Guinness Extra Stout (Original) | Guinness Ltd.

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Guinness Extra Stout (Original)Guinness Extra Stout (Original)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Guinness Ltd.
Ireland
guinness.com

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by SixpointJMH on 11-12-2000

BEER STATS
Ratings:
4,190
Reviews:
1,379
Avg:
3.71
pDev:
15.09%
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
3.41/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Superior to the regular draft which is cheap bitter beer and some coffee taste. Smooth, basic in style whose formula is basically unchanged for the longest time. A mid-sip chocolate sweet roast and spicey malt. Bitter aftertaste but not a smuch as their draft.

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single finger tan head with nice lacing on a deep brown body with a little light getting through. Aroma of vanilla, brown sugar, roasted malts. Flavor is fairly bitter due to roasted malts and espresso. Sweetness comes from vanilla and brown sugar. These flavors are very well balanced though. Medium to full body and moderate carbonation. Despite the bitterness this one is still pretty refreshing and clean. I think I like this one more than Guiness draught.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Knapp85
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big amounts of burnt toast flavors shower your tongue on each sip. The beer is black much like most of the Guinness products. This ones probably the strongest they have put out that I know of. It's about double the Abv and twice as rich on flavor. This makes very good beer bread also.

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Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is jet black in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation around the edge of the glass. It poured with a finger high dense tan head that took a long time to die down, leaving a large patch of bubbles that nearly covered the entire surface, a collar around the edge of the glass and lacing down the sides.
S: Light to moderate aromas of roasted malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell, but doesn't seem to be that roasty and also has notes of coffee beans and slight amounts of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, dry, quite smooth, and a bit airy and creamy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: It's been a very long time since I first had this beer, but after several thousand different types of beer in between it still seems to have some nice complexities and is very much sessionable. It's definitely a lot more interesting compared to the draught version.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
2.96/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I've tried 320 some odd beers but never a Guinness in my life.. how about that.

Well, it's decent, that's for sure. Pours a nice jet black with a light brown head. Not much there aroma wise, took many whiffs and I come up with nothing. Taste is a bit alcohol heavy for only 6 % ABV.. as I swirl it around my mouth I can detect some strong alcohol burning going on. Some nice malts are also there too, but this beer's alcohol kick affects the drinkability a good deal. Meh, not what I was hoping for.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good example of another classic. Guinness' extra stout offers a good malt base with assertive amounts of roasted grains and chocolate grains for added flavor and complexity. A descent hop bittering adds a 'zip' to the flavor and aroma. The nose holds a lactic souring that I beleive adds to the beer. The same souring shows up in the flavors as well. Finishes a charcoal and chalk like dryness. Very light alcohol flavors shine through the roasted grain bittering. It's a much better beer than the Dry Stout, especially without the nitro. This beer does not need it.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, from a grocery store in Kailua-Kona in Hawaii.

This beer pours a solid black abyss, brought back to the surface by some slight back-lit cola edges, with two fingers of tight, glossy, and foamy beige head, which leaves a nice alternating array of EKG readout and honeycomb webbed lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of lightly roasted sweet grainy malt, chocolate-ensconced pears, a twinge of bland citrus, and soft leafy, earthy hops. The taste is more slight toasty and dry bready malt, bittersweet chocolate, a wee bit of anise, some mild tart fruitiness, and leafy, weedy hops. No discernible warming from the near 50% ABV jump over the standard draught offering.

The carbonation is quite restrained, the body an agreeable medium weight, and rather deftly smooth. It finishes off-dry, to be sure, the sweetness of the malt and fruit essences taking a bit of a lead over a now limping hoppiness.

Well, this Extra Stout scores better than the version available (and made in) Canada, with a nice chocolaty, and somewhat tangy, measure. Not really great, in my northern mind, of course, for a place where the time of day has absolutely zero bearing on the ambient temperature, but that's a bias unfair to this hearty quaff.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The picture on beeradvocate can be very misleading for those trying to find this product in Ireland, as it looks like a Guinness Foreign Extra Stout (yellow) label with Guinness Original written on it, when really the Irish version looks like the Guinness Extra Stout label, but its distinguishing feature is its 4.2% ABV instead of 6%. I acquired my bottle in Galway, Ireland. I served it in a Grolsch pint glass, as that was all that was available. Reviewed live.

