Guinness Extra Stout (Original) | Guinness Ltd.

4,189 Ratings
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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Added by SixpointJMH on 11-12-2000

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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 Kriztofuhr
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

Photo of Mister_Faucher
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of rw_0121
4.47/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Guinness Draught is a respectable beer that coasts by on popular reputation. I have always preferred the "Extra Stout".

The look is dark more or less approaching the ideal of what a stout should appear as.

Smell is good, surprisingly subdued, but it still comes off very pleasant.

The taste is fairly rich. Better than I remember it. Toffee notes are in there. It's a big, malty taste, and you notice something a bit different with each drink you take. Sometimes you'll notice the raisin taste, other times you might get a little smokiness. A cream taste here and there, and it tastes a little more boozy than it is, which adds to the complexity for me.

The feel is just right. Some people might want a thicker stout, but I feel this level balances out the big flavor.

Overall, 4.25. That's higher than I thought I would give it when I started out. A lot of people are going to pass it up or rate it low because it's a big name, but I recommend it to anyone who goes for dark beer.

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Photo of jagada
3.03/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of jeffreyhill021
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ledouge
3.87/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BrentMcQuirk
3.61/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a narrow pint glass: color is black, some brown/amber on the edges, head is light tan with fine to small bubbles. Head presents at least 1/2 inch thick and lingers very well with a solid top throughout tasting and great lacing on the glass.

Smell is subdued, with sharp bitter roastiness.

Taste is very good, just great flavors that are a fuller flavor than draught: big roast that transitions to bitterness from the malt and light cocoa. Crisp and sharp flavor but enticing and definitely Guinness with the light sourness.

Mouthfeel is crisp, sharp quickly then moderate carbonation and light lingering sourness.

Overall a great beer that exemplifies the flavors that define the style: moderate roast, bitter chocolate, and light sourness all in a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of acmurphy696
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It may be appropriate that Guinness is the 100th beer that I would post a review for on Beer Adviocate because it was the brew that I had that made me realize that a beer can be more than a smelly excuse to get drunk.
While this is the first that I've had in some time, it still strikes me as a good tasting beer. I could not make out much with the aroma, but the mouth feel was more pleasing than expected. Of course, a Guinness always looks fantastic: black and bad ass. Who am I to argue with James Joyce?

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Photo of Stevenw7474
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of lanciloti
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Bito24
4.63/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Had my first bottle in 1975. Came in a four pack. Was nothing like I ever tasted. Over forty years later it's still a treat when I have a glass. Better flavor if not as chilled as we American's prefer. Has a slight smokey burnt taste which actually works. Nice feel in the mouth and no after taste. Flavor is consistent with each bottle. A tip of my derby to Guinness.

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Photo of weareallfalafel
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of nater919
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Treyliff
3.84/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint

A- pours deep black in color with a two-finger creamy khaki colored head that retains forever, eventually leaving thick lacing covering the glass

S- smells of roasted malt, sweet cocoa, barley

T- toasted malt and chocolate up front, straight barley, finishes nearly bone dry with a linger of chocolate and roast

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel and a smooth finish, high drinkability

O- simple and straightforward, yet very drinkable, good session stout

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Photo of Nolster
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Guinness Extra Stout (Original) from Guinness Ltd.
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