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Guinness Extra Stout (Original)Guinness Extra Stout (Original)

Brewed by:
Guinness Ltd.
Ireland | website

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 weeare138
2.78/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appears a deep, roasted black with a decent 2 inch, sudsy tan head. Streaks of sticky lacing can be seen with no carbonation forthcoming.
Smell is of huge amounts of crystal malt with some chocolate malt and a mild dose of grassiness.
Taste seems to be a numbing crystal malt shot with an uncomfortable, unbalanced taste the lingers with a tiny bit of bitter cocoa and grass.
Mouthfeel is smooth at first but becomes very thin and washed out towards the end with an annoying, unbalanced linger that leans towards a bitter sweet, dry unappetizing finish.
All in all, I wouldn't really want more than one of these. I seem to like the nitro version of this a bit more.

Not so good, Al.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.82/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a two-finger light brown head that is thick and frothy leaving a ton of lace. Totally black color. Light-medium carbonation and heavy bodied. Nose is barely there can't get anything distinguishable. Starts with a strong roasted, almost burnt coffee flavor and finishes slightly bitter with a lingering aftertaste, goes good with dry peanuts.

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

From a 1 pt. 6 fl. oz bottle marked G10MB1-2042-L8192NTI. I am assuming this is the version offered widely in the USA; the one you can find just about anyplace where they sell beer; the one with the Pythonesque "brilliant" ad campaign. If so I am reviewing the right one. Despite the fact that everyone and his brother tries this at least once I am giving this mainstream brew a high rating because it is one of the best easy to find beers you can buy. It pours brown-black with a decent, foamy tan head. Aroma of cocoa, malts, and chocolate hops. Decent mouth feel. Distinctive hopped flavor that ends dry. Always a great go-to beer if it is after hours.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very dark brownish black with a dirty white head. Nose had an aroma of malt, smoke and chocolate. Taste was extremely dry, plenty of malt and chocolate. The body was creamy and the finish was chocolate with some smoke present. Had a nice pucker factor with it as well. Always a drinkable beer.

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

(Served in a nonic)

A- This beer pours a jet black body with a creamy tan head that turns rocky and last longer than the beer, thinning out only in the last few sips. This beer was to dark to see any sign of carbonation even when held to the light.

S- This beer has a dark roasted malt aroma with a slightly sweet smell and a black roasted grain note in the background. There is a light caramel malt aroma and a slight sour hint when it warms.

T- This beer has a dark roasted earthy malt flavor with a slight sweetness to it. There is a coffee malt flavor and slight tart/sour brightness to the malt. There is a dark malt bitterness with a hint of hop that hangs on after the sip. As it warms the hops, while still subtle, come through a bit more.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a fizzy finish that fills out the mouthfeel more.

D- This beer has a nice bold malt flavor but is very drinkable. Much better than the nitros cans.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark chocolate color with a beige head.

S: Fruity , chocolate aroma. Some spicy rum raisin hints as well.

T: Some roasted grains and alcohol taste, coarse coffee grind flavor. Deep chocolate and roasted malt. Burnt coffee and roasted malt upon warming.

M: Oily texture on the tongue.

D: better then expected. enjoyable and worthy of multiples.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is just a damn good beer, period. I had a 22 oz bomber bottle to start my Super Bowl watching and was amazed because I am so used to regular Guinness which is way overhyped due to those incessant ads. Poured this in my mug and there was a thick, black liquid that proceeded with a frothy head that never went away. Nice smell, nothing overpowering, but it was a light coffee malt smell mixed with nuts. The flavor is more pronouced, as the body is heavy with coffee malt, roasted malt and maybe some chocolate. Balanced nicely with some smoothness attributed to caramel malt as the hops are pronounced and it ends dry. Overall, a standout stout that once could session.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a very dark brown with reddish highlights and a 1 finger head of tannish foam.

The smell is a nice light aroma of roasted malt.

The taste is of roasted malt, a touch of some sweet malt, and a fairly pronounced hop bitterness that dominates right before and through the finish.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium and the carbonation is medium.

Drinkability? It's pretty easy to drink though a bit stronger than I thought it was.

Bottom line: I remember having the Dublin brewed product years ago and it was a better Stout in all ways but this one ain't bad.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Murky black with some deep red tint. Poured a tight 1 finger head with good retention and was "fed" from underneath. Ample lacing tight to the glass.

S: Sweet bready, smokey, chocolatey, all kinds of malt and a hint of hop bitter.

T: Very sonsistent with smell; roasted and toasted malt flavors. Light bitter fininsh to balance.

