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

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Photo of Cozzatoad
3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle

A- Very dark brown in color, almost black. A one finger frothy tan-head shows very nice retention and leaves a good amount of lacing

S- Quite faint smell. Roasted malt with some notes of coffee and chocolate. Maybe a faint hint of hops, on the earthy side

T- Roasted malts are dominant, with strong coffee notes. A delicate tea-like bitterness on the tongue with some light notes of leaf and lemon. Strongly bitter for the style in both finish and aftertaste

M- Medium body. Silky on the palate thanks to delicate carbonation. Very dry finish

O- An easy drinker for sure, but it lacks complexity and feels quite boring

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Photo of bubseymour
3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Still perfect pour. Black as night, with the most perfect 2-3 finger frothy tight bubbled billowy head.

Smell - Malty, Malty, Malty. Some chocolate notes.

Taste - Smooth, malty start but finishes with a somewhat bitter finish and lingering aftertaste. Plenty of flavor in finish, just seems too hoppy/bitter in the end for this type of beer.

Mouthfeel - Nice, full bodies and rich in the mouth.

Overall - A decent beer, nicely flavored but a little put off by the bitter aftertaste that lingers.

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Photo of sholland119
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a dark brown with some ruby highlights at the bottom of the glass, with a thin pool of tan head.

S-Sweet dark plum with some roast character very evident.

T-Caramelly roast profile with a hint of dark fruit, some good coffee notes that stop just this side of overly bitter.

M-Medium bodied, very dry and crisp.

O-A nice beer, good flavor, a pleasant drinker.


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Photo of Mora2000
3.16/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a small tan head. The aroma is a mix of bitter, lightly roasted malt and a little bit of chocolate. The flavor is chocolate and chalky roasted malts with a little bit of bitterness. The beer is very dry and would be pretty easy to drink if it tasted better. Thin to medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of kflorence
3.44/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Imported from my profile - JAN 3, 2008

Pours a dark, opaque black with a wonderful frothy and creamy head that lasts forever. Smells of roasted coffee, dark chocolate, lots of malts. Very dry, slightly bitter or acidic, burnt roasted flavor, malty, some dark fruit characteristics. Very smooth, finishes crisp and dry. This is a classic, but I've heard that it's better overseas.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown with ruby edges. About half a finger of off white head doesn't last too long

S: Roasted malts, burnt coffee, some dark chocolate. Malts pretty much dominate though

T: Same as the smell, roasted malts and burnt coffee pretty much dominate, with a bitterness and drying effect from the coffee going on into the aftertaste. Dry leathery tannins also kick into effect about midway through

M: Medium bodied with high carbonation. Pretty drying even with the heavy carbonation. A fairly odd feel for a stout, but it works here I guess

O: For an Irish dry stout, it's decent. Definitely had better, but this will fit the bill if for some reason you're on a Guinness kick. A good step into craft for a beginner

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

Review from notes:

A: Pours a deep black color with a 1.5 finger light brown/tan head on top. Moderate retention and spotty, but foamy lacing.

S: Smells a bit like cream with a bit of sweetness to it. Hints of chocolate and coffee, as well as a touch of vanilla and roasted malt.

T: More dark roasted malt on the flavor than the aroma. Some bitter chocolate, dark fruit, and a hint of coffee. There is some hop bitterness on the finish.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied, but overly heavy. Nice level of carbonation that gives it a slight creamy texture. Dry finish.

O: A good beer, preferred over draught due to it being slightly heavier and better tasting imo.

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Photo of cbray
2.76/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Looks beautiful, but fairly shabby for a stout. Stout is supposed to be extra thick and juicy, being a Stout Porter, but Guinness just seems fairly insipid and thin. I love the heritage, look and brand, but it's a really weak product. I think the accountants over in St. James' gate have got to the brewers and penny-pinching has prevailed. It's sad but true. Not the best stout in the world, not even the best stout in Dublin...

