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 Delirium
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Guinness pours and looks like a beer marketer's dream. The appearence alone could sell this beer. It's as dark and humourous as a Film Nior, with a mysterious shape shifting head that slowly lurks back into the beer whence it came. Creamy and bitter, sweet then dry. A great beer for a red meat.

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Photo of Kyle987
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great beer. Dark, dark brown color; almost opaque. Big, healthy, fluffy head, with great retention and lacing. Wonderful aroma - sweet and malty. Sweet, malty flavor with strong hint of coffee at first, while the finish is more bitter and slightly astringent; not unpleasant, but leaves you wanting another sip. Love the mouthfeel; both full and exciting, with perfect depth and carbonation to keep it both solid and exciting. Very drinkable. Very non-chugable, but very, very drinkable.

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

Drank it straight out of the bottle so not much of a physical description other than it's dark. Tried to shine a green laser(25mW) beam through it and nothing. Tasted like extra dark coffee with a nice kick in the end. It has a very dark roasted aroma.

Something I would drink again but I would drink it around winter time. Does not need to be super cold just slightly chilled in order for it to be good.

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Photo of BacklitAvenger
2.85/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - A thin-looking brown-black with excessive carbonation resulting in a two-finger head.

Smell - Not really much here. This was my gateway beer and I forgot how little it really has to offer compared to other dry stouts. Roast, grainy.

Taste - Burnt stuff. Ashy charcoal type flavors with a harsh roastiness and a bitter, almost tannic astringent taste. Maybe a hint of sweetness, but almost nothing in the coffee/chocolate departments.

Mouthfeel - Overly fizzy and watery to my tastes.

Drinkability - Reasonably high due to the light body and the dry finish, but the burnt taste pushes me away after a third of a glass.

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Photo of OrtheusMaximusRex
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
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 xtremejammn
3.64/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

In this area this serving type of this beer has a decent price. Above average beer.

A: Completely dark, not transparent at all. Decently long lasting head.

S: Smells of roasted malts and of some sort of burnt fruit.

T: A decent taste, good roasted malt taste and has a slight fruit peel taste, although the bitterness can be a little rough.

M: Not too bubbly, very pleasent mouthfeel.

D: Easy going down, but the bitter taste can make for a bit of a hard drinkability.

Bottom line is that this is worth a try, if you like stouts. Congrats.

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Photo of sudz42
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As mentioned this is a different brew than Guinness draught. It's brewed in Canada by Labatt's, so it's fresh.

It's hard to believe Labatt's brews this; the beer is loaded with roasted malt and has a good hop bite that you don't find with Guinness draught. The roasted malts are more bitter than in the draught; the taste borders on medicinal.

It's a bit over carbonated, and the 6% abv creeps up on you.

This is my go-to macro stout because it's cheap by the 22 oz. bottle and delivers the roasted malt that some of us crave time to time.

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Photo of lonestar1836
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

St. Patrick's Day, of course

A: pours black with generous light brown head

S: strong aroma of coffee and tosted malts

T: very dry, malty sweetness with the flavor of bitter coffee

M: light carbonation a little thick

D: as a rule i reserve any guinness for st. patrick's day, it's a bit too filling for me to drick year-round

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

Consumed 02-06-2009, 22oz bomber into snifter

Appearance: Pours a rich black color with big off white, fluffy head. pretty much non-transparent through the glass. leaves a nice amount of lacing.

smell: dark roasted malts with hints of caramel. also slight hint of dark chocolate with hops being undetectable.

taste: toasty toasty malts, caramel, dark chocolate (follows the nose). finishes with a black licorice/coffee like bitterness. also has a very slight almost undetectable grassy/earthy note from the hops.

mouthfeel: smooth medium bodied mouth with little carbonation.

drinkability: easy drinking stout, not too much, not too little. easily sessionable.

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Photo of anakar
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had it in a good burger place yesterday, so I'm reviewing it from the tap.

App - Black, big thick white head. Can't see through

Smell - Very malty and strong

Taste - Bitter, very bitter and (if you like Irish stuff) rich. This is what you look for in an Irish Stout

Mouth - Creamy, lovely - much better than from bottle

Drink - Ordered a second so it's an easy drink even though it's very bitter and heavy.

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Photo of custardcb
3.51/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich malty jet black with a nice tan head. The head is a bit foamy and slowly breaks down. While drinking it leaves a nice lacing around the glass.

One of my main standby's so I may be a bit partial. On the other hand since I do drink it so much it is pretty neutral in flavor to me.

Aroma is of coffe and roasted barley but there is even a slightly bitter twinge in the nose. The taste is extremely rich and takes some getting used to, I know must people cringe at this at first but this is from lack of understand the nature of good bitters.

Overall I like this beer and it is a pretty rich stout. I give it my thumbs up

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Photo of Blupoet03
4.78/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black into a pint glass with a tremendous brownish-tan head.

The nose is full of toasted malt tones - coffee and chocolate balanced with hops.

Once in the mouth, it is remarkably smooth, creamy, and balanced - the taste mirrors the aroma, leaving no promise unfulfilled.

This stout dries nicely at the end, and it is easy to drink.

This beer is exemplary of its style. I have yet to have another stout that compares as an equal - only Lion Stout comes close, but its high alcohol content takes too much away from its qualities.

Great choice. Enjoy!

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle.

A: Deep blackish brown. Maybe some hints of ruby. Small tan head, that quickly fades.

S: Toasted malt, and that's about it.

T: Mostly toasted malt again. There's a faint sweetness somewhere in there. Finishes with an earthy hop flavor, and leaves a lingering burnt, charcoal taste.

