Guinness Extra Stout (Original) | Guinness Ltd.

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Guinness Extra Stout (Original)Guinness Extra Stout (Original)
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Brewed by:
Guinness Ltd.
Ireland | website

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by SixpointJMH on 11-12-2000

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4,053
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3.7
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26.49%
 
 
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Photo of EMV
3.49/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap at several locales in Ireland. Poured into a pint glass.

L: Pours an inky black color... thick creamy white head that lasts approximately forever. Just a delicious looking beer.

S: Mild roasted malts and notes of espresso. Less of a nose than you'd think, possibly due to the thick head.

T/F: This is where the beer starts to lose me. Thin in body... not nearly as robust as you'd expect. Mild roasted malts... a bit of tartness that wasn't expected but isn't unpleasant. A bit of coffee... slightly bitter at the finish. Smooth and creamy on the mouthfeel.

O: One of those beers that looks fantastic and is a bit of a letdown in taste. Great mouthfeel and smoothness... and hell, who by now hasn't had a Guiness? They say it's better in Ireland and I'd agree with that... likely just due to the freshness. Not one I'd want to drink everyday... but when in Rome...

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is jet black with a beautiful caramel colored head with nice lacing. Smells of coffee, some chocolate, and malt. Taste is a nice bite of dark chocolate with a hint of some coffee and malted caramel notes. Finish is very clean with a little dryness. Overall a very nice beer for any season.

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Photo of PhillyB
4.11/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I was fortunate enough to come across a six-pack of this beer that was actually made in Ireland. So glad I snatched it up!

Look: Almost totally opaque black with just the slightest hint of brown in intense light.

Smell: This smells amazing. Bitter dark chocolate, cream, and the slightest coffee.

Taste: Better once it warms up a little, then the same as the aroma. Cold from the fridge it tastes of nothing, but as it gets closer and closer to room temperature the flavors come out.

Feel: Slight bite, very creamy overall with a slight chalkiness on the finish.

Overall: This is not the weakling that Canada produces. This is a proper porter from the proper brewers!

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Photo of KyleBlack
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

It is a pitch black color. It has a foamy head that sticks to the brim of your glass. It smells like brown sugar. The buzz is very good. Very relaxed. It tastes like a malt with brown sugar but had a very bitter after taste. It's not the greatest beer. Not a fan.

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Photo of ABabbidge
4.17/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Pitch black body. Head is tan and foamy that sticks to the glass.

S: Roasted malt and coffee.

T: Roasted malt and brown sugar sweetness, followed by coffee notes that is a little more bitter, but in a good way.

O: Pretty tasty. I have always loved the taste and mouthfeel of the nitro version (any nitro beer really) but I think this one just has a fuller body and more flavor than it's brother Guinness draught. I think this is my new favorite Guinness product.

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Photo of Bigcountry101
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Out of all the beers in tried this beer is at one of the top ranking beers, best Guinness that I've tried, it's everything thing I look for in an Irish Stout great top great appearance a nice dark pitch black, sort of a coffee/chocolate taste with a Bold punch in the back of the throat, like strong beers, im just starting to try different beers so I'm looking for new taste so this beer was great for me the first beer to set it self apart from other beers for me

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: quite dark. A bit of light sneaking through but not much. Fairly dense tan head,
Smell: dry, pretty subtle (to my nose today) coffee, chocolate roast.
Taste: again, subtle but tasty. Enjoyable, Guinness seems to have paved the way for the big crazy stouts I love today.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.46/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Black, with a thick beige head.

Smell: Malts and coffee.

Mouthfeel/ Taste: Very smooth full bodied. Taste of coffee and Malts with a nice bitter aftertaste.

Overall: Good Stout, probably better than the Guinness' stout they have.

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Photo of jrsqc7
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's like a summer time friend comes by not as often as you would like and when it's gone you wonder if you or they changed. Its good not great but reliable and easy to find.

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Photo of alarum
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

First time ever to drink Guinness Extra Stout. I drank four bottles in a short period of time after 6:00PM. If this stuff has 6.00% alcohol by volume, then what I drank must have been sent through the line where they take the alcohol out.

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Photo of Rock_Glenn
2.41/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Pours like a Guinness, but with a less impressive head. The carbonation does not complement the brew as Nitro does. Has a sour taste to it, and the smoothness of a normal Guinness is simply not present. Not terrible, however, I was perfectly fine drinking this, but this is far from a world class brew.

