Guinness Extra Stout is damn fine beer.

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  1. fx20736

    fx20736 Meyvn (1,010) Mar 7, 2009 New York

    I don't know why I don't buy it more often. I bought a 12 pack Friday and I forgot how good it was, the magnificent lacing, the soft but solid mouthfeel and the dry bitter taste which packs old coffee and black licorice into a no-nonsense, no chocolate flavor which says; 'I am a man's beer', no gimmicks, no fancy flavors, no sweetness, just a faintly smoky, dry, bitter Stout that gives nourishment to the soul.

    what do you have to say about it?
  2. kzoobrew

    kzoobrew Initiate (0) May 8, 2006 Michigan

    I am not a fan. I have never been a fan of Guinness, I have never been a fan of Dry Irish Stouts. The style itself is a bit unappealing and not all that interesting to me. I am not going to knock the beer but I personally would not refer to it as a damn fine beer.
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  3. Dirtinabottle

    Dirtinabottle Devotee (484) Aug 21, 2012 New York
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    I wont turn one down but I rarely turn one over anymore.
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  4. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (5,127) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    I liked it more when it was an import vs a contract brew from Canada. Sorry aboot that.

    Higher in alcohol but even more taste, try the Foreign Export Stout. It only comes in 4 packs...
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  5. FlakyBiscuit

    FlakyBiscuit Initiate (0) Sep 11, 2012 Pennsylvania

    nice call. enjoy your find!!!!
  6. JRod1969

    JRod1969 Zealot (589) Nov 23, 2010 New York

    Funny I just had the opposite experience. I found myself in an Irish pub without anything good on tap. I fondly remembered my pre-craft days when Guinness was everything you listed above. So I ordered one. Looks awesome. Smell, taste, feel, not what I remember. I think bigger and more complex craft beers have ruined Guinness for me forever. Too bad.
  7. Tukee

    Tukee Initiate (0) Aug 1, 2009 Arizona

    I haven't had an Extra Stout in years, but from memory it was way better than Draught
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  8. Crusader

    Crusader Initiate (196) Feb 4, 2011 Sweden

    I think it's a tasty brew, although the version they sell here is 5% whilst it appears to be 6% elsewhere, except for Canada for some reason where it's also 5%. It has a good roasted character combined with a nice bitterness and overall dry taste, what's not to like I say. Guinness draught has always been a let down for me but the extra stout is a fine beer in my book.
  9. lucasj82

    lucasj82 Zealot (595) Aug 13, 2009 Indiana
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    It's Foreign Extra or nothing when Guinness is involved for me personally.
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  10. Skunkdrool

    Skunkdrool Devotee (444) Jul 31, 2010 California
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    Its rather underwhelming.
  11. MarioM

    MarioM Zealot (514) Sep 13, 2009 California

    The OP is referring to the foreigh/Extra Stout, which is not a dry Irish stout and quite flavor intense. I also rarely buy but I do enjoy very much when I do. If you haven't tried one you should for curiosities sake.
  12. Haydn-Juby

    Haydn-Juby Initiate (0) Dec 30, 2012 Vermont

    Personally I thought it was just oaky. I would honestly enjoy the draught over it. I love that creamy mouth feel that I've always associated with Guinness. That being said I'd rather drink something else over both of them.

    While were on the topic of Guinness anyone tried the black lager offering they have yet? I'm not expecting anything amazing but it seems intriguing. I'd give it a shot.
  13. kzoobrew

    kzoobrew Initiate (0) May 8, 2006 Michigan

    The OP mentioned Guinness Extra Stout, listed as a Dry Irish Stout, he did not mention the Foreign Extra Stout which is the Foreign/Export Stout style. It really does not matter because my opinion does not change. I am not really interested in either, they have never impressed me or been to my liking.
  14. Chickenhawk9932

    Chickenhawk9932 Savant (905) Jul 19, 2010 Pennsylvania

    I always enjoy an extra stout; the draught doesn't do anything for me anymore, but the extra stout is tasty.
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  15. victory4me

    victory4me Zealot (547) Oct 16, 2004 Pennsylvania

    I'll drink it when I'm in the mood for a light beer.
  16. 57md

    57md Poo-Bah (2,306) Aug 22, 2011 Pennsylvania
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    I'd rather Foreign Extra Stout, but in general, Guinness takes an undeserved pounding from many BAs.

    I get it -- KBS it's not. But it is certainly a damn site better than most beers on tap at most bars.
  17. frankthetank86

    frankthetank86 Initiate (0) Dec 24, 2012 New York

    went to Swedish House Mafia show at Barclays on Sunday. by the time everyone was ready to go all the beer stores were closed and my buddy had a sixer of extra stout in the fridge. I was a little reluctant taking the sixer with us but it works in a pinch :slight_smile:
  18. HoyaSaxa7

    HoyaSaxa7 Initiate (122) Aug 19, 2011 Massachusetts

    gimme a guinness draught on nitro tap in ireland and i'm a happy man
  19. MarriedAtGI

    MarriedAtGI Initiate (111) Feb 26, 2013 Illinois

    That Czech pilsner thread could be cloned and copy/pasted into an Irish stout thread. Both are great underrated styles. Irish stouts never did much for me, but I love good Czech pilsner. To pick up on my imagined cloned thread, I have heard that Guiness in Ireland is better than anywhere else. And if I ever get to Ireland, I'll be sure to drink several!
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  20. nc41

    nc41 Meyvn (1,454) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    Flat tasting , rather flavorless, I get it's a different style, but I don't care for it.
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  21. WBD

    WBD Initiate (0) Feb 3, 2013 South Carolina

    The extra stout is good. A pork chop in a bottle with it's heavy taste. There are better but in a pinch this is a good one.