M: Medium body. Low carbonation. Smooth and creamy. Not quite the full body I expected.

D: Very drinkable. Didn't find it filling or overbearing.

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

12oz Bottle from CJ's Potsdam NY for 2$

Appearance - Dark black/brown colour with an average size fizzy light brown coloured head. It's hard to make out the level of carbonation and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 4 minutes.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, grains

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts and a hint of chocolate/coffee. There is also some grainy notes and a bit of a burnt/smokey flavour. It finishes with a lingering burnt aftertaste.

Overall - A nice appearance but the taste is just a little too unbalanced for me. It starts out smooth but ends with a sharp bitter flavour. Still a good beer but not as good as I was expecting.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.51/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours black! Light manages to stab into the body of the beer. Smooth tan head fizzles off a bit. It leaves good lacing.

S-Nose is not strong but it is pleasant. Has a nice little kid too. Coffee, chocolate to a lesser extent and some oats. Grows on you a bit.

T-Dry and well melded. Modestly bitter. Oatmeal and roast. Bitter chocolate.

M-Medium bodied. Smaller than it looks. More carbonation than expected.

O/D-Pleasant. Been around forever and its staying power is evident. One of the first non BMC beers I ever had. Just had it again recently and was happy/impressed by its durability despite my expanding palate.

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Photo of barczar
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours an opaque deep brown with a rich, thick, frothy tan head that won't quit.

Roast malt, earthy hops, a hint of chocolate, and nutty, toasted notes form the aroma. There's a slightly buttery character present.

Flavor reveals roast malt throughout, which is accented by a nutty, toasted malt layer, finishing with licorice and a hint of char. Earthy hops provide a bitter note in the aftertaste.

Body is moderate, with low carbonation and light alcohol warmth.

Much more roasty malt character than the original. Great depth of flavor. There's a minerally quality that is slightly offputting.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- A coffee brown body with a creamy brown that lasts about 2 minutes then turns into a permanent film throughout the drinking time.

Smell- a decent mix of esters and butery smells with some mocha sweetness to give it a typical stout smell.

Taste- Starts out with a dry estery tartness and ends with a creamy butter note intermingled with chocolate.

Mouthfeel- A litle creamy, but mostly a dry, estery palate.

Drinkability- If you can enjoy a stout, you can drink a couple of these. The dryness might turn your palate into a wasteland of sorts, but it also allows this beer to be consumed en masse.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

For years I thought Guinness was just a low ABV dark porter rather than a stout. Just recently I found out the import version is 6 percent? WTF I had to gets me some.

A - As always pours a nice deep dark blackness brown with a very impressive head and lacing sticking all the way from the top. It was interesting to not get a bottle with that damn plastic ball that apparently helps it keep carbonation. This one stands on it's own.

S - Semi dark chocolates, mild roasted coffee with a hint of malt which seems to be bitter pilsner malts. Very interesting overall.

T - Wow big rush of chocolate at first. More so than Young's double chocolate. Leads kind of toward a bitter coffee but malt kind of falls flat a bit. It does finish well with some hops which was unexpected in this stout.

M - Pretty medium bodied. Goes down pretty smooth.

D - Kind of glad I tried this. Seems pretty succession-able but the hops (or malt) bite at the end is still pretty aggressive but I still could have a few in one sitting. Now I just need to find the 7.5 percent version ;)

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Photo of Brad007
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Luckily the bottle doesn't have a goofy widget. Doesn't need one either. Pours a very dark black color with a nice, creamy head. Aroma is one of roastiness and caramel mixed with some coffee. Taste is definitely flavorful as it reminds me much of caramel coffee in some ways. The finish is kind of thin at the back of the throat with some dryness. Leaves a nice roasted feel in the mouth.

Definitely more flavorful than Guinness Draught but not quite past the level of BlackFly Stout.

A much, much better introduction to stouts for a newbie.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, Dad!

A: Fittingly served in my (filched) Guinness glass, this beer is a very deep reddish brown with a lighter shade of the same for highlights. A 3-finger thick light brown head smartly fills the glass, falling away to a disk, leaving a little lace behind

S: A robust roasted malt with a bitter edge, balanced by a smooth, creamy character and a faint tartness. Mild dark chocolate and coffee is present. Very nicely done.

T: Opens with a burnt malt and a very interesting cherry and cherry skin flavor. I'm not sure where it's from, but this beer is closer to 65 degrees right now. The combination of the fruitiness and the bitter malt make for a unique beer. Mild coffee with dark chocolate follows, before a long, bitter, burnt finish. Awesome stuff

M: A touch overcarbonated, but the medium-light body and the finish work well.

