Brewed by Labatt Breweries (InBev)
Style: Dry Stout
London, Canada


on tap

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RATINGS: 1832   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   IBU: 47   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Labatt’s brew a pale ale base to which is added the unfermented but hopped Guinness wort extract. Guinness Extra Stout is brewed in Canada by Labatt under license from Arthur Guinness Son & Company. Editor’s Note: It looks like Moosehead is also brewing Guinness. Bottles in the US are from there of late, but Canadian bottles are still showing Labatt. 04/23/06

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
krisfleet (130) - Sharon, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2002
This beer is a meal. It is very filling and fairly tasty. It is a little bitter, but it is an enjoyable bitterness. The quinessential Irish stout.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
gpolice99 (32) - Arizona, USA - APR 21, 2002
Burnt,Sour,Bitter,Poop Flavor!!! Disgusting!!! Blech!!! Can’t believe I wasted money on this! (dont really know what poo tastes like, but If I did, this is it!!)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - APR 17, 2002
*sigh* Pours very small head with a bit of fine lace. Very thin bodied with little flavor to speak of.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Aggie80 (790) - Michigan, USA - APR 11, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2009 Heavy carbonation. Good head that doesn’t last, no lacing. Totally opaque, dark and black. Some bitter aftertaste with a heavy texture. Good with strong foods, but not something I will drink on a regular basis. Note: I bought this in the US.
Earlier Rating: 3/2/2002 Total Score: 4.6
This is the one I compare all other to! Best on draft, the bottles are the next best thing!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chug18799 (36) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - APR 10, 2002
Very good beer with lots of bitterness to bite you at the end. Pretty thick stuff.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
joet (2387) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - APR 9, 2002
UPDATED: APR 18, 2003 Sad, thin beerless beer. Ashen, thin body, seems easily heat damaged. \
Earlier Rating: 6/10/2001 Total Score: 2.9

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Drinkingdan (375) - East Norriton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 30, 2002
If it is not on tap I’ll take it like this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maxhits (172) - Pico Rivera, California, USA - MAR 29, 2002
This beer is very dark -- almost black -- in color with a thick, brown loamy head that lies on top of the beer. This beer is brewed in Ireland and was originally known as a Porter. It is brewed using malt, barley, roasted barley (which gives it its dark character) and hops. The beer is conditioned in a second yeast fermentation before it is bottled. For a beer that has a solid, stout taste, it surprises me that the alcohol content is only 4.3% -- lower than Anheuser-Busch’s Budweiser, for example.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 28, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2003 March 02:Looks great, of course, though I prefer the pour of the draft can or on tap; flavor is more intense and bitter than other versions I've had, though the nose is surprisingly weak. More wine-like, syrupy, and coffee-like simultaneously. How many different versions of Guinness have I had now? How many has Oakes had? Why don't the folks over there in Dublin just read what we at Ratebeer have to say about all these damn versions and pick the one that we think is the best? We could even vote, hell, even let the occasional non-Ratebeer neophyte in on it. Better than all of this confusion...

A year later...22 oz bottle. Pour not quite so impressive, head weaker than I remembered. Very faint chocolate aroma, little roasted grain. Fairly harsh flavor at first, a softer somewhat roasty-coffee center, but an odd creeping off-milk and metal flavor coming in at the end really ruins this. I can't really tell from my rating above what version I was drinking, but this one is really not good. Decent mouthfeel in the middle and nice look, thats it. Bye bye Guinness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ultralite3399 (18) - USA - MAR 24, 2002
the can is better.

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