Guinness Extra Stout (Original) | Guinness Ltd.

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Guinness Extra Stout (Original)Guinness Extra Stout (Original)
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Brewed by:
Guinness Ltd.
Ireland | website

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by SixpointJMH on 11-12-2000

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1,336
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4,042
Avg:
3.7
pDev:
26.49%
 
 
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Reviews: 1,336 | Ratings: 4,042
Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark black, smokey malt taste, heavy mouth feel, distinctively Guinness. Good for when you're in a mood for something other than a lager, pilsner, IPA types of beer. I prefer the Draught, which is what is served in most bars on tap.

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Photo of beergoot
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark, garnet and deep, brown hued body; relatively thin, almost fizzy head (poured from a bottle). Deep cocoa notes; roasted and charred grains; very mild sourness. Flavors consist of bittersweet chocolate and cocoa; smooth bitterness at the finish. Smooth and heavy body; dry finish.

Guinness Extra Stout was my first introduction to tasty dark beers decades ago. I would go so far as to say this was my gateway beer into the possibilities of beer other than American adjunct lagers which were so prevalent back in the 70s and 80s. I seldom have it but still enjoy one every once in a while, especially if the craft and import selections are slim. It still delivers respectable stout qualities although I much prefer the heavier, richer, more complex Foreign Extra Stout. In any case, you still get a very tasty and approachable stout with this offering.

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Photo of Brian_L-2056
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very black color into a typical pint glass with as much head as you choose. The head is a creamy color and has a ton of lacing. The initial taste is wonderful with a hints of raisins, coffee, toffee and caramel. Mellows out to a light coffee finish. I really enjoyed this brew and look forward to trying more styles from Guinness.

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
3.99/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Dark Black, opaque, thick 1 inch khaki head, really awesome lacing

S: Plum, raisin, sweet malt, chocolate

T: Little chocolate up front, with sweet malts, plum and raisin really come in on the end of the taste

M: Medium, a little lighter than I expected

O: A decent stout. Really interesting taste with the plum and raisin coming in so well. I had a bomber, added about 16oz to some chili, which turned out great, then had the rest to review. Made a great addition to the chili.

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Photo of josanguapo
2.07/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

From Carrefour. In Ikea's english pint glass. Watching Breaking Bad 4x12.More drinkable than the draught version: I could finish this one without too much disgust.

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Photo of breadwinner
3.57/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Better than the nitro junk, that's for sure. Actually got pretty decent once it warmed up a ton, some dark chocolate malt notes mixing with a bit of roast and perhaps a touch of raisin-y dark fruit. Carb is a little prickly, but again that improved as it warmed. You could do worse.

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Photo of aoampm
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can't believe I haven't rated this one! Obviously everyone knows this stout and it is a great go-to for me when in the need of solid stout. It is mildly flavored and not very bold whatsoever. Pours very dark and has a decent sized head and fairly decent head retention also for the style and ABV. It has a very dry finish which makes me usually only have one pint at the most. Normal stout flavors such as burnt malt, roasted chocolate, and maybe some coffee characteristics. This is a great beer but I would choose a bolder and more flavorful stout with a thicker feel over this beer ANY day. Cheers!

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Photo of Soulshiner7
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

To start with, this is a great looking and pouring beer. It forms a nice thick head that lasts forever and laces well. The dark color hints at the strong scents of coffee and chocolate that waft up from the glass. It has a nice, heavy soporific feel, but follows with an unfortunate aftertaste.

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Photo of The_Snow_Bird
4.59/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured nice and dark with no light coming through. Had a finger width dark caramel head. Could smell fruits and a burnt malts. Tasted just like what it smelled like, leaving a nice after taste in my mouth.

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Photo of pcbnumber1
3.86/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

440ml can, poured into glass.

Appearance (Look): Deep brown to black. Head forms instantly, finishing a thick 2 finger cream colour. Lacy and stays.

Smell: Dark roasted malty smell. Slight coffee, dark chocolate. Strong.

Taste: Follows the nose, roasty and biscuit malts dominant, with some coffee and chocolate and dark fruits. Bittering hops. Fantastic arrangement and balance. Drying woody and bitter finish.

Mouthfeel (Feel): Medium to full body, pretty light carbonation. Smooth and creamy. Easy if you're enjoying it!

Overall: Full and bitter with a dominant roast but if you find that pleasant then you'll be back for more.

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Photo of Barracudas
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

We flew into Shannon, Ireland on a stop-over from Russia and they let us off the plane. Went straight for the bar and the place was packed drinking this excellent beer!

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Photo of hotmailmsn
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

5.0% ABV, 341ml bottle.
A - dark really dark, opacity even under the light, with one finger brown head.
S - cocoa, coffee, toffee, roasted wood or maybe little bit burnt.
T - medium body, dry, unlike the other stout, it's more on the bitter side, not overpowering tho.
O - surprisingly better than I thought, for such massive production beer, will have it again if there's not much big stout during summer n you miss the taste of stout.

