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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): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of whynot44
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reddish black, with a milk chocolate colored head that lasts a while before retreating to lace. Full bodied, an interesting blend of bitter and sweet, with a rich fruity malt base tasting of roasted coffee, with a touch of chocolate. Dry hops finish.

Smooth, very flavorful, could take some getting used to. Miller Light and Corona fans probably shouldn't bother. Could be addictive.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The last time I tried a Guinness Extra Stout was in 1979 and I absolutely hated it. My favorite beer at the time was Stroh's becasue it went down so eay (in other words it had little if any taste). So 26 years later I give Guinness a second chance.
Poured a dark almost black brew with tannish chunky head. Smell is very light with notes of caramel, coffee, and toasted malt. Taste is exceptional with a big toasty maltiness combined with a caramel sweetness and a dry bitterness. What a complex taste!. Aftertaste is an extreme dryness that is superb.
Why did I wait 26 years to give this beer a second chance?

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Photo of battlekow
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing this simultaneously with regular Guinness Draught. They're both almost-opaque black, just a little bit of ruby showing through when held up to the light. The head on the Extra is much darker than on the original, and thinner. It's a dirty brown color and settles much thinner than the head on the original. Lacing is very good. Smells much better than its cousin, roasted instead of smoked/burnt. There are also some sour, dark fruit tones, like olives. Tastes olivey upfront, with some nice roasted bitterness following. Mouthfeel is a little harsh; this beer could stand to lose some carbonation. The Extra is no doubt far superior to the Draught, but still nothing exceptional.

Note: according to the bottles, the Extra Stout was brewed in Canada, but the Draught imported directly from Ireland.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.41/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lucky me...a friend traveled back from the GUINNESS brewery. This is the big bottle too. Doesn't say the size but it looks like a 20 oz'er.

Pours a standard dark brown onyx allowing through some glimmers of violet light, topped off woth a khaki ivory 1/4 " head cap that sticks to the sides of the glass.

Light aromas of surprisingly fruit mostly with slight roasted malt and leafy hops.

First swigs: Slight berry and floral flavors. Clean malty slightly coffee bitter center. Flavors and feel are intertwined. Tight dense carbonation. Easy flavor and carbonation promotes drinkability, but at the same time I wouldn't really seek it again.

Last swigs: Lacks any real power. Just a light stout that is quite benign. The only real reason to drink this is pure curiosity. Other than that, better local stouts abound. More free gift beer. Lucky me.

Beer is good. Happy free exotic beering.

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Photo of joecast
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ahh guinness. cant get more irish than that right?? wrong!
guinness EXTRA stout!! extra guinness=extra irish!
nice enough looking label....but...whats this?? on the side??

now im no contract brew basher, but i was a tad disappointed when i saw that. and by that i probably admit to being the last BA to think guinness came from ireland. oh well, on to the review.

pours a great looking black color with a smallish lace of a head. interestingly, the head increased in size while i was whining about where guinness comes from. head is tan and foamy.

roasted/black malt aroma. not much else there, but what else should it have?

taste is almost a replica of the aroma. decent roasted/black malt with a hint sweetness and a light bitter finish. nicely weighted mouthfeel. smooth.

not quite guinness on steroids. maybe protien shakes and power bars though.

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Photo of etaggie09
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pitch plack. does not allow any light to pass through. It just dares you to drink it. Quickly diminishing tan head that leaves an average amount of lacing. Only the color was impressive, every other aspect was average.

Aroma: a vinous, fruity, and roasted smell. Molasses. No hops present. Almost smells like a muted version of a belgian ale, similar in that it is fruity and vinous, but different in that it is much more roasty.

Taste: Burnt coffee. Start is moderately roasted with a faint dark fruit sweetness that carries the roastiness through smoothly to a bitter, moderately dry finish. Leaves a bitter aftertaste that isn't unpleasant. Tastes similar to an American Stout, but only a little sweeter and weaker.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation. With all of the hype surrounding Guinness' thick mouthfeel, I was disappointed to find it too carbonated and thin for my taste. It wasn't significantly thin or carbonated, but it just wasn't what I expected.

