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): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of ozmodium
3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pouring this stuff out of the widget-laced pint can is pure beauty. Art in motion. This stuff is gorgeous, with its jet black opaque esspresso appearance. Textured waves of dark brown nitrogen bubbles teem with an almost lifelike quality. The most beautiful, cappuccino-like head you'll ever see in a glass. Sadly it's downhill from here.

Smells of dark burnt roasted malts, coffee. Could be a richer bouquet it my opinion.

Taste is almost overpoweringly bitter. Takes some getting used to. Tastes burnt and like coffee and some sort of wood.

This is very rich and has a rather thick, but creamy feel to it. Carbonation is vitually non exhistant (duh) Serve this stuff COLD. It's a myth that you serve this stuff at room temperature. COLD is the key. Once you get past the bitterness its goes down very soothly.

The fact that this is SO rich and heavy makes this rather hard to drink large quantities of. It's pretty tasty tho. A must every St. Patrick's day, or after a tough day at work.

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Photo of danielharper
2.69/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Purchased from Target on University, Huntsville, AL.

Ever find a beer that you just really don't find yourself all that enthused to talk about, one way or the other? Guinness Extra Stout fills that bill for me.

I really enjoy the presentation on this beer. It pours a nice dark brown/blackish color with a tall brown head. Almost perfect for the style, as one would expect from the maker of the canonical "Irish Dry Stout".

Unfortunately, for me that's where the near-perfection ends. The aroma is strongly bitter with very little of the coffee or chocolate notes that I'm used to getting from a good stout. Quite a bit of maltiness present in the nose, but with nothing to really balance it out or to add complexity. I prefer regular Guinness Draught to this one.

Taste is slightly more complex, with hints of coffee flavor present, but with a strong bitterness that, to use a term from a bad beer commercial, "roughs the palate" with every taste. An astringent flavor, usually present for me in high-alcohol brews, is very prevalent in this one. Not pleasant.

Mouthfeel medium, with very little carbonation. Decent.

Overall drinkability is low, mainly because I find the beer boring and vaguely unpleasant. Despite my love for a good stout, I don't see myself buying this again, unless I find it for cheap or can try it on-tap.

On reflection, I think this beer seems a lot like a stout dressed up in a dopplebock's clothing -- the heavy maltiness, medium mouthfeel, etc. just seem more like a dopplebock to me, and I'm not a big fan of dopplebocks at the moment. However, this might be a good intro beer for those looking to branch into the style, so maybe there's a place for this brew after all.

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Photo of becktone
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had Guinness before but as I am sitting here drinking this marvelous beer once more I thought I'd review it. First of all this beer pours a dark brown .... well basically black. I can't really say whether It looks alive or not because the beer is too dark to see through. When I had finished pouring it I found it to have about a 1/4 inch head, however this quickly dissipated to nothing.

The aroma of the beer reminds me of coffe and chocolate. This beer is dry and one can taste the roasted barley in it. It also has, as the smell suggests, a slight coffe and chocolate flavor. However these two flavors are definitely dominated by the roasted barley taste. In addition to being dry the beer also has a bitter character, it's betweet too bitter and not bitter enough.

On the palate this beer feels great. It is fairly heavy but also is easy to drink. Once you have finished a mouthfull of this brew it leaves you thirstier than when you started, giving you a great reason to take another drink. It also has (in my opinion) a perfect balance of carbonation for this style of beer. It seems like anymore and it would bee overwhelming, and anyless and it would be flat. Overall this beer is great and is easy to drink. I'll always be a fan of Guiness and I know that I will buy unmeasurable amounts of it in the future.

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Photo of tesguino
4.55/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer taste like a coffe cup, because its malts and adjoincts, special for the evening and take like a gourmet beer with high cuisine; mexican food and american is good too; not touch the greatness of its sister special export, but is 99% recommended.

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Photo of dnrobert24
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good classic stout--the original??. Consumed while snacking on molasses cookie dough. Mmmm.... Excellent combination! The sweet carmeli-molasses and clove/allspice/pepper blend in the cookies only enhanced my enjoyment of this stout, picking up on the burnt roastiness and sweetness in the stout itself.

The beer is a beautiful black, has a thin tan head. It has no noticable aroma and has a slightly thin mouthfeel. Before eating some cookie dough, I found it a little hard to drink, but that all changed as it warmed and as I had the food with it. There is a straightforward stout profile in the flavor that all in all make it a decent choice when choosing stouts.

