Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Guinness Extra Stout





Guinness Extra Stout (Original)

Brewed by:
Guinness Ltd. St. James’s Gate
Dublin, Ireland

Irish Dry Stout

6.00% ABV





Commercial Description:
Extra Stout
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.
Pure beauty. Pure GUINNESS®.
(guinness.com)

General Pricing:
12oz bottles: ~$8.50 6pack

Background:
No special background. This was a leftover from a stout stew that I make for a St. Patrick’s day party.

Review:
Appearance
The beer pours a completely opaque (stout black) with no light getting through the glass and a very rich tan to chocolate milk head.

Smell
The nose is very nice with rich dark roasted malt aromas with notes of chocolate.

Taste and Mouthfeel
Not a bad first sip; there was no wow factor but all and all a nice experience. The taste starts out with a heavy malt sweetness up front on the tip of the tongue. You can feel the richness of the beer as it rolls over the tongue in the middle of the sip. The back-end is fairly easy drinking for such a rich beer with just a slight hesitation on the top of the swallow. The finish has a great deal of rich roasted malt flavors with oaky hints of cocoa and toffee. The dry hoppiness almost adds a harshness that distracts from the rich malt flavors. The final aftertaste is of the lingering rich roasted malts. There is also a lingering rich creamy mouthfeel left on the tongue.

As the beer warms it does not get any better. It actually develops a very unpleasant harshness.

A C doesn’t seem fair but an B seems to generous. I think I’ll have to settle for a B-.

B- |  Guinness Extra Stout is a nice drinkable Irish dry stout with rich roasted malt flavors finishing with oaky notes of cocoa and toffee. A little harsh as it warms but all and all not a bad beer.

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