    I will drink it and offer a toast to all that will listen.
  22. kojevergas

    kojevergas Poo-Bah (7,186) Aug 15, 2010 Colorado
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    I'm a big fan of this beer as well. Big fan of Guinness too.
  23. Nectar

    Nectar Initiate (0) Jan 17, 2013 New Jersey

    Havent had the Extra, but enjoy Guiness on tap if I find myself at a 6 tap BMC bar with family or whatever.
  24. CMUbrew

    CMUbrew Initiate (0) Jan 27, 2012 Michigan

    I would also agree that Guinness extra is great for what it is. Lots of ash and char flavors which I found quite tasty the last time I had it. Who cares if it's not from Ireland anymore? You get .8 more ounces per bottle coming from Canada!
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  25. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (12,188) Mar 18, 2010 California

    Foreign Extra Stout is a much better choice.
  26. CTJman

    CTJman Crusader (787) Jan 14, 2013 Connecticut
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    I think Guiness is prob. my first stout I ever thought is Guiness is for those who's taste for stouts hasn't matured yet haha
  27. ChanChan

    ChanChan Devotee (469) Dec 12, 2009 California
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    I like the Foreign Extra Stout!
  28. BetterBeerPlz

    BetterBeerPlz Aspirant (227) Sep 8, 2007 Arkansas

    Extra Stout is a good beer, but there are usually too many other good options for me to buy it. I had the Foreign Extra Stout in Grand Cayman. With the view, it was one of the best beers I've ever had.
  29. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (1,933) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois

    The title of the thread spells it out, Guinness Extra Stout -- not the Foreign Stout -- though the OP may also be confused, it seems to be difficult to keep the Guinness straight around here.

    Nevertheless, I like the Extra Stout, it's an old favorite that I revisit often -- especially this time of year.
  30. mp19

    mp19 Initiate (0) Feb 22, 2013 Virginia

    I'll have a guinness if thats all that's on tap. Extra stout is alright. But Foreign Extra is really where it's at! Love that stuff
  31. YogiBeer

    YogiBeer Initiate (0) May 10, 2012 Illinois

    ISO: Pork chop in a bottle.
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  32. Zimbo

    Zimbo Initiate (0) Aug 7, 2010 United Kingdom (Scotland)

    It sure was. At least back in 82 I thought it was. Now I'm not so sure.
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  33. williamjbauer

    williamjbauer Champion (889) Jan 17, 2012 Colorado
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    Above average. Maybe damn fine on tap in Ireland but has never rocked my socks off.
  34. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (1,990) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    That's when I was first introduced to the Extra Stout, too. I'm sure it has lost a bit of zip off it's fastball over the years, but I'll admit my palate has changed as well. Heck- in the beginning, I didn't even drink it straight. I'd love to go back in time just to see how it really tasted back then.

    These days, though, I'd definitely take another Irish Dry Stout, like O Hara's, over it.

    The Foreign Extra is still mighty fine stuff, and I'll search that one out.
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  35. Sneers

    Sneers Initiate (0) Dec 27, 2009 Pennsylvania

    I've really come around on Guinness; a while back I really didn't like it.

    It's funny that this topic should come up now. I've recently been wondering if Irish dry stouts are kind of damned for just having the word "stout" in the name given the presence of so many bigger stouts out there.
  36. bunique686

    bunique686 Initiate (0) Jan 31, 2013 Michigan
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    I feel the same way.
  37. Domingo

    Domingo Poo-Bah (2,222) Apr 23, 2005 Colorado
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    I dig the Extra Stout ā€“ even more than the more acclaimed FES. As I try more and more American stouts, the stouts from the UK and Ireland taste more and more vinous to me, and Iā€™m not sure I like that flavor as much anymore. However, the Extra seems to have less of that fruity character than the others. I had one with some Indian food a few weeks ago and it was pretty stellar.
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  38. Northlax3

    Northlax3 Initiate (85) Aug 19, 2012 New Jersey
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    Instead of starting a new thread about guinness, I figured I'd just post in here.

    Quick Question:

    Anyone know of a bottle dating error with Guinness FES? I have a bottle that I picked up from the store I work at for my mother for St. Patty's Day. The date says "Best by April of 2012". Now this is odd b/c I know these bottles turn over very well at my store, and we get fresh cases in often. Maybe a distributor error as well? I doubt a case would be almost 2 years old...

    Also, does anyone think it would improve with age? I mean, I'll find out soon enough, but just wondering, since I've never looked at the bottle date on this beer before.
  39. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (1,933) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois

    I have to agree, I tried the Foreign Extra when it was first introduced and found it to be pretty close in character to the Extra. I sort of wondered if both could survive on the shelves together.
  40. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (1,933) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois

    Been to Ireland a couple times, never saw the Extra Stout on tap. Sure you aren't just knee-jerking on Guinness Draught? Of which this thread is not about.

    Or... maybe things in Ireland have changed? Anyone?
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