Drinkability: Very easy. I had it on two different occasions. I consumed three of the twelve ounce bottles with drinking room to spare on the first night. The second night I had a pint and six ounce bottle that was sufficient for me. Not a heavy beer.

Notes: Well, my first encounter with Guinness is over and I must say that this beer does not live up to the hype surrounding it. It is a good beer to be sure, but it is not incredibly thick, heavy, or bitter. Is it a great beer? Not in my book it isn't. Is it a bad beer? Certainly not. This is definately a fallback beer for me. I need something with more flavor and more body. A respectable beer nonetheless. It is certainly better than Beamish, but it is nowhere near as good as Shakespeare Stout.

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Photo of mjohn27603
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours very dark as a Guinness should. Not as pretty as the nitro cans in terms of foaming and action in the glass. A large (over 3 finger) head develops. First sip reveals a much more bitter taste than the regular Guinness. A sweet taste like bittersweet chocolate. Aftertaste leaves a slightly roasted flavor. A nice and pretty average stout that leaves me wanting the normal Guinness. Not as smooth as the nitro cans.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This is the first time for a Guinness for me. Poured a dark brown/black with a one-finger head which took a little while to disipate, with slight lacing. Has a sweet smell. I have to get use to the taste, but not really that bad. The Extra Stout has a medium body to it. The after taste is not that bad, but I guess I have to get use to it. As of right now, the drinkability is not to high.

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Photo of neonbrown82
3.39/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had drank many varieties of stouts before even trying Guinness (Rogue, Boulevard, Sierra Nevada, etc.), so when I first had a Guinnes Draught, I was none too impressed. I read some reviews about the Foreign Export Stout, however, and it sounded as if it were awesome, so I thought I would try the dumbed down american version.

Pours to a very dark brown color with no light penetration. Had a good tannish head. It doesn't LOOK as cool as it does from the nitro tap/bottle/can, but it sure as hell produces a better result all around. Nitro? Bleh!

The smell is almost exactly like Newcastle brown. Dark and nutty, coffee and earthy, but quite sweet and malty more than anything else.

The taste is not much different. Tastes like a souped up Newcastle. Only a bit more roasty and flavorful, but not quite as quenchable. Just slightly above average. This is quite the improvement from the nitro charged draught bullshit, but still not my favorite stout (expectedly).

The mouthfeel isn't nearly as creamy as the draught, as was expected, but that is the ONLY thing that I like about nitro pours, other than the nifty cascading head.

The finish is a bit sour. Lacks any roasted bitterness or hop bitterness, though the hops are slightly evident. It's not nearly as bad as the Guinness draught, but it still isn't a good stout.

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Photo of Naes
3.66/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is jet black with a frothy dark cream colored head that stays with you throughout your drink. It also laces quite well.

Its aroma is malty and sweet.

The flavor has more hop presence than its aroma implies, though it is nicely balanced by the malts. It’s a nice and roasty stout with a good hop presence and a tiny bit of chocolate in the end.

The mouth feel is rich and thick with a bit of aftertaste chew.

This one is a highly drinkable stout, much better than I remember it being. Although I don’t feel that it lives up to all the hype surrounding this brew. If you have dismissed this beer, it’s probably worth giving it another try.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A good offering from the Guinness line. Poured out similarly to traditional Guinness, with a nice head that was very dense and brown cream colored. Not a very strong aroma, but hints of earth, coffee and herbs were noted. Taste was quite nice, flavors of coffee, hops and a smoke-like quality. Very filling. Decent mouthfeel, slightly creamy. Worth a try for fans of Guinness and dry stouts.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I sure hope there's a big difference between this and Guinness Draught. That was the worst letdown I've ever had with a beer.
I'm expecting this to be at least a little better.

Pours the expected pitch black color, with an average-sized tan frothy head. The nose is of very intense sweet roasted malts. It smells much sweeter than I expected. The taste is strong and appealing, also a little tart. And whattya know? A million times tastier than Guinness Draught. I notice sweet malts and a touch of coffee beans, both brought on with just the right amount of bitterness. Mouthfeel is not light at all, but probably a little thinner than medium-bodied. I'm sure I could drink a few of these before I got tired of them.