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Photo of MizzouBrew
4.09/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours like Guinness Draught (without the nitro). Odd smell right at the nose, almost like sewer water, but not offending to the point that I wouldn't drink it. Taste is similar to Guinness Draught but richer and thicker, and more pleasing at 6% vs. 4.2% for the draught.

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Photo of Godfatherbob
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very stouty.. There is a crisp and sharp smoky taste to this, malty but not overwhelming. Very balanced. Only criticism is that it is a bit one-noted. Great complement to the original.

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

Very dark color, light brown head. Smell is of toasted malts. Taste is of toasted malts, with some coffee and chocolate. Heavier body, very light carbonation. Slightly bitter finish.

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Photo of OrtheusMaximusRex
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Original in pint bottle and in 12 oz bottle into various glasses.
A = 4. Attractive enough, essentially black. Nice tan head, fair retention.
S = 3.5 roast with some coffee and dark chocolate.
T = Dry roasted malt/coffee/chocolate. Classic Guinness taste.
M = dry, goes down pretty clean, not chalky like the nitrogenated form can be.
O = 3.5 A lot of great stouts out there.

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Photo of sirlongfellow
4.09/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served from a 12oz. bottle into an English pu glass.

Look: Pours dark and black with about an inch and a half of a rocky tan head that retains. Still dark against light. Good lacing left on glass.
Smell: Roasty malts and chocolate are present in the nose along with some coffee. Baked bread as well.
Taste: Roasted and toast malts with hints of chocolate initially, than moving to more coffee like bitterness in the finish that does not linger.
Feel: Not as creamy as draught in my opinion, but still is very clean and very drinkable.
Overall: Very solid beer with great history for a good reason. Always a good choice in my opinion.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown, nearly black, glistens with the faintest red when held up to the light. Seems somewhat opaque, but really hard to tell. Head retains amazingly well. It's big, thick, desert-brown, and uniformly bubbled save for the top where bubbles are incredibly fine and form big fluffy pillows of carbonation. Smells of roasted malts, pale malts, and esters with strong notes of bread and vanilla, and fainter of caramel. To the taste, there's weak coffee and nuttiness as well as alcohol spiciness throughout, followed by vanilla, molasses, and smoke — almost tobacco-like from the hops — in order of appearance. Sharp but not too strong, rindy, smoky, bitter finish. Pretty low carbonation, making for exceptional smoothness, albeit with a pronounced gulp on the swallow due to astringent nature of the brew. That's alright, but personally, I prefer a little more fizz in my beer. I'd call it medium-bodied. Overall, good, but far from my favorite member of the porter/stout family.

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Photo of WolfDJ1
4.62/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is as good as warm bread with butter. The flavor just melts over your tongue. By far my favorite stout, and in my top five favorite beer list. The flavor is of roasted malts with coffee tinges that just overwhelm the senses. Very well put together with a slightly bitter finish that tapers off to leave a pleasant aftertaste. I had this out of the bottle but Guinness on tap is far better. If you are a fan of stouts and dark beer than this is for you.

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Photo of Carrier4
4.36/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It tastes better than the original draught, but it does appeal to the more hardcore stout crew. However it does lose some of the cool pouring looks that Guinness is famous for. It comes out kind of flat looking but taste is excellent. very bitter

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Photo of ralph-pine
4.04/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

An "extra stout" high-quality, full of complex flavors and a very good presence. Ideal for very special occasions. Not to drink abundantly, but to savor with patience.

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Photo of JHubner73
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I finally had my first Guinness Extra Stout last night. After years of enjoying beer, and in the last couple of years have really become a fan of porters and stouts, I felt it was time to give it a shot.

It looked and poured into my glass rather nicely. Upon further inspection it seemed a little thin for a stout, but the taste was good. It's nearly as strong as some other stouts I've had, but I can see the appeal.

Overall, it's a fine stout. Others have improved on this old school beer, but I think I'd purchase Guinness again. It went down smooth.

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Photo of Pennd002
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This was my first venture into stouts and it switched me from an IPA man to porters and stouts. Not the best one, but a good one for sure. More filling than the draught, I think of it as an after meal type of drink when you don't want coffee. I recommend it for any stout fan.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.41/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A surprisingly laid-back stout. Leans a bit towards the chocolate end of the stout spectrum, but there is a little bit of a alcohol sting. Nothing major, considering Guinness make this out as their potent beer.

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Photo of StoutHobbit
4.42/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Looks incredibly dark, especially when you're used to Guinness Draught, light tan foam that's fine and velvety
S: Like rye bread and coffee
T: It tasted like bread. A damn good bread
F: Very thick, pleasant, a bit rich
O: A good stout, a real stout. Very good, not my go to stout, but very good.

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