Description: "This is it, the one that started it all. Crafted to perfection for over 200 years, GUINNESS EXTRA STOUT is descended from the definitive West India Porter known as Extra Superior Porter. Crack it open, and the first sip tastes as fresh as ever. The unmistakable deep-dark color, the crisp hint of roasted barley, the fresh breeze of hops, and the refreshing bite all make for the bittersweet reward. Pure beauty. Pure GUINNESS." — Guinness Ltd.
The tasting: Very dark brown, nearly black. I see reddish hues when I hold it up to the light. It has a tan head that dissipated quickly, leaving some lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malt, bready malts and yeast. While not exactly the same, it has some of bread and yeast aromas of the Harp Lager that I sampled yesterday. Flavor of roasted malt and coffee. Light bodied with light carbonation. It felt a little watery. It had a slightly effervescent mouth feel—I was expecting something creamier. It finished with a touch of roasted malt bitterness and a very subtle sour taste. Drinkable.
Rating: 3 star. Good. I would drink this if someone gave it to me. This was my first time tasting Guinness Extra Stout and I was expecting something heavier. Maybe I'll experience that with Guinness Draught which is coming up next. Regardless, this is a good beer and deserves a spot on your St. Patrick's Day beer roster.
Have you tried Guinness Extra Stout or any other Irish stouts?