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Photo of THSdrummer
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours brown-black with a thick creme colored head. Head retention is modest, but leaves behind a great deal of lacing. Malt notes in the aroma range from roasted and toasted, to biscuit and bread. The aroma is a little more oomph over the Guinness Draught. The flavor profile is very similar to the aroma in that the notes range from roasted and toasted to biscuit malts. Coffee, dark chocolate, and dark fruits round out the flavor profile. Mouth feel is moderate-to-thick, with a good consistency. It finishes dry, as it should for its style. Overall, it's a good stout. Not a huge fan of dry stouts, but trying not to let that effect my review/ratings. I do prefer this over the Guinness Draught in all categories.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of JustLikeMyDad
2.88/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark brown, almost black in color. Like coffee.
Small foam head, think, tan in color.

Smells of dark roasted chocolate or coffee.

Tastes bitter like a coffee, or roasted dark chocolate.

Drinks smoothish, not as smooth or creamy as the Draught, kinda has a small "bite" to it.

Overall, it's decent, full body, not thin, not too strong.

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Photo of OldSwampy
4.26/5  rDev +15.1%
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 MusaJames
4.42/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Right off the beer poured real easy. Slight head. Not much to offer in the fragrance department, perhaps because of my allergies, so don't take my opinion too seriously on that matter. Taste was really good; Nice coffee like flavor with a good bitterness that didn't overpower. Feel definitely stood out from the draught variety as this beer had much more carbonation.

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Photo of hopmashian
4.31/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the Guinness storehouse in Dublin. Never have liked this before I tasted it at the source. Black, carmel smell with a slight underlying bitterness at the finish. Ubiquitous in Ireland and the standard of Stouts. Really good. Goes well with oysters.

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Photo of Grindelvasdrum
3.89/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into glass stein.
A-Black with one finger dark tan head, little lacing.
S-Faint sweet roasted malt, coffee, chocolate.
T-Roasted sweet malts, coffee, & faint bitter chocolate.
M-Very nice creaminess & full bodied.
O-The very satisfying mouthfeel & interesting
subtle marriage of both mild bitter & mild sweetness
make it an easy drinker.

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Photo of Resiferi
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had in a bomber for ~$2.50, a great deal all considered. Not a ton to say that hasn't been said already, it's popular world wide for a good reason. An extremely drinkable example of the style, shies away from the strong roasted flavor or apparent bitterness of some other stouts to a surprising degree, making it go down quite easy.

Smells fairly generic, though seeing as how it's a genre setting example so to speak, it's not really unexpected. Most stouts smell like Guinness rather than vise versa. Same as for the feel, smoother than the usual beer, not to the point of nitro but a notable lack of carbonation kick. A good thing for the taste I would say.

A good if slightly high ABV session beer, nothing out of the ordinary but nothing of concern either, a good standby and obviously available pretty much anywhere under the sun.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.11/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Looks good, a lighter color than your average stout, we'll call this one dark brown. Full on multi inch head development that is solid retention wise. Aroma was a little roasty, not much else.

Taste is a smooth mild ride, roastiness takes a back seat, almost no hops. Nothing bitter. Any notes of coffee, chocolate, hopping or whatever is gone, nothing adjunct like. Not even all that dry really.

Can always drink in a pinch though.

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Photo of mmmbeer89
3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is both sweeter and more bitter somehow than most stouts, it's a weird combo but it's still a pretty good beer but i've had stouts that are way better than this one.

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Photo of AuntBea
4.19/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I read that Guinness tastes better in England and Ireland. That is so true!! I got to have it in a pub in London called The Audley. Great atmosphere and the beer tasted great! Had a little chill to it. Not a heavy taste to it like I was expecting. It went down way too easy! I hope I have the same experience with it back in the States. Cheers!

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Photo of ljdrinksbeer
4.17/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L - billowing think tan head, almost black body
S - roasted malt, chocolate
T - pleasantly bitter, roasted malts and chocolate flavor, nice malty sweetness balancing the bitterness
F- light to medium body very smooth.
O - glad to get the brewed in Dublin stout back in the states.

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Photo of adamhdg
4.63/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: deep, dark, rich blackness with a beautiful tan head
S: malt and coffee
T: strong flavors of coffee and chocolate
F: smooth
I: loved it more than any other up until now

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Photo of BlakeA85
4.54/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is an exceptional beer. My introduction to stouts, like a few others, was grand.
Pours a very dark brown, nearly black. Leaves a really nice head about a finger tall, leaving really nice globs of lacing along the way. Smells very pleasant, roasted malt and almost a dark chocolately aroma. Taste was phenomenal: creamy; nutty; and bittersweet with that poppy sizzle that Extra Stout offers. Feel, though thin, was very very drinkable and I was taking sips very often rather than letting it sit a minute before my next sip with some less drinkable stuff.
Overall, An excellent stout that and I would expect no less from Guinness themselves.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid Irish stout. Nice and dark with a good head and lots of lacing. Great roasted malt smell with coffee and some nuttiness. The taste is the same with a mild sweetness and a nice dry finish. There is a nice bitterness to this beer. This was definitely a pleasure to drink.

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