped L1327
Ebony with ruby highlights on the edges. Two fingers varied tan head, full curtains lacing. Full cap reduces to large bubbles and full ring.
Distinct roast malt, cocoa, vanilla, light coffee aromas.
Light char and hops, mocha, brown bready flavors.
Smooth but with light hop spike. Drinkable with good carbonation.
Good quality at a good price, and doesn’t sit on the shelves for years.

Feb 20, 2022
 
3.6 by Huichilobos from Mexico on Feb 15, 2022
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3.29/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by emerge077 from Illinois

Back label code L1284 G0002, “1284” appears to be a Julian date. 284th day of 2021 would be roughly September 2021, consumed at 4 months old. That’s just my educated guess, no clear date is printed.

Dark brown tone, ample foam and sheets of lacing. Lasting surface coverage for the duration of the glass. Mild grainy aroma, very mild roast.

Unfortunately there were some acidity, papery oxidation, and oddly lactic notes. Mild raisin, vague roast and bitterness, not assertive or very flavorful. Fairly smooth, soft carbonation, lightly medium bodied.

A simple, bland stout, easy to drink. Not something i’ll seek out again, unless it’s any port in a storm situation.

Feb 15, 2022
 
4.43 by soarinsteven from Illinois on Feb 06, 2022
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4.56/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Christianriveraaa

Look: Poured straight from a 11.2 oz bottle. Dark black pour - one of the darkest pours I've seen. Midnight black. A bit of foam depending the way you pour. Some lacing is hanging. quite like hanging Christmas lights up.
Smell: Smells of Chocolate, malts, coffee, maybe even a metallic smell as well.
Taste: Getting notes of stronger coffee even though the coffee isn't very strong compared to imperials - with some light chocolate. Light but noticable. Some malts as well.
Feel: Light bodied drink. Extremely easy to drink. smooth going down - almost can sip this as easily as water.
Overall: Not bad! This beer is world known and I'm glad to have given a review about my experience with it. If you follow what I've said just know this beer is great and definitely worth the try.

Feb 04, 2022
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3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by AlexandraDen from Canada (ON)

Cooked up some Irish stew for dinner. Not super traditional, as I had no mutton so I subbed in beef and I also added carrots with the onion and potatoes, but either way it was absolutely delicious. Had some garlic bread too. Decided only a Guinness could go with this meal!

The look is gorgeous in the pint glass. It pours a roasted dark brown/almost black colour, compared to the ruby-ish lighter colour of the draught. Not nitro, so the head is tan/off-white, and lasts about 4-5 minutes but the lacing is good.

Smell was the most underwhelming aspect of this beer. It’s fairly classic, dark roast malts and a strong coffee aroma. But the taste is where it truly shines.

Stouts are my first and truest love, so I’ll be honest. Not sure if I got the freshest, best batch in the world or if other reviews are off, but this was phenomenal. It tastes incredibly roasted, almost slightly burnt at times, malty mocha savoury notes, very creamy, perfect amount of carbonation. Lasts very long in the tongue and mouth, exhaling toasty bready barley notes through your nose. Definitely more bitter than the draught, but not excessively so, the bitterness comes from the darkly roasted malt notes rather than a hoppy bitterness. The last notes after a sip, after they dissipate, is a light and sweet malt in the front of the tongue with mild toasty character in the back.

The benchmark for stouts, in my opinion! It’s somewhat straightforward compared to some others out there, but that’s okay. It’s classic Guinness flavour, doing what it does best, and I was absolutely floored by how good it was. Like I said, either I got a super fresh batch or something magical happened, but this was phenomenal!

Feb 03, 2022
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3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by iamkishanshah from California

Guinness' are so distinctive, pitch black with a creamy head

Sweet aromas of cocoa and cream and rich flavors of barley malt, black cherry and mocha ending with a semi-sweet dry finish

Medium body mouthfeel compared to other Guinness' of the world

Quite refreshing clocking in at 5.6% ABV

Jan 05, 2022
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3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by wadamslll

Drinking it out of the bottle. Good taste, not as flat as the draft of the same. Way better than IPAs. Continuing my quest to find the perfect beer, it’s a snipe hunt, but journey is entertaining. Next stop is Pilsner Urquell. You should see the crazy selection at the tiny grocery up street in small town. Crazy selection. Like the 5.3 % alcohol.

This is probably not a summer day beer. But great in winter. Cheers!

Dec 21, 2021
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3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by JZH1000 from Colorado

Poured from 11.2oz glass bottle
The look is fantastically dark doesnt let any light through. A tan head that's fine on top bit through the glass the bubbles look larger farther down. This is a traditional CO2 brew only draught is nitro. But the head retention is epic and leaves a layer of foamy head even after sitting for over 15 minutes of slow drinking (and forgetting about it) heavy heavy lacing.

The smell is rich with vanilla and roasty bitterness, maybe some light coffee notes. The fermentation character is present but subtle and there is a light tartness on the nose. Overall creamy and sweet smelling though.

Flavor mostly follows the smell but with more almost savory roasty notes from the malt very smooth and enjoyable, but not very sweet as should be expected from guiness. Some bitterness from the hops bit nothing major just offering balance. Some of that fermentation character does come through slightly as well but not very noticeable. Almost too easy to drink bit very enjoyable.

Feel is creamy yet smooth and very easy to put down not watery and is a bit thick but still quite drinkable. If it came in cans you might be able to shotgun it (but it doesnt) quite a lot of flavor for that though.

Overall a good everyday stout that gives you more than a macro but not to much to be something you cant put down at a party or offend peoples tastebuds with something unfamiliar.

Dec 12, 2021
 
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4.16/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Kiiz

Intangibles are off the charts craft beer should win hands down but as a change of pace beer this is real nice.

Nov 29, 2021
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4.47/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by TheOccasionalBeer from Wisconsin

What better to help wash down a post-Thanksgiving turkey sandwich... Popping the cap off, the only thing coming from the bottle are a few small wisps of white vapor that doesn't bring any scent with it. Two fingers of root-beer-float-colored foam slowly settles into the opaque dark maple syrup liquid in the glass. Not syrupy to pour (unless you admit to dousing your waffles), there is a scent in there that isn't too far off maple syrup; not as sweet, but has a vanilla caramel aspect in amongst toasty malt, and even a little red wine. Man, this is smooth. For all of the foam on the pour, there is very little in the way of carbonation to interrupt the flow past the tongue. A slight hint of sweetness at the very beginning morphs into more bitterness at the end that serves the palate in combination with the sandwich.

Nov 29, 2021
 
 
3.96 by Patrick2012 from California on Nov 17, 2021
 
4.07 by SeymourDunn from Wisconsin on Nov 13, 2021
 
4.03 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota on Nov 04, 2021
Guinness Extra Stout (Original) from Guinness Ltd.
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 4739 ratings