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Photo of engagechad
3.13/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Purchased as a single from Trader Joes in Shortpump/Glen Allen, VA - Tulip

Pours very dark brown with moderate head and not much lacing. Smells faintly of dark roasty malt and is actually kind of funky.. not very nice on the nose.. Taste is boring and uneventful.. not much going on, roasty and sort of bitter but nothing to write home about. Feels nice on the mouth.

Overall - not a beer I would buy again.

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Photo of harrymel
2.78/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottled date: unk

Part of a three part Guinness-off.

A: pours a deep brown ale with 1.5 fingers of peanut colored head. This clings to the glass as it falls over a couple minutes to a tortuous sheet of the same. Good, cobweb lacing.

S: caramel, copper, roasted malts, sweet malts, hints of earthy hops. Hints of nougat.

T: Subdued hops of earthy nature, and a nice hearty backbone of malts are here. Plenty of earthy, soily malts are prominent. Hints of vanilla on copper, too much copper.

M: Heavy body with moderate carb. Dry finish causes me to want to hawk loogies.

O: Not really enticing to me. The flavor is too metallic, the mouthfeel is off.

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Photo of fountainofyouth
2.99/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle to a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Almost black, totally opaque. Very thin tan head.

Smell: Smells like booze. Behind the alcohol, the dark malt is detectable but not really bold. Hops are virtually absent.

Taste: This will never be mistaken for a sweet beer. The alcohol imparts some sourness, and the malt is a dark, roasty bitter. Tiny bit of grassy hops on the back end. Finish is very dry. I like dry stouts, but this is a little too puckery.

Mouthfeel: Pretty fair carbonation for the style. Fairly heavy body and smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: VERY different from the draught -- fizzier, darker, and bolder. It's not my cup of tea, but those who think regular Guinness is too bland will probably enjoy this more.

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Photo of Siegmund
3.89/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, poured into a Sam Adams PP

Pours a nice jet black with a great 1inch fluffy, off-white head that sticks around for a while. Lacing is ___. Smells of roasted malts, no hops to be found. It tastes to me what I image 'regular' Guinness tastes like to non BA's. Good roasted bitterness with some hoppy bite to it. A little heavy on the carbonation for me in a stout, but I like it better than the flat feel of nitro.

Overall, a very good beer. This is what draught should taste like. A little expensive for what it is, but this is something I might revisit every once in a while

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

Me, drinking Guinness from a bottle when the N2 CANs are widely available?!? I just troll around in my local bottle shops' coolers and grab any singles that are available. I really hate to commit to a sixer of anything these days. That said, I am starting to Jones for new CANs ...

From the bottle: "Brewed since 1759 with natural ingredients, today GUINNESS is enjoyed in over 150 countries. Experience the robust, mellow and satisfying flavor for yourself."; "Guinness has been brewing sought-after beers since 1759. The unmistakable deep, dark color. The rich, rewarding flavor. The crisp, refreshing bite. A living legend. Pure Beauty. Pure Guinness."

My pour created a two finger mound of dense, light-brown head with excellent retention. Color was a deep, dark-brown with cola highlights. Nose had a rich, dark chocolate quality. Mouthfeel was medium with a light charcoal flavor on the tongue. Finish was dry, indeed, just as advertised. This was MUCH different than what I remember from N2 taps, which is how it is commonly served. It was not terribly complex, nor was it boring. This was a good beer!

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Photo of depechemode1983
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out pitch black with a very thick rocky brown head. Retention is excellent and lacing is abundant. Its a very attractive looking stout. There are lots of toasted and fresh grains in the nose. A slight hop bitterness can be detected along with faint notes of coffee and chocolate. Taste is semi bitter up front and somewhat sour. There are lots of toasted grains and coffee in the middle that seem the carry the beer to a dry bitter end. The mouth feel of the beer seem good. Its not too thick yet not to light. The carbonation is in check as well. Ive never had this beer before and I'm glad I bought it. This is highly drinkable and flavorful.

