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Beer #73 – March 17, 2010: Guinness Extra Stout

March 19, 2010

Beer: Guinness Extra Stout

Brewery: Per the label, brewed and bottled by Guinness Brewing Company, New Brunswick, Canada (yes, “imported” from Canada)

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Serving Type: 12 oz bottle

Price: $9.99 / six-pack

Availability: Year-round

Glassware: Guinness Pint Glass

Strength: 6.0% ABV (alcohol by volume)

Drinkability: Not quite as creamy or smooth as Guinness Draught.

Tasting Notes

Appearance: Pours deep brown-black with a frothy tan head.

Aroma: Malty, slightly roasty.

Mouthfeel: Relatively thin, moderate bubbly carbonation.

Taste: Initial raw sugar sweetness, carob, mild unsweetened cocoa, then roasted and charred notes, followed by a slightly sour tang that reminds me of yogurt, all finishing with a lingering mild bitterness.

Pairing: Oysters.  Yes, briny oysters and sweet, roasted stout is a classic pairing of contrasting flavors.

Trivia: Guinness is the originator of the “stout” style of beer.  The original name of this beer was “Guinness Extra Stout Porter”, meaning that it was a more full-bodied version of the classic British porter style.  Eventually, “porter” was dropped from the name, making this unique take a style unto its own.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. March 19, 2010 9:57 pm

    I think I liked it a little more than you did

  2. March 22, 2010 8:25 pm

    I rather enjoyed this a little better than the Guinness Draught myself. Don’t get me wrong Draught is classic, think I just liked that this offered something a little different.

  3. March 23, 2010 2:07 pm

    I had no idea that we brewed Guinness here in Canada! Apparently it is brewed in 51 countries but only in Canada for us North Americans.


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