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


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RATINGS: 464   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, it’s 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
smcolw (617) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 10, 2009
The original and by definition, the standard-bearer of the style. I know most swear that the version in Ireland is significantly different from America, but I am not one of them. While I prefer Murphy’s because it is "smoother" to me, this is still one of the world’s great beers.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Embrouille (2843) - SWITZERLAND - MAR 19, 2009
Very distinct yet not a favorite of mine. I prefer Murphy’s stout over this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
altonbrownd (5770) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - MAR 6, 2009
Bottle in Oslo. Black body with tan, cream head. Malty, roasty nose with caramel and chocolate notes. Taste of roasty malts . Rich and sweet. Bitterness in the finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
scotty (1157) - SCOTLAND - FEB 21, 2009
Canned, typically dark with a thickish beige head. Full bodied, packed with roast malt flavours, hints of coffee too. I have to say that even though this is cosidered to be a classic, I find this version a tad unbalanced,a bit on the rough side. I prefer the draught, and the canned draught versions, the nitrogen does it for me...every time!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
espenra (996) - 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 (9448) - 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 (3420) - 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.

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