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Photo of jdm
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours a creamy one finger head that leaves lace on sides of glass as it fades. ebony color that only bright, direct sunlight can begin to penetrate. i smell roasted malt with a faint sweetness. bittering is definitely there but i don't think over-done. has a faint sour taste that i haven't heard anyone talk about b4. tried another and still get faint sour. doesn't ruin it but doesn't help it either. finishes quite dry. i prefer this swarthy fellow over macro's but i can't get past the sour.

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Photo of kbnooshay
3.54/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Mmmm. Pours a nice deep black/brown with a really great thicky looking tan/brown head. It smells of coffee and chocolate. It is fairly bitter but splendid. It is sharp with hops yet malty. The mouthfeel is nice and coating. I could drink a few of these, maybe not quite as much as regular guinness though.

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Photo of beersarang
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black with hints of ruby in the light. Tan head that is frothy with large bubbles. Impressive and recedes but never quite gives up.

Scents of roasted malts, coffee and chocolate.

Huge roasted malt presence, light Kent hopping blends in well. Fairly two dimensional, but solid. Finishes dry, as it should. Overall roasted coffee defines this beers character.

Fairly light to medium bodied, I would have liked it to be a little thicker.

Overall a solid stout, a good standby that is available everywhere. Avoid the draft, it's practically sweet water.

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Photo of weeare138
2.78/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appears a deep, roasted black with a decent 2 inch, sudsy tan head. Streaks of sticky lacing can be seen with no carbonation forthcoming.
Smell is of huge amounts of crystal malt with some chocolate malt and a mild dose of grassiness.
Taste seems to be a numbing crystal malt shot with an uncomfortable, unbalanced taste the lingers with a tiny bit of bitter cocoa and grass.
Mouthfeel is smooth at first but becomes very thin and washed out towards the end with an annoying, unbalanced linger that leans towards a bitter sweet, dry unappetizing finish.
All in all, I wouldn't really want more than one of these. I seem to like the nitro version of this a bit more.

Not so good, Al.

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Photo of horndecker
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted from the large brown bottle (500ml?), no nitro, no nothin'. I have no idea where this bottle was brewed. Ireland?, Canada?, under license in Hackensack?

It's the deepest dark brown, almost black. A fine frothy head develops, with the color and character of a cup of hot cocoa. It subsides only very slowly and obstinately.

The smells are all espresso, cocoa powder and a bit of fresh grassiness.

The first sip delivers a mineral bitterness, burnt flavors of roasted malt and a hint of smoky stewed fruit. A dollop of dusty sweetness appears just before the bitter end. Smooth and balanced, with a persistant bitter aftertaste at the back of one's throat. It all sits very nicely and you're ready for the next sip.

In some ways I enjoyed this more than the typical draught you get here in the States. Seems richer and more interesting. I should do a blind A-B tasting somehow....

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Photo of Padron4KM
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours out inky blak with ruby tinges. Thick tan head that recedes slowly.
lots of sticky lace left behind.
aroma of grain and roasted coffee, a little chocolatey sweetness.
flavor is roasty coffee, with an underlying sweetness.
I still like this once in a while.

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Photo of deejaydan
4.43/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an inky black color with a frothy whipped head. Unreal lacing on this too. Aroma of roasted malts, with an hint of the guinness *twang*. Taste is upfront roasty, slighty sweet in the middle, with a clean slight hop finish. Mouthfeel is nice, full. Carbonation level is good, and it doesn't get in the way.

This is a classic beer. I'm not a huge fan of the nitro stuff, but this is a great beer.

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Photo of MrSeth
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an all-around good stout. Nice tan head with good retention of foam. The color is a coffee or cola brown. The nose isn't great.. if you work at it you get deep rich malt, but it is surprisingly not that forthcoming considering how heavy it is in the taste. The mouthfeel is thick, very coating heavy malt. I can remember the Extra Stout having alot more pucker in past examples that I've had. Now it's almost mild.. hmm.. The finish is still fairly dry.. with just a tiny hint of bitter hops. Having a bomber of this stout during a cool late evening summer session is fantastic.

