Review: Guinness Extra Stout, Guinness Ltd.

Guinness Extra Stout
Guinness Ltd. — Dublin, Ireland

  • Style:  Extra Stout
  • Bitterness:  Not available
  • ABV: 6.0%
  • Malts:  Not available
  • Hops:  Not available 
  • Sampled: 12 oz. bottle

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. 

Random thoughts:   This is part three of my tribute to St. Patrick's day—also known as Four Guinness and a Coors.  

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?

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  1. FYI for your next post:

    I attended a session with a Guinness rep not long ago, and he told me that for the Guinness Draught, the proper way to drink it is actually from the bottle.

    There's a little "widget" in there that dispenses nitrogen into the beer, and it only dispenses a bit each time you tip the bottle.

    For the best Guinness experience, the can was his recommended vessel. The "widget" (their word) in the can reacts to pressure, and dispenses all the nitro when you pop the can. Then, you can pour that into the glass.

    The Foreign Extra Stout is actually the tastiest of the three (IMO).

    I've been enjoying your posts. Keep up the good work, and enjoy the beer!

  2. THREE STARS? I must dissent. This is one of my fave beers in the world--probably a top five beer, definitely a top ten. I actually like it better than the FES, which I find is too much of a good thing. Draft Guinney obviously too little.

    That tang and that roast....damn, I'm going to go get some of that for the weekend.

  3. Second the Foreign Extra Stout. It's a little sweet, but I think it's the heavy stout you were hoping for.

  4. Third on the Foreign ES.

  5. BTW..Belmont has a good Stout tapping tomorrow.

  6. Ell, you were a step ahead of me on the widget. I talked about that in my review of Guinness Draught which I published a few hours ago.

    Jeff, thanks for chiming in. Wow, so I guess you would rate this as a 5 on my scale--Liquid Perfection. Didn't work so much for me. That's what I love about this. Two people can taste the same beer and have very different reactions. Since I rated it a 3, I'd be happy to drink it again, but you'd have to buy it for me.

    Bill & Gordon, I couldn't find the FES. It appears that was THE beer I should not have missed. I'll look for it tomorrow.

  7. Tried the FES for the first time and it immediately became my favorite Guinness.

  8. I'll have to search harder for FES next St. Paddy's Day. It wasn't available in the two stores I went to.


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