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:
4,204
Reviews:
1,380
Avg:
3.71
pDev:
15.09%
 
 
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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 Avatar113
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

Photo of Smalls88
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of DoubleMalt
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cburnham
3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gregu2
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CobraDC23
4.75/5  rDev +28%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Gearsm
4.75/5  rDev +28%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BeckHardy
3.07/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a chilled 440 ml (14.9 oz) can into a shaker pint glass. This stout pours jet black with some ruby highlights. The head is creamy and full. Decent lacing. I did not really notice much aroma at all. Most importantly the taste. Well this was rich, creamy, and smooth. Just a hint of sweetness and for some odd reason cocoa powder. (I've noticed this in quite a few stouts actually). The mouth feel is creamy and the finish dry. This is a very drinkable beer and with a low abv I can see me having another. I would give this an over all score of A. I prefer the nitro version w/widget to the bottled version for some reason. As always it is excellent on draught.

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Photo of kerouac
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Flavor wise, this one Trumps the classic, but is not nearly as smooth as the original. Love the flavor of this one, and the smell is of sweet sweet malty nectar.

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Photo of rliu917
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Soulguitar
4.39/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Guinness Extra Stout (Original) from Guinness Ltd.
3.71 out of 5 based on 4,204 ratings.
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