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Photo of UpNorthLager
3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had this many times in many containers. But I feel like reviewing it now. Had it poured from the tap while watching my friends' band, Travesty, at Wouter's in Suamico. (At St. Brendan's Irish Inn in Green Bay, they fashion a shamrock upon the head of the beer.)

The pint glass with the Guinness label was set flat under the tap, as the server poured the rich, airy brew into it. Time magically turned the brown-white foam into beer.

The deep dark brown beer with the thick, resilient head provided me a faint aroma and somewhat surprisingly light (for the visual clues say, "dark.") taste, including the distinct roasted grain.

The mouthfeel is significant, but I noted a bit of a sour finish.

For me, this is a special beer - or should I say, "unique experience," as it carries with it an historic cultural memory.

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Photo of DavidST
3.41/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Until I got into craft beers, I spent a lot of time drinking Guinness. I still pick it up when I can't get something else.

The appearance is good, a black color with a medium brown head and nice lacing.

The smell is good not great, its a burnt smell.

The mouthfeel is medium and creamy, with lots of carbonation.

The taste is good, kind of a burnt flavor, not as much roasted malts as other stouts, a little dry bitterness on the way down, good.

Overall sure there are better beers, but this is good and available almost everywhere.

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Photo of drowninginhops
3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured in standard pint glass, review from notes.

A: Black in color with ruby edges, the head is not as creamy as regular Guinness I think it is because of the carbon dioxide replacing nitrogen.

S: Malts with some chocolate backing it up along with grain.

T: Toasted malts not bitter slightly sweet.

M: A little thin for a stout but not terrible.

D: Good for that stout mood you might get in when the craft store is closed.

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Photo of Sachsenfreude
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance; light tan head and a black body that light barely passes through. Nice chunky head leaving equally impressive lacing. Not much room for improvement here.

smell; not much of anything, some wet malts and ash. A bit of hops but mostly watery.

taste; Finishes dry and of bitter molasses, this is the first thing I notice. Upfront flavors are much more subtle. Some malty sweetness tries to come out but has no chance once the finish comes in and it does so rather quickly.

mouthfeel; medium bodied, crisp, and dry. Puckers the mouth a bit but this only makes it less refreshing by a bit.

overall; a pretty nice drink and I would like to try the version brewed in Ireland instead of Canada before a give this much criticism.

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Photo of doktorhops
3.34/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Had this once many moons ago... I remember the ABV being 6.9% and now it's 6 even, and brewed by the boys at Fosters (boo/hiss) under licence... here's hoping it doesn't taste like anything else they brew! Also wasn't sure which version to review this under (Australia or Original), as it's technically brewed in Australia (under licence) however many of my countrymen have reviewed it under the "Original" entry. I did both.

Poured from a 750ml "tallie" into a tulip Guinness pint (obviously not the whole tallie).

A: Appearance? Who doesn't know what a pint of Guinness looks like - jet black (technically deep ruby) body with a bone white head that sits thickly atop... actually, the head is different to the classic "draught" pint in that it sinks back down to a thin lacing like a standard (non-nitrous) brew.

S: It smells like the draught except a bit more pronounced; roasted chicory, malt grains and hint of caramel.

T: The chicory is quite up front and personal with this brew. There's a bitter note like burnt coffee and the caramel malts line the rest of the palate. Another thing that stands out is a smokiness that you would normally expect from a smoke beer. This is Guinness, but it misses the more refined flavours of it's draught cousin.

M: A flavour-heavy stout that is also quite watery. The carbonation reminds me why the nitrous primed draught is so much better; there's no smoothness here.

D: Overall an interesting in some ways (flavour, aroma) but lackluster in others (mouthfeel, lack of balance) vacation from Guinness draught that once again proves to me that they don't make it like they do in Ireland. It's worth a try and is still not bad, but the watery body is a major disappointment for me - with these flavours I would expect the viscosity of an engine oil.

