Brewed by St. James’s Gate (Diageo)
Style: Stout
Dublin, Ireland


on tap

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RATINGS: 420   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19/5   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
Bottle & Can: Filtered, 4.2% or 4.3% Versions.
If you were in a pub sometime between 1821 and 1970, chances are this is the Guinness you would have been drinking. Originally brewed as the XX version of our Porter, it’s hoppy, roasty, and crisp, with a bittersweet finish.

NOT AVAILABLE IN THE UNITED STATES! Ratings for US Guinness Extra Stout are at Guinness Extra Stout (North America)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
espenra (942) - Kurland, NORWAY - DEC 21, 2008
33cl bottle from Vinmonopolet. It poured a deep black colour with a medium big beige foamy head that settled down very slowly in the glass. Aroma is roasted malts, dark roasted coffee and raisins. The flavour is very dry and bitter with notes of vinegar, roasted malts, and dark chocolate. It has a short aftertaste. Unfortunately the vinegar is too dominant and this ruins the flavour for me. I hope this is just a bad bottle, because it should not taste like this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MoritzF (8926) - Ottobrunn, GERMANY - NOV 28, 2008
(33cl bottle, 4.1% abv) Clear, dark brown colour with a big and dense beige foamy head. Dusty and sweet, slightly roasted malty nose with subtle fruity notes with a touch of cacao and licorice. Bitter and minimal sweet flavour, slim bodied and soft on carbon. Toasty and slightly ashy malty taste, moderately dry, especially towards the finish, accompanied by notes of cacao and licorice; assertive aftertaste with notes of cacao. Not bad, but not a real highlight (28.XI.08).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bart (2938) - Brussels, BELGIUM - OCT 11, 2008
Canned, almost black coloured beer with a creamy medium brown head. Roasted bitter caramel malty aroma with a full palate. Finish is bitter, creamy roasted malty touched. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SeanMacGC (334) - Dublin, IRELAND - OCT 9, 2008
Bottle. As mentioned, this is not the beer it was before they began to pasteurise it. Pours dark mahogany, with a frothy and short-living head. Chocolate and roasted malt on the nose, and similar on the palate with overtones of yeast.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
EFC1878 (315) - Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - SEP 24, 2008
Bottle. Unfortunately it’s no longer available in its bottle conditioned form when it was a match for any beer. Pours very dark with beige head that lasts down the glass. Aroma is an immediate hit of burnt malts with a bit of treacle, coffee and hop thrown in. Intensely bitter on the tongue, the mix between malt and hop is near perfect. For all its carbonation it is a remarkably smooth drink. Very dry in the finish. I must try to find the Irish unpasteurised version.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thomat (2800) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 6, 2008
Dark brown with a heavy brown head. Malty with roasted notes. Malt, coffe and bitter. Medium body with a short, dry finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
MrAleman (111) - Wiltshire, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2008 The original version of Guinness somehow is just not as good as the Guinness draught, more spicy and more acidic to drink. It still tastes somewhat as Guinness should and is ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (23671) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 4, 2008
Canned. Deep rubyish black colour with small off/white creamy head. Aroma is roasted malts, coffee, some bitternessas well as ashes. Flavour is all the same with a quite mouthdrying finish. Tasty.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 3, 2008
500ml can from local supermarket. Dark red brown colour with a diminishing head. Some quite bitter roastiness apparent throughout. Relatively light mouthfeel. Finishes dry. More interesting than the nitro-ed up version but didn’t really grab my attention. Easy-going and OK but rather run of the mill.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bman1986 (173) - Broadstairs, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 1, 2008
Bottle from Ramsgate Social Club: Run of the mill stout. Some nice roasted malt flavours, but a little thin in the mouth and also a little fizzy. The Nigerian Foreign Extra is undoubtedly the king of guinness beers, but this is certainly better than the standard draught.

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