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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): 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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Ratings: 4,480 |  Reviews: 1,432
Reviews by bpasquetti:
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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Photo of Todd
4.7/5  rDev +26%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 12oz short brown bottle. This particular batch was brewed under license by Labatts Breweries in Toronto, Canada ... dispelling the common belief that all Guinness in Boston comes directly from St. James Gate.

Appearance: Black as night, with a rather creamy tan head; semi-sticky and dissipates rather quickly.

Smell: Earthy esters, dark malts, mild aromatic hop bouquet of floral.

Taste: Smooth upfront with a nice rich malt flavour. Some rounded malt sweetness pulls thru (almost get some molasses out of it, and some ripe dark fruits), but it gets swept away by a hop flavour that is a bit lemony, puckering. There's also a dryness to the brew that is amplified by the hop snap. The dryness carries thru in the after taste, along with some earth/grain husk flavours.

Notes: This is the real Guinness, in my opinion. Known and labeled as their "Original," and actually, orginally, their Porter product during the 1700's (becoming their Stout in 1799). An exceptional Stout! The 60/40 nitro-injected stuff you get at the pub today is fairly new to this world (1961) -- it hardly stands up to this brew.

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Photo of EHopkinsi
5/5  rDev +34%

Had any Guinness there might be on tap while on honeymoon with my wife in Ireland. It's pretty good to start with, but if you've ever had it in its home country, at the beginning of the biggest adventure in your life, with the love of your life, in a tiny pub, with a two minute pour and fresh salmon supper- you'd probably give it a five, too.

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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 drunkenmess
4.48/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Genuine gold baby. Loved this beer first time I drank it few years back. Finally decided to review it. One of the most exciting beers to pour n drink, for me. Pours ridiculously dark with an instant foamy head all thru the pour. Finishing with a thick darkend tan head. Ultimate thick lacing that stays. Smells of burnt sweet fruity nuttiness to me. Goes down smooth with a little bitter bite at the the end which fades as it warms. Tastes of faint dark fruit, roasted nuts or malts with a little burnt toast that fades. Finishes bitter but like I said it fades as it warms. Overall one of my favorites. Always will be. Cheers

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

Total winner. There is no other stout. None. This truly is the king of the stouts. I've always tried to find another stout option, but no luck. Guinness - simply the best.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one was beautiful right out of the bottle. It poured a dark brown in color with a full, heavily-tanned puffy head. The foam showed a lot of retention as it laced the inside of my glass on its way down.

Smell – The rich, roasted malts are very subtle here at the nose. I can pick up some good brown sugar as well. The aroma here is simple yet very pleasing.

Taste – The roasted malts come out sharp and raw at the taste. They are very bitter and need every grain of the sweet brown sugar compliment. The beer has an overall coffee flavor to it that’s very enticing.

Mouthfeel – This medium-bodied Stout has some bitter black burnt flavors with some good dryness in back of the tongue. I would have liked to have seen a bit more body to go along with the huge flavors, but overall the mouthfeel was good.

Drinkability – It isn’t the most balanced Stout on the market, but it is raw and edgy and a great effort from such a high-volume brewery

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Photo of nbaker290
4.66/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This is a great stout. Stouts are great beers. What else is there to say? I love the thick, rich and creamy head that stays the whole beer through. The way the lacing effortlessly settles on the sides of the glass. The darkness of the brew. And the taste, that's where it all comes together. The mouth feel
Is a little lighter than expected, but still solid. If you're a fan of stouts, be a fan of this offering.

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

To my mind, this is the best stout on the market today. After pouring this exceptional beer, the combination of pure black body and creamy brown head make it one of the most visualy appealing beers on the market.

Taking that first swallow, the heaviness and bitterness of the beer, along with a smokey, slightly burnt undertaste, comes through immediately and stays long after the beer is gone. Guinness is a beer that keeps giving, it has one of the longest finishes I have ever tasted.

I must confess, I don't see much difference between the various Guinness' I have tried, but if it says "Guinness", it must be good.

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Photo of Zorro
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

How do you review a beer that is basically THE example of its beer class? Pretty much like any other beer I guess.

Exceptionally dark clear brown colored beer that is the last stop head to blackness. Good light brown colored head that does eventually fall.

The smell is sweet rich and far maltier that I remember it in the past when I used this stuff as an extinguisher for hot peppers in Albuquerque. Lots of biscuit malt and a good helping of toffee and coffee aroma. Unexpected fruity aroma from the yeast used I should have expected it considering where it comes from. I identify the fruit as mostly fig. Lots more chocolate aroma than I remember from the past, a pleasant surprise.

The taste starts out dry with a fair amount of molasses and a stout roasted malt flavor with a sharp bitterness in the aftertaste. Flavor becomes more bitter as you drink it but the molasses only gets stronger and the hop flavor appears. A flowery perfume like hops flavor that I never tasted in this beer before. It is something of a shock and a realization that my ability to taste beer has advanced several light years from when I last tried this beer.

The mouthfeel is full without need to resort to any nitrogen system.

