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Guinness Extra Stout (Original) | Guinness Ltd.

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Guinness Extra Stout (Original)Guinness Extra Stout (Original)

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Guinness Ltd.

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of mattcrill
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have a soft spot in my heart for Guinness as this was the beer that got me started on beers other than American macros. That being said, this is not the Guinness I started drinking (which was the pub draught cans/bottles) but a much better version.
Appearance: 12 oz. brown/black bottle with the traditional Guinness label on the front. Pours black with a nice but small brown/tan head. Nice chunky lacings around the glass.
Smell: I get a hint of sweetness, roasted malts, maybe a hint of coffee
Taste and mouthfeel: The first taste I get is sweet. Almost like raisins. Definitely a textured and complex taste. Light carbonation and very easy going down.
I limited myself to one of these tonight but I could have had all three. Since I started trying other craft beers I had strayed away from Guinness. This definitely renewed a long time love for me. Have to give HardTarget the nod for helping me find this one. A classic stout to be sure.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presented in a 12oz bottle and a poured into a standard pint glass while waiting for my flight to Phoenix. Had a uniform ebony color topped with a sturdy mocha colored head that left big chunks of lace behind.
The nose had a modest roasted malt aroma flanked by some mild burnt coffee grounds and a light fruitiness. The taste was sweet up front, fruity in its presence. Then a more pronounced burnt grain flavor backed with a slight peat- and charcoal taste came through. The finish had a drying bitterness with just a touch of medicinal astringency to. The feel was medium leaning toward light, and dry.
Overall, Guinness Extra Stout was easily drinkable with no real drawbacks or complaints associated with it. A standard-bearer for the style.

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Photo of kbub6f
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big, doughy, light tan head collapses crazy. The beer is black, but shows very dark red edges against the light. Lots of sticky, psycho lacing. Excellent. Sweet molasses in the bready nose. Nice. Front is sweet and tangy, developing malty toffee through the middle. Gets considerably more tangy in the finish, but leaves sourish, astringent. This is good. There's really a lot of character, a lot of flavor. Not crazy about the sour finish.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Standard 12 oz brown bottle, no date, brewed in Canada.
Aroma: Sweet dark roasted malt. Smells like one of my favorite beers: Samuel Smith’s Imperial Stout.
Appearance: Dark tan quarter finger head on the pour settled down to a light coat that left a few wisps of lace. The body is black as a tar, but shows some brown clarity at the edges during a sip.
Flavor:. This isn’t “regular” Guinness at all, and seems to me to be closer to a Porter than Stout. Slightly burnt coffee, some caramel, and a few hops thrown in. There is some grainy huskiness to it as well.
Mouthfeel: Medium heavy body that has a chew and an oily coat that takes a bit to rub off. Given all of that, it has a soft overall impression.
Overall Impression: That’s a meal. Heavy, and heavy handed, the alcohol isn’t tasted but has a fair kick. It's heavy enough that I'm happy after just one, another seems a bit much, but I'll go for this beer again. A nice change of pace from the nitro-guinny.

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Photo of Sammy
3.41/5  rDev -7.8%
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 GuinnessSmurf
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Over the years, I have found this to be a better version of the "at home Guinness" experience. Here are some reasons as to why:

First, the beer pour is amazing everytime. I didn't pop the beer for head until the last 1/10 of the beer and that Guinness bottle just shot up with head.

Second, all Guinness head becomes milky awesomeness for drinking.

Thirdly, the extra stout gives you a much dryer experience. After so many Guinness Draughts, you start to feel like you have been eating chocolate/coffee icecream all night. The extra stout keeps that Guinness flavor and adds some pretzels.

Fourthly, it is a heavier beer and forces you to contimplate life more when drinking. I equate the Guinness Extra Stout to smoking fine pipe tobacco.

And finally, if you put all the bottled, canned, or widget enhanced beers in the same room, they are all out classed by the extra stout. The only thing better is Guinness on tap.

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Photo of Shaw
3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This extra stout, probably the most famous in the world, pours pitch black, as expected, with a thick brown head that settles down to a foamy layer in my glass.