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Photo of MurphyMacManus
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

To date, I haven't tried many stouts, but so far, this one is my favorite; much better than Guinness Draught. The extra stout has a much stronger roasted flavor and more bitterness to the finish, which I enjoyed very much. The mouthfeel isn't as thick as the nitro version, but the taste, in my opinion, makes up for that. It starts off on the same note as a dark roast coffee--a French roast or an espresso roast would probably be the closest comparison, with hints of a high-cacao chocolate--and has a nice, dry, lingering finish. I swear I can still taste an extra stout for an hour after I've finished drinking it.
The only downside to this one is that, even on an empty stomach, I can only handle a maximum of 3 before feeling full, though I suppose that was the original aim of the extra stout: a beer that could serve to replace a meal if necessary.
All in all, I was very happy with this beer and will most definitely be buying it again. It may not be the best out there, but it does pretty well.

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Photo of dgthompson
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nothing can match Guinness from a tap. The Draught cans come close. This bottled version is quite different from both tap and the draught cans, but still a very enjoyable beer. Pours nice and dark with a nice tan head. The head stays around for the life of the beer. Smells great, as good as any version of Guinness. The difference is in the feel/taste. This is a lighter, thinner beer than the draught/tap version. I wouldn't say it is more watery, just thinner. Don't expect the same feel/taste as the draught/tap version, you'll be disappointed. While I normally like the thicker draught version, I do sometimes like this version better because it is lighter. For example, a hot summer day at a BBQ - I would rather drink a few bottles of this than the draught can type - not as heavy on you, you can really down these with enjoyment.

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Photo of maek228
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pitch black. Poured with a nice two finger head. Retained a frothy layer on top of the beer. Nice

Smell: Dark chocolate, expresso, burnt malts/barley. Smells like a good irish stout.

Taste: Burnt and roasted flavors are very prevelant. Some hint of sweetness...mainly a dark chocolately taste. Has an astringent expresso flavor as well. Finishes with a medium and not all too impressive hop kick. Very dry finish

Mouthfeel: Thick. Coats the inside of your mouth and makes you go "AH!"

Drinkability: The dry aftertaste makes it tough to whack these bad boys

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Photo of BigRedN
3.34/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

St. Patty's day, time for me to make my once a year purchase of mass quantities of Guiness. I can find this in 6's along with the nitro bottles (and Harps) for $6.99, when it regularly sells for between $9-10. I only buy it at the low price, I just feel that that is what its worth, not the exorbitant prices that this normally sells at. I actually consumed a bottle while reading the posts on the "dumbing down" of Guinness. Hmmm, interesting.

Appearance: Poured into a standard pint glass. Black, when held to the light, still pretty darn dark, maybe with better lighting this may be reddish, but held to a 60 watt light bulb, still dark. Big tan head, at least 2 inches. Had to stop the pour, then finish. Head lingered well into the first few sips, lacing down the glass to the finish.

Smell: Malty, a little roasted/burnt aroma. Scent of chocolate and coffee. Slightly sweet to my senses.

Taste: Malty, a little sweetness, with a hint of hops bitterness detected.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, very smooth and creamy yet thick.

Drinkability: I'll admit it, I can't have more than two. For some reason, I just can't. That doesn't necessarily mean that this is a bad drinking beer, this beer just wears me out. Perhaps that is another reason I only purchase this about once a year.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer pours a very dark black, not quite opaque as I could still see some resemblences of light while holding it up to a bright, snowy, NC sky. The smell is of coffee and maybe chocolate? Lots of hop bitterness with touches of chocolate and coffee maybe a nut-raisin. There is a lingering bitterness long after the initial taste that resonates on the back and sides of the tongue and on the back palate. The mouthfeel is very dry. Due to the dryness and extreme bitterness in the aftertaste, one pint of this beer and my tastebuds are shot and therefore not a session beer.

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Guinness Extra Stout (Original) from Guinness Ltd.
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