Brewed by St. Jamesís Gate (Diageo)
Style: Stout
Dublin, Ireland


on tap

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RATINGS: 458   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18/5   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
Formerly also "Extra Stout 4.2%". Bottle & Can: Filtered, 4.2% or 4.3% Versions exist!
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, itís hoppy, roasty, and crisp, with a bittersweet finish.

Ratings for US Guinness Extra Stout are at Guinness Extra Stout (North America. Only available in America as part of the Brewers Project pack

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sound67 (637) - Offenbach, GERMANY - OCT 23, 2009
50cl bottle and 4.2 % abv (different from the one shown, with a screw cap!), but does say "Original" on the label. Dark brown, almost opaque colour, big, soapy and lumpy beige head with generous lacing. Aroma of dark chocolaty malt, not much else. Taste is about as straightforward as the aroma: Espresso-like flavour and bitterness, hardly any sweeter elements at all (a wee bit of chocolate on the side), bitter, dry finish and coffee aftertaste. Closer to "Draught", but not as coal-like, thank God! But much less interesting than their superb "Foreign Extra Stout" (which I rated 4.1), which is the only Guinness I really recommend!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
jbrus (4990) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - OCT 21, 2009
Can@Home. Chocolate, roasted malts and light coffee aroma. Black colour, light brown head, good lace. Light sweet, bitter, very roasted. Sparkling and a bit thin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
angrybeerman (259) - Dublin, IRELAND - OCT 4, 2009
Black with tan head. Nice roasted aroma. Flavor was of roasted malts with strong coffee tones. Dry and bitter. Overall pretty decent and not totally unlike Guinness Draught.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - SEP 24, 2009
Can in celebration of Arthurís Day, brought back from Ireland 4.2% abv. Opaque dark brown, almost black with creamy tan head. Aroma is dry chocolate, coffee, a little cola, nice. Flavor is roast, cola, a little smoke, light coffee, not bad. Light body with active carbonation. Not bad, better than nitro thatís for sure.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TBone (16084) - Pori, FINLAND - AUG 10, 2009
Can from London, abv. 4.2% (rated at home, BB 01/2010).
Almost opaque black color, good tan head, some lace. Light roasted aroma with milky notes. Smooth mouthfeel. Milk chocolaty roasted aftertaste, a bit of sweet milk chocolate and ash. Much better than last Guinness Draughts Iíve had. Roasted aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (21169) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 24, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2009 You must try this beer a St James Gate. The farther you travel from there, the less impressive it tastes. A pint pulled from a tap in the Emerald Isle is far superior to anything you can get elsewhere.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
cyrenaica (1126) - Milton, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 30, 2009
341ml bottle
4.2% ABV
No matter how many times I try Guinness, I fail to see why the world appreciates it so much. As I move along with my beer experience, I do tend to give it slightly higher ratings....more to distance it from the trashy swill than to bring it closer to the diamonds of the beer world.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (13584) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUN 20, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2009 568ml bottle (Dublin) right on BB date - Shared by Mirjukka - thanks!
Simple roasty aroma. Pleasant carbonation. Full roasty body, but quite gentle. Some subtle noble hop bite, but restrained. Dry, corky, almost ashy finish. Some milkiness, Very tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bobbypaulson (217) - Fergus Falls, Minnesota, USA - JUN 10, 2009
had a bottle ofthis in england. it pours a clean black and the head is brown unlike the guinness from the us. The aroma is roasty malt and caramel taste is much like espresso and vanilla. It has a very smooth after taste that finishes bitter. I wonder what it would taste like unpasteurised?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
milljam (682) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 24, 2009
Hmmmm...surprisingly like the US version...terrible. See ratings on other versions.

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