Food match: For compatriots; Vegemite on toast. Everyone else; spit roasted pork or beef casserole with potatoes and gravy.

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

Pours black with a very good head, great retention, and decently good lacing too.

Smells of dark roasty malts, burnt malts, coffee and just a hint of dark fruits.

Taste is typical of an Irish dry stout, plenty of roasty malt flavors, a touch of nuts, a dab of chocolate, and some coffee.

Feel is medium bodied with creamy carbonation and a quite dry finish.

Overall it's not a style I'm all that fond of, but this is a fine example anyway. It's a good go-to beer when you're far from anywhere and there are only convenience stores nearby, because they almost always have it.

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Photo of Pexkool
4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pitch black, with brown head and a lace that stays there the entire time.

S: Coffee and toasted malts, but mostly just coffee.

T: It tastes like unsweetened black coffee, with a hint of toasted malts. The strong taste of coffee stays in your tongue and then you can taste the hops, in good balance, but maybe a little too strong on the bitter side when you mix both the coffee and the hop flavors. The coffee and toasted malts taste lingers in your mouth for some minutes after you taste it.

M: The toasted malts, coffee and hops are in good balance, and the carbonation is just fine. This Guinness is a lot more robust and less smooth than the normal Guinness, but it's still good. It would be hard for me to drink more than one in a row, though.

Overall I liked it, but then again I like stouts and their strong coffee and toasted flavor. A good brew for those who just aren't satisfied with the normal Guinness flavor, but it can be a little overwhelming compared to other dry stouts.

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Photo of miket163
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a ruby black into a pint glass with a thick tan head, better lacing on this one than the Draught.

The smell was toasted malt, a touch of tobacco, chared wood, java, and cocoa powder. The taste was quite good: Bitterness right up front fading into a semi sweet coffee and malt essence with maduro cigar and a touch of wine vinegar on the palate. CO2 is a nice change from the nitro gassed Draft.

In my opinion this is a much better stout than the Draught.

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Photo of ranger7
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a Sam Adams glass.

A - Very dark, almost black in color. Nice tall head, an off-white brown-ish hue.

S - Chocolate and coffee, can tell this is going to be dark.

T - Smooth and rich. More coffee than chocolate.

M - The feel is very smooth, nary a hint of carbonation. A little on the weak side as far as stouts go. It's rich, but not that rich. Very easy to drink - from a stout standpoint.

Summary - I prefer this Guinness over the popular Draught. The Extra Stout is very tasty, but it is a bit watery, which helps its drink-ability I suppose. Overall, not the best Stout I've had, but one can do worse.

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Photo of phideltashaggy
3.64/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a standard pub-pint glass

A- Black as night, completely opaque. Light brown head and beautiful lacing.

S- A slight bitterness, some chocolate roastiness

T- lots of chocolate, a little coffee, with some bitterness at the back of the taste. The chocolate lingers.

MF- I like the feel a lot. Really thick without being TOO thick.

I hated this when I first drank beer, but since I've been into beer in a big way, I've come to enjoy this. Way more of a beer than standard Guinness. I'd love to try some Foreign Extra sometime soon.

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Photo of bylerteck
2.89/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from a grocery store in Belgrade. From notes.

A - Poured a black colour with some red on the bottom. Two finger mocha/root beer looking head. Fairly good lacing but head faded fast.

S - Really mild. Mostly roasty malts and a little bit of a burnt element.

T - Roasted malt, slightly burnt coffee, sourness, burnt or chocolate malt and a coffee element from bitter maltiness.

M - Medium body and medium carbonation. Sort of a sour/bitter finish oddly.

O/D - Not a great stout. I typically don't dislike Guinness' as much as I did with this. Seemed off and weak/mild.

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Guinness Extra Stout (Original) from Guinness Ltd.
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