A: Lovely tan head, vibrant and full of cream, with marvelous thickness, five fingers and of excellent retention. Black colour (though allegedly it's technically a very dark ruby).

Sm: Roasted barley, coffee, chocolate, toffee, cream. Quite complex and lovely.

T: All of the notes from the nose come out in the body, riding on top of the roasted barley foundation. Wonderful. The coffee joins the roast to comprise the finish, which is welcome after the chocolate and toffee of the climax. Wonderfully balanced and quite nicely built. I'm surprised this isn't a more popular Guinness offering.

Mf: Exemplary of a proper Irish stout. Wet on the open, and dry from the climax through the finish in order to coax the next sip out of the consumer. Coarse enough to allow the flavours to linger but smooth enough that they don't overstay their welcome. Artfully crafted, and very complementary of the flavours on the body. It is a bit too wet on the climax at times, a notable difference from other Guinness offerings.

Dr: Affordable by Irish standards, and if I remember right also by USA standards. At 4.2% ABV,it's easy drinking and quite filling but also low calorie. The name can be misleading, as foreign extra and John Martin import are closer to the original flavour than either this or the draught, but it remains a great beer. Certainly worth a go.

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Photo of brentk56
4.26/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: The classic Guinness pour that forms a massive head from the bottom up; great retention and leaves sheets of lace

Smell: Roasted malt with charcoal, coffee and dark fruit esters

Taste: Roasty, up front, with coffee and dark fruit (hints of blackberry and banana) flavors that develop by mid-palate; after the swallow, there is a modest bittering from the grassy hops and a distinct sour note that adds complexity; the finish is dry and roasty

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I was prepared to dismiss this beer but I found I really enjoyed it - this is the Extra Stout that is brewed in Canada for US distribution

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Photo of zeff80
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - It is a dark black color with a small creamy/tan head. The head never really goes away and leaves lacing.

S - Smells of roasted maltiness and chocolate.

T - It is bitter and malty. It has a coffee-like aftertaste. A little bittersweet.

M - It is soft on the tongue and medium-bodied.

D - I always enjoy Guinness beers and this is no exception.

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Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 4/24/2014. Pours nearly pitch black color with a 2 finger dense and rocky khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Dense soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, light dark fruit, light char, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt notes; with good strength. Taste of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, light dark fruit, light char, and roasted earthiness. Fair amount of roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roast, toast, dark bread, light char, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and complexity of dark/roasted malt flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and lightly creamy/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice dry stout. All around good complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.39/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle picked up at Total Wine in Alexandria. Served in a Hill Farmstead wine glass.

Pour brings a black-bodied brew with a good-sized light tan head. Head sticks around for a bit before fading into a nice cap with quite a bit of lacing on the edges of the glass. The nose is pretty off with some roast and chocolate plus a bit of cardboard. Slight metallic character there as well. The flavor is really bad. It's metallic and oxidized with some dry roast. Feel is metallic. Just not a very good beer. I really wish they'd only make the Foreign Extra Stout.

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Photo of mothman
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured in Sam Adams Sensory Glass

Color is a dark molasses brown. Thick and fluffy tan brown head that leaves decent lacing.

Smell is of roasted carmel nuts and slight pine hops. Taste is very malty, almost smokey. Many roasted malts are present.

Mouthfeel is smooth, but it seems to be very cold on the throat.

Overall, this stout seemed to be a lot thinner than the ones I am used to drinking. There really wasn't anything to special with this beer, but I think it could make a good session stout.

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Photo of nickfl
3.56/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - One finger of light tan head that slowly settles and leaves spotty lace. The body is black with just a slight hint of ruby showing through around the edges.

S - Brown, malty aroma with a little bit of watery caramel. Slightly nutty.

T - Slightly sour malty flavor develops into bitter, burnt coffee roast character. Slight hop character in the middle. Finish is all burnt malt.

M - Medium to thin body, medium high carbonation, and a very dry finish.

D - Easily drinkable. Kind of one dimensional, but full flavored and satisfying. Definitely preferable to the bottled or canned draught.

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I always seem to pick up some Guinness or Beamish once every few months,pours a pitch black with a creamy off white head.The aroma is of roasted malt with some light fruitiness.Taste is cofee-like and highly roasted with a metallic aftertaste.Hey its a classic and readily availabe I go back to it alot.

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