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Photo of BeerBeing
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz brown glass semi-custom bottle, red/yellow on black label

Appearance: almost black, nice tan head, excellent sticky lacing

Smell: roasted malt, hops, yeast

Taste: medium to full body, creamy mouth feel, strong malt, hoppy bitterness, minor citrus

Notes: solid brew, very drinkable, can't go wrong with this one

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Photo of waldowin
2.83/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Was cooking with guiness, and figured "what the hell, I'll try some." Half the bottle went into the pan, half into my stein.

Poured a darkish brown, but a bit thin. Massive white head, super-dense, just stuck around forever. Smelled of roasted coffee grounds, maybe burnt coffee. Nothing terribly pleasant, but not unpleasant. Just unremarkable.
Taste was the same, it tasted like an over-roasted espresso drink, with a bit of astringent alcohol bite (which for 6% isn't expected). Mouthfeel was thin, but intensely carbonated. Nothing really remarkable about this either.
As far as drinkability goes, it's a bit acidic and harsh, definitely heartburn material.
All in all, it's really a plain, middle-of-the-road beer. The half in my glass quickly joined its other half in my pan to make room for better beers I have in my fridge.

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Photo of BeerNutta
3.06/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Guinness Extra Stout (Original)

Stouts are really starting to dissapoint me. The only stouts I have ever had are Guinness and Kilkenny. Nice in the beginning but when I started drinking more beers. These beers started to get blander and blander. GESO is no different.

A = Nice and dark brown with a thin foam head.

S = Toasted malts and a chocolate.

T = Slight roastiness with a sour bitter aftertaste.

M = Smooth to the tongue.

D = Drinkable. But I won't be comming back in a hurry.

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Photo of Enola
2.83/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This offering from Guinness is certainly not as smooth as the Draught. It is much more bitter than I would like. It is fairly dark but a little light penetrates through. It looks more like a porter than a stout. Unlike Draught, I'm not sure I'd buy this beer again. Instead of a roasted flavor, it has more of a burnt flavor. Next time I will opt for the Draught.

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Photo of scaliasux
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Very dark brown or even black, opaque. Thick head is light brown/ tan. Head lasts a while, leaves some lacing.

Smell - Dark and malty, slightly sweet. Like molasses.

Taste - Sweet and rather malty. Burnt sugar/molasses flavor. Not dry, flavor lingers. Touch of bitterness in finish. Not altogether unpleasant. Kind of a one note tune, though.

Mouthfeel - Less full than I expected.

Drinkability - Not a bad beer and, not surprisingly, something I enjoy once in awhile. There are better stouts out there, however, stouts with somewhat more character.

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Photo of assurbanipaul
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown-black with a moderate tan head with some staying power. Aroma is light but malty enough to let me know it's there.

Taste is black patent malts, dark roast, some coffee and charcoal flavors. Just a tiny hop bite, just a touch of caramel sweetness. Maybe a slight bit of toffee in the flavor, finishes dry. Mouthfeel is medium, well-carbonated and easy to drink. No off elements at all, would stand up well with any other micro offering.

Not the greatest stout to be found but certainly more than adequate and an excellent (definitive) example of the dry style. I have noticed that Guinness suffers greatly from its many varieties -- of which people may not be aware, and of which not all are equal or even palatable -- as well as poor service in many locations (too warm, too cold, too old, bad nitro versions).

The "draft" bottle and nitro cans are pretty ugly, but this bottled stubbie is well worth keeping around. I could session this one, and I often do.

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Photo of PBRstreetgang
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black as pitch, totally opaque. Ruby highlights on the edge of the glass. The three finger head is tan or brown and bubbly with good retention but poor lacing. The smell is not strong, but distinct- sweet burnt malt. A flavor of deep roasted barley, molasses, and baker's chocolate is strong, and provides most of the bitterness. The hops are percived mostly in the aftertaste, but manages to boost the mouthfeel. There is a bittersweet residue finish, but mostly dry and clean. Guinness Extra Stout is smooth, full bodied and bold in flavor but carbonated and balanced well enough to keep a high drinkability.

