Chad9976 (1018) - Albany, New York, USA - FEB 27, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
We all know Guinness Draught because it’s the beer that’s served whenever you order a “Guinness” at a bar or restaurant. But what about Guinness Extra Stout? Is it the same beer in a different bottle or is it truly a beer on its own? I decided to find out.
POUR, COLOR AND AROMA
The main difference between Guinness Extra Stout and Draught in the home version is this beer is missing the nitrogen widget which creates the lively body of sinking bubbles it would have on tap. Extra Stout pours and looks like a porter – extremely smooth and seemingly lightweight. It forms a soda-like, tan head which quickly fizzles out and leaves virtually no lacing on the glass (quite the opposite of the Draught).
It’s actually quite easy to tell this beer is very dark maroon/brown in color, although at just an arm length’s away it appears to be opaque black. The aroma is surprisingly subdued as well, since the scent is very weak. It doesn’t have the obvious bitter aroma of the Draught; in fact, it has a mild, malty scent with just the slightest bit of hop to the nose.
I’m not a fan of porters at all, but I do like black lagers or “schwarzbiers” as they’re traditionally referred to. I was curious if Guinness Extra Stout would taste like either of these beers since it has the visual qualities of both. I was relieved upon taking my first taste to discover it is very reminiscent of a black lager.
The flavor was much like the aroma: very mild. Guinness on tap tends to have a bitter, chocolate and coffee-like taste, but Extra Stout drinks more like a traditional lager. It did have a sweet, buttery taste that wasn’t dry in the least and only slightly bitter. I probably would have preferred something stronger-tasting but it definitely satisfied me.
Aside from the taste, the other noticeable characteristic that sets Extra Stout apart from Draught is the super smooth finish. Whereas the Draught has a heavier body and a stronger, bitterer taste it tends to have a bit of bite to its finish. Not so with this beer as it goes down like flat soda.
If you just mention the name Guinness to Joe and Jane Six Pack they tend to scoff to the extent of how thick and heavy the beer is. While this is true of the Draught (and part of what makes it so good), the Extra Stout is surprisingly light.
At only 5% ABV and having a very thin, light body (probably under 140 calories), this drinks like any run-of-the-mill lager, only smoother. I drank two bottles without feeling full or buzzed in the least. It would make a great compliment to a meal or work well as an after-dinner reward.
Guinness Extra Stout was nothing like what I expected, so I was pleasantly surprised that it turned out to be such a tasty, smooth dark lager. I’m surprised Guinness doesn’t market this beer more aggressively, especially for the American mass-market lager drinker who wants something smooth and light. Whatever, I still like it.
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Stuedmaster (91) - Vista, California, USA - NOV 20, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 12 oz. bottle brewed and bottled in New Brunswick, Canada. Pours dark black with a beautiful, creamy, billowing tan head which retains well and leaves lacing. Aroma is of molasses, bread, wood, smoke, grass, and roasted malt. Taste is assertively bitter, with a medium sweetness to balance, and a slightly sour, salty, and bitter finish. Medium bodied with a creamy texture and soft carbonation. I would say this stout is definitely better than average, and it has very wide distribution.
Whatup14 (476) - Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 19, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bouteille 341ml. Couleur brune très foncée avec des reflets rouges, mousse moka crémeuse. Arôme de malt grillé, café léger. Goût de malt grillé, café léger, cola, mélasse léger, légère amertume en fin de bouche. Carbonation moyenne, corps moyen-faible, aqueuse.
naivepegasus (324) - USA - NOV 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours solid black with the extremely frothy head you’d expect from Guiness. Less velvety mouthfeel than normal guiness/draught. Lots of burnt toast and malts in the taste, ends with a slightly acidic aftertaste. It’s more blunt than normal Guinness, and it’s good, but not great.
Bebum (137) - - NOV 11, 2013
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ruby brown, smokey color, tall head.
Medium/full body, very smooth texture, low heat, avg length, mild finish.
Medium bitterness, more sweetness than expected,
Simple and medium intensity flavor profile, at times can taste watery.
Smokey flavor, ash-like, not so much
Can be the right beer for the right food, but not the stout I would look for to drink on its own.
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merc7186 (1469) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A: Dark Opaque Hue, Passes No Light, Brown Head, Decent Lacing
S: Chocolate, Dark Fruit, Mild Dark Bread
T: Dark Mildly Roasted Malts, Mild Dark Chocolate
M: Great Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Drying
Overall, pretty decent actually and had better presentation, nose and taste than I had thought.
kambei70 (409) - - NOV 1, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2013 bottle to a tulip glass. Pours a dark brown/black with some ruby tint around the edges. Creamy tan head with clingy lacing. Aroma is roasted malt and some dark fruits with some graininess and bakers chocolate. Taste is grainy roasted malt with some alcohol and a bitter bakers chocolate ending. Medium, dry, chalky mouthfeel.
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penguinfinity (50) - North Carolina, USA - OCT 30, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2013 Bottle, and served chilled. Smells like roasted coffee, and the taste somewhat follows. Pours very nearly black with a tan head. Tastes of sweet chocolate and coffee with a little bitterness. Very full and bold flavor. Overall I like it.
SilentJo (40) - Chocowinity, North Carolina, USA - OCT 30, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a dark brown/black with a reddish highlight. Thick tan head that wasn’t in a rush to fade. Aroma is sharp and taste has some coffee notes with a bitterness that lasts through from sip to swallow.
BeerFunGuy (410) - California, USA - OCT 12, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A thick creamy head over a rich black beer has a slightly bitter aroma. Coffee flavors are prominent in this beer's flavor.
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JustPlainLogan (45) - Galveston, Texas, USA - OCT 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours out pitch black with a tan head. Very bitter stout, not the kind to be handing someone who’s new to the stout variety.