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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): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by SixpointJMH on 11-12-2000

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3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a pint glass. Pitch black with a huge tan head with amazing retention. Leaves lacing down the entire glass.

S- Pretty weak, with roasted malts (mostly coffee) and not much else.

T- Much better. Nice, bitter dark malt flavors, with coffee, chocolate and roasted acidity. A little bit of hoppiness comes in during the long, dry, bitter finish. I love the finish of Guiness!

M- Big full body with moderate carbonation and creamy mouthfeel. Nice.

O- The original Irish dry stout, and still one of the best in my book.

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look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Full disclosure.I'm a long time Guinness lover. IMHO Guinness Extra Stout is the gold standard for dry stouts. I've noticed recently that what I'm getting locally comes from St. James Gate again, instead of Canada.
Proper 2-part pour from 11.2 oz bottle into pint shaker glass produces a 2 finger head that lasts a while, settles to a pancake on top as I drink leaving nice latticework all the way down. Coffee black in the glass but shows ruby red with flashlight shining through.
Smell is of mostly roasted grain. As it warms a bit, malt comes through, with notes of burnt dark fruit, yeast, and a hint of 'freshly tilled earth (???)'. Taste is similar to smell with different notes revealing themselves as it warms in the glass. Finish is dry, slightly bitter. This is a well balanced beer with no overpowering alcohol in the smell, taste, or finish.
On a cold winter day in Iowa, the only thing better than a Guinness is another Guinness. Sláinte.

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4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got on tap at a Buffalo Wild Wings ( They didn't have much to choose from). I knew Guinness was a good beer as I have had many times so I went with it.

A- Very dark brown, almost black with a tan and creamy head that has good retention and lacing. A good looking beer.

S-Smell of roasted malts and coffee. Some hints of barley and chocolate or caramel as well.

T-Good tasting beer. You can taste the roasted malts and coffee flavors. Pretty much what it smells like.

M- Good medium bodied stout that has a creamy feel to it. Goes down smooth.

O- This is a really decent beer (especially for a macro). It surely isn't the best stout out there but it is easily findable and the price is right. If you want a good beer without shelling out a bunch of money then you can't go wrong with Guinness.

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this is my favorite beer and has been for awhile. I may be a little positively biased, but from the moment I tasted this I really loved it. I like the foreign extra stout equally but this one is cheaper and very similar in flavor.

It smells of dark roasted malts (caramel), barley, and coffee. It has a bitter almost standoffish smell to it that is pleasing to the nose.

It tastes of dark roasted malts and coffee mostly with tastes of barley there also. I love the taste of this because of the bitter taste that lingers.

Its very smooth and the mouthfeel is great. Its not too carbonated and goes down smooth which complements the harsh bitterness of the taste of the beer.

Overall, its still my favorite beer. I love the bitter taste to this that is not of hops but of other things. If you havent tried it, do so because its common and liked by lots of people. I can buy a larger bottle of it by itself for 2.57 so its not expensive either. so you can have a great beer for not too much.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one was very straight forward. Dark, almost black, pour with little head and decent lacing. Smell had some chocolate, but mostly burnt malts, and a somewhat smokey scent. Taste was classic stout. Nothing to rave about, but the usual burnt malts flavors and a little chocolate. There was a somewhat bready flavor throughout, mixed in with the same smokey flavor that was on the scent. Smoke flavor provided the 'dry' flavor that is in the style's name. Mouthfeel was somewhat thick and creamy, but still relatively light and drinkable for a stout.

Overall, a very solid selection in the stout category if you're not looking to break the bank with a micro like FBS or Bell's Kalamazoo.

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Guinness Extra Stout (Original) from Guinness Ltd.
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 4,287 ratings
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