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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Reviews: 1,356 | Ratings: 4,130
Photo of Beerdeathexperience
4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
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 +1.1%
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 Stevo2007
4.6/5  rDev +24.3%
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 -5.4%
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 +11.1%
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 +1.6%
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 -2.7%
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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Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
4.04/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

This beer was my gateway beer into craft brews,so I had to give it a rating.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle,into a Funky Buddha snifter.

1 finger,khaki colored head,that fades fast.Black in color with no light showing through.Light carbonation .

On the nose I get dark roasted malts,and light roasted coffee notes.

On the palate I get much of the same.Dark roasted malts,light roasted coffee.Im also getting a little bit of chocolate in the aftertaste.

The body is medium / thin,with a dry finish.

This used to be the only beer I drank,but after being introduced to the world of craft beer,and with all the amazing stouts on the market,I just don't have the desire for it.Still a good beer ,that will always have a place in my heart....awwwwww.

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Photo of MinerBob
4.06/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok this is Guinness the legend. Not a big fan of dark beer but this is good and smooth. The color of motor oil with a deep carmel head and a nice smell. As far as dark beers goes this is probably one of the best smooth flavor and easy swallow without an aftertaste.

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Photo of Hoosteez
4.68/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Nice and dark in the sniffer with a brownish head which is about 1 and a half fingers smell is great light light coffee scent along with malty notes taste I always refer to this as the beef stew of beers there's chocolatey notes and vegatable like happiness the after taste is very nice not gonna lie the burps are delicious the Southfield nice and full bodied all together the overall is amazing my favorite beer as of now

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Photo of Travis_B93
5/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The ABV says 6.00% but its now 5.6% and is my most favorite drink. The taste and smell of yeasty doughy bread which to me is very appealing. Head is less appealing than the draught but still wonderful.

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Photo of tosimowicz
2/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Disclaimer: I'm not a beer expert, just a casual drinker that likes to log my uneducated and fairly uninformed opinions. Just couldn't get past the taste! It had strong olive notes and I strongly dislike olives. The other ratings are more or less guesses because I couldn't get past the taste to think about anything else and I didn't want another sip to try.

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Photo of crimsonfloyd
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black with an inch of light brown head. Smells of chocolate and malts. Tastes of chocolate upfront; coffee and cola follow it up. In contrast to the draught, extra stout is sharper and more bubbly. Overall, this is very good, but not quite on par with the draught.

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

Presentation: 11.2 oz bottle stating "Product of Ireland" poured into a pint glass.

Look: Black with a thick, chunky two finger tan head. Excellent head retention.

Smell: Deep roasted malts up front, followed by molasses, and finishing with alcohol.

Taste: Complex roasted malts, followed by a hint of warming alcohol, finishing with a nice roasted, almost smokey taste on the swallow.

Feel: Medium body balances perfectly with the flavors.

Overall: A very good beer, it definitely does justice to it's legendary reputation.

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Photo of ThePold
4.38/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From a bottle into a Guinness branded glass. What can an American say about this other than thank you? It's like drinking a milky pillow. Mine was like all the others here, dark and malty, and like making love to your best friend. Ah, um, the one you mean to love, that is.

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Photo of mattroc000
4.59/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is the best stout (dark beer) that I've had yet (10-14-16)! It's better than the Guinness Draught because it has some carbonation that evens out the deep richness of the beer. Even with the great flavour, it is very heavy on the stomach and is almost too malty. I would have to be in the mood for it, but I could definitely drink more of this beer!

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Photo of blairnheatherbeerreviews
4.31/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

This beer embodies the proverbial sense of having a great time. Whether it's the fantastic jet black appearance, the robust malty flavor, or the mouthwatering delicious taste you're after, this is a beer that needs to be stocked in your fridge. At all times.

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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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