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Photo of edmundfitzoil
3.96/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Guinness Extra Stout poured froma brown 22 oz. (1 pint, 6 fl. oz.). I couldn't find a freshness or born on date on the label. I poured my Guinness into a standard pint glass.
The beer poured the expected black with the darkest brown edges at only the very extreme edges of the glass. It poured with a tan, foamy head that retained very well. With soem fine lacing, about half an inch left around the inside top of the glass. The beer smelled of roasted malt, molasses and some coffee. It tasted strongly of the roasted malts with some chocolate and also some burnt flavors too. A medium body with a dryness to the palate as well. This is one of the beers I have to thank for getting me into good, craft beer. As far as this style goes, I prefer this over the now standard "Guinness Draught" or Murphy's. This is highly drinkable. A good Irish Dry Stout.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good example of another classic. Guinness' extra stout offers a good malt base with assertive amounts of roasted grains and chocolate grains for added flavor and complexity. A descent hop bittering adds a 'zip' to the flavor and aroma. The nose holds a lactic souring that I beleive adds to the beer. The same souring shows up in the flavors as well. Finishes a charcoal and chalk like dryness. Very light alcohol flavors shine through the roasted grain bittering. It's a much better beer than the Dry Stout, especially without the nitro. This beer does not need it.

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Photo of Troyone
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm not sure if this is the right one, this is brewed in New Brunswick, Canada.

Pours a black coffee color with a hint of an amber hue. The tannish and fizzy head dissipated within minutes, there was some sediment in the bottle.

Minimal roasted malt and a hint of molasses and caramel smell with a hint of coffee and maybe dark chocolate. Some citrus esters in the hop aroma.

Lightly sweet, acidic, and bitter roasted/burnt malt taste with flavors of dark chocolate and coffee. There are some esters in the hops flavor such as maybe orange.

Full bodied, almost creamy and slightly resinous texture, soft almost flat carbonation, and a metallic and slightly astringent finish.

This is drinkable, has a slight sour astringency.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.21/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 22 oz bomber at Woodman's East here in Madison. Seeing if big brother can make a decent showing where it's little draught brother failed. does, but not by much...still nothing to see here.

Pours pitch black with a nice tan head and some decent lacing. Smell is like an exaggerated version of the draught, burnt malts and metallic, with maybe a hint of burnt coffee. Taste is more of the same, burnt grain and astringent metal, with faint burnt coffee notes. A little harsh on the palate. Mouthfeel is thicker than the draught, but still nothing special. Overall, a far better showing than Draught, but still can't hold a stick to even a decent American micro stout.

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Photo of Boneheadmx
3.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This baby pours out extremeley dark. It looks a little bit intimidating the first time you see it. The head is alright, but it's not that notable. The smell is not very noticeable, which is kind of nice because it's quite subtle. It hints at the hops. The taste is interesting. The first wave of taste is simultaneously bitter and acidic. Not very pleasant. However, this initial unpleasantness gives way to a big malty taste that feels nice and broad on the tongue. This part is excellent! The malts don't wash away too quickly, leaving a nice bit of flavor in the mouth. The mouthfeel I think is the most interesting part about this beer. It feels weighty, but in a good way. It feels like this beer has substance! The initial thickness gives way to a malty grittiness that is just so addictive. The beer is not quite as drinkable as other beers because the harshness of the hops tends to grate on the tongue, but it is something that I will definitely come back to again.

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Photo of Backer2004
3.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can still recall not being able to finish one of these back in college and dreaded drinking them with friends at Notre Dame tailgaters a few years back. Maybe I've developed a taste for other styles but this one is just your average stout with a good mouthfeel and appearance, especially poured out of a nitro can. Great carbonation and head, smooth mouthfeel. Though no impressive smell, it's not too bad at all.

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Photo of whynot44
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reddish black, with a milk chocolate colored head that lasts a while before retreating to lace. Full bodied, an interesting blend of bitter and sweet, with a rich fruity malt base tasting of roasted coffee, with a touch of chocolate. Dry hops finish.

Smooth, very flavorful, could take some getting used to. Miller Light and Corona fans probably shouldn't bother. Could be addictive.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The last time I tried a Guinness Extra Stout was in 1979 and I absolutely hated it. My favorite beer at the time was Stroh's becasue it went down so eay (in other words it had little if any taste). So 26 years later I give Guinness a second chance.
Poured a dark almost black brew with tannish chunky head. Smell is very light with notes of caramel, coffee, and toasted malt. Taste is exceptional with a big toasty maltiness combined with a caramel sweetness and a dry bitterness. What a complex taste!. Aftertaste is an extreme dryness that is superb.
Why did I wait 26 years to give this beer a second chance?

