Guinness “Extra Stout” Review (#083)

Guinness
“Extra Stout”
Dublin, Ireland

From The Brewery

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 unmistakeable deep-dark color, the crisp hint of roasted barley, the fresh breeze of hops, and the refreshing bite all make for the bittersweet reward.

ABV: 6.0%

Review

Appearance: I poured this pitch black stout into a pint glass, pouring hard to give it a nice thick, tan colored head.

Smell: Roast; barley and coffee, with a little baker’s chocolate.

Taste: Big smooth roast; barley and coffee – a little burnt, but personally think it adds to the brew. There is a nice raw chocolate dryness with a little bit of fruit from the yeast esters. Hops come through on the end, and becomes more upfront as it warms and progresses.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium bodied. Not as full as the nitro Guinness; very enjoyable.

Drinkability: High. All day and all night.

Notes: I enjoy this more than the regular Guinness Draught. I first tried this just after turning 21; I didn’t know what I was in for. The first sip came as a surprise, while the following ones were about trying to figure this one out. I have enjoyed it many times through the years, and will as long as they keep making it.

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