Much better than I remember it to be. Stiff and bitter but with much more to offer flavor wise than just char and bitterness. I have had a long history with this beer and only recently realized I had never bothered to review it. Mainly we used this in New Mexico and Texas because the bitterness could cut through the pain and heat of very hot foods, but there is an actual good beer here too.

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Photo of ThePaintedGrey
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into English pub glass.

A: Pours pitch black, and lets little-to-no traces of light shine through, even when I hold up my cellphone flashlight to the glass. Guinness' trademark tan head sits majestically—about three fingers thick—atop the blackness. The head eventually deflates a bit, leaving some nice splotches of sticky looking lace down the glass. The head quickly becomes a creamy 1/4 inch cap that has incredible retention. It's there until the last sip.

S: Roasted malts with some hints of dark, black coffee. A very tiny bit of chocolate sweetness manages to find its way into the nostrils. Not detecting any hop presence, but the coffee-like aroma is pleasing enough for me.

T: A gentle molasses up front that offers a bit of sweetness. The sweetness doesn't last long, however, as it's quickly dominated by a very prominent bitterness reminiscent to a moderately strong brewed dark roast coffee, served black. I'm not detecting any of the chocolate notes my nose picked up, nor does any of the malty sweetness return (not that a black coffee drinker like myself is complaining). A very slight and short-lived appearance of hop flavor can be noticed as the beer makes its way down.

M: This is where Guinness seems to let me down a bit... For a brew that looks so thick and delectable, and boasts some well-rounded flavors, the mouth presence is a tad bit weak. While not thin or watery, it's just not as thick as I'd like it to be. After the first half of the pint is through and the head is barely holding on, the body of this one is very... average. While I can't exactly talk bad about this, I can't really praise it either.

O: At the end of the day, Guinness Extra Stout is my "go-to". Six-packs of it are easy to find, they're cheap, and a beer this dark usually scares away the BMC drinkers and keeps them from snagging one of my bottles while I'm not looking. While I'm not out here praising Guinness as the best beer in the world (because it's not), I can honestly say that I spend more money on Guinness than I do any other beer in the world. Very solid, very affordable, very worth it. Every time.

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Photo of Swill5786
4.8/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Deep, dark, cocoa brown... Almost black with a ruby outline when held to the light.
S - Not overly aromatic, reminiscent of whiskey mash, some hoppiness, a vague malt sweetness. A much more fragrant experience than the draught, that is certain.
T - Perfect hop-driven coffee-esque bitterness. Slight malty sweetness. Rating of 5 from this coffee lover.
M - Light carbonation; encourages much more a sip.
D - Very high. I absolutely love it! This is probably my favorite to drink.

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

Ok I admit it. I am of Irish heritage so I LOVE my Guinness, no matter what version. The Extra Stout is definitely their most flavorful version. It pours as black as any Guinness should and has a nice rocky tan head that leaves a ton of lace behind. Can you say beautiful? I did, so anyway it has a nice clean aroma, a touch of sweetness from the unmalted barley and some faint coffee like aromas make it really irresistable. The flavor is a bit more extreme, a nice sweet beginning that follows with a decent bitterness from the dark malts that almost overpower the experience. I probably shouldn't give it all 5's, but it is Guinness.

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Photo of CrazyMike
4.51/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

An example of a great beer.

Appearance is pitch black and opaque with thick head. Dark, malty smell with a hint of fruit. Almost similar to coffee.

Taste is very malty and slightly bitter, very crisp and excellent hops. A slight corn taste to it. Body is thick with nice carbonation. A slightly dry and bitter aftertaste, not over board but enough to make this beer very drinkable and refreshing.

Would highly recommend. Genuinely good Irish stout.

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Photo of stockingcpl
4.7/5  rDev +26%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This brew pours amazingly well. A wonderful deep chocolate. Head follows Guinness' tradition being very full with plentiful lacing. Excellent. Just Excellent.

Smell: A wonderful coffee aroma surrounds the nose. Roasted malts underlie the flavor curve excentuated by faint alpha hops. Excellent. This brew is one of the top on the market.

Taste: Sharper than a traditional Guinness, but not oppressive. There is an almost expresso presence...BUT the hop bitterness burns through what could otherwise be an overpowering presence.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is just about perfect. There is a foamy nature to this selection that is quite impressive. Excellent.

Drinkability: The drinkability is amazingly high for a such a heavy brew type.

Overall: This is a GREAT beer. Get it...


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Photo of donmonkey1
4.4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours black with a really nice frothy tan head. Nice lacing.

Smell: Molasses, coffee, nuts, toastiness.

Taste: Much like the smell, but with a touch of chocolate mixed in. I can't taste the hop but I can feel the bite.

Mouthfeel: I love the tingling sensation coupled with the mildly astringent bite.

I love this beer. It's easy to drink and full of flavor.

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Photo of SCW
4.8/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Guinness for Strength! What a great beer. Let's face it - Guinness has set the standard for dark beers worldwide. Without Guinness, many people would never drink anything darker than a pilsner.

I've had Guinness on four different continents... not bad for a beer that is dark as night.

The beer poured a deep black color, but not completely opaque. There was a bit of light shining through the bottom and sides of the glass.