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Photo of battlekow
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing this simultaneously with regular Guinness Draught. They're both almost-opaque black, just a little bit of ruby showing through when held up to the light. The head on the Extra is much darker than on the original, and thinner. It's a dirty brown color and settles much thinner than the head on the original. Lacing is very good. Smells much better than its cousin, roasted instead of smoked/burnt. There are also some sour, dark fruit tones, like olives. Tastes olivey upfront, with some nice roasted bitterness following. Mouthfeel is a little harsh; this beer could stand to lose some carbonation. The Extra is no doubt far superior to the Draught, but still nothing exceptional.

Note: according to the bottles, the Extra Stout was brewed in Canada, but the Draught imported directly from Ireland.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.41/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lucky me...a friend traveled back from the GUINNESS brewery. This is the big bottle too. Doesn't say the size but it looks like a 20 oz'er.

Pours a standard dark brown onyx allowing through some glimmers of violet light, topped off woth a khaki ivory 1/4 " head cap that sticks to the sides of the glass.

Light aromas of surprisingly fruit mostly with slight roasted malt and leafy hops.

First swigs: Slight berry and floral flavors. Clean malty slightly coffee bitter center. Flavors and feel are intertwined. Tight dense carbonation. Easy flavor and carbonation promotes drinkability, but at the same time I wouldn't really seek it again.

Last swigs: Lacks any real power. Just a light stout that is quite benign. The only real reason to drink this is pure curiosity. Other than that, better local stouts abound. More free gift beer. Lucky me.

Beer is good. Happy free exotic beering.

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Photo of joecast
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ahh guinness. cant get more irish than that right?? wrong!
guinness EXTRA stout!! extra guinness=extra irish!
nice enough looking label....but...whats this?? on the side??

now im no contract brew basher, but i was a tad disappointed when i saw that. and by that i probably admit to being the last BA to think guinness came from ireland. oh well, on to the review.

pours a great looking black color with a smallish lace of a head. interestingly, the head increased in size while i was whining about where guinness comes from. head is tan and foamy.

roasted/black malt aroma. not much else there, but what else should it have?

taste is almost a replica of the aroma. decent roasted/black malt with a hint sweetness and a light bitter finish. nicely weighted mouthfeel. smooth.

not quite guinness on steroids. maybe protien shakes and power bars though.

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Photo of etaggie09
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pitch plack. does not allow any light to pass through. It just dares you to drink it. Quickly diminishing tan head that leaves an average amount of lacing. Only the color was impressive, every other aspect was average.

Aroma: a vinous, fruity, and roasted smell. Molasses. No hops present. Almost smells like a muted version of a belgian ale, similar in that it is fruity and vinous, but different in that it is much more roasty.

Taste: Burnt coffee. Start is moderately roasted with a faint dark fruit sweetness that carries the roastiness through smoothly to a bitter, moderately dry finish. Leaves a bitter aftertaste that isn't unpleasant. Tastes similar to an American Stout, but only a little sweeter and weaker.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation. With all of the hype surrounding Guinness' thick mouthfeel, I was disappointed to find it too carbonated and thin for my taste. It wasn't significantly thin or carbonated, but it just wasn't what I expected.

Drinkability: Very easy. I had it on two different occasions. I consumed three of the twelve ounce bottles with drinking room to spare on the first night. The second night I had a pint and six ounce bottle that was sufficient for me. Not a heavy beer.

Notes: Well, my first encounter with Guinness is over and I must say that this beer does not live up to the hype surrounding it. It is a good beer to be sure, but it is not incredibly thick, heavy, or bitter. Is it a great beer? Not in my book it isn't. Is it a bad beer? Certainly not. This is definately a fallback beer for me. I need something with more flavor and more body. A respectable beer nonetheless. It is certainly better than Beamish, but it is nowhere near as good as Shakespeare Stout.

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Photo of mjohn27603
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours very dark as a Guinness should. Not as pretty as the nitro cans in terms of foaming and action in the glass. A large (over 3 finger) head develops. First sip reveals a much more bitter taste than the regular Guinness. A sweet taste like bittersweet chocolate. Aftertaste leaves a slightly roasted flavor. A nice and pretty average stout that leaves me wanting the normal Guinness. Not as smooth as the nitro cans.

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