It has a dry smell with a bit of roasted malt. Overall, this ale's smell is quite subdued. But the taste makes up for the so-so smell. It is quite sharp, even acidic, with a big roasted malt aftertaste. It's been a while since I had regular Guinness so I can't compare the two.

The mouthfeel is lighter than other American stouts I've had recently. I almost wish it had a bit more substance, but then I'm just being picky.

Overall this is a fine stout and a good one when you want a bit of strength without the normal heaviness.

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Photo of FranklinPCombs
2.83/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Trying this after having tried the Guinness Draught in the nitro bottle. Appearance is very strange. It's pretty dark, but the red brown hints show through and its apparent that it is transparent, just really dark. The three finger head is pretty thick and tan, but the bubbles are quite large, and it ends up looking like swiss cheese (receding unevely). The first thing i smelled when i smelled this was skunky rubber, obviously not a pleasant smell. There is some wheaty smells behind it, and a bit of malt too, but the alcohol is also apparent in the smell. Compared to the Guinness Draught, this is a little bit better, but not much really. There is a bit of charred taste to it, with a subtle earthy flavor, but theres really nothing on any other level. There is a tiny bit of fruitiness, but barely any at all, and the overriding taste is just a dry bitter flavor, and in this beer, its certainly not from hops. Its just kind of dry and chalky tasting. The aftertaste is all bitter and chalky. The mouthfeel is disappointingly thin, as I was expecting more from the "extra" stout after having the Draught. Its thin, dry and has a ton of tiny carbonation bubbles. Granted that it was free, I would take most other stouts over this one. This beer, given that I had some expectations of it to be better than regular Guinness, was quite disappointing.

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

Nice dark pour with a small tan head that dies down rather quickly. The nose is full of roasty aromas and chocolate.

The body is pretty heavy, but I feel that the flavor is a little light. The balance is very nice with a strong roasty presence meeting up with sweet chocolate flavors. The carbonation is a bit on the strong side and hurts the mouthfeel a bit. It is a drinkable beer, but you can get so much better out of a stout. It is far superior to Guinness Draught, but it still needs help.

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

Ah, this is the true Guinness, not that draught crap that they have out now. Poured out a midnight black color with a dark tan head that left quite a bit of lacing towards the end. Smell consisted roasted malts and toasted grains. Soft aroma of coffee comes into mind as well. Taste was malty, chewy, with some undertones of coffee and chocolate that knocks against the palate. Aftertaste was roasted flavors that seemed to last forever. Just an amazing stout.

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Photo of donnebaby
4.47/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Body is a solid pitchblack, with the tan head the only thing to suggest otherwise. Very controlled small-medium size bubble head, with some waxing over the top. Eventually settles to a 1-2 cm. lid, that rises and falls after each sip. Big lacing.

Smell has a strong vanilla bean component--sweet like a vanilla cream soda.

The taste is big and dry on the baking chocolate--liquid baking chocolate I was thinking. I enjoy baking chocolate, so this becomes a postive aspect..Dry to the point of smoky at the finale, like a campfire in my mouth. Lasting. A nice, subtle level of sweetness.

The right amount of carbonation I felt for this beer; more might of been too much, but less would not have helped either methinks.

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Photo of mschofield
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown or black with a three finger dark tan creamy head. The head is well structured and long lasting, never totally disappearing. Leaves sticky rings of lacing.
Coffee, darkly roasted malt aroma with minor chocolate.
The taste would be pretty sweet, but it's balanced by being a bit sour. Very roasted malt, coffee, oak, earthy hop, and caramel.
Not so much bitter as it is sour and acidic.
Full bodied.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.51/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - a very dark beer with just the barest shade of brown or red at the edges. Moderate to light pour still yielded a 2 finger tan head that receded slowly and held at a solid covering. Impressive lacing.

Aroma - smoky, some earthiness/graininess with the requisite coffee and chocolate syrup overhead. Could have more to it, but good nonetheless.

Taste - starts with a brief toasty malt, and turns markedly hoppy, quite a surprise to the taste buds. Some winy sweetness follows and a whole bunch of burnt, charcoal taste. Finishes dry, chalky, almost like a rauchbier. Guinness on steroids! This would be a good one to have with a barbecue, but otherwise it is too intense for casual drinking, you gotta really be a fan.