Wonderful aroma of roasted malts and fruity esters, and just a hint of hops too.

What balance - nice roasted malt flavor coming through with a decent amount of bittering hops. 6.00% by volume? That's definitely a strong and robust beer for an Irish Style Stout.

This beer was thin to medium-bodied, and left me wanting more. Ok, I think I'll have another.

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Photo of ArizonaBeerBear
4.06/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my go-to beer. A little harder to find than the draught, but worth looking for. Recently found this beer in an 18 oz bottle.
Appearance is great, dark chocolate brown with ruby highlights, thick caramel head that lasts with excellent lacing.
Nice chocolate and coffee flavors, with a thick and smooth feel.
If you're a stout lover (me!), this is pretty tasty beer that is pretty easily available.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.61/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Finger thick head, chewy-looking and khaki-colored. The liquid is pitch black, opaque and coffee-like.

S- A bit of a disappointment for me as far as aroma. There's some sweet malt aroma, some dry roasted malt and a curious bitterness and slight sour mash smell.

T- The taste is a big improvement from the nose. I got sweet molasses and malt first, then a hint of hops, and dry, coffee-like dark roasted malts. The aftertaste is the always desired and delicious baker's chocolate.

M- Dry bitter finish, light medium body, good balance of sweet and bitter. There's more effervescence than I'd normally expect from a stout, so that was a bit of a drawback.

Still, this beer really surprised me. I remember strongly disliking Guiness in my younger days, but this beer here is a very enjoyable stout. If not for the disappointing nose, I'd say this beer was great.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comparisons to the other versions of Guinness are inevitable so I won't try to avoid them. With a rousing pour the Extra Stout can look almost like the Guinness Draught poured under nitrogen dispense. Black in color with hard to find ruby highlights and a very thick, creamy, rocky, tan head. The aroma is sharp and roasty. It's not as full as the Foreign Extra, but offers much more than the Draught. The body is medium-light and the carbonation is gentle, giving a very smooth mouthfeel. The flavor is roasty, and more chocolatey than the Draught. The sour note appears much softer as well (although this is probably because this bottle was contract brewed in Canada). It has a solid bitterness and a touch of a roasted malt bite. It finishes with a long, dry, bitterness. I prefer this version to the others. The Draught is too limited in character for my tastes; and the Foreign Extra is too full and rich for most occassions. Very nice.

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Photo of OldSwampy
4.26/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

it's hard to rate such a classic when I also have a long history with this beer -- but here we go.

Color is clean, dark, dark brown with a stiff khaki head that leaves amazing lacing rings and other patterns on my glass. Bubbles are abundant and form an inverted fountain on first pour. Carbonation and head persist as the stout is drunk. Nose is roasty, toasty, and full of caramel notes, though it could be stronger. Taste is even more caramel malts with a distinct roasted grain layer. A subtle sweetness lurks here as well. Hops are distinct but never too extreme. Mouthfeel is a bit slick, with less carbonation than the stiff head might suggest.

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Photo of bwood06
3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Very thick and creamy khaki colored head. Head retention is very good. Beer itself is black with a bit of mahogany around the edges. 4.25/5

S - First note to hit my nose is raisin. Espresso is also present as well as a butteriness. Molasses and an umami note are present as well. 4/5

T - Dark fruit/raisins and molasses are two primary tasting notes that I get. Behind those I find roasted malt, a nuttiness, and espresso (along with its bitterness). Metallic flavor is present, especially on the back end. 3.75/5

M - Very heavy but also very dry. Finishes with a lingering bitterness that is very dry. 3.75/5

O - Good stout that I like every bit as much as the original Guinness. Metallic flavor throws me a bit but the rest of the beer is very enjoyable. 3.75/5

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Photo of quad07
4.82/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured it into a clean room temperature beer glass and it did not have a large head. The head was a nice creamy Carmel color and left a lacey ring around the glass with each sip. The beer itself was very dark almost black and I could not see through it at all. Very rich looking. It had a nice wisp when the bottle was opened but I could not see carbonation in the glass.

It smelled of a roasted nut with a hint chocolate and coffee. I’m still new to this so my palate vocabulary is still growing and being refined.

The taste was much like the smell and I found myself sipping it much like I would a cup of coffee or coco. Very rich with flavor and kind of heavy but I liked it so well I have bought it several times. I’m on a quest now to try many other types of dark stouts.

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Photo of huthuty
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours impressively dark with a large and extremely persistent head,
Smells lightly of dense malt, smell is otherwise somewhat bland, a good aroma regardless
The taste is very rich and chocolatey, a good balance between the stout flavor and alcohol content, better than most stouts I have had in regards to taste, both overwhelming and drinkable this beer is solid

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Photo of douglisbeck
4.94/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Unfortunately, this listing is for the BOTTLED version of Guinness. Those that know buy the CANS! Still probably one of the best beers around no matter what it's served in. In cans rating goes to straight 5s. From tap in Dublin rating goes to 6s!

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Guinness Extra Stout (Original) from Guinness Ltd.
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 4,480 ratings