Guinness Extra Stout (Original) | Guinness Ltd.

4,216 Ratings
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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Added by SixpointJMH on 11-12-2000

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Photo of J_Dub
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of SMH_NWI
3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of matty
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This stout pours a thick heavy dark brown.Thick head looks like a frothy milkshake.Aroma is mainly coffe and chocolate.Taste is the same coffee and chocolate with a slight alcohol finish.Enjoyable from the first to last drink.This is one of those beers where you cannot drink many at one sitting but I will do my best...Good job!!

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Photo of ltdantheman
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of nhindian
3.59/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A - Pours a flat black with dark chocolate highlights near the bottom of the glass. About 2-fingers of cream tan head, with pretty nice retention. Lacing as well is clumpy yet thick, leaving a lasting remnant of the beer long after it's gone.

S - While I know my way around the 'normal' Guinness draught after four years of college, the aroma on this is a nice change of pace. It's definitely a bit more refined and balanced, bringing rich malts in the form of light roast, bittersweet chocolate, and an almost oatmeal-like smoothness. Likewise, the end of the aroma has a pleasant hop bite to it which is completely absent from the draught version. The thing about the aroma is that it transitions nicely into a sweet chocolate as it warms.

T - The balance of the nose leads the way to a similar taste profile. Smooth, creamy malts at the forefront pave the way for the coffee and rich chocolate to really permeate throughout the palate. Again, I'm almost getting some type of oatmeal or a really hearty grain at the start. The flavors unfortunately bottom-out in the mid-palate, almost like a weak porter, but the hops rejuvenate the beer near the finish to give it a somewhat citrus bitterness.

M - Mouthfeel is moderately light-bodied with nice carbonation. As mentioned previously, this is a silky smoothness throughout due to the malts that makes its mark on many different aspects of this beer. At times a bit watery or thin, which is a disappointing thing to have as it derails the otherwise strong start that the taste has.

D/O - Drinkability is moderately high. Much, much better than the Guinness draught, and it definitely has me interested in seeking out the Foreign Extra Stout to see what this long-standing brewery is capable of. Although weak at times, it is fine for what it is.

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Photo of vicsju1991
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of ipc2000
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of ejane
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

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

Photo of gatorlove
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of BeerAndFilm
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ThisSeasonsWaifu
2.5/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of nheinzie57
2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of Yeldarb92
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of afinepilsner
3.66/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle

This beer is black in color with a slight hint of red when held to a light. The thick tan head has good retention and leaves moderate lacing behind. The aroma is mainly of roasted grains. Upon tasting the bitterness is noticable right away the flavor of burnt coffee. The finish is bitter also. This beer is a medium bodied and almost creamy. Quite drinkable but not really a session beer.

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Photo of Alpar
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.49/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from kinda old 12 oz bottle with no freshness date into Stein.

L: Black. Tan head begins at 2 fingers and recedes to half a finger, solid lacing.

S: Creamy chocolate, strong malt.

T: Malty, with a sweeter molasses middle ground. rounds out with a smoky toast.

F: Creamy and smooth, medium body in my opinion.

O: Good Stout to start out on. Nothing crazy about the flavors. Solid beer.

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Photo of LittleCreature
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - 4.0
Wow, this is Guinness, but never like I've seen it before. For some reason I was expecting the solid creamy head and cascading effect, but this is completely different, and not quite as pretty. Poured 2.5 fingers of loosish pale brown head, which took its time reducing. The colour is a solid black, with some light showing brown around the edges.

Smell - 4.0
Mmm, definitely a better, stonger smell than Guinness draught. I can smell the sweetness of liquor soaked raisins, roasted malt and a little coffee, and some molasses after warming.

Taste - 4.0
Yum! This is so much tastier than the draught it is not funny! Smooth and sweet malt upfront, moves onto dark fruits, and a burnt, hoppy, bitter finish. The aftertaste is dry and bitter, but not excessively so.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Doesn't have the creaminess of the draught version, but still oh so smooth. Carbonation is low, but average for a stout

Drinkability - 3.5
Due to the higher alcohol and increased bitterness, I would say this is less drinkable than the draught version. I wouldn't go for a second in a sitting, but I will definitely try it again.

OVERALL - 3.95
I have never been a stout drinker, I only touch the stuff if I am in Ireland, or a single bottle on rare occasion. At this point in time, this is far better than any other stout I have tried. I still couldn't use this as a session drink, it's too full-on, but I will definitely be buying it again. It's a bit pricey, but considering the flavour, the value is not bad at all. A fine stout.

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Photo of Branlott42
3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Sometimes you look in the fridge and you just have to take what you can get. And like a microwaveable super pretzel after midnight, this beer is not that bad.

Overall, the thang is a bit muted like my baby mama during Jeopardy, but thats ok - at least its not off putting. Um, it tastes... like not much. Pretty much average down the line.

Goodnight, my babies.

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Photo of constantine_272
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark brownish black with reddish tints, a truly odd combination. Khaki tan head with a good thin layer of retention. Medium low carbonation. Not seeing the signature nitro look out of the bottle, but still not bad.

S: Rich sweet milk chocolate. Sweet malt. A little bit of sweet banana bread with spice and coriander.

T: Rye grain with hints of burlap start off this beer with some sweetness and chocolate. Very high in maltiness with barley and oats and along with sweet creamy butter. Very restrained on the dark roasted flavor, but hints of coffee come through. The huge malt is balanced nicelyas it finishes very crisp with a good balance of hops and carbonation as well as a little cinnamon spice. If anything the crisp finish is the star of this overall.

M: Finishes a medium dry with a medium body. It has some weight, but not quite like a big alcohol heavy barleywine. Carbonation is a nice palate clensor but a little dryness persists and builds shortly.

O: Wow, this is not what I think of when I think Guinness. I'm used to the big black opaque frothy waaay over roasted monster. This beer is actually nicely balanced and has a depth of flavor. The red tints in such a dark beer are quite fascinating. In fact, it almost tastes like an amber mixed with a stout. I may have to buy this again... Not the other stuff...

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Photo of mwbrady12
2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of Enola
2.83/5  rDev -23.7%
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 nick76
2.34/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The aroma is not quite to style. It's only got a bitter hops element and alcohol as well as a toasted adjunct malt. The appearance is right, it's dark brown with a large tan head. The flavor is awful. It's astringently bitter with an over brewed coffee and corn finish. The palate is thin. This is actually bad.

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Photo of pants678
2.99/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I poured this into a pint glass. It's opaque black/brown with a strong, two finger beige head. Looks like a stout. The head maintains, as Guinness is usually good for.

I get the smell of charred wood, malts, nothing out of the ordinary. Not exactly a defined aroma.

Tastes okay, better than the Guinness Draught I had last night. Just a tinge of chocolate, there's a dry, burnt taste and coffee on the back of my tongue. A little bland, I expected a little more definition from something labeled "extra stout."

Seems a little light and easy going for a stout. The carbonation is minimal, as you might imagine. Not sure more of this would help.

It is drinkable. There's no struggle, but also nothing to savor.

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Guinness Extra Stout (Original) from Guinness Ltd.
3.71 out of 5 based on 4,216 ratings.
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