Mouthfeel - full, but not as heavy as it tastes. Lingers pretty long, but the intensity again is too much, too long unless you dig that kind of thing.

Drinkability - in my opinion, the flavor punch is so powerful, one is plenty. Drinking several, I'm not so sure.

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Photo of Juggernaut
2.76/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I had this not long ago over st.pats, with a friend of mine. The dark color intrigued us, as it was not a normal American brew that can be seen through.

At first taste there was quite a lot of bitterness, but I attribute some of this to the fact that my palate is not fully developed as I have just turned 21 and am new to the wide world of beer. Though bitterness gave it a bit, it led into a nice roast/smoky flavor, with a good mouth feel.

Though not for the light hearted beer fan, I surely would like to try it again once I have some more brews under my belt.

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

Years ago, after I was 21 but before I even drank beer, I bought a 4pk to share with my dad on Father's Day. We popped open the bottles and took one sip -- ewww bitter beer face!

Fastforward 7 years and 99 BA Karma points later, and this beer is boldly flavored with malt and a mild roasted flavor. There is just a tiny bit of bitterness and a semi dry finish. It's medium bodied and pretty smooth. Goes great with BBQ ribs. Much more character than any of the nitro versions.

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Photo of WetCoaster
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: While it doesn't have the now-classic cascading foam of the nitro version, it's a good-looking brew. Nearly black with a warm mahogany undertone, a moderate pour produces a rocky, finger-thick tan head. A bit of lacing.

Smell: Oddly hoppy, with a bit of peat and smoked malt. Not too shabby, but not the most complex or assertive stout out there.

Taste: Starts with a hint of syrupy malt, which is quickly overwhelmed with a biting, bitter, smoky, hoppy bite. It's very... Guinness-y. The mouthfeel is pretty thin and, while I prefer the carbonated version, the carbonation is a bit sharper than it needs to be.

Drinkability: Pretty good. The light body and flavor make it the session brew of choice in every Irish pub on Earth, but the bitterness gets to me after a few.

Tasty and largely overlooked, I think more people should give the carbonated version a shot. It's no Shakespeare or anything, but it's a solid beer that most drinkers pass on for the (IMHO) gimmicky and inferior nitro version. Classic, no; competent, yes.

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Photo of soper2000
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a wonderful midnight black with a light tan head. Who doesn't enjoy the look of this one in a pint glass? Massive aroma of roasted malts. Flavor is malty and extremely well balanced. I love the viscous mouthfeel of this beer. Canada does a great job with this one and I love the fact that it's available virtually everywhere. As with most stouts, in my opinion, it's hard to drink more than a couple of these in a row.

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Photo of jimdkc
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very dark, almost opaque black. The tiny bit of light that gets through is dark ruby color. Rocky brown head. Good malty smell, but not a very strong aroma. Taste is roasted malt, coffee and carmel with a little dark chocolate. Not nearly as bitter as I was anticipating. Very nice mouthfeel; thick and creamy. Very smooth and drinkable. Not my favorite stout, but very nice.

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

Picked up a sixer from my local Bi-Lo in Cleveland, along with some Easter candy to keep the wife happy. Pours beautifully into a pint glass, an almost black brown. A malty-tannish head bubbles up quickly and smoothly 3 ½ fingers high. The head is fine and creamy. This brew remains practically impervious to light until a direct light source is viewed behind it where a deep, deep ruby brown color is revealed. The head recedes into peaks and crags and looks lovely to me. Lacing clings stoically to the glass in large continents of creamy foam. Can’t comment on the visible carbonation here because I can’t see it.

Smell is a desert of dry, roasty malts. An earthy, bitter hop sprinkling mingles along and tickles my nose. A subtle coffee trail is detected here and the presence of sweet baked goods is hinted at here too.

Taste begins with a slightly bitter edge to it. The middle then steam-rolls over it with malts. Bitter chocolate, general-toastiness, and a burnt-coffee flavor are apparent. The finish is bolder than the middle, smacking the back of my tongue with that DRY, bitter yet earthy hop combo. The finish on here is my favorite part and probably why I find this beer so likable. Mouthfeel is excellent in my opinion, hangs around long enough to get the job done, but evacuates your mouth when you really want it to. (I used to think this was thick and heavy). Carbonation is mild and stays out of my way. Alcohol taste only plays a swift note at the end and is quickly engulfed by burnt-bitterness.

