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:
4,205
Reviews:
1,380
Avg:
3.71
pDev:
15.09%
 
 
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Photo of bkwhoppa66
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rizzy17
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Atg1095
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mattfred98
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Narthax
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of bshefftz
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Marco_Gtz
3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hackattack
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was pretty much the only widely available, seriously dark brew you could get here in the U.S.....WAY before the stouts/porters brewed by today's American crafters. Speaking of which beat this for better flavor handily. But this does have a lot of character.

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Photo of JayDaehler
2.4/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of RandyCongdon
4.06/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was the beer that introduced me to the world of stouts and helped make them my favorite style. This is a complex beer with many nuances. Every time I try it, I pick up on another element to the smell or taste. This will likely lead to my amending this review. I honestly think there are inconsistencies from batch-to-batch due to larger scale production. I will focus on the features characteristic to best bottles I have had.

Look- Amazing. There is no more appealing beer to me than Guinness in a proper glass. The beer itself is an extremely dark brown to near- black. There is a 1/8 inch thick, light tan head that stay with the brew until the end. The lacing is, of course, famous. It costs the sides of a clean glass in a way that is somewhat reminiscent of a spiderweb.

Smell- Generally, the first aroma one picks up is molasses.Burnt coffee is also very noticeable. Hints of caramel, and sometimes honey can be detected. Dried fruit is also present. The overall aroma is slightly sweet. It also can be described as a bit toasty,

Taste- The aroma carries over well into the taste. You can detect the molasses, for sure. It is even more pronounced on a really good batch. The coffee aspect is also present, but to a lesser degree. The taste is bittersweet, and the sweetness is heightened a bit more in the best batches.

Feel- There is a nice, carbonated bite on the tongue right away. The bitterness is slightly astringent but not at all unpleasant. The swallow is just a bit creamy, and the bitterness is stays on the back of the throaty for a moment. Aside from the look, the feel might be the most outstanding feature of this beer, as it enhances the taste and overall experience.

If the batch is fresh, this is one of my all-time favorite beers. If you are looking to see what a typical stout is like, I can't think of a better example. It pairs very well with desserts, especially chocolate cake. As mentioned, don't be surprised if each experience with this beer is a little different. It is regarded highly around the world for a very good reason. In fact, I have personally given individual bottles of this beer perfect 5/5 reviews in the past, only to drop the smell and taste ratings because of the inferiority of another batch. When it's at its best, this beer honestly merits top marks. Others have also noticed variances in quality, irrespective of dates. This probably has to do with mass marketing.

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Photo of Shawnspl
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dr_Gonzo
5/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a very fantastic dark and hearty beer to savor. Very rich stout that flushes the mouth with a lovely heavy taste and smells almost like leather. Feels very firmly smooth and goes down really well.

Nice foreign beer to indulge in casually for sure.

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Photo of dar482
3.44/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TerryMills
3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

What can I say , its thin and not much going on other than some slightly bitter roasted flavor with a weird metallic finish..

In the modern world of craft beer this is laughable but if you're stuck somewhere that only has shitty choices of beer I would take Guinness over Budweiser lol..

Very drinkable, just nothing special.

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Photo of SpaethJam
3.57/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 94rocker1
4.72/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Evilyak
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

out of a bottle.

pours pretty nice. black, with a thin, tan head.

like a lot of things on here, after thousands of reviews i'm not going to say anything remarkable. it's a fucking guinness. you know what you're getting here. it's not on nitro, so it's more carbonated. it's some some chocolate and roasty notes. it's got a hint of bitterness at the end. easily quaffed.

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Photo of dsshuck
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

S: Medium to medium low coffee and roast aromas rise from the glass.

L: deep dark brown to black with slow rising bubbles under a 2" tan foam cap with good retention.

T: The palate starts with a mild coffee roast - nothing burnt or harsh - seasoned with a touch of dried fruit, a hint of sweetness and some mild chocolate notes.

F: The texture is creamy. medium full bodied with fine soft carbonation.

O: This beer is a real treat.

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Photo of EmeraldMist
3.87/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Look - Pours black with ruby highlights when held up to light. Two fingers of beige head, no lacing.

Smell - Sweet and sour, charred malt, leather

Taste - Ashy roasted malt body, caramel sweetness, dry bitterness, sour yeasty aftertaste.

Feel - Medium bodied, loads of carbonation. Drinkable but not as creamy or luxurious as most stouts.

Overall - Good beer. If it weren't for the price I'd buy it more often.

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Photo of PlinyMeNow
3.61/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Guinness Extra Stout 5.6% ABV 12-oz bottle poured into an oversized tulip glass.
Pours jet black and I made the mistake of an overly aggressive pour, getting 3 inches of thick tan head with long retention. Not a strong aroma - notes of toasted malts, roasted coffee beans. The taste is where it comes together - bitter chocolate, sweet burnt caramel malts, dry hops, mocha... just the right amount of sweetness and bitterness in the balance. Mouthfeel is medium body and carbonation and seems just right for this beer. Finish has a mild dry coffee linger, no sweetness. At the end I really enjoyed it and felt it was more than the sum of its parts.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

DATE: March 26, 2017... a week after St. Patrick's Day, I revisit the three available stouts from Arthur's stable to calibrate my old ratings... GLASSWARE: Guinness retro pint... pours almost as black as its label, with a sliver of light discernible when held to the lamp... a craggy, slushy off-brown head that exhibits pock marks and boggish bubbles... milky, lactic aroma melds with vanilla and a heavy dose of peat... sips with a granular, toasted breath, medium-bodied and substantial, with a reasonable lasting malt impression... nice patterns of lacing spray the glass... a mellow, low-impact flavor profile that reflects the toasted barley, sweet chocolate, cereal grains--oats, hay, some earthiness--and soft, aromatic hops of its aroma...hazelnut, mocha, and some cola remnants... I stress: this is the 5.6 ABV PRODUCT OF IRELAND, not the North American counterpart... I must admit, I am surprised by the dearth of reviews on this... at 5.6%, an enjoyable, not overly engaging stout....

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Photo of Whoobie77
3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Heavily roasted/borderline burnt coffee taste. The heavily cooked grain taste is reminiscent scotch in some ways. A bit strong for my taste but by no means bad.

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Photo of 1patrick1220
4.78/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Guinness Extra Stout (Original) from Guinness Ltd.
3.71 out of 5 based on 4,205 ratings.
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