M: Light bodied and smooth. Light carbonation.

D: Can't drink more than one of these, and only on occasion. The burnt flavor is just a little too much for me and seems a bit unbalanced.

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Photo of Ironbuddha
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I remember the first time I had an extra stout; I was new to beer and just getting my feet wet--it seemed over powering at the time. Fast forward to now, and by luck, some friends purchased me a case of it, and never one to look a gift house in the mouth, I decided to get re-acquainted with one of Ireland's most famous exports. Big change in opinion, it is a great option for being a standby beer in my opinion, from the classic dark brown body to the creamy head, the wonderful yeasty finish (and aftertaste), and it is far better at 45-50 degrees where the yeastiness really shines. Well worth it for a less expensive option compared to my normal fare.

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Photo of Slowjamcdub
2.1/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This is sad. The strong notes that you get of chocolate doest taste or small like chocolate and the coffee notes aren't coffee. I hate to say it because I love good Stouts but this one tastes like soy sauce. The only thing that I get good out of this is maybe a little chocolate covered raisins.

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Photo of drotski
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a clean beer mug. Super thick, foamy tan head, with lots of lacing. The color is similar to motor oil thats 10,000 miles overdue for a change. Nice malty nose. Wonderful, almost harsh bitterness (the way I like it). A little too much carbonation. Good for a drink or two, but hard to keep drinking.

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Photo of JamesHenjum
2.48/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Completely black. Huge creamy head that will not go away. Best part of this beer is the look.

S: Strong roasted/coffee

T: Incredibly strong bitter coffee and roasted flavor. But these flavors are too strong. Very burnt tasting. Leaves strong aftertaste. Burnt coffee DESTROYS any toffee or chocolate that may be hidden underneath making the beer bitter and one dimensional.

M: Not creamy enough, and the aftertaste stays too long.

O: Beer is far too bitter. I prefer regular Guinness Draught.

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Photo of Lordhelmit
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into glass.

A - Pours with a substantial, persistent, frothy head. Head is a tan color. Lots of lacing. Beer is a dark color, similar to a dark wood with some dark maroon color. Dark.

S - Smells sweet. Smells nutty, smells kind of pomegranate-y or apricot-y. You can smell the "roasted" part of it for sure. Not much of a caramel or chocolatey smell I was hoping for.

T - Taste is quite nice. Has a definite roasted nutty roasted barley flavor. It also has a good even balance of bitterness that you can "taste" or feel at the back of your throat when you swallow. Very pleasant. However, in my opinion, just a bit too bitter. Just a bit.

M - Very full bodied. This is a heavy beer. I am full after dtinking just 2. That is Guinness though.

O - Not too bad. A bit too heavy, not quite sweet enough, but still a good brew.

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Photo of ThePold
4.38/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From a bottle into a Guinness branded glass. What can an American say about this other than thank you? It's like drinking a milky pillow. Mine was like all the others here, dark and malty, and like making love to your best friend. Ah, um, the one you mean to love, that is.

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Photo of Beertroop
3.06/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Once the head forms all you see is a yeast full, foamy top that could actually speak if it had a mouth. Very nice looking beer.

Smell: This category is not a strong point of the beer, for my taste. I try to be open minded but it just needs to be a little less sour with its smell. But other wise it is a strong roast malt and coffee infused smell. Good though.

Taste: This again is average for this beer. Good tasting coffee, malts, and a mild bitterness. I could actually like the beer more if the bitterness would not last as long in your tongue.

Mouth Feel: Again the feel of this beer can seem sometimes too much like a metal aftertaste. Other than that this beer does pack a good substance in your mouth surely not leaving you feeling like you just had a watered down beer.

Drink: The Beer does make itself drinkable, but only for two or so, after that you do feel the impact of feeling full. Its like eating a bread in the liquid form.

Over all an average beer, it will always find its way to me on St. Paddy's.

Only now, the question is what beer to drink on St. Joseph's day?

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Photo of SpencerSauce
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured mine with a huge 3 finger head. Totally black but lets some light in on the edges

Smells like a burnt lager. I cant detect any malt or hops really. Rather neutral smell.

Tastes like dark roasted malts and a nice hop bitterness that dries as you drink.

Mouthfeel is thick and chewy

Drinkability- not far from easy

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Photo of aaronxsubaru
3.06/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pours dark with a light head. I don't know how i feel about the carbonation in this. i do like nitro with stouts and i guess i'm used to it, the carbonation just seems like too much for me.
This smells very roasty and maybe almost burnt. The taste is a little too roasted for me and i don't mind the bitterness but i think i like reg guinness or murphys type stouts that offer more sweetness and smoothness. I do also get hints of spice and maybe some chocolate but not very noticeable for me
Its still pretty drinkable but nothing spectacular.
overall i see how this is more true to how a stout should be but its just not my thing.

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Photo of VietPong
3.03/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Overall, a pretty good beer. For a heavy beer, i do like it. The taste is a little bland and bitter for me though. The beer is really heavy compared to most, which I do like, but the taste is too dark for my liking. It's pours almost black compared to most beers

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Photo of StoutHobbit
4.42/5  rDev +19.1%
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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Photo of leechungsr
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a thick almost inky black. thick layer of creamy head with good lace.
S: roasted coffee, chocolate, maybe slight caramel.
T: super creamy malt with light bitterness. dark chocolate
M: thick, with low carbonation. for its thickness, it is very smooth and goes down well.
D: very filling meal beer. I think everyone should at one time or another try this one.

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