I have to say, I will always have a soft-spot for Guinness Extra Stout. I “cut my beer teeth” on it so to speak. When previously, Heineken or maybe Samuel Adams were the height of tasteful beer. Although I’m more interested in more complex or extreme beers at this point, GES is always a nice friend to fall back on.

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Photo of jwilli7122
4.23/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Color is very dark brown with clarity of motor oil. Nice big rocky brownish-tan head which eventually dissolves, but leaves a good amount of brown lacing. smell is malt- sweet, fat and buttery- and taste is much the same. In my opinion, this has very little black malt bitterness or roastiness compared to other stouts I have had, although those features are present. The first adjectives to come to mind are: malty, buttery, fat. The mouthfeel is very smooth and incredibly soft. texture is medium...substantial, but definitely not thick. This is an exceptional beer - probably the best non-hoppy, non-bitter, (relatively) non-roasty beer i've had.

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Photo of Chsyhkr
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not to be confused with Draught Guinness, this 5-6% stout is twice the beer of draught Guinness, at least in ingredients.

Black with hints of mahogany when held to the light. Pours more like an ordinary beer, no nitro in this guy. There is plenty of body to support a decent tan head. Aroma is all dark fruit with lots of fig and some coffee.

Flavor is again fruit cake, coffee,and a hint of burnt toast, with a kick ass cleansing bitterness that cleans the mouth out.

Not for the faint of heart and not labelled well enough to differentiate it from Guinness with a widget. Have two or more of the widget beer, one of these is plenty.

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Photo of ManekiNeko
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle served at cellarish temps in a Guinness pint glass.

Appearance: Jet black liquid topped by a healthy dark tan head that's purty darn rocky. Recedes to a small, but decent, layer of foam after a few minutes. Slight wisps of lacing left on the glass.

Smell: Hearty smell of roasted malts. Slight amount of smoke, but nothing overpowering. Worthy of a perfunctory sniff, but nothing to shout about.

Taste: Chewy roasted malts with slightly smoky aftertastes. Mildly bitter. Pleasant undertone of caramel flavors. Nothing overwhelming here.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with some modestly lasting aftertastes.

Drinkability: Not bad, definitely a session beer. Maybe a little overboard on the roasted flavors, though. Definitely has more character than the nitrogenated draught version, but I kinda missed the cascade effect. But hey, when I'm jonesing fer a Guinness... there's bombers of this at the 7-11.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

whilst not as creamy as guinness draft, this is probably the better of the two brews. it pours a black as hell colour with a nice frothy tan head which is long lasting and nice and sticky. the smell is rather sweet with chocolate and malt being hinted at throughout. the taste is sweet up front then bitter chocolate and coffe flavouring. then it gets a bit roasty (but still sweet) and finishes nice and dry. this is quite simply a classic brew (though not as classic as it used to be now that it's contracted in canada...it's overall goodness is down a tad too, i might add), that's quite drinkable and always enjoyable.

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

Ahh, now this is what Guinness should be. Almost perfect. The barkeep let me watch him pour this pint. Beautiful artwork. The top of the glass is flowing with this white, fluffy head that slowly disipates towards the end of the drink. Beneath it, a dark, dark drink. Tar black, with next to no light shining through. Excellent smell. Big roasted malts, floral, citrus hops, dark chocolate, burnt coffee and dry toast. Big, powerful taste. The roastyness really kicks through. Their is a bit of lemon, which seems odd in a stout. Somewhat heavy, slick mouthfeel. Very drinkable, according to the bar tab.

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Photo of Southernbrew
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black as night, nice big soapy tan head that lasts a good while. Smells quite sweet, not like the Draught. Slight caramel scent. Thick mouthfeel, light bitterness, nice sweetness. Very malty with slight chocolate notes. Goes down very smooth. Nice lacing the whole way down. Very enjoyable, definitely better than the draught bottle.

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Guinness Extra Stout (Original) from Guinness Ltd.
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