D: I'm not sure how many I could drink, but I'd say at least two. I definitely enjoy this.

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Photo of tigg924
4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: black with a decent sized head

Smell: malt, coffee, and earthiness

Taste: same as the smell, with some additional spice and burnt tones to it

Mouthfeel: smooth, creamy, and sweet

Drinkability: Like everyone else, I had to have this on St. Patrick's day. One of the first beers to get me into craft beer and one of the best. I have not tasted anything like it..Creamy and sweet, not too heavy--just a good solid brew

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Photo of tbeckett
2.89/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from a grocery store in Belgrade. From notes.

A - Poured a black colour with some red on the bottom. Two finger mocha/root beer looking head. Fairly good lacing but head faded fast.

S - Really mild. Mostly roasty malts and a little bit of a burnt element.

T - Roasted malt, slightly burnt coffee, sourness, burnt or chocolate malt and a coffee element from bitter maltiness.

M - Medium body and medium carbonation. Sort of a sour/bitter finish oddly.

O/D - Not a great stout. I typically don't dislike Guinness' as much as I did with this. Seemed off and weak/mild.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.27/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Surprisingly, Guinness Extra Stout is not black in color. Pretty darn close, but not quite. A thin creamy chocolate colored head drifts on top. Pretty nice lacing ability. A nice roasted malt bitterness mixed with a honey roasted nut aroma. The mouthfeel is a little light. Hovering right around medium. I haven't had a Guiness in a while and I had forgotten what a great burnt malt bitterness this beer has. That's something that really appeals to me in stouts. There's also a nice roasted nut character. Black coffee comes to mind as well. Great lingering bitterness. Really nice tasting stout.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black with a full creamy brown head which leaves lots of lace. Roasty burnt malt aroma with light coffee character. Bitter roasty flavor. Medium bodied (leans light) with a dry roasty finish.

I much prefer the bottled version over the nitro/draft versions. The bottled version is much more flavorful!

Note: this beer was #15 in Stuart Kallen's "The 50 Greatest Beers in the World"


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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.18/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown pour, black, tan head, 2", aside from the thinness of the stout, everything else looks quite nice. Roasty and nutty aroma.

Taste is quite mild, the roastiness cedes to overall smoothness and a mild, almost oatmeal type of integration to it. Not bitter, not hoppy. Would like more, . . . something, chocolate, coffee, hops, bitter, roast. This is just a crowd pleaser (drinkability). Wish it was a little more dry too. Not horrible, but just, kind of there. Even the extra stout needs a little boost in the ingredient department, keep the recipe the same, just more of everything.

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Photo of drpimento
3.04/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Interesting, but not so much on the good side. Poured with a lovely thick, foamy, frothy, creamy, light tan head that lasts and a lot of lace. Color was pitch black of course. Aroma was ok of roastiness & malt. Flavor's where the ball gets dropped: A bit fruity!!! Yoiks. Bit thin, carbonations ok. Dryness comes on towards the end. Ok chocolate fin. Had much better versions of the black stuff

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap in Swindon, UK in early 2006. Although I've tried this beer many dozens of times in the States, this was the first time in the UK. I was hoping for it to be dramatically different but it wasn't.

Appearance was good, black liquid with creamy tan head. Smell and taste were exactly the same though. The best attribute this beer has is its creamy mouthfeel. It feels good to drink it, and is just thin enough that you can drink a lot of it.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L - dark brown with some ruby hues when held to a light; huge, rocky light brown head slowly fades leaving all kinds of lacing
S - creamy, roasty, chocolate
T - big bitter roasted barley flavor, cream, dark chocolate
F - smooth, creamy, dry and astringent finish
O - it's been awhile since I've had this one, but it was nice to come back to.

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Photo of Gusler
3.22/5  rDev -13%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ebony is the color on the pour, my idea of how all beer should look. The size of the head is medium frothy in texture and light chocolate in color as it erodes a fine covering of lace is formed to conceal the glass. Nose is roasted and toasted grain, malt sweet and crisp and clean, start is lightly sweet, full of malt, top is full to middling in its feel. Finish is crisply acidic, hops purposeful in their spiciness, dry lingering aftertaste, a decent quaffing beer, but give me one pulled from the cask in Ireland, and I'd be a "Happy and Satisfied" man.

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Guinness Extra Stout (Original) from Guinness Ltd.
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